Name: Acapulco Gold
Type: Hybrid (sativa dominant)
Acapulco Gold is a sativa-dominant hybrid, outdoor favorite, and one of the most famous marijuana strains of all time; it was even named in the classic 1978 stoner flick Cheech and Chong's Up In Smoke.
The exact history and lineage of Acapulco Gold is unknown. However, pretty much everyone agrees that the strain hails from the area in and around Acapulco, Mexico. Some people say that the "gold" in Acapulco Gold refers to the golden coloring of the buds. Others say it represents the optimal quality and thus higher market value the strain is known to achieve. Due to many factors, like a long flowering cycle and the rise in popularity of hydroponics, the strain is becoming harder and harder to find.
Looks and Smell
The name Acapulco Gold comes from how the plant looks when it is ready to harvest. Right when Acapulco Gold reaches its peak, the beautiful colas will shine bright like they are sprinkled with gold dust. There is also a reddish brown undertone with glistening crystals all over the buds.
Unbroken, the scent of Acapulco Gold nugs reminds me of saffron and butterscotch. A strange combination, I know. However once broken, the unique aroma turns into a burnt toffee smell. The buds are thick, light and fluffy (typical sativa structure), making the eighth I bought look a whole lot bigger than it was.
Acapulco Gold's taste is very spicy with a hint of cinnamon and ginger and a strong nutmeg finish. The strain offers a long lasting high that balances upbeat effects with a relaxing body high and stress-reducing calmness. In other words, Acapulco Gold produces a cerebral high that raises the mood of the user, all the while spreading a calming and slightly drowsy feeling without the couch-lock effect.
Not only is Acapulco Gold one of the first documented strains (1965), but it was also one of the first strains to top the 20% THC mark. Acapulco Gold has medicinal effects proven to be effective in treating: insomnia, chronic pain, stress, depression, and nausea. Although the origins of Acapulco Gold can be debated, most agree the breakdown of this sativa dominant hybrid is about (80/20).
This strain is well suited for outdoor grows, and can produce huge yields. However due to its long flowering time (11 weeks, most growers want to be in the 8-week range) and its preference for the outdoors (most growers using indoor hydro setups), this strain has become quite hard to find. I personally prefer indoor to outdoor and would select an indoor sativa-dominant variety over Acapulco Gold if given the choice, but keep your eyes peeled for this elusive strain so you can at least sample some of a classic.
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