ATF Strain

Alaskan Thunder Fuck may sound like something the mighty Thor does on the weekends, but it is, however, the name of a majestic and legendary marijuana strain. It’s also known as ATF, Matanuska Thunder Fuck, or Matanuska Tundra.

ATF Strain

The legend that surrounds this strain adds intrigue and mystery and makes it highly sought after. This Sativa leaning hybrid strain provides a euphoric high that can put users into a deep and relaxing sleep. It is believed to be 70% Sativa and 30% Indica. 

Read on to learn all about its history, profile, medical benefits, and growing information. 

Strain History 


Due to the unknown origins of the strain, it’s impossible to paint a clear picture of ATF’s genetic lineage. Along the line, there is a Northern California Sativa strain, a Russian Ruderalis, and some species of Afghani origins.

This is quite the collection of strains from all corners of the world and extreme variations in climates. 

Despite not knowing the genetics origins, breeders can still create new life from existing ATF plants, which keeps this legendary strain circulating amongst green-thumbed connoisseurs.

ATF is also the parent strain of several strains, including Chronic Thunder and Chocolate Thunder. 


The legend tells of a breeder in the Matanuska Valley area of Alaska, who crossed a Northern California Sativa with a Russian Ruderalis strain. This cross was then itself cross-pollinated with a strain of Afghani origins to make it more resistant to extremes of weather. 

Strain Profile 

Strain Appearance  

ATF buds are light and olive green with a dense covering of long fiery orange pistils, with some yields being so densely covered you can’t see the green beneath.

They are also caked in a more than generous serving of crystal trichomes, displaying the potent and dense terpene profile of the strain. 

Strain Flavor  

The flavor profile of ATF is diverse, complicated, and it comes in waves. It combines earthy and sweet to great success, a notable presence of pine and menthol cuts through the sour lemon and skunky body.

There is a sweetness not unlike banana and berries that tingles the tongue and makes this heavy smoke lighter on the palate. 

Strain Aroma  

A dazzling combination of aromatics that emphasizes the notes one tastes on inhalation. The skunky and earth aroma is pungent and powerful, it will fill up a room in seconds, making it unsuitable for discreet smokes.

The pine and citrus carve a path through the dense smoke to lighten the load, but still, we recommended highly ventilated or discreet locations for this bud. 

Strain Cannabinoids  

ATF typically has a THC count of between 16-24%, meaning the strength of the smoke depends on the supplier. The strain also contains a small amount of CBD at around 0.8-1%, adding to the medicinal properties of the strain.

ATF Strain

Strain Terpenes  

ATF has a rich and varied terpene profile, making it a fantastic choice for medicinal marijuana users. 

Myrcene is the major terpene in ATF, a terpene that is often found in nature in lemongrass and one that brings the earthy aromatics to the strain.

Myrcene has strong sedative effects and impressive muscle-relaxant capabilities, making it great for chronic pain and muscle strains, as well as insomnia and other sleep disorders.  

Limonene provides antibacterial and antimicrobial effects, as well as brings citrus aromas to the table. It’s known to promote weight loss, work as an antitumor, and treat respiratory issues such as bronchitis.

It is also believed to improve serotonin production, improving general mood and state of mind.  

Caryophyllene has aromatics of cinnamon, oregano, and cloves. It is used in the treatment of mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, as well as having painkilling properties. 

Pinene can mitigate some effects of the THC as it helps raise alertness and increases attention, as well as provides forest pine aromas. 

Strain Effects & Side Effects  

Users report a rush of euphoria when they take their first toke on this mighty, powerful strain. Take a big hit on a bowl, and you will feel like you’ve taken Thor’s mighty hammer Molinijr to the face.

After a few tokes, some users may find themselves floating on the rainbow bridge to Asgard. 

In moderation, this strain gives you focus, alertness, and motivation as well as a happy disposition and a clear state of mind.

Consider that it has quite the creeping effect, so you’re only ever a few tokes away from the more sedated effects that can catch you off guard. 

Users reported dry eyes, which can be aided by using eye drops, splashing cold water on your face, and simply by keeping the room ventilated. To deal with the unfortunate ‘cottonmouth’, keep a drink nearby to stay hydrated at all times. 

Staying hydrated will also help those who suffer from any dizziness. If this happens just take a breather and let your head clear.

A case of ‘the munchies’ may also be in order if you are that way inclined, so keep some snacks nearby. Keep some fresh fruit as this will stave off hunger and keep you hydrated.

ATF Strain

Medical Benefits  

The massive range of terpenes makes ATF a brilliant and effective medicinal marijuana for a whole load of different conditions and challenges.

Those with mood disorders such as depression, PTSD, Bipolar Disorder, chronic stress, and anxiety may find great relief with ATF. The calming and euphoric feelings can combat the black dog of depression and keep it at a distance.  

Struggling to eat? A little ATF should help your appetite come back in no time. Those with sleeping difficulties such as insomnia will find a heavy dose of ATF will sort that right out and send them off into a deep and relaxed sleep. 

Strain Grow Info  

A hearty and durable strain that is resistant to all kinds of challenges. Its rich and incredibly diverse genetics mean it can withstand some colder conditions, making it a great choice for many.  

Strain Seeds  

ATF seeds can be purchased via online retailers or in-person dispensaries.  We advise you to keep up to date with your local and state laws regarding the legality of posting the seeds. 

Strain Flowering Time  

Cultivators can expect a flowering time of around 7 to 9 weeks when grown indoors.  Outdoor farmers should look to harvest after they flower around the middle of October. 

Strain Yield 

Indoor growing conditions should result in a yield of around 16 ounces per meter square. 

When grown outdoors in the ideal conditions, farmers can expect an outrageously good 32 ounces per plant. 

Final Thoughts — Strain Review  

Alaskan Thunder Fuck deservedly takes its place amongst the legendary strains of marijuana. The intrigue and mystery surrounding its origins, and the genetic elements from across the globe, make this truly a worldwide strain. 

The buds look fantastic and taste even better. ATF is an engrossing and consuming smoking experience that combines euphoric and elevated states of mind with a deep relaxation that almost massages the soul.

The incredibly diverse terpene profile makes it a popular choice with medicinal users, as it combats health issues both physical and mental alike. 

For experienced smokers, this will be a favorite session bud, and for those with a low tolerance, we wish you a lovely trip to Asgard!

If you enjoyed this article, then you might like to read our post on the Alien Rift strain.

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