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This Session Garden strain guide article provides crowd sourced information about the ATF strain including the origins, THC content, appearance, effects & more.

ATF (also known as Alaskan Thunderfuck) is an interesting hybrid strain that has the capacity to create an instant high, each and every time… perfect for “those” sorts of moments where you need to relax now as opposed to later. This popular strain variety has some mystery behind its history, however, and has a very interesting lineage to it.

What is the Origin of the ATF Strain?

The ATF strain has been known to have come about via mixing a Sativa strain somewhere out of North America with a Russian ruderalis strain, which isn’t well-known because it generally lacks the psychotropic effects a lot of individuals look for when they consume marijuana and marijuana-based products.  

Sometime in the 1970s, however, the ATF strain merged with a still-obscured Afghan Indica landrace strain, which has led to this particular bud’s final form. You might be wondering why “Alaskan” is in the full name of the strain? At some points, ATF has been called “Matanuska Tundra” which relates to the Matanuska Valley located in south-central Alaska. Due to Alaska’s relatively close proximity to Russia, (compared to the rest of the United States), this may ultimately explain the inclusion of the Russian ruderalis in the origins of this potent strain of weed!

The Lineage Of ATF

According to, the ATF strain is a mix of North California Sativa mixed with still-unknown Afghan genealogical lines. There is also a possibility that the ATF strain contains amounts of Oaxacan Gold and possibly even Original Haze.  

ATF History

This became a very well-known strain in the middle 1970s due to a High Times magazine article that focused explicitly on the legalization of pot possession in the state. At the time, the strain was known as Matanuska Valley Thunder Fuck, but it was shortened for decorum-based reasons. Allegedly clones of the original were taken into hiding… some even claiming the Hells Angels biker gang still retain the originals after raids from the DEA in the early 1990s. Luckily, however, many different seed companies carry this powerful strain today for the pleasure of all! 

The ATF strain has also been named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the best pot strains back in 2017. Additionally, there’s even a drag performer that used to go by the name Alaska Thunder Fuck however has since changed it simply to “Alaska” in order to avoid (more) potential confusion with the herb.  

How Is The ATF Strain Grown?

The ATF strain is known to produce a sizeable yield when grown outdoors, in cooler climates such as up in North American areas, though it probably could do quite well in other cold areas of the world, such as parts of Europe and Scandinavia. This isn’t surprising due to its overly Alaskan history! It can produce well indoors and with hydroponic units, but it’s not nearly as efficient when it comes to overall yield. The advantage of growing the ATF strain indoors, however, is that growth can potentially be faster than if outdoors, so you’re sacrificing yield outcome for a faster harvest… just be aware that the ATF plants can be quite tall, so be sure to take that into consideration before completely solidifying your inside setup. 

Another thing to be aware of with the ATF strain is that they are somewhat disease-resistant, but special care should be taken anyways when growing the marijuana variety. Major shifts in atmosphere/temperature can have a negative effect on a crop, especially if the plants are situated kept outside. 

ATF Cultivation Details:

8 – 9 weeks


~16oz/m2 (inside) & 32 oz per plant (outside) 


Physical Traits of the ATF Strain

Every kind of bud has some sort of distinctive outer traits when it comes to their overall physique, and the ATF strain is no exception!  

What Does ATF Look Like?

This type of weed is chunky. No, really, this strain has huge buds in comparison to other strains out there, and displays an appearance resembling that of a shovel or a garden spade. The pistils are a beautiful orange colour, and the leaves themselves are coloured light green for the most part. The leaves are considered quite easy to separate and tear apart from the stem in the center of the entire bud.

The stickiness of this plant is out of this world, though, due to the huge amount of trichomes covering the inside and outside of each of the flowers… so be sure to have an effective, high-quality grinder on standby to partake of this bud.  

What Aroma Does ATF Have?

Petrichor… this is commonly known as the smell of rain after it has set into overly dry soil. This explains the ATF’s aroma perfectly, along with other kinds of arboreal scents that are reminiscent of romps through woodland forests full of cedar and pine trees.  Some even note a somewhat lemony smell that is present, yet distant at the same time but for the most part, you’re going to get dense, wet woodland scents from this strain of bud.  

What flavours can you expect from ATF?

The flavour profile of the smoke from the ATF bud is generally seen as harsh and nasty. Many users report an almost ammonia smell with that distant hint of lemon experienced in the overall fragrance of the bud. There are also obvious earthy flavours as well, which you would expect from the distinct hints you get of it as soon as you sniff the dry bud from the first time. This is a harsh strain of weed to smoke, though, so beware if you are a beginner marijuana smoker.  

What Effects can you expect from ATF?

ATF is famous for its “creeping” onset. This is a potent strain, but the effects are subdued until a few minutes into the experience. Once they begin to manifest, users will note the escalation of a unique high — one with all the indications of a strong sativa combined with the wave of relaxation typical of indica-based strains.  

 Rather than being overly energetic, the effects are quite playful, impacting emotional happiness and sensory perception. Users will feel a strong sense of clarity throughout the experience, enabling them to carry out many of their daily tasks without staring off into space for too long.  

 If there’s nothing crucial on the to-do list for the day, the strain lends itself very well to leisurely activities like playing video games or catching up with friends over coffee. Or, if the creative bug happens to be biting, Alaskan Thunderfuck is an ideal supplement to creative activities. Its inherent clarity allows you to jump into the creative process with the chance of actually finishing a draft of whatever story, song or drawing you happen to be working on.  

 Although these effects are quite strong, they occur gradually and fade out in the same way. This spares users from experiencing the cerebral crash typical of a powerful sativa. Anyone who plans to maintain a steady high throughout the day without crashing down hard should definitely look into Alaskan Thunderfuck.  

This is an ideal strain for daytime users, able to accompany them from their first morning coffee through the rest of their planned activities. That said, it’s also versatile enough to use before bed thanks to its relaxing properties, though it definitely won’t be as sedative as a more indica dominant strain. It’s not the type of cannabis that will bind you to the couch with lock and chain, but you’ll definitely be met with the pull of snacking or the munchies at some point during the experience.  

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