UW Purple Strain

UW Purple, or UW Purp, is a famed strain with a mysterious and legendary origin story. It is rumored to have been developed in a university medical lab during the 1970s, in the North West of the U.S.

This strain was then taken by someone associated with the university, and released into the wild. There is intrigue and mythos surrounding UW Purp, as to date, nobody has revealed the parental lineage of this mighty marijuana strain.

UW Purple Strain

It’s an Indica-dominant hybrid, with 85% Indica to 15% Sativa, so it’s a powerful, potent, and mind-bending strain. The name derives from the supposed University of origin (University of Washington) and the prominent purple color of the flowers.

It may also be a nod towards the university’s official color of purple. There is some heated debate as to if UW Purp is the original strain taken from the labs, or if it is a child of the ‘original’ UW strain. Some refer to UW Purp as UW or U-Dub, so this adds to the confusion.

Strain History


The genetics of this strain is unknown, due to the mystery and secrecy around its origins.

There may well be some who move in select circles of the North West’s marijuana culture who know, but as of yet, nobody has come forward to share the secret.


UW Purp is a legendary strain that is believed to have been developed at the labs of the University of Washington in Seattle during the 1970s. Some say that it was stolen by a rogue graduate student who wanted to share this delectable strain with the world.

Strain Appearance

UW Purp is a rather beautiful-looking marijuana strain, in typical Indica fashion, the buds are large, dense, and heavy.

Light greens dance with the dark shades of purple, whilst both contrasting with the eye-catching golden orange pistils. The buds have a sticky, resinous texture due to the dense layer of milky white trichomes.

Strain Flavor

UW Purp is a mixture of flavors that delight the palate. The pungent earthy and diesel undertone is complimented by spicy, sweet, fruity, berry, whilst there are notes of pine.

It provides a smooth and creamy smoke that is full-bodied and full of intense flavors. Some users have noted that large inhales induced coughing and a stinging in the sinuses.

Strain Aroma

Like the flavor of this strain, the aroma is a delightful contrast of scents that tingles the nostrils and will cause you to lick your lips in anticipation. Its earthy aroma is accented by sticky, sweet, and spicy notes, with hints of pine, zest, and citrus.

It’s a pungent and densely aromatic smell that fills any space it’s in. When the bud is ground or broken up, the dank and earthy odor becomes more prominent.

Strain Cannabinoids

The THC content in UW Purp ranges between 14-21%, with a minimal trace amount of CBD.

Strain Terpenes

The dominant terpene in this strain is Caryophyllene, which brings aromas of cinnamon and cloves, whilst relieving anxiety and pain, reducing cholesterol, preventing Osteoporosis, and treating seizures.

Myrcene can be found in thyme and lemongrass, which brings earthy aromas to the strain. It has strong muscle-relaxant capabilities, with strong sedative effects, helping out those with insomnia or associated sleeping difficulties.

Limonene has strong citrus aromas of lemons and oranges. It has antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial effects, whilst it can also increase serotonin.

It’s known to promote weight loss, prevent and treat cancer, and treat bronchitis

Side Effects

UW Purp is a potent strain that delivers a mighty, powerful high. This could be overwhelming for some users, who might start feeling dizzy or suffer from a headache.

For most, a small dose of this will be enough to relax the mind and body to embrace a comfortable high. This strain could leave you locked to the couch, feeling lazy and sleepy.

It’s most suited for the evening and nighttime use. Stay hydrated when consuming to avoid cotton mouth and have eye drops nearby to combat dry, red eyes.

UW Purp will likely bring on an unbelievable case of the munchies, so keep some snacks nearby. This strain also provides a serious appetite improvement, so keep some healthy snacks nearby to avoid any late-night cupboard raids.

Medical Benefits

UW Purp is an incredibly popular strain amongst medicinal marijuana users and patients and is widely considered to be one of the best medical strains on the market today.

