The National Geographic Channel, covers the ongoing global battle over marijuana prohibition, its history, and the growing culture of cannabis use for recreational and medical purposes.
Marc Emery, former publisher of Cannabis Culture and founder of the BC Marijuana Party, is shown at CCHQ (307 W. Hastings in Vancouver – see map) before his extradition to the US and imprisonment in a federal penitentiary. Emery was targeted by the US DEA for selling marijuana seeds and using the profits to fund marijuana legalization groups.
My first ever grow consisted of 4 plants, which were 3 Cheese and 1 Psychosis. As well as White widow and Northern Lights these strains of plants present no problems growing side by side as they are all members of what I call the ‘white weeds’ family.
Typically flowering takes place over a 9 week period and yields are generally above average. All in all these are fairly easy strains to grow and are really forgiving towards the growing noob (beginner). Be aware though that they are probably amongst the most smelliest to grow, not too bad when in veg but when in flower boy do they stink. A decent carbon filter is a must.
Although White Widow and Northern Lights are commonly available from seeds, the Cheese as in ‘Original Exodus Cheese’ and Psychosis are only found as clones. Yes I know you can obtain Cheese and Psycho seeds, but they are not original strains, moretime they are cross breeds.
” This phenotype of Skunk #1 is so cheesy it should be served with crackers. “
The name ‘UK Cheese’ is an ode to the strain’s birthplace, which as story has it, is in the United Kingdom. It is rumored to be a phenotype of Cheese that showed unusual, yet favorable uniqueness out of a pack of Sensi Seeds Skunk #1 that was grown in the hills of southern England (hence the UK in the name). The phenotype had larger buds and a splendidly pungent cheese smell among other characteristics that set it apart. This plant of the Skunk #1 was cloned and renamed Cheese after its distinct smell. Considering the Skunk #1 heritage of Afghanistan (Indica), Mexico (Sativa), Colombia (Sativa), we believe the original strain of Cheese (which is just a phenotype of Skunk #1 remember) can be regarded as a 50/50 Hybrid. This is because it has a near perfect blend of genetics to affect the body and mind equally.
The legend of UK Cheese starts around the year of 1995, when a Cheese clone was passed on to an alternative community (group) by the name of, “Exodus,” who lived just north of London. This DIY culture group has been around in the UK since the 90’s, and is famous for their free community dance events, city farm, and social housing projects. Their free parties on weekends were known to attract thousands of people from all around the world. However, their stance on marijuana is one of the things that caused them to have many problems with the law. The members of the collective protested UK law by outwardly growing and smoking marijuana in public. Because of the large amount of traffic through the community, many clones of the original UK Cheese were given out to travelers as gifts.
Its’ budding notoriety in the UK caused Cheese clones to be passed around an extensive network of growers all throughout the 90′s. The fact that Cheese was, for a long time, a clone only strain, has made finding a batch of UK Cheese from an original clone extremely tough. Since then many phenotypes of Cheese have surfaced, but it is believed by some that the original UK/Exodus phenotype is still floating around in the hands of the most senior of growers. It would be something special to get our hands on a bag of that medicine.
“This was a one of a kind smell that could only be described as a mix of fresh berries and cheddar cheese.”
The particular batch of UK Cheese that we had was very sticky, to the point where it was a chore to break it up with our fingers. After resorting to a grinder, we took off the top to reveal a pungent smell that smacked us in the face. This was a one of a kind smell that could only be described as a mix of fresh berries and cheddar cheese. Amazing.
The taste is akin to the smell; it’s fruity with hints of berries, cheese, and undertones of skunk. Upon exhale, the flavors of skunk and cheese coat your mouth, and lingers between hits. This is when the cheese flavor is most noticeable. The smoke is potent, with a ‘stoned’ effect immediately settling in behind the eyes all the way down to our legs.
After two small bowls we experienced a severe case of ‘couch-lock’ accompanied by an uplifting, clear euphoric effect. We found it easy to focus and get work done after smoking UK Cheese. In spite of this, once you get settled in your chair you have no desire to move; oh, and don’t forget a drink before you sit down because this strain leaves you parched. It’s 50% Indica and 50% Sativa lineage make the effects a perfect blend of body and mind.
UK Cheese is an ideal strain for patients seeking daytime pain, stress, and anxiety relief without the fear of crashing. It could also serve as an anti-depressant, as it puts you in high spirits after just one draw from the bong (no pun intended). UK Cheese remains one of our favorite Hybrid strains to medicate with during the day.