If ever there was a topic to divide cannabis users right down the middle, it has to be this.
Some people are so obsessed with purple cannabis that anything else is more or less considered an affront to their superior tastes. Elsewhere, others will instinctively choose a batch of purple weed over a more ‘conventional’ green alternative, if both varieties are available.
Over the years, the desirability of purple cannabis has led to the targeted development and cultivation of more purple varieties of cannabis than ever before. More breeders are spending more time cooking up all-new purple variants, or putting their own purple twists on some of the all-time classics.
But to what extent does the color of cannabis have any real impact on its quality or its effects? Is purple weed ‘better’ than green weed outright, or is it simply a case of perceptions and personal preferences?
The (Basic) Science of Purple Weed
It’s easy to understand the visual appeal of purple weed, which in some instances can be mind-blowingly beautiful. The aesthetic prowess of purple weed alone is enough to win over a solid proportion of buyers, without even considering its cannabinoid content.
As for what it is that makes some types of weed turn purple, it’s all about the flavonoids - some 200+ of which are found in the various different strains of cannabis. Flavonoids are responsible for causing cannabis strains to turn a variety of different colors, including those oh-so attractive purples, violets and reds.
In conjunction with terpenes, flavonoids also influence the fragrance and flavor of cannabis.This is why some purple strains have a pronounced grape or blueberry flavor, just as some green strains stink of anything from Diesel to Cheese.
There’s also evidence to suggest that both terpenes and flavonoids play a role in what’s known as the ‘entourage’ effect when consuming cannabis. This is the combined effect of every compound and chemical in the weed’s composition, which determines the effect it has on body and brain when consumed.
As the composition of all strains is unique, so too is the effect of consuming cannabis from one strain to the next.
Does Color Alone Matter?
Contrary to popular belief, the visual appearance of cannabis alone is in no way indicative of its quality. Nor can you determine at a glance how any given strain of cannabis will smell or taste.
Instead, it’s what’s happening beneath the surface that matters most. Things like THC content, CBD content and so on vary from strain to strain and are in no way influenced by the color of the weed alone.
Nevertheless, there’s something to be said for the way weed’s visual appeal brings something undeniable to the whole experience. Just as is the case when eating food, the nicer the meal looks, the more likely you are to gain maximum enjoyment from it.
It’s not to say that standard green weed isn’t pretty enough, but it nonetheless feels like even more of a treat when you smoke a seriously colorful work of art. Well-presented food always seems to taste better - fantastically colorful weed never fails to hit the spot.
So, is Purple Weed Better than Green Weed?
From a purely scientific perspective, no type of weed is ‘better’ outright than any other type of weed. This is because what makes a strain superior is entirely down to the personal preferences of the person consuming it.
In terms of potency, fragrance, flavor, duration of effects and so on, color alone is completely inconsequential. But if there’s something about purple weed you find uniquely tempting and tantalising, it’s totally understandable you’ll get more enjoyment out of it than conventional green weed.