Mandarin Cookies is a hybrid marijuana strain that gives off a sedating and calming high. Mandarin Cookies has flavors of sweet citrus and diesel. This strain is a great choice for an after dinner dessert that won’t leave you glued to your couch. Mandarin Cookies is made by crossing Forum Cut Cookies and Mandarin Sunset. This strain is bread by Ethos in Colorado.
About Mandarin Cookies
Mandarin Cookies is a unique Sativa-dominant hybrid strain of cannabis. First grown in the United States, Mandarin Cookies is a proprietary strain first grown by Ethos Genetics. Although many online publications claim the strain to be the result of a GSC cross, this Colorado-based cannabis company claims that the strain is a cross of Ethos Cookie #12 and Mandarin Sunset. This crossbreeding resulted in 18 out of 18 plants being designated “keepers” by the growers, illustrating this cross’s powerful genetics. Mandarin Cookies is a daytime strain, with THC concentrations averaging around 20%, though some batches have tested at nearly 26%.
In line with its Sativa-dominant genetics, Mandarin Cookies presents with elongated buds that look like bright green peppers. Occasionally, the buds present with deep purple hues which can make them look like an entirely different strain altogether. Winding yellowish hairs will wrap themselves around the surface of these buds, adding to its overall appearance. In addition, these buds are dusted with a fine coating of milky white trichomes.
These buds produce an incredibly powerful aroma that is pleasant and not quite pungent in nature. As these buds are broken down, you should expect an aroma of earth, kush, and strong citrus overtones with a bit of pungency coming to light when the buds are ignited. The flavor is often one of the largest selling points of Mandarin Cookies, as it produces an incredibly bright and vibrant flavor. Users have reported tasting an incredibly light mixture of citrus and herbs, with a bit of a nutty almond exhale.
In addition to the flavor, the high produced by these buds is a selling point of the strain. Mandarin Cookies has garnered quite a following, as it produces an incredibly uplifting and energetic high. When the high begins, you should expect a rush of euphoric energy to fill your headspace, erasing any negative thoughts and emotions. Creatives will find this strain an excellent tool in combating boredom, haze, and blocks of any kind.
This high spreads throughout the body quite rapidly, filling the mind and body with a tingling sensation that is beyond pleasant. As the high continues, it develops into a relaxing body high with a bit of a physical lull, making most users find a comfy spot to curl up in for a mid-afternoon nap. This sensation isn’t sedative in nature, more so it is relaxing to a point where even those who suffer from chronic discomfort will find relaxation.
Sativa Dominant Hybrid – 70% Sativa / 30% Indica
THC: 19% – 26%
Mandarin Cookies is a rare sativa dominant hybrid strain (70% sativa/30% indica) created through crossing the classic Cookies X Mandarin Sunset strains. If you’re looking for a super bright flavor and a loud high, you’ve found it! Mandarin Cookies packs a sharp tangy citrus flavor with hints of rich nutty herbs upon exhale, almost like an almond cookie! The aroma is very earthy and kushy with a sour tangerine overtone that turns slightly pungent as the nugs are burned. The Mandarin Cookies high is just as eye-opening as the flavor, with a lifted high that hits both mind and body with an almost frenzied sense of energy and motivation. You’ll feel a rush of euphoria first that fills your mind with a sense of tingly creativity and energy. Soon, this effect will push out any negative or racing thoughts, leaving you slightly unfocused without affecting your energy in the slightest. This is accompanied by a light relaxing body high that keeps your limbs in a state of calm without causing sedation. With these effects and its high 19-26% average THC level, Mandarin Cookies is perfect for treating those suffering from chronic pain, depression, headaches or migraines, ADD or ADHD, and chronic fatigue. This bud has elongated pepper-shaped olive green nugs with thick yellow-orange hairs and a coating of tiny frosty white crystal trichomes.
Looks: Generally round, cone- or pebble-shaped, Mandarin Cookies has a slightly more compact bud structure than other Cookies strains, but the hybrid’s wintergreen color and frosted coating of trichomes make it a chip off the ol’ block.
Smell: For me, this was the selling point — and that’s saying a lot, because Mandarin Cookies checks off every box. But the sweet intensity of its tart, fruity notes fill the room with a skunky, cereal-like aroma, while sour scents of Kush, Diesel and citrus make for a classic backdrop.
Flavor: Mirroring the smell, Mandarin Cookies starts with a sweet, acidic and doughy flavor up front, almost like sourdough bread and marmalade, followed by a grainy, piney coat over the tongue. It tastes like breakfast.
Effects: The citrus-heavy flavor — usually associated with sativas — can be deceiving the first time, but don’t let it fool you twice. Mandarin Cookies is sedating, best reserved for after work or nighttime, not as a pick-me-up. The calming effects are perfect for following a workout or staying in, and the strain has been used to treat anxiety, eating and sleeping disorders, pain and stress.
Commercial grower’s take: “It’s high in caryophyllene and limonene, so that’s why it tastes like orange cookies, and relatively high levels of lanalool and myrcene might explain the relaxing effects. It’s just high in everything, honestly: THC, terpenes, yields. It can take, like, seventy days to flower if you really want to reach those flavor profiles, but that’s not terribly long, and it’s worth it.”
Medical Benefits of the Mandarin Cookies Strain
When you get a cannabis strain that boasts so many relaxing and happiness-inducing feelings, it is only natural that people will look to use it as a medical strain.
Mandarin Cookies can be a great help when it comes to treating both stress and anxiety, thanks to its ability to make you forget all your problems. From the moment you first try Mandarin Cookies, you will find yourself incapable of remembering what was troubling you.
Mandarin Cookies also has excellent use in inspiring creativity. While this is pretty common in sativa-leaning strains, Mandarin Cookies is well known as a powerhouse strain for kick-starting your creativity.
If you are struggling to finish any projects or creative tasks, a little bit of Mandarin Cookies might be just what you need.
It isn’t just psychological issues that this strain can help with, though; it is also helpful when it comes to physical ailments.
Those struggling with long-term chronic pain conditions could find some relief from this strain. Mandarin Cookies’ high THC content allows it to suppress pain and ensure that your day is a little bit brighter. Furthermore, migraine sufferers can enjoy some relief as this strain is considered a good one for holding back the pain of migraines.
Just like the fruity, citrus-forward flavor profile of this strain, Mandarin Cookies will leave your day bright and shining, without any cares in the world.