Road Kill Skunk
Skunk #1 is perhaps the most famous and widely grown variety of cannabis in the world. Touted as a true breeding, homogeneous variety that underwent extensive selection to produce a quality yielding plant that grew in a semi predictable fashion, Skunk #1 is nothing short of a legend in its own right. Many varieties, including the UK Cheese Clone are said to have originated from Skunk #1, in this case a Sensi Seeds Skunk #1 variety is said to ultimately be the source responsible for the UK Cheese cut. There is little question that Skunk#1 has played a major role in the breeding of professional and amateur cannabis strains, literally, the world over. Said to have been the only variety Sacred Seeds would not offer a discount on in bulk, the Skunk #1’s breeding history dates as far back by some accounts as the mid to late 1960’s.
The pedigree of Skunk #1 according to Sam the skunk man is (Afghani x Colombian Gold) x Acapulco Gold. With the original male selection(s) used in the breeding process of Skunk #1 coming from a selection of 10,000 individual male specimens, from a total number of 20,000 plants from seed ultimately. In Sam’s own words, “I focused on branching, smells, potency, type of high, yield, flower to leaf ratio, as well as a few other things. I still have the best males.” According to Sam hundreds of males were ultimately selected and cloned, later to be tested against his best Skunk #1 female’s in an effort to determine the best male varieties for his specific breeding vision. The earliest versions of Skunk #1 Sam claims to have worked with for no less than 10 years prior to the lines arrival in the Netherlands. Along with Skunk #1, Sam also brought along Skunk #2, a variety he himself admits he worked very little with, but that it was very “Road Kill Skunk “like in fashion. Although Sam the Skunk Man takes complete credit for the breeding of Skunk #1, there is a school of thought designed around the notion that in fact the responsibility for breeding this world renowned variety should lay in the hands of quite a few individuals, rather than that of just one man.
Another version of events surrounding the famed Skunk #1 is that its original breeder was a man who went by the name of “Jingles” and its original unstable pedigree consisted of Colombian Gold x Afghani. It remained a selected variety in private hands for sometime before ultimately making its way around the general vicinity of the Bay area, California. Originally a small group of individuals from this area (known as Sacred Seeds) are said to have taken an interest in this variety and an effort was soon underway to stabilize the variety known as “skunk”. After some time, this organization of individuals is said to have grown in numbers, with even a handful of separate groups forming all with the same goal in mind ultimately. One is said to have been able to become a member only after being recommended by another member from within the “inner circle”, with obligations of working with earlier versions of the Skunk #1 mandatory for all growers. The Acapulco Gold was said to have been added to the original skunks’ pedigree in an effort to reduce the “leaf to calyx ratio” as well as bring down the flowering times of the Colombian Gold dominant genes. Interestingly enough, although Sam the skunk man denies there was ever any “collective” that participated in the breeding of Skunk #1, the two stories share similarities, not the least of which is the pedigree of Skunk #1 ((Afghani x Colombian Gold) x Acapulco Gold.) The famed Maple Leaf Indica offered by Sensi Seeds is said to have originated from a man known as Maple Leaf Wilson, who is also speculated to have been a member of the Sacred Seeds “collective.”
By some accounts the Sacred Seeds “collective” was a serious enterprise, which would prove invaluable during the early 1980’s when the group was ultimately busted by Law Enforcement Officials and Sam the Skunk Man is said to have been arrested (a point of contention by Sam the Skunk Man), but only for a short while. Sacred Seeds is rumored to have retained counsel long before their operation was interrupted and the Skunk Man was out on bail within a few short hours. As legend now has it, Sam quickly put surveillance on the warehouse where they had been running their primary growing operation only to discover the police officers had left it virtually unattended with only crime scene tape used to secure the premises. Even more shocking, its alleged that a great deal of seed was simply tossed in a near by dumpster, along with a number of plants that are said to have been salvaged by members of Sacred Seeds who were quickly assembled to strip the area of all valuable equipment and evidence, some of which was later sold to fund the Skunk Mans defense. The fact the warehouse is said to have been stripped of a great deal, if not all of the evidence may have contributed to the Skunk Mans supposed sentence of less than a year, upon release Sam is said to have collected a great deal of the varieties salvaged from the dumpster and moved to Holland where he started Cultivators Choice seed company. Among the skunk varieties said to have been salvaged from the bin was Skunk 18.2 (Skunk #1 x Afghani bx-1), a variety developed by Sacred Seeds that was said to have been bred to be disease and pest resistant. At some point during the Sacred Seeds project to stabilize the Jingles “skunk”, a great deal of the Afghani varieties available at the time are said to have suffered from botrytis cinerea, otherwise known as grey mold (a disease that commonly strikes wine grapes in particular), this development is said to have initiated quite a search for Afghani Indica lines that were disease and pest resistant.
