Why Colorado Tokers Love the Girl Scout Cookies Strain

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When you’re a solid six out of ten in the looks department, you have to break outside the box to get a pretty, popular girl’s attention. I’ve tried acting like the funny guy or Mr. Sensitive, to little avail. And, of course, I’ve played the “Everyone thinks you’re hot but I don’t” card, which just led to another losing hand.

I used the same tactic when the Girl Scout Cookies strain was so hot. In 2011, everyone wanted to smoke anything with the word “cookie” in it, and I was getting sick of the fad; it was like the planking (remember that?) of the weed world. But then I actually smoked some.

Girl Scout Cookies’ genetics comprise Durban Poison and OG Kush — a genius combination that makes you think, “What the fuck took so long?” Rooted in the Bay Area, the Cookies didn’t take long to cross over into Arizona, Washington, Colorado and so on. The West Coast might’ve gotten a jump start on the strain, but it’s now blowed up across America. The first two results of a Google search of the term “Girl Scout Cookies” nets references to the Girl Scouts of America, but guess what number three is? The Leafly page for the Girl Scout Cookies strain.

The Girl Scouts weren’t too happy with the strain’s rising popularity, and the organization even went so far as to send a cease-and-desist letter to a California dispensary selling Girl Scout Cookies, claiming that it was theft of intellectual property. Fortunately, most pot shops ignored the warning, and you can find the strain in both legal shops and on the street pretty easily in Colorado these days.

Looks: Girl Scout Cookies nugs are usually forest green, like OG Kush — but they can be a brighter shade, depending on the phenotype and trichome coverage, which is usually pretty heavy. Although not pebble-shaped like most OG nugs, the bigger, oblong-shaped buds of Girl Scout Cookies should still be dense and full (unless you’re buying popcorn nugs on sale).

Smell: One word: pungent. Anything less would be a disappointment when considering how stanky Durban and OG Kush are. Girl Scout Cookies’ mouthwatering mix of rubbery sweetness and wet soil rapidly became very distinctive.

Flavor: The taste mirrors the strain’s smell, with a sweet, earthy flavor. However, the Cookies genetics can also give off a creamy flavor, especially in phenotypes like Cookies and Cream or the Clinic’s Key Lime Pie.

Effects: The strain’s THC percentage has been known to hit in the 20s when it’s grown indoors, and it brings about a great hybrid high of euphoria followed by creativity followed by relaxation — but not always in that order.

Home grower’s take: “I was skeptical of this one, sort of like I was with Blue Dream. There was so much so fast that I wasn’t sure if I should buy any — or, if I did, how true to the original it would be. I even considered buying seeds of this, just to be sure. Didn’t end up being a big deal, though. I’ve bought Thin Mint and Platinum GSC (two phenotypes of Girl Scout Cookies) as clones and have had great luck with how they turned out. Not a huge yielder, though.”

Commercial grower’s take: “I’ve done this both in the warehouse and for my personal stash. It doesn’t yield heavy, but the high is amazing, and anyone who loves OGs will love the taste of GSC. This should be a top-shelf strain at every dispensary, in my opinion. If it’s on the bottom or on sale, they didn’t grow it right.”

Is there a strain you’d like to see profiled? E-mail marijuana@westword.com.

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