Episode 390 – The Hosts Dive In

Hosts Kris Krane, Heather Sullivan, and Ben Larson join fellow host Brian Adams to talk about the lack of federal progress on legalization, how the ‘great resignation’ has touched the cannabis industry, and the end of the DEA monopoly on growing cannabis for legal research. Produced by Shea Gunther.

Best THC Vape Pens And Batteries In 2021

While vaping has been around for a while now, in recent years, the industry has begun to shift away from the bulky vape batteries for smaller options with customizable voltage settings. The vape pens from O.pen are the perfect example of a company that has refined their vape pen batteries with the perfect voltage setting […]

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Weedmaps’ 2021 buyer’s guide: 4/20

It’s that time of year again. There is a familiar, skunky smell in the air, the glass is getting ferociously cleaned, your favorite cannabis shops are stocking up on products, and Bic lighters are going missing every minute. We’re talking about the 4/20 season, of course!

Last year 4/20 happened in the thick of the pandemic, but with more people being able to safely venture outside (still adhere to social distancing practices, please!), we can take advantage of the celebrations and incredible deals happening in dispensaries and stores around the country (check out our tips for big sales weekends). 

And while there are more products and deals than we can keep track of, it’s always true that you want to hit 4/20 with some style. Whether that’s a new bong or rolling tray to impress the sesh, or maybe stoner-centric clothing or jewelry, 4/20 is the perfect time to get that special stoner item you’ve had your eye on. We’ve included a selection of smoking devices, grinders, ashtrays, rolling trays, apparel, jewelry, and more to celebrate 4/20. 

Smoking devices

Vibes Ultra Thin Rolling Papers

Vibes Ultra Thin King Size are new, but they might be the best rolling papers in the game. Vibes roll super nicely; they hit super smooth; and they burn super slow. I’m not the biggest on the rice or hemp ones, but those Ultra Thin joints? 10 out of 5 stars.

Price: $2.50 (singles), $125 (box)

Mota Glass Mini Beaker Bong

By now, you should know what’s good with Mota Glass. They’re great people that make great bongs from great glass. Like most high-quality glass, Mota’s bongs will hit your pockets for a couple hundo on a good day. But if you want to give one to someone special, and save yourself a little cheddar, cop that Mota Glass Mini Beaker.

Price: $70

Puffco Vision Plus Dab Rig

A Puffco Plus is a great buy for dabbers. It’s essentially a pocket dab rig, and let me tell ya, those three heat settings definitely bring forth those terpenes in your oil big time. And with big puffs of smoke to follow. To snaz up the device, go with the Puffco Vision Plus, which comes in an iridescent tie-dye color for the same price as the metallic Puffco Plus.

Price: $89.99

The Tombstone Vape Battery

The Tombstone is essentially the double-barrel shotgun version of a vape battery. It allows you to vape two different 510 cartridges at the same time, and get high off a mixture of flavors, versus just one strain like traditional 510 batteries (or even proprietary carts like G Pen Gio, PAX Era, and STIIIZY). Is it necessary to smoke two different oils at once? Absolutely not. Should that stop you from doing it? Absolutely not.

Price: $37.99

— Dante Jordan


Jane Parade Gold Grinder Card

You ever bought some weed on the go and didn’t have a grinder to break it down? So you ended up rolling a clumpy ass joint that burnt weirdly enough to make you wish you would’ve just bought a pre-roll instead? Same. But this gold grinder card from Jane Parade that can fit into your wallet/pocket is here to solve that problem forever. And it’s only 20 smackeroos!

Price: $20

Rainbow Astrological Grinder

LET’S GET ASTROLOGICAL, BABY. If you wake up every morning and read your horoscope before a lil’ morning meditation, this Rainbow Grinder with zodiac signs on its top is the gift for yourself. Seriously, the design is creative and has the “Oh, where’d you get that?!” factor.

Price: $26

Grindzilla Luxe Grinder

Gold never goes out of style, so you can’t go wrong with the Grindzilla from Her Highness NYC. It has three chambers to let you catch all the kief in the world and a pretty dope snake design on the top. Plus, you can’t beat the price for such a stylish piece.

Price: $36

Marley Natural Wood Grinder

$90 for a grinder is a pretty tough ask, but it’s hard to argue against the quality of Marley Natural’s wooden products. Honestly, that’s all there is to say about it. It’s a well-made grinder that will last longer than the average grinder rinky-dink out there.

