GSC (formerly known as Girl Scout Cookies) is arguably one of the most well-known cannabis strains. Its effects are notoriously potent and the smoke is enticingly sweet and earthy. But with that popularity comes a world of knock-offs and pretenders. While most dispensaries claim to have some form of GSC on the shelves, getting your hands on the real deal can be surprisingly tricky. That’s why we’re so excited to set the record straight!
In a 2014 interview with the original breeders, Cookie Family told High Times that they crossed Durban Poison with a secret F1 strain. They then bred it with a potent OG Kush to create the GSC strain we know and love today (along with other popular phenotypes like Thin Mint GSC).
Before we jump in too deep, we want to remind everyone that we offer both botanical and cannabis-derived terpenes. We work hard to isolate the specific terpene profiles of popular cannabis strains so both cannabis consumers and non-cannabis consumers can enjoy and benefit from them.
Read on and discover all the details about this heavy-hitting strain and the terpenes that made it a household name.
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GSC Terpene Profile
The overall GSC aroma is dessert-like and enticing. It’s earthy and sweet, spicy and yet creamy. Discerning noses may even pick up on delicate floral notes that elevate the entire experience. When smoked, the spice elements (think nutmeg) become even more apparent, along with a surprisingly creamy texture. None of that would be possible, however, without dominant terpenes Beta-Caryophyllene, Limonene, Alpha-Humulene, and Linalool.
Beta-Caryophyllene makes up a big chunk of this terpene profile and is partially responsible for the potent body relaxation effects. Found in black pepper, cloves, hops, and even cinnamon, this isolate lends GSC a spicy, herbal kick. It’s also one of the only non-cannabinoids that can activate cannabinoid receptors in the brain. This makes its anti-inflammatory and anxiolytic properties very powerful.
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While D-Limonene is generally known more for its citrus-powered aroma, it infuses this strain with sweetness. On its own, Limonene is sweet, sour, and found in fruits like lemons, limes, and oranges. It’s one of the most common terpenes in nature and lends our GSC terpene strain profile effects like mood elevation, mental stimulation, and euphoria. Basically, it helps promote some of the more uplifting, cerebral effects of GSC.
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If you enjoy hoppy beers, you’re probably already familiar with Alpha-Humulene. Also known as alpha-caryophyllene, it’s found in large quantities in hops (which is why it may remind you of your favorite IPA). It’s also found in plants like coriander and sage and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Linalool, which is normally found in smaller amounts, lends an alluring floral aroma to this blend. On its own, this isolate is reminiscent of lavender, roses, oranges, or even apple blossoms. Its powerful sedative qualities are also part of the reason linalool-dense plants are commonly used as sleep aids.
While there are over thirty other isolates that make up this complex blend, these four are the main contributors to its unique flavor, aroma, and effects. Speaking of effects…
GSC Strain Effects
In case you’re unaware, something really beautiful happens when you combine terpenes and cannabis. High levels of THC will definitely have a strong psychoactive effect, but without terpenes, you won’t experience a variety of flavors or the subtle nuances of effects that different strains have.
That’s why some strains make you want to clean your entire house, while others make you want to drool on the couch for hours. Bottom line? If you love the way GSC makes you feel, you can thank the exquisite combination of terpenes and cannabinoids.
With parents Durban Poison and OG Kush, it should come as no surprise that GSC is a POTENT hybrid. It has all the best cerebral qualities of Durban Poison with the hefty body relaxation of OG Kush. Plus, depending on how you use it, the effects can be quite versatile.
It generally starts out with strong cerebral effects that are uplifting, euphoric, and mentally energizing. You can expect a general sense of unwinding and lots of giggling, making this stage great for creative and social activities. As the effects travel from the temples and throughout your limbs, your body will gently relax without feeling too heavy.
Overindulging in this strain (which is always tempting) will heighten the body's relaxation and increase the likelihood of couch lock. Just be prepared for a SERIOUS case of the munchies and potentially even dry mouth and dry eyes. Simply make sure that snacks and eye drops are nearby and you’re good to go.
How Can YOU Use GSC Terpene Strain Profile
Considering the difficulty in sourcing authentic GSC, infusing your products with our GSC terpene strain profile is an easy way to harness the flavor, aroma, and effects of this strain without having to jump through a million hoops.
Plus, our botanically sourced GSC terpene strain profile is perfect for both cannabis and non-cannabis products. Obviously, combining this blend with cannabinoids will pump up the effects. However, non-cannabis products seeking to promote a euphoric mood that’s still relaxing will greatly benefit from this blend.
Here are just a few products that would be a good fit for this popular terpene strain profile:
- Beverages (sports drinks, tea, coffee, etc.)
- Alcohol and Spirits (beer)
- Personal Care Products
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There’s a good reason this strain is so wildly popular. It’s flavor is unbeatable and the effects are unforgettable! It just makes sense to infuse products with this terpene strain profile.
Have a product you want to infuse? Contact us and let’s talk about how to infuse your products with GSC today.