Head Cheese Strain 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 psycho activity at between 13% and a staggering 30% THC.
Head Cheese Strain 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 head rush 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 couch lock is uncommon, Head Cheese’s high has a back end 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.