Medically Reviewed by
Jason Crawford

Article Last Updated on January 5, 2023

Nowadays, there are countless marijuana strains with unique compositions and unique effects to cater to anyone’s tastes and needs. If you’ve been around the cannabis community for long enough, you might have heard of the famed Gorilla Glue #4 strain. If you haven’t, let us introduce you to it.

Gorilla Glue #4 is one of the most potent & best hybrid strains currently on the market, and at that, one of the most popular and in high demand. Ever since its emergence on the market in 2013, it was met with raving reviews and even a few accolades.

Below we’ll tell you all about this unique, one-of-a-kind strain, including its effects and uses so that you’re informed about it in case you want to try it sometime.

Gorilla Glue #4: What You Need to Know

Gorilla Glue Weed Strain #4 was created by GG strains and is a cross of Sour Dubble, Chocolate Diesel, and Chem’s Sister. It’s a very unique hybrid, created entirely by mistake when a Sour Dubble plant was pollinated by a hermaphrodite Chem’s Sister plant. The resulting crop was thrown away, and a year later one of its creators crossed the leftover seeds with Chocolate Diesel, resulting in the birth of the biggest hit on the market.

Equally popular among medical marijuana users, stoners, and casual smokers, the Gorilla Glue #4, also called the Original Glue, has won the Michigan and Los Angeles Cannabis Cups, and received an award at the High Times Jamaican World Cup. 

Its name is partly inspired by the stickiness of its resin and trichomes that tend to stick like glue to the scissors when trimming. Gorilla Glue buds are frosty and olive green, with thin orange hairs. Depending on which dispensary you get it from, it can be either an Indica or a Sativa-dominant hybrid, but always with a high THC content, usually between 27-30%.

Regarding the name, there were some legal disputes with the glue company Gorilla Glue, so after they were settled, the official name for any Gorilla Glue strain is GG.

What Does It Taste Like?

The flavor is quite interesting and complex. Consumers usually describe GG #4 as having a mostly earthy, slightly woody, piney, and sour taste, and with hints of coffee and chocolate. Due to the high THC content, it may have a slight chemical tinge. But, overall, the taste is described as pleasant.

The aroma is very pungent and similar to the taste, like mocha, with strong hints of coffee and chocolate. Both the plant and the burned flower smell similar and the scent lingers, so take that into account if you want to be discreet when you decide to try it.

What Are Its Effects?

You don’t need a large amount right away to feel the effects, as GG #4 is so strong, even experienced smokers will get a powerful hit soon after they inhale. We advise you to take it slowly even if you’re familiar with the high.

Gorilla Glue #4 gets its name partly for being able to “glue” you to the couch. Its ratio of Indica and Sativa provides the perfect mix of uplifting euphoria and a body-melting, tranquilizing relaxation. Its effects are usually felt all over the body, giving you an overwhelmingly engulfing experience which slowly turns into pure serenity as the initial high wears off.

What’s It Used For?

In addition to relaxation and recreational use, the Original Glue is also known around the community for its medicinal properties. People use it to help them with various problems. GG #4 is especially known to help relieve chronic pain and muscle spasms due to its high THC levels. However, it’s not recommended for patients with more serious medical conditions because its cannabinoid CBD content is too low to be effective enough.

This hybrid cannabis strain is one of the best strains for relieving stress and is also some of the best weed for anxiety out there. It even helps PTSD, as users often report feeling better and less anxious. However, you need to be careful and consume it in moderate doses to relieve these symptoms, because taking too much may lead to the opposite effect and you may experience intense anxiety and paranoia. Slightly larger doses are good if you’re taking it to combat insomnia and want to get a good night’s sleep. But, again, be careful not to overdo it.

What Are the Side Effects?

Gorilla Glue #4 is one of the most potent marijuana hybrid strains currently, so inexperienced consumers are highly likely to experience stronger side effects. That’s why it’s recommended they hold off trying GG #4 until they’ve built up some tolerance.

The most common side effects of smoking GG #4 are dry mouth, or cottonmouth, and dry eyes. To ease the discomfort, always make sure you’re hydrated prior to getting high and have a bottle of water on hand all the time. Eye drops can also help, but they’re not necessary.

Sometimes, people experience intense anxiety and paranoia. This can happen if they’ve taken too much, if it’s their first time, or if this strain somehow doesn’t agree with them. Everyone is different and reacts differently, so if this happens, the most important thing is to calm down, breathe, and remember that it’s temporary.

