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5 purple cannabis strains that won’t make you sleepy

Everyone loves purple cannabis strains. They’re beautiful, they smell and taste great, and their effects can be pretty potent, depending on the strain. Since the rise and popularity of Granddaddy Purple, purple strains are thought of as being grapey and heavily sedative. But the truth is, you can’t just look at purple flowers and assume they’re going to taste like fruit or put you to sleep.

The color of cannabis has nothing to do with its effects. It’s all about anthocyanins—color pigments found in plants—and there are plenty of purple cannabis strains out there that have the exact opposite effects of Granddaddy Purp.

So here are a few purple weed strains that may provide uplifting, energizing, and stimulating effects. As with all strains, highs vary by consumer; these are based on the most popular data over the years.

Candyland

Candyland is truly one of the most perplexing cannabis strains out there—you truly never know what you’re going to get with it. It’s a cross of GDP and Bay Platinum Cookies, which is pretty much Platinum GSC, and from those genetics come a wide variety of phenotypes, and an even wider variety of effects.

Sometimes you’ll get some Candyland that hits you with a potent relaxation, but most times this strain comes with an aggressive head rush of energy. That may sound intimidating for people who assume they can’t handle sativas, but Candyland is great for anyone who likes to smoke a daytime strain in the morning and want something heavier than some Hazes out there.

Tropicana Cookies

Tropicana Cookies has to be here when we talk purple strains that won’t make you sleepy. It’s a new age cross of GSC and Tangie known by many other monikers like Tropicali and Tropicanna. Its buds are some of the most beautiful you’ll see with a deep-as-the-abyss shade of purple that you simply don’t see too often with sativas.

Its smell and flavor will absolutely blow you away—light a joint of this and get ready for a tropical mix of sweet oranges followed by a refreshing high that makes you want to get up and go. To where? Anywhere, for anything, at any time.

I’ve faced joint after joint of Tropicana Cookies and still had enough mental energy to push through hours of the Joe Budden Podcast. I even smoked a joint of it while walking home from a warehouse party at 5am. If that doesn’t scream the opposite of heavily sedative, then nothing does.

Purple Haze

Purple Haze is most famously a Jimi Hendrix song from 1967. And right after that, it’s most famously a classic weed strain from around the same time. Which came first: chicken or the egg? Not sure, but what is known is that this classic sativa produces flowers that are straight-up flushed with a deep purple color.

Flavor-wise, the strain is a cross of Purple Thai and Haze, so the smoke comes through with a sweet earthy taste. The high usually differs from the presumed sleepiness, and instead delivers a potent euphoria that puts people in a dreamy daze. Grab this one for a boost in creativity.

Sherbert

If you haven’t noticed, many GSC crosses come out on the uplifting side of effects. Sherbert is another one of them. This famous cross of Cookies and Pink Panties comes stacked with deep purple colors and frosty white trichomes.

The high is usually very mellow and manageable, which is why you find this one on so many Best Strains for Beginners lists. I mean, smoke enough of it and you may be counting sheep, but most people champion the strain—also called Sunset Sherbert—for providing a comfortable cerebral boost that many people go to as a smoke-through-the-day type of bud.

Purple Skunk

Out of all the strains on this list, you’ll find the least information about Purple Skunk . It’s one of those classic strains that lives purely on legend and small anecdotal reports. As legend will tell you, Purple Skunk is a cross of some old school purple strain and Skunk #1 (obviously) that’ll make you feel uplifted and happy.

Back in the ‘70s when growers were starting to cross indicas and sativas, which led to the hybrid world we now live in, Skunk was one of the go-to sativas, and Skunk’s attributes tend to be pretty dominant in its kids—Leafly reviewers report similar happy, relaxed, and euphoric effects from Purple Skunk.

Looks can be deceiving—the color of cannabis has nothing to do with its effects. Check out these beautiful purple strains that will give you a boost.

22 Best PURPLE Cannabis Strains to Grow from Seed

Top Photoperiod Purple Strains

The true “Royal indica” strain known as Grand Daddy Purple, Grand Daddy Purps or GDP is one of the best purple marijuana strains in the world. With its magnificently dense, unusually frosty buds, Ken Estes’ original Grand Daddy Purple is always a best seller in both seed and bud markets. The stout plants keep a tight profile and grow tons of bud sites right down to the stalk. Suitable for cultivation in most climates, GDP shows fairly good resistance to mold outdoors. Its purple color comes out during the end of flowering—lower temperatures will speed up the process. Excellent bag appeal, aroma and flavor. Stoney high. 17–23% THC.

