Are you a fan of deep purple buds? Well, you’re in luck. Cannabis plants turn purple because of the presence of flavonoid compounds known as anthocyanins. Anothocyanins provide coloration to all sorts of plants, with hues ranging from reds to blues to – you guessed it – purples. If you’re hoping to find plants that produce this decadent coloration, here are 10 strains are some of the best purple cannabis plants around.
1. Granddaddy Purple
Granddaddy Purple (GDP) is a classic bud that can is still spotted frequently in coffee shops and dispensaries. Featuring beautiful purple and green speckled buds, GDP has some seriously good looks. The aroma of this bud is also quite heavenly. The strain features a grapey, berry taste and fragrance, pleasing to both the nose and the tongue.
Classified as an indica, GDP provides consumers with a happy and sedative experience overall. On average, you can expect these buds to produce between 16 and 20 percent THC. Though, this bud has been known to go as high as 23 percent THC.
2. Purple Kush
Considered a long-lasting bud, Purple Kush is thought to be a 100 percent indica strain. A cross between Hindu Kush and Afghani, two landrace strains known for their heavy-lidded and narcotic-like effects. Purple Kush buds often express a dusty, lavender coloration with plenty of green.
While more contemporary hybrids tend to get a lot darker, Purple Kush is a famous bud with extremely heavy body effects. This flower often produces up to 20 percent THC.
3. Mochi Gelato
Mochi Gelato is a newer hybrid with gorgeous, deep purple coloration. When it comes to purples, some strains show it more in the bud or more in fan leaves. In Mochi Gelato, both buds and fan leaves can turn from red to purple, creating stunning plants and densely colored flowers.
This strain is a cross between two craft strains, Sunset Sherbet and Gelato. The resulting cross is quite potent, featuring between 20 and 22 percent THC. Mochi Gelato buds are certainly beautiful, but these compact flowers also feature a lightly sweet, warm flavor, similar to the Japanese rice cake.
4. Deep Purple
Bred by TGA Subcool Seeds, Deep Purple is a cross between Purple Urkle and Querkle. This strain was bred to express some of the traits dominant in Urkle, which features a powerful grape aroma and plenty of stunning purple coloration. Deep Purple is an enhancement, producing truely top-quality flowers.
The overall yield from this strain isn’t exteremly high, but the incredible aroma, coloration, and trichome production from this plant make growing Deep Purple worth the effort. The overall high from this indica is calm, relaxed, and upbeat, making it an all-around great strain for an easy afternoon.
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DJ Short’s Blueberry has been around for a while, but this strain continues to delight canna-enthusiasts around the globe. A parent of the even more famous Blue Dream, Blueberry features beautiful purple coloration and a distinct, sweet blueberry aroma. This strain looks and smells so amazing that it has excellent bag appeal, and is sure to catch some top-shelf prices if grown well. On average, Blueberry produces about 18 percent THC on average.
This strain looks and smells so amazing that it has excellent bag appeal, and is sure to catch some top-shelf prices if grown well. On average, Blueberry produces about 18 percent THC on average.
6. Blackberry Kush
Blackberry Kush is a timeless indica strain with a delicious herbal berry aroma. Depending on grow conditions, the coloration in this strain can range from a forest green to green with purple wisps. This strain is known for its sedative qualities, making it a great nighttime or evening bud. Recommended for experienced cannabis consumers, this bud often features around 18 percent THC.
This strain is known for its sedative qualities, making it a great nighttime or evening bud. Recommended for experienced cannabis consumers, this bud often features around 18 percent THC.
Classified as an indica, Blackwater is a Cali Connection cross between a famous purple strain, Mendocino Purps, and San Fernando Valley OG Kush. This award-winning strain took home 3rd place indica at the 2014 High Times Cannabis Cup in Los Angeles, wowing judges with it’s strong effects, fruity-earth aroma, and euphoric high.
The THC in this strain reaches about 20 percent, which means that it is considered quite potent. This strain is great for those who struggle with maintaining appetite. Take a few puffs of this deep purple lady before a big meal.
8. Purple Diesel
There are a couple of different strains that use the moniker Purple Diesel. However, the most popular is a Cali Connection cross between pre-98 Bubba Kush and Sour Diesel. This strain produces around 18 percent THC and, like many purple strains, it boasts some seriously sedative effects.
Loaded with anthocyanins, Purple Diesel tends to produce buds with deeply saturated purple coloration. Purple Diesel also features a pungent, sweet berry aroma with hints of an acidic fuel-like aroma. Pleasant and heavy-hitting, this strain is best saved for the night time.
9. Grape Ape
Bred by Apothecary Genetics, Grape Ape is yet another drowsy indica hybrid. Though, there is some debate about whether or not this strain is just another phenotype of Granddaddy Purple. A popular strain, Grape Ape is heavy-hitting and features a heavy, tranquilizing, musky fruit aroma.
To play up the grapey taste in this strain, roll Grape Ape in a grape-flavored blunt wrap or rolling paper. Rich and colorful, this strain can produce up to 20 percent THC. Stick to Grape Ape during the late afternoon or evenings, when you don’t have a ton to get done.
10. Mendocino Purps
Thought to be a parent to Grape Ape and Granddaddy Purple both, Mendocino Purps is a powerful indica that’s now considered a cannabis classic. Featuring beautiful specks of purples Mendocino Purps buds are heavy and loaded with THC. This strain boasts upward of 20 percent of the psychoactive.
This strain can be heavily tranquilizing, so expect some couch-lock from The Purps. This strain would be great to break out on a rainy day or during a Netflix marathon.