Sam is said to have taken Skunk 18.2 along with other Skunk #1 material from the dumpster to Holland, (sum 250,000 seeds according to Sam himself) with these strains being among the first of a wave of new varieties from the United States destined to change the landscape of the Dutch cannabis breeding scene forever. Cultivators Choice Seed folded within a few short years and the stock was ultimately sold to Neville Schoenmaker, the original “King of Cannabis” and father of Dutch Seed Banks. It’s alleged that Neville was working with the same Skunk #1 P1 mother plant as Sam the Skunk Man from Cultivators Choice, while using a separate male from that of Sam the Skunk Man. This particular version of events in summary, is suspect at best, but illustrates another side to the story of Skunk #1 and offers a glimpse into the oral traditions of marijuana cultivators, something that is all too often all we are left to work with when researching these varieties due to the illicit and illegal nature of marijuana cultivation. Somewhere between the time Sam introduced the Skunk #1 varieties to Holland and their ultimate acquisition by Neville, at The Seed Bank, something of a debate arose about the true Skunk #1’s identity, the “sweet Skunk” camp (which without a doubt includes Sam the Skunk Man) versus the “Road Kill Skunk” school of thought. According to Sam the Skunk Man, the original Skunk #1 released in 1976 was mostly all “Road Kill Skunk”, but the subsequent breeding of the variety was designed around an effort to sweeten the taste and aroma, with the more powerful, couch lock type of affect generally associated with the “Road Kill Skunk” bred out in favor of a more enjoyable and relaxing type of high, one that enables you to still function relatively well in the world without being completely comatose. In contrast, the “Road Kill Skunk” phenotype of Skunk # 1 is said to be so foul of an aroma and essence that paranoia of having your crop discovered can literally consume you both night and day. As in the case of the “Original Haze” (a variety Sam describes as Colombian x Mexican, with Thai and Afghani coming later in its development. Also said to contain the same Colombian used in the Skunk #1 by some accounts) Skunk #1’s ultimate formula may indeed depend on the vintage year in which the Skunk #1 variety in question was developed. According to Sam, “new females and new males were used each year to make the seeds for Skunk # 1 and while pretty homogeneous it would change dependent on the selection used to make the next generation of seeds.” Later in the history of Skunk #1’s storied path at Neville’s The Seed Bank, Skunk#1 is rumored to have underwent a change designed around making a new skunk variety, whether or not this is the case, I can personally vouch for the existence of a variety known as “New Skunk” that is said to have been worked by both Neville and Sam the Skunk Man. Sam has on more than one occasion denied ever working with Neville together in any kind of joint project, lending some credence to the notion a new skunk line was created. Coincidentally, this is said to have happened right around the late 1980’s, in the general time frame many a stoner recount their experiences with the elusive “Road Kill Skunk” variety.
Today, the sweeter version of Skunk #1 is known as “The Pure” and is offered by The Flying Dutchmen seed company in the Netherlands. An example of an Afghani skunk line can be found at Mr. Nice Seed bank as well. Known as “Shit”, this varieties lineage is described as “skunk x skunk, the origins of which coming out of Afghani dominant Indicas.” Which is an important piece of information for many out there; because Skunk is often times one of the most misused words in the Cannabis industry. Afghani lines are renowned for their odor, and it is not out of the question for many varieties containing Afghanica genetics to be referred too as “skunk” based on simple observation of the aroma’s alone. Regardless of the varieties(s) true connection to the cultivar known as “Skunk #1”. Other varieties from Mr. Nice Seeds that are said to date back to early work of Neville include the (Afghan x skunk) x (Afghan x Haze), with the Afghani Skunk father due for hybridization with both Neville’s Haze and Mango Haze in the very near future as well as a separate skunk line that may see re- introduction sometime in 2009. Along with Shit, Mr. Nice also offers several Skunk #1 hybrids including Master Kush x Skunk #1, G13(skunk #1) x Skunk #1 as well as Critical Mass(a heavy yielding (Afghani x Skunk) x Skunk), which is a reworked version of the renowned Big Bud variety from the Pacific North West of the United States.
