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5 weed products that Cannaclusive co-founder Mary Pryor can't live without

The weed industry needs people like Mary Pryor. People that will keep it real about how twisted, corrupt, and out of balance the game has always been. Without complete truth about the lack of funding, the difficulties of licensing, and the constant fight for social justice, there will never be any real progress made towards correcting all of the issues brought on by the failed War on Drugs. “I don't think I'm the shit; I don't think I'm killing it; but I do think that I talk about how there's not a lot of Black and brown presence in [the cannabis industry], in a way that's alarming, hopefully inspiring,” Pryor told me during a recent Zoom interview. Pryor is the co-founder of Cannaclusive, a collective aimed at facilitating fair representation of minority cannabis consumers. She's also a co-founder of Fit For Us, a non-profit aimed at highlighting minority professionals in the health and wellness industry space, Breaking Bread NYC, a non-profit focused on food scarcity, Cannabis For Black Lives, a non-profit coalition of white-owned companies aimed at putting dollars behind Black and brown employment and organizations in the cannabis space; and The National Cannabis Industry Association. Additionally, she works as the Chief Marketing Officer for Tonic CBD, a CBD skin care line. By the time this article is published, she'll probably have two or three more jobs added to the resume, that's how dedicated she is to creating paths for Black and brown folks in a world that continues to try to erase us. When asked why she chose to enter the cannabis industry in the first place, Pryor said, “I got into it from a health perspective. I have [Crohn's Disease], cannabis provided a lot of relief for me.” Being an advocate for the plant caused her to look at the legal industry surrounding it and wonder why none of the people in power looked like the people sitting in jail for being involved with the exact same product. “I realized that there weren't enough Black people in an industry that felt pretty Black in my experience. So I was really into the idea of talking about that and uplifting [Black and brown people]. I didn't know it would lead me all the way to where I am now.” Pryor's most known for her work with Cannaclusive, who've always worked as vocal advocates for minorities in the sector, lobbying for social equity every single time a new state legalizes cannabis. Lately, they've been doing consultations with some of the bigger companies in the industry — those who do absolutely nothing to help support communities most harmed by the laws that allow themselves to grab a slice of the billion-dollar cannabis pie. “We are transitioning into doing more inclusion support, diversity support, and marketing support for people that know that they need to have a more authentic relationship with Black, Indigenous, People of Color.” Cannabis has been a huge part of Pryor's life and work, here are five cannabis products that she can't live without. Congo Club's Congolese Red pre-rolls Congo Club is a Black-owned cannabis company founded by Amber Senter. It's gotta be some fire, because I've had random people asking me where to find it way before Pryor even told me she loved their Congolese Red.  