Gelato Strain | Strain Profile & Effects

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

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With more and more people starting to use cannabis for various different reasons, whether that be medically or recreationally, it's no surprise that there are so many different strains of cannabis on the market. As our understanding of cannabis and its effects continues to grow, consumers are looking for a product that is tailored for the specific experience or type of treatment they want.

Through the development of different strains, cannabis cultivators are attempting to maximise the benefits of the plant, while mitigating the side-effects. Whether you are looking to treat an ailment or ache, improve your mood or to simply just relax in front of the TV, there's probably a strain just right for you. If the sheer number of strains seems daunting to learn about then don't worry – we're here to give you a rundown on some of the most popular strains for the year ahead, starting with the Gelato Strain.

The Gelato strain is an indica-leaning hybrid strain (a mixture of indica and sativa), first cultivated in the Bay Area, California by the Cookie Family and Sherbinskis. It was created by a combination of two already popular strains in Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint GSC (a member of the Girl Scout Cookies family).

There are a few different phenotypes for this strain, such as Dolce Gelato (phenotype #42), Bacio Gelato (#41) and Acai Berry Gelato (#49), but the most famous is the one commonly referred to as Larry Bird (#33) – the original phenotype of this strain, named after the legendary Boston Celtics player. This strain is known for it's mood-lifting and creativity-inspiring effects, as well as being a powerful physical relaxant.

Effects

Gelato is a THC-dominant strain, with 17.5% THC being the average, though strains ranging anywhere from 20-25% are not uncommon. There are no relevant amounts of CBD found in this strain. Due to its high THC content, Gelato has a reputation for being quite potent, so caution is advised for any novice consumers. However, due to the lack of intense cerebral effects caused by this strain, it is unlikely to induce deep paranoia.

Physical relaxation comes on strong and quickly, which may discourage physical activity at first, but still leaves users quite mobile and not confined to their couch. Many consumers find that they are still mentally agile after consumption, with an increase in productivity and creativity frequently reported.

Accompanying these effects, along with the physical relaxation, is a strong feeling of euphoria, making this a popular strain for daytime or evening consumption, as it invokes a floaty sense of comfort while still being lucid. Some negative side-effects of this strain include dry-eyes and cottonmouth, which are quite common, especially to newcomers.

Due to its list of benefits and relatively small list of negative side-effects, the Gelato strain has some medicinal value. Through its muscle relaxant and numbing effects, some consumers use it as a way to manage chronic aches and pains, and in some cases even migraines and headaches. Gelato's uplifting effects and elevation of mood mean this strain has also been used to offer temporary relief from conditions related to stress, depression, anxiety, and even PTSD.

For some users, this strain has also shown potential in the treatment of insomnia, due to its ability to induce mild sedation, however, this isn't its primary use. Though these medical benefits exist, we remind you that consumption of the plant matter via inhalation through smoking can cause respiratory problems and caution is again advised against heavy consumption, due to the high THC content.

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Appearance, Smell & Taste

The Gelato strain has the characteristic features of many indica varieties, such as small buds that have a robust and dense structure. These buds are visually striking, with their leaf green colour being accented by deep purple hues and illuminated by vibrant orange pistils. These purple accents are caused by high concentrations of the pigment anthocyanin, which are stimulated by cold weather. Covering the buds is a layer of shiny and sticky white crystal resin, however, due to short stalks on the trichomes, this strain doesn't appear as frosty-looking as others.

Gelato's pungent citrus smell can be attributed to the terpene limonene contained within this strain. The terpenes caryophyllene (peppery) and humulene (hoppy) are also present and add to this strain's overall aroma. Properly cured buds of this strain have a citrus smell similar to Sunset Sherbert, one of its parent strains, while an earthier scent is uncovered inside the bud once broken apart, or ground up.

The name of this strain is most likely attributed to the way it tastes, which is described as smooth, sweet, soft and creamy – all the hallmarks of your favourite summertime treat. Gelato's aroma also lends itself to the flavour profile of this strain, as there is an aftertaste of berries and citrus fruits. Aside from all the benefits mentioned earlier, this strain's distinct taste is viewed as one of its biggest strengths, as it is seen to have a more universally agreeable flavour.

Availability

Gelato is just one of many new strains that was first cultivated in the pioneering Bay Area, but it can be quite difficult to obtain outside of California. This lack of availability makes the Gelato strain one of the most expensive on the market, costing approximately $30 AUD for a gram in North America. It can also be found in certain coffeeshops in Amsterdam, however, it is still very exclusive and therefore expensive, at approximately $60 AUD a gram.

The Gelato strain is commercially available from its creators, Cookies and Sherbinskis, and can be purchased in the US or wherever it is legal to do so. This strain is currently listed on their websites and is also available at certain Californian dispensaries. Cookies also offer the Dolce Gelato (#42) phenotype while Sherbinksis offer the Bacio Gelato (#41), Gello Gelato (#43), Mochi Gelato (#47) and Acai Berry Gelato (#49) phenotypes. For those who would prefer to get the benefits of this strain without smoking it, concentrates and edibles are also available via Cookies.

If this strain is of interest, but you cannot obtain it due to its limited availability, then fret not as there are a few similar strains on the market. The closest alternatives are its parent strains Sunset Sherbet (more relaxing) and Thin Mint GSC (more hoppy), as well as Cookies & Cream (more happy), Blue Cookies (more giggly) and Platinum GSC (similar to Thin Mint).

The Gelato strain is definitely one on the rise. Its growing popularity can be attributed to its calming yet euphoric effects, mixed with its enjoyable aroma and flavours. This appealing blend of features makes this strain an exciting one to watch in 2020 and beyond.

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Josh Griffin
Josh Griffin

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

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