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Gorilla Glue

Strain Type: Indica Dominant Hybrid (60% Indica | 40% Sativa)

Dominant Terpenes: Caryophyllene, Myrcene, Limonene, Humulene

Cannabinoid Content: THC: 20-25% | CBD: 0-1%

Popular for Treating: Stress, Pain, Anxiety, Insomnia, Nausea, Depression, Arthritis

Positive Effects: Intense Body High, Giggly, Sociable, Happy, Content

Negative Effects: Dry Mouth, Dry Eyes, Paranoia, Lazy, Dizzy

Gorilla Glue has gained nationwide popularity as a potent, indica-dominant hybrid known for its relaxing, stress reducing effects. Since the strain’s introduction in 2010, cannabis breeders have created various iterations of the strain, a sign of its enduring popularity among consumers and growers alike. In this article, we’ll focus on the original Gorilla Glue strain, which is available at a variety of Nationwide Dispensary locations.

Gorilla Glue is one of the most popular strains on the market today, known to deliver an intensely pleasurable body buzz, while melting away stress and discomfort for the ultimate couchlock effect. This strain leaves consumers feeling comfortable, tranquil, and content. With powerful pain relieving and anti-inflammatory compounds–accompanied by stress-reducing and mood-boosting terpenes–Gorilla Glue is a popular option for patients managing various forms of discomfort, depression, stress, and insomnia.

Below, we discuss the full range of effects and benefits associated with Gorilla Glue, providing everything you need to know about this indica-dominant hybrid. In collecting this information, we’ve combined hundreds of reviews from real consumers, with scientific studies on its dominant terpenes, to help patients decide whether Gorilla Glue is right for them.

By synthesizing the scientifically-backed benefits of this strain’s compounds with feedback from real consumers, we aim to offer a more holistic, informative strain review than others available online.

Strain Characteristics & Cannabinoid Content

Gorilla Glue is an indica-dominant hybrid; because it has been reproduced by so many breeders, ratios vary, but on average, this strain comes in at 60% Indica and 40% sativa. Gorilla Glue has a sky-high THC content ranging from 20% to upwards of 25%, while its CBD content is virtually nonexistent, often coming in at 0%-1%.

Some consumers describe its effects as balanced–delivering both a cerebral high and an intense body buzz great for managing depression and pain. Nonetheless, GG’s sedating and relaxing physical properties may put the Gorilla Glue experience closer to the indica side of the spectrum.

Gorilla Glue aka Original Glue GG

Gorilla Glues Genetics

Gorilla Glue is the creation of GG Strains, though it has since been recreated by hundreds of breeders after gaining massive popularity and becoming a staple in dispensaries nationwide.

This famous hybrid is the offspring of mixed genetics from three different strains: Chocolate Diesel, Sour Dub, and Chem Sis. 

Chocolate Diesel is the sativa offspring of the original, classic Sour Diesel strain. Chocolate Diesel has a similar cannabinoid composition to Gorilla Glue, with THC levels averaging 24% and 0% CBD  content. This strain is known to deliver intense euphoria, energy, and focus for a heady, cerebral high. 

Sour Dubb is an indica-leaning hybrid with genetics from the East Coast iteration of Sour Diesel, though its appearance and effects tend to be more consistent with indica strains. Sour Dubb delivers a talkative, euphoric buzz, while inducing a pleasurable body high to strike an even balance between physical and cerebral effects.

Chem Sis, also known as Chem’s Sister, is a 75% sativa-leaning hybrid, and a clone of the classic Chemdawg strain. Like Gorilla Glue and its other ancestors, this strain typically has little to no CBD, while THC levels average around 23%. 

Smell, Taste, and Appearance

Gorilla Glue is great-tasting and striking in appearance. Its wide, dense buds are covered in a thick layer of crystalline trichomes packed with THC and other terpenes. These are  accompanied by red pistils and an aroma that many describe as sour, sweet, and earthy. Gorilla Glue is said to smoke quickly and evenly, with a smooth, pleasant taste reminiscent of chocolate and coffee.

