8 cannabis strains that excite award-winning growers

The Grow-Off is a super dope contest, and recently I hopped on Zoom to talk to some of the winners about what strains they’re working on, excited about, and like to smoke most. Here’s what Duran Jackson, the 2020 CO Grow-Off Champion in both Potency and Terpenes, and Fiddler’s Green, the 2018 CA Grow-Off Champion in Potency, had to say.

These Grow-Off champions (and more) will be featured in Mastergrass: Cultivation Conversations on April 10, 20201, sharing their knowledge on how to grow a winning crop. The online event is free to view live and $10 for access to Q&A’s with growers. A VOD (video on demand) copy of the conference will also be available. 

Duran Jackson

Duran Jackson is the Veg Lead at Colorado’s Evergreen Extracts, and 2020 King of the Grow-Off after bringing home First Place in both categories with a cut of Spritzer that he grew at the crib. He also won the 2019 Grow-Off for Potency. What a legend. 

Jackson’s passion for weed screams through his big bright smile. Though he’s just growing as a hobby for now, he hopes to one day release his own flower — or own his own dispensary — in a market less-saturated than Colorado. And his heart is in the right place: he’s about buds over branding and quality over exploitation. “As a consumer, I smoke a lot and I want to be the best. Since I’ve been in the industry, that has been the case. So when I do a business, I would like to get my quality out, instead of focusing on [where I’m going to expand]. I would just like people to know what quality looks like first off, because there’s not a lot of people pushing information about good, clean cannabis, or what bad cannabis is.” 

In our conversation, Jackson told me about some of the strains he’s growing in his home garden, as well as what he likes to smoke, “I’m flowering Sundae Driver; I’ve got Strawnana; Gelato Cake is the one that I run a lot, a Pakistini landrace, and I’m playing around with making stuff myself.” 

GSC was kind of big when I [moved to Colorado]. There was this one dispensary that had this strain 09 GSC. I’ve hunted that clone ever since I’ve been here, and I just got that clone in my garden a couple months ago. So I’m going to have my favorite smoke in my garden, I’m excited about that.” Jackson only smokes his own weed.

Fiddler’s Green 

Fiddler’s Green is a family farm in California’s Sonoma County, owned by Cameron Hattman and Shannon Hattman. Those two are classic humans, man. True representations of what the plant is all about. They didn’t even enter The Grow-Off to win, they just wanted to party with a room full of stoner homies and ended up winning the Championship belt (literally, the trophy is a belt) for Potency and Third Place for Terpenes.

In our conversation, I asked what strains they were working on, as well as what they’re consuming. Their favorite strain? Forbidden Fruit. “My favorite strain, and my team’s favorite strain, is Forbidden Fruit. We can’t find it anywhere. Whenever we go to any dispensary, the first thing we ask is ‘do you have Forbidden Fruit?’ It’s 15%, but the flavor and the profile, it’s phenomenal, it’s absolutely mind-blowing.” 

Fiddler is working on bringing back the old school genetics in a world that champions THC as a quality indicator. “The strains that we’re seeing and representing from some of our small family farms are going to be all of these cultivars that have been hidden and unable to make it to market, they’re going to come out and blow everybody’s mind,” said C. Hattan about releasing strains that have been overlooked for testing under 20%, but are still absolute slobberknockers. That includes ACDC, OG Kush, and Durban Poison.

8 cannabis strains that award-winning growers are working

Sundae Driver

Sundae Driver was bred by Cannardo Genetics. It’s a cross of FPOG and Grape Pie with a fruity, creamy flavor. It’s a pretty smooth hybrid for a late afternoon or early evening type of chill.



Strawnana

Strawberry Banana, Strawnana for short, was bred by DNA Genetics. It’s a cross of Banana Kush and Bubblegum that produces a fruity aroma. It’s a great anytime-of-day smoke for anyone that needs a lil’ afternoon delight.


Gelato Cake

Gelato Cake has the same genetics as Ice Cream Cake: Wedding Cake crossed with Gelato #33. It has that sweet, hashy, gassy flavor that Gelato kicks out, and is relaxing and potent, so you’d probably be best off saving it for later in the day.


09 GSC

09 GSC is just an old school cut of GSC, which was bred by Cookie Fam. GSC is a cross of OG Kush and Durban Poison that holds legendary status on the West Coast. It’s got that classic stoney hybrid feel to it.


AC/DC

AC/DC is a phenotype of the CBD-dominant Cannatonic. It’s earthy, and somewhat sweet on the flavor profile. The high, well, there isn’t one; instead, there’s a clear-headed experience that may help turn a bad day around.



OG Kush

OG Kush is OG Kush. Its origin story depends on the day and who you’re talking to. If you consume it, expect a heavy, long-lasting euphoria that’ll make you want to chill out for the day or go to sleep for the night, depending on how much you smoke.



Durban Poison

Durban Poison is a classic African landrace strain that people love for its energetic qualities. Ed Rosenthal brought it to fruition, and we’re damn thankful for this earthy, spicy-flavored treat anytime you can find an authentic cut of it.



Forbidden Fruit

For honorable mention, we’ll talk Forbidden Fruit. Forbidden Fruit is a fruity, delicious, purple, and perfect cross of Tangie and Cherry Pie. If you find it, get it with swiftness, because it might be gone the next time you want it.

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The 8 best strains for laughing, according to comedians

Ever wonder why you get the giggle fits over something as simple as a cat in a YouTube video when you’re high? Well, there’s actually a science behind this phenomenon. Luckily for comedians, cannabis also lowers the inhibition of the laugh reflex, so when an audience smokes before a show, they tend to embrace almost any kind of humor. Though many comedians agree that crowds consuming cannabis can cause them to switch up their delivery to match the stoney atmosphere.

“You can’t be as subtle in your delivery in a room where the audience is smoking weed,” explained comedian Niles Abston. “You have to be a little more matter of fact and sometimes act out your dialogue for the set to be successful.”

Outside of audience consumption, comedians themselves often utilize cannabis to write, punch up, or even perform their jokes in front of crowds. Their preferences vary across the indica, sativa, and hybrid domains depending on their end goal and the type of crowd they are performing to.

While your results will likely vary, here are eight favorites from some of the most talented performers in the cannabis comedy community.

Wedding Cake

Kicking off the list is Wedding Cake, which is a personal favorite of comedian and writer Ashley Ray. This indica-dominant strain is made from a cross of Cherry Pie and GSC and consumers report relaxing and euphoric effects.

“Almost everyone makes their own version of Wedding Cake and I’ve truly never had a bad one,” said Ray. “It gives me a really wonderful body high where I can think about or watch comedy and be completely entertained.”