Flowering Time 7–8 weeks
Strain Breeder Grand Daddy Purple
Pack Size 5/10 seeds
Yield Indoors: 300–450 g/m2
Outdoors: 400+ g/plant

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Purple Kush

Purple Kush is a potent, nearly 100% pure indica strain hybrid originating from the West Coast. ILGM’s Purple Kush feminized seed strain is easy to grow both indoors and outdoors. The plants grow into a bushy formation and adapt well to pruning and SCROG. Frosty, dense buds with a sweet pungent aroma. Narcotic, sedative effects. Up to 22% THC.

Flowering Time 8 weeks
Strain Breeder ILGM
Pack Size 5/10/20 seeds
Yield 5–9 oz per 3×3 ft

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Alaskan Purple

Alaskan Purple by Seedsman is a 3-way hybrid marijuana strain bred by crossing Purple Alaskan, Kush and a Brazilian sativa. A top performer in both yield and quality, Alaskan Purple is adaptable to a range of cultivation techniques both indoors and outdoors. The seeds grow into sturdy, croppable, mostly indica plants. Lovely purple colors come out at maturity. Its rock hard, resinous buds smell of sweet berries and flowers. Therapeutic body high with cerebral euphoria. 15–20% THC.

Flowering Time 63 days
Strain Breeder Seedsman
Pack Size 1/3/5/10/100 seeds
Yield Indoors: 550 g/m2
Outdoors: 1700 g/plant

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Purple Pineberry

Purple Pineberry by MSNL is a indica dominant hybrid that traces its mysterious origins back to Canada. Notoriously hardy, this vigorous strain is low maintenance, thrives in rough conditions and finishes quick, making it an excellent choice for cultivators of all skill levels and climates. The plants develop purple streaks in flowering, especially at colder temperatures. Its potent buds combine a heady high with a powerful body stone. Aromatic pine and berry qualities. Over 20% THC.

Flowering Time 6–10 weeks
Strain Breeder MSNL
Pack Size 10–500 seeds
Yield 450 g/m2

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Ayahuasca Purple

Ayahuasca Purple is a special purple strain created from Red River Delta genetics gifted to Barney’s Farm Seeds by a US Army veteran living in Alaska. The seeds germinated into extremely colorful ruby red and purple weed plants that were subsequently bred with Sensi Seeds’ Master Kush strain to make Ayahuasca Purple. This nearly 100% pure indica strain does best grown indoors or in warm climates. The plants stay around 40 to 60 inches tall and have a very fast flowering period of just 50 days. Dense, heavy purple weed tested at 21% THC. Powerful, psychedelic effects.

Flowering Time 50 days
Strain Breeder Barney’s Farm Seeds
Pack Size 1/3/5/10 seeds
Yield 650 g/m2

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Purple Haze

Purple Haze is perhaps the most well-known purple weed strain of all time, a legendary old school sativa strain that combines psychedelic effects with vivid deep purple colors. The Purple Haze feminized seeds sold by ILGM grow into tall, mostly sativa plants that do well indoors and in warm sunny climates. Easy to grow and easy to clone. Purple Haze is a quality producer of rock hard sticky buds with up to 20% THC. Rich fruity grape flavors. Creative, high energy smoke.

Flowering Time 9 weeks
Strain Breeder ILGM
Pack Size 5/10/20 seeds
Yield 14–19 oz per 3×3 ft

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Shaman

Shaman by Dutch Passion is a purple F1 mostly sativa hybrid made by breeding together Purple #1 and Early Skunk. Specifically bred for outdoor and greenhouse cultivation, this fast flowering purple strain is very resistant to mold and bud rot, making it ideal for growers in high humidity climates. The prized Shaman phenotypes produce sturdy sativa dominant plants bearing colorful purple colas that smell like ripe mangoes. Smooth citrus smoke that gives an uplifting high.

Flowering Time 7–8 Weeks
Strain Breeder Dutch Passion
Pack Size 1/3/5/10/100 seeds
Yield Above average

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Purple Bud

Purple Bud by Seedsman is the product of breeding together 3 famous West Coast purple strains—The Purps, Purple Akala and Purple Oregon Sativa. The resulting plants grow similar to Skunk #1 in structure and growth patterns, while maturing into a deep, almost black, purple color. Purple Bud is easy to grow indoor and outdoors, a good choice for cultivation in high latitude cold climates. Tasty purple buds that give a cerebral high. Up to 20% THC content.

Flowering Time 9 weeks; Early October
Strain Breeder Seedsman
Pack Size 10/100 seeds
Yield Moderate

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Purple Haze x Malawi

Purple Haze x Malawi by Ace Seeds is a long flowering pure sativa F1 hybrid strain bred from Purple Haze and Killer Malawi genetics. It produces tall, willowy plants capable of massive yields at the end of its 13 to 16 week bloom cycle. Recommended for outdoor cultivation in moderate climates, due the plants finishing late in the season. Purple Haze x Malawi buds exude rich, fermented aromas of exotic fruits, incense and citrus. Extremely strong sativa high with stimulating, energetic effects.

