Purple Haze Weed Strain Information & Review

Sophia Delphi December 05, 2022 - 6 min read
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Which came first, the Jimi Hendrix song or the weed strain? The song, but not by much. They each came to prominence in the 1960s.

The song and weed also share a psychedelic connection. The euphoric effects of this legendary strain often cross the line from stimulating and creative to dreamy and even trippy.

The experience isn’t weighed down by overly-strong physical effects, either. That’s a good thing because the strain is often viewed as a potent aphrodisiac.

Purple Haze has a beautiful, sweet aroma and flavor reminiscent of blueberries, with bits of earthiness and spiciness that round out the sensory experience. The flower is almost as beautiful; the purple color you’d expect to see highlights the bud’s generous layer of sticky white trichomes.

Effects and Side Effects

Around the same time that Jimi Hendrix was making great music, and this weed was becoming popular, purple LSD capsules known as Purple Haze were popular in the drug culture. That’s another “psychedelic thread” that could have contributed to the naming of this strain because the weed can also play games with your senses.

Purple Haze quickly goes straight to the head and delivers a wake-up call that’s euphoric and energetic; it can cause flushing cheeks or a tingling forehead as it arrives. The head high is active, often stimulating unusual thoughts that might make complete sense at the time — even if they seem odd once you’ve sobered up. Some find the buzz to be extremely creative as well.

The long-lasting cerebral high is social and fun, and it can enhance sex drive, too. It can also become psychedelic, with colors, sounds, and other stimuli becoming more intense or distorted, particularly with heavy consumption or among those with low THC tolerance. Users may even occasionally find themselves “floating” in their consciousness.

There will be a relaxing body buzz, but it won’t be anything that prevents moving around or taking advantage of the uplifting, energetic and exciting head high. Does that make Purple Haze a good daytime or wake-and-bake choice? Yes, but primarily for experienced smokers. The high THC level and trippy effects can wind up making newer users unable to function effectively.

The psychedelic effects of Purple Haze are an important potential side effect to consider for the reasons we’ve just mentioned. They can lead some users to get dizzy or momentarily detached from reality, and serious issues like anxiety and paranoia may also appear. Don’t be surprised by dry eyes, a dry throat and the munchies, or a possible headache as the high wears off.

Positive Effects:

  • Energy: 4/5
  • Creative: 3/5
  • Pain: 3/5
  • Stress: 5/5
  • Sleep: 1/5
  • Mood: 5/5

Negative Effects:

  • Paranoid: 3/5
  • Dry Mouth: 4/5
  • Dry Eyes: 4/5
  • Lethargy: 2/5
  • Cough: 4/5

Bottom Line: Purple Haze is legendary for its uplifting, social, and fun cerebral high, which can become psychedelic for some users. The body stone is mild and relaxing and won’t slow most users down.

Medical Conditions

The most obvious use for Purple Haze, according to medical marijuana patients, is to help with mental health issues.

More serious problems like depression and clinical anxiety, as well as common ones like chronic stress, can’t stand up to the long-lasting euphoria and mood-boosting that this weed delivers — as long as it doesn’t make preexisting anxiety worse, which can happen due to Purple Haze’s often-high THC content and trippy effects.

Most strains used by patients suffering from chronic and serious pain are known for their strong body stone or sedating effects. Purple Haze doesn’t fit into that category, but many who rely on it to help relieve pain, headaches, cramps, and spasms say the extremely powerful (and sometimes psychedelic) cerebral high wipes away all consciousness of their pain.

This strain is also said to be very effective for those dealing with chronic fatigue syndrome.

Flavor and Aroma

Purple Haze smells terrific. The predominant scents are blueberry and spice, although the dank earth in the bud becomes more apparent as soon as you break or grind it.

You’ll immediately notice the same fruity taste, both sweet and sour after you take your first hit of this weed. The earthiness and spiciness will still be there, but it’s overridden by a sweeter aftertaste.

Flavor and Aroma Ratings:

  • Earthy: 5/5
  • Citrus: 4/5
  • Fruity: 2/5
  • Spice: 3/5
  • Wood: 4/5

Cannabinoids and Terpenes

Purple Haze has been around so long that an uncountable number of growers have cultivated and raised their own crops — which may only bear some resemblance to each other. That’s a big reason why this strain may have THC content that ranges from moderate to very high. The other reason, of course, is that growers always seek to maximize the potency of their products.

Some lab averages have found that you can expect to find THC levels in the high teens for Purple Haze, while others put the number close to 25%. Either way, the cannabinoid delivers strong effects, which are magnified by the often-trippy head high. CBD levels are extremely low, but there can be substantial amounts of CBG.

This strain is rich in many common terpenes, including myrcene, limonene, caryophyllene, and humulene. Terpineol, cedrene and geraniol are also present.


Purple Haze is thought to have originated either in Colombia or California, possibly as a phenotype of the Haze strain or as a cross between Haze and a purple strain like Purple Thai.

Haze is a legendary product of landrace strains, known for its extremely energizing high and its contribution to the breeding of other famous strains like Jack Herer and Blue Dream. Purple Thai is also the product of landrace weed strains and is famed for its ability to improve mood and creativity.

Where to Buy Purple Haze Seeds

Your favorite seed bank is almost guaranteed to carry Purple Haze. Sensi Seeds, Seedsman, Gelato Seeds, and ILGM (I Love Growing Marijuana) all sell feminized Purple Haze seeds, and that’s just a small sampling. Almost all online sources for clones also have Purple Haze clones available for purchase, too.

Similar Strains

Few strains can compete with the total package that Purple Haze delivers, but some that deliver somewhat similar taste and effects include Pink Kush, Gorilla Grape, Lemon Cake, and East Coast Sour Diesel.

Purple Haze Strain Review: FAQ

Q: How does Purple Haze help medical marijuana patients?
A: Patients say it’s best for helping them deal with depression, stress, and anxiety, thanks to the strong mood-boosting effects of the strain. Its energetic high is also said to help those with low energy or chronic fatigue syndrome, and some with aches, cramps, and less-serious pain say the strong cerebral effects take their minds off of medical issues.

Q: Do you have to do anything special to get Purple Haze bud to turn purple?
A: Nope, just grow it (or buy it). The anthocyanins (flavonoid pigments) in the strain make the flower turn purple naturally.