Nirvana has been around since the 1980s but thankfully has grasped the need to move with the times and develop strains which address the needs and wants of modern patients. These days what many people want is a medicine which delivers effective results in a pleasant-tasting, easy-to-grow package and Mango Skunk delivers on all counts.
This is one of the many “new-school” strains, which offers a decent level of THC together with plenty of CBD for a real all-around package. The THC level tends to be around the 15% to 20% mark, while the CBD content is usually in the region of 1% to 5%. This is in line with a widespread modern preference for “all-round” strains, which offer the flexibility to be used for a variety of conditions, rather than “pure THC” or “pure CBD strains”.
Strains like Mango Skunk are perfect for situations where you want a combination of quick action and long-lasting benefits. For example, if you suffer from tension headaches, your immediate need is for fast and effective pain relief to stop the pain before it starts to cripple you. That’s the THC. You then want help to deal with the issues which caused the tension headache in the first place. That’s the moderate level of CBD, which will gently insist that you slow down and relax and take it easy for a while until you’re ready to face the world again. This approach can also be very effective when it comes to other sorts of pain, since dealing with pain often requires some level of rest and with today’s busy lifestyles, people can feel under pressure to get going again as soon as they feel able, rather than getting the full amount of rest needed by body and mind.
Mango Skunk offers decent yields in the region of 450-500 g/m². There are certainly bigger-yielding strains out there, but viewed as part of an all-round package, i.e. taking taste, effect and ease of growth into consideration, this has to be viewed as a reasonable return.
Mango Skunk needs nine to eleven weeks to reach its full glory, depending on which particular version of it you have. Basically there are three different versions of Mango Skunk, all of which are Indica dominant and have much the same characteristics. Two of them look like classic Indicas, with their characteristic “Christmas tree” shape, the third shows more of the Sativa influences and is rather taller and lankier and hence tends to take a bit longer to grow. Having said that, while this third variation may go over a metre if left untrained, it’s only going to be by a small amount, perhaps 10 centimetres or so, while the other two variations are unlikely to reach much higher than half a metre. In both cases, plant training will help to keep the height down.
Overall, this is a very beginner-friendly strain. If you can stay on top of the basic needs of ventilation, water and nourishment, you should have no problems with Mango Skunk. A less obvious advantage of this strain is that it has a very discrete odour, so if you’re only growing one or two plants you should have minimal odour-control issues.
Once you actually start to use this strain, you’ll soon begin to appreciate why it’s seen as a connoisseur’s variety. It’s like eating a luscious tropical fruit salad (full of mango of course), with cream and a slight touch of earthy spiciness, some people say cinnamon. The scent reflects the flavour. Although the aroma is discrete, it’s utterly delicious with the sweetness of fruit and the richness of cream, nicely counterbalanced by earth undertones, which prevent it from becoming cloying.
To be perfectly honest, Mango Skunk is nothing particularly special to look at, although there’s nothing wrong with it and the chunky nuggets certainly inspire confidence. As soon as you break those nuggets open, however, that mouth-watering perfume is released.
Whether or not Mango Skunk is the right strain for you depends on what you want. While the yield is reasonable, there are plenty of strains out there which can offer either bigger yields or the same sort of yield in less grow time. If, however, your priority is to grow a really effective and great-tasting weed, then Mango Skunk has to be a real contender.