Purple Urkle is a cannabis strain full of contradictions. Being one of the most famous Indica strains around, its origins are still fogged by a mystery. Not to mention that some varieties of this unique breed are a far cry from what the “Purple” name would suggest. Still, it looks like more people are interested in the effects of this mysterious indica rather than its history.
But before we elaborate on its palette of recreational and medical benefits, let’s shed some light on Purple Urkle’s genetics first.
PURPLE URKLE’S ORIGINS
As with many cannabis hybrids out there, the exact genetics of Purple Urkle are loudly debated by weed aficionados.
What we DO know about Purple Urkle’s lineage is that it originated in the Emerald Triangle region of California, whose breeders have a reputation of being tight-lipped about their strain hybrids and genetics.
Purple Urkle first appeared in the late 1980s, originally bred at the Cannabis Buyers’ Club of West Hollywood, according to Michael Backes’ “Cannabis Pharmacy.” Since the precise genetics of Purple Urkle are known only within a small network of cultivators, some strain hunters suggest that it is a phenotype of Granddaddy Purple.
On the other hand, when you look at numerous publications on this Indica, you will notice plenty of people referring to the Mendocino Purps strain as the main parent, one that brought the “purple craze” to California.
Now, let’s take a peek at some of the strain’s most distinct features.
When it comes to THC percentage, Purple Urkle falls into the “moderately potent” category, with Tetrahydrocannabinol levels between 18% – 21%. However, this evenly balanced hybrid is not just another average indica strain, and contrary to the above numbers, it can hit pretty hard.
That’s because of the THC/CBD ratio. While Purple Urkle’s THC levels are in their twenties, CBD enthusiasts have nothing to look for in its buds; the strain contains only 0.36% of Cannabidiol. Since CBD counters the psychoactive effects of THC, the latter faces little if any roadblocks to exhibit its potency.
With that in mind, we recommend Purple Urkle to experienced users, as marijuana beginners may get overwhelmed by the powerful body high the strain produces.
TERPENES: EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PURPLE URKLE’S AROMA & FLAVOR
Purple Urkle is one of the most delightful Purple strains, carrying a skunky and sweet dark fruit fragrance, underlined by notes of nag champa incense. If like us, you’re a flavor chaser, the mysterious hybrid will make you want to poke your head into a glass jar filled with its thick pungent buds covered by a mix of purple and orange hairs.
The prominence of the fruity aroma is accompanied by the same berry sweetness that dominates Purple Urkle’s terpene profile. While the first few hits may give rise to a sudden demand for a glass of cold water, the entire experience is generally smooth and enjoyable.
Once the berry taste takes a backseat to other flavors, you should notice a delicate hint of grapes that balances the aforementioned sweetness. If you have friends who abstain from cannabis because they tried some pungent diesel buds before, the Purple Urkle strain will make them reconsider their attitude.