With thousands of cultivators germinating and crossbreeding seeds from coast-to-coast, supposedly containing the genetic makeup for Girl Scout Cookies, it occurred to me the other day . . . how do I know for certain that my dispensary’s version of Girl Scout Cookies (GSC) is the real McCoy?

While most collectives focus on THC content and the strain’s specific genetic makeup, in the case of GSC, a Durban Cross, referred to as F1 Durb, x Florida OG Kush, they seemingly neglect to drill down on the synergistic interplay between the strain’s terpenoids and cannabinoids, which help determine the strain’s unique scent and high.

Case in point: The prominent terpene molecules found in the real Girl Scout Cookies are the foundation of her high, and determine how this specific strain will interact with an individual’s unique endocannabinoid system. Within real GSC, the primary terpenes are (α) Pinene, Myrcene, Limonene, Linalool, Fenchol, Borneol, Humulene, Caryophyllene, Caryophyllene-Oxide, Bisabolol, and Camphene.

Girl_Scout_cookies_terpenesTerpene chart courtesy of SC labs

While terpene deficient fakes have fallen by the wayside, GSC distinctive scent and flavor has dominated several past Cannabis Cups and concentrate competitions. Cultivating one of OG Kush’s prime competitors for your hard earned smoking dollar –those with a nose for historically turning to OG’s potent terpenes have instead pivoted towards Girl Scout Cookies.

The Result: Beware novice consumer; the real Girl Scout Cookies goes straight to the dome, creating a euphoric and relaxing smoke for putting an exclamation point at the end of a hectic workday.

Type: Hybrid

Also Known As: GSC, Cookies, Thin Mints

Genetics: Unknown Cross of Durban Poison, called ‘F1 Durb’   Florida OG 

Known Phenotype: Kushy

Origin: S.F. Bay Area by the Cookiefam

Stoned Meter: 10

Average THC: 19-25%

Average Price Per ⅛: $50

Strain Profile: A mystery Durban Poison concoction crossed with Florida OG Kush, Girl Scout Cookies are simply awesome.  While this Bay Area strain is a little more expensive than your run of the mill top-shelf flower, it’s important to understand that you get what you pay for.

Appearance: Tight, frosty and ready to please, GSC is reminiscent of the always popular OG Kush, but with a distinct purple-ish hue throughout.

Consistency: Dense like a rock and stoney as can be, the Girl Scout Cookie’s exterior is a cross between velcro and honey. Sticky, compressed and reminiscent of its genetic downline, GCS is best prepared for smoking with a grinder.

Scent: At first whiff, the nose is greeted with a bittersweet chocolate roast, and then gives way to a more mint-ish and pine-like (almost mahogany) aroma. As a genetic mashup, consumers are greeted with a novel scent that combines the welcoming aroma of sweet fruit crossed with a stimulating soil-based fragrance.

Taste: Within some cuts of GSC – at least the OG dominant ones –the spearmint zest overpowers the popular chocolate flavor. While other cuts provide an exotic profile of minty sweetness and a slightly more complex terpene profile.

Effect: A true heavyweight with knockout capabilities.

Strain Background: Girl Scout Cookies originally gained its lofty notoriety in the backwoods of Northern California as a mixture of an unknown Durban Poison cross (F1 Durb)

Growth and Seed Info:

Pros: Still one of the hottest strains on the market

Cons: Unstable, lots of cuts floating around

Original Breeder: The CookieFam

Flowering Time: 65-75 days indoor, Mid October outdoors

Flowering Type: SOG indoor / Trellis outdoors

Growth Height: Medium to average when cultivated outdoors

Expected Yield: Indoor, 2-4 ounces / outdoors, 1/4  to 3/4 pound

Garden Skill Level: Expert

Breeder Quote/Advice: Be attentive and diligent … these are finicky ladies

Medical Uses: Perfect for mitigating sleep issues, appetite, chronic pain, depression, and anxiety

Verdict: If the smell and look doesn’t knock you off your feet, then it’s probably not a legitimate version of this strain. As some might expect with such a profitable plant, Girl Scout Cookies is often imitated.

Related Strains: Durban Poison, OG Kush

Family: OG’s Photo courtesy of Allie Beckett.

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Born in Long Beach, raised on the central coast: I surf, dab, burn, and blog – though not necessarily in that order. I’m a husband, a father and a lifelong consumer of connoisseur grade weed. I don’t drink alcohol or consume any other “drugs.” I consider myself to be living proof that weed is not a gateway drug. If it were, I’d be in some serious trouble. Instead, as a 50-year-old ex-realtor that has been smoking weed for nearly 80% of my life (just did the math) … I can only say, marijuana is safer than prescription pills or alcohol could ever hope to be for calming what stirs the savage beast.

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