Acapulco Gold Strain

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Acapulco Gold strain is a legendary sativa that originated, as its name suggests, from Mexico. This strong smoke is difficult to find, adding to its appeal and exclusivity.

This strain is popular in the United States, but is a little tricky to grow indoors, making it an ideal strain to be grown in more sub-tropical climates.

Sativa/Indica % Indoor Yield Outdoor Yield Flowering Period
80% / 20% 16oz/ m219oz/ plant10 – 11 weeks indoors, mid to late October outdoors.

Acapulco Gold is a classic strain that every self-proclaimed connoisseur should have tried at least once in their life. This unique strain comes from the Acapulco region in Mexico, and is generally harder to find than other sativa strains. It is however, truly worth the wait.

This sativa is mood elevating and a strain you will savor, making it an obvious choice for medical users who dread a possible couch lock.

Acapulco Gold is energizing and is an ideal strain to be enjoyed in good company, and when you are really ready for a night of entertainment and socializing.

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    Information about Acapulco Gold:

    ORIGINMexican sativa
    EFFECTShappy – 10
    uplifted – 9
    euphoric – 9
    energetic – 8
    relaxed – 7
    dry eyes – 10
    dizzy – 6
    anxious – 4
    paranoid – 2
    FRAGRANCEearthy, pine, pungent, sweet
    FLAVORSearthy, sweet, citrus, coffee, pine, pungent, creamy
    MEDICALstress – 10
    depression – 10
    pain – 6
    lack of appetite – 4
    fatigue – 4
    FLOWERING TIME OUTDOORSmid to late October
    THC CONTENT %19%-24%
    CBD %0.10%
    INDICA / SATIVA %20% / 80%
    INDOOR YIELD16oz/ m2
    OUTDOOR YIELD19oz/ plant
    CLIMATEwarm and balmy sub-tropical outdoor climate
    RESISTANCE TO DISEASEresistant to common molds and mildew

    * 10 is the highest
    * 1 is the lowest


    Acapulco Gold Strain

    Acapulco Gold is an exclusive strain that truly represents its Mexican sativa roots. This strain is all about inducing strong and undeniable feelings of happiness, allowing you to feel enlightened and invigorated, which enjoying a uniquely clear-headed high.

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    This strong sativa is said to be arousing as well as uplifting and is recommended as a bit of a party-starter.

    Acapulco Gold will lift your mood and keep you in a solid euphoric state, especially when you are kept in good company and have the opportunity to relax and feel comfortable.

    Acapulco Gold is an energetic strain that will keep you on your toes and ready to get something done. Its strong sativa properties will guarantee you a good mood and some happy vibrations, while making you feel relaxed and stress-free, even after a long and exhausting day.


    Acapulco Gold is a fresh and fragrant flower, its gold nuggets producing a strong aroma that instantly makes your mouth water.

    This sativa practically reeks of a sweet and earthy fragrance mixed with shocks of fresh pine, finishing off with a distinctly pungent presence.



    This sativa flower tastes just a good as if smell, if not even better. Acapulco Gold is known for being earthy and containing hints of coffee. It is creamy and sweet on the inhale and then changes into a pungent pine on the exhale, with a sour citrus clinging to your lips.

    Adverse Reaction

    Acapulco Gold can be very potent, and has high THC levels, so it is no surprise that you may experience some side effects when smoking this strain.

    A dry mouth sensation can occur fairly frequently, coupled with dry and itchy eyes, making you feel parched.

    This sativa can in some cases make you feel dizzy, especially if you consume it at a higher dose than you are used to. Acapulco Gold can make you feel anxious sometimes, and in rarer cases this may even turn into a mild bout of paranoia, especially for novice consumers.



    Medical patients tend to prefer this strain due to its high THC levels. Acapulco Gold is an old school sativa, but can produce up to 24% of THC.

    This strain is a preferred choice for those seeking out ways to manage their pain, as this strain can be very effective against chronic pain such as back aches, muscle spasms and migraines.

    Acapulco Gold is also very effective for patients who suffer from chronic stress, and have a hard time unwinding after a long day at work.

    This sativa is uplifting and motivating, and can help them find a more relaxed state of mind, allowing them to let go of the things plaguing them mentally.

    This strain is also a favorite among cancer patients to be used in reinstating a healthier appetite after fighting nausea during chemotherapy and radiation.

    Acapulco Gold is an energizing smoke, making it an ideal candidate for a wake-and-bake kind of morning and is therefore also perfect for patients who suffer from chronic fatigue.

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      Should you not have access to that climate, it is best to take this strain indoors in order for it to flourish.


