Cheese Strain

May 22, 2021

Cheese is a classic indica-dominant strain that has become popular due to its unusual fragrant characteristics. Dubbed the “stinky socks” of strains, this plant has gained notoriety for being a solid relaxant and a reliable high-yielding strain to growers. It is known for being a potent mood-elevator that can leave you in stitches over something you can’t even remember.

Sativa/Indica % Indoor Yield Outdoor Yield Flowering Period
40% / 60% 14oz/ m2 21oz/ plant 9 – 10 weeks indoors, mid-October outdoors.

This notoriously stinky strain is renowned for its unique sour-cheesy aroma. Cheese was reportedly created in the 1980’s, when a Skunk #1 phenotype was merged with Afghani indica genetics, resulting in one of the most pungent strains available today.

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Cheese is a well-known hybrid that is uniquely flavored, and is popular for being a smooth indica-dominant chill-out strain. This plant boasts of above-average THC levels and a strangely enjoyable musky flavor, that is both intriguing and enticing.

Information About Cheese Strain

ORIGIN Skunk #1 mixed with Afghani indica
EFFECTS Relaxed – 10
Happy – 9
Euphoric – 7
Uplifted – 7
Hungry – 5
FRAGRANCE Cheese, earthy, herbal, pungent, sweet
FLAVORS Cheese, earthy, pungent, buttery, creamy, skunky, sweet, woody
Happy – 9
Euphoric – 7
Uplifted – 7
Hungry – 5
MEDICAL Stress – 10
Pain – 9
Depression – 7
Insomnia – 6
Lack of appetite – 5
THC CONTENT % 14%-20%
CBD % 1.00%
INDICA/SATIVA % 60% / 40%
INDOOR YIELD 14 ounces per square meter
OUTDOOR YIELD 21 ounces or more per plant
CLIMATE Sunny mediterranean climate

* 10 is the highest
* 1 is the lowest


This strain’s indica roots make sure that every punch is a knockout. Cheese is a potent stress-reliever, leaving you relaxed and calm after just a few puffs. Afterwards, you will feel a strong urge to smile and giggle, and a wave of happiness will surround you and make you feel uplifted.


Cheese can induce a light feeling of euphoria, being a powerful mood-elevator, and you might feel the urge to be creative and feel inspired. Often, because of it being indica dominant, you may feel slightly lethargic and tired and in some cases even succumb to a heavy couch lock.

Many users enjoy Cheese because they need a day off on the couch, daydreaming and enjoying a case of the munchies.


This indica is certain to increase appetite and have you combing through your pantry for something snackable.


This strain’s scent can only be described as extreme. Cheese is so poignantly named due to its strong cheesy odor, something that is definitely hard to hard. It boasts of a hefty earthy whiff that is mixed in with a certain cheddar-cheese like aroma. Mixed with a little sweetness and herbal, this strain is guaranteed to be noticed once it enters a room.


Cheese definitely also reminds you of what it’s named after, when you smoke it. This indica tastes quite buttery and pleasant, and if you can appreciate the taste of cheese, or even favor it, then you will absolutely fall for this strain.

It tastes creamy and sweet and at the same time will create a skunky flavor in the smoke that will stick to your tongue long after you have exhaled.

Adverse reactions

Cheese can be a little uncomfortable to smoke at first, as it will make you burst out into a cough and make your throat feel slightly itchy. A case of dry mouth may be observed afterwards, as well as itchy eyes due to them feeling slightly dry.

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In rare cases, you might feel a little dizzy at first, after smoking Cheese, and a mild headache can sometimes appear out of nowhere. If you consume too much of this indica, you may also experience a little paranoia – this is especially true for those who are first-time or occasional cannabis smokers.


Because Cheese is a mood-elevating indica, it is often used by patients who struggle to regulate their stress levels that come from having a fast-paced high-pressure lifestyle.