The strain is sometimes referred to as Pink Cookies and is said to produce a rich and tangy flavor with earthy pepper tones.



GG4

This indica-dominant hybrid was a top favorite across the board for writing jokes, tapping into creativity, and even performing on stage. While the name is associated with being “glued” to the couch after a few hits, many comedians find that this strain gives them the performance edge they need while not feeling “too high” to land a punchline.

“While I was at the Adult Swim Festival, I was smoking the GG4 strain the entire time,” explained Ray. “It was perfect for when you had to be ‘on’ for the crowd performing, and then the rest of the time relax and mingle with attendees.”

Abston agrees that Gorilla Glue is one of the only strains he’ll smoke before performing, while comedian Rachel Wolfson found the strain more helpful for writing comedy intended for her stand-up sets.



Blue Dream

Wolfson and Abston also utilize Blue Dream to get their creative juices flowing, and comedian and writer Sara Weinshenk couldn’t agree more. She consumes this sativa-dominant hybrid to “find the silly in things.”

“I’ll often write some of my jokes in a sober state of mind and then utilize Blue Dream to punch up my material later,” explained Weinshenk.

Fans of Blue Dream reported increased motivation and heightened focus, along with delicious flavors of blueberry and sugar when vaped or smoked.



OG Kush

OG Kush is excellent for almost any form of comedy according to Wolfson, “the sativa portion gives me that more giggly-induced feeling and I love to watch my favorite stand-up special or funny movie while smoking [it] … On the other hand, it is also great to combat my performance anxiety without coming across as too low energy on stage.” 

OG Kush typically tests at 55% sativa and 45% indica, making it the perfect culmination of a hybrid. Users can expect long-lasting, heavy, yet versatile euphoria through a skunky-citrus flavor and aroma.



Pineapple Kush

 Across the board, most comedians agreed that sativas are better for watching comedy while indicas are better for performing. For getting onstage, Pineapple Kush was favored by Abston.

“I often think too much when smoking sativas, but indicas can really help me clear my head to write and perform comedy,” he explained. “If I’m going to smoke before performing, I’ll typically only go with an indica before I get up on stage.”

Pineapple Kush users reported cerebral effects accompanied by a light body sensation from this hybrid strain. Flavors have been described as subtle and sweet pineapple tastes with minty undertones.



MAC, a.k.a. Miracle Alien Cookies

MAC is an equally balanced hybrid strain and a personal favorite of comedian Mat Edgar. A cross between Alien Cookies, Starfighter and Columbian, users report creative effects that are happy and uplifting.

“I usually don’t smoke before I perform but will always smoke after to decompress,” said Edgar. “There’s nothing like that first high of the day so smoking is such a treat for me after I’ve finished a performance.”

Edgar said he’s been enjoying Miss Grass pre-rolls, and gets his fill of MAC strains at The Higher Path in Sherman Oaks, a dispensary with a focus on helping provide patients with the knowledge and medicine they need.



GMO Cookies

GMO, or Garlic Cookies, is an additional favorite of Edgar’s. This hybrid strain is made from Chemdog and GSC, and is reported to produce relaxing effects that you can feel through your body while simultaneously focusing the mind.

“Something about indica slows my mind down just enough to where I can genuinely see the funny in things,” said Edgar. “I’m not overthinking and am truly in the moment.”

GMO consumers report feeling relaxed, happy, and uplifted while enjoying earthy, pungent, and diesel flavors.



Baklava

 Created by Alien Labs, Baklava is made from a healthy mix of Kosher Kush and Gelato 41, and is a personal favorite of comedian Frank Castillo

“I love to take this strain on the road with me when I’m going on tour,” explained Castillo. “They [Alien Labs] don’t make it often, but when they do drop it, I always try to stock up. It’s nice to smoke before I go on stage when I just want something light and don’t want to be too stoned before a regular performance.”

Baklava distinguishes itself with a pure OG gas nose and creamy back end on the smoke. A few hits of this may leave you with feelings of relaxation and euphoria.



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8 weed subscription boxes you’ll look forward to

By now, there’s a subscription box for just about everything. Are you fascinated by osteology? There’s a box for that. Do you regularly dream of kitchen towels? There’s a box for that, too. Cannabis is no different. Each year, we see more and more weed subscription boxes hit the market. 

Whether it’s cannabidiol (CBD) goodies or handcrafted glass, here are eight of our favorite weed-friendly boxes you can subscribe to right now. 

Daily High Club

Daily High Club constantly tops subscription service lists geared toward the cannabis connoisseur. And no wonder — its boxes are kind to your wallet without skimping on products. Packed with a curated assortment of glass pieces, lighters, grinders, and more, Daily High Club boxes will probably be what you’re thinking about when trying a new monthly subscription.

Prices:

  • $9.99 per month for the RAWsentials box
  • $19.99 per month for the Connoisseur V2 box
  • $29.99 per month for the El Primo box

Cannabox

To celebrate 4/20’s fast approach, Cannabox is offering 20% off products sitewide and 25% off on all new Cannabox memberships. Cannabis veterans and newbies alike love Cannabox’s monthly themed boxes packed with paraphernalia and unique accessories. It’s always a mystery as to what you’re going to get, so whenever one shows up at your door, it feels like Christmas morning. 

Prices: 

The Stoney Babe Box

The Stoney Babe Box has a little something for everyone, offering different boxes for your specific taste with plenty of items from small, women-owned businesses. Select a non-themed, single-purchase Mystery Box for an assortment of surprise items, or go for a monthly Dab Queen Box that contains 5 to 12 concentrate accessories, along with fun, everyday products like lip balm and apparel. 

If you’re looking for a bit of this and that, check out the bread-and-butter monthly themed boxes — March’s theme is “Willy Ganja” — in which you’ll receive sweet treats, glass pieces, and other smoking essentials. 

Hard up on funds? No worries, the EveryGal’s Essentials Box is only $16.99 and is filled with the perfect amount of stoney goods to get you through the month. 

Prices:

  • $35 per month for the Stoney Babe Box, Mystery Box, or Dab Queen Box
  • $16.99 per month for the EveryGal’s Essentials box

Nugg Club

Selling one of the few boxes in which you can get actual THC sent to you, Nugg Club offers variety for the curious consumer who wants to try just about every type of strain and flower out there. You can choose your preferences on product types such as pre-rolls, vapes, edibles, or flower, as well as your favored strains. It’s a box delivered every month that is truly infused.   

Bonus: Nugg Club recently partnered with the Last Prisoner Project (LPP) — a nonprofit organization dedicated to freeing inmates incarcerated on cannabis-related charges — for its February box, and also made a donation to it. You can feel good about subscribing to a company keen on making a difference in the cannabis space. 

