The history of Cheese cannabis strains
As cannabis breeding and cultivation have flourished, different varieties of weed have emerged. There are whole families of strains associated with a particular flavour or sensation. Kush strains tend to bring a very powerful high; Haze strains are mouthwatering and deliver an uplifting buzz; Diesel strains. actually do smell like diesel. Yet sometimes, a complex flavour is highly sought-after among true cannabis connoisseurs. If you fall into this camp, a strong, savoury flavour like the one provided by Cheese strains could be just what you’re looking for. At RQS, we offer a range of Cheese strains you can order to experience this for yourself. There is a great story behind the development of Cheese strains and the effects they are known for.
WHAT IS A CHEESE STRAIN?
Cheese is world famous, along with the strains that were used to create this hybrid cultivar. Today, there are all sorts of Cheese variants that trace back to the genetics of the original Cheese. Cheese strains are renowned for providing a spicy, savoury flavour, in contrast to the sweet, fruity, and herbal flavours found in some other strains. The terpenes of Cheese are actually quite varied, and come together to form its powerfully pungent smell. The rancid smell of octanoic acid merges with the sweet, fruity tones of methyl tert-butyl ether and ethyl methyl acetic acid. There is also isovaleric acid, combining with more foul-smelling terpenes like hexanoic acid (which smells of barnyard animals) and methyl mercaptan (which smells like rotten cabbage).
That sounds like quite the crowded and eccentric palate. Indeed, this combination of aromas is not to everyone’s taste. Yet in the same way cheese that tastes delicious can smell horrendous, Cheese strains have their appeal. There is, after all, an umami effect with Cheese strains; a sensation of a smoother taste that takes the edge off the strong aromas.
Cheese also produces many THC-potent trichomes, delivering a relaxing, blissful high. It is employed in the relief of pain, anxiety, and depression, as well as in restoring appetite. It makes sense that this specialty would become so popular. But where did it even come from in the first place?
WHERE DID CHEESE COME FROM?
The original Cheese strain emerged in the 1980s under mysterious circumstances. Legend has it that California cultivator Sam “the Skunkman” moved to the Netherlands to get serious about growing. He brought with him the iconic strain of his creation, Skunk #1. This became popular among Dutch cultivators because of its quick turnaround time. A recurring problem, however, was that the smell from the plants was too strong; so strong it would be hard to avoid attracting unwanted attention. When one batch of Skunk seeds found its way to the UK in 1988, something peculiar happened.
A cultivator in South East England found that the resulting plant had a distinctly cheesy stench. Noting the massive yields from this plant, they cloned it and saw its success spread throughout the UK. It proliferated at several festivals and alternative communities throughout the 1990s, becoming the strain of choice for those in the budding rave scene. Whatever happened to that batch of seeds, it resulted in creating a Cheese cannabis plant. The strength of its taste and its high led to increased demand. Today, it’s pretty common throughout the UK and in any jurisdiction where cannabis is legal.
HOW TO GROW CHEESE
If you would like to see what all the fuss is about, order some of our Cheese seeds and get growing yourself. This shouldn’t be an especially difficult plant to grow under the right conditions. It tends to result in a plentiful yield of buds with THC contents around 17%. Cheese strains are resilient and flower over a period of around 8–9 weeks. This strain can handle fluctuations in humidity, but make sure the temperature stays between 21–26°C or 70–80°F.
When given enough light and room to flourish, Cheese strains can exceed 200cm in height. If growing indoors, make sure you have enough space or feel confident with training techniques to reduce height. Furthermore, you could sidestep the space issue entirely with Royal Cheese Automatic. Most Cheese strains grow bushy, so some light pruning/defoliation may be helpful to maximise bud production. Similarly, the ScrOG (screen of green) method can help optimise bud potential, which you can read all about in our guide.
RQS Cheese Cannabis Strain Collection
Cheese strains have been passed around smoke circles for decades. Enter and explore some of the cheesiest Cheese plants on the market.
