AK-47 Strain Review

Unlike what its name suggests, AK-47 Strain is a mellow, albeit potent sativa-dominant strain, that can be described as gentle rather than forceful.

A mix of several strains, this one comes heavily decorated with awards, and has earned its reputation for being a global favorite.

It is a bit of a mystery as to why exactly this strain was named after an aggressive Russian assault rifle, as the AK-47 strain is actually more on the mellow side of things.

A very special blend of all the good things out there, AK-47 is a mix of a South American, Thai and Mexican sativa, crossed with an Afghani indica.

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Originating in the Netherlands in the early 90’s, this strain has earned some of the highest merits in the cannabis scene.

AK-47, the strain, has won the 2nd prize for best sativa at the High Times Cannabis Cup that was held in 1999, the 1st prize at the Highlife competition in Spain and in 2010, it raked in the 1st prize at an expo in Toronto.

With 16 awards under its belt, AK-47 ranks amongst the highest ranked strains ever created.

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AK-47 weed strain attributes:
ORIGINmix of a South American, Thai and Mexican sativa, crossed with an Afghani indica
EFFECTSHappy – 10
Relaxed – 9
Uplifted – 8
Euphoric – 8
Creative – 7
FRAGRANCESour, earthy, sweet
FLAVORSEarthy, sweet, pungent, sweet floral
Dry eyes – 6
Dizzy – 3
Paranoid – 1
Headache – 1
MEDICALStress – 10
Pain – 6
Depression – 6
Lack of appetite – 3
Insomnia – 3
THC CONTENT %13%-20%
CBD %1%
INDICA/SATIVA %35% / 65%
INDOOR YIELD14 ounces per square meter
OUTDOOR YIELD14 ounces or more per plant
CLIMATESunny and dry
RESISTANCE TO DISEASEProne to mold, best indoor with good ventilation

* 10 is the highest
* 1 is the lowest

AK-47 Strain Effects

A notoriously happy strain, the AK-47 promises all sorts of good vibrations.

Its first immediate effect noticeable is that of a clear headed relaxation.

It is potent and mood-elevating, causing it to be a favorite among those who come home and need a little smoke to unwind.

AK-47 Strain

Its relaxing and uplifting personality guarantees a good time, whether you choose to stay seated on need to move around and be creative.

The AK-47’s high can last longer than average, and can cause an unavoidable case of the giggles.

A quick and immediate euphoria is often observed, slowly drifting one into an intense cerebral high.

AK-47 can put you in a giddy mood where you find yourself just sitting down smiling from ear to ear without knowing why.

AK-47 terpenes

The rich aromatics of this cannabis strain include caryophyllene, myrcene, β-Pinene, carene, ocimene, and D-Limonene.

Aroma & Flavor

AK-47 has a bit of a sour note to it, that is strongly accompanied by a very noticeable earthy smell.

It is strong smelling in nature, and boasts of a pleasant combination of different whiffs.

A slight tinge of a sweet sugary aroma can be detected in AK-47, which hangs in the air.

Continuing on with what the lingering scent of the AK-47 hints at, its flavor contains sweet floral notes that are mixed with a pungent earthiness to it.

This strain contains a certain herbal spiciness to it, that marks it as one of the more “skunky” strains out there.

Some reports from users also note a certain chemical aftertaste, although this isn’t always observed to be the case.

Caryophyllenespicy, cinnamon, clover
Myrceneearthy, musky, fruity, clover, hop, pungent
β-Pinenedill, parsley, basil, hops, wood, pine
Carenesweet, citrus, pungent, herbal, earthy, musky, wood, cedar, cypress wood
Ocimeneherbal, sweet, citrus, herbaceous, wood
D-Limonenecitrus, lemon, orange, tangerine

Adverse Reactions

When taken in moderate doses, AK-47 only causes minor side effects, which is why it is known for being an easy smoke.

It can cause some dizziness and lightheadedness, and in very rare cases it may cause the smoker to feel a touch of paranoia and possibly a headache.

AK-47 is a successful stress-reliever, and can cause momentary euphoria in those suffering from low moods.

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Mostly, the most common adverse effect observed in this has been about a feeling of being dehydrated, with a dry mouth and dry eyes making you slightly uncomfortable.


AK-47 is a strain that boasts of very strong medicinal properties. It has therefore been widely used to treat an array of mental disorders. 

Anxiety and depression are among the biggest reasons why doctors have been prescribing this medical strain.

AK-47 marijuana strain

Because of its ability to relax without putting you to sleep, AK-47 is also often used to treat muscle spasms and enforce a state of relaxation.

Pain management is easier with strains like AK-47 available to patients, and it is popular for the fact that the high isn’t observed to last too long and feel too heavy, which makes it a great and easy little toke for all sorts of patients.

A lack of appetite may also be treated in patients, as it can cause the legendary munchies.

This is especially fitting for patients who suffer from the after effects of heavy medical treatments such as radiation and chemotherapy.

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Growing AK-47 Strain

As this strain can be sensitive to molds and rotting, it is recommended that the AK-47 be grown in a loftier setting, with good ventilation to avoid damaging the plant with extreme humidity.

It prefers a sunny but cool temperature and needs a lot of fresh air to successfully flower.

growing ak 47 strain

Flowering Time


This sativa strain is preferably grown indoors as it should also be kept away from nosy neighbors due to its strong pungent smell.

The AK-47 is said to take time to flower within 7-9 weeks and is estimated to produce an average of 14 ounces per square meter.


When grown successfully outdoors, the AK-47 can produce an average yield of around 14 ounces per plant.

