Banana Punch may be the best tropical strain you’ve ever heard of. Sometimes called Banana 9, this strain is a dessert weed that blends the flavors of pineapple, berries — and of course, banana — to delight your taste buds. It smells just as good as it tastes, and even the flower is a treat for the eyes with purple undertones beneath a covering of thick amber trichomes.
The delicious taste of this 50/50 hybrid isn’t all that Banana Punch has to offer; its THC levels can range from 18% all the way up to 25%. The strain provides a slow-acting euphoric and relaxing head high, coupled with a calming body buzz that most often turns into couch lock. Sedation and even sleep can follow many users. Needless to say, Banana Punch is best used in the evening.
The Banana Punch experience can sneak up on you. You’ll probably have to take a few tokes before the bud’s effects begin to hit.
A euphoric and happy cerebral high is the first thing you’ll feel as the buzz slowly spreads throughout the head. It’s energizing yet calm, gradually eliminating stress and day-to-day worries while providing a boost in creativity and focus for some users. But then, mental relaxation may make it more enjoyable to simply enjoy the feeling instead of jumping into new tasks.
Banana Punch’s body stone strongly encourages you to forget about your to-do list. It begins with tingles spreading from the neck all the way to the toes and morphs into a fully-relaxed feeling that’s likely to become couch locking and quite possibly sedating. Some users enjoy the experience so much that they fall asleep before the long-lasting high wears off.
This is a weed that is tailor-made for after-dinner smoking. The delicious flavor is as satisfying as dessert can be, and its heavy body stone is perfect for a long and enjoyable night with good friends or parked in front of the TV. The motivation provided by the head high won’t normally be enough to overcome the sedative effects, so daytime use isn’t ideal for most smokers.
Bottom Line: Banana Punch provides a slow-acting head buzz that’s euphoric and energetic. However, that energy is usually trumped by a heavy body stone that eventually locks users to the couch and sedates them, sometimes putting them to sleep.
- Energy: 2/5
- Creative: 3/5
- Pain: 4/5
- Stress: 5/5
- Sleep: 4/5
- Mood: 4/5
When you enjoy Banana Punch, dry eyes, cottonmouth and coughing aren’t unusual. Anxiety and paranoia are unlikely but can occur in those not accustomed to high-THC strains, users with preexisting anxiety issues, or those who hit the pipe too hard. Munchies are quite likely to hit, and complete sedation is certainly possible.
- Paranoid: 2/5
- Dry Mouth: 4/5
- Dry Eyes: 4/5
- Lethargy: 4/5
- Cough: 3/5
The ability to wipe away mental stress and recursive thinking is exactly what many MMJ patients are looking for when choosing weed, which is why so many of them love Banana Punch. Those dealing with depression, anxiety, clinically-diagnosed stress, PTSD, and OCD say the strain’s head high completely relieves their suffering and provides a sense of calm.
Patients with chronic and serious pain also praise Banana Punch for its potent body high, which they say effectively numbs their muscle, joint, and lower back pain. The strain’s somnambulant effects are sought-after by those suffering from insomnia or poor sleep issues, and its tendency to bring on the munchies can help patients with low appetite due to chemotherapy.
Aroma and Flavor
The tantalizing scent of Banana Punch has been compared to both candy and fruit because of its yummy, sweet, fruity aroma. You’ll notice pineapple and tart berries in addition to the banana scent, along with a little citrus and spice.
The taste is just what you’d hope for after smelling this weed. The fruits all blend to provide an absolutely delicious tropical flavor in Banana Punch’s creamy smoke.
Flavor and Aroma Ratings:
- Earthy: 1/5
- Citrus: 3/5
- Fruity: 5/5
- Spice: 2/5
- Wood: 2/5
Cannabinoids and Terpenes
An average sample of Banana Punch contains about 18% THC, which makes it one of the strongest weed strains. However, the bud sold at retail outlets often has THC levels in the low-to-mid 20% range, which makes it even more potent. This strain certainly packs much more of a punch than its fruity aroma might lead you to believe. CBD and CBG content can be between 0.5% and 1%.
This strain is high in the terpenes limonene and carene, explaining in part its fruity aroma and taste. There are moderate levels of caryophyllene, nerolidol, myrcene, and ocimene.
Two potent strains, Banana OG and Purple Punch strain were crossbred by Symbiotic Genetics to create Banana Punch. Banana OG is known for its mellow and sedating body high as well as its banana flavor; Purple Punch is even more sedating and contributes its fruity goodness to Banana Punch.
Where to Buy Banana Punch Seeds
Feminized Banana Punch seeds are easy to find online, as many reputable seed banks stock them. Vendors include Blimburn Seeds, Seed Supreme, and Home Grown Cannabis. You can purchase standard seeds from sellers like the Marijuana Grow Shop and Horror Seeds. HendRX Farms, the Clone Conservatory, and Seed Canary offer Banana Punch clones for sale.
Banana and Banana OG are good choices if you’re looking for a different strain with a tasty banana flavor. Those looking for weed that has similar effects can try Mint Chocolate Chip, Sin Mint Cookies, and Blueberry Dream.
Banana Punch Strain Review: FAQ
Q: What type of cannabis is Banana Punch?
A: It’s generally a 50/50 hybrid, perhaps leaning slightly toward indica. That doesn’t tell you much, though, since the powerful sedating effect the weed can deliver is normally associated with strains that lean much more heavily indica.
Q: How long does it take Banana Punch plants to flower?
A: It’s usually around 50-55 days, and you can tell when the plants are ready for harvest when the purple in their buds, their bright orange stigmas, and amber trichomes have reached full color.