It’s amazing how many terrific weed strains have come out of California in the last decade, and Gelonade is one of the best. This high-THC, Sativa-dominant (70/30) hybrid won the Cannabis Cup for best Sativa in 2018, and its popularity has blown up on the West Coast since then.
This strain is known for a long-lasting, stimulating, and energetic head high that makes it a favorite for daytime use. Gelonade’s effects are motivating, creative and social, and its pleasant body buzz isn’t sedating or even couch-locking. That explains why many feel it’s an ideal pre-sex smoke.
Gelonade delights the senses as well. The aroma and flavor are loaded with vanilla, sour citrus, and cookies, and accented by spice, earthiness, and flowers. In short, this strain has just about everything most users could want.
Effects and Side Effects
Don’t be surprised if you feel the initial tingles of a potent Gelonade head high as you’re exhaling your first hit. Those tingles start behind the eyes and in the back of the head and quickly turn into full-scale euphoria that spreads throughout the brain. Stress cares and negative thoughts disappear, replaced by uplifting happiness that brings a surge of energy.
The peaceful bliss isn’t unfocused, either. A clear-headed sense of motivation and focus accompanies the euphoria, encouraging users to get their work done or tackle new assignments they’ve been putting aside.
And here’s the rest of the good news: as the effects of Gelonade spread through the body, they ease stressed and cramped muscles without a heavy body stone; the relaxing buzz won’t hold you back. The strain doesn’t lead to lethargy or drowsiness, although at the end of the long and satisfying high, sleep may sound awfully good.
Gelonade is ideal for daytime consumption, setting the mood for a party or a long, pleasant conversation, or simply for an exceedingly-happy few hours. Many users also say this weed is arousing, so there’s a lot more that can be enjoyed under the influence of Gelonade.
Gelonade is a potent strain with high THC content, which means it could be too much for inexperienced users to handle, and those with anxiety issues might find that their anxiety gets worse when they smoke this strain. Overconsumption can also lead to issues like couch lock or tiredness among some with low THC tolerance.
Seasoned users only have to be worried about dry eyes, cottonmouth, and possible dehydration, along with the munchies and the potential for insomnia if Gelonade is used too close to bedtime.
- Energy: 4/5
- Creative: 4/5
- Pain: 3/5
- Stress: 5/5
- Sleep: 2/5
- Mood: 5/5
- Paranoid: 2/5
- Dry Mouth: 4/5
- Dry Eyes: 4/5
- Lethargy: 2/5
- Cough: 3/5
Bottom Line: Gelonade is a terrific daytime or early evening strain that provides lots of energy, motivation, and creativity, along with a body stone that’s relaxing but not strong enough to get in the way.
Any stunningly-uplifting strain is going to be highly sought-after by medical patients, and that explains some of Gelonade’s popularity.
Medical marijuana users say they love this weed for its ability to effectively blunt psychological issues like chronic stress, anxiety (in most cases), and depression. Those same uplifting effects, plus increased focus, makes Gelonade a popular choice for patients dealing with attention disorders like ADD and ADHD, as well as for those with chronic fatigue syndrome.
The mild body buzz delivered by Gelonade may not be enough to help users cope with serious pain, but many with chronic pain say that it’s able to provide some relief when combined with the strain’s happy head high.
Flavor and Aroma
When your lips start watering and your taste buds start tingling even before you pack your bowl, you know you’re in for an absolutely delicious experience.
Gelonade’s aroma is an enticing mix of berries, sour lemon, and sweet vanilla, with tantalizing notes of spice, earth, flower, and a bit of diesel. And the weed’s flavor delivers on those promising scents, with lemon, berries, vanilla, and cookies all prominent in its taste and the rest of the underlying flavors dancing around the edges. This is one yummy dessert strain.
Flavor and Aroma Ratings:
- Earthy: 3/5
- Citrus: 5/5
- Fruity: 4/5
- Spice: 3/5
- Wood: 3/5
Cannabinoids and Terpenes
Hiding behind the delicious flavor of Gelonade is the strain’s impressive THC potency. Tests show that the strain has an average THC content of 25%, and the flower you purchase may come in even a bit higher than that. CBD levels can hit 1%, which is relatively high for weed that’s loaded with THC.
Gelonade’s flavor and aroma give you a good idea of the terpenes that dominate in this strain: limonene (citrus), ocimene (sweetness), caryophyllene (spice), and linalool (flowers).
Gelonade was created by crossing two other delicious strains, Lemon Tree and Gelato #41. Lemon Tree is a balanced hybrid with Sour Diesel/Lemon Skunk genetics, and Gelato #41 is beloved for its strong cerebral high, mild body stone, and tasty cookies and berry flavor.
Several cultivators have been credited with originating this strain, but Connected Cannabis is believed to have been the first to breed it.
Where to Buy Gelonade Seeds
A number of trustworthy online vendors sell feminized Gelonade seeds. They include North Atlantic Seed, Sensible Seeds, Blimburn Seeds, and Gelato seeds. Clones are harder to find, but HendRx Seeds does allow customers to reserve them for when they’re available.
Most weed strains don’t combine the THC potency and dessert-like flavors of Gelonade, but there are several good alternatives you can try including Sundae Driver and London Pound Cake. Sour Haze and Gorilla Zkittlez might also be good additions to the list.
Gelonade Strain Review: FAQ
Q: How large do Gelonade plants grow?
A: They don’t get enormous. Expect them to grow to anywhere between four and six feet tall, a manageable height for a Sativa-dominant plant.
Q: How much THC is there in Gelonade?
A: It’s one of the more potent strains you’ll find in retail outlets. Gelonade’s average THC content of 25%, which means that some batches come in even higher. As a bonus, there’s a good amount of CBD for a high-THC strain.