Price: $89.99

Tectonic9 Manual Herb Grinder

Go, Go, Gadget Grinder. That’s how you’ll feel using the Tectonic9 Manual “Herb” Grinder. To use it, you grind up your grass manually like with any other 4 piece grinder, but what sets this one apart is once you’re done, you use an electronic dispenser to pour the weed out of the side of your grinder, and directly into your bowl or papers. No more spills for you!

Price: $56

— Dante Jordan


Ashtray and Incense Holder from D:Ceramics

If you like to burn incense while lighting up, this ashtray and incense holder by artist Denise Lopez may be the perfect fit. All pieces are one-of-a-kind and handmade to order, and you’ll want to allow 2 – 3 weeks for shipment — so maybe make this a late gift to yourself to keep 4/20 going past the holiday.

Price: $48

Silicone and Glass Grind On Me Ashtray from Ugly House

Decorated with cute cartoon bongs, lighters, and all things weed, the Grind On Me ashtray is both adorable and functional. Its bright silicone wrap protects the glass from breaking, so you won’t have to worry about knocking it over or having it get in the way of your dog’s ferocious tail wags. Check out Ugly House’s Etsy shop for more in stock. 

Price: $9.99

The Ashtray from Mae

Partnering with designer Joe Doucet, luxury cannabis accessories brand Mae released The Ashtray. Made of brass and plated in rose gold, its sleek design and single joint holder makes it a great option for those celebrating solo. 

Price: $95

Hand Blown Cannabis Leaf Ashtray by Kush Panda

What’s 4/20 without the presence of the cannabis leaf immortalized in glass? This hand-blown ashtray from Kush panda mixes a laid-back style and effortless design for a relaxing weed-filled holiday. 

Price: $14.90

Monster Ashtray from The Apollo Box

This unique monster ashtray will be a conversation piece the next time you can safely gather with friends and family. Until then, pair this ceramic ashtray with a joint full of Monster OG before celebrating 4/20 with a Cheech and Chong marathon. 

Price: $51.97

Thigh High Ashtray from Her Highness

Feel extra fancy when you rest your joints on the brass legs of this marble ashtray from Her Highness. The legs will also keep your pre-rolls separate if your indica-loving self and your sativa-loving partner are lighting individual joints before a stony 4/20 dinner.  

Price: $90

— Hannah Meadows

Rolling Trays

Umudyok Designs Hardwood Rolling Tray 

This rolling tray from Umudyok Designs is simply beautiful. Handmade by Oakland-based Cassey Dela Pena with real walnut, maple wood, and beeswax, these trays are unique and sophisticated that are equal parts functional and stylish. 

Price: $40

RAW Triple Flip Bamboo Magnet Rolling Foldable Tray 

As Lindsay MaHarry wrote in her guide to rolling trays, this is the “mac daddy of all rolling trays.” Like the Hardwood Rolling Tray above, if you’re looking for a tray that shows a classier, more sophisticated side, these eight beautiful trays are made with sustainable bamboo and lock into place to create one giant rolling station for whatever rolling situation you find yourself in. 

Price: $72.99

Wave Tray

These triple-curved, high-gloss glaze rolling trays by Brooklyn ceramicist Julianne Ahn are sleek, functional pieces that add a bit of elegance to the joint rolling experience. For the hip, modern stoner who doesn’t want to roll on plastic. 

Price: $90

Ooze Life Rolling Trays

Ahhhh but for the stoners more concerned with getting trippy than having a fancy, expensive rolling tray, let’s get weird Enter: Ooze Life. These shatter-resistant glass and metal trays have wonderfully weird and trippy designs that keep the eyes wandering as you roll-up. A few favorites are Imaginarium, Tag, and Space Race. Plus, these rolling trays are affordable, running between $8-$15. 

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Glow Tray

A co-worker recommended these glow-in-the-dark trays and at first glance, I wondered if they were worth the price ($60-$90) so I asked contributor Dante Jordan what he thought: “Every time I see them I wonder why people are rolling in the dark, lol.”

Fair! But the collaborations with Cookies ($60), Alien Labs ($60), and Runtz ($60) and the six multicolor LED lights are too trippy to resist. If you’re looking for a trippy time at the party, you’re sure to turn heads when you pull one of these Glow Trays from its suede carrying bag. 

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Nic Juarez


Weedmaps apparel

It just wouldn’t be 4/20 without the stoner-approved drip. Luckily Weedmaps has new designs fresh in stock ready for you to snatch up before the big day. While all the designs are certified fresh, I’m partial to these wavy Extrude Long-sleeve Tee ($32), Wordmark Jogger Pant ($50), and Boarder Dad Hat ($24). 

