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.