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Last week, West Coast mixtape legend Problem dropped a track called “4 the Low.” In the song's video, you can see the Compton-raised MC talk broad strategy with co-star Wiz Khalifa, bike through Los Angeles's neighborhood streets — joint on his lips, old-school — and rhyme with Wiz in front of super-fine rides. Woven into a bright and bouncy beat — produced by Problem, Mike & Keys and Vangogh— are two Problem lines that distill the whole vibe: “Black market on the East side thеy boxed up and got rich For that same thing they doin' now homiеs locked up and I'm pissed” Problem isn't the first MC to articulate rage over the complexion disparities within legal weed ownership; but there's something about this rapper's conviction of delivery that hits at the issue fresh. Problem's hot verse isn't what's most remarkable about “4 the Low.” At the video's bottom runs a faux stock market tracker. The numbers crawl: Viola, Monogram and Dr. Greenthumb — brands operated by celebrities of color — are up. Also up, coincidentally, is Coffee and Kush, best known as a pair of 2020 Problem albums and the coffee mug and pipe that Problem uses in the video. Something more than self promotion, there's a message in the hip hop artist's wishful thinking. [embedded content] “I just think it's about time for them to allow us to have something that is ours, and let us talk about the way we want to do it,” he said. “When this thing goes federal you're going to see that the minority people are not as greedy as you think. We want everybody to win. We don't hate anybody. We just want to make sure we're alright, too.” Problem, whose government name is Justin Martin, told Weedmaps that his first edible came from “mama's kitchen.” His cannabis roots go deep, and can be felt in THC-assisted verses he's traded with top-shelf rappers like his mentor Snoop Dogg and Freddie Gibbs. Most notable: he wrote the hook and is the first voice heard on the all-time problematic banger, “Function.” Problem's Coffee and Kush: the concept It wasn't until quarantine that Problem fully embraced weed as a brand. Somewhere between his 2018 appearance on the Wiz Khalifa album Gin & Drugs and 2020, dude slowed down. The question, “Whoever thought I'd fall off like the way I did?” from the 2018 mixtape S2, might offer clues as to why he's passed hard on being a standout partier. The midnight mixtape rapper became the guy in line with his girl getting morning coffee, and the early AM java runs opened his eyes. “I wasn't the only one smelling like weed at Starbucks,” he said. “There's a whole morning market that no one was tapping into.” The Starbucks revelation started Problem thinking about the audience for java and bud, but the name was inspired by Khalifa. He had listened to his seminal mixtape Kush and Orange Juice and thought, “Wiz should have started an orange juice company … it probably would have been genius.” Then it was, “No, I should start a coffee company.” Finally, the rapper realized that he wanted to develop a coffee company and a marijuana dispensary. As of now, Problem has “three or four brands” in development, as well as a new partnership with the Los Angeles brand Green Label. Coffee and Kush: The pipe-mugs and music collections are his broad-based beginning. “Being able to monetize off your music, especially in today's times,” he said, “is very, very important. With the lack of touring [and] streaming numbers are really not paying out like they should.” With last May's release of Problem's coffeehouse-smooth Coffee and Kush mixtape came the pipe-combo mugs. A second volume of that mixtape followed. Now, the rapper-turned entrepreneur takes his next steps into rebranding what was once called a “hippie speedball” as “The New Chicken and Waffles.” But Problem, an “old-school” type of smoker, has certain preferences and rituals when it comes to rolling up. Here are four more products he can't live without. Zig Zags “I'm so old-school, man. I'm an old-school dude. I like rolling up a Zig Zag that hits hard as fuck. Just gettin' into my zone, bruh. I like the black zig zags, the long ones. No disrespect to Raw or anyone else. But I can roll a perfect Zig Zag joint in under 20 seconds.” Medicinal Marijuana Once a renowned party boy of the West Coast mixtape scene, Problem claims the lifestyle some call California Sober — he claims he doesn't aspirin anymore. “If the weed don't fix it, then it's my time to go.” Khalifa Kush “Khalifa Kush used to be the weed that got me the highest. He used to give me that shit and I'd be fuckin' stuck. That boy's got some of the best weed out here that's legal. That was my go-to before I got with my boy Steve.” Problem said that for the past three years he's almost exclusively consumed cannabis grown by a 60-year-old unlicensed Los Angeles-grower named Haitian Steve, who will only sell him an ounce at a time. “He fuckin' loves those plants. He sings to 'em, fuckin' reads to 'em, plays jazz. You can tell, it's weed for the creatives.” Cannabis and Kush Combo Pipe Mug “Ever since this Coffee and Kush mug came out, that's pretty much all I use, bro. Drop a nug in here. I get high as shit, real quick. I got my coffee, I can sip it. I don't have to look for papers and all that shit. The mug keeps me from getting too high because I'll roll up a big-ass joint and smoke way too much — that's my temperament right now. I really use the product that I sell, a lot. I have it in my fuckin' hand right now.” Featured image courtesy of Problem. Graphic by David Lozada/Weedmaps
