Skunk is made from from unpollinated cannabis plants which naturally contain higher levels of THC – the substance that gives recreational users the ‘stoned’ feelings they seek from the drug, but can also cause nasty side effects, including paranoia and hallucinations.
It’s a favourite in the streets of Bulawayo. The other strains from Malawi and Mozambique are scarcely available as compared to Harare & in other towns.
Female plants are grown while the male plant is killed (during the plant sexing, the farmer identifies the male’s and uproots them )
Male plants are killed because a fertilized Female plant will be less potent than an unfertilized one since it will spend more energy on the production of seeds.
Hash and herbal cannabis are considered to be milder than skunk. That’s because they contain higher levels of a substance called CBD (cannabidiol) which experts say works as an anti-psychotic and counteracts some of the negative effects of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol).
It’s argued that cannabis with high levels of THC and no or very low CBD can lead to people developing psychiatric issues.