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Brave musicians were singing Mary Jane’s praises long before she was among America’s top legal crops.

In 1932, Cab Calloway’s song “Reefer Man” coined the slang term that some OGs still use when referring to the plant.

And every generation since Cab’s has taken the art of getting stoned to new heights. That includes new names and vivid wordplay that constantly reinvent and cement the plant’s influence in pot, uh, pop culture.

From ’90s boasts about pungent Chronic and Skunk, to today’s artists coining new terms like “loud” right before our ears, some lines are so dope you can catch a whiff through the speakers if you listen close.

Smell the flowers and smoke along with these iconic lyrical odes to Mary Jane’s seductive fragrance.


“So What’cha Want (Remix)” (1992) – Beastie Boys ft. Cypress Hill

You smell that? Smoke along! (AdobeStock)

“I like to smoke y’all but the pigs come sweating/They like the smell of the weed that I’m smoking/They can’t have none of the number one sess-stash/So keep your hands off the hash, don’t act rash.” (Find it on Genius)

Cypress Hill has been rhyming to normalize for decades. On this classic Beastie Boys collaboration, B-Real spoke in defiance of prohibition four whole years before medical laws were first passed in California.

Today, the OG has his own legal brand (Dr. Greenthumb) and strains like Em-Dog, a delicious cross of OG Kush and Chemdog #4 that smells exquisite when consumed with this timeless track.

For the record, Cypress Hill is still speaking out against prohibition in their music today. Last month, they released “Open Ya Mind,” which calls out the many contradictions that exist between state and federal cannabis laws.


“How to Roll a Blunt” (1992) – Redman

Roll up and let the good tunes roll. (AdobeStock)

“The second paragraph might make you laugh/When a brotha rolls a blunt and his breath smells like pure ass/That’s when you know you gotta take the blunt from him.” (Find it on Genius)

Redman, aka the Funk Doc, has always kept it funky about his love for bud. Back in the days when rolling a blunt was a hidden art, the How High star broke down the sacred process on this track from his debut album.

As far as the oral odors mentioned in the song, dental hygiene is not our field of expertise. But it’s safe to say, if a smoking mate’s breath is stronger than the weed you’re burning, you should mention it for the sake of your health and theirs.


“Unbelievable” (1995) – The Notorious B.I.G.

“Car weed scented, if I said it, I meant it/Bite my tongue for no one.” (Find it on Genius)

Feeling bold like the notorious one? Roll up a classic cultivar like Sour Diesel, crank the speakers, and funk the whole room up like the late great Biggie Smalls would have wanted you to.


“June 27th Freestyle” (1996) – DJ Screw

“Banging under that tint/Fixin’ to come down/And I got that dro scent…Steady comin’ crunk, rollin’ up the skunk.” (Find it on Genius)

This essential cut from Houston’s legendary Chopped & Screwed sound wave pairs best with a strain that will ease your mind and melt your stress away.

Lean back, crank the volume up, and let Houston’s OGs illustrate weed’s impact on local “SLAB” (Slow, loud, and bangin’) culture. You don’t need a custom candy-painted car to catch the vibe, but a relaxing strain like Skins Skunk is definitely required.


“Da Art of Storytelling Pt. 2” (1998) – OutKast

“I put that on my dope boys from A-Town to California/All the weed smell like ammonia but at the Dungeon I know they’re smoking.” (Find it on Genius)

If your weed smells like ammonia or a freshly-cut grass smell, it could be an indicator that something went wrong in the drying or curing process.

It’s likely the plant has not cured completely, which will make it taste harsh.

Still, there are many strains that are known to naturally carry this smell, including Cookie Butter, Cheese Dawg, and Stinky Pinky.


“Light Speed” (1999) – Dr. Dre & Hittman

“I smell chronic in the air/That means we takin’ over this year/You hear?/High speed blazing chronic through the galaxy/hydro-doja Chocolate Thai weed.” (Find it on Genius)

The maestro behind iconic stoner albums The Chronic and its sequel, 2001, incorporates weed into his art whenever he can. Dre’s protege Snoop Dogg helped coin the term “Chronic” after misunderstanding the term “hydroponic” during an early ’90s session, and the rest is history.

If you ever get your hands on an old school cultivar like Chocolate Thai, stream this deep cut and let Dre’s classic West Coast vibes take you back in time to the turn of the millennium.


“Don’t Talk” (2001) – Jon B.

“Baby, you got me high dancin’ close with the chronic perfume (The chronic perfume)/Smellin’ all good, it’s gettin’ hot in the room (Hot in the room).” (Find it on Genius)

Smooth R&B crooner Jon B. let the ladies know that a quick whiff of Mary Jane is all it takes to seduce him. We wish we could judge him, but arousing strains like Member Berry have the exact same effect on us.


“My Favorite Ladies” (2002) – MF DOOM

Mary Jane’s perfume can be truly intoxicating. (AdobeStock)

“Mary—you make me wanna eat you/Every time I see you, it’s like the first time I meet you/Fragrance like a flower—subtle and sweet too.” (Find it on Genius)

The late, great MF DOOM hid his face behind an iron mask and billed himself as rap’s most feared supervillain. DOOM built a cult fanbase in the process, but romantic rhymes like this expose the big bad villain’s soft spot for Mary Jane and her special scent.


“Kryptonite (I’m On It)” (2006) – Big Boi & The Purple Ribbon All-Stars

“Grab that cologne on out my book-bag, I smell dro all on you, homes.” (Find it on Genius)

OutKast member Big Boi has dropped dozens of lyrical dimes about weed over the years, but this iconic line is essential for smokers in states like his native Georgia, where cannabis odors can still lead to legal consequences.

If you ever need help covering the smell of that Kryptonite, refer to our tips on how to avoid smelling like cannabis after smoking, how to eliminate cannabis odors in a hurry, and the best ways to get rid of cannabis smells in your house.


“Kush Is My Cologne” (2009) – Gucci Mane

“Damn it’s really loud, smelling like a whole pound/Kush cologne, haze is her perfume/Bubba Kush for breakfast, with my Captain Crunch.” (Find it on Genius)

Atlanta rappers like Gucci Mane and 2 Chainz are credited with coining the term “loud” as a description for funky weed. The phrase has been stickier than fresh trichomes, with hundreds of MCs adding their own twist over the years.


