Purple Haze

Taste Profile



This Session Garden strain guide article provides crowd sourced information about the Purple Haze strain including the origins, THC content, appearance, effects & more.

At first glance, just hearing this strain’s name takes us back to a more psychedelic time. The legendary Jimi Hendrix Experience band had a supercharged hit song in 1967 of the very same name. While there has been some speculation about the song being named after this particular strain, there’s really no conclusive evidence out there proving the link between Hendrix’s song and this beautiful purple bud. It’s even unclear which came first—it might turn out that the strain was named after the song! Either way, it’s hard to deny that there is a rather stylistic common ground between the two. With all that being said, though, buyer beware! This is not an entry-level strain of weed by any stretch due to its high cerebral potency.

So, like the classic Hendrix song goes… do you want to be “experienced”? Read on!

What is the Origin of the Purple Haze Strain?

While its ultimate origins are not well known, a lot of bud experts believe that the Purple Haze strain is made up of two strains named Haze and Purple Thai. These two are linked to the Lemon Haze and Grape Ape strains. It’s fairly difficult to find original Purple Haze seeds for sale nowadays. Because of this, there are a lot of clones of this strain out due to people taking plant portions off of pre-existing plants and trying their hand at growing their own.

The Lineage Of Purple Haze

As mentioned above, the Purple Haze strain is commonly thought to have been made up of the Haze strain and Purple Thai. If you take into account the legendary origins of this strain, however, Purple Haze may have been made up of feminized sativas from Mexico, India and Colombia mixed with a Thai male landrace in order to form the beautiful purple strain we have today! Like many popular strains of bud, absolute certainty of lineage is going to be hypothetical at best.

Purple Haze History

The history of this strain is, pardon the humor, quite hazy! One of the few public accounts of Purple Haze comes from a statement by the Humboldt Seed Organization based out of northern California. The story goes that the Haze Brothers and Sam the Skunkman are the two progenitors of this strain, all the way back in the 1960s in the Santa Cruz area—with no influence from Jimi Hendrix at all!

It’s prudent to mention that the Humboldt Seed Organization, however, claims this entire story is hearsay and not to be taken as literal fact. Nobody really knows the true story behind Purple Haze. The Haze strain itself has created many potent weed variations since its inception, and it’s likely Purple Haze is one of those happy descendants. We shall perhaps never know the full truth, but one thing is absolutely certain… Regardless of the facts, the Purple Haze strain is popular and definitely burned into the greater consciousness of weed connoisseurs everywhere!

How Is The Purple Haze Strain Grown?

The Purple Haze strain is relatively disease-proof, which makes some aspects of its upkeep dead simple.  It can be grown in both indoor and outdoor environments. Be aware that if you want to successfully grow Purple Haze outside, though, you need to be in a somewhat sunny and warm climate with quality soil compositions. If growing outside isn’t an option, though, it is more than possible to cultivate the Purple Haze strain via indoors-based hydroponic systems.

One thing to keep in mind with this strain, though, is that it can grow pretty tall due to its sativa-heavy ancestry. This is where the real high-maintenance aspect of this plant comes into play, so if you’re new to the cannabis cultivating world, this might not be the easiest start you could have with the practice.

The Purple Haze strain takes around nine weeks to flower if grown indoors, yielding about 19 ounces of bud per square meter. If outdoors, however, the plant starts flowering in the latter portion of October and will net you around 14 ounces of bud per individual plant.

It wouldn’t be the Purple Haze strain without the purple look, though, would it? To maximize the chance of this purple sheen to your bud, it’s crucial that you let the plant bask in cold temperatures right before it starts to flower. This prompts the plant’s pigment-producing capabilities, and will end up yielding you gorgeous purple and blue buds!

9 weeks


~14oz per plant (outdoors)

~19oz per square meter (indoors)


Physical Traits of the Purple Haze Strain

Like any good strain of bud, the Purple Haze strain has distinctive traits that separate it from the rest of the cannabis pack.

What Does Purple Haze look Like?

The first thing one really notices with this strain is its color. And why wouldn’t you? The title probably tipped you off early on! It has lovely purple coloration all over.  It also has medium and large spade-type flowers with a pointy tip. Light purple and blue strands of hair pepper the nug sections, made even more complete with an adhesive trichome covering.

The interplay of deep, dark greens and vibrate and otherworldly purples and blues make this bud an absolute piece of art!

What Aroma Does Purple Haze Have?

The natural aroma of the bud itself prior to smoking is one of absolute sumptuous spice mixed with hints of sweetness. There are even some reports of the bud having an almost subliminally “dark” and musk-like scent prior to breaking the bud open. You might even notice an almost grapelike aroma on the bud itself, which is quite interesting and apt given its natural purple color! This isn’t present in every grow of the strain, though, and the scent profile of your Purple Haze may vary wildly from someone else’s.

What flavors can you expect from Purple Haze?

When it comes to the flavour profile on the initial toke of some quality Purple Haze bud, the first thing you’re really going to notice is some spicy hints mixed in with an overall silky smooth sweetness. The exhale, however, morphs the flavour profile even further by providing some tinges of sweet grape flavour—though some will claim there is no grape aftertaste whatsoever.  Is this ultimately just a mental trick due to the stunning purple hues of this lovely specimen of bud? You be the judge!

What Effects can you expect from Purple Haze?

Much like the free-wheeling era of the psychedelic rock scene, Purple Haze can give off some quite otherworldly vibes each toking session. Be expecting artistic impulses to be brought up from the depth of your being with this powerful purple bud! This sort of latent desire towards self-expression is mixed with feelings of calmness and utter bliss… yoga for your soul! Be aware, though, that if you smoke too much Purple Haze, you might not only suffer from slight paranoia but also be faced with a mouth dryer than the Sahara desert! Be slow and smooth with this strain of herb!

If you’re a budding rock musician, be forewarned! You might be in the running to write the next great guitar riff under the out-of-this-world effects of Purple Haze!

Celebrating 420: The History of Cannabis in Canada

April 20th, also known as 420 has become an important day within the cannabis movement. In honour of the international day of celebrating cannabis, we take a look back at the history of cannabis culture and legalization in Canada.

SESHIQUETTE: Social Distancing Edition

“Seshing” has always been a way for the cannabis community to connect and feel welcomed in hard times. Unfortunately, Coronavirus (COVID-19) has made it very difficult to Sesh together for the foreseeable future.

What is THCP and CBDP?

A group of Italian researchers announced the discovery of two new phytocannabinoids that were isolated from the Cannabis sativa L. plant species. The study was led by Professor Giuseppe Cannazza from the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, and was published in Scientific Reports.