When we think of top-class seed-producing companies, there are a few obvious standouts. Cookies Co., Brothers Grimm Seeds, Purple City Genetics, and DJ Short Seeds are just a few names that come to mind. But one of the newer players on the scene, Oni Seed Co, is starting to make some serious noise in the cannabis community with their latest creation: Tropicana Cookies.
The Tropicana Cookies strain is a hybrid cross of two of the absolute best strains of the past half a decade. This combination results in a potent, stanky, and delicious cultivar that produces oversized nugs denser than 1994 Arnie. The fact that it took out the top honour in the Sativa category at the IC 420 Growers Cup in 2019 should tell you all you need to know about its quality.
Some may argue that Tropicana Cookies is just another cookie-based strain, but they would be wrong. Very wrong. This strain defies the current conventions and has a few core elements that set it apart from the rest.
What core elements, you ask?
Let's get into the nitty-gritty…
- Tropicana Cookies strain info, history and genetics
- Is Tropicana Cookies Indica or Sativa?
- How strong is Tropicana Cookies strain?
- What does Tropicana Cookies weed taste and smell like?
- How does Tropicana Cookies make you feel?
- Does Tropicana Cookies cannabis have any medical applications?
- Is Tropicana Cookies a good marijuana strain for beginners?
- How to grow your own Tropicana Cookies plant
Tropicana Cookies strain info, history and genetics
As mentioned earlier, Tropicana Cookies is a cross between two highly regarded and multiple awards-winning cultivars: Girl Scout Cookies and Tangie. Both of these strains have wowed the masses, and it was only a matter of time before someone got around to crossbreeding them.
Tropicana Cookies inherits its energizing effects from the Tangie side of the family, while also getting a hefty dose of relaxation from the GSC lineage. This combination results in a perfectly balanced high that can be enjoyed at any time of day. It does lean ever so slightly to the Sativa side of the spectrum, but not enough to cause any significant anxiety or paranoia when smoked in moderation.
But it's not just the genetics that make this strain special. The Tropicana Cookies plant itself is also a standout, with its vibrant orange/red hairs and the frostiest of trichomes covering every inch of the bud.
Although this cultivar is classed as a hybrid, it does have a slight Sativa dominance. This is due to the high amount of Limonene and Pinene terpenes present in this strain, which are known for their uplifting and energizing effects. However, it also contains a significant amount of Caryophyllene, Myrcene, and Linalool, which helps to balance everything out.
- THC%: 20%-24%
- Flowering Time: 8-10 Weeks
- Outdoor harvest: October
- Yield: 400-500gr/m²
- Indica/Sativa: Sativa Dominant
- Height: Medium: 100cm-180cm
- Difficulty: Easy
- CBD Content: <1%
- Climate: Temperate, Warm
- Medical Conditions: Arthritis, Insomnia, Muscle Spasms
- Seed Type: Feminized
- Genetics: Purple Punch x Tropicana Cookies
- Effects: Calming, Relaxing, Uplifting
- Taste: Sweet, Fruity, Hashish
- Terpene: Caryophyllene, Limonene, Humulene
She's no slouch in the strength department, either. The average THC content of Tropicana Cookies ranges from 25-27% THC when grown in ideal conditions, although certain phenos have tested above 30%. She also comes to the table with 1% CBG, which is known for offering anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving effects, making this strain perfect for both recreational and medicinal use. Just take it easy if you're a novice smoker, as this strain can pack quite the punch.
It's not just the high THC potency and varied cannabinoid profile that make this strain a powerhouse. Tropicana Cookies also boasts a complex terpene profile, making it a treat for both the nose and taste buds.
Expect a strong citrus aroma, with hints of orange, lemon, and (unsurprisingly) a base of sour tangerine. The exhalation is full of sweet and creamy notes, almost reminiscent of an orange creamsicle. The taste is just as delightful, with a smooth smoke that leaves a lingering sweetness on your tongue and lips and leaves you craving more.
There are two distinct sides to the Tropicana Cookies ride.
First up, expect a cerebral high that will have your creative juices flowing. You'll feel focused, energized, and uplifted, making this strain perfect for getting housework knocked over, or for a creative session whether it be music, painting, or writing.
But don't forget about the Indica side of things. As the initial head high eases (after about 20 or so minutes), you start to notice a beautiful sense of muscle relaxation creeping through your body. The longer the high lasts, the more relaxed you become, eventually leading to a couch-lock state if you heavily indulge.
It's this balance between energizing and relaxing effects that make Tropicana Cookies a great all-rounder strain.
The high THC and low CBD may make Tropicana Cookies appealing to recreational users, but this strain also has its medicinal benefits. As mentioned earlier, the high CBG content makes it a great choice for pain management and inflammation. It's also said to help with mood disorders such as depression and anxiety, due to the terpene profile, but be warned that heavy use may actually exacerbate these conditions.
That really depends on what you mean by beginners…
Novice smokers? Well, as long as they go easy, yes. As mentioned earlier, overindulging in Tropicana Cookies may cause some unwanted side effects, but the same can be said for most high THC strains.
Novice growers? Go for it! Tropicana Cookies is surprisingly resilient and easy to grow, making it a good choice for first-time cultivators. Just make sure to have enough space for those large, dense nugs!
Start by soaking some paper towels in water, then wring them out so they are moist but not dripping wet. Place your Tropicana Cookies seeds in between two layers of paper towel and put them into a sealable Tupperware container. Place in a warm, dark area and check every day for moisture levels and whether the tap root has sprouted.
Once the tap root reaches about 0.5-1 inch in length, carefully transplant into a pot with high-quality soil (or whatever your preferred medium is) and keep in a warm location. We found that this plant did really well in organic soil and coco-coir.
Tropicana Cookies are suited to both indoors and outdoors, but make sure to provide plenty of space for the plant to grow and good air circulation to avoid mould. Keep an eye on humidity levels as well, as this strain does not like excess moisture.
To help combat this, pruning is recommended to ensure proper airflow throughout the canopy, and it also boosts the light penetration. Expect a flowering period of around 8–10 weeks, and a heavy yield of around 450–500 grams per square meter indoors, and up to 700 grams per plant outdoors. To achieve these results, you will need to veg for at least 6 weeks, resulting in a plant height of around 5-6 feet when untrained.
But, we do also recommend some high-stress training to keep the canopy even, and the light penetration consistent. Tying down or SCroGging in combination with topping this plant will help with this. Remember to keep all stress training during the vegetative period or you will definitely lose out on the final yield.
Always check the trichomes with either a USB microscope or a jeweller's loupe before you cut the plant down. You want to see a mix of cloudy and amber trichomes before harvesting, as this will provide the best balance between potency and flavor.