Girl Scout Cookies Strain: Does the Legend Hold Up to Reality?

Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, and the many other arrays of Girl Scout Cookies have been a popular snack for decades. But more recently, the name Girl Scout Cookies has become synonymous for being a strain of cannabis.

Famous for its powerful, heady highs and its pungent aromas, the Girl Scout Cookie strain (often abbreviated to just GSC) has been a stoner favorite for decades. From its humble origins in California, this strain has gone on to win numerous awards and conquer a whole country of marijuana users, from the recreational to the medicinal.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Girl Scout Cookie strain.

What is the Girl Scout Cookies Strain?

The Girl Scout Cookies strain began its life where many strains are born: in California. It’s a combination of two already popular and powerful strains, OG Kush and Durban Poison.

OG Kush is well known for its incredible euphoric qualities, and it’s likely these origins that give Girl Scout Cookies its most potent cerebral effects. Meanwhile, Durban Poison is known for its sweet smell and its energetic, uplifting qualities, which blend well with the pure euphoria of OG Kush. The hybrid of these two creates a sort of superweed, a hero of the cannabis world.

GSC is now among the most popular marijuana brands for medicinal and recreational users.

Girl Scout Cookies Strain Review

We know that Girl Scout Cookies is a popular and powerful strain, but what are the details of the product? What does it smell, taste, and look like?


Girl Scout Cookies, like its parent strain OG Kush, has a very strong smell. The aroma has been described as skunky with an edge of mint, like the Thin Mint cookies that the Girl Scouts are famous for. If you’re looking for a discrete strain that you can hit during your work break or hide from your roommate, then GSC is going to blow your cover.


With a name like Girl Scout Cookies, the flavor of the strain is obviously going to come front and center. Indeed, GSC is known for its distinct taste. Leafly describes the flavor of Girl Scout Cookies as earthy, sweet, and flowery. Others note distinct menthol tones. Either way, this is not a bland medicine.


As a plant, GSC marijuana will grow to a medium height of about 30 inches. The flowers tend to grow in tight buds with beautiful colors: orange pistils, white trichomes, and purple leaves. When the bud is dried and ready to smoke it maintains its colorful character.

Marijuana Break describes Girl Scout Cookies as a “gorgeous strain to stare at, with its pleasant character always managing to brighten up the world.”

THC to CBD Ratio of Girl Scout Cookie Strain

Girl Scout Cookies Strain

Marijuana aficionados are always going to have one question in their mind when they’re evaluating a strain: what’s the THC to CBD ratio? The short answer is that its THC content usually hovers around 25 percent (quite high) and its CBD content usually clocks in around .2 percent (quite low). There is, however, a longer answer.

For one, the actual genetic makeup of Girl Scout Cookies is a bit of a mystery. That’s because one of its parent plants, OG Kush, has secretive origins. OG Kush is sometimes listed as an Indica strain and other times as a Sativa strain. Either way, it means that the exact Indica-Sativa ratio for Girl Scout Cookies is hard to determine.

One Netherlands based Marijuana information site lists the strain as 40 percent Sativa and 60 percent Indica, but that’s probably just an educated guess.

What we do know for sure, however, is what the lab tests say about the THC and CBD contents of GSC. According to Wikileaf, the highest recorded THC level for a GSC strain was 28 percent, and the highest CBD level was 1 percent. It states the average THC level at about 26 percent.

To put these numbers into perspective, it puts Girl Scout Cookies among some of the highest THC content strains out there. But, in terms of CBD content, the higher end strains can contain upwards of 15 percent or higher CBD, which is way beyond GSC highest recorded levels.

Girl Scout Cookies Strain Attributes

As mentioned above, the Girl Scout Cookies strain is known for its powerful, cerebral euphorias. It’s a hybrid of two other, classic strains that are famous in their own right. It’s tasty and pungent. But let’s get a bit more specific about the strains attributes here. How does it feel to smoke? What are the medical benefits that the strain offers?

What are the negatives?

Possible Medical Benefits

People often describe feeling a sense of euphoria, relief, and strong creative urges when they use Girl Scout Cookies. This makes GSC a great choice for fighting stress and depression. In fact, Leafly has given the strain it’s highest rating for stress relief and a near perfect score for depression relief.

