Purple Urkle Marijuana Strain Information & Review

Sophia Delphi February 18, 2023 - 6 min read
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Just about everyone has heard of (or tried) Purple Urkle, but no one’s quite sure who created it.

This indica-leaning hybrid (70% indica/30% sativa) first appeared in Northern California and has been around since the 1980s. It’s been beloved in the weed world ever since for its tasty aroma and smoke, its heavy physical effects, its beautiful purple buds — and, of course, for the nostalgia that the name “Urkle” creates among Gen Xers.

This skunky herb smells and tastes of sweet grapes and berries, and although it delivers a happy and stress-relieving cerebral high, it’s much better known for its powerful body stone that is couch-locking and strongly sedating. Purple Urkle is definitely nighttime weed.

This strain is a heavy hitter that’s worthy of the weed hall of fame.


Few strains are better for unwinding after a stressful day than Purple Urkle. It’s also popularly known as “two hits and quit” weed, meaning the effects hit with lightning speed, and just a few tokes can usually deliver the desired high.

Purple Urkle’s head high is exceptional for boosting mood and eliminating stress. It’s a happy feeling that replaces worries and cares with an enjoyable, often-tingly euphoria. Don’t expect it to produce creativity, focus, or energy; just enjoy the blissful mental relaxation and happiness as the body stone hits.

Ah, the Purple Urkle body stone. It’s a potent one that will have you stuck on the couch within minutes, extremely relaxed, and possibly sedated. The physical effects of this strain increase dramatically the more you smoke (and the more tired you are), so while it’s certainly possible to avoid sedation and sleep, many who enjoy Purple Urkle will find themselves giving in.

This weed isn’t particularly suited to social gatherings or going out for the night. It’s the type of smoke that’s ideal for when you’re ready to forget about everything and settle in for the evening, and you don’t mind if you drop off to sleep before your favorite show is over. It’s also perfect for use right before bedtime.

Bottom Line: Purple Urkle hits hard and fast, with a happy cerebral high that’s overwhelmed by an extremely powerful body lock, which often ends with sedation and sleep.

Positive Effects:

  • Energy: 2/5
  • Creative: 2/5
  • Pain: 5/5
  • Stress: 5/5
  • Sleep: 4/5
  • Mood: 4/5

Side Effects

Dry throat and thirst are the most common effects of Purple Urkle, and many users experience dry eyes as well. The munchies are strong in this one, so be sure to have both water and snacks close by before the body lock hits. Dizziness and headaches may occur when you hit the pipe too hard, and needless to say, you may fall asleep suddenly.

Novice users sometimes experience anxiety or paranoia when smoking Purple Urkle, and even more experienced tokers may feel the same effects with overconsumption. Those who suffer from anxiety can easily find that their anxiety worsens when using this strain (or any other high-THC weed); they should either take things very slowly or try a different strain.

Negative Effects:

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

Medical Conditions

Chronic anxiety and stress, depression, and other mood disorders are no match for the euphoric buzz delivered by Purple Urkle, according to MMJ users. They say this weed quickly erases their negative and racing thoughts, worries, and stresses — at least for the short term. Patients dealing with insomnia and poor sleep quality also praise the strain for its somnambulant effects.

Both chronic and serious pain sufferers say that Purple Urkle’s potent body stone is just as effective at easing muscle and joint pain, headaches, and migraines. Even cancer patients often choose this strain, not only because it helps with the severe pain they may experience but because it also helps with the lack of appetite, that’s a side effect of chemo treatments.

Flavor and Aroma

Purple Urkle is definitely a loud weed, and its scent will be noticeable for hours (or days) after you’ve smoked up. The aroma is much more than a skunk, though. There’s a pleasant, sweet grape smell to this bud with notes of earthiness, and you may notice tropical fruit and even fruity cereal when it’s burned.

The flavor is even better. Expect to taste lots of delicious berries and fruit; some people compare the flavor to grape soda, although we haven’t tasted many sodas that have flavor notes of earth and skunk. Overall, it’s a tasty bud that will tempt you to take just one more hit.

Flavor and Aroma Ratings:

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

Cannabinoids and Terpenes

It’s hard to believe that Purple Urkle “only” tests at an average of 20% THC content, considering the incredible potency of its body high. You may find some samples with levels higher than that, with the flower at some dispensaries testing at 25% THC. Other cannabinoids, including CBD, are only present in very small amounts.

Terpineol, geraniol, and pinene are the dominant terpenes in Purple Urkle, with myrcene, bisabolol, limonene, and phellandrene also represented in the terp profile. Those are terpenes commonly found in sweet and skunky strains.


Most weed experts believe that Purple Urkle originated in Northern California in the area known as the Emerald Triangle, although a few claim it was first bred at West Hollywood’s Cannabis Buyers’ Club. Wherever it came from, it’s been around since the late 1980s.

The strain’s heritage is just as murky. It’s probably a phenotype of either Mendocino Purps or Granddaddy Purple, although a few people insist it has some direct Afghani or Pakistani indica in its heritage.

Where to Buy Purple Urkle Seeds

Pick a seed vendor at random, and they likely carry feminized Purple Urkle seeds. Just a few to choose from: Growers Choice Seeds, Seeds Supreme, MSNL (Marijuana Seeds NL), and Home Grown Cannabis Company. Brothers Grimm Seeds offers regular seeds for this strain, and J&C Growers sells Purple Urkle clones.

Similar Strains

Another terrific purple strain that’s pretty similar to Purple Urkle is Grape Ape. Other options that deliver similar effects are Kosher Kush and Kushberry.

Purple Urkle Strain Review: FAQ

Q: When should you harvest Purple Urkle crops?
A: The bud will be ready between 63 and 75 days after the flowering stage begins if the plants are growing indoors. Outdoors, harvest time for this strain is mid-October.

Q: Is Purple Urkle bud always purple?
A: Almost always, but it’s not because of its grape flavor or because it’s a potent indica-leaning strain (as many people believe). It simply has genetics that include the pigment anthocyanin, which contributes a purple color under the conditions that most cannabis plants grow in.