The Cherry Pie Strain Review: Quick Overview
Indisputable lineage gives the Cherry Pie strain its powerful effects and lasting appeal. This high-THC strain remains a well-balanced, kind social strain for after work that can induce happiness, some energy, and even euphoria. But it’s just as great for getting the creativity up to get through a project. With enough sativa effects in an indica-dominant, high THC content package like this, you can’t go wrong.
|Type||60:40 indica-dominant hybrid (there is pretty wild dispute on even this, see below)|
|THC Level||Can be over 24%, 18% average|
|Effects||Relaxed, happy, euphoric, uplifted, creative|
|Smell and Flavor Profile||Sweet, cherry, skunky, earthy, herbal, pine, spicy|
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Cherry Pie Strain Benefits/Effects
Let’s start with this: we love the Cherry Pie strain here at VV. I knew I was picking a winner at the dispensary that day because of its parentage: Durban Poison and Granddaddy Purple. That’s like all of the energy balanced by all of the relaxation, plus some pain relief thrown in there, too.
Next on the list: what is the indica-sativa balance here? Depending on who you ask, the Cherry Pie strain is all over the place. Also called Cherry Kush in some circles, according to Leafly, Cherry Pie is a balanced hybrid slightly leaning toward the sativa. According to Way of Leaf and several other sites, it’s a heavy 80% indica-dominant hybrid that has its sativa roots shine through with residual energy and a lack of couch lock. Still other sites put it much more on the sativa-dominant side.
The middle of the road opinion seems to be that Cherry Pie is a balanced hybrid that can run either sativa-dominant or indica-dominant, but most strains you find are in fact 60 to 80 percent indica-dominant. Cherry Pie works well as a medical marijuana strain, with moderate to high THC levels between 14 and 24%, and THC content of 18% on average, and for some slight additional medical relief, CBD levels of 0.01 to 0.05%.
[Our personal take: there are a few cultivars out there, and a more indica-dominant version is the one you find more often. There is also a sativa-dominant cultivar that is less common—and similar, but a bit more uplifting, as you’d expect.]
Beyond this, if you love that fruity, sweet weed, the Cherry Pie cannabis strain is going to be a winner for you. Thanks to a truly fortunate blend of head and body effects, this strain delivers a punch, even with only moderate THC levels. And it’s equally a treat for your senses, especially in a vape or in concentrate form, thanks to its aroma of baked goods and honest to goodness cherry flavor.
Cherry Pie hasn’t won awards year after year yet, but it did place third in the 2014 High Times Cannabis Cup—and that was in the Medical Sativa category, by the way, to add to the confusion. We see more success for this hybrid in the future, too, not least because it offers so much in the way of surprise, even to experienced stoners.
Despite being primarily indica-dominant, users frequently report an immediate burst of energy after a hit of Cherry Pie cannabis. Expect to feel more talkative and rush to express your thoughts as your mind goes into overdrive. If you don’t have opinions today, you never will.
But that’s not to say you’ll necessarily be arguing all night. The Cherry Pie strain is all about feeling relaxed and grounded, too. You won’t feel glued to the sofa or like you have to pass right out, but those problems that were top of mind before may give you a rest for awhile, freeing up some mindspace for creativity and social interactions instead.
Cherry Pie Medical Benefits
Well, this can get confusing, depending on which version of the Cherry Pie strain you have. However, both strains share many benefits.
For medical cannabis patients, the Cherry Pie strain is excellent after work for melting away the day’s stress and anxiety. If you suffer from depression, PTSD, or otherwise need a mood boost, Cherry Pie in all its forms appears to be a great choice—which really speaks to the sativa effects that come through in all cultivars.
Cherry Pie may not be the most potent cannabis strain, but its anti-inflammatory properties mean it can effectively treat issues such as migraines and other headaches, chronic pain, disease-related aches and pains, muscle tension, and PMS. The Cherry Pie strain is sometimes correlated with increased appetite, so it may also treat nausea and loss of appetite from various medical issues and treatments such as chemotherapy.
Assuming you have the indica-dominant version that is most commonly found in dispensaries, it is excellent in high amounts for relieving insomnia. Similarly, the sativa-dominant versions in particular are excellent for increasing focus and concentration on single tasks—very helpful if you have ADD or ADHD.
Cherry Pie Taste and Smell
Well-cured Cherry Pie cannabis has a rich, sweet, fruity cherry flavor that you can’t miss that is highlighted by light floral, pine, and herbal notes. Breaking open the nugs or grinding the buds reveals more complex, hashy, skunky, dank, spicy notes beneath that initial fruity experience.
On the inhale Cherry Pie is smooth and easy, with a fruity, biscuity, toasty flavor on the exhale. This is not a great “hiding in the bathroom” strain as even vaped you’re going to smell it. But yeah—other than that, it’s definitely wonderful, both dank as you expect from any great cannabis and fruity and spicy like you hope to see from a more dessert cannabis strain.
