[Canniseur: For a wine crazy like me, this is terrific. I love wine and all its different flavors, all the places it comes from, all the different things it can be. Why should cannabis be any different? I can’t come up with a reason.]
Grape is one of the best cannabis flavors out there. It’s so distinct, and most of the time, those grape-flavored strains are pretty common in terpene profile, cannabinoid profile, and most of the time, those grape-flavored strains are pretty common in terpene profile, cannabinoid profile, and effects. When you put your nose to a jar of something grapey, you’re pretty safe in assuming it’ll be something delicious, potent, and relaxing.
Why Do Strains Smell Like Grapes?
Cannabis flowers can produce so many aromas and flavors, all of which come down to terpene profiles. Terpenes are the aromatic oils in the cannabis plants responsible for their smell and taste. Terps are also the stinky reason that herbivores skip over cannabis plants.
The combination of terpenes in cannabis plants influence many parts of the strain-specific experience, but for all intents and purposes, let’s just focus on flavor.
Here are 5 cannabis strains that smell and taste like grapes.
Granddaddy Purple is the OG of all OGs when it comes to grape strains. It’s the sole reason we all obsess over purple buds and expect them to be powerfully sedating.
GDP is a cross of Big Bud and Purple Urkle. It has bulbous purple buds, thick crystally trichomes, and a sweet grapey and gassy flavor that will blow your taste buds away. Though a hybrid of other purple strains, this early-2000s creation by Ken Estes is still the original purple strain that paved the way for today’s Zkittlez and Forbidden Fruit obsessions.
Mendocino Purps hails from the lands of Mendocino, a county in California that’s given us so much great cannabis over the years. What is Mendo Purps? Who knows, honestly.
The original Mendo Purps is a clone-only strain, but around 2004 BC Bud Depot created a seed version called The Purps. It also goes by Mendocino Purple, Mendo Purple, and pretty much any variation of that. Mendo Purps has a complex grapey, earthy, and hashy flavor, and the effects will lock you to your seat for hours. Need a sleepy strain? This one. Like to dab? This one.
Grape Ape is my singular favorite grape cannabis strain, not to be confused with my favorite purple cannabis strain, Forbidden Fruit.
It crosses Mendo Purps with a Skunk and an Afghani strain. First of all, that combo is just stupid. Purple AND Skunk?! When it comes to smell and look, you already know that’s going to be a beautiful flower with a strong aroma. But then you toss in Afghani too, and you know those effects are going to PUNCH. And that’s what you get from Grape Ape, a punch that hits your body like the Kool-Aid man hits a living room wall.
Grape Ape is heavily relaxing. From personal experience, I wouldn’t necessarily call it a sleepy strain. It doesn’t make you feel so overpowered with THC that some shuteye is your only solution. Instead, Grape Ape makes you feel so damn chill that your body will feel like a lazy pile of potatoes.
Purple Punch is a new school purple strain by way of Granddaddy Purple and Larry OG. Purple Punch is a sweet lil’ thang. Think of a grape hard candy that melts up then drips down like grape syrup. Okay, now you know how you’re currently imagining that syrup would taste? That’s Purple Punch, the Juicy Drop Pop of cannabis strains.
Purple Punch flower is absolutely coated with white trichomes stacked on light green and dark purple buds. It is a GREAT strain for making concentrates. The effects are usually powerfully relaxing, make sure to clear your schedule before consuming this THC powerhouse.
You probably came into this list thinking “Where’s Bubba Kush?” It’s here, just in a newer form that I’ve recently come across in Washington. Grape Bubba is a cross of Purple Urkle and Bubba Kush. In a way, it’s sort of like a new-age attempt at Granddaddy Purple.
Grape Bubba is earthy, it’s sweet, it’s grapey, and boy oh boy is it sticky. It’s one of the more refreshing strains I’ve come across in a minute, and that high? *Chef’s kiss*
Grape Bubba’s high is just like Bubba Kush. In that I mean, Bubba Kush, by sheer name, terpene profile, and overall reputation, is expected to be this super-duper sleepy purple strain that you can only smoke while in bed because that’s how hard it’ll hit you. But in actuality, Bubba Kush tends to be a pretty even-keel manageable high. Sure, it definitely leans more toward the relaxing side of the effects spectrum, but it isn’t necessarily a day-ender.