Purple Urkle is perhaps one of the most famous Indica strains around yet it’s origins are still mostly a mystery. What we do know is that the strain has been around since the 1980’s and was originally grown in the Emerald Triangle area of northern California (Humboldt County). It is regularly referred to as “Purple Urple” and occasionally “The Urkle”.
According to Michael Backes, who wrote Cannabis Pharmacy, Purple Urkle was first bred at the Cannabis Buyers’ Club of West Hollywood back when weed was still illegal. Its purple genetics, a result of its lineage which includes Grape Ape and Granddaddy Purple, soon made it a favourite amongst cannabis lovers.
Aroma and Flavour
It’s effects, taste and smell are fairly consistent with most purple strains of marijuana when grown properly. Purple Urkle has a sweet and skunky smell generally containing the aromas of tropical fruit, grapes, fruity pebbles and skunk.
Many users suggest that this strain tastes akin to grape soda. Certainly, there is a strong grape taste, although you may also get a hint of berries. It is also a very skunky strain laden with grassy flavors. It is a thick and sugary smoke with an earthy flavor on the back end.
As with many heavy Indica strains it’s effects can be quite lethargic and relaxing making it an excellent strain for insomnia and anxiety. It is also used regularly for pain management and as an appetite stimulant.
Due to it’s sedating effects it is best left for late evening or night time use. It has also been known to be a ‘two-hitter-quitter’ strain – meaning two hits is generally enough to get the full effects. With THC percentages well into the 20’s we would recommend lower doses to start, especially for novice users.
le Urkle is very popular among medical cannabis patients. It has the potential to provide relief to individuals across a wide spectrum of ailments. For example, insomniacs sometimes find that this strain is an effective sleep aid which means you shouldn’t try to use it during the day unless you need a nap.
Purple Urkle helps calm body and mind which means it is often prescribed to patients with an anxiety disorder, depression, or stress. This is because of its propensity to help eliminate negative thoughts from your mind. The strain’s sedative effects also ensure that it is used to manage the pain of conditions such as fibromyalgia. Consider using it if you have joint problems, headaches, or muscle spasms.
Although it is unlikely, one possible reason why this strain is called Purple Urkle is because of what happens to clumsy people who use too much of it. It provides you with a potent body high so if you try to perform any strenuous activities while high on this weed, you could have a Steve Urkel type accident.
As it is a potent strain, using too much of it could cause side effects such as dizziness and headaches. Common adverse effects include dehydration, cottonmouth and dry eyes.