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.
Users of this storied strain have described very potent cerebral effects. The high comes on slowly and remains heady for its duration; effects are said to last much longer than average. Creativity and talkativeness are common, as smokers’ thoughts jump from one to the next in rapid free association. A general sense of well-being is also commonly reported, as any lingering environmental stressors tend to recede into the background. Colombian Gold’s powerfully analytical mindset can be especially valuable for powering through a to-do list, whether it’s mundane or intellectually demanding. Unlike many landrace sativas, Colombian Gold is said to provide all the benefits of cerebral thinking without the common disadvantages of paranoia or recursive thinking. This strain is not known for being physically soothing or sedative — instead, it provides a burst of energy that can be put use via exercise or tasks like cleaning the house. This overall buzzy character makes Colombian Gold the quintessential wake-and-bake strain; it is not recommended for use at night, as its active energy can keep smokers wired and hyper before bed.
Colombian Gold’s wide-ranging effects can also have value for medical cannabis patients. Its enduring sense of concentration can be a boon to those with attention deficit disorders. The strain’s mood-elevating properties can also temporarily improve the symptoms of mild to moderate stress and depression. Physiologically speaking, Colombian Gold may soothe deep-seated aches and pains and relieve minor, everyday irritations like nausea and headaches. Because of its strong cerebral nature, this bud is not recommended for those who are prone to panic or who have a low tolerance for THC.