Prices:

Nugg Club is only available in California

SensiBox

Not only does SensiBox send you special curated cannabis products from this subscription service, it also offers their own exclusive items. We love its unique assortment of pipes, apparel, stash bags, and more, and the quality of its picks is nothing to scoff at. You can pay in 3-to-12 month installments, or go for a regular monthly subscription.

Prices:

  • $39 per month for the SensiBox Original
  • $24 per month for the SensiLight Box

Bloom Reefinery 

Each box from Bloom Reefinery is made to order — they’re one-of-a-kind with no two boxes being the same. Choose whether you’d like to receive items for flower, concentrates, or both. Subscriptions are offered in packages, with the High Society Package as our personal favorite. Though pricey, it contains all handmade designs in the form of stickers, themed accessories, and three glass pieces. 

Check out Bloom Reefinery’s past themes to get a taste of what it offers — March 2021’s box theme is all about The Simpsons

Prices: 

  • $40 per month for the Essentials Package
  • $72 per month for the Premium Package
  • $112 per month for the High Society Package

Cure Crate

All things CBD, Cure Crate comes packed with CBD-infused goodies such as body oils, bath bombs, edibles, and more. And each product is third-party tested. This subscription box is totally customizable, offering personalized relief from curated brands. 

If you’ve always been interested in CBD, but don’t know where to start or what to try, this is the perfect box for you. You can pay every month, every three months, or every six months. 

Prices: 

Hemper

Offering the most boxes with diverse price points, Hemper fits just about any budget. It also offers regular sales on its extensive online headshop, so if you don’t want to invest in a full box, you can still expect to find deals on individual items. This month’s box theme is called Chronic the Hemperbong, and contains a nostalgic piece that will take you back to the days of Saturday morning cartoons. 

Prices:

  • $9.99 per month for The Hemper Core Box
  • $19.99 per month for The Hemper Tech Cleaning Box
  • $21.99 per month for The Hemper Pack
  • $39.99 per month for The Hemper Box 
  • $150 per month for The Hemper Box XL

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6 new weed products you should try from Houseplant, G Pen, and more

With so many great cannabis brands releasing exciting new products in new markets, it can be hard to keep track of every release. So we’re rounding up a few significant releases. This week, we look at releases by Houseplant (pictured above), Greenthumb x G Pen, VIBES, Select, High Life Fars, and Platinum Vapes. 

Houseplant

When Seth Rogen announced that Houseplant, his weed brand nearly ten years in the making, was finally coming to California, it became something of a moment. His announcement was trending on Twitter, the traffic crashed the website, and Rogen went on a media-spree. The world’s friendliest stoner was finally getting into the weed game. 

And now it’s available to order (but as of writing they were sold out). The Houseplant team is debuting with two sativa strains, Diable Wind and Pancake Ice, and an indica, Pink Moon. Also, the website is delightful. Not only can you order flower and accessories, but you can watch videos of Seth Rogen making an ashtray, rolling a joint, and explaining the importance of “portion control.” 

Available: California

Greenthumb x GPen collaboration

Dr. Greenthumb and GPen’s collaboration was announced earlier this month. The latest in many weed-related projects by B-Real, this one is a collection of co-branded devices from GPen, including the Roam, Pen Dash, G Pen Connect, and Stündenglass Gravity Hookah

We’ve covered some of GPen’s tech in the past, and bringing B-Real into the mix only makes these devices that much cooler. We asked B-Real how he hoped the Weedmaps audience would embrace the collaboration, and he said “Just like I always hope, I hope they love it. Everything I do is for my fans or customers. Sure, I love this stuff too, but I want to bring things forward for them.”

Available: U.S. 

VIBES: Organic Hemp Rolling Papers and Cones Collection

Another release from a rapper in the weed game. This one is courtesy of Berner, and instead of new weed tech, it’s keeping it old school with rolling papers. Berner’s rolling paper brand, VIBES, announced the release of a collection of organic hemp rolling papers and cones. Made from 100% organic hemp fibers and an all-natural seal (“Arabic gum from the Acacia tree,” according to the press release). 

Berner has long been an important figure in the cannabis industry with Cookies, one of the largest cannabis brands known for pioneering some of the most popular strains on the planet. We asked Berner how he hoped the Weedmaps audience would embrace the new line: “I think they will just naturally stand behind it and enjoy it. The community is smaller than people think, I know the audience well. They are the culture, VIBES are now, and they get it.”

Available: U.S. 

Select: Fresh 

One of the most recognizable vape brands, Select, announced a new line of fruit-forward vapes called “Select Fresh.” These new vapes have the look and convenience of a disposable, but are rechargeable and eco-friendly, according to the press release. These vapes are easy to use with Select’s auto-draw GO hardware that means you just have to inhale to get it started. It comes in the following flavors: 

  • Indica: Watermelon, Purple Punch, Forbidden Fruit, Grape Ape
  • Hybrid: Berry Gelato, Blueberry Cookies, Pineapple Express, Sherbert
  • Sativa: Strawberry Cough, Clementine, Lemon Cake, Super Lemon Haze

Available: Arizona, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Nevada, and Oklahoma. California, Colorado, Florida, and Massachusetts by the second week of April. 


High Life Farms: Mint Cookies & Cream Royal Chocolate Bar 

To get into the St. Patty’s Day spirit, High Life Farms released its Mint Cookies & Cream Royal Chocolate Bar. Made with white chocolate, mint, and cream-filled cookie crunchies along with 100 milligrams of THC per bar (20 pieces, each 5 milligrams of THC). 

Available: Michigan


Platinum Vapes: Live Resin Infused Gummy Coins

Platinum Vapes announced a new line of edibles called “Gummy Coins.” These gummies are infused with high-potency THC, 10 milligrams per gummy. They come in three flavors: Hybrid Melonade, Indica Forbidden Gushers, and Sativa Black Berry Diesel. 

Available: California, Michigan, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Nevada

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8 strains for morning jogs

There are two types of people: Morning People and Everyone Else. For Everyone Else, waking up several hours before necessary requires determination, commitment, and a subconscious-shattering alarm. Especially when that wake-up call is at the behest of a morning run. But Everyone Else might be pleased to learn that for discerning stoners, whether bright-eyed in the AM or sleepwalking till noon, waking and baking with just the right strain can make an early morning sprint feel like a neighborhood trot. 

As a reluctant morning runner/fitness enthusiast myself, I’ve found that partaking in a pure sativa or an energizing hybrid an hour or so before my morning workout can be both electrifying and zen. But years of weed-fitness trial and error have also taught me that many pure sativas or sativa-dominant cultivars bred for physical stimulation aren’t killer wake and bake workout strains. Many left me too cognitively spastic to focus on running. I’ve learned that phenotypes bred for specific, therapeutic effects can be super effective at supporting muscle recovery. 

