Don’t let its intense name fool you: AK-47 will leave you relaxed and mellow. This sativa-dominant 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 one of the world’s top strains and a favorite for many. There is hardly a smoker or cannabis grower who doesn’t know about this legendary strain. The sativa-dominant AK-47 as we know now was created by Simon from Serious Seeds in 1992. Its origin goes back much further to the 70s where it probably begun as a cross between Thai and Afghani.
In 1999, AK-47 was re-crossed so it produced more uniform seeds.
Some may wonder where AK-47 got its name from. The strain is named after the famous Russian Kalashnikov rifle, but not so much because it would be a “violent” strain. Its high, while very powerful is actually very balanced. The strain got this name since it can literally knock out some less experienced smokers with just one hit. That’s why Simon gave this strain the nickname “One Hit Wonder”.
AK-47 is one of the most awarded cannabis strains in history. It has won many Cannabis Cup awards thanks to its very high THC content of more than 20%. You can find it on many lists of recommended “Top Cannabis Strains” as the strain that every grower and smoker should at least try once.
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.
The flowering time of AK-47 is eight to nine weeks, which is pretty short for a sativa-dominant cannabis strain.