Colorful Weed Strains

Colorful weed strains

Cannabis comes in a kaleidoscope of colors. Many cannabis connoisseurs continue to look for colorful weed strains. Learn about the different colors and the best strains in each.

Colorful Weed Strains

According to Herb, 93% of shoppers choose cannabis based on color and visual appeal. Cannabis always has a green color. However, it also comes in a wide range of other hues. Some of them include white, orange, red, purple, pink, and black. Many people enjoy using strains with different colors.

In this article, we will explore why there are colorful strains of weed. Next, we will list and describe the different colors of cannabis and some of the best strains for each.

Why are Some Strains Colorful?

Green cannabis gets its color from chlorophyll. Although all cannabis is green, there are other factors that influence color. One of them is called anthocyanin. They are the flavonoids that produce purple, blue, pink, red, and black strains. The pH in soil and temperature affects the amount of this molecule. Some types of cannabis produce more anthocyanins. This makes the hue of cannabis darker. This is why some strains are purple, blue, and black.

In addition, there are four more traits of colorful weed strains. Trichomes produce a white, milky substance. It can also turn yellow or amber based on when it is ready to harvest. And calyxes, the cannabis buds, produce most of the colors seen in cannabis. Furthermore, cannabis pistils, or the hairs on cannabis, come in a variety of colors. Some of them are yellow, orange, pink, and purple. Lastly, cannabis leaves can change colors with low temperatures. Some cannabis growers influence the temperature to obtain purple and darker shades.

As a result, cannabis gets its color from a variety of sources. Here are 8 cannabis colors and the top strains in each.

Cannabis Colors

Colorful weed


White in cannabis is fairly rare. This color is influenced by the intensity of light while growing. Some of the best white shades of cannabis include White Buffalo, White Wedding, and White OG. White Urkle, White Kush, Snow White, and White Runtz are other excellent strains.


Yellow cannabis strains get their color from carotenoids. Carotenoids are also found in squash, pumpkin, and sweet potatoes. Some of the best strains of yellow cannabis include Lemon Kush, Grapefruit, and Super Lemon Gelato. In addition, Lemon Haze, Strawberry Banana, Lemon Head, and Golden Lemons are great choices.


Orange hued cannabis also gets their color from carotenoids. They can have orange pistils or an orange undertone. Some of the best strains with orange hues include Agent Orange, Tangie, and Mimosa. Other cannabis consumers enjoy Orange Creamsicle, Electric Lemonade, and Platinum Punch.

Red and Pink

The colors red and pink appear in cannabis hairs. Red leaves and bud are much less common. This color is obtained by influencing the nutrients in the soil. However, sometimes it occurs naturally. Red and pink colors are rarer in cannabis strains as compared to other colors. Some of the best red cannabis hues include Panama Red and Red-Headed Stranger. Others enjoy Red Poison, and Red Eye Diesel.

Pink shades achieve their beautiful colors from both carotenoids and anthocyanins. Cannabis can be influenced to appear more pink through cold temperatures and direct sunlight. A few excellent pink strains include Pink Zkittlez, Pink Kush, Pink Rozay, Pink Panties, and Pink Berry.


Blue strains of weed get their bright colors from anthocyanins. These anthocyanins are also in blueberries, raspberries, and acai.  Blue strains are typically heavy indicas, and useful for pain, muscle spasms, and anxiety. Blue strains may have a blue undertone, but they can also have a variety of blue shades. We recommend Blue Dream, Blueberry, and Blue Cheese strains. Other strains to try include Blue Haze, Boo Berry, and Royal Skywalker.


Purple cannabis is incredibly popular. They are often potent indica strains. Purple weed gets its color from anthocyanins. Sometimes, buds have a purple hue or undertone. However, other strains have dark purple or violet colors. Some of the best purple strains include Purple Urkle, Granddaddy Purple, and Purple Punch. Also, Sour Grape, Grape Ape, Purple Kush, and Purple Haze are excellent strains to try. We’ve gone into more detail about purple strains here.


Similar to blue and purple strains, this color is created by three factors. They include anthocyanins, intense light, and low temperatures. Black cannabis can look dark blue or purple, or have black shades. Although you may have never seen black cannabis, it does exist. Some of our favorites are The Black, Black Diamond, Black Mamba, Black Runtz, and Black Domina. However, Black Jack, Black Afghani, and Vietnamese Black shouldn’t be overlooked.

Cannabis comes in a beautiful rainbow of colors. As a result, there are many colorful weed strains you may have not tried. The next time you are at a dispensary, be sure to look for different colored cannabis. Although the color does not affect potency, it is another way to increase your enjoyment of cannabis.


JANE Dispensary has two locations that can help you with all your cannabis needs. JANE’s cannabis consultants are available to answer any questions about colorful weed strains and the best products for you. Please reach out to us with any questions. We have a Santa Rosa Dispensary and a Cotati Dispensary. Shop our online dispensary with in-store pickup and delivery options.

Learn about getting a California Medical marijuana card here.


Note: This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended as medical advice. Please consult your physician.


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