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For the educated ganjapreneur, hearing the words Acapulco Gold triggers a trip down memory lane. Despite not even knowing the mastermind behind the strain nor its genetic forefathers, Acapulco Gold is notably recognized as one of the best Sativa strains in the history of Cannabis. The sheer classical beauty with the perfect combination of gold, green and brown tones emits a spicy yet somewhat fruitful scent, which, when consumed, provides an almost instant, near psychedelic high. The strain came out of Acapulco, Mexico and surrounding areas in the 1960’s. The regions’ ideal climate for outdoor growing allowed the plant to thrive in its natural habitat. However, as with many other one of a kind Cannabis strains from south of the border, Acapulco Gold quickly became more and more obsolete when cocaine smuggling took over the trafficking routes from Mexico into the United States. Closed routes weren’t the only threat though, not by a long shot. In 1975, the Government of Mexico began an aerial spraying program to destroy Cannabis fields with paraquat,

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a poisonous herbicide, bringing Acapulco Gold to near extinction. But not before leaving quite the legacy. Not only has Acapulco Gold received well-deserved recognition, the strain has been mentioned by name throughout American popular culture. In the first season of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” host Desi Arnaz, Jr. thanked the SNL crew for giving him a box of Acapulco Gold cigars. Although not specifically mentioned in Led Zeppelin’s recorded version of “Over the Hills and Far Away,” during live performances Robert Plant would frequently insert the phrase into the song “I live for my dreams and a pocketful of gold…Acapulco Gold” as if clarifying to his audience on a specific dream of his. In their Cheech & Chong debut in the 1978 film “Up in Smoke” Cheech Marian and Tommy Chong mentioned Acapulco Gold several times throughout the movie. In fact, at one point seeds of Acapulco Gold are even shown. However, the recognition goes past references in mass media. Acapulco Gold clothing company is named specifically after the strain. Additionally, author Edwin Corley wrote

a novel regarding how American big businesses might prepare for legalization and commercialization of Cannabis cigarettes and titled his book, “Acapulco Gold.” The strain continues to receive recognition, most notably by the international Cannabis breeding community. In 2010 Acapulco Gold from Amnesia Seeds won first place Sativa Cup at the world renowned High Times Cannabis Cup held annually in Amsterdam. Acapulco Gold will leave her patients feeling creative, euphoric, happy and uplifting, while aiding in the relief of depression, anxiety, stress and social anxiety. Somewhat debatable and likely never to be factually proven is how Acapulco Gold came by the namesake. Some people claim that the “gold” represents the golden color of the buds. Others say it simply refers to the fact that the exceptional quality of that particular Sativa strain demands a higher price than most others. Some balk at the premium prices for the seeds available on the internet today but their popularity prove the pleasure of experiencing authentic Acapulco Gold is a price well worth paying.

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The Beginners Guide to Growing Cannabis Seeds. b2b trade publication.  

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The Beginners Guide to Growing Cannabis Seeds. b2b trade publication.  

Sativa Magazine April Issue. The number one b2b Cannabis trade publication that has a little something for everyone. Keywords: legalization...

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