What is it about cherries that are so charming? From cherry pies to cherry slushies to cherry blossoms blooming in the springtime, cherries are a bit of botanical magic. In cannabis culture, cherries are a common taste and aroma note associated with beta-myrcene and limonene. Many of the strains that carry the cherry mantle feature Cherry OG, Cherry Pie, or Cherry Bomb genetics. They might not be directly related, but cannabis and cherries sure do seem like spiritual cousins.
Strains with "Cherry" genetics have spawned some seriously exceptional cultivars. Cherry OG's distinct DNA is prized for its substantial yields and easy tolerance for both indoor and outdoor grows; Cherry Pie boasts effects that include smooth cognitive energy balanced with syrupy relaxation; and Cherry Bomb's therapeutic potential may include relief from arthritis, depression, gastrointestinal disorder, appetite loss, and chronic pain according to some consumers.
The best Cherry strains
These Cherry genetics are laced through many iconic strains, both common and rare, and considering the prolific parentage, there is potentially a Cherry strain for everybody. If you've yet to travel the rabbit hole of Cherry strains — and we wholeheartedly suggest you do — here are six of our favorites to get you started.
This cross of Cherry and Turbo Diesel is reportedly a top-shelf wake and bake strain. Consumers appreciate it for its tempered cool that softens otherwise jazzy effects and a creative head high perfect for type-A potheads. Executive stoners who prefer to medicate with a more zippy breed of cannabis should consider this sweet, gassy hybrid when they're dabbing at dawn, vaping at daybreak, or just waking and baking with the rest of us.
Expect a diesel, berry-cherry nose and a gassy, herbaceous exhale.
Cherry Burst might be the panacea for consumers who rely on cannabis for calming effects but who prefer to avoid sedation and/or couch lock. Reports of creative, galaxy-brain highs that are also cashmere-cozy in the body make for an all-around comfortable experience.
It's especially lovely for crafternoons or low-stakes hangouts that require minimum festivity. Expect a cherry-wine nose and a funky, sweet exhale.
This cross of Cherry Pie and GSC delivers effects in line with other descendants of the GSC franchise — it's mood-lifting, creative, and physically soothing. What sets this iteration apart is its creamy exhale, which tastes like a sweet, woody mashup of doughy cookies, juicy cherries, and sour skunk.
Adult-use consumers report a buzzy euphoric onset and a relaxing high. Expect a connoisseur's perfume of cherries, earth, cookies, and funk — and a complex exhale to match.
Haze aficionados will almost certainly want to add a few nugs of Cherry Haze to their stash boxes. This phenotype reportedly delivers a thick, cottony head high reminiscent of a sleepier strain and an effervescent relaxation that tempers the more manic qualities of a classic Haze.
Depending on the consumer's resting state, Cherry Haze could fuel a mellow adventure or an intense meditation. Expect a spicy, grassy, cherry perfume and a flowery, sweet exhale.
Cherry Lion reportedly delivers a social smoke that's chatty, giggly, and mildly energetic. Bred from a cross of Voltron and Glazed Cherries (another phenotype of Cherry OG), this cultivar is reportedly both upbeat and as soothing as a warm bath.
Consumers can anticipate a gregarious, ice-breaking buzz that might be of particular value to introverts looking to quell anxiety when meeting new people without spiraling into couch lock.
Expect a vanilla, sour-earth nose and a woody, cherry-sweet exhale.
Consumers who rely on a balance of both cerebral effects and soothing body effects might appreciate Cherry Zkittlez for its easy, long-lasting highs. This cross of Cherry Pie and Zkittlez reportedly delivers euphoric head highs and elastic body effects that may soothe slight aches and pains.
Expect a tropical cherry funk fragrance and a berry funk exhale.
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