The breeding for Dark Desire was done to develop a better purple strain.
For me, purple weed should BE purple. How many times have you had someone offer you something with purple in the name, only to find little if any color in it? Sometimes getting a purple if it maybe gets cold enough to turn is not my idea of purple pot. 'If' or 'maybe' are not colors in my book, but purple is the new gold.
Folks who follow my work know I take trait expression very seriously.
If the name says “gooey” in it, then it better be a sticky mess, and if it has the word dark in it, well, it better be just that. Dark Desire is just that. DARK purple and majestic in its expression, Dark Desire pulls you in from the onset of flowering to its full rich experience when smoking it.
It is a delight to the eye. Offer it up to folks among a choice of others and by looks alone folks will want a taste to fulfill their dark desires of trying a true, deep purple weed.
With its strong berry tones and a heavy hashiness to the taste, Dark Desire has a wonderful, rich flavor which is full of balance and makes a great all-day-long smoke. Very easy to grow and showing color from the onset of flowering, her deep colors will draw you in to her with every grow.
Colors are dominant in breeding and pass on easily making purples much more easily gained in crosses with her. She was made using Zinn, Gooey 84%, and Double Deth, a Deth Grip x Gooey cross.
There is a lot of misconception still out there about purple weed. With all the real information out there, folks still are confused about purples and how they are viewed in the cannabis world.
Let’s clear some of this up here and now so we can all move forward shall we?
First off, Anthocyanin build up is what makes pot purple. This build up is due to a number of factors, all dealing with the genetics involved. Yes, even cold induced pot has to be genetically predisposed to build anthocyanin in order to change colors. Built in from the start, or displayed as a result of environmental factors, anthocyanin build up can display itself for multiple reasons.
Cold can slow the movement of sugars within the plant, causing Anthocyanin to build up and thus turn the leaves and parts of the buds different shades of purple. Like trees in the fall, this is the same effect in cannabis. While this is a genetic factor, these are not “true purples” like those built in from the start by breeders wishing to make this a dominate trait.
True breeding purple strains are those which display the coloring from the onset of flowering (if not before in some of the darkest lines which can color leaves and stems well before flowering) or turn colors on cue at a set point in flowering without outside factors.
From simple bag appeal to real health benefits which are now being found, anthrocyanin, an excellent anti-oxidant that occurs in various foods, is now being looked at by sufferers of arthritis and fibromyalgia looking for relief from cannabis with a high level of anthrocyanin for its benefits with anti-inflammatory effects. More and more doctors are now looking at this and focusing efforts to refine this using true purples as a basis for study. Cannabis with a high level of anthrocyanin could be beneficial for conditions such as these.
Dark Desire has been bred to help in this research and I’ve sent it all over the world to folks who wish to work on this more, introducing a dark purple to folks who have only seen pictures of dank purples and never knew the pleasures of a true purple weed.
Let’s face it, we all have a Dark Desire!
Originally published in Weed World Magazine 122