Answer: you can get these at Sweet Flower dispensary, a Los Angeles-based chain of dispensaries with locations in the Arts District, Studio City, Westwood, and on Melrose. It is owned by another co-founder of Cannabis For Black Lives, and they feature a social equity shelf that makes it very easy for you to support minorities in this space. They've also donated $175,000 to organizations aimed at uplifting communities.  exir pre-rolls exir pre-rolls are a brand of pre-rolls from Cosmic Distribution's catalog. They boast “ALL NUG. NO SHAKE.” Currently, they have three strains in five-count pre-roll packs: French Toast (sativa), Fruity Pebbles (hybrid), and Ancient OG (indica). Peep the full catalog here. TONIC CBD's Skincare Products Founded by Brittany Carbone, Tonic CBD is the first woman-owned hemp vertical in New York State. “We have two amazing skincare products that actually work for people that are melanated, as well as other skin types,” said Pryor. Those two products are Tonic's Outer Space Renewal: Face + Body Oil and Outer Space Body Butter. Both are made with a combination of CBD and CBC, a minor cannabinoid that Tonic suggests is helpful for managing acne due to its anti-inflammatory qualities and ability to suppress excess lipid oil. Cann Social Tonics Cann is a microdosable brand of infused beverages that Pryor drinks on an everyday basis. CANN's tonics are made with 2 milligrams of THC, 4 milligrams of CBD, and come in a wide variety of flavors, including Lemon Lavender, Blood Orange Cardamom, and Grapefruit Rosemary. Pryor's favorite is Cranberry Sage, their seasonal flavor that drops around wintertime. Additionally, CANN puts their money where their mouth is by prioritizing social justice. “The reason why I mess with CANN is that they support marginalized communities and marginalized efforts. And they do their best to educate their audience on more than just the fact that they're a good product with a nice design and really really delicious.” Black Dragon Breakfast Club Gift Box Last, but certainly not least, Pryor can't live without the Black Dragon Breakfast Club Gift Box. Woman-owned and founded by Tsehaitu Abye, Black Dragon Breakfast Club is a cannabis advocacy, consultation, and lifestyle brand that debuted an accessories shop in 2020.  Currently sold out, their Essential Gift Box includes a laundry list of products including the Cannabis Is Medicine desk plate, a deck of cannabis affirmation cards, their full spectrum hemp bath salts, and many other lifestyle-focused products.  Keep an eye on the Shop Black Dragons website for restock updates. Photo courtesy of Mattio. Graphic by David Lozada/Weedmaps

