I agree, and it's a cool and promising thing that the smells and tastes of cannabis are more than just terpenes. The more combinations, the more complexities the more opportunities, the better.Yes I understand what your saying. But the point that Im trying to make here and the entire reason why I started this thread in the first place is to try to get everyone to draw the connection between "Road Kill Skunk" and Ester Alcohols. I'm 100% convinced that the plant based Ester alcohols are the key to resurrecting RKS. Kevin Jodrey talks about this exclusively in the videos I included in post #1 in this thread. Please don't throw the baby out with the bathwater guys just hear me out for two seconds before you dismiss what Im saying here. Cannabis is a very complex plant and there is a whole spectrum of terpenes and compounds that the plants can create. One of the lost "spectrums" of cannabis that is all but gone now are the Ester Alcohols that got bred out back in the 90s. These plant based Alcohols that the plants produce are extremely volatile and not limited to just one smell. Like I mentioned before there is a "spectrum" of alcohol based compounds that the plants can create and there will be different smells given off based upon phenotypes and other various differences. The original Skunk #1 from back in the 80s that you keep referencing in this thread definitely had these Ester Alcohols in the genes.
That original Skunk #1 from back in the day was likely pheno hunted by breeders. They went through many different Ester producing plants until someone finally found the one that exclusively produced the "pure skunk" Ester smell. No ammonia and no piss and no bleach or death just the pure isolated skunk spray Ester smell. Then they stabilized it in seed form. Now all this being said in order to resurrect the original RKS from decades back someone has to start finding old strains that have that Ester Alcohol in their genes. You gotta start pollen splashing various Ester specimens then start popping a whole shit load of seeds. Many of the progeny will have Ester smells like Ammonia and Death and Bleach and other volatile aromas but the idea is to keep hunting the phenotypes until you find one that ONLY exhibits the "Pure Skunk Spray" Ester compound. Do you get my point? This is why Im excited when I hear guys like Vegguerilla say that they found a "Eye Burning" specimen. It's because even though it may not be "True Skunk #1" and even though many people will dismiss it I personally believe that its starting to get close to the real RKS. It's just a matter of time before someone keeps fucking around with those Ester Alcohols and finally isolates it again.
I of course wasn't there when Skunk #1 was created, but my guess is that it wasn't pheno hunted but stumbled upon. Especially if you look at the classic varieties that went into it.....none of them said "stinky". Maybe the Afghani but this was a time when breeders were primarily looking to cross Sativas with Indicas for things like "easy to grow indoors", bigger yields, hybrid vigor, early maturing, high resin content, and "best of both worlds"; grows like an Indica, high like a sativa. These were the prime goals of the early marijuana breeders. Pheno hunting came later, or was at least an early luxury.......my bet is that Skunk didn't come about deliberately, by looking for a combination that would smell like fine dank skunk......the 2 Golds and an Afghani must have been crossed to get the best traits of all 3. Instead of various traits of all 3 coming out, this amazing, unique new variety that really wasn't like any of them popped up. The skunky smell was probably a big surprise on top of the fact that this new amazing strain was made. And it was stabilized......mostly, I think.....
It had such an imprint on my memory. Even almost 40 years later..it was that good. Look how many strains have it in their genetics.