Genetics & History

Also known as Larry Bird, Gelato is one of Cookie Fam Genetics’ finest cannabis strains. It has lived up to the genetic prowess of its parent-strains, Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies and Sunset Sherbet. Coming out of the Bay Area in California, Gelato was given its name because of its dessert-sweet scent, a scent which is typical among Cookie strains. There are some other undertones detected, which include: earthy, minty, berry, oaky, sherbet, lavender and citrus. The abundance of flavors add to the amazing taste of this strain.

Gelato kush has a THC content of 13% to 25%. Its high THC content may be too much for the new marijuana users, however, for those with a high THC tolerance, it is the perfect strain. The strain was given its secondary name in honour of former NBA player Larry Bird, whose jersey number was 33. When Gelato was first harvested, several phenotypes were released, including phenotype 33, and that’s where the connection between the strain and the man was made. Gelato is not one of the most inconspicuous strains to get around, so if you are living in a place where marijuana is not yet decriminalized or legalized, you should be extra careful as the pungent smell is bound to waft through the air in a tell-tale way.

Appearance & Smell

The Gelato strain has deep-purple buds with bright orange hairs and a snowy-white coat of trichomes. When smoked, Gelato gives off thick smokes that have a sweet taste with hints of lavender and wood. There is a berry, citrusy after taste when smoked. Gelato produces a powerful relaxing effect on the body, however it won’t make you so relaxed you find yourself wanting to sleep. You can still complete the items on your to-do-list or do something creative or reflective like painting or journaling. Gelato strain is certainly a daytime strain you can reach for when you need a little “icebreaker”. If you are having a bad day or have found yourself feeling down for longer than usual, Gelato is your go-to as it will leave you feeling sociable, almost giggly, and ready to have a good time. With all the sweetness to this strain, reminiscent of the Italian ice-cream, it will make for a perfect smoke after a meal, especially as it is always wise to smoke on a full stomach, or at least one that is not too empty.

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This delectable strain gourmet has balanced sativa and indica components. Gelato is 44% sativa and 56% indica and though it has a slight indica dominance, which usually produces more sedative effects, the sativa components certainly balance out this strain. This gives it its uplifting, energizing effects, producing the perfect mix of relaxation and stimulation. The overall effects of this strain are long lasting and with the high THC content, not much of it needs to be consumed before they can be enjoyed. The psychedelic effects of Gelato  make it a powerhouse among weed strains.  However, if a person smokes more than he can handle, he may experience a bit of paranoia or dizziness, as reported by users. Though there is a tangy taste to this strain that can cause a little mouth puckering, when smoked it is smooth on the lungs. However, one thing is for sure, you may want to have some snacks close by because this strain is known to bring on the munchies. Another one of the unpleasant side effects of this pot strain is that it often leaves users with cotton mouth, so be sure to have a glass of water nearby!

Medicinal uses

Gelato is known to relieve symptoms associated with these and other conditions:

  • Muscular aches/pains
  • Back pain
  • Neuropathic pain
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Nausea related to chemo, HIV etc
  • Insomnia
  • Lack of appetite
  • Chronic stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

How to grow

Gelato marijuana plants are said to have above average yields, whether grown indoors or outdoors. The yield of the Gelato strain is said to be similar to that of the yields of its parent-strains. The plants usually flower between 8 and 9 weeks, and can be harvested around the middle of October. Gelato is a robust marijuana strain and is resistant to a lot of viruses, molds, bacteria, mites and other kinds of pests. It ranges from short to medium height when fully grown and is a regular, auto flowering plant. Gelato can be quite difficult to cultivate, whether from the seeds or cuttings, so experience in marijuana harvesting is required. Like the actual yield that is expected from this plant, detailed info on how to grow this strain to achieve its maximum potential have been withheld by the creators.

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They are some who say using a grow tent makes indoor cultivation more successful. Inside the grow tent, the weed plant is easy to observe. Because of the height of this plant, growing it indoors will not pose much more difficulty than if grown outdoors.  If grown outdoors, ensure that it is in a warm, humid climate condition.

Here is a table with some reference info; use it as a guide when purchasing marijuana strains.

Positive Effects Uplifting, euphoric, relaxed, happy, creative
Flavors Orange, berry, sweet, citrusy
May Relieve Muscular aches/pains, Back pain, Fibromyalgia, Nausea, Insomnia, Lack of appetite etc.


Aromas, Fragrance Sweet, sour, citrusy
THC Content % Up to 25%
CBD % 1.59%
Yield Above average
Genetic Indica/Sativa
Flowering time 9-10 weeks
Harvest mid October
Plant Height Short
Type Autoflowering/Regular


How to use

Gelato can be enjoyed in a number of ways, including through the use of Gelato Oil Pens, Gelato wax, Gelato shatter and other types of concentrates which can also be purchased online. While growing this plant is quite hard, perhaps the hardest part is actually getting your hands on some Gelato cannabis seeds, which leaves cloning as the most viable way of actually harvesting the Gelato strain. Still, you may find Gelato in medical dispensaries in states where weed is legal. Gelato’s weed price is $300 per ounce.