GMO Cannabis Strain [History and Information]
The weed strain GMO is one of the most hyped cannabis breeds of recent times. Even seasoned smokers swear they have never known a high like the one from GMO. The strain has garnered almost as much publicity as it has nicknames; as well as GMO, it also is known as Garlic Cookies and GMO Cookies.
GMO remains a bit of a mystery, though. The exact origins of the strain are unknown, and it is hard to know if it is as strong as people say as it is a rare find in many areas. You are probably here because you have questions about GMO and want the info. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Throughout this article, we will break down GMO and tell you everything you need to know about this weed.
What Is the GMO Strain?
Many believe GMO weed to be the baby of Divine Genetics. Divine Genetics primarily creates super strong skunk aimed at experienced smokers, and GMO certainly meets this criterion. Doubt is cast into the strain’s origins because the company doesn’t reveal its operations base or where they create their strains. As such, several other breed creators have laid claim to GMO, including Mamiko Seeds and a breeder called skunkmasterflex, leaving its origins unclear.
Although we don’t know for definite who birthed the strain, we are confident of its genetic lineage. GMO is an indica-dominant hybrid strain created by crossing the infamous breed, Girl Scout Cookies, with the equally respected Chemdawg. Unsurprisingly, combining these two gives us some heavy-hitting, monster skunk.
Perhaps befitting of a strain with a mysterious background, GMO also goes by several different names. As well as GMO, you will also find it sold as Garlic Cookies and GMO Cookies. The main reason for this is that dispensaries didn’t want to offer something labeled GMO. GMO also stands for a genetically modified organism, and this goes against the organic, natural ethos of many dispensaries and stoners.
Its garlicky moniker comes from the weed’s distinctive flavor profile. For more on to how it smells, tastes, and looks, have a read through our next few sections.
GMO Strain Aroma
GMO marijuana strain has distinctive funk to its aroma. At first, what we are about to describe may seem a bit off-putting, but trust us, it isn’t.
When you open your bag of GMO, a smell swamps you that seems familiar but hard to place. A few big inhales, and suddenly you have it. The initial aroma is that of a thrift shop or flea market, all vintage fabric and mothballs, with an added dollop of curry sauce for good measure. This description may not sound like something you would want to consume, but actually, it is a surprisingly intoxicating smell that will have you reaching for the grinder.
Grinding the buds releases another aroma profile, and the Garlic Cookies name makes a whole lot of sense. When ground, GMO gives off a whiff similar to garlic mixed with rotting coffee grounds and fruit. Again, this doesn’t sound very alluring; it most definitely is!
The overall aroma experience of GMO is one of its most standout features. You will struggle to find another breed that gives off a stench similar to this. It is unique, a bit of a freak, and we love it!
Let’s find out if the taste matches up in our next section.
GMO Strain Flavor
Again, GMO provides a unique experience with regards to its flavor. The strain’s Girl Scout Cookies parentage gives the initial inhale a sweet and earthy flavor, which is pleasant enough if nothing particularly remarkable.
The exhale is where this smoking experience comes into its own. It is all garlic, like the most beautiful garlic bread. A slightly spicy, curry-like aftertaste also joins the mouth too, creating a unique and delectable.
As with the smell of GMO, we are big fans of the taste simply because of how different it is to the regular fruity fest you usually get from modern green breeds. GMO provides smokers with a new and unique taste profile, and the breeders should stand for applause for this.
Next up, we put the looks of this bud under the microscope.
GMO Strain Appearance
GMO’s looks are unusual for an indica heavy hybrid as it looks more like sativa. The buds are thin, long, and pepper shaped. The colors are a beautiful mix of olive green and purple, accentuated by a large number of orange hairs winding their way across the buds, and a snowy coat of white trichomes.
GMO looks good, smells good, and tastes good. Our descriptions might have convinced you to try growing some yourself. Our next section has all the grow information you could need.
GMO Strain Grow Info
GMO seeds used to be hard to come by online. Thankfully, they have become more prevalent in recent times. Several seed banks stock GMO, including two of the breed’s potential originators Divine Genetics and Mamiko Seeds. Omni is another who also sell the seeds regularly.
