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In North America, the term skunk is used to denote typical cannabis scent, whereas in Europe it is primarily a slang word covering all cannabis varieties with high THC content, or, in other words, the “strongest” one when it comes to psychoactive effects.

The original Skunk#1 variety is a legendary product of the Dutch Passion seedbank. It is a star of the 1970s that has gone through many transformations, but it is still highly popular in the world of cannabis today.


Does skunk equal a lot of THC?

But what is the reason behind the different meanings of the name itself in the cannabis subcultures of America and Europe? How come that the word “skunk” evokes odor and aroma in Americans and strength and potency in Europeans? It is a result of a lack of information, especially when it comes to genetics and the true origin of cannabis strains.

In the Netherlands, and later in the US as well, skunk was the word used when somebody smelled a strong scent of high quality cannabis. However, other European nations and cannabis user have never stopped associating this term with the ability of a particular strain to make a person very “high”. Skunk therefore entered the street vocabulary in Europe and became the most common popular culture term for any strain with higher THC content.


The Skunk#1 strain

The Skunk#1 variety was stabilized already in the 1970s and has been sold by the Dutch Passion seedbank since 1978. Skunk#1 is one of the most consistent and most predictable strains that can be grown today.

Genetic properties of this strain became popular among breeders and producers across the globe, and they began using it for crossbreeding on a large scale. That is why currently existing seedbanks sell dozens of “skunk-something” strains. The Dutch Passion company itself, however, has taken great care to use the name “skunk” only for strains that are “true” and are descended from the original Skunk#1.