About Critical Skunk
Critical Skunk is a potent, sativa-dominant hybrid with some illustrious parents. The strain, created by prolific breeder Mr. Nice Seeds (who has also created Zero Gravity and Ash), is the product of indica landrace Afghani and staple hybrid Skunk #1. Popular in Europe and the U.S., Critical Skunk comes with a strong aroma and a well-balanced high. Its THC content has been measured at between 18% and 24%.
This strain stands out with solid, well-formed flowers that have an elongated, column-like shape when trimmed and dried. Buds of this variety tend to have a more open and piecey structure rather than the densely-packed formation usually associated with more indica-dominant strain. The fluffy leaves are a dark shade of forest green and also colored by cloudy white trichomes and curly yellowish and orange pistils.
When properly cured, Critical Skunk’s buds have an aroma very much like that of their parent strain, Skunk #1. Sour, funky notes predominate with some hints of musk in the background. When the spindly flowers are broken apart, they give off more of a peppery, spicy kick, possibly passed on from Afghani. When it’s combusted in a pipe or a joint, Critical Skunk gives off a smoke that can be harsh on the palate and trigger watery eyes or coughing. On the exhale, this smoke tastes somewhat earthy.
Critical Skunk tends to take effect relatively quickly after smokers have finished coughing on its dense smoke. At first, consumers may notice that their thoughts are moving more quickly than usual or have taken on a new weightiness. They may also notice that some external stimuli like sights and sounds are subject to some weird sensory distortions. This kind of tuned-in mental state may allow for extended work on some detailed, work-related tasks. It can also provide some pleasant background distraction from irritating chores like doing the dishes or the laundry.
An hour or so into the high (or sooner, if dosage is increased), Critical Skunk begins to unwind its potent powers of physical relaxation. Any tightly-held muscular tensions can begin to dissolve as the consumer is able to breathe more deeply and to slow down a little bit. Those who may have been active earlier may find themselves drifting into lethargy. Luckily, though, the strain’s initial cerebral energy can persist even as couchlock begins to take over. As such, this bud is as much a great way to kick back and enjoy solo activities like binge-watching or crafting as it is a social way to kick back with some like-minded friends. Furthermore, those who enjoy Critical Skunk’s somewhat trippy effects can enhance this vibe by turning on some moody music or a visually-engaging movie. Because of its gradual descent from animated energy into thorough relaxation, Critical Skunk is best consumed in late afternoon when its full trajectory of effects cn b fully appreciated.
Although recreationally valuable, Critical Skunk may also be of interest to medical cannabis patients. The bud’s long-lasting mental lucidity may help those with attention deficit disorders to stay zoned-in on single tasks. Its mood-altering abilities can also help to temporarily lift the cloud of mild to moderate stress or depression. This strain’s considerable physical effects may also be of use, including its tendency to reduce aches and pains, whether they’re due to serious conditions like arthritis, or to common inflammations like headaches and cramps. Because of its early feelings of mindrace, Critical Skunk might not be a good option for patients who are prone to panic or who have a low tolerance from THC.
Fortunately for prospective home growers. Breeder Mr. Nice has made seeds of Critical Skunk available for sale online. Its hardy Afghani landrace genetics make it a particularly user-friendly grow for newcomers to cannabis cultivation. Once obtained, the strain can be grown indoors or out, although outdoor success is contingent on a hot and semi-humid climate. The plants should be occasionally trimmed of any broad fan leaves that can block light and air from reaching any low-growing nodes. Critical Skunk flowers within 6 to 8 weeks when grown indoors can be harvested in late September through early October when grown outdoors. It can offer yields of between 60 and 74 grams (or 2 to 2.6 ounces) of flower per square foot of plant.
With a pungent signature aroma and long-lasting effects, it’s no wonder that Critical Skunk enjoys international popularity. The balanced strain is a must-try for both indica and sativa lovers.