It has already been 40 years since the birth of the marijuana variety Skunk, one of the most stable lineages, considered among the purest and most popular in terms of making all types of crosses and hybrids.
Its name, “Skunk”, was given for its potent aroma, a very important factor to consider if you want to grow Skunk indoors, since it doesn’t pass undetected and you need to apply effective systems in order to eliminate the marijuana smell.
Made up of 75% Sativa and 25% Indica, it takes on the characteristics of each one of these marijuana varieties. It offers a delightful flavor and aroma due to its Sativa traits, and a short flowering period of approximately two months, due to its Indica traits. On top of this it give an abundant central bud and thick stems with generous sprouts.
The ease when it comes to growing it makes Skunk very popular, and one of the most grown marijuana varieties, since it is chosen as much by experienced growers and for those who want to begin growing cannabis.
History and origin of Skunk
We can trace its origin back to the beginning of the 70s in California. Different creators are talked about. Some say that its inventor was just one man, the famous Sam, The Skunkman. Others speak of a group of growers from Sacred Seeds which was directed by Sam.
However it happened, it’s clear that everyone worked to find and develop this new genetic line in such a stable way that it became the mother of several other varieties. In addition, the fact that marijuana has always had to deal with the issue of illegality according to times, countries and commercial activity makes it harder to find documentation that credits some of its history.
Sacred Seeds was a collective of expert growers that, in the 60s, started to work with different genetic lines and who focused themselves on creating a stable lineage, Skunk. During these years, a man names Jingles from the Humboldt zone, Bay Area, in northern California had crossed Afghani Indica with Colombian Gold and he kept it secred for years until it became popular in the zone.
So, Sacred Seeds began to work on what would become Skunk #1, in which they added the Acapulco Gold as a component in order to make it more stable and which would add more volume to the flowers. Skunk #1, considered the original, is made up of 25% Indica (Afghani), and 75% Sativa (25% Mexican Acapulco Gold and 50% Colombian Gold). After growing hundreds of plans, a selection of the best females and males was made. Additionally, levels of THC were analyzed, and reached 15%.
In the year 1977 they already had the first Skunk #1 leaves on sale and each year they sold out. Still, Sacred Seeds’ good streak was short lived since in 1982 there was a police raid and Sacred Seeds had to close due to Ronald Reagan’s new policies. And Sam, who had been captured and then released quickly, moved to Amsterdam, a city in which marijuana was more than welcome, outside of the strict prohibition in the United States.
This fact accounted for an important expansion for Skunk on a European and worldwide level. In Holland, Moroccan Hash was being commercialized, but never before had they seen a crop with the quality, aroma, and effect of the Skunk that Sam brought them.
Sam, The Skunkman
Who was behind one of the most relevant names in modern cannabis cultivation? Sam The Skunkman, really named David Watson, who when he arrived in Holland, introduced himself as Sam Selezny. He always confirmed himself as the unique creator of the Skunk variety. He also confirmed in his own blog that it wasn’t true that he had been detained, and that he had been in jail.
Although on the other hand, some members of the old Sacred Seeds as well as other sources note that it had been a team effort under his orders, among other details.
The day of the raid in the Sacred Seeds storage space, they stopped him. However, he already had everything prepared with his lawyers and they were able to have him released within a few hours. That way, Sam returned to the space where he recovered a large quantity of material and he was able to save many seeds and his work over the last 10 years.
From California to Amsterdam
In just one month after getting out of jail, Sam, the Skunkman, was invited by Wernard Bruining, the owner of the first coffee shop Mellow Yellow and Ed Roshental, chief editor of the growing section for the magazine High Times. In short, Sam becan to work as an editor and also in Wernard’s grow and coffee shop, where it had been permitted to sell marijuana and hash since 1976.
Years later, Sam proposed to the magazine High Times to organize a competition in the Santa Cruz, California style, and in 1988 the first High Times Cannabis Cup was celebrated.
The winner of the competition was the Skunk #1 variety from Sam, The Skunkman’s seed bank. Its aroma, flavor and effect captivated the entirety of the market.
In Holland, Sam sold the first seeds under the seed of Cultivators Choice. Some of the seeds were purchased by Neville Shoenmakers, owner of The Seed Bank—another marijuana seed bank. It is still unknown how he did it, but Sam was able to leave the United States with 250,000 seeds.
Starting with this first dispersal of Skunk, each bank started working on its own version, giving way to two variations of Skunk #1. On one hand, Sam’s bank created the line “Sweet Skunk”, with a softer and sweeter smell, and a calmer effect, typical of Sativa, but without being destroyed after the high. Meanwhile, the Neville’s bank evolved with a version called “Roadkill Skunk” that had the characteristics of Afghani Indica with a more intense aroma, and a relaxing effect, known as “couchlock”, which comes from the idea that it plants you on the sofa, and it helps to create sleepiness.
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