Cherry Hills, Purple Kush, Granddaddy Purps, Grape Ape, Purple Urkle. What do these strains all have in common? Their unique purple colors!
Why is some cannabis purple?
Each of these genotypes typically present with dark, purple hues that are eye catching even to the most veteran cannabis users. But how is this achieved? You may have heard the myths such as Oxygen Deprivation, Nitrogen Overload, or changing the light cycle, but these theories don’t necessarily hold up in the court of science.
The purple colors actually result from the cannabis plant’s Flavonoids, a class of pigments that are found in almost every other plant species. The flavonoid most closely associated with purple buds, is called Anthocyanin (antho-sigh-a-neen.) Anthocyanin gives plants their colors based on their pH levels. If your bud is purple, it simply means that the pH balance of the strain is more neutral.
Cannabis colors are mainly due to their genetics, so trying to force them to be that way, won’t work unless the traits are already there. I get asked a lot, if purple buds are the holy grail of weed, the best of the best. Those who attest to purple buds being the end all be all, are most likely suffering from the placebo effect, because in reality, the hype is mostly, novelty.
Sorry to burst your bubble!! 😅
However, botanists and other researchers believe that high levels of anthocyanin acts as a strong antioxidant, and can produce anti inflammatory effects. So if you’re someone who suffers from fibromyalgia, arthritis, or other inflammatory illnesses, darker buds may just be a new route for you to explore! Happy hunting!
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