Strain Review: God’s Gift

A longtime hitter in West Coast dispensaries, God’s Gift is an homage to when purple was king and people were trying to figure out how many different purple cuts we could get.

The story of God’s Gift definitely started a bit with the particular genetic line we’ll cover here. From California’s Emerald Triangle, to Los Angeles, to everywhere in between, growers have named various strains “God’s Gift.” So narrowing the exact lineage of a cross of two of the top five strains of the past 20 years can be tricky. Various versions of Kush and Purple have resulted in many great strains, like the Cup-winning Purple Kush lost in 2011’s DEA raid on Oaksterdam University. But without a doubt, BC Bud Depot and Scorpion Crews’ incarnation of God’s Gift is most associated with the name.

Both original parents selected by BC Bud Depot were part of a partnership with Scorpion Crew, based out of Orange County. The OG selected for this incarnation of God’s Gift was a fabled OGbx4 cut, meaning it resulted from the fourth stabilized generation of OG Kush being back crossed with the original. This version of OG is believed by some to be the parental line behind San Fernando Valley OG Kush in particular, widely considered amongst the best versions of SoCal’s signature strain.

As for the purple strain’s source, Scorpion Crew reports sourcing it at a long-forgotten Bay Area concert, where they smoked with a master cultivator, and received a cut of his Purps. This was at a time when the Bay Area was awash in elite Purples like legendary Mendo Cream.

After a year in development, the collaboration produced what has to be one the top pairings of OG x GDP ever done. It in turn, ended up winning Canada’s prestigious BioCup, and a legend was born.

Today, you can still find elite cuts of the strain, as well as God’s Gift extracts. The strain’s long trichomes and rich oil content make for beautiful kief, dry sift, and bubble hash. Petro-solvent extraction is often less ideal, as Purples tend to do poorly as shatters, but can be good in budder or wax form.


God’s Gift will be a bit denser than many of its Purple sisters. Much of the time it will be represented by trichome-soaked popcorn bud from the heavy branching, but the colas are absolutely to die for. The visual of the final weeks of the flowering period is gorgeous on strains with this kind of deep purple.


God’s Gift has an aroma that’s fairly unique in the purple world. The pine scent of the pinene isn’t quite as strong as a Purple Kush (Hindu Kush x Purple Afghani), but that’s about the only one. While your nose is being tickled by the kushiness, the robust grape flavor of myrcene will fill your sinuses assuming the grow and cure are pulled off right.


Dense, and resinous yet giving in a grinder. Really nicely dried and cured God’s Gift will have a little give in it, unlike more modern Purps crosses — which can feel like fused rocks.


Flavor was just as important as potency in the Golden Age of Purple, and any good version of God’s Gift will bring you back to the good old days. Expect a pinch of scratchiness you’d want to see in any good Kush with a fruity sweet overtone that isn’t quite as purple-tasting as a good Erkle, but you won’t need to be an expert to grow it.


It isn’t complete couchlock, but it’s best to keep moving and grooving. God’s Gift will make it very easy to relax and melt a few hours away if that’s what you’re looking for. OG and Purple blends in general are always a bit more functional than your standard Erkle crosses. This leads to much of the deep narcotic effects of the myrcene interacting with the THC, without the heavy eyelids.


Indica hybrids like God’s Gift have been found to be effective for various conditions including nausea, insomnia, and a variety of anxiety disorders. God’s Gift will act as an excellent gatekeeper for those entering the world of high end indicas. Folks using God’s Gift on a daily basis while functioning in society are often using it as a treatment for chronic pain conditions.

Fast Facts

Breeder: BC Bud Depot / Scorpion Crew

Type: Indica-hybrid

Genetics: OG Kush bx4 X GDP

Flowering time: 56-63 days indoors

Originally published in the print edition of Cannabis Now.

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8 weed strains to smoke on 4/20

It’s 4/20, which means it’s time to smoke all damn day. So let’s get straight to it.

