Skunk weed, a term often associated with potent and pungent cannabis strains, has garnered both attention and controversy in the world of cannabis. While it’s essential to acknowledge that “skunk weed” is more of a colloquial term than an official strain, it represents a category of cannabis known for its strong odor, high THC content, and often has myrcene and pinene as dominant terpenes. If you don’t mind the loud odor, you’ll love these six skunk weed strains!

Characteristics of Skunk Weed

1. Pungent Odor: The hallmark of skunk weed is its intense, earthy aroma, which can range from skunky and musky to sweet and fruity. The smell is often a result of the presence of terpenes, aromatic compounds found in cannabis.

2. High THC Content: Skunk weed strains are known for their high levels of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol), the psychoactive compound responsible for the euphoric “high” associated with cannabis use. This makes them potent and, in some cases, with strong psychoactive effects.

3. Varied Genetics: Skunk weed strains can have diverse genetic backgrounds. While some may share a common ancestry with Skunk #1, others have been developed through hybridization, resulting in a wide range of flavors, effects, and appearances.

Origins of “Skunk Weed”

The origins of the term “skunk weed” can be traced back to the 1970s when particularly aromatic cannabis strains began to circulate. The term “skunk” was inspired by the strain’s unmistakable and often overpowering odor, which some likened to the smell of a skunk’s spray. However, it’s important to note that the term “skunk weed” is also used as a general term for “street weed.”

Skunk Weed Strains

If you’ve never tried a skunk weed strain, all this talk of pungent odor may make you a little scared to try them. In reality, that pungent and musky skunky odor often breaks down into flavors that are fruity, sweet, and pleasant with earthy undertones. However, since the odor is so notorious, you will probably want to “double bag” skunk strains for storage and avoid carrying them or consuming them in public places. Skunk weed strains are in no way discreet, but they are prized for their unique flavors and effects.

Skunk strains are hybrids that can be either indica or sativa dominant. This means there are skunk varieties to suit all tastes. Indica-dominant skunk strains tend to be non-sedative, so they are a great option for indica lovers who want a non-sedative option or for sativa lovers who want something more relaxing. Sativa-dominant skunk strains require some caution because they can be very buzzy, energizing, and cerebral. These traits will be adored by sativa lovers but may be overwhelming to newer cannabis users.

  1. Skunk #1

Skunk #1 is said to have been bred from Afghani, Mexican, and Colombian landraces (Afghani Landrace x Acapulco Gold x Colombian Gold). It has a pungent signature smell which gives it its name. Skunk #1 was a groundbreaking hybrid strain when it was bred in the 1970s and has gone on to parent a massive number of more modern cannabis strains. Skunk #1 itself has been bred, re-bred, and propagated by Sacred Seed Co., Sensi Seeds, Dutch Passion, Royal Queen Seeds, and others which has given rise to a few different variations on the original. While its sour and skunky aromas are not the most pleasing, it has notes of tobacco and earth flavors to provide some balance. Skunk #1’s dominant terpenes are myrcene, limonene, and pinene. This heirloom hybrid strain provides users with a high-energy experience that elevates creativity and stimulates appetite.

  1. Super Skunk

Super Skunk is a pungent and earthy cross of Skunk #1 and an Afghani landrace. Super Skunk is a true classic in the world of cannabis, loved for its high potency, versatility, and timeless appeal. While its pungent aroma may not be discreet, the effects it delivers are well worth the olfactory adventure. Super Skunk is bold, balanced, and relaxing. Its effects lean towards the indica side of its hybrid lineage, but its high potency may overwhelm inexperienced users. Caryophyllene, limonene, and humulene are major players in the Super Skunk terpene profile that impart earthy undertones with a slightly fruity exhale.

  1. Lemon Skunk

Lemon Skunk, also known as Lemon Skunk OG, is a cross of two Skunk phenotypes which means it is itself a phenotype instead of a true strain. Lemon skunk is a sativa-dominant hybrid with a high that offers buzzy energy and positive vibes. The skunky odors and flavors of this phenotype have an accentuated zesty citrus undertone. Dominant terpenes caryophyllene, myrcene, and limonene work with minor terpenes to create this unique sensory profile. Lemon Skunk typically has higher than average CBD levels which help tone down the THC and make it more user-friendly. While many experience a euphoric cerebral high, some users can feel paranoia. To avoid this, new users should start slowly with small amounts.

  1. Blueberry Skunk

Like Super Skunk, the Blueberry Skunk strain is an indica-dominant hybrid in the Skunk strain family. It is a cross of Skunk #1 and Blueberry. The musky skunk aroma masks surprisingly sweet berry flavors that will tickle your taste buds. Myrcene, pinene, and terpinolene are the most abundant terpenes in Blueberry Skunk. This strain offers a long-lasting high that starts with a giggly cerebral buzz and slowly morphs into a soothing body high. This makes it a great strain for users who want balanced effects that won’t leave them glued to the couch. However, you will want to have some munchies on hand because Blueberry Skunk is notorious for stimulating appetite.

  1. Island Sweet Skunk

The cannabis strain Island Sweet Skunk (ISS, Sweet Island Skunk) is a sativa-dominant hybrid that originated in Canada. It was bred from Skunk #1 and one or two other unknown strains. Rumors of the other parent strain(s) suggest Sweet Pink Grapefruit, Sweet Skunk, or a hybrid of Grapefruit x Northern Lights x Haze. The Island Sweet Skunk strain is known for its invigorating and uplifting effects, making it a popular choice for daytime use. Its high offers an energetic cerebral mood lift with a mellow bodily effect. The Island Sweet Skunk terpene profile is abundant in myrcene, terpinolene, and pinene. Along with minor terpenes, these molecules create a flavor profile that is sweet and tropical with a hint of musk. It is a very popular strain in Canada and is also commonly found in dispensaries in Colorado and the Pacific Northwest.

  1. Hindu Skunk

The Hindu Skunk strain is a cross of Skunk #1 and Hindu Kush. It also goes by the names Dragonite, Skunk Kush, and Hindu Kush Skunk. This indica-dominant skunk strain is known for having a very high THC potency that topples 20%. While Hindu Skunk offers a pronounced body high, it is also balanced with cerebral euphoria. Users are not advised to use this strain before bed. While stimulating effects are mild, they can still disrupt sleep. However, Hindu Skunk is a great strain to enjoy earlier in the evening or on a lazy day when you want to relax but remain functional. Like its cousin Blueberry Skunk, Hindu Skunk is notorious for inducing the munchies so make sure you have some snacks on hand. Hindu Skunk’s pungent skunk notes are tempered with flavors of spice, earth, and fruit that are supported by the terpenes myrcene, caryophyllene, and limonene.

Are Skunk Strains Right for You?

Skunk weed, while often synonymous with strong and aromatic cannabis strains, encompasses a broad and diverse category of cannabis cultivars. These strains have their own unique aromas, flavors, and effects, making them a popular choice for many cannabis enthusiasts. However, it’s crucial to approach skunk weed and any cannabis strain responsibly, especially if you are new to cannabis or have concerns about its potential effects on health.

Sabine Downer
Author: Sabine Downer