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, I learned that getting astronomically high before going outdoors for a jog-walk is ill-advised; I wake and bake to extinguish the morning doldrums, not to disassociate from the reality of street running. 

My trick to successful AM weed jogs is to first plan the route, then consume the herb with my morning shake and a cup of tea. I give my high all the time it needs to swell, plateau, and gently evaporate before attempting to maneuver my city streets — or treadmill. This formula ensures I keep my senses and my chill while I ascend past psychotropia to one of the greatest highs of all: the runner’s high.  

Green Crack (AKA Green Cush)

Consumers wax poetic about Green Crack’s deep head high and uplifting body high, a combo that, under the right conditions, has the potential to send its fans into the perfect mindstate for meditative sunrise runs. This strain is also lauded for its anti-anxiety effects, and as such can level up any jogging/plant-medicine-as-self-care routine.

Green Crack is a phenotype of Skunk #1, a 1989 Super Sativa Seed Club, and an Afghani landrace strain. Cecil C, the strain’s breeder, originally named it Cush, but it was rebranded as Green Crack after world-famous rapper/actor/activist/celebrity chef Snoop Dogg referred to it as such. It can typically be found in shops under either name. Expect a tropical fruit perfume and bright, citrusy exhale. 



Durban Poison

Durban Poison is a pure sativa with South African landrace origins. Brought stateside by legendary strain hunter Ed Rosenthal in the mid-70s, Durban Poison has since become a pillar of contemporary cannabis genetics. The high is almost universally regarded as uplifting, energizing, and amply euphoric without crossing the threshold into paranoia or anxiety. 

Naturally, it’s a favorite of wake and bake joggers and serious stoner athletes alike. 

Durban Poison’s THC levels tend to hover between 17% and 20% THC, but exercise caution when buying your grams, as many cultivars top out over 24%. Expect a sweet, grassy inhale and a mild piney perfume. 



Bruce Banner

This hybrid strain gets its name honestly; Bruce Banner is a powerhouse hybrid with a hurricane-intense onset that builds in volume before mellowing to a cushion-soft cerebral high. Fans of this strain support its nod to its superhero transformation effects, both embracing the excitement of the blastoff and cozying into the softer plateau of the head high. 

Bruce Banner is one of five phenotypes of OG Kush and Strawberry Diesel parents. Inherited effects include effective pain, anxiety, and depression relief in addition to the strain’s unique powderkeg activation. Expect a stank perfume and citrus sweet exhale. 



Island Sweet Skunk

Consumers revere Island Sweet Skunk for a litany of positive effects, but the favorite by far is the strain’s ability to boos euphoric energy. This hybrid phenotype is genetically sativa dominant and described as perfect for day use. But beware, the cultivar’s effects can be dynamic enough to cause overexertion, so practice safe jogging while Island Sweet Skunking. 

Bred from a cross of Grapefruit and Northern Lights x Haze, Island Sweet Skunk was exclusive to Canada and the Pacific Northwest until recently reaching the greater west coast. Expect a skunky, tropical fruit perfume and an exhale to match. 



Lemon Meringue

Lemon Meringue’s reported effects include creative motivation and, of course, a zippy, knee-slapping energy. Those folks who fall into the “Everyone Else” category of early risers will appreciate the crisp, clarifying onset and the efficient dispersing of any AM blues. 

Lemon Meringue was bred from a cross of Lemon Skunk and Cookies & Cream. And the expected profile is as confectionary as one would expect. Anticipate a candy-sweet perfume and creamy citrus exhale. 


Sunshine

Folks seeking an energetic high that’s more geared toward an easy-going run than an all out sprint should consider the 14% – 17% THC Sunshine. It has an effect that is euphoric with a mild energy boost that supports the strain’s summery vibe. Also, if you’re going to wake and bake, why not light up a strain named for the actual sunrise? 

Sunshine was reportedly bred from a cross of Chemdawg and Sunshine Daydream, and the resulting flavors are predictably citrusy sweet and stanky dank. Expect a pineapple funk perfume and a lemony-diesel exhale. 


Snowcap

Snowcap is a sativa dominant hybrid strain known for its giggly delirium and fizzy body buzz. Consumers love that it’s both introspective and vivacious, lending itself equally to cerebral pursuits and physical action. Snowcap is also a popular therapeutic strain, lauded for its efficacy in quelling symptoms related to depression and anxiety. Snowcap fans looking to compound their runners high into something even more transcendental should consider packing a bowl as part of their pre-workout ritual. 

Snowcap was bred from Snow White and Cat Piss parents. The resulting flowers are dense and slow burning, with a fruity, menthol perfume and a spicy lemon exhale.  



Royal Highness

For those looking to medicate their muscles before jumping into strenuous physical activity, Royal Highness’s CBD/THC 1:1 ratio is a great daytime strain to audition. What this strain lacks in psychoactivity, it more than makes up for with a clear-headed euphoria, velvety soft body buzz, and deliberate recovery support. Whether your AM jog is a fierce sprint or an invigorating jog-walk, Royal Highness’s cannabinoid balance and entourage effects may ensure a not just a satisfying workout, but also a super-comfortable recovery period.  

Royal Highness was bred from high-CBD strain Respect and 1:1 balanced strain Dance Hall. Expect sugary, dark green nugs with a skunky perfume and berry sweet exhale. 


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8 of the best strains for finding new music

When it comes to finding new music, there’s no magic weed strain to make the process easier — but there are weed strains that make the process more enjoyable. These strains can hit your mind and body with a creative euphoria, producing a happy, loose, and relaxed feeling as you dive into Spotify playlists, surf YouTube, and skim SoundCloud for hours trying to find that next great underground artist or forgotten tune.

If that sounds like your mission, and you’re looking to spend the rest of your day getting high on a quest for new music, here are eight strains that you should smoke along the way.

Apple Fritter

Most people probably think you need to grab a heavy, sedative indica in order to sit in your chair for hours when it’s time to blast some tuneskis, but when it comes to finding new music, sedative may overwhelm your body so much that you brain can’t even focus on the task at hand. Instead, we suggest strains like Apple Fritter. It provides an uplifting, feel-good high, that washes away stress, and replaces it with optimism.

Apple Fritter is a cross of Sour Apple and Animal Cookies with a sweet, apple pie taste that makes most people feel relaxed and happy. It’s a perfect social strain for talking life with the homies, as well as diving into all of the music that Curren$y has snuck out over the past year.


Kush Mints

Kush Mints — or the strains crossed with it like Animal Face x Kush Mints — is excellent for a heavy high that puts you in a state of euphoria. That’s why it’s an excellent suggestion for kicking back, smoking some good weed, and finding your next favorite album. In fact, I was literally smoking Animal Face x Kush Mints when I came across the new Savon album, and boy, lemme tell ya, AZURE is a super vibe.

