Although its name should prepare smokers for its startling mish-mash of flavors, Cheese Candy is nevertheless a popular hybrid. Created by Delicious Seeds, the same prolific breeders responsible for tasty strains like Cotton Candy Kush, this hybrid is a cross between staple strain Cheese and Delicious' own sweet and fruity Caramelo. Aside from a unique flavor profile -- and a scent that practically bursts through the bag -- Cheese Candy delivers both relaxing and mentally stimulating effects. This bud has won honors in multiple European cannabis competitions -- including the so-called 2017 Secret Cup, held in Naples, Italy. Impressive for both cannabis novices and veterans, Cheese Candy's THC levels have been measured at between 11% and 20% by cannabis testing lab Analytical 360. This strain is also sometimes known as Delicious Candy.
Cheese Candy sets itself apart with medium to large-sized buds. These flowers have an elongated, conical shape and hold together in a relatively dense, solid bud structure. The tightly-packed leaves are a mossy shade of green and are shot through with rust-colored pistils. A coating of cloudy white trichomes is the crowning glory on these standout flowers, and give Cheese Candy a very sticky texture that makes it difficult to break up without the use of a quality grinder.
Flowers of Cheese Candy at once present both sugary-sweet and acrid, cheesy aromas. This combination may prove unpleasant for some -- especially considering the strain's unusual pungency. Breaking up or grinding the flowers also yields some spicy, peppery notes, perhaps owing to the Afghani landrace in parent strain Cheese's genetics. When burnt, Cheese Candy's harsh, lung-stinging smoke that tastes tangy and cheesy on the exhale. Smokers enjoying this variety in public should be forewarned that its odor can carry for quite a distance -- anyone concerned with discretion should take the necessary precautions.
Cheese Candy takes effect quickly, almost immediately granting users a more acute sense of their surroundings. This sharpened perception, while potentially disorienting at first, lends itself to some psychedelic enjoyment in the right set and setting. At first, smokers may feel giddy and uplifted, finding interest or humor in otherwise mundane situations. These good vibes are right at home in social situations, where they can facilitate easy, free-flowing conversation and camaraderie. Rather than making smokers feel wired and high strung, though, as many other sativa-leaning hybrids are apt to do, Cheese Candy supplies a smooth feeling of physical relaxation that persists throughout the high. Smokers can maintain lucid focus if they so desire, allowing them to perform deliberate, analytical work, as well as more creative, artistic endeavors. As the high wears on, a feeling of deep physical relaxation creeps in, and may even lead to immobilization in very comfortable circumstances. In high enough doses, Cheese Candy can even provoke deep and restful sleep. Appropriate for use at any time of day, this bud is great for both waking-and-baking and unwinding after work.
Cheese Candy may also have several applications for medical cannabis patients. The sense of concentration associated with its onset may be of use to those with attention deficit disorders. The bud's ability to blunt negative emotions can also temporarily relieve mild to moderate symptoms of stress, depression, and anxiety. Physiologically speaking, this strain may relieve aches and pains, both temporary and chronic. As noted, it can also act against trenchant cases of insomnia. Because a feeling of out-of-control "mindrace" is not often reported as a side effect, Cheese Candy is a good option for those who are prone to panic or who have a low tolerance for THC.
Fortunately for home growers, Delicious has made seeds of this strain available for sale online. With a naturally high resistance to mold, it is a good choice for newcomers to cannabis cultivation. It can be grown indoors or out, although successful outdoor growing calls for a semi-humid climate with daytime temperatures between 72 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Cheese Candy flowers within 7 to 9 weeks when grown indoors and is ready for harvest in late September when grown outdoors. Plants have a good bud-to-leaf ratio, resulting in good yields with minimal pruning or trimming required. Finally, just as this is a pungent smoke, it can be a very pungent grow, and those looking to keep their growing operations under wraps should invest in odor-control measures like carbon air filters or exhaust fans.
A versatile hybrid, Cheese Candy is great for either solo or social enjoyment. If you break it out at a party, though, be prepared for some bystanders to object to its unusual, multi-faceted odor.