Laughing Buddha Strain Review by Gentleman Toker 2023

Today I’m reviewing the award-winning Laughing Buddha strain. This 2003 High Times Cannabis Cup strain crosses Jamaican and Thai strains. This is a Sativa-Dominant hybrid strain, with an 18-20% THC. One of the dominant terpenes found in the Laughing Buddha strain is Valencence which is not common in most cannabis strains and is believed to produce euphoria.

In this article I share my experience smoking this prize-winning strain, the flavors I tasted, the notes I smelled, and the overall entourage effect I felt from the unique terpene profile of the Laughing Buddha strain.

Key Takeaways on Laughing Buddha Strain

  • Laughing Buddha strain is perfect for beginners, productivity, and social settings.
  • One of the primary terpenes found in this strain is Valencence which is believed to promote euphoria and energy.
  • Laughing Buddha is not the best strain for the body and pain relief.

How does Laughing Buddha strain feel?

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The Laughing Buddha Strain Reviewed

Laughing Buddha is a laugh-inducing strain, perfect for boosting your moods. It will leave you very talkative and feeling incredibly euphoric. The high takes a few minutes to kick in but what I loved the most was how easy this strain was to function with. Due to the higher CBD concentration, the psychoactive effects are not overwhelming and it’s more of a heady high. Alongside a mild body high, this is a very nice Sativa, with a capital “S” making it the perfect social smoking strain with enough clarity to be productive as well.

Who this strain is for: If you are looking for a weed strain that has a powerful body high then Laughing Buddha is not recommended. For body management, I recommend Purple Punch or Cataract Kush. Laughing Buddha is perfect if you need a great beginner strain that boosts mood and is perfect for smoking in a social setting.


Laughing Buddha strain terpene profile

Cannabis terpenes not only play an important role in the aroma and flavor but also is believed to synergistically work with the cannabinoids to produce the overall psychoactive high, known as the “entourage effect”. In this section, we will go over the four primary terpenes found in the Buddha strain so you will understand what makes this strain so popular for boosting moods.

Disclaimer: The terpene profile may vary depending on what medical dispensary you purchased your Laughing Buddha strain from. This section is meant to help you understand how the terpenes influence the effects of this strain.

Carene: 0.05%

Pinene: 0.03%

Myrcene: 0.27%

Ocimene: 0.09%

Humulene: 0.03%

Limonene: 0.05%

Linalool: 0.02%

Sabinene: 0.13%

Valencence: 0.2%

Terpinolene: 0.04%

Caryophyllene: 0.08%

Why Laughing Buddha is perfect for social settings

The primary terpene found in Laughing Buddha is Myrcene, one of the most common terpenes found in cannabis strains such as OG Kush. Myrcene is found in hops and is believed to promote sedation and relax the muscles in studies done with infused teas. When I smoked the Laughing Buddha strain I felt calm and very relaxed but even more euphoric, which has a lot to do with the second dominant terpene: Valencene.

Valecene is a rare terpene found in cannabis plants and is believed to synergize with cannabinoids to produce euphoric and energizing effects. What I loved most about smoking this strain was how relaxed and euphoric I felt, but at the same time how motivated and social I was. This is why I recommend this strain for beginners and people who like to smoke cannabis socially because of the perfect balance of relaxation, energy, and mood boost.

Why Buddha weed strain is a great mood booster

The third most dominant terpene found in Laughing Buddha is the Sabinene terpene which is usually a rare terpene found in cannabis. A 2013 study found that essential oils containing Sabinene, such as water hemlock, demonstrated a strong anti-inflammatory activity. More research is necessary to understand just how much terpenes like Sabinene have an impact on the human body with cannabis.

Ocimene is the fourth most dominant terpene found in the Laughing Buddha strain. Ocimene terpenes can be found in hops, basil, pepper, and lavender and are most common in Sativa dominant strains. While more research is needed, Ocimene is believed to produce an energetic effect. Both the Ocimene terpene and the Valecene terpene found in Laughing Buddha help to promote energy and euphoria which is why I recommend this strain for social smoking. The psychoactive components give you the perfect head high great for laughter and conversating in social settings.

