LA Medical Delivery, Los Angeles
Photos & Text by Caitlin Podiak
Granddaddy Purple is one of a handful of venerable Northern Californian indica strains that are widely known for their striking purple appearance as well as for their sweet grape or berry flavor and relaxing body stone. Granddaddy Purple is generally believed to be a cross of Purple Urkle and Big Bud, a successful attempt to create a hardier, higher-yielding plant while retaining the desirable medicinal qualities of Purple Urkle. The addition of Big Bud makes Granddaddy Purple slightly less than 100% indica, and this is reflected in its effect, which is noted for being a bit more energetic and cerebral compared to similar strains such as Grape Ape or Purple Kush.
LA Medical Delivery’s Purple Zack Attack flowers are not the purplest of the purple, but there is some clearly visible purple coloring along with green leaves and bright orange hairs. When they are broken up, a more vivid shade of purple can be found deep within these extremely dense, resin-coated buds.
The aroma is mild but enticingly pervasive, filling the room with a tantalizing floral fragrance that is assertive and almost sickly sweet, with a subtle hint of spice. It’s more like potpourri than perfume — light, lovely, and not overly pungent.
Granddaddy Purple is recognized for its fruity flavor, but this Purple Zack Attack is far more floral than fruity, with lavender and violet notes but almost no perceptible taste of grape or berries. It’s smooth and sweet with a touch of spice and some gentle earthy musk, and so yummy that it’s tempting to overindulge.
Patients rely on Granddaddy Purple for its consistent efficacy in relieving pain and anxiety with less sedation than other indica strains. Purple Zack Attack does not disappoint in this regard. The effect is, as expected, deeply physically relaxing and mentally calming. There is an instant feeling of softness that gradually dissolves into a cozy, melting, settled sensation, releasing tension and negativity and encouraging a carefree and benevolent mindset. While Purple Zack Attack does not cause insurmountable couch-lock and should not prevent physical activity, its effect is somewhat mentally cloudy. The tingly body stone is not terribly lethargic, but the mind becomes groggy and scattered, making it difficult to focus.
Purple Zack Attack is quite potent, so a very small amount provides functional pain relief and heavier use will be more sedative and sleep inducing. Though not as clear-headed as some other GDP cuts, overall it is an excellent representation of a superb strain.