“Never Been (Remix)” (2010) – Wiz Khalifa & Rick Ross

“I’m in my Grand Natty, smokin’ on that Granddaddy/It got an odor like a motor runnin’, fantastic.” (Find it on Genius)

From the Grandaddy Purp shoutout to the slick gasoline simile, Rick Ross brought his A-game for this collaboration with royal stoner Wiz Khalifa. He also has his own strain, Pink Rozay, released in collaboration with Cookies.

Meanwhile, Freeway Rick Ross, the real life illicit dealer who inspired Ross’ rap persona, has also broken into the legal cannabis industry with his “Freeway” line of strains, released in collaboration with The Cure Company


“Gorgeous” (2010) – Kanye West ft. Raekwon

Break down a blunt and listen up. (AdobeStock)

“Bent off the black Skunk/The black Dutch, back of the old shed.” (Find it on Genius)

Let Wu-Tang wordsmith Raekwon take you back to a time when Purple Haze was exotic to New Yorkers and Dutch Masters were the only way to roll a proper blunt.

Today, Rae’s Wu-Tang brethren Method Man has his own TICAL line, including fragrant strains like Sweet Grease.


“Cashin’ Out” (2011) – Ca$h Out

“Blowing on stank bombs.” (Find it on Genius)

Fair warning, this one might get stuck in your head for a day or two. Just relax and enjoy the good vibrations by rolling up some Keisha and singing along.


“Like Water” (2012) – Pro Era

“Said for sure he got fire, most dankest, take a whiff/The gracious, he never lace the shit, take a trip.” (Find it on Genius)

You never want to smoke laced shit, but if you’re interested in taking a trip on LSD or other psychedelics, learn more about how to safely consume psychedelics.

If you want to keep the trip limited to THC, find a highly-potent hybrid like Do-Si-Dos to get the exact effects you’re craving.


“Tapas” (2013) – Action Bronson

Grandmas smoke weed, too. (cosmaa/iStock, Leafly)

“Strong odor off the weed like your grandma’s butt/No attempt to disrespect, but my grandma blunt.(Find it on Genius)

If no disrespect was intended, then none is taken, Mr. Bronson. We all know grandparents are getting more blunt than ever these days.

That’s why we recommend taking an uplifting hit of Tangie, finding some delicious tapas and embarking on a 420 feast that would make both your grandma and Mr. Bronson proud.


“Just What I Am” (2013) – Kid Cudi ft. King Chip

“Neighbors knockin’ on the door, asking can we turn it down/I say, “Ain’t no music on”, she said, “No, that weed is loud.” (Find it on Genius)

Since Kid Cudi dubbed himself “the lonely stoner,” his fellow Ohio-native King Chip had no choice but to drop this clever line that took “smoking loud” to new levels.


“Don’t Kill My Vibe (Remix)” (2013) – Kendrick Lamar ft. JAY-Z

“Empty my memory bank/It’s a million dollars in it, baby, Hilary Swank/Sittin’ next to Hillary smellin’ like dank/Presidential pardon.” (Find it on Genius)

JAY-Z doesn’t rap much about smoking weed, but when he does he aims high.

Was this bar a bold hint at his eventual investment in Monogram, and current ambitions to leverage weed for social justice initiatives?

Whatever the case, everyone in the industry’s top priority should be a mass presidential pardon for all of America’s 40,000 non-violent cannabis prisoners.


“Champagne Reign” (2014) – Curren$y

“Twisting that Kill Bill/Shit louder than a Dr. Dre Beats Pill.” (Find it on Genius)

New Orleans rhymer Curren$y is responsible for popularizing many 2010s cannabis trends, including the term “rapper weed,” which generally refers highly potent strains.

Along with his fellow funky rhymer Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y sparked a papers vs. blunts debate that continues to divide some fans. Now, Curren$y also has his own Andretti cannabis specializing in designer strains.


“Lit Like Bic” (2015) – Rae Sremmurd

“Who said they got that stanky loud? I wanna smell it/You say you run your fuckin’ town, I let you tell it” (Find it on Genius)

You can fake like you smoke big gas for the ‘gram, but those terps don’t lie. Even non-smokers can tell the difference between elite loud and mid-grade bud just by taking a whiff.

Turn up to this one with an uplifting and aromatic cultivar like Northern Lights.


“Wood Would” (2015) – Young Thug

Throughout music history, cannabis has been an essential part of the recording process. (AdobeStock)

“My fuckin’ weed smell like a turd (What?)/I just made ten mil’ off of merch.” (Find it on Genius)

Young Thug has a special talent for describing how dank his weed is (see Bonus Joints below), but this stands above the rest for obvious reasons. Pair this track with a fat sack of Dog Shit and turd out.


“Lit (Remix)” (2016) – Wiz Khalifa

“Let’s get to the basics (get to the basics)/I’m rollin’ a J up, I’m lovin’ the fragrance (lovin’ the fragrance)/I’m hardly on time ’cause my mind is where space is (my mind is where space is)/But I always on grind ’cause that’s how my fam raised me.” (Find it on Genius)

Wiz remains one his generation’s biggest advocates and entrepreneurs, thanks in part to his Khalifa Kush brand, as well as his lack of shame about stinking up any room he enters.


“Chirp” (2016) – 2 Chainz

“Stash spot is my boxer shorts/Just stickin’ to the protocol/Weed smellin’ like underarm” (Find it on Genius)

2 Chainz is always pushing the limits of the English language. In addition to inventing 3,000 new ways to tell us how loud his weed is, he also founded his own cannabis firm, GAS Cannabis Co., in 2018.

The folks at GAS may not keep their stash in their underwear anymore, but knowing Chainz’ high standards, their buds probably still smell like an underarm.


“Prevail” (2020) – Berner & B-Real

Berner and B-Real bring livestreams, new music, and stores deals to 4/20. (Courtesy B-Real)
Berner and B-Real are friends and collaborators who know how to stink up a room. (Courtesy B-Real)

“Front desk complaining about the weed smell/Oh well, Berner, roll another one/Focus on the good vibes.” (Find it on Genius)

Stinking up the hotel room simply comes with the territory when you’re rolling with Cookies CEO Berner.

Berner started the Cookies empire when he was an illicit dealer and independent rapper in 2010. He introduced Wiz Khalifa and other rappers to the strain FKA Girl Scout Cookies, and is now well on his way to becoming a billionaire in the legal weed industry.


