Shiva is vigorous and pest-resistant making it a good choice for less experienced growers, and its potency, production and fast flowering time make it highly interesting for Indica connoisseurs as well.
Shiva is a dark green Indica from the high Himalayas; a compact, sturdy cannabis cultivar with a great yield and top-notch resin production.
This strain is named after Shiva, Hindu god of destruction, transformation and bhang (a term covering all forms of cannabis). The genes of the Shiva seed-strain come straight from the mountainous north of India, giving its buds a pungent, spicy, charas aroma and a heavy, relaxing stone.
Like its parent-plants, Northern Lights #5 and Skunk #1, it produces a powerful high. Expect to experience intense relaxation, both in body and mind, along with a sense of serenity and thoughtfulness. Some claim that it produces a red-eyed, giggly effect too.
Shiva Skunk Feminized flourishes in warm, continental climates. The plants also grow well in a greenhouse, or indoors at any time of the year. Experienced growers may want to use the SCROG (Screen of Green) or Sea of Green (SOG) techniques, as these tend to generate good results with this strain. Supercropping and lollipopping are also effective.
Growth pattern of Shiva Skunk Feminized
Effect, taste, and smell of Shiva Skunk Feminized
Shiva Skunk Feminized is one of our most powerful skunk strains. The lack of male plants means that it’s easy to cultivate, and its vigorous growth and resinous buds produce excellent yields. As for the high? Expect to feel deeply relaxed and contemplative, though the 15% sativa sometimes also induces a sense of energy and adventure!
The yield is sizeable too. When cultivated indoors, growers can anticipate around 400-450 g/m2 per plant. Outdoors, in the right conditions, this can reach as high as 600 – 850 g/m2. As the flowering period advances, Shiva Skunk Feminized’s buds swell significantly. That’s when you can expect to see the bulk of the resin production.
In appearance, Shiva Skunk Feminized is similar to Northern Lights #5. The plants have many branches, and although the flowers take a while to appear, when they do, the buds are dense, heavy and extremely resinous.
Both parents influence the prolific bud structure and knock-down potency of feminized Shiva Skunk seeds. Later in flowering, her buds greatly increase their mass and density and become encrusted with a trademark layer of oversized resin glands, courtesy of the one and only Northern Lights #5. Remarkable hybrid vigour allows feminized Shiva Skunk to out-perform even its distinguished parents in terms of yield and resin content.
NL#5 x Sk#1 offered growers a taste of ´cannabis cubed´ – a super-hybrid embodying the two most powerful cannabis strains known at the time. Before being formally named, Shiva Skunk was already building a reputation as the next step in marijuana breeding. Now, Sensi Seeds has taken Shiva Skunk one step further, releasing one of our all-time favourite strains as a uniform, reliable, all-female variety!
The most powerful member of the Skunk family and therefore one of the most potent Indica-dominant strains ever made available, this very special hybrid is named in honour of the Hindu god Shiva, the Lord of Bhang Shiva Skunk seeds were an instant hit when released in 1987 as NL#5 x Sk#1. That simple working-title was of great interest to any growers familiar with the two famous parent-plants. A new cannabis strain combining distinct and stable genotypes is always noteworthy event, and that particular string of letters indicated something extraordinary.
Bouquet is musky and dank with sweet-citrus undertones; smoke is thick, expansive and resinous, described as ´creamy´ by veterans, sometimes as ´oily´ or ´heavy´ by novices. Shiva Skunk´s extreme body-mind potency can have a range of different effects in smokers, making them red-eyed and giggly, or deeply contemplative, or even filling them with energy and a desire for adventure. This is not a smoke to be taken lightly; remember that Lord Shiva´s primary title is The Destroyer!