Zookies is one of the latest and greatest strains to come from Alien Labs recently. With unique flavors reminiscent of coffee, chocolate, pepper, and diesel fuel, this potent 50/50 hybrid strain is a great choice for anyone who wants to enjoy a hard-hitting, long-lasting strain that won’t cause the dreaded couchlock. As one of the latest strains on our DC radar, we’re diving deeper into the ins and outs of the Zookies strain. In this review, we’re covering everything you need to know about the Zookies (AKA Zoo Cookies) strain including its lineage, phenotypes, smell, taste, effects, medical uses, and cultivation best practices.
Zookies (AKA Zoo Cookies): Background
Zookies, also known as Zoo Cookies is a 50/50 balanced hybrid cross between everybody’s favorite Gorilla Glue #4 (aka Original Glue) and Animal Cookies, both of which have animal-related names. It was first propagated by Alien Labs, which is a west-coast dispensary collective specializing in unique genetics.
The final product was Zoo Cookies, eventually shortened to Zookies, which offers toasted coffee and chocolate flavors and aromas much like your favorite types of cookies. It ranges from 17-20% THC and promotes deeply soothing physical relaxation and an uninhibited mental effect and is best known for its ability to help manage THC-treatable symptoms and help you stay focused on your day to day without succumbing to the couch lock.
Cultivating the Zookies strain is rated moderately difficult to grow. As an extremely frosty strain, there’s always a risk of powdery mildew forming on the enormous colas in humid environments. Be sure to monitor your humidity levels regularly and take care to ensure that your flowers aren’t leaning on anything to help avoid it.Other than that, the plant itself is pretty healthy and doesn’t cause too much trouble. It grows robust, bushy branches and many tops that will require a lot of training via trellis netting early on to keep the growth manageable and to keep larger plants from suffocating smaller ones. You can expect to pull a pretty large harvest down every 7 to 9 weeks.
Zookies takes on an extremely exotic appearance both on the plant and in the jar. While growing, the water and sugar leaves range in shades of dark green. However, as the season changes or the strain is flipped into the flower cycle, the water leaves turn such a deep shade of purple that they almost look black. Each cola is barely visible beneath an extremely thick blanket of frosted THC-rich trichomes. When the nugs are separated from the main colas, you can begin to see some shades of a light sagey green color along with some extremely vibrantly-contrasting orange pistils.
Scent, Flavor, and Effects
While Zookies is a sight to behold, its scent and flavor profile doesn’t disappoint in the slightest and instead matches up equally. On the nose, the first impression of the strain while it grows is that of nutty cookies and fuel. Think peanut butter cookies at the gas station. As the flowers dry, the scent matures into something much more refined, including notes of toasted nuts and coffee. The strains truest expression is the scent it releases when it’s ground or chopped up. The strain smells just like nutty cookies and coffee with hints of chocolate, pepper, and diesel fuel. If that sounds good you might also want to try Lava Cake .
The flavor profile of the Zookies strain is a lot like the scent. They both leave you with a lasting impression of cookies and they both have a unique fuel-like note that makes for an interesting impression. They are nearly identical, though the flavor is a little more subdued due to the effects of the combustion on the terpenes. The first impression of Zookies is a warm, nutty vanilla-like flavor. The smoke itself is pretty thick and spicy, with notes of cream, chocolate, and pepper, all guaranteed to make you cough. The final impression of the strain is a lasting impression of peanuts and chocolate with a coffee and fuel-tinged chaser.
As you puff that final exhale, the creeping effect of Zookies starts to kick in. Your initial impression will be met with bright cerebral energy and a heavy dose of uplifting euphoria. The strain grips you with potent mental energy that becomes more gentle as the physical effects kick in. Mental energy tapers into a relaxed, at-peace mental effect that is perfect for cultivating creativity and mental focus without being overpowering. The physical effects are also deep-rooted, taking hold in the head and then flowing into the body and through the limbs. The body buzz is generous and can soothe aches and pains without putting you on the couch. Overall, the effects are very mixed. You can find the best of both indica and sativa genetics within the Zookies strain.
As a balanced hybrid with mid-range THC potency, Zookies makes for a powerful form of cannabis medicine that helps without slowing you down. Many medical patients reach for the Zookies strain to manage symptoms of chronic pain or inflammation in the joints and muscles. It’s a helpful choice for muscle spasms, menstrual cramps, headaches and migraines, nausea, and a lack of appetite. While there’s a long list of physical effects, Zookies is also powerful cannabis medicine for mental health, too. It offers a way to beat fatigue and a lack of motivation while boosting creativity, focus, and energy. The uplifting effects also help moderate the symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety.
Zookies Strain Review
All in all, the Zookies strain offers a unique experience for recreational users and medical patients alike who want to enjoy a strong high without the couchlock. It’s exciting blend of sweet, sour, nutty flavors and sharp aromas also delight the senses and make for an uplifting and enticing cannabis experience. If we had to give Zookies a star rating, it would earn a 4.9. It gets points for its beautiful appearance and blend of effects and only loses points for its susceptibility to powdery mildew. Regardless of whether or not you grow it, you’ll definitely come to know and love it. The next time you see the Zookies strain at your favorite smoke shop or through any of the other compliant gifting companies in DC, be sure to grab yourself an 1/8th. You won’t be sorry!