Here are eight strains that are definitely worth your time, money, and sesh on the stoniest day of the year.

MAC #1

Miracle Alien Cookies #1 had to be on this list because 4/20 is about getting smacked, and that’s exactly what you’ll get from smoking this strain. This hybrid was originally bred by Capulator in Oregon, and is a cross of Alien Cookies,Columbian, and Starfighter. Nowadays, you can get MAC from plenty of different growers, but if you want the real deal OG Mac, search for Caps Cut.

MAC usually smells and tastes like a mix of citrus, gas, and funky terps, and will hit you with a heavy dose of euphoria and relaxation. A lil’ kick-your-feet-up type of high.

Pink Picasso

I stumbled across Wonderbrett’s Pink Picasso during a road trip through California last year. FIRE. DANK. ZA. Whatever descriptor you use to discuss a great strain with great effects, they apply here. If you’re in California, definitely scoop this one up.

Pink Picasso is a cross of OZK and Candyland — and trust me, that Candyland comes thruuu. It smells and tastes sweet, and is an incredible daytime smoke as the effects hit hard but won’t put you out of commission. Instead, it’s a somewhat productive stone, so if you still have stuff to do on 4/20, but you refuse to wait until after the tasks are completed to smoke, light up Pink Picasso. 

Ice Cream Cake

If there’s a list of smokeables from ya boy, Ice Cream Cake will always be on there. It’s the perfect cannabis strain in terms of look, smell, taste, effects, and overall experience. If you wanted to smoke one single strain that gets you as high as a giraffe’s ass, look no further.

Ice Cream Cake is a cross of Gelato #33 and Wedding Cake. You might also see it named Gelato Cake, but it’s the same thing. It pretty much tastes like gassy ice cream, as those Gelato genetics absolutely dominate this hybrid. Effects-wise, expect to be super relaxed, because the high is super powerful — just a couple tokes of it might turn the clock to Nap Time.

Elephant Ears

Elephant Ears from Eastwood Gardens is the best weed in Portland. Yeah, I said it. It is pure gas on the nose and tongue, and the high is guaranteed to get you so stoned that all you want to do is sit around and laugh. Sounds perfect for celebrating 4/20 with friends, if you choose to do so.

Elephant Ears’ genetics are Grease Monkey and Dogwalker OG. If you live in Oregon, you’d be doing yourself a true disservice not celebrating the holiday with some Ears in your stash.

Grape Pie

Truthfully, I wanted to tell you to go find Flavor Crystals (Grape Pie x Legend Apricot), because it’s the most unique flavor profile I’ve experienced all year; but I doubt it’s available, as I haven’t seen it since February. So instead, I’ll send you after one of its parent strains on this here 4/20.

Grape Pie is a cross of Cherry Pie and Grape Stomper. It smells like grapes, and tastes sweet and earthy. Though delicious, the reason it’s here is because of its surprising high. Though listed as indica-dominant in most databases, the creative high actually feels pretty balanced in both the head and body. If you’re a sativa lover, you might want to give this one a try.


Just like the strain mentioned above, Motorbreath is some straight gass that’ll remind you of smoking some classic Chemdog. That would make sense, with its genetics being a combination of Chem D and SFV OG Kush.

Motorbreath smells and tastes like gas with a citrus kick, thanks to that OG Kush in its blood. Truthfully, there isn’t much more you need to know about this extremely potent strain. Buy it, smoke it, and you’ll see exactly why it’s worthy of your 4/20 celebration.

Beach Wedding

For my people who are looking for a more uplifting, motivating type of smoke than many of the strains listed here, Beach Wedding is the answer.

Beach Wedding is a cross of Tropicana Cookies and Wedding Cake that’ll stimulate your mind, much like Tropicana Cookies does. Sure, it’s potent, but instead of feeling stoned and settled into one spot, you’ll feel a bit energized, and engaged with everything around you. The Beach Wedding experience is perfect for creative hobbies like writing, painting, or whatever other type of artistic activities you enjoy. Or if you want to do absolutely nothing, but still want a heavy head high while doing so.

