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Purple Urkle

A strain of disputed parentage, Purple Urkle is an indica-dominant hybrid composed of 80% Cannabis indica and 20% Cannabis sativa. It has THC levels of around 20% but has been measured as high as 26%. This strain has relaxing, sedative effects, putting many people to sleep. Purple Urkle could therefore help manage chronic pain and insomnia.

The origins of Purple Urkle — sometimes called Purple Urple — are a mystery. It is thought that this strain is a phenotype of either Mendocino Purps or Granddaddy Purple that emerged from the Emerald Triangle in Northern California in the ‘80s. Either way, Purple Urkle has many similarities to other cultivars in the Purple Family, including an indica-dominant genotype, relaxing effects, fruity grape flavors, and velvety undertones.

Purple Urkle is named after Steve Urkle, the main character of the television show “Family Matters.” Jaleel White, the actor who plays the legendary Steve Urkle on the show, announced in 2021 that he was joining the cannabis industry. In partnership with 710 Labs, Jaleel is launching a line of Purple Urkle variants called “ItsPurpl.”

Purple Urkle weed is popular among cannabis users for its sweet, fruity taste. This strain has strong grape notes — often described as tasting like grape soda — with some earthy undertones. Some people also pick up notes of berries and plums. The grape theme is continued in Purple Urkle’s appearance. The calyxes of the flowers are a velvety purple color.

Purple Urkle produces an indica-dominant full-body high that relaxes you from head to toe. This calming blend is used to calm the mind, help you sleep, relieve aches and pains, or just sit back and relax when you want to. Because of this, Purple Urkle is a nighttime strain.

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Strain types

  • 80%Indica
  • 20%Sativa


  • Fruit
  • Grape
  • Skunk
  • Tropical
  • Fruity Pebbles


  • Fruity
  • Grape


  • Humulene

  • Pinene

  • Linalool

  • Myrcene

  • Beta-Caryophyllene



Purple Urkles has been reported to have the following effects:

  • Sleepy
  • Relaxing
  • Euphoria
  • Calm

The following adverse effects have also been reported:

  • Dry Eyes
  • Paranoia
  • Dizziness
  • Dry Mouth
  • Hunger

Purple Urkle is known for its sedating effects, so it’s best used when you’re ready to relax or sleep. It has also been known to be a ‘two-hitter-quitter’ strain, meaning two hits are generally enough to get the full effects.

Medical Applications

People may find that Purple Urkle potentially helps with a variety of physical and mental health conditions.
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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

THC can stimulate the release of the sleep neurotransmitter, adenosine.

Organ Systems

  • Mental / Emotional
  • Brain & Nervous System
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
Loss of Appetite

THC can stimulate the production of the hunger hormone ghrelin.

Organ Systems

  • Endocrine
  • Other



Purple Urkle plants can be tricky to grow, especially from seeds. Experts agree that you will need some growing experience to be able to tackle this strain and that it’s much easier to grow it from a clone or cutting. Purple Urkle also requires attention to its nutrient supply and is susceptible to mold and disease, adding further complexity.

This strain can be grown indoors and outdoors, though it’s unique in that indoor plants yield more than those grown outdoors. Successful indoor plants can yield around 18 ounces per 10 square feet, whereas outdoor plants won’t yield more than 9 ounces per plant. This, combined with shorter flowering periods, makes indoor growing more economical. Experienced growers may consider using a hydroponic setup or the “Sea of Green” (SoG) method to increase yield further.

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Expect this plant to stay short and bushy, like a typical indica plant. It will reach between 40 to 55 inches tall.

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Humidity and Temperature

Outdoor plants will need a hot, sunny climate like the Emerald Triangle in Northern California, with temperatures between 72 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. For indoor growing, you will need to control the temperature and humidity, and seedlings and clones will need high humidity of around 75%-80%.
This drops gradually when the plant enters the vegetative state and should be below 50% by the flowering stage. If you choose to grow your Purple Urkle indoors, you will have to ensure that you have good airflow to avoid mold and disease — a good indication that the conditions are not right is if the plants start to smell unpleasant.

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Expect indoor plants to flower in eight to nine weeks. Expect outdoor plants to be ready for harvest by mid-October.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Purple Urkle good for?

The sweet grape flavor of Purple Urkle makes it an excellent option for cannabis users that prefer sweet flavor profiles. The indica-dominant full-body high that Purple Urkle provides is ideal for calming the mind to manage stress and anxious thoughts. The state of sedation and numbness that comes with this high is good for helping you drift off into a peaceful sleep and for numbing any aches or pains in the body. This effect on the body also makes Purple Urkle a potential option for reducing muscle spasms in some users.

Purple Urkle is also suitable for increasing your appetite if you struggle to gain weight or struggle with reduced appetite resulting from nausea or the side effects of medications and treatments.

Is Purple Urkle an indica or a sativa?

The Purple Urkle marijuana strain is an 80% indica and 20% sativa hybrid. The genotype is predominantly indica, which is referred to as an indica-dominant strain. Most indica strains have relaxing effects.

How does Purple Urkle make you feel?

The indica effects of Purple Urkle cannabis will make your body and mind feel heavy and sleepy, which is why people use it for sleep. If you stay awake, this strain will put you in a slow-moving, relaxed state. You may also feel tingling and numbness spread throughout your body — a sensation many people seek to help dull the pain in their bodies. Purple Urkle will also make you hungry, so be prepared with snacks nearby.

You may experience some adverse effects, including paranoia, dizziness, dry eyes, and a dry mouth.

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