I could write love songs about my experience with Acapulco Gold. Let’s see the breakdown:
Consumption Method: Dry Herb Vape (Arizer Solo 2)
Genetics: from Acapulco, Mexico
Terpenes: Varied by site, Leafly says Myrcene, but other sites have Limonene or Pinene listed as the dominant terpene. Seems like it may also contain linalool, pinene, and terpinolene. Almost everywhere I looked had a different list, which is unusual.
Scent: The first thing that hit my nose was sweet fruit and bright citrus. On further smelling I got orange peel, lemon, lavender, and chamomile. I almost couldn’t stop smelling this one, it smelled good enough to eat.
Taste: Fruit gummies/gushers with herbs and a little citrus . . . and a teeny bit of celery after I’d been vaping it for a while? Very nice taste.
Feelings: Euphoria, pleasantly buzzing, dancing stims, tingly in the face and scalp, floaty, dreeeeeeamy, happy, relaxed, SMILEY, productive
Negative Effects: Sleepy on the comedown, but I’m starting to think that this is just what happens when you let the high wear off on any strain. Also didn’t notice I was hungry and had to be told to go eat something. I was grooving too much to care about food, which can be a problem if I go too long.
How Was the High
This is the kind of high that made me want to throw on some Stevie Nicks (or my new on-repeat track “Leah” by Seeing Double, which very much has WLW Fleetwood Mac vibes) and dance around in the kitchen while cooking something yummy, so that’s what I did. I made myself a cup of coffee and started working on a recipe that I make quite often just in case the high made it hard to concentrate. It didn’t, I made the perfect bean burrito filling that I saved for dinner. It was pure vibes.
The first thing to hit was the tingling in the temples, which I’ve come to associate with sativa strains. Then my head started feeling floaty, which means I had to sway. The tingly feeling moved into my cheeks and scalp, and produced a cooling feeling at the top of my head and forehead. It felt like a cool peppermint breeze pouring down on me, which was really enjoyable. I also started smiling and couldn’t stop.
It was the mid morning going on to noon so I took a very leisurely time preparing the food while taking frequent breaks to dance around the kitchen. I felt like if you put a maxi dress and a shawl on me I could easily fit in at a Stevie concert. I was even swaying my hips around while cutting onions, which is a task I normally hate.
I also felt very in the zone when it came to productivity. When I was done cooking, I did the dishes IMMEDIATELY. That never happens. Ever. My ADHD brain despises doing dishes, but there I was at the sink the second that food got packaged up, swaying around like I didn’t care. And touching gross things in the sink didn’t set off my sensory issues, I was just able to ignore it.
The only thing that stopped my groove was my husband asking if I had eaten anything at around 12:30. Which, besides the coffee, I really hadn’t. I wasn’t even hungry, but I know if I let myself get hangry I’d mess up my groove so I made myself a lunch. The “head empty, no thoughts” actually didn’t happen with this one, so it seems like it’s a great daytime productivity strain.
TL;DR – Did it Help Manage My Neurodivergence?
Overstimulation: For sure. I wasn’t letting ANYTHING step on my groove.
Understimulation: 100% – it was a magical experience and made music way more stimmy. I was dancing around doing mundane tasks and feeling like I was walking on a cloud.
Executive Function: Oh yeah. I NEVER do dishes immediately after cooking something and I really went to town cleaning and organizing as I went. It made boring tasks feel great.
Focusing: Maybe? I went where the groove took me, and it just happened to be productive things. I did focus on making the food the whole time I was doing it even if I couldn’t stop myself from dancing around. I didn’t dance away from the kitchen so I’m calling it a win.