Combine the power of GG4 with the delicious taste and sociable high of a Cookies strain, and what do you get? Zookies — an evenly-balanced herb that’s potent, yummy, and extremely enjoyable.
Zookies (short for Zoo Cookies) is a popular recreational and medicinal strain that hits hard and fast with a blissful, long-lasting head high and a powerful, stress-relieving body high. The Cookies heritage comes through loud and clear in the strain’s scent and taste, but you certainly notice GG4’s diesel and chocolate, too.
The THC level in Zookies is impressive, and the flower is attractive in a mix of dark green and purple with bountiful white trichomes. Zookies isn’t as popular as its famous parents just yet, but it’s definitely getting there, and medical marijuana patients are already on board.
Effects and Side Effects
You won’t find many strains that kick in as quickly as Zookies does.
The experience begins with a sativa high that’s euphoric and energetic, somewhat unfocused, and often dreamy. Worries and cares float away, replaced by calm and peaceful happiness. As time moves on, the initial energy can morph into more of a creative and focused high that some people can put to good use.
Meanwhile, Zookies’ effects move into the body to provide a deep, relaxing buzz that eliminates any remaining stress or muscle tightness. The body stone is calming but usually isn’t sedating, so most users don’t find themselves locked to the couch unless they’re inexperienced with high-THC strains.
In short, Zookies is a very well-balanced strain that won’t necessarily slow you down — unless you want to just take some time to relax and enjoy your flight.
The inexperienced users we mentioned are most likely to suffer side effects from a Zookies sesh. Some with anxiety may find that the issue worsens or turns into panic or paranoia, while others may become lethargic or just fall asleep. For those accustomed to potent strains, the primary side effects can be cottonmouth, dry eyes, or with high doses, difficulty focusing.
- Energy: 4/5
- Creative: 3/5
- Pain: 4/5
- 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: Zookies delivers an extremely enjoyable high, with unfocused euphoria, improved mood, and full-body relaxation among its balanced sativa-indica effects.
Patients dealing with issues like stress, depression, PTSD, OCD, and anxiety (although some suffering from anxiety can’t handle Zookies) say that a soaring head high that becomes calming and peaceful is ideal for helping them deal with their mental state. Even those who don’t have diagnosable mental health problems love the strain’s ability to wipe away everyday stress.
The combination of powerful mind and body relaxation is also appreciated by patients who have chronic pain issues, as well as medical users with less-serious muscle aches and cramps. Zookies is often used to deal with menstrual pain, nausea, and migraines, and it can help those dealing with insomnia to relax enough so they can get to sleep.
Flavor and Aroma
Your first whiff of Zookies will definitely be arousing. The scents of nutty cookies, fruit, pepper, chocolate, and diesel combine to make this a scent that weed connoisseurs can fully appreciate.
The flavor is quite similar, although less intense. It’s sweet, spicy, and earthy, with notes of chocolate, coffee, fruit, vanilla, and pepper, and the gas is most noticeable in an aftertaste that doesn’t last very long. The flavor of Zookies is another enjoyable experience for those who appreciate the subtleties of cannabis and not simply the high.
Flavor and Aroma Ratings:
- Earthy: 3/5
- Citrus: 3/5
- Fruity: 3/5
- Spice: 3/5
- Wood: 2/5
Cannabinoids and Terpenes
Zookies averages 21% THC content, although many growers cultivate the strain to have even more potency. Most dispensaries that carry Zookies often sell batches that come in at 23-25% THC or even higher. There can be between 1-2% CBG in this strain, but CBD levels are noticeably lower, usually under 0.5%.
Caryophyllene (pepper), valencene (sweet), and limonene (citrus) are two of the terpenes noticeable in the taste and aroma of Zookies, but there’s a rich assortment of other terps, including linalool, cedrene, bisabolol, and ocimene.
Alien Labs has created a lot of great weed strains, and Zookies is one of their latest and greatest. They crossed powerful sativa-dominant Gorilla Glue #4 (now known as GG #4 or Original Glue) with the sweet-and-sour indica-dominant Animal Cookies and produced a plant that contained the most desirable characteristics of both strains.
There is a large number of Cookies Fam descendants that have well-deserved reputations for their flavor and high, but GG4 hasn’t produced lots of famous child strains (other than Grease Monkey). Zookies may be the best.
Those who enjoy the impact of Cookies on this strain might want to check out Sugar Cookies or Mystery Cookies. If you’re looking for weed that comes close to the overall effects and flavor of Zookies you could find Wedding Crasher, Black Cherry Gelato, Blood Orange, or Georgia Pie more to your liking.
Zookies Strain Review: FAQ
Q: Is Zookies a good wake-and-bake choice?
A: It could be, for some experienced users. But its head high can get sort of spacey, and the relaxing body stone can be a little too much for those who aren’t used to getting a lot done when they smoke potent weed. There are frequent users, though, who find that they’re able to work through those effects and take advantage of the strain’s energy, creativity, and focus.
Q: How easy is it to grow Zookies at home?
A: It’s not the most difficult strain to grow on your own, but it’s definitely not the easiest. Zookies prefers high temperatures and low humidity, so it’s not a good choice as an outdoor crop in most areas of the country. And the strain has a long flowering period, so indoor growers will have to spend a good deal of money heating their grow room until the plants are ready for harvest. However, if you can handle those obstacles and find the seeds, Zookies produces a large and enjoyable crop.