Marijuana Strain Review: Gorilla Glue

If you’ve been around the weed world for awhile, you’ve almost certainly heard of Gorilla Glue. One of the most popular and enduring strains around, Gorilla Glue has been noted for its potency, delicious flavor, and uniquely powerful high.

Gorilla Glue was created by breeders combining three potent strains to create this new wonder of the weed world. Originally, Gorilla Glue was created by a mixture of genetics from Sour Dubb, Chocolate Diesel, and Chem Sis plants.

This mixture created a rare perfect hybrid: a 50/50 mixture of Indica and Sativa genetics.

A winning combination, Gorilla Glue has gone on to take home two first place Cannabis Cup titles, among many other awards.

The Gorilla Glue Name

The name “Gorilla Glue” is well earned. Not only are Gorilla Glue buds exceptionally rich with sticky trichomes and resins which allow the bud to readily adhere to your fingers, this strain is also known for its “couch locking” effect, which metaphorically glues users to their seat while experiencing the effects!

However, this name landed the original creators of Gorilla Glue — now a company known as GG Strains — in a bit of legal trouble when the company behind the Gorilla Glue adhesive raised a few eyebrows at their copyrighted name being used for a marijuana strain.

Not to be deterred, GG Strains renamed Gorilla Glue to Original Glue, or GG4.

You might encounter some publications or dispensaries which refer to Gorilla Glue as Gorilla Glue #4. This is actually the original Gorilla Glue, it has always been #4. From the original seeds which went on to make this famous strain, the fourth batch was selected as the finest and christened Gorilla Glue #4.

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The Effects of Gorilla Glue

Gorilla Glue is a near perfect mixture of Sativa and Indica, with some very slight Sativa dominance. This means you can expect the effects common to both Sativa and Indica strains, including a thoughtful heady high and a powerful sedation.

This is a strain packed with THC. It usually falls somewhere in the range of 18% to 25% THC, but some growers pump out Gorilla Glue with as much as 32% THC. As far as CBD, Gorilla Glue has very little, typically around 0.05% up to 0.1% CBD.

When smoking Gorilla Glue, you can expect a powerful body high which contributes to its classic “couch lock” feeling. It is quite sedating, but also excites the mind to wander while the body experiences a powerful relaxation.

While large doses of Gorilla Glue can be practically tranquilizing, when taken in moderation it can give an inspiring mental stimulation, clarity of thought, and act as a powerful agent for stress relief.

Because of its powerful effects on the body, Gorilla Glue is an excellent choice for those looking for pain relief. A few good hits of Gorilla Glue can help quiet pain across the entire body, calm an upset stomach by relieving pain and nausea, and provide a long lasting relief. It’s also an excellent strain for helping those with issues sleeping get some rest.

If you’re a newcomer to smoking, be warned: this is a powerful strain! Although some experienced smokers regard Gorilla Glue as a go-to for relieving stress and anxiety, those unprepared or unfamiliar with the effects of such a powerful strain might find just the opposite.

As an exceptionally potent strain, Gorilla Glue can often has the side effect of drying out the mouth (referred to as “cottonmouth,”) and eyes. Be sure to drink lots of water when smoking anything, but especially Gorilla Glue!

The Appearance

Gorilla Glue has a rich light green color dusted with a beautiful array of shiny trichomes. A good grow will yield a dense bud decorated with gorgeous orange hairs and few stems.

The high volume of trichomes responsible for the stickiness which gives Gorilla Glue its name also lends the flower a beautiful glittery appearance which can only really be appreciated in person.

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The Taste and Aroma

When it comes to flavor, Gorilla Glue has quite the pedigree. As a cross between Sour Dubb and Chocolate Diesel, it inherited a very unique and delicious flavor profile.

The combination of sour and chocolate lends a sort of coffee-esque taste, with hints of mocha complemented by the distinctive zing of a diesel strain and a light bitterness, all wrapped up in a rich earthy marijuana flavor.

Gorilla Glue flowers give off quite the potent aroma even before they’re burning. You can expect hints of chocolatey sweetness awash in the potent sell of a powerful sour diesel strain. Once you’ve got a whiff of some true Gorilla Glue, it’s hard to forget the smell!

Take some precautions if you don’t want anyone catching wind of your stash. This can be a smelly strain for sure!

Cultivating Gorilla Glue

If you’re looking to grow some Gorilla Glue yourself, you’ll probably be excited to learn that this is a pretty hardy and easy to grow strain, well suited for beginners and casual growers.

Gorilla Glue plants respond best when grown in warm outdoor environments. Exceptionally adapted to the trials of the outdoors, Gorilla Glue packs a strong natural resistance to bugs, parasites, mold, mildew, and bacteria which can be the bane of many other plants.

However, it does not tolerate frost or excessive rain well. Be sure to grow in the proper season or take precautions to avoid exposure to large amounts of rain and never let the plants experience a frost.

While certainly capable of being grown indoors, this often results in a significant reduction in yield. This is partly due to the fact that Gorilla Glue plants like to grow quite tall and stretch out considerably. Be sure to give them plenty of vertical space to grow, as Gorilla Glue plants have been known to reach upwards of eighty inches!

For best yields, the plants should be trimmed during growth.

Typically, it takes about eight to nine weeks of growth for Gorilla Glue to flower. Just keep them away from excess rain and avoid the frost and you’re likely to have a great harvest.

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Gorilla Glue’s fame and accolades are well deserved. This is a very well rounded strain complete with an enticing aroma, delicious taste, a powerful high, and a variety of applications from recreation to pain relief and beyond.

It’s little wonder that this strain remains so highly in demand. You can probably find it proudly displayed in a dispensary near you! If you haven’t yet, give it a try.

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