It is read for a harvest around the month of October, with the end of the month at its most peak harvest time.

AK 47 Strain Origin

  1. South American
  2. Thai
  3. Afghani
  4. Mexican

FAQ About AK-47 Strain

What is the AK-47 strain yield?

AK-47 yields 14 ounces per square meter indoors and 14 ounces or more per plant outdoors.

How much THC does AK-47 strain have?

From 13% to 20%

What are the origins of the AK-47 strain?

AK-47 originated in the Netherlands in the early 90s, and was first bred as a mix of a South American, Thai and Mexican sativa, crossed with an Afghani indica.

Have you ever smoked or grown your own AK-47? Please let me know what you think about this marijuana strain in the comments below.


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27 comments on “AK-47 Strain Review”

  1. Don’t let its intense name fool you: AK-47 will leave you relaxed and mellow. This sativa-dominant hybrid strain mixes Colombian, Mexican, Thai, and Afghani varieties, bringing together a complex blend of flavors and effects. AK-47 may deliver a steady and long-lasting cerebral buzz that will keep you mentally alert and engaged in creative or social activities. While its scent is sour and earthy, its sweet, floral notes can only be fully realized in the taste. 

  2. I seem to remember it being strainhunter now… ahhh either way this is one of the top strains I’ve ever grown and bred with. It crosses well with any sativa and retains most of its Indica qualities and traits, while taking on some of the physical and terpines of its father strain.

    Highly recommend crossed with Dutch treat, haze(xtreme/super silver, nebula) or anything skunk/blue. Didn’t cross well with white widow, or other kushes. Sadly but can’t win them all! Curious of who here likes to go later/amber or earlier/cloudy-clear? And why? I took a sample at 6 weeks and it’s super spacey and dank, nearly 100% clear. I prefer it amber cloudy tho usually. Use for sleep and pain so yea :p

  3. Just a little tidbit, it’s called ak47 as originally it was the 47th phenotype of Afghani Kush (hence AK#47). The guys who brought this over I think we’re seedsman, and there’s many other phenotypes around. Not sure why it says this is a cross, maybe people have come about using the other strains as backcrossing to strengthen the 20+ year old genetics, but originally this was a land race.

    Sorry I had to comment as your opening sentence says mystery of the name 🙂 I hope it does not offend that I added this. Loved the rest of the write up

  4. Growing an AK47 XTRM now that has been”mainlined” and has a very healthy looking 8-9 big main colas growing nicely. Still has about another 3-4 weeks I believe. Harvested my last girl a little too early last month and didn’t get it To dry right before cure. Molded up on me! Arrggghh

  5. Kathy,

    AK-47 has been a highly productive strain that dominated the commercial growers on the West coast for over a decade in the 90’s-the 2000’s. Aphids are best deterred using live predators. (Lacewings). Spraying neem oil all over the plants continuously and throughout flower is not recommended. As far as Bud Rot; This is an environmental and possibly a user issue. It has nothing to do with nthe strain itself. If that were the case; AK-47 would not have been such a huge commercial success. Happy growing.

  6. I won’t grow it again. I’m very attentive to my plants I have aphids which I’ve been spraying my plants with neem oil since they were little now I’m getting Bud Rock just before Harvest. I always grow White Widow White Widow all the way next year I will never grow The Strain again grows Good Buds. I’m taking all the leaves off I’ve done everything to them I can do and I still got bud rot especially the ones on the porch and I don’t let it get in the rain. That’s my

  7. I’m growing AK-47 outdoors in the Merrimack valley Massachusetts right now. it seems to be right on track, could I send you some pics? I’d love some late season/harvest advise, also thanks for all the info it wouldn’t be doing so well without you.

  8. Just finished 3 autoflower on March 26th to the 30th.
    and the smoke after cure is very pleasent. These auto took 87 to 91 days to finish. 1 flower was so orange it dried almost golden. One thing to take note of is these autoflower have different genetics so they will not all look and feed the same.

  9. I have and i love it , im trying to grow a plant indoors its 4 months old and doing nothing its just a twig this is my first try

  10. I only grow 1 plant per year. This last Yield was bigger than the One before but it smells more like tea and there is no High. I have only done 3 grows so I am not sure what I did wrong. I have started a new one. What hints can you give me to get that smell? I followed every step for growing. I used molasses in the last 6 weeks of flowering. I hope it was just that one Grow.

  11. First timer here, vegging my AK-47 now, seems to be doing well. I’ll keep ya’ll posted. So far, so good!

  12. 8 weeks in flower now, clipped a bud 2 weeks ago and vaped some after about 10 days, very good clear headed high! Really pleased!!!!!!!!!

  13. Received 10 AK47 and 5 Gold Leaf back in DEC. Sprouted 1 AK and 1 GL 13/3/2017. Both sprouted with no problem. Jan. 20 changed to flower cycle. A week ago,(3/2/2018), I trimmed off a small branch and put in safe to dry. Tonight the wife and I vaped a small amount . It’s good weed.Now trichomes are about 33% amber, gonna wait till all the other cloud up and harvest. To anyone else growing this strain,(AK47), your not gonna be disappointed.

  14. Received 5 AK seeds, got 2 to germinate. Though both sprouted on the same day, one grew to 12 inches, flowered, matured and pretty much died within 63 days. Good bud though, what there was of it. The other grew and grew, is healthy as can be at 70 days from sprouting, and shows no sign of flowering. Perplexed I am.

  15. I’m growing your AK 47 auto, she’s at 77 days from seed. What is the average time from seed to harvest for your AK 47 Auto?