Grandpa, tell me a story.

“Once upon a time, in a land called California, a very wise man named Ken Estes was invited  to a medicine ceremony with some Native Americans. They took a liking to Ken and ended up gifting him some of the most purple cannabis he had ever seen. He took that cut, and in 2003 crossed it with a strain called Big Bud — from there the legendary Grand Daddy Purple was born.

 Grand Daddy Purple or GDP is an indica dominant strain. This particular batch came from CannWay, Canadian LP Aphria’s Sister brand. This particular lot has about 23% THC and .07% CBD, so this one definitely packs a purple punch.

To be honest, when I cracked the seal on the bottle and poured out a few buds, I was kind of shocked that it really wasn’t, well purple. Sure there’s a purple hue to some of the buds, but they are more olive green with some amber-rusty hairs making their way through each bud.

GDP smells like how I imagine Grimace, the iconic purple Mcdonald’s mascot, might smell if he were holding a bag of fresh plums after spending the day at the purple Kool-Aid factory. Just to keep things in the grand daddy theme a hint of Orange Metamucil makes its way forward.

The trusty H3 by Herbalaire stationary vaporizer is coming out for this one as I just have to get the true flavour profile. I’m hopeful the flavours will mimic the smell as I love that artificial grape taste. Bag full, I inhale the vapor produced at about 390F and I do taste sweetness and berries, but I don’t really get that Grape Hubba-Bubba gum flavour I’m looking for. It’s tasty, but not the kind of tasty like that taboo grape hard candy your grandfather gave you secretly as a young child before dinner.

The effects are great for dropsy, the vapors, jungle rot, the staggers and….just kidding.

I would use this as an analgesic, for stress relief and sleep. A word of warning, you may have a hankering for a nice piece of fish after using some GDP. Yup, It also tends to bring on hunger, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself waiting in line for the early-bird special at your local Denny’s family restaurant.

Another bit of advice, avoid using this strain during the day. Even though there’s a nice energy burst after the first several minutes and you think you are going to go out and yell at the neighbourhood kids,  it changes and melts into you and may cause you to nap uncontrollably, just like gramps.

You may also find yourself inexplicably watching the Weather Network for hours, but let me impart some grandfatherly wisdom on you, pick up some Grand Daddy Purps the next time you have a chance.

7 coughs out of 10

Review written by Hart Steinfeld, Education Manager at Natural Health

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