Marijuana is rightfully a hot topic all across the nation, but it’s hard to tell if marijuana is a drug that’s addictive or an addictive drug.  I know from personal experience that a lot of people—including me—who struggled with an addiction to marijuana in the past are now able to control it and live a healthy life. So I want to know: Should you try it?

There is no question that smoking cannabis is hugely beneficial for some people, and while it can be a fun and exciting way to use and enjoy the herb, it can also be used as a means of harm. Some people have used cannabis to overcome a wide variety of physical and mental health issues, but for others, the effects are more severe.

Purple cannabis is a general term for a growing family of varieties with a common colour and a distinct taste, smell and stoned effect.

Purple is the color of kings, so perfect for the classic cannabis strain that anyone who calls themselves a connoisseur should know.

Here’s everything you need to know about purple cannabis.



Origin of purple cannabis

The new generation of cannabis users may not know that Purple was once the most popular strain in dispensaries and on the streets. The exact birthplace of purple cannabis is unknown, but seed companies like Purple City Genetics believe the plant originated in Humboldt, California, and became popular in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Others point to Kenneth Morrow of Trichome Technologies as the variety’s creator, as he developed Purple Kush in 1995.

One of the most popular purple strains, known as Granddaddy Purple (or GDP), was created by Ken Estes, an old-school cannabis legend who traces his famous GDP cut back to Vietnam veterans who returned from overseas with seeds from Thailand and Afghanistan. It is likely that the purples are descended from the ancient Afghan Landrace, or even a version of Skunk.

What is violet cannabis?

Purple cannabis is a general term for a growing family of varieties with a common colour and a distinct taste, smell and stoned effect.

There are several theories about what gives some cannabis plants their purple color, ranging from lavender to deep blackish purple, but not all the theories are true. According to long-time cannabis breeder Todd McCormick, the purple colour is due to flavonoids in certain genes, and Afghan genetics are responsible for the purple colour of broad-leaf cannabis.

One of the most attractive features of purple cannabis, besides its colour, is its taste. Purple cannabis strains also often taste purple, like sweet grapes that may even have floral notes.

Because of their genetics, purple strains are almost always indica, unless they are crossed with something else. They are also known for their intense physical effect, which patients say is excellent for chronic pain, but does not completely eliminate consciousness.

But despite these intense effects, purple cannabis has never been known for its high THC content, which averages between 15 and 16%.

What is it like in comparison?

Purple varieties are very similar to Kush varieties in that they have an intense pure Indica Kash feel and a plant-like appearance during flowering. The unique flavor profile, probably based on terpenes like linalool, is something Sour and Haze can’t match.

Kay Watt, chief geneticist at Dark Heart Nursery, says that while pansies have always been popular with medical patients for their powerful pain-relieving effects, they don’t have the same mentally calming effect as Kush or Skunk.

One of the drawbacks of Purple is that it is hard to find because the plants themselves don’t yield much, making it more expensive to grow.


The beauty of cannabis is that it is so diverse that everyone can find a variety that suits them. Purple cannabis was an incredibly popular strain among chronic pain and nausea sufferers, but it also provided a euphoric effect that didn’t make users sleepy or dizzy.

She does not deliver the energy of a sativa like Haze or Sour Diesel, and is therefore not suitable for an active lifestyle. Ask anyone who has tried Purple and probably enjoyed it, although as always in cases like this you can only know by trial and error.

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