A strong plant that is easy to grow. This Afghani is a mostly Indica inbred to produce thick and heavy buds. This variety has dark green leaves and calyxes that turn purple at flowering. Medium-high leaf to flower ratio with a subtle aroma and a very good high.
The Purple Afghani strain is a fine example of what happens when good genetics are properly utilized. It is an aesthetically pleasing and flavorful strain, which is easy to cultivate for first-time growers.
A friend tried comparing Purple Kush to Blue Moon recently, saying he appreciated both for providing a gateway to craft consumption but had since moved on to more complex options. Say whatever you want about Blue Moon, I told the pretentious douche, but don’t you dare besmirch the Purp God.
Let me explain. Most tokers who started smoking chronic before dispensaries showed up have fond memories of Purple Kush…but who knows if that’s what it really was? Anything with purple hues was sold as either Purple Kush or Grand Daddy Purple to most buyers back then, and since most purple strains are indicas, it was hard to tell the difference. Of all the purp strains out there, however, 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.
Purple Kush is a child of Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani, two strains with classic, clear genetics and extremely relaxing effects. Although Purple Kush is a first-generation Californian, bred in Oakland decades ago, it still carries the same no-nonsense attitude and lip-smacking flavor as its parents. I’d consider its genetics exclusively indica, so be prepared to yawn and stretch quite a bit after a session.
The smoke has a nice expansion in the lungs so not too harsh on the throat. If you will be using this for medical reasons we found that the best results were through a vaporizer and the vaporizer gave off the most flavor. The onset of the effects is very fast so excellent for pain management or for any ailment where immediate effects are needed. I think is down to the heavy kush indica influence within this strain!.
We smoked this strain solely for a week to give a good report and we were very impressed at how versatile this strain was. Most heavy indica strains leave me stuck to the bed (couchlocked) whereas the Purple Afghan Kush has a more motivational feel combined with a very nice cerebral high. Do not get me wrong this strain is very strong so can put you flat out if you did have a heavy session but when smoked in moderation this was a great all around daily smoke that will do the job of knocking you out if needed.
What is the Purple Afghani Strain?
It is an indica dominant hybrid that’s a cross of Afghani #1 and Purple Kush. BC Depot created it, and it is certainly best used in the evening or at night. Purple Afghani weed is potent with an extremely high THC content.
Users are immediately drawn to the attractive appearance of the plant. Once they have had a sample, the effects they feel brings them back for more.
In many ways, Purple Afghani provides the ‘classic’ marijuana high. Users tend to feel extremely relaxed soon after using it. The intoxication one experiences generally results in a feeling of calm euphoria. You will likely spend much of the high with a smile on your face.
One possible issue is the speed with which Purple Afghani gets to work. Make sure you are in a comfortable place before imbibing. Many first-time users of this strain often admit to being caught out by the high. Within minutes, they feel sleepy and find movement challenging! Also, Purple Afghani can cause a major case of the munchies. Keep your snacks close by.
Purple Afghani Strain grow info
Interestingly, there are reports that Purple Afghani is a popular black-market strain. Users living on the East Coast may find it hard to locate Purple Afghani seeds. However, it is widely available legally on the West Coast. It is also extremely popular in Colorado.
This is a tough cannabis strain with high resistance to pests and common diseases. In general, maintenance consists of regular trimming and pruning. Purple Afghani grows well indoors or outdoors. For most marijuana cultivators, indoors is the more realistic option. In this scenario, the strain has a flowering time of 8-9 weeks. Users are generally rewarded with a handsome yield.
A lot of growers try to boost the purple coloring on this strain. You can achieve this by reducing the night time temperature by up to 20 degrees. Exposure to lower temperatures results in the breaking down of chlorophyll. It may also encourage your plants to produce more anthocyanins, the pigment that produces the purple color.
Please avoid drastic measures when looking to make cannabis more purple. For example, depriving your plants of oxygen or feeding them more nitrogen will only damage your crop.
Grape Ape, Grand Daddy Purp, Purple Trainwreck, Grape God Bud, Mendocino Purps, Purple Urkle…we could continue naming mauve marijuana varieties for a while. But few of them are as easily attainable or, more important, reliable as Purple Kush, which has recently been spotted at Good Chemistry, Groundswell, Peak, Oasis Cannabis Superstores, Silver Stem Fine Cannabis, Universal Herbs and Verde Natural. Verde has grown my favorite so far, with intensely dark calyxes that taste like Welch’s Grape Soda, while Good Chemistry and Groundswell both have quality cuts for under $40 an eighth.
Looks: Purple Kush’s purple is more of a rich, dark tone than bright or violet, and can look black in certain shades of light, thanks to the dark-green tones providing little contrast.
Smell: The sweet, syrupy combination of bubble-gum hash notes and rich grapes brings back memories like a whiff of grandma’s cookies, with dank scents of soil to round things out.
Flavor: Although the earthy Kush notes are slightly stronger up front on the tastebuds than in the nostrils, Purple Kush carries sweet flavors of berries and grape that achieve a mouth-watering status without being overpowering.
Effects: It’s not debilitating at first, but the strain brings on gradual relaxation that’s sure to put down almost any toker eventually. The blissful, calming indica effects are much like Hindu Kush, which also likes to creep up on users. Purple Kush is usually recommended for treating certain forms of muscle pain, anxiety, stress, nausea and sleeping and eating disorders.
Home grower’s take: “I tend to stay away from most Kush plants — the low reward isn’t worth it most of the time — but you can cut down Purple Kush after eight weeks. Short little guy in the grow, for sure, which is nice if you’re trying to fit a few plants in a small area. But that means you have to be on top of topping its leaves to make sure it’s not stunting, and I wouldn’t expect that great a yield. I’m lucky to get a little over twenty ounces per plant.”
Commercial grower’s take: “It’s clone-only, from what I hear, so that might make it hard to find unless you know someone who’s good at growing mother plants. That being said, I think this is great for anyone who’s older or has growing experience but isn’t trying to grow for weight. Growing it is pretty easy in Colorado because of how dry it is here. That old-school Hindu and ’Ghani bitterness is okay at deterring pests, and they won’t grow higher than your waist.”