What are the primary cannabinoids in Buddha strain?

The three primary terpenes in the Laughing Buddha strain are THC, CBD, and CBC. In this section, I share my personal experience with what I felt smoking the Laughing Buddha strain and a breakdown of the primary cannabinoids in this strain.


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Disclaimer: The cannabinoids in your Laughing Buddha can vary depending on what medical dispensary you purchased your strain from. I purchased this strain from Heady Club DC This section was meant to help you understand the effects of the cannabinoids in your strain.

THC: 20 - 20.6%

CBD: 0.42 - 0.75%

CBC: 0.41  - 0.73%

CBG: 0.23% - 0.78%

CBN: 0.36% - 0.39%

THCV: 0.16% - 0.96%

While THC is the primary cannabinoid that is responsible for the psychoactive high, CBD (cannabidiol) is usually the second most prevalent ingredient in cannabis. While it doesn’t contribute to the “high” it does help counteract the psychoactive components of THC. This makes Laughing Buddha a great beginner strain, as it’s high in THC, yet also it’s high in CBD. Perfect for medicinal cannabis, social smoking, productivity, and beginners.

The third most dominant cannabinoid found in Laughing Buddha is CBC. CBC (cannabichromene) doesn’t affect thinking like most of the components in cannabis, but it is believed to help reduce pain and swelling. While smoking this strain didn’t give me total body relief like most Indica dominant strains, I did get a mild body high with mild relief. Make sure to check out our top weed strains I reviewed if you are looking for less social cannabis smoke and more of a nighttime body relief strain.

What does Laughing Buddha taste and smell like?

The terpenes in cannabis play a critical role in how Laughing Buddha strain feels and tastes. The four primary terpenes found in this strain are Myrcene, Valencence, Sabinene, and lastly Ocimene.


Carene: (earthy, sweet, lemony)

Pinene: (piney, resinous, woody)

Myrcene: (sweet, spicy, earthy)

Ocimene: (fruit, citrus, pineapple)

Humulene: (bitter, spicy, herbal)

Limonene: (citrus, sweet, tangy)

Linalool: (sweet, floral, spicy)

Sabinene: (spicy, minty, peppery)

Valencence: (sour, lemon, sweet)

Terpinolene: (sweet, citrus, pine)

Caryophyllene: (sweet, spicy, peppery)

Laughing Buddha has a very fruity and sweet smell, with an undertone of spiciness. When I smoked this strain I tasted the sourness and sweetness, but what was most notable was the roasted pepper aftertaste on the tongue. Both the Ocimene and Valencene contribute to the citrus and sweet flavors, while the Sbinene terpene contributes to the spicy and peppery flavors, giving a uniquely contrasting flavor profile.

What does Buddha strain look like?

Laughing Buddha nugs are typically hard in nature but my Laughing Buddha was a bit fluffy and dense as shown in the photo above. Nugs typically have light or dark green foliage, a nice coat of trichomes, and orange pistils. You can also find some brownish undertones in the foliage as well.

Final Thoughts

Here at Gentlemantoker, we review cannabis strains from medical marijuana dispensaries all across the United States. Whether you want to buy weed in DCHawaiiNew York, or Pennsylvania, our team of cannabis experts buy, smoke, and give our honest opinions on each strain. In this article, I reviewed the High Times Cannabis Cup winner, Laughing Buddha strain, from my local Initiative 71 dispensary.

The Laughing Buddha strain is unlike any other cannabis strain due to its prominent terpene Valencence, which is rarely found in cannabis strains. This terpene is believed to promote euphoria and energy, which is what makes this strain amazing for social smoking. The higher concentration of CBD helps to counteract the psychoactive effects of THC, which also makes this strain amazing for beginners. If you are looking for the perfect strain for boosting moods, productivity, and social smoking, I absolutely recommend The Laughing Buddha strain.