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Blue Cheese

When you cross legendary strains Blueberry and UK Cheese, you end up with a surprisingly decadent combination called Blue Cheese. Don’t crinkle your nose just yet, though, because Blue Cheese weed doesn’t carry the funky, musky foot smell typical of Fromage. Ever the original, this Indica-dominant hybrid emits a fruity, tangy fragrance with potency levels reaching up to 20%. Adorned in a frosty trichome rind, the Blue Cheese strain leaves much to be desired, despite the stench of its namesake.

Blue Cheese Overview

Blue Cheese weed often gets a bad rap because of its name. It’s a hit-or-miss strain that either satisfies or disappoints, depending on who you ask. “Cheesy” weed is known for its dank, gassy smell. To the nose, the Blue Cheese strain smells nothing like the fromage-inspired salad dressing. While intense, the smell is supremely fruity, musky, and tangy. Thanks to the caryophyllene, limonene, and myrcene-dominant terpene profile, Blue Cheese comes closer to smelling like a ripe blueberry tart than anything.

The origins of Blue Cheese tell a very different story than the name alone. To know the truth, you must time travel back to the 1970s. American cultivator DJ Short traveled the globe to experiment with what would later be considered as “exotic” classics, or landrace strains. After discovering strains from Central America and Southeast Asia, DJ Short went on to crossbreed Afghani and Thai to create Blueberry weed. 

Fast forward to the mid-2000s: seed bank Big Buddha Seeds picked up DJ Short’s Blueberry phenotype and combined it with UK Cheese (aka Exodus Cheese). The result: a fabulous cultivar (strain) bearing the name of Blue Cheese. Here, you get a better sense of where Blue Cheese comes from and the inspiration behind its name. The myth we’re debunking is that the Blue Cheese weed strain isn’t named for its smell, but its genetics.  

Blue Cheese Strain Icon Blue Cheese Strain bud image Indica Hybrid

THC: 17-20%

CBD: 0%

Parent Strains: UK Cheese & Blueberry

Watch: Blue Cheese Review

Put it On Replay

In 2012, British rapper Skepta released a song titled “Castles.” In it, he mentions Blue Cheese. The reference sheds new light on this misunderstood cultivar, while also emphasizing the artist’s struggle to understand himself: “I was in Amsterdam smoking Blue Cheese and I had an epiphany / All these negative preconceptions just bring more negativity.”

Winsome, Lose Some

At the 2006 Cannabis Cup, Big Buddha Seeds placed third in the High Times Sativa Cup for their strain, Blue Cheese. Curiously, the cultivar won in the Sativa category. Given the hybrid effects that some people feel from Blue Cheese, it’s easy to understand why. 

DIY If You Dare

High Times listed the Blue Cheese strain as one of the best Indicas to use for Rick Simpson Oil (RSO). Named after the legendary Rick Simpson, RSO is believed to hold special medicinal value. Simpson created a potent THC extract at home to personally treat his skin cancer. DIY cannabis extraction is tricky, so proceed with caution if you’re using Blue Cheese and solvents. 

Lightweight Stoners Rejoice

A 2019 story in High Times spotlighted Dinafem Seeds, a seed bank doing advanced work with CBD-rich cultivars. They also sell Blue Cheese seeds, though, with THC as low as 10%. Those interested in partaking but nervous about the effects may find peace of mind knowing that Blue Cheese weed is on the lower to the middle spectrum of potency. 

Blue Cheese Effects

In industry terms, Blue Cheese is generally described as a classic Indica. That means you may feel lured into the couch’s pull or more prone to relaxing after smoking Blue Cheese. Words like “couch-lock,” “euphoric”, and “body high” have all been used by cannabis publications and users to classify the effects of Blue Cheese weed. As a hybrid, you may experience typical Sativa effects as well: uplifted mood, creative energy, and increased sociability. 

That said, Blue Cheese, like any strain, is a subjective experience. To put Blue Cheese in a box and say it produces XYZ effects would not only be a disservice to the plant but could potentially give you false hopes. One person’s experience with Blue Cheese could look completely different from someone else’s. On average, people use Blue Cheese for pain, insomnia, anxiety, and depression. First-timers should follow the adage “start low and go slow.” Better yet, try microdosing Blue Cheese. 

How you consume the Blue Cheese weed strain matters too. Smoking dry herb, for example, you get to be upfront and close with its texture and aroma. Many consumers enjoy Blue Cheese for this reason. It has a distinct fragrance that only becomes more intense as you grind up the flower. On the other hand, vaping Blue Cheese may be harsher on the throat due to the distillate extraction process, which isolates THC and terpenes, intensifying the Indica effects. 

Growing Blue Cheese

Blue Cheese produces dense nugs with visible, but not overly cakey, frost. Reports on how easy it is to grow Blue Cheese vary. Depending on your grow space, environment, knowledge, and budget, growing Blue Cheese is as easy or difficult as you make it. Indoor harvests seem to be easier with this cultivar, according to Wikileaf. Just be sure to invest in quality LED grow light before you get started. 

Luckily, many seed banks sell feminized Blue Cheese seeds. Companies such as Royal Queen Seeds and Dinafem Seeds have helped notice growers for years. They also make Blue Dream seeds available in small to large quantities depending on your anticipated yield. Flowering time from start to finish generally lasts eight to ten weeks, with the plant canopy reaching as high as 10 feet tall. You can expect your plant to produce up to 19oz with an indoor harvest and up to 28oz with an outdoor harvest. 

“The blueberry taste really pulls through.“

Janie, I Love Growing Marijuana

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