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“Whut I’ma Do Now?” (2001) – Redman

“The Chronic stink up the overhead bin”


“November Has Come” (2005) – Gorillaz ft. MF DOOM

“That dank sure stank lit”


“Visions” (2010) – Wiz Khalifa

“Make no assumptions, hotel owners saying the odor’s too pungent/Blame it on the reefer consumption”


“Luxury Sport (2011) – Curren$y ft. Sir Michael Rocks

“It’s Mister… Pose-for-the-Picture/My weed smell good like a rose in the Swisher


“Carter IV Intro” (2011) – Lil Wayne

“The weed loud like a lion’s roar”


“Waves” (2012) – Joey Bada$$

“No disrespect to Bob Mar, but yeah, another stoner/Marijuana my odor”


“Jack Skellington” (2012) – G-Eazy

“Marijuana fragrance/This tree here is outrageous”


“Stay Hood” (2013) – Waka Flocka Flame ft. Lil Wayne

“Weed loud like it make noise/I’m on them trees like acorns”


“On The Way” (2014) – Gucci Mane ft. Young Thug

“Weed smellin’ like skunks/blunts big as a stump”


“Recognize” (2014) PartyNextDoor ft. Drake

“Sorry if my whip covered in dank/Cause I’ve been rollin’ with this skunk all day”


“Disfunction” (2014) – Young Scooter ft. Future and Young Thug

“All of my weed look like fungus/All of my weed smell like fungus”


“Pack Gone Missing” (2014) – Migos ft. Rich The Kid & Wiz Khalifa

“The gas smellin’ like it’s fungus


“Blacktivist” (2015) – Flatbush Zombies

“LSD amazing, Sour Kush fragrance”


“Memoirs” (2015) – Migos

“Remember that time Quavo came home with a full grown marijuana plant/Stinkin’ up the crib tryin’ dry it off in the oven it was still wet/Mama came in smelt the odor said ‘Damn boy I can catch contact’”


“Pass the Blunt” (2015) – Ab-Soul

“Yeah, I’m such a fucking stoner/Everywhere I dwell you can smell the marijuana odor”


“Earned It” (2015) – Chief Keef

“Smoking on this blunt, this shit stunky (This shit stank baby)/I mean skunky (Gang, baby), I’m rolling with the funky (Gang, baby)”


“Offended” (2016) – Meek Mill ft. Young Thug

“And the weed stinking like a chitlin”


“Say A’” (2017) – A Boogie wit da Hoodie 

“Holla if you see 12/Febreze, believe me, it’ll cover the weed smell”


“Flex” (2017) – Playboi Carti

“Damn my weed smell like a pit (Ooh)”


“Posse” (2018) – King Gotit ft. Lil Baby

“Got the neighbors complainin’ ’bout odors/They just brought me a load and I sold it”


“Cold” (2019) – Rico Nasty & Kenny Beats

Weed smell like somebody farted, I finish that shit and start it


“Unruly” (2020) – Dave East

“They smell that odor ‘fore they pull us over”


“War Paint” (2020) – Benny The Butcher ft. Conway the Machine

“I’m at the Roc Nation party smellin’ like Chronic smoke (Hah)



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Some of Canada’s favourite cannabis brands are American

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It’s been three years since Canada legalized adult-use cannabis, and already, some of the most popular brands on the market hail from south of the border.

As of August, Colorado-based Wana Sour Gummies held 38% of the edibles market, according to HiFyre. And Bhang chocolate, the award-winning California-based edibles brand, is among the top-selling cannabis-infused chocolates in the country.

Both brands regularly dominate Headset’s best-seller lists too, which crunches sales data from Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta.

Of course, products aren’t being shipped over the border between legal states and Canada. Instead, they’re making their way to Canadian customers via licensing deals.

Canadian companies buy the rights to use American intellectual property and genetics, then make and package according to Canada’s regulations. 

Cannabis can’t cross the border so US brands are partnering with Canadian cultivators. (Ashley Keenan|Adobe Stock)

That’s how California-based Cookies made its way north: headed up by rapper Berner. Cookies Canada launched in Ontario with two cannabis strains: Gary Payton and Georgia Pie, both selling out within days.

And Colorado-based drinks company Keef, which makes infused sodas like Bubba Kush root beer, recently launched in Canada. The result of Stigma Grow partnering with BevCanna to bring the infused beverages to market.

But are there any differences between what’s sold in American markets versus what’s on Canadian shelves? And why are some so popular? Leafly took a closer look.

Start with a Bhang

When London, Ontario-based Indiva signed its first licensing deal with Bhang in 2018, president and CEO Niel Marotta said there were some doubts about the idea.

“We had a lot of people saying, why would you license a brand? Nobody knows the brand name. Anyone can just put cannabis into chocolate” he said in a phone call. “But we knew better than that. That’s just not true.”

With a background in capital markets, not cannabis processing, Marotta said Canadian consumers are accustomed to US brands coming to market. And if customers were loving Bhang in Colorado and California, he thought they would likely love it in Canada, too.

So far, he’s been proven right.

Bhang THC dark chocolate in Canada. (Bhang)

Despite their US brand roots, Marotta said he still considers the products Canadian. He credits the success of Bhang and Wana not just to the US brands who created the recipes, but also to the manufacturing and office staff in Canada who have been able to meet demand quickly and with consistency.

Beyond packaging, where Canadian labels are far more restricted, one of the most obvious differences between American edibles brands in Canada is potency: Bhang bars, for example, come in 100 mg formats in the US, while Canada is limited to 10 mg per package.

That limit is likely eating into the edibles market share and driving more experienced consumers to other sources, he said. If that limit was increased, the edibles market — and brands like Wana and Bhang — would likely grow to be even more successful.

“There’s still a group of folks that have higher tolerances, be it from prior medical use or being heavier cannabis users,” explains Marotta.

“And I think there’s a public safety issue here where if we’re not allowed to provide a safe legal alternative in terms of the potency of edibles in the package, it will keep this category as undersized and it will need to drive people back to the illicit market.”

The Cookies brand comes to Canada

Licensing intellectual property for processed cannabis products is one challenge, but replicating a consistent source of California flower in a Canadian facility is another.

This is exactly what Cookies set out to do with partner Gage Cannabis, who they had already worked with on a number of dispensaries in Michigan. 

Together, working with Canadian cultivator Noya Cannabis, the team at Gage and Cookies were able to bring the popular Gary Payton and Georgia Pie strains to the Canadian market.

“If you open a blue bag right now in Toronto, you should have the same experience that you would if you did it in San Francisco in our store on Haight,”

said Crystal Millican, the VP of retail for Cookies, in a phone call.

