Acapulco Gold is a relatively old strain of cannabis from Mexico. This popular plant is highly exclusive, as its genetics are not clear. Additionally, growing the strain indoors or in areas that don’t have sub-tropic climates is challenging. The characteristics and scarcity of this 80% Sativa variant contribute significantly to Acapulco Gold’s popularity in the United States.
An Acapulco Gold plant has growth traits that are typical to Sativa variants, with chunky colas that can be anything from dark green to golden brown with a coat or hair that has an orange hue. Acapulco Gold nuggets produce a prominent earthy and sweet scent with notes of pine.
The flavors of this strain are just as pleasant as the fragrance, with earth and coffee flavors hitting the palate with each inhale. The creamy sweetness of these flavors is one of the characteristics that make this strain so desirable. On the exhale, there is a prominent pine taste and a sour citrus aftertaste to balance things out.
When it comes to the effects of Acapulco Gold, its apparent that it has Mexican Sativa roots. The strain has a high amount of THC, coming in around 23%, and 0% CBD. Because this strain is a Sativa variant, it produces a powerful cerebral high that energizes and uplifts the user into an exhilarating euphoria. In some cases, the head high may even have some aphrodisiac properties, and it can increase the user’s focus and creativity.
The body high from the Acapulco Gold primarily has a relaxing effect, which pleasantly balances out the stimulation from the cerebral high. The result is a reduction in anxiety and an appetite boost. Using this strain will not result in haziness, and you can smoke it throughout the day, especially if you need a motivational mindset or an increase in productivity.
Because of its high THC content, Acapulco Gold can affect users quite dramatically. Side effects when smoking this plant can include cottonmouth and dry and itchy eyes. Like other Sativas, Acapulco Gold consumption can result in dizziness, and novice users may experience paranoia.
Growing this plant requires a high degree of care and experience. If you are looking for a challenge, this strain is a viable option. The roots of the plant need a hot and subtropical outdoor climate. If you don’t live in an area with this climate, consider growing the plant indoors. If the plant is growing inside, you can expect it to flower between 10 to 11 weeks. Indoor yields are typically around 16 ounces of buds per square meter.
If the plant is growing outside, flowering takes place during late summer, and you should be able to harvest towards the end of October. You can expect an outdoor plant to produce about 19 ounces.