The Drop: 6 strains hitting menus in May

This month of The Drop, Dante Jordan's column rounding up all the can't-miss strains from the best brands and growers, looks at anticipated releases from INSANE, Subdued Excitement, Veritas, and more. My favorite part of smoking weed is catching a new strain that just hit the shelves or checking out some new genetics that are sweeping through the industry. Those looking to cop new genetics the way sneakerheads scoop up limited runs on the SNKRS app know what I'm talking about. So every time I walk into a dispensary, my first questions are: “What's new?” and “How fresh is it?”  That's why this column exists. Instead of having to constantly check your favorite brand's Instagram page to see any news of a release, I'm looking to get all the can't-miss drops right here in my new monthly column. Future columns will have strain news from your favorite brands, and I'm even planning to hear from growers themselves.  To keep an eye on when your favorite brands drop new products, simply “favorite” strains and brands on Weedmaps and you'll get notifications when they're dropping in your area. All you need to do is make a profile here to get started.  After reaching out to some of my preferred breeders, growers, PR teams, etc. to see what's hitting the streets, The Drop is your new monthly answer. INSANE: Maraschino Cherry If you know weed, then you know Cypress Hill helped make cannabis culture what it is today. You also know B-Real wouldn't put out some garbage with the legendary reputation he has. That being said, in May, his INSANE brand by Dr. Greenthumb flower line is dropping a new strain called Maraschino Cherry.  It is indica-dominant, has thick hairy buds, and the sweet, floral flavor screams cherry blossoms. For the terp-heads, the fruit-centric strain is packed with limonene, humulene, and linalool. Available: California  22Red: LA Punk 22Red is a brand owned by Shavo Odadjian from System of a Down. This month, they're dropping a new strain called LA Punk, a lil' indica-dominant job with Sunset Sherbert lineage.  The brand's founder told me that it has that berry sweet but earthy Sunset Sherbert vibe and kicks out a stoney hours-long type of high. Additionally, this is a proprietary cut that Shavo plans on keeping as an exclusive, so LA Punk will be in rotation for a little while. Available: California  Subdued Excitement: Apple Fritter  Subdued Excitement Subdued Excitement is one of my favorite growers in Washington. The team used to put out some of the best GMO I've ever seen, and now they've got Apple Fritter in the garden too. Apple Fritter seems to be the next strain that's about to be in every hybrid on every menu, but I'm good with that. It really is a pretty enjoyable high.  Apple Fritter is a cross of Sour Apple and Animal Cookies that makes you feel content and comfortable. The high reminds me of some old school Blue Dream, while the nose on Sub X's Apple Fritter smells just like sweet candy apples. On the taste, it comes through slightly sweet and earthy. Caryophyllene, limonene, and pinene are its dominant terpenes. Available: Washington  Freddy's Fuego: Oreo Blizzy  Freddy's Fuego Freddy's Fuego is known for gas. That Larry Cake and Hell's Bells they put out last year is still some of the tastiest weed I've ever come across, so anytime they have something fresh coming down the pipeline, I'm on it.  Oreo Blizzy is a new strain they've phenohunted and are mad excited about. It's a cross of Ice Cream Cake and Sunset Sherbert. It has that familiar gassy kick that Freddy's is known for, with a spicy, somewhat floral complement to the taste. The effects are nice too, definitely a good afternoon smoke. It's got one of those highs that settles you down right after 2 p.m., when you've realized that it's okay to just finish what you can for the day, instead of getting stressed about all of the things you can't. Know what I mean? One of those.  Available: Washington  Eastwood Gardens: Horchata x Runtz  The first place I went to after getting back to Portland from Costa Rica was Archive. The first strain I heard someone ask for was Horchata x Runtz. That dispensary didn't have it but I found it somewhere else, and BOY. Eastwood Gardens done done it again. Eastwood is a brand known for putting out super potent, gassy strains, and this Horchata x Runtz that they dropped on Cinco de Mayo is no different. First Elephant Ears, now this.  The flower is stupid coated with trichomes on top of the Prince-suit-purple buds that scream diesel flavors. And the high? Stoney. As. Hell. It hits all in the head and eventually leaves you feeling stuck in a trance. You definitely don't want to miss this drop. Peep their Instagram to know which stores have it. Available: Oregon  Veritas Fine Cannabis: Forbidden Melonz  Veritas Fine Cannabis I don't have much experience with the products in Colorado, but when I visited Denver last year for a sit-around-the-crib-and-do-nothing bachelor party with some friends, that Strawberry Shortcake from Veritas stuck out to me. I reached out to them to see what they had hitting the block for the month, and at the top of May, they're running their very first cut of a new strain called Forbidden Melonz.  Forbidden Melonz is a cross of Forbidden Fruity and Zkittlez that comes through with sweet flavors and myrcene, pinene, ocimene, caryophyllene terpenes. A few stores you can find it at include: A Cut Above, Colorado Best Budz, and Cookies in Denver. A full list of dispensaries where the strain will be sold will be listed on the Veritas website's "Find-Us" map. Available: Colorado  Featured image by Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

