Skookum Charlie sets itself apart with large, conical flowers. These long cones have the loose bud structure usually associated with sativas. The fluffy, ragged buds are composed of leaves that are easily torn away from their central stems. The leaves themselves are a dark shade of forest green. Some phenotypes of the strain also boast patches of muted purple; these surprising colors come about when pigments called anthocyanins are agitated by cold weather during vegetation in a process similar to the changing of foliage in autumn due to depleted chlorophyll levels. These already-colorful buds are coated on their inner and outer surfaces in cloudy white trichomes, giving them a silvery sheen.
Cured flowers of Skookum Charlie burst with a bright lemon and orange aroma that is faintly redolent of citrus-scented cleaning products. Closer inspection also reveals a grassy, vegetal character. Meanwhile, breaking these loose flowers up yields some skunky and incense-like notes that betray the strain’s Kushy roots. Charlie burns with a smooth, palatable smoke when combusted; this smoke tastes like overripe sweet fruit with a slightly dank, piney undercurrent.
Skookum Charlie takes effect quickly, bringing about a rush of uplifting energy. Users may find themselves in the midst of strong cerebral thinking; this mindset can be good for finding analytical solutions to problems, as well as creative brainstorming. The strain can also be uniquely social and can serve as a conversational lubricant. In the right set and setting, these early phases of the high may create a soaring feeling of euphoria. After an hour or so, users are struck by a strong body high. Eyelids may droop while the limbs and core start to feel heavy, leading many to seek refuge in the closest comfortable surroundings. This deep relaxation can feel disorienting and may cause users to feel depersonalized or disconnected from control of their bodies. Although fun and psychedelic, these sensations may prove scary for some. As smokers become couch-locked, their minds can wander and enter a foggy, cloudy state — don’t plan on getting anything done a few hours after consuming. Charlie is most appropriate for use during the late afternoon or evening.