Cannabis, and the industry itself, has blossomed as legalization happens in more and more states in the U.S., as well as across the world. Cannabis has even turned into a competitive sport, with events like the Cannabis Cup crowning champions in events such as the best indica, the best hash, the best edibles, and more. Another huge factor to winning a Cannabis Cup title is the visual of the plant. Nothing screams aesthetically pleasing more than a vibrant purple color throughout the cannabis flower.
Purple weed strains are appealing for many reasons. The look of a colorful green and purple plant brings a bold vibe along with it.
Are Purple Cannabis Strains “Better” than Just Green?
Not necessarily. Purple weed strains are caused by genetics, as well as growers using various techniques to create a purple hue. Growers may cool the room the plant is grown in during the flowering cycle and cool the roots by using ice. Cannabis plants also tend to naturally have more purple during the fall months if they are grown outdoors. That being said, purple weed strains are indica-dominant a lot of the time, so if you prefer an indica over sativa, you might prefer your plant to be purple. However, this is not necessarily the rule and there are plenty of strains that are purple and fall into the category of sativa or hybrid.
The reason behind this purple hue is anthocyanin – a compound found in plants that gives them their red, blue, and purple color. Anthocyanin is a flavonoid, which gives plants their color along with providing antioxidant properties, anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-cancer benefits. According to a study published in 2017, “Scientific studies, such as cell culture studies, animal models, and human clinical trials, show that anthocyanidins and anthocyanins possess antioxidative and antimicrobial activities, improve visual and neurological health, and protect against various non-communicable diseases.” Anthocyanin and other flavonoids are found throughout the cannabis plant, as well as other plants. Anthocyanins are commonly used as natural dyes, too.
Classic Purple Weed Strains
Granddaddy Purple is one of the most common cannabis strains. It is a cross between the strains Purple Urkle and Big Bud. Granddaddy Purple has a sweet berry taste and smell. This classic indica has been shown to improve symptoms of anxiety, chronic pain, and insomnia.
A reviewer on Leafly has commented on Granddaddy Purple saying, “This is definitely an evening and night strain. I feel very mentally relaxed. More than any other strain has made me feel. My head feels empty, but in a good way. Like my problems, anxieties, and negative thoughts are being blocked or taken out of my head. This is truly a strain to help you de-stress and forget about a bad or stressful day. I have a feeling this will help me fall asleep quite easily.”
The strain Purple Kush established its roots in Oakland, California. It is a cross of Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani. It presents an earthy aroma with sweet overtones, typical of Kush varieties. Purple Kush is a pure indica strain, so users can expect that “couch lock” feel. If indicas prevent you from being productive, it is best to use this variety right before you go to sleep. High Times named it one of the Top 10 Most Powerful Strains in the World in 2016. The strain’s THC content clocks in at roughly 17% and can go all the way up to 27% THC.
Purple Lemon Haze
Purple Lemon Haze is a sativa that All Bud reports as being 70% sativa and 30% indica. The profile says Purple Lemon Haze “is infamous for its sweet sharp lemony haze flavor that’s accented by fragrant grapes and light spices. The aroma is of sweet musky earth with a touch of sharp lemony spices and fresh haze. Purple Lemon Haze buds have thick conical dark olive green nugs with rich purple leaves, thick furry bright orange hairs, and a super frosty coating of tiny golden colored crystal trichomes. The Purple Lemon Haze high is perfect for a wake-and-bake on those days when you need a little extra help to get started.”
Purple Trainwreck was introduced by Humboldt Seed Organization out of Humboldt, California. It was born from its parents Trainwreck and Granddaddy Purple. It is a hybrid, with All Buds reporting it to be 50% indica and 50% sativa. All Buds says, “The strain calms your nerves and is excellent for alleviating all symptoms of anxiety and depression. You also tend to feel sleepy after smoking it, which is why it is a good solution for insomnia as well. You can also get relief from migraines and other chronic pains by using Purple Trainwreck. Moreover, it is used for treating mood swings, nausea, hyperactivity and inattentiveness. Its side effects include experiencing dry eyes and dry mouth.”