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Purple Urkle Cannabis Weed Strain Review

Purple Urkle desired buds

Purple Urkle Weed Strain is a cannabis strain full of contradictions. Being one of the most famous Indica strains around, its origins are still fogged by a mystery. Not to mention that some varieties of this unique breed are a far cry from what the “Purple” name would suggest. Still, it looks like more people are interested in the effects of this mysterious indica rather than its history.

But before we elaborate on its palette of recreational and medical benefits, let’s shed some light on Purple Urkle’s genetics first.

Purple Urkle Medical purp nugs

Purple Urkle purple nugs with orange hairs, photo: @cultivar_syndicate

Purple Urkle’s Origins

As with many cannabis hybrids out there, the exact genetics of Purple Urkle Weed Strain are loudly debated by weed aficionados.

What we DO know about Purple Urkle’s lineage is that it originated in the Emerald Triangle region of California, whose breeders have a reputation of being tight-lipped about their strain hybrids and genetics.

Purple Urkle Weed Strain first appeared in the late 1980s, originally bred at the Cannabis Buyers’ Club of West Hollywood, according to Michael Backes’ “Cannabis Pharmacy.” Since the precise genetics of Purple Urkle are known only within a small network of cultivators, some strain hunters suggest that it is a phenotype of Granddaddy Purple.

On the other hand, when you look at numerous publications on this Indica, you will notice plenty of people referring to the Mendocino Purps strain as the main parent, one that brought the “purple craze” to California.

Now, let’s take a peek at some of the strain’s most distinct features.

THC Content

When it comes to THC percentage, Purple Urkle falls into the “moderately potent” category, with Tetrahydrocannabinol levels between 18% - 21%. However, this evenly balanced hybrid is not just another average indica strain, and contrary to the above numbers, it can hit pretty hard.

That’s because of the THC/CBD ratio. While Purple Urkle’s THC levels are in their twenties, CBD enthusiasts have nothing to look for in its buds; the strain contains only 0.36% of Cannabidiol. Since CBD counters the psychoactive effects of THC, the latter faces little if any roadblocks to exhibit its potency.

With that in mind, we recommend Purple Urkle Weed Strain to experienced users, as marijuana beginners may get overwhelmed by the powerful body high the strain produces.

Terpenes: Everything You Need to Know About Purple Urkle’s Aroma & Flavor

Purple Urkle is one of the most delightful Purple strains, carrying a skunky and sweet dark fruit fragrance, underlined by notes of nag champa incense. If like us, you’re a flavor chaser, the mysterious hybrid will make you want to poke your head into a glass jar filled with its thick pungent buds covered by a mix of purple and orange hairs.

The prominence of the fruity aroma is accompanied by the same berry sweetness that dominates Purple Urkle’s terpene profile. While the first few hits may give rise to a sudden demand for a glass of cold water, the entire experience is generally smooth and enjoyable.

Once the berry taste takes a backseat to other flavors, you should notice a delicate hint of grapes that balances the aforementioned sweetness. If you have friends who abstain from cannabis because they tried some pungent diesel buds before, the Purple Urkle strain will make them reconsider their attitude.


Purple Urkle buds in hand

Grab those Purple Urkle buds, photo: @highsocietyorg

The Effects and Benefits of Purple Urkle

The effects from the Purple Urkle strain are extremely tranquilizing and can become a bit sedative in high doses, which is why this hybrid can be a great aid for those with insomnia, chronic pain, or severe anxiety.

Once consumed, Purple Urkle Weed Strain brings up a true body melt, being a great cannabis strain to medicate with after long hours of physical work (sports, yard work, house remodeling etc.). These effects are followed by a giggly mood with possible euphoria outbursts.

Contrary to many Purple strains, the “Urkle” variety is not as dulling and sedating; some people use it as their go-to daytime indica strain. However, at higher doses, its relaxing qualities can result in an unexpected power nap.

That being said, whenever you’re in need of evening medication, or you just want to unwind after a long stressful day, Purple Urkle Weed Strain will come in handy - there’s no doubt about it.

As with any cannabis strain, moderation is paramount to get the most of the plant’s beneficial properties. But let’s say you’ve just overindulged in the Purple Urkle strain - we’re not going to judge you, no worries! You may be afraid of the side effects it may cause. It isn't so bad, though it will be noticeable that you are high - it isn't just the paranoia. Be prepared for red eyes, cottonmouth, and the munchies.

Here’s a quick rundown of what recreational and medical users need to know:

Purple Urkle Effects

Purple Urkle Medical

Purple Urkle Side Effects

Relaxed 100%

Stress 100%

Dry mouth 100%

Happy 85%

Lack of Appetite 75%

Dry eyes 90%

Euphoric 80%

Pain Relief 60%

Paranoid 30%

Creative 60%

Nausea 50%

Anxious 30%

Focus 50%

Insomnia 40%

Dizzy 25%


If you already feel intrigued by the effects provided by the Purple Urkle strain, you might want to learn more about its aroma and flavor, which is believed to be the gold standard for Purple cannabis varieties.

Purple Urkle green nugs

Purple Urkle greener hugs ready to gring, photo: @gardenstate_connoisseu

Fun fact: Red eyes can actually be considered a positive side effect, as studies indicate that THC reduces pressure in eyes by dilating ocular capillaries, which is why your eyes turn red after consuming cannabis.

Keep in mind that despite having anti-anxiety qualities when used in low-to-moderate doses, high levels of THC can trigger anxiety or induce mild paranoia. Fortunately, these side effects don’t last long - usually up to an hour - and you can easily avoid them by using marijuana reasonably.

Optimal Conditions For Growing the Purple Urkle Strain

When buying Purple Urkle Weed Strain seeds, be prepared for a very slow-growing pace, as it generally takes a full 5 months to get the plant into the flowering stage. The flowering time indoors, however, can be as short as 8 weeks.

As with many Indica-dominant hybrids, don’t expect tall and massive crops; the Purple Urkle strain remains fairly short and bulky, with yields slightly below the Indica average. One Purple Urkle Weed Strain plant can give you 1-2 ounces when grown indoors and roughly ½ pounds on an outdoor field.

Purple Urkle marijuana plantLook at those massive Purple Urkle buds, photo: @303doja

A Final Hit On Purple Urkle

All in all, the Purple Urkle strain is one of the most delightful Purple cannabis varieties. It comes with a decent level of THC, a wide range of both recreational and medical benefits, and an amazing terpene profile.

Whenever you need to relax after a long day at work or struggle with stress-related disorders, such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, or muscle pain, a few puffs of Purple Urkle Weed Strain can bring relief in the nick of time. Medical cannabis patients praise the strain for the full-body relaxation that melts the pain away, while recreational users tend to mention the euphoric buzz they get every time when Purple Urkle kicks in.

Although the Purple Urkle strain is not the easiest plant to cultivate, the unique palette of aromas and flavors it offers is well worth the effort. But before you pack your papers with Purple Urkle’s ground buds, keep in mind this strain can hit pretty hard, and as such, it’s best to approach it with baby steps.


Enjoyed some Purple Urkle before? Want to add to our review? Tell us in the comments below. 

Megan Medeiros Written by Megan Medeiros (BA)

Megan Medeiros has a bachelor’s degree in English and is currently working on a master’s in English at James Madison University. She's the owner and operator of Medeiros Writing, and has been working as a cannabis writer for the past three years, mostly following the legal climate of marijuana, especially in areas like California, Colorado, Oregon, Canada, and other legal areas.

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