Blue Dream, the slightly sativa-dominant hybrid, has reigned as the number one selling marijuana strain for several years. However, its lofty position came under real threat in 2015 after the arrival of the incredibly potent Original Glue strain.
Original Glue (a.k.a. GG#4) entered the cannabis market under its former name, Gorilla Glue #4. Its rapid rise in the cannabis world was quickly brought crashing back down to earth following a legal challenge. In March 2017, the Gorilla Glue adhesive company filed a lawsuit against the Gorilla Glue cannabis company for trademark infringement. The case was ultimately settled in 2018, and the cannabis company agreed to cease using the Gorilla Glue name. Since then, they have rebranded and are now known as GG Strains.
An examination of the sales data from 2015/2016 reveals that GG#4 hit the ground running. Data compiled by market research firm, BDS Analytics, shows that GG#4 outsold Blue Dream by $1m in the state of Oregon. It also briefly took the sales lead in the Fall of 2016 in Colorado and Washington. Some even thought that GG#4 would topple the mighty Blue Dream strain when it entered the Californian market. Despite the furor, Blue Dream has continued to reign supreme there, and in every other major marketplace for that matter.
In this head-to-head match, we’ll look beyond the impressive sales figures. We’ll evaluate these two weed goliaths in terms of their potency and effects, and their other standout qualities.
Let’s see which one of these two heavyweight weed strains comes out on top.
Potency and Effects
This California dreamin’ strain is renowned for its well-balanced, uplifting, yet relaxing effects. Users say that its high is particularly long-lasting and that this strain is best suited to daytime use.
While Blue Dream is incredibly potent, GG #4 is one of the strongest strains on the planet. On average, Original Glue’s THC content ranges between a staggering 27-30%, therefore it is entirely unsuitable for novices.
According to GG Strains, Original Glue is indica-dominant, with a 63:37 indica to sativa ratio. While uplifting to begin with, Original Glue’s indica genetics come more to the fore as the long-lasting effects wear on. As the indica effects take over, GG#4 consumers soon realize where the “Glue” in this strain’s name comes from. A deep body melt is inevitably followed by a heavy couch-lock, leaving consumers of this strain glued to their seats.
Winner: Original Glue
In terms of pure potency, we have to hand it to GG#4 for its higher THC content. Blue Dream is a potent strain, but it’s effects are much more even-keeled than Original Glue. You don’t have to look much farther than Original Glue’s name to get an idea of how this strain will affect you. Even experienced weed lovers will succumb to GG# 4’s couch locking effects.
One of Blue Dream’s main health benefits is its purported ability to help alleviate chronic pain. Many say that it also provides temporary relief from mood disorders like depression. Some other conditions that Blue Dream is said to be helpful for include inflammation, migraines, menstrual cramps.
So, does GG#4 have any similar potential health benefits?
Well, Original Glue’s effects are predominantly potent and heavily sedating. For this reason, medicinal consumers suffering from a variety of painful conditions say that they find GG#4 helpful.
Some people also find Original Glue useful for relaxing and unwinding purposes. Therefore, it may be a useful strain for people experiencing ongoing chronic stress. Also, as well as sedation, GG#4 can have powerful soporific effects in its later stages. Unsurprisingly, Original Glue is a firm favorite among weed users with insomnia.
Winner: Blue Dream
Choosing a winner here is not a straightforward task. It is largely a subjective choice based purely on anecdotal evidence. Not only that, but it also depends on the condition that the medicinal consumer is looking for temporary relief from.
It’s essential to bear in mind that both strains differ significantly in terms of their effects. Blue Dream’s effects are much more evenly balanced, and users say that they can continue to function after consuming the strain. On the other hand, GG#4 is much more likely to leave you heavily sedated and glued to your seat. This side effect tips the balance slightly in favor of the Blue Dream strain.
