Purple Urkle Strain Review

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.

History and Makeup

Purple Urkle is named for 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!

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.

Purple Urkle has a THC content ranging from 17% to 21%, 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.

Growing Purple Urkle

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 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 flowers in about 8-9 weeks.


Aesthetic and Flavor

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 than you’re initially expecting.

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.


I’m a sucker for pretty cannabis.

Yes, picking a strain because of its in-depth growth history, all the intricacies of its high, and extensive medicinal benefits appeal to you makes sense. However, sometimes a lady just wants a pretty bag of buds so she can take pretty pictures and share them with her friends.

I walked into my local dispensary in this exact mood. It’d been a dismal, rainy week full of too much work and not enough sleep and darn it, I just wanted something pretty to smoke up. I was scanning the shelves when I came upon it: the gorgeous, vibrant nubs of Purple Urkle. It was a lightning bolt of aesthetic happiness.

For once, I was planning to take that Saturday off from all my various side gigs. When the budtender explained that Purple Urkle leans heavily into the relaxed and mellowed category, I thought, ‘this is fate!’ and made my purchase.

The description did not disappoint. It wasn’t long after I took a few tokes of deliciously grapey haze that a mellow wave worked its way from my toes to the top of my head. It also wasn’t long after my first hit that a desert invaded my mouth. Woo boy, does this strain make one parched! It was quickly solved with the liberal imbibing of some water but is still something other users might want to keep an eye out for when partaking.

Purple Urkle is popular with people who struggle with insomnia, anxiety, stress, and depression. The strain made creates a body high that me sleepy almost immediately, and I did end up taking a wonderfully, satisfying little nap. Because of its relaxing quality, I 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 rotation for bad days.

Since I do have mental illnesses, I keep a careful watch on how much THC I am consuming at once. Purple Urkle has a relatively high THC content and can cause both headaches and dizziness if one uses too much or too quickly. Because I did limit how much I used, I didn’t notice these side effects. Still, it’s a good idea to be on the lookout.

Overall, this Purple Urkle is the perfect nighttime strain for users who chronic pain relief, insomniacs, and people suffering from migraines and muscle spasms.

Wrapping Up Purple Urkle

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!

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