About Monkey Thunder
Monkey Thunder is a well-balanced hybrid with a dynamic fruity aroma. Created by Oregon-based Phantom Farms, this bud has a complex genetic background which includes Lemon Pineapple, Tropic Thunder, and Monkey Face. It offers users mental stimulation alongside some soothing bodily effects. Monkey Thunder’s THC content has been measured at between 18% and 24%.
Flowers of Monkey Thunder stand out thanks to their large size and long, spindly shape. These stretchy columns of green look almost like miniature cypress trees and have the densely-packed internal structure. The small, wide leaves are a mixture of spring green and yellow that are twisted through with curly orange hairs, which are actually pistils, reproductive structures meant to catch pollen. Finally, a generous blanket of glassy white trichomes covers all visible surfaces of these buds.
When flowers are properly cured, they give off a fruity, tropical aroma with distinct notes of citrus. Taking a closer whiff will reveal some herbal, slightly medicinal scents lurking underneath and when ground up they yield more of a peppery kick. Burning this strain in a pipe or a joint, results in a light and very palatable smoke; this smoke has a spicy lemon flavor on the exhale.
Smokers tend to feel Monkey Thunder’s effects shortly after ingesting its fruity smoke. At first, the strain can unleash some head-focused sensations like a flushing in the cheeks or some stimulation of the salivary glands. As they adjust to these weird tics, though, users can settle into an amped-up headspace where ideas seem to move quickly or with greater intensity. Concepts that aren’t usually interesting can suddenly fascinate the user, leading to bouts of creative free association. In social situations, this cerebral vibe can translate into free-flowing conversation and a sense of camaraderie. For those who are feeling productive, Monkey Thunder can enable work on complex, detailed tasks, as well as on freewheeling artistic endeavors.
As this high wears on, its mental edge is slowly supplanted by deep physical relaxation. Smokers who are out and about may be overcome by the desire to head home, while those who are already lounging comfortably might start to sink slowly into their surroundings. Although concentration and conversation are still possible at this point, Monkey Thunder’s transition into sleepiness may undo some of the strain’s earlier motivation. If dosage is increased, couchlock, and sleep become real possibilities. Because of the slow dip in energy levels, Monkey Thunder is recommended for late afternoon through evening consumption.
Monkey Thunder’s versatile recreational effects can also have some applications for medical patients. Its zoned-in ways of thinking may help those with ADD and its uplift in mood may temporarily counteract the negative symptoms of stress and depression. Physically speaking, this strain may reduce all kinds of aches and pains, whether they're acute due to injury, or chronic conditions like COPD or arthritis. As noted, Monkey Thunder’s properties can even induce sleep, making it a viable option for treating insomnia. Because it comes with some risk of obsessive or disordered thinking, this strain should be consumed with caution by patients who are prone to paranoia or who have a low tolerance for THC.
Phantom Farms has not made seeds of Monkey Thunder available online. Instead, prospective growers should seek out mature plants to take clippings, that can be grown as “clones”. They can thrive indoors or outdoors in a humid, Mediterranean-like climate; plants tend to be of medium height with a bushy stature and flower within 8 to 9 weeks.
With a crowd-pleasing flavor and a well-rounded high, Monkey Thunder offers something for everyone. If you break it out in public, be prepared to share, as its tropical aroma is sure to turn some heads.