Any patient scanning a few dispensary menus will have a hard time finding one that doesn’t include a couple of “purple” strains. While multiple explanations exist for the popularity of purple genetics and many strains are commonly cultivated in this category, there’s no question that Granddaddy Purple remains the most revered among medical patients.
Originally created by breeder Ken Estes, Grandaddy Purple (GDP) combines Big Bud and Purple Urkle genetics to produce a colorful indica flower that quickly came to define a unique category of medical cannabis. Its name references the tendency of some strains to develop vivid pigmentation, which in the case of GDP often results in purple hues that blend beautifully with its green leaves and bright orange hairs. Not every example of the strain fully exhibits this characteristic, but patients who prefer GPD tend to be more motivated by a different attribute: its decidedly indica-driven effects.
While some patients may be drawn to its unusual appearance, the real story behind the popularity of Granddaddy Purple stems from its legendary reputation for promoting physical relaxation and symptom relief. The commonly-used term “purple indica” references this category of especially sedative strains, made popular in large part by GDP itself. Patients may initially be intrigued by its pleasant sweet grape aroma, which is often followed by intensely restful effects. For this reason, Granddaddy Purple is prized by patients treating insomnia and severe pain, as well as anxiety and depression. Due to its heavily indica-dominant reputation, GDP is primarily recommended for evening use or to treat severe symptoms during the day.
We’re excited to offer this classic strain as our PSC Gram of the Month and, as always, our staff is happy to answer any questions you have to ensure that we provide you with the best products for your needs.