The origins of Skunk
The Skunk is, doubtless, one of the most widely known and grown cannabis strains worldwide. The Skunk marijuana is a poly hybrid between two Sativa landraces – Colombian Gold and Acapulco Gold – and an Afghani Indica purebred.
This legendary cannabis strain was developed during the early 70’s in California by a group of growers and breeders known as Sacred Seeds, leaded by Sam Skunkman.
During this glorious time, selections of thousands of plants were usually performed outdoors. In this way, the best traits of the gene pool were detected and stabilised over the years, according to the criteria that has made the Skunk to become a truly impressive marijuana variety: nice yields, early flowering, nice branching, dense and resinous flowers with few leaves and extraordinary scent.
During the 80’s Sam Skunkman brought the Skunk to Europe (Netherlands) and sold some seeds under the name of Cultivator’s Choice. The remaining stock of seeds was then bought by Neville Shoenmakers, owner of The Seed Bank, later to become the Sensi Seed Bank.
Today, the Skunk#1 is considered a stable and homogeneous plant, what explains why it is so oftenly used to develop new hybrids such as Haze x Skunk or Seedsman’s Hawaïan Skunk.
Despite this fact, the parents used to create the Skunk#1 were different from one year to another, so slight differences could be found between different phenotypes. An example of this is the renowned UK Cheese Exodus cut, found in a pack of Skunk#1 from Sensi Seeds back in 1988 in the U.K. The unforgettable smell and taste of this phenotype made it a true classic in the global cannabis scene.
Nowadays, we find two main Skunk#1 variations: on one hand, we have Sam Skunkman’s “Sweet Skunk“, a mostly Sativa genetics with sweet, refined aromas and a very pleasant effect. On the other hand, the “Roadkill Skunk” – developed by Neville, who is currently working with Mr. Nice Seedbank – is an Afghani dominant Skunk line, with very intense aroma and a more relaxing effect.
The different Skunk phenotypes have been often crossed with Indica genetics to increase both potency and yields even more.
Island Sweet Skunk from Next Generation Seeds
Skunk genes in different marijuana varieties
We could literally find hundreds of strains developed from Skunk genetics, or at least with Skunk genes in their gene pool.
- Sensi Seeds offers the popular Super Skunk, Sensi Skunk, Shiva Skunk, Big Bud.
- Mr Nice Seedbank has the Critical Mass, Shit, Devil, G13 Skunk.
- Dutch Passion sells Mazar, Green Spirit, Trance.
- We can also find Warlock from Magus Genetics, Critical+ from Dinafem, LSD from Barney?s Farm, Kannabia Special from Kannabia, Channel+ from Medical Seeds, Kritikal Bilbo from Genehtik, Mamba Negra from Blim Burn Seeds, la Rica from Elite Seeds or Philo Skunk / Gokunk from Philosopher Seeds!
Gokunk from Philosopher Seeds
Dutch Passion also offers other lines developed from Skunk genes, such as Ultra Skunk, Euforia or Orange Bud. As we mentioned, almost all seedbanks have at least one Skunk-based strain: Greenhouse with Lemon Skunk, Kiwi Seeds with Kiwi Skunk, Female Seeds with Skunk Special or Elite Seeds with Bestial Skunk.
The Cheese Exodus cut has also been used by many breeders, as is the case of Big Buddha Seeds, Barney’s Farm with their Blue Cheese, Sagarmatha with the Cheese Wreck, Medical Seeds with No Name, Sweet Seeds with Sweet Cheese or Dinafem and Greenhouse with their respective Cheese versions.
We could also highlight the Early Skunk from Sensi Seeds, a hybrid especially suited for outdoor crops, and Shark Shock from Mr. Nice, a cross between Skunk#1 and the popular White Widow.
Both the Skunk#1 and the different Skunk hybrids are usually early flowering plants, very easy to grow and then suitable for novice growers. Growing the Skunk is a safe bet in regard with yields, taste and potency. Remember to use active carbon filters to eliminate the intense smell of these plants.