4 weed products Leather Storrs of Cooked With Cannabis can't live without

It's not every day you step outside of your AirBnB to smoke a joint and find yourself sharing it with the host of Netflix's best attempt at a cannabis show thus far. But on one cloudy day down in Portland, Oregon, that's exactly what happened between me and Leather Storrs. Leather Storrs (alongside Kelis) is the co-host of Netflix's Cooked with Cannabis, a 6-episode cannabis competition show where three culinary cannabis chefs cook up cannabis-infused meals that are judged by panels of celebrity guests for a chance to win a $10,000 prize.  Though show hosting is where you may be most familiar with Leather, his true profession is a chef. He is a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in New York, and co-founder/former owner of Portland's Noble Rot restaurant. His training is classic, centered mostly around French cuisine.  “I've done a lot of things, but most of them are around cooking. Lately, it's a lot about cannabis. For me, that's the place where all of the things that tickle me are present. I think I am a wiser, and curious person who is on the path to exploring cannabis in the way it relates to all of our experiences,” Storrs told me during a recent Zoom conversation about life, weed, and a few things in between. He also said he's been cooking with cannabis for almost 10 years at this point. His passion for food, the plant, and introducing people to both, led him to being a recurring guest on VICE's Bong Appétit. Of the experience, Storrs shared, “First I was on [Bong Appétit] when it was a travel show, then when it was a contest show. Wiz Khalifa was the guest that time. I've never been higher in my life. Finally I'm like, 'Wiz, two things: stop rolling those joints, and put a shirt on.' He didn't do either.” [embedded content] Being so great on camera during Bong Appétit, combined with his knowledge of cannabis as a true cooking ingredient, brought about the opportunity to do Cooked with Cannabis. “I went down [to Los Angeles] and met Kelis. If she didn't like me, I wasn't going to do it; but we got along very well. She's a remarkable person, and we had a wonderful working relationship.”  Unfortunately, Cooked with Cannabis was not renewed for a second season, but Leather is hoping for a second shot at a culinary cannabis show now that he's learned how to do one effectively.  These days, Leather is still active in the cannabis community. He is working on producing a line of solventless gummies, in addition to working on a cookback about, of course, cooking infused cannabis dishes. “I don't know about you, but my butane days are behind me. I don't want to eat it, and I feel like a lot of these solvent-based distillates that people put into gummies are just gross. So I'm working on an all-fruit gummy. I'm doing a vegan option with water, and just a regular gelatin one.”  On writing a cookbook, he told me, “I like words, I like weed, and I like food. I think I have something to say, because for chrissakes, who needs another Pacific Northwest white guy with a beard cookbook? Hopefully this is going to be thoughtful and different enough to interest people.” Leather Storr's favorite weed Leather's love of cannabis, and the integrity he puts behind edibles, is one of the main reasons we had to talk about his favorite cannabis products too. When asked about the personal benefits of cannabis, Storrs said, “Like a lot of cooks, I'm pretty scattered. The metaphor that I always use is that there are these strings that are all wiggling together that represent the things I'm thinking about, ideas, and anxiety. For me, it's a slowing down of all the strings, and straightening them out. There's a comfort and decompression that I get.” Here are four weed products that cannabis chef and Cooked with Cannabis host Leather Storrs can't live without. Homemade edibles Leather is primarily an edibles guy. He prefers his own homemade ones to anything on dispensary shelves.  “I would say that my vehicles for THC are edibles that I make. I usually have a pen with me, because that's tidy. And then flower at night. Dabbing and some of those things are a little creepy to me.” Cherry Pie strain Though not necessarily a product he can't live without, Cherry Pie is one the cannabis strains that has had a profound effect on him. It showed him that THC is not everything, and there are specific strains out here that can deliver the exact experience you want. “My eureka experience was with the strain Cherry Pie, which is between like 14 and 17% THC. For whatever reason, that shit just fit me like a glove.” Cinex “For cooking, I really like Cinex. I think that's a really clean, pretty simple terpene profile. I feel like its translation is one of the most strain-specific that I can get in extraction. I feel like I get from Cinex compounds, whether it be alcohol or fat, that kind of bright, cheery, not-too-high quality.” His own recipes and Jerry Plumb's knowledge  The only true cannabis brand that has Leather Storrs' loyalty is himself. For the most part, he just eats his own edibles and uses his own tinctures. “I really like doing this, and I'm also cheap, so it's not like I'm out there trying other things,” he said.  When asked if he has specific brands or products that he favors, Storrs replied, “I'm not sure that I have any crazy brand loyalty. There are a few pens that I think are doing neat stuff. What I can't live without is the mad scientist Jeremy Plumb. I had been encouraged to look further and further because of him, and he's been big from the beginning. I've worked with [Chalice Farms]. I like their outfit and approach very much.” Featured photo courtesy of Leather Storrs. Graphic by David Lozada/Weedmaps.

