Here’s the only Girl Scout Cookies strain review you’ll ever need. Want to learn more about one of the most popular and best-selling cannabis strains on the market right now? Our Girl Scout Cookies strain guide teaches you about the lineage of the strain, its aroma, its effects, and how you can start growing your very own Girl Scout Cookies strain today.
What Strain Is Girl Scout Cookies?
Girl Scout Cookies is a flavorful and potent cannabis strain that has quickly become the go-to strain for beginners and long-time users alike. Today, cannabis consumers and retailers refer to Girl Scout Cookies by its acronym, GSC. GSC has also been called Berner Cookies or Berner’s Cookies after GSC breeder, rapper, and entrepreneur Berner from the Cookies Fam.
GSC is an indica-dominant hybrid that can instantly perk you up during any time of the day. Due to its fortunate genetics, GSC has earned a higher-than-average THC concentration. GSC strains vary in cannabinoid levels by batch, but, generally, GSC contains between 25 to 28 percent THC. GSC may also have minor amounts of CBD and CBN cannabinoids.
The mythology of Girl Scout Cookies has expanded beyond its California roots to cannabis users from around the world. Its aroma and potency have earned it numerous industry awards including multiple High Times Cannabis Cup awards. GSC has earned first place for Best Hybrid at the 2013 Southern California Cannabis Cup.
Girl Scout Cookies Origin
GSC was bred in California by crossing two strain heavyweights: OG Kush and Durban Poison strains. Berner, a master breeder from the cultivation team known as Cookie Fam, is credited with producing the robust GSC strain. Cookies Fam has also produced other popular cannabis strains such as Gelato, Cherry Pie, and Sunset Sherbet.
Cookies Fam is known for its delicious and aromatic strains that have scents resembling desserts. A master in marketing, Berner has earned numerous shout outs from hip-hop artists in the industry who can’t get enough of GSC. Because of clever branding and outstanding genetics, GSC has been a powerhouse ever since.
Durban Poison is a landrace sativa strain that originated in the South African port city of Durban. Find notes of sweet fruit, pine, and mint in this pure sativa strain. Durban Poison has intensely energizing and uplifting effects meant for the modern adventurer. Explore the great outdoors or write the great American novel after enjoying a bit of Durban Poison. Durban Poison has also contributed genetics to other strains such as Madcow and Durban Princess.
OG Kush is an indica-dominant strain with heavy numbing characteristics and an earthy aroma. Popularized in the 1990s, OG Kush is rumored to be a cross between a Hindu Kush strain from Amsterdam and a Chemdawg strain. OG Kush has a distinct aroma of spice, diesel, and skunk. Watch out for different OG phenotypes such as Tahoe OG, Ghost OG, and SFV OG. OG Kush has parented many strains including IFC OG and Paris XXX strains.
Girl Scout Cookies’ hardy genetics contributed to its balanced effects. Experience Durban Poison’s euphoric rush and OG Kush’s sedative properties all in one strain. OG Kush’s citrus and herbal notes blend well with Durban Poison’s spicy and earthy aromas. The result is a GSC strain with a minty freshness and out-of-this-world effects.
Types Of Girl Scout Cookies Strains
Girl Scout Cookies’ popularity has made it a favorite among cannabis growers and breeders looking to develop the next exciting GSC-derived strain. GSC children feature many of the same characteristics as the original GSC. GSC phenotypes have the same GSC genetics but differ in terms of aroma, potency, and looks.
Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies is a phenotype of GSC. Like GSC, Thin Mint GSC has a minty aroma, purple hues, and full-body effects. Thin Mint GSC’s intoxicating effects can be too much for first-time users. For medical patients, however, Thin Mint GSC has helped relieve symptoms such as pain, nausea, insomnia, and appetite loss. Thin Mint GSC has contributed genetics to strains such as Cookie Breath and Gorilla Girl.
Platinum Girl Scout Cookies, also known as Platinum GSC, Platinum Cookies, and Bay Platinum Cookies, is a very popular and relaxing GSC strain. Platinum GSC is an elevated version of GSC that is a cross between OG Kush, Durban Poison, and a mysterious third strain. Users will find notes of berry, candy, and spice.
Platinum GSC has about 17 percent THC on average. Feel relaxed, happy, and euphoric all at once with Platinum GSC. Its solid and potent effects have made this strain beneficial for dealing with stress, pain, depression, anxiety, and headaches. Platinum GSC has provided genetics for Cirrus and Suicide Girl strains.
