Cheesequake (or Cheese Quake) is a mostly indica hybrid created by TGA Subcool Seeds, the breeding collective also known for inventive varieties like Jesus OG and Conspiracy Kush. This strain is a cross between pungent staple Cheese and the fruity indica Querkle. A versatile smoke, Cheesequake can provide a powerful and enduring high that’s friendly to novice and experienced smokers alike. Cannabis testing lab Analytical 360 has measured this strain’s potency at as low as 13% and as high as 22% THC.
Cheesequake’s buds are not especially visually striking. The flowers are small to medium in size and hold together in the dense, popcorn-like bud structure typical of indicas. The leaves are a mossy green, threaded through with plenty of hairy orange pistils. Certain phenotypes also show off shades of purple, ranging from lavender to a deep indigo. These hues are the result of a process in which pigments called anthocyanins are stimulated by colder than average temperatures during the growing process. Cheesequake’s flowers are also covered in cloudy white trichomes, making them very resinous to the touch. This strain has a scent that will appeal to fans of bold flavors: parent plant Cheese comes through on the nose with a sour, tangy funk. Hanging out underneath are some clashing floral, berry, and grape notes passed on from Querkle. Notably, any grape aroma or taste is totally coincidental to Cheesequake’s purple leaves -- the pigments responsible for the strain’s color do not correspond to its flavor profile. Although the strain’s smoke is smooth to inhale, all these flavors can make for an acrid, eye-stinging smell when the buds are burnt. There is a simultaneously sweet and sour taste on the exhale that may provide divisive for some consumers. This is a particularly pungent flower, so those who’d like to keep their smoking discreet should take any needed precautions.
Cheesequake hits smokers relatively quickly, with a tingle around the eyes and forehead. Soon after, users may detect a slight uptick in mood, along with a sharpening of the senses -- sights and sounds may seem more intense, or at least more noticeable. Despite these initial sativa effects, though, sustained cerebral thinking is not particularly common. As the high progresses, some soothing indica relaxation emerges on the backend. This strain shines with its numbing full-body high, setting the stage for both solo enjoyment and laid-back group socializing. The mild feeling of mental stimulation also makes Cheesequake a good way to enhance your appreciation of trippy music or visually stimulating movies. Finally, because its high can be both mental and physical, this strain is great for activities that involve all your faculties, like exercise, dancing, or sex.
Just as the recreational effects of Cheesequake are wide-ranging, there are also many benefits for medical cannabis patients. It can temporarily take the edge off of the difficult symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, and even PTSD. Patients with attention deficit disorders may also be helped by its easygoing focus and lucidity. Somatically speaking, Cheesequake can be a good painkiller for injuries, as well as chronic aches and pains from conditions like lupus or arthritis. Anti-inflammatory properties also make it effective in treating migraines as well as milder headaches.
Prospective Cheesequake growers can buy seeds online from TGA Genetics. It can be successfully cultivated indoors or out, although indoor growing calls for semi-humid, Mediterranean-type climates with constant sunlight. Those who choose to grow indoors should “top” the plants, pruning away fan leaves to let light reach the lower flowering nodes. Pruning branches early on can also help these medium-tall plants maintain a manageable height appropriate for indoor grow spaces. Growers who’d like to highlight Cheesequake’s purple potential should also artificially “shock” the plants by exposing them to cold temperatures late in the vegetative stage. This strain flowers within 8 to 9 weeks when grown indoors. Perhaps predictably, it can also be a very smelly grow, and growers may want to invest in odor-control measures like carbon air filters or exhaust fans.
Don’t be fooled by its in-your-face flavor profile; Cheesequake’s is soothing and forgiving. It can set just the right vibe, whether you’re trying to keep conversations flowing or to simply kick back at home.