Strain Review: Grape Krush
Our intrepid ganja chronnoisseur, Dragonfly, travels the world in search of the best cannabis and evaluates strains ranging from the popular and plentiful to the rare and exotic. She samples each strain in joints, glass bongs, vaporizers and bubblers, whenever available, taking careful notes of the smell, taste, and nuanced effects of each one.
Bred from DJ Short’s famous Blueberry line, Grape Krush is what happens when two Blueberries make babies. And it was born with some of its parents’ most recognizable traits. From its stony but engaged high to its bluish-purple nugs and candy-sweet aroma, Grape Krush is undeniably Blueberry’s love-child.
Created by the breeder who brought you Flo, F-13, and Vanilluna, Grape Krush is one of DJ Short’s most sought-after, yet elusive, strains. Its Blueberry parents are comprised of two mostly-Thai sativas—Highland Thai (also known as Juicy Fruit Thai; a first-generation Thai seed grown in the Pacific Northwest) crossed with Purple Thai (a first-generation land-race Chocolate Thai crossed with a first-generation land-race Highland Oaxaca Gold)—and an Afghan indica. It’s a three-way cross that garnered Blueberry a first-place win in the Indica category at the 2000 High Times Cannabis Cup. It went on to create (with Super Silver Haze) the infamous Blue Dream, which is Grape Krush’s cousin. Blueberry remains one of the best-known strains in the world of weed, a reputation Grape Krush might have a hard time living up to—for no reason other than that it’s an extremely rare find.
The smell: Grape Krush’s intense grape aroma is nothing short of phenomenal. Think sugar-sweetened grape Kool-Aid, or imagine the sweetness of biting into a juicy piece of grape Bubble Yum. That, my friends, is Grape Krush.
The dry hit: Its sweet and fruity aroma—like artificially flavored grape candy—is highly reminiscent of Fun Dip or purple Pixi Stix.
The flavor: Although when smoked in a joint this strain does possess a mild form of the coating of the tongue that chronnoisseurs look for, its faintly fruity flavor is best enjoyed vaped.
The high: Grape Krush is a creeper. You may spend the first 20 minutes wondering if you’ve smoked so much cannabis in your life that it just doesn’t get you high anymore. But then Grape Krush rolls in like a superhero in super slow-mo, banishing the thought with a twinge in the solar plexus that signals the onset of an indica stone you’ll want to settle in and get comfortable to.
Ideal for a late-night toke, Grape Krush offers a clear-headed body high that has the potential to soothe your muscles into totally not wanting to ever move again. But its sedative, couch-locking proclivity is countered by a sufficient sativa influence that will keep your mind active enough to resist the recline into full couch-lock, unless you get Krushed in excess.
The body stone is conducive to pondering deep thoughts, but it’s not so indica-heavy that you forget how to articulate them. A semi-social high, Grape Krush also appears to be an appetite suppressant, so it’s a great choice if you’re looking to limit your munchie-intake.
The word: Although the high is plenty noteworthy, the unforgettable smell alone of Grape Krush makes it worth adding to your reefer repertoire.