ROYAL CHEESE (FAST FLOWERING)
Royal Cheese (Fast Flowering) is the kind of strain you can address as “Her Highness”. This pungent plant has been developed with the intention of spreading those classy and monarchical highs, with its cured cheese fragrances instantly entrancing the nostrils. She came into existence after an old school Skunk fell in love with Afghan plants, and the rest is history.
Indoor growers can expect this cultivar to reach approximately 150cm in stature. Outdoor growers will see their plants stretch up to 250cm, which will require string support considering the sheer weight of the buds. The flowering period lasts for approximately 6–8 weeks, however, some growers prefer to keep this variety in flowering for an additional 2 weeks to develop more pronounced effects.Cheese strains have a distinctive taste and aroma, emerging from a unique history that is still partly obscured in mystery.
Best Cheese Strain
I’m looking for some Cheese. I want a descent buzz of course, but smell and mostly taste are what I’m after. I want the one that give the most cheese smell and flavor. Just best flavor, if the one with the best flavor, isn’t the best smell too. I was looking for the original. Just assuming it would be the cheesiest. Is the real original(or as close as possible) UK Cheese, Exodus Cheese, or just Cheese from a certain breeder/company ? Then I came across Super Cheese by Positronic. From the descriptions I’ve read, that sounds like what I’m looking for. I know how sales descriptions can be though. The ones in this vid at about 40 seconds, are pretty too. Any Cheese experts out there, that can point me to the cheesiest ? lol
I dont believe I’ve ever said “cheese” so many times in less than 5 mins. lol
Blue cheese. Mmmmm. If u want cheese, with a nice hint of sweetness, then the best cheese strain I have grown or tried would be Blue Cheese from Barneys farm. The picture they use doesn’t do it justice, cuz it came out looking more like the Blue Cheese from Big Buddha seeds. It’s a small plant, so best bet is to veg big because of its little to no stretch
Cheese is just a pheno of Skunk #1. I really want to try purple cheddar from connoisseur genetics. Or cheddarwurst 2 from alphakronik. Well they actually have a few I would love to try. I’m Def a fellow cheddar head. =)
Exodus Cheese from Greenhouse is as close to the original as a dog to a cat. They sell seeds not quality strains at Greenhouse.
I personaly used to keep an Exy clone back around 03-08/9 and closest Ive ever ad from seed (Quality-stone wise) was actualy ^^^^ Barnies Blue cheese.
None of the seed vars ive tried have ever come close to the clone.
I see DR Rockster claiming that he could have his Cheese#1 (kaliman seeds) tested geneticly to his Cheese clone (easy just change all your mums -dads)
Plus who is making the “This is better than that cheese, Have they tried TRUE exy Clone?”
I am running some Barnys Farm Pineapple Chunk right now that looks and smells nastier than any cheese I have come across (never had the exodus clone only). It is the most vomit inducing cheesiest weed I have ever smelled seen or smoked with ridiculous potency, there is nothing Pineapple or Skunk about it, just fat cheesy fox tailing buds. I should probably do a grow/smoke report. Its one of my current favorites I cannot stop smelling it.
Edit: I am running a Super Cheese Auto right now I got as an Attitude freebie and it smells very sweet not really cheesy
I done the uk clone only a few runs then a couple years later did a run of the Exodus by greenhouse and it was pretty close i had 1 phono which after a good cure just lacked how pungent the Uk Clone was other than that the high and the taste was there and grew well all 5 beans where great tbh.
One strain to think about would be Blues by UGORG (not sure if i can post this so here goes) https://www.cannabis-seeds-bank.co.uk/underground-originals-seeds-blues/prod_3335.html
Blues is another Uk clone only which UGORG crossed with his Killer skunk and a lot of dudes always go on about how his Blues is nicer than the Cheese if you can’t get the clone with the same type o high but a nicer taste and better growth.
I’ve also ran the Pineapple Chunk by Barney’s and i had two pheno’s one pineapple leaning pheno and the Cheesey pheno ^ and it was pretty cheesey with similar growth. so enjoy Blazin
anyways hope that is a bit of help.
In short –
If you have time to do pheno hunt and have space check out the Exodus cheese by greenhouse and Consider Blues by UGORG