But the hype outpaced availability, and soon GG4 knockoffs and opportunistic crosses diluted the name in a hasty cash grab.
This tsunami strength translates to a less-social frame of mind, and seems more appropriate for meditation and introspection than hanging out with, well, anyone other than your TV. The reason being: GG5 tends to blunt emotional experiences and general reaction times, favoring a tranquil distance from mental highs and lows—which is great for when you’re alone, but not for when you need to hold down your end of a conversation.
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.
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.
What’s more, Gorilla Glue #4 lived up to the hype. Medical patients were won over by the strain’s ability to treat pain without necessitating a nap. Connoisseurs flocked to the huge diesel aroma and potent-but-balanced hybrid high.
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.
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.
Strain: Gorilla Glue #5
Parentage: Gorilla Glue #1 x Gorilla Glue #4
Breeder: GG Strains
Grower: Devil’s Lettuce
Cannabinoid Content: 21.2% THC
The overall impact of iffy reliability was a reduced consumer confidence in Glue strains—a side effect of popularity that Whales and his Nevada-based breeding company GG Strains hope to eliminate with a more controlled approach to the release of their new and future strains, like Gorilla Glue #5.
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