Cheese is a remarkable Indica-dominant strain that has become quite known for its unique, pungent scent that is reminiscent of cheddar. Some people have even given it the nickname “stinky socks.” It has a reputation for being an exceptional strain that delivers a deep relaxing vibe perfect for people living a fast-paced and stressful life.
Named after a dairy product, Cheese is a cross of Skunk #1 and Afghani. Both these strains are legendary in the world of cannabis.
By most accounts, the first or original Cheese in the early 1980s is thought to be a descendant of a rare Skunk #1 phenotype. Credit goes to Exodus Collective, a group of freewheelers in the UK which ran underground dance parties. But in 1988 to 1989, another breeder, Big Buddha Seeds, introduced the Afghani lineage to increase the production of trichome and its yield.
|Cheese Strain Quick Facts|
|Genetic Lineage||Skunk #1 x Afghani|
|Sativa / Indica Ratio||40% / 60%|
|THC %||15% to 20%|
|CBD %||0.14% to 0.46%|
|Flowering Period||7 to 9 weeks / Mid-October|
|Average Yield||700 g/m2 / 800 g/plant|
Odor and Flavors
Some people who may have watched Ratatouille may remember a scene in the movie where Remy appreciated the food in front of him after sniffing it. In some ways, that is how users feel with Cheese.
In describing the pungent cheesy odor of the strain, it may not sound enticing. In reality, the weird scent blends quite well with the earthy aroma. A sweet herbal note accompanies its fragrance, and as a result, the contrast in flavors makes it pleasant for most users. A buttery and creamy texture is also evident in its aftertaste.
Inheriting the best traits of its parents, users can expect the same energizing buzz of Skunk #1, and the ebbing euphoric and relaxing effects of the pure Afghani strain. Rather than highlighting these individual traits, Cheese combines both and delivers them in an intense but not overwhelming experience.
Early on, it begins with a mild uplifting buzz that changes the mood. It does not take long before users find themselves feeling cheerful and happier than they were minutes ago. Furthermore, they also feel more energetic and motivated to do tasks.
However, the cerebral head high tapers off as the physical effects start to manifest itself. As the sedative-like traits of Cheese work its way to the body, it causes the users to remain clear-headed but in a state of utter bliss. At this point, most users remain productive even as their mind processes ideas popping in and out. Designers and artists, for instance, can use this strain when creating new content or art pieces.
Cheese does come with enough potency to leave one on couch-lock if overused. Not that it is a bad thing, but some people use it this way to fall asleep.
With all the fantastic benefits that it brings to both the recreational and medical cannabis users, Cheese is not without a few side effects.
In all likelihood, if there are any symptoms at all, it has to be dry mouth and eyes. It is not surprising when considering that is the usual adverse reactions associated with using marijuana.
Some users may also feel dizzy during the onslaught of the cerebral effects which, at times, feels like its ebbing. Usually, it does not last long. A few users have also reported feeling a little bit paranoid. Even though it is mild, it may be uncomfortable.
The side effects of using cannabis are often more evident with beginners. Keep in mind too that even seasoned users may also experience these adverse reactions, but in their case, it is mainly because of using too much.
Medical Use and Benefits
Cannabis strains have medical use and benefits that help people. As it induces people into feeling euphoric, it already aids in stress relief. Feeling relaxed and uplifted, it becomes easier to deal with anxiety issues including depression.
As the Indica traits cause people to feel relaxed, it also helps in loosening the tensions in the muscles. Feeling at ease, it helps in decreasing the symptoms of pains and aches including migraines and arthritis.
During the comedown of the effects of Cheese, it is normal for people to feel sleepy and hungry. Most people, at this point, go on to sleep and wake up starving. It is possible then for this strain to help people with poor appetite. Not to mention, help people get quality sleep.
After taking into consideration the recreation and potential medical use of Cheese, it is easy to see why it is one of the best strains to use at the end of a long and tiring day.
All levels of growers can grow Cheese including beginners. Although it may be a little tough for first-timers, most manage to cultivate this plant successfully. Fortunately, it is quite resistant to molds and pests, which makes tending a little more comfortable.
It is a versatile plant in that it thrives well in both indoor and outdoor conditions.
For people who choose to grow it in the garden, there may be some privacy concern as neighbors are likely to smell its pungent odor. But if that luxury is available, then the only thing growers need is enough space and an environment that is the same as the Mediterranean. It should start to transition to the bloom stage in the middle of October with each plant able to produce up to 800 grams of buds.
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