Everything you need to know about the classic, robust hybrid that is Skunk XL.

SKUNK XL: ORIGINS AND GENETIC HISTORY

Skunk is an iconic cannabis strain, and legend has it that it was developed in the early 1970s in California by Sam the Skunkman. Sam was a member of a group of passionate breeders known as Sacred Seeds, although according to cannabis lore, at the time of Skunk’s creation, Sam was only a junior member with little growing experience.

Back then, it normally took many years to identify and stabilise the best genetics. For Skunk, its most sought-after qualities were its good production potential, short flowering phase, optimal calyx-to-leaf ratio, good branching, and distinct aroma.

Genetically, Skunk draws upon strains from around the world; namely, two sativa landraces, Acapulco Gold and Colombian Gold, as well as an Afghani indica. By the 1980s, the stable Skunk made its way to Europe. Shortly after arriving in the Netherlands, Sam started to sell the seeds under the “Cultivator’s Choice” name. Neville Schoenmakers, who would later establish The Seed Bank of Holland, the first cannabis seed bank, bought the remaining Skunk seeds.

Not long after the first Skunk seeds appeared in the Dutch cannabis scene, breeders created many new strains based on the original Skunk genetics. “Skunky” would soon become all the rage amongst cannabis enthusiasts, who used the word to describe old-school cannabis—quality weed like “back in the good old days”. Even today, weed enthusiasts, particularly those in the UK, sometimes use the word “skunk” to denote extraordinarily potent weed.

Skunk XL

Skunk XL

Skunk XL Royal Queen Seeds

Genetic background Skunk
Yield indoor 500 - 550 g/m2
Height indoor 60 - 100 cm
Flowering time 7 - 8 weeks
THC strength THC: 17% (aprox.) / CBD: Medium
Blend 50% Sativa, 50% Indica
Yield outdoor 500 - 550 g/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 160 - 200 cm
Harvest time October
Effect A combination of stoned + high
 

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What made the original Skunk so special for breeding was its reliability and homogeneity. Modern cannabis breeders often infuse novel hybrids with varying amounts of Skunk genetics to ensure a robust final product. As one of the most foundational strains responsible for today’s hybrids, Skunk is without a doubt one of the most influential strains of all time.

Although there have been a great number of Skunk phenotypes, some of which became famous in their own right (we’re talking Exodus Cheese), there are two main varieties on the market today: Sweet Skunk and Roadkill Skunk. The former derives from Sam the Skunkman’s variety, a sativa-leaning hybrid. The latter is a variety developed by Neville Schoenmakers, which leans more toward the Afghani indica side. If a hybrid has been developed using genuine Skunk genetics, it will contain some degree of one or both of these Skunk subtypes.

SKUNK: AWARDS

Unsurprisingly, Skunk has won many awards ever since the strain burst onto the scene. She won 1st place at the High Times Cannabis Cup 1988 in the category Cannabis Cup/Best Cannabis. Despite being around for almost four decades, Skunk continues to rake in the prizes at various cannabis competitions around the world, such as the 13th AMEC Cup (Asociación Madrileña de Estudios sobre el Cannabis) in Spain in 2009, where she was the overall winner in the “Best Strain” category, and where she also won 1st prize in the appearance and flavour categories.

SKUNK XL: GROWING ATTRIBUTES

The outstanding qualities of Skunk XL by RQS, namely its reliability and stability, make growing the strain an easy endeavour. Owing to its Afghani genetics, Skunk is a vigorous specimen that develops dark green leaves, strong branches, and a robust main cola. Grown indoors, the plant will stay at a compact height of 60–100cm—just ideal for pretty much any tent or grow space. Outdoors, she can get as tall as 160–200cm. Despite her sativa half, Skunk XL doesn’t stretch much during flowering, and is otherwise a very low-maintenance plant that adapts easily to all kinds of environments. You can grow her in soil and hydro, and can see great results using SOG or ScrOG techniques.

Skunk XL has a good natural resistance to mould, which is thought to be due to the strain’s high calyx-to-leaf ratio, which favours good airflow around the plant. Moreover, it makes her easy to trim come harvest. Indoors, in good conditions, you can look forward to as much as 600–650g/m². Grow Skunk XL outdoors, preferably in a warm and sunny climate, and the strain will yield as much as 675g/plant. If you grow her in a colder climate, such as in the UK or the Netherlands, a greenhouse or indoor grow is recommended for best results.

Her flowering time is a reasonably short 7–8 weeks, although a couple of weeks more can be beneficial if you want to max out the strain’s flavour and potency. Overall, Skunk XL is an easy and uncomplicated strain to grow, which makes her a good choice for beginners to the art of cannabis cultivation.

SKUNK XL: EFFECTS

When you smoke Skunk XL, she offers a wonderfully balanced effect thanks to her 50% indica, 50% sativa genetics. Like a good indica, she provides a strong body high that is extremely relaxing and calming, but without the heavy “couch-lock” effect that comes along with some other indicas. From her sativa side, she initiates an uplifting and euphoric head buzz, so her effect is more energetic and not as narcotic as some other balanced hybrids. The combined indica-sativa power of Skunk XL makes her a great smoke for all kinds of occasions—superb if you want to chill alone or with friends, and great to enjoy at any time—day or night.

Skunk XL is also a good cannabis strain for medicinal users seeking both physical and cerebral effects that are neither overwhelming nor too understated.

SKUNK XL: AROMA AND FLAVOUR

The original Skunk had a pungent scent that gave the strain her iconic name—a “stinky” smell that strongly resembled the unmistakable stench from a skunk. Modern Skunk varieties still have a very intense aroma, which is perhaps best described as both sweet and stinky, with earthy and subtle citrus notes. Unlike the name suggests, the aroma is not off-putting, but is cherished by cannabis aficionados who are immediately revitalised by the iconic smell. Just make sure that you have good air filtration in place if you want to grow Skunk XL indoors. Very similar to her aroma is her taste. Smoke her, and Skunk XL pleases with a sweet, fruity flavour with some evident notes of earth. A highly enjoyable smoke that can make it difficult to put her down once you get your first few hits!

SKUNK XL: A LEGENDARY CANNABIS CLASSIC LIVES ON!

Since Skunk was released over three decades ago, she has influenced cannabis culture and cannabis cultivation like no other strain to date. What’s astonishing is that, despite Skunk already having such experience and celebrity under her belt, she is still immensely popular today. The explanation for this may be a very simple one: classics never go out of style!

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