Type: Hybrid (indica dominant)
Genetics: Skunk #1 x Afghani
Cheese is the U.K.'s most popular strain and has held the top position since the late '90s, similar to the way OG Kush took over the California scene during the same time. The strain is far more popular in the U.K. and Europe than it is in the U.S., however Cheese has started to gain a foothold in dispensaries mostly due to the numerous hybrids (the actual original Cheese can be quite hard to find) such as: Cheesewreck, Blue Cheese, Chiesel, Dairy Queen, and many others. Cheese sets itself apart because it truly has a rare scent and taste to it (so much so that it is difficult to articulate). And yes, in some ways it does resemble the smell of a delicious aged cheese.
Looks and Smell
The plant itself grows somewhat tall but produces large, soda can-sized buds when grown correctly. Extremely dense but slightly leafy, the resulting buds have a lime to army green coloration, with pinkish orange stigmas and velvety-looking, low-lying trichromes. The finished buds at a distance smell mostly sweet with a light herbiness, but when broken apart, a properly grown Cheese releases a truly funky scent.
The flavor translates particularly well when smoked and even better vaporized. Cheese got its name from its signature smell: a grassy, musky, slightly sweet aroma reminiscent of the flavor of a funky, raw milk goat cheese. Clearly this type of smell is not for everyone and even seems a bit out of place within the cannabis realm, which normally favors "sweet and fruity" or "earthy and skunky."
The Cheese strain provides a truly unique medicating experience. The smoke is skunky, leaving a strong, aged cheddar cheese aftertaste that will linger in your mouth indefinitely. A super potent batch, this indica-dominant hybrid means business. The effects of Cheese seem to creep up on you fast, creating a very relaxing, full-body buzz sure to ease any minor ailment one might be experiencing. I found the Cheese strain made my head feel kind of heavy (if you have ever smoked Headband, then you know what I'm talking about), but it left my body feeling weightless and stress-free.
This is one of the most distinct smelling and tasting strains of marijuana I have ever had the pleasure of coming across. An A, A- medical strain that all medicinal marijuana patients should consider trying at least once if they have the ability to do so. Since this strain retains the mood elevating qualities of the sativa side, it is often used to deal with stress and anxiety disorders. The indica properties do not suffer for it. The heavy body-melt provides many that suffer from chronic aches and pains with substantial relief. Those that deal with insomnia and appetite issues may also benefit from this strain.
Cheese is popular among growers for its short flowering time and above average yield, however the strain does seem to do better indoors hydro-style, but putting in the outdoor garden is not out of the question. I slept on this strain for a long time--I think the name threw me off--but this just happens to be one of my best friend's favorite strains, so I've had several chances to give it a whirl and I must say, I am now a fan. Maybe those blokes across the pond are onto something.
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