In the eternally powerful words of Kendrick Lamar, “If I’m gonna tell a real story, I’m gonna start with my name.” And what a story Alaskan Thunderfuck (ATF) has to tell.
ATF is a strain that’s growing in popularity around the U.S., thanks in large part to its name and its uniquely robust highs.
Its origins are jumbled and its genetic makeup is complex, as one would expect from a strain with such a magnificent moniker.
According to Leafly, ATF takes its lineage from an unidentified Northern Californian strain crossed with a ruderalis strain. Ruderalis strains, as classified by the American Journal of Botany (AJB), are a species of cannabis distinct from sativa and indica that grow in Russia and in other parts of Central and Eastern Europe. AJB studies notably mark higher concentrations of CBD in ruderalis strains than in their counterparts.
With this already potent ruderalis strain in the mix, ATF was then crossed again with Afghani. Afghani is a pure indica strain that originated from the mountains of Afghanistan, and one of the first cannabis plants to become domesticated and properly cultivated, according to Wikileaf. All of this came together in the Matanuska Valley in Alaska. What a clusterfuck.
Looks Nothing Like a Duck, Smells Nothing Like a Duck, Alaksan Thunderfuck
The buds are big and bulbous; a deep dark healthy evergreen color compliments the smells of wooded forests. Buds tear off easily and feel light and fluffy to the touch. Rustic orange hairs cut through the hearty green flower.
As it’s smoked, the smells turn from earthy to sour. It tastes similar, and provides an acidic bite on the tongue. Some find the taste very overwhelming.
The full force of the high is on a bit of a delay, not the lighting but the thunder. As it builds momentum and rides in on huge rolling clouds, the high settles and the mind settles with it. It feels as if I’m riding thunder itself, bucking and rocking with the sensations. The rush is not muddy, but rather the mind’s impressions are intensified. As such, thinking and feeling become more activity than autopilot.
ATF affects the body in gently subtle ways. There are no couchlock effects or any stifling inability to move. On the contrary, its sativa roots ensure a clear mind, and a high that is pleasant and comfortable to sit with. Some even claim it functions as an aphrodisiac, further legitimizing ATF’s legendary name.
From the mountains of Afghanistan, to the forests of Northern California, to the fields in Russia, and the valleys of Alaska, ATF has it all. It’s quite an impressive strain with quite an impressive high. ATF is Alaskan; it’s high is rolling thunder. ATF fucks.
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