One of the most famous and well-known marijuana strain today, despite being relatively young, is Girl Scout Cookies (GSC). Easily found in legal cannabis markets, both in North America and Europe, Girl Scout Cookies has won several Cannabis Cups and has become a popular marijuana genetics in hip-hop culture. 

GSC is known as a digestive Cannabis strain, ideal to be consumed after dinner. Its reputation was built on its sweet aroma reminiscent of cookies and mint, combined with an energetic and, at the same time, sedative and relaxing effect. That is, Girl Scout Cookies brings the best that a hybrid can offer, its effects combine the best of Cannabis Sativa and Cannabis Indica in an experience with a high degree of mental euphoria mixed with a relaxation of the body. But it is good to be ready for the punch, as this strain is also famous for its high THC content, which can reach up to 28%.

The most curious thing is that the legal cannabis industry can no longer use that name: Girl Scouts Cookies, but only by abbreviation – GSC – after a request from Girl Scouts of America, association of Girl Scouts (“scouts”, in English), because is a registered trademark and refers to cookies sold by Girl Scouts at the beginning of the school year, part of the culture of American children and adolescents. But this is just a detail close to the fame that this strain already has.

Cultivation of Girl Scout Cookies

Girl Scout Cookies is considered a variety with medium difficulty in cultivation. That is, it is ideal for more experienced growers who can achieve good results with it, both for medical consumption as we will see below, and for medical use by patients, since it can help with different pains. The flowering period for GSC is usually 9 to 10 weeks when grown indoors.

There are several different GSC phenotypes, including Thin Mint and Platinum GSC, which differ in appearance and effects. In general, Girl Scout Cookies usually have a tall, branched structure, with twisted green goblets, purple leaves and orange trichomes. Its buds exude a sweet, spicy and earthy aroma and flavor reminiscent of peppermint, cookies and lemon zest.

Medicinal use

For patients who use medicinal Cannabis, Girl Scout Cookies has a high concentration of THC (above 20%, reaching up to 28%) and can contribute to the treatment of chronic pain, inflammation, muscle tension and cramps. It can also be used as an aid in the treatment of nausea, depression and poor appetite.

Lineage 

This is an uncertain answer. Possibly it is a cross between OG Kush x Durban Poison or OG Kush x Cherry Pie (PIB x Durban Poison). Launched between 2011 and 2012 in San Francisco, California, by Jigga and Berner, responsible for creating some of the most important strains that have appeared in recent years.

The pair, who were part of the Bay Area Cookie Family collective, distributed different phenotypes across the United States and came up with one of the most notable varieties of GSC, which is the “Forum Cut”, which they make available today on the internet in countries where cannabis is legalized.

History of the Girl Scout Cookies strain

Created in 2012 in San Francisco, CA, GSC generated an excitement in the market and spread quickly, and today it can be found today in Europe and Canada, in addition to the USA. The Girl Scout Cookies strain is now said to be the best-selling on the west coast of the U.S. and the most popular in North America. But the industry still doesn’t have this accurate data. What we do know is that the name Cookies has become one of the most valuable cannabis brands on the US market today. 

Developed by one of the creators of the strain GSC, the entrepreneur and rapper with 16 albums released, Berner, who is also a master in branding and the head of Cookies Fam Genetics, which has in its portfolio several strains with dessert names: Cherry Pie, Honey Bun and Banana Cream Pie. Berner launched the brand in 2016 as a clothing boutique selling caps, t-shirts and sweatshirts with the logo.

In 2018, he placed his Cookies in the hands of rapper Wiz Khalifa and today sells cannabis in at least three American states (CA, CO and MI) with social appeal and at prices that outweigh that of gold: a gram joint costs an incredible 20 dollars – the normal price in a legal and mature market such as Colorado is 5 to 10 dollars (depends on whether you go to the right dispensary and on the right day!) – already an ounce, the equivalent of 28 grams, costs $ 540, while any other “brand” will cost from $ 99 to $ 250.

In 2020, Cookies partnered with Veritas Fine Cannabis, which already cultivates Cookie crosses for distribution in Colorado and in addition to GSC, Gary Payton (a very popular GSC phenotype) and Georgia Pie are also grown. And why is it so expensive? Brand marketing claims that cannabis sold commercially tests around 5 to 8 milligrams of terpenes per gram of flower, while the one cultivated by Cookies has 11 to 17 milligrams of terpenes per gram of flower. Others say it’s just marketing. Whoever can pay to see it, will know. But without a doubt you want to try this dessert after dinner.