About Purple Kush
Also known as “Purple Hindu Kush”, Purple Kush is a pure indica that sets itself apart from other indica hybrids with its eye-catching colours and pleasant taste. Purple Kush is a cross between two South-Central Asian indica landraces: Hindu Kush, from the mountainous Pakistan-Afghanistan border, and a purple-tinged variety of Afghani. This strain has medium-sized, popcorn-like flowers when cured, with a very dense, heavy bud structure. Depending on the phenotype, leaves can be equal parts green and purple. The tendency towards purple, selectively bred from the Purple Afghani parent strain, comes about when the plant’s anthocyanins – pigments similar to chlorophyll – are activated in cold growing conditions.
This process is similar to the breakdown of chlorophyll and the stimulation of red and yellow pigments that causes foliage to change colors in autumn. Purple Kush’s bag appeal isn’t only limited to visuals — the buds also have a standout taste. The initial impression is similar to the odor of Afghani strains, with an earthy, almost sandalwood musk. Closer inspection brings out sweet and fruity notes of grape. Combusted, the flowers emit a fruity and hash-like odor, causing sinus irritation and heavy coughing. Purple Kush’s exhale offers a sugary grape taste reminiscent of sweet dessert wine or purple cough syrup.
Unlike disorienting head highs in some hybrids, Purple Kush gently guides you into immediate physical relaxation. Although there may be some mental effects, they have more of a psychedelic, distorted nature than a cerebral one. Smokers may appreciate the calming effects of music or of tactile surroundings. Rather than stimulate hyperactive thoughts and sharp focus, however, this strain is more likely to bring about a state of dopey contentment. The perma-smile and heavy body stone that come with Purple Kush definitely call for night time enjoyment of this indica knockout.
Purple Kush can also be effective as a medication. Its powerful sedative effects can blunt some symptoms of anxiety and depression. It can also be surprisingly effective in relieving pain – both situational, like the aches that set in after a workout. In large enough doses, Purple Kush is also a great way to treat entrenched insomnia. The strain’s high is said to have an average duration of 2 to 3 hours.