Since its inception over a decade ago, Cookies has been regarded as one of the most reputable, trusted seed banks in the business, bringing us banger after banger. We are talking about Girl Scout Cookies, Cherry Pie, Biscotti, and Sunset Sherbet to name just a few. And the fact that this is their very first collab with Powerzzz Genetics has had the weed aficionado world abuzz with anticipation as soon as news leaked.

So, the result?

Coming out as part of a seed drop filled with new school genetic brilliance, but one strain surely stands above the rest. Named after NBA Hall of Famer Gary Payton, the Gary Payton strain is an almost perfectly balanced hybrid fresh from the breeding room over at Cookies Fam Seeds, and to say this cultivar gets buckets would be just a slight understatement.

At true box ticker in every sense of the term, the Gary Payton weed strain is an evenly split hybrid with both parents being legendary in their own right. Combined, it should come as anything but a surprise that it gives us a plant that screams quality all around. So, enough pussy footing about. Let's pass out wide and see why this strain is a half-court drainer through and through.

Gary Payton strain info

We mentioned above the royal lineage that the Gary Payton cannabis cultivar hails from, but we didn't name-drop, did we?

Well, The Y (otherwise referred to as "Y Griega") and Snowman are the two direct parents of the Gary Payton strain. Y Griega is a heavy indica that has been known to provide sedative, relaxing properties and an abundance of resin production, while Snowman is a cross between The White and Girl Scout Cookies - two more legends in their own right.

The result is one of the most impressive looking, tasting, smelling, and yielding strains that Cookies has ever released, and it is quickly gaining cult status.

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Gary Payton Smoke review

What does Gary Payton taste like?

The Gary Payton strain reeks of sweet citrus and diesel, with an extra peppering of earthiness thrown in for good measure. There is no mistaking its heritage either from the taste profile - there are hints of GSC and The Y all the way through, but really, it's Snowman that shines heavier than the rest.

There are notes of skunky dankness, hazelnuts, pine cones, and berries throughout - but what lingers is that earthy satisfaction - a reminder that you are smoking something special, something new, something that we haven't seen in a good decade or so, taste-wise.

How does Gary Payton strain make you feel?

The perfect balance between Sativa and Indica makes for an equally balanced high. It's not overly sedative, but it does provide a good degree of relaxation all around. The body buzz is strong and calming, without ever dragging your evening into the realm of the couch lords.

But really, it’s all about the onset. Quick to the game, a true slam dunk, Gray Payton is as about as cerebral as you are going to find without being ever overwhelming, and at 22 to 29% THC that may come as a bit of a shock.

For medicinal patients, the therapeutic value of this strain is already being touted. It's great for conditions such as chronic pain, depression, stress, lack of appetite and fatigue.

Growing Gary Payton strain?

While not classified as a beginner strain by most, Gary Payton has proven to be hardly a handful in the grow room. With a small amount of time, dedication, and determination, we think that this strain can be grown by anyone, no matter their level of Dr. Greenthumb expertise.

Best suited to indoor settings, Gary Payton displays a few phenotype variations, but they are all within the realm of what is to be expected. The more Indica leaning phenos usually top out at about 1.2 meters (4 foot), and the taller girls have been known to hit the 1.8 meter mark - when left to their own devices, of course.

But we suggest against letting them grow wild. This strain is a perfect candidate for some heavy-handed stress training and responds brilliantly to multiple toppings, supercropping, and defoliation. We have found that removing around 25 to 30% of her larger fan leaves in the last 2 weeks of vegetative growth helps her really push that stretch to the limits, and aid in creating a nice, even canopy.

Flowering time for the Gary Payton strain is around 8 to 9 weeks, and she yields strong in the right climatic conditions - with plants often pushing out 550 grams per square meter.

A truly legendary strain, Gary Payton is a balanced hybrid with some serious potency - carrying up to 29% THC - that new-school cannabis connoisseurs are going crazy for. With a flavor profile that screams Cookies, but at the same time provides something fresh and unique in its own right, it will be a while before any strain knocks this one off of the pedestal.

Gary Payton Strain FAQ

Is Gary Payton Indica or Sativa?

Gary Payton is a balanced hybrid, boasting an almost even split between Indica and Sativa genetics.

How potent is Gary Payton weed?

The Gary Payton strain can pack quite a punch, with some phenotypes pushing out as much as 29% THC.

Does Gary Payton weed help anxiety?

Yes, the Gary Payton strain is often prescribed as a medicinal cultivar to help treat depression and anxiety. But, as this strain offers such high potency, we suggest going low and slow, even if you are used to smoking a bunch of the cheeba.

Are cereal milk and Gary Payton the same strain?

Nope, but they do share some genetic similarities. Cereal Milk is a cross between Snowman and The White, while Gary Payton is a cross between Y Griega and Snowman.