Toronto life and Cannabis
June 12, 2019
Colombia and Cannabis
June 19, 2019

Colombian Gold

Without a doubt Colombia is the Latin American capital of cannabis. Cannabis has been cultivated in Colombia for more than 100 years, allowing the plant to adjust to the weather. The plants adjusted to two varieties or genetics: one adjusted to the warm weather of the cost, with high humidity and low altitude over the Pacific and the other one adjusted to the arid mountains in the north of Colombia.

All of them are mainly tropical Sativas, pure, strong, slow flowering and because of the wonderful Colombian weather you can harvest them more than once a year. The ramification in these plants are abundant, they grow horizontally. They have thin leafs and large leaflets, carved borders and multiple shades of green.

While cannabis was becoming popular in the United States, Colombia was already highly experienced on how to grow and consume cannabis. Punto Rojo, Cali Hills, Choco and Santa Marta Gold (Colombian gold) were some of the most popular strains during the 60’s and 70’s in the US, they are named based on the color of the plant and the place it was grown.

The Colombian cannabis fury spread to places like Jamaica, Santo Domingo and the US, bringing the Colombian genetics to these and other countries. In the last two decades, the invasion of foreign cannabis genetics blended with the local genetics, bringing about “el pinito” in Paraguay and “creepy” in Colombia.

Some myths speak about “synthesized cannabis”, but the reality is that these strains have been combined with Dutch Cannabis, cannabis grown with specialized fertilizers and in a controlled environment, in contrast to Colombian sativas which are grown outdoors.

This joint effort created a plant with more content of THC, which turned out to be more profitable in the black market, making these new strains very desirable. 95% of the cannabis cultivated in Colombia will be consumed by Colombians, sometimes you can find Colombian cannabis in nearby countries like Panama and sometimes other areas of the Caribean.

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