Purple Punch Strain | Strain Profile & Effects

Is the Purple Punch strain sweet? Or does it hit hard? Find out in this article.

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New cannabis strains are constantly in production. The goal of cross-breeding is typically to maximise the best parts of different strains, such as yield size, bodily effects and potency. Through this process, cannabis cultivators are able to fill gaps in the market and appeal to all sorts of different cannabis consumers.

When attempting to boost these features, sometimes others are overlooked, such as the aesthetics, the smell and the taste of the flower. But this next strain has an abundance of all the things that make your senses tingle. Our guide to the upcoming year's most popular strains continues with the Purple Punch Strain

Purple Punch is an indica-dominant strain. This strain is a cross between Larry OG and Granddaddy Purple, which are two indica classics. The original Purple Punch strain was claimed to be grown by Hawaiian breeders at Supernova Gardens, however, the official origin of this strain remains a mystery.

Purple Punch is a fitting name for this strain as it is coveted for its vibrant purple buds, sweet smell and enticing taste. These features create a fruity and sweet dessert strain, perfect for consumption after dinner.

Don't let these features fool you though. As its name also suggests, this strain can definitely pack a punch. Its THC levels and indica effects will hit you with a one-two combination that can be felt in both the body and the mind. 

Effects

Purple Punch has a THC content range of around 16-20% with most strains being closer to the upper boundary than the lower. At 20% THC, this strain isn't as potent as other boutique strains such as Wedding Cake and Original Glue, but it is still fairly strong. Due to its combination of a strong mind and body high, enough of this strain can make you feel like you've been hit by a truck. There are no relevant amounts of CBD found in this strain.

After consumption, the high commences instantly, at full force. This first manifests as strong cerebral stimulation that you can feel right behind the eyes. Accompanying this stimulation is an uplifting sensation of mild euphoria. With this strain containing minimal sativa genetics, this as far as the mental stimulation will progress.

As the high continues, the bodily effects will begin to kick in to balance out the cerebral effects. These come in the form of physical relaxation and strong sedation, which is common for indica strains. Due to the strong sedation, this strain is recommended for night-time use, or just before bed.

This strain also has the common negative side-effects of cottonmouth and dry-eyes. As the cerebral effects are quite mild, any feelings of anxiety or paranoia are unlikely to present themselves, however caution is still advised to anyone predisposed to these conditions.

This strain's uplifting effects are felt easily and instantaneously, making it popular with some medical cannabis consumers. Stress relief is its most common application, as the induced euphoria helps to soothe feelings of stress or depression.

Another condition that this strain is able to effectively manage is insomnia. The sedation caused by this strain is useful in combatting instances of sleeplessness. This strain has also seen use in combatting bodily pains, cramps, spasms, nausea and in some cases migraines.

Appearance, Smell & Taste

The Purple Punch strain is indica-typical in appearance, with a short stature and round, globular buds. The dense, fragrant and purple buds are all hallmarks of the Purple Punch strain. These buds are fluffy and bright, with an almost-neon tone to them. They are absolutely laden with amber trichomes and bright orange pistils.

Purple Punch's aroma is as sweet as its name suggests. This strain's aromatic profile contains scents such as grape, candy, blueberries and soda. Vanilla and herbal notes can also be detected when the buds are broken apart or ground up. The main terpenes found within this strain are caryophyllene (peppery), limonene (citrus) and pinene (pine).

Purple Punch's taste is remarkably similar to its aroma, making this a delicious dessert strain. The strong grape soda flavour is balanced by other notes such as blueberry, vanilla and herbs, so the taste isn't overwhelmingly sweet. To enjoy this strain's flavour clearly and to its full extent, vaporising is the recommended method of consumption.

Due to its taste, aroma and high concentration of trichomes, this strain is a popular one to consume via a vaporiser. As such it is available in concentrate, oil and wax compositions.

Availability

Despite the mystery surrounding Purple Punch's origins, this strain has found its way into the hands of many well-renowned growers. This includes the LA-based Jungle Boys and Amsterdam-based Barney's Farm. 

This strain can be found in dispensaries throughout the legal states of the US, but is more common in places that have a decent supply, such as California, Oregon and Colorado. The average price for this strain in California is approximately $25 AUD for a gram. This strain can also be found in certain coffeeshops in Amsterdam, such as the aforementioned Barney's Farm. Because this strain is hard to find outside of North America, you can expect it to be more expensive. In Amsterdam, this strain will set you back approximately $45 AUD for a gram.

There are no other phenotypes of Purple Punch available, however, its parent strain, Granddaddy Purple, has a comparable taste. If you weren't feeling the flavour of this one, or you couldn't track it down, then similar strains to this one include Do-Si-Dos (more giggly), Master Kush (more limonene) and Monster Cookies (more uplifting). However, if this strain sounded appealing because of its aroma and flavour, then check out other sweet-tasting strains such as Gelato and GSC.

Consumers who prefer the relaxing and sedating indica effects of cannabis, without too much cerebral stimulation, will thoroughly enjoy this strain. Where this strain really makes a name for itself however is through its incredible flavour and aroma. For lovers of a gustatory cannabis experience, look no further than Purple Punch, as it is one of the best-tasting strains around in 2020.

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Josh Griffin
Josh Griffin

Josh is Perth-based writer with a background in psychology and pharmacology. Through his studies he has gained a keen interest in abnormal psychology, mental health and neuropharmacology and has reported on these topics. Currently, his main focus is on cannabinoids and their medical potential.

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