Homegrown Cannabis fans cannot afford to ignore this phenomenal strain, whose lineage can be traced back to four top-quality landraces. AK-47 is made by combining three Sativa strains from South America, Mexico, and Thailand, along with a pure Afghani breed that adds some Indica qualities to the mix. The result of this incredible fusion is a hybrid that takes users on a profound psychedelic high before dropping them back home in a state of veritable bliss.
The very name AK-47 is suggestive of the strain's potency. In the 1999 High Times Cannabis Cup, a sample was discovered to contain 21.5% THC when tested – the highest of all entries in that particular year. It is no wonder, therefore, that this plant has such a profound ability to assault the senses. However, when used in moderation, the effects are noticeable but not at all debilitating.
Since its release in 1992, there have been several different phenotypes of AK-47. In 2003, an Indica phenotype was named the second best Indica in the Cannabis Cup.
These feminized seeds from Homegrown Cannabis lean toward the Sativa side of the spectrum. Compared to regular seeds, the resulting plant does not compromise on yield. This particular variety is highly productive, too, and is capable of insanely high flower production.
Growing AK-47 from Feminized Seeds
AK-47 is not difficult to grow, but it does require a little extra attention due to its sensitivity to mold. Moisture needs to be monitored regularly, as does the temperature, to avoid excessive dampness. Provisions must also be made for small fans to help circulate the air inside the grow space. Installing a carbon-activated filter is highly recommended to control the strong odor these plants kick out.
It is entirely possible to keep AK-47 as short as 2.5 feet if vertical space is limited. For speed, a SOG setup should help boost the rate of growth. SCROG techniques may also be employed as an alternative in order to maximize the yield. For a strain that carries such a strong Sativa influence, the flowering time is quite short, ranging from only 8 to 10 weeks. A typical yield per square foot is between 1.14 and 1.63 ounces.
Outdoors, the plant thrives in a slightly cold climate with adequate sunshine. In these conditions it may grow as tall as 6.5 feet. By the third to fourth week of October, it will have developed tight, resin-glistening buds on numerous side branches along the main cola. On average, each plant will produce some 17.6 ounces although it can be as much as 31.7 ounces.
Fragrance and Flavor
AK-47 assaults the senses with a pungent odor that increases in intensity as the flowering phase advances. It exudes an earthy and woody aromatic blend with a distinct skunky smell.
The combination of three indigenous Sativa varieties delivers an incredible, euphoric rush that can be felt after taking only a couple of hits. AK-47, from the onset, ushers in an invigorating buzz that quickly uplifts the mood and brightens up the day. It brings a heightened sensitivity as well as an increased awareness of surroundings. Soon, random thoughts and creative ideas begin to pop into the head – and once they start, there's no stopping them.
Although it can be energizing and motivating for many people, this is not an ideal wake-and-bake strain. That is because, after a while, its Indica side starts to manifest. Starting as a slight soothing sensation, it travels down from the back of the head and into the body, and spreads out towards the limbs. A sense of happiness and wellness washes over, soothing the muscles as it goes. At this point, most people start to feel lazy and prefer to sit back and chill.
As a medicinal strain, AK-47 is mostly used as a means to get over the hump and finish off tasks that require concentrated mental effort. Its ability to enhance the mood has led some users to turn to it as a means for combatting stress and tension. Consequently, it may also help treat conditions such as depression and related issues.
The strain is also said to possess potent anti-inflammatory and analgesic qualities that make it a good choice for soothing the muscles and alleviating chronic body and joint pains.
On the one hand, the initial burst of energy it delivers at the onset is a good way to fight fatigue, but it is also a great means of easing the body into a deep state of relaxation that can help users to rejuvenate after an exhausting day. During the comedown, the drowsiness sets in and can help lead to a restful night's sleep.
Although this strain has its share of recreational and medical values, it should be used within the limits of personal tolerance. In small doses, some of the adverse effects that may be expected are dry eyes and cottonmouth. In some cases, it might also cause a mild headache or dizziness. If taken in too-high quantities, it can also cause some people who are predisposed to feel increasingly anxious.
Feminized AK-47 Seeds
AK-47 is one of the most prominent cannabis strains in the world. It offers a good balance of head and body high that is both exhilarating and relaxing. Furthermore, its therapeutic benefits such as its ability to help melt away stress and pain have made it one of the most highly recommended plants for home cultivation and personal consumption.
Compared to regular seeds, this feminized version is more cost-effective as up to 99% of the time it will produce a female plant. Throughout the growth cycle, it can withstand not just a cooler climate but also stress.
For more than two decades, AK-47 has brought smiles and joy to countless people around the globe. It will continue to do so – not just for consumers but also for growers – thanks to these feminized seeds from Homegrown Cannabis.