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Purple Kush

Purple Kush is a classic pure indica cannabis strain reminiscent of the Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan. Due to its powerful and relaxing effects on the body, combined with its earthy aroma and bright purple color, Purple Kush has become increasingly popular over the years.

It’s a cross between the Hindu Kush and the Afghani Purple strains and is described as a descendant of the original Kush landrace strain. It is a “pure indica,” as it is 100% indica with no sativa influence.

It’s thought that Purple Kush was created in the 1960s or 1970s. Initially, it was bred in Oakland, California. However, Purple Kush has genetic connections to the Hindu Kush mountains between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The popularity of the Purple Kush strain earned it a place in High Times magazine’s Top 10 marijuana strains in 2016.

Purple Kush cannabis has a subtle, earthy, and spicy aroma. It has strong yet sweet flavors, which may remind you of berries and grapes.

It produces average-sized flowers containing tightly packed buds. In addition, Purple Kush has sticky resin, a common characteristic of other Afghan cannabis strains.

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Strain types

  • 100%Indica
  • 0%Sativa


  • Earthy
  • Spice


  • Fruity
  • Sweet
  • Grape
  • Berry


Many types of terpenes are present in very small amounts in Purple Kush.
Five dominant terpenes found in Purple Kush include beta-caryophyllene, linalool, myrcene, pinene, and humulene

  • Humulene

  • Pinene

  • Linalool

  • Myrcene

  • Beta-Caryophyllene



Purple Kushs has been reported to have the following effects:

  • Sleepy
  • Happy
  • Relaxing
  • Euphoria
  • Giggly
  • Hunger

The following adverse effects have also been reported:

  • Dry Eyes
  • Dry Mouth
  • Thirst
  • Brain Fog

Purple Kush is perfect for nighttime use as it provides users with a long-lasting sedative experience. Keep in mind that Purple Kush has potent effects, so it may not be the best strain of choice for beginners.

Medical Applications

Purple Kush may help with several physical conditions when taken at a high dose, and with several mental health and psychological conditions when taken at a low dose.
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THC can stimulate the release of the sleep neurotransmitter, adenosine.

Organ Systems

  • Mental / Emotional
  • Brain & Nervous System
Headache & Migraine

The myrcene and beta-caryophyllene in Purple Kush may be ideal for headache and migraine sufferers. Other terpenes in Purple Kush, like pinene, also help relieve stress and tension.

Organ Systems

  • Brain & Nervous System
Muscle Spasms

A combination of THC and CBD can help reduce the frequency and intensity of muscle spasms and any related neuropathic pain.

Organ Systems

  • Brain & Nervous System
  • Muscular
Anxiety, Panic Disorders

Cannabis contains many anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) compounds that can beat stress and reduce the production of the stress hormone cortisol.

Organ Systems

  • Brain & Nervous System



Purple Kush can be grown indoors or outdoors. However, it may be easier to grow Purple Kush indoors so that you can control the environment to ensure optimal growing conditions.
If you grow Purple Kush outdoors, ensure the area has lots of sunlight. Since Purple Kush grows relatively low to the ground, it can be more challenging for the sun to reach the low-lying leaves.
Purple Kush grows best in soil, but a hydroponics system can also be used as long as the humidity is kept to a minimum.
Purple Kush is resistant to mold and some pests, making it easier to grow.
Purple Kush generally produces around 14 ounces of bud per square meter. However, it only has about 8 ounces of bud per square meter if grown outdoors.

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Since Purple Kush is a pure indica strain, it doesn’t grow as tall as other strains, and you can expect it to grow to three feet (91.4 cm). Rather than growing tall, Purple Kush grows bushy and wide.

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Humidity and Temperature

The environment should be dry to grow Purple Kush because rain and humidity can cause the buds to rot.
Purple Kush grows well in cool to moderate temperatures as a cold climate is perfect for allowing the bright purple color to develop. A temperature between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit (18 and 24 degrees Celsius) is thought to be optimal.

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Purple Kush flowers relatively quickly, usually at around eight weeks.
If it’s grown outdoors, Purple Kush is usually ready to be harvested in mid- to late-September in the Northern Hemisphere.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Purple Kush good for?

Purple Kush is a great cannabis strain to choose when you want to relax, unwind or sleep. Both medical marijuana and recreational users benefit from this effect when using Purple Kush. This is due to its pain-relieving and soothing properties, which can help with several physical and mental health conditions or mood disorders.

Is Purple Kush an indica or a sativa?

Purple Kush is a pure 100% indica marijuana strain, and it’s a cross between the Hindu Kush and Afghani Purple strains, both of which are also Cannabis indica.

How does Purple Kush make you feel?

Purple Kush makes you feel both relaxed and euphoric. Indica strains, including Purple Kush, are well-known for their ability to provide users with a long-lasting “body high.” The enjoyable experience will likely begin almost immediately when the sweet flavors of Purple Kush entice your taste buds.

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