Updated Colombian Gold Marijuana Strain Review

Our complete review of this classic landrace strain
MarijuanaBreak Staff MarijuanaBreak Staff / Updated on July 4, 2019

Colombian Gold

When it comes to old-school cannabis strains, there are few out there as well-known as Colombian Gold. Although it hasn’t survived the test of time as well as some other landrace strains, it has parented some of the most well-loved buds out there such as Skunk #1.

If you haven’t managed to get your hands on this ultra-rare bud, we’re not surprised – it is pretty hard to come by these days. However, today we are giving you a full run-down on all you need to know about Colombian Gold, so stick around to find out more!

What is Colombian Gold?

A classic landrace sativa, Colombian Gold will go down in the history books as one of the most oldie-but-goodie strains out there. Originating from the mountains of Santa Marta in Colombia, this was a huge strain back in the 1960s.

Famed mostly for its unusual effects, this sativa is one of the most well-balanced out there, with the effects being manageable in every stage of the high. As you may imagine then, this is a wonderful daytime strain and a killer motivation booster to get things done!

Cannabis enthusiasts will likely recognize the name of this bud, as it is a close relative to the similarly named, and even more famous bud Acapulco Gold!

Newbies to the industry may struggle relating much with Colombian Gold, as it is now one of the rarest and challenging to find buds, but it’s certainly worth a try if you come across it!

Colombian Gold Aroma, Flavor, Appearance

Taking on a typical sativa structure, this plant is what you would expect – tall, bushy and ragged. However, what it lacks in physical originality it more than makes up with potency. Oh yes – fans of a pungent skunk aroma will adore this bud, but be warned it can be smelt from a great distance away and isn’t particularly discreet!

The flowers on this tasty plant are small to medium in size and boast a spring green shade intertwined with vivid amber trichomes, making it appear almost gold, hence its name. With bright orange pistils and fluffy crystal-coated buds, it has a lot to offer the ambitious grower!

Alongside that great pungent skunk aroma is an undercurrent of citrusy lemon and lime, and upon lighting, it gives off a delightful earthy scent with notes of herbs.
The smoke of Colombian Gold can be pretty harsh if you are not an avid smoker, but the taste will come across tangy from the citrus with bursts of herbal notes that are delicious and moreish.

Colombian Gold Grow Info

As we have previously touched on, Colombian Gold is not easy to come by, with some rumoring that the original landrace is no longer in existence at all. Despite hearsay, we are pretty confident that the OG bud is still out there somewhere, and it is possible to get hold of some seeds for this one.

Growers lucky enough to find some should expect a pretty large plant, like with most sativas, and so if discretion is important you should take care to ensure it is well secured, especially since it gives off a very potent smell.

Colombian Gold will grow best outdoors in humid climates with temperatures around 70˚ Fahrenheit. Certainly not the fastest to flower, Colombian Gold takes her time and is usually ready to harvest by November.

It is a pretty sturdy bud, and growers report that it is particularly resistant to mould and offers a pretty impressive yield. Perhaps not one for beginner growers due to the maintenance needed, Colombian Gold is indeed a healthy challenge!

Medical Benefits of Colombian Gold

First and foremost, the most noteworthy effect of Colombian Gold is its potent ability to help you get things done with a clear and focused mind. Sufferers of conditions such as ADHD may benefit from these effects.

The CBD levels of Colombian Gold are unconfirmed, so we wouldn’t suggest it be used as a sole treatment for any conditions, but it can reportedly support relaxation and decrease muscle ache and spasticity.

If you are prone to anxiety, depression or stress, Colombian Gold is a must try! It has a rare, balanced high which is ultra-cerebral without inducing paranoia or panic, a trait uncommon amongst most sativa strains.

Perfect for smashing through that to-do list, the focus you will have with this bud makes it the ideal morning or daytime strain, but not ideal for night times as you may struggle to get to sleep due to its energetic nature.

The high of Colombian Gold is slow to start but long-lasting, so it leaves you with a great sense of well-being and lets you stay stress-free all day long.

Possible Side Effects of Colombian Gold

As we have touched on, Colombian Gold doesn’t tend to induce panic or paranoia, making it a perfect solution to stresses and mild depression without any negative results. Like with all strains, it may incur dry eyes and mouth, and we don’t advise this be used in replacement of any medication without consulting a doctor.

Final Thoughts: Should You Get Your Hands on Colombian Gold?

If you can source out some true Colombian Gold you won’t be disappointed, that much is for sure! Although it isn’t out of this world, it has some incredibly beneficial and super-happy effects that can pick your day right back up again.
Let us know in the comments if you’ve managed to get your hands on this delightful smoke; we would love to know!

6 comments
  1. Elijah Buck
    Great for pain and mood swings

    Columbian gold works great to control mood swings, and irritability in general. I used to gym around 3 hours everyday, and was happy with my workout sessions. Then I had to stop gymming all together due to some foot sprain and started feeling low, aggressive and irritated the entire day. That was when someone recommended colombian gold, which also helped reduce the foot pain. Great strain it is and really effective.

  2. Brian
    Pure Golden Sativa!

    Good Chemistry in CO has some beautiful CoGo ‘72! Sorry, Columbian Gold ‘72. It is amazing and just as described in this review. I’m prone to panic and that “speedy” with potent Sativas. That was nonexistent with this strain. Yet, as described, it’s a great “natural” feeling energy boost that allows me to move quick and nimbly with sharp focus. Love it!

  3. landraceseeds
    ive got colombian gold seeds from 1972

    i have the original strain colombian gold from 1972 i will be breeding the seeds open pollination using males and female plants landraceseeds on facebook

    1. Ric
      Red ?Colombian

      I had a baggie full from 71-75… Judicious growing in North Alabama in cane breaks still left me with a lot by 91. But making a move they were down wildly all over the Birmingham area hills! Damn wish I had those now.

      We referred to it as “red Colombian” due to the orange/ gold bud tint. Very trippy and not very different from today’s strains. Recent trip to Colombia resulted in same as the old days. But I took no risk to return dammit!

      Would love to it find in the dispensaries but none ever shows.

      Red or Gold, is this the same strain with just local descriptive labels?

      And of course would love to find a seed or two.

    2. Ken
      It was great

      How much is it and when can I get it. Right, I am old school and I know.

      1. Ric
        West Coast Colombian ?

        Over the 30 years of being on the west coast, most folks had not heard of or tried Red / Gold Colombian . Makes sense considering local and Mexican probably more prevalent out here. Not sure how to compare but in Alabama/ Florida we had lots of Colombian and Jamaican both bring very different in that Jamaican had long feathery buds . Colombian was more nugget like and tight.

        Probably only folks over 55 that grew up in that region know of what I speak. Great strains but for us old farts the mythical “red” Colombian has been our standard of comparison. Wish the growers out here could find a bit, it would be easy to market if history is any sort of teacher.

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