RIP: Joesy Whales, co-creator of the Original Glue (GG4)
The legendary breeder of the popular Original Glue (aka GG # 4, or Gorilla Glue) strain has passed away, leaving behind a legacy rich in maximum THC, spicy terpenes and deep relaxation that few could hope to match. Original Glue combines inspiration, destiny and above all the nose of a cannabis veteran. There is a good chance that the Original Glue, called Gorilla Glue, more precisely Gorilla Glue # 4, will be appreciated somewhere near you.
"Don" aka Joesy Whales died on May 6 in Las Vegas of complications from a fall, according to company spokesperson GG Strains. He was 69 years old. despite multiple health concerns, Whales and Catherine Franklin, (Director of Marketing and Operations) have made plans over five years for the creation of new GG strains. He officially passed the torch from GG Strains to a young producer, 10 Bears, in 2019. The retreat has already been planned for 2020…
A miraculous cross
In 2014, at 63, Joesy and his partner Lone Watty were busy crossing Diesels and Chems. They were looking for a method to combine both the power of THC and all the facets of terpenes and aromatic compounds. An accidental crossing led to a strain which became a back-crossed triple Diesel, with Chocolate Thai. Joesy and Watty recognized that the new plant could be a combination of THC and terpenes and their crossbreeding was evaluated at a 1 in a billion chance!
According to legend, the abundant resin of the Original Glue had the accidental effect of "sticking" on the telephone handset in Joesy's hand and this is one of the reasons why it was named as in the advertisements for the famous adhesive at the time.
A few years after its creation, the strain of Gorilla Glue had become so popular that its creators were subjected to legal threats for violation of the brand of the adhesive. But by that time, it was too late. Millions of stoners had stuck the name on their brains and labeled it a "very good herb".
The Legacy of Original Glue
GG Strains indicates that the Original Glue (aka GG # 4) is a 37% sativa and 63% indica hybrid. It is white with resin and very airy. Its high THC and terpene levels cause euphoria followed by deep serenity. Joesy has sometimes recommended the Original Glue strain for PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) because some patients say it helps them sleep without nightmares or dreams.
"He was very good at the medical side," said Catherine Franklin, director of marketing and operations, cultivator liaison and interim CEO of Certified Genetics.
Fake Glue strains proliferated, deceiving PTSD patients and prompting Joesy to incorporate the GG strains and to concede his intellectual property and that of Whatty to legal producers in the United States.
In 2020, Original Glue became the most sought after strain on Leafly, surpassing Blue Dream in the authoritative strain database. Leafly is visited by millions of people each month.
Even though Whales was an old school breeder, when nobody used his real name, and the impasse was a professional necessity. He never considered himself a celebrity. He never took credit for it and always said, "It's Original Glue that is special, not me."
Online, in his direct Instagram messages, Whales made sure to answer all the questions of novice breeders. Despite his success with the plant, he never got rich. GG Strains' licensing vision is just starting to pay off. Licensed clones and crosses are grown in several state markets, particularly in Washington State and Colorado. The royalties from each sale go to GG Strains, and the families of the two men.
The original unofficial Glue is widely available. Producers reverse engineered the strain from tissue culture, forced selection, or a lucky seed packet.