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. Motorbreath 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. Featured image by Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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. Featured image by Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

WM Strains Madness 2021: The Dank 16

Strains are out here dripping trichomes like sweat drops, and the rounds are only getting spicier as the legendary strains find themselves up against the Diaper Dandies that newer consumers are starting to hold as the People's Champs. Granddaddy Purple thought stuff was sweet and found out MAC isn't here to play. Will Alien Kush face the same fate? Is it scary hours for Pineapple Express?  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 Dank 16 matchups. Top Shelf (#1) OG Kush vs (#2) Wedding Cake After seeing the way OG Kush handled Strawberry Cough in the first round, it's hard to think that the defending 2020 Strain Madness champion won't claim the 2021 trophy as well — even against a new-school legend like Wedding Cake. It's like yeah, Giannis is nice, he got the MVP; but LeBron is forever LeBron, and what's happened every time people doubt LeBron? This one's for all the West Coast marbles. Winner: TBD (#3) Alien Kush vs (#5) MAC Alien Kush had it easy in the first round against a WiFi Cake that people might not even be up on yet. But Miracle Alien Cookies? People are BIG smoking MAC right now. I literally burnt down a pre-roll of it yesterday after climbing a mountain, and that was before we knew it had gotten Coach Ken Estes and GDP up outta there. In the battle of galactic hybrids, which team will continue on in Strain Madness 2021? The sweet and extremely relaxing Kush or the earthy and potently uplifting Cookies?  Choose your Alien now. Winner: TBD Shelf 2 (#1) Gelato vs (#2) AK-47 You know when dudes grow up and think they can finally beat up their dads, only to find out that dad's Grown Man Strength has come into its full potential when he pins them to the living room floor with just his forearm as Marvin Gaye's Inner City Blues plays in the background? That's what happened to Ice Cream Cake in the first round vs. Gelato. Now the famed dessert strain continues its expected path against AK-47.  This is probably the nap game. Winner: TBD (#3) Banjo vs (#5) Sour Diesel If we're going by the votes, then Bubba Kush should never say Sour Diesel's name again. Additionally, Banjo better be putting together its best possible gameplan, because if history has anything to say, it's that Sour Diesel is still, and forever, one of the top strains in all of Strain Madness. But in this matchup of sativa-dominance, will legacy be enough to knock off the super tasty and super fun high in Banjo? Winner: TBD Shelf 3 (#1) Blue Dream vs (#2) Green Crack On shelf 3, we've got the battle of all battles: Blue Dream vs Green Crack. These are two of the most famous, storied, and sought-after strains that have ever existed.  In Round 1, Blue Dream dropped a Russell Westbrook 20/20/20 triple-double on 13 Dawgs' headtop. Green Crack did the exact same to Apple Fritter. Now what will they do with each other? This is the Kobe (RIP) vs LeBron playoffs matchup that we never got.  Winner: TBD (#6) Purple Haze vs (#5) Super Lemon Haze In the fight of its life, we thought Forbidden Fruit might emerge victorious, but nope. The ghost of Jimi Hendrix came through like Kadeem Hardison in the Sixth Man and helped give Purple Haze the fourth quarter boost that it needed. Beaten, battered, but still breathing, Purple Haze now rides its momentum into the Dank 16, where it faces off against its sister strain, Super Lemon Haze. Game of Thrones had the Cleganebowl, this is the weed version of that. Winner: TBD Shelf 4 (#1) Pineapple Express vs (#2) Biscotti Pineapple Express beat the crap out of Alpha Blue. There is quite literally no other way to put it.  Out of the 5,391 people that voted on the Round 1 matchup, 82% of y'all sent Alpha Blue packing. It was so ugly that Alpha Blue didn't even go back to the locker room, it just headed straight to the buses from the court. Biscotti may be one of Lil' Baby's favorite strains, but Seth Rogan never made a movie about it. Will the 2-seed upset Shelf 4's top dog?  You tell us.  Winner: TBD (#3) GMO Cookies vs (#4) GG4 GMO Cookies is the most in-every-strain, on-every-shelf, hybrid that I know of today. It's so inescapable that I'm glad I love it, cause otherwise, I'd walk out of a lot of dispensaries with empty hands and an emptier heart. That's why it's no surprise that it blew past a niche, Cookies-exclusive strain like Pink Rozay.  GG4's built different though. GG4 ain't no slouch. GG4's out for blood. GG4 had absolutely no problem with GMO Cookies' parent strain in the first round, and now it wants the baby too.  Can GG4 do what Scar in the Lion King couldn't? We expect this one to be an absolute nail-biter. Winner: TBD Dante Jordan Danté Jordan is a freelance writer, video producer, and media consultant specializing in cannabis culture, strains, products, education, and everything else related to that lil’ green flower. Contact him at dantenetworks(at)gmail(dotcom), or dante_jordan on Instagram. His website is www.dantejordan.com.

