As a longtime batsman in pharmacies on the west coast, God’s gift pays homage to the time when purple was king and people were trying to figure out how many different purple styles we could get.
The story of God’s gift definitely started a little with the particular genetic lineage we’re going to cover here. From California’s Emerald Triangle to Los Angeles and everywhere in between, growers have labeled different varieties as “God’s gift”. As a result, it can be difficult to narrow down the exact lineage of a cross from two of the top five stems from the past 20 years. Different versions of Kush and Purple have resulted in many major strains, such as cup winner Purple Kush, who lost in the 2011 DEA raid on Oaksterdam University. But without a doubt, the incarnation of God’s gift through BC Bud Depot and Scorpion Crews is most associated with the name.
Both of the original parents, selected by BC Bud Depot, were part of a partnership with Orange County’s Scorpion Crew. The OG chosen for this incarnation of God’s gift was a fabled OGbx4 cut, which means that the fourth stabilized generation of OG Kush has been crossed back with the original. Some believe that this version of OG is the parent line behind San Fernando Valley OG Kush, widely considered to be one of the best versions of SoCal’s signature strain.
The source of the purple variety is sourced from Scorpion Crew at a long-forgotten concert in the Bay Area, where they smoked with a cultivation master and received a cut of his purps. This was at a time when the Bay Area was awash in elite purples like the legendary Mendo Cream.
After a year in development, the collaboration resulted in one of the top pairings of OG x GDP ever made. It in turn won Canada’s prestigious BioCup and a legend was born.
You can still find elite cuts of the variety as well as God’s gift extracts today. The strain’s long trichomes and rich oil content make for beautiful kief, dry sifting, and bubble hash. Petro-solvent extraction is often less than ideal, as purple does poorly as a sliver, but can do well in budder or wax form.
God’s gift will be a little denser than many of His purple sisters. Most of the time it is represented by trichome soaked popcorn buds from the strong branching, but the colas are absolutely to die for. The picture of the last few weeks of flowering is great on strains with this type of deep purple.
God’s gift has an aroma that is quite unique in the purple world. The pine scent isn’t quite as strong as a Purple Kush (Hindu Kush x Purple Afghani), but that’s about the only one. While your nose is tickled by the cuddle, the robust, grape-flavor of myrcene will fill your sinuses, provided the growth and healing are properly pulled off.
Dense and resinous, but yielding in a mill. Really beautifully dried and healed gift of God will give a little bit unlike more modern purps crosses which can feel like fused stones.
Taste was as important as potency in the Golden Age of Purple, and any good version of God’s gift will take you back to the good old days. Expect a dash of scratch that you want to see in any good Kush with a fruity-sweet overtone that doesn’t taste quite as purple as a good alder tree, but you don’t have to be an expert to grow it.
It’s not a complete couch lock, but it’s best to keep moving and groove. God’s gift makes it very easy to relax and melt a few hours away if you are looking for it. OG and Purple mixes are generally always a bit more functional than your standard Erkle crosses. This leads to much of the deep narcotic effects of the myrcene, which interacts with the THC, without the heavy eyelids.
Indica hybrids like God’s Gift have been shown to be effective for a variety of conditions including nausea, insomnia, and a variety of anxiety disorders. God’s gift will be an excellent goalkeeper for those entering the world of high-end indicas. People who use God’s gift on a daily basis while functioning in society often use it to treat chronic pain conditions.
Breeder: BC Bud Depot / Scorpion Crew
Type: Indica hybrid
Genetics: AND Kush bx4 X GDP
Flowering time: 56-63 days indoors
Originally published in the print edition of Cannabis Now.