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Cannaboss Party Suit

There’s always that guy who shows up to the party dressed up in a funny suit … and maybe that guy is you! If so, thank you for your service, we need you and your conversation-starting suit. If you’re looking to make a 4/20 splash, consider this immaculate “Cannaboss Party Suit” with vibrant weed leaves on a black suit. 

Price: $69.99

Sundae School 

Of all the weed brands with apparel lines, Sundae School is my favorite. All its designs are unique and bold without being audaciously loud. I rock a Navy Logo Cap ($42) most days but recommend checking out these Cherry Blossom Tie-Dye Sweatpants ($95), Yellow Tie-Dye Corduroy Nubi Reversible Jacket ($280), Orange Velvet Smoking Bucket Hat ($42), and [AAPI] Stop Asian Hate Calculator T-Shirt ($42, on sale). 

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Cookies apparel

You can’t talk about weed apparel without talking about Cookies, Berner’s weed and lifestyle brand. Cookies’ apparel brings all the Bay Area hype to must-have staples like hoodies, jackets, and jats that should be in every fashion-minded stoner’s wardrobe. 

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Old Pal 

Old Pal’s retro-chic style appeals to modern and old-school stoners alike. The concept of “shareable flower” extends to apparel pieces like the “Share the Stoke” pocket shirt ($45), Cosmovision shirt ($45), “It’s Just Weed Y’all!” pocket shirt ($45), and ‘Pleasure to Treasure” corduroy cap ($36). 

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Nic Juarez


Cannabis Enamel Pin from Witschy 

Designed by Make Heads Turn, you’ll want to pin this stony creation to your hat, jacket, lapel, or backpack to keep the good vibes going through 4/20 and beyond. 

Price: $10

Iridescent Cannabis Leaf Earrings from Pretty Litty

The missing piece to your 4/20 outfit, these iridescent earrings add a bit of dress-up and shine to the classic cannabis leaf. Bonus: the hooks are made of stainless steel, so they’re safe for sensitive ears. 

Price: $16

Mini Cannabis Adjustable Bracelet from The Charm Spot

If you need to be a bit more subtle this 4/20 yet still want to represent, check out this sweet little bracelet design from The Charm Spot. The tiny pot leaf is quite elegant and unassuming, so you can wear it out and about without being too loud. 

Price: $32

Functional Glass Micro-Pipe Necklace from Blunted Objects

On 4/20, you have to make sure you’re completely prepared to take a hit at almost any time. Enter the fully functional Micro-Pipe Necklace from Blunted Objects, you’ll never be without when you have this one-hitter right at your chest — just don’t forget your lighter. 

Price: $45

Mary Me Cannabis Ring from Her Highness

Her Highness’s adjustable 14k gold-plated cannabis ring is specifically shaped in the form of the sativa plant, so Jack Herer and Sour Diesel lovers may find it to be the perfect accessory for celebrating their favorite flower on their favorite day. 

Price: $32

Baggie of Weed Earrings from idlehandsx

The stoniest holiday of the year calls for silliness and kitsch, and you’ll find both in these mini dime bag earrings. They’re a great conversation starter, and you may get a light-hearted laugh or two that will brighten an already lit-up day. 

Price: $8.33

— Hannah Meadows

Random and weird 

Stoned Pet Rock Figurine from FungusGallery 

Sweet and hilarious, the classic Pet Rock gets taken to new heights with a stoney version of the 90s hit toy. This funny figurine is handmade ceramic with acrylic paint design and makes the best companion for stoners celebrating 4/20 solo. — HM

Price: $10

420 Soy Stoner Candles

Been searching for a candle that reminds you of smoking weed? Well, today is your lucky day. Because for a very inexpensive price, you can scoop these 420-scented candles off of Etsy. They’re 100% made of soy, and the various aromas are named things like Bong Rips In The Night, Blazed for Dayz, and Munchies, just to name a few. If you get the Munchies candles, they’ll come with Cap’n Crunch Berries or Fruit Loops in the wax. — DJ

Price: $10.80

Custom My Rolling Tray

If you’ve ever wanted to put your college diploma on a rolling tray (I did, so I did), then a custom rolling tray from My Rolling Tray is here to make your wildest dreams come true. They can turn literally any image you can muster into a tray for your ganja. They’ve even got a LED glow tray option! You and all of your family members need one of these with your great grandmother’s picture on it. — DJ

Price: $44.95

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Weedmaps Strains Madness: Tuesday madness begins with 32 strains facing off

Weedmaps’ Strain Madness is well underway as the two wild card slots are now voted in. Congratulations to Strawberry Cough and Ice Cream Cake for making it into two of the 8th seeds where they will face up against the 1st seeds, OG Kush and Gelato, respectively. 

