So, you’ve got some purple weed
Purple weed has grown in abundance over the last few years. Cannabis connoisseurs are now able to pick and choose from a variety of different strains. Names like Grand Daddy Purple and Purple Kush have taken centre stage within the Indica strain category. You may have a purple sativa strain like Purple Haze, a psychedelic strain made famous by Jimi Hendrix’s 1967 hit. Chances are though if you’ve got yourself some purple weed, it’s going to be good.
ANTHOCYANINS make the weed purple
For a long time, the only way to make weed purple was to have it grown outdoors and be subjected to cold conditions. Nowadays, however, the purple colour can be achieved by selective breeding programmes which make it easier for cannabis growers to create the best purple bud. The purple colour is all down to something called Anthocyanins. Anthocyanins are a group of around 400 water-soluble pigment molecules that appear red, purple or blue depending on their pH. Because of the structure and biosynthesis of their molecules, anthocyanins are classified as flavonoids – but this doesn’t mean that if effects the taste of the cannabis. They are actually associated with the pigmentation of the cannabis plant and can be seen in other fruits like blackberries and raspberries which are rich in Anthocyanins. Flavonoids are usually yellow and it’s partly why they are named as such, with its name deriving from the latin for “yellow”, flavus.
Does purple weed get you higher?
Purple weed may or may not get you higher. The strength of the high is usually down to the type of strain and how well it has been grown. There has been evidence, however, that certain anthocyanins have an attraction to the cannabinoid receptors, with some of them attaching to the CB1 and other with the CB2 receptors.
Anthocyanins are powerful antioxidants and are also speculated to contain analgesic, anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective properties. Blood oranges are another fruit which contains large amounts of Anthocyanins are associated with “improved cardiovascular health, and there are indications that they may assist in preventing obesity even in individuals fed a high-fat diet.”
The price you pay
People love to buy purple weed. Because of the specific conditions which are needed to create the purple colours of the cannabis, they’re usually in very high demand, and grown by those who have a lot of experience. You’re usually going to end up paying a little bit more for a nice bit of purple bud.
So now you know how awesome purple weed is! We’ve tried a few purple cannabis strains and reviewed them on the website – check them out and see if either of them are the right type of purp for you.
Grand Daddy Purple – Huge Purple Buds
Girl Scout Cookies Thin Mints – A high THC strain with glorious purple hues.
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