Grandaddy Purple is a world-renowned 80/20 indica-dominant hybrid strain that initially hit the California medical marijuana scene in 2003 when Ken Estes, the medicine man himself, cultivated the first sweet and candy-like phenotypes that became Grandaddy Purple. 

Grandaddy Purple, sometimes simply called “GDP,” is a cross between the high-yielding Big Bud strain and the herbaceous purple strain known as Purple Urkle. Since it’s early debut in California, Grandaddy Purple has become a global cannabis icon for its compelling medicinal value. GDP tests anywhere from 17-24% THC, making this strain a go-to for chronic pain, insomnia, stress and even a lack of appetite. 

Grandaddy Purple is easily recognizable by her large flowers and vibrant purple coloration. Physically, she takes after her Big Bud parent, though she gets her delicate aromas and flavors from the Purple Urkle parent, making her both beautiful to look at and well-balanced to smell and enjoy. Like most indica-dominant strains, she tends to grow short and stocky with a dense and thick cola structure. 

Her broad water leaves are a deep, nitrogen-rich shade of green, though her stems tend to appear lighter in color. Her flowers are bright sage green with sporadic hints of a deep royal purple that give the plant a unique, almost-alien look. Each flower is covered in a blanket of thick, resinous trichomes and sandy orange-yellow pistils curving through the leaves. Inside a flower, you can see the juicy trichome heads that make the flowers incredibly sweet and sticky. This resin production makes her a popular choice for concentrates. 

Grandaddy Purple is rated as moderately difficult to grow for beginners. While her stocky indica growing structure makes her easy to grow and train, she relies on a relative humidity level of around 50%, which can be challenging to maintain in dry places like Colorado. However, she is naturally resistant to most molds, pests, diseases and powdery mildew. She can be grown both indoors and outdoors and takes 8-12 weeks to fully mature and flower. 

On the nose, Grandaddy Purple offers notes of citrusy sweetness, though earthy undertones of wood tend to shine through. A more in-depth inhale will bring out bright notes of grape and berry. However, when you grind Grandaddy Purple flowers or break them apart, a pungently fruity, earthy aroma appears to envelop the entire room. Ultimately, the strain smells ‘purple.’ 

Smoking Grandaddy Purple is a delight for the taste buds. On the initial inhale, you’ll be met with a tart tangy grape and berry flavor. The smoke is on the thicker side and tends to be earthy and peppery thanks to its high levels of relaxing and sedative terpenes like Myrcene and Caryophyllene. The thick smoke is known for making medical patients cough and may cause dry mouth and dry eyes. On the exhale, you’re met with a pleasant aftertaste that is reminiscent of grape-flavored hard candies, like Jolly Ranchers. 

The initial effects of Grandaddy Purple are predominantly indica. Smoking GDP is a surefire way to wash away the stresses of the day and to help with a variety of mental-health-related ailments, like anxiety and depression. As an indica with high levels of THC, you can rely on Grand Daddy Purple to provide potent full-body relaxation to the muscles and reduce inflammation, making it great for people who suffer from chronic pain. This couch-locking relaxing sensation is excellent for battling sleep-related issues like sleep apnea and insomnia. Like many other indica-dominant strains, Granddaddy Purple is known to cause the munchies, which can be great for patients battling eating disorders or the harsh side effects of radiation and chemotherapy. 

Overall, the effects of Grandaddy Purple are relaxing and can help patients suffering from depression, anxiety, stress, lack of appetite and sleep-related problems. The next time you’re at your favorite dispensary, be sure to give this potent purple strain a try.

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