Afpak conjures many questions. One of which, and perhaps the first, is where does its name come from? The answer lies in its lineage. It hails from two of the most popular indigenous strains.
Afghani. This heavy-handed Indica continues to be a staple for many enthusiasts. It has a soothing high that provides comfort to recreational and medicinal users. Meanwhile, growers prize it for its ease of growth, impressive resin production, and excellent immunity.
Pakistani. Although a landrace strain, Pakistani has been genetically engineered and inbred to build on its characteristics. As a result, its aromas and flavors are twice as distinct while its effects are powerfully potent. Created from the cross is the Indica-dominant Afpak. Not one to disappoint, its THC levels range from 20% to 22% which are comparatively high compared to most modern strains. Using it could lead to a couchlock that could only be broken through sleep or at the comedown. In moderation, however, the experience is quite pleasant.
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Information About Afpak Strain
|ORIGIN||Afghani and Pakistani|
|EFFECTS||Creative – 10|
Relaxed – 9
Sleepy – 8
Happy – 7
Focused – 6
|FRAGRANCE||Sweet, earthy, pine, chemical, herbal, spicy|
|FLAVORS||Chemical, spicy, herbal, earthy, pine, woody|
|ADVERSE REACTIONS||Dry mouth – 10|
Dry eyes – 10
|MEDICAL||Pain – 10|
Insomnia – 10
Stress – 10
Lack of appetite – 10
|FLOWERING TIME INDOOR||8 to 10 weeks|
|FLOWERING TIME OUTDOOR||Mid to late October|
|THC CONTENT %||20% to 22%|
|CBD %||Up to 1%|
|INDOOR YIELD||10 to 12 ounces per square meter|
|OUTDOOR YIELD||12 ounces or more per plant|
|CLIMATE||Sunny and cool climate|
|RESISTANCE TO DISEASE||Unknown|
* 10 is the highest
* 1 is the lowest
Afpak bides its time when it comes to inducing its heavy-hitting buzz. In fact, it does not start with a body-centered buzz that locks users to the couch. Instead, it is a euphoric head high that clears the mind and encourages cheery thoughts.
It inspires an innate sense of happiness too. Casual users may want to toke the bud in moderation. In this way, one could extend the uplifting rush at the onset. It is even possible to perform light physical tasks with complete focus due to the clarity. Of course, that totally depends on dosage too.
True to its Indica roots, the initial buzz of energy eventually turns into a heaviness that settles in the limbs. It relieves the muscles and blankets users in relaxation. Though generally quick-acting with its initial onset, it takes quite a few hours for the sedating end to come. Thus, one may still complete a few tasks before settling into a comfortable spot while waiting for the inevitable drowsiness.
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Afpak has a sweet aroma with earthy and woody undertones of pine. Breaking apart the buds, as well as combusting it, reveals a sharper overtone of chemicals. Accentuating it are herbal notes from spices.
Compared to its aroma, Afpak produces a sharper smoke that is lined with chemical, spicy, and herbal undertones. Savoring it reveals a sweeter flavor composed of freshly unearthed pine. On the exhale, it leaves a woody aftertaste.
Afpak, in spite of its high THC levels, has subdued side effects. It is rare for the strain to green users out however, one can expect the usual dry spell cast upon the eyes and the mouth. Although mild, it is possible for one to feel a little irritated by the long-lasting discomfort. Staying hydrated before, during, and after the high is highly recommended.
Presumably, Afpak is a recreational strain but the immense relaxation it provides is comforting to ailing patients. It relieves the stress from the day or week, clearing out the mind of worries and negativity. At the same time, it calms the overwhelming dread that results from overwork or fatigue.
The mental clarity keeps the mind off problems, stabilizes turbulent emotions, and enhances the mood. It helps manage psychological distress which could exacerbate conditions like depression, anxiety, or PTSD by keeping patients off the edge of hopelessness and despair. Its ability to enhance focus also keeps people with ADHD/ADD on track.
Its high THC levels also contain painkilling properties. It appeases a wide variety of aches and pains. Its relaxing benefits also appease muscular contractions all over the body, especially in the gastrointestinal tract. In doing so, it prevents vomiting and stomachaches while simultaneously bringing back a lost appetite. As such, cancer patients could use it to counter the nauseating effects of chemotherapy.
The freedom from mental and physical inhibition eventually lulls users to bed. With its sedating capabilities, Afpak helps people with insomnia find peace at night while also enhancing the quality and quantity of sleep.
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Afpak is a robust strain – one that is a high yielder of highly potent buds used for recreation and medicine. It is also attractive. Generally, the plant boasts deep green leaves with flashes of lime-colored buds. But exposing the plant to lower temperatures turns the emerald into an abysmal blue with undertones of purple. The light virescent flowers stand out even more.
Apart from the yields, Afpak is also distinguished for its high trichome production. Each harvest is filled with sticky buds that are coated thickly in resin. As such, it is a popular choice among hash creators who develop extracts.
Beginners will also enjoy cultivating the Indica-dominant strain. It is easy to grow and manage especially since it requires less trimmings. Moreover, it is adaptable to different growing conditions.
The best area to grow the plant is undoubtedly the outdoors. In gardens or farms, it has access to sunlight and air which provide it with the energy it requires to produce humungous, trichome-laden flowers. Still, growers can cultivate it in dedicated tents or grow rooms.
Afpak has an indoor flowering period of 8 to 10 weeks. Growers can expect between 10 to 12 ounces of buds per square meter upon harvest. However, applying advanced growing techniques can significantly improve the yield.
Flowers usually mature around the second to the last week of October. Each plant produces at least 12 ounces of buds per plant.
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