Do you know anything about the origin of a strain called M39? A friend from Quebec has been growing it for 20 years. He has kept the original genetics alive by cloning. He claims that it is a mix of 25% Acapulco Gold, a sativa, and 75 percent of an indica variety which he didn’t specify. I came across information claiming that M-39 is made of Northern Lights, Skunk #1, and other varieties, but I think they are cheap imitations and I can’t find a solid answer. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
I believe you are talking about the strain M39 that was developed by Super Sativa Seed Club (SSSC) from Holland some time between 1988 and 1990.M39 is a cross between Skunk #1 and Basic 5. The cross was made from Skunk #1 developed in California and smuggled to Holland in the late 1970s. According to Robert Conn-ell Clarke (Marijuana Botany) this Skunk #1 was originally a three-way hybrid – Colombian/Afghan hybrid and a Mexican Acapulco Gold plant. The hybrid was inbred in California until it became stable, and was called Skunk #1. This stable high-yielding THC-potent strain completely revolutionized Dutch dope. Even today, 50 percent or more of all Dutch varieties contain some Skunk #1 genetics. The Basic 5 hybrid is a little more difficult to pinpoint. Basic 5, is a high yielding squat indica plant with heavy very resinous buds that produce an extremely heavy buzz, was developed in Holland during the 1980s. Back then it was grown a lot indoors in Holland. The plant was only available as a clone and passed from breeder to growers in this form. If we add it all up, M39 is a hybrid that consists of a Skunk #1male (Colombian 0.25 percent, Afghan .025 percent, Acapulco Gold 0.50 percent) and Basic 5 female (100 percent indica). Growing a male in such cramped conditions, even if isolated, will undoubtedly result in unwanted pollination. Stay with clones and toss the males in the hash bin! Some of my favorite high-yielding strains include Northern Lights #5, Chronic, AK47, Power Plant, the HOG and S.A.G.E.