Robert Bergman

September 21, 2020

Purple Kush is a potent indica strain from the West Coast of the United States. Its popularity stems from the pure bliss it can rain down on you, hence why it has become an easy go-to choice for anyone seeking a little rest and relaxation and a full night’s rest.

Sativa/Indica % Indoor Yield Outdoor Yield Flowering Period
0% / 100% 15oz/ m2 9oz/ plant8 weeks indoors, mid to late September outdoors.

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This pure indica is an exceptionally sweet strain. Purple Kush was created by crossing a Purple Afghani with a Hindu Kush. It reportedly originated in the Oakland area in sunny California, where this dank strain is a superstar in its own right.


Because of its royal indica roots, Purple Kush is especially effective at inducing a full bodied relaxation. Its sweet grape fragrance is iconic in the scene, and the special orange and purple bits in the flower makes for a distinctive look that is famous everywhere.

Information about Purple Kush Strain:

ORIGINHindu Kush mixed with a Purple Afghani
EFFECTSrelaxed – 10
sleepy – 7
happy – 7
euphoric – 6
hungry – 6
dry eyes – 5
paranoid – 2
dizzy – 2
headache – 1
FRAGRANCEearthy, grape, pungent, spicy, sweet
FLAVORSearthy, sweet, grape, berry, sandalwood
MEDICALstress – 10
insomnia – 9
pain – 8
depression – 7
lack of appetite – 5
FLOWERING TIME OUTDOORSmid to late September
CBD %0.10%
INDICA / SATIVA %100% Indica
CLIMATEdry outdoor climate

* 10 is the highest
* 1 is the lowest


Purple Kush, due to its strong superstar indica parents, is a master at relaxation. This strain is uplifting and creates a warm euphoric high that can cause sleepiness in some. Purple Kush will leave you feeling happily sedated, surrounded by joyous thoughts combined with all the fuzzy feelings you can muster.

This strain is perfect for anyone who wants to unwind and forget the worries of their days, and needs to physically and mentally let go. Purple Kush is a potent downer, and will encourage you to clear your head and succumb to a long restful sleep. Occasionally, this strain can also cause the munchies, causing some to reach for the dreaded snack drawer.

Purple Kush can produce effects that can last for hours, as is known for being extra potent, so it is best to take it easy when you first sample this strain. A little will go a long way for starters. Some users have reported feeling tripped out and like they were experiencing an out-of-body high.


You can tell this strain apart from its cousins, by its well-known pungent smell. A thoroughly fragrant bud, Purple Kush boasts of a fruity, sweet aroma, that is mixed with a distinct earthiness. It leaves a whiff in the air that reminds you of grapes soaked in rich spices.


Purple Kush has a very special earthiness to it. Its taste is reminiscent of sandalwood with a hint of sweet grapes, causing a sensation of flavors when smoked. Its tangy natural flavor reminds you of berries and other cold-climate fruits, making it a sweet-tasting indica that is hard to forget.

Adverse reactions

What makes Purple Kush a great choice for an everyday smoke, is the fact that its side effects are kept at a minimum. Sometimes a case of dizzy spells and headaches can be observed when smoking this strain.

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Another adverse reaction may be a slight onslaught of paranoia, especially when you consume this potent indica in larger quantities. Among the more noticeable side effects are the cottonmouth sensation and a case of dry eyes, as Purple Kush can sometimes leave you feeling slightly dehydrated.


Because this body-numbing strain is so effective at keeping chronic pain and muscle spasms away, it has become an instant favorite in patients.

Purple Kush is a reliable choice whether you need help for a back injury or muscle tensions, due to its strong relaxing capabilities.


Purple Kush can help keep symptoms of stress at bay. It can help you clear your mind of all the heavy and complicated concerns you might be dealing with, and will put you at ease. This is why this strain is also widely recommended for the treatment of depression and anxieties.

Purple Kush may also aid in inducing a healthy appetite that may have been lost in complex chemical treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation in long suffering cancer patients. This strain can cause the munchies in everyone, which makes for a natural and side-effect-free way of helping patients gain back weight they have lost.


This long-lasting California Kush can be grown both indoors and outdoors and can achieve a relatively short height when fully grown. It can thrive in many different settings, but is best kept somewhere dry when outdoors.

Purple Kush is quite resilient against common threats, and it is naturally mold-resistant. Pests and parasites don’t generally choose this plant to attack, because of the bitter taste they get from its leaves.

