ARTICLE CONTRIBUTED BY BACKSTAGE FLASH | PUBLISHED ON THURSDAY, JUNE 30, 2022
Jerry Garcia’s 80th Birthday Symphonic Celebration with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra at Red Rocks, 6/29/2022 – photos by Backstage Flash
Jerry Garcia’s 80th birthday celebration was celebrated a little bit early last night at Red Rocks Amphitheatre. Some birthdays are just too big, so when the stars align you just do it. Jerry was born on August 1st, 1942, and sadly departed planet earth on August 9th, 1995. He will always live in our hearts, minds and souls. Jerry was a beacon of light and inspiration moving brightly through our lives. He loved music down to the very core of his being and his generous gift of truthful inspiring songs will be with us and future generations for as long we keep swirling around on this big round thing.
Melvin Seals | Morrison, Colorado
This special and unique event was not only a celebration of Jerry’s life but a continuation of his legacy. Jerry and the Grateful Dead were a musical movement of peace and love that shaped the lives of so many and his spirit lives on in many ways. Now in partnership with The Garcia Family,
Veritas Fine Cannabis, introducing Garcia Hand Picked is extending Jerry’s long-standing legacy in Colorado with three exclusive cannabis strains that are now available in Colorado. The good folks from Veritas were on site handing out information and talking with folks about the new cannabis line at The Jerry Garcia Symphonic Experience at Red Rocks last night.
Bertha Bus and Veritas Fine Cannabis crew
Jerry was a perfectionist and the good folks curating Garcia Hand Picked have this in the forefront of their minds and are applying all of the necessary love and technology to their products. Combining new genetics with old school values these products are sure to be a hit with everyone that enjoys feeding their head.
Bertha Bus in Morrison
The new products being introduced are made of fine quality premium slow-cured indoor flower, the packaging is eco-friendly and made from recycled paper, and the artwork designs are just beautiful and in-line with Grateful Dead art that we have all loved for many decades. Jerry’s Picks are cannabis infused gummies made from all natural ingredients and come in blueberry, blackberry and raspberry. They are modeled after and shaped like Jerry’s guitar picks.
Melvin Seals, Duane Trucks, Lady Chi, Jacklyn LaBranch, Dave Schools, Tom Hamilton and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Garcia Hand Picked is hand grown, harvested and packaged in Denver Colorado and is now available. The good folks of Veritas Fine Cannabis along with the Bertha Bus were talking with the guests, handing out beautiful and informative pamphlets as well as showcasing their amazing colorful merchandise. Garcia Hand Picked launched three strains to get things started in Colorado. The strains are “Morning in Marin” a sativa, “Love In The Afternoon” is a hybrid and “After Midnight” is the Indica. Every aspect of Garcia Hand Picked has been carefully curated by the Garcia family to create an experience through cannabis that is as inspiring and creative as Jerry Garcia’s music. I can go on and on about all of the cool strains, merchandise and art, but I will just leave the link here for you all to enjoy.
Tom Hamilton | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Joining the party at the historic venue where Jerry loved to perform were Melvin Seals, Dave Schools, Tom Hamilton, Duane Trucks, Jacklyn LaBranch and Lady Chi. They were accompanied by the sixty five member Colorado Symphony Orchestra. When you combine the music of Jerry Garcia, the beautiful and serene setting of Red Rocks along with a massive orchestra and thousands of music fans, magic is sure to happen. The band and orchestra took their places on stage and began the set with Cats Under The Stars from the Jerry Garcia Band album of the same name. The band sounded tight from the first note, Tom Hamilton’s voice was crisp and cut through the thin night air with razor sharp accuracy. The whole band had a calm and cool vibe as they looked up at the sea of colorful fans before them.
Deadheads at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Jacklyn LaBranch joined the Jerry Garcia Band on vocals in 1982 and was with him until his passing in 1995. Jackyln and the extremely talented Lady Chi sounded wonderful on vocals and their angelic voices bounced off the giant monoliths that surround the venue. Melvin Seals on organ looked really happy and definitely in a groove that he is very comfortable with, he played with Jerry from 1980 to 1995. Dave Schools and Duane Trucks, the rhythm section from Wide Spread Panic, bring their own vibe and expert musicianship while providing a concrete foundation for the music to build from. With Tom Hamilton’s strong voice and guitar skills on full display this lineup of musicians really brings unique qualities and fresh ideas to the music.
Dave Schools | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
The set continued with The Wheel, Birdsong, China Cat Sunflower, Mission In The Rain and Deal to close set one. The orchestra provided a massive sound giving the arrangements an exciting adventurous direction with so many different layers of stringed, percussion and horned instruments making the sound so big and full, it sounded like it was coming from all directions as it swirled around the rocks. Set number two was filled with classic songs from many different periods of Jerry’s life starting with Reuben & Cherise, a heart pounding Shakedown Street, Uncle John’s Band, Morning Dew, Run For The Roses, Terrapin Station and finishing the amazing set with Touch of Grey.
Jerry Garcia’s 80th Birthday Symphonic Celebration | June 29th, 2022
The third and final set of three songs performed by just the band consisted of some of the favorite cover tunes Jerry used to include in his Jerry Garcia Band shows. They started with the J.J. Cale classic After Midnight followed by Eric Clapton’s Lay Down Sally and ending it all with Dylan’s Tangled Up In Blue. What a gig, what a set list, and what a beautiful tribute to Jerry Garcia.
