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.
Granddaddy Purple, or GDP, is an indica-dominant hybrid that is as classic and top-shelf as Marty Mcfly’s shoes. A cross between Big Bud and Purple Urkle, two staple indica strains, GDP’s phenotypes have a robust, indisputable grape tint, which are also highlighted in sister strains Grape Ape and Granddaddy Grape Ape.
Like most indicas, this strain is used by consumers for insomnia, loss of appetite, pain and anxiety. GDP is ideal for consumers seeking an extensive, relaxing high that will provide relief for most physical ailments. Resonant in body and mind, GDP invokes a generous fusion of euphoria and tranquility, allowing for total relaxation.
This strain is a beautiful pairing of deep purple brindled in light green, and with the contrast of fuzzy orange trichomes and snow white crystal resin, you might want to eat this nocturnal delight. There is something about purple nugs that designates deliciousness. The sweet scent has a great berry, mostly grape, aroma. Even though it’s not immensely pungent, GDP is zesty and earthy and has a dignified presence. When breaking up bud, I appreciate when resin doesn’t stick like rubber cement and lint. GDP is light and leaves a lingering, dusty essence that will continue to seduce you throughout the day. Think Salma Hayek from From Dusk till Dawn.
For best taste, I recommend consuming this while it’s fresh. As it drys, the purple and all its lustiness fades away. As a mostly active smoker I prefer to consume this type of indica in particular moments, as it is damn good at it’s job.
Granddaddy Purple is consistent in both taste and effect. After a 17 mile hike this weekend, it was the perfect way to recover physically and mentally. I went for my go-to trusty glass pipe, appropriately named Napoleon, small but mighty. The taste is pungent and, if you’re synesthetically inclined, purple. The terpene profiles of radiant berry infuse the first hit, which is a bit harsh but well worth the burn. The exhale is much smoother and deflects the cough, thereby illuminating the piney grape aroma in both your mouth and air.
GDP’s immediate effects are fully realized after 15 minutes, granting you the ability to unwind and to dismiss the clutter of anxieties. This strain is a true freedom fighter, unfettering the mind from the daily grind. Being heady isn’t always easy, but this strain takes it in stride, providing a euphoric and imaginative high that quickly manifests in quintessential “high-thoughts” like, What if bubbles didn’t pop, but teleported? And, Is “Mac” an acronym for Macaroni And cheese?
For a solitary smoker, GDP will likely contribute a variety of expansive experiences for inner cerebral growth. In company, this is the perfect strain to indulge boundless communal wandering and will host mind-bending conversations. The body is no-man-left-behind for this smooth journeying strain. The feels are all the feels floaty and calm, and while it might keep some couch-ridden or simply stagnant, others such as myself may feel a sense of invigorating serenity. As a precautionary note, GDP munchies are no joke, as this strain has been known the clean out pantries faster than Marty zapping back to the future.
This strain’s high made me calm but perceptive, content but not sedated. Granddaddy Purple is one of my favorite classic strains because it creates a standard relaxed and mellow feel that I would recommend to anyone from those cannabis-curious to full on connoisseurs.
Recommended activities: soaking in a warm bath or taking a nighttime stroll.
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