Purple Runtz: A Candy-Sweet Hybrid Packed With THC
Runtz is one of the biggest names in modern cannabis. Descending from some stellar Californian genetic lines, Runtz varieties are beloved by experienced smokers and medical patients for their delicious aromas, flavours, and top-shelf potency. Of those varieties, Purple Runtz is a unique cultivar with sweet berry-like aromas and a heavy-handed stone. Keep reading to learn all there is to know about this modern classic.
Genetic Background of Purple Runtz
All Runtz cannabis strains were created by The Runtz Crew, which comprises Rapper Yung LB, his manager Ray Bama, and a mysterious breeder known only as Nick. Developed in 2017, the Runtz line of strains has grown to incorporate various phenotypes, each with slightly different flavours, aromas, and effects. Like all Runtz varieties, Purple Runtz stems from two modern Californian cannabis classics—Zkittlez and Gelato.
Zkittlez (sometimes also spelt Skittles) is the queen of candy cannabis strains. Now known officially as The Original Z, Zkittlez is an indica-dominant hybrid created in California in 2010. As its name implies, Zkittlez boasts a sugary, sweet-and-sour aroma of berries and citrus combined with earthy undertones and floral hints. Its effects are powerful, leaving users in a trippy daze for hours, incorporating a creative, almost psychedelic head high with a warm, tingly body buzz. As you'd expect from a high-calibre indica, Zkittlez produces long, dense, bright-green flowers with tight stacks of calyxes laced with vibrant, fiery-red pistils.
Created by Mario Guzman (AKA Mr Sherbinski) and Cookies Fam, Gelato is arguably one of the biggest names in modern cannabis. Boasting fruity and creamy aromas and a strong yet balanced high, Gelato is loved by recreational and medical cannabis users alike. Some rumours suggest that the Gelato phenotype used to create Purple Runtz was Gelato #33, but we don't know for sure. To this day, Mario Guzman preserves multiple Gelato phenotypes for their unique aromas and flavours, the most popular of which he sells through the Sherbinskis brand. Besides its aroma and strength, Gelato is renowned for its excellent bud structure and beautiful colours, which combine shades of green with pink and purple hues.
Aroma and Flavour of Purple Runtz
Purple Runtz has an intense aroma with a candy-like sweetness, typical of the entire Runtz genetic line. However, Purple Runtz has an upfront smell of berries and grapes, floral undertones, and subtle hints of poached pears. Users with a trained nose may also pick up on sour hints of fuel or gas. The strain's flavour is similar, though dominated by candy-sweet berry notes with floral hints on the exhale.
The most dominant terpenes found in Purple Runtz include:
Potency and Effects of Purple Runtz
Purple Runtz, like all Runtz varieties, is incredibly potent and regularly packs between 25–28% THC (though some batches reach up to 30%). With such high concentrations of cannabinoids and a rich mix of terpenes, it's no wonder Purple Runtz delivers a powerful effect.
Within minutes of your first toke, you can expect Purple Runtz to produce a rush of cerebral energy—one that'll heighten your senses and boost your mood. Soon after, you may notice a tingly, warming sensation washing over your upper body and into your legs. If you have a moderate to high tolerance, you can expect Purple Runtz to leave you in a relaxed daze that's ideal for watching movies, listening to music, or immersing yourself in a video game.
However, if you have a lighter tolerance, this strain might leave you feeling heavily sedated and ready for a peaceful night's sleep. Either way, Purple Runtz isn't much of a daytime strain. Instead, enjoy this variety when you have a free schedule and can relax in her comforting embrace.
Thanks to her potency, Purple Runtz leaves even experienced users in a relaxed, uplifted buzz after just a few tokes. If you're an experienced user, light up Purple Runtz in the afternoon, evening or on weekends as you kick up your feet and enjoy some well-deserved downtime. Get comfy and put on your favourite movie, or sit outside and watch time roll by as you get lost in your thoughts. With a long enough session, you'll experience this strain's subtle psychedelic visual and auditory distortions.
Medical cannabis users can find relief in the strain's physical stone and uplifting mental effects. Reports from medical marijuana patients suggest this strain can help with the following symptoms and conditions:
- Physical discomfort
- Feeling stressed
- Mood disorders
- Appetite loss
- Sleep issues
Potential Side Effects
Purple Runtz can cause side effects, especially in users with a low tolerance. Some common side effects associated with this strain include:
Growing Purple Runtz
The original Purple Runtz strain created by Runtz Crew hasn't been made available in seed or clone form. However, other seedbanks and breeders have created their own varieties of this strain, both by repeating the Zkittlez X Gelato cross and by including other genetics. As such, you'll need to research the specific cultivar to get tailored growing advice.
Indoor Growing Tips
Purple Runtz is likely well-suited to indoor cultivation, like most modern cannabis hybrids, as these plants can stay nice and compact. Training techniques like Screen of Green (ScrOG) or Sea of Green (SOG) may help maximise her yields, and regular pruning and trimming should encourage light penetration through the strain's thick canopy. Colder temperatures during the bloom cycle can also intensify the natural purple pigmentation of this strain. The flowering time for Purple Runtz is around 8–10 weeks.
Outdoor Growing Tips
Purple Runtz likely performs well outdoors, too. Given enough soil, these plants may grow big and bushy. Again, trimming and pruning can help light penetrate the plant's lower bud sites. Large Purple Runtz plants might require staking to support their branches as they get heavy with flowers. Unfortunately, we do not know how well this strain holds up against pests or environmental stress when grown outdoors.
Should You Try Purple Runtz?
Purple Runtz is an excellent strain for experienced recreational smokers who like its potent effects. If you have been smoking for long periods and developed a high tolerance, Purple Runtz is sure to get you nice and buzzed after just a few tokes. If, however, you're more of a lightweight, maybe familiarise yourself with milder cannabis varieties before trying Purple Runtz.
A large number of medical marijuana patients also report using Purple Runtz to support various symptoms and conditions. Patients report that the strain's tingly body buzz may help alleviate physical symptoms. At the same time, its cerebral euphoria can boost mood and alleviate feelings of stress.
Purple Runtz Cannabis Strain FAQ
Q: Is Purple Runtz a sativa or indica?
A: Purple Runtz is a hybrid cannabis strain that contains both indica and sativa genes. Its effects also combine the more physical effects of cannabis indica with the cerebral euphoria of cannabis sativa.
Q: What strain of Runtz is the strongest?
A: There are many different varieties of Runtz cannabis, and they are all very strong. The exact amount of THC and other cannabinoids in a variety of Runtz varies depending on the breeder and how the batch was grown.
Q: Where did the Purple Runtz strain originate from?
A: Purple Runtz was created by the Runtz Crew in California (around 2017) from Zkittlez and Gelato genetics.
Q: What are some of the medical benefits of using Purple Runtz?
A: Purple Runtz has both physical relaxation and uplifting cerebral euphoria. According to medical marijuana patients, the strain may help with both physical and mental symptoms, from stress and anxiety to physical discomfort.
Grow your own Purple Runtz
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