Kush Mints is a cross of Bubba Kush and Animal Mints. It is known for an herbal, minty, and Cookies-like flavor profile and a delightfully potent high that leaves people feeling relaxed and happy.


Gary Payton

You might look at it as hype, but the truth is: Gary Payton smacks, boy. It’s some delicious weed, and the potent effects are perfect for people who want to smoke all day long without getting too sleepy or stupid. Because of that, it’s also a great strain to smoke when scoping new sounds. 

Gary Payton is believed to be a cross of The Y and Snowman strains. Its sweet, spicy, earthy, and funky terpene profile make for a damn delicious smoke. The balanced high that follows is great for anyone that needs a mood-booster.


Animal Cookies

Animal Cookies has been crossed with so many strains that you can probably find anything for any purpose with its genetics. Its stoney and relaxing qualities make it great for chillin’ as you skim the web for your life’s soundtrack. 

Animal Cookies comes from parents Fire OG and GSC. It is said to have a cherry cookie flavor,  indica-leaning, and makes people feel relaxed and happy.


Super Skunk

You can never go wrong with some Skunk genetics. It’s an original hybrid that is known for being the best of both sativa/indica worlds: you get a potent relaxing high that also gives way to a stoney euphoria. Snatch up some Super Skunk and see what your Spotify Discover Weekly playlist has to offer. 

Super Skunk comes from combining Skunk #1 and Afghani genetics. You can expect a sweet and funky terpene profile followed by a long-lasting euphoria. Its most reported effects are euphoric, relaxed, and aroused.


Rainbow Chip

Rainbow Chip is just a straight up good smoke. When it comes from a high quality grower, you get this wildly unique flavor that’s sweet, but also gassy and a bit fruity. And the high? Oooohweee. Rainbow Chip will have you stoned, so much so that instead of finding new music, it might be better suited for just sitting around and listening to it.

Rainbow Chip is a cross between Sunset Sherbet and Mint Chocolate Chip. It is known for producing euphoric, focused, and happy effects.


Cheetah Piss

Cheetah Piss is probably my favorite Cookies product. It’s excellent, man. One joint and you’ll feel happy and goofy and ready to stare directly at the sun as if you’re invincible. It’s the type of high that makes literally anything fun, and with that, you’d definitely enjoy smoking it and running through Rap Caviar to see what should be on your post-Covid Party Playlist.

Cheetah Piss is a rumored Cookies cocktail of Lemonade, Gelato #42, and London Poundcake 97, but only a select few really know the answer. It has a super loud aroma that basically smells like a sweet, funky armpit, and the taste profile comes through with a sour, citrus flavor.


Cannalope Haze

You might read the name and think Cannalope Haze would be a light experience that will make you feel energized, but nah. This strain is potent, and honestly smokes like a Skunk strain in terms of providing that overly-stoney euphoria that most would reserve for the night. That’s why it’s an excellent strain to smoke while running through playlist after playlist on your new music hunt.

Cannalope Haze was bred from Original Haze and a Mexican landrace strain. As the name would suggest, it has a fruity, tropical, yet earthy smell and taste. Its top reported effects are talkative, euphoric, and happy.


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8 of the best cannabis gummies to try right now

In the cannabis edibles game, there’s no form more popular than gummies. They’re easy to store, easy to dose, and easy to consume for people who want to enjoy cannabis while keeping their lungs smoke-free. Because of that, we’ve taken a look at some of the most popular edibles brands and broken down a quick list of gummies you should try today.

Here are eight of the best cannabis gummies on the market.

Journeyman Tropical Jellies

If you’ve bought edibles in Washington, then you’ve definitely seen Journeyman’s products on the shelves. For years, they kicked out some of the most delicious (and affordable) cookies, and now, they’re rocking with the Journeyman Jellies gummies.

Journeyman Jellies SMACK. They have these soft gooey centers that’ll make you say “Oh … that’s what we doing?” as soon as they hit your taste buds. Past that, the effects come on smooth in 10 milligram doses, and will make your body feel good each and every time. You really can’t go wrong with these lil’ fellas. 

Journeyman Jellies come in three different boxes: a tropical flavors box, a berry flavors box, and a sour flavors box. Do yourself a favor and try the tropical gummies.

Find them in: Washington

Smokiez Blueberry Fruit Chews

Smokiez Edibles out of Oregon is honestly my personal favorite of all time when it comes to the gummy game. They’re thick and chewy, so they last long as a snack and the effects are more potent than any other gummies I’ve ever had. I took three of them (10 milligrams of THC each, 30 milligrams total) before a wedding rehearsal once, and after about 35 minutes … let’s just say I had to find the nearest water fountain and reassess my decisions. 

Smokiez come in a wide variety of regular and sour flavors. I’d recommend the Blueberry, but truly, just pick any flavor and eat them — you won’t be disappointed.

Find them in: Washington, Oregon, Oklahoma, California


KIVA Camino Watermelon Bliss Gummies

Honestly, when bringing up gummies, anyone in California would suggest Kiva Camino gummies. Literally, anyone. People LOVE these gummies. Why? Because cannabis consumers love variety and that’s what Camino gives you. 

Whether you want to feel chill, social, uplifted, or anything else under the sun, KIVA probably has a specific gummy, flavor, and cannabinoid profile just for you. Each package contains 20 gummies with 5 milligrams of THC each. Give those delicious  Watermelon “Bliss” Gummies a shot.

Find them in: California


PLUS CBD Relief 9:1 Tropical Mango Gummies

If you came here looking for some CBD gummies, then you’ll probably love what PLUS has to offer. They’re all about experimenting with varying cannabinoids and dialing in the certain effects that truly provide the type of medical relief that people seek from cannabis. 

If you’re someone who uses cannabis for physical pain relief, PLUS’s 9:1 CBD:THC Tropical Mango gummies might be what you’re best fit. Each gummy contains 9 milligrams of CBD and 1 milligram of THC (20 gummies per package).

Find them in: California


Craft Elixirs Pink Lemonade Pioneer Squares

Fam! I must tell you about some of the best gummies I’ve ever had in my life. Gummies were so good that I bought a bag, ate a single piece, and then immediately placed an online order for another two bags because once that sweet, pink lemonade flavoring hit my tongue, I knew these wouldn’t stay on the shelves for long. 

Craft Elixirs is a Washington edibles company that makes gummies, chips, and syrup. What makes their Pioneer Squares so special is the thickness, the bold flavor, and that lil’ piece of fruit they’ve got wedged in the middle. The Pink Lemonade squares are a no-doubter, but truthfully, you can’t go wrong with any of their flavors.

