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.
AK-47 is an F1 hybrid from Dutch seed bank Serious Seeds. Created in 1992, its exact lineage remains secret, but seed bank owner and breeder Simon says it’s roughly a 65:35 Sativa/Indica hybrid of Colombian, Mexican, Thai, and Afghani descent.
Serious Seeds carries both regular and feminized AK-47 seeds and reports a strong, fruity scent from the strain, coupled with a powerful, long-lasting “Indica” high.
AK-47 has won 16 awards, including 1st Hash at the Barcelona High Life Cup in 2005, 1st Sativa at the Toronto Treating Yourself Expo in 2011 and 3rd Hybrid at the 2011 High Times Cannabis Cup.
AK-47 is a Sativa-dominate hybrid with bright white coloring. Despite its violent name, the strain imparts a very mellow feeling and can even leave one stuck in a state of “couch lock”. It also leads to increased creativity. For the most part, however, AK-47 will leave you feeling uplifted, peaceful and euphoric. Many people enjoy using it while listening to music. Outside of dry mouth and eyes, the strain can also cause users to feel paranoid and sometimes dizzy. Some users also experience minor headaches.
Many users take advantage of the strain’s relaxing effect to relieve stress and anxiety. Others use it to take the edge off their chronic pains and aches. Insomniacs take 1-3 hits approximately an hour before bedtime to induce relaxation. They report an increase in the number of restful nights following this routine.
Those suffering from bipolar disorder, depression and other mood disorders use this strain to help relax and regulate their mood. The strain is also used to increase appetite as well as ease nausea and vomiting.
AK-47 is a strain with a strong lineage that may have begun in the post-war 1970s as the Thai and Afghanistan cross. However, AK-47 itself did not come into existence until 1992. The strain underwent a rework in 1999 so that plants could produce uniform seeds.
Four strains were used to create AK-47: Colombia (Sativa), Mexico (Sativa), Thai (Sativa) and Afghanistan (Indica). Genetically speaking, AK-47 is sixty-five percent Sativa and thirty-five percent Indica. Its THC levels stay close to average. Its CBDs and CBNs, however, can be as high as 1.5%.
AK-47 plants are fairly tall and wide with large calyxes. The buds are dark yellowish-green with lots of crystals (trichromes) and fine red hairs. Many choose to grow AK-47 indoors in either soil or hydro, but it can be grown outside in a mild climate. Ideally, temperatures should be kept below seventy-five degrees Fahrenheit. If grown at seventy-five degrees, the plants will produce the same yield, but the buds will open and become fluffy. The strain flowers for eight to nine weeks. If grown outdoors, plants are ready for harvest in the middle of October. Under reasonable conditions, AK-47 plants can yield between 350 and 500 grams per square meter.
Sativa Dominant Hybrid – 65% Sativa / 35% Indica
THC: 13% – 20%, CBD: 1%, CBN: 1%
Despite the ferocious name, AK-47 is a relaxing and mellowing strain. Although it is sativa dominant strain that packs an 65:35 sativa/indica ratio; you can look forward to a long lasting cerebral buzz upon your first few tokes. The fusion of Thai, Mexican, Afghani, and Colombian varieties make AK-47’s scent strong and sour. In addition to its vivid lime green color, you can expect to see long and sticky orange hairs once you get your hands on this amazing bud. Patients favor this strain because of its ability to alleviate pain and induce relaxation; so if you are suffering from anxiety, stress, depression or pain, this strain is for you! AK-47 can walk the walk for the reputation that it has been given. This strain has won many awards for its high THC content including the Cannabis Cup.
SMELL, TASTE AND EFFECT OF AK-47
AK-47 produces dark, very juicy and compact buds with an intense, spicy skunk-like aroma. You can smell hints of pine, sandalwood and some lighter citrus tones. Her smoke has a robust, strong and refreshing citrus flavor with some deeper skunk undertones.
The effect of AK-47, although very powerful, is relaxing and mellow.
AK-47 delivers a steady and long-lasting cerebral buzz that keeps you mentally alert and engaged in creative or social activities. Its high is nicely balanced and can relax and energize at the same time.
This is a strain that can help relieve anxiety, depression, chronic pains and stress. They don’t call it a “one hit wonder” without a reason. Its high can be very powerful so that less experienced users should take it slow when they meet AK-47 for their first time.
HOW TO GROW AK-47
Its outstanding high and good yields make her also the favorite of many cannabis growers. Yet, her beauty and exceptionally aromatic buds come at a price.
It is one of the most intensively smelling and odourful plants to grow. Growers of the strain will need to take good care of odour control and want adequate air circulation. With her juicy and very resinous buds, she’s also more prone to mold as compared to some other strains.
Aside from that, she’s easy to grow. It will only reach a medium height so that it is suitable for many types of grows. It can grow well if grown in soil or hydroponically.
Although she will also grow outdoors, she prefers a milder climate. With temperatures above 25°C, AK-47 will still give the same yield of up to 500g/m², but her buds become less dense and somewhat fluffy. This is the reason why most growers like to grow her indoors in a controlled setting.