Named for an Italian treat, Gelato is a weed strain that promises to be every bit as sweet and delicious as its creamy counterpart. Also known as Larry Bird (a decidedly less delectable name), Gelato was produced by crossing Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies with Sunset Sherbet—two sweet strains that are hugely popular with consumers.
Gelato is fast-acting and strong, offering a host of benefits for both medicinal and recreational users. For more strain information, including genetics, effects, flavors, and more, keep reading.
Is Gelato an Indica or Sativa?
Gelato is a hybrid that leans ever-so-slightly toward Indica. It’s fairly balanced, but it’s Indica dominant.
Just like its parent strains Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint Cookies, Gelato was produced in California. The masterminds over at Cookie Fam Genetics are responsible for this one and their creation has become so popular that numerous variations have appeared since, including Gelato 33.
Gelato buds are beautiful, with deep green leaves and purple hues, along with a multitude of orange hairs and a thick coating of trichomes.
Gelato Effects and Uses
Gelato’s effects are quick and strong, leaving the user with an all-over feeling of relaxation. However, it won’t lock you to the couch and you’ll still be able to think, work, and create. It’s sedating but uplifting, and that makes it a good choice if you want to relax without completely melting into the couch.
The Gelato cannabis strain is favored by medicinal users as well as recreational ones. Effects can vary depending on the product, dose, and user, but it may help with the following conditions:
- Chronic Pain
- Muscle Spasms
- Chronic Inflammation
- Loss of Appetite
It’s worth remembering, however, that Gelato is a high THC cannabis strain and may not be suitable for inexperienced users. What’s more, as the dose increases, side effects such as dry mouth, dry eyes, anxiety, and paranoia become more common.
Not all cannabis strains are worthy of their mouth-watering names, but the Gelato strain definitely is. It’s fruit, creamy, and sugary. You’ll detect an array of fruity aromas as soon as you crack the seal and these will stay with you as you light, draw, and inhale.
The sweet flavors are mixed with an earthiness that doesn’t detract from the pleasantness, and you’ll also detect a slightly-sour citrus note on the exhale. The more you smoke, the more complex it gets, with notes of cracked black pepper, sugared cinnamon, and candied lemons provided by a fusion of terpenes like Caryophyllene and Limonene.
Growing the Gelato Weed Strain
Do you want to add some of this Indica dominant cannabis strain to your grow room? If so, you’ll need to work for it, as it can be a tricky strain to grow.
Gelato is suited for growing indoors and outdoors, but the latter only applies if you live in a very warm and humid climate. After all, we’re talking about a CA native and the sun is always shining on the Golden State.
Flowering time is about 8 to 10 weeks and the yield is on the moderate to high side.