But the blue bag is distinctly different—gone are the playful illustrations on US bags, replaced with a solid blue colour with a big “C” at the top. The name Cookies, after all, could be considered appealing to children—a big no-no in Canadian branding regulations. 

Luckily for Cookies, the freedom to market and hype up their cannabis flower in the US—founder Berner has 1.8 million followers on Instagram alone—likely helped them to completely sell out of the products within days of launching.

That high demand has also meant the prices for Cookies strains. The pre-rolls are currently priced at just under $18 on the Ontario Cannabis Store website.

Cookies packaging in the US is fun and artistic. (Cookies)

“The hype behind the brand and the development behind what was established already from the Cookies community, and being able to bring that to Canada is what excited everyone to want to go out and purchase it. Even if their store is selling it for higher prices,” said Cassia Bommarito, marketing ops manager for Gage Canada, in a phone call. 

The US brand invasion is not over

Cookies plan to expand to other provinces, bring more of their signature strains, and will even open a flagship store in Toronto in 2022. Gage has extended their licensing deal by two years, to the year 2026.

The influx of US brands with Canadian licensing deals will continue to make their way to market. TREC’s recent acquisition of Agripharm, for example, gives them the exclusive rights to more award-winners from the US—Bakked and O.pen.

As for Indiva, they’ve also launched homegrown edibles brands such as Ottawa-based Slowride Bakery. Their licensing deal with best-selling Wana has another three-and-a-half years, but that could be complicated by Canopy Growth’s recently announced deal with the Colorado company. 

The deal allows Canopy to acquire Wana in full, but the deal is contingent on federal cannabis reform in the US—something that’s far from a sure thing at this stage.

“It’s not 100% clear how everything’s going to go,” said Marotta. “But we’re enthusiastic about this. We think it’s a great testament to the brand, seeing Canopy buy Wana and maybe a testament to the licensing model, too.”



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Delta-8 pirates are scamming consumers and legit brands—and the feds don’t care

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In June, Leafly published an article on delta-8 THC products purchased at a smoke shop in Oxnard, CA. Two of the three products turned out to be brandless packages of supposed delta-8 products, with no indication of where they came from. The featured image included a bag of copycat Flamin’ Hot Cheetos infused with delta-8 THC.

Officials at Delta-8 Oils released a statement: ‘Please stop stealing our brand and our logo.’

When Sam Slosburg saw the photo, he was shocked.

Slosburg is the creative director of Delta 8 Oils in Camp Verde, AZ. He recognized a small sticker slapped onto the package of supposedly delta-8 THC-infused Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. 

It was his own company’s logo. 

But the product wasn’t from Delta 8 Oils. In fact, the seed-to-sale producer doesn’t even make edibles. Nor does the company sell products outside Arizona. 

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Flamin’ Hot Cheetos? Not so much. We bought this sketchy product at a head shop in California. The pirated packaging actually ripped off two legitimate brands: Cheetos and Delta 8 Oils. (Marissa Wenzke photo)

Don’t buy pirated products

Three days after the article came out, Delta 8 Oils released a statement: “To Whom It May Concern: Please Stop Stealing Our Brand and Our Logo.” 

“This is wrong on so many levels,” the statement read. “If you see a product for sale with our logo outside a licensed Arizona dispensary, it ain’t us.” 

The sticker bearing the Delta 8 Oils logo was placed on several edibles being sold at the Southern California smoke shop 500 miles away.  

What else was on the packs of chips and candies? Not a whole lot. There was no testing information, no information about the manufacturer, no product safety assurance whatsoever. 

“Our license allows us to sell only in the state of Arizona, only to licensed (cannabis) dispensaries,” Slosburg said. “Everything we’re doing is to be the trusted delta-8 source.” About the fake Cheetos, Slosburg said: “Just like anything, you probably don’t want to put it in your body if you really don’t know where it came from.”

How can businesses protect their brands?

Delta 8 Oils is now pursuing state trademark protection, Slosburg said, but the company’s legal team has told him a federal trademark is likely not possible.

Federal trademark officials refuse to protect delta-8 products. That leaves legitimate companies with little recourse.

As Leafly has learned, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is now handling delta-8 products the same way it’s dealt with state-licensed cannabis for years. The USPTO prohibits businesses in these industries from trademarking their products. 

Cannabis companies have gotten around this obstacle in the past, at least in part, by seeking brand protection for ancillary products like lighters or clothing. That’s about the best they can do currently, at least at the federal level, said Neil Juneja, a Seattle-based trademark attorney who specializes in cannabis law.

But it’s a tricky and far-from-foolproof process—one even the biggest names in cannabis still struggle with.

Brand theft is nothing new in the industry. Cookies, the highly regarded California-based cannabis brand, is especially popular among logo thieves, who wrap cut-rate, untested, and potentially toxic products in counterfeit “Cookies” packaging and sell them on the illicit market. 

Now, with the sudden popularity of delta-8 THC products, the logo thieves have invaded that space, too. 

And as Delta 8 Oils company officials discovered, stopping the scammers isn’t easy. In fact, the federal government’s trademark policies are encouraging pirate manufacturers to cheat delta-8 consumers nationwide—and put the public’s health at risk. 

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Trademarks protect consumers more than companies

Cannabis can only be legally sold through state-licensed dispensaries where the drug is legal. Delta-8 THC products, on the other hand, can be sitting on the shelf of just about any store, with the exception of a few states that have moved to ban it. (For more about the complicated legal status of delta-8, see Leafly’s comprehensive delta-8 guide.)

“We have to look at the purpose of trademarks,” Juneja said. “The purpose is not to protect companies. It’s to protect consumers.”

“That’s what we really need to tell consumers: You know this brand, you know this trademark, and you know the quality of the product coming from us,” Juneja added.

“We just don’t have enough tools to enforce it in this gray market right now,” he said, referring to the cannabis space. 

“It’s the consumer that hurts the most.”

Schedule I drug products can’t be trademarked

Upon discovering the copycat logos earlier this summer, officials with Delta 8 Oils decided to apply for trademark protection from the state of Arizona.

A state-authorized trademark would protect the company’s logo at least within the borders of Arizona, giving the brand “a small amount of protection,” Slosburg said. And state trademarks are available in Arizona because cannabis is legal according to state law.

State trademarks are available, but federal trademarks aren’t. So pirates simply operate in other states.

But a federal trademark—which would protect Delta 8 Oils against the copycats in California and elsewhere—is a different story. 

The main barrier to federal trademark protection is this: Any substance categorized as a Schedule I drug cannot be trademarked by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).  

