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5 purple cannabis strains that won’t make you sleepy

Everyone loves purple cannabis strains. They’re beautiful, they smell and taste great, and their effects can be pretty potent, depending on the strain. Since the rise and popularity of Granddaddy Purple, purple strains are thought of as being grapey and heavily sedative. But the truth is, you can’t just look at purple flowers and assume they’re going to taste like fruit or put you to sleep.

The color of cannabis has nothing to do with its effects. It’s all about anthocyanins—color pigments found in plants—and there are plenty of purple cannabis strains out there that have the exact opposite effects of Granddaddy Purp.

So here are a few purple weed strains that may provide uplifting, energizing, and stimulating effects. As with all strains, highs vary by consumer; these are based on the most popular data over the years.

Candyland

Candyland is truly one of the most perplexing cannabis strains out there—you truly never know what you’re going to get with it. It’s a cross of GDP and Bay Platinum Cookies, which is pretty much Platinum GSC, and from those genetics come a wide variety of phenotypes, and an even wider variety of effects.

Sometimes you’ll get some Candyland that hits you with a potent relaxation, but most times this strain comes with an aggressive head rush of energy. That may sound intimidating for people who assume they can’t handle sativas, but Candyland is great for anyone who likes to smoke a daytime strain in the morning and want something heavier than some Hazes out there.

Tropicana Cookies

Tropicana Cookies has to be here when we talk purple strains that won’t make you sleepy. It’s a new age cross of GSC and Tangie known by many other monikers like Tropicali and Tropicanna. Its buds are some of the most beautiful you’ll see with a deep-as-the-abyss shade of purple that you simply don’t see too often with sativas.

Its smell and flavor will absolutely blow you away—light a joint of this and get ready for a tropical mix of sweet oranges followed by a refreshing high that makes you want to get up and go. To where? Anywhere, for anything, at any time.

I’ve faced joint after joint of Tropicana Cookies and still had enough mental energy to push through hours of the Joe Budden Podcast. I even smoked a joint of it while walking home from a warehouse party at 5am. If that doesn’t scream the opposite of heavily sedative, then nothing does.

Purple Haze

Purple Haze is most famously a Jimi Hendrix song from 1967. And right after that, it’s most famously a classic weed strain from around the same time. Which came first: chicken or the egg? Not sure, but what is known is that this classic sativa produces flowers that are straight-up flushed with a deep purple color.

Flavor-wise, the strain is a cross of Purple Thai and Haze, so the smoke comes through with a sweet earthy taste. The high usually differs from the presumed sleepiness, and instead delivers a potent euphoria that puts people in a dreamy daze. Grab this one for a boost in creativity.

Sherbert

If you haven’t noticed, many GSC crosses come out on the uplifting side of effects. Sherbert is another one of them. This famous cross of Cookies and Pink Panties comes stacked with deep purple colors and frosty white trichomes.

The high is usually very mellow and manageable, which is why you find this one on so many Best Strains for Beginners lists. I mean, smoke enough of it and you may be counting sheep, but most people champion the strain—also called Sunset Sherbert—for providing a comfortable cerebral boost that many people go to as a smoke-through-the-day type of bud.

Purple Skunk

Out of all the strains on this list, you’ll find the least information about Purple Skunk . It’s one of those classic strains that lives purely on legend and small anecdotal reports. As legend will tell you, Purple Skunk is a cross of some old school purple strain and Skunk #1 (obviously) that’ll make you feel uplifted and happy.

Back in the ‘70s when growers were starting to cross indicas and sativas, which led to the hybrid world we now live in, Skunk was one of the go-to sativas, and Skunk’s attributes tend to be pretty dominant in its kids—Leafly reviewers report similar happy, relaxed, and euphoric effects from Purple Skunk.

Looks can be deceiving—the color of cannabis has nothing to do with its effects. Check out these beautiful purple strains that will give you a boost.

Purple indica strains

Purple kush is my first strain when I began smoke ,defenetly one of the best Taste of grape aroma really smooth to smoke and one think I’ll will like to share I meet a girl in a party one day and we had some a joint she was really high she forget my name doesn’t matter cause I have her in my bed later on and is the best strain for sex I never had a sex with a stranger like this before

I’m a California native, so for a very long time, this strain was most readily available, and maybe even still now (I’m no longer in Cali.); in the streets and in the dispensaries. I came across Purple Kush while with one of my brothas; he loves the stuff, and it couch-lock, zonk, knocked my socks off! Way too heavy for me. I believe I was traumatized; since then, Indicas have truly been a no-go for me. I simply do not benefit from anything that leaves me that stuck, literally. I only gave it three stars because of just how powerful it is!

This was the first “Purple” cannabis I ever purchased. Ironically I had read it was not always very purple in color and indeed I almost saw none at all. Not a big deal, the whole “purple” thing seems like a lame gimmick anyways, but I had heard good things about this strain so I gave it a try. The buds were leafy AF, unfortunately I don’t remember which cultivator it was. But since there’s ONLY 3 in the freaking state (RIDICULOUS!!) so you can probably guess if you are here in Arkansas. The taste was pretty good, especially if you like the flavor of sweet red wine. The potency was just over 21% which was good enough, but I couldn’t get over all the dang leaf. I’m sure if I had tried this legend in Denver or Amsterdam it would have been a hell of a lot better.

This is some of the STRONGEST SHIT I EVERED SMOKED. On a 1 to 10 , this shit is a 11.

I just purchased the Select Elite vape cartridge. It has 87.9% THC. So I’ve suffered from insomnia for several years. To the extent where I’ve used benzodiazepines to help get to sleep. After taking the prescription for almost two months I ran out. I got this maybe 4 days after not having my sleep medicine. I did smoke other strains along with my meds though. So I’m thinking this isn’t gonna make much difference. I took one puff off the vape pen coughed a little then quite literally passed out on the couch. Got up and slept through the night in bed. I felt slightly groggy getting up this morning but overall it was extremely pleasant. The pain I have daily in my foot with bone spurs started to dissipate. I will vote my favorite strain thus far.

As a 27 year smoker i have to say this one of the best indicas that i’ve tried next to afghani.does everything that good indica does,perfect before bedtime or at the end of a stressful day at work

Most psychedelic strain I’ve ever used. It’s actually pretty stimulating to me, doesn’t knock me out at all. Good stuff.

Haven’t had it for 20 years but how could I ever forget smoking this wonderful, amazing, superlative weed. I can say completely without reservation that this is my favorite strain EVER!! If you don’t see the color of medium to deep purple all over the buds, it’s not Purple Kush. Even tightly wrapped up in bags, the PK will fill the room with its distinctive, delectable aroma within seconds. The high is the mellowest I’ve ever experienced bar none. Purple Kush will never make you paranoid– just really chill, mellow and sleepy. Wish I could get some right now but no luck there, dammit! I still remember an experience 20 years ago, in Portland, Oregon– I walked into a Reed College dorm room with a quarter pound of Purple Kush in my backpack. Within 30 seconds of my entrance, one of the young ladies living in that quad exclaimed out loud: “I smell Purple Kush!”– yes, she knew right then and there exactly what strain i was carrying that night. Before I left that room that night, that Purple Kush just vanished! If you like mellow, chill weed, this is the BEST!!

Purple Kush is a 100% pure indica strain created as a potent cross between the insanely popular Hindu Kush X Purple Afghani strains. This dank bud was named one of the Top 10 Most Powerful Strains in the World by High Times magazine and boasts a THC level that ranges from 22% on average. Users de…