Purple Elephant Strain

The saying “Do not judge a book by its cover” relates to a lot of things when it comes to our everyday lives. More so, it is very applicable in the world of marijuana. Some strains are considered as unappealing physically. Others may even have a not-that-great scent. Regardless, it does not mean that the effects will not blow one away like the Purple Elephant.

The origin of Purple Elephant, no matter how intriguing, remains a mystery up to this day. Some people think it came from a selection of Purple Urkle S1 seeds, or perhaps it was a cross with an unknown strain. Nonetheless, the only thing that is confirmed is that it is clone-only.

Not many people have ever had the pleasure of using the Purple Elephant. Of the few who did, every single one swears by it. It is such a pity that seeds are not available. Growers will have to find ingenious ways to seek out whoever has the plant and obtain a clipping. Good luck with that, though, as it has pretty much remained obscure were it not for breeder Gage Green who brought it to the limelight as one of the strains he used to develop the famous Sour Grapes.

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    Information about Purple Elephant:

    ORIGINPurple Urkle and an unknown strain
    EFFECTSRelaxed – 10
    Happy – 8
    Sleepy – 8
    Euphoric – 7
    Giggly – 7
    Dry eyes – 2
    Dizzy – 1
    Headache – 1
    Paranoid – 1
    FRAGRANCEGrape, sweet, sour, pine, earthy
    FLAVORSBerry, earthy, sweet, woody
    MEDICALStress – 10
    Insomnia – 8
    Lack of appetite – 4
    Fatigue – 4
    Nausea – 3
    FLOWERING TIME OUTDOORSLate September to early October
    THC CONTENT %50%/50%
    CBD %1%
    INDICA / SATIVA %65%/35%
    INDOOR YIELD10 to 12 ounces per square meter
    OUTDOOR YIELD12 ounces or more per plant
    CLIMATEMediterranean climate

    * 10 is the highest
    * 1 is the lowest


    Because Purple Elephant is as elusive as a hermit, finding out more information about it is scarce. From the accounts of the people who have used it, the strain leans more towards the Sativa side. However, it should also be noted that the physical effects it delivers can be as overwhelming as the mental high.

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    Depending on the individual tolerance level, it is possible to use it during the day. Beginners, though, may want to use it at home. In a little while, it will be clear why.

    Purple Elephant Effects
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    Like many hybrids, the onset begins with a cerebral euphoric high. In turn, this leads to users feeling good about themselves and the world around. Such behavioral change is due to the mood-enhancing properties of many cannabis.

    Early on, it brings about a clear head as well as a seemingly never-ending flow of creative ideas or thoughts about anything and everything. Rather than causing the mind to wander without purpose, most users tend to have a sharper focus enabling them to stay productive. Completing tasks, at this point, should not be a problem because another thing that the Purple Elephant provides is a boost in energy similar to downing a cup of double espresso.

    As its Indica properties spread down to the body, it calms the muscles and releases tension. Most people, feeling lighter and more relaxed, generally can continue functioning although there is the urge to sit down and chill. Of course, this is based on the assumption that the amount used is tiny. In reality, most people end up using some more which results in deep relaxation and possibly find themselves in a couch-lock.

    At any rate, during the comedown, most of its users are likely to feel sleepy and simply cross over to dreamland.

    There are many popular strains that are direct descendants of the Purple Elephant. Read our full review on White Elephant that was created by crossing White Widow and Purple Elephant


    As alluded to earlier, there are strains that for all the exceptional traits it brings to the table, the one thing it lacks is an enticing aroma. Not that it is outright repulsive, but Purple Elephant can be too pungent to the liking of some people. At any rate, its aroma has a sweet and somewhat sour blend of grapes. It also has a more pronounced mix of earth and pine once users break the bud.


    Fortunately, Purple Elephant has a taste that some people find delightful. While the smoke can be a little bit harsh, it makes up for it with a sweet berry note blending in with its earthy and woody flavor.

    Adverse Reaction

    Purple Elephant has a high THC percentage. This means that this strain is very potent. It also suggests that its adverse effects come in more pronounced compared to other strains.

    Purple Elephant Adverse Reaction
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    The most common side effects are dry eyes and mouth. Aside from that, it also causes paranoia which means that people with low tolerance level should use this strain with caution. Dizziness and headache may also occur when overindulged.


    Possessing up to 0.42% CBD, Purple Elephant can provide comfort to medical cannabis users. Unfortunately, it is too low to be used as a treatment for epilepsy and seizures or some forms of tremors. Also, its psychoactive properties that have given pleasure to recreational users can also be put to good use.

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    For one, it helps people cope with psychological and emotional issues. These are the people who are undergoing severe stress or depression as well as other forms of mental health concerns. By inducing a cerebral euphoric high, all these negativities simply vanish. Even if one were to choose to drown in sorrow, it is impossible with the uplifting effects of the Purple Elephant.

    Purple Elephant Medical
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    Another widespread use of cannabis is a pain reliever. It has anti-inflammatory properties that aid those suffering from headaches and muscle spasms.

    Not only does Purple Elephant benefit those who need some help in alleviating pain. It could also benefit those who are undergoing treatment by helping them increase their appetite. Aside from that, feeling restless is not a problem anymore as this strain also gives comfort to insomniacs and help them get the much-needed quality sleep.

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      As if being clone-only is not enough, cultivating this cannabis also needs more attention. Granted that cloning is a process that is better done by people with experience, some people can say that one has to start one way or the other. However, being elusive as it is, its clipping should be handled by those who for certain can make it survive and thrive.

      Flowering Time


      Opting to cultivate the plant indoors, the usual recommendations follow such as keeping it short and maintain a height that is appropriate for its habitat. Other than that, growers will need to be vigilant and monitor all the essentials, and that includes ensuring a good air flow. It has a flowering period of 8 to 9 weeks and can produce up to 12 ounces of buds per square meter.


      Purple Elephant requires a Mediterranean-like climate when grown outdoors. Yields Each plant can produce around 12 ounces by early October.

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


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