Cannabis buds come in a variety of colors. Cannabis buds are mostly green, but some cannabis strains come in different colors such as purple. Years ago, the only purple cannabis strains turned purple due to environmental conditions. Cannabis plants grown outdoors in cold weather for prolonged periods will develop this characteristic purple color. The pigments that are responsible of this purple color are known as anthocyanins. When cannabis plants are exposed to cold temperatures, anthocyanin production is affected, and the leaves, buds, and stems begin to become purple.
Today, thanks to selecting breeding, we have purple cannabis strains without the need to subject the plants to cold climates. In addition, there are some techniques, like using LED grow lights that can stimulate the production of anthocyanins in cannabis plants.
The following cannabis strains are known to have a characteristic purple color.
This cannabis strain is named after Jimmy Hendrix song “Purple Haze”. This strain has 17% of THC and 1% of CBG. Purple Haze has a characteristic purple color that makes it quite unique. Its main terpenes are myrcene, caryophyllene and pinene.
Another strain with purple color. Purple Kush is a cannabis strain in the Kush family with 17% of THC. This Indica strain is a cross between Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani. This cannabis strain is ideal for cannabis users who are looking for a strain that induces calming effects. Its main terpenes are myrcene, pinene and caryophyllene.
This strain is a cross between Mendo Purps, Skunk, and Afghanistan. Granddaddy Purple has 17% of THC and its main terpenes are also pinene, myrcene and caryophyllene. This strain induces both euphoric and relaxing effects.
This strain is higher in THC than Purple Kush and Purple Haze (19% of THC). Sour Grape is a cross between Sour Diesel and Grandaddy Purple and it also induces calming and energizing effects. Sour Grape is a purple cannabis strain popular for both medical and recreational use.
Purple Space Cookies
This Purple cannabis strain is a hybrid strain very high in THC (between 20 and 25% of THC). Purple Space Cookies is highly psychoactive which makes it ideal for recreational sue.
Its THC content is not very high (16%). Ayahuasca Purple is another purple cannabis strain popular for this characteristic color. Ayahuasca Purple is high in myrcene, limonene and caryophyllene.
Also known as Purple Jones, it’s very high in THC (23%). Lavender Jones is another purple cannabis strain with limonene, caryophyllene and myrcene as its main terpenes. This strain is very popular for recreational use.
Another purple cannabis strains, Purple Voodoo is moderate-high in THC (16%) with caryophyllene, limonene and humulene as its main terpenes. In addition, Purple Voodoo has also quite high CBD levels. This strain is popular for both medical and recreational use.
Pakistan Chitral Kush
Also known as Pakinstini Kush, Pakistan Chitral Kush is also moderate THC levels (16% of THC and 1% of CBG). This strain has sweet notes of fruits. Pakistan Chitral Kush is ideal for people who suffer from insomnia.
This purple cannabis strain is also known as Purple White Widow. Purple Widow is a purple cannabis strain high in THC (17%) with 1% of CBG. Its main terpenes are pinene, caryophyllene and myrcene.
This strain is a cross between Trainwreck and Mendocino Purps. This purple cannabis strain is moderate high in THC (16%) with terpinolene, myrcene and caryophyllene as its main terpenes.
Another Purple cannabis strain, Rare Darkness has moderate THC levels (15%) with 1% of CBG. This strain is ideal to treat insomnia and depression. Its main terpenes are myrcene, pinene and caryophyllene.