Although it can be a culinary term to describe cheeses like queso fresco that haven't been fully aged or fermented, Green Cheese is also a well-balanced cannabis strain. A cross between pungent staple Cheese and the notorious Green Crack, Green Cheese offers a dynamic high and an intense (and divisive) flavor profile. Green Cheese's THC content has been measured at moderate levels ranging from 13% to 15%.
Flowers of Green Cheese are medium in size and maintain a spadelike shape, tapering from a wide base into a pointed tip. These buds have an internal structure that shows strong sativa influences, with long, wispy leaves that hang together in a loose, fluffy weave. The leaves themselves are a dark, mossy shade of green and are twisted through with rust-colored trichomes. Finally, a relatively scant coating of sticky trichomes covers the craggy surfaces of these buds.
Once cured, flowers of Green Cheese carry the strong aroma of a pungent, moldy cheese like gorgonzola. A closer whiff (if you can stand it) may also pick up on some woodsy, earthy notes as well. Grinding up these flowers, meanwhile, yields an astringent whiff of ammonia. As you might expect, once Green Cheese is combusted, it burns with a harsh and and acrid smoke that's liable to tickle the smoker's sinuses and palate. On the exhale, this smoke tastes tangy and earthy.
Green Cheese's high takes effect quickly, sometimes striking consumers before they've even finished coughing on its heavy smoke. At first, the strain can bring heady effects like a constricted, "headband"-like feeling around the temples or some flushing in the cheeks. Once these unfamiliar sensations melt away, though, smokers are privy to a keyed-up way of thinking; ideas may occur to them more frequently or with a greater intensity. Similarly, thoughts may be grouped into categories or may flow in a kind of free association. Given the right circumstances, all this stimulation can result in productivity, whether users are working on complex analytical tasks or openended artistic projects. In some situations, Green Cheese may even exert a kind of sensory distortion, creating phenomena like a sense of time dilation.
After about an hour -- or sooner, if intake is increased -- Green Cheese starts to reveal its physical effects. A tingle of relaxation that starts in the neck can start to roll down through the spine and core. At this point, any knots of physical tension may start to unravel as consumers are able to breathe more freely and easily. In a deeply relaxed set and setting, these sedative properties can morph into total couchlock, leaving smokers able to do little more than snack or watch TV. Because of this slow decline in energy, Green Cheese is recommended for consumption beginning in late afternoon or early evening.
This versatile recreational high can also be of use to medical cannabis patients. For one, Green Cheese's initial cerebral surge can help those with attention deficit disorders to work on one task at a time. Additionally, its ability to elevate mood can temporarily diminish the troubling symptoms of stress or depression. On the physical side of the spectrum, Green Cheese may take the sting out of all kinds of pain, whether temporary, as due to injury, or chronic and nerve-related, as due to conditions like fibromyalgia or lupus. The strain's tendency to induce the munchies can even serve as an efficient appetite stimulant for those undergoing chemotherapy or experience disease-related cachexia. However, because its feeling of "mindrace" can prove disoriented for the uninitiated, Green Cheese is not recommended for patients who have a low THC tolerance or who are prone to panic.
Seeds of Green Cheese have not been made available for sale online. Instead, those looking to grow the strain at home should seek out healthy plants from which to take clippings. These clippings can be fostered as "clones" and may be grown in controlled indoor conditions or in hot, humid outdoor climates. While not much information is available on best cultivation practices for this specific strain, its sativa-inflected flowers imply that plants grow tall and branchy and may call for occasional pruning. Finally, just as it can be a pungent smoke, this strain can be very smelly to grow -- indoors gardeners who want to maintain discretion may want to invest in odor control measures like carbon air filters.
Thanks to its wide range of effects, Green Cheese is right at home in a variety of contexts. It's as enjoyable to share with friends as it is to toke alone.