Dank and Delicious Grapey Ganja
The cannabis champion of all purple strains, Grandaddy Purple (aka Grand Daddy Purps) is not only the most popular purple strain of all time, but this herb is also one of the West Coast’s most famed, beloved and prized hybrids - and that’s saying a LOT!
Created through the combination of Purple Urkle and Big Bud by breeder Ken Estes in 2003, this San Francisco Bay Area native is a 75% Indica-dominant stunner with few equals.
From such illustrious and award-winning parents, this hybrid inherits both her deeply alluring dark hues, her sweet berry aroma, and enormous resin-coated nugs. Oh yes, this stuff is the definition of bag appeal.
As implied by the darkness of these buds, this highly potent 24% average THC strain should be reserved for evenings or weekends - or any time when you truly have nothing ahead of you demanding your attention.
Tokers with a low THC tolerance should consume with care, as the effects of this cannabis are genuinely mighty and capable of knocking even the most die-hard recreational user off their feet in a wave of pure and total tranquillity.
Though clearly created with the recreational market in mind, don’t mistake the low CBD content for an indicator that this strain has no therapeutic benefits - for anyone seeking the relief of THC therapy, you’ll find this herb more than stacks up as a medical marijuana (MMJ) choice.
While growing Grandaddy Purple Regular is easily within reach of even less experienced cultivators, keep in mind these are regular beans - you will have to separate any males from the crop before they pollinate the females.
As an interesting side note - many within the cannabis community debate if this hybrid is actually the same as the equally famous Grape Ape strain, with both purple pot specimens displaying super similar lineage, appearance, growing patterns and traits - though the jury’s still out on that one!
Flavor and Fragrance of Grandaddy Purple Regular
The myrcene, caryophyllene and pinene terps in these buds are loud as you like and bursting with a complex and deeply satisfying grape and berry presence that’s as deliciously desirable to the nose as the tongue.
A sweet and zesty blast of berries in a citric cornucopia, sprinkled with a herbal edge of earthiness that rounds the whole tantalizing experience off in the most morish of ways sure to have your saliva glands working overtime.
Simply put, the kind of flavor any fruit-loving canna-fan will be beyond overjoyed with.
When a cannabis strain averages 24% THC content, you don’t expect any waiting around for the herb to start working magic on you - and in that regard, Grandaddy Purple never disappoints.
The soothing and sedative bliss of the Indica seeps through the mind and body fairly simultaneously, lifting the mind into the heavens while unwinding every inch of the body, unpicking tension and the stresses of even the worst imaginable days.
Even among those with high THC tolerance, it’s not long before the couch comes calling, luring you into that comfortable position you know you’ll never want to leave.
Pretty soon, you’ll hardly have the energy for anything besides snacking out (those munchies can get seriously intense) and enjoying whatever self-indulgent ‘you time’ activity you’ve settled on for the night.
Evenings are absolutely the best time to hit Grandaddy Purple, unless you’re content with your day drifting away in a serenely hazy cloud of quintessential cannabis chill.
And, as you’d expect from such a powerhouse Indica hybrid, these buds are practically guaranteed to have you drifting off to a deep and restful night’s sleep at the end of the whole experience.
Medical Uses of Grandaddy Purple Regular
Among those looking for some THC therapy or prepared to venture into the world of psychoactive pot, the medical benefits of Grandaddy Purple Regular are truly notable. Of course, never forget this is a particularly potent specimen - dosing in moderation may be difficult with buds this tasty but it (along with staying well hydrated) will go a long way towards avoiding less desirable side effects.
When it comes to treating physical and psychological conditions, this hybrid has every corner covered, offering instant relief from the demons of daily life like stress, anxiety, depression or general malaise.
Though not a remotely motivating strain, these buds can be perfect for introspection and re-evaluating life and priorities.
On the physical side of things, everything from mild aches to chronic pain can be considerably muted with this marijuana as your medicine, helping to restore movement and a sense of normality to patients suffering from anything from a simple headache to crippling arthritis or multiple sclerosis.
With powerful appetite stimulation properties and anti-emetic agents at work, you’ll find Grandaddy Purple quite easily able to restore lost appetites and counter the side effects of chemotherapy.
Finally, insomnia has met its match when this weed gets to work - get ready for a deeply restful night’s sleep.
Growing Grandaddy Purple Regular Seeds
While even less experienced growers should be able to cultivate Grandaddy Purple Regular at home for themselves, you’ll need to be clear on some crucial aspects of the process before you get stuck in.
First up, unless you live in a warm Mediterranean climate, it’s best to grow this ganja indoors with a temperature between 21 and 26°C (or 69.8 to 78.8°F), and relative humidity (RH) levels between 40 and 50% in the flowering stage.
When it comes to cultivation medium, these beauties can thrive equally well in hydroponics and soil - if you’re after explosive growth, opt for hydro, but if the maximum flavor, aroma and medical benefits are for you then choose organic soil.
Prep your grow area with some additional support in the form of stakes or trellises, as when these plants mature the sheer weight of their innumerable and dense buds can cause strain on the stems - even though Grandaddy Purple develops some seriously strong limbs to cope with exactly that.
This hybrid is also prone to growing a pretty dense level of foliage which you’ll need to keep trimmed to prevent moisture build-up (which, in turn, leads to bud rot or mildew). Maintain those extraneous leaves and limbs so all your plants’ budding sites receive ample light and air and you’re gold and good for an epic harvest.
If you’re able to implement a Sea of Green (SoG) setup, this will also go a long way towards that jaw-dropping final crop.
Grandaddy Purple Regular plants are going to develop some seriously stunning colors no matter what you do, but for those blessed with green thumbs, exposing these beauties to cooler nighttime temperatures will help encourage the full and spectacular spectrum of color - keep in mind though, this does nothing to boost the potency of your pot, only the bag appeal.
After 8 to 10 weeks of flowering, it’s harvest time. Indoor growers can expect up to 550 grams per meter squared for their efforts, while outdoor crops can yield up to 500 grams per plant of this truly stunning specimen.
The grandaddy of all purple strains, Grandaddy Purple Regular is beyond beautiful or bag appeal - this herb is the definition of dank and decadent delights.
Grapey to the extreme, the berries which burst from these buds have helped secure a long-standing global adoration for this purple hybrid, and backed by a high THC content, have made this a perennial favorite among cannabis connoisseurs and newcomers alike.