And thanks to everyone who voted in wild cards on Sunday. There were more than 500 submissions, many of which were expected (Jack Herer, Bruce Banner, Skywalker OG, Cereal Milk), and some of which were less than expected (False Teeth, Pie Hoe). 

A quick note on the Sunday submissions: Due to trademark concerns, we omitted submissions for strains named after the hero of a classic space opera, and some strains named after candy and cereal.

Quick thing: don’t forget to vote for round 1 today, March 16, on Weedmaps’ Instagram stories. Polls will stay open until Wednesday 4:20 p.m. PST. 

And with that, let’s dive into the 16 first-round matchups and the 32 strains competing.  

Top shelf

(1) OG Kush v. (8) Strawberry Cough 

OG Kush is perhaps the most storied and legendary strain in all of weed culture. Its origin story is one of the most discussed topics in weed, and being able to grow it is a rite of passage among cultivators. OG Kush is renowned for its potency and effects and has stayed relevant on retail menus to this very day. 

Strawberry Cough is the strain that you all know and love (and volunteered). A clear fan favorite, Strawberry Cough is rumored to have hailed from Connecticut and is an uplifting cross of Haze and Strawberry fields. But can it take down one of the most popular strains of all time? 

Winner: TBD

(2) Wedding Cake v. (7) 24K Gold

Wedding Cake has become one of the go-to strains among weed enthusiasts. Famed L.A. growers Jungle Boys have put Wedding Cake on the map and into the conversation among the likes of Gelato and Biscotti. Last year Wedding Cake entered the tournament as a 4th seed but this year it jumped up to a 2nd seed. 

A cross of Tangie and Kosher Kush, 24k Gold is a staple out of Amsterdam that has gone through a couple of name changes, so that may hurt its chances in the long run — but it’s so delicious, it may just hold its own.   

Winner: TBD

(3) Alien Kush v. (6) WiFi Cake

If you’re feeling frisky, Alien Kush may be the answer. A true California native, its arousing and focused effects make it a clear contender for Strain Madness. 

But Alien Kush isn’t the only strain that can take you to space and back. WiFi Cake is a true match in this competition with superstar parents Wedding Cake and White Fire OG. 

Winner: TBD

(4) GDP v. (5) MAC

Granddaddy Purple is a mega-popular staple coming out of Northern California. Of course, it made its way — once again — to our annual Strain Madness battle. Can it take over the sleeper favorite MAC (Miracle Alien Cookies)?

Winner: TBD

Shelf 2

(1) Gelato v. (8) Ice Cream Cake

Gelato made it all the way to the fire 4 last year, only to lose to the eventual champion, OG Kush. Like last year, Gelato is backed by the rap community. Rappers love name-dropping weed strains, Gelato chief among them. 

But can it beat out a fan-favorite write-in?

Ice Cream Cake showed its true colors in the cannabis community as a strain to be reckoned with — you voted it in as adversary to popular Gelato.

Winner: TBD

(2) AK-47 v. (7) Wedding Crasher

A staple from the early 90s, AK-47 has won tons of awards at various cannabis cups throughout the 2000s. Winning this round would be another notch on AK’s belt. But tasting like grapes and vanilla, Wedding Crasher shouldn’t be discounted — it could win with its delicious makeup and euphoric effects.

Winner: TBD

(3) Banjo v. (6) Apples & Bananas

Hailing from Santa Cruz-based breeder Strong Agronomy, Banjo offers an ultra-uplifting high that may just overtake the unique taste of its challenger: Apples & Bananas. Both strains are first-time contenders in Strain Madness, and are an even match when it comes to strain favorites. 

Winner: TBD

(4) Bubba Kush v. (5) Sour Diesel

Bubba Kush was produced accidentally in Matt Berger’s garden in the 90s and is a cross between Northern Lights and Kush. Since then, it’s become one of our most coveted strains. 

Meanwhile, Sour Diesel is also one of those storied strains from the 90s weed scene that not only garners respect from longtime stoners and growers but manages to stay relevant among a sea of new strains and trends. It’s also well-loved among sativa enthusiasts, and we don’t see that reverence ever diminishing. 

