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Cannabis Strain Highlight: The Great Grape Ape

February 3, 2015

Winter in Seattle has been especially mild and wet this year. When normally I’d be hunting for a sativa to give me a spark of energy for nighttime snowboarding trips, instead I find myself looking for a mellow indica that won’t kill my motivation so I can stay productive while I duck the rain. Enter Grape Ape.

Grape Ape cannabis bud

Like you’d imagine, Grape Ape has a distinct grape note that is noticeable in its aroma, flavor, and even its hint of purple coloring. This strain is popular in cities up and down the west coast, but this particular crop comes courtesy of Greenhand in Seattle, Washington. The buds are dense and nicely manicured, showing almost no leaf. They are not especially “frosted,” but once you crack a nug from the stem, the crowded trichomes expose themselves.

Grape Ape cannabis strain genealogy

Grape Ape is a delicious blend of Afghani and Skunk #1 genetics with an added fruitiness from the influence of Mendo Purps. The aroma is best described as grape candy because it has an almost artificially sweet note like grape soda. The pungent grape and berry aromas mix with a smooth herbal exhale to create a relaxing indica buzz. Grape Ape's calming body effects are not overly-sedating instead, they help me ignore distraction and find focus. A few repeated bowls will eventually put me down, but generally speaking I don’t consider Grape Ape to be a knock-out strain.

Grape Ape cannabis strain fingerprint

Test data from the Grape Ape Strain FingerprintTM provided by Steep Hill shows average THC levels for this strain range between 15-23%. The average myrcene content for this strain ranges from 0.6- 1.5%, which is, according to Steep Hill, an indicator of its indica genetics. The Strain FingerprintTM also shows elevated Cannabigerol (CBG) levels, which is known for its antibacterial properties and as an answer to insomnia.

Even though the violet colors of purple strains, like Granddaddy Purple or Purple Kush, are usually just an indicator of colder flowering temperatures, I have found that purple varieties typically produce sweet, fruity flavors and the relaxing indica effects I enjoy.

Have you tried Grape Ape? If so, leave a review on the strain’s details page and use #MyLeaf to share it with your friends on social media.

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Will Hyde

Will is a cannabis expert and former co-host of Leafly's "What Are you Smoking" podcast. He's a cultivator and former budtender who loves complex hybrids with piney and gassy terpene profiles. Follow him on Instagram at @the.avid.dabber

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