Cherry Pie Strain | Strain Profile & Effects

Would you try a slice of this sweet-sounding strain? Find out in this article.

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Cannabis cultivators love making new strains. As our understanding of cannabis is constantly evolving, so are the products themselves. Whether it's to get the right blend of effects or to create an incredible flavour, there's always new strains in development to appeal to different consumers. It just so happens that this next strain manages to be well-balanced AND delicious. Our guide to the upcoming year's most popular strains continues with the Cherry Pie Strain.

Cherry Pie is an indica-leaning hybrid strain first bred by the Bay Area's Pieguy and cultivated afterwards by the Cookies Family. This strain is a cross between the flavourful indica, Granddaddy Purple (parent of the Purple Punch strain) and the potent sativa, Durban Poison (parent of the GSC strain). The best features of these strains have been passed on to Cherry Pie, as it combines a mind-stimulating high with a tart and fruity flavour.

As its name implies, Cherry Pie is considered a sweet delicacy for cannabis consumers. Its combination of genetics has produced a sweet and sour hybrid that has well- balanced psychoactive effects. With a potent high that still allows mental acuity, this strain is highly regarded as one of the most balanced hybrids. In 2014, a sativa-dominant variation of this strain placed 3rd in the Best Medical Sativa category at the Denver Cannabis Cup.

Effects

Cherry Pie has an average THC content of around 16% with a range of 14-18%. This means it is one of the lighter hybrid strains around, as plenty of other hybrids attempt to maximise the levels of this particular cannabinoid. There are no relevant amounts of CBD found in this strain.

This strains high has been described as balanced but 'mind-expanding' making it enjoyable in a variety of settings. This high progresses slowly, initially causing relaxation throughout the body. Consumers may detect some pressure in their eyes and sinuses at first, but this sensation will disappear after a couple of minutes. After this time has passed, any tension in the core and limbs will also disappear and some stress relief will occur.

As this high progresses the sativa effects start to take hold, mainly affecting the consumer's perception. Visual and auditory stimuli, as well as any thoughts, become more intense and interesting. Due to it being a lower THC strain than average, any paranoia and anxiety are unlikely to manifest but caution is advised if you are predisposed to these conditions. 

This strain can also stimulate other cerebral effects, such as a boost in creativity, concentration and focus. As the user retains any mental acuity, this strain is a popular choice for daytime use. Activities such as reading, drawing and exercise can be more enjoyable with this strain, but activities such as driving are definitely not recommended.

Medical cannabis consumers will find that this strain has some beneficial psychological and physiological effects. While Cherry Pie does not invoke the same strong sense of euphoria as other hybrids, it can still help to manage some conditions such as anxiety, depression and PTSD. With its ability to provide focus and concentration it can help those plagued by these conditions by allowing them to feel more mindful and present.

These cerebral effects have also been helpful in managing attention deficit disorders. When combined with some of the body effects, such as physical relaxation, this mental acuity allows a greater amount of concentration to be devoted to various tasks. This relaxation aids Cherry Pie's anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties, which provide pain and tension relief in the joints, muscles and head.

Appearance, Smell & Taste

The Cherry Pie strain has hefty and dense flowers with a bud structure typical of indica strains. These colourful buds are mostly a mossy green with tints of purple and intertwined with fiery orange pistils. The purple colour is due to the genetics of its parent strain, Grandaddy Purple, which are stimulated by cold weather during the growing process.  These buds are absolutely covered in trichomes which give them an icy appearance. As is common with most indicas, this strain has tightly curled leaves threaded through the pistils which help hold the bud together. 

Properly cured buds of Cherry Pie are quite pungent. These buds have rich cherry and berry notes accented by some light herbal notes. These herbal notes most likely emanate from myrcene, this strain's most abundant terpene. Caryophyllene (peppery) and pinene (pine) are other terpenes present within this strain that contribute to its overall aroma. A more earthy and skunky scent can be uncovered inside the buds once they are broken apart or ground up.

If you like the way this strain smells, then its taste should be no different. Cherry Pie has a distinctive sweet cherry flavour with a touch of sourness. Upon combustion, this strain delivers a smooth smoke that has a toasty muffin taste with hints of tangy fruit. Vaporising this strain is the recommended method of consumption if you are after a more flavourful experience. Due to its aroma and taste, this strain is a popular vaporising choice and is available in concentrate, wax and oil compositions.

Availability

The Cherry Pie strain has been a well-kept secret on the West Coast of USA but is beginning to rise to prominence. At first, this unique strain was only available in places such as California, Oregon and Colorado, but due to its popularity, this strain has quickly travelled to other parts of the continent. Originally cultivated in the Bay Area, as most exciting new hybrids are, this strain soon found its way into the hands of the well-renowned cultivators at the Cookie Family. 

Cherry Pie is available from the Cookies dispensary in Los Angeles as well as other dispensaries such as Hytiva, which are located throughout the legal states of the US. Depending on location and availability, this strain can cost anywhere from $10-25 AUD a gram. 1/8 of an ounce will set you back around $30-45 AUD.

If you're a fan of fruity cannabis, then consider other similar strains such as Mango Kush, Mango Tango, Lemon Kush and Strawberry Cough. Other flavourful strains include the well-balanced hybrid Gelato and Purple Punch, a grape-flavoured indica.

With a nice blend of relaxation and mental focus, Cherry Pie is quite a versatile strain. It is just as enjoyable whilst doing activities during the day as it is on a quiet night at home. Throw in a sweet and tangy taste and it's easy to see why this dessert strain is making waves in 2020.

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Josh Griffin
Josh Griffin

Josh is Perth-based writer with a background in psychology and pharmacology. Through his studies he has gained a keen interest in abnormal psychology, mental health and neuropharmacology and has reported on these topics. Currently, his main focus is on cannabinoids and their medical potential.

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