GSC Dough, also known as Cookie Dough, is a phenotype of GSC. Cookie Dough is an indica-dominant strain that has balanced effects with very high THC levels. Some users have noted a yeasty aroma and flavor on this strong hybrid.
Forum GSC is a clone-only phenotype of GSC. Forum Cut GSC is a short plant that produces buds with sativa-leaning effects. Users may feel sleepy, tingly, and uplifted after consuming this strain. Forum GSC has a strong note of diesel and other earthy scents.
Step into a sedative state with the Kid N’ Kookies strain. Derived from a cross between Girl Scout Cookies (Forum Cut) and Snowman OG, Kid N’ Kookies is an indica-dominant strain with THC levels well over 22 percent. Users will find heavy cookie notes from GSC strains with pine undertones.
Unravel the mystery that is The Big Dirty strain. It’s a cross between Girl Scout Cookies, Tangie, White Fire OG, and Black Raven strains. This four-way strain cross produces dark green leaves and an energizing citrus aroma. GSC’s balanced effects are also found in The Big Dirty.
Sunset Sherbet, a Cookies Fam creation, is a cross between Girl Scout Cookies and Pink Panties strains. This indica-leaning hybrid offers users balanced mental and physical effects and a skunky citrus aroma. Revel in its purple-colored leaves and sky-high potency.
Gelato, another Cookies Fam strain, is jam-packed with GSC genetics. Gelato is a cross between Sunset Sherbet (a GSC child) and Thin Mint GSC (a phenotype of GSC). Users love its fruity aroma that resembles a freshly baked dessert. Gelato strain has a number of phenotypes each with its own unique characteristics.
Animal Cookies strain, also called Animal Crackers, is a cross between Fire OG and Girl Scout Cookies. This indica-dominant hybrid has a sweet-and-sour blend of aromas that resemble pine, skunk, and pepper.
Boy Scout Cookies is a calming strain rumored to be a cross between Girl Scout Cookies and OG Kush genetics. BSC’s sweet and earthy aromas complement its euphoric and uplifting effects. BSC has a similar aroma and potency to GSC.
OG Kush Breath (OGKB) is thought to be a phenotype of Girl Scout Cookies or feature GSC genetics along with OG Kush and Durban Poison. OGKB is a hard-hitting sativa-dominant strain with light and floral notes paired with some earthy undertones.
Cookie Breath is a cross between many GSC-heavy genetics including Thin Mint GSC, Forum Cut GSC, and OG Kush Breath 2.0. It has striking purple buds with grape and earthy aromas. Cookie Breath strains can easily reach up to 30 percent THC.
Bred by Sweet Seeds, Gorilla Girl is a cross between Thin Mint GSC and a mysterious Original Glue (Gorilla Glue, Gorilla Glue #4) phenotype. This strain has a strong aroma of wood and citrus and heavy cerebral effects.
Bred by Connoisseur Genetics, Girl Scout Jones was derived from a cross of a Casey Jones cut with pollen from a reversed GSC Forum Cut. The result is a potent and cookie-flavored GSC strain with some diesel and earthy notes.
Super Girl Scout Cookies has many of the same genetics as GSC. Super GSC is a cross between Durban Poison, OG Kush, and Cherry Kush. This sweet and earthy-smelling strain had highly sedative effects.
Girl Scout Crack is a cross between GSC and Green Crack strains, two iconic marijuana strains. This sativa-dominant strain delivers energy and focus with a strong dose of relaxation.
Blue Cookies, also known as Blue GSC and Blueberry Cookies, is a cross between GSC and Blueberry strains. Blue Cookies provides a surge of euphoria and relaxation throughout the body. It has a sweet berry and earthy notes.
Cookie Face is a cross between two legendary strains: Do Si Dos and GSC. Cookie Face buds have a strong citrus and earthy aroma. Users enjoy Cookie Face’s relaxing and anxiety-relieving effects.
Cookies Kush, also known as GSC Kush, is a cross between GSC and a Rolex phenotype of OG Kush. This indica-dominant strain is calming and has won awards such as the first place at the 2014 High Times Amsterdam Cannabis Cup for Best Coffeeshop Strain.
Girl Scout Cookies Aroma
GSC’s legend is due, in large part, to the strain’s invigorating and unique aroma. With strain parents that exhibit earthy and sweet notes, it’s no wonder GSC followed suit. GSC’s sweet and earthy scent has hints of pepper, citrus, and hops. More importantly, GSC has an undeniable minty aroma that reminds users of mint-flavored cookies.
