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UK Cheese

UK Cheese
UK Cheese

Strain Data

TypeHybrid
Strain BreederBig Buddha
Lineage/GeneticsAfghani (male) x Cheese (female) x5
Indica/Sativa %50% / 50%
FloweringPhotoperiod
Yieldn/a
CBDn/a
THC15%
SexFeminized, Regular
Flowering Period8-10 weeks
Heightn/a

Overview(top)

Cheese is a unique strain, until now, available as clone form only. Like many cannabis strains the history and origins of Cheese are somewhat confused and distorted.

Cheese originated in 1988-89 as one unique female phenotype out of packet of Sensi Seeds Skunk No. 1 grown somewhere in the Chiltern Hills. This one plant produced impressively large buds and had a very distinctive cheesy odour. It was quickly cloned and named Cheese.

Around 1995 a Cheese clone was passed on to Exodus, an alternative community living in Haz Hall on the edges of Luton. Exodus organised free parties, championed the legalisation of cannabis, grew cannabis themselves and protected each other from the law. They also started CANABIS (Campaign Against Narcotic Abuse Because of Ignorance in Society). Because of all the people that passed through the Exodus community many clones were handed out to visitors and the strain continued to grow in notoriety.

For many years Cheese has passed around an underground network of growers in the UK, helped by Exodus and others, until one clone came into the hands of the Big Buddha.

The Big Buddha realised its importance and set about crossing the clone with a suitable father. This he found in a traditional landrace, pure-bred Afghani that a friend had brought back from Afghanistan during travels in that area.

The result is a strain that takes 8 - 10 weeks to flower and is consistently a much better yielder than the original Cheese, and flavour and taste is well preserved. Appealing fruity fresh smell, uplifting effect, highly pungent hence its name!

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Strain History(top)

