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Strain Review: Purple Trainwreck

A yellow grow light brings out the purple and crystals in the strain Purple Train Wreck flower.
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Strain Review: Purple Trainwreck

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.

Purple Trainwreck is the aesthetically stunning offspring of Granddaddy Purple and Trainwreck. Deep purple and quite frosty, this strain looks like sparkling grape candy. Inheriting a slightly predominant sativa influence from Trainwreck, with a GDP body stone easily within reach, this strain embodies the best characteristics of both parents, making Purple Trainwreck a deliciously dynamic smoke, a chameleon capable of creating two very different highs depending only on how much of it you ingest.

The smell: Purple Trainwreck inherited its spicy lemon scent from its Trainwreck lineage, with a trace undertone of berry sweetness.

The dry hit: The pre-flame puff produces a sweet, lemon zest that reinvigorates the senses.

The flavor: The spicy lemon taste of Trainwreck quickly gives way to a sweet, berry flavor, with a faintly fruity flair rounding out the bottom end.

The high: Purple Trainwreck offers something for everyone. At about 18 percent THC, it packs a punch. In very small doses (one hit from a pipe), however, its sativa lineage dominates, creating an uplifting, euphoric, energetic high ideal for day-trippers. But take another toke and this strain can fast become a day-wrecker.

Like any train wreck, this strain can be a little harsh. Unlike the average train wreck, however, it’s purple, and smells really good.

Purple Trainwreck soothes the senses with a smooth body stone that leaves you no choice but to relax and enjoy. It is reported to be a highly effective and long-lasting pain-reliever for a wide variety of ailments, and if used as nighttime smoke, it can lull you into peaceful sleep with ease.

While it is unlikely to completely wipe you out or leave you incapable of functioning, don’t expect it to inspire you to bound around the countryside, arms akimbo, either. After all, it is named Trainwreck. Fortunately, as we’d hope with any accident, the recovery period is short and easy.

The word: Purple Trainwreck is unique in that it can provide substantial pain relief and still offer a manageable, even energetic high when toked with restraint.

It’s also a great choice for those bongin’ on a budget: one hit is more than enough to keep you buoyant. However, if you like the repetitive motion of smoking hit after hit, you might want to use this strain only at the end of the day, when there is nothing left to accomplish but freedom from pain and a restful sleep. Climb aboard the Purple Trainwreck and you may never want to get off.

Have you tried Purple Trainwreck? Tell us how you liked it in the comments below!

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