The veritable cornucopia of cannabis strain names that exist in today’s legal market often convolutes a strain’s genealogy. Purple Afghani is one such strain. Upon first glance, one may reasonably believe that Purple Afghani is Afghani crossed with some Purple strain, like Purple Kush or Grand Daddy Purple. There is, however, a lesser-known strain called Purple Afghani that is actually an Afghani landrace.
Afghanistan is part of a Central Asian region that is the origin of Afghani, a cannabis strain widely considered to be one of, if not the, oldest strains in existence. Different areas of Afghanistan have fostered Afghani strain variants, so there is not one single cannabis landrace known as Afghani; but all true Afghani landraces are pure indicas.
According to Michael Backes’ Cannabis Pharmacy: The Practical Guide to Medical Marijuana, of the three Afghani landraces, Afghani #2 has a purple variant. Backes describes the flower from the Afghani landrace as smelling of spice, skunk, and coffee and having a harsh, hashy smoke that is floral, spicy, and tart. People who smoke or vaporize Afghani can expect effects common to indica strains, such as a strong body high, relaxation, and even lethargy.
I recently had the pleasure of enjoying flower from a Purple Afghani landrace. The Purple Afghani I had did smell of spice, skunk, and (subtly) coffee, but I also detected licorice, berries, and earthy tones, which made me question whether it truly was a pure landrace. I found the strain to indeed be a very harsh smoke, even as an experienced user, and the flower’s flavor most closely resembled acidic coffee and spice. Although I found the flavor unpleasant, the effect was quite the opposite. I felt pleasant physical sensations all over my head and body and extremely relaxed; and I noticed my back pain had subsided as well. Not surprisingly, I became drowsy about forty-five minutes after I smoked the Purple Afghani.
I would recommend Purple Afghani to anyone interested in a pure indica, suffering from a sleep disorder like insomnia, or seeking pain relief. So long as you can handle the harsh smoke, Purple Afghani delivers everything expected of an indica.