The love child of Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint GSC is known for its delicious, euphoric effects. This week, we’re diving into the world of Gelato.
If you’re looking for a dessert-like flavor with heavy-hitting effects, Gelato is the hybrid strain you’ve been searching for. However, its floral, berry flavors shouldn’t be taken lightly. While its aroma may seem sweet and innocent, its effects are seriously powerful.
Before we jump in too deep, we want to remind everyone that our terpenes are cannabis free and 100% legal. However, we do work very hard to isolate the specific terpene profiles of popular strains so that both cannabis consumers and non-cannabis consumers can enjoy and benefit from them.
We’ll talk a bit about the actual cannabis strain, but we also want to highlight the exquisite berry and floral terpene profile that Gelato possesses. So, without further ado, here are some of the reasons you should consider experimenting with this particular terpene blend.
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Gelato | Get to Know Your Favorite Strain
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- Gelato is a hybrid strain with a creamy, dessert-like flavor reminiscent of berries, flowers, and the dessert for which it was named.
- The dominant terpenes of this strain are D-Limonene, Myrcene, Beta-Caryophyllene, and Linalool.
- While it’s definitely a hybrid, it’s slightly more Indica-dominant. That, plus its high THC levels, means it has calming, euphoric effects while temporarily relieving minor aches and pains.
- This strain needs a particular climate to thrive, so unless you live in certain parts of California, it’s best grown indoors.
- Specific growing techniques are needed to ensure it develops its perfect purple hue, and a few insider-tips are necessary to make sure it develops the maximum THC content.
Gelato Terpene Profile
When someone says that Gelato tastes like a dessert, they’re not joking. Its delicate berry aroma is blended perfectly with floral notes, creating an almost-creamy experience reminiscent of the desert it was named after. While the terpene profile of any plant can vary due to a variety of factors (weather, farming techniques, soil quality, etc.), the majority of Gelato strains are dominant in D-Limonene, Myrcene, Beta-Caryophyllene, and Linalool.
D-Limonene is responsible for the brightness of this strain’s berry flavors. This citrus aroma cuts through heavier, earthy notes and elevates any milder sweet flavors. If you’ve ever squeezed a bit of lemon juice over a fruit salad, you know exactly what we’re talking about. On its own, this terpene has a loud citrus flavor and can be found in oranges, lemons, limes, and other citrus fruits.
Myrcene is one of those terpenes that blends harmoniously with other terpenes to create unique, memorable scents. Found in hops, lemongrass, eucalyptus, and mango, its flavor is both sweet and minty with leafy, vegetal notes. One of its most useful features is its ability to boost the effectiveness of other terpenes and cannabinoids. Even without that, however, it’s a particularly relaxing terpene.
While Gelato is more known for it’s sweeter flavors, more refined palates will notice very subtle peppery notes. That particular flavor comes from the terpene beta-caryophyllene. You can find this terpene in black pepper, cloves, basil, oregano, cinnamon, and more. Like d-limonene, this terpene is an anti-inflammatory, but it’s also antibacterial and has been used for centuries to temporarily relieve occasional aches and pains.
And last, but certainly not least, is Linalool. This delicate, floral terpene can be found in lavender, hops, and basil and is a favorite of anyone looking to wind down and relax. It’s powerful sedative qualities are part of the reason Gelato is so physically and mentally calming.
The Gelato Effect
All of those beautiful terpenes blend harmoniously together to create a truly unique effect. Like we said earlier, Gelato is a hybrid strain that came about from the blending of Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint GSC.
While its lineage certainly puts it in the hybrid category, it’s slightly closer to Indica than Sativa. Many users describe the effects as euphoric with an uplifting, relaxing feel. This means you can enjoy the temporary mood elevation without the couch-lock that more Indica-dominant strains are known for. These cerebral effects are perfectly balanced by a subtle body buzz that rounds out the calm, uplifting experience.
Gelato is becoming more and more popular as more states legalize both medical and recreational marijuana. This is due, in large part, because people enjoy its relaxing, motivational, and peaceful vibes. That is if you can get your hands on it. Its popularity means it usually sells out quickly, and its seeds are pretty hard to come by.
The high THC content (somewhere between 18 and 25 percent) and hybrid nature of this strain makes it a good option for anyone looking for temporary relief of chronic pain while still being able to go about their day with ease.
While Gelato does have powerful calming effects, those looking to manage anxiety should consider using small doses. The high THC content is great for its analgesic properties, but too much can actually increase paranoia and anxiety. So, until you know your limits, it’s best to start low and go slow.
Due to its rare seeds and ever-growing popularity, any grower would be lucky to cultivate this strain. It’s an up-and-coming strain that already has a dedicated following. Cultivating this beauty is tricky, however, so it’s not for the faint of heart. Gelato seeds aren’t available for commercial sale, so most growers resort to cloning via plant trimmings.
Gelato is already a delicate strain to grow, but growing from trimmings can cause even more difficulties. That being the case, consider starting seedlings and/or trimmings in a large enough container that you won’t have to transplant it later. Depending on the growing operation, this isn’t always possible. However, it may help you avoid “transplant shock” later on down the road.
We would only recommend growing outdoors if you’re in a climate that maintains consistently warm, humid conditions until October. This isn’t surprising considering that this strain hails from sunny California. If the climate isn’t right, it’s best to grow this strain indoors where it’s easier to control and monitor the plant’s environment.
Indoors, this strain will flower in roughly 8 to 9 weeks. Like most hybrids, they tend to grow both up and out, so make sure you have enough space for these medium-height beauties.
While the majority of this strain’s growers tend to keep their methods private, there are some who say that brief exposure to colder temperatures right before flowering will promote certain pigments. One such pigment, anthocyanin, is responsible for the purple hue associated with many Indica buds. If this process is done incorrectly, however, it may mean disaster. This is just one of many reasons why this strain is trickier than others.
If properly grown, these sticky buds will be small and dense with a dark purple hue, bright orange pistils, and shiny resin. If you want maximum THC, make sure you look at the trichomes underneath a microscope before you harvest. If the trichomes are clear, then don’t harvest yet. However, if they look amber-colored and cloudy, they’re ready to go. Since the stalks on Gelato trichomes are shorter, it’s sometimes harder to see them with the naked eye.
Get Your Sweet Gelato Fix Today
Unlike farmers, we provide the exact same terpene profile in every single batch of our Gelato blend. If you’re creating a cannabis product that promises to provide a sweet Gelato flavor and effect, using a terpene blend that’s uniform across the board is a MUST.
For those who want to experiment with the unique terpene profile of this strain without the psychoactive effects, then this is the perfect option. And if you’re creating cannabis products that promise that Gelato experience, using terpenes is the perfect way to ensure flavor consistency. Plus, we now have Gelato infused cones for anyone wanting to sweeten the flavor and effects of their flowers.No matter what kind of products you’re creating though, Gelato is a fantastic experience that consumers quickly fall in love with. Contact us today to talk about adding this blend to your products and let us know about your Gelato experiences on our Instagram! Try it out for yourself, and join the many others who reach for this strain when their sweet tooth strikes.