Girl Scout Cookies: read on to learn about this popular parent strain

GSC: Cookies, Cake & Ice Cream

It’s no joke how intimidating and overwhelming walking into a medical marijuana dispensary for the first time can be to a rookie medical marijuana patient. Then there’s the feeling of total stupidity when an eager-to-help budtender asks which parent strain appeals most to you after asking for a recommendation and all you can do is smile in response hoping they’ll throw you a bone already! If you’ve experienced these moments and still can’t answer that budtender’s question with confidence, then please read on.

There are a few parent marijuana strains from which almost all of the current strains are genetically derived. OG Kush, Tangie, GSC, Haze, and Granddaddy Purple are some that make the list. Learning about these parent strains can help guide your decision making the next time you set foot in a dispensary. In this article, GSC takes the spotlight.

GSC, also known as Girl Scout Cookies, is an extremely popular Indica-dominant hybrid strain with a terpene profile that produces a sweet and earthy aroma that’s unmistakable to the senses. It famously smells and tastes a strong combination of spice and citrus and has become a cultural icon in the medical marijuana industry. Due to the combined effects of its high-THC content and unique cannabis and terpene profiles, GSC is particularly recommended for the treatment of neuropathic pain, in addition to chronic pain, insomnia, and anxiety, and is ideal for patients who want to avoid any sedating effects of the other strains. Best suited for the quick relief of these symptoms, this strain will leave you feeling happy, hungry, and carefree. 

In the early 2010s in the San Fransisco/Bay area, GSC was originally created by a then-underground collective of marijuana growers known as the Cookie Family. Even though the actual genetics is kept as a true Cookie Family secret to this day, it’s known to be a proprietary cross of the OG Kush and Durban Poison strains. Its popularity led to the development of several other strains that are considered part of the GSC family. Some of the most well-known include Platinum GSC, Thin Mint GSC, and Lemon GSC. 

Rookie medical marijuana users should use caution when trying GSC for the first time as the high-THC content can cause anxiety and paranoid-like feelings. For this reason, we recommend first consulting with a medical marijuana doctor before trying any new strain so as to better understand the effects it might have on your body and condition. As a hybrid strain, GSC makes a great all-around strain that can provide both relaxing and uplifting effects. GSC is one of the most popular parent strains for all users and either itself or one of its descendants can be found at nearly any medical marijuana dispensary.


Medical cannabis or medical marijuana is for qualified patients only.

Medical marijuana (cannabis) can be administered through various methods, including capsules, lozenges, tinctures, dermal patches, oral or dermal sprays, cannabis edibles, and vaporizing or smoking dried buds.

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