Big Buddha Cheese
Before it came to be, some people were ‘big’ – on persistence, that is. If it were not for the persistent efforts of individuals, then UK Cheese might not exist. Consequently, Big Buddha Cheese, would not have been around to snag the 2006 High Times Cannabis Cup Best Indica award.
In 1989, a clone-only strain appeared in the United Kingdom. It came with cheesy flavor and, more important, captivated recreational users with its high-energy buzz. Allegedly, this plant grew from a pack of Skunk #1 seeds. If that was the case, then this hybrid which was later named UK Cheese is a phenotype of Skunk #1.
For years, UK Cheese thrived only because of the efforts of growers in passing around its clone. Even more spectacular is that it led to further crossbreeding. A whole family of strains today traces its roots back to UK Cheese.
Over a decade later since it first appeared, the breeder Big Buddha Seeds crossed the original clone-only UK Cheese with an Afghani landrace Indica plant. From this endeavor, they created a strain that is closest to UK Cheese and one that can produce seeds. And that is how Big Buddha Cheese came to be, the most popular and widely available strain within the cheese lineage.
|Big Buddha Cheese Strain Quick Facts|
|Genetic Lineage||UK Cheese x Afghani Indica|
|Sativa / Indica Ratio||40% / 60%|
|THC %||13% to 18%|
|Flowering Period||7 to 9 weeks / Late October to early November|
|Average Yield||450 g/m2 / 450 g/plant|
Odor and Flavors
The skunk lineage of Big Buddha Cheese is evident as soon as one opens the lid of the jar or unzips the bag. As the skunky and earthy scent fills the room, so too does the sharp cheese aroma that is reminiscent of parmesan cheese. Upon smoking, the fragrance of the strain carries over with a sweet fruity note.
The exact split of Big Buddha Cheese is unknown. Regardless, it does lean towards its Indica side. However, it does not mean that its Sativa effects are mediocre. Far from it, the cerebral high is very pronounced, and the only reason it does not become overwhelming is due to its other side holding it in check.
Upon smoking, the mild cerebral effects usher in a euphoric buzz that uplifts the spirit. It is followed soon by a sense of happiness. In fact, it can even influence people to be more sociable. Not surprisingly, many users tend to have bouts of laughter, especially when with other people.
Even if it is considered to be a potent strain, the mental high does not overwhelm people by causing any psychedelic experience. Instead of a mind-bending cerebral buzz, most users tend to have a clear head with a heightened sense of focus. A part of this is due to the Indica traits which serves as an anchor to keep the mental high in check. At the same time, it also induces a full-body relaxation.
Gentle with its psychoactive properties, the physical effects of this strain also do not seem to promote laziness or cause some to feel lethargic.
One of the most common reactions when smoking cannabis is dryness of throat and mouth. Other than that, Big Buddha Cheese does not produce as many adverse effects as others. But of course, when users overindulge, not only is dry mouth more pronounced. It also causes other effects to occur. For instance, users may have a headache or experience dry eyes. To a lesser degree, some may even feel dizzy or feel paranoid.
Medical Use and Benefits
Medical cannabis users tend to look at the THC and CBD content of strains before deciding if it has medicinal benefits. In reality, it is as simple as determining if it has enough CBD to help control or treat specific diseases. However, in most cases, it is the effects of the strain that may help users.
One good example is stress. Because Big Buddha Cheese induces the feeling of happiness and relaxation, the strain helps in its relief. By uplifting moods, it can help people with depression and anxiety focus on the positivity. In essence, it becomes easier for them to resist tilting towards ill thoughts.
The soothing physical sensation helps release tension from the body. Hence, it may also be beneficial for mild pain relief.
Growing Big Buddha Cheese
Novice growers may have a comfortable experience when growing Big Buddha Cheese. That is because it does not require expertise to cultivate it successfully. Growers can choose to plant it outdoor or indoor. In either environment, it will thrive following fundamental procedures in gardening.
In the outdoors, the ideal environment is one that is similar to the Mediterranean. It has a flowering period the falls between October and November. Growers will want to account for the spacing in between plants as its leaves tend to stretch out. One ready for harvest, each plant should produce around 450 grams of buds.
Big Buddha Cheese does emit a pungent odor that neighbors may notice. If privacy is an issue, then planting it indoors becomes a much better option. Growers can expect an explosive growth by using hydroponics and combining it with the Sea of Green (SoG) training method. Flowering period is possible in only seven weeks. Growers can expect around 450 grams of buds per square meter.
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