Head Cheese is a well-balanced hybrid with an unmistakable pungency. Although its namesake -- a meat jelly containing chunks of calf's or pig's head -- may not appeal to many, this strain has won plenty of fans for its potent and versatile high. It is a cross between the legendary hybrid 707 Headband and staple strain UK Cheese. Cannabis testing lab Analytical 360 has measured Head Cheese's psychoactivity at between 13% and a staggering 30% THC.
Head Cheese impresses with large, chunky flowers that are broad at the base and taper into a pointed, conical shape. The buds hold a dense, indica-typical structure and the tightly-coiled leaves are a bright shade of spring green, threaded through with hairy yellowish pistils. Translucent amber trichomes coat the inner and outer surfaces of these flowers, giving the leaves a yellow tint. The buds are also very sticky and may be difficult to break up without the use of a high-quality grinder.
Although it may be visually impressive, this strain's aroma can prove divisive. The ripe tang of well-aged cheese wafts off of the flowers. A slightly metallic odor, redolent of pennies, mixes (and, some might say, clashes) with this strong cheese smell. Grinding up or breaking open the buds yields some dank, earthy notes -- not surprising, given that OG Kush features prominently in Head Cheese's genetics. When burnt, Head Cheese gives off a thick and acrid smoke that may sting sinuses and cause eyes to water. On the exhale, it tastes of cheese with a slight citrus overlay. This strain can be a particularly pungent smoke; those looking to keep their consumption discreet should take any necessary precautions.
Head Cheese has a high that takes hold quickly, hitting users with a headrush that soon gives way to a constricting pressure in the forehead and temples. This head high sharpens the smoker's senses, making sights and sounds takes on a new intensity. Just as they may be more likely to notice their immediate surroundings, users may also feel more thoughtful and dwell on abstract concepts or previously unremarkable ideas. This cerebral mindset provides the perfect backdrop for creative projects, as it encourages free-flowing inspiration. It can also help users approach problems or questions with innovative, unconventional methods. As the high wears on, an indica body stone creeps up, breaking up any physical tension and helping users to breathe more deeply and easily. Although heavy couchlock is uncommon, Head Cheese's high has a backend that is more sedative than energetic. As such, this is a strain best enjoyed during the late afternoon or early evening so that smokers can appreciate the full range of its effects.
Just as recreational users can appreciate both the mental and physical effects of Head Cheese, the strain also has wide-ranging applications for medical cannabis patients. Its thought-provoking, mood-altering effects can be a balm for the troubling symptoms of mild to moderate cases of stress and depression. Physiologically speaking, it can numb deep-seated aches and pains. Anti-inflammatory properties can also soothe everyday problems from nausea to headaches and migraines. Because of the freely-associative mindrace associated with the strain's early onset, it is not recommended for those who are prone to panic or who have a low THC tolerance.
Multiple commercial breeders have made seeds of Head Cheese available for purchase online. A moderately difficult grow, it can be cultivated indoors or out, although outdoor growing calls for a humid climate with daytime temperatures in the 70 degree Fahrenheit range. When grown indoors, its short and bushy plants can be easily managed by "topping," or trimming any broad fan leaves in order to encourage air and light circulation among the lower branches. Head Cheese flowers within 9 to 10 weeks when grown indoors and is ready for harvest in October when grown outdoors. Head Cheese is also known to be a very high yielder, offering up as much as 69 grams (or about 2.4 ounces) of flower per square foot of plant.
Though its mish-mash of bold flavors may be an acquired taste, Head Cheese scores high marks for its long-lasting and well-balanced effects. It can be enjoyed while out with friends or simply as a way to unwind alone after a day of work.
Flowering period is approximately 9-10 weeks, can be grown both indoors and outdoors