MTF, the acronym for Matanuska Thunder F***, is a strain that once adorned the cover of High Times decades ago – then it disappeared. Not much information exists on the genetics of MTF, and mainstream online resources describe its origins with conflicting theories.
If you’re a veteran smoker, you’ve likely you’ve heard of ATF or Alaskan Thunder F***, and are aware that MTF and ATF are the same strain. Interchanging names for decades, it finally settled on ATF in the cannabis lexicon. One detail is known – the variety hails from the Matanuska Valley north of Anchorage, Alaska. The rest is up for debate.
Some claim MTF is a cross of an indica Afghani landrace and a Northern California Sativa. Others believe the name simply refers to any high quality bud grown in the Matanuska Valley. The revamped MTF is described as sativa leaning, while OG growers of the emerald triangle have maintained the bud’s indica dominance. Either way, there’s many missing links with MTF.
MTF has been reported as particularly beneficial in minimizing symptoms of mood disorders – providing the relief needed to get up and going without rapid energy drain.
MTF’s effects have been reported as centralized to the brain, making it great for creative focus and providing enough clarity to knock some items off the to-do list…if you feel so inclined.
The mystery of MTF was a focus of High Times Magazine in the 1970s, prompting them to send writer Blair Sachs-Benedict to Matanuska in 1975 to confirm its existence. Sachs-Benedict stated “MTF buds are the size of a malamute’s paw … the weed burns slowly, evenly, showing its good breeding, and the taste is smooth and full, with an authoritative bite,” wrote Sachs-Benedict, who said it was the bed bud he’d ever smoked.
MTF’s buds are bright green with varying hues from lime to emerald. Its trichome coverage gives them the appearance of a flower that somehow survived a deep freeze. Dark orange pistils are prominent enough to break through the icy green surface.
A blend of chocolate and fruit is expressed on the exterior, but that Matanuska Thunder Fuck expresses on its exterior, but once ground up there’s a skunky earthiness riding a citrus wave. Its flavor almost mirrors its aroma, but with some added spice.
There are two camps when it comes to MTF’s, or Matanuska Thunder F***’s origins. Some believe it’s a cross of an indica Afghani landrace and a Northern California sativa. Others claim the name simply refers to any high-quality bud grown in the Matanuska Valley.