Its heavy sedation and anti-inflammatory effects greatly aid the treatment of chronic pain, muscle spasms, chronic migraines, joint inflammations, and arthritis.

It has been used in studies to treat cancer, with findings showing it affected the growth of cancer cells in breast tissue. Further studies need to be undertaken to help gain a deeper understanding of how to use it most effectively in the treatment of cancer in the human body.

People suffering from insomnia have found UW Purp to be of great help, as it has serious knockout power. It can calm down even the most manic of minds and put them in a deep, relaxing sleep.

Those with difficulties eating can find their appetite improves considerably with the consumption of UW Purp, whilst it can combat nausea one might feel when struggling to eat.

Its heavy effects and increased serotonin production work well in the treatment of depression, chronic stress, anxiety, and PTSD.

Taking the user into a deeply relaxing state of body and mind, where they can feel detached from the worries or anxieties that might play out in their minds,

Strain Review

UW Purp is an iconic, legendary, and mysterious strain that is firmly embedded into the mythos and history of marijuana popular culture. Its origin story creates a firm sense of intrigue around the strain, whilst it’s not possible to buy seeds for self-cultivation.

It’s a beautiful strain to look at, with the light greens, dark shades of purple, and almost golden-orange hairs, all coated in milky white trichomes. It’s certainly a strain with ‘bag appeal’.

Its potent effects are fast-acting, bringing the user to a place of deep relaxation and comfort. A small dose will leave the user feeling elevated, as the buzzing sensation travels from your head, through to your fingers and toes.

It’s a delightfully full-bodied experience, that will quickly relax every muscle in your body to the point of sleepiness. UW Purp will put the user into a content, dreamlike, and hazy state of mind, with fits of giggles and a desire to engage those around you.

Best smoked in the evening whilst sinking into the couch, expect a major case of the munchies to hit hard, so keep snacks and hydration close by.

The flavors and aromas of this strain are diverse and contrasting, yet they combine to create a deliciously, smooth and creamy smoking experience.

Earthy, diesel, notes, contrast with spicy, sweet berry, whilst there are hints of pine, zest, and citrus. It’s a truly engrossing and captivating smoking experience. It should be noted that higher doses, could cause users to cough heavily.

A hugely popular choice for medicinal marijuana users, the benefits of this strain are diverse and powerful. Helpful for treating physical discomfort as well as mood disorders such as depression, it’s a great all-rounder for those looking for some relief.

It comes as no surprise that UW Purp has gained such notoriety and a cult-like following over the years.

An incredibly potent strain that combines powerful medicinal properties, vivid eye-catching coloration, and a diverse smoking palate. If you have the opportunity to try this iconic strain, ensure that you take it with both hands.

Strain Grow information

UW Purp is a robust plant that grows indoors and out. Outdoor growing is best suited to warm, Mediterranean-like climates with plenty of sunshine. It’s essential to maintain regular care of the plant through the growing process.

Ensure that it’s trimmed regularly on top, to allow light and oxygen to reach the flowers below. The plants can grow to a medium height, though they are quite short and bushy, with lateral branches.

They are resistant to common molds and mildew, though it’s important to keep an eye out for any pests.

To bring out the boldness of the purple color, it’s critical to expose the plants to cold temperatures later in the vegetative stage.

This is caused by the stimulation of anthocyanins, which this strain is jam-packed with. When the plant is ready to harvest, the large dark buds will be a dark purple, whilst giving off a pungent Indica aroma.


Due to the mysterious origins of the strain, there are no clear or agreed records of its lineage.

As such, seeds for this strain are not commercially available. Those wanting to grow the strain will need to obtain clippings from a mature plant to grow as clones.

Flowering Time

The plant usually enters its flowering stage at around 8-9 weeks when grown indoors. Outdoors, it will flower in mid to late October.

Strain Yield

With indoor cultivation, growers can typically expect yields of around 12 ounces per square meter. When grown outdoors, it averages 15 ounces per plant, as long as the plant is grown in a dry and sunny climate.

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