Purple Urkle: Quick Overview
Hailing from the 1980s, Purple Urkle is as classic as they come. Not only is it a lovely purple, but the high this strain provides is mellow and all-encompassing. The strain is well known for its medicinal benefits and is a titan of the industry.
|Type||80% indica-dominant hybrid|
|THC Level||Up to 23%, 17% average|
|Effects||Relaxed, sleepy, euphoric, happy, hungry|
|Smell and Flavor Profile||Earthy, fruity, grape, sweet, skunk, berry|
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Purple Urkle Benefits/Effects
Purple Urkle has a THC content ranging from 17% to 23%, and CBD levels falling between 0.20% to 0.30%. This results in a powerful and relatively long-lasting high. It’s an 80% indica, making it best for nighttime use, but it also has some euphoric tendencies like a sativa.
Sometimes called Purple Urple or Purple Urkel, the real deal is named Purple Urkle for THE Urkle—the nerdy, accident-prone Steve Quincy Urkle of Family Matters (airing from 1989 to 1998). You’ll likely remember his often ridiculous and extremely hilarious hijacks if you’re a child of the 80s and 90s. Some say that the reason for the name is that Purple Urkle makes users just that side of clumsy.
As with many older cannabis strains, the history of the Purple Urkle is a bit murky, but if the story is true, it certainly seems to fit! I’ll tell you why.
Purple Urkle Medical Benefits
Purple Urkle is popular with people who struggle with insomnia, anxiety, stress, and depression. The strain creates a body high that can make you feel sleepy almost immediately. Because of its relaxing quality, we can also see how it would be useful for anxiety and stress. As a person with anxiety and depression myself, I’m definitely putting Purple Urkle on my medical cannabis rotation for bad days.
Purple Urkle has a relatively high THC content and can cause both headaches and dizziness if one uses too much or too quickly. Overall, this Purple Urkle is the perfect nighttime strain for users who need chronic pain relief, insomniacs, and people suffering from migraines and muscle spasms.
Purple Urkle Taste and Smell
Purple Urkle’s flavor profile is similar to Grand Daddy Purple and other similarly titled ‘purple’ strains, in that it is sweet and deliciously fruity. Some notice a grape or general fruity undertone as well.
The smoke is sweet, but also skunky to high heaven. Because of its potent smell, it’s not the best strain for remaining covert.
Purple Urkle Cannabinoid/Terpene Profile
Typical THC levels of Purple Urkle range from 17 to 23%, with 22% being about average. Most samples of Purple Urkle also have notable levels of CBD, around 1.0% or so, and usable amounts of minor cannabinoids such as CBN and CBC, with CBG making a particularly strong showing in many samples. This makes it a great choice for body pain and other physical issues.
Purple Urkle is rich in pinene, with moderate amounts of myrcene, and smaller amounts of caryophyllene, and humulene.
Pinene soothes stress and anxiety, and treats pain and inflammation, and it also opens the airways, functioning as a bronchodilator, and producing that fresh pine air effect.
Myrcene also has anti-inflammatory, pain-relieving, antibiotic, and sedative benefits. It is also known for herbal, calming mood effects and anti-cancer or antimutagenic qualities.
An antioxidant that boosts the immune system, caryophyllene has many of the same benefits as pinene, and also binds with the CB2 receptors in the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS).
Humulene may help soothe an overactive appetite and shares many of the pain relieving benefits other terpenes offer.
Purple Urkle History and Genetics
The strain itself can likely be traced back to either Mendocino Purps or Grand Daddy Purple. Ignoring the parent marijuana strain, it was almost certainly developed in what’s known as the Emerald Triangle region of northern California. Purple Urkle, Mendocino Purps, and Grand Daddy Purple are all part of the purple craze that erupted in California and further up the west coast.
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If you love the amazing, tingly body effects of Blue Zkittlez, Blue Dream, or Blueberry Cookies, you will love Purple Urkle that same suite of body effects plus a sweet grape boost from Purple Urkle. If the joyful uplift of euphoria you get from Blue Kush or Jillybean is more your thing, Purple Urkle is still a great strain.
If you love purple strains like GDP, Purple Trainwreck, Grape Ape, or Purple Kush—things that are sweet and fruity in a vape—place Purple Urkle right at the top of your list. And if you love a fruity strain and a happy mood but want more calm and less nervous energy than a Tangerine or Strawberry Cough, Purple Urkle is a perfect choice.
Growing the Purple Urkle Strain
Unsurprisingly, Purple Urkle is… purple. Well, usually.
The name comes from the lovely dark purple calyxes most phenotypes of Purple Urkle possess. The deep purple mixes with a gorgeous forest green to create a vibrant aesthetic, the envy of all who see it. However, just like not all phenotypes of Grand Daddy Purple or Acapulco Gold stay true to their classic color profile, not all phenotypes of Purple Urkle are purple. If you search out Purple Urkle at your local dispensary, don’t be terribly surprised if you find there’s less of a colorful pop in those nugs than you’re initially expecting.
Growing Purple Urkle is enticing. Not only is it a classic indica strain with a kick, but it’s also pretty as all heck. Who wouldn’t want to walk into a grow room lush with purple leaves, orange hairs, and thick with that sweet, skunky Purple Urkle scent?
Regardless of its appeal, Purple Urkle isn’t for the beginning grower. Other strains, such as Strawberry Cough or AK-47, would be better suited for newbies if you’re here to investigate such a pursuit. The difficult thing about growing Purple Urkle is the relatively intense feeding requirements needed to reach maximum yield. Frankly, the overall yield will suffer for not using a dedicated nutrient schedule regardless of indoor or outdoor growing.
The general consensus among growers and reviewers about outdoor growing? Don’t. Cultivating outdoors makes for extremely slow grow time. The plant itself is sensitive to temperature and condition changes, and therefore goes through many stops and starts based on weather patterns. Purple Urkle needs a steadily sunny and warm climate to truly thrive. Additionally, outdoor growing typically only yields 8 to 9 ounces per plant.
Purple Urkle generally tends to yield more when grown inside. Indoor cultivation allows one the ability to control the environment to the degree that this strain will greatly appreciate. The strain works well in hydroponics with either frequent pruning or the Screen of Green method (used to mimic a canopy). Both methods serve to encourage the plant to focus on producing colas rather than strengthening stems to support leaf and branch growth.
Indoor cultivation yields up to 18 ounces of bud per square meter of plant and flowering time is about 8-9 weeks.
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Purple Urkle is a classic strain that gives the user a mellow, relaxed high. Because of its penchant for helping people relax, it is often used for stress, anxiety, and insomnia. Common side effects are dry mouth, dry eyes, and dizziness. If you’re looking to try a classic strain and mellow out, put Purple Urkle on your list!