Find them in: Washington

WYLD Peach Gummies 

As a brand, WYLD gummies are pretty popular across many markets. They put out a high-quality product, but also, they’re so focused on effects-specific gummies that somewhat mimic a flower experience that any type of consumer can find a WYLD gummy to tickle their fancy.

The Peach 2:1 CBD:THC gummies (10 milligrams of CBD and 5 of THC per gummy) are excellent for people that want a nice balanced high — and don’t forget those Huckleberry THC gummies (10 milligrams of THC each), they slap too.

Find them in: California, Oregon, Colorado, Nevada


Wana Assorted Gummies

Wana Gummies is the top selling brand in Colorado — and for good reason. They give the people what we want: variety. Across their line of gummies, Wana has everything from a 5:1 CBD:THC pomegranate blueberry acai flavor, to their 10:1 CBD:THC strawberry, so no matter what type of cannabinoids you’re chasing, they’ve got you covered. 

They also have fast onset gummies for the impatient consumer. If you don’t want to think about it, grab their assorted gummies that come in a combination of all-natural grape, raspberry, lemon, green apple, and orange flavors.

Find them in: Everywhere but Washington — sorry Washingtonians


Deli Mixed Berry Nickels 

Caliva’s Deli Nickels come in a plethora of flavors, but those Mixed Berry boys are top notch. Sugary, sweet, and a little on the heavier side of the effects spectrum (5 milligrams of THC per gummy). Probably because they’re made with an indica blend, which means they developed the product with heavy, sleepy, relaxing effects in mind.

Find them in: California


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The 8 best strains with off-putting names, according to weed cultivators and breeders

Slap & Tickle, Granola Funk, Cat Piss, these are three strains that have at least one thing in common; their names garner visceral reactions, and that’s kind of the point. On the one hand, weed that “slaps and tickles” might make for an experience not unlike smoking your typical indica-dominant hybrid. On the other hand, cat piss is such an aggressive smell that’s so hard to get rid of that it’s almost unfathomable that anyone would want to smoke it. But as the weed adage goes, don’t trust a strain by its name. 

As weed comes into the mainstream, breeders are coming out of the shadows and finding ways to express their unique perspective, stand out, and capture the attention of a variety of smokers. Enter strain names. They’re a breeder’s choice, and are often drawn from attributes like taste, smell, lineage, effects, and color, but can also be based on more hazy things like a random memory the breeder had or something they experienced while smoking. 

Naming is a form of branding and self-expression for breeders, and they should retain that creativity and agency; however, novel names can be off-putting, which means people miss out on new experiences and effects they might otherwise benefit from. 

Unique strains and the people who name them

Classic strain names like Sour Diesel and Blue Dream tell you what you can expect, and they’ll always be available. Still, these days, breeders are experimenting and perfecting new crosses, many of which might sound like things you’d want to steer clear of, yet the flavors and effects might surprise you. With this in mind, we chatted with four different cultivators about what funny-named strains they’re breeding and why you should try them. 

Ethan Woods, co-founder, and CEO of Desert Underground worked to get the best genetics he could get his hands on and spent two years conducting R&D before launching Desert Underground. Today, Desert Underground has forty grow rooms and harvests every three weeks, so they’re continuously learning and perfecting the product. 

Parks McMillan, Director of Cultivation at Seed & Smith, doesn’t play it safe when it comes to betting on strains. Seed & Smith’s strain catalog has depth and range because Parks makes sure to cater to connoisseurs, with unique strains, and newer smokers, with strains that have fruitier, sweeter profiles.

The lead Cultivator of Veritas Fine Cannabis, Shane Reynolds, uses his years of experience growing cannabis to acquire quality genetics and uses them to cultivate a number of strains on this list, many of which have names that pack as much punch as the flower itself. 

Kenny Powers, aka Powerzzzup, has cultivated strains for a brand that is as close to a household name as you can get in the cannabis space: Cookies. Not only are his strains rapper approved, but they draw long lines of smokers to Cookies dispensaries. The Cookies Fam regularly garners crowds akin to that of a Jordan release day, before there was a SNKRS app.

Here are eight strains with off-putting names as recommended by the breeders and growers cultivating them.

GMO (Garlic Mushroom Onion aka Garlic Cookies)

We’d be remiss if we didn’t start with GMO, a strain that paved the way for a few of the strains on this list. A cross of GSC and Chemdog, GMO has a pungent, funky smell, similar to that of garlic. You might not come for the flavor, but you should stay for the effects which make the garlicky bite worth enduring. It can clear the mind and melt the body, making way for a calm focus without the intensity you might expect from a high THC strain. 


Garlic Road

After you’ve tried GMO and are ready to hit the old dusty trail, grab Garlic Road, a phenotype of GMO with a name that’s a bit more on the nose. Garlic Road, a cross of GMO and I-95, named after a highway in Colorado, has a sweet aroma and GMO-like effects that lean more uplifting. GMO leaves most people relaxed yet focused, and Garlic Road tends to do the same — but with an added smile and pep in your step.


Yuk Mouth

Yuk Mouth won’t ruin your teeth, but it might give you cottonmouth, so you may want to grab some mints before lighting up. This GMO and Dosidos cross has an aggressive nose, and if that’s not your thing, maybe the cerebral euphoria and full-body relaxation are. 

Described by Reynolds as an “old school creeper,” Yuk Mouth’s effects might be latent, but when they hit, you’ll be forced into a horizontal position, wondering where the nearest drink is. 


Unicorn Poop

Let’s address the unicorn in the room. No, this strain doesn’t smell like poop. Unicorn Poop gives off citrusy, diesel notes thanks to its parents, GMO and Sophisticated Lady. As for the name, it’s a nod to the color and shine of the nugs. Unicorn Poop is a beauty, with a very distinct layer of trichomes that makes it shine. 

If you’re still on the fence, please your inner child who probably would have loved to spend a few hours with a unicorn, and while that’s not what’s happening here, the giggly, euphoric effects are a close second. 


Fly

While the name “Fly” comes from its parents, Florida Kush and The Y, it could also have been foreshadowing how the strain would enter the market: with a lot of buzz and difficult to catch. This Cookies strain, bred by Powerzzzup, hits the body hard, and prepares the mind for takeoff with it’s cerebral effects. The flavor is sweet with gassy notes — a bit more palatable than the name might imply. 


Poon Tang Pie

Come for the pie, stay for the tropical vibes. A cross of Tropicana, Grape Pie, and Papaya, Poon Tang Pie is for flavor chasers. With notes of berry, citrus, and pine, this strain will leave your mouth watering, mood boosted, and ease you into a euphoria that gently washes over the body. The name, believed to be a nod to the comedy film Pootie Tang, references the papaya and grape pie lineage that give the strain its sweet, fruity flavors.