5 weed products legendary breeder MzJill can't live without

When it comes to weed history, MzJill is definitely one of the pioneers that helped birth this thriving legal industry. Owner of MzJill Genetics, and co-founder of the world famous TGA Genetics, she's been breeding some of our favorite weed strains for over 25 years. Jill's been here since the days of hiding plants in bushes and having to be hush-hush on helping medical patients, and she's still here in the days of big corporate cannabis and the cultural changes that come with it. “25 years ago, everything was founded for a handshake, we were more out for each other. It wasn't so cut-throat, there was an unspoken word of loyalty. Now, as we move into the legal market, I do see an influx of people who are not necessarily about the plant or the patient. But I am grateful that medicine is more readily available to patients,” said the seed breeding legend. The mother of Jilly Bean is an old school grower from the forum days of OverGrow.com. You're probably most familiar with TGA Genetics and her partnering with the late Subcool (TGA Subcool Seeds/TGA Genetics/The Dank). Her first real plant that she ever grew was a Cinderella 99 BX (backcross), and she and Sub blessed the world with famous strains like Agent Orange, Space Queen, and Vortex. “Agent Orange was one of the first ones that Sub and I did together. I used his Jack The Ripper and my Orange Velvet mother. It was named to honor my father. He was a Vietnam veteran, and he ended up contracting cancer from the chemical Agent Orange. I named the strain Agent Orange as a shoutout to my father and all of the Vietnam vets.” Now, in modern times, MzJill still puts out her legendary product through MzJillGenetics. They are available on her website, and through sites like Seeds Here Now and Breeder's Direct Seed Co. She's running an entire line of Jilly Bean hybrids, and she's also bringing all of their original TGA strains under the original logo. Querkle, The Flav, and Jilly Bean have already been released. Next up is Agent Orange, some F2s, and an entire line of Agent Orange hybrids. MzJill's favorite weed Past breeding and growing, MzJill is a daily consumer and long-time medical cannabis patient. “I have scoliosis, so it definitely helps with my back and hip pain. I've had several children, I have the [Ehlers-Danlos syndrome]. The Jilly Bean is most amazing for helping women with PMS symptoms. Most pains that involve female organs, it has been very beneficial.” These are five weed products that legendary breeder MzJill can't live without. Her bong It's bong over everything with MzJill. Sometimes she'll smoke from a pipe or roll a joint, but the bong is 100% her favorite delivery system.  On her daily consumption habits, she told Weedmaps, “I would say I smoke between an eighth and a quarter per day. I love to smoke a few bong hits before I head to the gym, it gives me a much better workout. Some days, if my morning's starting off a little rough, I may feel like I need to take a few hits before I start the day to set the mood right.” Organic Cannabis (Dog Walker, Triangle Kush, Jilly Bean) Jill is primarily a flower smoker. Organic flower, to be specific. Not wanting to be biased towards her own strains, she said, “One of my very favorite [strains] is Dog Walker. Absolutely love the funk of that one. Very unique smell and flavor. And I'd say Triangle Kush is one of my favorites.” And, as mentioned above, she loves her Jilly Bean. Dog Walker is a skunky, gassy cross of Albert Walker OG and Chemdawg 91.  Triangle Kush is a Florida-born Kush that was bred by crossing an Emerald Triangle female with a Hindu Kush. It's one of the first Kush strains ever. Jilly Bean is a cross of Orange Velvet cut and pollen from a Space Queen male. It has a candy-like scent and flavor. MzJill Logo Rolling Papers “I definitely like to have my rolling papers and my grinder so I can roll a J when I'm out and about.” MzJill uses her own brand of MzJill Logo Rolling Papers. The pack comes with 32 papers and crutches. Kush Cream Topicals In addition to flower, there are a plethora of topicals that MzJill enjoys. She definitely enjoys slathering on Kush Creams topicals. Embrace Lotion MzJill's absolute favorite topical is the Embrace lotion from Colorado's Eureka Effects. She swears by their catalog. “They actually have the full-spectrum CBD. They're based in Colorado. They have sprays, they have lotions, they have tinctures, they have all kinds of products. They have some available for pets, as well, and have the CBD I found to be really good for my dog. [Toke]'s getting older, and he has some joint issues. The CBD helps him rest more comfortably.”  Featured photo by Chris Ryan. Graphic by David Lozada/Weedmaps Dante Jordan Danté Jordan is a freelance writer, video producer, and media consultant specializing in cannabis culture, strains, products, education, and everything else related to that lil’ green flower. Contact him at dantenetworks(at)gmail(dotcom), or dante_jordan on Instagram. His website is www.dantejordan.com.

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. Featured image by Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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 Featured image by Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