The three seed suppliers we have listed above are all reputable within the marijuana market, but if you find GMO seeds elsewhere, research the company first. Unfortunately, there are a lot of chancers in the weed world, and this may be a company looking to pull a fast one. You don’t want to be disappointed with your purchase, so invest a little time and effort to ensure you can trust the company you are about the hand over your cash to.
Of course, the other option is to try and gain a cutting from a healthy GMO plant. If you can track down a clipping of an already successful GMO plant, you can use this to grow a genetically identical clone.
In terms of growing difficulty, GMO is moderately difficult. If you are a beginner, it would be wise to start your cannabis cultivating career with a more accessible type of weed. GMO presents more of a challenge, and you want to find success with your first few grows before moving on to trickier breeds.
The plant grows thick, and it absolutely stinks. The distinctive aroma and thick bush mean this is not an inconspicuous plant to grow. Be aware it will need plenty of trimming and will also produce a lot of trichomes. The hefty amount of trichomes makes it excellent for resin production. In terms of plant profile, it is very similar to Sour Diesel.
In theory, you can grow GMO outdoors, but to do so requires warm and sunny climes up till the middle of October. Indoors is a better bet, with the plant typically producing buds in around nine weeks.
In terms of yields, outdoor growers can expect up to 600 grams of elegant buds from each plant. Indoor growers are looking at up to 450 grams per square meter.
That should give you all the information you need to cultivate a GMO plant successfully. Before you go to all that effort, though, you probably want to know what kind of levels of THC you can expect. Read our next section to find out.
THC Content of the GMO Strain
GMO cannabis has a reputation for providing a high unlike any other skunk out there, so what sort of levels of THC are we looking at?
Laboratory tests regularly put the strain at 25% THC content. These levels put GMO at the higher end of the THC scale. Anything from 25% and up will usually be one of the most potent strains on offer in a typical dispensary.
There is the possibility of getting an even stronger batch, however. Although GMO weed regularly comes out at 25%, it is not unheard of for it to test even higher. Some plants have shown THC levels as high as 33%. This amount is a ridiculously high strength of THC that is sure to have even the most experienced smokers impressed.
Due to GMO’s heavy-hitting levels of THC, it is not a strain suited to novices or anyone particularly susceptible to THC. Even weed veterans should tread carefully and treat this skunk with the respect it deserves.
We know that GMO cannabis brings a lot of THC to the table, but what about its CBD content? Does it deliver in this department, too?
CBD Content of the GMO Strain
The CBD content of GMO is so low it is practically non-existent. Laboratory testing reveals only trace amounts of CBD, if even detected at all. It is best to think of the CBD levels in GMO as 0%.
Obviously, with no CBD content, if you are looking for a CBD heavy breed, GMO is not the one for you. If you are looking to consume weed primarily for CBD related benefits and effects, you should carry out further research to find a better breed with high CBD levels. There is a lot of information available for you online to help with this.
With such high THC levels and practically no CBD, what kind of possible medical benefits come from smoking GMO? We look into this now.
Medical Benefits of the GMO Strain
As GMO is such a THC heavy breed, any potential medicinal benefits come from its psychoactive properties. This skunk is known for its punch, and in terms of effects, it is strong. Users report feeling incredibly relaxed and happy. GMO also gives off equally strong feelings of euphoria and has a generally uplifting effect. Continued smoking can see this relaxation give way to sleepiness.
Potential medical benefits include aiding stress, depression, and anxiety. Due to the powerful effects it has on your overall mood, some also use GMO for pain as it completely takes your attention elsewhere.
As it can make users feel sleepy when using big doses, GMO can also help those struggling with sleep deprivation. Equally, because it takes a lot to induce sleepiness, GMO is a good option for those looking to ease pain without feeling too tired, as long as it’s used in moderation.
There certainly seems to be some potential medical benefits to be gained from using GMO. What about possible adverse side effects, though? Are there any you should be aware of before using, and how serious can they be? Please take a look at our next section to see.
Possible Side Effects of the GMO Strain
GMO’s potential side effects are all the usual suspects you would expect from any THC-heavy cannabis. The main symptom reported is dry mouth. To a lesser extent, users have also reported feelings of dizziness, anxiety, and paranoia. Dry eyes are another side effect people have reported, too.
All breeds of cannabis with substantial levels of THC will give these side effects and one thing in GMO’s favor it that users tend to report all of these possible side effects occurring a lot less frequently than with other types of weed. Of course, this could be that most people who use GMO are veteran smokers, so they could have a higher general tolerance to the adverse side effects of smoking weed.
