The gold leaf strain is an indica-dominant hybrid that is 60% indica and 40% sativa. Created by Robert Bergman, owner of ilovegrowingmarijuana.com, this particular strain is well known as being one of the easiest strains to grow outdoors, with one of the highest yield rates.
Standing out for its massive size, big buds and strong high. Growers of the gold leaf can freely boast about their yields, thanks to how hardy the plant is, how fast it can grow, and how it can grow to heights in excess of 7′ tall, yielding them some very impressive returns.
- 1 The Flavor Profile
- 2 Growing Gold Leaf
- 3 Flowering
- 4 What Gives Gold Leaf its Strong High
- 5 Conditions Gold Leaf is Commonly Used to Treat
- 6 The Adverse, Negative Effects to Using Gold Leaf
- 7 Quick Reference Guide
The Flavor Profile
Having a pungently sweet smell, this strain of cannabis has hints of a spicy sweet flavor profile, that lingers against an earthy and almost herb like background.
The flavors are not overpowering, and are in fact quite pleasant to enjoy.
Growing Gold Leaf
The Gold Leaf is a moderately easy plant for beginners to grow, with a rapid rate of growth that is perfect for larger yields.
With dense, heavy buds, and rapid growth rate, the Gold leaf is known for reaching impressive heights of 7′ feet if not more. With enough open space, this makes the gold leaf relatively easy to grow outdoors, but a little trickier to grow indoors.
Gold leaf can start flowering over a 4-8 week period. When grown indoors, this strain can easily yield up to 23oz per plant, which is impressive by anyone’s standards. Outdoors, the time to harvest is in early October, which could net a yield of 28oz per plant. These high levels of yield are why they are loved by so many growers.
What Gives Gold Leaf its Strong High
On average, the gold leaf contains up to 23% THC, and 2% CBD. This high level of THC is higher then most other strains of cannabis, making the Gold Leaf one of the most potent strains available.
The effects from either consuming, or inhaling the gold leaf, can take effect almost immediately, making this strain ideal for the evening wind down. It is not recommended that you use gold leaf prior to any activities or work as it could impede your performance very quickly.
Conditions Gold Leaf is Commonly Used to Treat
Whether it’s through self medication and under advisement, many people have taken to using gold leaf to treat several medical conditions. The success rate or effectiveness of gold leaf is open to debate. But based on user testimonies, here are a few of the conditions people have treated with gold leaf and their average effectiveness.
1) Loss of Appetite
In large doses, gold leaf has a reputation for giving people the munchies. As such most people swear by gold leaf to help improve their appetites.
Very high success rate – 10
The calming effects of gold leaf has been found to be very effective with a large majority of users with depression.
If you do suffer from depression, it is best to first seek medical advice before trying to self medicate.
Can be highly effective – 8
Surprisingly enough, if taken in low doses, gold leaf can help to stimulate the mind and ward off fatigue.
Some People have found this to be mildly effective – 6
4) Pain Management
There are many types of chronic pain, from nerve pain to soft tissue, and even pain caused by cancer. For this reason a simple yes it works, or no it doesn’t isn’t a fair assessment. As such we will assume that the pain in question is acute, meaning short term, soft tissue damage caused by a sprain, impact, or broken bones. In this regard, yes most users have found temporary relief from using gold leaf for pain management.
Highly dependent on the mindset and condition of the individual, as such it can be effective.
Gold leaf can make some people drowsy when taken in higher doses, but the main benefit comes from how relaxed it can make us feel. This relaxed sensation can help some of us to get comfortable, and drift off to sleep at night.
Some People have found this to be rather effective – 7
6) Relieving Stress
One of the biggest benefits for the majority of consumers, is the calming effect that gold leaf has on most of us. The accompanying sense of Euphoria, is relaxing enough to alleviate most forms of stress, even if only temporarily.
Can be highly effective – 8
Much like with how gold leaf can help with depression, so too can it aid in the relief of anxiety. The calming effects of gold leaf has helped many people to center themselves gaining better control over their anxiety. Excessive consumption can actually cause anxiety, or worsen any preexisting conditions.
If you do suffer from anxiety, it is best to first seek medical advice before trying to self medicate.
Can be moderately effective – 7
The poor concentration and lack control of impulses, that comes from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, can be managed with the help of gold leaf. Each person will need to be assessed on a case by case purpose but the option for a more organic treatment is available.
Highly dependent on the extent of an individuals condition, as it can be effective.
The Adverse, Negative Effects to Using Gold Leaf
Aside from the negative repercussions that can come from overuse or abuse of any substance, gold leaf is just as safe to use as any other cannabis strain. Other than a very high chance of Dry Mouth, responsible consumption of gold leaf has relatively low risks for the following effects:
- Dry Eyes
Quick Reference Guide
|Growing Conditions||Grows Better in Sunny Weather|
|Bud Growth||Large and Hardy|
|Trichomes||Dense and Plentiful|
|Flowers Develop||Within 4-8 weeks|
|Indoor Yield||Large – 23oz per plant|
|Outdoor Yield||Large –28oz per plant|
|Outdoor Harvesting||In Early October|
|Flavor Profile||Earthy, Sweet, Spicy, Herby|
Concentration and Potency
|THC Percentage||23% common, as low as 18%|
|Duration of Effects||1-2 Hours|
Effectiveness as a Treatment
|Loss of Appetite||Very Effective|
|Depression||Can be Effective|
|Fatigue||Can be Effective|
|Pain Management||Situational Low-Highly Effective|
|Stress Relief||Very Effective|
|ADHD||Situational Low-Highly Effective|
Risk of Adverse Effects
|Dry Mouth||Highly Likely|
|Dry Eyes||Low Risk|
|Anxiety||Excessive use can Cause Anxiety|