Gorilla Glue Strain Profile & Effects

Why are so many people stuck on Gorilla Glue? Find out in this article.

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Whether for recreational or medical use, most cannabis consumers like to know what type of effects they are going to experience with their product. With the science and understanding behind cannabis growing, there are more strains available than ever before. If you need pain relief, stress relief or just a mellow time, there's a strain out there that can help. Our guide to the upcoming year's most popular strains continues with the Gorilla Glue Strain.

Gorilla Glue (GG4) is a hybrid strain (a mixture of indica and sativa) developed by GG Strains. Due to the adhesive company 'Gorilla Glue' having a licence for the name, it has since been re-dubbed 'Original Glue'. This strain was created by the combination of three different strains – Chem's Sister, Sour Dubb and Chocolate Diesel. 

With its high THC content, this strain has a mix of potent effects that make it highly popular with experienced cannabis consumers. Its blend of euphoric, relaxing and sleep-inducing effects are enough to leave most users feeling 'glued' to their couch. Not just popular with consumers, Gorilla Glue has also won its fair share of accolades. Some of these awards include winning the Best Flower Hybrid at the 2015 World Cannabis Cup and second place for Best Flower Hybrid at the 2016 Colorado Cannabis Cup.

Effects

On average Gorilla Glue's THC content varies between 18-22% THC. Some strains can even register a whopping 28% THC content, which makes it pretty potent on the higher end. This strain's potency aids its popularity as its effects are felt instantly and are often long-lasting. Veteran cannabis consumers often enjoy the heavy-handed euphoria and psychoactive effects experienced with a high THC strain such as this one, but novice consumers should approach with caution. There are no relevant amounts of CBD found within this strain.

After consumption, this strain's uplifting effects are felt almost instantly, which is why many users find it helpful for stress-relief. The cerebral effects are described as euphoric and happy and can often result in a case of the giggles. These effects are accompanied by a strong body high, which induces heavy relaxation. Sedation is common with this strain as the body begins to feel more relaxed, making the user feel like they are 'glued to the couch' or 'melting away blissfully'.

Mental clarity becomes cloudier and harder to come by as the mind and body relax in unison, but this is often a desired outcome for many consumers. Dizziness, while rare, is a reported side-effect following the consumption of repeated or higher doses. As with many other strains, dry-eyes and cottonmouth are also common side-effects.

With this mixture of mind and body effects, Gorilla Glue has shown strong medical potential and is popular among patients choosing to self-medicate. Pain relief is this strain's most frequently cited benefit. With its mind and body-numbing high, consumers regularly report that their chronic pains and aches are temporarily washed away. It has also been used to help manage the symptoms of arthritis and acute inflammatory injuries. While it does provide strong pain relief, due to its almost non-existent CBD content this strain is not recommended for more serious medical conditions such as fibromyalgia.

Some users who suffer from conditions related to stress, depression, anxiety and PTSD rely on this strain to help manage some their symptoms. The uplifting and relaxing effects of this strain help to elevate mood whilst the potent mind-numbing effects are useful in turning off or regulating any negative thoughts or emotions. As this strain also has a tranquillising effect, many use this strain before bed in order to treat insomnia or difficulties falling asleep.

The same warnings that apply to many high THC strains also apply to Gorilla Glue. There is the potential to encounter feelings of anxiety or paranoia after consumption of this strain, for anyone sensitive or predisposed to these conditions. Although popular with experienced cannabis consumers, it is not recommended for novices or newcomers.

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Appearance, Smell & Taste

Gorilla Glue's buds are typically dense and spongey with a dark green olive colour and covered in orange pistils. These buds are coated in a very sticky resin due to their high concentration of trichomes, giving the buds a frosty appearance. This sticky resin is the inspiration behind the name 'Gorilla Glue' as the breeder at GG Strains found it to be comparable to the commercial adhesive.

This strain has a few different attributes from each of its parent strains, which gives it a pretty interesting scent. The resulting aroma has hints of pine, chocolate, coffee and diesel, which make it quite pungent after combustion. This strain also has a characteristic earthy, vegetative smell that is similar to its sister strains. The main combination of terpenes found within in this strain are caryophyllene (peppery) and limonene (citrusy), with a hint of myrcene (herbal).

Don't be fooled by some of the sweet aromatic notes because flavour-wise this strain packs a sour punch. Although the chocolate and coffee notes can sometimes be tasted, they are almost entirely drowned out by the strong diesel flavour, which can remain in the mouth long after consumption. 

Availability

Originally cultivated in Nevada by GG Strains, Gorilla Glue is now mainly cultivated in Colorado. This strain is also cultivated in several legal states in the US such as California, Arizona, Oklahoma and others. Due to its popularity, this strain is available from many dispensaries (as Original Glue) in these legal states and more. Top Shelf Botanicals (Montana), Phat Panda (Washington) and Green Prairie Farms (Oklahoma) are just some of GG Strains' partners with a licence to cultivate and distribute Original Glue. This strain is relatively cheap in comparison with other high-end strains, costing approximately $100 AUD for half an ounce and $175 AUD for a full ounce.

GG Strains also cultivate other phenotypes of the Original Glue (GG4) such as Sister Glue (GG1), New Glue (GG5), Gluechee and Purpleglue with similar but varying effects. These strains are only available for purchase through partners of GG Strains. If you want to branch out from the Glue family, some similar strains are Sunset Sherbet, Girl Scout Cookies and Gelato. These strains have a lower THC content and a different flavour profile.

Gorilla Glue has quite the legacy and is showing no signs of losing admirers anytime soon. Revered for its potent mind and body high, this strain is adored by both recreational and medical cannabis users alike. A certified fan favourite, Gorilla Glue isn't just one of the most popular strains of 2020 – it's one of the most popular strains of all time.

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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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