OG Kush

It wouldn’t be right to put out a list of strains to smoke on 4/20 and not have some Kush in the mix. 

That said, our 2020 and 2021 Strain Madness Champion is OG Kush, which shows that the people still love this strain as much today as they did when it was first bred in the 90s. If you can find an authentic cut of it, you should definitely smoke Original Kush on 4/20. If you can’t, Kosher Kush would be an excellent alternative.

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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.


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 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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Cannabis Density: What Is It and How To Improve It?

Having a big, vigorous cannabis plant is every grower’s dream. The cannabis plant can survive even extreme conditions, but it needs a little love to grow correctly like any other plant. Maintaining proper conditions for optimal growth should be the priority for every grower, especially if your primary objective is to achieve dense buds.  The […]

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Most Popular Medical Marijuana Strains in Arkansas

Most often, newsworthy strains are those bred and sold on America’s West Coast — the epicenter of cannabis culture and creation. However, just because strains like GG#4 and Dutch Treat reign supreme on the coast doesn’t mean that the rest of the country is so enamoured with these varieties. Cannabis commerce laws being what they […]

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WM Strains Madness 2021: A Flower is Crowned

We came into Weedmaps Strain Madness 2021 with 32 weed strains ready to claim the title for “Best Strain In The Game.” While we hoped there may be variance from last year’s contest, for the second year in a row, the people have spoken, and OG Kush has been crowned as the champion yet again. 

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Strain Madness 2021 tournament. 

Total votes

There were more than 180,000 total votes throughout all of the matches. Thank you for the amazing turnout! 

Before showering praise on the ultimate champion, let’s a take a look at the total votes for each of the top eight contenders received:

  1. OG Kush – 18,577 
  2. Pineapple Express – 14,586
  3. Gelato – 13,992
  4. Purple Haze – 13,527 
  5. Sour Diesel – 12,205
  6. Blue Dream – 12,105
  7. GG4 – 9,353
  8. Alien Kush – 9,120

OG Kush crushed it with a total of 18,577 votes over the course of Strain Madness — and it’s not surprising to see Pineapple Express cruising right behind. Disappointed, Alien Kush will have to dry its tears and hope it makes a screaming entrance next year.   

If you’re out of weed and wondering what to buy next, consider celebrating OG Kush’s victory this week with a pipe or vape full of the mega-popular winner. 

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OG Kush’s path to victory 

We asked contributor Dante Jordan to revisit each round to see how OG Kush became the 2021 champion. 

Round 1: OG Kush vs. Strawberry Cough 

From the moment OG Kush stepped onto the figurative strains court, it knew that no one could touch its majesty. First matchup was against Strawberry Cough, in which OG Kush absolutely blasted the fruit-forward sativa out of the water by a score of 4,222 votes to 1,614 votes. OG’s performance was so dominant that by the second half, its starters were on the bench flipping water bottles over like the 2016 Cavs against the Knicks.

Round 2: OG Kush vs. Wedding Cake 

After sending Strawberry Cough to the crib, OG Kush found itself up against its most formidable opponent yet: Wedding Cake. We know what Wedding Cake brings to the table: hype and nationwide notoriety backed by high-quality genetics, aroma, flavor, and experience. And with the extreme popularity of Wedding Cake in modern cannabis, we thought it might be a strong enough team to put OG Kush’s run to bed. NAH, SON. 

In the end, with a score of 4,273 votes to WC’s 3,348, OG Kush’s veteran savvy and experienced roster proved to be an undefeatable force for the up-and-coming hybrid.

