Strain Spotlight: Our Top 3 Strains This Month

GDP, Grease Monkey, and Gelato

Magical Alien Cookies, Purple Panty Dropper, Super Green Crack, the list goes on. Is a cool name really all you need to know about a strain or is there more to it? Does having a cool name make that particular strain better? The answer is no. While they can be a way to trace lineage or honor the genetics that they are derived from, mostly names are just for fun. In this series, we hope to highlight strains that not only have cool names but also cool effects. We also will show how those cool effects can vary from one strain to another depending on the cannabinoid composition in each respective strain. Cannabis is more than cool names. 

Granddaddy Purple

Dominant Terpenes: The primary terpenes found in Granddaddy Purple include myrcene, caryophyllene, and pinene.


Like anything biological, the evolution of a strain is an often meandering and messy process. According to its creator, the breeder and activist Ken Estes, the roots of GDP began in the 70s with veterans returning from Vietnam. The powerful strains they brought back from war included Afghani buds with the signature purple. In those days, Sativa was queen, and the Northern California growers started experimenting with these new Indicas, which were particularly well suited to the cooler climate of the Emerald Triangle. Because of their smaller yields, the Purples remained relatively unknown outside of connoisseur growing circles.

Many phenotypes have resulted from this work, but the basic GDP characteristics remain. Grand Daddy Purple is one of the most popular strains, even after more than 20 years, and there is little sign of that changing.

Granddaddy Purple has also become one of the biggest household names in California among stoners due to the effects that many consumers derive from it. Although mainly Indica, the Granddaddy Purple has few mixed genes of Sativa.

 If you’re in search of a weed that relaxes your body and makes you feel incredible, Granddaddy Purple is one of those strains that you should get your hands on.

Grease Monkey

Dominant Terpenes: The primary terpenes found in Grease Monkey include beta-caryophyllene, limonene, and myrcene.


While there isn’t as much historical information on this particular strain compared to Granddaddy Purple, we do know that Grease Monkey is considered an Indica-dominant hybrid strain originally grown by Exotic Genetix. Generally, it’s considered to contain around 70% Indica and 30% Sativa. Exotic Genetix created the strain by combining two favored strains: Gorilla Glue #4 and Cookies & Cream. This resulted in a potent plant that includes characteristics from both of its parent strains. 

Grease Monkey has been popular in the 2021 and 2022 cannabis market and for good reason. Its pungent aromas and flavors harken back to old-school heady weed while its effects are a reminder of the potential strength of flower in the modern market. It’s exciting to see what we may see crossed with this potent strain in the future. 

If you’re in search of an excellent tasting strain with heavy effects and a penchant for making video games more fun, Grease Monkey is the strain you’re after. 


Dominant Terpenes: The primary terpenes found in Gelato include beta-caryophyllene, D-limonene, myrcene, and linalool. 


It’s been 8 years since famed San Francisco cannabis breeders Mr. Sherbinski and Jigga crossed two crowd favorites (Sunset Sherbert and Thin Mint Cookies) and created a strain that’s been endlessly hyped, right down to the number on the pots. Gelato. The pairing of two of the highest-end connoisseur phenotypes the market had to offer at that time was a considerable prospect for anyone in the Bay Area with a clue about cannabis lineage. Despite living in the shadows of the master cultivators in the hills of the Emerald Triangle only a few hours north. The city has always held it down when it comes to growing NorCal quality indoor cannabis. As a longtime Humboldt County local myself, I’m still impressed with what I see coming out of the Bay. 

If you enjoy a sweet-tasting bud with powerful effects, good for a day of hiking or equally good for a day of relaxing in the backyard, then Gelato is the strain for you. 

Quality Still Matters

GDP x Gelato from WKND Recreational

As always, make sure you’re sourcing whatever strain you get from a brand or cultivator with experience and integrity. Don’t be afraid to mix it up either! When you find a strain you enjoy, try mixing it with other strains to enhance your experience or pull you out from the rut that you can sometimes fall into while only smoking one strain. Happy smoking!

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