Malawi Gold

Malawi Gold is perhaps the rarest cannabis strain in the world. Fabled to produce flowers up to 2 feet (60 cm) long, coming across a real sample of this sweet and spicy bud is a treat.

Malawi Gold is one of the rarest strains in the world. The search for this pure, landrace sativa even inspires adventure tourism in the southeast African country. The best Malawi Gold is thought to come from the Salima region of the country, and this strain just isn't quite the same if grown outside of its native lands.

However, growers all over the world will get a lovely crop of Malawi Gold if they keep this bud in a warm greenhouse. Unlike many modern hybrids, the THC content of Malawi Gold is moderate. This strain ranges between 14 and 18% THC, which is a considerable amount for a landrace strain.

The overall high from Malawi Gold is brilliant, clear-headed, and energizing. As a pure sativa, this strain comes on fast and strong. Great to use in the morning, Malawi Gold is about as stimulating as a cup of coffee. However, for novice consumers or those sensitive to sativas, this strain can cause a little anxiety and paranoia.

If you can find it, medical cannabis patients often like this strain for relief from chronic fatigue, stress, and depression. This bud is also popular for those who suffer headaches, including migraines.





Flowering Period

84 to 120 days

Average Yield

High: up to 750 g/m2

Outdoor Harvest Date

Mid to late November

Average Height


Growing Tips

The flowering period of this strain is extremely long, so those who not live in a tropical, equatorial climate will want to take this strain into a hot greenhouse. As a landrace strain, Malawi Gold is a bit unruly and difficult to grow indoors. Buds on this strain have reportedly grown as long as 60 centimeters (nearly two feet!). With such length, buds can weigh down branches. This sativa will need some support during flowering. As a pure, landrace sativa, this strain grows very tall, but it also produces lots of branches. Indoors, grow room temperatures should not be lower than 77°F (25°C) or 59°F (15 C) at night.


Bellingham, Washington
Custer, Washington
Everett, Washington
Granite Falls, Washington
Manzanita, Oregon
Portland, Oregon

Grow Difficulty


Food Pairing

Pair Malawi Gold with sweet potatoes, plantain, and hardy meats.

May Help



Carene - Sweet, Pungent
Caryophyllene - Pepper
Humulene - Hops
Limonene - Lemon
Myrcene - Musk, mango
Pinene - Pine

Negative Effect(s)

Dry Eyes
Dry Mouth
Delilah Butterfield
Follow me!

Delilah Butterfield

Delilah Butterfield is a Pacific Northwest native with a passion for cannabis and natural health. Contact her on Twitter @delilahbfield.
Delilah Butterfield
Follow me!
View Comments

system featured 386x193 Malawi Gold

How Long Does Weed Stay In Your System?

How long does weed stay in your system? That all depends on the how much you smoke, and the method of testing.
pass drug test hero 386x193 Malawi Gold

How To Flush Marijuana Out Of Your System

Sometimes it can be good to detox, and sometimes you have no choice because you really want that job you applied for and you know you’re going to be drug tested.
homemade feature 1 386x193 Malawi Gold

5 Homemade Bongs And Pipes For When You’re In A Bind

Okay, so you're home with a bag of weed, but you don't have a smoking piece. Well, luckily there are many ways to make homemade bongs and pipes.
tip feature 386x193 Malawi Gold

How To Roll The Perfect Joint Filter

Using filters are a matter of preference for smokers, but there are benefits to using joint tips. Learn how to roll amazing joint filter tips, for the perfect joint.
HERO 1 386x193 Malawi Gold

What a $20 Bag of Weed Looks Like in Jamaica

Check out this exploration video of Jamaican weed, and just how much you can score for as little as $20.
7 386x193 Malawi Gold

How To Make Quick And Easy Cannabutter

If you’re having friends over and want to make special brownies, space cakes, or similar, this quick and easy cannabutter recipe is what you need.
More Research Surfaces heronew 386x193 Malawi Gold

Science Just Confirmed That Cannabis Leads To Better Sex

The Pharmalogical Research Journal recently published a study to determine the aphrodisiac potential of pot as a major libido-booster.
David Letterman Accidentally hero 386x193 Malawi Gold

David Letterman Just Admitted He Once Accidentally Smoked Animal Tranquilizer

He was new to California and thought he was about to smoke weed, but David Letterman accidentally smoked animal tranquilizer.
There's just one last step.

Click the CONFIRM link in the email we just sent you.
Baking Co hero 386x193 Malawi Gold

This Edibles Company Wants You To Bake Better At Home

The Baking Supply Co. is a new company is offering a fun way for consumers to create their own delicious and healthy edibles at home.
Why Are Brewers heronew 386x193 Malawi Gold

Brewers Are Adding Terpenes To Beer Now And People Love It

Cannabis and alcohol: from enemies to friends. Thanks to terpenes, new infused beverages are spreading the love, and sharing the customers.

Jim Carrey Is heronew 386x193 Malawi Gold

Jim Carrey Is A Painter Now And You Need To Watch His Art Documentary

These days, Jim Carrey isn’t seen on the big and small screens as much as he once was, because he’s chosen a new creative outlet.
Yet Another Study 1 386x193 Malawi Gold

You Won’t Believe How Much Vancouver Dispensaries Owe The City In Fines

With sights set on legal recreational bud next year, it appears that many Canadian cannabis entrepreneurs are ignoring regulations for dispensaries.

cam 386x193 Malawi Gold

This Chef Is Sacrificing The Easy Life To Help The Cannabis Cause

As it’s still not legalized in New Zealand, one chef is putting his life aside to make sure that hemp thrives, which includes living in the back of his van.
National Academy hero 386x193 Malawi Gold

New Study Confirms CBD Blocks Opioid Reward, May Help Treat Addiction

We now have scientific evidence that cannabidiol (CBD) could be an effective replacement for opioids addiction, as well as useful in treating pain.