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History of the Skunk Variety

Representation of the “skunk man”, a man in the shape of a skunk

The history of Skunk marijuana is very interesting. Maybe it’s not one of those stories that changed the world like Apple’s in a garage… although if you think about it, it’s very possible that a Skunk plant has been in that garage and it’ s the anonymous hero of that legend. Everything is possible ;-).

The truth is that we have all the necessary ingredients to make an entertaining film, with incredible coincidences, anti-heroes and villains, legal problems and a “happy” ending.

This plant was born, marked by providence, to establish a milestone in relation to the consumption of cannabis, as we know it today.

Its very name ” Skunk ” is synonymous with potency, and it has been erroneously given this name to other varieties that have nothing to do in their genetics with the original plant. But this is one of the costs to pay for being so “famous“.

This is a variety that was discovered or, more precisely, made known in 1969, at the Bay of California, when a man named Jingles, an independent grower, came across a strain.

But the one who really spiced up this story, worthy of a Hollywood movie, was Sam ‘The Skunkman‘, who along with the Sacred Seeds growers group started the epic marijuana legend Skunk that we are going to tell you.

⭐ During the 70s

We couldn’t tell you how and when young blond Sam first tried Skunk cannabis. We can only assume that he knew Jingles and that both shared an evening full of Skunk joints, which led to a revelation in “the skunk man”.

Anyone would have forgotten this idea next day, but Sam smelled that Skunk was something special. His instinct and entrepreneurial spirit were united by his taste for quality marijuana, and from that moment he began to make history.

As in any good movie, there is always a detail that does not allow our hero to get away with it. In this case, the small detail was that growing and possessing marijuana was illegal.

But this small detail was not going to stop ‘The Skunkman’, nor think about it, he was going to persist in developing a new variety of recreational cannabis that would be famous, would put it to “fly” and that everyone would like to try.

So in 1970, Sam and his team began to work methodically and constantly on the Skunk project, and began to make tests, until they achieved the results we know today.

Sam is responsible for converting a rather small and unstable herb into a hybrid cross of 3 pure sativa varieties (other versions mention only 2) and an indica.

Thus Sam intended to agglomerate the best of each of these varieties of marijuana in one : Skunk.

This is how he would start his business, which was allowing him to get followers and fame throughout the bay of California and surroundings. Luck began to smile at him.

However, there were some drawbacks to the project: It was more a question of luck and empiricism than science. Besides, Sam (whose real name is David Watson) wasn’t very bright.

First of all, it wasn’t easy to directly cross Columbian Gold with Afghanistan. That’s where they came up with the idea of using the Acapulco Gold hybrid to make the process easier and reduce flowering time.

The gray mold that attacked the plants was a serious problem, but after the tests, they managed to create a marijuana plant very resistant to diseases and pests.

The Sacred Seed was released for sale between 1978 and 1979, and they were not cheap. Buyers complained about the high price, but Skunk and its varieties were still sold like freshly baked bread. “The Skunk Man” was happy.

But there’s never something missing to spoil the party. In 1981 Reagan came to the White House and the anti-drug situation became tougher. ‘The Skunkman’ was put under arrest, but later released on bail.

There is a dark side to this part of the story. Skunkman has denied this version. There are very important people, linked to the world of cannabis, who accuse him of being a snitch of the DEA and that he was not the creator of Skunk. But let’s continue with the “official version” (which has nothing official).

When he gets out on bail, Sam returns to his crop to see, relieved, that the police had not destroyed his plants or seeds. Without hesitation, the Skunkman, along with his team, proceed to recover and safeguard a Skunk#18.2.

Legend says that Sam’s misfortune was his salvation. He went with 250,000 seeds to Holland and sold them to Neville.

Thanks to Skunk, Sam won the 1988 Cannabis Cup (a prize he invented himself, in agreement with his colleagues) and the rest is history. Today, Sam is happy and calm, enjoying the joints and the millions that this adventure left him.

✨ Main characteristics of Skunk genetics

You know the story behind Skunk 1 and what Skunk is, so you’re probably wondering what makes it so special and caused our anti-hero, Sam the “skunk man” to go crazy for it..

You probably know what a skunk is famous for, so you’ll get an idea of one of its most peculiar characteristics, a strong aroma and taste that have earned it this peculiar name.

