As its name suggests, Pineapple Skunk is a bud with a very complex flavor profile. This indica-leaning hybrid was created by Northern California-based Humboldt Seeds and is a cross between Pineapple, Skunk, and notoriously pungent Cheese. Pineapple Skunk’s tangy, tropical smoke comes with an energetic high that melts into full-bodied relaxation as it progresses. This strain’s THC content has been measured at between 15% and 27%.
Although they give off a distinct aroma, Pineapple Skunk’s buds are visually nothing to write home about. The flowers tend to be on the smaller side, clinging together in pebbly clusters. These rounded, popcorn-like buds have a characteristically indica structure, with a densely-packed core and small leaves that spiral inward toward their central stems. The leaves themselves are a vivid spring green and are wound through with curly brown pistils. Finally, a blanket of icy white trichomes ensure the psychoactive potency of Pineapple Skunks’ flowers and makes them very sticky to the touch.
Pineapple Skunk’s flowers give off the unmistakable scent of tropical citrus, with some accents of pineapple. Hanging out underneath is a grassy scent. Meanwhile, grinding up these tight little buds gives off a funky tang. When combusted in a pipe or a joint, this strain burns with a harsh smoke that may tickle the palate or sinuses with its acrid sting. On the exhale, though, this smoke has a fruity, cheesy flavor. Those consuming Pineapple Skunk in public should note it can be a very pungent smoke and may attract some unwanted attention.
This strain offers a subtle and gradually mounting high that may only strike the user when they try to execute a task involving simple motor skills. At first, Pineapple Skunk may warp your sensory perception, leading to such distorted phenomena as a flattening of depth perception and an intensification of any ambient sights and sounds. Once adjusted to these odd sensations, consumers tend to slip into a fast-paced mindset, with thoughts taking on a new significance and suddenly careening from one to the next in free association. Although this kind of “mindrace” can be disorienting in the wrong set and setting, it may be helpful in accomplishing cerebral, analytical tasks or problem-solving scenarios. It may also enable freewheeling, creative brainstorming for work on more creative projects. As time passes or as dosage is increased, Pineapple Skunk’s indica side, previously lurking in the background, becomes more and more obvious. Smokers may feel their limbs and eyelids weighed down in equal measure and those who were previously active may find themselves struck by moderate vertigo and thus driven to seek out the closest comfortable couch. Although not entirely couchlocking, this body high is enough to sap any inclination toward strenuous physical activity. Instead, the cozy vibe and still-stimulated mental state on Pineapple Skunk’s back end makes it a great way to enjoy binge-watching or simply chewing the fat with some like-minded friends. Because of its slow decrescendo in energy levels, Pineapple Skunk is best toked anytime between late afternoon and early evening, when its eventual sedation can be fully savored.
Pineapple Skunk’s versatility can also be a good option for medical cannabis patients. It can sustain focus for those with attention deficit disorders, while its pleasant mood may alleviate the symptoms associated with mild stress and depression. Physiologically speaking, Pineapple Skunk can dull aches and pains, whether they’re temporary, as due to injury, or chronic, as due to conditions like lupus or arthritis. Anti-inflammatory properties may take care of everyday discomforts like nausea or headaches. Because it can induce some intense, recursive patterns of thinking, this strain is not recommended for patients who are prone to panic or paranoia or who have a low THC tolerance.
Humboldt has made seeds of Pineapple Skunk available for sale online. The strain can be grown indoors or outdoors, although outdoor success calls for a semi-humid climate with daytime temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. These plants tend to grow short and squat, with bushy lateral branches that can be easily accommodated indoors. Pineapple Skunk flowers within 8 weeks when grown indoors and is ready for harvest in late September when grown outdoors. At maturity, it offers gardeners a high yield of flowers. Finally, growers should note that, just as this strain is a pungent smoke, it can be a very pungent grow and may require indoor growers to invest in odor control measures.
Pineapple Skunk makes a great all-purpose smoke for indica and sativa lovers alike. Although its strong flavors can be an acquired taste, its long-lasting effects are sure to win over at least a few converts.