By Luke Sumpter

Animal Cookies has gained some serious traction in the world of weed. But what makes this cultivar so special? And what genetics did her breeders use to create her? Discover everything you need to know about Animal Cookies below.

If you’re a fan of cannabis genetics stemming from the United States—particularly the stoning and relaxing varieties—then you’re likely familiar with Animal Cookies. Also known as Animal Crackers, this indica-dominant hybrid has become widely popular within dispensaries, owing largely to her soothing effects and complex, but always enjoyable, flavour profile.

This strain hasn’t exactly dominated the competition circuit, but her popular parent strains already have large growerships, and many of these enthusiasts naturally flock to the offspring. With that said, Animal Cookies has several unique traits that win over growers and smokers based on individual merit alone.

Animal Cookies Strain
Animal Cookies Strain

The Genetic Background of Animal Cookies

So, which strains are behind Animal Cookies, anyway? Get to know Animal Cookies’ parents below:

  • Girl Scout Cookies: Being a descendant of Girl Scout Cookies (GSC) is enough to bulk up the growership of any strain. As the offspring of OG Kush and Durban Poison, GSC passed down desert-like flavours and impressive productivity to Animal Cookies.
  • Fire OG: Not all of Animal Cookies' attractive traits come from GSC. Her second parent strain, Fire OG, endowed the cultivar with additional potency, fruity flavours, and a tranquil high that is almost unmatched in its ability to catalyse the munchies.

Effects of Animal Cookies Weed

If you’ve blazed up GSC and/or Fire OG, you can expect to experience glimmers of their effects when you apply a flame to Animal Cookies flowers. Her high is physically stoning yet euphoric; you’ll experience a clear but elevated frame of mind, heavy eyelids, a surge in appetite, and the desire to recline. For this reason, Animal Cookies is perhaps best enjoyed in the evening, or whenever you can fully bask in its warm embrace.

On average, these buds produce a THC content of around 18%. However, providing the right environmental variables during growth can crank concentrations all the way up to 24%. Keep plants well-fed and illuminated to drive potency through the roof.

Animal Cookies Effects
Animal Cookies Effects

Flavour and Aroma of the Animal Cookies Strain

Animal Cookies' name lends an obvious clue toward her flavour profile. Think of a wholesome, sweet taste, but with a good helping of nuttiness and a bit of spice. A distinct sourness, brought about by earthy terpenes and sulphur compounds, both contrasts and complements her sugary side. It's definitely a mixed bag, but the flavour notes mingle together effortlessly to create something that is at once sweet and dank.

Animal Cookies is also exceptionally pungent; you’ll catch strong whiffs most of the way through the flowering phase every time you step foot in your grow tent or garden.

Animal Cookies’ Terpene Profile

A variety of phytochemical classes contribute to the flavours and aromas of Animal Cookies. However, volatile aromatic compounds called terpenes do most of the heavy lifting when it comes to lighting up the olfactory system. These molecules don’t just smell and taste good, but they join forces with THC and other cannabinoids to steer the direction of the high. The most abundant terpenes found in Animal Cookies include:

  • Caryophyllene: This terpene is one of the most common in cannabis. It lends a spicy and earthy flavour edge, and, interestingly, it directly targets CB2 receptors of the endocannabinoid system.
  • Limonene: Any guesses where this terpene gets its name? This zesty, citrusy compound makes smoking Animal Cookies a refreshing, lucid experience.
  • Myrcene: If you love stoning weed, then you have myrcene to thank. Alongside THC, this terpene largely contributes to the couch-lock effect of cannabis. Plus, it adds a certain fruitiness to the flavour profile.
Animal Cookies Taste
Animal Cookies Taste

Growing Animal Cookies: Tips and Cultivation Difficulties

Animal Cookies maintains a medium height during the growing cycle, making her suitable for smaller indoor and outdoor cultivation spaces. Provided you don’t live exceptionally far north or south, you’ll have success growing this variety outside. However, we suggest cultivating her in the confines of a greenhouse or polytunnel to guard her from excess rainfall that can cause mouldy buds.

Indoors, Animal Cookies will fit snugly into medium-sized tents. To maximise your bounty, top and train your plants early to promote the growth of a wider and more fruitful canopy.

Note that her dense growing pattern leaves Animal Cookies susceptible to mould in humid environments. To minimise the risk, conduct regular defoliation to open up the canopy and promote optimal airflow.

Descendants and Relatives of Animal Cookies

Animal Cookies caught the eyes and won the hearts of our breeders here at RQS. Inspired by this sweet and stoning strain, they harnessed her genetics to create some of the tastiest strains available today. Get to know these descendants below!

Apple Fritter

Our breeders combined Animal Cookies and Sour Apple to create Apple Fritter. This indica-dominant hybrid boasts an impressive THC content of 24% and delivers a creative and uplifting high. Enjoy tastes of candy and yields of up to 450g/m² and 500g/plant from indoor and outdoor plants respectively.

Apple Fritter
23_genetic background_1 Sour Apple x Animal Cookies
33_Yield indoors_1 400 - 450 gr/m2
31_plant height outdoor_1 80 - 120 cm
25_flowering time_1 8 - 10 weeks
29_THC_1 THC: 24%
28_Type Blend_1 Sativa 40% Indica 60%
34_yield outdoor_1 450 - 500 gr/plant
32_plant height outdoors_1 120 - 150 cm
27_harvest period_1 Early October
22_Effect_1 Creative, Uplifting

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Apple Fritter Automatic

As the autoflowering version of Apple Fritter, Apple Fritter Automatic descends from Animal Cookies and Sour Apple Auto. A THC content of 23% makes her one of the most potent autoflowering varieties available. You’ll have your hands on a stash in no time as you watch her charge from shoot to harvest in as little as 11 weeks.

Apple Fritter Auto
23_genetic background_1 Sour Apple Auto x Animal Cookies
33_Yield indoors_1 400 - 450 gr/m2
31_plant height outdoor_1 60 - 100 cm
25_flowering time_1 8 - 10 weeks
29_THC_1 THC: 23%
28_Type Blend_1 Sativa 35% Indica 60% Ruderalis 5%
34_yield outdoor_1 140 - 180 gr/plant
32_plant height outdoors_1 60 - 110 cm
27_harvest period_1 11 - 12 weeks after sprouting
22_Effect_1 Creative, Euphoric, Physically Relaxing

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Royal Cookies Automatic

As a half-sibling to Animal Cookies, Royal Cookies Automatic descends from Girl Scout Cookies and a high-performing ruderalis specimen. Her THC content of 18% and sweet terpenes synergise to deliver a euphoric high ideal for active days. Enjoy up to 450g/m² from indoor plants and 130–180g/plant from their outdoor counterparts.

Royal Cookies Auto
23_genetic background_1 Girl Scout Cookies x Ruderalis
33_Yield indoors_1 325 - 450 gr/m2
31_plant height outdoor_1 70 - 100 cm
25_flowering time_1 7 - 9 weeks
29_THC_1 THC: 18%
28_Type Blend_1 Sativa 20% Indica 60% Ruderalis 20%
34_yield outdoor_1 130 - 180 gr/plant
32_plant height outdoors_1 80 - 140 cm
27_harvest period_1 10 - 12 weeks after sprouting
22_Effect_1 Calming, Euphoric

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Animal Cookies: Sweet and Stoning

Animal Cookies descends from a legendary lineage that set her up for success from the get-go. This progeny of Girl Scout Cookies and Fire OG possesses the best traits from both of its esteemed parents. Stuff these buds into blunts and bong bowls if you want to experience a powerfully stoning high and deliciously dank and sugary tastes.

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