A Real Straight-Shooter
Channel the genetics of four legendary landrace strains into one beautifully balanced hybrid and what do you get? You get AK-47 – one of the most celebrated and successful strains of all time, with no less than 16 prestigious awards under her belt.
A staple in the stash boxes of discerning stoners and medical marijuana users worldwide, AK-47 Feminized is by far one of the most versatile and enjoyable strains money can buy.
In stark contrast to her name, this strain isn’t designed to mow down the masses like a machine gun. It’s actually quite the opposite - AK takes you on a whirlwind ride of soaring euphoria, dreamy relaxation and a lingering sense of contentment that sticks around for hours on end. Whether you’re in desperate need of a dose of creativity or simply looking to put a crappy day behind you, this iconic lady has you covered.
Serious Seeds (the famed Dutch producer) unleashed AK-47 on the world in 1992. Over the subsequent three decades, the strain proved practically unshakeable as one of the top-selling cannabis strains in the world. Engineered by combining the genetics of four superstar landrace strains - Colombian, Mexican, Thai, and Afghani - AK turned out to be even more impressive than her creators ever expected.
The official genetic composition is 35% Indica and 65% Sativa. Leaning slightly towards the sativa side of the spectrum, the energizing and uplifting effects slightly outweigh AK’s physically relaxing properties. Though not to such an extent as to take away from the fantastic balance of the high. Potency varies from one batch to the next, though tends to hover around the 20% mark for a decent batch.
Whether growing an AK-47 Feminized photoperiod variety or opting for an auto alternative, you’re in for an easy ride from start to finish. Just as long as you know how to keep cannabis stink under control, which this stuff has by the bucketload.
Flavor and Fragrance of AK-47
The unique terpene composition of AK-47 Feminized results in a fragrance that has a definite hint of gunpowder in the background. Myrcene, caryophyllene and pinene are the most prominent terps in the mix, which are renowned for their herbal, peppery and piney scents accordingly. It’s the classic case of things coming together to become more than the sum of their parts, which in a case of AK-47 is an exceptionally aromatic strain that’s pungent beyond belief.
It’s not the most distinctive or characteristic fragrance – dominated largely by earthy, floral notes and plenty of old-fashioned skunk. With buds that stinks to high heaven, you set yourself up for what you’d expect to be a harsh, overpowering and relatively acrid smoke. In reality, it’s significantly sweeter than expected on the inhale, leaving behind a rich and dessert-like aftertaste on the exhale. It’s also nowhere near as sharp or harsh as expected, so isn’t likely to induce coughing.
Vaporization makes for an interesting experience, enabling the subtler pine-citrus flavors to be brought out and enjoyed. Though if you’re simply out for the quintessential old-school weed experience, this stuff is definitely best burned.
This is where AK-47 Feminized (and indeed all versions of this iconic cannabis) really shines. To a degree, AK-47 Fem is the kind of strain that can be almost anything you want her to be. Whether looking for an immediate mood-boost or setting yourself in for a relaxing evening of bone-idleness, look no further than these buds.
With an average THC content of 20%, AK tends to be punchy but not overpowering. She also routinely tests for a CBD content in the region of 1.5%, bringing further balance and enjoyment into the mix.
Initially, the effects are entirely cerebral in nature. There’s a soaring and uplifting rush of positive energy and optimism, which is also known for bringing on wave after wave of inspired creativity. Just the thing for tackling mundane tasks, or getting those creative juices flowing if you’re the artistic type.
AK-47 is also notorious for bringing on relentless giggling fits, so don’t be surprised if it’s hard to take things seriously for the duration.
Give things a while and this initial burst of motivated energy gives way to a head to toe feeling of blissful relaxation. In those later stages, AK-47 delivers a warm and enjoyable body buzz that gradually makes its way through the extremities, motivating you to do little other than unwind and indulge. It’s highly unlikely you’ll be incapacitated or locked to the couch, but you’ll also probably have no real desire to indulge in anything physical.
Plan ahead, as the high is likely to continue doing its thing for a good three or four hours.
Medical Uses of AK-47 Feminized
AK-47 is a predominantly uplifting and mood-boosting strain, which has become a staple in the medicine cabinets of millions of patients worldwide thanks to her practically endless list of therapeutic applications.
The initial uplift is capable of quickly and completely eradicating negative thoughts and emotions, replacing the troubles of a terrible day with a Cheshire Cat-like grin. Irrespective of what might be on your mind at the time, you’ll have forgotten about it completely in a matter of minutes. From mild cases of depression to occasional bouts of stress and anxiety, this mighty marijuana makes light work of whatever’s ailing you.
On the physical side of things, AK-47 is also known for bringing welcome relief to patients with joint pains, muscle aches, stiffness, headaches and migraines. She’s not the most ‘numbing’ of strains on the market and therefore may not be suitable for more severe or chronic pain conditions. Nevertheless, she can’t be beaten when it comes to relaxing the body and mind in a way that alleviates a wide variety of symptoms and everyday health complaints.
Dizziness, paranoia and panic-attacks are rare, though aren’t out of the question with the more potent batches of AK-47 Feminized. As there’s technically no guaranteed way of knowing whether you’re holding a 15% THC batch or a 25% THC batch, it’s best to enjoy in moderation at first.
Growing AK-47 Feminized Seeds
As long as you keep a careful watch over temperatures and humidity levels, AK-47 Feminized is an absolute breeze to grow, demonstrating robust resilience to most common plant problems and making her a regular choice for first-time cultivators.
Keep in mind though, these plants do tend to become quite dense and bushy, and need to be pruned regularly to ensure good air circulation.
Other than this, flowering times come in at around nine weeks and hauls of up to 15oz per plant are not out of the question. If you’re planning an outdoor grow, you’ll need to be somewhere with relatively predictable and consistent Mediterranean-like conditions. Precisely why indoor cultivation is the preferred option for most, though you’ll need to think carefully about odor control and ventilation.
If discretion is a priority, be warned - AK-47 can be extremely difficult to keep under wraps.
The fact that AK-47 Feminized has scooped up so many prestigious awards over the years says all that really needs to be said about this strain’s considerable appeal. Both in terms of its recreational value and therapeutic applications, AK is the ultimate crowd pleaser.
Uplifting, relaxing, energizing and mood-enhancing, there’s no situation when this iconic strain won’t leave you feeling simply fantastic.