Even before sampling the buds, the first thing that catches attention is its appearance. There is truth to not judging buds solely on its outward appearance. However, in an increasingly visual world, it is undeniable that the tendency is to lean towards attractive-looking buds over ordinary ones. That said, in a sea of buds with varying shades of green, purple-hued ones inevitably stand out and steal the show.
What Gives Weed its Purple Hue?
Regal-looking purple nugs are truly nature's masterpiece. These buds owe its beauty to anthocyanins - a phenolic group of water-soluble pigments responsible for giving plants its red, purple, and blue hues.
Cannabis plants inherently contain these pigments. Because the concentration is low, it does not often manifest in its outward appearance. Some strains do have higher anthocyanin content that triggers the beautiful coloration upon exposing it to cold temperatures.
Nowadays, genetic augmentation and selective breeding have produced cannabis varieties that display the coveted lilac coloration without necessarily subjecting it in stressful situations.
Is Purple Marijuana Better?
Aside from being more attractive to look at, people often wonder if purple-colored buds have any other advantages. While the pigment of the buds has no bearing on its potency, lavender-hued ones do impart additional therapeutic benefits.
Typically, purple strains are Indica-dominant varieties. As such, most offer profound relaxation that soothes stressed-out minds and weary bodies. Such calming effects are also beneficial to those battling anxiety disorders. Moreover, it also serves as a potent muscle relaxant and sleeping aid for insomniacs.
Also, the anthocyanins that give these strains its vibrant mauve hue are widely regarded as powerful antioxidants that help fight free radicals. These flavonoids also have anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, anti-cancer, and neuroprotective properties that alleviate a myriad of health conditions while contributing to an overall healthy lifestyle.
Most Eye-Catching Purple Strains
Homegrown Cannabis Co. offers cultivars with eye-catching buds with lilac hues. Years of genetic augmentation has enabled it to produce more anthocyanins. As such, these plants can express varying shades of purple without the need to subject the plants to stressful situations.
At any rate, it is still best to expose the plants to lower temperatures (~18ºC) at night - two weeks before harvest time. Doing so prompts the plants to produce even more anthocyanins. Just make sure that the temperature is not too cold, as this could negatively impact the yields.
The cross between two epic Indica strains - Purple Afghani and Hindu Kush - birthed another legendary hybrid that eventually became the talk of the town: Purple Kush.
This nearly pure Indica variety is highly coveted for its spellbinding high and mesmerizing, lilac buds covered in glistening trichomes. With THC levels clocking in between 20% to 27%, it delights the senses with a heavy-handed euphoria complemented by a long-lasting head-to-toe relaxation that eventually transcends into a drowsy feeling. As such, Purple Kush is certainly not for those who need to stay productive. Instead, it is best consumed at night as it helps ease stress and tension, which allows the body to slip into a relaxed state.
Purple Kush's flavorful buds are a treat to the senses, too. Catching a whiff of its sweet, earthy, and fruity aroma is enough to seduce one into taking a hit. Upon giving in to the temptation, it slathers the palate with a sweet zest reminiscent of mixed berries. It then leaves a subtle sandalwood aftertaste.
Cultivation-wise, feminized Purple Kush seeds are a joy to grow. Apart from showcasing vivid purple-tinged buds and lush foliage upon maturity, this strain is inherently resilient - thanks to its robust Afghani genes. It thrives well even at the hands of an inexperienced grower. When cultivated in controlled environments, it produces 400 to 500 grams of dense buds per square meter after 6 to 8 weeks of flowering. For more bountiful yields, consider going alfresco. Under the sun, each plant can crop up about 600 grams of gluey buds.
As an alternative, impatient growers could opt for Purple Kush autoflower seeds. With the infusion of the Ruderalis genetics, it can produce 350 to 400 grams of crystal-laden nuggets in as little as 8 to 10 weeks after germination.
