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We get the Cherry Pie strain when combining 2 very famous cannabis varieties, a potent indica with high THC and one of the strongest sativa plants on the planet (with even higher THC content). This classic indica dominant hybrid has great effects and even better medical benefits. Now while the Cherry Pie strain is labeled as a “High THC Strain”, depending on the phenotype, it can range from medium to high levels of THC.
Cherry Pie Strain Lineage & Appearance
Cherry Pie strain comes from a combination of Durban Poison a very potent sativa and Granddaddy Purple, a very potent indica from the opposite end of the spectrum. By combining this potent indica and potent sativa the result is an indica leaning hybrid with a sweet and sour flavor with medium to high THC levels. The plant itself usually appears to have dark to bright green leaves with some purple spread throughout the ends and a lot of white, frosty trichomes. The flower buds are usually thick/dense and will have orange hair pistils throughout. Most Cherry Pie cannabis strain phenotypes will be well balanced hybrids while some may lean toward to the indica side.
- Durban Poison
- One of the strongest cannabis sativas on the planet and very high in THC
- Known for being resilient to just about every disease affecting cannabis
- Landrace & stable genetics from Africa
- Grows very tall in height in warm, arid climates
- Grandaddy Purple
- One of the strongest cannabis indicas also high in THC
- A Californian strain known for it’s sedative effects and medical benefits
- Average flowering time, low in CBD but with cerebral effects from THC
Cherry Pie Cannabis Strain Flavors & Aroma
Cherry Pie strain’s flavors taste like sweet berries with a little earthiness underneath. The smoke flavor from Cherry Pie is smooth with a toasted biscuit and cherry flavor.
The aromas of Cherry Pie cannabis are very similar to its flavors which can smell like sweet/sour berries, cherries and a deeper earthy undertone. Its a very fragrant cannabis strain both when its growing and being smoked.
Cherry Pie Strain Effects & Side Effects
Like many hybrids that have strong genetics and lean toward the indica side, the Cherry Pie strain is physically relaxing while having mentally stimulating and sociable effects. People often report feeling happy, relaxed, laughing and uplifted. The effects of this strain come on quick and have been known to last for hours.
Side effects of this strain are the usual dry mouth and dry eyes. It is possible that the “mind racing” effects from the sativa parent can be present depending on the phenotype but the Cherry Pie strain is generally indica dominant and relaxing.
Cherry Pie Strain THC & CBD Content
THC content in the Cherry Pie strain will be medium to high ranging from 13-25% THC. The factors affecting the THC levels are the climate, nutrients, phenotype and whether this strain was grown indoors or outside. CBD content in this strain is quite low usually measuring under 1% CBD.
Medical Benefits of Cherry Pie Cannabis Strain
Since this strain isn’t too high in THC but still fairly strong many users report medical benefits of using it for anxiety, PMS cramps, muscle cramps, stress, PTSD, ADHD symptoms and insomnia. The indica dominant attributes help the body relax and in combination with the THC can help relieve chronic pain.
Cherry Pie Strain Terpene Profile
The Cherry Pie strain can produce a range of terpene percentages depending on the phenotype of the cannabis plant. The data comes from a cannabis testing facility in Seattle, WA and produces the following terpene profile.
- Caryophyllene: 0.01-1.06%
- Limonene: < 0.01%
- Humulene: 0.39-1.5%
- Myrcene: 0.01-0.58%
- Ocimene: N/A
- Linalool: < 0.01%
- Pinene: 0.01-0.29%
Total Terpenes: 0.79-3%
How to Grow Cherry Pie Cannabis Strain
Being that the Cherry Pie strain was produced and originally bred indoors it is best grown inside to get ideal results. It will produce more flower this way but if grown outside the difference in flower production isn’t significantly less. With either method that is chosen to grow the Cherry Pie cannabis strain it would be ideal to create a warm and sunny climate (think California not Arizona). It will also help prevent any fungal or mold growth on the plants by keeping a controlled humidity.
Thankfully Cherry Pie is also very resistant to numerous types of diseases due to the solid genetic lineage of its parents Grand Daddy Purple and Durban Poison. This goes to show the benefits that landrace cannabis strains can pass onto to new and current strains and improve the genetic line in the future. Because of its resilience to many types of diseases and growing problems its an ideal strain for beginner/intermediate growers.
- Flowering Time Indoors: Produces flowers in 8-9 weeks
- Cherry Pie Yield Indoors: 400-500 grams / moderate to high production
- Flowering Time Outdoors: Harvested in late October
- Ideal Temperatures: 70-80° F (21-26° C)
- Ideal Humidity stages:
- 65-80% during sprouting stage
- 55-70% RH during the vegetative stage
- 40-50% RH during flowering
Once the cannabis plant reaches the flowering period, be sure to drop the humidity to around 40-50%. This will help prevent any growth/mold on the flowers while making the drying process a little easier after harvest.
For more information on growing cannabis indoors you can read our free guide on growing cannabis in soil which has “seed to flower” step by step methods on growing cannabis strains like Cherry Pie in soil. The best results when growing this strain have been from growing in soil.
Finding authentic Cherry Pie cannabis seeds is not easy since many flowers from dispensaries come from cloned plants. There are a few cannabis seed breeders that offer these seeds and most of them will be feminized seeds. This means you won’t be getting any male cannabis plants which makes the growing process a little easier with no cross pollination. When growing the Cherry Pie strain be sure to look for the characteristics described in this article to ensure its real Cherry Pie genetics. We’ve partnered with a reliable cannabis seed provider that has high quality cannabis seeds from Europe to ensure your getting the best in Cherry Pie genetics. Many European cannabis seed banks have generations of expertise and experience in genetics and breeding cannabis.