Purple Punch combines the intense effects of a classic Indica, with aromas and flavors that would be completely at home on a dessert menu. This hybrid is potent and delicious.
This strain was only introduced in 2018 but it’s already opened a lot of eyes. With strong THC content and 80% Indica genes — some of them from the revered strain GDP — Purple Punch packs a wallop. It delivers blissful euphoria that turns into a full-scale body melt and strong sedation, making it popular among both recreational and medical users.
The purple in Purple Punch? It’s everywhere, from the color of the trichome-loaded buds to its yummy grape aroma and flavor. This heavily-sedating strain is a winner.
The Effects and Side Effects
Be prepared when you fire up some Purple Punch because there’s a good chance it will put you down for the count.
The first effects of this strain hit right behind the eyes, with a powerful and stimulating head high that’s uplifting and happy. Think “Mr. Garrison tries drugs and floats away like a balloon” from South Park, and you’ll understand what the initial euphoria is like for many users.
The Purple Punch high may be creative for people who take just a few tokes, but it’s much more likely to produce an unfocused, happy feeling that can verge on giddy.
It’s not long before you come back down to earth, though, as the high spreads through the limbs and then the body to provide wave after wave of complete relaxation and stress relief.
Couch lock and sedation are common as Purple Punch takes full effect, and it’s not unusual for users to quickly drift off into a restful sleep. Those with more tolerance will find themselves content to just chill for a few hours.
Needless to say, Purple Punch isn’t just a dessert strain; it’s best enjoyed as dessert after dinner. It packs way too strong a punch to be a daytime strain.
Cottonmouth and dry eyes are common side effects of this strain, as is drowsiness. This isn’t the most potent strain you’ll find on the shelf, but it’s still strong enough to cause dizziness in some new users as well.
- Energy: 2/5
- Creative: 3/5
- Pain: 4/5
- Stress: 4/5
- Sleep: 4/5
- Mood: 4/5
- Paranoid: 2/5
- Dry Mouth: 4/5
- Dry Eyes: 4/5
- Lethargy: 5/5
- Cough: 3/5
Bottom Line: Purple Punch leans strongly indica and provides most of the effects that would imply: a relaxing, strongly sedating body high that follows a stimulating head high.
The Health Effects & Benefits
Any strain that’s as relaxing and sedating as Purple Punch makes sense for those who suffer from insomnia or poor sleep issues, and those qualities make it popular for patients dealing with stress, anxiety, and depression as well.
Medical marijuana users also seek out Purple Punch to help with muscle cramps and spasms, headaches, or chronic pain conditions, because of its potency and its ability to help users relax and forget about whatever’s ailing them. And the strain’s tendency to bring on the munchies makes it a good choice for those with low appetites.
Flavor and Aroma
Do you remember when you were a kid and you’d pour a big glass of grape Kool-Aid from the pitcher in the fridge or open a can of grape soda? Or you’d come home to smell a delicious batch of blueberry muffins fresh out of the oven?
Those scents reminiscent of childhood hit you over the head when you open a jar or baggie of Purple Punch. There’s a little spice and pine in the aroma as well, but make no mistake: this strain is almost all grape, all the time.
That’s true for its flavor, too. If you pay close attention you might notice notes of vanilla, blueberry, herbs, and spice, but there’s no escaping Purple Punch’s overwhelming and delightful grape presence before, during, and after the exhale.
Flavor and Aroma Ratings:
- Earthy: 1/5
- Citrus: 2/5
- Fruity: 5/5
- Spice: 3/5
- Wood: 2/5
Cannabinoids and Terpenes
A strain with an average THC content of 18% may not sound like a heavy hitter these days, but experienced smokers know that THC isn’t all there is to potency.
Combine that THC with Purple Punch’s ability to deliver powerful Indica effects, and you have sledgehammer potential. Also, remember that 18% is just an average; some samples may top 20%. There’s a decent amount of CBD in this strain as well, often around 1%, along with higher-than-usual levels of CBG and CBC.
Purple Punch is high in the terpenes caryophyllene, limonene, humulene, and pinene. All contribute to the strain’s terrific taste and aroma, as well as the power of its high.
There’s no definitive information on who first crossed GDP and Larry OG to create Purple Punch. The most likely story is that it originated with the Hawaiian cultivator Supernova Gardens and spread throughout the weed world from there.
GDP needs no introduction. The strongly Indica-leaning strain is known far and wide for its euphoric, relaxing, and sedating effects as well as its purple color and grape flavor. Larry OG may not be as famous, but it’s also a highly-regarded Indica hybrid that delivers a potent body stone.
With a lineage that impressive, it’s not surprising that Purple Punch turned out to be a star strain.
Similar Strains to Purple Punch
There’s no shortage of tasty strains that deliver a strong and sedating body high. Slurricane, The One, and Cherry Blossom Kush are a few you’d probably enjoy trying. And if grape flavor is what you’re after, there are also a huge number of choices with Grape Krush, Grape Ape, and (of course) GDP topping the list.
Purple Punch Strain Review: FAQ
Q: How easy is it to find Purple Punch?
A: Even though it isn’t a heritage strain, Purple Punch’s potent effects and yummy taste and aroma quickly made it a favorite around the country. It’s easily available in most large legal states, even if every dispensary doesn’t carry it.
Q: Does that mean that clones and seeds are available to home growers, too?
A: You may have some difficulty finding clones, but the seeds are easy to find from a number of seed banks online. Growing Purple Punch does require serious attention to the plants, though, for one easy-to-understand reason: caterpillars love the scent and taste of this cannabis as much as humans do, and they can destroy a crop before you know it.