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Comments in “The origins of Skunk” (14)
This is a question for Tim Alchimia in particular and anyone else in general. I am doing my own research for an article on the very first “Hybrid”? By ‘Hybrid’ I specifically mean the very first strain crossing sativa landraces with ‘Afghani’ in California, sometime during the late 60s early 70s. “G-13” is certainly a top contender but I am looking for any other contenders.
Tim Alchimia 2021-08-16
Hi, thanks for your comment and question. I’m no cannabis historian but everything I’ve read points to the first hybrid being Skunk, as a cross between Colombian Gold and an Afghan Indica. For obvious reasons, the true history of these varieties and their creation is clouded with many inaccuracies, mistruths and contradictions, but one name that comes up a few times (apart from Skunkman Sam, of course) is that of “Jingles”, who some claim created this first hybrid in 1969 before passing it on to the Sacred Seeds collective, who later added Acapulco Gold to Skunk’s genetic mix. I’m afraid that’s the best I can do, I hope you have success in fitting the pieces together, please let us know how you get on! Best wishes and happy growing!
Aldo Rey Kelley 2020-11-24
Good post. in 1970’s, I worked in Idyllwild for Forest Service. at that time, Gene Geno and crew returning form Thailand and Vietnam brought home stash and seeds and planted along Desert Divide at 6000′ near Oak Spring. great harvest! Some of those seeds were brought to next army ranger duty in Darien Mts of Panama to be crossed with a shorter smellier ‘Persian Blue. seems the Idyllwild Brotherhood of Love purist Leary fathers now turning out pure LSD got angry at the slight downer of the new cross, although it was 6′ as opposed to scraggly first grow 11′ footers. so, the servicemen crossed that again. 75% Sativa, 25% Indica. Thai/ColoMexican x Persian Blue (seems pure Indica strain form 9000’ Esfahani mountain range overlooking the Black Sea). the pistils had changed color to pink, kept a slight sweet hash scent, and, now with advent of DEA, the shorter 8 footers blended in perfectly with native chaparral Manzanita. some of those precious little guys ended up in AK shells and brought out in 2010 after almost 40 yrs hibernation in a ranger’s fridge. Viola, bloomed. Check out March 2013 High Times for the photo from Tahquitz Lookout!.
I second the opinion that skunk was a variety of an Afghani landscape strain and not the more modern skunk #1 strain thought to be an indica / sativa hybrid. Anyone who has experienced the real original skunk I believe would tend to agree.. The original strain possessed many qualities which were unique and unlike any other strain. Killer bud it was. I miss it and haven’t seen it in about 30 years unfortunately.Gone maybe, but definitely not forgotten.
Skunk.. Original skunk came from a mountain in Arkansas in the 70s I know for sure its origins and will say no more other than the confusion about where it came from involves someone cultivating it in creeks from Mississippi to Michigan.. He was the first person to ask 20 for a gram and everyone told him he was crazy. Untill they smoked some..
Hi My youth was in the 70s and 80s. Only seedless weed we got was from vietnam or cambodia(best i ever smoked, $250 a sack back then,high energy.),then later a bit of maui wowie came around. Columbian gold$60 and red $50 always had seeds. Gold was a lot bettr than the red. Colour was actually gold and was quite cerebral. As far as skunk goes, its not pure indica or pure anything. ( this line anyway). But it does breed fairly true. Its not gone though. I have the old school line .its stable and potent. Done 2nd week october outdoors in southern ontario canada. I made plenty of seeds and they all stink like skunk. Growing you can smell it 200 feet away if theres a slight wind ,and with it in your pocket you wouldnt enter a public place of business when it was illegal.Ive had many people visit and ask me if a skunk sprayed by my house. When completely finished its acrid.Todays skunk #1 is not skunk at all. I have no idea why people accept it as skunk. It was called skunk for a reason and not because of a sweet pleasant smell. Its still a force to be reckoned with and even aftr all these years , it and original c99 are still my favorite homegrown. Indoor or outdoor its great and reliable.
