Stories Behind The Strains: Girl Scout Cookies

The Girl Scouts of America have been teaching girls how to tie knots, sing songs, and be kind to their neighbors since 1912. But perhaps their most enduring cultural legacy? Cookies. Lots and lots of delicious cookies, from Thin Mints to Shortbread and Peanut Butter Patties.

Enter Girl Scout Cookies -- the cannabis strain -- comes with a sugar-high-like buzz of energy, almost-addictive tastiness, and a totally sweet name that undoubtedly fuelled its widespread popularity.

There's some debate about where Cookies came from. The folks at 91 Life claim the OG Kush and Durban Poison hybrid was first bred out of Florida in the mid-1990s, becoming available across North America in 2010. Leafly, on the other hand, traces its origins to California. The often-imitated, rarely-duplicated flavor is described as having strong notes of "sweet pastries, wood varnish, diesel fuel, and lemon pinesol."

Like its actual-cookie counterpart, the strain has numerous varieties, most notably Thin Mint and Platinum Cookies, which, varying in effect, feature a signature look of "twisting green calyxes wrapped in purple leaves and fiery orange hairs."

Girl Scout Cookies also packs a punch: a high THC content has earned the strain numerous Cannabis Cup awards for Best Hybrid and Best Indica. So if you're lucky enough to live in an area where you can get it, it's probably wise to follow the Girl Scout motto: be prepared.


Most people know that to consume alcohol and then get behind the wheel of a car is very dangerous — not just for the driver and passengers, but for anyone else sharing the road. For cannabis consumers, however, understanding levels of impairment is not so straightforward. To date, there is not yet a technology used by law enforcement that can accurately detect cannabis impairment similar to alcohol breathalyzers.

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