The Mysterious Acapulco Gold

Acapulco Gold is a sativa dominant hybrid that originated from Acapulco, Mexico. From there the strain became ­popular throughout Central America. Over time, Acapulco Gold made its way across the U.S.

Unfortunately, no one knows who created this strain first in Acapulco. And no one knows what the parents are of this strain. Even though the exact genetics are unknown, experts agree that Acapulco Gold is originally a Central American strain.

 Acapulco Gold is an award-winning strain. Barney’s Farm entered their version into the cannabis cup competition and it won the sativa cup of 2010. This strain won the sativa cup because of its long-lasting high that balanced upbeat effects with wonderful body-relaxing sensations. It also had great bag appeal by having firm colas, visible THC resin and flecks of gold and reddish brown.

A Hard Strain to Grow

Because no one knows the parents of Acapulco Gold, it’s difficult to find which seeds to cross to create your own variant. However, companies like Barney’s Farm sells female seeds of Acapulco Gold. The company Sacred Seeds doesn’t have seeds for sell, but they do provide clones.

It also has a long harvest time; it’ll be ready by mid-October. When grown indoors its flowering time is around 70 – 75 days or longer (up to 92 days). This strain can grow outdoors as well, but it prefers warm climates and likes soil. When grown outdoors, its harvest time shortens to the end of September.

The plant grows tall, and the buds are firm and completely coated in resin. Along with colorful hairs of yellow and orange the buds resembles sparkly gold nuggets. The long wait is worth the effort because it will produce high yields of over 500 gr/m^2 per plant. It can also develop a delightful amount of THC, by as much as 23%.

Acapulco Gold is usually an 80% sativa strain. However, there are several different phenotypes associated with this strain. One of those phenotypes is a sativa dominant strain that grows long and is fast-blooming. Another type is also sativa dominant that grows long but slow blooming. A third version is of a homogenous variety.

Acapulco Gold is a Strong Sativa

Consumers love this strain because it allows them to feel relief from symptoms such as depression, fatigue, nausea and stress. And it subdues physical aches and pains while providing a numbingly feel good body high. The high is long lasting, with a bonus.

The effects are uplifting without creating an unwanted couch-locking sensation. The most common feelings gained when smoking Acapulco Gold are: creative, energetic, euphoric, happy and uplifted. This is definitely a feel-good strain that lifts the spirits.

Azmiked is a diehard fan of Acapulco Gold and he raves, “What do you really need to say about this potent purebred! It's THC content is generally through the roof (24%), the buds are thick, sticky and hairy. You get a nice solid stone that lasts longer than most and won't leave you on the couch. For me it's medicinal values are fantastic, arthritis pain and stress vanished quickly…”

The Good and The Bad of Acapulco Gold

Medical patients use Acapulco Gold to relieve symptoms such as arthritis, chronic pain, depression, fatigue, migraines, nausea, PTSD and stress. Its medical values are fantastic because it relives symptoms of arthritis pain and stress quickly.

Fair warning, Acapulco Gold is a strong-sativa, and therefore should be smoked with caution. Take your time and know your limit when smoking this strain.

Smoking too much has been known to cause dizziness and paranoia. Other negative symptoms include dry mouth and dry eyes. But those symptoms are easy to get over just by having a tasty beverage nearby and eye drops.

Acapulco Gold is Tasty and Smells Great

Acapulco Gold smells earthy, piney and pungent. The taste is sweet and woody like a well-balanced combination of coffee and citrus. Others say that it tastes like chestnut and tealeaves, or even burnt toffee.

Acapulco Gold is an amazing sativa that tastes great, treats your symptoms quickly and provides a long lasting sensational high. You can’t go wrong when starting your day with a toke of Acapulco Gold.

How do you feel about Acapulco Gold? Is it something you’ve seen in stores or have you grown it yourself? If you did grow it yourself, was it difficult to cultivate? Let us know in the comments down below. Thanks for reading.



Bryce Sampson

A caffeine dependent life form.



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