You’d no doubt be dumbfounded to see a purple gorilla in the wild. Similarly, this Purple Gorilla, an indica-dominant hybrid born in Northern California, can strike its consumers silent with relaxation. While its genetic background is undocumented, it’s possible that this aromatic bud is descended from another purple NorCal favorite — Mendocino Purps. Whatever its parentage, though, it’s clear that Purple Gorilla is here to stay, with striking buds and a relaxing therapeutic high. The strain’s THC content has been measured at between 15% and 21%.
Purple Gorilla’s flowers tend to be on the smaller side and hold a spherical formation, clinging together in popcorn-like clusters. These globe-shaped nuggets have the dense, compact structure you might expect of an indica. The tightly-curled leaves are a dark olive green, although frequently, phenotypes of the strain also boast patches of purple, ranging from lavender to deep indigo. These eye-catching colors come about thanks to anthocyanin pigments, which trigger their release when activated by cold weather in the growing process. Finally, a blanket of cloudy white trichomes gives these flowers a very sticky texture and makes them appear almost icy when seen from a distance.
Purple Gorilla’s largely purple flowers may lead some consumers to assume that the strain carries a predominantly grape aroma. In fact, the pigments responsible for its color do not play a corresponding role in determining its flavor — instead, Purple Gorilla’s mixture of terpene compounds gives it a mostly earthy, musky scent. That said, there are some incidental grape and cherry-like scents that contribute to the bud’s profile. Combusting these flowers in a pipe or a joint gives off a smooth, flavorful smoke that can have a bit of a peppery kick. On the exhale, Purple Gorilla tastes like a combination of grape, citrus, and pine.