GG4 aka Gorilla Glue Strain Information & Review

Sophia Delphi June 20, 2022 - 6 min read
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Any discussion of legendary weed strains has to include GG4. It may be referred to by other names: Gorilla Glue #4, GG #4, Original Glue, or even Gorilla Glue.

Whatever it’s called, though, it’s a balanced hybrid that has some of the highest THC content of any commonly-available strain. GG4 delivers extremely strong euphoric effects along with an equally-strong couch lock; it’s not the best strain for novice users but it’s revered by connoisseurs and stoners alike.

GG4 has won multiple Cannabis Cup awards, but more important is the word-of-mouth reputation this sticky, diesel-flavored powerhouse strain has deservedly built since its debut in 2014.

Effects and Side Effects

This is a strain that’s not for the faint-hearted, partly because of GG4’s genetics but largely due to its extremely-high THC levels.

The strain’s effects start a bit slowly but then, out of nowhere, they hit extremely hard. The first thing you’ll notice is a strong sense of uplifting euphoria, immediately wiping away troublesome thoughts or worries.

The body won’t be far behind. A calm, relaxing wave spreads quickly throughout the body, and despite GG4’s sativa content, it doesn’t take long for couch lock to set in and remain for the duration of an experience which may last for hours. The cerebral effects can linger just as long for many users. Don’t be surprised if the sesh ends with a long, restful sleep.

GG4 isn’t going to provoke sociability and fits of the giggles. It provides more of a calming, content, happy, and solo experience — and it’s one of the most potent available from any strain.

You should definitely expect cottonmouth when smoking GG4, and dry eyes are common as well. Overconsumption can lead to dizziness, anxiety, or panic attacks, so users need to pace themselves, and inexperienced smokers should work their way up to sampling this strain.

Positive Effects:

  • Energy: 3/5
  • Creative: 2/5
  • Pain: 4/5
  • Stress: 4/5
  • Sleep: 4/5
  • Mood: 5/5

Negative Effects:

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

Bottom Line: GG4 is a powerful strain only suitable for experienced smokers. It delivers potent euphoria, relaxation, and body lock, with its high lasting for hours.

Medical Conditions

GG4 isn’t viewed as a top-of-the-line medical marijuana strain, but many patients seek it out for its strong mind and body relaxation. Those dealing with anxiety and depression, OCD, insomnia, and more common stress may find it eases their mind; it’s also been said to help some patients dealing with migraines and chronic pain.

Flavor and Aroma

This strain, to put it simply, smells like primo weed. It’s skunky with the scent of pungent diesel, with lots of earthy and woodsy notes along with hints of coffee, chocolate, spice, and sour lemon.

GG4’s flavor is just as complex. Full-bodied and thick, the smoke tastes of many of the scents we’ve described including diesel and chocolate, with wood, earth, and pine dominant in the aftertaste along with a slightly chemical flavor.

Flavor and Aroma Ratings:

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

Cannabinoids and Terpenes

We have one key phrase to share: THC.

Some analyses have pegged GG4’s average THC content around the 20% mark, but that’s really underselling the weed that’s available at dispensaries these days. A flower that comes in at 25% THC isn’t uncommon, and some retail outlets have been known to carry GG4 with 28%-30% THC levels (or even higher). That potency, needless to say, is the key reason why this strain is so legendary.

CBD is another story; levels will be well under 1% no matter where you purchase your GG4, and other major cannabinoids only come in at trace levels.

Most of the terpenes you think of in connection with cannabis are present in GG4, in noticeable amounts. They include limonene, myrcene, humulene, linalool, caryophyllene, and pinene; that large assortment of terps explains the varied aroma and taste profiles of this strain.


GG4 actually stems from a mistake.

Cultivator GG Seeds accidentally had a hermie Chem Sis plant pollinate a Sour Dubb sample, and the resulting seeds were grown and crossed with Chocolate Diesel. The result: the original Gorilla Glue.

Chem Sis is a cerebral sativa derived from Chemdawg; potent and pungent Sour Dubb is believed to be the offspring of Sour Diesel; Chocolate Diesel is a skunky product of Sour Diesel and Chocolate Thai. It’s easy to see traces of all of those heritage strains in GG4 and other members of the Gorilla Glue family.

This might be a good time to briefly explain the whole Gorilla Glue/GG thing. The “Gorilla Glue” name was a catchy one and caught on — so well, in fact, that the company that makes the well-known adhesive of the same name took GG Seeds to court.

The two sides reached a settlement that prohibited the use of the name for weed strains, giving the producer a year to change all of its references to the new phrases GG, Original Glue, New Glue, or Sister Glue. Many long-time stoners, though, still call it by its original Gorilla name.

Similar Strains

Gorilla Cookies (a cross of GG4 and Thin Mint GSC) may be the closest comparison, which makes sense given that strain’s GG4 heritage. Another member of the family, GG5, is a good and similar choice for even higher THC content. Other strains to look at for similar effects include Animal Cookies and Blueberry Muffin.

GG4 Strain: FAQ

Q: OK, so where did GG5 come from?
A: GG5, also known as “New Glue,” is a cross between GG4 and the original GG1, also referred to as “Original Glue” or “Sister Glue.” In many ways, it’s difficult to tell GG4 from GG5 — except that GG5 is even more relaxing and sedating because of THC content that often hits 30%.

Q: Where did they get the idea to name this strain after Gorilla Glue in the first place?
A: Some believe it’s because the body high is so strong that users are stuck to their couch, but that’s not the real reason. The name came from the fact that Gorilla Glue is such a heavy resin producer that the buds get incredibly sticky — so sticky that it can be difficult for growers to separate the blades of their scissors after trimming the plant.