Puna Budder is known for producing impressively large flowers that adhere in roughly spherical formations; some phenotypes of the strain are more pointed, with spade-like buds. These flowers appear more indica-influenced on first glance, clinging together tightly in compact and dense buds. The olive green leaves curl tightly inward toward their central stems and are twisted through with brown and orange pistils. Finally, cloudy white trichomes cover the inner and outer nooks and crannies of these nuggets, giving them a very sticky texture and making them difficult to break up without a grinder.
When these buds are properly cured, they give off a sweet, earthy scent that mingles musk with the fragrance of cedar. On closer inspection, there’s also a less pleasant sour smell that’s almost like rotting or fermenting organic matter. Grinding up buds of Puna Budder yields some pungent hints of skunk. When combusted in a pipe or a joint this strain gives off a harsh, acrid smoke that’s liable to tickle smokers’ sinuses and trigger coughing fits. On the exhale, this thick smoke tastes simultaneously sweet and woodsy.
Puna Budder takes effect relatively quickly, exerting a throbbing pressure around the lower forehead and temples. Within short order, the smoker’s thoughts take on an elevated nature, fixating on a single topic or making insightful connections between other ideas and concepts that might not otherwise come to mind. The loud and sometimes fast-paced mindset that comes with these cerebral effects can be put to use in tackling complicated work-related tasks. Alternatively, Puna Budder’s brainy energy can provide a welcome and self-sustaining distraction for those who have to endure such menial tasks as cleaning or photocopying. As this strain’s high wears on or as dosage in increased, feelings of physical relaxation may gradually set in, with a tingle trickling down the spine and gradually spreading outward through the core and limbs. Thought not knocked out or incapacitated, smokers may find themselves less willing to engage in demanding duties. Fortunately, Puna Budder leaves the consumer’s mind alert -- if not exactly motivated -- and able to sustain lucid conversation or otherwise engage with the outside world. This eventual balance of mental and physical stimulation makes this a friendly social strain, sparking free-flowing conversation and good vibes wherever it happens to pop up. Because of its slow taper down in energy, Puna Budder is a great strain for enjoyment between late afternoon and early evening.