The growth of the cannabis industry has led to the improvement of many strains. This includes autoflowering cannabis strains that have come a long way ever since they were first introduced to the cannabis community. And among those autoflowering strains, AK47 Autoflower tends to stand out well on its own as a terrific choice for marijuana enthusiasts.But before we get to know more about this lovely strain, you might want to know more about autoflowering strains first.
What are Autoflowering Cannabis Plants?
An autoflowering cannabis strain is a marijuana plant that does not rely on the number of light and dark hours it gets for it to flower. It will transition and move from the vegetative state to the flowering phase by depending only on maturity and age as opposed to the photoperiod. This is a characteristic that makes them stand out in the world of cannabis as regular strains of marijuana need to meet their respective light and dark hours for them to flower.
Autoflowering plants got this trait from their genetic ancestors, the cannabis ruderalis species of marijuana. Cannabis ruderalis is the lesser known third species of cannabis. It is native to northern regions with harsh climates and little sunlight. As such, this plant learned to adapt to its environment and developed characteristics that allowed it to thrive in those regions.
Because cannabis ruderalis did not have access to as much sunlight as other strains, it learned to flower on its own regardless of whether it got the required light hours that cannabis normally needs. This was how cannabis ruderalis became an autoflowering plant.
However, cannabis ruderalis had almost no practical benefits because it was not a good source of industrial hemp and also did not have high THC concentrations. As such, there were no reasons for breeders to get so high on growing this species of cannabis until The Joint Doctor used its genetics to his advantage.
Decades ago, The Joint Doctor crossbred Northern Lights with Mexican Rudy, a cannabis ruderalis plant he got from his friend, to create a new strain he called Lowryder. This strain had the properties of Northern Lights but was much smaller and had lower THC levels. And the best part was that it flowered automatically. As such, Lowryder became the world’s first autoflowering cannabis strain.
Though several more autoflowering strains were introduced, they were seen as novelty items and household plants. That was because they had low THC levels compared to regular strains. They also did not have yields as generous as their photoperiod-dependent counterparts.
But when breeders started to perfect autoflowering strains and purified their genetics, they became much more potent than their brothers and sisters of yesteryears. Now, you can see autoflowering cannabis that has THC levels close to that of regular strains. Some of them are even as generous in terms of yields as some of the highest yielding strains on the market.
One of those “new generations” of autoflowering cannabis strains is AK47 Autoflower.
What is AK47 Autoflower and what are its Characteristics?
As the name suggests, AK47 Autoflower is an autoflowering version of the famous AK-47 strain. Its name might scare you but AK-47 is much more mellow than it sounds. This classic strain is the four-way lovechild of four landraces namely Columbian, Mexican, Thai, and Afghani. And with parents such as those, AK-47 became a beloved strain all over the world.
AK-47 has managed to win more than a dozen awards ever since it was introduced in the 90s. It is an intensely potent strain with high THC levels and a great combination of flavor and aroma. And when you dive into it, the intensely strong effects envelop you in a great combination of mind and body highs that offer an array of relaxing and euphoric sensations. In short, it is a strain your mind and body can never forget.
Because of how well-loved AK-47 is, it became a must for breeders to come up with an autoflowering strain that allows growers to cultivate it much easier. As such, AK-47 Autoflowering was born when the original AK-47 was crossbred with an unnamed cannabis ruderalis plant.
Aroma of AK47 Autoflower
Like the original AK-47, AK-47 Autoflowering carries a distinct kind of aroma that makes it just as enticing as its non-autoflowering counterpart. The moment you break open the buds, you will be greeted with an explosion of intense aromas that hits your nose with a combination of sour and earthy fragrances. As the scent hits you harder, you will notice hints of floral notes that tend to be sweet. You may even smell a bit of spiciness coming from this very unique scent.
When you take in AK-47 Autoflowering’s smoke through your throat, you will immediately feel the full force of its awesome flavor. This pleasantly delicious bud tastes just as good as it smells. At first, you will taste some earthiness with a bit of spice that makes it similar to coffee. Floral notes will begin to make themselves known as the sweetness of this strain slowly dominate your taste buds to make you feel like you are diving into your after-dinner dessert.
With a flavor profile such as that, AK-47 Autoflowering is a strain that is hard to match in terms of tastes. That is why the original AK-47 is such a worldwide phenomenon. There are plenty of delicious strains out there but there is only a handful that has AK-47 Autoflowering’s combination of delicious sweetness and a pleasant earthiness.
Effects of AK47 Autoflower
AK-47 Autoflowering actually has effects that are very similar to the original AK-47. However, the biggest difference here is that this strain has a lower THC concentration (about 15%). Still, that does not take away the fact that its effects are just as unique and awesome.
At the onset, AK-47 hits your head with a euphoric high that instantly uplifts to make you happier and jollier. This gentle heady high will begin to move to the rest of your body to make you feel a tingly sensation all over. As the high intensifies, you will feel your entire body getting a bit heavy as relaxation takes over.
During this state, you probably will not feel lazy enough to spend the entire day on the couch because of how AK-47 Autoflowering is not potent enough to do so. However, you will feel the need to sit back, relax, and enjoy the clear-headed high you have. This might be a good time for you to listen to some good music, read a book, or watch a few movies. And you will surely enjoy the time since AK-47 Autoflowering’s high tends to last quite a bit longer than most strains.
Because it is an autoflowering strain, AK-47 Autoflowering can thrive well in almost any kind of climate and is suitable for both indoor and outdoor growing. But if you want to maximize the light it can take as well as control the conditions that are best suited for it, you might want to grow it indoors instead.
AK-47 Autoflowering is actually a pretty short cannabis plant. It rarely grows over two feet tall when grown indoors and stays relatively short throughout its lifespan. As such, you can grow it in tight and limited spaces. And if you opt to grow it outdoors, you do not have to worry about it growing taller than your fences as it might not push over three feet in terms of height. This makes it an ideal strain for stealth growers.
Expect AK47 Autoflower to be ready for harvest somewhere between seven to nine weeks after planting the seeds. It can yield a pretty generous harvest of a small plant. Indoor harvests can be as heavy as about 450 grams per square meter.