Med Men Wellness, San Francisco
Photos & Text by Caitlin Podiak
Cookies and Cream strain is a 50/50 hybrid bred by Washington-based Exotic Genetix. The mother is an undisclosed Girl Scout Cookies phenotype and the father is Starfighter, from Alien Genetics. Cookies and Cream strain won first place in the hybrid category at the Denver Cannabis Cup this past April. Exotic Genetics boasts that this strain can achieve over 26% THC.
Our Cookies and Cream strain sample came to us from Med Men Wellness, a Bay Area delivery service that delivers 24 hours a day and promises a 25% discount if you don’t receive your order within 60 minutes. Med Men Wellness also offers a generous referral program that rewards you for all purchases made by any patients you refer.
These pale green flowers are covered with muted orange hairs and a remarkably thick coating of ivory-colored trichomes. The aroma is extremely appealing, living up to the name Cookies and Cream with an obvious sweetness and an undeniable creamy quality. There’s also a strong pine influence, along with a clean and refreshing blend of zesty lemon, mint, and grass. Handling Cookies and Cream strain leaves an intensely sweet and minty fragrance on your fingertips.
The flavor of this Cookies and Cream strain sample is surprisingly understated relative to its enticing aroma. It’s quite mild, but with a pronounced creaminess and a fainter sweetness that hints at freshly baked chocolate chip cookies, but so lightly, it’s as though you are merely tasting the air that wafts from the cookies as they cool. Vaporizing reveals more depth to the flavor. It’s grassy and floral, with layers of pine, vanilla, and lemon, a sliver of nuttiness, and a touch of acetone.
Right away, it’s apparent why Cookies and Cream strain was awarded a Cannabis Cup so shortly after making its debut. The tiniest of puffs instantaneously brings on a powerful mental stone, leaving no doubt about the stunning potency of these crystal-covered buds. The body stone comes along moments later, with an enjoyably tingly massaging sensation that releases tension in muscles and joints. It’s immediately calming and comforting, with a heaviness that seems to ground you ― a slow, sensual, syrupy feeling that weighs down your thoughts as well as your limbs, loosening your spine and pulling at your impossibly droopy eyelids.
There’s an overall softening, both physically and mentally. It’s neither energetic nor sedative, or perhaps its strange fusion of languid complacency and alert clarity is both energetic and sedative. It’s possible to focus, but short-term memory may dissolve and your motivation may veer off into odd directions. It’s subtly psychedelic, shaking out stale thought patterns and inspiring creativity. It’s also likely to inspire hunger, and it seems to expand the lungs and encourage deeper and more deliberate breaths.
This is a long-lasting effect, continuing to relieve pain and anxiety for many hours. It’s fairly functional in low doses, and the tactile awareness of the body effect could be well suited to physical activity, but it can also produce an insistent drowsiness that makes working difficult. It could also be the perfect precursor to a particularly delicious nap.