When considering the lineage of the Grape Ape cannabis strain, one can easily assume that there is a great deal of “purple” influence sprinkled into the mix. Sure enough, Grape Ape is an Indica-dominant hybrid of the Mendocino Purps strain, Skunk #1, and an Afghani landrace.
The Grape Ape strain’s terpene profile seems very similar to that of Granddaddy Purple. Both strains have an intense berry aroma, making it hard to tell them apart based on smell alone. I likened the smell from this batch to a big bowl of Berry Kix.
With that said, large concentrations of the Grape Ape strain have a tendency to make patients groggy after a couple of hours. Accordingly, it is best to medicate with this strain at night. Consider the Grape Ape strain if you suffer from insomnia, chronic pain, chronic stress, or muscle spasms.
“Smoking the Grape Ape strain seemed to eliminate any pain throughout my body.”
The combination of the Mendo Purps and Afghani strains is known to bring about an intense body melt. That makes it ideal for patients suffering from insomnia or chronic pain.
Stemming from legendary California genetics, the Grape Ape strain is an Indica-dominant hybrid. It is often celebrated for its purple hue and its effectiveness in treating pain and insomnia.
However, Skunk #1 is a Sativa-dominant strain that tends to pass on an uplifting cerebral effect. This is somewhat true in the case of Grape Ape, but it tends to be outweighed by the heavier effects caused by the Mendocino Purps and Afghani strains.
This batch of the Grape Ape strain was a great representation of the strain overall. Smoking it seemed to eliminate any pain throughout my body, and it noticeably reduced the amount of tension I could feel in my neck and shoulders. It helped counter any anxiety as well.
Interestingly, each individual flower seemed to have its own unique color. According to Aaron Justis, the Owner of Buds & Roses, this difference in color was completely dependent on which part of the plant that the flower originates from.
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Home grower’s take: “I’ve had mixed results with this. It always grows tall — sometimes too tall. The second time I tried Grape Ape, it grew so tall that I thought it was something with my [nutrients]. They got so close to my lights once that some of my toppers got burned. The times I’ve been able to keep the height down, though, she’s produced some killer shit. Resin glands didn’t seem to know the difference between nugs and leaves, so I got some great hash out of it.”
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The history behind the indica-dominant strain’s genetics is cloudy. Some reports have it being bred from Afghani and Skunk #1, with others including Mendocino Purps genetics in that equation. One seed website lists its Grape Ape as having Grapefruit and Auto genetics, while another says its cut originated from a phenotype of Grand Daddy Purp. Despite all of the different possible family trees, the most popular versions fall in the Afghani, Skunk #1 and maybe Mendocino Purps family, creating deep violet buds that deliver a melting sedation.
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Grape Ape is the quintessential purple stuff. When stock-image companies start taking photos of (real) purple marijuana for random ads and articles, this flying purple people eater will be the perfect candidate. The classic strain can hit a 10/10 in the presentation category, which pairs naturally with its heavy effects, making it a potent but familiar bud for amateurs and veterans alike.
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There are too many varieties of purple pot out there for just one strain to be everyone’s favorite, but Grape Ape will always make the top of the Family Feud big board.
Flavor: Sweet, almost tart flavors of grapes and blackberries overtake the strain’s flavor profile, but earthy OG tastes or spicy, hash-like flavors usually come in at the end.
Our marijuana strain reviewer takes a deep dive into Grape Ape. Find out more at Westword.com.