But it’s not just the cerebral effects of GSC that can provide medical benefits. Girl Scout Cookies has long been used by those looking for relief from nausea and lack of appetite. The body high from this strain is powerful, and it will certainly make you want to eat whatever cookies, Girl Scout or otherwise, that you have to lie around.

Many medical marijuana patients are looking for pain relief, and GSC may be able to offer help in that regard as well. Although it is very low in CBD, its high THC content can certainly keep you distracted from back pain and other issues you may be experiencing due to illness. It will also help those who are suffering from Insomnia.

One thing to consider when using GSC for medical purposes is its strength. To get its medical benefits, you will want to use the strain in relatively high amounts. However, because it packs such a strong, cerebral punch, you want to be careful not to overdo it.

Those using GSC for pain may want to try edibles, for an extended release sort of high. Those looking for its other benefits may want to smoke or vape the marijuana. Either way, with a strain this powerful, it’s best to start with a small dose and work your way up from there.

Side Effects and Risks

There are always risks and side effects of smoking marijuana. It should go without saying that, as with alcohol or any drug, the dose that you use will determine how powerful your experience is. You should always be careful not to overdo it, as that increases the risk of nasty side effects.

It should also be noted that use of marijuana impairs your ability to drive or operate heavy machinery, especially when we are talking about a strain as potent as GSC.

That said, Girl Scout Cookies actually has a rather small side effect profile. The most common complaint is, no surprise here, dry mouth. While it can be annoying, this side effect will not usually ruin your experience, and it is easily treated with a tall glass of water.

Other side effects that users of GSC note are dry eyes, dizziness, anxiety, and paranoia. If you are someone who is known to get paranoid when using marijuana, it’s a good idea to start with small tokes to see how you feel, and then work your way up to larger doses. You wouldn’t want that powerful effect of GSC backfiring on you!

What Other Reviewers Think of Girl Scout Cookie Strain

Reviews for the Girl Scout Cookie strain are almost uniformly positive. This comes as no surprise, given its reputation. However, there are some specific compliments and complaints that are worth highlighting.

CBDiva on Wikileaf has this to say about GSC: “This strain was among the most popular in Las Vegas in the pre-legalization years. Some smokers even kept separate pipes for smoking GSC vs. other strains. It definitely leans toward the Indica side a bit but is not sedating in the typical sense. I think the word “narcotic” describes it well.”

CBDiva gives the strain 4/5 stars, perhaps because it’s a bit too ‘narcotic’ for some tastes.

The reviewers at Marijuana Break say the following about the strain:

“Winning multiple Cannabis Cup awards for its almost alien-like supreme quality, Girl Scout Cookies (GSC) has been a stoner-favorite for decades, attracting the likes of those who want to consume this amazing weed because of its aromatic, entrancing and earthy aroma.”

They are just one of many reviewers who bring up the far-reaching reputation of this strain.

KimDavis3 left a positive review on Leafly. She has the following to say:

“For me, this is definitely a strain where you want to be in an unstructured or party environment.”

She also mentions how the strain has helped her to gain weight with its strong munchies.

The Netherlands based marijuana website, NCSM, has plenty of positive reviews for this strain.

Linda says:

“I’ve been experiencing chronic back pain for several years now and I’ve tried so many medications. They worked just fine, but later some of them made me feel kinda dizzy, so I had to switch to something different. Then, someone recommended me to buy Girl Scout Cookies marijuana, and it was the best advice I’ve received recently. Just a couple of minutes with this pot and my pain is gone. I’m so glad I discovered this. Now I can work around the house again!”

If that’s not a success story, I don’t know what is.

Another positive review on Wikileaf comes from Tina Rockwell:

“Girl Scout cookies has always been a great help when it comes to my nausea caused by cyclic vomiting syndrome. It not only helps my nausea but it helps me relax”

This is just one of many testimonies about the powerful medicinal nature of GSC.

Some Final Thoughts on this Legendary Strain

As all of the review above indicate, Girl Scout Cookies is a powerful, popular, and classic strain that people use both recreationally and medicinally. It’s the kind of marijuana strain that people look for when they want a strong ‘high’ that’s associated more with THC than CBD.

Of course, each person has a unique reaction to different marijuana strains, and there’s no way to be sure how you will feel using GSC unless you try. But be careful, there are no training wheels with this strain!

Farma Health Desk Editor