When the average marijuana shopper heads over to a dispensary, they are usually interested in the effects, potency, and name, rather than the genetics of the strain they are purchasing. It never hurts, though, to ask your budtender the genetics of the strain you’re smoking. Watch out though, while many claim the mastery of genetics, the fact of the matter is, since the plant’s been cultivated for millennia, claiming to know genetics of plants before the 1960s is usually a joke. Lemon Skunk, a true classic, has hit the scene in many different forms, all with unique parentages. A typical genetic lineage for Lemon Skunk will consist of two strains of skunk with citrus properties coaxed into birthing a super tangy Skunk with a kick of lemon. The origins of the Skunk that produce this offspring are also nebulous, but what we know of as Skunk #1 can be attributed to the breeding of three genetics: a basic Afghanistan indica, a basic Colombia sativa, and a basic Mexico sativa. Taking the best from these primal landrace strains, Skunk #1 was born in the late 60s The Lemon Skunk that I sampled had a little bit more of a unique flair to it as it is the progeny of Skunk # 1 and Citral. Citral, as the name would suggest, is a basic Pakistani indica bred to highlight the citrus notes in the cannabis. When Citral joins forces with Skunk #1, it creates this iconic sativa dominant Lemon Skunk, a strain that sure to please cannabis smokers looking for an uplifting and euphoric high.
This specific batch of Lemon Skunk is only available is at The Walking Raven, Denver CO. It has taken home several awards in the past year, including 2nd Place Hybrid at the 2014 THC Championship and 7th Place Sativa at the 2015 High Times Cannabis Cup. You can pick up an eighth of this organic connoisseur grade cannabis for $60 at Walking Raven.
Lemon Skunk :: Appearance | Smell:
I couldn’t help but smile when I cracked open my jar of Lemon Skunk. With orange hairs so vibrant they would make an Oompa Loompa blush, there is no denying the furry, shimmering beauty of this strain. Looking deeper, beyond its vivid orange hairs, the entire nuggets sparkle with a dense layer of trichome-laden goodness. The bud structure was immaculate as well, and was undeniably grown with care, hand trimmed, and tenderly transported to the dispensary. How did it smell, you may ask? Just as you would imagine it; like Pepé Le Pew bathing in fresh squeezed lemon juice. This particular batch of Lemon skunk is heavy on the sweet smell, giving it more of a citrus oil scent as opposed to a fresh sour lemon scent. There is also a hint of spice in the inhale too that I couldn’t quite place, but it was still a welcome odiferous addition. Overall, the scent is extremely powerful and was dank enough to stink up my car, even through the child-proof jar.
Lemon Skunk :: Smoke | Effect:
With great anticipation, I packed a tiny nugget of Lemon Skunk into the end of my favorite new titanium one-hitter, and lit up my hemp wick. Smooth and glorious. The smoke seemed to evaporate into nothingness, leaving behind a familiar tang of lemon along with a malty and slightly nutty aftertaste that was extremely pleasant. The smoke wasn’t as sweet as I expected it to be from its smell, but still did have a sweet note. The overall finish of the smoke was a citrusy floral-flavor that left my mouth watering. It didn’t take long for the Lemon Skunk to kick in, and what a kick it was. Within minutes I found myself standing at the window, blankly staring off into the rain, wishing it was nice enough outside to go golfing. Feeling the energy well up inside me, I had very little outlet for the extremely potent sativa effects that I was feeling. While I’m not one that gets paranoid from marijuana usually, I could see some people that are susceptible to feeling paranoia from powerful weed reaching that state of mind with this Lemon Skunk. Upon closer examination of the testing results for Walking Raven’s Lemon Skunk, I saw that it tested in at 26.72% total cannabinoids. Now I know why I felt like a nuclear reactor near meltdown after smoking this Lemon Skunk. As a fan of sativas, this was a very welcome feeling for me. After the initial hyper feeling wore off, I did start to feel some of the indica effects, particularly muscular relaxation. After about an hour my journey had come full circle and all I wanted to do was sit and eat pizza.
Although Lemon Skunk does have a fair share indica in its heritage, I definitely would categorize it as a heavy hitting sativa, ideal for outdoor activities. The cerebral effects were extremely powerful as well, and I found myself laughing out loud at various trivial kitchen activities, while my dogs stared at me like I was a crazy person. I can see this strain being perfect on a day when I’m feeling particularly lethargic. Be warned, if you want a mellow, sit-on-the-couch-watch-TV strain, look elsewhere, for Lemon Skunk is a get-outside-and-do-something strain.