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Behind the Strain: Gary Payton

This gassy variety provides a stony "couch-lock" body high quite befitting for the nickname "The Glove".

Named after legendary Seattle SuperSonics point guard and NBA Hall of Famer, the Gary Payton strain is the result of a collaboration between Cookies and Powerzzzup Genetics. This gassy cultivar provides a debilitating “couch-lock” body high quite befitting for the nickname “The Glove”, as Gary was known for his defensive skills – he was well-known for even slowing down the great Michael Jordan. If you’re looking for a long-lasting body buzz, this is the strain for you.

The Gary Payton strain was bred by Kenny of Powerzzzup Genetics, who crossed The Y with Snowman in partnership with his friend Berner’s Cookies brand. From the seeds that grew out, the 20th phenotype became the elite “keeper” strain and the basketball-obsessed crew immediately thought of Gary Payton who wore the number 20 throughout his illustrious career. Berner reached out to GP through mutual Bay Area friends and they struck a deal to license Gary’s name and likeness for this smooth strain.

The flowers themselves are dense tight frosty little nuggets that glisten in the light. A closer look under a loupe reveals some purple hues with bright orange hairs. The scent is strong and super gassy – heavy with diesel fuel terpenes that reek up a whole room when a bag is opened. The Gary Payton strain tests high in Caryophyllene which imbues it with the spicy, peppery and tart scents and flavors along with anecdotal evidence of anti-inflammatory medicinal benefits.

Beginner and intermediate smokers should proceed with caution by taking just a couple of puffs of GP to enjoy the buzz without completely shutting down. Even serious Cannabis connoisseurs shouldn’t expect to score any triple doubles while toking on this gassy hybrid. It makes for some incredible concentrates as well, but dabbers should be aware that it may end up changing their plans and leave them on the bench.

In legal states, you can purchase flowers of the Gary Payton strain from Cookies Connected.

About Dan Vinkovetsky @dannydankoht

Dan Vinkovetsky (formerly Danny Danko of High Times) is a Cannabis writer and editor at Northeast Leaf Magazine since July 2020. Previously, He was the Senior Cultivation Editor at High Times Magazine since 2002. Danny is the author of "The Official High Times Field Guide to Marijuana Strains" (2011) and "Cannabis: A Beginner's Guide to Growing Marijuana" (2018). Danny hosted the podcast "Free Weed from Danny Danko” from 2011-2018 and currently hosts the podcast "Grow Bud Yourself!".

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