Ultra Violet OG marijuana strain is an 80/20 Indica dominant hybrid bred by the Archive Seed Bank. This kush inherited her purple coloring from one of her parents. Ultra Violet OG marijuana rewards growers with heavy yields. The buds strongly smell of citrus and earth. Inexperienced smokers may find this marijuana strain overwhelming because of her 19-21% THC count. Ultra Violet OG cannabis is good for night and evening time recreational and medical use to strong sedative properties.
Indica Dominant Hybrid – 60% Indica / 40% Sativa
Purps, also known as “The Purps” or “Mendocino Purps,” is a slightly indica dominant hybrid (60% indica/40% sativa) strain with unknown parentage due to a high level of breeder secrecy regarding it. Despite this fact, Purps has a fantastic reputation among cannabis users across the country and has even been named as the High Times’ Strain of the Year in 2007. Like the name suggests, Purps buds have a surprisingly vibrant purple coloration to them, with dark long and airy pepper-shaped nugs and a spattering of dark amber hairs. Each nug is dusted with lavender colored crystal trichomes that add to the overall purple color. Purps has a sweet fruity flavor of berries and grapes with just a touch of spicy strawberry and earth. The aroma is very spicy and earthy with a grapey overtone that’s accented beautifully by berries and strawberries as the nugs are broken apart and burned. If you like the flavor, you’ll love the high. The Purps high is very relaxed and uplifted in nature with a sense of focus and motivation that quickly fades into deep introspection and calm. As the high builds and builds, you’ll become more and more talkative, leaving you incredibly giggly and social, laughing at everything that comes your way. Even with this giggly nature, you’ll still feel an overall sense of bliss and well-being. Because of these effects, Purps says to be the perfect bud for treating conditions such as chronic pain, insomnia, chronic stress or anxiety, and depression.
Type of High
Ultra Violet OG marijuana induces moderate cerebral high followed by strong body relaxation. Uplifts mood, boosts creativity, improves focus, prompts giggles. Relieves stress, calms the mind, has moderate analgesic properties, promotes sleep.
From Archive Seeds, UltraViolet OG is an 80% indica strain bred by crossing Face Off OG with Purple Indica from the Pacific Northwest. With this genetic combination, the breeders hoped to improve the yield and flowering time while still maintaining a deep purple coloration, and UltraViolet OG achieved just that. This powerful indica strain delivers dreamy, sleepy euphoria that gives your eyelids some heaviness at night while giving your mood a burst of positivity.
Known for having above average yields for a feminized auto-flowering strain, Ultraviolet reportedly has a THC count of up to 21 percent. This mostly-Sativa strain was created by Samsara Seeds and is ideal for afternoon or even daytime use.
Starting with their strain Shot Adrenaline, a mix of White Dwarf from Buddha Seeds and Sensi Seeds’ Skunk #1, the breeders crossed it with a Lavender from Soma Seeds. The result of that coupling was then back-crossed with Shot Adrenaline to ensure that it would still be an auto-flowering strain. With a sweet and spicy taste, this strain jump starts the mind into an upbeat and creative state. Some users may find the psychoactive effects leave them feeling confused.
Potentially useful to those suffering from anxiety, stress and depression, this strain grows with relative ease indoors and out. Ultraviolet needs only a place to grow and the occasional watering, though it can benefit from Low Stress Training. The strain typically vegetates for about two weeks before it shifts to flowering, the entire process from seed to harvest takes about 10 weeks. Fairly resistant to molds, mildew and pests, Ultraviolet plants can yield between 40 and 70 grams per plant.
Myths About Purple Weed
Myths about purple weed abound. Most of those myths revolve around how the famous purple hue is achieved when growing marijuana. The most common myths include:
- Oxygen deprivation
- Carbon dioxide deprivation
- Nitrogen overload
- Altering the light cycle
- Changing the growing medium
- Varying the amount of water
Let’s look at each one in turn.
Sure you might turn blue if you held your breath too long, but that same concept doesn’t apply to marijuana plants. The myth that depriving your marijuana of oxygen turns it purple is patently false. Marijuana, like all living things, needs oxygen to grow. Restricting that oxygen in some way will only stunt the plant’s growth, not make it change color.
