Animal Cookies is marked by small to medium-sized popcorn-like buds with a dense bud structure typical of other indicas. Leaves are a yellowish-green; some phenotypes can express subtle purple hues. This purple is brought out when colder temperatures stimulate pigments called anthocyanins — the process is similar to the way foliage changes color in autumn when chlorophyll breaks down in cooler weather. The buds are very sticky and covered in white to cloudy amber trichomes, perhaps lending the leaves their yellowish appearance. Orange hairs — which are actually pistils to collect pollen from male plants — stand out against the colorful flowers. Animal Cookies has a scent that is simultaneously sweet and sour, with a dank, skunky edge. Breaking open the sticky flowers yields some more notes of pepper and pine.
Bred by the Canadian seed bank BC Bud Depot, the indica-leaning Animal Cookies is a cross between Fire OG and an award-winning cut of GSC (formerly Girl Scout Cookies), which won the 2013 High Times Medical Cannabis Cup in Los Angeles. Packed with a cherry cookie flavor, Animal Cookies was bred when the breeder attempted to improve the already coveted Girl Scout Cookies strain.
Several batches of Animal Cookies have been examined by the cannabis testing lab Analytical 360, which found THC levels slightly above 20% in one sample. The terpene profile of this particular lab-tested strain demonstrated a high presence of humulene, caryophyllene, and myrcene.