Strain Review: Girl Scout Cookies

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Girl Scout Cookies is among the best-known and popular cannabis strains, making it one that most people should be familiar with. 

This strain’s name is also frequently abbreviated as GSC, so keep that in mind when reading about it. It is also sometimes just called Cookies or referred to as Berner’s cookies or Berner Cookies. This is in honor of Berner, the rapper and cannabis mogul. 


Girl Scout Cookies was bred from Durban Poison and OG Kush. This strain is about 60 percent indica, making it an indica-dominant hybrid. Durban Poison is the child of Durban and an unknown indica, while OG Kush is the child of Hindu Kush and ChemDawg. 

Berner is credited as the originator of the strain. He managed to bring Girl Scout Cookies into the mainstream of cannabis by introducing it to Wiz Khalifa. 


Girl Scout Cookies and its child strains can be incredibly potent, with THC levels averaging between 25 and 28 percent. The CBD and CBN levels can also be up to 1 percent, which is moderately high. 

This potency makes Girl Scout Cookies popular among medical marijuana users as well as experienced recreational consumers of marijuana

Flavor and Aroma

When you first get a whiff of Girl Scout Cookies, you will notice earthy and sweet aromas. Breaking apart the buds further enhances the sweetness of the aroma. As you smoke the strain, you will almost feel as if you are eating dessert. Unsurprisingly given the name, Girl Scout Cookies also offers the taste of cookies. 



The most prevalent terpene in Girl Scout Cookies is caryophyllene, which delivers that peppery taste with a hint of spice. Next is limonene that offers a citrus scent. Finally, GSC contains humulene, which is an herbal terpene with a hoppy taste. 


The Girl Scout Cookie buds are purple and light green in color. You will also notice purple leaves and fiery orange hairs. This results in a visually appealing plant. 


Most people find that consuming Girl Scout Cookies provides feelings of relaxation, euphoria, and energy. Other common effects include an uplifting feeling, happiness, and creativity. 

Consuming GSC will bring you to a quick high that encompasses your entire body with minimal effort, with euphoria and tingles spreading throughout. As mentioned, the buds are incredibly powerful, so you may find yourself wondering how time and space work. You are also likely to be glued to your seat. 

Girl Scout Cookies is known for producing couchlock, so you should make sure you have a comfortable space set up to enjoy the high in. You will also want to keep some snacks handy as the strain is notorious for encouraging the munchies. 

Expect the high to last at least several hours. During that time, you will likely experience feelings of giddiness, probably interspersed with smaller giggle fits. There will also be breaks throughout for moments of introspection. 

Many people find themselves with a boost of creativity during the high from Girl Scout Cookies. Unfortunately, the relaxation and couchlock feelings of GSC are so strong that you are unlikely to have the motivation to act on those creative impulses. 

That being said, the effects can vary from person to person, and some regular consumers of Girl Scout Cookies are still able to focus on non-complicated tasks. Others feel overwhelmed by the high and have trouble doing things as simple as putting their bong on a high shelf. 

Because of this, smoking GSC can help users think through their problems and come up with new solutions, just not necessarily let them start working on those solutions right away. 

The various effects like relaxation make Girl Scout Cookies a popular strain among some medical marijuana users, as well. 

Potential Side Effects

The potential side effects of Girl Scout Cookies are those expected from any cannabis strain, with dry mouth being the biggest concern. Luckily, that is incredibly easy to overcome by drinking plenty of water. 

Ideal Time of Use

Ideal Time of Use

Most people who use Girl Scout Cookies agree that you should smoke this strain when you do not have any pressing obligations. Remember to set up a safe, comfortable space, and grab some snacks before you get started. 

Some people who smoke Girl Scout Cookies will notice that the high affects their fine motor skills, so make sure you have everything you need within reach and all breakable items out of reach, at least during the first time you use the strain. Once you know how you react to GSC, you can take fewer precautions. 

Because of the potency of this strain, you should save its use for times when you do not have to do anything for the rest of the day. 

The Start of a Strain Family

Girl Scout Cookies, or Cookies, is just the beginning of an ever-growing Cookie “Family” of strains. Cookie Family or Cookie Fam is sometimes considered an underground collective. There are also various phenotypes of the strain available, including Platinum Cookies and Thin Mint. 

There are also many strains that are made using Girl Scout Cookie genetics, including Auto Colorado Cookies, Cookies Kush, Diesel Dipped Cookies, Sunset Sherbert, Triangle Kush Cookies, Girl Scout Haze Cookies, Do-Si-Dos, and Space Cookies

Growing Girl Scout Cookies

If you are interested, you can grow Girl Scout Cookies yourself. You will find various recommendations online and from those in the industry. The official suggestions from the Cookie Fam suggest growing GSC inside with hydroponics or soil. 

Expect flowering to take around 10 weeks, at which point the buds should be plentiful and plump. The yield should be around average, but if you get lucky and have great growing conditions, you might get more than the average. Typical figures are around 400 to 500 grams per square meter or up to 60 grams per plant. Just keep in mind that this is not one of the easier strains to grow, although it is also not among the hardest.

If you choose to grow indoors, keep in mind that the strain is medium in height. If you grow outdoors, you will ideally want to harvest Girl Scout Cookies in October. You will be happy to know that GSC is reasonably resistant to pests, mold, and mildew and needs low to average amounts of fertilizer.

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