Papaya Punch Cannabis Strain Information & Review

Sophia Delphi February 18, 2023 - 6 min read
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Papaya Punch is a delightful weed that smells and tastes terrific and delivers an even better high.

Parent strains Papaya and Purple Punch contribute their tropical fruit and berry flavors and aromas to this bud that leans slightly indica (60%/40%), with a hint of cheese balancing out the sweet smell of the flower.

THC content can vary widely, averaging 23% but occasionally approaching 30% in some batches. That potency powers the Papaya Punch high, which combines an uplifting, blissful and often creative cerebral buzz with a body stone that increases in strength over time. Many users find themselves locked firmly onto the couch, and sedation is common with heavy use.

Papaya Punch is a great choice for winding down in the evening, and patients like it for its powerful medicinal effects.


You’ll notice your spirits lifting after you fire up a bowl of Papaya Punch.

The initial cerebral effect is joyful and mood-boosting, quickly eliminating negative and recurring thoughts and daily stresses. It then becomes calmer and sociable over the long term. Some users find the high to be creative, focused, and even energetic for a brief period, while others simply describe it as mellow, happy, and enjoyable.

It doesn’t take long, though, for a heavy physical buzz to join the party. It’s blissfully relaxing at first, wiping away any nagging body aches or cramps, but it eventually leads to a full-fledged body lock for most smokers. Lethargy and sedation often follow although experienced users may be able to simply lie back and revel in the happy experience.

Recreational users love Papaya Punch as an evening strain. If they’re hanging out with good friends, conversation flows easily because of the sociable head high. If they’re spending the night at home alone, this weed is great for listening to music or binge-watching Netflix — and eventually dozing off.

Bottom Line: Papaya Punch combines a calm, happy and sociable cerebral buzz with a powerful body stone, often causing couch lock and eventual sedation.

Positive Effects:

  • Energy: 2/5
  • Creative: 3/5
  • Pain: 4/5
  • Stress: 4/5
  • Sleep: 3/5
  • Mood: 5/5

Side Effects

Smoking Papaya Punch is likely to give you cottonmouth and make you very thirsty. Dry eyes are a very good possibility as well, and you can expect a major case of the munchies. If you’d prefer to stay awake and alert throughout the smoke sesh, this strain isn’t for you; you’d probably consider tiredness and eventual sedation unwanted side effects.

The high THC content in Papaya Punch can cause problems for new smokers and those with low THC tolerance, possibly causing dizziness, headaches, anxiety, or paranoia. Users with diagnosed anxiety issues often feel those problems worsen; they may want to find a less potent strain or start with just a few tokes to see how this weed hits them.

Negative Effects:

  • Paranoid: 2/5
  • Dry Mouth: 5/5
  • Dry Eyes: 4/5
  • Lethargy: 4/5
  • Cough: 3/5

Medical Conditions

The Papaya Punch experience is highly sought-after by MMJ users.

Those with psychological issues like stress, anxiety, and depression appreciate the stress-busting head high that lifts their mood and puts their problems on the back burner for a few hours. Pain patients say the potent body stone, which can turn sedating, is powerful enough to ease muscle and joint pain, headaches, and even more serious pain.

Insomnia sufferers report that smoking a good amount of Papaya Punch can let them get a good night’s sleep after sedation hits, while chemotherapy patients say the strain’s effects can lessen the chemo side effects they suffer like nausea and loss of appetite.

Flavor and Aroma

This is a sweet-smelling and tasty weed.

The scent of Papaya Punch is closer to that of fresh fruit and berries, rather than tropical fruit. There’s a slight whiff of cheese in the aroma as well, and it becomes more prominent once the flower is burned.

The strain’s flavor is where you notice the taste of tropical fruits mixing with other fruits and berries; tropical flavors are also prominent in Papaya Punch’s aftertaste, along with a little spice.

Flavor and Aroma Ratings:

  • Earthy: 2/5
  • Citrus: 4/5
  • Fruity: 5/5
  • Spice: 3/5
  • Wood: 2/5

Cannabinoids and Terpenes

Lab tests show that the THC content of Papaya Punch averages 23%, but you may find that the flower in your dispensary has a THC level well into the high 20% range. The bud could be also less potent than that, of course, but growers try to maximize THC in the batches they deliver to retail outlets. CBD content usually maxes out around 0.5%; the same goes for CBC and CBG.

Myrcene, linalool, limonene, and caryophyllene are the dominant terpenes in this strain with pinene, ocimene and humulene also represented in the terpene profile. Myrcene, limonene, and ocimene are the terps mostly responsible for the delicious scent and flavor of Papaya Punch.


It’s not known who first crossbred the Papaya and Purple Punch strains, but it was an inspired decision. Both contribute THC potency and strongly relaxing and sedating effects, while Purple Punch adds its euphoric head high to the mix. Their flavors and aromas, of course, are both evident in Papaya Punch.

Where to Buy Papaya Punch Seeds

Not all seed banks stock Papaya Punch seeds, but you can find them if you poke around online. For feminized seeds check with Pacific Seed Bank; Marijuana Grow Shop sells standard seeds. Clones are available from vendors like HendRx Seeds.

Similar Strains

The flavor and effects of Purple Punch are actually quite similar to those of its child, Papaya Punch. If you’re looking for weed that delivers equally-similar effects, Snow Lotus, Hollywood OG, and Purple Tonic are good alternatives.

Papaya Punch Strain Review: FAQ

Q: Is Papaya Punch so strong because it’s a purple strain?
A: It has Purple Punch genetics, but not all Papaya Punch plants show its parent’s trademark purple streaks. Some do, but the buds are more likely to be dark green with lots of orange pistils and a thick blanket of frosty trichomes. And by the way, purple weed isn’t necessarily stronger. It simply contains pigments called anthocyanins, which aren’t related to potency.

Q: How long does it take Papaya Punch to flower?
A: The strain’s flowering time is about nine weeks, with harvest in 77 days.