Grape Ape Strain Guide: An Indica For Sleep

grape ape strain guide

What is the Grape Ape Strain?

Grape Ape is a popular Indica heavy strain that gets its name from its distinct color, shape, and aroma. The strain is known for its distinct grape jolly rancher scent and flavor and the beautiful purple coloring along the tight buds.

In addition to smelling and tasting great, it has also built a loyal following in the medical community for its deeply relaxing high, helping with a variety of conditions from chronic pain to insomnia and anxiety. That’s why Grape Ape is in WoahStork’s “Sleep” Activity Group.

For those after some deep relaxation with a pleasant fruity aroma and taste, Grape Ape is sure to please.


A Little History Lesson

Though the exact origins have been lost somewhere in the haze, it’s widely believed to have been popularized by Apothecary Genetics, a medical marijuana farm based in Washington State. Barney’s Farm (also in Washington) has also been at the forefront of popularizing this fun and fruity strain.

Grape Ape is believed to be a crossing of Afghani Indica and Skunk #1 with a little Mendocino Purps thrown into the mix. The plants produce dense, compact buds with a deep purple hue which are sometimes even accented with deep red or copper pistils.

While the vibrant color and intoxicating aroma are what popularized this strain in the first place, its wide range of medical applications are what have given this ape its crown and assured its place in the strain hall of fame for years to come.


Grape Ape Genetics, Grow Information and Effects

Lineage: Afghani Indica x Skunk #1 x Mendocino Purps

Hybrid: Heavily Indica dominant with 90% Indica and 10% Sativa

Breeder Information: Bret Bogue, founder of Apothecary Genetics

Certified Crosses of the Strain: Zkittlez (GA x Grapefruit), 14 grapes (GA x 14er Special)

Time to Flower: Between 7 to 8 weeks

Yield: 6 oz per square foot (considered a very high yield)

Grower Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate

Height: 78 inches

Preferred Climate: This variety grows best between 68-80 degrees Fahrenheit. Typically, growing your plants on the cooler end of the spectrum will result in more of the signature purple hue on the leaves and buds. Ideally, the humidity levels should be kept low–between 30-40% RH during flowering to avoid rot or mildew.

Outdoor vs Indoor Growing: Grape Ape can be grown both indoors and outdoors. When grown outdoors, it prefers a sunny environment with persistent airflow. It is best to keep your plants trimmed to assure the entire plant receives enough sun. Whether indoors or outdoors, humidity levels must be carefully monitored as the dense buds can rot or mold if there is too much moisture in the air.

Feeding Overview:  This is a hungry strain that performs best with moderate to heavy feeding. Healthy, immune boosting compounds such a compost tea will keep your plants happy and help prevent powdery mildew.

Stretch: Less than 100%


Aroma / Aromatics

One of the most notable characteristics of the Grape Ape strain is its intense grape-like aroma. It’s more akin to grape Kool-Aid or grape Bubblicious Gum than freshly picked grapes, however. Underneath the signature waft of candied grape, you’ll find layers of other robust scents that open up at the buds meet the grinder, first a skunky musk from the Skunk #1 parent strain, followed by sweet floral notes of lavender, nag champa incense, and a spicy earthiness.

When smoked, it leaves a woodsy and earthy scent in the air, with traces of sweet grape lingering alongside it.


Flavor / Taste

Much like the aroma, the flavor profile of Grape Ape is equally pleasant and complex. First and foremost, the fruity aspect of this strain hits front and center on the palate. While the grape dominates, other berries (such as blackberries and currants) are also present, giving this strain an overall pleasant and sweet fruitiness.

Underneath the fruity overtones, there are some delicate flower notes backed by that musky earthiness. This strain tends to have a long and pleasant aftertaste that lingers long after you toke.

Grape Ape is definitely a must try for anyone who likes their smoke sweet, fruity, and flavorful. It always keeps you coming back for more.


What to Expect / How It Will Affect You

In addition to its intoxicating flavor and aroma, the Grape Ape strain had a loyal following due to its proven track record helping with a variety of medical conditions.

Grape Ape is a strong relaxant, making it an ideal partner in combating insomnia, stress, and depression. Load up your pipe or vaporizer and let this tasty strain relax you to your core, dissolving stress and anxiety along the way.

In addition to its ability to aid in relaxation, Grape Ape is also a favorite strain for alleviating pain. It has been known to combat a variety of types of pain but is best suited to muscle pains such as spasms, fibromyalgia, or polymyositis. Grape Ape has also been shown to have a positive impact relieving neuropathic pain which can be caused by conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis and peripheral neuropathy.

Grape Ape has also recently shown great promise with cancer patients, helping combat nausea and loss of appetite caused by chemotherapy.

Potential Medicinal Benefits May Include Alleviation of Symptoms Associated with:

  •    Insomnia
  •    Stress
  •    Pain / Chronic Pain
  •    Depression
  •    Appetite loss or nausea due to chemotherapy
  •    And more…

Grape Ape has fairly minor side effects. Because of its deeply relaxing and almost tranquilizer effects, you may experience slight dizziness or drowsiness. Dehydration in the form of dry mouth or dry eyes may also occur. On a rare occasion, some people experience slight paranoia.

Side Effects May Include:

  •    Dizziness or drowsiness
  •    Dry mouth
  •    Dry itchy eyes
  •    Slight paranoia

Because of the deeply relaxing effect that makes Grape Ape such a favorite among insomnia sufferers, it’s best to enjoy this strain when you have time to take full advantage of its relaxing effects. We don’t recommend this strain when you have a hefty to-do list that needs conquering.


THC Composition

With your average indica heavy strains clocking in around 12.5% THC, this strain packs a bit more of a punch ranging from 16% to 25% and falling somewhere between the 18 and 20% mark on average.

While this may not be the strongest strain out there, it will definitely have you melting into a puddle of euphoria in no time flat. As mentioned before, it is best enjoyed when you have time to really relax and enjoy its truly calming effects. Just sit back on the couch and enjoy.


Flower and Bud Structure

Grape ape has a beautiful, large, and densely packed bud structure. The leaves curl tightly around the buds and are usually a deep green with a distinct purple hue, making the bud clusters almost resemble the grapes this strain is famous for. You will often see deep orange, red or copper pistils accompanying the dark green and purple leaves, making this strain a true beauty to behold.

The buds have calyxes landing on the larger end of the spectrum with moderate to high trichrome coverage. Though not the frostiest variety out there, the high trichrome count will still often leave you with, especially sticky flowers.

grape ape strain guide

Closing Thoughts

There’s just so much to love about the strain, it’s a truly magical combination of flavor, aroma, and a meditative, relaxing high.

Whether you suffer from chronic pain, anxiety, insomnia, stress or just need a good wind down that packs a tasty punch, this strain is an excellent choice

Let the candy sweet, floral, and earthy aroma lure you in. Take a toke and savor the flavors of rich grape and fresh spicy earth that linger long after the smoke has cleared. Then sit down and enjoy the ride as you drift off into a calm and serene ocean of euphoria, letting the stress from the day melt away. You may just find that this tasty bud is exactly what was missing from your day.

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About Nicco Reggente, PhD 168 Articles
Nicco is the co-founder and CEO of WoahStork and Strain Genie-- two companies dedicated to bringing to life his passion of bringing personalized medicine to the cannabis industry. Nicco received his PhD from UCLA in cognitive neuroscience with a focus on machine learning applied to neuroimaging datasets. He previously received two B.As from NYU in Psychology and Philosophy.

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