Gelato Strain Profile & Effects
Is the Gelato #33 cannabis strain as sweet as it sounds? Find out in this article.
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With more and more people starting to use cannabis for various different reasons, whether that be medically or recreationally, it’s no surprise that there are so many different strains of cannabis on the market. As our understanding of cannabis and its effects continues to grow, consumers are looking for a product that is tailored for the specific experience or type of treatment they want.
Through the development of different strains, cannabis cultivators are attempting to maximise the benefits of the plant, while mitigating the side-effects. Whether you are looking to treat an ailment or ache, improve your mood or to simply just relax in front of the TV, there’s probably a strain just right for you. If the sheer number of strains seems daunting to learn about then don’t worry – we’re here to give you a rundown on some of the most popular strains for the year ahead, starting with the Gelato Strain.
The Gelato strain is an indica-leaning hybrid strain (a mixture of indica and sativa), first cultivated in the Bay Area, California by the Cookie Family and Sherbinskis. It was created by a combination of two already popular strains in Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint GSC (a member of the Girl Scout Cookies family).
There are a few different phenotypes for this strain, such as Dolce Gelato (phenotype #42), Bacio Gelato (#41) and Acai Berry Gelato (#49), but the most famous is the one commonly referred to as Larry Bird (#33) – the original phenotype of this strain, named after the legendary Boston Celtics player. This strain is known for it’s mood-lifting and creativity-inspiring effects, as well as being a powerful physical relaxant.
Gelato is a THC-dominant strain, with 17.5% THC being the average, though strains ranging anywhere from 20-25% are not uncommon. There are no relevant amounts of CBD found in this strain. Due to its high THC content, Gelato has a reputation for being quite potent, so caution is advised for any novice consumers. However, due to the lack of intense cerebral effects caused by this strain, it is unlikely to induce deep paranoia.
Physical relaxation comes on strong and quickly, which may discourage physical activity at first, but still leaves users quite mobile and not confined to their couch. Many consumers find that they are still mentally agile after consumption, with an increase in productivity and creativity frequently reported.
Accompanying these effects, along with the physical relaxation, is a strong feeling of euphoria, making this a popular strain for daytime or evening consumption, as it invokes a floaty sense of comfort while still being lucid. Some negative side-effects of this strain include dry-eyes and cottonmouth, which are quite common, especially to newcomers.
Due to its list of benefits and relatively small list of negative side-effects, the Gelato strain has some medicinal value. Through its muscle relaxant and numbing effects, some consumers use it as a way to manage chronic aches and pains, and in some cases even migraines and headaches. Gelato’s uplifting effects and elevation of mood mean this strain has also been used to offer temporary relief from conditions related to stress, depression, anxiety, and even PTSD.
For some users, this strain has also shown potential in the treatment of insomnia, due to its ability to induce mild sedation, however, this isn’t its primary use. Though these medical benefits exist, we remind you that consumption of the plant matter via inhalation through smoking can cause respiratory problems and caution is again advised against heavy consumption, due to the high THC content.