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Purple Haze
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Notice the purple on the leaves
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Rosales
Family: Cannabaceae
Genus: Cannabis

Cannabis sativa

Purple Haze is a term used to describe a specific vividly purple strain of cannabis. It was originally used to describe a type of LSD sold on purple blotter paper.


Purple Haze is actually a glorified term that was adapted from the Jimi Hendrix song, which most believe was created about the "brand" of super potent LSD created by Owsley Stanley.[1] Stanley called this batch of LSD "Monterey Purple" in anticipation of the pending Monterey Pop Festival at which Hendrix reportedly consumed the drug prior to going onstage. One reader recalls that according to a Rolling Stone Magazine article about the Monterey Pop Festival (published circa late 1980s), much of the festival audience was also high on Monterey Purple acid. The same article reported that Owsley had his people stationed at the entry gates holding huge jars filled with the purple tabs, inviting festival-goers to take handfuls. In a High Times Magazine article by Bruce Eisner from January 1977, Eisner reports to have actually interviewed Tim Scully, one of the men involved in creating the LSD. According to Scully, Augustus Owsley Stanley III, began to manufacture LSD in Los Angeles in 1965.[2] It was legal then. Owsley's LSD came in 270 microgram tablets of purple (Purple Haze) and white (White Lightning). LSD became illegal in 1966 and Owsley was arrested in December 1967.

The 1967 song of the same name by Jimi Hendrix may have been named after this blotter paper or after the cannabis strain. However, Hendrix stated that the song had nothing to do with drugs, but rather was based on a dream he had in which he was walking under the sea[3] (inspired in part by the science-fiction novel Night of Light by Philip José Farmer, which used the term, a "purplish haze"). Jimi explained that in the dream, a purple haze surrounded and engulfed him, getting him lost. Hendrix has claimed that the song is not drug related, and the line "whatever it is, that girl put a spell on me" illustrates his point that the song is not about drugs but of a member of the opposite gender. Additionally, Hendrix's song 1983... (A Merman I Should Turn To Be) tells a similar tale, in which he (Hendrix) and a girl/woman walk off into the sea together ("take our last walk through the noise to the sea"), to escape an apocalyptic scenario. [4]


  1. ^ Grunenberg, Christoph (2006). "Protest and counterculture of the 1960s". Summer of Love: Psychedelic Art, Social Crisis and Counterculture in the 1960s. Liverpool University Press. p. 44. ISBN 0853239290. Retrieved 2008-05-13.  
  2. ^ Eisner, Bruce (January, 1977), "LSD Purity: Cleanliness Is Next To Godliness", High Times,  .
  3. ^ Experience Hendrix album sleeve, page 4, © 1997 Experience Hendrix L.L.C.
  4. ^ Purple Haze: Jimi Hendrix : Rolling Stone.

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