Flowering Time


This strain grows most generously when kept indoors. Purple Kush flowers within 8 weeks indoors and can yield an average of approximately 14 ounces of bud per square meter.


When grown outdoors, make sure you keep Purple Kush away from humidity and rain. This strain is ready for harvest in mid to late September and can yield an estimated 8 ounces per plant. 

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  1. Hindu Kush
  2. Purple Afghani

FAQ About Purple Kush Strain

What is the Purple Kush strain yield?

Purple Kush yields 15oz/ m2 indoors and 9oz/ plant outdoors.

How much THC does Purple Kush have?

Around 22% THC.

What are the origins of the Purple Kush strain?

Purple Kush originated from California, and was made from a cross between Hindu Kush and Purple Afghani.

Have you ever smoked or grown your own Purple Kush? Please let me know what you think about this marijuana strain in the comments below.


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Purple Kush Strain Review

Growing Purple Kush

5.0 rating
5 August 2020

Growing Purple Kush outside for first time.All reasearch i’ve done says short plants,mine are now around 7 feet tall in the ground,no flowering yet.Anyone shed qany light on this?


My experience with Purple Kush

5.0 rating
10 July 2020

I’ve been growing the Purple Kush (PK) strain for two years now and this is the first year outdoors. I would like to know what to expect from this strain outdoors? Because I am 5’ 11 and this plant is almost as tall as me right now (7-9-20), how much taller/bigger will it get outdoors? Not does it matter, and it is legal in my state, I would just like to know what to expect or what other people experienced? The previous year I’ve grown everything indoors where I was able to manage/crop the height. As far as soil and sunlight conditions go, I have that down to my own science and my plants are doing very well.
I would love to share my experiences/pictures with people because this is an excellent strain to grow… I’ve enjoyed it immensely! The high can vary, it all depends when you harvest or the trichomes — the high can be energetic or sedative, but more so sedative — regardless the outcome has been excellent!
I should mention that I’ve been growing marijuana since the mid-80s, but some of these newer strains can be unpredictable. Also, unlike many people, I don’t grow a half a dozen or more different strains at a time, instead, I focus my time and efforts on a few strains to make them the best; I’m in it for the quality and that’s what I try to do best!
Otherwise, I would love to hear from other people’s experiences with this particular strain.

Ed Kobal

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  1. By Aaron Katzmann ,30 Jan 2017
    not good for my use ,because rain, heavy dew and humidity over 6 months a year in area where I am growing my lovely plants.Thank you Robert
  2. By Rog ,22 Sep 2017
    Purple kush genetics are mind blowing, I am doing an outdoor grow, white widow, gorilla gusto, OG Kush, Hash plant, James which is an unknown genetics from northern bc also Gordon which is also an unknown from northern B.C white […]Read More
  3. By Donny Maynard ,17 Jun 2018
    My purple is not doing good its been 3 monts no buds
  4. By jason ,24 Oct 2018
    My purple kush is into 50 days glowering looks big and healthy but no signs of purple yet. When I can see the purple? Any advice? Please
  5. By stan ,04 Nov 2018
    are you going to be getting any king kong seeds in the future?
  6. By Emma-Louise ,25 Apr 2019
    I’ve never grown any weed before but i want to start - how do i do it? I really want to grow purple kush Because it seems to be Really good for Migraines and insomnia
  7. By Daniel England ,29 Apr 2019
    Growing Purple Kush in a 35g RDWC USING Humboldt secret nutrients with 2 1500w full spectrum LEDs just started week 4 of flower and she reeks right now and getting stronger daily. Got hairs showing 5days into flower with sugar […]Read More
  8. By Bulldog ,28 Jan 2020
    Thx 4 your help. Jave some purple kush Growing. Profile says short & 100% indica. Started germ process per your guide (3rd time)& today the tallest is 76 cm. Also the tallest has some sativa like leaves. If I see […]Read More
    1. By Kelly ,14 Jun 2020
      I purchased 5 of these seeds and only 1 popped. Not exactly sure why. Everything else I purchased is thriving.
  9. By Kelly ,14 Jun 2020
    I purchased 5 of these seeds and only 1 popped. Not exactly sure why. Everything else I purchased is thriving.
  10. By Tami ,06 Aug 2020
    Hi Need a little help. Purple kush, started seeds April 16 in tent, brought plants outside June 21, they were in bud and planted in ground Its now August 6. I think its ready for harvest but keep reading Sept. […]Read More

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