Since it’s first appearance in the UK over 20 years ago, the 1989 UK Exodus Cheese clone has become increasingly popular to grow and to smoke within the British cannabis community and it has also travelled far abroad and is now probably on every major landmass on the planet and is testimony to its huge popularity.
The actual genetics of The Cheese originated from a Skunk#1 female that supposedly underwent a spontaneous mutation, it was radically changed at the genetic level and is called a ‘sport’ by plant breeders. This changed it’s chemotype/resin profile to the very flavoursome very rich taste enjoyed by so many today. It was then passed on to the Exodus collective at Haz manor in Luton, Essex, and is why it is known as Exodus Cheese. Exodus was a major part of UK dance culture and the rave scene in the 90’s and was a real thorn in the side of the authorities as they put on massive partys and usually on the ruling elites massive country estates and farms, something the then Conservative government under Thatcher tried hard to suppress. And it was from Haz manor, an old hospital or nursing home the collective renovated, that The Cheese was disseminated into the wider cannabis community.
So The Cheese existed as an ‘elite clone’ for many years until Big Buddha from Birmingham took a ‘non dominant Afghani’ to use his actual words, and crossed it with the Exodus clone and back crossed it, meaning he grew out the seeds from the first cross and took pollen from the males and again pollinated the Exodus Mum and is why it is called an ‘incestuous back cross’. He repeated this several times and produced what is known today as Big Buddhas Cheese. Others soon followed and there are now many Cheese hybrids, like Space Cheese, Jungle Cheese, Royal Dutch Cheese and many others and some having cheesy qualities and some having very little resemblance to the original as it is almost impossible to breed all the qualities of the Cheese into seed form, especially when using a different strain as the other parent and especially with the low plant numbers and limited space most cannabis breeders have to work with given the current political climate.
There is however one company, Kaliman Seeds, whose principle breeder, Rockster, has produced a strain called Cheese#1 and is the result not of a cross with another strain but is the result of another mutation, a spontaneous sexual reversal ( google it, it happens! ) where a female Exodus clone when put into flower grew out as a normal, healthy male and not a hermaphrodite and when used to pollinate sister clones produced seed that when grown out produced a perfect representation of the Exodus clone as Cheese#1 is genetically identical to the original and this makes it totally unique amongst all the available Cheese strains out there and is the only Cheese strain that totally does what it says on the tin, namely, that it is The Cheese and cannot be picked out in blind taste tests and yields about 30% more than the Exodus clone.
This has been borne out in extensive independent testing with the results to be seen on many online cannabis forums and within its first 6 months of trading Kaliman Seeds has won 3 cannabis cups, the latest being at the 11th Canarias Cup, an event in the Canary Islands where Cheese#1 won a 3rd prize trophy in the Copa Pro or Pro Cup, an all comers category with more entrants than all other categories combined and had almost 500 people attending on the day and so is one of the major cannabis events out there. Rockster entered this particular event as the judging is done over several days, unlike most other events that do it all on one day and which is a terrible way to judge cannabis! It might be fun trying 10 strains at one sitting but no way can you judge the various merits of individual strains objectively and was why Rockster jumped at the chance to be properly judged against such a large large field.
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Cheese is a unique strain, until now, available as clone form only. Like many cannabis strains the history and origins of Cheese are somewhat confused and distorted. Kinda like what happened with the mythical or legendary G-13 strain except,it is genrally accepted around the world that UK chese is a strain that althouh some ppl may have been lucky enough to get hold of a clone,almost certainly the Cheese that so many breeders and seedbanks like GHS,etc have tried so hard to emulate it is very rare,i have been hunting this strain for the best part of over a year and finally my brother finds a source in england,heres a little info about it>>>
Cheese originated in 1988-89 as one unique female phenotype out of packet of Sensi Seeds Skunk No. 1 grown somewhere in the Chiltern Hills. This one plant produced impressively large buds and had a very distinctive cheesy odour. It was quickly cloned and named Cheese.
Around 1995 a Cheese clone was passed on to Exodus, an alternative community living in Haz Hall on the edges of Luton(near milton keyenes where my brothr lives). Exodus organised free parties, championed the legalisation of cannabis, grew cannabis themselves and protected each other from the law. They also started CANABIS (Campaign Against Narcotic Abuse Because of Ignorance in Society). Because of all the people that passed through the Exodus community many clones were handed out to visitors and the strain continued to grow in notoriety.
For many years Cheese has passed around an underground network of growers in the UK, helped by Exodus and others, until one clone came into the hands of the Big Buddha.
The Big Buddha realised its importance and set about crossing the clone with a suitable father. This he found in a traditional landrace, pure-bred Afghani that a friend had brought back from Afghanistan during travels in that area.
The result is a strain that takes 8 – 10 weeks to flower and is consistently a much better yielder than the original Cheese, and flavour and taste is well preserved. Appealing fruity fresh smell, uplifting effect, highly pungent hence its name!
The Big Buddha version and homegrown fantaseeds both tried to get the UK Cheese but came up short ,the fact that certain seed compnies have only released a feminised form before the male form speaks volumes for their product...basically nowhere near as pungent and potent as the clne only UK Cheese.
Heres the exodus projects clone garden of Cheese,read the speech bubbles for the distinctive traits and properties of the plant and cos this grower is growing the real deal UK Cheese as he is one of the exodus project .exodus crew who have kept it alive in clone for over 20 years they tend to get a lil over protective when other breeders,etc claim to have UK Cheese in SEED form basically the guys taking a pop at Big Buddha but they do offer a good smoke.
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Say the word Cheese and most growers will understand exactly what people mean...a specific type of clone only cannabis. Mention the word Exodus however and most people will think of a chapter in the bible and not the Free Party movement which helped fashion the future of cannabis culture in the UK during the early 90’s
The Exodus collective were a group of like minded people from Luton England. The Exodus Collective openly campaigned for the immediate legalization of cannabis during the late 1080’s into the early 1990’s. As part of their campaign for a sane drug policy the exodus collective challenged the criminalization of cannabis by openly smoking and growing cannabis.
The exodus collective also helped spearhead the underground Rave Scene in the early 1990’s by organizing free rave party once monthly. A unique feature of the exodus collective and exodus raves was the NO DEALING policy which was strictly adhered to at events. So much so when undercover police finally infiltrated the raves they found no evidence of drug dealing they could act upon. One police officer actually praised the exodus collective or there sensible approach to drug use. The Exodus Collective also managed there own ‘Fair Trade policy at events’. The collectives own price policy ensured that no one was making excessive profits from the sail of food and drinks at the parties.
Following a series of Free Partys several plots of farmland were occupied. An abandoned hotel, and empty warehouse and so on. The idea was to clean up the local neighbourhood a series of community projects. The land became known as HAZ manor (Housing Action Zone).
The exact origin of Cheese is hotly debated by Cheese fanatics online. Some suggest that it desends from a packet of Skunk#1 by sensi-seeds others indicate that it came from a packet of skunk#1 from sacred seeds. All do agree however that Cheese is a clone of skunk#1 from the 19 80’s.
During this time sam the skunkman who is accredited as the original breeder of skunk#1 had moved from California to Holland to grow weed. Here Sam was still breeding his Skunk#1 line. Sams skunk was called skunk because it omitted a strong pungent smell when grown or smoked. Similar to that given off by a skunk. Growers in Holland loved sams skunk because it yielded more and finished sooner then other strains at the time.
The only problem was the smell!! Landlords were reporting growers and people were busted all over. Sam the skunkman intestinally bred out the smell in favour of a sweeter smell Over the next few generations the skunk smell was intestinally lost.
The Exodus collective obtained a packet of seeds before these changes took place. The seeds were sown out and cuttings were taken. The clones were freely distributed among the collective.
On flowering out one of the plants the collective discovered it had a very special smell. Folklore suggests that there was a slight panic to fint a cutting still in veg so genetics could be preserved for later. Further investigation found that an old lady still had a few plants growing on her bathroom window. She said it smelt like Cheese.

For many years after Cheese clones were distributed freely as gifts from the exodus collective. Grateful home growers still distribute the original Cheese to home growers for free.

May 18, 2012