Purple Kush, also referred to as "Purple Hindu Kush," is a pure indica that distinguishes itself from other indica hybrids by its vibrant colors and flavor. It was first developed by breeders in Oakland, California's Oaksterdam district, one of the country's first places to legally grow medical marijuana. Hindu Kush, from the mountainous Pakistan-Afghanistan border, and an Afghani strain with a purple undertone were crossed to create Purple Kush. It offers a full body stone that is mellow and calming because it is 100% indica genetically. The THC content of Purple Kush, which High Times magazine named one of the top 10 kush strains in 2016, ranges from 17% to as high as 27%. Purple Kush grows low and bushy, as one could anticipate from a fully indica plant. Those attempting to produce their own plants of the strain might succeed either outdoors or indoors, but they might succeed more successfully indoors where they have greater control over the growing environment. As they rarely grow taller than 3 feet, plants can easily fit in a grow room that is vertically constrained. Growers may also want to shock the plants and activate the anthocyanins by exposing them to cold temperatures in order to bring out Purple Kush's distinctive purple hues for its full visual potential; however, growers should be careful to only do this just before harvest in order to avoid reducing the plant's overall yield. When grown inside, Purple Kush plants begin to bloom in 8 weeks, while outdoor plants begin to bloom in mid- to late-September. A moderate yield of roughly 37 grams (or 1.3 ounces) per square foot of the plant is what producers should anticipate under ideal circumstances. Mold is inherently resistant to the plant. Last but not least, those who have successfully harvested a crop of Purple Kush will want to properly cure their buds in order to preserve the vibrant and flavorful flowers. To do this, simply hang the buds upside down for about a week in a room that maintains 50% humidity and a constant temperature of 70 degrees Fahrenheit, and then store the dried buds in wide-mouthed jars in ambient conditions of 70 degrees Fahrenheit and between 60 and 65% humidity. In contrast to many hybrids that are purposely crossbred for taste, Purple Kush has roots that are as close as possible to the cannabis species' Asian origins, giving it the unique distinction of being aesthetically attractive and powerfully flavored without sacrificing genetic stability. It's not surprising that the variety has given rise to well-liked knockoffs like Las Vegas Purple Kush.