Skunk cannabis features

Other features we can name you are:

  • Its yield is medium – high, with flowering times not exceeding two months, there are varieties that even reduce that duration.
  • It is a hybrid with 75% sativa genetics and 25% indica genetics. The latter is the Afghan, and the first are constituted by the varieties Colombian Gold and Acapulco Gold.
  • It is one of the first homogeneous and stable hybrid varieties that allowed its trade on a large scale, due to its aroma, taste, yield and sativa effect.
  • It has a high concentration of THC, so it is much requested for recreational uses, without undermining its medicinal properties for pain relief and other conditions..
  • High THC and cannabinoids content, make it a very potent variety, so it should be used with moderation.
  • Its phenotype is quite characteristic, with thick and dense buds moldable during different stages of flowering, with colors that can vary from green to gold.
  • They develop branches on the sides and their flowering is short.
  • His easiness for culture make it the favorite of beginners in this art, as it is very resistant, gives little struggle and can be developed outdoors, greenhouses or indoors.
  • Professional growers endorse and praise the reliable and uniform behaviour of Skunk and its varieties.
  • Skunk was considered unbeatable, but varieties of the strain have been developed that have improved its aroma, either making it stronger or softer, depending on the taste of each.

These are briefly some of the main characteristics of this variety.

In this infographics, you have in summary form the main characteristics of the Skunk variety detailed in the previous paragraph.

✅ Main strains derived from Skunk

It’s hard to say how original today’s Skunk is, since parents used to procreate seeds have had variations over the years. This is how Sam Skunkman himself created his own variation called Sweet Skunk, with a softer aroma.

Neville also created his own version, the Roadkill Skunk, with a very strong aroma and a tendency towards the Afghan Indica. Other varieties of Skunk are as follows:

    • Skunk x Haze: this is a hybrid that has allowed to combine in an almost perfect way, the production capacity and short flowering time of Skunk No. 1, with the excellent taste and effects of the Original Haze.
    • Hawaïan Skunk: this is a variety developed and marketed by the world-renowned Seedsman seed bank. It is an Indica/Sativa hybrid with very large female flowers and resin production in leaves.
    • UK Cheese (Exodus Cut): this is a famous clone in the cannabis world for its extraordinary aromatic strength.
    • Sensi Seeds has a large number of varieties based on Sensi SeedsSkunk#1 such as Skunk/Kush, Big Bud, Shiva Skunk, Sensi Skunk, Super Skunk, etc
    • The Dutch seed bank Dutch Passion has its versions: Trance, Green Spirit, Mazar, etc.
    • Mr Nice Seeds has also used the fame of Skunk 1 to develop its derived strains called G13/Skunk, Shit, Devil and Critical Mass.
    • Other well-known strains of Skunk are the Critical+ of Dinafem, the Warlock of the Magus Genetics, the Kannabia Special of Kannabia, the LSD of Barney’s Farm, the Kritikal Bilbo of Genehtik, the Channel+ of Medical Seeds, the Gokunk of Philosopher Seeds, the Rica of Elite Seeds and the Mamba Negra of Blimburn Seeds.
    • One variety developed by Sensi Seeds is Early Skunk, which has been adapted for outdoor growing.
    • We are not going to forget the successful experiment of Mr Nice Seeds, where the Skunk 1 was crossed with the well-known White Widow, giving origin to the Shark Shock.
    • The Big Buddha Seeds catalogue is full of marijuana plants based on the Cheese clone that comes from Skunk. The same happens with the Cheese of Dinafem and Greenhouse, the Sweet Cheese of Sweet Seeds, the,No Name of Medical Seeds, Cheese Wreck from Sagarmatha andBlue Cheese from Barney’s Farm.
    • We also have the Orange Bud, Euphoria and Ultra Skunk varieties that belong to Dutch Passion Seeds.
    • The Green House Seeds seed bank has among its derived strains the Lemon Skunk variety.

Very easy to grow, which stands out for its extreme resin production…

Discover the ? history of the Indica sativa variety Skunk ? Here we give you all the details and why the Skunk is so powerful ?

What is Skunk Weed? And how did it evolve?

To cannabis connoisseurs Skunk usually refers to a family of cannabis varieties characterised by their distinctive aroma and genetics. In some countries, such as the UK, Skunk can also be used as a generic term to describe premium strength cannabis. Skunk varieties are noted for being easy to grow with heavy harvests. It’s no surprise that they are firm favourites with both amateur and professional cannabis growers. Skunk varieties remain some of the most popular with home growers. They are available in feminized seeds and autoflower seeds.

Where did the Skunk name come from?

Cannabis growers often love a strong and penetrating smell. The first Skunk varieties appeared in 1970’s California. The breeders wanted a name which would instantly convey the message about the powerful aroma. One of the smelliest North American animals is a skunk, which can spray a foul smelling liquid to deter attackers. The skunk name gained instant appeal and is still with us decades later.

The origins of Skunk cannabis seeds.