Carbon Dioxide Deprivation
Like oxygen, carbon dioxide is necessary for the healthy growth of most plants. A marijuana plant that is deprived of carbon dioxide won’t develop correctly. Carbon dioxide deprivation of marijuana is only a recipe for unhealthy weed, not for turning it purple marijuana plant that is deprived of carbon dioxide won’t develop correctly. Carbon dioxide deprivation of marijuana is only a recipe for unhealthy weed, not for turning it purple.
And really that’s just common sense. Depriving a plant (or any living thing) of the essential ingredients it needs to grow will only make it unhealthy.
Though it may sound counterintuitive, more is not always better. Plants need nitrogen to grow, but too much nitrogen can burn the plant and make it sick. Far from turning the plant purple, too much nitrogen will turn a marijuana plant brown. Definitely not what you’re looking for.
Altering The Light Cycle
This one doesn’t work to turn your marijuana purple either. Plants need a certain amount of light each day to stay healthy. If you mess with that process, you’re just going to get unhealthy plants, not purple ones.
Changing The Growing Medium
Nope, not going to make your marijuana purple. Plants use the nutrients in the soil to grow but altering the composition or quantity of those nutrients isn’t going to result in purple weed.
Varying The Amount Of Water
Again, no. Plants are accustomed to varying amounts of water. They can get what they need from the soil and from the air around them if none is provided directly. Some plants can go days and even weeks without direct watering. Marijuana is no different. Grown in the wild, marijuana contends with varying amounts of water on a daily basis and doesn’t turn purple. No, varying the amount of water isn’t going to somehow miraculously result in purple buds.
As you can probably surmise from the sections above, too much or too little of an essential ingredient isn’t going to result in the elusive purple buds. It’s only going to make your marijuana unhappy and unhealthy.
So how do you go about producing purple weed? Excellent question. But before we answer that, it’s important to understand the science behind what makes weed turn purple.
The Science Of Purple Weed
Flavonoids are a class of plant pigments. The pigments work in combination with other chemicals to give plants their distinctive, and varied color. Common flavonoids include quercetin, carotenoid, and kaempferol. Flavonoids get their name from the Latin “flavus” (yellow) because they generally appear yellow in appearance. Contrary to how the word looks, flavonoids have nothing to do with flavor.
The flavonoid that most concerns this discussion of purple weed is anthocyanin.
Anthocyanin gives plants a red, purple, or blue hue depending on the pH. If the pH is more acidic, the plant displays red. If the pH is more alkaline (toward the base end of the scale), the plant displays blue. If the pH is more neutral (in the middle between acid and base), the plant displays purple.
During the majority of the growing season, anthocyanin is overpowered by the stronger, greener chlorophyll. That’s why most plants are green in the spring and summer: the chlorophyll is more prevalent. And this isn’t just happenstance. The green color actually serves a purpose—it captures more solar energy than other colors.
In the fall then, when chlorophyll breaks down, the anthocyanin (and other flavonoids) are no longer overpowered by the green. This results in the beautiful yellows, reds, oranges, and even purples that signal the approach of winter.
Like the green, the colors are not just for show; they do serve a purpose. In this case, the bright colors that appear during the fall months attract more insects which, in turn, aid in the pollination process. It’s basically the plant making itself look more attractive so it can reproduce.
And whether a plant’s leaves turn red, or yellow, or orange, or purple is largely determined by its genetics. A plant’s genetics determines how much of one flavonoid or the other is present. So trying to force a marijuana plant to turn purple won’t work unless the traits are already there.
Understanding where a plant’s purple color comes from, and when it is more likely to come about, goes a long way toward helping us achieve the purple weed that so many desire. But before we talk about how to grow purple weed, let’s examine some of the possible benefits it has to offer.
Benefits Of Purple Weed
Most of the hype surrounding purple weed is strictly novelty. In reality, purple weed isn’t much different than green weed or multi-colored weed (e.g., Fruity Pebbles). Any extra benefits cannabis consumers claim to get from purple weed is more likely due to altered perceptions (no pun intended) or the strain itself. It doesn’t have to do with the color.
That said, anthocyanin has been shown to be an excellent antioxidant that occurs in foods like grapes, blueberries, and raspberries. High levels of these antioxidants can produce anti-inflammatory effects in the body. For this reason, foods, and perhaps purple weed, may be used with good results by sufferers of fibromyalgia, arthritis, and other inflammatory diseases. The science hasn’t been conducted on purple weed to fully support this hypothesis, but, based on the anthocyanin in purple-colored foods, it’s a strong possibility that there are some health benefits involved.