Just as almost anyone you run into will recognize the name Luke Skywalker, any cannabis connoisseur’s face will light up at the mention of the Skywalker OG strain (also commonly known to many as Skywalker OG Kush). One of the most well known strains in the Golden State, this cannabis indica just might take you to a galaxy far, far away.
Skywalker OG is also one of my personal favorite strains, as its mellow qualities are exactly what I’m looking for when I medicate.
A cross between Skywalker (Blueberry x Mazar) and OG Kush (many review-sites get this wrong and confuse Skywalker with Skywalker OG), Skywalker OG’s relaxing effects have treated diverse conditions like chronic pain, insomnia, appetite loss and mild-to-moderate depression.
From personal experience, Skywalker OG is excellent at reducing chronic pain from inflammation, surgery, or just plain overworked muscles and joints.
The strain’s indica-properties also make it an excellent stress reliever, and I often find myself craving it after a hard day at work. It cuts through anxiety like a light saber (or at least like no other strain I’ve used).
Those seeking a more cerebral experience may want to consider a sativa-dominant strain, but anyone looking for that relaxed, mellow, and stress-free feeling should find Skywalker OG right up their alley.
Skywalker OG’s effects are often described as stereotypical of indicas. The high is very body heavy and users (myself included) often report a pleasant tingling or floaty feeling as the effects begin to wash over you (usually after 10-15 minutes).
As a heavy indica, Skywalker OG has been known to leave users “couch-locked” or generally in a lazy and laid-back mood. These qualities make it exclusively a nighttime strain for myself and many users, although there’s certainly nothing wrong with starting your day as Luke Skywalker.
Be warned; a day that starts with Skywalker OG, often turns into a day spent on the couch, so don’t expect to get much work done! But if you must work, gear yourself towards the most creative aspect of your job, and focus on it. Otherwise, you’ll find the force too strong to resist, and you’ll turn once again to “Netflix and chill.”
If we’re talking about physical effects of the Skywalker OG strain, the top is absolutely dry mouth and dry eyes. In my case, eyes feel dry within 5-10 minutes, and after about fifteen I often look in the mirror and see the devil himself. My eyes are always blood-shot. My two cents—if consuming Skywalker OG in any form (be it flower, concentrate, crumble), carry eye drops and a beverage with you.
The strain also promotes appetite but not so much as strains like OG Kush or Grandaddy Purps. That said, having snacks on hand is never a bad idea.
Skywalkers OG’s effects last anywhere from 1.5-3.5 hours, with most users report peaking about 45-60 minutes in, and a total lifespan effect of two hours.
Dosage with flower is, of course, hard to nail down.
Skywalker OG’s cannabinoid content is on the higher side (Steep Hill Labs reports most strains of skywalker OG come in right around 24% THC, although range between 18-30%) so to start we recommend a dose of between .06 and .15 grams.
Inexperienced users should start with a smaller dose (.08 to .1 grams) and re-dose if the desired level of relief isn’t reached. Make sure to wait at least 15-20 minutes before re-dosing, as Skywalker OG’s effects can take a bit to kick in.
When over consumed, users report nausea, and (paradoxically) anxiety, so you should always err on the side of caution and take multiple smaller doses rather than one large one.
I always recommend using a vaporizer when medicating, as the health benefits are huge compared to smoking. But Skywalker OG is also quite a smooth strain to smoke; the smoke is thick and dense while remaining pleasant and smooth.
Visually, Skywalker OG generally embodies the archetypal cannabis indica. Dense, round or conical bright green nugs with an abundance of burnt orange hairs are crusted in a thick layer of trichomes. The nugs tend to be stickier and very aromatic.
Skywalker OG’s smell is very Earthy, with a hint of citrus and pungent fuel coming through. In many ways the strain has the stereotypical “dank” smell people generally associate with cannabis.
When smoked, the flavor is earthy and sweet on the inhale, with more pungent, jet-fuel like flavors reminiscent of Chemdawg or Sour Diesel peeking through on the exhale.
When vaped, it expresses a similar flavor profile, although at lower temperatures hints of citrus and black licorice are also present, especially on the inhale.
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Skywalker OG’s strong analgesic and stress relieving effects make it the perfect candidate for patients seeking a mellow, relaxed, and pain-free day. While not ideal for a particularly cerebral or productive high, it’s the perfect compliment to a cozy evening, a tasty drink, and an old VHS of The Empire Strikes Back.