Are you on the hunt for the perfect grape-flavored cannabis strain? Cannabis enthusiasts have a variety of backgrounds and preferences when it comes to choosing a cannabis strain. Their location can also impact what strains are available for purchase. While some may still need to rely on the back market, others are lucky enough to live in states with legal cannabis dispensaries. Strain availability is largely impacted by the maturity of a state’s legal cannabis market. In places with mature cannabis markets like Colorado, California, Washington, and Oregon, it is more likely to see newly bred strains in dispensaries, and it is harder to find classic cannabis strains. In newer cannabis markets, classic strains tend to be more common because growers and consumers are already familiar with them.
In this article, we’ll break down the huge variety of grape cannabis strains that are on the market today. Whether you are looking for something classic, something new, an indica, hybrid, or sativa, there is a grape weed strain to suit all tastes!
As mentioned, classic cannabis strains are going to be more common in newer legal cannabis markets. They are also more common on the black market since they are well-known and easier to grow. Among the classic grape-flavored strains, indica varieties are the most common. It is also very common for classic grape cannabis strains to have Mendocino Purps and Afghani landrace heritage. It is likely that the terpenes of these parent strains were the initial key to creating grape flavor.
You can call it Grand Daddy Purp, Granddaddy Purple Kush, Granddaddy Purps, or GDP, but by any name, the Granddaddy Purple cannabis strain is nothing short of famous. Granddaddy Purple is a cross of Mendocino Purps, Skunk, and Afghanistan that gained popularity around 2003. This indica tends to have a deceptively moderate THC potency of around 17% with potent effects that blend cerebral euphoria and deep body relaxation. Recreationally, Granddaddy Purple is known for its dreamy high while medicinal users experience benefits like pain relief, insomnia relief, increased appetite, and relief from muscle spasms. The purple-tinted buds of Granddaddy Purple burst with sweet and floral flavors of grapes, berries, and flowers. Its terpene profile is dominated by myrcene, pinene, and caryophyllene.
The cannabis strain Purple Urkle is a classic Californian strain that is believed to be a phenotype of Mendocino Purps. This indica averages about 18% THC but packs a potent punch. Purple Urkle is known for its sedative effects and deeply relaxing body high. Medical cannabis users value this strain for relief of pain and insomnia, but recreational users should be cautious of its heavy high and fast onset. The Purple Urkle terpene profile is rich in myrcene, pinene, and caryophyllene. Overall, its flavor profile is pleasantly fruity with notes of grape, berries, and plums.
Grape Ape is an indica-dominant hybrid of the strains Mendocino Purps, Skunk, and Afghani. This cannabis strain is the queen of grape-flavored cannabis. Its grape aroma and flavor are very apparent along with notes of sweetness and berries. This flavor is the product of minor terpenes like limonene, ocimene, and linalool, along with the dominant terpenes myrcene, pinene, and caryophyllene. The Grape Ape strain is loved for its unique flavor as well as its soothing and relaxing effects and purple-tinted buds. Grape Ape has typical potency that ranges from 18% to 20% THC and is best for evening use since it may be sedative.
The indica-dominant hybrid cannabis strain Grape God averages 17% THC. While many grape-flavored strains descend from Granddady Purple, Purple Urkle, or Grape Stomper, the Grape God strain is actually a cross of God Bud and Grapefruit. This gives it a grape flavor with hints of sweetness and citrus. The Grape God strain is known for providing long-lasting euphoric effects that can help elevate your mood and ease away stress. This strain has the potential to be sedative but can also provide deep body relaxation. Its dominant terpenes are myrcene, pinene, and caryophyllene.
Growers are always looking to innovate, and there’s no exception in grape-flavored strains. As more people choose to use medical cannabis in a dry herb vape, or in concentrate form, flavor has become just as important as a strain’s effects. While classic grape cannabis strains lean on the genetics of Afghani and Mendocino Purps, new strains have found other genetics with terpene profiles that can create grape flavor with more variety in their effects.
Purple Ice Water
The cannabis strain Purple Ice Water #4 is a cross of Ice Cream Cake #5 x Grape Cream Cake. Purple Ice Water is a hybrid that is slightly sativa dominant. It is said to have euphoric and focused effects that can help relieve stress. The potency of Purple Ice Water ranges from 24% to 31% THC with a terpene content of 1.4% to 2.2%. The rich terpene profile of this strain imparts very pleasant grape flavors.
