There are hundreds of different strains of marijuana and all differ in the effects they produce. If you’re interested in the popular golden goat strain, then look no further.
We’ve created a review with interesting information about its origins and what to expect if you purchase some.
Origin / Genetics
The golden goat originates from Kansas. It was created purely by accident and is a combination of the Romulan strain from Hawaii and the island’s sweet skunk. It is thought that the Romulan/Hawaiian male pollinated the female street skunk, giving birth to the golden goat.
Furthermore, it is known as a sativa-dominant hybrid and produces the head high so often sought after.
It is thought that the strain’s array of different flavors and aromas that are seemingly incompatible creates a smell like a goat. The smell is intense and certainly an acquired taste.
The strain is in high demand and widely available on the West Coast.
When considering the colors of a cannabis plant, you should look closely at its various parts. The calyxes are what forms together to make the bud. Hundreds of calyxes exist on top of each other, and it is this is the part that produces color. The more calyxes that exist, the more vibrant the bud will be.
The pistils are the hairs that protrude out of the bud. They usually turn a purple, pink, red, or orange whilst the bud stays green. Once it is dried you may still see some color filtering through the green bud.
In some strains the leaves change color such as purple, especially when kept at low temperature. And sometimes the shaded part changes color whilst the part exposed to light does not.
The appearance of the golden goat has shades of pink and light green and displays a neon effect. The trichomes, which are the appendages or visible cells that cover the surface of the plant, are shiny and beautiful when placed in the light.
The strain also seems to have dense golden pieces of crystal as well as a fuzzy hue, making it a unique plant.
The flavor of the golden goat is a combination of sour, spicy, sweet and tropical. It has also been described as citrus and earthy.
The aroma of the golden goat is mostly citrus. It combines nicely with the earthy smell along with a hint of sweetness. It also gives off a smoky aroma that some may find too much and can cause coughing.
Cannabinoids relate to the compounds that naturally occur in the cannabis plant. There are around 500 different compounds in the plants and 66 of them are classed as cannabinoids, they are then subdivided into separate classes. The most well-known compound is THC, which is responsible for the psychoactive ingredient.
In the golden goat strain, the THC is 23% and the CBD level is 1.07. It’s a fairly potent strain, triggering a high that lasts about 2 hours.
Terpenes are the compounds in a plant that are responsible for the aroma. In the golden goat strain, the terpene Ocimene is present and responsible for the strains’ woody and sweet smell. Terpenes also have medicinal benefits such as antibacterial properties, antiseptic and can act as a good decongestant.
Another Terpene in this strain is caryophyllene. This helps with anxiety and stress and is one of the main reasons why people use the golden goat strain. It’s also what is responsible for the spicy aroma that is reminiscent of cloves and cinnamon.
The third terpene in the golden goat is myrcene, this provides the strain’s calming benefits along with the balsam peppery aroma.
Strain Side Effects
Negative side effects include dry mouth and eyes. It has also been known to cause dehydration, so it’s essential to drink plenty whilst consuming cannabis. Staying hydrated will also help reduce any headaches in the morning.
Furthermore, if you are new to the world of cannabis it may not be the best strain to start with. In a few people it can trigger episodes of anxiety, so it is wise to be cautious. It can also cause paranoia if overindulged in.
A good idea when trying this strain for the first time is to use it in a forest or park, as the first effect you will likely feel is a lovely sense of beauty, which you’ll feel more intensely in the right environment. It’s a gradual feeling and can be a truly uplifting experience.
This strain offers the ultimate whole body experience. It provides the best combination of being energizing whilst also helping you to relax. You will enjoy a head rush which will enable you to enjoy activity whilst simultaneously remaining focused and calm.
It is often used as medicinal treatment for psychological issues such as depression, insomnia, and anxiety. In addition, it can also treat mild physical pain and has also proven to offer relief from nausea, arthritis, and nerve pain.
It can also help more serious long-term conditions such as PTSD by relaxing the mind and helping induce sleep.
Another advantage of this strain is the lack of an intense sedative effect, meaning you can relax but will be ready for action when you need to be.
Some people report that the golden goat strain assists creativity and helps provide focus when working. The relaxation effect helps writers and those that require a flow of thoughts better able to generate ideas due to the ability to stay in the moment.
For those that require a little kick in the morning or suffer with chronic pain, this strain is a good way to start the day.
The golden goat strain is certainly popular and enjoyed by many. The effects can take a while to kick in, so don’t expect an instant high. Don’t be tempted to use more, as this may increase the chance of nasty side effects.
Best enjoyed by regular cannabis users, as the effects can be slightly disturbing for those unused to it.
For those that want to use this strain medicinally it’s best to only choose the buds that are predominantly amber whilst those that use it for recreation should choose the one with a white coating as the THC will be higher.
Strain Grow Information
You can grow a golden goat plant inside or out but remember it grows very tall so inside may be more challenging. The plant easily gets to 78 inches (ca. 2 m).
It is best suited to growing at temperatures between 65-80 F, so inside growth will need careful monitoring, particularly humidity levels in the room.
The plant is best grown outdoors if you live in a consistently warm and sunny area. If you live in California then growing this plant will be relatively simple, in other less sunny regions you may need to invest in specialist equipment to create the right conditions.
It’s also important to train the plant properly, as it gets quite large branches and will need pruning regularly. You should also expect the plant to smell a lot! So outdoor growing is essential if that is likely to bother you or any visitors you may have.
There are several ways to enjoy the benefits of your yield. Edibles are easy to make. Pop the bud into the oven until it browns. Mix it with some sort of fat such as butter, palm oil, coconut oil etc. and then mix it into anything. Bingo, ready to eat!
You can also try decarboxylation. Long word, I hear you say, yet a simple procedure. This process involves grinding up your buds, popping onto baking paper and cooking for 10 minutes. To achieve a higher HTC, then cook for longer. You can also use a bud that’s already vaped.
Golden goat seeds are pretty easy to get hold of. They are relatively cheap and available from many online retailers.
Strain Flowering Time
Flowering time is quite long compared to other stains, usually 9-11 weeks. If grown indoors, the flowering time will be slightly less. They are really easy to grow and require little specialist care.
You must make sure there is plenty of space for the roots to stretch as they grow large. Furthermore, the plants aren’t particularly prone to mildew or mold, and pests are rarely a problem.
Each plant typically produces around 16 ounces (0.6 kg) if grown indoors. Outdoors, you’ll receive slightly less at 14 ounces (0.53 kg). It’s typically harvested once the trichomes become an amber color, which increases the potency of the plant.
If buying from a dispensary, you will need a card to order, as this strain is only available for medical use. Prices vary, but if you buy from Grant Pharms you can purchase a 10 oz (0.38 kg) flower for $30. If you live in Colorado, an eighth of golden goat will cost around $15
The golden goat strain certainly provides a balanced set of effects and if used sensibly can really help certain conditions. Whether used for medicinal purposes or recreationally, it’s well worth a try.