Animal Mints Weed Strain Information & Review

Sophia Delphi December 09, 2022 - 6 min read
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That’s the mind-blowing average THC content of this potent strain, and it’s not unusual to find batches that register higher than that.

It’s strongly sativa-dominant (80%-20%), but delivers both powerful sativa and indica effects as you blast off. The head high is uplifting and can be energetic and creative at times, but it’s countered by an even stronger body stone that can quickly put you onto the couch.

Many users find themselves veering between euphoria and sedation until they give in and drift off into restful sleep.

Obviously, many medical patients love Animal Mints’ full-body relaxation for the relief they say it gives them. But recreational users love the strain’s cookie dough and mint flavor — and of course, how baked they can get.

Effects and Side Effects

Most hybrid strains follow a familiar pattern. First the head high hits, and then the body buzz follows. Some of the cerebral effects may remain, but the body stone usually takes over after a while.

Animal Mints is a different animal. Even though it’s sativa-dominant, the relaxing indica effects hit just as powerfully and may “alternate” with the sativa high for a while.

The experience begins with indica warmth spreading throughout the body, followed by a euphoric cerebral buzz that’s more comforting than energetic. Some users find themselves giggly, talkative, and happy. Others may feel more fuzzy and distracted. But stress and negative thoughts are quickly gone for the duration.

The body stone takes full effect a short time later, locking many people right onto the couch in a sleepy mood; others may still be able to enjoy the head high for a while. The effects come in waves, and eventually, most users will drift into a semi-conscious daze or just fall asleep. It goes without saying that Animal Mints is a strain for nighttime enjoyment, not for daytime use.

The most dramatic side effects come with overconsumption. Hitting Animal Mints too hard may turn the experience overly trippy and possibly uncomfortable due to the high THC content of the strain. Dizziness and headaches, followed by anxiety, panic, and paranoia are possible, even more so for inexperienced smokers or those with existing anxiety issues.

Animal Mints are also likely to cause dry eyes, dry throat, and dehydration for all users. Keep water close by along with your munchies — and take things slow until you’re accustomed to the strain’s effects.

Positive Effects:

  • Energy: 2/5
  • Creative: 2/5
  • Pain: 4/5
  • Stress: 5/5
  • Sleep: 5/5
  • Mood: 4/5

Negative Effects:

  • Paranoid: 3/5
  • Dry Mouth: 4/5
  • Dry Eyes: 4/5
  • Lethargy: 4/5
  • Cough: 3/5

Bottom Line: Handle with care! Animal Mints is an extremely-potent strain that can be too much for occasional smokers. Expect a euphoric head buzz coupled with an even stronger body stone that eventually wins out, sedating or putting you to sleep after you’ve enjoyed the high.

Medical Conditions

The most obvious benefit that medical marijuana patients enjoy from Animal Mints is its ability to induce sleep, a godsend for those who suffer from insomnia.

The strongly sedative effects of the strain also make it the choice of many people dealing with chronic or serious pain; they say the combination of the intense cerebral high and full-body relaxation makes them forget they ever hurt in the first place.

The strain’s ability to eliminate stress is just as welcome among those suffering from mental health issues like anxiety or depression (although it can also make anxiety worse for those with clinical symptoms).

Flavor and Aroma

Who doesn’t love mint cookies? That’s the scent that will overwhelm you when you open a bag or jar of Animal Mints, along with notes of pine and diesel that manage to be detectable despite the strong mint aroma.

The strain’s flavor is almost identical to its smell. There’s lots of mint and cookie dough in the creamy smoke, but there are also small amounts of pine, earth, diesel, and vanilla in the aftertaste — reassuring you that you’ve just taken a toke of weed and not a drag on a Newport.

Flavor and Aroma Ratings:

  • Earthy: 3/5
  • Citrus: 1/5
  • Fruity: 1/5
  • Spice: 4/5
  • Wood: 2/5

Cannabinoids and Terpenes

Let’s talk a little more about Animal Mints and THC. As we’ve mentioned, the numbers that come back from the lab say that this strain has an average THC level of around 27%. That’s not just high, it’s extremely high and it’s one of the highest THC level strains.

However, the flower available in some dispensaries may dip down to a THC content in the high teens, while it’s possible that you’ll find Animal Mints (if you can find it) with THC levels that hit 30% or even higher. Wow. CBD and other cannabinoid levels are likely to be in the relatively-low range of 0.5%

Myrcene, pinene, caryophyllene, limonene, camphene, and carene are the terpenes that deserve credit for Animal Mints’ delicious mint and cookies flavor that’s accented by pine, earth, and gas.


This is somewhat of a mystery strain. It’s believed to have originated in California, but there are several different theories as to how it was created:

  • Girl Scout Cookies crossed with Blue Power and then with Animal Cookies
  • Thin Mint GSC and Blue Power crossed with Animal Cookies
  • Thin Mint GSC crossed with Fire OG
  • Animal Cookies crossed with SinMint
  • Animal Cookies crossed with Snow Lotus

All of those possibilities sound logical, but no one knows for sure which is correct. All that’s really known is that whatever was used to create Animal Mints worked wonders.

Similar Strains

There aren’t many strains that have the complicated, roller-coaster effects associated with Animal Mints. There are certainly potent options you can try instead, though, including Royal Gorilla, Gorilla Glue, and G-13.

Animal Mints Strain Review: FAQ

Q: Is Animal Mints the same strain as Animal Mintz?
A: It’s hard to say. Some vendors have created a product called “Animal Mintz,” but many describe it as being almost the same as Animal Mints. Others say the “z” version provides more of a traditional brain-then-head high type of experience and a taste that isn’t quite as sweet. Either way, most claim the “Mintz” variety is a cross of Thin Mints GSC, Animal Cookies, and Fire OG, almost identical to the “Mints” heritage. Our best advice: caveat emptor (let the buyer beware).

Q: You keep saying “if” you can find it. Are Animal Mints that rare?
A: Pretty close. The big problem is that the original growers, whoever they were, never made the seeds available to seed banks or cultivators, let alone home growers. That means there aren’t many operations that grow Animal Mints, and you obviously can’t put the plants into your grow room unless you can find someone who will give you a clone. That makes the strain hard to find, and quite expensive when you get your hands on it. Give it a try, however. You won’t be disappointed.