CBD products can receive federal trademark protection, with a few exceptions, as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office made clear in May 2019. That’s because CBD is not a Schedule I substance. When it’s derived from hemp (cannabis with less than 0.3% delta-9 THC), CBD is federally legal.

Delta-8 THC or simply “delta-8,” has exploded in popularity in the past year because it appeared to be federally legalized, like CBD, through the language of the Agricultural Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the 2018 farm bill. Infused into edibles and vape cartridges, it started surfacing in smoke shops and gas stations in hard-line prohibition states like Texas, and even in states like California where legal state-licensed weed is legal.

But are delta-8 THC products really Schedule I?

Many have read the 2018 farm bill language to mean that delta-8 THC is federally legal so long as it was derived from CBD that was itself derived from hemp.

Production of delta-8 THC is a two-step process. CBD is first extracted from hemp, and then delta-8 THC is distilled from that CBD. This leads to a sort of “fruit of the untainted tree” legal argument, which holds that so long as each product in the processing chain is legal, the end product (delta-8 THC) must be legal too. 

But the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) recently moved to counter that argument. 

DEA’s July 2021 update

While delta-8 products continue to be sold in both licensed dispensaries and unlicensed stores nationwide, the federal agency’s July 2021 guide to drug classifications specifically lists it as a Schedule I drug—treating it more like cannabis and traditional delta-9 THC, not CBD.

Tetrahydrocannabinols, including delta-8 THC, are labeled as Schedule I controlled substances in the 102-page booklet. However, when we contacted the DEA, the agency reiterated that the proposed rule to categorize delta-8 as a Schedule 1 substance is not yet final (as we previously reported).

“As DEA is currently undergoing the rulemaking process regarding the implementation of the Agriculture Improvement Act … we would be unable to comment on any impact in legality of tetrahydrocannabinols, delta-8 included, until the process is complete,” a DEA spokesperson wrote in an email.

“We are in the process of reviewing thousands of comments and do not speculate on what could happen as a result,” the email continued.

Trademark office is making the call on its own

So it appears delta-8 THC isn’t a Schedule I substance—yet. 

Even so, officials at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office have apparently leaped to their own conclusions. They’re already treating delta-8 products as if they are Schedule I substances. It’s unclear on what authority they’re basing that decision. 

“Delta-8 THC products are considered Schedule I drugs, so to that extent, what is in the TMEP applies,” USPTO spokesperson Mandy Kraft wrote in an email, citing a manual from the agency that states Schedule I substances are subject to trademark application inquiries or outright refusal. 

The manual goes on to state that a refusal must be made if there’s evidence that the product seeking trademark protection is federally illegal. Given what the USPTO has told us, that would be the case for delta-8 THC products—if the DEA’s proposed rule was actually in effect. But it isn’t. 

There seems to be no recourse for companies like Delta 8 Oils that are trying to do the right thing and play by the rules. A delta-8 company applying for trademark protection could sue the USPTO in federal court, of course, but such an action would be costly and could take years to resolve. 

In the meantime, it appears that federal trademark protection is not in the cards for delta-8 THC manufacturers. 

And that could have a major impact on product safety. 

How the trademark office rewards thieves

Chemists and insiders in the cannabis industry have been sounding the alarm about the few, if any, regulations that govern sales of delta-8. As one cannabis scientist told Chemistry and Engineering News last month, products can contain “a soup” of potentially harmful byproducts and unknown compounds, depending on the chemical processes used.

However, the DEA’s proposal to categorize delta-8 as a Schedule I controlled substance would do little to help the situation—at least when it comes to the federal trademarking process. That’s because delta-8 companies now face the same issue state-licensed cannabis brands have faced for years: It’s nearly impossible to protect their names and logos against copycat fraudsters.

In other words, the federal government is allowing the legal sale of a product and then tying the hands of above-board companies—who follow regulations and test their products—when they try to protect their brands.

In effect, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is punishing delta-8 companies that respect consumers and rewarding companies that cheat them.

A common counterfeit: Cookies pirated as ‘Cake’ or ‘Bake’

Real Cookies brand products with the company’s distinctive “C”.

As counterfeit products spread, the responsibility for finding them and warning the public has fallen on media outlets, bloggers, and the industry itself. Sean Zadoorian, editor-in-chief of the vaping website Vapor Vanity, said the brand that appears to get ripped off the most is Cookies, a giant in the legal state-licensed industry.

Zadoorian said the biggest copycat is “Cake,” a company-less packaging design Leafly came across earlier this summer.

“It’s mainly being sold in gas stations and whatnot, like convenience stores, retail shops,” Zadoorian said. “Generally speaking, this ‘brand’ is on the street, and the logo, the branding and all that look very, very similar to Cookies—but using the word ‘cake.’”

“That’s the biggest example we found,” he said, citing other designs like Bake that appear to mimic Cookies.

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The “C” mimics the Cookies logo. But this ain’t Cookies—not by a long shot. (Marissa Wenzke photo)

A workaround: TM the t-shirts and lighters

Cookies has a reported worth of half a billion dollars, according to a Forbes feature last year, with the company’s flagship store in LA often bringing in up to $450,000 in a single day. But the company has more going for its brand protection than just a whole lot of money to hire lawyers.

The popular brand Cookies found a workaround: Trademark the company’s logo on t-shirts.

It has protected its good name by acting early and doing exactly what most cannabis intellectual property lawyers advise: trademark other merchandise within the same brand.

“This, so far, is the lone [legal] avenue cannabis businesspeople have to protect their products from pretenders and fakers—and this is exactly what Berner (the rapper/ entrepreneur behind Cookies) did in 2013, registering ‘Cookies SF’ as a trademarked maker of sweatshirts and T-shirts,” reads a 2016 SF Weekly feature on the Bay Area company. 

But that hasn’t stopped a whirlwind of potentially toxic counterfeits.

Feds crack down on counterfeit vapes after deadly outbreak

Cookies was among the most widely mimicked brands on the illicit market in 2019, at the height of the outbreak of vaping-related lung injuries that sickened thousands of Americans and killed at least 68

These days, federal law enforcement seems to be taking better notice of counterfeit products that mimic Cookies and other big-name brands, which end up getting filled with potentially toxic materials on the street market.

“When shipments come into the country … Customs does random checks. And as a result of a random check, they see some packages that look suspicious, or items that look suspicious,” said Elliott Brown, an intellectual property attorney who represents Cookies in the company’s trademark pursuits. 