      Flowering Time


      Acapulco Gold can take an average of 10 to 11 weeks to flower and be ready for a harvest. This sativa can be expected to produce an average of 16 ounces of fresh bud during harvest.


      This strain can be expected to yield an average of 19 ounces per plant. Acapulco Gold usually flower throughout the late summer and should be ready for a successful harvest around late October.


      1. Mexican Sativa

      FAQ About Acapulco Gold Strain

      What is the Acapulco Gold strain yield?

      Acapulco Gold yields 16oz/ m2 indoors and 19oz/ plant outdoors.

      How much THC does Acapulco Gold have?

      From 19% up to 24%

      What are the origins of the Acapulco Gold strain?

      Acapulco Gold originated from the Acapulco region in Mexico.

      Have you ever smoked or grown your own Acapulco Gold? Please let me know what you think about this marijuana strain in the comments below.


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        16 comments on “Acapulco Gold Strain”

        1. I’ve grown alcapulco gold now for three years in a row now with no issues my plants were huge monsters with massive buds right now I have a reveg one from last summer in my grow room which is due for harvest in a few weeks and it has big trichome covered buds love the strain and will continue to grow it in the future.

        2. Patrick, if I’m not mistaken there was a process involved by tying or cutting bud stems in later flower in order to turn the buds golden colored? I cant remember details unfortunately. Rich

        3. My first smoke was Acapulco gold in the late 70s , golden and more seed than bud , however last year a friend grew some & the high was great , so I am now in the 5th week of flowering my own plant with monumental sized buds & with an aroma to match , this plant grows outside, but I bring it into a dark space with circulation for 12.5 hours a day , I struggled at first to get it to flower at 12 hours, so dropped another 30 minutes with great success, right now the tops are so heavy the plant struggles to hold itself up . I have found this plant very easy to grow, even here in the UK ( nowhere near as hot & sunny as Mexico) I am just waiting for crystals to go opaque & I will harvest & cure , once tried I will post back here with my results, this plant is growing alongside gorilla glue & must say the yield of AG is double the GG & have just started another 2 AG plants .

        4. I don’t understand what flowering is is it when it starts budding or when you start growing it

        5. I’m going to try it anyway they say it’s hard to grow for a first-timer but I’m going to take my chances on it because I’ve only had it a couple of times and they was killer weed wish me luck

        6. Acapulco gold is the only mary jane that truly made me a better drummer, coming up with beats I never knew I had in me. Great Times.

        7. jp, No idea what you are asking. Perhaps go here and share you thoughts:

        8. The last time I had Acupulco gold it was 1973. I was back from nam. Really was golden in color and fluffy. I believe they sun dryed. Very potent. I’m currently growing Acupulco gold at day 27 of flower. I know it’s not a pure landrace anymore but I’m very curious to compare to what used to be.

        9. I grew AC from random bag-seed many years ago and lost it to cops…

          its high was the quickest i’ve ever experienced.

          instant first-toke stuff, and how…

          It was somewhat smaller than its companion sativas, was symmetrical conical and its pistils were large fluffy-white so that at peak-flowering it looked like it had been snowed upon.

          its absolute soaring effect would often hit me and my SO at the exact same time.

          I don’t know if i’ll ever find it again but germinating, in hope, as many old timers haze as i can is about all i can do?

        10. I’ve grown Acapulco gold and it’s the best stain I love so far such a smooth uplifting buzz

        11. I smoked it back in the 70s.
          It was very Yellow.
          We used to compare it to the color of a Sxhool bus.
          Super smell, and taste.
          The high Absolutely amazing.
          I wonder how they made ot so yellow.
          Never seen it that yellow from todays Grows

        12. Growing this strain right now in Kona,HI…we are a Lil over 3 months in and 35 days into flowering…this strain loves the interchanging,rain,bright sunny and often overcast weather.Colas are developing very nicely..seems to take a pretty good beating from the off on daily down pours.This is one strain that I believe can do well here in the Hawaiian Islands…Cannot wait to see end results..the smells are exactly described as above tutorial states…Very stoked on this plant..lucky enough to be here in Hawaii to apply my semi-professional gardening thumb.

        13. Yes, I remember it, it came in brick you had to break it up and the seeds; you want to talk about seeds you lite one up, pop goes the seed, and burns a hole in your newly bought Gant shirt. You move your arms and you will see tracers, you feel good and enjoy doing stuff not like some other stuff that puts your head in the dirt while other people poke and make fun of you, “he/she is stoned and cannot move”
          Yes I like it. “ Acapulco Gold”