Gelato strain (also referred to as “Larry Bird”) is a tantalizing hybrid cannabis strain from Cookie Fam and Sherbinski, following in the footsteps of its parents Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint GSC. This Bay Area, California native gets its name from the fruity, dessert-like aroma, a common genetic thread among the Cookie family. Her buds tend to bloom in dark purple hues illuminated by fiery orange hairs and a shining white coat of crystal resin. Novice consumers may want to approach this THC powerhouse with caution, but those armed with a high tolerance will delight in Gelato’s heavy-handed euphoria. Physical relaxation comes on strong, but many find themselves still mentally agile enough to stay productive and creative when enjoying Gelato during the day.
This small plant is high in THC content, boasting an average of 20-26 percent THC, making it a great medical strain for people with severe pain or limiting mental troubles.
It also contains a balanced mix of both sativa and indica strains, the sativa making up 45 percent of the hybrid and the indica making up the remaining portion of the strain. Therefore, it makes for a great blend of both stimulating and relaxing qualities.
The reason why the Gelato strain is so popular and highly coveted is that the strain has all of the best qualities that a marijuana consumer would desire. It’s not only a potent strand that has a great mix of both sativa and indica, which gives a person the perfect balance of focus and energy as well as soothing and relaxing effects, but it also has a great smell and taste!
The parents of the Gelato strain, Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint GSC, make for a highly enjoyable cannabis, giving all of its best genetic qualities to its progeny. The aroma is heavenly with a fun mix of sweet and citrusy scents. Most report the following mix of smells:
-hint of lavender
The flavor is much like the aroma. It tastes sweet like an Italian gelato would but also has a distinct citrus flavor. Additionally, because it is, after all, a plant, it does contain an earthy taste that can even lean towards an oak flavor at times.
The appearance of the Gelato strain is a beautiful mix of colors: dark purple, forest green (or light green), orange, and a dusty white. The plant is rather small but can sometimes be a medium size. The flowers themselves are a deep purple. Wild orange hairs jut out all around the plant. Extending out from the flowering buds are the long and narrow leaves, shiny and bold.
Lastly, you will easily notice a crystal-white layer of what looks like dust covering the plant. This is actually the trichomes and the resins together presenting this light snowy look.
Medical Benefits of the Gelato Strain
The Gelato strain has been shown to help with symptoms associated with many medical conditions. These conditions include:
-Insomnia, especially as it relates to depression and anxiety
-Chronic pain due to many differing chronic medical conditions
-Inflammation – Many medical conditions stem from inflammation
-Nausea, especially for cancer patients who have chronic nausea
-Lack of appetite due to certain sicknesses
-Muscle spasms, especially as it relates to Parkinson’s disease
Additionally, a poll rating revealed that the number one thing that the Gelato strain helped with, even above depression, anxiety, or pain was stress in general. This is good to know considering many people today are under high levels of stress.