AK-47 x NL-5 (Happy Harvest)

Written by tlh on June 18th, 2010. Posted in A-, Blog, Happy Harvest, Indica-Dominant Hybrid, Reviews


AK-47 x Northern Lights #5 Medical Marijuana Strain Review

FromThe Happy Harvest

Grade:  A-

Type:  Indica-Dominant Hybrid, NL #5 [Afghani variety popularized by Neville Schoenmaker in the 90’s, the #5 is thought to be the only non-hybridized version of the strain, as it was never made available in seed form by the original breeders] x AK-47 [blend of Columbian, Mexican, Thai, and Afghani genetics, from Serious Seeds], this cross may have come from Joey Weed Seeds, which sells a NL #5 x AK-47 in seed form.

Price:  $50/8th

Appearance:  (7/10)  Covered in orange-brown pistils, this strain almost had a yellowish hue to it that made it look less appealing than it actually was from afar.  It wasn’t exactly covered with tall visible trichs either, so this strain would probably fly a bit under the radar for most people.  But upon magnification, its trich coverage and harvest timing becomes apparent, as there are about 25% ambered trichs that looked beautiful.  The dryness and density of the sample also contributed to the average look, but made it burn great, so it was definitely a worthy trade.  No real flaws to speak of, this strain was just average-looking but very well-grown nonetheless.

Aroma:  (8/10)  This strain unleashed a very unexpected blast of sweetness combined with a cocktail of spices, similar to what one would find in egg nog or mulled wine.  A variety of smooth and sweet smells from cinnamon to cardamom was the dominant aroma.  When it was ground up, it trended a bit more towards the standard citrus side with a vegetal sweetness, which when combined with the initial smell reminded one reviewer of candied orange peels.  Though it won’t make you sneeze with its pungency, it was above-average in that regard and could be detected from a few feet away.

Taste:  (6/10)  With  just a hint of the spices that permeated the aroma, this strain tasted mostly of a lightly sweet piney citrus with a bit of hashiness.  The taste was a bit ethereal, as it seemed distinct and fairly strong but then disappeared as quickly as it came, leaving us struggling to describe it in detail.  This strain gave us an incredibly smooth smoke that upgraded the overall taste score simply because it was such an easy and enjoyable smoke despite expanding quite a bit.  Also evident here was the perfect flush and cure, as the sample burned down to a pristine white and fluffy ash… great job by the Happy Harvest crew on the flush.

Effects:  Immediately after medicating, our reviewers found themselves in a quickly elevated mood and with a super heavy high behind the eyes that felt like they weighed 5 pounds each.  A spacey head and vibrating body were also part of the package, putting our review team in a great mood where they wanted to be as social as possible or pursue creative endeavors.  The body high seemed to move mostly to the feet/legs and filled them with a buzzing energy as it went on – our reviewers were pain-free during the review despite doing a variety of activities.  This was a fairly superb hybrid high that hit on almost every desirable trait of an MMJ experience, with no anxiety, paranoia, or other negativity.

Duration:  Long, 2.5-3 hours

Medicinal Traits:  (We are NOT doctors – personal opinion ONLY)  Mood elevation, anti-anxiety, ocular relief, mild pain relief, appetite stimulation, creativity.

Overall:  While we weren’t all that excited by the also-ran nature of the strains that composed this hybrid, this sample really surprised us with its enjoyable experience, especially the effects.  AK-47 used to be one of those elite strains that made everyone “ooh” audibly, but it has been knocked down a tier in the last few years with all the high-grade Kush and Diesel strains especially – this was a good reminder that it’s a strain to reckon with, as is the even older Northern Lights #5.  It’s very clear why these strains were chosen as a hybrid – it provided a superb blend of hybrid effects that seemed to satisfy a little bit of everything while maintaining its power throughout the duration.  Its smell was extremely unique but unfortunately that didn’t translate to the taste, which was only average.  Still though, this old-school blend would make almost anyone happy (literally, it was an instant mood enhancement) and would help patients greatly with almost any disorder that they may have except for very serious pain.

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Comments (2)

  • Aries
    August 14, 2010 at 4:51 pm |

    Out of curiosity can you explain what it means when you say Indica-Dominant Hybrid. I understand “indica,” but I’m guessing when it’s a hybrid it means that the plant was grown n a green house?

  • rlp
    August 14, 2010 at 10:27 pm |

    Thanks for asking. Basically, a hybrid is any instance where two strains are bred with one another to create a cross. In this case, AK47 and NL #5 came together in a hybrid — if we were reviewing a land race strain such as Durban Poison, that isn’t a hybrid because it’s (theoretically) a pure genetic line. In the agriculture world, you can think of heirloom varieties as “landrace” or pure varieties, and commercial large-growing crops as hybrids… sort of the same thing. In the cannabis world, hybrids almost always grow with greater vigor and end up with a more varied and interesting final product, which is why so many strains are a combination of Sativa and Indica genetics… you can often get the best of both worlds through a hybrid.

    Hope that helps! Oh, and generally if we state how the product was grown, it will either be stated as: soil, hydro, greenhouse, or outdoor. The majority of medical-grade cannabis in Colorado is grown indoors in either soil or in hydroponic systems… outdoor and (to a lesser extent) greenhouse crops are fairly rare in dispensaries, especially now post-HB 1284.

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