A modern-day San Francisco treat, the Girl Scout Cookies strain (now more commonly referred to as GSC because of some legal stickiness around trademark infringement) is a highly regarded top-shelf cannabis strain. It’s among the ranks of OG Kush (whom it shares genetics with), Grandaddy Purple and Sour Diesel.
This California hall-of-famer is prized for its powerful and happy high, and has won several Cannabis Cups for its soaring levels of THC. So if you plan to try GSC, make like a Boy Scout and “be prepared” for one of the most potent and popular strains out there.
History, origins and genetics of Girl Scout Cookies
While you can expect a fun experience when consuming GSC, even its backstory is entertaining. The genetics of GSC is an often-debated topic. With many imitators popping up on the market, the original breeders of GSC — a California grower’s collective known as the Cookie Family (#cookiefam) — clarified the true genetics of the strain as being a cross between OG Kush and F1 Durban (Durban Poison x F1) in a YouTube video.
Durban Poison is a pure sativa landrace strain from South Africa known for its sweet aroma and energizing, uplifting effects. F1 is a heavily guarded secret, a proprietary strain also from the Cookie Family, with undisclosed genetics. OG Kush, a 55%/45% sativa/indica hybrid, offers up even more sativa genetics and balances things out with the typical indica body-based relaxation and sense of ease.
Even with all the sativa genetics, GSC an indica-dominant hybrid (60%/40% indica/sativa), which might give us some clues as to the genetics of F1. GSC offers a balance of creative euphoria from the sativa genetics coupled with a heavy-hitting body buzz thanks to the indica influence.
This strain is known and loved by general consumers and patients alike for its high THC levels, soaring to upwards of 28%, making it one of the most potent strains on the market. Typically, the Girl Scout Cookies strain tests for THC levels somewhere between 17-28%.
Some lab tests also show that GSC can have appreciable levels of cannabigerol (CBG), a non-intoxicating cannabinoid known to have neuroprotectant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer and anti-bacterial potential.