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Sativa Hybrid


Acapulco Gold Strain

Acapulco Gold is a strain many believe should be included in the Cannabis Hall of Fame (if there was such a thing). It hails from the region of Acapulco, Mexico and has been documented as far back as 1965. The strain has built a name for itself as a highly potent sativa that is difficult to find today. The strain's aroma is reminiscent of burnt toffee and its flavor is sweet.


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Overview of Acapulco Gold

Acapulco Gold's notoriety stems from several factors. It was one of the first strains known to reach above 20% THC, and it continues to register between 19% and 24% THC, currently. Cheech and Chong referenced the strain in their classic 1978 stoner movie ‘Up in Smoke.’ The Gold in its name refers to the bud's pistils, which have an orange shade that almost looks like gold as the plant begins its harvest period. Buds of Acapulco Gold are sticky, thick and fluffy. The exact genetics of Acapulco are unknown, which creates a shroud of mystery that only adds to its legend.

Smokers have described hints of honey, fruit snacks, cinnamon, ginger, coffee, and nutmeg after inhaling some Acapulco Gold. Due to its sativa dominance, Acapulco Gold is a good wake-and-bake or daytime strain that can power the smoker through the afternoon and evening.

Positive Effects of Acapulco Gold

The uplifting rush of euphoric energy makes Acapulco Gold a favorite among sativa lovers. It fills the need to jolt motivation and carry them through creative tasks like composing music or visual art. It can often be a racy high that is typical of highly potent sativa strains, though the cerebral rush will eventually give way to a relaxing body high. Smokers should be prepared for a long-lasting effect, as Acapulco Gold can keep the user "nicely toasted" for two hours or more.

Negative Effects of Acapulco Gold

 Acapulco Gold is known to cause the customary dry eyes and dry mouth, and in some cases, its racy onset can cause a short spurt of anxiety or paranoia before the soothing body high replaces the cerebral buzz.

Potential Medical Effects of Acapulco Gold

Medical marijuana patients turn to Acapulco Gold (if they can find it) to treat depression, stress, arthritis, fatigue, migraines, and PTSD.

Lineage of Acapulco Gold

Acapulco Gold comes from the Mexico region.

Growing Acapulco Gold

Acapulco Gold goes against the trend of commercial growers moving to indoor facilities with hydroponic setups. In addition, while Acapulco Gold produces high yields, its flowering time of 11 weeks far exceeds the average for a marijuana plant. Add these factors together and you have a rare breed of cannabis that most growers shy away from in favor of plants that can be grown indoors quicker.

Indoor growing takes 10 to 11 weeks yielding 16 ounces per square meter. Plants grown outdoors need to be harvested by mid to late October and yields 19 ounce per plant. Plants must be grown warm and balmy sub-tropical outdoor climate. It is resistant to common mold and mildews and grown medium height.

Where to Find Acapulco Gold

Capping it all off, Acapulco Gold is difficult to find in most dispensaries. This is largely since it is typically grown outdoors. It is most popular in Washington State, but it can occasionally also be found in the Los Angeles area and some parts of Nevada

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