Matanuska Thunderfuck

Matanuska Glacier panorama by Walter Siegmund CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

In this installment, I’ll be reviewing a variety of marijuana with a mysterious past, Matanuska Tundra, or as it was originally called, Matanuska Thunderfuck.  As usual, I sampled .5 grams rolled in a Raw Organic 1 1/4 paper, with a Raw perforated crutch.  At 12:14 AM I fired up my doobie.  At 12:21 I had an energetic coughing fit that kick-started a long-lasting, two hour, full body high.  The MTF didn’t quite create couch-lock, but I was definitely more vegetable than cognitively functioning human.  The buds were nicely cured with a potent bouquet.

The history of Matanuska Thunderfuck is as interesting to read about as it is fun to say.  One of the legendary strains from the 60’s and 70’s, its origins and mystique rank along side of Panama Red, Colombian Gold, and Mowie Wowie.  In the 1970’s I recall hearing about Matanuska and wishing we would cross paths, but it never happened, destined to remain on my mystery weed pedestal.

Although there once may have been a single variety, what is now referred to as Matanuska Thunderfuck is ANY variety originating from the Matanuska Valley in Alaska; this includes the strain Alaskan Thunderfuck. Aside from my online research, I have tasted MTF from four different growers; two samples were similar, the other two clearly came from completely different genetics.

Something that we all forget, is that the aforementioned varieties were originally grown in very specific and unique environments.  The Matanuska Valley is never totally dark, even after the sun sets.  Given that the plants were probably originally grown in at least partial tundra soil without a full dark cycle, the MTF we currently enjoy may have genuine Alaskan genetics, but it is not the same bud grown in the Great White North.  The same is also true for Hawaiian varieties.  Growing in rich volcanic soil under a tropical sun will yield an extremely different result compared with indoor growing under ‘artificial’ conditions.  Don’t get me wrong, we grow wicked killer bud here in Colorado, I’m simply making a point that it’s impossible to reproduce the originals as they once were without also re-creating their original environment.  But don’t let this information cause you to pass on this Indica dominant hybrid.  It’s definitely worth a try…I shit you not.

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