Side Effects of Both Strains
The most commonly reported side effects of the Blue Dream strain are dry mouth and dry eyes. Due to Blue Dream’s high THC content, novices, or people who over-consume may also experience heightened anxiety or paranoia and dizziness.
Original Glue consumers are likely to experience very similar side effects to Blue Dream users. However, some GG#4 weed users say that overconsumption of this strain has also given them a headache.
One adverse reaction that Original Glue consumers are more likely to experience is couch-lock. This involuntary affliction can be a very disconcerting experience for novices. This is one of the main reasons why GG#4 weed should be left to more seasoned cannabis consumers.
Winner: Blue Dream
Although both strains hit you with side effects on occasion, those associated with GG4 are arguably more unpleasant.
Flavor & Aroma
Blue Dream, with its deliciously sweet blueberry fragrance, is a treat for the senses. Undertones of spices and herbs complement this strain’s dominant sweet and fruity berry aroma. You know you’re in for something special once you get a single whiff of the delightful blueberry scent. Hints of vanilla and mango further enhance Blue Dream weed’s fragrance.
Gorilla Glue #4, on the other hand, has a woody, pine-like scent which carries a hint of wild cherry and berries. Gorilla Glue #4’s aroma is a reliable indicator of its flavor. Though, some say it has a slight taste of chocolate and coffee.
Winner: Blue Dream
While Gorilla Glue #4 has a relatively pleasant taste and aroma, Blue Dream wins out in this category. While GG4 can leave a slightly chemical aftertaste, Blue Dream is a lovely smoke from start to finish.
You can buy a gram of Blue Dream in Seattle and Portland for as little as $6. This price compares very favorably against the national average, which is $11 per gram. However, the cost of an ounce of Blue Dream varies wildly nationwide. An ounce of Blue Dream weed in Seattle and Portland will set you back $270 and $238, respectively. However, you can purchase an ounce of Blue Dream in Denver for just $178. You’ll pay almost double that in San Francisco, as an ounce of Blue Dream weed is a whopping $314 there.
The price of Gorilla Glue #4 also varies wildly; you can purchase it online for as little as $250 an ounce. However, High Times points out that it costs $375 an ounce in New York.
With no clearly defined ‘average’ price, it is hard to give the accolade to either strain. It depends on where you live. Also, its relative value is based on how well you believe the strain meets your needs.
You can grow the Blue Dream strain indoors or outdoors because it isn’t overly sensitive to weather extremes. Growers should be wary of red spider mites as they are attracted to the sweet scent. While it thrives in a Mediterranean-type climate, this plant also does well when grown indoors.
Although you can grow Gorilla Glue #4 indoors if you wish, it flourishes in an outdoor setting as long as it is exposed to a sunny and warm climate. This plant produces a heavy coating of trichomes when exposed to colder temperatures near the end of the flowering stage.
One area where GG#4 has the edge over its rival is its slightly shorter flowering time. On average, a Blue Dream plant takes between 9-10 weeks to flower indoors. However, according to GG Strains, Original Glue can flower between 8-9 weeks.
Both weed strains produce similar yields. Their average outdoor yields of 21 ounces per plant are identical. However, Blue Dream can provide a slightly higher return per square meter when grown indoors. Indoor Blue Dream weed growers are looking at 21 ounces per square meter, against GG# 4’s 18 ounces.
Blue Dream shades it too in terms of growth difficulty. Experienced growers rate Blue Dream’s growth difficulty as easy, as this plant allows for some rookie mistakes. However, Original Glue growers say that its grow difficulty is moderate, which likely will make it more of a challenge.
Winner: Blue Dream (Just!)
A very close call, but for the reasons outlined, Blue Dream just shades this weed growing contest.
Final Thoughts on Original Glue vs. the Blue Dream Weed Strain
We have a winner! The Blue Dream stands triumphant, not only on top in terms of higher sales, but also in other key areas too. But take nothing away from Original Glue, this strain ran it close in many categories. It truly is a rising star. Let us know in the comments which of the two strains you prefer.