Round 3: OG Kush vs. Alien Kush 

When a basketball team goes to war on the court, they come out one of two ways: completely drained and unable to continue on, or even more powerful through the growth that facing adversity brings. OG Kush was the latter, as evidenced by the way that it treated Alien Kush like a high school B team. By putting 4,428 votes to Alien Kush’s measly 864, OG Kush basically told its opponent, “Never mention me, my team, or my coaches ever again.”

Round 4: OG Kush vs. Gelato 

Beasting through the tournament led OG Kush into the Fire Four, where we got the battle of #1 seeds that the world’s been waiting for: OG Kush vs Gelato. 

Gelato is quite simply one of the best strains ever and a huge reason why many of us are so obsessed with chasing “exotic” strains and flavors, so we expected it to push OG to the wire — possibly even sending the Original backbone of California genetics home with its head down. 

Nope. OG Kush stuck to the game plan that got it here, put up 3,061 votes to its opponent’s 1,783, and in the end, Gelato was reminded that its time of supreme reign may come one day, just not in 2021.

Finals: OG Kush vs. Purple Haze 

Standing in the finals, after defeating Strawberry Cough, Wedding Cake, and Gelato, OG Kush found itself against the 2021 Strain Madness Cinderella Story: Purple Haze

To get here, Purple Kush made a completely unexpected run through Super Lemon Haze, Blue Dream, and Pineapple Express. Unfortunately for the legendary Haze strain, the people’s love of purple weed, relaxing effects, and Jimi Hendrix was nowhere near enough juice to get OG Kush up out the paint. And in the end, with a number of 2,593 votes to Purple Haze’s 1,117 votes, we were able to crown Original Kush as the first-and-only two-time Strain Madness champion of the world.

Will OG Kush ever be defeated in Strain Madness? Only time will tell. But until that point, it will continue to be the undisputed heavyweight champion, and unanimous MVP of all things weed. 

*cues the One Shining Moment (Luther Vandross version) music*

Dante Jordan 

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WM Strains Madness 2021: Championship Match

How did Purple Haze pull off this incredible upset against Pineapple Express? I’m not sure, but I’m glad it did because a repeat of 2020’s championship match between OG Kush and Pineapple Express was all but inevitable. But a little more than half of you wanted Purple Haze in the mix and made it happen. Kudos to you. 

The field now looks like this: 

Quick note: don’t forget to vote on Weedmaps’ Instagram stories. Polls will stay open until Saturday 4:20 p.m. PST. 

And with that, let’s jump into our matchups.

Championship matchup

(#1) OG Kush vs (#6) Purple Haze

OG Kush entered the tournament focused on one thing only: total domination. 

And it proved it by destroying Gelato, 63% to 37%. Gelato is considered one of the best strains in the game, and OG Kush made quick work of it by gaining an early lead and never letting it go. OG Kush is one step closer to repeating and becoming the back-to-back champion. Whether OG Kush is OP or destined to be the champ is still up for debate, but you can bet that OG Kush is looking to close out. 

But we all love an underdog, and Purple Haze is the definition of an underdog in this matchup. Purple Haze wasn’t even in the bracket last year, so its 2021 performance is truly a Cinderella story worthy of bandwagoning on. A true David vs. Goliath matchup if there ever was one, but there is precedent for a 6th seed taking down a 1st seed: in 1988 the 6th seeded Kansas Jayhawks upset the 1st seeded Oklahoma Sooners. 

Let’s go! 

Winner: TBD

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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.


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.


 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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WM Strains Madness 2021: The Fire Four have arrived

We’ve finally reached the Fire Four. OG Kush was the biggest blowout win, with over 3,000 votes ahead of Alien Kush. Over on the other side of the bracket we had our first major upset as 6th seeded Purple Haze barely scraping past 1st seeded Blue Dream in a nail-biting 51% to 49% finish. 

Heavyweights Gelato and Pineapple Express came out on top against equally famous Sour Diesel and GG4, but with the popularity of that lineup, the wins could have gone either way. 

