From what I've read, Shhman is an old hybrid whose ancestry is a cross between Purple and old Skunk. Purple is not usually one of my favorite mothers, while I call Skunk my best "giggle weed," often so silly I'm almost stupid (back to the second grade). This hybrid though is different than either. It has some of the elevating effects I'm used to with Skunk, but without the "stupid" aspect--instead I feel creative, heightened, and I would agree with reviewers who've called it "almost psychedelic." Visually, colors around you brighten up with this strain, which is something I've only experienced otherwise with Sour Diesel. While I would say the Sativa-typical affects of this strain are definitely dominant, Shaman also does come with a slight but perfectly sweet body buzz, and can be nice before sleep as well (I then have very powerful dreams). The head high is very strong, without needing to smoke very much, and it's quite long-lasting. First time I smoked it, my friend and I agreed it was like a "truth syrum," we had a very different and more intimate conversation than we would have otherwise... we talked for hours. I love this strain.