Sunnyside Flower Review: Gorilla Glue #4 (Indica)

Gorilla Glue is a strain of many names: Gorilla Glue, Gorilla Glue 4, Original Glue, GG4, among others. Whatever you choose to call it, most patients known Gorilla Glue as one of the “classic” cannabis strains, among the ranks of Sour Diesel, Blue Dream, OG Kush, Girl Scout Cookies, etc. etc.

Though I have never had pure Gorilla Glue flower until now, over the years I have had several strains that descend from it, such as Gorilla Grapes, Duct Tape and Glueball.

Sunnyside is the first MMTC near me that I have seen carrying this cannabis classic, and I didn’t hesitate a second to scoop up an eighth to try. Not to spoil the review, but I have found Gorilla Glue to be one of my favorite recent pickups, and perhaps one of my favorite strains of all time.

Quick Facts:

Gorilla Glue #4

Price at time of review: $50/eighth

Lineage: Chem’s Sister x Sour Dubb x Chocolate Diesel

Lab Report

Appearance/Cure

Gorilla Glue #4 is not a “flashy” strain with tons of bag appeal. However, this batch does appear to have been grown well.

As you can see in the images above, this flower is medium to light green with an average appearance. Trichome coverage is good; while it is not a super-sparkly diamond-like flower like some of today’s exotic crosses, there are plenty of visible trichomes that are a mix of clear and amber in color, indicating the flower was allowed to mature before harvest.

The overall bud structure reminds me a lot of the Gorilla Grapes strain that Trulieve used to carry, of which GG4 is a parent strain: several medium-size buds that are the size and shape of small to medium grapes.

Gorilla Glue gets its name for being such a sticky strain, but the two eighths I got were different in this area. The first eighth was moderately sticky; the second, not sticky at all. This is strange as both eighths are from the same batch, but I suppose there are always so many variables that there can be differences from eighth to eighth.

The flower is moderate in density, but has nice moisture content and breaks down into a fluffy consistency. There is a small amount of larf/sugar leaves that was missed during the trim process.

Overall, a pretty solidly grown and cured batch of flower.

Appearance/Cure Rating: 6.50/10.00

Smell/Taste

GG4 is one of the classic “gas” strains, and I knew this eighth was going to live up to that reputation before I even got home from the dispensary. As the years have went by, I get whiffs of flower more and more in public, when driving, etc. After I picked up my Gorilla Glue, I headed to Walmart to make a stop for a few things before going home. I kept getting whiffs of flower on the way there, which I attributed to the usual smells of cannabis when I’m out and about.

When I got done at Walmart and got back into my vehicle, I realized very quickly that it was me who was smelling so loud. In the span of 20 minutes, my entire car reeked of this stuff – and when I got home and opened the jar, my wife almost immediately commented on the smell from across the room.

Opening the jar reveals the loud gas/fuel/burnt rubber smells, and a bit of an earthy smell behind all of that. I realize now, 4 years later, that some the smells I enjoyed so much in Trulieve’s Gorilla Grapes (review here) is a product of its GG4 parent. I previously had described it as “fresh water or the smell of rain right before a thunderstorm”, and as having a citrus component as well. That nuanced smell is also there.

When the flower is broken down or ground up, the diesel fuel/gas/chemical rubber smells all become much more prominent. It reminds me of Sunnyside’s Chem D flower, but Gorilla Glue also has a subtle chocolate and/or mocha smell in the background as well.

From smoking GG4, I taste the strong hashy diesel and musk on the inhale, with the exhale having the same taste just before a chocolatey coffee finish.

These types of strains are some of my favorite – gas strains are almost always great for me.

Smell/Taste Rating: 8.00/10.00

Effects/Medical Use

Apparently Sunnyside has a practice of labeling their strains as sativa, hybrid, or indica based on the terpenes, cannabinoids, and other elements of each batch. With this, they may also change the classification of a particular strain from batch to batch. Though I have considered this questionable in the past (their “indica” MAC1 felt like the same old “hybrid” MAC 1 to me), I can see why they did it with this Gorilla Glue 4.

GG4 is usually listed as a hybrid strain, or sometimes an indica-leaning hybrid. Sunnyside labeled this batch as an indica, and I can see why. This is a rare strain (in my experience, at least) where the heavy body and more “indica” type effects hit almost immediately after smoking. Put another way, this GG4 absolutely smacked. I was taken aback the first time I smoked it, as I went back to playing a video game and realized that I was instantly in a lazy state of warm, cozy relaxation and light euphoria.

These effects felt truly medicinal for my conditions. It did a good job of easing my anxiety, and helping me be more “in the moment” instead of trying to keep up with racing thoughts. There was enough euphoria to fight off any depression, cynicism, or boredom that I happened to be feeling at the time.

I would recommend Sunnyside’s Indica GG4 for late afternoon to nighttime use. For me, it is too heavy for early morning use, or otherwise any time that I need to be productive.

Having tried dozens (maybe more than 100 now?) strains of flower at this point, a lot of them do end up blending together, and sort of unmemorable. They become average, and so “standout strains” are more rare with time. But this particular Gorilla Glue flower checked all the boxes for me, especially with the effects. I found that I was smoking this strain almost exclusively for the first 3-4 days after I picked it up. I know that everyone is different, but if you usually find your cannabis experiences in line with mine, I recommend you give this one a try. Sometimes the classics are the greats, and that’s what I have found with Sunnyside’s GG4.

Possibly good for treating:

  • Mild depression
  • Anxiety
  • Minor to moderate aches and pains
  • Insomnia (in higher doses)
  • Headaches
  • Lack of appetite (appetite stimulant)
  • Gastrointestinal discomfort (Irritable Bowel Syndrome or other similar conditions)

I’m definitely no medical doctor, so please take the preceding conditions only as my own personal observations from using this strain and having experience with a multitude of different cannabis strains. Everybody is different, and every body reacts differently to various medications. 

Effects Rating: 9.00/10.00

Overall Rating: 7.83/10.00

Overall, I would best describe Gorilla Glue #4 as a “very good” indica strain from Sunnyside.

This was a rare case where I enjoyed the flower so much that I went and got a second eighth a day or two after buying the first. I paid $35 for each eighth ($70 total) thanks to a sale that was going on. It is worth noting that this review scored almost as high as Trulieve x Alien Labs’ $65/eighth Kryptochronic that I reviewed earlier today, and I paid nearly half the price for it. The Kryptochronic flower was grown and cured much better, but it was the effects of GG4 that made it so great – I enjoyed them more, in reality – and aren’t good effects what we’re all really looking for in the end?

I digress – simply sharing some observations and thoughts with you all. I think we look for different strains and products for different purposes, and what matters is that we find what works for us – no need to worry about what others are doing. We are all in this together.

More reviews are coming very soon. Be well, healthy, wealthy, and happy!

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