Name: Alaskan Thunderfuck
Type: Hybrid (sativa dominant)
Genetics: [ NorCal Sativa x Russian Rudalis ] x Afghani
The Alaskan Thunderfuck (ATF) moniker attached to this strain is just one alias of many that it goes by. Alaskan Thunderfuck, though recognized as one of the most memorable names in cannabis history, is actually a generic name for an old, mysterious hybrid strain that was originally known as Matanuska Thunderfuck. More recently to give the strain a more "PC" spin, it has been dubbed Matanuska Tundra, and if you happen to be in Alaska and want to come off like a local, just ask for Thunder.
ATF has enjoyed a long and storied history. The strain first appeared on the cannabis radar back in the mid 1970s when High Times did a feature story on the strain following a landmark court decision that essentially legalized marijuana possession for small amounts within the state. Originally, this strain was as close as you’re going to get to a true sativa, but a few years after its conception, the strain had Afghani genetics bred in for increased heartiness. For most of the 1980s, ATF had to remain underground due to constant DEA raids and was even rumored to be protected by the Hells Angels during this period.
The sativa dominance of this strain is apparent in its looks and effects, however the exact sativa genetics are shrouded in mystery. The only part of that lineage that can be agreed upon is that the sativa parent hails somewhere from the Northern California region.
Looks and Smell
The ATF strain is definitely one of those that gets your attention off of bag appeal. The green colorations run the spectrum from army green to patches of bright, neon green with a few light, orange hairs here and there. ATF really reacts to a cold climate, bringing out dark purple hues that add to the already amazing aesthetics. The buds have that super frosty, dipped-in-sugar look that everyone appreciates. It’s simply a gorgeous strain to gaze upon.
Not wanting to be upstaged, the smell of ATF is also amazing—but before you break up those nugs, make sure you have a tray to collect all those lovely crystals. The aroma is powerful and fills up space quickly, bombarding your nostrils with varying degrees of pine, earth, citrus, skunk, and floral notes.
ATF is known in the most part for its sativa effects, which can be described as uplifting and energetic. The strain is probably best utilized as a daytime option. The incredible potency this strain can possess is not immediately apparent, giving ATF the reputation as a creeper that gradually builds on itself until you’re in an intense, long-lasting cerebral trip that also brings physical relaxation along for the ride. The smoke from ATF is smooth and delicious and somehow manages to coat your throat instantly, protecting it from any harshness the strain might generate. There is also a distinct Jack Herer-like sweetness going on here, and I would bet somewhere down the line, they share some genetics.
Alaskan Thunderfuck should be considered mostly a morning or daytime smoking option due to its pleasant and uplifting nature. That being said, this is one of my favorite sativa-leaning strains, and it’s about as powerful as you’re going to find. This is definitely not a strain for beginning or even moderate growers, as ATF plants can be very finicky, do not respond well to changes in climate, and absolutely hate humidity. So as long as you got those issues covered, you’re good.
ATF has been found useful in treating depression, PTSD, anxiety, headaches, and chronic pain. Even here on the West Coast, the ATF strain can be somewhat hard to find. But if one stays persistent and checks under all known aliases, eventually you will be rewarded and come across this looker. Now that I finally got my hands on this amazing strain, I fully intend to make this the official wake ’n’ bake strain of TheNug.
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