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She continued, “Once we’re done growing a new strain, I like to roll it into a joint and do a dry hit — that to me is the most fun part. It’s important in this dry hit that you’re tasting what you’re smelling. If the flavor carries through when you smoke it, that’s indicative that you have something really good.”

While the original cut lives up to the reputation that precedes it, the Sour Diesels of today vary greatly. “There’s a lot of faux Sours out there,” explained AJ. “But some of them are actually pretty good. Sometimes someone will give me a call and say, ‘yo, I think this is the original Sour.’ And I’ll get a cut and grow it out. It never is, but it’s still really good. When it comes down to it, there’s no real authentication process, and I can’t go around checking. So, who knows?”

NYC Sour Diesel

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Chiah Rodriguez, the second-generation cultivator behind River Txai Farms, a Mendocino operation distributed by Arcanna Flowers, puts an equal emphasis on the flower’s smell transferring to the flavor of the smoke. When asked what makes a strain great, Rodriguez shared, “High terpenes and something that has a unique nose and kind of hits you in the face when you open the drawer.”

“The Sour Diesel was a bag seed that came from Chem Dawg in the mid-90s,” said AJ. “Some people, myself included, put it out there and made a lifestyle out of it . It just blew up and became a cultural icon.” He continued, “It was a specialty product because New York had a specialty market that allowed for that product to exist. It probably couldn’t have existed in many other places because there wouldn’t have been a market and opening in the market for something like that. It was a very expensive product compared to what else was around, and what was coming from Canada, California, and other places.”

This bamboo tray, with all the compartments, holders, and stands, is an organized stoner’s dream. It has a built-in ashtray, too.

Speaking of great sneakers. This collaboration between Mandem and streetwear brand Bluntflip fits the bill.

The GR8TR V2 is a real upgrade for folks whose current weed grinder is just-okay-enough. With two plates, it lets you choose the fineness of the grind, it stores plenty of leftover bud, and it’ll break down into a smaller three-piece grinder for handy portability.

Just ’cause it’s legal doesn’t mean they’ve got to walk around reeking of it.

For the culinary mastermind, a book all about cooking with cannabis is perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It goes so much further than pot brownies.

This award-winning indica is famous for its potency, flavor, and effectiveness. The flower smells like a gas can full of fresh oranges.

Strain type: Indica

Why we love it: Pez is a classic strain whose popularity is particularly rooted in the Seattle area. It emits a sweet, piney aroma and creates a happy, euphoric headspace and a calm body high.

Kali Mist

Why we love it: It’s a crazy-popular tranquilizing Kush born and bred in the USA.

Strain type: Hybrid

Strain type: Sativa

Why we love it: Chemdog is an influential and mysterious strain. There are many different phenotypes, but all tend to share a gasoline-y flavor profile and high potency.