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A Comprehensive Guide to the Gorilla Glue Strain


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    Forgive the pun, but the Gorilla Glue strain is truly the King Kong of strains. It's potent, beautiful, and tons of anecdotal evidence suggests it helps many people with many issues.

    It's so popular, in fact, that there are over 41 derivative strains bearing the name. It's kind of a big deal. In this article, we'll focus mainly on the Gorilla Glue #4 strain as it's the OG of the Glue strains and what most people mean when they say Gorilla Glue.

    Read on, and we'll tell you everything you need to know about this absolute beast of a strain.

    Gorilla Glue Strain Origins

    Here's an interesting trivia bit for you.

    Way back in 2013, the first growers of Gorilla Glue were slapped with a trademark infringement lawsuit from the Gorilla Glue adhesive company. Believe it or not, weed-growers encounter these types of lawsuits fairly regularly. The results of this suit are why you see labels with "GG4" instead of "Gorilla Glue."

    The brains behind the strain were Lone Watty and Joesy Wales. The first crop was ruined, and Wales actually tossed all the seeds in sheer frustration. Unbeknownst to him, Watty salvaged a few seeds and gave it another go.

    Thank goodness he did because that's where the Gorilla Glue we know and love today came from. Four different types cropped up, and number four was deemed the best. It has since gone on to win plenty of awards - including the coveted High Times Jamaica Cup.

    What Kind of Strain is Gorilla Glue?

    Although some people think that Gorilla Glue #4 is a Sativa dominant strain, the truth is it's actually really balanced. In fact, GG4 is often recognized as the most perfect and complete 50/50 hybrid.

    When it comes to the THC content, Gorilla Glue dominates like King Kong. Which makes sense when you consider the strain was bred for high THC content. In most GG strains, you can expect THC levels as high as 30%.

    If you're looking to get stoned out of your mind, as in "glued to the couch," - this is the strain for you. If you're a long-time smoker with a higher tolerance, this is the strain for you, if not, maybe start elsewhere. If you want to make edibles or other concentrates, you guessed it; this is the strain for you.

    What Are the Most Common Effects for Gorilla Glue Strains?

    Here's something really important to keep in mind when talking about any strains specific effects - everyone has a unique chemical makeup and will respond differently to different stimuli. Someone who doesn't drink coffee will likely feel their heart racing after a strong cuppa. The same is true for weed.

    Not that your heart will race, but that your experience with a strain could be totally different from someone sitting right next to you smoking on the same joint.

    You also need to consider different growing conditions and locations, lab conditions, processing conditions - there are just a lot of variables when it comes to strain purity and effect. Just know that these are generalizations based on anecdotal evidence from lots of users.

    Additionally, GG is a hybrid, but certain strains lean Indica or Sativa.

    The Good Stuff

    Fans of GG claim it offers an early onset of euphoria that eases into gentle relaxation. The effects are said to last for several hours. As the name suggests, you may feel "glued" to your couch or wherever you happen to be parked for your sesh.

    According to thousands of user reviews, Gorilla Glue may help with:

    • pain management/chronic pain
    • depression
    • anxiety
    • insomnia
    • muscle spasms
    • nausea
    • headaches
    • OCD
    • arthritis

    And you can bet you'll get a case of the munchies. The high THC content means it doesn't have much CBD, but it still seems useful in addressing some common ailments. Many people report dry/red eyes and near-immediate cottonmouth. Those who are extra sensitive or not frequent tokers may experience anxiety that could parlay into paranoia, dizziness, or a headache.

    In general, though, GG#4 should provide you with an uplifting, positive experience.

    Similar Strains

    Because of Gorilla Glue #4's popularity, there have been many attempts to recreate the magic. In fact, there are41 strain spin-offs that include Gorilla in their name. However, not all of them have enjoyed the insane popularity of GG4.

    Which, to be fair, GG4 set the bar pretty high.

    In general, if a strain has Gorilla in the name, you can expect it to deliver a punch. If you're not really into getting knocked around by King Kong himself, you may appreciate the parents of Kong.

    In GG's case, those strains are Chem Sister, Sour Dubb, and Chocolate Diesel. They are all still fairly potent but still a step down from GG.

    Chem Sister

    This parent is a Sativa-dominant variation of the Chemdawg strain. It first hit the scene in the mid-90s and has evolved into an uplifting Sativa with a long-lasting effect.

    Expect strong cerebral effects, including but not limited to euphoria, happiness, focus, and creativity.

    Sour Dubb

    This hybrid is something of a mystery strain. It has an unclear origin story which makes it even more exciting. There are some guesses about its origins, but we like a little mystery.

    Expect a nice blend of head and body effects. Perhaps happiness, euphoria, and relaxation.

    Chocolate Diesel

    This one is a pure Sativa. It combines genetics from the OG Sour Diesel and Chocolate Thai.

    Expect soaring euphoria straight to your dome, like a good cup of coffee. This is a great get-things-done strain.

    King Kong Still Reins

    Given Gorilla Glue Strain's high THC content, the King Kong analogy makes sense. This strain is consistently one of the most in-demand around the world. And for a good reason!

    It's super potent, super pretty, and tastes great too. Have you tried any of the Gorilla Glue strains? Please drop a comment below and tell us all about it!

    If you're still hungry for more weed knowledge, make sure to check out the rest of our blog while you're here. If you’d like to pick up some Gorilla Glue to try, find the dispensary location nearest you and stop in. Our team of cannabis experts is happy to answer any other questions you may have about this strain as well.

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