The marvellous AK47 is indisputably one of the most popular strains in the world and deservedly so. Developed from a blend of Colombian, Mexican and Thai landrace Sativas plus Afghani, the ancestor of some of the best Indicas around, this balanced hybrid is tasty, medically effective and straightforward to grow.
In terms of taste, AK47 has a pungent, skunk, baseline with sweet wood and tangy citrus to lighten it up. The aroma also has a clear element of skunk but the sourness is quite fruity, think sour berries or sour fruit candy, there’s also a spiciness to it, which combines the pepperiness of Sativas with the hashiness of Afghani.
The THC level is a medium-high 19% to 22% and the effect is in line with what you’d expect from a fairly balanced hybrid (about 65% Sativa). It starts with a happy, buzzy head high which blows the blues away and then gradually mellows into your classic Indica stone, although a relatively light version of it. In other words, although AK47 is probably best kept for night time use, it could feasibly be used in the day time as long as you allowed yourself plenty of time to come back to reality.
While most of the strains used to create AK47 are Sativas, there is enough Afghani to keep AK47 down to a more moderate height. You’re looking at an indoor minimum of about 1M up to an outdoor maximum of about 1.8M. As an added bonus AK47 is very responsive to plant training, so you can bring its height down even further if you need to. Plus, although it’s performance that really matters, there’s no denying AK47 does look good in the growing room, with bright green leaves and orange hairs, along with a respectable dusting of white, resin crystals.
Although this version of AK47 is a photoperiod strain, it’s actually very beginner-friendly, due to the fact that it’s full of landrace genetics, meaning that it’s very hard to go for wrong with it. You can grow it indoors, outdoors or in a greenhouse. Indoors, you’ll be looking at a flowering time of 8 to 10 weeks and outdoors it will be ready for harvest around the end of September. Indoor growers can collect up to 500g/m2 and outdoor growers up to 600g/per plant. As long as you pay attention to basic ventilation and hygiene, you shouldn’t have any problems with the dreaded mould or common pests. The one point to remember is that AK47 does have a very strong odour, so filters are highly recommended.
Indoors or outdoors
8 to 10 weeks
Colombian, Mexican and Thai landrace Sativas plus Afghani