Purple Thai was bred by the company Anesia Seeds, and it is thought to be the inspiration behind a range of top-quality strains, ranging from the euphoric high of Purple Haze to the pungent, earthy smell of Chemdawg 91. While this hybrid is not as popular as some of the modern classic strains like Skunk, it comes close in quality and reputation.
One of the many things that draws smokers to this strain is its tasty chocolate scent and, of course, its interesting purple color. However, the main appeal tends to be its extensive psychoactive properties, making it quite a potent strain even for some experienced smokers.
Throughout this article, we will be exploring why Purple Thai is renowned for its delicious taste, how to produce top quality buds, and why it creates those prominent cerebral highs.
What is the Purple Thai Cannabis Strain?
Purple Thai is a sativa-dominant strain boasting 80% sativa and 20% indica. Its heritage is thought to be a mix of Highland Oaxacan Gold and Chocolate Thai; both of these strains are landraces, which is a term used to describe a strain that is native to one particular geographical location.
Oaxacan Gold is native to the Mexican region for which it is named, and gives its smoker a potent yet surprisingly clear-headed high that became popular in America during the 1970s. Another strain from around the same time period was Chocolate Thai which, as you can imagine has a delicious chocolate and coffee flavor combination, which I am happy to announce it has passed on to Purple Thai. However, while the strain peaked in the 1970s and 1980s, it became less trendy to smoke because it was particularly difficult to grow and didn’t produce many effects. Its low THC levels helped it fade from popularity, shadowed by more potent modern strains.
Luckily Purple Thai has been adapted to inherit Oaxacan Gold’s THC levels and has an impressive percentage range from 20% to 24%. This makes it a great strain for intermediate users, who feel comfortable with the effects of a strong high.
Purple Thai Cannabis Strain Aroma, Flavor and Appearance
Like its name describes, Purple Thai’s appearance is largely dominated by its deep purple buds. These occur due to secondary pigments called anthocyanins, and they make a beautiful addition to the loose, almost rectangular shape of the buds. These buds are hidden between the long, bright green leaves of the plant and, because there isn’t a huge presence of trichomes, the plant can look quite furry in texture.
Its aroma isn’t a show stopper, but what can you smell tends to be very pleasant. You’ll enjoy the warm earthy notes that translate into a chalky chocolate smell. Its nutty coffee undertones soon turn sweet once the nuggets begin to be ground up.
It doesn’t boast the high-terpene levels as its predecessor Chocolate Thai, but much of its smell indicates how tasty this strain can be. Its creamy and nutty taste is undone by flowery and citrus undertones throughout the smoke. The lemon flavor gives it a refreshing quality that cuts through the other heavy chocolatey flavors.
Purple Thai Grow Info
With heritage from Mexico and Thailand, this plant thrives in a tropical climate. Plenty of moisture and heat is the best way to produce these juicy purple buds, and because of this it is much easier to grow in a controlled environment. Unless it is being grown in a geographical location similar to its heritage, growers will struggle to produce a good quality plant outside.
It has a flowering time of 11 to 13 weeks when grown indoors, which is considered relatively long. If you do decide to grow outdoors, you can expect to harvest in October. A great benefit to growing this plant is that it produces a very high yield. So, if you don’t want to spend too much time growing or you don’t have adequate space for many plants, this strain could be a great choice.
Typically, this is a strain for intermediate growers because of its climate requirements. However, if you are a beginner in a country with a similar climate or are comfortable with controlling the environment in your growing space, it’s a strain definitely worth growing.
Purple Thai Effects
The most prominent effect from smoking Purple Thai tends to be its ability to energize. It has some pretty high THC levels which can cause great mental stimulation – it’s certainly not for the faint hearted. Most smokers feel intensely uplifted and positive in the moment. Because of this, it can be a great way to deal with a stressful day at work or home.
It’s a strain that is great for any social event or gathering, as many smokers claim it makes them very chatty and creative, causing many to sprout new ideas. It’s not uncommon for conversations to spiral into interesting and imaginative veins. A great strain to make you feel happier whether you smoke alone or with others.
Medical Cannabis Benefits of Purple Thai
While Purple Thai has very low CBD levels – typically 0.01% to 0.50% – it’s a great strain to use for a variety of ailments. It’s renowned for promoting the munchies, so if you suffer from lack of appetite or have recently lost your appetite as a side-effect of another issue, you may find this strain particularly helpful. Its best to be prepared and stock up on healthy and nutritious snacks, so as not to make you feel extra groggy after the high.
If you suffer from extreme fatigue, whether that be physical or mental, a few puffs of this strain can make you feel much more energetic and you will find your spirit lifted – this is why it can be extremely effective against stress and depression. You can get lost in an interesting thought for a few hours, making you feel happier and content. If you are suffering from any of these issues, always make sure to visit your doctor first, so they can give you medical advice.
Possible Negative Side Effects of Purple Thai
This is not a strain to choose when you need to focus on a particular task or work load. Because it is so stimulating, it often makes it difficult for smokers to concentrate on one particular thing. Many people experience intense distraction, whether that be from people or jobs they should be completing. It can also cause an extremely dry mouth, which is never pleasant after a smoke. It’s important to remember to stay hydrated and try to keep lots of water within reach when you are smoking this strain.
Purple Thai does have very high THC levels, especially for novice smokers. Like we have mentioned earlier, it’s extremely stimulating, and it can cause anxiety in smokers not accustomed to similar highs. We suggest trying a strain like Harlequin first, which doesn’t have such a strong psychoactive quality.
Final Thoughts About Purple Thai
This strain has such an interesting parentage of two landraces, both of which made their mark as prominent strains of the 1970s. This heritage makes Purple Thai feel very nostalgic, and we hope that, unlike Chocolate Thai, it stays in the limelight for as long as possible.
This is a great strain for those looking to escape reality for a few hours, whether that be out of boredom or as a way ease the heavy burden of depression. It’s important to remember that this strain has strong psychoactive effects, so please use with caution in a safe environment.