Its name is based on a weapon, but the AK-47 autoflower strain is pleasantly mellow. Despite the misnomer, the Ak-47 autoflower strain of marijuana is both extremely well known and popular around the world. It has a wide variety of awards that reflect its popularity and quality.
It’s important to know what autoflowering means to fully appreciate the full advantage of growing this strain. In the wild, marijuana plants are photosensitive. That means that the plant’s transition from their vegetative phase into their flowering phase (when those delicious buds begin to develop) only when the amount of darkness at night (or the amount of sunlight during the day) changes with the fall season. The hours of uninterrupted darkness help the marijuana plant “know” that the weather will soon get cold, so it needs to start finishing up its harvest.
Autoflowering marijuana plants do not need the sun to begin the flowering phase. They will naturally transition after a certain amount of time, making them particularly useful for having a fast turnaround from germination to harvest, and they can be grown and harvested any time of year.
Growing The AK-47 Autoflower Strain
There are certain specifics to growing the AK-47 Autoflower strain, although as long as the grower knows these quirks in advance, the grow should be manageable and successful nonetheless.
The AK-47 autoflowering marijuana strain prefers to grow in a nicely ventilated area, where it isn’t too humid. Temperatures should be relatively cool, but lots of light or sun are necessary (as well as plenty of fresh air). These specifics are required because the AK-47 autoflowering marijuana plant can be susceptible to bud rot and mold.
The plant is compact overall (much like most autoflowering strains of marijuana) but is quite high yielding (which is part of the reason mold and rot are such as a threat to this plant). It grows best outdoors because of its need for ventilation, but indoor growing is also possible — just keep in mind that it will smell strongly and potentially attract the attention of neighbors.
You can expect these marijuana plants to take around 56 days (between 7 and 9 weeks) to flower. The plants will end up between 19 and 27 inches tall, and will likely produce around 120 grams per square meter of usable product.
Origin Of The AK-47 Autoflower Strain
The AK-47 autoflower strain of marijuana is a Sativa-dominant strain of marijuana, with three Sativa parents and one Indica parent. The three Sativa parents’ ancestors come from South America, Mexico, and Thailand. The Indica ancestor, meanwhile, comes from Afghanistan.
The actual mystery of the AK-47 Autoflower strain is where the name comes from, although that question may never be answered. It originally showed up in the Netherlands during the beginning of the 1990s and since then has won a variety of prizes. In 1999 the strain won second place at the High Times Cannabis Cup for the best Sativa strain of marijuana. It came in first at a Toronto Expo in 2010.
Effects Of AK-47 Autoflower Strain
The AK-47 Autoflower strain of marijuana is all about happiness, and it is famous for this trait. People who smoke AK-47 experience a strong sense of relaxation and clear-headedness. It helps give an uplifting spirit to people who consume it. The high from AK-47 marijuana lasts extra long (which is another reason it is so popular), with uncontrollable giggles as the typical side effect. Smokers of AK-47 marijuana usually feel euphoria right off the bat, and then it turns into a mellowed out giddy feeling. Perhaps one of the most convenient aspects about the AK-47 autoflower strain is the fact that the high from it does not last a particularly long time.
The following effects are typical of AK-47:
- Mentally alert
Of course, there are also some more negative effects from smoking AK-47. They are all quite minor, making it an easy strain for anyone to smoke. They include:
- Dry mouth
- Dry eyes
Medical Uses For AK-47 Autoflower Strain
There are lots of medicinal uses for the AK-47 autoflower strain of marijuana. It has properties that help with psychological ailments as well as physical ones. Its THC levels are particularly high (20%), which give it its particularly useful psychological properties. It has medium levels of CBD which is also helpful in treating a variety of symptoms and problems.
AK-47 does an excellent job of giving smokers the munchies, making it perfect for improving appetite (which is particularly helpful for people who are undergoing chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or a similar treatment that can cause nausea and lack of appetite).
Medical Uses for Physical Ailments
There are a variety of physical ailments that AK-47 marijuana can help treat.
Those ailments include (but are not limited to):
- Lack of appetite
- Muscle spasms
Medical Uses for Psychological Ailments
Psychological ailments can also be helped through the consumption of AK-47. Generally speaking, depression and anxiety are the most common issues for which patients are prescribed AK-47. It does wonders to relieve stress without adding any unnecessary or unwanted sleepiness. The psychological ailments include (but are not limited to):
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Taste And Aroma Of AK-47 Autoflower Strain
The smell of the AK-47 marijuana strain is mostly earthy, but there is also a sour tinge to it. Its smell is quite strong overall, and while earthy and sour are the most noticeable fragrances, it also has a variety of other scents mixed into one pleasant combination. It has been described as a sweet smell overall. The smell tends to linger.
Its taste also has a sweetness to it, as well as a floral taste combined with a sort of earthiness. It is also a bit spicy and herbal, giving it its stronger skunk flavor. It has also been described as woody or tasting like pine.
AK-47 Autoflower Marijuana Strain Taste & Aroma At-A-Glance