Just like a real gelato shop, you can choose from different strains with the indica-dominant hybrid strain Gelato from the legendary Cookie Family.
The Cookie Fam has released several varieties of Gelato, each with its own number assigned. For this review, we’ve picked the most popular pick: Gelato #33, aka “Larry Bird,” ironically named after the jersey number of the only NBA player who probably never smoked weed.
During my visit there were a few other Gelato varieties available at Cookies SF. Gelato #25 was the most notable sharp of the bunch. Gelato #41 was visibly crawling with most of the orange hairs. Gelato #45 has the highest THC content and weighs 26.7 percent THC. They are all sweet-smelling and potent. But Gelato #33 is the most famous and popular, so that’s the Gelato we put to the taste test.
This strain comes from the Cookie Family, so you know there’s Girl Scout Cookie – meaning the Cookies with the infamous F1 phenotype Durban Poison – in the mix.
Gelato #33 is a cross between OG Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookie and Sunset Sherbet, a lineage made clear by the mint-sweet aroma and impressive prevalence of orange hairs.
When firing this particular Gelato, the head high hits you instantly – like, even before you’ve even exhaled. The taste is a thick, woody smoke with a refined lavender aftertaste. Right from the first puff, Gelato #33 boldly announces itself as top quality premium bud.
The cerebral, intoxicating high is survived by a more relaxing body effect. After all, this is an indica-dominant strain with a high THC content. This strain seems ideal for low-impact outdoor activities such as walking or hiking, with a mind-blowing euphoria that strikes quickly and provides focus and concentration. But within 10 to 20 minutes, that high in the head evolves smoother and more physical body rest lasting for nearly an hour.
That said, if you’re at risk for paranoia or depression, the strong Gelato #33 may not be the best strain for you to use. The initial potent head high is indeed conducive to concentration, but also has the potential to set you on a negative head trip if you’re not in a good space mentally.
A nice little burst of energy came with my first few puffs of Gelato #33, which gave way to a more relaxed sense of calm. In that sense, the effect of this Gelato is really a kind of sugar buzzer.
Potency: 21.6% THC, 0% CBD
Appearance: These flowers look like dense and compact little boulders, all somewhat oval and football-shaped. They are dark green with clearly visible purple, orange-red hairs and covered with a layer of crystals.
Flavour: Especially like a Starburst. A sweet, fruity soda-like scent with hints of cannabis spiciness.
Taste: Very subtle for the Girl Scout Cookie lineage, but a austere, hash, premium taste.
Effect: A dreamy high on first contact, followed by a long lasting, relaxing body high. The effect lasts up to an hour, but does ensure physical functioning.
Medical Applicability: The body high is useful for eliminating moderate physical pain or muscle spasms, or as a general pain reliever. The strain has a relaxing feel and is helpful in counteracting irritability.
General impression: Many people refer to this Gelato as “daytime” smoking, but I’d save it for days with short to-do lists and plenty of opportunities for relaxation.
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