Anthocyanins are what make pot purple purple. I wanted to answer this upfront without a rambling preamble, just in case you googled something about purple weed and came here for a quick answer. But the real reason why I write this blog is twofold: first, greenery grows is famous for its purple weed and we have eight new exotic strains in this category that I’d like to tell you about, and two, there’s an overabundance of misinformation about purple pot, so I wanted to set the record straight. We’ll start with the latter first…
According to the most common and completely inaccurate purple pot rumors, the three I hear most often are “purple weed doesn’t get you high” or “purple marijuana is still an indica” or “whatever which strain of marijuana can turn purple if you grow it in cold conditions. All three are wrong. Anthocyanins are nothing more than water-soluble vacuolar pigments that appear in almost all flowering plants. They are they which make roses red and violets purple, and since they are water soluble they have always been used as matrices.In fact when colonial Americans used blueberries for purple dyes they have it made with blueberry anthocyanins.
In cannabis, anthocyanins are classified alongside flavonoids, which are polyphenolic metabolites found in a variety of fruits, vegetables, and weeds like marijuana. Flavonoids aren’t psychoactive, and they don’t influence your high in the slightest when you smoke them, so according to the first myth I mentioned, it’s totally impossible that the purple anthocyanins that exist in the purple pot will give you prevent hovering. The purple pot still contains THC, the psychoactive compound in cannabis, and anthocyanins don’t lower THC percentages in lab tests, so if you think the purple pot doesn’t get you as high as the green one, just is in your head.
Second, by pot violet still being an indica variety, that’s another big no. After all, Sativa and Indica cultivars are actually members of the same species, so they can both contain anthocyanins. Fuel Biscuits and Bazookies #10 are both sativa-dominant hybrids that we grow and sell right here in Durango, and sometimes they both turn out as purple as a grape, which leaves a gaping hole in that claim. only indica. But I know how this rumor started, so we should talk about that too.
Chlorophyll is the most dominant pigment in cannabis, just like it is in other leafy plants, and it is green. If you remember your high school biology lessons, chlorophyll lives in the chloroplasts of plant cells and is the most essential compound for photosynthesis, in which plants convert light into energy. When dealing with deciduous trees (those that lose all their leaves in the fall), the chloroplasts lose their integrity just before leaf fall, allowing green chlorophyll to escape, giving thus to leaf a different color, such as red or yellow. It’s what draws hordes of tourists to Durango so they can drive slowly and see all the pretty colors. And with marijuana, exactly the same thing happens when the plant begins to mature: less chlorophyll is produced, and some is lost, so anthocyanins become the dominant pigment, thus coloring the pot purple. This happens more quickly in cold weather, much like the ones you naturally see outdoors in the fall.
Now, as you may or may not know, Indica cannabis strains originated in China and India (the “ind” in “India” gave “indica” its name) where temperatures are cooler, therefore Indica cultivars grow better in colder conditions than those in which sativa strains thrive. So when growers grow indica strains, they usually lower the temperature, which triggers the fall chlorophyll breakdown I just told you about, and that’s why indica strains are more often purple than sativa strains. This is not because indica strains contain more anthocyanins than sativa strains, but rather because cold temperatures bring out anthocyanins more strongly, and indica strains are grown most often in colder environments. Find?
According to the latest myth, that “any strain of marijuana can be purple if you grow it in cold conditions”, guess what? Not all anthocyanins are purple. Some of them are orange or red or yellow, even dark green or shiny. And it’s a plant’s innate genetics that decide which anthocyanins are present in the flowers, not the growing environment or the sativa/indica designation. So yes it is true that if you grow a marijuana strain in cold conditions the anthocyanins will become more apparent due to the reduced chlorophyll production, but sometimes the plant will turn red or yellow, not purple, because it does not contain purple anthocyanins thanks to genetics. So, no, it is not possible to turn all pot strains purple with different growing temperatures because the plant must be born with purple anthocyanins to turn purple, and not all of them are.
