Pot of Gold
Truly a rewarding strain to have, a Pot of Gold is certainly something worth finding at the end of a rather dull and strenuous day at work. Just a few puffs could turn a smoker’s vision into a vibrant dreamscape, something that even leprechauns would want to take a hit of.
Bred by The Flying Dutchmen, the strain was first released to the public way back in 1985. Decades later, it never faded out of the top favorites of the cannabis market and solidified its position as one of the many staples connoisseurs should have a stash of.
Of course, with the household name the Hindu Kush as one of its parents, it’s no wonder it shot to fame. It influences a deep sense of calm that relaxes both body and mind, capturing the classic qualities of an Indica.
Meanwhile, old-time hustler Skunk No. 1 steadies out the heaviness with a light-hearted buzz, one that lifts up creativity in users through its energizing addition. Moreover, as the moniker suggests, it also brings a rather skunky odor to the overall flavor profile of the offspring.
With such gratifying effects, Pot of Gold truly deserves its accolades as the winner of the High Times Cannabis Cup in 1998 as well as placing 2nd in the Indica section back in 2003.
|Pot of Gold Strain Quick Facts|
|Genetic Lineage||Hindu Kush x Skunk No. 1|
|Sativa / Indica Ratio||10/90|
|THC %||11% to 23%|
|CBD %||0.05% to 0.12%|
|Climate||Warm and Dry climate|
|Flowering Period||8 to 9 weeks / Mid to late October|
|Average Yield||500 g/sqm / 900 g/plant|
Odor and Flavors
This strain truly has an oddball mix of aromas. For one, a prominent skunkiness comes bursting out as soon as the bag is opened. On the other hand, refreshing additions of fruits round-out the pungency with a sweet appeal. Packing a mature palate, this may be an acquired taste for some, but it is truly a delightful experience for seasoned smokers.
Boasting of a slow mounting high, this strain really takes its smokers in cerebral skies on the onset. Despite its rather low Sativa content, it delivers a robustness that is strong enough to boost the spirit and clear the fogginess in the mind.
Floating in a sea of euphoric sensations, users are free for some lazy contemplation and meandering creative thinking. However, due to the numbing effects that are gradually taking hold, putting all the ideas into action would be a difficult feat as the body becomes heavily stoned.
As it tapers off into a deep sense of relaxation, users are plunged into a sedative pool that can possibly sink even veterans to the couch. Of course, since it stimulates sleep, it goes without saying that this Pot of Gold is really best enjoyed as a satisfying ender for the day.
Almost as soon as the session ends, dryness forms in the mouth and eyes. This isn’t as alarming though as it’s a normal reaction that is common to other variants, and even novice-users will find it easy to soothe the ache so long as they keep hydrated at all times.
Moreover, there isn’t much cerebral stimulation to prompt paranoia, but its potency makes it possible for beginners with low tolerance to such strong effects.
The high chances of being couch-locked may also bring a sense of anxiety to users, as well as mild bouts of dizziness. As such, users should always start with low dosages to avoid these tiny mishaps.
Medical Use and Benefits
Medical patients suffering a variety of ailments will find themselves eminently relieved with Pot of Gold. As the name hints, a bowl of this provides a truly golden experience as it affords users a break from the burdens of their routine.
To wit, the uplifting quality prompts their happy hormones to take over. Pushing forms of stress out of a user’s system, those with depression will find their usual overwrought minds eased from worries.
A meditative buzz lingers at the end, encouraging a deep sense of calm to spread from within. Moreover, a THC value of up to 23% provide a powerful analgesic quality that soothe headaches, muscle spasms, cramps and other symptoms of inflammation.
In addition, not only is it mentally fulfilling, but it also fills the stomach of those suffering from eating disorders as it re-kindles their appetite.
Finally, as mentioned above, a sedative buzz wraps both body and mind in a comforting embrace. Soon, even those with insomniacs will find the heaviness in their eyes impossible to resist.
Growing Pot of Gold
An award-winning plant such as this may require a bit more glam behind the scenes for it to fully reach its potential. As such, this is not as friendly to grow for beginners due to the list of demands it needs.
For one, it’s a sensitive to temperature and is easily susceptible to mold if grown in a humid environment. Of course, that means that a constantly dry and warm climate is required.
It may come as a challenge to those looking into taking it outdoors as the odds of rain or frost is against them, making it important to provide shelter if one is living in a less than ideal environment.
On the bright side, its bushy growth and short height of 120 cm make it perfect for an indoor setup. Due to the rather dense buds, pruning the lower nodes is required to stimulate a better airflow. Moreover, it prefers to be grown organically in soil.
On that note, it takes a flowering time of about 8 to 9 weeks. When properly taken care of, it produces an average yield of 500 grams per square meter.
Meanwhile, outdoor cultivation should be ready for harvest by the middle to late October with a bountiful yield of 900 grams per plant. That’s enough to stash for a year, making the whole process truly worth it in the end.
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