Named after a Jimi Hendrix song about LSD, even the most experienced of cannabis consumers should watch their dosing with Purple Haze, whose intense cerebral effects can border on the psychedelic.
Purple Haze’s history is a mystery: Thought to have been created in the 1960s, this marijuana strain is probably a cross between the beloved Haze and Purple Thai. It’s incorrectly believed that Jimi Hendrix named his song Purple Haze after this strain; however, the opposite is true—this cannabis strain was named after Hendrix’s song, which is about the effects of LSD.
With its heyday in the 1960s, Purple Haze’s genetics have become clouded over time. These days, many cannabis strains are sold under the name Purple Haze, with Haze being one parent and the other being one of the many “purple” marijuana varieties on the market. Regardless of parentage, the buds that bear this name share universal characteristics—beautiful lavender hues as well as a berry flavor and aroma that sometimes evokes grape candy.
With a high dose of this cannabis strain, Purple Haze’s namesake becomes apparent—users report giddiness coupled with trippy, psychedelic effects. Indeed, this marijuana strain has some potent cerebral properties, which can amplify senses and foster creativity. Euphoria, invigorating sensations and a mild body buzz are also common. Because high doses of this strain can leave consumers reeling, it’s recommended that beginners beware and that even experienced cannabis users be aware of the consequences.
Purple Haze’s energizing and uplifting properties make it a good choice for medical marijuana patients with depression and chronic fatigue. Its mild physical effects can be a good fit for those who need daytime medication for mild or moderate pain. Like most sativa-dominant strains, those looking for a bedtime aid or to stimulate appetite should look elsewhere.