Here’s what the field looks like now:

Quick note: don’t forget to vote on Weedmaps’ Instagram stories. Polls will stay open until Thursday 4:20 p.m. PST. 

Now, let’s dive into the two fourth-round matchups and the four strains competing.

(1) OG Kush v. (1) Gelato

Just like last year, here we go again with mega-star competitors Gelato and OG Kush. But can OG Kush take down Gelato for the second time, or will the delicious dessert strain reign supreme? Personally, I think it’s time we rally around the underdog. 

Winner: TBD

(6) Purple Haze v. (1) Pineapple Express

Pineapple Express is used to sitting at the Fire Four table, as it beat out Alien OG in the third round in 2020. But, Purple Haze is a beefier contender. At this point in the competition, either could go to the final round. 

Winner: TBD

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WM Strains Madness 2021: Top 8

Wow. The 2nd round had some incredible matchups that ended in total blowouts. All 1st seeds continue to dominate and we lost some worthy competitors in Wedding Cake, Green Crack, Biscotti, and Super Lemon Haze. Roll one up for the dearly dominated.

But enough about the losers, let’s get to more madness. The field now looks like this: 

Quick note: don’t forget to vote on Weedmaps’ Instagram stories. Polls will stay open until Tuesday 4:20 p.m. PST. 

And with that, let’s jump into our matchups.

Top Shelf

(#1) OG Kush vs (#3) Alien Kush

Is OG Kush the Duke of the weed world and at the beginning of a dynasty? Sure seems that way after the smackdown it gave to 2nd seed Wedding Cake for the second year in a row. Wedding Cake put up a respectable fight, but in the end it wasn’t all that close. Maybe next year, Wedding Cake. 

I’m going to be honest, I don’t feel great about Alien Kush‘s chances. It handled MAC with ease and was running through the bracket without breaking much of a sweat. But unless we see the biggest upset of the entire tournament, this is the end of the line for Alien Kush. Mark down OG Kush advancing to the next round.

Winner: TBD

Shelf 2

(#1) Gelato vs (#5) Sour Diesel

And another repeat from last year, Gelato and Sour Diesel are meeting up in the 3rd round. Both competitors breezed through the 2nd round, laying sizable beatdowns on AK-47 and Banjo, respectively. We all know how important Gelato has been to the Bay Area and California weed scene since the mid-2010s, but Sour Diesel goes back to 90s’ New York City. Will the Old School tokers give Sour Diesel the fuel it needs for an upset, or will the new generation ride Gelato into the next round? 

Winner: TBD

Shelf 3

(#1) Blue Dream vs (#6) Purple Haze

Last year Blue Dream had an unfortunate 1st round matchup with Gelato and went home early. This year, a more favorable matchup gave Blue Dream the chance to show the other strains that it’s here to compete. After notching another win against Green Crack to it’s belt, we have to wonder if Blue Dream has what it takes to go all the way. 

But don’t sleep on Purple Haze. After a competitive round with Super Lemon Haze in Hazebowl 2021, old PH left victorious and ready to take on one of the most-hated-yet-popular strains on the planet. I think the masses will back Blue Dream, but let’s hope for a competitive matchup at least. 

Winner: TBD

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(#1) Pineapple Express vs (#4) GG4

I wonder if Seth Rogen is giving Pineapple Express a timely boost with the announcement of his new weed brand? With all due respect to Tommy Chong and Snoop Dogg, Rogen is perhaps the most beloved stoner in pop culture today. But Pineapple Express probably doesn’t need any help. As 2020’s runner up, PE is a powerhouse all on it’s own and handily swept Biscotti to the side on it’s way to the 3rd round. 

GMO Cookies vs GG4 turned into a competitive rock fight, but GG4 emerged the winner if not a little worse for wear. After the nail-biter that Dante predicted, maybe GG4 got the wakeup call it needed to take on Hollywood.  

Winner: TBD

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