Wine and cheese, two words that when put together, become a staple in almost every adult diet. However like all things in life, this too must adapt to reflect our modern day needs. As the population of weed smokers narrows in on wine drinkers, or so it seems, will OG and brie become the new merlot and camembert?

Much like oenophiles, kush connoisseurs are particular to the roots and background of their commodity. How and where the bud is grown, as well as aromas and flavor, are as important to serious smokers as they are pertinent to a grape for wine experts. As marijuana becomes increasingly integrated into mainstream society, the cannabis and culinary worlds become further intertwined.

In legalized states we have already seen industry leaders develop new ideas that cross pollinate culinary concepts with cannabis culture. Both industries are now able to tap into what was a legally inaccessible demographic beforehand. As more people trade in drunchies for munchies, expertise in this category flourish. Here we take a look at one of our favorite culinary pastimes, and update it to emulate the marijuana movement of today.

The Bud: Blue Dream

The Cheese: Smoked Manchego

Why it works: Blue Dream is a sativa-dominant hybrid and California original. The bud is synonymous with its sweet berry aroma, reminiscent of its Blueberry parent. To complement the commanding sweetness, pair this strain with a strong smoked manchego. The sweet notes of berries, against the smokiness of the sheep’s cheese is a winning combination.

The Bud: Durban Poison

The Cheese: Fresh Ricotta

Why it works: As one of the highest ranking sativas in the country, Durban Poison is best paired with an equally top quality cheese. This strain’s refreshing piney aroma and sweet floral flavor balance perfectly with the soft texture and mildness of fresh ricotta. This Italian whey cheese acts as a simple canvas for which the bold Durban Poison flavors shine.

The Bud: Super Silver Haze

The Cheese: Garrotxa

Why it works: Super Silver Haze, the child of Haze, Northern Lights and Skunk No.1, is an extremely popular bud. Known for a primarily citrus flavor, with sweet and earthy notes, there are many ways to pair this strain.  Garrotxa, a firm-textured goat cheese from Catalonia, is also known for its earthy aromas and is often paired with citrus flavors.

The Bud: Golden Goat

The Cheese: Vermont Sharp Cheddar

Why it works: This versatile bud may be earthy in flavor, but its fruity scent can be picked up from miles away. Golden Goat’s Hawaiian roots give it a unique light green and pink coloring. And while Hawaii and Vermont may not always be a natural pairing, there is something special about the way they work together in weed and cheese. Vermont Sharp Cheddar is best paired with earthy flavors, the ultimate match for a bud like Golden Goat.

The Bud: SAGE

The Cheese: Aged Bra

Why it works: S.A.G.E., or Sativa Afghani Genetic Equilibrium, is one of the spiciest strains you can get. With pine, sage and earthy flavors, this bud needs a smooth, light cheese to balance your palate. A slightly less firm cheese like aged bra will offset the potent spices find in SAGE. Together this bold pairing creates an unforgettable combo.

*Written by Natalie Stoclet for The Fresh Toast