Any cannabis strain with the word “Skunk” in her name has the legacy of one of the more unusual, fragrant, and potent old-school strains to live up to. The Skunk gene, believed to have also contributed to the ever-popular Sour Diesel strain, has withstood time for a reason and this ancestor of Skunk #1 has come to rest in Denver, Colorado in the form of Island Sweet Skunk.
Strain: Island Sweet Skunk (aliases: ISS and Sweet Island Skunk)
Genetics: Skunk x Unknown
Dispensary: Denver Relief, 1 Broadway A150, Denver, CO 80203
This sample of Island Sweet Skunk from Denver Relief looks like freshly watered grass. It was obviously flushed and cured properly. These Island Sweet Skunk flowers boast a unique bright green sheen that almost overshadows the shimmering trichomes (kief). Dark bronze and bright orange hairs (also trichomes) make a dramatic imprint on the bud’s physique by consistently jetting out and curling around the flower structure. The contrast between the green and orange make this sample particularly fun to inspect. As expected from a Skunk descendant, these nugs are quite dense, meaning what may look like a small quantity turns into more than expected once broken up.
The scent or aroma of cannabis (and most other plants) is attributed to molecules called terpenes. At first, my olfactory system was met with an abrasive, skunk-like aroma from these Island Sweet Skunk flowers. The more subtle fruit undertones combine with a musty, herbal aroma on the finish to form a smell that takes you to the beach — an island mixture of pineapple juice and mango. This strain definitely contains myrcene, the terpene known to reduce pain and inflammation while producing uplifting or energizing effects. When the nugs are cracked open, the funk–think goat cheese– smell resurfaces.
The first green hit from a glass spoon pipe tastes like a mixture of fresh fruit, nutmeg and that same goat cheese funk. The fruity terpenes really shine through once combusted. These perfectly dried ISS flowers quickly burn off, leaving behind white ash — again signifying that they’ve been flushed and cured properly.
Island Sweet Skunk is very sativa dominant. Some Skunk varieties are known to test higher in CBD, a non-psychoactive cannabinoid that can help to buffer the psychoactive effects of THC, allowing for a more functional high. This sample of Island Sweet Skunk definitely falls into that category. This strain won’t overpower a person after one hit. A very smooth, balanced high, this strain may enhance your music listening experience, motivation and ability to focus.
As a properly grown version of Island Sweet Skunk, this strain is appropriate for those seeking pain or stress relief throughout a long work-day or it may even be useful before (or after) hitting the gym for a smooth workout or a long-distance run. Kudos to the cultivators at Denver Relief for doing this strain justice.
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