“They will reach out to us and say, ‘Hey, there’s somebody here, trying to import several hundred products that we think may be counterfeit. Please let us know if they are counterfeit or authentic,’” continued Brown.

Customs catching fake vape imports

Since the deadly outbreak in 2019, Customs agents have seized shipments of thousands of counterfeit vapes in cities such as Pittsburgh, Chicago, and Atlanta, to name just a few over the past year.

In April, the U.S. Department of Justice arrested 23-year-old Texas resident Christopher Andrew Reyes after the U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized a shipment of 2,400 vaping cartridges from China addressed to him, federal officials said. He faces up to three years in federal prison. The label? Fake “Cookies,” according to federal officials.

“The distribution of these black-market vaping devices is not only illegal, but could prove lethal to those who consume vape materials from unregulated sources,” Homeland Security Special Agent Ryan L. Spradlin said in a statement from the federal agency.

What did it take for feds to act? Dozens of deaths

It appears federal agents started making mass seizures of counterfeits only after thousands of Americans suffered severe lung injuries, sometimes ending up hospitalized and hooked to ventilators. 

It’s a sad reality that may have been prevented if cannabis brand pirates weren’t allowed to run free. And it’s a problem that will now extend to the delta-8 industry as the USPTO also prohibits those companies from protecting their brands at a national level.

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Just desserts: The Cookies and Cakes family genealogy

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Leafly honors the 50th anniversary of “4:20” (aka “420” or 4/20) this April with a celebration of legendary strain families. We’ve already covered famous Hazes, Tangies, Purples, and OG Kushes. Now for the headliner: Cookies and Cakes!


Why do people wait two hours in line to spend $70 on an eighth-ounce of weed—in the middle of a pandemic?

Easy: the Cookies strain of cannabis transcends mere genetics—it’s a lifestyle.

On November 4, cannabis brand Cookies’ new Apples and Bananas release drew several hundred young, heavy-THC smokers to Berners on Haight in San Francisco. In less than 90 minutes, guys in crisp, white sneakers and basketball shorts bought up all the pricey, designer weed.

They Instagrammed the chic bags of chunky, fragrant, mega-potent bud, flexing on their friends. One group couldn’t wait to get home. They ripped bongloads out the side seats of a dusty, parked Hyundai with no hubcaps.

Cookies and Cakes strains of cannabis—including Sunset Sherbert, Gelato, Runtz, Wedding Cake, and GMO Cookies—comprise modern pot’s center of gravity. Thin Mint Cookies, Animal Cookies, Platinum Cookies, and on and on—they are the top-selling cultivars in legal stores today, and their genes appear in the lion’s share of hyped new weed varieties.

From 2007 to the present—and emanating out of the San Francisco Bay Area—Cookies’ hard-hitting, hybrid indica power, and its complex, sweet- scrumptious aroma has made fans of elite pot snobs, medical marijuana patients with PTSD, all-star rappers, and now almost everyone who partakes.

Cookies got this way because breeders like Jai “Jigga” Chang and Mario “Mr. Sherbinski” Guzman hybridized the best of the early 2000s OG Kushes to some truly exotic sativas. They carved up a wave of medical marijuana and adult-use legalization with rapper/business mogul Berner and wrote the playbook for viral weed marketing.

The Cookies story spans the recent histories of cannabis, weed law reform, San Francisco, and hip-hop. It’s a story of plant worship and profit-chasing, of the serendipity of city life, and the power of sharing gifts instead of hoarding them.

Grower Ghost at ABF Genetics, short for “Always Be Flowering,” and spreader of Forum Cut Cookies, said growing Cookies “is something that changed my life.”

“It became that thing,” he said. “I challenge people to say what since Cookies—or that was not derived through that whole gene pool—has really changed cannabis.”

GSC origin stories abound. But the strain's impact is not up for debate. (Leafly)
Tap or click to open, save, and print this poster. GSC origin stories abound, but the strain’s impact is not up for debate. (Leafly)

The mid-2000s: Jigga makes GSC

Haters gonna hate, but the future still happens first in San Francisco.

So it went with weed strain Girl Scout Cookies, which San Francisco breeder Jigga developed for the exploding medical marijuana market in the late 2000s.

In SF, peak prohibition met surging demand for cannabis and prices bloomed. California’s police arrested smokers by the tens of thousands per year. Growers used pseudonyms only, and feared being followed home from a party and beaten and robbed, or followed home from the hydroponics store and raided by police.

Californians legalized medical marijuana in 1996, and personal defenses against cannabis prosecution had become collective defenses—green-lighting the first dispensaries and more grows.

“There was this feeling of energy in the Bay Area that there was something going on that was truly special.”

Mr. Sherbinski

The profits outweighed the risk. The Bay Area’s medical and recreational consumers, including its rappers, adored weed. In that climate, wholesale pounds of OG Kush, the then-reigning champion strain, might go for $3,500-$4,000.

“There was this feeling of energy in the Bay Area that there was something going on that was truly special,” said Mr. Sherbinski. “An industry was being born.”

“Just like so many other things—music, or technology—cannabis also had its first place there,” he said.

Today most states have medical laws, and 18 have adult-use legalization, now including New York, Virginia, and New Mexico. The legal industry generates $18.3 billion and employs 321,000.

Improving on an OG Kush

Mr. Sherbinski relates how San Francisco breeder Jigga took his favorite OG Kush, called a Flo Rida OG (pronounced “Flow Rider”), and crossed it to his mix of a rocket-like strain he named “F1” and another strain called “Durb.”

Mr. Sherbinski told Leafly “Durb” was not Durban Poison.

“I’ve had the F1. And I’ve had the Durb. And I’ve had the Flo Rida OG,” said Sherbisnki.

(In 2014, Jigga told High Times that “Durb” was in fact “Durban Poison.” Bottom line: Jigga crossed three strains, “F1 Durb” to Flo Rida OG, to make Cookies.)

Jigga stayed busy, too. He also crossed the F1 Durb to another leader of the day, Granddaddy Purple, thus creating Cherry Pie.

Other, more apocryphal origin stories exist, but “what happens is there’s little pieces of info that get out and people build on that,” said Sherbinski. The above facts are “what I was told by Jigga.”

Jigga didn’t call us back, but either way, Cookies became a sleeper hit.

“And I remember grinding it up and smoking it and thinking, ‘Wow, it’s a super-unique, tasty flower.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I gotta track down the cut.’”

