Cookies and Cream Strain
Cookies and Cream strain is every bit as vanilla-like and sweet tasting as the ice cream for which it was named. It boasts a high THC average of 26% and can really help to induce feelings of happiness and euphoria (much like a cookies and cream ice cream cone can).
Cookies and Cream is perhaps one of the most well-known and beloved flavors of ice cream. It might surprise you to find that this also applies to cannabis strains. Cookies and Cream is a smooth hybrid strain of cannabis that is known far and wide as both an excellent beginner strain for those still inexperienced with marijuana, as well as a favorite among those more experienced due its unique taste and smell.
Let’s take a look at the Cookies and Cream strain in its entirety and learn all about the closest thing you’ll get to ice cream flavored marijuana.
Cookies and Cream was originally grown by Exotic Genetix, a worryingly scientific name for such a down to earth, homeopathic company. Cookies and Cream has a very mixed genetic history, with its roots lying in the infamous Girl Scout Cookies. Its more recent parentage belongs to a loose cross between the Starfighter strain and an, as of yet, unknown Girl Scout Cookies phenotype.
Hey, if you knew the secret recipe, it wouldn’t be a secret anymore, would it?
Cookies and Cream took home the first place prize in the hybrid category of the 2014 Denver Cannabis Cup, essentially the Olympics for marijuana at the time.
Cookies and Cream is a hybrid, meaning it contains properties of both a traditional indica as well as a sativa. This allows it some versatility with regard to its effects, making it more of an everyday strain rather than a dedicated indica or sativa.
Cookies and Cream belongs the Cookies family, meaning it is one of the myriad of descendents of the Girl Scout Cookies Strain. This grants Cookies and Cream a certain factor, a certain history that is not too dissimilar to drinking a very aged scotch from an ancestral brewery – it has history, character, and a long line of genetics all leading towards the very bud you have in front of you.
So, what’s it like?
The Cookies and Cream Strain Grow Info
Cookies and Cream is unfortunately a pretty difficult strain to grow yourself.
Though it can do quite well both indoors and outdoors, it requires extremely carefully monitored temperature variables, as well as a consistent feeding schedule. Due to its Mediterranean history, it needs very wet, warm weather pretty consistently, typically in the 70 to 80 degree Fahrenheit range.
However, Cookies and Cream has a remarkably short growing time, taking roughly 8 or so weeks, meaning that it is pretty quick to mature and begin producing bud – the only problem is the care in the meantime.
Like many temperamental strains for home growing, Cookies and Cream requires careful pruning, especially if they begin to approach too tall a height. This can happen if growing them indoors, as the regular temperatures and consistent sunlight makes the plants strive ever upwards, rather than pushing out and making room for bud protection.
As long as you ensure Cookies and Cream has a nice temperature controlled, moisture monitored room to grow in, and you keep on top of the pruning schedule, you will not have to hard a time making your own Cookies and Cream.
However, if it all seems too much and too arduous a process, the original creators of the strain, Exotic Genetix, still sell seeds for this prize winning, ice cream-like cannabis strain. Sometimes it is fun and enjoyable to make your own weed, but other times it is just easier to buy it yourself – Cookies and Cream is one of those times.
By now, you have either bought your own Cookies and Cream, or grown it yourself, so let us take a look at the actual effects of this magical strain.
Aroma, Flavor and Appearance
Cookies and Cream is, unsurprisingly, famed for its taste and smell. With extremely sweet notes on both the tongue and the nose, Cookies and Cream is eerily reminiscent of the selfsame ice cream flavor that it takes its name from.
The vanilla flavor is somewhat nuanced, rather than the bold faced, powerful vanilla bean you would get in some ice creams – it is far closer to the vanilla gained from oak casks in fine whiskey, if you can believe it. Additionally, it has a back note of earthy richness that lends many to think that Cookies and Cream is a completely different strain altogether.
It has a fairly traditional appearance in nug form, with a fine film of cannabis kief that lines the sides. The kief has a strangely powerful smell, inviting you in to enjoy the whole experience.
Something interesting to note is how dark and rich the actual bud itself is – considering its light and sweet flavor, you might expect to find a Cookies and Cream bud to have a light and gentle appearance and color, but in actuality it is dark and wood green, almost resembling resinous pine.
All sounds like a nice complex, inviting strain; so, how do we grow it?
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