Terpene Profile

Gorilla Glue’s effects are consistent with the benefits of its dominant terpenes: humulene, caryophyllene, limonene, and myrcene. Terpenes are naturally-occurring compounds that give cannabis strains and other plants their distinctive aromas, while offering therapeutic benefits often harnessed in essential oils.

Why Terpenes Matter

Alongside cannabinoids, terpenes are key contributors to the distinctive characteristics of each strain. Different cannabis strains have different terpene profiles, which is why the high you experience from marijuana may differ from one strain to the next. The terpenes in Gorilla Glue are predominantly relaxing, pain-relieving, and stress reducing, which is why this strain is popular for winding down and relieving discomfort.

When selecting the right strain for you, it’s important to pay attention to terpene content. Most cannabis terpenes have been widely studied for their unique effects and benefits, and are linked to various therapeutic properties. By keeping track of the terpenes in your favorite strains, you can make an educated guess on which options will deliver both the recreational effects, and medicinal benefits, that are best-suited to your unique needs and desires.


Myrcene is a common constituent of indica strains, contributing to their “couchlock effect,” and Gorilla Glue is no exception. In addition to delivering sedative effects and full-body relaxation, myrcene offers a variety of medical benefits, including its ability to reduce pain–possibly by acting upon opiate receptors--and soothe inflammation and arthritis. Like other terpenes in Gorilla Glue, myrcene is an antioxidant that may exhibit antitumor and anticancer effects.

Myrcene is a key player in the comforting body buzz that Gorilla Glue is famous for. This terpene acts as a muscle relaxant that helps consumers get comfortable, while also serving as a sleep aid.


One of the most prevalent terpenes in Gorilla Glue is caryophyllene, which gives the strain a peppery twist and remarkable mental health benefits. Caryophyllene has been shown to reduce depression and anxiety, and helps manage the brain’s emotional responses to chronic stress

It also reduces pain and inflammation, including difficult-to-manage forms of pain such as neuropathy. Caryophyllene is an antioxidant with neuroprotective benefits, and some studies suggest that it may exhibit anticancer activity.


Limonene is a citrus terpene found in lemons, known for its uplifting, mood-boosting effects. Though this terpene is more commonly found in sativas, its presence in Gorilla Glue may explain why so many consumers love this strain for fighting depression and anxiety. Limonene acts as an antidepressant and antianxiety agent by regulating neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine, and GABA

Researchers have found that this terpene elevates mood while enhancing cognition, and could even boost alertness and focus–which may be why some consumers report enjoying a heady, cerebral high soon after smoking Gorilla Glue, before a hazier buzz and full body sensations set in. 

Limonene is an antioxidant with neuroprotective benefits that is thought to be especially helpful in managing GI disorders. And with powerful anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties, this terpene certainly plays a role in the physical comfort that GG delivers.


Humulene, found in hops, is a relaxing terpene with a woody, sour flavor and aroma. Similar to myrcene, this terpene reduces stress and anxiety, while also relieving pain and inflammation to support the smooth, full-body relaxation that Gorilla Glue offers. 

Some studies suggest that humulene may have anticancer and antitumor properties, and many others show that it fights oxidative stress while exhibiting antimicrobial and antibacterial effects. Humulene may also help manage painful symptoms related to GI disorders, making Gorilla Glue great not only for recreational purposes, but also for achieving medicinal relief.

What Consumers are Saying:

The Positives

A strain’s terpenes and their associated effects are always a good way to get a sense of the experience it may deliver. But what do consumers say about Gorilla Glue? Here at Nationwide Dispensaries, we’ve gathered hundreds of reviews from real consumers who have tried this strain, and below, we’ve included some of the most frequently reported benefits and effects that patients have reported firsthand.

Potent, But Not Anxious. Gorilla Glue is famously potent, and unsurprisingly so, with high THC levels and virtually no CBD content. Even experienced consumers have written in to voice their surprise at how potent this strain truly is. However, its potency seems to come with considerably less anxiety than other high-THC strains. 

Head High First, Body Buzz After. From hundreds of consumer reviews, it appears that there’s a consistent arc to the Gorilla Glue high. According to consumers, at first, the strain delivers a heady, cerebral buzz, making Gorilla Glue feel similar to a sativa in the initial few moments after  smoking. Next, this head high becomes hazier, and soon thereafter, gives way to a hard-hitting body high that leaves consumers feeling relaxed, euphoric, and “couch locked”–or rather, “glued” to a comfortable spot in which they may spend quite some time thereafter.

