Gorilla Glue Strain and Grow Guide

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Gorilla Glue Strain and Grow Guide Gorilla glue most commonly refers to the strain Gorilla Glue #4, is a popular indica dominant hybrid strain with high THC content. This strain is a favorite among those looking for a potent, relaxing, and long lasting high.

Where Does Gorilla Glue Come From?

Gorilla glue is a cross between Sour Dubb, Chem’s Sister and Chocolate Diesel. The strain was named gorilla glue due to its highly sticky buds, which gummed up the grower’s scissors.

It is called Gorilla Glue #4, despite being the first Gorilla Glue strain released, because the growers observed multiple phenotypes in their batch of hybrid seeds, and eventually determined that phenotype #4 was the most potent and desirable.

When Did Gorilla Glue Come Out?

The gorilla glue #4 strain was first introduced in 2014 by the Nevada based growers GG Strains. In the same year as its release, the strain won first place at the Los Angeles cannabis cup, as well as the High Times Jamaican World Cup.

What Does Gorilla Glue Look Like?

Gorilla Glue #4 has large lime green buds with a heavy dusting of pale colored trichomes. The buds are coated in thick, sticky resin which gives gorilla glue its name.

What Does Gorilla Glue Taste Like?

Gorilla glue has an earthy and pungent taste with notes of flavors like coffee, pine, or diesel. The flavor is strong and lingers in your mouth. The strains main terpenes are myrcine, which gives it its characteristic earthy flavor, and caryophyllene, which adds a touch of spiciness to the mix.

What Does Gorilla Glue Smell Like?

Gorilla glue has a strong earthy aroma which can quickly fill up a room. This is a great strain for people who love a classic skunky, diesel smell to their cannabis.

Is Gorilla Glue an Indica or Sativa?

Gorilla Glue #4 is considered an indica dominant hybrid, with strains typically having a 60/40 indica/sativa split. The effects of gorilla glue tend to be in line with other indicas, creating a relaxing body high with strong pain relieving properties.

What are the Different Variations of Gorilla Glue?

The best known variation is Gorilla Glue #4, also known as original glue. This was the first gorilla glue strain released by GG strains, the group which owns a patent on the gorilla glue family of strains.

The group later released Gorilla Glue #1, AKA sister glue, which is a closely related phenotype of #4 and shares the same ancestry. This strain is known to have a more piney flavor and heavy indica effects, making it a good choice for treating pain or sleeplessness.

Most recently, GG strains has released Gorilla Glue #5, AKA new glue, a strain created by selectively breeding earlier strains of Gorilla glue for increased potency. This variation is known for its potent and stupefying high, with good potential for relaxation and pain relief.

Besides these variants, an autoflowering version of Gorilla Glue #4 has also been created. In addition, many other hybrid strains which borrow from gorilla glue genetics are now available on the market, including Auto Glueberry OG, Purple Glue, Platinum Glue, Gluechee, Gorilla Bomb, and many more.

Which Gorilla Glue Strain Variation is the Strongest?

Gorilla Glue #5, also known as New Glue, is considered the strongest gorilla glue strain on the market, with average THC levels around 25-30%. This highly potent strain is known to glue the user in place for hours at a time.

For less experienced smokers, the potency of this strain may leave them unable to function for an extended period of time. For this reason, it is considered a good evening strain for relaxing before bed or watching TV.

How Much THC in Gorilla Glue?

Gorilla glue #4 is considered a high potency strain, with average THC levels of around 27%, although some batches may have THC levels of over 30% or under 25% depending on the source. Additionally, Gorilla Glue #5 tends to have a higher potency than #1 or #4, averaging closer to 28% THC.

How Much CBD in Gorilla Glue?

Traditional Gorilla Glue #4 is not high in CBD, with CBD values ranging from .1 to 3%. However, many growers have developed CBD strains which have low THC and CBD values anywhere between 8% and 27%.

These CBD heavy strains have the same base genetics as traditional Gorilla Glue, with the same flavorful, trichome rich buds. While Gorilla Glue varieties bred for their CBD content will not give you the intense, couch locked high as THC rich varieties, they are still considered an excellent choice for pain relief and relaxation before bed.

These strains have the added benefit of being legal in the majority of states, since their THC content has been lowered to between .1-.3%.

What Effects Does Gorilla Glue Have?

Gorilla Glue is a potent, indica dominant hybrid, and is perhaps best known for its ability to glue users to the place that they smoked it. The strain is often described as creating a euphoric, full bodied high with long lasting effects.