Flowering Time 91–105 days; November
Strain Breeder Ace Seeds
Pack Size 1/3/5/10 seeds
Yield High

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Pakistan Chitral Kush

Pakistan Chitral Kush is a pure indica purple strain known around the cannabis world as one of Pakistan’s best hash production plants. Bred in the Iberian Peninsula since the nineties, Pakistan Chitral Kush by Ace Seeds/Cannabiogen has been selectively inbred for maximum colors, tastes and scents. The seeds develop into two main phenotypes—one stays green while the other gets pink, red and purple colors. Both have an indica structure with wide leaves, branching growth and a fast flowering time. PCK shows surprising resilience against rain and fungal disease. The potent Kush buds produce a stoney, relaxing effect. Smells like fresh strawberries and blackberries.

Flowering Time 8–9 weeks; End of September
Strain Breeder Ace Seeds/Cannabiogen
Pack Size 1/3/5/10 seeds
Yield Medium

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Purple Paro Valley

Purple Paro Valley by Mandala Seeds is a mostly sativa hybrid based on landrace genetics originating from Paro valley in West Bhutan. In its natural climate this strain has adapted to the frequent droughts, monsoon rain and cold winters of the Himalayas. Two generations of hybridization has helped to increase yields and bud quality. The plants grow somewhat fragile in structure, while massive in height, with long branches that may need support as the buds gain weight. Responds well to LST and cropping. Purple Paro Valley is a trusted backup strain of guerrilla growers, good for cultivation in wet climates. Known as “candy girl” for its sugary candy aroma. About 75% of the phenotypes will display brilliant purple coloring. Hashy, narcotic buds tested up to 27.5% THC.

Flowering Time Mid/Late October
Strain Breeder Mandala Seeds
Pack Size 3/6 seeds
Yield High

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Purple #1

Purple #1 by Dutch Passion is a 50/50 indica/sativa hybrid created in Holland during the eighties. Bred from Purple Afghan with indica and sativa strains, Purple #1 is adapted to growing in the northern latitude outdoor Dutch climate. The plants reach about 5 to 8 feet tall. As soon as flowering starts the purple color appears, bleeding out from the leaves and bud tips. Hits fast with a speedy “up high”, although the effect is short lived.

Flowering Time 8 weeks; September–October
Strain Breeder Dutch Passion
Pack Size 1/3/5/10/100 seeds
Yield 250–350 g/plant

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Rare Darkness

Rare Darkness by Rare Dankness is a 70% indica strain created by crossing Grape Ape together with Rare Dankness #1. Rare Darkness seeds grow into beautiful dark purple bud plants short and stout in appearance. Its highly resinous “sugar coated” buds have a sweet, grape flavor and give strong relaxing effects.

Flowering Time 60–75 days
Strain Breeder Rare Dankness
Pack Size 12 seeds
Yield 200–300 g/m2

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Top Autoflowering Purple Strains

LSD-25 Auto

LSD-25 Auto by Fast Buds Seeds is a prized autoflowering cannabis strain that provides fast high yields of dark purple buds with an intense psychedelic potency. A very popular strain in the growing community, LSD-25 Auto is a heavy feeding, thirsty plant that reaches a height between 26 to 48 inches. It turns purple during flowering like the buds were splattered in black paint. Grade A bag appeal, high resin content and strong odors of paint and varnish. LSD-25 is a pungent smoke with a powerful, long lasting psychedelic creative buzz. 21–23% THC.

Grow Time 8–9 weeks from seed
Strain Breeder Fast Buds Seeds
Pack Size 1/3/5/10 seeds
Yield Indoors: 450–500 g/m2
Outdoors: 50–250 g/plant

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Red Poison Auto

Red Poison Auto by Sweet Seeds is an award-winning indica/sativa hybrid made by crossing Green Poison with a purple automatic strain obtained from Hindu Kush genetics. Red Poison Auto develops brilliant shades of red/purple buds liberally coated with crystals. These vigorous plants grow stout main stalks and beautiful large colas with long side branches, reaching up to a height of 24 to 48 inches tall. A fast producer of skunky sweet, couch lock purple weed. Strong aroma, flavor and stone.

Grow Time 8 weeks from seed
Strain Breeder Sweet Seeds
Pack Size 3/5/10/25/100 seeds
Yield Indoors: 400–550g/m2
Outdoors: 35–175g/plant

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C4-Matic Auto

C4-Matic Auto by Fast Buds Seeds is a strong, hardy producer of explosive pot, named for the 4 cannabis strains used to create it—Skunk, White Widow, Big Bud and a Canadian ruderalis strain. C4-Matic Auto is an excellent choice for commercial autoflowering growers that expect both yield and quality from their harvests. Resistant to mold, pests and diseases. Its lemony buds get violet, purple and magenta in color. Balanced head and body stone. 20% THC.