If you love the sweetness and heavy relaxing effects of “Pie” strains, the Grape Pie cannabis strain is a must-try! This indica-dominant hybrid is a cross of Grape Stomper and Cherry Pie. It averages over 20% THC and is known for a high that starts with a sense of euphoria and leads into deep body relaxation. Limonene, myrcene, and linalool support a flavor profile that features notes of grape, sweet berries, and a peppery finish. The Grape Pie cannabis strain is best for evening use because it often results in couch-lock.
In recent years, a number of “Runtz” strains have appeared in dispensaries. There’s Pink Runtz, White Runtz, Banana Runtz, and so many more. One of these variations that should not be overlooked is Greasy Runtz. The Greasy Runtz cannabis strain has a very high average THC potency around 28%. This potent indica-dominant hybrid is a cross of Grease Monkey and Runtz with a terpene profile dominated by myrcene, limonene, and caryophyllene. Its flavor profile features grape, strawberry, and rose with notes of candy as fuel. Greasy Runtz is an ideal strain for experienced cannabis users and indica-lovers who enjoy strains with a strong body high.
The cannabis strain Grape Soda is a phenotype of Tahoe OG Kush. It provides effects that are fast-acting with heady and heavy-bodied sensations that are sure to inspire laziness. Grape Soda averages around 19% THC and is rich in the terpenes myrcene, caryophyllene, and pinene. Along with minor terpenes like limonene, ocimene, and bisabolol, these molecules give the Grape Soda strain a distinct grape flavor with notes of lavender and citrus. For cannabis users looking for a relaxing and euphoric evening smoke, Grape Soda is a tasty option!
The cannabis strain Grape OG is an indica-dominant hybrid of Grape Romulan and Tahoe OG Kush. This newer OG strain averages about 19% THC and has a high that is uplifting and creative. It is a great option for those looking for a combination of relaxation, euphoria, and mood elevation. The Grape OG strain has a unique flavor profile that is described as a combination of floral grape, blue cheese, honey, and subtle notes of citrus. Its dominant terpenes are caryophyllene, myrcene, and humulene.
While grape indica strains are tried and true classics, grape sativa strains and hybrids offer a different take. Grape sativa strains and hybrids offer options that are more suitable for daytime use and won’t leave you glued to the couch. They typically feature more pungent flavors like skunk, fuel/gas, and chemical notes that come from their sativa parents.
Purple Stardawg is a phenotype of Stardawg which means they have the same genetics from their parent strains Chemdawg #4 and Tres Dawg, but traits are expressed differently. The Purple Stardawg strain has funky aromas of diesel, earth, and pine that give way to grape flavors with notes of sweetness and chemicals. While this may not sound very appealing, the combination is very pleasant for those who enjoy sativa strains with pungent and fruity flavor profiles. Purple Stardawg is rich in the terpenes myrcene, caryophyllene, and limonene. Its high is described as happy and uplifting, ideal for daytime use.
The hybrid cannabis strain Grape Gasoline is a cross of the strains Grape Pie and Jet Fuel Gelato, originally bred by Compound Genetics. It is a high-potency strain that can reach up to 27% THC, so it is best for experienced cannabis users. Since the Grape Gasoline strain is indica-dominant, its effects are more calming than energizing. However, the high is not as sedating as a typical indica. Instead, its high is described as being euphoric and uplifting which makes it suitable for daytime use- an uncommon train for indica-dominant strains. Grape Gasoline, as expected, has a flavor profile of pungent grape and fuel. Its dominant terpenes include myrcene, caryophyllene, and limonene.
The cannabis strain Grape Stomper (aka Sour Grapes) is an uplifting hybrid that was created through a complex genetic crossing of Purple Elephant and Chemdawg Sour Diesel. Grape Stomper averages about 18% THC. Users report that the effects are mostly cerebral, but are accompanied by a pleasantly tingly body high at the onset. The Grape Stomper terpene profile is rich in myrcene, limonene, and caryophyllene. Along with minor terpenes like humulene, these create a flavor profile that bursts with sweet grape flavor and hints of diesel.
The cannabis market is continuously evolving and innovating. There is now a huge variety of grape-flavored cannabis strains to suit all preferences. However, if you are looking for cannabis vape cartridges or concentrates, be sure to buy those made from whole-plant extracts. It is an open secret that there is an abundance of cheaply produced extracts that use pre-made terpene mixes to add flavors back to low-quality cannabis extracts. There is simply no comparison in the quality of a true strain-based concentrate and the man-made knock-offs. It always pays to investigate a bit closer if the price seems like too good of a deal!
Sabine Downer is a scientist and cannabis writer with a passion for education. She has been writing for various clients in the cannabis space since 2015 and has worked in biotechnology since 2010. Along with content creation, she is also a knowledgeable resource on quality assurance, regulatory, and legal topics.