Purple Kush

Written by KindReviews on June 11th, 2012. Posted in Blog, Featured Post, Indica-Dominant Hybrid, Strains

(samples pictured above are from Green Dream Health Services, RiNO Supply Company, and Platte Valley Dispensary — see filename for info)


General Information

Type:  Indica-dominant hybrid

Genetics:  Purple Afghani x Hindu Kush (one version — see description for more info)

Geographic Origin:  Afghanistan/Pakistan mountains, bred and popularized in California, USA

Seed Company/Clone: Clone-only, the most famous and sought-after version is Kyle Kushman’s Las Vegas Purple Kush, but there are also the “Garberville Purple Kush”  and the “SR71 Purple Kush”, all of which are different but have kept the Purple Kush name.

Description: The SR-71 cut is thought to be a very similar to Purple Urkle (possibly a hybrid) and has more of the typical “purple”/hashy grape flavor — it was passed most commonly by the SR-71 (now Blue Sky) Coffeeshop in the “Oaksterdam” section of Oakland, CA and may be Purple Afghani x Hindu Kush.  The Garberville Purple Kush is most notably held by Swerve of Cali Connection Seeds fame and tends to grow with some foxtails and has more of a straight-up Kush taste/smell with hints of the “purple”.  Kyle Kushman’s Las Vegas Purple Kush was claimed in a New Yorker article to be a special Purple Indica x Northern Lights find, but many have since claimed it’s an S1 Bubba Kush of some kind due to the dark flavors present.  And finally, many old-school people claim that none of the famous clone-only PK’s around are in fact the original Purple Kush, which is said to be a very special Purple Pakistani variety that was found in the late 70′s or early 80′s.  As you can see, the history of a strain that’s been renamed several times and has several legit versions floating around gets very murky quickly.


Story: See above.  The SR-71 cut was originally named “Ultraviolet” by its original grower in Oakland, CA (credited as “K” from Trichome Technologies according to SR71′s catalog).


Growing Information

Flowering Time: Depends on the cut, but it’s generally between 55 days at the absolute earliest and 70 days for the late-maturing cuts.

Preferred Growing Medium: Grows well in soil or hydro — they all have fairly strong yield considering the possible Urkle lineage and traditionally slow vegetative growth of purple strains.  Cooler temperatures at night and a longer flowering time will help to bring out the purple coloration to a higher degree.

Patient Expectations

Scent: Pungent, with notes of “purple” (incense, perfume, musky grapes), and the spicy Kush end of the spectrum as well.  The SR-71 and Garberville cuts are more “purple” in both flavor and smell compared to the Kyle Kushman/Las Vegas Purple Kush.

Flavor: Much like the smell, the flavor is a dark fruity musk with a bit of sweetness at times — a great blend of the typical purple flavor and traditional Afghani/Pakistani Kush varieties.

Effects: Eminently relaxing and rather potent, Purple Kush is definitely in touch with its Afghani-Pakistani roots.  Coming on with a slight rush of energy, that subsides quickly and leaves the user with a floaty, highly medicated body experience that makes aches and pains as well as anxiety/stress melt away.  Purple Kush is also known for being a long-laster, normally going out to the 3 hour mark.  Recommended highly for body pain, muscle relaxation, mood elevation, appetite stimulation, and sleep aid at higher dosages.


Purple Kush – Biocare – October 2010

Purple Kush – Karmaceuticals – June 2010

Purple Kush – Health Depot – May 2010

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Comments (4)

  • June 14, 2012 at 10:09 am |

    Incredible set Ry! Those colors are making me drool.

  • jobo
    September 20, 2012 at 10:58 pm |

    mm my mouth is watering.

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