Strain Review: Granddaddy Purple

Introduced in 2003 by Ken Estes, Granddaddy Purple or GDP is a famous indica cross between Purple Urkle and Big Bud. This California staple inherits a complex grape and berry aroma from its Purple Urkle parent, while Big Bud passes on its oversized, compact bud structure. GDP flowers bloom in shades of deep purple, a contrastive backdrop for its snow-like dusting of trichomes. GDP buds are an incredibly dense green that gain deep purple hues that run entirely throughout the buds as the plant grows into maturity. Bright orange hairs are abundant and provide a nice contrast to the other colors dotting the resin-coated buds. The smell is simple, it really smells like grapes.
 
The psychoactive effects are clearly detectable in both mind and body, delivering a fusion of cerebral euphoria and physical relaxation. While your thoughts may float in a hazy buzz, your body is more likely to experience the couch-lock effects of GDP. A distinctive grape taste is the predominant flavor. This taste lends to linger on the tongue for an extended period of time. The effects are long lasting (3-4 hours) with a smooth, even feeling throughout. 
 
Like many heavy hitting Indica varieties, GDP is an excellent treatment for pain, stress, insomnia, appetite loss and muscle spasms. The aroma of GDP favors berry and grape tones that finish with a soft sweet fresh fruit nose. That being said, GDP is considered one of the best “healing” strains. This and the increased appetite qualities make it a favorite among patients coping with the side effects of chemotherapy. Concentrates from GDP are very fruity and feature the more intense fruity indica medicinal effects.
 
Growth wise GDP has a squatty, short plant structure but don’t let the vegetative growth fool you, in flower this strain really booms by producing some incredible heavy yields. Granddaddy Purple is a classic strain and although the majority of patients have had enough exposure to it, it will always be a favorite among connoisseurs and marijuana nerds who love the classics.