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April’s Leafly HighLight is Cherry Punch: Pack a party bowl

We can tell no lies: America’s 45 million-plus weed smokers are packing lots of party bowls of Cherry Punch this April, from San Francisco to Boston. It’s a perfect strain for Spring Breaks, Coachella, and 4/20 party planning.

Cherry Punch’s balanced, hybrid, medium-to-high-THC effects are versatile and friendly to newbies. For the heads, there’s plenty of Cherry Punch flower, carts, badder, shatter, and rosin that slaps.

You know you’ll love the taste—Cherry Punch is the Leafly HighLight for April.

The whole damn cake and the cherry on top’: Symbiotic Genetics Cherry Punch, grown by Almora, CA outdoor, 2021. A balanced hybrid. (David Downs/Leafly)
Symbiotic Genetics Cherry Punch, grown by Almora, CA outdoor, 2021. A balanced hybrid. (David Downs/Leafly)

Cherry Punch has 60 reviews on Leafly and an average score of 4.5 out of 5. With a really popular sweet, berry, cherry smell, its balanced effects lean a tad indica.

Cherry Punch balances two opposing parents, the sativa-hybrid Cherry AK-47 and the indica hybrid Purple Punch, so it does whatever you need it to do. I’m not surprised people like gaming on it.

One Leafly reviewer said, “Good relaxing strain with a good (but not too intense) head high. I played almost 40 hours of Fallout 4 on this strain when I had Covid.”

“This strain makes me jam out to music so hard I didn’t want to do anything else,” said another.

And for all the grown women—Cherry Punch puts in work in the bedroom:

“I had nipple orgasms on 2 separate occasions. Sober my nipples have very little sensation. I’m in love with this strain.”

Leafly reviewer

Are you a THC lightweight? Start small with this solid 20% THC strain—it can make novices uncomfortably high, instead of chill.

How much does Cherry Punch cost?

Growers from California to Massachusetts are turnin’ out that cherry flavor.
Growers from California to Massachusetts are turnin’ out that cherry flavor. (Sasha Beck/Leafly)

Cherry Punch is a workhorse cultivar grown at scale from coast to coast, with plenty of flower varieties and extracts to choose from. California eighths can run $25, while Colorado has $40 ounces of Cherry Punch smalls.

It’s a commodity crop in Oregon, where grams of badder run $22. In newer legal states, demand and prices remain high. Cherry Punch runs $50 an eighth in Boston, or $60 for a half-gram cart in medical Florida.

Cherry Punch flower prices across the US:

1 gram of flower$6$11$16
Eighth (3.5g)$12$20$50
Quarter-ounce (7g)$20$38$95
Half-ounce (14g)$40$70$180
Ounce (28g)$69$120$350

Cherry Punch seeds

‘Eyes wide like cherry pies’: grow a pound of Cherry Punch this year. (David Downs/Leafly)
Grow a pound of Cherry Punch this year. (Sasha Beck/Leafly)

Released in 2017, major California breeding team Symbiotic Genetics created Cherry Punch by crossing Cherry AK-47 with their outdoor workhorse strain Purple Punch.

You can get Cherry Punch seeds as of press time from online seller Seeds of Horror for $175. That’s a good move if you want giant bags of Cherry Punch for Thanksgiving dinner.

I’d also look into a similar strain, In-House Seeds’ Black Cherry Punch (Black Cherry Pie x Purple Punch).

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Cherry Punch awards

I know I’m super-fly. Cherry Punch courts awards every year.
Cherry Punch courts awards every year. (Sasha Beck/Leafly)

Breeder Symbiotic Genetics‘ strains have won entire shelves of trophies over the years. A Cherry Punch took 3rd place in The Emerald Cup’s ‘Outdoor – Private’ category in 2018.

Cherry Punch terpenes

(Sasha Beck/Leafly)

Cherry Punch’s copious aroma molecules—its terpenes—are very trendy in 2022: myrcene, caryophyllene, and limonene. You’ll see a similar combo in Fruit Loops and Cereal Milk.

Other highlights this April

Can’t pick Cherry Punch up near you? Roll with it—here are three related picks you’ll love.

Forbidden Fruit

Still a champion—Forbidden Fruit. Hybrid indica. (David Downs/Leafly)
Still a champion—Forbidden Fruit. Hybrid indica. (David Downs/Leafly)

Forbidden Fruit just took home a Spannabis trophy in 2022—that shows the staying power of its classic parents, Crockett’s Tangie and Jigga’s Cherry Pie. You’ll never forget this flower’s first bite—sweet, sour, pungent grapefruit that nibbles on your nose. Its hybrid high-THC effects lean more calming than Cherry Punch.

Strawberry Banana

Alpenglow Farms' Strawberry Banana outdoor 2021 via Solful. Hybrid. (David Downs/Leafly)
Alpenglow Farms‘ Strawberry Banana outdoor 2021 via Solful. Hybrid. (David Downs/Leafly)

Strawberry Banana has analogous, versatile, hybrid effects to Cherry Punch—just with different fruit smells and parentage. It’s DNA Genetics’ cross of Banana Kush to a strawberry type of Bubble Gum. Leafly’s oldest review of it comes from 2014, but it’s still charging hard into 2022.

Cherry Dosidos

Here’s the wild card. Find Leafly’s Strain of Year 2021, Dosidos, but crossed to Jigga’s Cherry Pie by Midwest Best. This should be super pungent and potent. Lit Farms has Cherry Dosidos S2 seeds for sale, and the influential Hendrx Nursery offers clones of it.

And that’s it for the Leafly HighLight for April. Hope you have a great month, with a cherry on top.

Have you tried Cherry Punch? Leave a nice comment below.

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David Downs directs news and lifestyle coverage as the California Bureau Chief for Leafly.com. He's written for WIRED, Rolling Stone and Billboard, and is the former cannabis editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as the author of several cannabis books including 'Marijuana Harvest' by Ed Rosenthal and David Downs. He co-hosts The Hash podcast. TW: @davidrdowns | IG @daviddowns

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