Purple Haze: Deserving of its Fame
Catapulted into the popular imagination by Jimi Hendrix’s 1967 song of the same name, Purple Haze is perhaps the most well-known (at least by name) cannabis strain in the world. And despite its age, it’s still exceptionally popular. This sativa-dominant legend offers all the uplifting effects users expect from a Haze, alongside a mix of sweet and spicy terpenes. Get to know one of the stars of the Haze lineage below.
Genetic Background of Purple Haze: Purple Thai and Haze in Harmony
Like many classic strains, the origin of Purple Haze is shrouded in a good deal of mystery. The creation of Haze strains in general is often credited to the “Haze Brothers” as well as the iconic breeder of Skunk #1, Sam the Skunkman. Although we know that Purple Haze is a Haze phenotype, the specifics surrounding its original creation are unclear. That said, it’s generally agreed upon that Purple Haze is a hybrid of Haze and Purple Thai.
A true stalwart in the cannabis community, Haze exhibits citrusy and spicy aromas alongside a surging, euphoric effect. Moreover, Haze plants typically take longer than average to complete the flowering stage.
As its name suggests, Purple Thai derives from landraces native to Thailand. The dense, beautiful buds, sweet aroma, and energetic effects attributed to this sativa quickly shot it to stardom. Bearing hints of purple on its flowers, Purple Thai adds a great deal of allure to its Purple Haze progeny.
Aroma and Flavour of Purple Haze: Rich, Complex Flavour Notes
Purple Haze features a diverse terpene profile led by myrcene, caryophyllene, and pinene, resulting in a nuanced aroma. Notes of sweetness, earth, berries, and a dose of spice mingle together to create something altogether new. Its flavour is similar, with a predominantly fruity taste that is sure to inspire you to take multiple hits.
Potency and Effects of Purple Haze: Perfectly Uplifting
With a THC content hovering around 17%, Purple Haze is somewhat mild compared to modern hybrids—but its effect should not be underestimated. A complex phytochemical profile comes together to offer an uplifting high that also treats users to some soothing physical relaxation. That said, this strain is no couch-locker—at least not when used in moderation.
Recreational users have long been partial to Purple Haze. Known for its ability to raise the spirits, inspire creativity, and increase sociability, some even describe Purple Haze’s effect as pseudo-psychedelic—a claim that may be exaggerated, but certainly adds to its allure. Even with its trippy reputation, the effects of Purple Haze are rooted in reality and are sure to provide rec users with a high-flying, but not overwhelming, experience.
Despite its beloved status among rec users, Purple Haze is also sought after by medical/therapeutic cannabis users. Given its potential to elevate one's mood, users looking to address persistent low mood or constant worrying may find this strain to be beneficial. The same is true for those looking to take the edge off of discomfort without getting too stoned or sluggish.
Like all THC-rich cannabis strains, Purple Haze’s side effects include the likes of dry mouth, dry eyes, and dizziness. In larger amounts, certain users may also experience some degree of paranoia or anxiety.
Growing Purple Haze: Suited to Growers of All Levels
Purple Haze is relatively easy to grow, especially for a Haze hybrid. Though its flowering time of 8–10 weeks may seem a bit longer than that of some other hybrids, it’s actually quite short compared to many Hazes and other sativa strains—which can take 11 or more weeks to complete flowering.
By and large, Purple Haze takes care of itself during the growing cycle, which is particularly beneficial for beginners and/or those seeking a somewhat hands-off project. In terms of climate, Purple Haze thrives in warm, southern environments, although it will still perform in northern climates given the necessary sun.
Indoor Growing Tips
When growing Purple Haze indoors, keep in mind that this strain is sensitive to extreme temperature and humidity fluctuations. While hydroponic setups are ideal for maximising yields, Purple Haze can also be grown in soil with great results. Speaking of yields, in optimal conditions indoors, you can expect to harvest an average of 350–450g/m², which is a respectable amount considering the strain’s ease of growth.
Outdoor Growing Tips
Again, though it flourishes in warm, dry climates, Purple Haze can also be raised in cooler climates with a little extra care—just be sure to position it in a spot that receives as much direct sun as possible.
Outdoor yields for Purple Haze typically average around 400–500g/plant, although this can vary. Harvest time for Purple Haze is typically around the beginning of October outdoors, meaning growers in northern regions should be able to harvest before the incoming frost or heavy rain.
Should You Try Purple Haze?
Whether you’re a sativa fanatic or appreciate classic cannabis strains, Purple Haze is considered one of the essential cultivars to try. Renowned for its creative, inspiring high, it never fails to dazzle users with its beautiful purple-green hues and attractive aroma.
One of the best things about Purple Haze is that it doesn’t present the cultivation issues associated with many pure Haze specimens.
Purple Haze is suitable for indoor and outdoor cultivation, and it can be successfully grown by both novices and the experienced. It’s worth noting, however, that plants grown in optimal conditions (a warm, dry climate) by an experienced hand may deliver more abundant and higher-quality harvests compared to those grown by beginners in suboptimal environments.
For Recreational Users
Recreational users have long adored this strain, and more are sure to join in. Whether you’re looking to increase sociability, creativity, or simply want to sit back and bask in the euphoria, this is the Haze for the job. At the same time, Purple Haze isn’t known to be too overwhelming, and it even offers a bit of physical relaxation.
For Medical Users
Though not specifically categorised as a medical marijuana strain, Purple Haze could potentially be useful for patients seeking an uplifting experience that won’t leave them too stoned to function. Although in higher amounts this strain can make it harder to focus and carry out involved tasks, smaller amounts can hit the sweet spot between soothing relaxation and mental clarity.
Purple Haze: Embrace This Legendary Sativa
In the cannabis community, there are a handful of strains that practically all stoners are required to know—and Purple Haze is one of them. Standing the test of time, its popularity doesn’t appear to be waning even in the modern day. With its uplifting effect, ease of growth, and wonderful colouration, it's no wonder it remains one of the most sought-after strains out there.
Purple Haze Weed Strain: FAQ
Q: What is Purple Haze?
A: This saiva hybrid is known for its uplifting high and sweet-and-spicy scent and flavour.
Q: What are Purple Haze’s effects?
A: Purple Haze induces a euphoric high that leaves users happy and energised.
Q: What is Purple Haze’s THC content?
A: Around 17% THC.
Q: Is Purple Haze easy to grow?
A: Purple Haze is relatively easy to grow, especially for a Haze.
Grow your own Purple Haze
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- 7-9 weeks
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- End of September/October
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Lineage of Purple HazeFold Unfold
- Purple Thai