Pain Relief and Muscle Relaxant. Gorilla Glue is excellent for pain relief, with many patients reporting that this strain is especially helpful for back pain in particular. Moreover, with several terpenes known to act as muscle relaxants, Gorilla Glue eases bodily tension to ease discomfort, tension, or spasms. 

Long Lasting. The Gorilla Glue high is fast acting and long-lasting. Consumers report that this strain delivers a buzz that kicks in right after smoking, and that can last between two to five hours, making GG great when you’re looking for a full evening of comfort and relaxation.

Great for Depression, Stress, and Anxiety. With a variety of terpenes known for their mood-boosting and stress reducing effects, it’s no surprise that Gorilla Glue is a popular option among patients managing depression and anxiety. Many consumers describe the effects of Gorilla Glue as “happy,” “content,” and above all, stress-free, allowing their worries to melt away.

“Heavy,” Pleasurable Body High. “Heavy” is a buzzword in reviews describing the physical sensations attendant to the GG body high. This strain delivers a hard-hitting, pleasurable body buzz, relaxing the muscles for full-body comfort and relaxation. 

Sociable, Talkative, and Giggly. Though you may feel more like kicking back than being the life of the party on this strain, GG is nonetheless described as a sociable buzz that makes consumers feel chatty, giggly, and able to enjoy–and engage in–the company of others. 

Aids Sleep. Gorilla Glue is a powerfully sedative strain that has helped hundreds of patients manage insomnia, and consumers say that this strain makes it easier to both fall asleep and stay asleep through the night.

Appetite Stimulant & Anti-Nausea. Like many cannabis strains, Gorilla Glue also stimulates appetite, and is often used to reduce nausea.

The Negatives

Though Gorilla Glue’s lasting popularity is largely due to its positive effects, this strain may not be ideal for everyone. Ultimately, whether Gorilla Glue is right for you depends on the effects and benefits you’re looking for. Consumers who aren’t crazy about Gorilla Glue often emphasize its heavy sedative properties, while noting an intense high consistent with other high-THC, low CBD strains.

Though both positive and negative experiences can be idiosyncratic, here are some of the main drawbacks that consumers have reported after using this strain.

Intense Potency. Potency can be either a positive or negative, depending on the consumer, as reviews of Gorilla Glue show. While some cannabis enthusiasts love its heavy-hitting high, others describe GG’s effects as too hazy and sedating, especially when they smoke too much. With a strain this potent, each puff makes a difference, so we recommend starting in moderation before ramping up your dose to find your “sweet spot” with this strain.

Couch Locked & Lazy. Gorilla Glue is great for a lot of things, except–as hundreds of reviews have emphasized–anything that requires physical activity. Though you can expect a lot of great things from this strain, don’t necessarily expect to get much done.

Dizzy. Because Gorilla Glue is so hard hitting, it can also make consumers feel dizzy, with some induce the “spins” in a manner similar to consuming too much alcohol.

Dry Mouth, Dry Eyes. Like many cannabis strains, Gorilla Glue can cause dry mouth and dry eyes. Contrary to popular belief, these effects are not caused by exposure to smoke while consuming marijuana. Instead, scientists believe that this is the result of THC binding to endocannabinoid receptors in the eyes and salivary glands, which may alter ocular pressure and saliva production. If you encounter these issues when you consume cannabis, we suggest keeping your favorite eye drops, gum, or mouthwash handy when you kick back and relax with the Gorilla Glue strain.

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Potential Medical Benefits

Below are a list of conditions that Gorilla Glue may be helpful in managing. We have selected these conditions based upon two sources: reviews from consumers who report using the strain to manage these symptoms, and/or substantial scientific evidence suggesting that its dominant terpenes may help manage the conditions listed below.

  • Arthritis
  • Pain
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Reduced Appetite
  • Fibromyalgia
  • GI Disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Musculoskeletal Pain
  • Muscle Tension & Spasms
  • Reduced Appetite
  • Neuropathy
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Parkinson’s
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