24K Gold (aka 24 Karat Gold and sometimes Kosher Tangie) is an indica-dominant hybrid, although its long-lasting physical effects seem almost exclusively sativa. Created by high-profile breeders DNA Genetics — the same people behind Chocolope and LA Confidential — this strain is a cross between award-winning Kosher Kush and sativa favorite Tangie. In addition to a standout citrus flavor profile, 24K Gold impresses with colorful, eye-catching flowers. This hybrid’s potency has been measured at between 15% and an impressive 24%; it may not be the best choice for cannabis novices.
24K Gold is marked by medium to large flowers. Depending on the phenotype, these buds range from almost spherical to tapered and spade-shaped. Across the board, though, the flowers adhere in a dense, indica-typical bud structure. The leaves are a pale shade of spring green and are threaded through with rust-colored pistils. A translucent coat of trichomes covers the inner and outer surfaces of the blossoms, accounting for the strain’s psychoactivity and giving it an icy white sheen.
The smell of fresh citrus and orange zest jumps off of cured flowers of 24K Gold. On closer inspection, a whiff of pine and musk is also lurking underneath. Meanwhile, breaking open these dense buds yields notes of spicy and incense, betraying this hybrid’s Hindu Kush landrace roots. When burnt in a pipe or a joint, 24K Gold burns with a smoke that’s uncommonly smooth despite being thick and lung-expanding. This smoke tastes fruity with a peppery kick on the exhale; this combination of flavors may taste bitter to some users.
The high from 24K Gold hits quickly for an indica. Almost immediately after exhaling a bowlful, smokers may detect a slight throbbing at the front of the forehead. This sensation is accompanied by a sharpening of the senses — external stimuli like sights and sounds may seem to be amplified, making this strain perfect for enjoying some atmospheric music or a visually engaging movie. Some users may experience slightly psychedelic effects like time dilation or visual distortions.
24K Gold comes with few productive cerebral effects: while smokers may be able to carry on a lucid conversation, they tend to become dreamy and dopey, and certainly not equipped to execute complex tasks. Instead, share this easygoing buzz with some friends and let the laughs or conversation flow. As time passes or as dosage is increased, a more intense phase of physical sedation begins. Smokers commonly slide into body melt and couch-lock and can remain content for hours, given a few creature comforts. Because of its predominantly lazy vibes, 24K Gold is more appropriate for nighttime than daytime use.
Medical cannabis patients may also benefit from 24K Gold’s sedative properties. The bud can be an effective pain reliever, whether users suffer from temporary aches or more chronic, nerve-related discomfort. Its anti-inflammatory effects can also relieve everyday irritations like headaches and stomach trouble. In high enough doses, this strain’s thorough, almost narcotic relaxation may lull insomniacs into a deep, restful sleep. Psychologically speaking, 24K Gold temporarily blunts the troubling symptoms of stress and depression. Patients who are prone to panic or who have a low THC tolerance should note that, although recursive, paranoid thinking is not commonly reported, this variety’s body high can be so intense as to prove disorienting and overwhelming.
Fortunately for home growers, DNA Genetics has made seeds of 24K Gold available for sale online. This strain is considered a temperamental grow, and may not be the best choice for newcomers to cultivation. Once obtained, it can be grown indoors or out, although outdoor growing calls for a warm, semi-humid climate with consistent daytime sunlight. As is typical of sativas, this strain can grow to be very tall — those growing indoors should train their plants by pruning and cutting them back early in the vegetative stage. 24K Gold has a long flowering time of about 9 to 10 weeks when grown indoors. It offers patient growers a solid yield of 42 to 51 grams (or 1.5 to 1.8 ounces) of flower per square foot of plant.
24K Gold is just the thing for veteran indica fans seeking a pleasant, full-flavored smoke. It’s a great choice whether you’re feeling particularly social and chatty or just spending some introspective time alone.