I disagree some of you folks get skunk#1 mixed up with the roadkill skunk from the 70s and 80s is not the same skunk as skunk #1 I know because my father is a breeder and used to get the pure landrace skunk all the time it was only around in the 70s and 80s and short part of the 90s, I saw it twice in my life. It’s not a sativa it’s a pure 100% landrace Afghani indica it smells like a dead skunk almost when you have it in your pocket. You are not going to find the pure skunk anymore it’s all been bred out.
Tim Alchimia 2019-08-12
Hi Don, thanks for your input. What you say definitely ties in with theories that the skunky smell came from the Afghani side, although I’ve ever heard of Skunk being a 100% Indica. Maybe I’m just an optimist but I refuse to believe that these things are gone forever, either some old school farmer out there still has the genetics, or the “Skunk gene” is out there hidden in some landrace Afghan seeds, just waiting to be rediscovered. Thanks again, all the best and happy growing!
Myleroy7 Is an Alchimia client 2019-08-09
This is suposed to be about SKUNK. Where is good skunk I bought skunk seeds from Seeds Man and didnt even need to filter air. Thats no fucking SKUNK.
Tim Alchimia 2019-08-09
Yes, I hear the same thing all over the place these days. People complaining that Skunk just isn’t Skunk anymore. From what I can tell, you can blame prohibition for this, as the strong, dead skunk odour was bred out of Skunk, towards the more “sweet” side of the genetics so that the plants wouldn’t give themselves away so much during flowering, leading to possible trouble with the law, neighbours etc. In conversations about this subject, I’ve heard many people speculate that the famous roadkill skunk aroma is actually from the Afghan side of the cross, so plenty of people have been exploring the possibilities of Afghan genetics, some claiming to have found the original roadkill phenotype. I can’t say if this is true or not, but maybe checking out some Afghan/Skunk hybrids would bring what you’re looking for. I’d have a look at banks like Mr Nice, Underground Originals and Ripper Seeds to name three banks working with some of these genetics. All the best and happy growing!
s french 2019-02-08
My view on things are simple. grow old strains from 70s land race sativas all outside all organic fuck the chemicals then tell me u dont have the best smoke around with full turpines flavor and the best stone.
Di Ana 2018-10-25
Neville didn’t buy the variety, Skunk #1. He bought some seeds.
An after thought. Who at home harvests rain water and makes it safe for the family drinking instead of using tap and with it the additional poisonous chemicals? Who grows all their own food and isnt kept alive by a giant supermarket chain who poisons the food? It all comes down to the landless who for generations have accepted government interference on a global scale. The tree that produces free food lives on land stolen by the state and its all paid for by tax (theft).
I agree with the comments above. Also consider the feedback from hobby breeders in relation to making seed runs and how they are told by experts that primo bud can only come by named and otherwise packaged seed product and that feminized is the prefered way to achieve this. Feminized seeds are often made by forcing a female plant into producing male flowers and thus pollon, this is achieved chemically. In nature this hermaphrodism and their genetics are generally avoided due to the trait continuing once it has been found by the seed to be successful, however. in commerce its promoted as a convienient way to achieve the 100% ratio to produce seedless flowers. No males equates to no seeds. no seeds means dependency on expensive feminized seeds. Once your platform for promoting seeds is achieved you can sell these “cruft” pedigree pups at a premium and here we are today currently paying upto $15 for a single feminized seed. This is the anti-thesis of free weed. To buy seeds you are effectively bargaining with satan to grow and use what God gave us all to use (the bible states that all seed bearing plants are to be used by man for food and medicine and to be enjoyed). Now we have seeds that cannot produce further seed after the second or third generation. Dependency on satan is where he wants us. This isnt reserved just fir Cannabis. its being rolled out for food and possibly will include water to once its been patented to include a trace of something they say they own.
Tim Alchimia 2017-12-15
Hi wes, thanks for your fascinating comments. In my opinion the success and popularity of feminised seeds is purely market-led. The vast majority of growers want to harvest flowers and aren’t even slightly interested in making seeds, so would much prefer to save their time, energy and resources by not having to grow male plants which they will later have to throw out. As a general rule, the process of reversing a stable female to make feminised seeds is not as productive as making regular seeds, so the production costs per seed are higher. Add to this the advantage of not having to throw 50% of the plants away due to them being males, and there you have the reason that most growers are happy to pay higher prices for fem seeds, it’s simply more convenient if all you’re looking for are buds! Also worth noting here are the high prices commanded by some top seed banks for their regular (non-feminised) seeds, for example Archive Seeds most pricey seed pack costs 214€ for 12 seeds, that’s 17.83€ per regular seed! That said, we aim to please the customer and will always stock a wide range of regular seeds that produce males as well as females, and recently we’ve even seen a trend whereby a few of the larger seed banks like Barney’s Farm have diverged from selling exclusively feminised seeds to release some of their strains in regular format. So you see there’s really no need to be beholden to the big seed companies, it’s simple enough to make our own seeds at home and grow our own medicine if we want to. All the best and happy growing!
