The GSC Strain (aka Girl Scout Cookies)
By Daniel Gana
The Girl Scout Cookies or GSC strain is one of the most popular strains of cannabis. It has a unique flavor profile and many medicinal benefits, making it an excellent choice for those looking to get the most out of their cannabis experience.
In this article, we will explore the GSC strain, its origins, benefits, effects, flavors, benefits, how to grow and cultivate it, how to identify and purchase it, and what to expect when consuming it.
So, let's jump right into it!
What is the GSC Strain?
The GSC strain (formerly known as Girl Scout Cookies) is a cannabis cup award-winning, Indica-dominant, hybrid cannabis strain derived from crossing Durban Poison and OG Kush. It is a potent strain that offers a powerful punch of euphoria with a relaxing physical effect perfect for an after-dinner treat or as a nightcap.
It is a balanced hybrid known for its sweet and earthy flavor profile. It promotes an uplifting and stimulating experience perfect for a night out or those looking for a more mellow experience.
Thanks to the high concentration of THC, a hit of GSC will leave you feeling motivated, stress-free, happy, and a little hungry..
Origins of GSC Strain
The GSC strain was created in California in the early 2000s by a group of talented but secretive growers in the San Francisco Bay Area known as the Cookie Family or Cookie Fam. It quickly gained popularity in 2010 when rapper, Cookie Fam member and suspected breeder of GSC, Berner, launched the Cookies brand. Since then, it has grown to be one of the most popular strains for its numerous therapeutic benefits.
GSC is identified by its pungent, dessert-like aroma and features bold notes of lemon, sweet cherry, and mint. These unique flavors and terpene profiles are excellent for promoting relaxation and pain relief.
Benefits of the GSC Strain
Essentially, this cultivar is a great choice for those looking to get the most out of their cannabis experience for either medical or recreational purposes. It is a potent strain that offers a powerful punch of euphoria with a relaxing physical effect.
Medical cannabis patients often find it useful for several conditions. They have self-reported relief from chronic pain, nausea, and many other ailments. It is not clear if these effects are coming from the cannabinoids, terpenes, or their synergistic relationship - or entourage effect - one thing is for sure is that GSC strains may possess some therapeutic benefits.
GSC strains feature a high THC concentration (around 19% or more) with a negligible CBG concentration (1%), making it a go-to strain for experienced stoners. The combination of THC and CBG makes a good duo for interacting with the cannabinoid receptors and may provide several benefits, including:
- Pain relief
- Promotes sleep
- Reduced inflammation
- Antidepressant effects
- Reduced anxiety
The strain may also produce some noteworthy side effects such as:
- Dry eyes
- Dry mouth
GSC Strain Effects
People who have consumed GSC strains have reported feeling hungry, giggly, and happy. They have also reported experiencing a significant reduction in stress, depression, and anxiety.
It is an uplifting and stimulating strain perfect for a night out or for those looking for a more mellow experience due in part to its powerful punch of euphoria with a relaxing physical effect.
GSC Strain Flavor Profile
The GSC strain has a unique flavor profile that is both sweet and earthy. It possesses a strong aroma that is reportedly reminiscent of sweet and sour candy. It features citrus, pine, and spice notes that give it a complex and flavorful taste.
Although the terpene profile in GSC may vary based on cultivation methods, beta-caryophyllene has been identified as the most abundant terpenoid in this strain. Other possible terpenes from this strain include but are not limited to the following;
How to Grow and Cultivate the GSC Strain
Cultivating the GSC strain can be a rewarding experience for those looking to experience its unique flavor profile and powerful effects. It is a relatively easy strain to grow and can be grown both indoors or outdoors preferring a warm and humid climate with plenty of sunshine. It is also a relatively fast-growing strain that can often be harvested within 8-10 weeks when grown indoors.