skunk strain history

The origins of Skunk

The Skunk gene pool

Skunk from Sensi Seeds

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” (12)

CaseDog 2020-11-11
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.

C 2020-07-09
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..

Buzzz 2019-10-22
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.

Don 2019-08-11
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.

wes 2017-12-13
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).

wes 2017-12-13
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.

TickedToker 2017-03-08
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, probably, the most renowned marijuana genetics worldwide. In this post we tell you the origins of this legendary strain, a true wonder f

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…

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