MeatBreath

Who knew weed could taste like a hamburger? We owe a collective thank you to the genius who smoked and thought, “weed should taste like meat.” MeatBreath, a cross of Meatloaf and Mendo Breath, is relaxing yet cerebrally stimulating. It starts behind the eyes but follows up with a jolt of energy, making it perfect for evening creativity or focus time, before easing your eyes closed for the night. This strain is said to be named both as a result of lineage and homage, most notably Lamb’s Breath which had a breakout moment over a decade ago.


Gary Payton

Not off-putting so much as simply unusual. Smoke like multi-hyphenate rapper/businessman Berner, and try Gary Payton. Cookies fam breeder Kenny Powers’ story of choosing the name “Gary Payton” gives us a glimpse into the cultivation process. What is now known as Gary Payton was formerly “strain number 20” of many phenotypes he was testing. Strain number 20 stood out, and it just so happened to be Gary Payton’s old number. 

This collaboration is the real deal, folks. Cookies worked with Gary Payton to license and bring this strain to the market. If you’re familiar with Gary Payton’s revered NBA career, then you might expect this strain to feel like a full-court press, but it’s quite balanced. Gary Payton delivers relaxed energy that eases body pain while providing mental clarity. It’s no surprise that Berner contacts Powers for this strain before his studio sessions.

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8 weed strains that taste like dessert

Who doesn’t want a smoking experience as sweet and savory as indulging in dessert? 

Anyone who rolls up on the regular knows that cannabis is all about flavor. That’s why people are chasing exotic strains. There are thousands of different terpene profiles out there that can make your cannabis flower and dabs taste a variety of ways. When narrowing them down for this list, we decided to go with a mix of sweet, fruity, sugary, and candy-reminiscent flavors that will be perfect for your next post-dinner smoke sesh.

Here are eight delicious weed strains that taste like dessert.

Ice Cream Cake

Gelato #33, aka Larry Bird, is the well-known child of Gelato #33 and Wedding Cake and the dessert stain of all dessert strains, as far as I’m concerned. Bow down when you speak its name, nahmean? So treat yourself to some Ice Cream Cake. More specifically, treat yourself to an Ice Cream Cake PAX era pod, or some Ice Cream Cake hash rosin, because its flavor is so specifically sweet, gassy, and sugary that the oils taste exactly like smoking a bowl of dairy dessert.

In fact, the last time I bought it from Archive Portland, on the way out the door, Natalie the budtender told me to enjoy my dessert. And I did. I did enjoy my dessert.


Zkittlez

First of all, the Zkittlez flower is absolutely beautiful. It’s purple and green accents make the plant look exotic. Second of all, the taste is out of this world no matter how you consume it — flower, vapes, whatever, Zkittlez hits.

Zkittlez is a cross of Grapefruit and Grape that tastes exactly like its misspelled namesake. It’s a candy strain that tastes like the entire spectrum of fruity terpenes in cannabis. It’s also relaxing , but not overpowering, making Zkittlez a perfect lil’ treat for consumers of all levels. And it tends to be pretty available from a variety of growers, so if you want to try it, a store close by probably has it.


Blueberry Cheesecake

If you want some sweet blueberry flavors, grab you a bowl of Blueberry Cheesecake. Blueberry Cheesecake, just like its name would suggest, is likely a cross of the old school Blueberry strain with the old school Cheese strain. It may also be a cross of Blueberry and White Cheese. Either way, it’s a delicious strain that will remind you of your overpriced fourthmeal from the Cheesecake Factory. 

Blueberry Cheesecake is a colorful flower with a sweet, funky blueberry aroma that makes it great for people who are chasing flavor over intensity. It has a fast onset time, followed by a creative high that may help you slow down and be more focused. Some call it a social high, but that’s up to you to test out.


Biscotti

Biscotti is an indica-dominant cross of GSC, Gelato #25, and South Florida OG that tastes like the Italian after-dinner dessert. It has a wild mix of sweet, nutty, gassy, herbal flavors that give way to a heavily sedating high. Outside of Italy, biscottis are commonly served with coffee, which is funny, because you might need a cup or two to wake up after hitting this one. 


Cherry Pie

Cherry Pie flower is fire. Point blank period. It’s a strain that’ll have you dumb stoned after just a couple of puffs, and if you’re looking for something to vaporize, ooohweeeee — this one is tasty. 

The Cookie Fam is known for producing stains that are flavorful mixes of fruity and gassy terpenes. Cherry Pie is no different. It’s a cross of Granddaddy Purple and Durban Poison that produces a super loud aroma of sweet, sugary cherries, with gassy undertones. The high? Just grab a seat on the couch and the remote. You’re going to be there for a while.



Orange Creamsicle

Read the name Orange Creamsicle and you already know what to expect. Creamy, vanilla, citrus flavors that remind you of that lil’ popsicle you can buy at 7-Eleven for a couple dollars — or from the local ice cream truck. 

Orange Creamsicle is a loud, undeniably fruity cultivar bred from Orange Crush and Juicy Fruit. In terms of experience, it brings forth those orange terps to produce a euphoric, uplifting high that you’d expect from strains with this type of bright flavor profile.


Duct Tape 

Duct Tape is a cross of Original Glue (Gorilla Glue #4) and Do-Si-Dos that screams those GG4 properties without drowning out those Do-Si-Dos characteristics. 

The reason Duct Tape is here is because, like GG4, it has a complex nutty, funky, gassy aroma, and — for some reason — has a somewhat chocolatey taste to it as well. On top of that, crossing it with the heavy Do-Si-Dos, brings out a potent high that will lay you downnnn. 

It’s one of those full body rides, the definition of relaxing. 


Wedding Cake

Wedding Cake is a phenotype of Triangle Mints. Triangle Mints is a cross of Animal Mints and Triangle Kush. I guarantee you can find Wedding Cake nearby, with its popularity continuing to grow year after year.

As far as the Cake-like flavor, Wedding Cake can hit in a variety of ways depending on what company grew it, how they grew it, whose genetics they have, etc. That said, Wedding Cake usually has that kushy, slightly sweet flavor best described as doughy and vanilla. The following experience is usually a balanced hybrid high that can be extremely potent and clear-minded,  before tailing off into a fully-body stone.

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10 cannabis strains to buy from Black-owned brands

Buy Black weed. Period.

Here are 10 Black-owned cannabis farms, and the flagship strains they want you to try. Since there are so very few Black owners in each state, sometimes only one or none at all, this list mostly spans across West Coast states — California, Oregon, Nevada, and Washington — with slim picks from Colorado and Washington DC that have an established recreational cannabis market. 

