If you had to pick the best thing to come out of Kerala, there’s only one clear answer and everyone knows it- the Idukki Gold Weed aka Kerala Gold.
“It’s like smoking cheese plus the high was so good that I cried laughing”, says a user from Delhi. Other accounts of users ring in the same sentiments. But what is the hype that makes it Asia’s best? Are the vibes really based on reality or is it just another urban legend?
History – A Fascinating tale of Kerala’s OG:
In the ’80s migration and “weed connoisseurs” from different parts of the world brought a variety of strains to the Idukki region and started growing them in the forests of Western Ghats. The climate and the lush cover of the Western Ghats provided ideal conditions for cultivating weed. The strains soon started spreading. Out of all one strain received the name Idukki Gold due to its impressive properties. The strain was cultivated and first sold in various parts of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. However, gold soon found its way to north India and many other countries.
Sativa or Indica?
Idukki gold is a Sativa dominant strain.
How the bud smells and tastes?
The buds are too sticky having the smell of mint, menthol, musk, and spice. They bloom with golden brown buds that contrast with the plant’s purple stalks. The strain gives you a cheesy taste when smoked.
How’s the High?
It has up to 9% THC content. Smoking it will give you a powerful high that will leave you energized and ready for outdoor activities. You’ll feel Creative Euphoric Focused and Happy.
Can you purchase Idukki Gold?
There has been a gradual decline in its production and the strain is on the verge of Extinction due to interference by government authorities of both Kerala and Tamil Nadu. The top-shelf quality is exported to foreign countries so it is pretty hard to get. You can get the average quality easily if you have any good sources. The prices can vary from 1500-3000 for 10g.
Black Market is thriving and dealers sell anything in the name of Idukki Gold. Don’t indulge in illegal activities for fake Herb.
There are over 3.1 crore cannabis consumers in India whose health is at risk as the black market flower contains a lot of harmful chemicals. The government should tap into this revenue by cultivating and regulating the plant.
– “Only Good Herb is Medicine” –
Unfortunately, this legacy strain is facing extinction due to strict laws and punishments. Legalization is the necessity now to safeguard this beautiful herb of our country else we might be the last generation to discuss about it.