Strain Review: Gorilla Glue #5

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It’s practically impossible to overstate the popularity of Gorilla Glue #4; its unique pungency and first-class effects have won the strain gold medals at major cannabis cups and the earnest affection of millions of cannabis aficionados. On little more than word of mouth, its reputation has climbed higher than King Kong on the Empire State building, which is roughly how elevated you’ll be from just one or two hits of this much-loved monster. Apart from Girl Scout Cookies (the undisputed people’s champ of the moment) and OG Kush — the ubiquitous cornerstone of most kush crosses and a timeless classic — no other strain enjoys GG#4’s current national popularity. So it’s easy to understand why bud lovers are eager to meet the latest incarnation of this favored flavor: Gorilla Glue #5, a cross of the widely shared and highly prized #4 phenotype and the lesser-known #1 pheno from Gorilla Glue breeder GG Strains. Grayson Miller, president of the cultivation company RB26, says his close relationship with GG Strains got him access to this new cut, which is being shared much more selectively than the widely-distributed GG#4. Part of the motivation for that controlled release of the new pheno is a desire for increased exclusivity, but he said it’s also a bit difficult to cultivate. “It’s a much more advanced strain to grow,” he said. “People love the number-four cause it’s hardy and relatively easy to grow. The number-five is much harder to dial in nutrition-wise — it’s a little finicky — but the results are incredible.” One primary advantage of the number-five pheno over its predecessor was deliberately engineered by the breeder: reduced stretch during flower. Miller said the new pheno has a stockier, shorter stance with increased lateral branching that is thicker and more supportive. “That number-four grows almost double its height…

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