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Purple Kush

Purple Kush is a West Coast indica strain made by crossing Hindu Kush with Purple Afghani. Known for its characteristic violet flowers, Purple Kush has a sweet, earthy aroma with hints of grapes. This potent, THC-rich strain from the Kush family makes for a euphoric, relaxing high that’s great for winding down and relieving pain, sleeplessness, stress, and other health issues. The plant itself is short and bushy and can be grown both indoors and outdoors. 

Purple Kush Overview

The strain Purple Kush is a potent indica easily recognized by its colorful buds. It boasts purple flowers with orange pistils and has an earthy aroma with a sweet flavor reminiscent of grapes and berries. Purple Kush is also known for producing sticky resin, making it a great option for making hash and other cannabis concentrates. A potent strain, it has a THC level of anywhere from 17% to 27%. Purple Kush produces a feeling of blissful relaxation coupled with euphoria that’s popular with both recreational and medicinal users looking to relax and relieve pain and insomnia. In 2016, it was named a top 10 Kush strain by High Times magazine.

Purple Kush originates from Oakland, California, in a neighborhood dubbed “Oaksterdam” for its marijuana prowess. It’s a cross of two pure indica strains: Hindu Kush, named after the mountainous region near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border, and Purple Afghani, itself a violet-colored descendant of Afghani, which as you probably guessed also hails from Afghanistan. Both Hindu Kush and Afghani are considered indica landraces, so it’s not surprising that Purple Kush has the typical stout appearance and effects of a pure indica strain. 

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THC: 17+%

CBD: 0%

Parent Strain: Hindu Kush & Purple Afghani

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The Truth Behind The Color

Purple Kush’s distinct purple buds come from anthocyanins: natural pigments found in blueberries, eggplants, and many other plants. Although any cannabis can potentially turn purple due to certain conditions, such as changes in temperature and nutrient levels, certain strains — like our beloved Purple Kush — are genetically predisposed to have high levels of these natural pigments. 

But don’t be fooled; just because your buds are violet doesn’t necessarily mean it’s Purple Kush. There are plenty of other purple strains that can be indicas, sativas, or hybrids. The purple color also has nothing to do with a strain’s potency, sedation, or other effects. 

A Pleasant Flavor

Purple Kush weed is recognizable not only for its distinct color but also the pleasant flavor. It smells earthy, sweet, and fruity. Meanwhile, its taste is described as grape-like with hints of berries and sandalwood. It also may remind you of wine, adding up to an enjoyable experience for your taste buds. 

Great For Medical Use

Purple Kush is one of the more popular cannabis strains among medical users, particularly for relieving pain, insomnia, anxiety, depression, and stress. This may be because of its high THC content, as well as an abundance of the terpene linalool, which may have antidepressant, sedative, and anxiety-lowering properties. The Purple Kush strain also has high levels of myrcene, another terpene known for its sedative and analgesic (pain-relieving) effects. Researchers theorize that myrcene may interact with THC to produce the infamous couch-lock effect seen with many cannabis strains and indicas in particular.

To SCROG or not to SCROG

Thanks to its bushy nature, Purple Kush is a good strain for the SCROG (screen of green) growing technique, where a screen or net is placed over the growing plants to create an even canopy with similarly-sized buds. This method not only helps you increase yield but also saves space and encourages ample airflow beneath and above the canopy. 

Purple Kush Effects

Like most Kush strains, Purple Kush produces a state of profound, full-body physical relaxation. It’s often described as a sedating strain that can leave you couch-locked, so it’s best used at nighttime. Purple Kush weed also creates an uplifting euphoria, making you giggle and smile and encouraging introspection. Some people also find that it brings on the infamous cannabis munchies. 

All in all, the high of Purple Kush strain lasts for about 2-3 hours. It works great for winding down and relaxing and can be coupled with watching movies, listening to music, and getting ready for bed. Thanks to its relaxing effects, Purple Kush is also a popular medical strain. It’s most commonly used to relieve stress, pain, muscle spasms, insomnia, depression, and anxiety. Be wary though; this strain is quite potent, so it’s not the best choice for new cannabis users. If you’re new, start low and go slow to avoid dizziness, headaches, and other potential side effects. 

Growing Purple Kush

Like other pure indicas, Purple Kush has a short stature with a bushy appearance. A versatile and resilient strain, it can be grown both indoors and outdoors and prefers cooler conditions (between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit/18-24 degrees Celsius). When grown outdoors, it should be kept away from rain and humidity, which isn’t surprising given the dry region its ancestors hail from. 

However, most people tend to plant their Purple Kush seeds indoors because it’s easier to control growing conditions and you don’t need much space for this compact strain. Purple Kush rarely grows higher than 3 feet and is an excellent candidate for the SCROG growing technique. It’s also a good idea to prune the plant, removing foliage that doesn’t get sunlight to promote growth higher up and improve airflow.

The strain is ready for harvesting after about 8 weeks when grown indoors, or mid to late September when grown outdoors. It produces a medium yield and is considered a moderate-difficulty strain to grow, so it might not be the best choice for rookies. 

“Of all the purp strains out there...Purple Kush might be the most classic and definitive — and would likely be the unquestioned number one if Jimi Hendrix hadn’t made a song about Purple Haze.“

Herbert Fuego, Westword.

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