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The Most Skunky Cannabis Strains

By January 4, 2019 No Comments

Cannabis strains come in all different types of aromas. The skunky-smelling ones are hard to cover up, but for many it’s a favorite aroma and flavor. Skunk can be the only flavor you taste, but many hybrid strains these days have other flavors mixed in. We’ve compiled a list of the most skunky cannabis strains so you know what to look for.

How Cannabis Strains Get their Skunky Aroma

You’ve heard us talk about terpenes before. Terpenes vary in concentration in each strain of cannabis. The combination of terpenes in each strain is also different. These unique combinations of terpenes are what give cannabis strains their flavors and aromas. 

Skunk No. 1

Skunk No. 1 is a hybrid blend of Colombian Gold, Acapulco Gold and Afghani. It is one of the skunkiest strains you’ll find. Getting the perfect blend of these three strains took quite a few generations. It was a long work-in-progress.

There is a little earthy relief in the background. When smoking Skunk No. 1, it’s best to plan a slow-cooked meal that can permeate throughout the house all day. It’s almost impossible to cover up the aroma of this strain. When properly cultivated, it can be a heavy hitting strain with effects that are long-lasting.

This is a great strain for those that need help with conversation and mood improvement. It helps relax you too. It’s also great for fighting pain, muscle spasms and stress. If you have anxiety or any condition associated with paranoia, it may be a good idea to avoid this strain.

Sour Diesel

Sour Diesel is a strain that you should be able to smell from across the room before it’s even lit. It is skunky, gas-like and citrusy at the same time. The flavor is very complex. The effects are cerebral-forward at first but mellow out to help relax the mind and body a little later.

One of the attributes of this sativa is that the effects are strong, but can last up to 2 hours when properly cultivated. This is an ideal strain for those with pain, depression and stress. THC percentages can reach the high 20s.

In larger doses, you might need a nap. It is a sativa but larger doses may induce opposite effects.

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Super Skunk

This heavy-hitting indica is best used just before you plan to go to bed. In a smaller dose, you might make it through a short movie. The buds of Super Skunk are very dense, so you’ll need a strong grinder.

This is one of the most skunky cannabis strains, just behind Skunk No. 1. It smells like a skunk just sprayed outside your window but tastes sweet.

When your body needs relaxing from stress and pain – this is the strain to knock them out.

Eat before using this strain because it will make you hungry, but you might not stay awake long enough for a snack. Waking up hungry is also possible.

UK Cheese

The blend of berries and spicy cheese translates to a musty, bleu cheese-like aroma for this strain. This one is definitely for those that like stinky cheeses and is an acquired taste. Skunk No. 1 is in its genetics, which is where that sour, skunky aroma comes from.

When you need a boost of energy and need to escape the stresses of reality for a little while, this is a good strain as its effects are euphoric and energetic. It is also an ideal option for those with pain conditions.

While most enjoy sativa effects from UK Cheese, others may find that its bedtime. UK Cheese is a hybrid, but it completely depends on your body’s response to the strain as to whether you’ll be energized or ready for bed.

You’ll also need a strong grinder for the thick, dense buds. If you enjoy feeling tingly and maybe a little numb, look for this strain in your local cannabis market.


This indica has Afghani roots, which lends a hand in its skunky aroma. Some describe the aroma as being like a lemon cleaner with pine as well. It is ideal for evening use and microdosing is suggested if you don’t want to fall asleep on the couch.

SFV OG Kush is a relaxing strain with some giggly and euphoric effects mixed in. Whatever you’re watching at the time will be your focus. After a stressful day, this is a good strain to come home to. It also helps with stress, headaches and may be an option for those with seizure disorders.

For some, a headache and a little paranoia may be experienced. Your mouth will feel as dry as the desert, so make sure you have plenty of water close by.

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Sour Kush

This skunky hybrid is the child of Sour Diesel and OG Kush. It’s another one of the cannabis strains that you should be able to smell from across the room. It can be hard to drive home from the dispensary or recreational store with this strain too, so go directly home and follow all of the traffic laws. Even if you are legal – it’s still never fun to have a conversation about cannabis with a law enforcement officer.

Sour Kush is a strong, heavy-hitting strain. The effects can be long lasting. Smaller doses are recommended and novices should steer clear. In smaller doses, the effects can present as slightly sativa by energizing your mind and body.

If your mood needs improving, this is a good strain to look for. It may also help with increasing creativity and reducing stress. For those with pain, this is an ideal choice as well.

Island Sweet Skunk

Island Sweet Skunk is a complex sativa. It is a tropical-forward smelling strain but the skunk comes in a little later. Grapefruit is the dominating fruit aroma and flavor.

This sativa also has higher concentrations of CBD, so it may not be as intoxicating as some other strains. It is ideal for anxiety, muscle spasms and inflammation.

The buds often show yellow-orange hairs, which adds to its tropical appeal. The buds aren’t real tight, so don’t be alarmed if the strain falls apart a little. You should be able to break this one up with your fingers. It’s also a good idea to keep this in a tightly-sealed container away from sunlight to keep it from drying out. A little bit of orange peel in the container will also help provide some essential oils to keep the buds moist.

Closing Thoughts

These are some of the more popular skunky cannabis strains. If you are interested in one of these strains but can’t find it in your local market, consider asking a local cultivator to obtain seeds. Cultivators often like to cater to the requests of customers, and it can help bring popularity locally to the strain itself. Enjoy these strains, and remember – some are heavy hitters, so microdose if you’ve never tried them before. 

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