Cherry Pie Cannabinoid/Terpene Profile
The Cherry Pie strain has an average THC content of at least 18%, with phenotypes ranging from 14% to 24%. Cherry Pie also carries CBD levels of 0.01 to 0.05%. Most samples of the Cherry Pie strain do not carry high amounts of the other minor cannabinoids such as CBC, CBG, CBV, and CBN, but with moderate THC levels and slight CBD levels, Cherry Pie users are not as likely to experience the classic high THC side effects such as dry mouth and dry eyes.
Cherry Pie is rich in the terpenes Myrcene and Caryophyllene, with moderate amounts of Pinene and smaller amounts of Ocimene.
Myrcene, known for soothing herbal effects and body highs, treats pain. Caryophyllene, an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, is also pain-relieving and can treat stress and anxiety.
Pinene treats stress and anxiety and relieves pain. It also opens the airways, serving as a bronchodilator, and producing the menthol or piney air effect. Ocimene has antibacterial and antifungal properties that offer antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antifungal, and decongestant benefits to humans.
Cherry Pie History and Genetics
Cherry Pie is a hybrid strain that was bred from the famous African sativa landrace Durban Poison and the heavy-hitting indica, Granddaddy Purple—and in the case of certain cultivars, SFV OG as well. According to Weedmaps, there are two basic strains of Cherry Pie cannabis circulating today. (This would, of course, explain both the sativa-dominant/indica-dominant discrepancy and the range in effects.)
The Cookie Family’s version of Cherry Pie from San Francisco, California is the Indica-leaning cultivar frequently seen in dispensaries. It is a straight cross of an F1 Durban Poison and Grandaddy Purple. Pieguy in the Bay Area originally bred the strain which was then cultivated by Cookie Family head of genetics Jigga.
Riot Seeds, another West Coast grower, also offers a Cherry Pie strain that is a more sativa-dominant version. This cultivar was bred from a male West Coast Dawg/Sugenite OG plant called WCD 710 and a female Cherry Pie clone-only strain.
If You Love Cherry Pie Marijuana, Try These Strains
If you love the relaxed, balanced mood and effects you get from Blue Dream or OG Kush but you want that unique cherry flavor, Cherry Pie is a great strain for you. Maybe that happy yet mellow vibe from Cherry AK-47 or Bubble Gum are more your thing—try Cherry Pie, you’ll love it.
If you are one who loves certain strains of cannabis to get into the mood sexually, listen up. If you’re more in the Pink Panties or Cherry Cookies camp—ready, but really relaxed and sleepy later—then opt for the more indica-dominant versions of Cherry Pie. If you prefer the more social, energetic, all-night vibe from a Jillybean or Mimosa, the more sativa-dominant Cherry Pie strain may be better if you can find it. (Either way, you’re probably going to love Cherry Pie.)
Growing the Cherry Pie Marijuana Strain
Compared to its parent, Durban Poison, Cherry Pie nugs are denser; compared to GDP, they are less round. But overall, the Durban Poison genetics rule the appearance of the Cherry Pie strain, which is fair more forest green and orange hairs than it is purple. The frosty trichomes and dense buds you get with Cherry Pie will be a disappointment to no one, however, as they are beautiful and enticing.
(To increase eye-catching violet hues and raise bag appeal, just expose the plants during the growing process to colder-than-average temperatures.)
Inside growing temperatures for Cherry Pie cannabis should stay between 70- and 80-degrees Fahrenheit (barring the intentional, timed temperature drop to produce anthocyanin in the normally green leaves). Cherry Pie flourishes in loam potting soil, and soil amendments such as bat guano and worm castings can improve the soil quality.
Cherry Pie grows best on the lower relative humidity (RH) end, around 55 percent during the vegetative stage and into the 40s during the flowering stage. In fact, RH should be no higher than 40 percent toward harvest time.
Although Cherry Pie is a medium-sized plant, it requires a reasonable degree of pruning, because like many indica strains it is also capable of growing heavy and bushy with wide lateral branching. To maximize growth of low-growing flowering nodes, growers may need to periodically trim fan leaves that are blocking light.
Begin to shear dying leaves when you see your crop start to grow out, and remember that it is best to prune a small area of each plant at once. You can send your plants into shock if you trim too much, too soon. This increases the risk of hermaphrodite plants and slows growth.
One of the final steps to growing Cherry Pie cannabis is to get rid of nutrient traces and any possible aftertaste by flushing your plants. Flush the soil with pH neutral water about 7 to 14 days before harvest, and your plants consume any remaining nutrients.
Cherry Pie plants thrive most readily indoors where flowering time is 7 to 9 weeks. Outside, it demands a warm, sunny climate like you find in the Mediterranean. Harvest happens toward the end of October. Indoor yields are high, with 3 to 6 ounces per square foot, and outside you will do even better, with about 14 ounces of bud per plant.
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