4 weed products pro boxer Karim Mayfield can't live without

Professional boxer Karim “Hard Hitta” Mayfield is Bay Area to the core. You can hear it in the way he talks, you can see it in the way he walks, and The Bay is most definitely in the way he fights. “I was born and raised in the Western Addition known as the Fillmore [District]. What we call the Moe. It is known as a historically Black community, and I pretty much came up there all my adolescent years, and today, I'm still there doing what I can do for the youngsters,” he told Weedmaps during a recent phone interview. Mayfield has a record of 21 Wins (11 knockouts, 10 decisions), 5 Losses (0 knockouts, 5 decisions). He's the 2006 Golden Gloves champion, a former NABO junior welterweight champion, and emphasizes that he has never been beaten, battered, or bruised. His hardest opponent ever? Himself. “Not to sound all cocky, my hardest opponent was myself, to be honest. I can tell you I fought a guy named Thomas Delorme, that was a little more difficult than others. No excuse, but it wasn't the full me in there.” Currently, Mayfield is inactive as a professional boxer, but is training for a comeback and wants Danny Garcia to stop running. “I've been chasing this guy for a long time. I've got a documentary on WorldStar called Run Danny. They are still ducking me to this day. People will say I want a big pay day, but I'm so passionate, I'll fight him for the low.” Past boxing, Mayfield's passions extend to community restoration and social equity in California cannabis. “It's very important, very essential for me to give back to where I came from. I got everything from there.” For several years, he's had a boxing program in San Francisco named SOULCHAMP, aimed at giving kids with tough circumstances a more positive outlook. It provides a full body boxing routine, meditation, and life skills to help navigate through the difficulties of growing up in lower income neighborhoods that are more dangerous than the San Francisco we've seen on Full House. “Mental health is definitely a serious issue in these times.” In the last year, the former welterweight champ has expanded into cannabis business ownership. Hard Hitta is now the Chief Executive Officer and owner — in partnership with the Shryne Group — of Authentic 415 in San Francisco. Like with SOULCHAMP, Taylor's mission with Authentic 415 is all about giving back to the authentic San Francisco community. “Before gentrification came and moved a lot of our folks in the Bay Area, the city wasn't that expensive at all. How we're going to keep it authentic is we're going to keep those price points down. We certainly look to be true to the culture and have accessible price points. We're hiring people from the neighborhood and area.” Karim Mayfield's favorite weed In addition to selling cannabis, Mayfield also loves to use cannabis, though never when he's fighting, as THC violates the World Anti-Doping Agency's (WADA)'s rules, but CBD is allowed. On its benefits, he told us, “I think the benefits [are] it won't solve your problems, but at the time you feel like things are okay. When I consume cannabis, if I do have a problem, my mind fades out and finds out a way to help that problem. I can think a little deeper at times. It also makes movies funnier.”  Here are four weed products Karim Mayfield can't live without. Papa & Barkley Releaf Balm Mayfield isn't a big smoker at all. Instead, he's more of a CBD user. He loves topicals, and the one that he chooses above everything else is the well-known, highly-requested, Papa & Barkley Releaf Balm. “Anytime I had a fight coming up, I would stay away from any type of psychoactive, and just make sure I was on CBD only. No edibles, no smoke, no anything.” Papa & Barkley's Releaf Balm is a great hemp-derived topical marketed for post-workout soreness, cramps, stretching, and muscle aches. STIIIZY vape pens In the very rare times that Mayfield does use cannabis recreationally, he prefers STIIIZY's vape pens to flower and dabs. “I like the resin ones because they taste good, they're super incognito; they're just lowkey.” STIIIZY's pens and pods are known all throughout California. Mayfield loves the flavors, and price points. Currently, its website lists over 21 strains in half and full gram pods. STIIIZY also grows flower under a brand called LIIIT. Mayfield loves their Circa strain. Circa is a sativa, which Mayfield loves for creativity. Cookies strains Every now and then Mayfield may smoke a little tree. He's not a connoisseur by any means, but he knows what tastes and feels good. In addition to STIIIZY's Circa, some of his favorite strains have been Gary Payton and Cake Mix from Cookies. Ball Family Farms “Ball Family Farms definitely has some good products.” Ball Family Farms is a Black-owned-and-operate cannabis company in California. They specialize in high quality-flower, namely their famous Daniel LaRusso strain. Daniel LaRusso is a potent hybrid with spicy and minty aromas. It provides a satisfying high that's perfect for a day out. Featured graphic by David Lozada. Dante Jordan Danté Jordan is a freelance writer, video producer, and media consultant specializing in cannabis culture, strains, products, education, and everything else related to that lil’ green flower. Contact him at dantenetworks(at)gmail(dotcom), or dante_jordan on Instagram. His website is www.dantejordan.com.

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. Featured image by Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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. 

