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Grape Ape

The Grape Ape strain is an indica-dominant hybrid strain from Apothecary Genetics that’s popular with users who enjoy a fruity aroma. As the name suggests, the Grape Ape strain exhibits dominant grape flavors, and other notes include candy and strawberry flavors.

It crosses three popular strains: Mendocino Purps, Skunk, and Original Afghani. Its THC levels test at around 20%, while its CBD content is practically nonexistent (0-1%). The relatively high THC levels give users an enjoyable mind and body high, making it a popular strain for recreational use.

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Strain types

  • 90%Indica
  • 10%Sativa


  • Fruity
  • Grape


  • Grape


Terpenes are an abundant chemical compound found across all plant species, and specific properties of these compounds contribute to the plant’s aroma, flavor, or pigmentation. All cannabis plants contain several terpenes, and some varieties have different compositions.

  • Myrcene

  • Beta-Caryophyllene



Grape Apes has been reported to have the following effects:

  • Relaxing
  • Sedating
  • Sleepiness

The following adverse effects have also been reported:

  • Dry Eyes
  • Dry Mouth
  • Couch Lock

While this strain produces an enjoyable high for many users, inexperienced or light users should approach this strain with caution due to its relatively high THC levels. Its intense high comes on slowly and can potentially disorient new users. However, its powerful effect may attract some users, making it a West Coast favorite.

These effects may be due to the strain’s indica nature. Like many other indicas, this strain can have sedative effects. Many experience a highly relaxing body high that can leave some “couch-locked,” making it less ideal for use during the day. However, this can be a relaxing experience for many and effective for winding down at the end of the day.

Due to its high THC levels and trace CBD content, it is a strain more popular for recreational users than medical users. However, it has been reported to help some users with insomnia due to the relaxing body experience.

Medical Applications

Due to its high THC levels and trace CBD content, it is a strain more popular for recreational users than medical users. However, it has been reported to help some users with some physical and mental health conditions.
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Due to its relaxing effects, it is a popular “nighttime” strain and can be used to help people switch off after a long, stressful day. Many medical patients have claimed that it is a valuable strain to help them sleep.

Organ Systems

  • Mental / Emotional
  • Brain & Nervous System
Chronic Pain, Muscle Pain and Other Types of Pain

One of the terpenes, beta-caryophyllene, is shown to be protective against many neurological conditions, including pain, anxiety, and depression. Therefore, this strain may be useful for users who suffer from these conditions and may provide some relief.

The other terpene, myrcene, has also been found to be a potential treatment for pain and may be useful in users who experience chronic pain. This and the reported sleep-inducing effects may make this a valuable strain for managing chronic pain and its associated symptoms.

Organ Systems

  • Skeletal
  • Brain & Nervous System
  • Muscular



This strain can be a challenging strain for novice growers to work with. However, for beginners or experienced growers, it can be successfully grown both inside and outside. The Grape Ape strain produces a small bushy plant with a beautiful purple color.

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Being of indica nature, it does not grow extremely tall, making it an ideal indoor plant, and the Grape Ape strain rarely exceeds 4 feet in height. However, it grows pretty dense and requires trimming to avoid bud rot, which many find challenging.

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Humidity and Temperature

Bud rot is a mold that targets various cannabis plants and can kill them. The risk of bud rot developing is increased if the plant is kept in highly humid conditions with poor ventilation. The plant is, therefore, best kept at lower humidity levels, ideally around 50% when it is growing and at even lower humidity (30%-40%) when flowering.
Adequate ventilation is essential to help achieve this, especially if the plant is grown indoors. Trimming the plant can be a useful way to increase circulation to the inner part of the plant, mainly because indica strains, like this one, tend to be highly dense.

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The Grape Ape strain’s harvest time is sometime between October and September, depending on the conditions it’s grown in. Its flowering time is between seven to eight weeks. During this time, growers can enjoy a relatively high yield of 28 ounces per plant.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Grape Ape good for?

The Grape Ape strain is helpful for those looking to wind down after a long, stressful day. Its relaxing effects can help many get to sleep at the end of the day but may not be the strain of choice during the day. Other popular uses include pain reduction, stress, and anxiety, which may be due to the effects of terpenes.

Is Grape Ape an indica or a sativa?

The Grape Ape strain is predominantly indica, created from three strains of predominantly indica cannabis plants. However, small remnants of sativa nature remain.

How does Grape Ape make you feel?

The Grape Ape strain relaxes you and may leave you “couch locked.” It makes many users sleepy, making it a popular end-of-day strain. Its high levels of THC make it a predominantly recreational strain rather than a medicinal one, and the high may be overwhelming for occasional users.

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