Super Skunk: the history and characteristics of this cannabis strain

History and characteristics of cannabis Super Skunk

When this quality of marijuana was born and how it differs from others

Among CBD cannabis enthusiasts, the debate on which is the most iconic variety of weed is always open. Of one thing, however, there is no doubt: Super Skunk often ends up in the middle of this debate. As witnessed by the customer preferences of the people who buy their weed on Justbob, this type of weed always has a large fan base.

So whether you already know it or have never heard of it, you may be interested to know how and when it came into being and its distinguishing features.

Historical background on Super Skunk weed

The process that led to the birth of the quality of marijuana known worldwide as ‘Skunk’ (the original version is often confused with the term ‘Super Skunk’) began in the late 1970s and early 1980s. At this time, in the US, several weed users began to cultivate cannabis plants indoors. There was a tendency to favour feminised plants to obtain more generous and higher quality buds. Thus, the cultivation of seedless feminised and hybrid plants began to be experimented with in the USA.

What effects Super Skunk can give

As the weed coming into the States at that time came mainly from Mexico and Colombia, the two most popular strains (Acapulco Gold and Colombian Gold) were the stars of an early version of what would later become Skunk. Then, in 1983, one of the most prominent pioneering American growers of the time moved to Amsterdam, bringing many seeds, including hybrids from the union of the two varieties above and an Afghan strain.

In the Land of the Windmills, hybrid experimentation was already a reality, but, unlike in the USA (where the focus was on Sativa hemp), growers experimented mainly with indica hemp. The union of the two schools led to the creation of highly flexible plants in terms of adaptability to different environments.
The new quality, Skunk, experienced worldwide success in the late 1980s when indoor growing (aided by the launch of HID lamps on the market) became increasingly common.

However, the definitive consecration of this variety, which continued to be the focus of experimentation in the years to come, came with winning first prize at the 1988 Cannabis Cup.

The rest – as they say – is history.

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Super Skunk: how it is made and what effects it gives

Now that you know how one of the most famous weed strains in the world came to be created, it’s safe to assume that you want to know its characteristics and effects. Well, from the point of view of appearance and properties, the crossing of different genetics and qualities of cannabis has resulted in very hardy and robust plants that can adapt to various climatic conditions.

In addition, the stem of Skunk plants is very tall, dense and full of inflorescences. This characteristic, the result of Colombian genetics, combines the ability to reduce flowering time typical of Mexican genetics. On the other hand, the Afghan component plays a crucial role in stability and compactness.

But what makes Skunk unmistakable and unique are its pungent taste and smell, rich in floral and fruity (predominantly orange) notes. Visually, its leaves can have a golden green/yellow colouration, while its flowers are notable for being dense, compact and highly resinous. The mix of genetics has resulted in this variety having one of the highest THC (active psychotropic ingredient) percentages ever, with values ranging from 15% to 25%. In light of this, taking it can cause strong effects that are not limited to amplifying sensations and moods but also include hallucinations.

Hemp cultivation can take place both indoors and outdoors

Most popular Super Skunk strains

In addition to the original variety, called Skunk #1, several variants have emerged over the years. The best known is the Super Skunk, which originated from a cross of the first version of Skunk with an Afghani hemp variety. This first evolution of Skunk, from which it differs in the predominance of cannabis indica, dates back to the early 1990s. This herb predominantly gives physical effects such as weightlessness and pain relief by its very high THC content.

Then we have OG Skunk; it too is characterised by a high concentration of tetrahydrocannabinol (values above 20%), but, unlike Super Skunk, it mainly affects the brain by stimulating productivity and optimism. Obviously, in addition to these effects, there are also physical ones, especially in the case of excessive consumption.

Among the most popular versions of Skunk is also Orange Bud, named for its intense citrus and fresh notes that make it pleasing to the palate. THC is also present in substantial percentages in this variant, so much so that it gives both physical and cerebral effects. And let’s not forget the world-famous Lemon Skunk, another variety that is very popular among cannabis enthusiasts.

Among the vaunted effects of this version of Skunk are the stimulation of creativity and a sense of energy, and good humour. However, excessive consumption can cause side effects such as anxiety, dryness (both mouth and eyes) and dizziness.

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In conclusion

Our short journey to discover the history and characteristics of the Skunk variety ends here. First, of course, we would like to remind you that the cultivation of hemp and the consumption of its derivatives are illegal. However, at, you can find several collectable varieties of legal cannabis and many other certified products, such as CBD hash and CBD oil.

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