Chemdog and 7 strains that come from it

When it comes to historical cannabis strains, Chemdog — also known as “Chemdawg” — is easily one of the most influential. The original hybrid is well-known for its gassy aroma and potent effects that hit the body with a widely euphoric experience — it's best reserved for those who have higher tolerances. Chemdog's unique qualities are the reason we as consumers revere gassy aromas as the most potent, most hard-hitting, and often the best of the best in cannabis. But how did Chemdog come to be, and how has it affected the lineage of other popular strains? The history of Chemdog Chemdog is a famous hybrid that has been around since the 1990s when many of the cannabis strains we all know and love today were first being discovered, bred, worked, and proliferated.  As its origin story goes, three fellas named Greg (Chemdog), Pbud (Mike), and Joe Brand met in the summer of 1991 at a Grateful Dead show in Indiana. Chemdog was 18 at the time and Pbud was 21. Chem was walking around the parking lot looking for weed and heard someone say “kind bud”  — that someone was Pbud. Chemdog noticed it was some of the best weed he'd ever seen, so he bought a quarter of it, and the weed was so good that Chemdog got Pbud's phone number in order to get some more.  Years later, he reached out to Pbud and crew for more of that dank weed. They came through, and mailed a $500 ounce of it to Chemdog in Massachusetts. In that ounce, there were 13 seeds that popped into the three original Chemdog phenotypes: Chemdawg 91, Chem D, and Chem's Sister. Years after breeding Chem 91, Chem D, and Chem's Sister, Chemdog ended up sending some of the original seeds back to Pbud, and in 2006, Chem 4 was born. The strain that Pbud had was originally called Dogbud, because after you smoke it, you roll over like a dog. However, the aroma was so strong, so gassy, so “chemmy” that they also called it “chem weed.” Put Dogbud and chem weed together, and viola: Chemdog was born. Since Chemdog's birth, it has grown to become a household name for cannabis breeders, growers, and consumers alike. The genetics of each Chemdog phenotype have been used to breed many other popular cannabis strains that you're probably smoking right this second. Here are seven Chemdog hybrids that carry on the original's legacy. Giesel You can't talk Chemdog heritage strains without mentioning the ones from the actual Chemdog. Geisel, also called Superdawg, is Mass Super Skunk crossed with Chemdog. It's expected to have many of the same earthy and diesel characteristics of the original Chemdog strains. You can expect high potency and a somewhat sedative effect. Super Snow Dog Super Snow Dog comes from crossing Chemdog with a Super Skunk. It's a sativa-dominant flower that produces a flurry of trichomes — which look like snow — and it has floral aromas. With its genetics, Super Snow Dog's effects are commonly expected to hit your head with a potent dose of creativity and euphoria. Sour Diesel Of this list, Sour Diesel is surely the most famous cross to come from Chemdog. Bred by Asshole J, it's the result of accidentally pollinating a Super Skunk with Chemdog 91. It's a sativa-dominant hybrid that many love for uplifting effects that can ease your moods. It has a — you guessed it — dominant sour and diesel flavor. The effects are most commonly thought to be relaxed and happy, so it's a really great strain for someone that needs a change in the day. Hit it mid-afternoon and cruise that afternoon slump. Alien Dawg The Cali Connection is a group of breeders who are known for giving us Deadhead OG. Additionally, they've also given us Alien Dawg, which crosses Chemdog with a strain called Alien Technology.  Alien Technology is thought to be an Afghani landrace, which commonly feature berry and hashy aromas, so crossing that with the earthy diesel Chemdog results in Alien Dawg having a sweet, fruity, and gassy terpene profile. Effects-wise, you can expect to be extremely high and sleepy after that Alien Dawg takes hold of your body. Stardawg If you love Chemdog, you'll definitely love Stardawg. Bred by Top Dawg Seeds, Stardawg is a hybrid that was created by crossing Chemdog 4 and Tres Dawg. The result is a cultivar well known for its high THC content and powerfully effective high, whether it be uplifting or sedative. Results will vary by consumer, but know either way will be a potent rollercoaster of an experience. Tres Dawg Tres Dawg is a parent strain of Stardawg that was also originally bred by Top Dawg Seeds. It's an indica-dominant strain that comes from backcrossing a Chemdog and Afghani strain. Tres Dawg is often expected to produce a sedative high, though effects may vary. GMO Cookies GMO Cookies, also called Garlic Cookies, is showing legendary status in its recent years. It's a cross of Chemdog and GSC that smells like funky garlic and tastes the same. The effects? You ever been hit by a THC bus? It's that. When Mamiko Seeds bred this one, surely they had no clue it would blow up like it has. GMO Cookies are potent and will hit your whole body with a high that makes you want to sit around and laugh at goofy shit. There's a reason it was predicted to be one of 2021's most popular strains. Featured image by Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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