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Eldorado is Spanish for “the golden one,” in reference to the Spanish colonial term for a legendary golden city in modern-day Colombia. The name is also used to describe a sativa landrace native to Mexico with golden-green flowers. This strain offers a pungent smoke and buzzy, cerebral effects. Its THC content has been measured at between 15% and 20%.
Eldorado is distinguished by its medium to large flowers that have an elongated, spindly formation. They have a uniquely sativa bud structure, appearing fluffy and wispy with relatively large leaves that tend to spiral loosely outward from their central stems. These leaves are a vibrant spring green and are twisted through with brown and orange pistils. Finally, Eldorado’s flowers are capped off by the amber-colored trichomes that lend it its name, making the buds appear dewy and golden.
The first whiff of these impressive flowers reveals a robust, fruity scent with some underlying sour notes. Hanging out underneath is a woodsy hint of pine. Grinding up the flowers, meanwhile, reveals a medicinal, herbal aroma of eucalyptus. When combusted in a pipe or a joint, Eldorado burns with a very smooth and easily palatable smoke. This pleasant smoke tastes like a combination of pine and citrus fruit on the exhale, similar to popular hybrid Jack Herer.
Eldorado's high may be noticed before consumers have even finished exhaling its rich smoke. The strain initially affects the head, exerting an increase in blood pressure and resulting in a slight throbbing around the temples or a possible increase in salivation. As these sensations become more familiar, smokers will notice changes in the way they think. Certain ideas or concepts may occupy more attention than they ordinarily might. Similarly, the consumers’ thoughts may flow from one to the next in free association. This kind of sped-up, engaged mindset can be a good way to tackle complex, analytical tasks, whether they’re work-related or personal; it may also encourage creative work on open-ended projects like crafting or brainstorming. Users who aren’t feeling quite as productive, however, may find that Eldorado sets the right kind of mood for some introspective solo time; it can also add some spice to mundane activities like cleaning the house. As time passes, Eldorado’s mental stimulation and feelings of motivation can taper off somewhat, leaving users relaxed but still cognitively engaged. This combination of mental and physical stimulation can be a great way to enhance activities that involve full brain and body coordination, including light exercise, gaming, and given the right kind of company, even sex. Because it mostly confers an energetic, upbeat vibe, Eldorado is recommended for consumption during the day, or even as a wake-and-bake treat; if consumed at night, it’s liable to keep smokers wide awake.
Eldorado may also have several applications for medical cannabis patients. It can enable sustained concentration for those who have attention deficit disorders. It may also take some of the sting out of the troubling symptoms of stress and depression. Anti-inflammatory properties can take care of mundane irritations like cramps and headaches. Thanks to its tendency to provoke the munchies, Eldorado can also be an effective appetite stimulant for those who have lost their hunger to disease. Because its early cerebral effects can turn into paranoia in the wrong set and setting, Eldorado is a good option for patients who prone to panic or who have a low tolerance for THC.
Seeds of Eldorado are available for purchase online from Nirvana Seeds. Once obtained, it can be cultivated indoors or out, although outdoor success depends on a semi-humid climate with daytime temperatures between 70 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit; that said, the bud’s landrace roots make it a hardy grow that can be resilient in the face of adverse conditions like low temperatures or high rainfall. The strain’s plants, which tend to be tall and branchy, only flower after a long 11 to 12 weeks.
This legendary sativa is a must-try for cannabis nerds and seekers of landrace varieties. If you’re lucky enough to come across it in a dispensary, Eldorado is worth snatching up for its golden flowers alone.