AK-47, also known as AK, AK47, and AK 47, is a sativa-dominant hybrid strain (cultivar) with mint green nugs covered in orange hairs and frosty amber trichomes. This rough-sounding name doesn’t reflect its effects well, with users commonly reporting mellow feelings mixed with happiness and relaxation, making it ideal for managing stress, anxiety, and depression. With a good mix of terpenes and cannabinoids, AK-47 can provide a well-balanced high that almost all users will enjoy if dosed carefully.
Strain-specific research into AK-47’s flavonoids has not been performed, but assumptions can be made based on this strain’s unique flavor and scent profile. For example, AK-47 likely contains flavonoid kaempferol, given the strain’s genetics and terpene content, as well as cannflavins A, B, and C.
AK-47s has been reported to have the following effects:
The following adverse effects have also been reported:
- Dry Eyes
- Dry Mouth
The effects of AK-47 are commonly described as powerful but gentle, perhaps explaining this strain’s popularity. AK-47 provides mellow feelings of relaxation and happiness and an uplifting cerebral buzz that elevates the user’s mood. This enjoyable combination of calm, energy, and happiness makes for a desirable high.
THC can stimulate the release of the sleep neurotransmitter adenosine.
THC and CBD are shown to have significant anti-emetic properties, meaning they can help prevent vomiting when used in the right doses.
Loss of appetite: THC can stimulate the production of the hunger hormone ghrelin.
Cannabis contains many anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) compounds that can beat stress and reduce the production of the stress hormone cortisol.
Cannabis contains anti-inflammatory and analgesic compounds that can help reduce or distract from pain, including THC, CBD, and beta-caryophyllene.
As with all new strains, it is a good idea to start small and work your way up until you achieve the effect you’re looking for. AK-47 is a particularly potent strain, so it would be advisable to begin with a lower dose than you might with other strains.
Dosage will also depend on your method of consumption as the different options will vary in their ability to make their contained cannabinoids “bioavailable” (how much of the cannabinoid content is made available to your body for absorption).
As with many popular strains, seeds for AK-47 are readily available on the internet, but AK-47 can be a difficult strain to cultivate if you are a beginner grower. AK-47 requires more care than other strains, particularly susceptible to bud rot and other issues. It needs plenty of air circulation to prevent mold growth, sunlight, and fresh air. Some growers use air filtration to keep fungal spores to a minimum for this mold-prone strain.
Growth height ranges between 30 and 60 inches for indoor and outdoor growth. AK-47 generally provides good yields, with outdoor yields roughly 10 to 15 ounces per plant and indoor grows providing approximately 1 ounce of trimmed bud per square foot.
Humidity and Temperature
AK-47 differs from other strains regarding humidity preferences, enjoying 65% to 70% range early in the vegetative stage, but dropping to as low as 30% humidity for the later vegetative and flowering stages.
AK-47 can be grown indoors and outdoors. When grown indoors, flowering will take place in seven to nine weeks. Outdoor growing behaviors depend on location. AK-47 is ready to harvest in October.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is AK-47 strain a sativa or indica?
AK-47 is a sativa-dominant hybrid strain with relatively balanced effects for most users. Many enjoy the mix of sedative and uplifting effects of this highly-popular strain.
What is AK-47 strain good for?
How strong is the AK-47 strain?
AK-47 is a reasonably strong cannabis strain with higher THC levels of around 21%, with its name perhaps coming from its ability to take out even experienced users.
THC 17%-20%CBD 0.56%-0.87%
12 Year OG
THC 24%CBD 0.5%