Back in the mid 1980’s David Watson, aka Sam The Skunkman, landed at Amsterdam airport with some seeds from his breeding work in California. At the time Sam was reported to be on the run from the US authorities following a bust in California for growing. Fortunately for the home growing community, Sam didn’t leave the USA empty handed. He had brought cannabis seeds from some of his best breeding work with him to Amsterdam. In the mid-1980’s, the small community of breeders in the Amsterdam cannabis scene knew each other. Seeds/cuttings were often traded and used in efforts to create new and improved varieties. New genetics were warmly received by the early pioneers in the Dutch cannabis seed industry, including Dutch Passion who became the first company to offer feminized skunk seeds in the late 1990’s. Sam The Skunkman had worked with Sacred Seeds in Santa Cruz, California during the 1970’s. The warm southern California climate was perfect for cannabis growing and the team produced some excellent results. Skunk is generally thought to be a hybrid between two Sativa varieties, Colombian Gold and Acapulco Gold. An Afghani Indica is also thought to be included in the genetic mix. Skunk was, and still is, recognised for growing with great consistency and stability. Some growers won’t grow anything else.

Cannabis seeds that changed the world. Skunk seeds !

When the Dutch growers saw Skunk they instantly loved the combination of heavy yields, sticky buds and a powerfully pleasurable high. What’s more Skunk seeds were easy to grow under a wide variety of conditions. The unmistakable rich skunk aroma appealed to everyone. Soon Skunk was the talk of the coffeeshops and a legend was born. Tourists would return home from the coffeeshops with fond memories of the Skunk which they enjoyed in Amsterdam. The attractive features of Skunk made it popular with cannabis breeders. Within a year or two of Sam The Skunkman arriving in Amsterdam there had been numerous phenotype selections, crosses and hybrids. Skunk had most definitely arrived. Skunk was a popular variety in it’s own right, but it was also one of the main varieties used for hydribisation projects over subsequent years. The heavy yields, consistent growth and naturally high THC levels made the genetics a natural choice for breeders to work with. Feminized skunk seeds always seem to deliver top quality buds with a great feel good high.

Why are feminized skunk seeds so popular with weed growers?

Within a couple of years the Dutch breeders were making good use of the Skunk seeds from Sam. The THC rich genetics proved extremely easy to cultivate with a wide growing latitude. This meant that less experienced growers could also get XL harvests. Skunk weed proved to be consistently strong. Skunk had all the important attributes of yield, potency and simplicity. Cannabis growers loved it, and skunk seeds have remained a home growers favourite ever since.

Skunk in the UK.

Skunk varieties are recognised for a THC-rich, strong effect. In some countries, especially the UK, ‘skunk’ is sometimes used as a generic term for all high strength cannabis. This can be confusing, since Skunk is also a distinct family of cannabis varieties. The use of the word ‘skunk’ to describe other varieties is usually meant to infer a very high quality, THC rich, variety.

Skunk and modern cannabis seeds.

Many modern hybrid feminized cannabis seed varieties use Skunk genetics. Skunk is a versatile variety which is easy to hybridise with other varieties. Often, a hybrid-vigor is displayed when Skunk is crossed with other varieties. This can allow the offspring to show a particularly strong and vigorous growth pattern. Skunk has been crossed with many other varieties to produce a range of indica dominant and skunk dominant hybrid seed varieties, available from many cannabis seed companies.

Skunk seeds. Why are they so popular with home growers?

Originally Skunk seeds were available only as regular seeds. But when Dutch Passion discovered the technique to feminize cannabis seeds in the 1990’s there was an explosion in the number of home growers. Feminized seeds offered considerably more convenience for the grower. There were no male plants to worry about, grow rooms could be smaller and simpler. As the number of home growers increased in the 1990’s (and subsequent decades), Skunk seeds started to become extremely popular. Feminized seed varieties such as Orange Bud, Skunk #1, Skunk #11 and Euforia have been best selling Dutch Passion Skunk varieties for several decades with many repeat growers. Indoors they grow easily with consistently good results. Some growers find that the combination of extremely strong aroma and heavy yields is very difficult to beat and grow nothing other than Skunk seeds.

Autoflower skunk seeds. Skunk growing just got faster and easier!

Autoflower seeds are easy to grow indoors or outdoors. Autoflowering skunk seeds such as Auto Orange Bud and Auto Euforia grow from seed to harvest in around 75 days indoors under 20 hours of daily light. Occasionally, some plants will want to take an extra week or two, but the plants will reward the grower with extra heavy harvests. Outdoors, autoflower skunk seeds will take around 100 days from seed to harvest. Whether you prefer to grow from autoflower seeds or feminized seeds you will get consistently repeatable results from Skunk varieties. The genetics have been relied on by countless home growers to deliver exceptional results. If you are looking for some top quality skunk seeds check out the Dutch Passion skunk seed collection.

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