If you’re talking about influential weed strains, Sunset Sherbet is definitely one of the highest names on the list. Bred over a decade ago, this special cultivar is still being put into jars and bags, as well as being used to create many other popular hybrids. If you’ve never experienced Sunset Sherbet, here’s what you should know about the strain’s history, flavors, and effects.
The Big Beginnings & Beauty of the Sunset Sherbet Strain
Sunset Sherbet is a cross between a Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies (Thin Mint GSC) female and a Pink Panties (Burmese Kush x Florida Kush) male. It is also called Sherbet or Sherb for short. The strain was bred by Mario Guzman, aka Mr. Sherbinski, owner of the Sherbinski’s cannabis brand and legacy member of the Bay Area’s Cookie Family, known for genetics like Gelato, Cherry Pie, of course, Girl Scout Cookies.
Sunset Sherbet came about in the early 2010s, peaking in popularity around 2012. Since then, the world-famous cultivar has been used to breed many other popular strains like Sherbacio and Sherbanger. It is also a parent strain of Gelato, one of the most popular cannabis strains of all time.
Sunset Sherbet can look a variety of ways depending on who grew it, in what environment, and with what level of expertise. You can expect Sunset Sherbet’s medium-to-large-sized nugs to be dense with a vibrant green coloring and a thick coat of white trichomes. In some phenotypes of the strain, those green colors are offset by rich amber hues.
Sunset Sherbert’s Need for Expertise When Growing
Sunset Sherbert grows short and bushy with strong lateral branches, flowering within 8 to 9 weeks when grown indoors. It’s actually a challenging strain to grow because its authentic genetics aren’t easy to come by. Its plants like warm Mediterranean climates with higher levels of humidity during the vegetative stage and lower levels when flowering.
Sunset Sherbert also requires heavy-duty, nutrient-rich feeding (without overdoing it) in tandem with pruning and topping. Air circulation and adequate lighting are key, with around 18 hours of light and 6 hours of darkness during the growth cycle, but during the flowering stage, the ratio of light to dark should be 50/50.
We’re barely scratching the surface here with the range of precise growing techniques needed to properly cultivate this strain. Take into account the difficult task of acquiring seeds with the right genetics, and one quickly realizes that Sunset Sherbert should be left to the experts for cultivation.
Spicy Dessert—Sunset Sherbet’s Smell & Taste
Sunset Sherbet has complex flavor profiles that connoisseurs absolutely love. Most people categorize the strain as sweet, but with tropical, floral earthy touches. On the nose, you’ll detect sweet berries with citrus undertones. On the palate, you’ll get added earthy and skunky notes with a specifically fruity exhale.
Sherbet’s most abundant terpenes include caryophyllene, myrcene, limonene, and humulene. That, respectively, gives you an explosive mix of peppery, cinnamon spice; mango-kissed earthy notes; the zest of lemons, oranges, and grapefruit; and woody herbaceous touches like the kind you find in sage and ginseng.
Sunset Sherbert’s Effects: A Dreamy Haze
Like many cultivars with a Girl Scout Cookies lineage, Sunset Sherbert induces both a cerebral and physical experience. With this indica-dominant strain’s test results showing up to more than 21% THC, less than 1% CBD, and 1% CBG, you can expect to feel a dreamy sensation in your head coupled with the slow onset of physical relaxation. Some users report feeling pressure in their eyes and forehead before the effects seep down into their bodies. Daydreamers will love this strain’s hazy high.
On average, Sherb’s top three effects are reported as relaxed, happy, and giggly, making it an excellent strain to consume for creative activities like painting, writing, and vibing out to music. It’s also great for social environments for people who need a little help opening up in small gatherings. That said, Sherbet’s high creeps up slowly, so make sure to consume the strain at an adequate pace.
Remember that how every cannabis consumer experiences a strain depends on a variety of factors, whether we smoke, dab, or vaporize weed. The combination of tolerance, physical composition, and unique endocannabinoid systems (ECS), which is our body's system of receptors to process cannabis compounds, is what will dictate how a famous strain like Sunset Sherbert will hit you.
You may find that your experience coincides with what many users report. But there’s only one way to find out. Just make sure you purchase Sunset Sherbet from legal dispensaries that carry high-quality cannabis brands and products. It’s the best way to ensure that you’ll get the proper experience from Sherb flower or extracts.