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Roastin’ with Rick: Purple Nepalese

Disclaimer: Under Colorado law, the use of marijuana is restricted to those aged 21 and older or those with a valid medical marijuana license. Colorado State University does not allow the possession or consumption of marijuana, recreational or medical, anywhere on campus. The Collegian does not condone underage consumption of marijuana.

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Due to technical difficulties, the video accompanying this week’s Roastin’ with Rick will be uploaded once the technical problems have been solved.

With spring break over and the stress of school abruptly placed back on my shoulders, I wanted to review a strain that would put me in the right mood to finish out the semester. And, conveniently, it’s a strain I’ve been meaning to look into for awhile: Purple Nepalese.

Smoked out of Kind Creations' inline bubbler, Purple Nepalese was the focus of this week's Roastin' with Rick. (Photo by Andrew Balch)
Smoked out of Kind Creations’ inline bubbler, Purple Nepalese was the focus of this week’s Roastin’ with Rick. (Photo credit: Andrew Balch)

A cross between sativa strains Nepalese and Lemon Thai, the Purple Nepalese I got from Organic Alternatives had a THC level of 23 percent and has a reputation of being some strong herb. And, being a purely sativa-hybrid, it was a nice change-up from the past few hybrid and indica strains I reviewed.

With the abundance of keef all around the ins and outs of this bud, it’s some pretty sparkly stuff. Behind the sparkles was some beautiful flower: sporadic portions of purple with various shades of green and tons of red-orange hairs.

The smell wasn’t very strong, but what it lacked in power it made up for in scent. The smell had a very light skunkiness to it, which paired well with the more noticeable sweet, earthy scent. But, the best part was the sweet grape scent it had — it was similar to the flavor of a grape lollipop or grape soda. I’m not a huge fan of grape lollipops, grape soda or really anything grape-flavored/-scented, but I really liked the way this bud smelled.

The buds were pretty dense, and breaking them apart sounded like the snap, crackle and pop of Rice Krispies. But, because it was so keefy, I used the Kind Grinder instead. 

I smoked the bud out of a favorite Kind Creations‘ piece of mine, their inline bubbler. I’m a big fan of this one; in fact, I own one myself, and it was the first piece I ever purchased from Kind Creations. Every hit from this piece is smooth, full and the percolator makes a nice, deep rumble when it’s cleared.

A crossbreed between the pure sativa strains Nepalese and Lemon Thai, Purple Nepalese has a THC level of 23 percent. (Photo by Andrew Balch)
A crossbreed between pure sativa strains Nepalese and Lemon Thai, Purple Nepalese has a THC level of 23 percent. (Photo credit: Andrew Balch)

Most of the time, the smell of a strain doesn’t match the flavor or the scent of the smoke, but Purple Nepalese pulls through in the clutch here. Its flavor had strong notes of grape with a subtle earthiness, and there was a surprising tinge of citrus. I have to say that the flavor of this one is pretty good. Attesting to that, even the videographers liked the smell of the smoke as we filmed. 

I will say that the smoke was a little harsh though. It wasn’t too bad, and I have definitely had worse, but a couple of my hits were rough on the throat.


The high came on a bit strong at first, but once it evened out I had a great time. It was a mainly cerebral-oriented and euphoric high, and I had an energetic buzz pulsing that put me in a very optimistic mood. The consistent laughing sprees were contrasted nicely with concentration and abundant creativity.

After taking all of that into account and giving it serious consideration, I give Purple Nepalese a total of nine leaves out of 10. I’d also like to put Purple Nepalese near the top of my list of favorite strains — I’ll be going back for more, to say the least.

Thanks for reading and keep your eyes peeled for my next review — I’ll be dabbing some interesting shatter with an interesting piece, so it’ll be worth checking out. 

This column is sponsored by Kind Creations.

Collegian Marijuana Critic Rick Cookson can be reached online at or on Twitter at @RickCookson1.

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