Acapulco Gold

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This Session Garden strain guide article provides crowd sourced information about the Acapulco Gold strain including the origins, THC content, appearance, effects & more.

Every self-proclaimed aficionado has the ‘been there, done that’ air (or smoke) about them, but every so often, you come across a rarity. Acapulco Gold is a strain legendary for its golden tinge. Its distinctive greenish-brown buds with a light yellowish hue make this strain unmistakeable – and well-known, for a good reason. This tantalizing strain is quite elusive and difficult to obtain, which only adds to the allure. If you paid any attention to the counterculture movement of the 60s, you’ll have no doubt in your mind as to why this strain holds a special place in Marijuana history.

What is the Origin of the Acapulco Gold Strain?

The Lineage Of Acapulco Gold

Acapulco Gold traces its origins to the quaint locale of the Guerrero Mountains around Acapulco, Mexico. A thriving seaport on the Pacific Coast of Mexico, Acapulco was once famous for its sprawling golden beaches and holiday getaways. Things have taken a nosedive since then, and the area is largely considered to be deadly and violent due to unscrupulous activities carried about by Mexican drug cartels.

Acapulco Gold is a landrace strain. Landrace strains are cannabis plants that have grown indigenously for possibly thousands of years. These strains grow naturally and wildly and are often localized to specific territories. Several prominent landrace strains are spread out across various regions of the globe – and are remarkably consistent. In the case of pure Acapulco Gold, the strain is 100% Sativa!

Landrace strains glean their titles from the lands they’re native to – Hindu Kush, Kilimanjaro, Afghan Kush, Acapulco Gold, etc. They’re considered to be purer and more consistent with respect to their colours, flavours, and effects compared to hybrid strains. What makes them so incredibly rare, you might ask? Well, if the Acapulco Gold plant were to be ferried away from Acapulco and grown in California (away from the typical natural environmental characteristics the strain thrives in), you can hardly call it Acapulco Gold, can you? The plant has now adapted to the new growing conditions – which may result in alterations of attributes that make it so special and nostalgia-inducing in the first place.

Acapulco Gold History

These golden nuggets enjoy a rich history. The strain was first recorded in the United States circa 1964. Entering a market filled with comparatively substandard counterparts, Acapulco Gold immediately gained a reputation as the connoisseur’s choice – scoring higher on the (slightly arbitrary) potency and flavour scales. The buzz around this Mexican treat grew so fast that public figures like Jack Nicholson, Carol Wayne, and Pete Rozelle were open admirers. The demand ramped up so fast that this strain had its own smuggling route to Columbia University all the way in Austin, Texas.

In August 1969, the tobacco company Liggett & Myers tried to hop on the Acapulco Gold bandwagon – they trademarked the name to place on cigarette packs. Several petitions have since been filed in order to prepare for the legalization wave. Performance, a 1970 crime-thriller, sported Turner, Mick Jagger’s character, taking generous hits of Acapulco Gold. It’s safe to say this ‘High Times’ chart-topper has carved out a singular spot in American culture.

How Is Acapulco Gold Strain Grown?

The strain has been traditionally reared in the Guerrero Mountains on the outskirts of Acapulco. Sadly, growing a landrace strain like this outside of its natural habitat can hamper its aesthetics and potency. That hasn’t stopped resourceful farmers, however. Acapulco Gold can be grown both indoors and outdoors. The optimal option would be to closely replicate the features of the sun-struck peaks around Acapulco. Vast open spaces with a respectable altitude can alleviate some of the obstacles you’ll face while trying to grow this strain on your own. The outdoor flowering time is around mid to late October. The plants flower around late summer and are ready for picking by the end of October. The plants can reach heights of up to 200cm – with a slightly medium yield averaging out to 18 to 20 ounces per plant.

Growing Acapulco Gold indoors is quite tricky, as there are no definitive guidelines around the process. This has resulted in hybrid or impure impostors parading as the original. As more marijuana growing operations move indoors for increased levels of customizability, it’s getting harder to obtain the original Mexican Sativa strain of Acapulco Gold. Growing this strain indoors is a hit and miss procedure. The flowering period is about 60 to 75 days or 10 to 11 weeks. Indoor setups like grow rooms or tents yield around 500g per square meter, with plants reaching a height of up to 110cm.

Acapulco Gold Cultivation Details:

10 – 11 weeks


18 to 20 ounces per plant


Physical Traits of the Acapulco Gold Strain

What Does Acapulco Gold Look Like?

Not enough can be said about the golden hue these buds carry. The earthy brownish-green crystals are a clear signal you’re at the fine-dining equivalent of the landrace world. The buds pack enough resin content and have distinct orange hairs. These plump nuggets can range from anywhere in between a dark green tone to a light, golden brown tinge. The flowers look like precious gems – fully equipped with sparkling trichomes that add to the sheen.

What Aroma Does Acapulco Gold Have?

Acapulco Gold sports a fresh and fragrant flower that transports you to its sunny locale by the Pacific Ocean. The nuggets are instantly recognizable from their earthy smells – pure grown buds prove to you why they’re one of the best landrace Sativa strains in the world. This strain is said to reek of pine-flavoured scents – a musky, pungent reminder of its mountain woods origins.

What flavors can you expect from Acapulco Gold?

Acapulco Gold is rumored to taste as good as it looks. It packs quite a punch with a strong, earthy flavour with hints of coffee. Wafts of toffee-flavoured aroma are released when you crush the buds. The inhale is quite a pleasant experience, with a creamy, fruity, sweet taste on the tongue when burnt. The exhale, however, leaves behind a tangy citrus taste at the back of your throat – all the signs of an elite acquired taste. The smoke is said to be quite pungent, with a distinct sour odor. The complimentary see-saw of sweet and sour in a single hit is what you can expect from Acapulco Gold.

What Effects can you expect from Acapulco Gold?

Sticking to its Sativa roots, Acapulco Gold focuses on a mind high over a body high. This near-antique plant is said to produce powerful cerebral effects without altering your mood in a haphazard manner. Since the strains available in the current market might not be pure-grown, the newer version of Gold creates a masterful mix of a brain high while also inducing soothing physical effects that relax your muscles. With a CBD content of about 23% to 28%, this golden Hombre isn’t kidding around. You’re going to feel invigorated, light-headed, and laid back. The Sativa factor provides experiences of a ‘zen’ high – complete with feelings of clarity and enlightenment. The arousing, euphoric and uplifting feelings are just what you need to get a party (or a pregame) going.

If you want to start your day off with a clear mind and an energetic, positive, and upbeat attitude – or you want to unwind with a steaming bath and a tasty dinner after a long day at work, Acapulco Gold is a strong shortlist option for you (assuming you can find it).

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