Ghost, ABF Genetics

Ghost at ABF Genetics said he got introduced to the strain through a friend from Jigga and Sherbinski’s Sunset District clique. (Many of these guys grew up together, going to the same high schools, playing pick-up basketball, smoking weed, listening to rap.)

The veteran grower from back East had collected many, many leading strains. But he still remembered the day his buddy from the Cookies circle brought over a nug of GSC, in about 2008.

“It was like curled up in a Ziploc baggy, this little, abused piece of flower,” Ghost recalled. “And I remember grinding it up and smoking it and thinking, ‘Wow, it’s a super unique, tasty flower.’ And I said, ‘Yeah, I gotta track down the cut.’”

Your reporter has been sampling Cookies since that time period as well.

Cookies nugs present as dense, multicolored, and resinous. It first smells flat and musty, but complex. Break it up and grind it and the smell decoheres into a rowdy mix of sweet, berry, incense, and the savory, burnt part of a sugar cookie. The exhaled smoke hit might contain a note of grape and fuel or “gas” from the OG.

You get real high with a heavy effect that doesn’t make you fall asleep per se—you’re just super-lit.

Berner markets Cookies to Cali

Ghost couldn’t get a cut of Cookies that easily. Back then, growers kept new strains to themselves or in a tight circle.

Initial supplies of Cookies remained low, limited to small indoor grows sometimes shielded from police by a medical marijuana defense.

San Francisco rapper and entrepreneur Gilbert “Berner” Milam Jr. gets credit for truly marketing Cookies, first through hip-hop and rap, and later through social media. Today, Cookies Enterprises commands a global lifestyle brand with licensed stores, unique strains, and partner farms in several legal states.

“Cookies benefited from the advent of social media and was the first cannabis strain mentioned relentlessly in hip-hop,” said Keith Stephenson, the Oakland, CA owner of Purple Heart Patient Center, reportedly the nation’s oldest black-owned dispensary.

If you wanted Cookies back then, you had to schlep out to the Hemp Center on Geary Ave. in the Sunset—this grungy lounge with a Mos Eisley cantina vibe where Berner sometimes budtended. Your fearless reporter distinctly remembers that one and only visit: Junk piled up in the lobby. The weed equivalent of old barflies stared at you from the corner. I bought a gram of GSC there back around 2013(?), and that nug was fire.

2009: Cookies sees Ghost

Ghost got his hands on one Cookies plant in 2008, when two buddies paid $3,500 for a cut from a relative of a grower in the original circle. He grew out the GSC cutting and verified the result. Ghost’s friend who first brought him the flower said, “That’s it.”

Cookies got loose into the wild when Ghost shared cuttings of his plant with four close friends. Rare strains become a type of currency among high-end connoisseurs that have everything else. Ghost’s cut would become known as the “Forum Cut,” in reference to the internet forums where they debated it.

“And the next thing I know, one of them is selling cuts to people; one of them is giving them away; one of them is doing giveaways behind, like, dumpsters. And then the rest of them just kind of spread through the network,” he explained. One cutting, or clone, made it to the UK.

An early photo of GSC from 2012. (David Downs)
An early photo of GSC from 2012. (David Downs)

Ghost’s wholesale pounds of indoor Cookies fetched $4,000, he said, at places like the Green Door.

At this point, a weed grower might assume fame and riches lie in making something special and being the only person with it. Actually, it’s the opposite.

Supplies stimulate demand, which induces growers, thus increasing supplies, and supporting more demand.

“If we hadn’t got that cut out as much as it did, it wouldn’t have become known as what Cookies is,” said Ghost. “If it’s not available, people can’t see it. If they can’t try it, it doesn’t really exist for them. It’ll just fade and die off.”

“If you were a dispensary back then that didn’t have Cookies, you weren’t a dispensary,” Mr. Sherbinski said.

Animal Cookies, Thin Mint Cookies, Platinum follow

The perpetual motion machine of growing, marketing, selling, buying, smoking, and enjoying Cookies added more and more people each harvest.

“It was a huge seller for some retailers,” said Stephenson at Purple Heart in Oakland, CA. He started carrying Cookies strains in 2012. “It definitely deserves to be celebrated.”

The core Cookies team released Animal Cookies. There was Thin Mint Cookies. Green Door had Platinum Cookies.

A strain truly arrives when counterfeiting and the “name game” commences, said Mr. Sherbinski. Everyone slapped a name on a cookies cultivar.

“We make the strains and they change the names,” he said.

“At that point, it became a clusterfuck,” added Ghost.

2012: The happy accident of Sunset Sherbert

Nowadays, Cookies offspring Gelato and its descendants run the world. But we wouldn’t be here without the happy accident of Sunset Sherbert.

By 2012, the original Cookies craze was well underway, and San Francisco grower Mario Guzman, now known as Mr. Sherbinsnki, stood ready to partake in it.

Out in the residential Sunset District of San Francisco, he had crossed a “dark, dark, dark purple, stringy” sativa Burmese to the best OG Kush around the Bay Area, where pounds sold for $4,200 and $4,300.

Mr. Sherbinksi’s Burmese crossed with Larry OG became his Pink Panties, due to its pink hairs, or pistils, on the buds. With Pink Panties seeds in hand, he started a crop of seedlings. For research, he stuck one six-inch baby plant into his special, “flowering” room at his grandma’s house.

Sunset Sherbet in the Bay Area, circa 2015. (David Downs)
Sunset Sherbet in the Bay Area, circa 2015. (David Downs)

Flowering room lights are timed to make the plant bloom instead of grow. But instead of blooming a female bud that he could study, the Pink Panties matured into a male. Before Guzman noticed, the male Pink Panties pollinated the entire room of Girl Scout Cookies females in the flowering room.

“I didn’t realize it would pollinate in a matter of weeks, but it did. It just took off.”

All of a sudden, that commercial crop of Cookies bud became a research crop of new seeds. And inside one of them? What we call Sunset Sherbert.

Mr. Sherbinski said the name came to him when he first smoked the strain, and it reminded him of Thrifty ice cream rainbow sherbet, an iconic California childhood flavor for decades. He remembered his mom buying him a scoop for about 10 cents as a kid when they did laundry.

“It was a really popping strain in the Bay Area. We were promoting it. Rappers were rapping about it.”

Mr. Sherbinski

“When I first smoked Sunset Sherbert I tasted berry, citrus, the lemon, the orange, a little lime, all these different flavors, and I was like, ‘Man, this tastes like Sherbert,’” he recalled.