Widely regarded as the "true royal Indica," Granddaddy Purple is a West Coast staple famed for its profoundly relaxing mind and body effects. Since its introduction, it already bagged several awards from prestigious competitions. It should not come as a surprise, bearing superior genetics from the legendary Big Bud and Purple Urkle.
GPD's lavender-hued buds seemingly dusted with glistening crystals are truly a sight to see. Beyond aesthetics, though, this prolific resin production hints of the potency it packs. With as much as 27% THC, it imparts a hard-hitting euphoria that propels the consumer to soaring heights of elation. Then, it completes the experience with a mellow, relaxing comedown that gradually intensifies into a couch-locking sensation. Falling asleep while under its influence is highly likely, so it is recommended to dose this strain hours before bedtime. Otherwise, today's responsibilities may end up becoming tomorrow's as one drifts off to dreamland.
Apart from being an eye-candy, feminized Granddaddy Purple seeds are highly coveted due to its robust genetics. It is naturally resistant to molds, pests, and diseases, so it needs minimal attention to thrive. Nonetheless, it procures 500 grams of oversized, uber-resinous buds per square meter after a relatively long flowering period of 9 to 11 weeks.
Much to every breeders' delight, this strain is also available as regular seeds.
Purple Urkle is one of the most visually captivating strains out there. It grabs attention everywhere it goes with its dense, resinous buds imbued with deep purple hues. These buds are far too mesmerizing to ignore, so it is one of the most coveted strains in Homegrown Cannabis Co.'s meticulously curated seed catalog.
The lineage of this strain remains unknown, but some theorize that it is a descendant of Mendo Purps. Both strains share the same pigmentation and earthy, grape-like scent. Moreover, both exert profound tranquility perfect for unwinding after a long day. Purple Urkle, in particular, sports up to 26% THC. Such potency allows it to impart a mellow cerebral uplift along with a boost in creativity and productivity. After a while, though, the stimulating effects transform into calming sedation as the body buzz gradually intensifies. Once the physical effects reach its peak, there's nothing much to do except to curl up, chill on the couch for hours on end.
Beyond recreation, Purple Urkle is a surefire remedy to various discomforts. Given its Indica prowess, it delivers potent painkilling and anxiolytic effects in addition to soothing taut muscles and easing stress away.
Rather than waiting for dispensaries to restock these coveted buds, you could opt for home cultivation. Homegrown Cannabis Co. offers feminized Purple Urkle seeds that are guaranteed to develop into robust, productive plants. Rearing these sprouts is such a straightforward process that even amateurs could successfully reap top-quality buds without trouble. In a Sea of Green setup, each square meter can yield up to 300 grams of lilac, trichome-speckled buds. Outdoors, anticipate a more prolific harvest of 400 grams per plant.
Purple Thai combines two of the most legendary strains. One is Chocolate Thai - an old school delight that gained prominence in the 60s when U.S. marines passing through Thailand brought back the infamous "Thai sticks." Eventually, it became the genetic base of Purple Thai.
Meanwhile, breeders chose Highland Oaxacan Gold to be the other parent to bolster the progeny's trichome production. Together, these two gave rise to a Sativa-dominant strain known for its stellar bag appeal, high-yielding capacity, and outstanding psychoactive effects.
Most purple strains are Indica-dominant varieties, but Purple Thai is an exception. With half its genes hailing from Thai Sativa, Purple Thai boasts of an energizing cerebral stimulation perfect for wake-and-bake mornings. In moderate amounts, it gives a surge of energy that counteracts the effects of stress and fatigue - thereby allowing one to stay physically active and mentally agile throughout the day.
When it comes to its medical application, Purple Thai's 20% THC effectively relieves physical discomforts and psychological issues such as depression.
To keep a steady supply of these premium buds, consider growing feminized Purple Thai seeds at home. This strain is best cultivated in temperate and semi-humid climates with plenty of sunshine. When grown indoors, its towering height may pose a challenge, but scrogging it should solve the problem. Other than that, it is fairly straightforward to rear. With adequate TLC, it can yield as much as 1000 grams per plant after 11 to 13 weeks of flowering.