Purple Kush: a deep dive into the legendary weed strain.

Purple Kush,also referred to as "Purple Hindu Kush," is a pure indica strain that is known for its vibrant coloration and appealing flavor profile. Originating from the historic Oakland neighborhood of Oaksterdam, one of the earliest legal medical marijuana areas in the United States, it is a cross between two South-Central Asian indica landraces: Hindu Kush from the mountainous region near the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, and a purple-hued variety of Afghani. With 100% indica genetics, Purple Kush delivers a slow and relaxing full-body stone. This strain has been named as one of the Top 10 Kush Strains by High Times magazine in 2016 and has a THC content that ranges from 17% to 27%.

The appearance, aroma, and flavor of Purple Kush are equally remarkable. The flowers of this strain are medium-sized and popcorn-like in shape, with a dense and heavy bud structure. Depending on the phenotype, the leaves may be a combination of green and purple hues, with the purple coloration resulting from the activation of anthocyanins, pigments similar to chlorophyll, in cold growing conditions. This strain is also known for its high resin production, making it ideal for creating hash and other concentrates. The tightly curled flowers are covered in trichomes, giving the green and purple leaves a dewy white appearance, and the orange pistils stand out against the colorful flowers.

Purple Kush has a distinctive aroma and flavor profile, with an initial earthy and musky scent reminiscent of sandalwood, and sweet and fruity notes of grapes. The smoke from this strain has a simultaneous fruity and hash-like odor and taste, with a sugary grape-like aftertaste. When smoked, it may cause some sinus irritation and heavy coughing.

In terms of effects, Purple Kush delivers a straight-forward physical relaxation experience, with limited cerebral effects that tend to be more of a psychedelic nature. It is best enjoyed in the evening and can be used to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, depression, pain, and insomnia. The average duration of its high is 2 to 3 hours.

Growing Purple Kush is relatively easy, as it is a low and bushy plant that can be grown both indoors and outdoors. It requires 8 weeks of flowering time when grown indoors and flowers in mid to late September when grown outdoors. With proper growing conditions, it can yield a moderate amount of 37 grams (or 1.3 ounces) per square footage of the plant. It is also naturally resistant to mold. To preserve the color and flavor of the buds, they should be cured by hanging upside down in a room with 50% humidity and a consistent temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit for about a week, followed by sealing the dried buds in wide-mouthed jars in ambient surroundings of 70 degrees Fahrenheit and between 60-65% humidity.

In conclusion, Purple Kush is a visually stunning and flavorful strain that maintains its genetic stability and originates from its Asian roots. Its relaxing and sedative effects, combined with its appealing appearance and taste, make it an excellent evening smoke.



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