Strain Review: Purple Haze

By Alan Ray
Published: December 19, 2017 | Last updated: April 7, 2021 11:17:20
Key Takeaways

Though he wasn’t singing about this strain, we’re pretty sure Jimi wouldn’t have minded the popular connection between his song and the beautiful, powerful Purple Haze.

Purple Haze: What’s in a Name?

Purple Haze was in my brain / Lately things don’t seem the same / Actin’ funny but I don’t know why / ’Scuse me while I touch the sky

Naturally, those lyrics are from the 1967 rock classic “Purple Haze” by Jimi Hendrix. Contrary to popular belief, the song wasn’t named for the marijuana plant bearing its namesake. In fact, the reverse may well hold true. The Purple Haze plant has its roots in the early ’70s, sometime after Jimi’s song and sad demise.


Purple Haze's Origins and Myths

It is widely accepted that Purple Haze was the result of cross-breeding a Purple Thai with a Colombian Haze plant, though its true genetics are lost to the ages.

Borne from the passion of dedicated Dutch growers and horticultural visionaries, it has continued to grow in popularity, winning over new and devoted fans with every purple puff.

However, since that original pairing, a string of “piff,” or purple strains of Haze, have come into existence.

As such, some breeders consider Purple Haze somewhat of a myth and not a true strain. This is because numerous marijuana plants will cast a purple hue when grown at lower temperatures. They argue there are so many purple plant variables out there that designating Purple Haze a distinct strain isn’t realistic.

Nevertheless, if it can be seen, smelled, and smoked, that’s real enough for most consumers.


Effects of Purple Haze

Purple Haze is a lovely sativa-dominant hybrid that produces a persuasive and long-lasting stone.

In the field of medical marijuana, Purple Haze is a top seller for a scorecard of reasons beginning with the plant’s aesthetics.

This purple powerhouse dazzles us with its eye-popping, rich lavender hues that begin releasing feel-good endorphins through visual stimulation before ever lighting up.

Once lit, this beauty possesses every element of taste, flavor, and pure euphoria smokers of any level will appreciate. It is highly desired for its upbeat, almost trippy high, as well as its sedative and pain-relieving properties.

It produces a mild body high that doesn’t mummify you. It is excellent for reducing stress, and can reduce anxiety and depression. It can also help stimulate the appetite in patients not feeling well enough to eat, and it can be a godsend for those enduring chemotherapy as it can reduce nausea.

Growing Purple Haze

In the garden, Purple Haze is an admirable producer and perfect for the novice or experienced grower. This plant grows well indoors and out, with a yield of approximately 350 grams or more per square meter, depending on conditions and genetics.

This mythic marijuana is no fairy tale, so if you are looking for a beauty and a beast all rolled into one, look no further than Purple Haze.


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Written by Alan Ray

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Alan Ray has written five books and is a New York Times best-selling author. Additionally, he is an award-winning songwriter with awards from BMI and ASCAP respectively. He lives in rural Tennessee with his wife, teenage son, and two dogs: a South African Boerboel (Bore-Bull) and a Pomeranian/Frankenstein mix.

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