Popularized by (but unrelated from) Jimi Hendrix’s classic song, the Purple Haze strain is best known for its euphoric and almost psychedelic stimulation. This elusive classic sports a mild potency while also boasting both Sativa and Indica effects. After consumption, there is an almost immediate impact; similar to Sour Diesel. Consumers often note the sweet, berry-candy aromas that give root to any Purple strain. Secondarily, you will notice the earthy spice undertones and maybe a burst of grape. The aromas and flavors in this strain blend so well, even the smoke tastes sweet!
Purple Haze Strain Information
Purple Haze is an 85/15 Sativa dominant strain. Its origins are unknown but strain experts believe it is a cross of the well-liked strains Haze and Purple Thai; rooting lineage to popular strains like Lemon Haze and Grape Ape. Being a Sativa dominant with Haze lineage makes this an optimal strain to treat muscle tension, pain, headaches, depression, and anxiety. Need an energetic buzz with a smooth mellow fade? A body high without the couch lock? The effects of this strain would also be beneficial when combined with activities that stimulate the mind and body, such as video games or exercise. Take this strain to a party if you have a difficult time talking socially. New cannabis users beware! Always start low, go slow.
Recreational and medical users have described an intense sense of inspiration, blissful tranquillity, and a slight body buzz. This fragrant bud is well known for its cerebral stimulation, curbing fatigue and discomfort. This stimulation can benefit users with attention deficit disorders who may be unable to focus on a singular task. Medical patients use it for nausea, migraines and chronic pain as well. Unfortunately, Purple Haze weed effects do not include as much “munchies” as others, check out Strawberry Cheesecake for major appetite stimulation!
Side effects are more often seen in high doses. Dry mouth can be alleviated with water, try adding lemon juice as the terpene limonene stimulates saliva production.
Purple Haze General Effects
Purple Haze Medicinal Properties
Purple Haze Side Effects
Anxiety & Stress 100%
Dry Mouth & Eyes 90%
Pain & Muscle Spasms 70%
Giddy after Consumption 40%
ADD & ADHD 60%
Minor Paranoia 20%
Minor Headache 10%
Loss of Appetite & Nausea 30%
Headaches & Migraines 30%
Purple Haze’s THC level can range from 12-20% which is typical for a Sativa (like its cousin Strawberry Cough), while CBD usually sits around .1-.5%, making this an immensely beneficial strain. CBN is typically .01-.05%. In the case of overstimulation or anxiety from the high THC, a dose of CBD can remedy this side effect.
The typical terpene content for Purple Haze weed is around .67% beta-caryophyllene, .5% humelene, .17% myrcene and a handful of other .1% Terps (linalool, alpha & beta-pinene, etc.). This combination of oils produces a sedative, analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect, especially in Purple Haze wax. The pinene also helps negate some of the memory issues you can expect with high THC. Purple Haze produces fewer amounts of aromatic terpenes then other strains, be sure to protect your flower from heat and oxidation. If you enjoy more piney strains, check out the fan favorite Trainwreck!
What is Purple Haze? How to Identify
Purple Haze buds are prominently a deep green with rich purple hues throughout. They are typically long medium or large sized flowers, often presenting a fluffy-looking spade structure. Look closer to see the thick layer of sweet sticky resin surrounding tiny milky white trichomes dispersed among the orange hairs (similar to its cousin Cherry Pie). Some variations include purple hairs or bright blue undertones.
Why is Weed Purple?
Purple strains are known to produce high amounts of the terpene myrcene and cannabinoid THC. These strains are derived from purple Afghani, sometimes crossed with Skunk. Purple cannabis is known to produce the pigment anthocyanin (purple color) to protect its self from solar radiation. This color is a class of plant pigment called flavonoids. The flavonoid anthocyanin is responsible for red, blue and purple pigments on your favorite strains. The hue depends on the pH; a plant that is more acidic will display red pigments, a more alkaline plant will have blue hues, a neutral plant that is between the two will produce purple flavonoids. Anthocyanin can be found in antioxidant rich foods like grapes, blueberries, and raspberries. Antioxidants are also known to produce anti-inflammatory effects in the body, although there is no supporting research, there is a possibility that purple strains may work the same way.
Growing Purple Haze
The Purple Haze plant is considered a very simple grow and is suggested for first-time growers. With an 8 to 10 weeks flowering time, this plant produces an extremely high yield (with 3 to 6 ounces per square foot) indoors and out. It also boasts a high resistance to disease. Although Purple Haze can flourish in northern climates, professional growers suggest a sunny warmer climate with hydroponic equipment to produce the best flower.
Availability of Purple Haze is almost nonexistent. After a little research, it appears that there are offers as high as $80 USD for a 1/8… Your best bet is to either purchase the parents and cross them yourself, purchase the feminized (don't take chance with your seeds - males don't produce medicine and are only useful for crossing strains) Purple Haze seeds online (10 for $100), OR find a grower who already has the plant and purchase a clone - a cutting near the lower base of the plant where there are the most root growth chemicals.
When you consider body chemistry and the amount of variation of cannabis genetics, it can be hard to pinpoint what a particular strain will do for you. However; Purple Haze OG has incredible reviews and proves to remain a classic even after 30+ years. With hints of that famous purple berry aroma, this beautiful purple bud is sure to deliver an instant spark of bliss.
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