James K 2017-10-31
I have been studying growing a lot lately. I am high as fuck atm from my nieghbors home grown Skunk. Seem’s to me, it all depends on how much TLC the grower puts into his/her plants that decide how the flower develops. Not that I have grown, just what I have observed. About to as soon as the seeds get here. Paid for already. Yeeeeeeay. Awesome sauce.
James P 2017-10-25
I have to agree with. Ticked Toker on the fact that today’s cannabis being sold by licensed producers is bland, does not enlighten you and just zonks you out. I grow my own from seeds acquired from original landrace producers in Jamaica. When you smoke it you remember what cannabis should be like.
Been smoking for nearly a century. Ive seen the ups, downs, lefts and rights of Cannabis. What everyone has failed to note is HOW one plant develops unique characteristics. Ive watched the trend in pesticides, mediums, inputs and artificial lighting evolve, and witnessed the evolution of pot right along with it. Cannabis absorbs from the environment. If you want to create a new strain, breed with same chemical or fruit inputs. The plant will eventually absorb and reproduce its own version of the smell. Sam Selezny is no hero, he is an agent of Monsanto. Helping patent and eradicate useful genetics through the DEA, the hydroponic nature-neuter industry and the fake seedbank racket. It is common knowledge in the Dutch growing scene that Dave Watson (Sam Selezny) is a secret-society sponsored thief working directly with entities in and above the governments of the world, in an agenda to eradicate nature and install new dependency. Prohibition installed. Sensimilla popularized. Terminator seeds pushed. Growers have finally caught on. Heirloom Cannabis seeds are worth more than gold. Modern pot is bland and useless for a reason : we are transitioning to Corporate Cannabis, where quality does not exist, and is fully replaced by processing methods and marketing of scrap material sold at a premium. Just like tobacco (there is no Marlborough farm, they buy from whoever the lowest bids are, mix it together, pull out all the natural, and reinfuse with their own blend. The tobacco is only a carrier material to soak the synthetic branded blend into.) Pretty soon all Cannabis production will follow suit. Wax pens filled with distilled trim, and artificially flavored with 3rd party blends. Its not medicine, its a novelty market fed by people who want to look cool in front of their friends. Pretty soon lab synthesized THC will be fully acceptable. The retardate generation funding this takeover seems not to care they are already smoking fake terpenes.
The Skunk is without a question one of the most widely known cannabis strains. You won’t find many marijuana connoisseurs or growers who don’t have at least some experience with this legendary and very popular weed strain.
Cannabis history tells us, that Skunk was created in California back in the early 1970s as a poly-hybrid cross between two sativas, Columbian Gold and Acapulco Gold and a purebred Afghani indica. The strain had been developed by Sam the Skunkman, who had been a member of a collective of passionate growers and breeders. It is noteworthy to mention, that cannabis lore tells us, that Sam the Skunkman was at that time merely a junior member of the group and according to his own words had only a limited number of grows under his belt.
Back at that time, before the age of high-tech grow lighting and hydroponics, cannabis breeders were making the selection of thousands of plants outdoors. It normally took many years to detect and select the best genetics and then to stabilize them. In the case of Skunk, these sought after qualities had been great yields, a short flowering time, nice branching, a superb aroma and an optimal bud to leaves ratio.
After Skunk had been developed, the strain made its way to Europe in the 1980s, when Sam the Skunkman brought it to the Netherlands, where he started to sell some seeds with his own company.
It didn’t take long after Skunk was introduced into the cannabis scene and the name “Skunk” itself became synonym for a number of strains, that emerged at bout the same time like the original Skunk, with expressions like “skunky” today still widely used among cannabis enthusiasts and often meaning old-school marijuana, like how weed was “back in the good ol’ days”. In the United Kingdom, “Skunk” has a similar meaning, but there it is more generally used as a word to describe very potent cannabis strains, that are high in THC, regardless of their genetic heritage or it is used as a slang for potent cannabis buds.