Other Gorilla Glue Strains

The success of Gorilla Glue #4 has led GG Strains to create other variations. They are similar in that they’re all created from the same parents, but the ratios are all different, resulting in a different feeling. The two most popular Gorilla Glue variations are:

Sister Glue #1

Sister Glue #1, also known as New Glue and Gorilla Glue #1, is a cross between Sour Dubb, Chem Sis, and Chocolate Diesel, same as the Original Glue. However, the difference is that this one has more genes from specific parents, resulting in different ratios. It is Indica dominant, with 58% Indica and 42% Sativa, and a THC range between 25-28%.

The Sister Glue #1 is a very fast vegging plant and it yields better than #4, and it’s very potent. It can be used to relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety, insomnia, and pain.

New Glue #5

The New Glue #5, also called the Sister Glue, or the Gorilla Glue #5 strain is a hybrid of its siblings #1 and #4. Being a cross of hybrids with the same genetic parents, it’s a unique Indica dominant strain with high potency. Its Indica content is much higher than that of its siblings, 79%, while its Sativa content is at 29%. The THC range is between 27-30%.

The New Glue #5 is a branchy plant with flowers resembling the Kush strain and a very distinct piney taste. Just like #1, it can be used to relieve symptoms of stress and anxiety, insomnia, and pain.

How Many Gorilla Glue Strains Are There?

Since the creation of Gorilla Glue, many other different breeders and seed banks have created their own strains or phenotypes from the original GG #4. Currently, there are probably over 40 different variations of Gorilla Glue and below we singled out some of them:

Gorilla Glue Faster (BSF Seeds)

Gorilla Glue Faster is a GG #4 variety bred by BSF Seeds. It’s a Sativa-dominant strain with 70% Sativa and 30% Indica with a THC content of 22%, making it pretty potent. The aroma is a very pleasant mix of earthy and chocolatey notes. The effects include euphoria that slowly turns into a sedating body high. Its name alludes that it flowers incredibly fast, in fact, in just 42-45 days. This variety is only sold as feminized seeds.

Gorilla Glue Automatic (Zamnesia)

Gorilla Glue Automatic is a GG #4 variety developed by Zamnesia. It’s an autoflowering variety of Gorilla Glue that’s made up of 30% Sativa, 50% Indica, and 20% Ruderalis. Its THC content is at 19%, while the CBD content is a little under 1%. This variety has pleasant fruity and piney notes and is great for relieving mental tension and for relaxing at the end of the day.

Gorilla Glue XL (DutchFem)

Gorilla Glue XL is a GG #4 variety bred by DutchFem. It’s marketed as having a very high THC content capable of producing strong and long-lasting effects suitable for both recreational and medicinal use. The aroma and taste give off strong piney notes, and when harvested at the right time, prominent notes of chocolate can be felt. This variety is only available in feminized seeds and takes about 9 weeks to flower.

Can You Grow Gorilla Glue #4 Yourself?

Being so potent, it may lead you to think that it’s a demanding plant to grow yourself, but that’s not true. Gorilla Glue #4 is a fairly easy strain to grow, best suited for growers with average experience.

It thrives best outdoors, in warm climates, where it will grow significantly tall, up to 80 inches. You can also successfully grow it inside, though you’ll get smaller yields. This strain needs a lot of room as it grows pretty fast, so trimming it regularly is imperative to keeping it healthy. This way you’ll also ensure to get the best of the plant and expect abundant yields when it’s flowering season, in about eight or nine weeks of growth.

Colder climates with a lot of rain and frost do not agree with Gorilla Glue #4, but this hybrid strain is surprisingly resilient to pests, mold, mildew, bacteria, and insects. So, if you’re up for it, get your Gorilla Glue seeds and give it a go!


Gorilla Glue #4, officially GG #4, is one of the most popular strains on the market. Its popularity is due to the balance between feeling uplifted, euphoric, and relaxed, as well as its medical benefits. It’s a great strain to combat insomnia, for chronic pain relief, and loss of appetite, as well as to ease symptoms of stress and anxiety.

Due to its potency and high THC content, the Original Glue is not recommended for beginners, but experienced users can take it. That being said, it’s better to take smaller amounts at first, because of its hard-hitting effects.

A passionate advocate for the benefits of cannabis. Fraser Horton, who has a background in botany and a strong love of nature, has spent years researching how cannabis affects the body and mind. He established Leaf Nation in 2020, where he has devoted himself to educating people about the legalisation of marijuana and its safe and responsible use. Fraser is committed to highlighting cannabis’ potential for improving wellness and working to dispel the stigma associated with its use.


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