These two strains make the ultimate 90s kids battle. 

Winner: TBD

Shelf 3

(1) Blue Dream v. (8) 13 Dawgs

Blue Dream is probably the most popular strain in the modern age of weed, which makes it also one of the most hated strains by weed snobs. Last year, Blue Dream suffered a disappointing loss to Gelato in the 1st round. This year the seeding placed it against a less challenging opponent in the opening matchup. 

But don’t overlook the creative and energetic effects of Canadian-bred 13 Dawgs — nothing’s set in stone until it’s all said and voted on. 

Winner: TBD

(2) Green Crack v. (7) Apple Fritter

Despite the name, Green Crack is a staple in most retailers and delivery menus, so it’s no surprise to not only see it in the competition but in a strong seed. Green Crack reportedly has ties to Snoop Dogg, which doesn’t hurt when it comes to name recognition. We wouldn’t be surprised to see it in the next round after duking it out with delicious Apple Fritter.

Winner: TBD

(3)  Forbidden Fruit v. (6) Purple Haze

Forbidden Fruit is all sweet, fruity flavor, and a day-to-day favorite for many consumers. This strain seems to have taken Tangie’s place as the fruity strain of choice as of late, and it’s cool to see it as a 3 seed.

According to Sam the Skunkman, Purple Haze originated in Colombia, a phenotype of the standardized Haze cultivar he bred during the 60s and 70s. It’s an excellent matchup to Forbidden Fruit where either strain could come out on top. 

Winner: TBD

(4) Mimosa v. (5) Super Lemon Haze

Mimosa is celebrated for its sweet and citrusy flavors and reported energetic and uplifting effects. Like the brunch drink it’s named for, Mimosa is a popular strain for daytime-use. On the flip side, Super Lemon Haze is also a celebrated day-time strain, so we’re looking at two heavyweights in wake-and-bake circles for the first round of Strain Madness.

Winner: TBD

Shelf 4

(1) Pineapple Express v. (8) Alpha Blue

Pineapple Express has so much going for it. Not only is it a solid strain with reportedly balanced effects and fruity flavors, it’s also an A-list movie star that took 2nd place in last year’s competition. But don’t label Alpha Blue as an underdog here; it’s a standout sativa that won second place as Best Sativa in High Times Medical Cup in both Denver and in San Francisco in 2011 and is still going strong. 

Winner: TBD

(2) Biscotti v. (7) Bonkers

Biscotti is a clear favorite among weed enthusiasts. Developed by the iconic Cookies Fam Genetics, founded by rapper Berner and grower Jigga, Biscotti is a descendant from GSC, Gelato #25, and South Florida OG. This strain has reached icon status in the last several years and isn’t likely to go down without a fight. 

Can Bonkers take on that fight? There are reportedly two versions of Bonkers on the cannabis market, one from Exotic Genetix who crossed Cookies and Cream with Lemon Tree, and the other from Next Generation Seeds who combined Grapefruit, Burmese, Purple Indica, and a ruderalis cultivar for their take on the unique strain. Bonkers could be a double take-down on popular Biscotti.

Winner: TBD

(3) GMO Cookies v. (6) Pink Rozay

GMO Cookies and Pink Rozay are two heavy-hitting strains with huge support from their fans, so it’ll be a suspenseful knock-down challenge when it comes to declaring a winner. 

Winner: TBD

(4) GG4 v. (5) GSC

GG4 is an absolute monster of a strain. Consistently on lists of high THC strains, GG4 is synonymous with potency and known for being one of the first strains to test at above 30% THC in the days when cracking the thirties was unheard of. 

Meanwhile, GSC is a modern marvel in strain form. Another Cookie Fam original, GSC has won multiple awards and continues to be one of our most sought after strains. A true matchup if we’ve ever seen one. 

Winner: TBD

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Shambhala Music Festival has officially been postponed until July 2021

With a heavy heart, the official statement was released yesterday to announce the beloved Shambhala Music Festival will be postponed until July 2021. After weeks of uncertainty, the official announcement to postpone the festival has been made. It is important to acknowledge that this could not have been an easy decision to make. Ultimately, after […]

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Shambhala Music Festival has officially been postponed until July 2021

With a heavy heart, the official statement was released yesterday to announce the beloved Shambhala Music Festival will be postponed until July 2021. After weeks of uncertainty, the official announcement to postpone the festival has been made. It is important to acknowledge that this could not have been an easy decision to make. Ultimately, after […]

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