Orange Skunk Cultivar Review: Total Score: 92

This week’s Orange Skunk cultivar review is for a “sativa” purchased at Arborside Compassion in Ann Arbor, MI. The grower is unknown. Arborside Compassion is one of the few medical marijuana provisioning shops in Ann Arbor remaining only as medical, choosing not to get an adult-use license. The buds were generally small, but not overly trimmed and it was not dried out like much of the flower I’ve purchased in Ann Arbor.

Orange Skunk – Appearance

Orange Skunk Cultivar Review

Photo Credit: Steve Haskin

For our orange skunk cultivar review we found the buds small with a lot of frost (trichomes) all over the flowers including the little bits of stem. And there were lots of orange stigmas to see. It wasn’t overly trimmed, but I still would have liked to see more leaf. That’s me though.

Appearance Score: 18/20

Orange Skunk  – Aroma

Wow! If this was a wine, I’d call it a fruit bomb. In the wine world, a fruit bomb is a wine that has a massive aroma and taste, sometimes very simple taste. The aroma was not simple. It started with a massive aroma of fresh orange-like fruit. I could not detect any pinene or other terpenes that are normal in this kind of sativa bud. That’s not a bad thing in and of itself. The bud had very prominent fruity aromas. I don’t believe I’ve ever smelled as fruity and luscious aroma as this. I do, however, wish I knew who the grower was. This one certainly was exceptional in the aroma.

Aroma Score: 19/20

Orange Skunk – Taste

The aromas came right through the taste. Perhaps the cure wasn’t long enough or it was too dry, but it was a bit harsh on the first toke. There was some coughing, but not a lot and it got mellower as it smoked down in the bowl. The taste went all the way through the process and you could still taste the delicious fruitiness in the exhalation and the fruity taste lingered for a while. In wine, this would be the finish and Orange Skunk had a pretty good finish. A few points lost for the harshness.

Taste Score: 17/20

Orange Skunk – Effect

The Orange Skunk cultivar is called sativa by the dispensary. While I don’t believe in sativa or indica as terms, the bud did have more of what I would call a ‘sativa’ effect. It was very uplifting. The mind effect had several nuanced layers in it. They were distinct from one another but worked together as a whole. Very uplifting and somewhat euphoric. And funny. Many things seemed humorous. There wasn’t much body effect until about 2 1/2 hours after smoking. Then it was just relaxing and maybe a bit sleepy. It was very easy and relaxing to laugh while under the influence.

The effect started about 3 or 4 minutes after we had our first toke. First, my mind felt relaxed and happy. Then my mind seemed to sharpen and the events of the day seemed humorous. It was a fairly focused effect and I liked it a lot.

Effect Score: 18/20

Orange Skunk Strain Review Summary

I was impressed with Orange Skunk. It was excellent, and probably one I’ll purchase again, especially if I knew who the grower was. The dispensary did allow me to pick out the buds.

My only objection to this strain has nothing to do with the grower, but the package it was delivered in. This shop let me select the buds, but then put them in a plastic bag that they then stuffed into a ‘pharmacy’ container like a lot of dispensaries use. The advantage of a ‘pharmacy’ container is the flower doesn’t get crushed. I like to crush (or grind) my flowers when I use them, not in the package thank you. Please dispensaries, if you’re listening, stop using plastic bags. And especially stop using plastic bags and then stuffing them into a container. I had never seen that before in Ann Arbor, MI.

Orange Skunk created a memorable effect. If you like a brain buzz, you’ll really enjoy this strain. If you want a strain that enhances creativity and gives lots of energy, Orange Skunk is that strain. A light session of 1 or 2 puffs will get your brain going for a few hours, but won’t give you that burst of creativity you might want.

Orange Skunk Strain Review Total Score: 92

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