The legendary Blueberry was bred by a man named DJ Short, who runs Old World Genetics, which is now based outside Los Angeles. His son, JD Short, is still in Eugene, recently launching a breeding company called Second Generation Genetics.
“When it first came out, what set his stuff aside was that he had stabilized the color purple, with berry and fruit,” JD says. “A lot of the herb that was around at that point was spice weed, or it was the Afghan, which was skunk. DJ came along with these things that were berry and purple, and it just blew people’s minds.”
Almost certainly, there’s something blue on the menu—Blue Dream, Blue Cheese, Berry Bomb, Blue Headband, Blue Diamond Phillips.
“Blueberry’s been around since, I don’t know, 1980?” JD Short says. “The Blueberry pheno that everybody loves and raves about now showed up in DJ’s work probably around 1979.”
In the late ’70s, breeders were just starting to experiment with indicas. To create Blueberry, DJ Short used female sativas, pollinating them with male indicas. He was swimming against the stream.
“To be honest with you, my nose hasn’t come along with anything yet,” he says. “There’s a certain smell in there—a floral-berry-earthen-hash smell in there—that’s unique. I’ve been smelling it literally since I was in diapers, so it’s hard for me to miss.”
The results of his little twist? Blueberry.
Maybe you’ve heard stories about a seed hunter finding Blueberry in the mountains outside Chiang Mai, or a soldier bringing it back from ‘Nam.
Blueberry stood out from the start. The color and aroma that emerged from that plant were unlike anything American cannabis users had ever seen.
Potlander Quick: Open the website of any pot shop in Portland. Almost certainly, there’s something blue on the menu—Blue Dream, Blue Cheese, Berry Bomb, Blue Headband, Blue Diamond Phillips.
In the early 1980’s, the Red cost only $30 to $60 an ounce due to its appearance, making it one of the best deals going. This pot was a narcotic, knock-you-down-and-out, super munchie, red-eye express. The joints would only burn half way before drowning in their own resin! The smoke was very expansive in the lungs with a powerful pine/hash flavor.
I never was able to acquire seeds from the Black African, though I have tried. It is one of the few indigenous strains that I am interested in working with.
The Highland Thai, I believe, is at least partially where the Haze variety originated. It was one of the finest Sativa plants grown for its finished product at 45°N.
The legendary Red Lebanese hash holds its own place. Red Leb had the distinct pine/juniper flavor and aroma, with a tangy spice leather to the exhaled smoke. It was sharp on the sinuses and nasal passages.
History of Skunk #1
The finished product was a very sweet and spicy herb of the highest quality, with a hint of fruity pine aroma. The seeds for this variety were small, dark and round, and the plants exhibited slight signs of hermaphroditism and required surveillance to maintain seedlessness.
Moroccan plants are shorter and designed to grow tightly together, producing a single hemp-like stalk and a fat and dense single cola at the top. It is an apparent Sativa/Indica cross.
The problem I have encountered with the commercial Jamaican is that it is too damned strong and speedy! Jamaican is renowned for its lively herb, for which I can vouch. It is a heartlifting herb and I have a sensitive heart. So I am careful with the samples of the commercial Jamaican ganja that I try.
With the C.Gold mom used by Jingles as well as the Haze Bros they set about trying to create a stable version of Jingles “skunk”. The result would be known as Skunk#1. Columbian Gold x Acapulco Gold/Afgani There are better people around here to tell you the exact details, not the least whom is Sam_Skunkman over @ TFD. Yes it’s him.
My understanding of the SK#1 breeding group is that it started very small and grew as time went by. SkMan starting out as a Jr grower in the late 60’s and rising to the level of chief breeder and seedmaker for the seed co.
Strains of Yesteryear A retrospecive of the best marijuana varieties from the 70's and 80's The author is "DJ Short", the creator of the Blueberry and…