Grow Time 8 weeks from seed
Strain Breeder Fast Buds Seeds
Pack Size 1/3/5/10 seeds
Yield Indoors: 450–650 g/m2
Outdoors: 50–350 g/plant

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Black Cream Auto

Black Cream Auto is a mostly indica autoflowering hybrid of Sweet Seeds’ Cream Caramel strain with a purple auto variety that traces its lineage back to Pakistani Kush. The majority of the plants will turn a dark purple/black color in the buds, which becomes almost pure black once cured. Black Cream Auto grows like a squat indica, between 24 to 48 inches tall with many side branches that form dank, dense buds around its main cola. Sweet and fruity aroma, high resin production and nice mellow high.

Grow Time 8 weeks from seed
Strain Breeder Sweet Seeds
Pack Size 3/5/10 seeds
Yield Indoors: 350–550g/m2
Outdoors: 35–150g/plant

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Purple Auto

Purple Auto from Pyramid Seeds combines ruderalis autoflowering genetics with the well-known Purple strain. It is a short plant that stays under 3 feet tall and grows well in most all environments. Very productive yields of super frosty purple buds. The aroma is similar to black licorice with sweet flavors of grape juice and ripe berries. Chill, relaxing body high. 15% THC content.

Grow Time 56 days from seed
Strain Breeder Pyramid Seeds
Pack Size 1/3/5 seeds
Yield Indoors: 500–550 g/m2
Outdoors: 30–120 g/plant

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Devil Cream Auto

Devil Cream Auto by Sweet Seeds is an autoflowering crossbreed of Dark Devil Auto and Black Cream Auto that shows incredible hybrid vigor. Nearly 90% of the plants have the purple coloring. Devil Cream Auto grows equally well both indoors and outdoors, maxing out at 48 inches tall with a strong central stem and plenty of side branching. Its main central cola is big and dense, while the quality is also high in the smaller buds which get loaded with sugar crystals. Complex, sweet aroma with hints of lemon. A potent purple strain with an exciting effect.

Grow Time 8 weeks from seed
Strain Breeder Sweet Seeds
Pack Size 3/5/10 seeds
Yield Indoors: 350–600 g/m2
Outdoors: 40–175 g/plant

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Purple Bud Auto

Purple Bud Auto feminized cannabis seeds by White Label Seeds produce high-potency Afghan indica plants with a strong tendency to turn purple. Regardless of the temperature, Purple Bud Auto plants show a range of dark-blue, violet, lavender, and dark red colors all through their growing and flowering cycles. Bred between an Afghan/Jamaican strain and a Purple Kush/Hindu Kush hybrid with the addition of ruderalis. Its Afghan hash plant genetics show the biggest influence in Purple Bud’s stocky growth pattern, fast flowering and strong potency, with recessive sativa traits from a special Jamaican cultivar. Purple Bud grows between 90 and 140 cm tall with most of the harvest being on its upper branches. Good yields of highly resinous deep purple buds. Sweet aroma and musky, piney, sandalwood flavors. Uplifting cerebral effects.

Grow Time 50–65 days from seed
Strain Breeder White Label Seeds
Pack Size 3/5/10 seeds
Yield Medium

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Dark Devil Auto

Dark Devil Auto by Sweet Seeds is a stunning purple autoflowering marijuana strain created from Big Devil XL and an exotic autoflowering strain with purple buds. Its purple characteristic is inherited from a Hindu Kush variety, which also contributes faster flowering. Full of hybrid vigor, Dark Devil Auto grows to a height of 30 to 50 inches with strong central stems, big dominant colas and multiple side branches. Abundant resin production in both the leaves and flowers. The aroma is sweet and fruity/citrus with a hint of incense. Excellent bag appeal. 15–20% THC.

Grow Time 63 days from seed
Strain Breeder Sweet Seeds
Pack Size 3/5/10/25/100 seeds
Yield Indoors: 400–600 g/m2
Outdoors: 50–200 g/plant

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Blackberry Kush Auto

Black Haze Auto from Dutch Passion is the result of crossbreeding original Blueberry together with a very dark and resinous Hindu Kush plant. This indica dominant purple weed strain grows well indoors, outdoors and in a greenhouses. It gets to be around 75 to 100 inches tall, sporting a big main cola with smaller side-branches. Most plants will show nearly black shades of purple. Generous harvest weight of fruity, sticky buds dripping in resin. Powerfully physical body stone.

Grow Time 10 weeks from seed
Strain Breeder Dutch Passion
Pack Size 1/3/7/100 seeds
Yield High

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