GSC’s most common terpenes include caryophyllene, limonene, and linalool terpenes. The blend of terpenes produces spicy, floral, and citrus notes. GSC can also have some pinene terpenes for a hint of pine in the array of scents. Minor terpenes in GSC include humulene, terpinolene, and myrcene.
Girl Scout Cookies Effects
Girl Scout Cookies produces euphoric and relaxing effects for the mind and body. Let a cerebral haze envelop your mind and guide you through creative pursuits or monotonous tasks. GSC has been known to make users feel happy, uplifted, and creative. It is one of the strains used for sex. Let the stresses of the day wash away with a bit of GSC before a walk in the park, after dinner, or before bed.
GSC has the power to slow down the racing thoughts in your head and instead shift your focus to more satisfying activities. GSC has been known to cause the munchies. Make sure you have a handy snack platter or any other food to satisfy your hunger. GSC’s effects can last for hours and can provide you with the right amount of energy and calm all at once.
GSC is a versatile strain with balanced and potent effects that can be moderated with varying dosage levels. A high dose of GSC can be wholly relaxing leaving users glued to the couch or any other comfortable seating area. A small to moderate dose of GSC can energize a user. Users should note that everyone experiences cannabis strains differently.
Girl Scout Cookies Medical Effects
Girl Scout Cookies’ robust potency and complex terpene profile have been beneficial for many medical patients suffering from symptoms such as chronic and severe pain, nausea, and appetite loss. Patients suffering from pain, inflammation, cramps, and muscle tension have experienced considerable relief from GSC strains.
GSC’s slightly sedative characteristics can work well with pain, but also help relieve stress-related disorders. GSC’s narcotic-like effects can put nearly anyone in a better mood and a more calm and tranquil space. Stress relief with GSC has also been used to help users fall and stay asleep at night.
Where To Find Girl Scout Cookies Products
Girl Scout Cookies has been infused into nearly every other cannabis delivery method. Users will easily find vapes, concentrates, and other infused products made with GSC strains. Girl Scout Cookie’s flower buds can be smoked, vaporized, or cooked into any of your favorite dishes. GSC concentrates offer a more potent and pungent version of its flower derivative.
An eighth (3.5 grams) of Girl Scout Cookies flower can cost between $30 and $50 depending on location. An ounce of GSC can go as cheap as $100. A half gram of GSC concentrate in a vape cartridge can run you about $37.50 or up to $65 for a full gram of the convenient and portable vape pen. GSC is also sold in concentrate forms such as shatter, crumble, and live resin sauce.
Looking for convenience and GSC flower? GSC pre-rolls are expertly packed for perfect filtration, airflow, and a better draw. GSC pre-roll can cost between $7 and $10 depending on flower quality. For budget shoppers, look for GSC shake, which can start at $10 per 2.5 grams. Some dispensaries carry GSC clones that can start at $20 per clone.
GSC is a ubiquitous strain that can be found in nearly every dispensary. If not, dispensaries may carry it if requested by a consumer. GSC is popular in mature markets such as Oregon, Washington, California, Washington, and Colorado. There’s also a heavy GSC presence in Arizona, Oklahoma, and Michigan.
How To Grow Girl Scout Cookies
GSC is a powerful strain with moderate growing difficulty. Cookie Fam recommends growing GSC in an indoor set-up using soil or hydroponics and the Sea Of Green (SOG) technique. GSC can produce moderate-to-high yields under the right growing conditions. It's strains typically grow under 30 inches and yield about an ounce per-square-foot. GSC has a flowering period of nine to 10 weeks.
One of the hardest parts about growing Girl Scout Cookies would be finding a high-quality clone to grow. If you do happen to find one or GSC seeds, experts recommend training plants to maximize the grow space. Growers are advised to maintain the bottom canopy trimmed to ensure there are no moisture and mold problems due to a lack of airflow.
While GSC may need a little extra love and care when pruning, the strain is known to handle certain stressors very well. GSC can handle temperature fluctuations better than other marijuana strains, but it prefers mild and dry climates. GSC prefers temperatures to be between 68ºF and 80ºF.
Girl Scout Cookies is also fairly resistant to pests such as insects, bacteria, and mold and mildew. Beginner growers can easily grow this strain with the right amount of research to offset a lack of experience. Growers are advised to train the strain and cut certain areas to maximize bud growth.
GSC may not yield high amounts, but what it does produce are buds with extreme bag appeal. GSC’s deep green leaves are spotted with tiny orange pistils throughout. Girl Scout Cookies buds can sometimes have a purple hue. These violet-colored buds are typically dense and have an elongated shape.
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