Of all the different types of sweets and baked goods ever created, there are few that could possibly surpass the secret pleasure of cookie dough. Though uncooked and supposedly dangerous to eat, there is simply nothing better than tasting that sweet, tender ball of cookie dough, filled with uncooked chocolate chips.
Unfortunately, adults can’t often get to experience this secret pleasure of cookie dough, as that is firmly in the territory of being too childish, right?
However, there is one way to enjoy a whole myriad of different nostalgic flavors as an adult – marijuana strains. For those that want to enjoy the private, childish pleasure of cookie dough, there is a suitably named strain called… Cookie Dough.
Let’s take a look at the Cookie Dough strain and evaluate whether or not it has any other merit, besides its sweet, innocent flavor.
What is the Cookie Dough Strain?
As might be expected from a strain called Cookie Dough, this strain is derived from the sweetest marijuana family there is: Girl Scout Cookies. This means that the predominant flavor profile of the strain is going to lean towards sweetness, though Cookie Dough offers a deeper layer of complexity, both in its effects and its flavor.
As a phenotype of Girl Scout Cookies, you might expect Cookie Dough to have a similar list of effects to the normally quite mild intensity of Girl Scout Cookies. However, Cookie Dough is well known for its sudden hit of intensely strong, overpowering effects, so much so that it is one of the strains that regular consumers always recommend inexperienced newbies to stay away from.
Cookie Dough is an excellent example of a perfect hybrid, as it has an equal blend of both sativa and indica in its genetics, allowing for an interesting medley of the two different types of effects.
You can expect the high from Cookie Dough to hit you very quickly, causing a sudden tension and pressure in your head, leaving you feeling slow and a bit debilitated. However, this will shortly pass, to be replaced by a strong cerebral intensity that will make you think that you have suddenly begun thinking on another plane of existence.
For those that are inexperienced with stronger strains, there is a risk of getting some uncomfortable mind race, as well as generally anxious or uncomfortable thoughts. However, as long as you remain calm and even-keeled, you should be able to weather it until the next development of this strangely elongated high.
After a period of adjustment, you can expect to begin experiencing some mild psychedelic feelings, as well as a general sensation of the impermanence of the things around you. This is backed up by a pretty strong body high that leaves you feeling buzzed and energetic. You will likely be laughing far more than you are used to, as well as enjoying music and those around you a lot more.
This is a great strain to enjoy with friends or, if you are looking for a more trippy experience, on your own while listening to profound music or watching a film. Some people even swear by taking Cookie Dough and then walking through an art gallery, so as to truly experience the range of different colors and feelings.
These effects are far more profound and significant than its parent Girl Scout Cookies, so Cookie Dough will always be a strain that you only take if you are absolutely sure you can handle it.
How about its flavor and aroma, though? Surely this is a strain with more than just mind-blowing effects?
As might be expected from Cookie Dough, there is an interesting quality of almost bready, cookie batter like flavors when you smell it for the first time. It isn’t quite yeasty, but it is definitely along the lines of being solid and dough-like, all while offering up a decent quantity of sweetness. However, to help avoid it becoming too one-note, there are also a few elements of berries, as well as an odd twinge of lemon and orange.
These smells are only exaggerated as you go on, allowing for a completely dessert-like experience that is just like walking into your grandmother’s kitchen.
How about its complete flavor though? Does it have a taste as interesting as its smell?
Cookie Dough’s smoke is exceptionally smooth and enjoyable, not really possessing any kind of harsh burn no matter how hot you combust your bud.
The cookie dough flavors carry on to your tongue, though there is a hint of berry that pervades your sense on the exhale which seems to have appeared out of nowhere. The overwhelming flavor profile is one of sweetness and intensity, taking like an intensely citrusy, slightly too sweet cookie.
There isn’t any kind of tackiness, like some strains with a sweeter taste possess; instead, the overall mouthfeel is one of strong, almost overpowering dough. This is perhaps the closest you will ever find to being able to smoke pure cookie dough.
The sweet and citrus-filled qualities of this strain don’t just stop at its flavor or aroma though; its appearance is also appealing to notice.
Considering the fact that this strain is called Cookie Dough, you might expect to find this bud to look slightly yellow like a raw batch of cookie dough. However, strangely enough, this strain has a bright purple sheen. The color is determined by the unique pigment development within the plant, causing a rather unexpected purple hew to this sweet strain.
The leaves and general appearance of this strain are otherwise quite ordinary. However, if you find yourself in possession of an improperly cured batch of Cookie Dough, you might notice that the color is rather lacking and not at all purple.
The best way to make sure that you get Cookie Dough that has been properly cured is to grow and process it yourself, so what kind of special advice do you need to know to be able to grow your own Cookie Dough?