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
Portable vaporizers may be all the rage, but there's something to be said for an at-home system — especially during lockdown. While desktop vapes and plug-in devices ruled the market in the 90s and 2000s, they're now few and far between, and usually on the pricier side. It's rare to find an at-home flower vape that works well and doesn't break the bank. But to find one that also — and perhaps most importantly — dominates every conversation and smoke sesh with its unnerving size and bizarro aesthetic? Look no further than beloved German vaporizer brand Storz and Bickel's wildest contraption yet: the Plenty Vaporizer. With its power drill aesthetic, giant vapor stainless steel cooling coil, and thick, potent clouds, the Plenty looks like a piece of machinery (and hits like one too). This balance of wacky design and unmatched quality is typical of Storz and Bickel, whose similarly bombastic Volcano Vaporizer pioneered desktop devices in the 90s. Whimsical yet industrial, their products have a sense of humor that pairs perfectly with the stoner they're getting high. The most affordable option from this premium brand, the Plenty Vaporizer shines in its analog simplicity, gonzo vibe, and claims of producing some of the coolest vapor on the market. Below, here's everything you need to know about the Plenty. What is the Plenty Vaporizer? The Plenty is a handheld vaporizer from the German brand Storz and Bickel that resembles a power drill. In addition to its perfectly sized flower chamber and protruding coil that cools vapor, the Plenty is loved for its simplicity. With no LED whistles or app-capable bells, the Plenty is one of the safest bets on the market, and the most affordable. While all Storz and Bickel vaporizers are lauded for their fabulous construction and vapor quality, they're generally super expensive — especially the larger units. Coming in at $249, the Plenty Vaporizer is a great way for casual users to experience the power and class of a top tier vapor brand at a fraction of the cost of other Storz and Bickel's at-home devices. With this functionally pared down device, just plug the Plenty in, set the temperature control, and hit. The coil will keep the vapor cool no matter how hard or fast you vape. The potent and dense vapor it consistently produced had almost a menthol-like quality from the cooling function, and I was a bit taken aback by how powerful the device was. Whereas most flower vapes give you an experience that is decidedly underwhelming, this device got me so high it was almost a bit much. What can you vape with the Plenty? The Plenty Vaporizer is compatible with ground flower and includes an additional liquid pad for concentrates. How do you use the Plenty? Using the Plenty Vaporizer is easy, follow the steps below for a streamlined experience: Parts: 1 pc. PLENTY Vaporizer 1 pc. vaporization unit 1 pc. tubing section, long 1 pc. tubing section, short 3 pcs. normal screen (approx. Ø 30 mm) 1 pc. drip pad (approx. Ø 28 x 4 mm) 1 pc. herb mill (approx. Ø 59 mm) 1 pc. cleaning brush 1 pc. Instructions for Use Basic operation: Open filling chamber. Grind flower. Fill chamber with ground flower —be sure to fill the chamber completely up to the upper edge to ensure proper vaporization. Switch on the device (orange power switch). Press auto off release handle. Temperature settings on the numeric dial: 1: 266 degrees 2: 288 degrees 3: 310 degrees 4: 331 degrees 5: 352 degrees 6: 374 degrees 7: 396 degrees Set dial number to desired vaporization temperature. Inhale. Is the Plenty Vaporizer worth it? The Plenty is a great vaporizer to fall in love with during winter lockdown, as long as you're the right match for this very unique device. While its design definitely doesn't appeal to everyone, its functionality will, as it's a beautifully constructed device and one of the hardest-hitting flower vapes on the market. Initially, you may think needing to plug in your vaporizer is a drawback, but this throwback feature has its upsides too. For one, it will never die. You'll never lose the charger, or the vaporizer itself for that matter. And, with close to no heat up time, it's ready to go whenever you are. And let's be honest, none of us are going anywhere anyways. You might as well invest in a wacky gift to yourself that will make sitting around getting high in your living room for months on end feel whimsical again. Sometimes good things come in strange spackages, and this is one of those times. The Plenty Vaporizer gives you plenty to love — and even more to talk about. Find the Plenty Vaporizer on storz-bickel.com.