This strain is particularly successful and helping manage those feelings of nervousness and can help ease the negative thoughts you may have. It is a great strain for the management of pain. Because it is so good at relaxing and unwinding, it is thought of as a suitable strain to smoke if you have any chronic pains that need to be addressed.

This indica can help soothe the minor aches and and will make you feel like you are floating on a cloud after only a few puffs. Mood disorders have also been known to successfully be treated with this strain.

Cheese can help regulate feelings of hopelessness and anxiety, with a sudden influx of happiness and a general euphoric state.

Because of its penchant for inducing the munchies, Cheese may also be used to treat a lack of appetite that may stem from cancer treatment such as radiation and chemotherapy.

Growing Cheese-Strain

Flowering Time


Cheese flowers and is ready for harvest around an average of 9-10 weeks. This indica can yield around an estimated 14 ounces per square meter of plant that is cultivated in a well-optimized indoor setting. Shop our Cheese autoflower seeds here.

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This strain generally yields higher in an outdoor setting. Cheese is quite resistant to common molds and pests, and is ready for a harvest around the middle of October. A yield of the strain can consist of an estimated 21 ounces per plant.


  1. Afghani
  2. Skunk #1

FAQ About Cheese Strain

What is the Cheese strain yield?

Cheese yields 14oz/ m2 indoors and 21oz/ plant outdoors.

How much THC does Cheese strain have?

From 14% to 20%

What are the origins of the Cheese strain?

Cheese was created in the 1980’s, by mixing Skunk #1 with Afghani indica.

Have you ever smoked or grown your own Cheese? Please let me know what you think about this marijuana strain in the comments below.


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  1. By stephen68 ,05 Nov 2013
    hj,can you tell me the best soil and nutes for feminised blue cheese,help me first timer and old .
  2. By Peter cumming ,25 Feb 2016
    Hi Robert I have a few. Problems with cheese growing!!! I use terminator n fox farm nutrients but I lose the smell n taste?? Is my grow room too hot? I'm i watering too much? Any info will help I […]Read More
  3. By latewood.ILGM ,26 Feb 2016
    We have found that if you apply too strong a nutrient solution you can lose the smell. Generally it does not come back except in some cases where you can drop the strength of nutrients and regain the scent. However; […]Read More
  4. By matt davis ,01 Nov 2016
    Hi I am growing blue cheese I am starting the flowering period what nutrition should I use
  5. By latewood.ILGM ,02 Nov 2016
    Matt Davis, Not really sure what you mean. What are you using in the vegetative period? I would recommend you use the same nutrient line for flowering that you used in vegetative cycle. Generally, we use a grow formula for […]Read More
  6. By Ste ,22 Dec 2016
    Im trying to grow 20plants first timer,19 are came throw the veg stage im now on first week of flower and so 10cheese along beside 10 white widow,i mixed them up by mistake how do i now which is which
    1. By Roy ILGM ,22 Dec 2016
      Hi Ste, those two are hard to distinguish as both are almost 50/50 hybrids. The Cheese plants should be a little bit taller but that might be influenced by growing too.
  7. By CaintgetnoHigher420 ,10 Jun 2017
    Growing cheese right now clone 3 months old very good grow she is a beauty so fluffy so dense so much foliage super cropping high stress training perfect even manifold stacked platforms multiple multiple colas bigger by the day very […]Read More
    1. By Collazo ,05 Dec 2017
      My indoor plants are deying around the edges......why?
  8. By Declan tomson ,01 Aug 2017
    I am just starting to day my 4th month of a gorilla grow here in the north of the u.k.i have 8 cheese plants and i topped them at about4.half foot and their growing real well.i started them in doors […]Read More
    1. By Roy ILGM ,02 Aug 2017
      Awesome Declan! If you like, people on the forum would love to follow your progress in a journal :)
  9. By Melissa- Kenai Canna Academy ,15 Jun 2018
    I have a Wonderful Cheese Plant, She is a beast. I topped her twice. She spread out with such a wonderful canopy. She was weighed down with plant yoyo's for Low stress training also. ALL LED. Hoping to get about […]Read More

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