Purple #1


There are some strains that are quite old that we still do not know much about. For me, Purple #1 was one of those strains. I had heard of it being introduced in the late 1980s, but that was the extent of my knowledge. When I was lucky enough to finally give the age-old strain the old college try, I knew that I had to review it.

The Herb

Purple #1 is exactly what the name suggests: the first purple strain. Known for its Dutch origin and striking plum color, the strain is a 50/50 hybrid, meaning that the indica and sativa properties are fairly balanced.

Purple #1's feminized seeds.
Purple #1’s feminized seeds.

The yield is somewhere between moderate to high, while the flowering time may take up to sixty-four days.

Taste & Smell

Purple #1 does not have as strong of a smell as a lot of newer strains. Since it first flowered in a Dutch garden in 1983, it does not take on the same skunk-like quality that you would expect from a strain with such a vivid, violet color.

The flavor of the strain is also fairly mild. At first, it tastes earthy with some pungent notes, but then it leaves a faint aftertaste of grape. Just when you think the flavor is about to leave the tip of your tongue, the grape flavor intensifies. It’s a rather intriguing effect.

Psychoactive Properties


Due to its balance of indica and sativa properties, Purple #1 has anti-anxiety properties. It was especially effective when my family was in the middle of a large move. Moving is incredibly stressful, but a nice little bit of Purple #1 made the day a lot more bearable!


Purple #1’s balance is also how it helps the medicated find their highest level of euphoria. It has uplifting qualities that will have you floating on Cloud Nine in no time.

Pain Relief

The indica half of the strain is responsible for the intense, yet, unfortunately, short-lived, body high. That same body high is what makes Purple #1 effective if you suffer from any kind of chronic pain, including migraines.

What it Treats


Although Purple #1 would not be the best long-lasting medicinal marijuana, it certainly has anti-anxiety and antidepressant properties. If you are looking for a lighter medicine, perhaps only for situational use or continuous use, this strain would be perfect for you.


The body high that this strain offers makes it acceptable treatment for pain, especially if you suffer from chronic or situational pain that is dull and does not require a heavy indica. However, if you are in a great deal of pain, I would not say this is the best strain for your symptoms.

Lack of Appetite

If you struggle eating for any reason, physical or psychological, this strain will help restore your appetite. You may need to medicate with a little more than you would with a newer, more potent strain, but it will do the job.

The Cons

Dry Mouth

Purple #1 doesn’t cause cottonmouth worse than any more modern strains, but the feeling is still certainly there. I highly suggest getting a glass of water while you smoke, especially if you plan on medicating with a larger dose.

Short-Lived Effects

While the plant does its job, it is certainly not as effective as some of the newer strains available today. It worked, but for me, it took a higher dose and it did not last as long as, say, Girl Scout Cookies.

Would I Smoke it Again?

While Purple #1 was fun to try for novel purposes, I’m not sure that I would purposefully seek out the strain again. While it did its job, the effects were not long-lasting. It did relieve me of my pain and anxiety symptoms, but only for about an hour. While I’m sure this strain was wonderful in 1983, we have much more potent herbs available today that could help one medicate more effectively. That being said, smoking it was not a bad experience. It was enjoyable for the time that it lasted, so I give it a solid 3.8/5.





Jheri is a successful freelance writer and cannabis enthusiast from Michigan. She is currently writing her novel and a number of short stories, as well as promoting cannabis for Smoke Weed and Medical Marijuana Cure. Her office is based in Denver, CO.

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