Just like the name, Cookies and Cream strain is a prevalent cannabis strain for its delicious flavor and powerhouse effects. The strain has a sweet vanilla, earthy, and nutty taste topped with creamy butter. It gives a pleasant aroma of vanilla beans when you light it up. In 2014 it won the Denver Cannabis Cup for the Best hybrid and became popular instantly.
- 1 What is the Cookies and Cream Strain?
- 2 Background & Lineage
- 3 Types of High/Effect
- 4 Medicinal Benefits of Cookies and Cream Strain
- 5 Negative Effects
- 6 Growing Cookies and Cream Strain
- 7 Quick Reference Guide – Cookies and Cream Strain
What is the Cookies and Cream Strain?
Cookies and Cream is a balanced hybrid cannabis strain with an equal ratio of Indica and Sativa (50%:50%). It is a crossbreed of two famous strains Starfighter F2 and an Undisclosed Girl Scout Cookies phenotype. The buds have the shape of fluffy popcorn, and the nugs are mossy green with dark purple undertone, fiery orange hairs, and heavy coatings of clear crystal trichomes.
Background & Lineage
Cookies and Cream strain were initially developed and grown by the breeders at Exotic Genetix based in Tacoma, Washington. They won several awards, such as Cannabis Cups for Best Flowers, Hash, and also the Best seed company and breeder of the year.
Cookies and Cream traces its lineage from two popular strains. One is the Starfighter F2, which has gained a good following for its uplifting property. The other is an undisclosed phenotype of Girl Scout Cookies strain that is known for its incredible mental high. The breeders combined these two strains and were able to create a balanced hybrid that not only tastes and smells good but also comes with a powerful kick that gives a balanced high.
Types of High/Effect
What makes Cookies and Cream so unique among thousands of other cannabis strains?
Consumers report that it gives a happy, euphoric, and overall uplifting mental high. This strain has a high that rides gradually. At first, you will start feeling dizzy and lightheaded then feel totally relaxed. The mental high continues to intensify as you begin to feel happy and energetic, but not to the point of being psychedelic. It gives you a balanced physical and mental high.
The sedative property of its Indica side calms your body down without feeling lethargic or couch-locked. These balanced highs are what make the strain one of the best hybrids in the world.
If you are seeking a chilled out, relaxed experience, then Cookies and Cream offers a pleasant, uplifting high with plenty of calming sensations, without feeling lazy.
Medicinal Benefits of Cookies and Cream Strain
The medicinal qualities of Cookies and cream strain provide long-lasting relief for people with conditions like chronic stress, nausea, muscle spasms, and depression. There is a debate that smoking this strain can elevate the level of anxiety. But the survey shows that about 26% of consumers said that it helps reduce anxiety. So, if you have an anxiety disorder, then use it in a small amount at first and see the effect.
The balanced high of Cookies and Cream strain is calming and can help you relax. It has a decent quantity of THC that can reduce the tension from your body, as well as provide relief from mild pains and aches. Depending on the amount you take, it might also leave you feeling tired. In smaller quantities, it gives you an energy boost, but if you take too much, then you may start to feel sleepy.
Overall, the medicinal benefits of Cookies and Cream are exactly what you would expect them to be. The strain is all about relaxation, enjoyment, and a great taste, so it makes sense that its principle medicinal effects are to do the same with your mental health.
Like all other cannabis strains, there are some potential consequences or side effects of Cookies and Cream as well.
Though dry mouth is pretty common, especially among potent hybrid strains. Cookies and Cream gives the user a pretty intense dry mouth that might leave you puckering your lips more than you would want to. Red eyes, and a persistent tightness around the eyes, dizziness are commonly reported as adverse side effects.
Because of high-THC, some users may feel anxiety and paranoia as a result of taking Cookies and Cream. So make sure you take it slow and do not smoke more than you are used to.
Growing Cookies and Cream Strain
It is a difficult and temperamental strain to grow, and there is not a lot of information available. Some times it is fun to grow your own weed. But when it comes to Cookies and cream, it is just easier to buy it yourself.
If you still wish to give it a go, then you can buy the seeds from the original creators of the strain at Exotic Genetix.
Cookies and Cream strains can be grown outdoors, but they thrive better indoors. They respond well to soil and hydroponics and return a decent yield. It is a very high maintenance strain. It requires extreme monitoring of temperature variables, as well as a consistent feeding schedule. Due to its Mediterranean background, the strain needs wet, consistent warm weather, typically in the 70 to 80-degree Fahrenheit range.
The plants can reach up to 5 feet if you grow them indoor. Like many temperamental home growing strains, Cookies and Cream requires careful pruning, especially if they begin to approach too tall. You will need to trim the top regularly, so the leaves do not block the light to encourage lower nodes to give maximum yield.
However, the plants grow pretty quickly. They have a short flowering time. They take roughly eight weeks to mature and begin producing buds.
As long as you ensure the room is temperature controlled, moisture monitored for growing Cookies and Cream strain, and you keep on top of the pruning schedule, then you will enjoy the harvest in large yield.
Quick Reference Guide – Cookies and Cream Strain
Starfighter and Unknown Girl scout Cookies Phenotype
Smell & Taste
Sweet, nutty, earthy, vanilla
- Oreo Cookies Strain
- Girls Scout Cookies Strain
Concentration and Potency
|Sativa: Indica Percentage||50% : 50%|
|Effects||Happy, Relaxed, Uplifted, Euphoric, and Focused|
|Duration of Effects||3 Hours|
- Dry mouth
- Dry eyes
Cultivation & Yield Capabilities
|Flower Develop||56-63 days|
|Plant Height||4-6 Feet|
|Indoor Yield||12 to 16 ounces per square meter|
|Outdoor Yield||16 ounces or more per plant|
|Outdoor Harvesting||Late September to early October|