Acapulco Gold is a sativa landrace Cannabis. It is likely originating from the area around Acapulco, Mexico. Acapulco Gold has strong sativa cerebral effects, offering a long lasting high that balances upbeat effects with body-relaxing, stress reducing calmness.
Acapulco Gold has been found to effectively relieve symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and chronic pain.
The clusters of buds are pale green to yellow, speckled with reddish-brown gold and covered with very visible THC crystals. The strain produces flavors and scents of fruits and spices. It is known to contain up to 23% of the active ingredient THC.
The Oxford English Dictionary quotes an early usage of the term from a 1965 newsletter, in which it was described it as "a special grade of pot growing only in the vicinity of Acapulco. The color is either brownish gold or a mixture of gold and green. This grade has a potency surpassed by few of the green varieties and usually comes at slightly higher prices or in short weights." According to one linguistics book, "The gold in this phrase originally described the golden hue of the leaves on the marijuana plant, but later came to refer both to the high quality of the marijuana and to the especially high price it commanded." Acapulco by itself can be used as a synonym for marijuana, generally referring to a high-grade type like Acapulco gold. The similarly named Acapulco red, refers to a reddish-brown marijuana grown near Acapulco, Mexico with reddish tops on the plants.
References in Media
The Principia Discordia (1965) mentions that there is some debate as to whether the Golden Apple of Discord is made of metallic gold or Acapulco gold.
The New Riders of the Purple Sage song "Henry" from their eponymous first album references Acapulco Gold - the song is about the title character traveling to Acapulco to smuggle "twenty keys of Gold" back to the States .
Although the Led Zeppelin song " Over The Hills And Far Away" does not mention Acapulco Gold in the studio version, singer Robert Plant frequently inserted the phrase into the song during live performances. After the lyric "I live for my dreams and a pocketful of gold" he would muse the phrase "Acapulco Gold" as if an afterthought or clarification. A soundboard bootleg of a 1973 live show entitled "Heritage Strain" features as artwork a pack of Acapulco Gold marijuana cigarettes.
In the 1969 near-future science fiction novel "Bug Jack Barron" by Norman Spinrad, Jack Barron's U.S. national television show is prominently sponsored by "Acapulco Golds", a legal cannabis cigarette brand in the setting of the book.
Led Zeppelin contemporary Roy Harper included a song titled "Acapulco Gold" on his 1974 Harvest release, Valentine. The song is sung in a Lounge music style, accompanied by piano and lyrics referring to "...getting rolled on my Acapulco Gold".
The Devin The Dude's song "Gotta Be Me" mentions "No stems, no seeds, that you don't need - Acapulco Gold is.. Mad Ass Weed".
Argentinean band Soda Stereo include the phrase “como oro de Acapulco” (like Acapulco Gold) on the song Planta from the 1995 album Sueño Stereo, the writer Gustavo Cerati makes reference to the drug being inside his body like blood to a plant
In his song "My Favourite Ladies", rapper MF Doom refers to the strain: "Fresh and ripe, perplexin' like Acapulco Gold, If I had to guess, just right, not a day old".
Cheech and Chong mention Acapulco Gold in their 1978 film "Up in Smoke". It is mentioned in the film several times. Seeds of Acapulco gold are even shown at one point. It is also mentioned in their new cartoon "Cheech & Chong's Animated Movie", in a section where a film crew is making a commercial for Acapulco Gold. It contains a jingle with the text: "No stems no seed that you dont need, Acapulco gold is - bad ass weed"
Streetwear clothing company Acapulco Gold is named after the strain.
In Season 1, Episode 14 of "Saturday Night Live", host Desi Arnaz jokes that the cast gifted him Acapulco Gold cigars.
In 2003, Gibson made a limited edition acoustic guitar named "Acapulco Gold". The certificate that comes with the guitar says it "was created to help you celebrate those special fun times in your life that you really can't remember". The guitar has an L-size body made of Koa wood.
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