What do you get when you breed two landmark strains, Girl Scout Cookies, and Fire OG? You get Animal Cookies (also known as Animal Crackers), a delicious indica-dominant hybrid that can knock your socks off.
This weed combines soaring, unfocused euphoria with a powerfully-relaxing body stone that can quickly become sedating if you hit the joint hard. The elation is a potent weapon against mental stress and worries — and Animal Cookies itself is quite potent, with THC levels that may reach well into the 20% range.
The bud has an aromatic (but loud) sweet and sour scent, with a delicious flavor that combines vanilla cookies, citrus, earth, and nuts. It’s beautiful, too, with green and purple leaves, bright orange pistils, and a thick coating of amber trichomes.
Animal Cookies is fast-acting and hard-hitting. It’s known for delivering a head buzz that’s been described as an explosion of euphoria that’s happy and uplifting; positive and joyous thoughts replace negative ones in a flash, wiping away anxiety and stress. Some users find the experience briefly motivating, but most find their thinking to become unfocused and a bit hazy.
Even those who feel motivated may not be able to get much done. The body high is deeply relaxing, perfect for settling in for an enjoyable evening — and potentially couch-locking and sedating for those who consume a lot of this weed. Many users have also found the strain to be arousing and a great smoke before sex, probably because of the mood lift it provides.
The best time to spark up a bowl of Animal Cookies is in the evening (or on the weekend). It’s an herb that can let you forget about the daily grind, make you feel happy and content, and fully enjoy being with friends or spending a few fun hours watching TV or surfing social media. Even experienced users will be unlikely to remain fully functional if smoking this weed during the day.
Bottom Line: Animal Cookies is a great recreational strain with many benefits for MMJ patients as well: a stress-relieving, mood-boosting cerebral buzz coupled with a relaxing body stone that can become quite heavy as you continue to smoke.
- Energy: 2/5
- Creative: 2/5
- Pain: 4/5
- Stress: 5/5
- Sleep: 3/5
- Mood: 5/5
Expect to be coughing a lot as you smoke Animal Cookies because its smoke is thick and harsh. Dry throat, dry eyes, and slight dehydration are also common side effects.
The potency of this strain can cause some issues for certain groups of users. Those who overindulge, and those who aren’t used to strains with high THC content, may experience dizziness, anxiety, or paranoia. There’s also the potential for smokers who are already dealing with anxiety issues to see them get worse. Taking it slow is the best advice for those folks.
- Paranoid: 2/5
- Dry Mouth: 4/5
- Dry Eyes: 4/5
- Lethargy: 3/5
- Cough: 5/5
Animal Cookies quickly became a sensation in the medical marijuana community after its release.
Patients dealing with psychological conditions including stress, anxiety, and depression found that the strain’s soaring head high was “just what the doctor ordered” for eliminating mental stress and recurring negative thoughts.
Chronic pain sufferers and even those with more serious pain problems say the deep relaxation Animal Cookies can provide is extremely effective in relieving their pain, particularly at higher doses. High doses are also favored by patients trying to overcome insomnia, and the strain may be beneficial for chemotherapy patients fighting nausea or vomiting and poor appetite.
Flavor and Aroma
Animal Cookies announces its presence with a pungent aroma that’s earthy, sweet, and sour. The sweet scent is much like vanilla cookies, while an undertone of citrus (plus the earthiness) contributes to the sour element.
Your first hit will convince you that this is indeed a dessert strain. Vanilla dominates in the taste of the creamy smoke, but there’s plenty of earth and nuts in there to cut through the sweetness. You’ll also notice some citrus and spice in the aftertaste. Some say they taste cherries, too.
Flavor and Aroma Ratings:
- Earthy: 4/5
- Citrus: 3/5
- Fruity: 2/5
- Spice: 3/5
- Wood: 3/5
Cannabinoids and Terpenes
Lab tests don’t always tell the entire story. Testing on Animal Cookies samples has shown the strain’s average THC content to be 19%, but it’s quite common to find the flower sold at dispensaries has a THC level of 22%, 25%, or even higher. Check before you buy.
CBD levels in Animal Cookies are usually well below 1%, but some cultivators have bred their plants to contain as much as 4% CBD, which is ideal for medical patients. You’ll have to look specifically for high-CBD Animal Cookies to find them.
Tests for terpene content show as many as 13 different terps in this strain. They include caryophyllene, linalool, camphene, humulene, myrcene, and bisabolol.
BC Bud Depot, a Canadian cultivator, is the genius behind the creation of Animal Cookies. It’s the product of two legendary strains, Girl Scout Cookies, and Fire OG.
Both are indica-dominant hybrids with high THC content and a high that’s strongly euphoric and physically relaxing. GSC, of course, contributes its cookie flavor, while Fire OG brings much of the earthy pungency.
Where to Buy Animal Cookies Seeds
It’s always best to go straight to the source, needless to say, and BC Bud Depot sells their standard Animal Cookies seeds online. If you’re searching for feminized seeds, check out Pacific Seed Bank, Growers Choice Seeds, or Dutch Seeds Shop. Autoflowering versions of these seeds are sold by Crop King Seeds and Sun West Genetics.
Clones can also be purchased online from Home Grow Nursery, Cloud City Clones, and The Strainbank.
Other weed strains with similar characteristics include Vanilla Gorilla, Gorilla Cookies, Trueberry, and GG4 aka Gorilla Glue Strain.
Animal Cookies Strain Review: FAQ
Q: What’s the flowering time for Animal Cookies plants?
A: It’s generally 9-10 weeks indoors, where the strain prefers to be grown. Outdoors it will be ready for harvest sometime in mid-September, but growing Animal Cookies outside is difficult and best attempted only by experienced growers.
Q: How much THC is in Animal Cookies?
A: Testing tells us that the THC level averages 19%, but most of the bud we’ve seen sold at retail outlets has THC content between 20% and 25%. It can even be a bit higher than that.