Granddaddy Purple

The information presented on this page is intended solely for descriptive purposes and should not be considered a review or medical advice. The actual effects of the cannabis strain may vary. It is important to use marijuana responsibly. We recommend that you consult a healthcare professional before adding cannabis to your health regimen.

Quick info

Distinctive terpenes
Linalool, humulene, myrcene
Helps with
Stress, pain, insomnia
Ease of growing
When to use






Very High
Sativa Indica

Effects & Usage



Granddaddy Purple (also known as “GDP” and “Granddaddy Purps”) is an iconic hybrid strain that boasts an indica-dominant profile and a THC content that ranges between 17-24%. As a result of the careful crossbreeding between two legendary indicas, this strain is celebrated for its profound ability to relieve pain, anxiety, and sleeplessness, courtesy of the deep relaxation it induces.


The onset of Granddaddy Purple is like a gentle breeze that gradually intensifies. Initially, you will feel a subtle mental uplift, with a wave of euphoria washing over you. Soon after, it unfolds a harmonious symphony of physical relaxation that envelops the entire body. You will notice how difficult it is to move away from that chair or couch you are glued to. This relaxation is so potent it may even leave your body slightly numb. Overwhelming and blissful at the same time, it will allow you to embrace the moment’s serenity, fully melting the stresses away. Eventually, it will ease the transition into a restorative night’s rest with deep sleep. Whilst you will not remain very functional during this trip, you will feel happy and good. If relaxation is what you are after, you hit the jackpot.

GDP is ideal as a soothing companion after a long day when you need to unwind. But it will also greatly enhance intimate gatherings with close friends or movie nights with your partner.

Smoking Granddaddy Purple during the day, when you are hoping for a creative, energetic boost, will do quite the opposite. So keep this bud to the delightful moments of idleness when you don’t have much to do. You may want to try sativas like Amnesia instead.


Considering that GDP was initially created with medicinal consumers in mind, no wonder it shines as a remedy for physical discomfort. Its relaxing and anti-inflammatory properties, enhanced by the presence of humulene, make it an effective treatment for pain, muscle spasms, and tension. The strain’s sedative qualities, bolstered by linalool, also offer relief to those struggling with insomnia, while its uplifting effects can benefit individuals coping with depression, PTSD and stress.

Side effects

Adverse reactions to the strain are rare and rather gentle. Most users report eye and mouth dehydration with occasional dizziness or headaches. As a very calming strain, GDP does not often leave users with paranoia or anxiety, despite its high-THC content. Still, it is crucial to keep your consumption moderate to minimise the risk of any negative consequences.

Given how powerfully relaxing and sedative Granddaddy Purple is, it is best to keep its consumption to evening hours.

Taste & Smell


Granddaddy Purple is a feast for the senses. Its dense, dark purple buds are adorned with vibrant orange hairs and a shimmering coat of resinous trichomes, creating a visual spectacle that captivates the eye.

This beauty made the strain one of the most popular purple buds. The strain’s sweet aroma is an enchanting blend of sweet berries and earthy grapes, creating a fragrant bouquet. Upon tasting, users are treated to a delightful medley of fruity flavours underscored by earthy and musky undertones. What makes this bud so special is the presence of linalool, which also gives it an enjoyable floral taste, quite different from your typical cannabis.

If you like purple strains, check out Lilac Diesel or other big hits in our diverse list of strains.



Hailing from the fertile lands of California, Granddaddy Purple was first introduced in 2003 by renowned cannabis cultivator Ken Estes. The “Medicine Man” wanted to create an ultimate indica strain with the most medicinal benefits. The divine union between the illustrious Purple Urkle and the mighty Big Bud gave rise to Granddaddy Purple.

Growing conditions

Overall, Granddaddy Purple is relatively easy to grow if you keep a few things in mind. Indoor cultivation is more optimal, as the strain is susceptible to air humidity levels, which must be consistently maintained at around 50%. You also might need to be patient with your plant, as it can take up to 11 weeks to flower.

Furthermore, it is a relatively low-maintenance plant. It tends to grow bushy and short, so it does not require much space. It is also quite resistant to pests and mildew. As a result, you can expect bountiful yields, with indoor harvests averaging around 500 grams per square meter and up to 550 grams per outdoor plant.