Amongst the almost endless varieties of strains of cannabis available there are those gems that are known to change color as they approach their flower stage. A dominant variation to ‘normal’ green cannabis is the colour Purple.
For some varieties this is down to genetics. The other side of the rainbow believes outside factors (natural and/or artificial) such as temperature and light play the part. Keeping in mind that on occasion purple stems and/or veins may be indicative of lack in nutrients. If you find yourself looking to brighten your day bear in mind that not all strain names necessarily refer to the actual flower, but may simply reflect common traits of the strain like red ‘hairs’. To find strains with true pink and fuchsia/red tones like Pink Flower Shaman is a truly rare treat.
Of all the purple strains, the most popular has always been Grand Daddy Purple. The go to Indica strain. The one that should always be on your menu. You know what it is and you know what you are getting. Unless you are cultivating you own from reliable seed, it is always recommended to get your flowers from a reputable source. Always choose quality over quantity.
There are pages upon pages of information about the scientific details involved that describe the process behind the reasons for ‘alternatives’ to ‘green’ bud but, the stem of it is this. The color pigments in cannabis are called Anthocyanins. There are around 400 of these. Factors including pH, cause these molecules to appear in shades of predominantly red, blue or purple/pink. In cannabis plants there are genes that control the dna of the plant involving the production of proteins that influence the various levels of terpenes, flavonoids and all the rest. Although anthocyanins do not affect the potency of the strain, they are believed to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties.
Some varieties of purple weed strains include Grape Ape which can generate up to 20% thc and is often times compared to Grand Daddy Purple during hit & taste.
In the words of legendary Jimmy H. “Excuse me while I kiss the sky”. Of course it could only be Purple Haze, and many can relate to “acting funny” Another popular pure Indica strain, Purple Kush, that some describe as sweet and fruity to the nose and pretty similar in taste. A common perception around Kush strains. Mostly used for its sedative qualities and chronic pain relief.
Purple Trainwreck flowers are said to be almost medicinal smelling with substantial flowers and lots of crystals. Not particularly “purple tasting” leaning more towards a earthy tones, yet super smooth. High up on the favorite list, Purple Afghan Kush, this is a beautiful Indica, with a surprising fresh cut pineapple aroma. Not something you would expect from a Kush. High in THC with a relaxing long lasting effect. PURPELICIOUS