Last Updated: September 22, 2018

Definition - What does Skunk mean?

The term skunk applies to both the hybrid-sativa strain of marijuana that creates the skunk-like smell, and to the smell itself.

The Skunk strain originated in the Netherlands and has since spread around the world. Today, it can be found in roughly 50 per cent of all cannabis gene pools.

'Skunk weed', or simply 'skunk', have both become slang terms referring to any type of marijuana, but the word actually refers to a specific strain first grown in the US during the 1970s.

MaximumYield explains Skunk

Today, there are many different strains of marijuana grown around the world. Skunk is one of the most common, and the term has become somewhat generic.

The term originated because of the strong, animal-like smell created by smoking this particular strain. While modern variants do not smell as strong, the name stuck, and continues to be used.

The skunk cannabis variant came about through a crossbreeding program. Growers crossbred strains from Pakistan and Afghanistan (short plants adapted for growing in the mountains) with taller sativa plants from South America, as well as strains from Asia. The result was a cannabis plant with a very potent smell, as well as greater strength than its parent strains.

Another notable development with the new strain was that it could be grown outdoors, even if the environment wasn’t particularly suitable. It also did very well in greenhouses, and became one of the more popular options with growers in the Netherlands because of this. Eventually, the strain was named Skunk #1.

Today, skunk is still grown due to its potency, ability to adapt to a range of growing conditions, and its predictability. It has also been developed into a number of sub-strains, including Super Skunk and Early Girl, to name only two of them.

This definition was written in the context of Cannabis
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