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Strain Review: Cherry Cheesecake by Gold Seal SF

Perfect for a night of Blonde Redhead at the Castro Theatre — or anything else, really.

Certain strains of weed are good for specific things. A speedy sativa can do wonders for cleaning the house, and a dopey Northern Lights No. 5 is great for the end of a long day. But what about all the experiences in between?

Last night, I met up with my buddy to go see a silent Japanese film from the 1930s, synced to a live soundtrack played by the art-rock band Blonde Redhead. Interestingly enough, I found the Cherry Cheesecake from Gold Seal SF to be the perfect accompaniment to the rainy evening.

That we were at the Castro Theatre also felt appropriate, as Gold Seal is deeply rooted in San Francisco cannabis culture. In January 2018, it became the city’s first locally permitted cannabis cultivator and distributor. Apparently, the company put great emphasis on “flushing” their flower of excess nutrients at the end of the growing cycle, and only hand-trims its weed.

This extra layer of care shines through in the product. Breaking a nug apart delivers a cheesy punch followed up by a light fruitiness, and the flower itself is gorgeous. Crystals abound, providing a snowy backdrop for the wiry orange hairs meandering throughout the carefully trimmed flower. Honestly, it’s just fun to look at. The taste was, as you can imagine, cheesy. So if that sort of thing is up your alley, you will love this stuff. The finish is like the smell — pleasant and sweet with a hint of cherry. I was impressed with the Cherry Cheesecake by the time I released my first exhale. 

The buzz was great. A strong, comfortable body high with just enough going on in the brain to keep things interesting. I laughed, didn’t get paranoid, ate way too much popcorn, and went deep into Blonde Redhead’s krautrock-y grooves, as I overanalyzed the trippy-ass film playing before me. It was like getting high back in the good old days.

Go grab some Cherry Cheesecake next time you get the opportunity, even if you can’t do some weird artsy shit after smoking it (although it’s recommended).

Potency: THC 24.7 percent

Smell: Truly, truly like a piece of cherry cheesecake.

Taste: Cheesy, hint of fruit, a little earthy.

Appearance: Full of crystals, two-tone light and dark green, hints of purple.

Medical application: Would be great for anxiety, insomnia, encouraging an appetite.

Effect: A very relaxing, euphoric high. The indica shines through on this one, but doesn’t immediately put you down. 

5/5

Available at Barbary Coast, 952 Mission St., 415-443-4400 or barbarycoastsf.org