As with anything, the best possible way to avoid any potential adverse effects is to treat GMO with respect and consume in moderation. The THC levels of this breed are high, and you will likely require much less than you usually would to feel stoned. Start with a small amount and pace yourself. Don’t be caught out by the THC potency.
Final Thoughts on GMO Strain
Hopefully, this article cuts through a little of the mystique surrounding GMO weed. It certainly seems as though GMO is deserving of its lofty reputation. This strain is a skunk that provides a serious THC high, with strong, long-lasting effects. It also brings an unusual treat for the senses, with its distinctive taste and smell.
I think we can view this as a glowing endorsement from us for GMO. Track some down for yourself and see if you agree!
What do you think of GMO Cookies? Have you ever smoked up any of this celebrated breed? Did you feel it justified its reputation or was it a case of don’t believe the hype? Let us know in the comments section below.
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When I was in second grade, our teacher told us about the grand experiments involving scientists splicing or fusing (or whatever) a gene here or there, which would one day create massive tomatoes and watermelons that could end world hunger. Pretty cool, right? Fast-forward twenty years, and come to find out that my teacher was talking about GMOs (genetically modified organisms), and people are now freaking the fuck out over $6 bottles of juice.
Those who despise GMOs would be unwise to hate on the strain known as GMO Cookies, though. Some breeders and dispensaries have changed the name to Garlic Cookies out of fear of consumer pushback — but anyone who blindly buys commercial pot and whatever the hell it’s laced with, then boycotts a particular strain over its name alone has their priorities wrong.
A child of Chemdog and Girl Scout Cookies from Divine Genetics — a seed bank known for Cookies strains — GMO Cookies is both pungent and sweet, gassy and spicy. and very dangerous. One bowl too many of this strain is like dropping your brain in a wood chipper, slowing you down to half the pace of the rest of the world. Sometimes you’re happy with that, because the tangy, alluring smell makes it hard to turn away. Even when used in moderation, GMO can be disorienting for low tolerances. Know your limits, though, and it can calm tension and upset stomachs.
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We’ve spotted GMO and its alter egos at Bgood, Botanico, Frosted Leaf, The Herbal Center, The Herbal Cure, Lightshade and Peak; extractors like Olio and Viola Extracts have sold it in concentrate form to more dispensaries, too. You can’t go wrong with either concentrate version, as both are soaking in piney, gassy terpenes (likely myrcene and caryophyllene, at the very least).
Looks: Generally dark or wintergreen, with regular spots of purple and rust-orange pistils, GMO buds tend to look slender or gnarled, carry a thick coat of trichomes, and have been known to foxtail.
Smell: Full of distinctly different aromas, GMO still finds a way to be somewhat layered, with sweet, rubbery smells of gasoline up front, followed by earthy, chalky notes with a little acidity and spice, like wet, dank grass with a bunch of mud. Still, I think the “garlic” term is forced, unless we’re talking about something fermented. Sure, it smells funky and has some zest, but it’s way too sweet and sour for that name.
Flavor: Like an earthier Chemdog, with a little doughy sweetness hanging around for a few minutes after. The garlic comparison makes a little more sense here, but you still have to look for those zesty and herbal notes.
Effects: Don’t expect to take over the world on this one. GMO can put a seat belt on your couch and keep you there, so treat this as a nighttime or hangover strain. That can take time to figure out, thanks to those Diesel-like fumes, but usually not more than one session. The strain’s relaxing, stoney effects have been used to treat pain, anxiety, nausea, eating disorders and minor mental anguish.
Home grower’s take: “You’ll see a lot more seed banks with GMO or Garlic strains now, especially Divine, Mamiko and Omni. It’s just so thick and sour, like a new-age cut of Sour Diesel, but not a sativa at all. It’ll hold a lot of trichomes, too, so keep that in mind when harvesting and trimming: You can make decent rosin with all the kief that falls down. It doesn’t stretch a ton, and shouldn’t take more than nine weeks to pull. If you can pull a pound and a half from six plants, do it.”
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A child of Chemdog and Girl Scout Cookies from Divine Genetics — a seed bank known for Cookies strains — GMO Cookies is both pungent and sweet, gassy and spicy…and very dangerous.