While Purple Punch is far less-known than superstars such as Jack Herer, Sour Diesel, and Blue Dream, its genetic backstory is a hint to its powers. Derived in part from the legendary Granddaddy Purple strain, Purple Punch is a strain to contend with.
As we’ll discuss, the Purple Punch marijuana strain combines key elements of classic sedative indicas with the creative sparkle and focus of a sativa. So whether you’re contending with migraines or other headache-related pain or just in need of some focus, there’s a lot to love in this powerhouse of a plant.
In today’s post, we’ll explore some of the major aspects of this strain, including:
- Purple Punch strain effects
- Purple Punch aroma and flavor
- Other strains with Purple Punch genetics
- Purple Punch flowering time
All set? Let’s roll!
The Purple Punch Cannabis Strain: An Introduction
When they’re first introduced to the strain, the first question many people ask is: Is the Purple Punch strain indica or sativa? That’s a reasonable place to start. As you may know from our previous posts, these botanical terms (while arguably outdated) are still a very useful way to categorize cannabis strains.
In general, indicas are known for imparting relaxing, body-centered effects. Sativas, on the other hand, are known for uplifting, even strangely energizing qualities. And one of the things that sets the Purple Punch strain apart is its curious blend of these two orientations.
The Purple Punch marijuana strain is classified as an indica-leaning hybrid, generally leaning about 80% on the indica side and 20% on sativa. It was created by crossbreeding Granddaddy Purple (or “Granddaddy Purp”)—a true cannabis strain legend—with the lesser-known Larry OG. Larry OG (sometimes known as “Lemon Larry” or “Sour Larry”) may lack Granddaddy Purp’s name recognition, but those who know Larry OG love its easy going body high that still allows you to cross tasks off your list.
Medical Uses of Purple Punch
In many regards, that’s a fair approximation of the Purple Punch strain’s effects. If it imparts a heavy relaxation and ease, it’s not necessarily sedative. In fact, its many fans point to that sativa sparkle as a spur towards creativity and focus. And when it comes to knocking out headaches and migraines, the Purple Punch marijuana strain is an absolute champ.
While some people find that cannabis inspires a mild headache, studies suggest that cannabis and migraines have a positive interaction. One 2019 study analyzing self-reported user-supplied data suggested that cannabis was highly effective in reducing the severity of headaches—even severe migraines—by nearly half. On top of that, another study published in 2017 supported the notion that a great many of us find relief from headaches in cannabis.
Purple Punch THC Level
Putting aside the question of genetics for the moment, the major predictor of any cannabis strain’s overall impact is its THC content. THC, of course, is the main cannabinoid (or “major active ingredient”) found in the cannabis plant.
Purple Punch’s THC level is generally around 18%-20%. While this is fairly moderate compared with the strongest strains of flower, you should still exercise caution and respect around this strain! After all, while having a bit more than you intended is very rarely medically dangerous, it can make for an unpleasant experience. And no one—least of all us—wants that to happen.
Purple Punch Aroma and Flavor
Now that we’ve covered the basics, let’s dive a bit deeper into the Purple Punch strain’s flavors and aromas. And if you’ve yet to sample this strain, you’re in for a treat: With strong aromatics reminiscent of grape candy, sweet muffins and tart fruit punch, the flavor of Purple Punch is as memorable as those beautiful purple-hued flowers are eye-catching!
As with all strains of cannabis, the aromatic and flavor characteristics of Purple Punch come largely thanks to its particular terpene profile. Terpenes, of course, are the distinctive aromatic compounds that lend different strains of cannabis their unique flavors and scents. In the Purple Punch strain, much of the plant’s aromatic character comes from caryophyllene, an oil known for its peppery aroma and potential anti-inflammatory effects, as well as limonene and myrcene, known for imparting its own gentle sedative effects.
Myrcene deserves a little further exploration in its own right. Sometimes described as “The Mother of All Terpenes,” it plays an important role in the cannabis plant’s ecosystem. It’s believed the terpene helps synergize interactions between cannabinoids and terpenes, in addition to the aforementioned calming effect. Some sources also believe it’s a primary contributor to “that weed smell.” We do know this: Myrcene is commonly cited as the source of a delightful red-grape flavor and aroma, one that in turn the Purple Punch marijuana strain is justly famous for.
Other Strains with Purple Punch Genetics
Cannabis breeders are nothing if not inventive, crossing different types of plants to create ever-more potent, medically beneficial, or just plain enjoyable strains for you to try! So it’s no surprise that genetics from Purple Punch cannabis show up in several other strains. Some of the most prominent include:
- Mimosa: A well-rounded experience of psychoactivity (and a strikingly delicious smoke)
- Blue Sunset Sherbert: Intensely aromatic, imparting strong creative uplift
- Slurricane: An indica-dominant hybrid known for its euphoric body high
- Purple Punch Auto: An autoflowering derivative of the classic Purple Punch strain
Purple Punch Plant: Flowering Time and Growing Information
If you’re interested in actually growing Purple Punch for yourself—in those states in which home growing is legal, of course—we’d like to share some of its characteristics in terms of cultivation.
One great characteristic of the Purple Punch marijuana strain is its exceptional yields. It’s also known to have a high natural resistance to pests and fungi, and it grows best in cool, temperate climates with short growing seasons. That said, it’s not a “drop-and-go” seed. The plant will definitely benefit from prudent cultivation techniques such as LST (or “low stress training,” the practice of gentle manipulation of growth structure to allow better light penetration) as well as good pruning, topping, defoliation and more.
That said, if you’re capable of handling these normal cultivation challenges, the Purple Plant strain has a flowering time of roughly 7 – 9 weeks.
Purple Punch Strain Info: Wrapping It All Up
We hope you’ve loved learning about the Purple Punch strain as much as we’ve loved researching it! We’re proud to feature Purple Punch flower and Purple Punch distillate cartridges, among other Purple Punch products. Check out the live menu at your nearest dispensary before you come down, as our stock is constantly rotating based on what’s new, what’s fresh, and what’s hot.
As a family of dispensaries now spanning three states, Mission is an expert in helping our customers get the very most from cannabis. We invite you to read a little bit more about Mission Dispensaries, and if you want to deepen your education about Purple Punch strain effects or the use of medical cannabis, just ask! We’re always here to help.