After smoking, feelings of deep relaxation and heaviness will begin almost immediately, with many users beginning to feel couch locked within 10 to 15 minutes. For this reason, it is best to be in a comfortable location with any food, drinks, or activities you may want before you begin smoking, as moving to prepare food or activities after smoking may be difficult for many users.

However, users with a lower THC tolerance should approach this bud with caution, as smoking too much can lead to side effects such as dry mouth, dizziness, or headaches. Additionally, people who are not used to smoking high potency weed may become uncomfortably high, and experience anxiety or paranoia symptoms because of this.

Try smoking one or two hits of Gorilla Glue to start off, and allow yourself to become familiar with its effects on your body before trying a larger dose.

What Conditions is Gorilla Glue Good For?

Besides its intensely relaxing high, Gorilla Glue is popular among medical users for its strong pain relieving properties. Many users also find that this strain decreases anxiety and quiets nervous thinking habits that might keep them up at night.

This is an ideal strain for people who struggle with insomnia, as its long lasting tranquilizing effects relax the body into falling asleep and staying asleep. Because of Gorilla Glue’s high potency, many medical users may need only a small fraction of a gram to feel relief from pain or anxiety, although some users prefer higher doses for a more heavily sedating experience.

What is the Gorilla Glue Veg Time?

The full life cycle of a Gorilla Glue plant can be anywhere from 12-24 weeks. In general, the plant will be in the vegetative state for about 8-9 weeks before it is ready to flower. In the autoflowering variety, the plant will move on to flowering on its own after this time, but in the traditional photoperiod variety, the plant must be signaled to begin flowering by adjusting its lighting conditions.

What is the Gorilla Glue Flowering Time?

Once the lighting of your plant is adjusted (typically to 12 hours on 12 hours off), you should begin to see signs of flowering within one to two weeks. After this period of transition, your plant will need 8-10 additional weeks to mature before it is ready for harvest. However, each plant matures at a slightly different rate, and inspecting the trichomes of your plant is considered a more reliable way to tell if it is ready to harvest than counting the number of days or weeks since flowering began.

How Tall Does Gorilla Glue Grow?

Gorilla Glue is a tall and bushy cannabis plant, with heights of up to 2 meters (6 feet) in ideal growing conditions. Many growers prefer to train or prune their plants to keep them from becoming overly large and unwieldy. If you are growing Gorilla Glue vertically, it will likely need some type of trellising to keep its branches from snapping under the weight of its flowers.

When to Harvest Gorilla Glue?

The best way to tell if your Gorilla Glue bud is ready for harvest is by inspecting its trichomes under a microscope or magnifying glass. While under ripe trichomes will be clear and relatively dry, ripe trichomes will be milky white and sticky, eventually maturing to an amber color.

The best time to harvest is when the bud has a roughly 50-50 mixture of milky white and amber trichomes. Plants which are harvested early tend to have a more light, energetic high, while plants harvested later may have a stronger relaxing or sedating effect.

How Much Does Gorilla Glue Yield?

When grown indoors, Gorilla Glue can be expected to produce 5-6 ounces of dry bud per plant, or about 18 ounces per square meter. Although they may appear somewhat smaller than some other strains, the buds of Gorilla Glue are highly dense, and packed with sticky resin. Due to their density, checking your buds regularly for signs of mold will ensure that you get the largest possible harvest.


Gorilla Glue is a family of indica dominant hybrid strains derived from crossing Sour Dubb, Chem’s Sister and Chocolate Diesel. The strain is known for its euphoric and deeply relaxing high, which is known to ‘glue’ the user to the place where they consumed it.

With an average THC content of 27%, this highly potent strain has the ability to couchlock even experienced smokers. While the strain’s high THC content appeals to many recreational consumers, Gorilla Glue is also a favorite among medical users. This strain has strong pain relieving properties, and its relaxing, sedating high makes it a favorite for those with anxiety or insomnia.

The Gorilla Glue plant is large and bushy, with specimens reaching a max height of two meters. Most indoor growers choose to train or selectively prune their plant in order to keep it to a manageable size.

Gorilla Glue takes an average of approximately 16 weeks to mature, and can be expected to yield around 5-6 ounces per female plant. The buds themselves are dense and chunky, with a heavy dusting of sticky white trichomes. The aroma is pungent and earthy, with hints of mocha, diesel, or pine.

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Rocky Horton is an experienced cannabis grower and the founder of IndoGrow. The IndoGrow editorial team has over four decades of combined growing experience. Learn more.