Acapulco Gold

    Acapulco Gold strain

    Acapulco Gold from Barney’s Farm is based on a Mexican landrace Sativa and has already developed a solid fanbase.

    • Strength 24%
    • Stone Uplifting
    • Speed 10-11 Weeks
    • Height Tall
    • Yield 500g/m2+
    • Harvest October

    Our Verdict

    • Pro's
    • Strong
    • Fairly easy
    • Solid Yields
    • Con's
    • Tall
    • Marijuana Munchies
    • Fussy

    Acapulco Gold Review

    Acapulco Gold’s admirers appreciate the lightness of its Sativa genetics, especially for daytime use, and the fact that it is relatively easy to grow. 


    Acapulco Gold strain

    Given that Acapulco Gold is 80% Sativa, you’d expect it to be all about the THC, and you’d be right, up to a point.  With average THC of between 19% and 24%, Acapulco Gold is certainly a potent strain of cannabis.  It is, however, still more restrained than some of the superpowered varieties we’ve seen over recent years, which can have average THC levels pushing 30%.  There is also a touch of CBD (about 0.1%).  In other words, this strain’s main attraction is fast and powerful relief from both physical pain and mental issues.   

    The high is everything you’d expect from a classic Sativa.  It’s full of creative energy and motivation.  The light body buzz which follows will make you feel very comfortable and relaxed.  You won’t want to get up but you won’t actually be couchlocked.  Basically, it’s like having a beautifully relaxing little daydream, from which you emerge refreshed and ready to go. 

    Acapulco Gold is probably most popular as a “wake and bake” strain.  It’s certainly better suited to use in the daytime than in the evening.  Overall, it’s a good choice for any THC-responsive condition.  The only question would be whether or not the level of potency was equivalent to the level of pain.  It’s also a good choice for people with low appetites.  In fact, it’s guaranteed to bring on the marijuana munchies, so it’s helpful to be prepared for this.


    Acapulco Gold produces decent yields.  Indoor growers can expect up to 500g/m2 whereas outdoor growers can expect up to 600g per marijuana plant.  Overall, this strain is pretty forgiving to grow and has good resistance to mould, diseases and pests.  Having said that, it is probably best left to those who have some experience of growing cannabis successfully. 

    Basically, each of these seeds has the potential to turn into one big marijuana plant and as such will need more attention than a compact, little Indica.  In particular, you will need the judgement to feed (and water) a big appetite without overdoing it.  This is particularly important when dealing with landrace strains.  They are used to surviving on their own so it’s relatively easy to “kill them with kindness”. 


    Sativas do tend to have relatively lengthy growing cycles and Acapulco Gold is no exception.  Indoors it will need 10 to 11 weeks of flowering.  Outdoors it will be ready in mid to late October.  Indoor growers should assume that each seed could turn into a marijuana plant of up to 2m in height.  Outdoors the plants can actually grow a bit taller, but this is less likely to be an issue.  This means that you will either need plenty of vertical space or a willingness to tackle plant training.  Although this strain is much more slender than any Indica, it’s still important to allow enough space for plants to spread outwards as well as upwards. 

    If plants start “bumping into each other”, the airflow will be impeded and that is a recipe for disaster, even with robust strains.  Regardless of whether you’re growing indoors or outdoors, you will need to think about odour control.  Indoor growers are recommended to invest in air filters and outdoor growers should think about the direction of prevailing winds.  Outdoor growers should also remember that this strain really needs a warm, dry, sunny climate to thrive.  If there is any doubt about the weather remaining mild right up to the middle of October, it may be best to grow this strain indoors.  Alternatively, you could split the difference and opt for a greenhouse grow.


    The flavour of Acapulco Gold is based on a combination of sweet earth and skunk pungency, there is a middle layer of rich, creamy coffee and top notes of citrus and pine.  The aroma is slightly less complex being essentially a blend of earthiness and pungency, but there is a sweetness to it, plus more than a hint of menthol. 

    Bag Appeal

    In the bag, Acapulco Gold is an exotic blend of lime green leaves, sunshine orange pistils and ice clear trichomes.  As you would expect from a strain with this level of THC, nugs are very sticky so a grinder is a must.  Enjoy the aroma as you break them open. 

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