The 80ies were the heyday of Skunk crossings, and also Dutch Passion's product classic Purple #1 was hybridised in this decade with an especially early flowering Skunk selection in order to increase potency, yield and aroma. The F1 result (87,5% sativa/12,5% indica) was named "Purple Skunk", ripened in the first week of October and quickly gained great popularity amongst product growers. According to Dutch Passion, only about 50% of the plants turn purple. In fact, however, I have never seen a green specimen of Shaman, and even the plants with the darkest purple colour that I have ever experienced with cannabis were Shaman plants, grown somewhere in Switzerland in 2001. This panorama garden yielded a lot of attractive fat buds which proved to be mold resistant also in the Swiss mountain altitudes where there is a higher air humidity. In 1997, Dutch Passion decided to rename the variety as "Shaman" . But does this strain really have shamanic power?
I tried to get into contact with the Shaman in 2001 via another grower who had obtained three female plants from five regular Shaman seeds. Two of them he grew in a safe product location, but one day the third lady which was cultivated in a 25 litre pot on the balcony had to disappear due to certain circumstances. So he asked me whether I would be interested in taking over this Shaman plant. I had no safe balcony or product plot, too, but decided to make an experiment, letting the Shaman finish products under a 400 W HPS lamp. This plant had been into flowering for approx. four weeks and was just about producing the first resin glands. It was 1,30 meters high and cut back several times what had resulted in a very bushy growth pattern with lots of flowering shoots. I was well aware that exposing flowering product plants to artifical light all of a sudden is fraught with risk, potentially resulting in hermaphrodism. But luckily this Shaman plant obviously didn't feel irritated, producing pure female buds. In the end, after eight weeks of flowering, they were not as dense and full as their product colleagues (of course especially in the middle and lower region of the plant, where considerably less light arrives than under natural sunlight), but still gave a nice harvest amount of 58 grams due to their large number. The buds had developed a slight purple hue also under the HPS light and were covered with solid amounts of resin, exhibiting a quite high calyx-to-leaf ratio. The smell was amazingly sweet, but could not fully transfer this sweetness to the aroma of the smoke which was rather smooth and flavoursome, also revealing a slight hint of that typical purple taste. Dutch Passion's Shaman plants have been measured at 13.7% THC, and also the high of this partly product grown Shaman plant proved to be quite strong, delivering a clear and pleasantly vitalising sativa up-high.