“I was pissed,” writes Whales in a widely quoted forum post. “I got rid of all of it to a friend, marrdog.”
The upside here is that emotional distance can be exactly what a person needs to rationally approach whatever it is that life throws their way.
If we’re going to talk about Gorilla Glue #5, then we need to first talk about its proud parent Gorilla Glue #4. And to do that, we need to introduce a grower by the name of Josey Whales, who is widely recognized as the steward of modern cannabis’s happiest accident.
The high is strong and long, centering and sleepy, stoning and blissful. Though this example of GG5 tests at a moderate 21.2% THC, the loud, terpinolene-dominant terpene profile ups the psychoactivity by cloudy leaps.
So they kept the strain around, growing larger and larger batches of #4 clones. Subsequently, Gorilla Glue, named for the strain’s tendency to gunk up scissors during harvest, was born.
Luckily, his buddy Marrdog felt differently and took a gamble on the seeds, and what resulted changed cannabis forever: out of the four seeds germinated, three were viable females; and the plant labeled #4 was the “clear winner,” as Whales puts it.
Cutting his losses, Whales wanted nothing more to do with the experimental cross.
Compared to GG4, GG5 lacks the happy mental stimulation and sativa head space of its famed parent—opting for a more cohesive high that’s very good at doing one thing: chilling a person out.
From a medical perspective, GG5 is most appropriate as a sedative and sleep aid—goodbye, insomnia!—but it doesn’t seem to do much for pain like other heavy indicas of its class.
Potlander Strain: Gorilla Glue #5 Parentage: Gorilla Glue #1 x Gorilla Glue #4 Breeder: GG Strains Grower: Devil’s Lettuce Cannabinoid Content: 21.2% THC If we’re going to