About Cherry Skunk
Cherry Skunk is a slightly indica-dominant hybrid that delivers balanced mental and physical effects. The strain is a cross between Skunk Dawg and the rare Poppa Cherry, and carries all the full-bodied aroma of both parent strains. Its versatility makes this a great all-purpose hybrid that’s right at home in solo and social settings and is equally enjoyable whether you’re out and about or relaxing at home. Its THC content has been measured at between 14% and 22%.
Cherry Skunk’s buds, though well-formed and spherical, are typically only small to medium in size. These nugs cling together in a dense, solid bud structure characteristic of other indica varieties. The leaves are a dull shade of olive green and are coiled tightly inward towards their central stems. Winding their way through these thick buds are vibrant orange hairs, which are actually pistils, structure meant to catch pollen from fertilizing male plants. A dusting of icy white trichomes coats the inner and outer surfaces of the flowers, giving them a prominent white sheen and making them very sticky and hard to break up without a grinder.
When properly cured, Cherry Skunk’s flowers smell fruity, although have less of a cherry character than you might expect, instead reeking of sweet and tart berries. There are also discernible notes of citrus. Skunk Dawg also passes on a powerfully skunky aroma that undercuts this fruitiness. Meanwhile, breaking apart the buds yields dank notes of earth and spice. When combusted in a pipe or a joint, Cherry Skunk burns with a smoke that is smoother than expected, given the strain’s clashing combination of flavor profiles. On the exhale, this smoke tastes sweet with a tinge of acrid skunk. Those consuming the strain in public should take any necessary precautions, as the flowers can be particularly pungent when burnt.
Cherry Skunk is marked by a fast-acting high that may reveal itself before smokers have finished savoring the strain’s unique taste. Early effects are evident in the form of sharpened sensory perception -- external stimuli like sights and sounds may be exaggerated and take on new dimensions. In addition to this distortion, users may note that their thoughts take on a more cerebral nature, flowing in a freely-associative succession. Surging feelings of euphoria may be common at these stages as well. For some, Cherry Skunk can have a psychedelic edge, embodied by effects like a strong sense of time dilation. Such trippy effects can inspired creativity under the right circumstances. As the high wears on or as dosage is increased, physical relaxation spreads down from the neck, through the core and limbs. Although intractable couch-lock is rare, smokers may find their previously cerebral mindset eclipsed by cloudy daydreaming. Cherry Skunk’s wide-ranging effects are as enjoyable during the day as they are at night.
Many medical cannabis patients can also benefit from this hybrid’s spectrum of effects. It is widely praised for conferring pain relief, both for temporary aches and for chronic, serious ailments. Its anti-inflammatory properties can also soothe everyday irritations like nausea and headaches. Cherry Skunk’s easygoing euphoria may also temporarily blunt the symptoms of stress, depression, and even PTSD. Because its head high, though intense, does not often lead to paranoia, this can be a good strain for those who are prone to panic or who have a low tolerance for THC.
No commercial breeders have made seeds of this potent strain available for sale online. As such, prospective growers must obtain clippings from mature plants of Cherry Skunk in order to grow genetically identical “clones.” Although there is little information available on best practices specific to cultivation of this strain, we know that it can be grown indoors or outdoors in semi-humid, Mediterranean-like climates. Furthermore, the hybrid’s indica leanings imply that its plants grow short and bushy, with strong lateral branches; growers should regularly “top” their crops, trimming away broad fan leaves that can block light and air from reaching low-growing flowering nodes.
Somewhat difficult to come by, Cherry Skunk is worth picking up for its robust taste and its calming, evenhanded effects. It’s enjoyable in social or solo settings; if you do break it out in public, though, bring enough to share, as this pungent bud is sure to turn some heads.