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
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Every person's endocannabinoid system is specific, like a fingerprint, which is why there is no universal cannabis experience. An edible with 5 milligrams of THC can rock one person's consciousness while barely registering in someone else's. That said, there is one point of fact that all cannabis enthusiasts can agree on: THC gets you high, and the high is a journey. But before we get into the typical stages of that journey, we should have a word about timelines. A study published by the National Health Institute in 2017 established two main timelines for THC highs: smoking or vaping and ingestion. Smoking or vaping will typically result in an onset that arrives minutes after use, a peak that occurs 20 - 30 minutes after the onset, and a high that could last up to two hours. Ingestion, on the other hand, filters THC through the liver before entering the bloodstream. The resulting onset can occur up to two hours after ingestion, with the peak of the high occurring 2 - 3 hours after the onset. The effects can then linger for up to 24 hours, depending on the dosage. Whether inhaled or ingested, both highs can be mesmerizingly intoxicating or mild and manageable. Knowing your dose is key. If you're ready to compare notes with your own experiences, or you're new to cannabis and aren't sure what to expect, the stoned spectrum can bridge the gap between the effects you and others may similarly feel. Below, explore the 10 stages of being high and see if it all adds up. Stage 1: the first step before the high Your nose and mouth are typically the first to interact with cannabis. Even in the case of edibles, traces of terpenes can predict the direction, duration, and intensity of your high. Smelling and tasting your weed can have a pretty substantial impact on your cannabis journey, so take a whiff and savor the flavor. And while you're tasting and smelling your herb, you can shore up your plans — and snacks — for when your high kicks into gear. Stage 2: the first sign of a high Once THC crosses your blood-brain barrier and binds to your CB1 receptors, the high is initiated. This activation can occur seconds after hitting a fat dab, minutes after blowing a dense blunt, or hours after eating an artisan edible. There are many variables that dictate activation, but variables aside, once your blood-brain barrier has been breached, the primary effects of cannabis can begin to percolate. These effects often begin with a feeling of effervescence in the limbs and a slight shift in cognition that brightens and smooths rough edges, slowly blooming throughout the body. Stage 3: cresting the high and feeling mildly stoned In the time between activation and onset, users can expect an intensifying of the physical and cerebral effects that have begun to percolate. The length of time and intensity of this moment depends entirely on the method of consumption, the strain, and the user's DNA. As THC concentrates in the bloodstream, the high develops and features effects like creativity, relaxation, or pain relief. Stages 2 - 3 are the perfect time to connect with your body. We recommend doing some gentle stretches or other low-stakes physical activity in this stage. Stage 4: getting blazed Stages 2 - 4 can occur in such rapid-fire succession and with such seamless fluidity that one may not feel many nuanced effects between taking a deep hit and feeling a strong onset. However, there will come a moment when your blood reaches max THC concentration, and this is when your high will swoon into effect — sometimes overwhelmingly. Calibrating your dose to match your tolerance is critical to ensure a manageable swoon. This stage is the best time to ground yourself with a few deep, mindful breaths. Stage 5: tension starts to build As your body readjusts to the THC in your bloodstream, users can sometimes feel a tug between gravity and ascension which may cause anxiety or tension. The easiest way to avoid feeling crippled by this moment is to have a pre-planned activity ready, as well as some THC-softening CBD. This would be the time to start a hike, turn on a gaming console, or run a bath in order to keep your mind busy and your high going strong. Stage 6: reaching the peak Once your high solidifies, your chosen strain or product's effects should sharpen, and whatever unique characteristics that attracted you to this strain or product will become substantial and tangible. Strains that affect focus might produce wild creativity, euphoric strains will launch giggle fits, chatty strains will loosen jaws, and chill-out strains will lock you into the couch. For some, this is considered the peak when THC blood concentration is at its highest and the body has comfortably acclimated to that concentration. Stage 6 is the moment to get introspective with your high, let your mind wander freely, and maybe have an epiphany — or ten. Stage 7: when the high levels off By this stage, you've been high for a while. Your eyes are probably bloodshot, your lids are likely heavy, and if your high calls for them, your munchies are presumably emerging. And despite popular opinion, munchies do not accompany every single cannabis high. In fact, many strains are appetite suppressants. But if your strain is known for delivering stoner cravings, prepare accordingly during Stage 1 lest you end up high and dry with no burgers or fries. Aside from the munchies, consumers in this stage will begin to feel a gradual lightening of effects as the THC in the bloodstream becomes more diluted. This stage can last anywhere from one hour to the better part of a day. During this stage, best practices dictate leaning into whatever stoned activity you initiated during Stage 5 and enjoying the ride. Stage 8: the cooldown The vacuum created as THC slowly dissipates from your body can be quickly replaced with malaise. For joint tokers, bong rippers, and dab hitters, Stage 8 is usually when another session is initiated. For edible enthusiasts, Stage 8 is a good time to make a cup of tea and ease all the way into decompression and evaporation. Stage 9: decompression A particularly intense Stage 7 can lead to a disorienting come down that could be comparatively more dizzying and/or lethargic than the rest of the high. In these instances, feeling burnt out is pretty common. If the feeling emerges, don't fight it: give in and take a nap. Stage 10: evaporation and tranquility The best-case scenario, and most common by far, is that your high will evaporate in a timely fashion, leaving your cognition slightly altered and your body slightly more responsive, but your awareness more or less intact. At this stage, the psychotropic effects of THC have exhausted themselves, but the countless other cannabinoids have affected you in many ways less tractable than THC. Effects like tranquility, physical ease, and general congeniality are common remnants of a weed high that last long after the giggles, head trips, and munchies have passed. Stage 10 is a good time to evaluate your high, what you liked about your strain, what worked best, and what you might adjust before your next session. Featured image by Gina Coleman/Weedmaps