Cartoon Ghosts and ATF
By Jessica Ginet
When it comes to cannabis, I’m always in a state of flux. My favorite strain tends to change based on mood and time of year. This October, it’s been nice to revisit one of my all-time faves, Alaskan Thunder (a.k.a. Alaskan Thunderf*ck or ATF).
With all the new strains out there, it’s cool to see some—dare I say—”retro” strains still kicking it and holding their own.
I’m a child of the ‘70’s and ‘80’s with a still-overactive imagination. I also love the month October and Halloween. So I confess that the first thing I noticed about the ATF plants in our upper garden wasn’t just the huge colas and massive plant size, it was how they resembled eerie ghosts from one of my favorite cartoons. (HINT: It features a dog, four intrepid mystery solvers and a cool van.). The apical buds (the huge cola at the very top of the plant) look like the head, and the branches, heavy with colas, look like the shoulders, arms and hands of ghoulish apparitions.
I’m a lifelong Pacific Northwesterner (Oregon, Washington, Alaska), and I’m really excited about this season’s ATF crop. It’s one of those strains that is a perfect representation of the place I call home: the smell is distinctly cannabis with a divine mix of spiciness, culinary herbs and pine. To me, it’s just cozy. I liken it to a spicy and tannin-rich Merlot.
An ATF high enhances my creativity without making me anxious, and the taste is really pleasant, with a strong, but not harsh, finish.
When this season’s ATF is cured and ready for consumption, you’ll find me in my backyard, notebook in hand, looking at the mountains and smoking flower.