Gary Payton

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Quick info

Distinctive terpenes
Caryophyllene, myrcene, pinene
Helps with
Anxiety, stress, depression
Ease of growing
When to use






Very High
Sativa Indica

Effects & Usage



Gary Payton (also known as Cookies Gary Payton) is an evenly balanced hybrid strain with a high THC content, ranging from 20 to 25%. It resulted from a cross between the Y (or Y Griega) and Snowman. Due to its balanced effects, the strain offers mental clarity and physical relaxation simultaneously.


Gary Payton has an almost instantaneous onset due to its potency. Newbies should beware of this strain, as the trip is so powerful it may even knock seasoned smokers off their feet.

The high begins with a quick, cerebral rush providing mental clarity and focus. That energy boost will keep you engaged in creative pursuits and help you power through your to-do list. It also boosts talkativeness, facilitating thought-provoking deep conversations and a sense of sociability. Then, slowly, as time passes, the body’s effects begin to take over. You will become deeply relaxed but still alert, without a couchlock.

Due to this versatility, Gary Payton is excellent for use both at parties and when you are home alone, during the daytime or early evening hours.

You may also want to try Gelato if you enjoy these balanced effects.


Rumour has it that Gary Payton was specifically developed to maximise its health benefits. The relatively high CBD content in the strain can be therapeutic and help in the fight against anxiety, depression and insomnia. In addition, the physical soothing effects work together with caryophyllene, relieving inflammation, chronic pain and muscle tension.

Side effects

As a very potent strain, Gary Payton is not recommended for beginners. Overindulgence can cause anxiety, paranoia and headaches. Stay mindful of your limits and start slow, even if you are an experienced smoker.

Taste & Smell


Gary Payton’s buds are medium to large, with dense green nugs and some lavender-purple leaves mixed with orange hairs. The generous trichome coating complements the aesthetically appealing look.

The strain’s robust, diesel-like aroma and flavour may not be appreciated by those looking for sweet cannabis. Gary Payton smells like rubber and diesel, with the addition of earthy and piney notes, thanks to myrcene and pinene. The taste profile is similar – a complex blend of peppery spice with undertones of fruit and pine complements the pungent diesel notes – much like many other strains in our list of best marijuana buds. With a smooth smoke, this strain’s overall sensory experience is definitely enjoyable. The smell is very potent, so remember to take the necessary precautions if you don’t want to attract attention.



Gary Payton was developed in sun-kissed California a mere few years ago and has been popular since then. Interestingly, despite its even genetics, this balanced hybrid was created from two sativa-dominant varieties: Y Griega (the Y) and Snowman.

Named after Gary Payton, the iconic NBA player, the strain pays homage to his legacy. The star himself has expressed feeling honoured for this privilege.

Growing conditions

The official seeds aren’t available easily. Other breeders have filled this gap, but it caused quite some variation in the sources available today under the name of Gary Payton. Therefore, the information available on growing can be inconsistent.

On average, however, the plants need a consistently warm climate with a lot of light. While this is easier to control indoors, Thai growers can also attempt cultivating Gary Payton outdoors. The plant grows tall, between 1-1.5 m indoors and up to 2m tall outdoors, which might require regular trimming. In about 7 to 9 weeks, the growers can expect approximately 300-450 grams per square metre indoors and 500-550 grams per plant outdoors.

You might also want to consider Girl Scout Cookies for a similar growing challenge.