Grape Ape is a flavoursome indica strain that is a favourite with numerous smokers thanks to its fruity flavours and potent body high. Grape Ape is the product of a number of strains such as Mendocino Purps, an award-winning Northern California crossbreed, the influential staple strain Skunk, and a famous Afghani landrace.
There are a number of different varieties of Grape Ape available, with seeds coming from Apothecary Genetics and Barney’s Farm. As a result, its THC content can vary widely but it is usually between 15% and 25%.
The strain is distinguished by its colours and smells. It has large buds with a dense structure and tightly curled leaves. The leaves have a deep green colour, while certain phenotypes will display shades of purple and red, and there are copper pistils. Generally, the strain has a high trichome count, which makes the flowers sticky. The multi-coloured leaves are also very pungent. When burnt, the smoke from Grape Ape tastes fruity, unsurprisingly with a hint of grape, and it leaves behind a sweet sensation.
Many are surprised to learn that the grape taste and the purple colour of Grape Ape are not linked. The leaves are the result of pigments called anthocyanins being activated by different conditions, such as lower temperatures. The taste is mostly down to terpenes, and not all purple cannabis strains will have a grape-like flavour.
The high from Grape Ape grows slowly and eventually produces a very weighty sensation in the head and limbs. As it has a slow onset, it is important not to consume too much at once, but to wait for the effects to kick in. Grape Ape can bring about a sense of mental and physical relaxation and it offers a full body stone. It can help those who suffer from nagging pain, and it can sooth sore muscles after exercise. The strain can also help relieve stress and combat insomnia.
Grape Ape is not particularly difficult to grow, but it is not the easiest either. When grown outdoors it tends to be resistant to bugs and disease. It can also be grown indoors and thanks to its indica shape, the plants are bushy with strong lateral branches and rarely grow to more than 4 feet tall. The strain flowers within 7 to 8 weeks when grown indoors and produces a yield of about 74 grams per square foot.
Some newcomers to cannabis may find Grape Ape to be a difficult smoke. It has a gradual and powerful high that can be disorienting. It is hugely popular with those who enjoy feeling pleasantly knocked out and it enables smokes to completely relax into their surroundings.