Purple Hulk is a sativa-dominant hybrid that offers head-focused effects and a pleasant, citrusy flavor profile. This strain combines the best of its two popular parent strains: Green Crack and Jack Herer, both flavorful, sativa-leaning varieties themselves. With its clear bag appeal and buzzy, long-lasting effects, this bud proves that the Marvel’s Hulk isn’t the only green monster in town. Purple Hulk’s THC levels have been reported at between 15% and 24%.
Purple Hulk sets itself apart with large, chunky flowers that bulge like Bruce Banner’s green muscles. The buds are almost spherical in shape and hold together in a relatively loose, spindly structure; leaves are fluffy and can be easily torn away from their central stems. The mossy green leaves are set off by a high volume of bright orange hairs (which are actually pistils, structures meant to catch pollen from fertilizing male plants). Finally, translucent, amber-colored trichomes cover the inner and outer surfaces of the flowers, giving them a slightly yellow sheen and accounting for their psychoactivity.
When properly cured, flowers of Purple Hulk primarily smell like an earthy combination of citrus and pine. This aromatic blend has the same clean, hoppy character that’s so central to parent strain Jack Herer’s herbal, Haze-inflected appeal. On closer inspection, there are also some fruity notes of berry, albeit with a slightly spoiled, fermented edge. When combusted, Purple Hulk burns with a smooth and easily palatable smoke that tastes both tropical and piney on the exhale.
Purple Hulk’s high hits quickly, smacking users with a concerted pressure around the eyes and temples. These physical sensations are soon eclipsed by a buzzy feeling of mental stimulation. Users may feel their thoughts flowing in rapid association. In the right set and setting, this cerebral high can lead to euphoria, helping smokers to find fascination in any external stimuli. Such an intense, attentive mindset easily lends itself to accomplishing work — whether it’s free-flowing and creative or rigorous and analytical. The strain may also provide the physical motivation needed to exercise with the vigor of the Hulk himself. As the high wears on, users may feel some slight physical stimulation, ranging from increased tactile sensitivity to thorough relaxation; this simultaneous action on mind and body can make Purple Hulk a potent aphrodisiac under the right conditions. Some fans of the strain report a powerful sense of time dilation, in which they can become lost in rabbit holes of their own thoughts. This trippy edge makes the bud a great accompaniment to stimulating conversations and compelling movies. A quintessential wake-and-bake strain, Purple Hulk is not appropriate for use before bed, as it’s likely to leave smokers wired and alert.
Purple Hulk’s mental effects can have some psychological benefits for medical cannabis patients. Its tendency to encourage deep, lasting focus makes it a useful tool for those with attention deficit disorders. Furthermore, the strain’s ability to elevate mood can be an effective way to temporarily dull the symptoms of mild to moderate cases of stress and depression. To a lesser degree, physiological effects come in the form of anti-inflammatory protection from irritations like headaches and nausea. Because the early phase of its high is associated with “mindrace” and possible paranoia, Purple Hulk is not recommended for those who are prone to panic or who have a low tolerance for THC.
Although no commercial-grade breeders have made seeds of Purple Hulk available for sale online, prospective growers can obtain clippings from mature plants of the strain (either online or from other trusted growers) in order to grow genetically identical “clones.” This hybrid can be grown indoors or out, although success outdoors calls for a semi-humid climate with daytime temperatures between 72 and 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Purple Hulk’s mostly sativa genetics mean than its plants are likely to grow tall — if cultivated indoors, they’ll need to be trained and trimmed early on in order to fit in limited spaces. Purple Hulk flowers within 8 weeks when grown indoors and offers a high yield of flowers once mature.
A must-try for sativa lovers, this long-lasting and energetic bud is the ideal pick-me-up for experienced and novice cannabis users alike. Rather than making consumers angry like its namesake, Purple Hulk works to stimulate therapeutic and reflective thinking.