Gelato Strain Review
Gelato is an Italian ice cream that most people enjoy as dessert after a meal. It is also a treat or even just something that keeps people in a bubbly mood. In the cannabis scene, Gelato is an Indica dominant strain that is also called “Larry Bird.” Of course, that name should be familiar as he is a transcendent NBA legend.
Gelato is a cross between two of the tastiest strains ever. Besides the excellent aroma and flavors, both the parent strains are also notable for their extreme psychoactive properties.
Sunset Sherbet, a descendant of the famous Girl Scout Cookies, takes the lineage up a notch. It delivers the same physical relaxation, but it can be quite intoxicating.
Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies is a phenotype of Girl Scout Cookies. It boasts of the same traits as its predecessor, but it comes with a minty flavor.
Using the two strains mentioned above, Cookie Fam Genetics developed Gelato – a heavy hitting Indica-dominant hybrid with an incredibly pleasing aroma.
|Gelato Strain Quick Facts|
|Genetic Lineage||Sunset Sherbet x Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies|
|Sativa / Indica Ratio||45% / 55%|
|THC %||18% to 25%|
|Climate||Semi-humid to warm climate|
|Flowering Period||8 to 9 weeks / Early to mid-October|
Odor and Flavors
Most strains inherit fragrance and aroma from their genetic lineage. This case applies with Gelato, it is reminiscent of both of its parents. A fruity treat is in store for those who give it a try. Reminding users of its Sunset Sherbet traits, it has a distinct sweet berry-like and citrusy scent. Once the buds are broken, a bold, earthy hint hits the nose. The same goes for its flavor, it is pretty much just the same as to how it smells. A tongue-tingling sweetness of berry and citrus passes through the throat creating a satisfying smoking session for users.
Some might think that the effects of Gelato are just as sweet as it tastes. Little do users know that it delivers a heavy-hitting high that even the most seasoned users take time adjusting to. For starters, due to its high THC percentage that reaches up to 25%, the cerebral high kicks in a lot quicker and harder than it is expected.
Novice users must get themselves ready for Gelato. This almost well-balanced strain delivers a euphoric high that induces happy endorphins. As a result, most people tend to feel sociable besides being cheerful.
Gelato can also be quite inspiring in the sense that it unlocks the creative side of users. Because it does clear the head and causes users to have a sharper focus, completing tasks may be more efficient. Indeed, its energizing effects keep users motivated in remaining active. At least that is so until the physical ‘high’ creep into the body.
The beauty of the body relaxing effects of Gelato is that it does not cause laziness or lethargy. Most people still are able to continue being active.
Gelato definitely is a treat since adverse reactions do not occur as often as other strains. However, cannabis users can expect dryness of mouth and eyes as is the case with all other hybrids.
Because of the high THC content, some people may find themselves overindulging. Once that happens, other reactions may occur. The heavy-hitting high of Gelato may cause some people to feel dizzy or experience a mild headache. A few people may also feel a tad bit more anxious. In most cases, the unpleasant experience is nothing more than a nuisance and do not cause long-term health risks.
Medical Use and Benefits
Gelato gives justice to strains that are used in the medical cannabis scene. It is composed of different properties that users sought for relief or treatment. Unfortunately, illnesses such as epilepsy are not likely to benefit from the low CBD of this strain.
However, the combined Sativa and Indica traits of Gelato can bring comfort to patients. For instance, it can induce a general sense of happiness. As such, it benefits people with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other related conditions.
People suffering from chronic pains and aches are also going to benefit from its anti-inflammatory properties. It soothes aching muscles and helps ease away the discomforts. The relaxation delivered also benefit those who have migraines and even put insomniacs to sleep. Another thing it can do is to stimulate a healthy appetite.
Not being widely available for purchase, it is a sign that Gelato is a relatively hard strain to grow and will need all the care it can get from growers. It does not appear to be available in seed form, so the only way to cultivate this plant is to obtain a clipping. Beginners are advised to start off with another strain.
Indoor growing is a better option when trying to cultivate this strain. The flowering time can occur in 8 to 9 weeks with an above average yield.
Outdoors, Gelato is best grown in a semi-humid to warm environment. Flowering happens during mid-October with an above average yield.
Exposing the plant to a cold temperature just before flowering triggers anthocyanin pigments. It then results in the beautiful purple hues on its leaves and flower.
Have you grown or used Gelato? If not, would you like to get your hands on this strain? Please leave a comment to let us know what you think. We want to hear from you.