Purple strains of weed have always been very desirable to marijuana devotees. They are also believed to be better than the regular green strains. It does not matter whether they are truly better or not, but people are still looking for this eye candy. However, almost none of them have the slightest idea why some types of cannabis turn purple when the plants are supposed to be green.
Read our article, and next time your friends are wondering where they can find purple marijuana, you can show your knowledge and look like an expert.
The secret of weed's color hides in its compounds that regulate the pigment. Some years ago, you could find cannabis of strange shades only outdoors when the plant was subjected to cold temperatures. Today, it does not necessarily need to be exposed to cold to look beautiful. The selectors worked hard to alter some strains so that they would remain purple even in normal conditions. So how did they do it?
Cannabis contains pigment molecules called anthocyanins. They can appear blue, red, or purple depending on the level of pH. Cannabis contains anthocyanins in all its parts. Sometimes, there are not enough of these pigment molecules for them to affect the plant. However, cold conditions boost their production. The reason of this relation has not been studied enough yet, but the scientists suppose that it is a result of a complex set of genetic circumstances.
Another aspect of the plant's pigmentation is the period of its flowering. Anthocyanins are not always present in the plant. They are produced only during the last couple of flowering weeks. Plants that are grown outdoors are photoperiod-dependent and are influenced by the lack of chlorophyll at this stage. During the absence or lack of chlorophyll, anthocyanins start their work and turn the plant purple.
Some studies even prove that purple strains of weed have great potential in medicine. So, your friends are not mistaken when they are looking for this type of buds' coloring. Anthocyanins are believed to possess great analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. They are also good antioxidants. Even the fruit and vegetables that contain high levels of anthocyanins are thought to improve our health.
Here are some purple weed strains that can give you a quality high.
If you are looking for a way to relax after a long working day, the Purple Nepal strain is what you need. This is a moderate indica strain that will leave you relaxed but not sleepy. It tastes like sweet grapes, which suits the purple color of the plant perfectly. These sweet buds can give you a beautiful shade of purple even if grown inside.
It is another indica strain that looks very cute. Purple Chemdawg has a pleasant grape aroma and taste. However, due to its relation to Chemdawg 91 and Pre-98 Bubba Kush, the strain has acquired some chemical and diesel notes in its flavor. The strain's effects on the body are heavy, but your mind stays clear and focused. It is a great strain to use for relaxing on your couch while reading a book or watching a movie.
No wonder that the next strain is also indica. It seems that its deep heavy color suits those heavy sedating effects of indica the best. Purple Kush has a sweet, earthy aroma. The strain is recommended to be consumed before bed as it makes your sleep deeper and longer. It is a great strain for treating insomnia.
Now, when purple hash plants can be grown inside, the list of these strains becomes extensive and is constantly growing.