Many strains often come with weird and wonderful origin stories, but the roots of Gorilla Glue are somewhat less auspicious, if still fascinating.
Like many strains these days, there are a few different versions of Gorilla Glue out there, but GG #4 is the one we’ll focus on here.
The name of this award-winning strain may come from the stickiness of its trichomes, and their tendency to ‘glue’ scissors together during the trimming process, but ironically it only came into the world through chance, and the frustration of one breeder – Joesy Whales – who threw out the original seeds after his first run all ‘hermied’ and ruined his entire crop.
Luckily for us, his friend Marrdog rescued a few of this first batch and a year later, grew them himself. Four phenotypes popped up, and #4 was judged to be the best. Thus, GG#4 was rescued from the brink of disappearing forever and launched into the world where it has won awards and an abundance of admirers.
Gorilla Glue #4’s accolades include first place at both the Michigan and Los Angeles Cannabis Cups in 2014, as well as the High Times Jamaican World Cup.
Its popularity continues to grow due to its effectiveness as a medical strain, especially for those looking for pain relief and relaxation.
Its pungent earthy and sour aromas combined with its fresh, piney flavour are all attributes from its parent strains, Chem’s Sister, Sour Dubb, and Chocolate Diesel.
However, the awards for GG#4 have not just been down to its taste and aroma. The bedrock of GG#4’s success is its ability to be a strain for just about every occasion.
The name Gorilla Glue may have been invented to honour its stickiness, but it also describes some of the effects this strain can have quite fittingly. GG #4 can glue you to the sofa and dry your mouth out just as easily as it glues your scissor blades together. Its indica lineage shines through strongly in this regard, and shouldn’t be taken lightly.
Having said all that, GG#4 is still a hybrid, and the reviews of this strain have made note of the focus it can give you despite the deep couchlock. This may feel like a pure indica in the body, but in the head it’s all Sativa.
Jake Brown at thecannabist.co described the effect that Gorilla Glue had on him in an excellent review that highlights the almost schizophrenic nature of the strain:
“Two hits in, I pause. Hybrid can be a deceiving term, and every indication initially is that I’m in for a sativa head trip that will keep me up until they no longer bother airing infomercials”
“With a deep body stone to match a calmer concentration, though, I’m not fiddling with anything or checking tabs…And while I’m feeling slight hunger pangs, I don’t have the desire to munch for the sake of munching. Sometimes, feeling engrossed is satiating enough.”
The review ends on the word enough, and that feels like a key word when reviewing Gorilla Glue. It is enough, at everything; indica enough to ease your pain and relax your muscles, but sativa enough to keep you awake and focused on the task at hand. Sticky and smelly enough to please all of your senses, but not quite strong enough to overwhelm and leave you anxious. It’s a rare thing to find a strain that is loved by everyone, but Gorilla Glue #4 comes pretty damn close, and for that it should be applauded.
And to think, it almost ended up in the bin.