Cookie Dough Strain Grow Info
The first thing to note about trying to grow your own Cookie Dough is that you are going to have a particularly hard time trying to find seeds for yourself. Due to the fact that Cookie Dough breeders haven’t yet made the seeds available online, you have to instead rely on live clippings from friends or nearby growers, all of which would make usable clones.
This has also created a bit of a secretive culture around the growing strategies behind Cookie Dough, as it seems to be a bit of a trade secret. However, thanks to its similarity to its parent strain, Girl Scout Cookies, we can safely expect that it will have a pretty similar growing style.
Able to be grown both indoors and out, Cookie Dough will typically flower in about nine to ten weeks. Like Girl Scout Cookies, it is going to be quite resilient to different temperatures – what’s more, if you really enjoy the purple hue of properly cured Cookie Dough, then make sure you expose it to colder temperatures periodically, as this allows its purple pigments to develop in place of its green chlorophyll, fully bringing out its unique coloration.
Once you harvest your Cookie Dough, make sure you cure it properly, keeping it well dried and avoiding all sources of unnecessary humidity. As this strain is so delicate, even the smallest amount of humidity can seriously damage the final product. Make sure you also keep checking it for signs of powdery mildew or any kind of mold as well.
Once you have got your Cookie Dough all harvested and processed, just what kind of THC content can you expect?
THC Content – Highest Test
As Cookie Dough is a phenotype of Girl Scout Cookies, you can expect a similar strength in its THC content. However, Cookie Dough takes it one step further, offering reported highest THC readings of 25% THC, with an average content of around 22%.
This makes Cookie Dough a potent strain, able to knock even experienced users off of their feet and out of their minds. Make sure that you don’t take too much at any one time, as this will likely cause you to practically lose your mind thanks to the massive quantities of THC.
How about CBD though? Is it useful as a CBD medicinal strain?
CBD Content – Highest Test
As is almost always the case with strains that have been bred to be as high strength and filled with THC as possible, there isn’t really any decent information about the CBD content of the Cookie Dough strain.
Some reports have found that their Cookie Dough has between zero and 10% CBD, which is not exactly a helpful range of possibilities.
However, you can expect that you won’t really find any kind of CBD content in your Cookie Dough, so if you are looking for a strain with a high CBD content to treat specific conditions, you are better off looking elsewhere.
This isn’t to say that Cookie Dough does not have certain medical benefits, however.
Medical Benefits of the Cookie Dough Strain
As with many hybrids that boast a strong THC content, Cookie Dough is commonly used to help treat all manner of different mental issues.
Most commonly, Cookie Dough is used to dealing with recurring stress and issues arising from depression. By being able to uplift your mood and take you to a better mental state, Cookie Dough is great for getting through tough days with mental stresses, allowing you to mellow out, relax and process what is going on in your life.
Due to its high THC content, you can expect it to be generally useful for treating all kinds of different problems that are affected by THC, especially issues arising from pain or inflammation. Users of Cookie Dough are typically looking for a way to try and medicate their chronic pain or arthritis, all while also being able to enjoy the smooth, doughy taste of raw cookie dough while they imbibe.
However, all good things must necessarily come accompanied by some side effects, so what kinds of adverse reactions can you expect from Cookie Dough?
Possible Side Effects of the Cookie Dough Strain
Cookie Dough is a strain with a massive quantity of THC, so you should definitely try to avoid this strain if you are prone to feelings of deep anxiety or paranoia as a result of marijuana.
For many people, anxiety and paranoia are completely unheard of, never cropping up in their daily lives; that is until they try some marijuana that is rich in THC. Though it is difficult to predict if you are one of these unlucky people, it is best to steer clear of this strain if you have ever battled with anxiety or paranoia, especially as a result of trying different marijuana strains in the past.
Finally, you can also expect the gauntlet of regular symptoms of high-strength marijuana, like dry mouth and dry eyes, but these are so commonplace that it would almost feel strange to not have to deal with them.
Final Thoughts on the Cookie Dough Strain
It might seem strange to imagine a strain of marijuana that tastes and smells like cookie dough, but this strain somehow manages to provide it. Through its careful breeding, Cookie Dough is able to carry the sweetness and mellowing effects of its parent strain Girl Scout Cookies, but also somehow evoke the tastes and flavors of a complex, slightly fruit cookie dough batter.
Cookie Dough might be too strong a strain for some people, both with regard to its overwhelming, immediately noticeable flavor and smell, but also because of its mind-blowing effects.
If you are looking for a powerful strain to take you on a journey to another world, all the while being able to enjoy a flavor profile that you might not have been able to enjoy since your childhood, then Cookie Dough is the perfect strain for you.
If, however, you prefer something a bit milder and less overpowering, then you might want for a different strain – if you’re going to enjoy Cookie Dough, you need to be prepared for its effects.