What sets the original Skunk #1 apart from other strains, is that it is among the most stable, reliable and homogenous cannabis plants. This is the reason, that Skunk genetics are often used in the creation of new hybrids like Haze x Skunk, along with a plethora of others.
Somewhat in contrast to the Skunk’s legendary stability, the parents of the original Skunk #1 could differ somewhat from one year to the next which led to different phenotypes of the strain with slight variations. A good example for this is Cheese Exodus, which lore lets us know it came from a bag of Skunk Seeds in the UK in the late 1980s and which by itself became a very popular classic strain.
Today, we have two main variations of Skunk #1 genetics: There is Sam the Skunkman’s variety “Sweet Skunk”, which is mostly Sativa. This variety has a very pleasant effect and a rather sweet aroma. The other genetic variety is “Roadkill Skunk”, which had been developed by Neville. This Skunk line shows more of the Afghani traits and has a very intense aroma and more relaxing effect.
Cannabis hybrids, that had been or still are created with Skunk genetics, will have one of the two as their relative. It’s common, that breeders are crossing Skunk phenotypes with Indica genetics, when they plan to further increase yields and potency.
STRAINS DEVELOPED WITH SKUNK GENES
When you look at cannabis strains today, you will come across hundreds of great strains, that have Skunk genetics in them, either as their direct parent or somewhere further back in their gene pool. Saying that you can find Skunk genetics (almost) everywhere today, is definitely not an exaggeration!
One good example for a great strain with Skunk genetics is Zambeza Seeds’s Vanilla Ice. This is a strain, that combines not only Skunk genes, but also the qualities of Northern Lights and an Afghani, making Vanilla Ice a powerful fusion of three of the best performing Indicas. The result is a spectacular productive plant, that delights with very frosty buds and a great Vanilla aroma, which makes Vanilla Ice a great choice especially for hash making.
Obviously, an article about Skunk genetics wouldn’t be complete without covering a classic Skunk, such as Zambeza Seeds’ Skunk. This Skunk variety is just the perfect strain, if you want to take advantage of Skunk’s reliable genetics, short flowering time and excellent yields. No doubt, that we’re dealing with a classic Skunk when you enjoy her unique aroma, clearly having the “skunky” notes mixed together with sweet and spicy flavours. Seeing that she’s a first-rate classic Skunk it’s not exactly surprising, that she’s also incredibly potent and delivers a very relaxing and euphoric high.
Not much can go wrong when you combine a classic Afghani with Skunk genetics, two of the most reliable cannabis genetics. This is exactly what we did to create our White Cheese Fast Flowering here at Zambeza Seeds. One of our goals was to shorten the flowering period, so that growers can see results without the long wait. Our White Cheese Fast Flowering is a premium Cheese strain, that delivers an abundance of white crystals and an out of this world potency like you’d expect from a top Cheese in a short 50 days. Now add the spiciness of Skunk and you’ll know why White Cheese Fast Flowering is a cheese strain that’s very popular among growers and connoisseurs.
Yet another fantastic strain with Skunk genetics is Zambeza Seeds’ Super Silver Haze. Super Silver Haze (or short SSH) is an all-time classic that you can still find in many Dutch coffee shops today. The Skunk genetics here yet again meet the always popular Northern Lights qualities, but this time in combination with equally great Haze genes. Here at Zambeza Seeds we can proudly say, that Super Silver Haze is one of our most popular strains. No surprise there when you learn about her staggering 21% of THC, enormous indoor yields and a still decently short flowering time for a Haze hybrid. Some even go so far as to say, that Super Silver Haze is probably the best Haze hybrid and we would definitely agree there.
Of course these are only some of the great strains with Skunk genetics, that you can find today. What all of them have in common with the original Skunk #1 and why they stand out from other strains is, along with many other qualities, their short flowering time and the fact, that they are not difficult to grow. You won’t need any special skills to grow a Skunk, which makes these strains also well suited for new growers. The proven and always reliable Skunk genetics help cannabis growers for decades, so they can look forward to fantastic yields, excellent taste and an amazingly potent smoke!