Robert Bergman

May 28, 2018

Switzerland is known for creating premium luxury items such as chocolates, cheese, wine, and watches. It also prides itself as the place of origin of the strain used to develop Swiss Gold – one of the best medical cannabis today. Aptly named, amber-colored crystals covering the buds give it a golden glow.

But the real reason for its fancy name is that it boasts the golden CBD to THC ratio of 2:1. In the world of medical marijuana, this is a highly valuable commodity. It means quick relief from many ailments without the psychedelic effects. As such, it is perfect for patients who don’t want the high that often comes in smoking cannabis.

While this strain is a native of Switzerland, it was crossbred in Northern California by Lawrence Ringo, founder of Southern Humboldt Seeds. Unfortunately, he passed away in 2014 and kept the parentage of Swiss Gold a secret. What is known is that it has one of the most potent therapeutic effects among thousands of others.

Information about Swiss Gold:

EFFECTS Focused – 10
Relaxed – 1
Happy – 1
Uplifted – 1
Energetic – 1
Dizzy – 10
Dry eyes – 1
Paranoid – 1
Anxious – 1
FRAGRANCE Diesel, pine, sage, citrus
FLAVORS Earthy, woody, menthol, citrus, skunky, diesel
MEDICAL Inflammation – 10
Fatigue – 10
Muscle spasms – 10
Seizures – 10
Pain – 1
PLANT HEIGHT Up to 8 feet
THC CONTENT % 3% to 7%
CBD % 7.2%
INDICA / SATIVA % 70%/30%
INDOOR YIELD 10 to 12 ounces per square meter
OUTDOOR YIELD 12 ounces or more per plant
CLIMATE Temperate to warm climate
GROWTH LEVEL Some experience needed
RESISTANCE TO DISEASE Resistant to molds and mildew

* 10 is the highest
* 1 is the lowest


With not more than 7% THC, the first hint of the head high takes hold after 15 minutes of savoring its complex flavor. Users may feel a slight pressure around the temple as the mind clears. Gradually, most users tend to feel heightened sensitivity to the surroundings and an uncanny ability to focus.

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After this, a slow wave of relaxation will wash throughout the body making the limbs feel heavy. At this point, it’s best to find a comfy place to stretch out. As the Indica effects continue to build up, any muscular tension or jitters ebbs away to be replaced by blissful stasis.

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Even when the full body relaxation sets in, it does not in any way cause users to feel lazy. For the most part, the uplifting calm enhances the mood and promotes a sense of happiness.


First-time consumers may find the pungent diesel-like aroma of this strain a little hard to take. But grinding up the buds release a blend of a strong yet lovely whiff of pine, sage, and citrus under the funky gasoline smell.


At first puff, the thick smoke of this pungent strain brings the blend of earthy and woody flavor with a hint of menthol. Then, it finishes with a sweet citrusy tang along with the taste of skunky diesel.

Adverse Reaction

As it often is with cannabis, cottonmouth is the number one side effect of using marijuana. While unavoidable, keeping hydrated and sipping water to keep the throat wet is recommended. Another condition that some people may experience is momentary dizziness.

Swiss Gold Adverse Reaction
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Because its THC is incredibly low, the chances that it can cause anxiousness or paranoia is almost nil. However, that does not mean that it cannot occur. For example, some people may underestimate the hybrid and end up using more than adequate.


Most hybrids contain 0.01% to 0.1% CBD. These, of course, pales in comparison with Swiss Gold. With a staggering 7.20% CBD, its benefits to people suffering from epilepsy and seizure is immense. Potentially, it can help control or reduce the number of episodes.

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The hybrid can also provide a reprieve from inflammation. Consequently, it helps eliminate or numb a wide range of acute and chronic pains including arthritis, fibromyalgia, headaches, lupus, and injuries. As a muscle relaxant, it helps tired bodies rest and recover. In some instances, it can also help people deal with muscle spasms.


Unfortunately, seeds of Swiss Gold are hard to come by since Southern Humboldt Seeds does not sell them online. Seeking out a healthy mature plant and taking some cuttings to grow clones is the only way to do it.

Swiss Gold Growing
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While it can grow both indoor and outdoor, the best results come from greenhouses. Hence, cultivating high-quality buds require some level of gardening skills that include giving the right fertilizer, optimal lighting, and topping techniques.

Flowering Time

Swiss Gold grows short and bushy with long lateral branches that are best suited indoors. Around 8 to 9 weeks, expect the flowers to bloom and yield up to 12 ounces per square meter.

It’s possible to grow this strain successfully outdoors in semi-humid climates with temperatures ranging from 21 to 26 degrees Celsius. Flowering takes place late in early October. Growers can expect a harvest of up to 12 ounces of buds per plant.

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


The founder of I Love Growing Marijuana, Robert Bergman, is a marijuana growing expert that enjoys sharing his knowledge with the world. He combines years of experience, ranging from small-scale grows to massive operations, with a passion for growing. His articles include tutorials on growing... [read more]


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