Appearance & Aroma
Cannabis fans familiar with the unique bud of Jamaican and Thai will see the influence of these strains in the flowers of Laughing Buddha. The large buds are more elongated than spherical. Leaves are a dull yellow-green shade and have a rather fluffy, irregular texture. Hazy white trichomes cover the flowers, giving them an icy impression.
The predominant scent of Laughing Buddha is vaguely tropical, with hints of citrus and herbs. There are also toasted, nutty notes balancing these scents and keeping them from smelling too acidic or fruity. Busting open or grinding the flowers delivers a spicy and peppery aroma. Laughing Buddha burns with a cloud of rich, smooth smoke when combusted. This smoke has a skunky lemon taste with some herbal highlights on the exhale.
Effects & Benefits
The effects from Laughing Buddha take hold fast, epitomizing as a pressure around the temples and eyes. Users may be initially caught off balance by feelings of altered perception, connecting their attention to all types of surrounding stimuli. Sounds and sights can take on a new intensity, and optical distortions are commonly reported. As the new feelings become familiar, users detect that their stresses and tensions have dissipated, giving them a happy, euphoric mood. These friendly and positive vibes are right at home in social environments, where Laughing Buddha can facilitate enjoyable and free-flowing chats. As the high continues, an Indica-inflected body high comes in, making users more physically relaxed — but by no means hindering them. Because it can support productivity and relaxation in equal measure, Laughing Buddha is a great strain to enjoy during the day or later in the day.
Medically speaking, Laughing Buddha has some psychological applications. Its mood-altering effects can temporarily relieve the distracting symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression, and PTSD, helping medical users spend their time more deliberately and mindfully. This strain’s sense of sustained concentration might also help those with attention deficit disorders to focus their mental energy on a singular task. Because it doesn’t have the cerebral intensity of other Sativas — like its parent strain Jamaica, which is known to be influential in this regard –, Laughing Buddha might be a good choice for those prone to panic or who have a lower THC tolerance.
The breeders of Barneys Farm sell seeds of Laughing Buddha through their website. It is considered a problematic grow and might not be the recommended choice for novices to cultivate. This flower can be grown outdoors or indoors, although its landrace roots should give you some hint about its best climate; it is ideally developed in a tropical, humid region with lots of daytime sunlight. If grown inside, its characteristically Sativa height will need to be accommodated by the grow space. Regular trimming and pruning early in the vegetative stage should also be kept in check. Due to it being almost an entirely pure Sativa, Laughing Buddha has a longer flowering time of 11-12 weeks when grown indoors. As this bud flowers, growers may want to bolster the plant’s tall stalks with stakes or other supports to keep them from drooping under the weight of large nugs and colas. This strain offers growers a high output for their efforts, yielding about 56 grams (or 2 ounces) of flower per square foot of plant.
With thoughtful but not overwhelming cerebral effects, Laughing Buddha is an excellent option for those seeking a calm, middle-of-the-road Sativa. It is enjoyable whether you are out with friends or just lounging solo at home. Laughing Buddha is also the perfect way to enhance a hike or a camping trip.