Cannabis comes in a variety of different colors, most of them are just different shades of green though. The orange pistils and dusting of resin help give cannabis its distinct look, but some strains go above and beyond in the hue department.
Purple cannabis is immensely popular among cannabis connoisseurs, in fact many of the world’s most coveted strains contain shades of purple. It’s clear to see why so many people are attracted to these richly colored buds, they are a feast for the eyes. In a sea of green buds, a purple bud really does stand out and grab your attention.
Let’s take a look at what makes these cannabis strains purple, then we’ll discuss 20 of the most popular purple weed strains in the world.
What Makes Weed Purple?
Years ago, the only purple strains you could find were only purple due to environmental conditions. Plants grown outdoors that were subject to prolonged periods of cold temperatures would start to develop a purple color.
Anthocyanins are a group of pigment molecules that are responsible for giving many plants their purple, blue or even red color. These anthocyanins are found in the cannabis plant as well, however they aren’t often found in high enough quantities to alter the appearance of the plant.
Exposing cannabis plants to cold temperatures will impact the anthocyanin production and begin to turn the leaves, buds and stems purple.
Today, selective breeding and genetic augmentation allows cannabis growers to produce purple plants without subjecting the plants to cold weather. You can grow purple cannabis strains in a controlled environment without stressing the plants out.
Using LED grow lights can also help bring out the natural hues of your cannabis plants, maximizing the vibrancy and color contrast when compared to HID / HPS / MH grow lights.
20 Popular Purple Weed Strains
It’s important to note that purple weed strains can vary pretty widely in terms of the degree of the purple hue. Some buds may be vividly purple with almost no green color, others might have next to no purple at all.
Granddaddy Purple (GDP)
Purple Urkle and Big Bud come together to create one of the world’s most popular purple strains, Granddaddy Purple aka GDP. Granddaddy Purple develops a deep purple color that foreshadows its distinct grape / berry aroma and flavor.
The legend, Mendocino Purps came together with Skunk and Afghani in order to give the world the amazing Grape Ape strain. This indica dominant strain has bold purple leaves and an unmistakable grape aroma.
The only Sativa strain on the list, Purple Haze is one of the most sought after strains in the world. It was named after Jimi Hendrix’s hit song, in part due to it’s distinctive lavender color and because one of its parents is the Haze strain.
This strain earned the nickname “The Purps”, need we say more? Well, we will. Mendocino Purps starts off purely green, earning the purple color in the last weeks of flowering. It became a household name after earning a top 10 spot on High Time’s Strain of the year list in 2007.
Born from Afghani and OG Kush strains, Obama Kush is truly a presidential strain. It offers well-rounded yet mild effects which is great for the average user. Generally Obama Kush has a slight purple hue beneath the thick dusting of resin.
Be careful when wading through the Blackwater strain. It’s powerful sedative effects are best suited for before-bed sessions as they can sap productivity and leave you feeling really ‘stoned’. Blackwater has a deep purple color and a grape-like aroma.
A flavorful strain with notes of sweet berry and grape, the genetics of which are somewhat unknown. Purple Urkle is thought to be a descendant of either Mendocino Purps or Granddaddy Purple, either way it’s a winner!
The name says it all, expect a powerful sour grape flavor from this strain. Sour Diesel and Granddaddy Purple were crossed to create the oh-so pungent Sour Grape.
Purple Skunk is actually a sativa dominant hybrid that combines Skunk #1 genetics with a classically purple strain to give it its color. Skunk #1 is a very powerful strain, so expect Purple Skunk to be a hard-hitting strain with plenty of kick.
Purple Space Cookies
Originating in British Columbia, Canada, this B.C. bud is a must try! Girl Scout Cookies crossed with Durban Poison and grown organically in Canada, it tastes as amazing as it looks!
A less pungent version of its parent Blue Cheese, with a combination of Purple #1 and Lowryder. Purple Cheese has a sweet, fruity taste with a mild cheese aroma; much more palatable than the Blue Cheese strain. Cold nights really help to bring out the natural purple hues in Purple Cheese.
Strains Purple Urkle and the Sativa, Casey Jones gave birth to the beautiful Lavender Jones. The name aptly describes both the aroma and the color of these perfume laden buds. Light green, purple buds emanating scents of lavender and fresh spring flowers.
Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani bred the gold standard in cannabis according to many marijuana enthusiasts. Purple Kush is a pure indica that will bring on feelings of euphoria as it puts you on the couch.
Double Purple Doja, Purple Urkle and Purple Diesel were crossed in California to produce a strain high in THC and CBD. Purple Voodoo is a fantastic medical strain due to its ability to relieve pain. The dark green buds have hints of purple that give clue to the sweet, grape-like flavor.
Grape Skunk combines a couple of our favorite strains, Grapefruit, Blueberry and Super Skunk. These esteemed genetics give Grape Skunk a seriously fruity flavor with undertones of that dank skunk aroma.
A hybrid strain with the effects of a Sativa, and the pain relieving benefits of an Indica. A Bubba Kush and Sour Diesel cross created Purple Diesel, a pungent strain delivering a joyful buzz.
The powerful and colorful Granddaddy Purple, along with the Blueberry strain gave birth to Purple Berry. It has dense flowers that contain hints of purple, blue and even pink.
Granddaddy Purple is at it again, this time an affair with the Trainwreck strain to create the vibrantly beautiful Purple Trainwreck. The resinous purple buds give off a citrus-y, berry aroma with the classic grape taste.
Kryptonite and Blueberry came together to make this rare, and delightfully flavored Indica. Blue Knight has deep blue, purple hues throughout the buds. It presents a richly flavored vanilla aroma with hints of berries and earth.
A great everyday strain for patients dealing with pain. The mild Blue Dream was crossed with the vibrant Granddaddy Purple to create Purple Dream.
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Is Purple Weed Better?
This is a very common question, many people want to know if there is any difference between purple varieties of cannabis and the more conventional green strains. The short answer is yes, there are differences.
Generally purple strains tend to be Indica dominant, or hybrid strains that couple an uplifting Sativa with a gorgeous purple Indica strain. This means that most purple strains will have a heavy sedative effect, offering deep relaxation and help getting to sleep at night, as with the majority of Indica strains.
The anthocyanins are actually found in many plants, many of which we eat. These anthocyanins are widely regarded as a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective benefits. Eating foods that are rich in anthocyanins is known to help with a myriad of health conditions and contributes to an overall healthy life. Smoking them is a different story, but with the rise in popularity of consuming cannabis edibles and vaporizing it could prove to be far more beneficial than we currently know.
Cannabis is a powerful healing plant that can aid in a plethora of health conditions, from stress to cancer. If purple cannabis is found to offer a heaping side order of antioxidant rich anthocyanins, it will soon become the gold standard in medicinal cannabis strains.