Alright…now that we’ve set the record straight with three common purple pot myths, it’s time to get to the nine purp varietals we grow and sell here in Durango (“purps” is the term for slag for purple cannabis cultivars, but you already knew that if you’re a fan of rap music). Here they are:
1.) truth serum was bred in the Midwest via a three-way cross between G13, Trinity, and Pineapple. The resulting cultivar has very dense buds and the classic green look with orange hairs you’d expect, but with a hint of purple, and the tropical nose is excellent and classic. Truth serum is packed with terpenes like limonene and pinene for an uplifting high balanced on the other side of the spectrum with ß-caryophyllene, ß-myrcene and linalool. Expect a completely relaxing smoke, perfect for evenings or weekend mornings from this Indica-leaning hybrid.
2.) Bazookie #10 is a variety made famous by the Front Range right here in Colorado, which we have helped accomplish as we began growing this wonderful cultivar. It’s a cross between Bubblegum and Girl Scout Cookies, but the nose you’d expect is replaced with hops and weed, and the plant itself is a nice dark green/purple covered in so many crystals looks like a salt shaker was used. Rich in the terpenes ß-Caryophyllene, ß-Myrcene, Humulene and Limonene, we have designated this strain as a Sativa, but make no mistake because the high from Goldilocks is perfect any time of the day.
3.) purple vixen = Purple Punch X Jet Fuel Gelato. This strain produces smaller, dense buds that are perfect for pipes. The flower itself is highlighted by violet hues (ergo the “purple”), and the nose is dominated by notes of sour grapes, sweet berries and a hint of herbal bliss. This sativa-dominant hybrid is perfect for daytime smoking or for those nights when you want to stay up giggling.
4.) Gelato. Sometimes referred to as “Larry Bird” or “Gelato 33”, this indica-leaning hybrid was created via a cross between Thin Mint GSC and Sunset Sherbet. This fruity, dark purple bud has a creamy taste and a high that transcends the normal pot.
5.) Purple Sunset #4 is a specific Purple Sunset phenotype first created and bred by Ethos Genetics. This strain is a mix of Mandarin Sunset, Mandarin Cookies, and Purple Punch, and the nose of this one is as complex as you’d imagine with spicy fuel notes mingling with floral citrus. Expect a nice, laid-back high from this strain with a hint of berry on the palette. Oh, yeah…and it’s purple.
6.) Tropicana Cookies was first created by Harry Palms (of Bloom Seed Co.) by crossing Tangie and Girl Scout Cookies. The cookie flavor comes through mostly with this varietal, but there are lots of citrus notes and sweetness on the back, almost like sugar on your lips. Expect slightly purple buds covered in red hairs, as well as an impressive smoke from Tropicana Cookies.
seven.) Garlic is a rare indica-dominant cultivar created by crossing Slurricane and GMO. GMO stands for “garlic, mushrooms, onion” and the garlic terpene features heavily in Garlicane, hence its name. Expect a deep, low high from this strain with plenty of funk on the palette. Those purple buds are gorgeous, so if you’re an Indica lover, you’re missing out by not trying Garlicane.
8.) Borealis is a deep purple strain that was created via a cross between two deep indica strains, Northern Lights and Skunk #1. This strain will be fruity and sweet on the palate, but there’s a hefty amount of hash on the exhale with a hint of skunk. Borealis brings with it a dreamy, sedative high, but it’s subtle enough to avoid couchlock. If you are a fan of Indica strains, you need to come in here and see this stuff immediately. Borealis is extremely rich in terpenes with limonene, ß-caryophyllene, pinene, linalool and ocimene.
And that’s it! Chances are that no matter when you shop, we’ll have one of these eight purple pot varieties available for sale, but just in case, you should always check out our online flower menu. HERE before you show up if you want to try putting some purple pot in your pipe. But please, even if you just want to see or smell Durango’s finest purple pot, feel free to drop by for a free peek and sniff, because when it comes to purple cannabis, we are your best friends!
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