Hollingsworth Cannabis: Papaya Punch 

State: Washington

Hollingsworth Cannabis in Washington state is a family-owned and operated company. They have two sectors: the THC side of the company, named Hollingsworth Cannabis, and the CBD hemp side of the company, named Hollingsworth Hemp Company. Eco-friendly, all of their crops are grown using solar energy and nutrient-dense soil packed with natural earth worm castings.

Hollingsworth’s flagship cannabis strains are their Papaya Punch and Mac and Cheese.


Ball Family Farms: Daniel LaRusso 

State: California

Ball Family Farms in California is a social equity licensed farm founded by Chris Ball. 

They have a plethora of strains inspired by Kung-Fu movies, like the Last Dragon and Karate Kid. While they currently offer Bruce Leroy, Sho-Nuff, and Miyagi-Do strains, their flagship hard hitter that you should definitely try is called Daniel LaRusso.

A hybrid cannabis strain that is perfect for balance, Daniel LaRusso hits the nose with both spicy and minty aromas that won’t leave you feeling too spacey. Ball tells us that this strain’s satisfying high is perfect for an afternoon adventure in your canary yellow 1948 Ford Super DeLuxe.


Bridges Academy Farms: Cherry Fritter

State: California

Founded by Joel McClure, Bridges Academy Farms is Humboldt County’s first Black-owned cannabis farm. The company’s mission is to teach aspiring Black & Brown farmers how to legally & sustainably grow cannabis, which they do through a program and curriculum based on biodynamics, Korean natural farming, and regenerative farming techniques. In 2019, Bridges Academy Farms was awarded a grant by Humboldt County’s Project Trellis Equity Program.

Their flagship strain is their Cherry Fritter. It is a proprietary cross between Apple Fritter & Cherry Lime Dog, which makes for a gassy, sticky producer with a 6 – 7 week flowering period. It was bred by California breeder Bio Vortex, and has an aroma and flavor best described as lime zest with a tart, sweet cherry that plays out in the smoke. 

GasHouse: Bananimal

States: California and Oregon

GasHouse in California is pretty hush hush when it comes to the owners and business itself. Still, they are a minority-owned company that grows high-quality weed. According to their website, they are known for their GasHouse OG, Billy Kimber OG, and Bananimal strains, amongst many others.

The site states that their GasHouse OG is a deep indica with a skunky aroma —  it brings about a heavy-hitting body stimulation and soothing cerebral relaxation. The Billy Kimber OG is an OG Kush cut that will deliver an empowering indica experience, sedating your body and stimulating your mind. And their Bananimal will hit you with that sweet banana cream smell with pungent cookie dough complements and a high that will lift you into a state of relaxation and feel-good vibes.


Magic Hour Cannabis: Gelato #25 x Do-Si-Dos

State: Oregon

Founded by Will Perry and Adriana Carlile, Magic Hour Cannabis is a Tier 1 flower producer in the state of Oregon that’s Black, Latinx, and female-owned and operated. Currently, they are rolling out Magic Hour’s flagship strain, a yet-to-be-named cross of Gelato #25 x Do-Si-Dos, and lemme tell ya … it is big gas.

The Gelato #25 x Do-si genetics highlight all of the parent attributes with appearance and flavor. This beautiful indica-dominant hybrid kicks out purple and dark green flowers that are absolutely caked with trichomes. As far as smell, taste, and effects, Gelato #25 x Do-Si-Dos hits with sweet gassy terpenes, and a powerfully sedative high.


Dank Bros: Super Silver Haze

State: Oregon

Dank Bros in the state of Oregon is partnered by Gary Gatewood and Mike Powers. Their flagship strain is Super Silver Haze, which is great for Oregon consumers who are looking for those classic legendary cannabis strains, like yours truly.

Super Silver Haze is a sativa-dominant cross of Shiva Skunk, Northern Lights #5, and Haze genetics. It usually has an earthy and citrus terpene profile that’s followed by an uplifting, energetic high that many consumers seek for daytime consumption. Additionally, Dank Bros has a wonderful Wedding Cake that you should try.


LOWD Farms: Cake Mints

State: Oregon

LOWD Farms is owned and operated by founders Jesce Horton, who you might recognize from Netflix’s Grass is Green documentary, and Dave Murray. Additionally, Jesce and his wife Jeannette founded the Nu Leaf Project, a nonprofit that delivers grants, educational resources, job-matching assistance and entrepreneurial services to cannabis business owners and career hopefuls.

LOWD is known for many premium high quality strain selections, namely their flagships: Cake Mints, 503 WiFi, and Platinum Garlic Cookies.

Cake Mints is a selection of Kush Cake that crosses Kush Mints and Wedding Cake F3. It has all the characteristics of the classic Wedding Cake with the added kushy, earthy, stoney effects of Kush Mints. The high is perfect for a relaxing evening in the city or your tent under the stars. 

503 WiFi is a sweet cut of White Fire OG that has dense trichome packed buds, a fresh piney OG-esque smell, and a gassy inhale with a clean minty release.The best thing about her is the motivating, intense, and amazingly balanced effects.

Platinum Garlic Cookies — PGC for short — is a cross of GMO Cookies and Platinum Girl Scout Cookies. The result is one of the most pleasurably offensive terpene profiles with quite a potent punch.


Zion Gardens: GOGGB 

State: Nevada

Zion Gardens is a farm in Nevada that was partnered by lead gardener Aaron McCrary. He told me that they are proudly growing their version of Sophisticated Lady, a strain that crosses Ghost OG with Grateful Breath. 

Zion’s version of the strain is called GOGGB, and it has a very “kush” heavy nose, with sweet, floral, and piney accents. The flavor is much of the same, with a smooth smoke, that quickly settles above the eyes. The high is expected to bring on the munchies and will settle you into couch-locking relaxation. 

FIRE Cannabis: Jet Fuel 

State: Colorado

Simply Pure out of Colorado is the first (and only) Black-owned cannabis business in Colorado. It was founded by military veterans Wanda James and Scott Durrah, who you may recognize from BET’s SMOKE documentary, and many other cannabis media outlets.

In addition to their retail space, Simply Pure has a premiere cannabis brand called FIRE Cannabis. In 2018, FIRE won Best Flavor Champion in The Grow Off competition for their small batch flower. Currently, according to the Simply Pure website, their strain offerings include Jet Fuel, Tangerine Power, and Money Pug.

District Growers

State: Washington DC

District Growers is a cannabis company in Washington DC that was founded by Corey Barnett. It is Black-owned-and operated. Currently they produce edibles, tinctures, capsules, and pre-ground flower packs and a variety of 24 strains to choose from. 


Brianna Wheeler contributed to this article. 

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