AK-47 Marijuana Strain Review


Strain Overview

The Scoop: A blunt weapon of peace, AK-47 is an energetic fusion of four strains transformed by the legendary cultivator – Simon from Serious Seeds. First popularized in the early 90s – AK-47, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the World Wide Web first elevated America’s collective IQ during the first Clinton administration.

The Result: Rapidly dispatching only aggression and physical discomfort, AK-47 provides a dynamically creative high. A perfect strain for those who struggle with late-afternoon fatigue, daily depression or aching joints and muscles, AK-47 works wonders at firing up the creative juices while simultaneously snuffing out physical discomfort.

The Verdict: Regardless of its misleading, if not intimidating nomenclature – AK-47 is an overtly mellow Sativa. Still an uplifting strain, the initial effect provides an insightful and perceptive moment of relaxation.

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Strain Characteristics

Type: Sativa-Dominant Hybrid (65/35)

Also Known As: AK47

Genetics: South American (Colombian), Mexican, Thai, and Afghani

Origin: Netherlands

How Stoned Will You Get: 7.5

Average THC: 15-20%

Average Price Per ⅛: $40

Awards: 2nd Place HTCC 1999, 2nd Place HTCC 2003, 3rd Place HTCC 2011

Strain Profile

The Science: AK-47, as tested by Analytical 360, displayed a mild THC profile that was complemented by its three major terpenes: Myrcene (musk), α-Pinene (pine & sage), and β-caryophyllene (pepper). Originally bred from a Colombian landrace and crossed with some Thai and Mexican genetics, AK-47’s Indica traits appear courtesy of the Afghani gene pool. A purported “one-hit” wonder, the relatively balanced cannabinoid profile of AK-47 allows for a well-rounded body and head high.

Appearance: AK-47’s green and yellow buds provide a glow-in-the-dark luminescence that is accentuated with the occasional streak of purple and its bright orange pistils. Illuminated by the amber trichomes like a neon sign, the strain’s conical-shaped flower provides a robust bag appeal. Sizeable calyxes, expansive bulk, and moderate height are detectable phenotypes of the AK-47 strain. Camouflaged by its resinous trichs, these compact buds beckon to be lit up.

Consistency: Dense, resinous, yet malleable – these killer buds are best disarmed with a grinder or scissors. Though hand-to-hand combat (shredding by fingers) is still an option, who would voluntarily waste the valuable compounds?

Scent: AK-47 nugs provide a zesty skunk-like musk. Peppered with hints of pine, sage, sandalwood, and some light citrus undertones, the AK-47 aroma is capped with a pungent diesel finish. Once shredded for consumption, it’s powerfully therapeutic terpenes help sedate an overly aggressive mindset.

Taste: Drawing AK-47’s flavorful smoke deep into the lungs, the taste buds are dazed and confused by the hypnotic mixture of skunk, pepper, diesel, and citrus. Featuring an earth-centric flavor profile on the inhale, the savory exhale displays a slightly more petroleum-based profile.

Effect: Made blissful by nature, this Sativa-dominant hybrid is a full-blown assassin of depression and pain. AK-47’s high is instant and enduring (lasting 1-2 hours), instilling an attentive yet tranquil mentality. Long considered a “one hit wonder” by many thanks to its elevated THC content, those with an increased tolerance level may find they need a few hits for the medicinal effects to truly hit home.

Strain Background: An F1 hybrid that was first cultivated and disseminated in the Netherlands during the early 1990s, this strain was a dominant force in the West Coast medical marijuana scene soon after. Taking home accolades from the 1999, 2003, and 2011 High Times Cannabis Cup, AK-47 provides superiority without concessions. Producing generous buds with a relatively short flowering period (for a Sativa), AK’s genetics produce a medium height plant and medium to heavy yields. Additionally, the AK-47 gene pool works beautifully on both an industrial scale or as a homegrown strain.

Medical Uses: Palliative, AK-47 is known to help provide relief for individuals menaced with daily bouts of stress, dejection, menstrual cramps, and arthritic pain.

Growth and Seed Info

Note: Be sure of the phenotype you’re cultivating (Sativa or Indica?)

Pros: Short flowering period (for a Sativa)



Cons: Odor attracts unwanted attention

Original Breeder: Serious Seeds

Current Breeder: Serious Seeds

Known Phenotypes: Indica phenos, short, compact, fast flower 

Seed Bank of Choice: Serious Seeds

Flowering Time: 50-65 days

Flowering Type: Sea of Green (SOG)

Growth Height: Untopped, tall

Expected Yield: Generous

Garden Skill Level: Intermediate/beginner

Family: Sativa Hybrid

Related Strains: Automatic AK-47, Cream 47, White Russian, Space

Breeder Quote/Advice: By utilizing the SOG cultivation technique, growers are able to improve their overall yield and enjoy greater control of the plant’s canopy.

About Author

Born in Long Beach, raised on the central coast: I surf, dab, burn, and blog – though not necessarily in that order. I'm a husband, a father and a lifelong consumer of connoisseur grade weed. I don't drink alcohol or consume any other "drugs." I consider myself to be living proof that weed is not a gateway drug. If it were, I'd be in some serious trouble. Instead, as a 50-year-old ex-realtor that has been smoking weed for nearly 80% of my life (just did the math) ... I can only say, marijuana is safer than prescription pills or alcohol could ever hope to be for calming what stirs the savage beast.

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