Animal Cookies Strain Profile & Effects

Is this strain as sweet as it sounds? Find out in this article.

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As humans we love variety and the number of different cannabis strains on the market is a testament to that. Cannabis consumers these days are able to select a product that is tailored to give them a certain experience, whether that is potent effects or a delicious flavour.

A lot of the time, the most exciting strains that come out are brand new or have never been seen before. But sometimes, creating a popular new strain may be as simple as revisiting a winning formula. This next strain is an example of building upon something that was already great. Our guide to 2020's most popular strains continues with the Animal Cookies Strain.

Animal Cookies is an indica-leaning hybrid strain bred by BC Bud Depot. This strain is a combination of GSC and Fire OG, initially being bred to improve upon the already coveted GSC strain. This would appear to be the case, as Animal Cookies is more potent and produces higher yields than its progenitor.

This strain produces a strong high with almost-narcotic effects that provide pain relief, relaxation and sedation. Animal Cookies also borrows some elements from GSC's iconic scent and flavour, making this one of the tastier cannabis strains around. With its delicious flavour and nostalgic name, this strain looks set to experience continued popularity.


Animal Cookies has a THC content that ranges between 17-21%, with an average of 19% THC. This makes it on par with the average hybrid strain (18.3% THC), which is still considered fairly strong, as these strains are typically bred for their potency. As such, novice cannabis consumers should be cautious when consuming this strain. There are no relevant amounts of CBD found in this strain.

This strain's strong indica effects can produce what some consumers refer to as a 'body melt'. This term is used to explain the relief felt in the muscles and joints caused by the potent physical relaxation. Be warned though, this combination of relaxation and sedation can result in full-blown couchlock with repeated or higher doses. Due to these effects, this strain is mainly recommended for nighttime use.

The high settles in fairly quickly relative to other indica strains, with the 'body melt' and physical relaxation coming on strongly. This physical relaxation is paired with elation, allowing you to unwind and de-stress. This high will progress from the body into the head, invoking a dreamy headspace without cerebral stimulation. Most consumers find this relaxing, as this strain does not facilitate the fast and free-flowing thoughts that more sativa-oriented strains do.

Animal Cookies is well-renowned for its numerous medical benefits. The body effects produced by this strain are said to be effective at quelling all different types of pain, such as acute and chronic pain, joint pain (including arthritis) and cancer-related pain. Some consumers have even found this strain helpful in relieving headaches, migraines and nausea. It is a potent appetite stimulant, so it can be utilised by those who have lost their appetite due to disease, medication or chemotherapy. 

This strain has also proved effective in helping with insomnia, thanks to the full-body relaxation and sedation that it provides. The mind-numbing effects that are helpful in treating insomnia are also helpful in managing conditions such as depression and anxiety when combined with this strain's mood-lifting effects. For these reasons, many consumers utilise this strain to unwind after a day of work or just before bed in order to get a good night's sleep.

Appearance, Smell & Taste

When fully grown, this strain is medium to tall with large fan leaves that are dark green in colour and occasionally have purple tips. Like most indica strains, Animal Cookies produces dense, medium-sized buds that congregate in popcorn-like clusters. These buds are a deep green colour with orange stigmas and can sometimes contain hues of yellow and purple. Covering these buds is a generous coating of sticky white trichomes.

Animal Cookies has a scent that is both sweet and sour, mixing sugary notes with a dank and earthy aroma. If the buds are properly cured, this sweet scent can be reminiscent of freshly-baked cookies with cherries. Pepper and pine notes can be detected when these buds are broken apart or ground up. The main terpenes that contribute to this aromatic profile are caryophyllene, myrcene and humulene.

If you have a sweet tooth, the chances that you'll like this strain are high. Animal Cookies has inherited the signature cookie taste from its parent GSC, with elements of cherry, vanilla and nuttiness blended in. This strain also has some distinctive earthy and woody notes. The smoke of this strain is sweet and creamy on the inhale with some subtle spice present upon exhalation. This is a strain you'll want to try with a vaporiser if you want to unlock the full potential of these flavours.


Animal Cookies was first created by BC Bud Depot, which is a Canadian seed bank. They stock the seeds of many popular strains and claim to have the most comprehensive cannabis seed bank online. As this strain is sold by the seed bank that originally created it, you won't have to worry about the authenticity of what you're purchasing. The seeds can be found easily online and purchased from their website where it is legal to do so.

Although these seeds are widely available online, raw flower products are still relatively pricey. This is due to Animal Cookies' status as a boutique strain and the fact that it is difficult to grow. In a North American dispensary, you can expect to pay around $35-40 AUD for a gram.

If you're having trouble finding this strain or you're looking for something similar, then check out Original Glue, Monster Cookies, Cookie Monster and Mendo Breath. For fans of the GSC strain, there are plenty of its children on the market (such as Animal Cookies) for you to try. Some of these include Gelato, Wedding Cake and Biscotti.

As the GSC strain possesses a winning formula of potent effects combined with a delicious taste, you can expect every strain that spawns from it to be a massive hit. Animal Cookies is no exception to this rule, adored by consumers for its heavy body and cerebral high that kicks in instantly and knocks you off your feet. With the legacy of its famous parent strain to uphold and a few of its own funky features, you can expect this strain to only grow in popularity throughout the rest of 2020 and beyond.


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Josh Griffin
Josh Griffin

Josh is a Perth-based writer with a background in psychology and pharmacology. Through his studies he has gained an interest in abnormal psychology, mental health and psychopharmacology and has reported on these topics. Currently, his main focus is on cannabinoids and their medical potential.

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