GMO Strain Guide

20 June, 2023


Studies point to cannabis as a healing herb. So, what crosses your mind when you see the term GMO strain? Does it mean it goes against cannabis's basic principles. The good news is that the GMO strain is far from what you believe.

About GMO Strain

The GMO in this cannabis strain refers to "Garlic, Mushroom, Onion" and genetically modified organisms, as many might believe. Its name is not the only unconventional thing about this weed strain. The truth of the matter is that no one knows the identity of the original breeder. Some believe it to be Divine Genetics, while others claim the legendary Spanish creators at Mamiko Seeds are behind its creation. However, one thing not shrouded in mystery is its parentage.

GMO is an Indica-leaning hybrid stemming from a cross of the well-respected Girl Scout Cookies and the equally popular Chemdawg weed strain. Typically GMO goes by the names GMO Cookies and Garlic Cookies, as cannabis brands wish to avoid the name that implies this strain is genetically modified.

Chemdawg, a.k.a., Chemdog, is a staple among cannabis enthusiasts known for its unmistakable diesel scent. Its THC composition is about 18%, leaving users feeling euphoric, and uplifted and offering a heavy-body high. For medical users, Chemdawg can help manage pain, anxiety, and stress.

Girl Scout Cookies, a.k.a. GSC, probably needs no introduction if you're a seasoned user. It has won several accolades, and for good reasons. Its THC composition of 19% delivers a potent high that leaves users feeling all giddy, relaxed, and with extreme cravings. Its dessert-like taste and aroma are also reasons behind its popularity. Additionally, medical marijuana users say it helps manage appetite loss, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression.

Appearance, Taste, and Aroma

GMO buds look good. They are pepper-shaped with a perfect blend of olive green and purple hues and numerous orange pistils accentuated by a heavy layer of icy white trichomes.

As expected, its aroma combines garlic, mushroom, and onions. Its parent strain Chemdawg contributes to its fuel scent that, when combined with GSC, produces hints of coffee and plum. You might be glad to learn that Its flavor does not give off any garlic notes. Instead, thanks to its GSC parent strain, it features sweet, earthy, and coffee-like notes.


The GMO strain is potent thanks to its high THC levels of 22 and 30%. Expect long-lasting and soothing effects from this heavy hitter. You will feel levitated and relaxed before finally tapering into a deep sleep. These effects make GMO the ideal after-hours choice for a session or on a lazy day when lounging on the sofa with the TV on for background noise.

Potential Medical Benefits

Medical marijuana users report that GMO strain helps manage mood disorders such as depression and anxiety. Additionally, thanks to its terpene profile, GMO cannabis may ease chronic body pain and stimulate appetite. Some users have also said GMO Cookies help with insomnia.

Side Effects

Adverse reactions aren't unheard of when dealing with potent cannabis strains. The primary one is cottonmouth; however, you may also experience paranoia and dizziness. Typically, these side effects occur due to overconsumption. Therefore, we recommend low doses as you build your tolerance.

Growing and Flowering Information

GMO Cookies strain is relatively easy to cultivate. The primary challenge for growers is finding feminized seeds. So most growers end up using photoperiod seeds or clones. If this is the case, you must be alert during flowering.

You're probably wondering why? Well-feminized seeds streamline the entire growing process. Think of it this way; regular seeds require you to grow your GMO Cookies until you can differentiate the male from the female plant. Most plants tend to reveal their sex during the flowering stage. And if you are cultivating GMO Cookies indoors, keeping tabs on these sex expressions can be time-consuming. For this reason, we recommend getting your hands on GMO-strain feminized seeds.

It's best to grow GMO cookies under optimal conditions, specifically in warm and humid climates, where temperatures range from 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Remember to expose your plants to sufficient light, i.e., 18 to 24 hours for the vegetative phase and 12 hours when flowering. You must also ensure proper air circulation to reduce the risk of mold and other fungal diseases.

GMO Cookies seeds thrive in slightly acidic and nutrient-rich soil. Be sure to water your plants continuously but also be careful not to overwater as it would result in rotting. Such optimal conditions may result in the plants growing up to 6 feet tall, depending on the growing conditions. You might want to use plastic stakes to support your plants.

Flowering takes ten weeks indoors. In comparison, the harvest time for outdoor plants is in mid-October. Lastly, GMO Cookies seeds can produce a high yield of up to 500 grams per square meter under optimal indoor cultivation and up to 700 grams per plant if grown outdoors.


With an uncanny name like GMO, it is easy to assume this cannabis strain isn't for you. However, having read our guide, you now know that GMO Cookies is an organic and potent strain that delivers calming and euphoric effects and has a pleasant flavor owing to its grand parentage. You should, therefore, not hesitate to grab GMO Cookies during your next trip to the Hikei dispensary.