UK Cheese is a popular hybrid strain known for its potent, balanced effects and signature musty cheese smell. The flavor is also unique with notes of berries and spicy cheese (one that may just have to be tasted rather than described). This strain is thought to be a specific phenotype (same genetics, different end result) of Skunk #1 that was originally cultivated in the early 1990s by a UK collective group known as “Exodus.” (As a result, this strain is also known as Exodus Cheese.)
UK Cheese became popular for its energetic, euphoric head effects combined with its impressive pain relief potential. It quickly spread beyond the borders of its British home. Most users experience alert, sativa effects that allow for mental relaxation without sedation, but it may hasten bedtime for some. Effects tend to be felt in the head first, generally around the eyes, then spread throughout the entire body, producing muscle relaxation and even some tingly numbness.
This strain is notoriously pungent – it gives off a powerfully tangy and slightly sweet odor, like aged blue cheese. Breaking the buds apart yields more damp, earthy notes. These contrasting scents make for a strong, sour taste that some users describe as unpleasant. After exhale, a sharp tang may linger on the palate. Those consuming in public should note that U.K. Cheese can be a very pungent strain whose odor may carry; anyone concerned with maintaining discretion should take the necessary precautions.
U.K. Cheese has quick-acting, euphoric effects that initially lean towards the sativa end of the spectrum. Initially, the strain make itself known with a subtle tingle around the eyes and temples. Additionally, smokers may sense a change in perception, as certain external stimuli take on new intensity or dimensions. As they adjust to these physical sensations, users report an uplift in mood that is not necessarily accompanied by a strong cerebral focus. Instead of zeroing in on any tasks at hand or any swarming ideas, consumers’ minds tend to become rambling and open to suggestibility.
This makes U.K. Cheese a great way to spice up otherwise mundane chores or errands. In social settings, the strain can also pave the way for stimulating conversations with like-minded friends. Eventually, these happy, floaty feelings progress into a body high that starts off as tingly, as waves of relaxation begin at the base of the neck and spread downward through the core and limbs. As users feel themselves unwind, they may notice that deep breathing happens more easily and that any muscular tightness is loosened. As the high progresses or as dosage is increased, couchlock becomes more and more likely. In its later stages, U.K. Cheese can be helpful for kicking back after a long day or week of work. Because of its two-stage high, this bud is best enjoyed in the afternoon or early evening when smokers can fully savor the decrescendo into motionless relaxation.
U.K. Cheese can also have several benefits for medical cannabis patients. Psychologically, it can provide temporary relief from the symptoms of mild to moderate stress and depression. The physical effects of U.K. Cheese are said to relieve pain, whether it’s temporary, as due to injury, or chronic, as due to serious conditions like lupus. Many also report relief from everyday irritations like indigestion or recurring headaches. Because its mental effects are more hazy than intense and cerebral, U.K. Cheese can be a good option for patients who are prone to panic or who have a low tolerance for THC.