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Columbian Gold is great any time of day or night for an energetic relief from stress, anxiety or pain.
Colombian Gold is a legendary landrace sativa from mountainous northern Colombia. Extremely popular in the U.S. in the late 1960s and 1970s, this strain has become very rare, with some cannabis historians claiming that seeds or clones of the original landrace genotype no longer exist.
Next to Huan Valdez riding shotgum with the donkey train full of coffee beans the second thing we think about Columbia is a cup of morning coffee with some Columbian gold stogies and a glass of orange juice in the morning.
Columbian Gold is very easy to sprout and grow. Plants adapt vigorously to how they are kept and nutrient loads. A classic landrace Colombian strain from the interior Columbian mountains has been refined to perfection.
The Sativa is evident in its overall light structure, with many super-frosty guard leaves shielding long teardrop calyxes and light camel-colored pistils. Classic look to the trichome coverage and the overall texture, which is always easy to handle and prepare this equatorial Sativa.
Aroma is usually a blend of slightly musky yet fresh citrus (lemons and limes mainly) with a skunky quality, this strain could well be the template for what many modern Sativa hybrids smell like… it reminds us of so many other strains, most notably Durban Poison (another landrace Sativa). The aroma is nicely pungent both in and out of the jar, but with really a lovely tangy quality when ground up.
Flavor is very reminding of tea tree/citronella oil taste, slightly floral and creamy… there is also the lemon/lime tang from the aroma at times. Its a smooth smoke.
Colombian Gold is best grown outdoors in a consistently warm climate with partial humidity and daytime temperatures between 70 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit. Outdoor plants are very tall and branchy and can be particularly resistant to mold and mildew and pests. Although the flowering period comes very late – plants are ready for harvest in late November or February in southern climates – this strain offers a higher than average yield. Finally, just as it is a pungent smoke, Colombian Gold can be a pungent grow; those growing indoors growing operations require investing in odor control measures like carbon air filters or exhaust fans or a tent system.
Strongly Sativa to start (like many strains), it hits the eyes and forehead strongly, producing a buzzing feeling and some pressure fluctuations. Alert and active, feeling strongly medicated yet totally functional and positive mentally — heads upright and dialed-in to whatever activity at the moment. Cerebral but not overly racy or frantic at all, this would likely make a good at-work type of strain due to its mental clarity.
There is a solid muscle relaxation component along with it though, making this a good choice for those who require some relaxation and pain relief with their Sativa strains. Stable and smooth to fading out cleanly and leaves us feeling great.
This overall buzzy character makes Colombian Gold the quintessential wake-and-bake strain; it is not recommended for use at night if you are sleeping alone, as its active energy can keep smokers wired and hyper in bed.
FLOWERING: 7 – 9 weeks
FLAVOUR: earthy, lemon-lime
THC: 14 – 20%
SATIVA AVERAGE: 30%
INDOOR HARVEST: 400 – 600 gram m2
Outdoors Crops Potency Enhancing Technique
Splitting the stem of cannabis plants is a controversial technique buzzing around the cannabis forums of late.
Outdoor ganja farmers in Colombia during the 1960’s and 70’s were reputed to “ring” cannabis stems a couple of weeks before harvest. A pocketknife is the only tool needed.
The practice is believed to have given Colombian Gold its golden nugget bag appeal. By inducing senescence to increase potency and break down chlorophyll, the method helped make the strain a legend.
The splitting technique has been popularized by outdoor Dutch cultivators online. Splitting stems follows similar logic to “tree ringing”. Instead of completely removing a few layers of bark from the circumference of the stem you split it with a vertical cut through the middle. Make no mistake. This is extreme high-stress training.
If you are going to experiment with the splitting technique, timing is crucial. Splitting the main stem of a flowering female cannabis plant 7-10 days before harvest is the window that most growers favor. Inducing high levels of stress to force the plant to produce more resin and terpenes with a split is tricking Mother Nature. Marijuana will respond to this kind of stress negatively if you split too early.
Splitting cannabis plants stems doesn’t require brute force. Rather precision, preparation and the right tools for the job are what you need. Moreover, splitting is best suited to outdoor marijuana crops. Although, an indoor experiment can succeed following the same methodology.
First, gather up your splitting tools. You need a large, non-serrated, sharp kitchen knife, 3 pencils or kebab skewers if can get them, and some string. Next, size up your stem. Measure out an area approx 15-20cm long from just below the lowest set of branches towards the ground.
Wrap the string around the stem a few times. Tie off two pieces of string to mark the borders of the area to be split. One for the top and one for the bottom. Then carefully drive the blade through the stem.
With one hand on the handle and the other depressing the dull side of the blade slowly and as straight as possible split the stem. All the way to the lower knot. Don’t remove the blade just yet.
While the wound is still fresh and open with the blade wedged in the bottom, insert the 3 skewers to prevent it from closing. Slide out the blade and make sure your skewers are spaced out. That’s how to split the stem of a cannabis plant Dutch style.
Splitting is reputed to increase the potency of marijuana and possibly boost flower production too. Hard data is difficult to come across to verify this claim. Unfortunately, all we have to confirm the effectiveness of the splitting technique is forum chatter and some YouTube vids. Albeit footage by skilled Dutch stem splitters.
In theory, this high-stress method works, and they are at least reporting positive results in the Netherlands.
Warning: Splitting, by its very nature, is rough treatment for cannabis plants. High stress close to completing the bloom cycle is risky. For autoflower cultivators, this technique is best avoided. Similarly, novice growers should skip splitting. Unless you’re already hitting the potency barrier, the splitting technique is unlikely to push your marijuana to produces extra potent gooey buds.
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