Robert Bergman

October 1, 2019

Girl Scout Cookies, or GSC, is one of the most widely celebrated strains in the world. It is a cross between the energizing Durban Cookies and the West Coast’s OG Kush. From the same genes, however, comes a phenotype – Durban Cookies, a Sativa-dominant counterpart to the beloved Indica.

Durban Cookies is a potent bud with THC levels that average up to 26%. It delivers a stimulating cerebral and physical high that invigorates users. It reduces feelings of tiredness while soothing away aches and pains, enhancing its potential as both a recreational and medicinal strain.

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Its powerful head high and stress-crushing comedown has the potential to overwhelm users of all levels. However, this should come as no more than a warning to its tantalizing head to toe psychoactive effects. Beginners may still use the strain provided that a seasoned friend guides the session or is there to provide

Information About Durban Cookies Strain

ORIGINDurban Poison and OG Kush
EFFECTSHappy – 10
Uplifted – 9
Energetic – 9
Focused – 6
Relaxed – 5
FRAGRANCESweet, nutty, coffee, earthy, woody, pine
FLAVORSCookie, nutty, coffee, vanilla, earthy, woody
Dizzy – 1
Dry eyes – 1
Paranoid – 1
Anxious – 1
MEDICALDepression – 10
Stress – 5
Pain – 5
Fatigue – 2
Headaches – 2
FLOWERING TIME OUTDOORLate October to mid-November
THC CONTENT %17% to 26%
CBD %Up to 1%
INDOOR YIELD12 to 16 ounces per square meter
OUTDOOR YIELD16 ounces or more per plant
CLIMATEMediterranean climate

* 10 is the highest
* 1 is the lowest


Durban Cookies is a potent strain with a quick-acting onset. Used excessively, it can overwhelm the mind and leave one stuck to the couch as a rush of thoughts make the heart race. In moderation, however, its effects are quite the opposite. Because of this, users must always remember to smoke the bud slowly and in moderate amounts.

Durban Cookies Strain Effects
Durban Cookies Strain Effects – Image powered by pacificgreens.ca

Brightening the face at the onset is a happy high that uplifts the mood. It creates free headspace by clearing the mind and filling it with cheerful memories. The mental clarity sharpens the senses too, resulting in enhanced focus that allows users to review and complete tasks efficiently.

Despite the hours that pass, users stay energized. The light pressure from the temples invigorates the muscles continuously. At the same time, it releases tension and tightness all over the body so users can move like a well-oiled machine.

Without a doubt, Durban Cookies is best used in the morning. It has impressive wake and bake qualities that encourage users to stay productive throughout the day. Moreover, it keeps tiredness at bay by blanketing the body with stress-crushing relaxation.


Durban Cookies presents a wide range of aromas. It has the sweet vanilla and nuttiness similar to its sister while also distinguishing itself with its coffee overtones blended with earth. Breaking it apart or combusting it reveals its woody undertones of refreshing pine.


Coating the tongue at the first swig is the nutty taste of cookies dipped in coffee. It has the sweet taste of vanilla but with a barely noticeable bitterness. Taking over the show as the smoke swirls in the mouth is its earthy undertones that develop into a refreshing but woody aftertaste on the exhale.

Adverse reactions

It is possible for users to green out while using Durban Cookies. The symptoms are usually limited to a disorienting dizziness, but too much of the strain can lead to anxiety and a muted feeling of paranoia. It is usually the result of overconsumption, however, one’s disposition can be a contributing factor as well. To avoid, one must practice moderation. A more unavoidable side effect is dryness, particularly in the eyes and the mouth. It is mild but beginners who find the spell uncomfortable may down a few glasses of water to ease the discomfort.


Durban Cookies is an impressive recreational strain. However, its medical buzz is worth talking about too. Its high THC and terpenes have a positive effect on patients as it temporarily takes the mind off one’s problems. Not to mention, it basks users in tranquility.

Durban Cookies Strain Medical
Durban Cookies Strain Medical – Image powered by ganjaexpress.ca

Among its best uses is temporarily managing symptoms of depression, anxiety, and mental health issues like PTSD. It induces a calming euphoria along with an uplifting head high that not only improves the mood but also pacifies turbulent emotions. Similarly, it also helps appease the overwhelming dread that stress brings.

Its high levels of THC also have an analgesic effect on the body. It delivers reduces aches and pains beginning from the temples, making it effective against headaches.  As it makes its way down to the toes, the soothing buzz blankets the body in relaxation. In doing so, it prevents the muscles from contracting or sending pain signals to the brain.


Durban Cookies exhibits typical Sativa traits such as a preference for a Mediterranean environment. It likes basking under the sun for long hours in a day while enjoying the breeze. Its tall structure and good internodal spacing also allows for better aeration which keeps moisture away.

Durban Cookies Strain Growing
Durban Cookies Strain Growing – Image powered by allbud.com

Indoors, it will need to be topped early. Apart from managing its height to ensure it does not cram the growing space, this method initiates the flowering period. The Screen of Green setup will keep it short and distribute light evenly throughout the budding sites. It encourages higher yields by enhancing bud production. Growers will need to weave the branches into a screen or net situated a few inches above the current canopy continuously or as it grows. At the same time, it encourages better air circulation in the lower nodes.

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Flowering Time

Indoors, it takes around 10 to 12 weeks for Durban Cookies to fully mature. Growers can expect between 12 to 16 ounces of buds as a reward for being patient.

Durban Cookies blossoms from the last week of October to the second or third week of November when cultivated in the northern hemisphere. A high yielder, it produces at least 12 ounces of buds per square meter.

Have you ever smoked or grown your own Durban Cookies? Please let me know what you think about this marijuana strain in the comments below.


The founder of I Love Growing Marijuana, Robert Bergman, is a marijuana growing expert that enjoys sharing his knowledge with the world. He combines years of experience, ranging from small-scale grows to massive operations, with a passion for growing. His articles include tutorials on growing... [read more]


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