Island Sweet Skunk
Imagine being in a tropical paradise, soaking in the scenery as gentle breeze grazes the body. Captivating, isn’t it? Well, cannabis users will not have to travel far to some remote beach. All one need is a toke of Island Sweet Skunk, and it takes users to a most enjoyable experience.
The island, to be prwecise, refers to its origin in Vancouver Island, Canada. Bred by Federation Seeds Company, it is a cross between perennial favorite Skunk #1 and an unknown strain. Based on the traits of Island Sweet Skunk, the chances are high that the breeder used a pure Sativa landrace strain.
One can think of Island Sweet Skunk as a souped-up version of Skunk #1. Known for its high-energy buzz, the introduction of other Sativa traits in its genetics has resulted in a new mostly-Sativa strain that delivers the same effects and then some more.
|Island Sweet Skunk Strain Quick Facts|
|Genetic Lineage||Skunk #1 x Unknown Strain|
|Sativa / Indica Ratio||80 / 20|
|THC %||16% to 25%|
|Flowering Period||7 to 9 weeks / Late September to early October|
|Average Yield||600 g/m2 / 1,100 g/plant|
Odor and Flavors
The odor of Island Sweet Skunk is quite exotic in that it emits a sweet note blending with its Skunk heritage. The way it smells is reminiscent of a tropical island with a fruity undertone. It boasts of a creamy and skunky smoke with a citrusy aftertaste.
Just like sitting on a lounge chair in a tropical beach, the best way to enjoy a fruit shake (or beer) is to drink a little bit at a time. In the same manner, the same can be said of Island Sweet Skunk. Instead of taking several tokes all at once, it is better to use it in increments. Otherwise, it can become overbearing. As it is, the strain comes with an insane amount of THC.
Used in moderation, the fast-acting Island Sweet Skunk begins by inducing a gentle cerebral high. As the reinvigorating sensation floods through the body and uplifts the mood, users tend to have a clear head and sharper focus. As such, it is a perfect wake-and-bake cannabis strain.
Users, feeling energetic, should have no trouble finding inspiration as it can unlock the creative side. Staying motivated is also not a problem as the energy boost it delivers can certainly keep a person on the go.
Soon enough, the warm buzz trickles down to the body. At this point, users should feel the tension leaving their body. Although mild, the Indica side of Island Sweet Skunk is still potent enough to soothe the muscles. The gentle body relaxation it induces perfectly complements its mental effects.
Of course, Island Sweet Skunk (or Sweet Island Skunk as some other people call it) comes with adverse effects. Depending on how much one uses, the condition varies in severity.
For starter, users can expect a certain degree of dry mouth and dry eyes. Both these conditions are staples of using cannabis. In fact, most people tend to ignore these adverse effects as they are not that uncomfortable.
However, using a little bit too much, there may be other conditions such as dizziness, a reaction often associated with the intense buzzing high.
Of concern for people who already are going through anxieties is that the strain can induce mild paranoia and anxiousness. If these conditions do occur, in most cases, it does not make the experience of using Island Sweet Skunk less fun, though.
Medical Use and Benefits
For most people, the medical benefit of cannabis is often associated with CBD, of which Island Sweet Skunk does not possess in high numbers. However, it has a high psychoactive property. Furthermore, it has more than enough myrcene, a terpene that delivers sedative effects. As a result, the strain cannot be used as a treatment, but its other traits bring a ton of benefits to medical cannabis users.
People using Island Sweet Skunk not only feels uplifted but also very happy. In that way, the strain can melt away stress. Moreover, because of the shift in mood, it benefits those who are suffering from depression and related conditions.
The sedative traits, although mild, is enough to make users feel relaxed without feeling lethargic. At the same time, it helps soothe aching muscles as well as provide pain relief to discomforts due to illnesses.
Island Sweet Skunk is an excellent daytime strain in that it provides a boost in energy. As such, it can be used to combat fatigue.
Growing Island Sweet Skunk
Using the strain is a pleasurable experience, but there is a choice of taking that fun to a whole new level. Even beginners should be able to cultivate it successfully. Although there are the usual maintenance and care, it is quite tolerant of small mistakes here and there.
Growers opting to cultivate it indoors will want to use the Sea of Green (SOG) or Screen of Green (SCROG) technique. Not only does it result in a shorter flowering time to as early as seven weeks, but it also leads to a higher yield of up to 600 grams per square meter.
In areas where it is legal to cultivate marijuana outdoors, the plant thrives best in a warm climate. It should begin its transition to the flowering stage on the last days of September. Once ready for harvest, it is a call for celebration as it can produce a whopping 1,100 grams of buds per plant.
Have you grown or used Island Sweet Skunk? If not, would you like to get your hands on this strain? Please leave a comment to let us know what you think. We want to hear from you.