He then added the district it came from and boom, “Sunset Sherbert.” The strain hits “smooth, sweet, but still enough power in it to hit your lungs,” he said. Everyone likes it, he added, including atypical consumers like women and older smokers, and especially veterans with PTSD.

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The Cookies team applied their marketing formula to Sunset Sherbert and repeated the success of Cookies, Guzman said.

”It was a really popping strain in the Bay Area. We were promoting it. Rappers were rapping about it.”

Mr. Sherbinski spread small-batch, indoor harvests of sherbert around to influential stores across the state—stores like Harborside Health Center in Oakland and the Vapor Room on Haight St.

“Part of what created the hype, for me, was it was created with love. There was not a lot of it; I made sure to spread it around to the dispensaries and friends doing a good job of getting it out to the public,” he said.

2014: Gelato coats the globe

The Cookie and Sunset Sherbert formula may have reached its most evolved form with Gelato, a cross of Sunset Sherbert and Girl Scout Cookies.

For this one, Jigga and Mr. Sherbinski used a substance called colloidal silver to make a female Sunset Sherbet flower produce pollen, then pollinated a GSC.

The resulting seeds are all female, and the team grew them all out, hunting for the best-looking and smelling offspring—called a phenotype. This “pheno-hunt” concluded with a private, invite-only tasting by industry heads on June 16, 2014, at a Cuban food restaurant, said Guzman.

The night’s picks are so famous, the numbers on the side of the flower pots became famous and emerged as the keepers:

  • Gelato 25
  • Gelato 33 (aka Larry Bird)
  • “Bacio” Gelato 41
  • Gelato 43
  • Gelato 45
  • “Acai” Gelato 49
Gelato circa 2015. (David Downs)
Gelato in the Bay Area, circa 2015. (David Downs)

Again, high-quality indoor production, plus on-point influencer marketing, equaled huge demand for the elite plant. And again, rather than hoarding the strain close, Mr. Sherbinski distributed cuts of Gelato 33, sparking a national bumper crop of the stuff.

Ghost uses the word, “saturation.”

“It’s one of those things where it just spun and spun and spun,” he said.

Today, there’s a reason why everything contains Gelato 33 genes: because Gelato grows, looks, smells, and feels amazing. Its architects stimulated the demand and provided the supply. They didn’t hoard their fire in a closet. They brought it to others, Prometheus-style, and unlocked weed god mode.

Cookies reigns worldwide—for now

Compound Genetics' Apples and Bananas, 2020 release. (David Downs/Leafly)
Compound Genetics’ Apples and Bananas, 2020 release. (David Downs/Leafly)

Nowadays, Cookies genes appear in everything. Quality can vary, but it often bests its rivals.

“The strains are over-produced now in California. However, it’s something that people expect to find as a standard variety,” said Stephenson.

Even the cheapest of knockoffs attest to the allure of the real thing. If imitation means flattery, the weed world bows to the Cookies strain family. Look at all the headlines:

  • Runtz combined Gelato and Zkittlez to take Leafly’s Strain of the Year 2020.
  • Chemdog and Cookies crosses dubbed “GMO Cookies” dominate in flower and extract form, said Ghost.
  • Most major breeders have Cookies genes in some part of their 2021 offerings, whether it be Compound Genetics’ Jokerz line, or Exotic Genetix’s Rainbow Chip line, or Cannarado’s Sundae Driver work.
  • The strain MAC1 reinvigorates Cookies with a fresh reservoir of sativa genes, similar to how Cookies refreshed OGs.

There are just so many dimensions to Cookies, a seemingly infinite array of facets, all reflecting off this heavy remix of global genetics. Lemon Tree strains and Zkittlez certainly command attention, but they’re still “fads,” compared to Cookies, said Mr. Sherbinski.

“I think what makes a truly good strain is when people come back to it. It’s such a good strain that even if people get away from it for a while when they come back to it, she’s going to be there with open arms.”

A timeline of the Cookies and Cakes strains


cookies strains timeline art
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  • 1996: Californians legalize medical cannabis with Proposition 215, via the work of Dennis Peron, Brownie Mary Rathbun, and others
  • 2003: Dispensaries legalized under the “collective” medical cannabis defense in State Senator Mark Leno’s Senate Bill 420
  • ~2007s: SF breeder Jai “Jigga” Chang crosses his proprietary “F1 Durb” to a Flo Rida OG Kush, a type of OG Kush, to make Girl Scout Cookies
  • 2008: Grower “Ghost” obtains what will be called Forum Cut Cookies for $3,500, and gives away four cuts, spreading Cookies across California and to the UK
  • 2010: Jigga and rapper/businessman Berner start Cookies Enterprises
  • 2012: Sunset Sherbert is made by Mr. Sherbinski when a Pink Panties juvenile male accidentally pollinates a roomful of GSC. Colorado and Washington state legalize adult-use cannabis.
  • 2013: Sunset Sherbert at medical cannabis clubs fetches $4,000 per wholesale pound. Girl Scout Cookies wins Best Indica at the NorCal Cannabis Cup.
  • 2014: Sunset Sherbert reversed to GSC results in Gelato. After a pheno-hunt, selections of Gelato 25, 33, 41, 43, 45, and 49 go into production. Mr. Sherbinski gives away Gelato 33. Thin Mint Cookies wins Best Hybrid of the 2014 NorCal Medical Cannabis Cup.
  • 2015: Gelato 33 goes into wide production
  • 2016: Californians pass Proposition 64, legalizing adult-use cannabis. Veganic Platinum Cookies wins Best Hybrid in the NorCal Cannabis Cup.
  • 2018: Adult-use sales start in California. Triangle Mints #23 (aka Wedding Cake) wins 1st place Best Hybrid in the SoCal Medical Cannabis Cup. Gelonade (Lemon Tree x Gelato) wins Best Sativa at the NorCal Medical Cannabis Cup.
  • 2020: Gelato and Zkittlez cross Runtz wins Leafly Strain of the Year.
  • 2021: Compound Genetics sells its Jokerz line of Runtz crosses. Gelonade wins the Emerald Cup 2021 for best indoor flower.

What’s your favorite Cookies cross and why? Comment below.

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David Downs directs news and lifestyle coverage as the California Bureau Chief for Leafly.com. He’s written for WIRED, Rolling Stone and Billboard, and is the former cannabis editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as the author of several cannabis books including ‘Marijuana Harvest’ by Ed Rosenthal and David Downs. He co-hosts The Hash podcast. TW: @davidrdowns | IG @daviddowns

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