9 Best Skunk Strains: What’s That Smell?

If you’ve ever caught a whiff of some dank weed and thought “did someone let a skunk loose in here?”. chances are you’ve stumbled upon ‘skunk’ weed. These pungent buds have a distinct smell that some might describe as earthy, musky, or even downright stinky. With a reputation as the best weed on the planet, check out our top 9 Skunk strains.

What is Skunk weed?

Skunk weed has been a staple in the cannabis community since the 1970s. Growers from Northern California crossbred weed from the Hindu Kush mountains with potent sativa strains from Central and South America, adding tropical genes from Southeast Asia. The result was a potent and pungent strain. 

Skunk weed was further developed and genetically fortified in the Netherlands inside greenhouses and indoors under HID lamps. This resulted in a short, bushy, and hardy plant known for its dependable yields, succeeded by its paradoxical balance between energetic and relaxing highs.

Why is Skunk weed so pungent?

The answer lies in the plant’s terpene profile. Terpenes are aromatic compounds found in many plants, including cannabis. They contribute to the plant’s flavour, aroma, and effects on the body and mind.

Skunk weed contains high levels of specific terpenes, such as myrcene, pinene, and caryophyllene. Myrcene is an overripe, sickly organic smell hanging thick in the air. Conversely, pinene has a fresh, piney scent, while caryophyllene has a spicy, peppery aroma.

Combining these terpenes gives Skunk weed its distinct smell, which can be overpowering to some. However, it’s safe to say that most stoners enjoy the pungent stench, as it can indicate a high-quality and potent strain.

It’s worth noting that not all Skunk strains have the same smell. Some emit a bold stench of musk and earth, while others may have unassuming hints of citrus or sweetness. The terpene profile can vary depending on the specific strain and growing conditions. If you’re looking to grow Skunk weed but need to keep the smell under control, there are various methods to minimise the odour, such as using carbon filters or growing in a sealed space.

9 Best Skunk strains 

1. Skunk #1

Skunk #1 is an influential cannabis strain that has left its mark on the cannabis world since it emerged in the 1970s. It is often referred to as the ‘OG’ of skunk, as all other skunk strains are believed to have originated from it. 

This indica-dominant hybrid typically contains 15-19% THC and provides a range of effects, from relaxation to mental stimulation. Skunk #1 has won numerous awards, including the prestigious 2014 Portugal Cannabis Cup and Girl of the Year.

Its highly regarded for its signature skunky aroma and taste, complemented by earthy and citrus notes. Its consistency and predictability make it a top choice for cannabis users of all levels of experience.

2. Lemon Skunk

When life gives you lemons, roll up with Lemon Skunk. A zesty sativa-dominant hybrid inducing energetic, though surprisingly mellow, highs. The abundance of myrcene stings the mind with its signature combo of skunky citrus and fast-hitting THC (18%). 

The strain offers large yields of compact buds distinguished by their striking mix of orange and green hues, adorned with plenty of trichomes and red hairs. Once you harvest, you’ll send all the lemonade stands out of business.

3. Super Skunk

Super Skunk is a high wire balancing act with its 18% THC. It rose to hero status in the early 90s by dedicated potheads because of its extended euphoric effects. First, you’ll get knocked by its earthy tar-like caryophyllene dominant terpene before being dazzled by its swollen emerald buds.

If you cross paths with its proud parents, Afghani #1 and Skunk #1, you’ll see why Super Skunk is our resident over-achiever. A true strain of the people, it’s fast to flower in the warmer weather, kind on the upkeep, and generous to beginner growers looking for maximum yields.

4. WSS Skunk

Your ass will be grass with WSS Skunk, an indica-dominant hybrid with a monster THC content of 24%. This potent strain produces fat, sticky buds that are covered in resin and have a pungent odour. 

WSS Skunk is easy to cultivate and reaches an average height within a short flowering period (45-60 days). Her effects are potent and long-lasting, providing a relaxing and uplifting high celebrated by both recreational and medicinal users.

5. Top 44

Top 44 is the skunky sleeper agent hiding behind an average THC content of 15%. Be warned, this indica-dominant hybrid has been trained for speed and endurance by Skunk #1 and Viking for one purpose only – to hypnotise you into a prolonged state of sedentary bliss. 

Its flowering period of only 44 days earns it top marks for efficiency and yield. With a compact form and adaptable nature, this grade A strain is perfect for both newbie and seasoned growers. In other words, you’ll be high in no time!

6. Critical Skunk

If you’re searching for a strain that’s easy to cultivate and delivers a creative, euphoric high, consider trying Critical Skunk! This indica-dominant hybrid is a cross between Skunk #1 and Afghani #1, with a THC content that can reach up to 20%.

Its dominant terpenes, caryophyllene, limonene, and pinene, have been linked to anti-inflammatory, anti-anxiety, and mood-boosting effects. So, you may also experience some potential health perks with Critical Skunk.

Whether you prefer to unwind with stretches or simply chill, Critical Skunk provides a satisfying, long-lasting relaxation.

7. Early Skunk

Early Skunk is the perfect plant for lazy gardeners, as it grows exceptionally well outdoors and requires minimal attention. Its dominant terpene, limonene, blends perfectly with sugary notes of rose and skunk aromas, resulting in a smooth and enjoyable smoking experience.

Unlike some other indica strains, Early Skunk provides a talkative high that can help users focus on their thoughts and tasks without causing excessive sedation. 

8. Shiva Skunk

Shiva Skunk is a vintage variety of weed with an impressive 17% THC content. Derived from Northern Lights #5 and Skunk #1 to produce a bountiful and resilient harvest with highly sticky buds. In 1988, Shiva Skunk won the first-ever High Times Cannabis Cup as the best indica strain and still lives up to its reputation today.

This strain possesses a potent psychedelic force, inducing deep introspection and a feeling of interconnectedness. Users may also experience enhanced sensory perception (ESP), leading to a greater appreciation of the natural world and heightened self-awareness.

Shiva Skunk is also known to inspire uncontrollable bouts of laughter, revealing the universe’s humorous side when things get too heavy.

9. Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel, also known as Sour D or Sour Deez, is a popular sativa-dominant strain that gained notoriety in the early 1990s for its speedy, mind-melting highs. Suppose the frontal lobe was a combustion engine. In that case, Sour Diesel is the ultra-tuned, 17% THC-injected fuel to take you to an alternate dimension.  

Dominated by caryophyllene, the intense aroma of Sour D can fill a room and leave a lingering smoke cloud in the air. It’s well suited in hot, dry climates and has a slow and steady flowering time of 77 days, but when it gets going, so do you. 

Whether you’re a seasoned toker, an expert cultivator, or just starting out, there’s a Skunk strain for everyone. Now, we want to hear from you! What’s your favourite Skunk strain? And why? Let us know the comments.


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    Tamara Issa

    Tamara Issa is a lady of many passions, and many talents. She’s a comedian, a writer, and she’s bassist/vocalist in the Australian band Obscura Hail. Her love of weed has led her to smoke up in over 10 countries across the globe - landing in Holland, twice. Passionate about cannabis legalisation, she loves to contribute her knowledge on WeedSeedShop.
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