Chemdog, or Chemdawg, was created in the early 1990s in the parking lot of a Grateful Dead concert. Dead concerts had a reputation for being trade centers for cannabis cultivars, and during this particular show, a breeder named Chem purchased an ounce of Dogbud from fellow growers P-Bud and Joe Brand. The flower — which supposedly originated along the California-Oregon border — tasted so strongly of chemicals that Joe Brand nicknamed it Chem. Chem (the breeder) combined the two names, and Chemdog was the result. Following the Grateful Dead tour, Chem popped Chemdog the seeds and created three phenotypes. The most famous was Chem 91, which became an instant success and served as the parent strain for some of the most popular cultivars of the past 25 years. Today’s Chemdawg is a clone of the original Chem 91 strain. It’s bred by Humboldt Seed Organization as a phenotype with both Indica and sativa characteristics. Indoor growers can expect flowering within 65-to- 70 days. Seeds produce medium-sized plants with thin, fan leaves and spicy, green, fluffy buds. Chemdawg does best when grown outdoors in a dry, sunny Mediterranean climate.
Cherry Pie by Cookie Family The Indica-leaning, clone-only version of Cherry Pie from San Francisco is a hybrid of Granddaddy Purple and an F1 Durban Poison. The strain was originally bred by the Bay Area’s Pieguy and immediately cultivated by Jigga, head of genetics for Cookie Family. During growth, the strain produces a hefty, dense flower that’s typically layered in trichomes and intertwined with rust-colored pistils. At the 2014 Denver High Times Cannabis Cup, the strain won 3rd place in the Medical Sativa category. Cherry Pie by Riot Seeds Riot Seeds offers a cross of the female Cherry Pie clone-only strain and a male WCD 710 (West Coast Dawg/Sugenite OG). This Sativa-dominant hybrid Cherry Pie produces short plants with a maroon/purple coloration. The F1 plant’s flowering time is roughly 9 weeks.
Gelato is a cross between Sunset Sherbet and Thin Mint Girl Scout Cookies, named in homage to its sweet aroma. Also known as Larry Bird, Gelato (#33) was first cultivated in Northern California’s Bay Area and is derived from a deep bank of genetics created by the Cookie Family, the Sherbinskis family, and cultivator Mario Guzman. The cultivators parted ways following its creation, and the cultivator who possesses the most “stable version” of Gelato genetics is up for debate. Cookies cultivates a few phenotypes and descendants of the strain named Gelato #42, Dolce Gelato, and a sun-grown Gelato. Sherbinskis grows four stabilized Gelato phenotypes in its rotation as well: Gelato #41 (Bacio Gelato), Gelato #43 (Gello Gelato), Gelato #47 (Mochi Gelato), and Gelato #49 (Acai Berry Gelato). Per Sherbinskis, the #33 phenotype is no longer in cultivation.