Gelato - Hybrid
Gelato (Larry Bird #33) is a great hybrid strain bred from Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint GSC. This strain gets its name from the fruity, dessert-like aroma that it gives off. Patients often report heavy physical relaxation, while still having the ability to be productive and creative. The average THC % for this strain is 14-19%, but the THC only tells a small portion of this strain’s story.
Terpene Profile and Effects
Cannabis has a notably strong unique aroma, and each individual strain has a different smell as well. The part of the cannabis plant that causes these different smells are the terpenes, aromatic molecules secreted inside the resin glands of the cannabis flowers. Terpenes not only provide a wide range of smells but can also accentuate the cannabinoid profile resulting in stronger and more focused physical and mental effects than the THC % would lead you to believe.
The primary terpenes found in Gelato include caryophyllene, limonene, and humulene.
Caryophyllene, also found in black pepper, cinnamon, cloves, and other spices like oregano, is best known for its spicy and peppery notes. Beta-caryophyllene binds to CB2 receptors, hence its use in anti-inflammatory topicals and creams. Caryophyllene is the only terpene that binds to cannabinoid receptors.
Limonene is the second most abundant terpene in all cannabis strains. This is the terpene that gives cannabis a citrusy smell resembling that of lemons, which is no surprise as all citrus fruits contain large amounts of this compound. Limonene is known to improve mood and reduce stress. It also has antifungal and antibacterial properties. In addition, research has shown it has a role in reducing tumor size.
Humulene, besides in cannabis, can be found in clove, sage, and black pepper. Its aroma contains earthy, woody, and spicy notes. It has a variety of medical properties. Early research has shown that it prevents cancer cells from growing. In addition, it often suppresses appetite, reduces inflammation, relieves pain and fights bacterial infections.