The History Behind Purple Urkle: a Quality Indica

Purple Urkle

Purple Urkle is a strain that has been around for decades. It was first discovered in the 1990s and has been present ever since. Purple Urkle is thought to be an inbred line dating back to at least 1989, possibly quite a bit earlier. Its origins are thought to be that of a pure Indica, likely coming from Afghanistan or Pakistan. It made its way into the NorCal medical clubs in the mid-90’s and has been going strong ever since, being crossed into a wide variety of strains due to its unmistakable coloration, smell, and overall stability.

This past summer it was put on display for everyone by crossing with Mendo Purps Genetics (another local favorite) creating one of Northern California’s most popular newest crossbreeds – Deepstone Haze! Here’s an example of a Purple Urkle cross that’s been making waves at the Emerald Cup in recent years.

“Deepstone Haze – Mendo Purps Genetics x PUKO PURPS. Deepstone Haze is made up of some heavy weight genetics from both parents, including Mendocino Purps and Purple Urkle, with Afghani Hawaiian and Skunkles thrown in for good measure.”

Purple Urkle has also been used to create other popular strains such as: “Sour Diesel”, which was created by crossing it with Chemdawg (a strain from Southern California); and Space Queen, which combined Purple Indica with Neville’s A-59 or “The King”.

Purple Urkle has a strong, sweet smell and taste with hints of blackberry. This is one of North America’s most popular Indica strains due to its potency; it provides an overall sense of relaxation without the user feeling sedated or “out of it.” Purple Urkle also won first place at the 2006 Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam as well as second place at the 1995 High Times Harvest Festival in California for best Indica strain.

Purple Urkle is a type of cannabis that many people are familiar with. It has been around for 30 years or so, and it’s grown in popularity over time. Purple Urkle is known as an Indica-dominant strain because indicas generally produce more CBD than THC which can help to reduce anxiety. This particular variety also produces a powerful, earthy smell that other varieties share little resemblance to.

The history behind the name “Urkel” isn’t clear; however, one theory suggests it was named after Steve Urkel–the nerdy character from Family Matters who wore high-waisted jeans and loved technology (sound like someone you know?). Others say there may be some connection between this strain and the purple Dutch flower, tulips.

Purple Urkle is a quality indica variety that has stood the test of time and will continue to grow in popularity for years to come. It’s earthy scent makes it stand out from other varieties, as does its lack of THC content–the benefits this offers are far-reaching: not only can you enjoy Purple Urkle without experiencing anxiety or paranoia (typically experienced by users who consume more high-THC strains), but also because CBD has been known to help reduce pain related conditions such as arthritis and fibromyalgia.

People often ask if Purple Urkle is an indica, or a hybrid. It’s kind of both. There are two types: the purple variety and white version–the latter being favored in Holland (hence its name). The strain was originally developed by crossing Afghani with Pakistani genetics to create what has become a quality THC-reliant plant that seems to offer benefits for most cannabis consumers.


If you are looking for a cannabis strain that has been around and tested for generations, Purple Urkle may be the one. It is thought to have origins in Afghanistan or Pakistan and can still be found on menus today. Planning to visit a dispensary near you? Make sure to look out for this classic Indica!


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