Colombian Gold, a classic Sativa landrace, hails from the Santa Marta mountains of Colombia. This old-school cultivar is a close genetic relative of Acapulco Gold and was extremely popular across the United States in the 1960s. Over the years, though, its popularity waned, overshadowed by many modern hybrids. Nonetheless, it still sells well in Arizona, Los Angeles, Portland, a...Show more
Colombian Gold, a classic Sativa landrace, hails from the Santa Marta mountains of Colombia. This old-school cultivar is a close genetic relative of Acapulco Gold and was extremely popular across the United States in the 1960s. Over the years, though, its popularity waned, overshadowed by many modern hybrids. Nonetheless, it still sells well in Arizona, Los Angeles, Portland, and Seattle.
Among the breeders, Colombian Gold remains to be an extremely valuable cultivar. Not many people realize it, but this cultivar is one of the genetic forerunners of the legendary Skunk #1 and Harlequin.
Immediately after consumption, its average THC concentration of 19% delivers a clearheaded high, followed by an energizing physical buzz. It is an excellent daytime recreational hybrid that can also alleviate muscle spasms, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression.
Given that this cultivar possesses excellent genetics, one of the reasons that it stayed away from the hands of the general masses is its rarity. The only way to grow it at home is to obtain a cut, which is virtually impossible. At least, that was the case until Homegrown Cannabis Co. worked diligently to provide Colombian Gold regular seeds. Mainly due to its indigenous roots, it thrives better in warmer climates. Even in the hands of beginners, it can produce generous yields.
Colombia Gold deviates from one of the perceived issues of growing Sativa cultivars - the difficulty level. It has a strong structure, reaching no more than 180 cm (6 ft). The wide internodal spacing, as well as loose foliage of slim-fingered leaves, help minimize moisture buildup - and is to the benefit of home growers. As such, it is less prone to molds. Moreover, the spacing in the lower areas also makes it less challenging to water the plants.
Colombian Gold develops tapered, small-to-medium-sized buds with bright orange pistils. These flowers are incredibly resinous. Sparkly amber trichomes, to which its name refers, covers the inner and outer surfaces alike. Although the apical cola tends to be humongous, as do some of the secondary nug clusters, its sturdy stems and branches can hold the weight without support.
The cultivar thrives in warm, tropical climates, in which it can yield up to 600 grams per plant. It has also been proven to flourish in places with a hot-summer Mediterranean climate like northern California, southwestern Australia, and southern Europe. In the northern hemisphere, harvest comes around late November.
If planning to grow indoors, make sure to mimic its preferred conditions. The temperature must be between 21 to 26°C. Higher humidity - around 60 to 70% while vegging and 40 to 60% during flowering - is also needed as Colombian Gold hails from a coastal region. Once triggered, the flowering cycle lasts 10 to 12 weeks. It is reasonable to expect 350 to 400 grams per square meter if grown in optimal conditions.
Before there was Skunk #1, the infamous dead animal-like stench was associated with Colombian Gold. Apart from this pungent element, a mild citrus tang, woodsy pine, and earthy hash-like scents and flavors are also present. Its vapor is thick, lung-expanding, and can be quite harsh, making it necessary to take small drags. Lastly, its flowers have a particularly attention-grabbing odor. For discretion, take appropriate precautions, such as installing an odor-control filter.
The effects of Colombian Gold are cerebral-centered or "heady," as most would describe it. At first, the high it shares is subtle, but it intensifies quite fast and remains exhilarating for the duration. There is an uplifted sense of mental and emotional well-being, as worries and external stressors diminish in the back of the mind. Positive thoughts and new ideas also intermingle, which boosts creative thinking and the urge to chatter. The bustle may sound like it could confuse, but most people would find that this cultivar promotes sharp focus.
Along with physically energizing influence, the ability of Colombian Gold to enhance brain functions help in plowing through the daily to-do list. It aids in intellectually demanding tasks, as well as mundane chores like cleaning the house or doing the laundries. Its versatility, as well as clearing the head of cobwebs, makes it a quintessential wake-and-bake cultivar. Moreover, the high also tend to last longer than average and is less likely to cause paranoia and anxiety, unlike other Sativa landraces.
The rare Colombian Gold has almost disappeared to anonymity. Homegrown Cannabis Co, though, is bringing it back to the 420 limelight by offerings its regular seeds. It is an extraordinary cultivar that even beginners can get ahold of and try cultivating. It is best to grow in warm, semi-humid locations, where it can produce around 350 to 400 grams indoors and 500 to 600 grams outdoors. After drying and curing, its flowers can deliver a clearheaded high followed by an energizing physical influence. This daytime herb also alleviates muscle spasms, chronic pain, anxiety, and depression.