Dinafem: 2 New Cannabis Strains For 2018
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Dinafem Releases 2 New Cannabis Strains For 2018

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Some of the most striking marijuana plants turn purple in colour. This is because of anthocyanins, whose properties have many scientific applications. Dinafem Seeds is releasing two new strains that show exactly what's so special about purple cannabis.

Dinafem Seeds pride themselves on their place in the European cannabis seed market. They are now launching two new purple strains you have to hear about. Dinafem products are available throughout Europe with high standards of quality that justify their reach. Source your cannabis seeds from Dinafem and you're dealing with growers who have been carefully researching and experimenting since 2002.

After three years of development, they launched as a company in 2005. By the end of the decade, they were leaders in the Spanish cannabis seed industry and beyond. They have many popular strains for sale, including Moby Dick, Cheese, and Blue Widow.

The specialty of purple strains is something to which Dinafem have dedicated serious time. The work has paid off with two incredible new strains: Purps #1 and Purple Moby Dick. But what is a purple marijuana strain? And what makes it special? To answer that, we need to know more about anthocyanins.


What Are Anthocyanins?

Some strains of cannabis have higher levels of anthocyanins. These are flavonoids, which are small soluble pigments that serve as secondary metabolites. They regulate a plant's protection against ultraviolet light, and influence the pigmentation of the plant, leading to intensely vivid colours. In this case, anthocyanins tend to produce red, blue, purple, and even black colours.

Think of autumn leaves turning dark red. That's because of anthocyanins. The dark blue of blueberries? That's because of anthocyanins, which are also partly responsible for their antioxidant properties. So, what happens when a cannabis plant develops more of these?


What Are Purple Marijuana Strains?

When cannabis plants have higher anthocyanin content, some striking things happen. Deprive the plant of nutrients like nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur, and purple can appear from the stems all the way to the trichomes. Mimic drops in temperature that plants would experience naturally in the fall, and shades of purple will appear, making them stand out in a sea of green.

Any differences in flavour may be subjective, but the antioxidant properties could suggest these strains to bear anti-inflammatory effects. By far, the most prevalent factor in determining purple strains are the genetics. This is where Dinafem's expertise in seeds becomes so useful.

The phytochemicals in plants are what create a colour in response to light. Most of the year, photosynthetic chlorophyll makes green the dominant colour. The balance of a plant's sensitivity to ultraviolet light will determine how close to violet it will become as seasons change. Anthocyanins suggest that plants are genetically inclined to protect the plant from stress brought on by light exposure.

The resulting bluish and purple shades could indicate an evolutionary advantage to this plant. Purple colours could also deter certain pests and insects by having what appears to be unhealthy colours. At the same time, these colours attract pollinators to the plant such as hummingbirds, bees, and butterflies.

Besides these advantages, many cultivators grow purple strains simply for their dazzling colour. In these cases, it's important to select strains that are bred to produce purple hues under the right conditions. It's not worth it to stress any old plant and deprive it of heat and nutrients in order to release purple colours. Luckily, Dinafem have released two top-notch purple varieties, ready to be cultivated by growers like you. Let's have a closer look at these two new Dinafem stars.


Purps #1 (Dinafem)

Afghan Kush is a high-quality strain, as you should be able to tell from the words "Afghan" and "Kush". When Dinafem bred a purple variety of this classic cultivar, they stunned the world. They wanted to take it further, however, and boost the berry taste and fruity aromas of the plant. By breeding Purple Afghan Kush with Blueberry, they have produced Purps #1, a knockout indica-dominant hybrid.

Now, the sensuous taste finally matches the enticing shades of purple. This mouth-watering experience packs a high THC content, so be sure to prepare for soothing indica effects. The stability of the plant is impressive, with good yields emerging after a mere 60 days of flowering.


Purple Moby Dick (Dinafem)

Moby Dick is a crowning achievement of Dinafem's catalogue. This strain swept to award-winning power, having emerged from a combination of two popular sativas: White Widow and Haze. This means capturing two lightning bolts together for a brain-frying high.

Yet on top of all this, Dinafem have now produced a purple variation with a scent of fruit with hints of pine. Crossbreeding Purple Afghan Kush and Jack Herer resulted in this this uplifting strain, Purple Moby Dick. A long-lasting, euphoric high is bestowed by its THC content, known to reach over 21%.

Continuing to experiment with genetics of different strains has led to such wondrous purple developments from Dinafem. Be among the first to sample these new strains now!

Steven Voser
Steven Voser
Steven Voser is an independent cannabis journalist with over 6 years of experience writing about all things weed; how to grow it, how best to enjoy it, and the booming industry and murky legal landscape surrounding it.
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