Scramble Campbell and Andy Frasco | Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Trixie Garcia at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in celebration of her dad
Jerry Garcia photograph by Jay Blakesberg
David Downs June 28, 2022
Coast to coast, these buds are hot! (Leafly)
Fact: Americans enjoy more weed freedom and variety than any people in the history of the Earth. Our global competitors? Crazy backward about the pot.
Ganja’s a $25 billion legal industry and the country’s 5th largest cash crop, with 19 rec legalization states and more on the way. The California market alone boasts a mind-boggling 39,000 types of products. This July, newly legal New Yorkers will put smoke in the air. Floridians can hit a medical dispensary. Legalization polls better than any party or politician, because freedom effing rules.
Put down those M-80s and pick up some zaza—here’s 9 scorching weed strains of Independence Day 2022.
Jump to a scorcher
- Red Velvet
- White Runtz
- Blue Power
- GMO Rootbeer
- Miami Punch
- Jack Herer
- Landslide #4
- Permanent Marker
We gotta start with the colors. When I think of a hot ‘red’ strain in summer 2022 that’s actually on the market, my mind goes to Red Velvet. Lemon Cherry Gelato to Pina Acai is pretty on-trend, and top Oakland growers Grandiflora claim it. Our Sunset Connect brand bag had a red hot cinnamon smell to it. There’s a lot of room for more red strains besides Red Dragon and Red Congo.
Sheesh, UMMA Sonoma has the world’s best version of White Runtz, one of July’s most hyped strains. Just look at it—it’s literally white with trichomes. As if Runtz wasn’t blingy enough, White Runtz gets even icier than Runtz, which is Zkittlez x Gelato. That means tropical berry syrup over ice cream cookie smells—and yes, weed can do that. Umma grows for the best breeders and brands in the world, including Compound Genetics.
Shout out one of Las Vegas’ most impactful creations, Blue Power—powering today’s top flavors like Apples and Bananas from Cookies and Compound Genetics. Sin City Seeds’ Blue Power (Power x White Moonshine) has at least 43 direct offspring, and has spawned nine generations of strains: SinMint Cookies, Animal Mints, Kush Mints, Animal Face, Mint Chocolate Chip and on and on. Put some respect on Sin City’s name.
See also: Fig Farms Blue Face (‘blue’ pheno of Animal Face)
We spotted legit root beer-smelling weed in the wild for July 4—the mythical GMO Rootbeer strain. It’s like GMO lent all of its loudness to some root beer terps. Crazy high in THC and sets you down, of course. GMO x Rootbeer is reportedly a project of breeders Skunktek, and Mean Gene from Mendocino (aka Freeborn Selections). It’s been closely held, but it seems ready for a national debut. Root beer remains hella American for the 4th.
See also: Archive Portland MoonBeam, which combines YuckMouth (GMO x Dosidos) x MoonBow.
Time to get sweaty. Chicago-based Revolution out in the midwest serves up Miami Punch this July 4th—a crowd-pleasing mix of Florida Orange x Purple Punch. The tropical, cream-cake taste precedes energizing, sativa hybrid effects. Terp heads will note the terpinolene, ocimene, and limonene leading the pack.
It’s really important to stay hydrated over the long 4th of July weekend, and that includes periodic hits of Spritzer. The Colorado breeder Cannarado combines Runtz, Grape Pie, and MAC—pretty much all the great stuff right now. Peel back layers of candied gas, sugary cereal, and bubblegum funk; the olfactory kaleidoscope never stops turning. This is what even the most the jaded industry folks get excited to smoke.
Illinois, the land of Lincoln, cruises into summer number three of legalization with a classic: Rythm’s award-winning sativa staple Jack Herer. July 4th and the fight for independence lives in every puff of the sweet, energy strain. Activist Jack Herer envisioned radical pot freedom blooming across the land. Dare to dream just as big.
Washington fire flower growers Freddy’s Fuego democratized exotic pot selection with The Hunt—a collection of fresh flavors smokers can buy and vote on this July. We’re shamelessly lobbying for Landslide #4, a canny cross of Lava Cake x Fleetwood MAC bred by Lit Farms. We voted it terpiest of the bunch during a June field trip. It’s got bright, intense Cake and MAC terps that just sweep you away; probably from the Melonade parentage. Put on some Stevie Nicks and vibe.
See also: Item #9 by Colorado’s Veritas (Kush Mints x Wedding Cake)
The writing’s on the wall—Los Angeles indie brand Doja Exclusive dropped Permanent Marker in June on both coasts. Bred and grown by Seed Junky Genetics’ JBeezy and selected by Doja Pak, the strain fuses several well-established cultivars: Biscotti x Jealousy x Sherb Bx. Floral, soapy, candy, and gassy funk smells fully translate into the taste. It has a lingering pungent flavor of a soapy funk with a hint of candy and floral gas tones. The potent strain brings out creativity for daytime relaxation, followed up by the munchies and the urge to roll up some more.
OK, we got an SUV to pack with camping gear, so we’re stopping at these nine. But rest assured, the country is blooming with fragrant, fresh, freedom-blessed trees. So light one up, and take a breath—because far more work on America awaits.
Shop with a discerning eye by learning what sets premium cannabis flower apart from low-quality dispensary bud.
In the era before legalized cannabis, there was no such thing as comparison shopping. Whatever was available, however it looked—that was it, take it or leave it. Thankfully, there’s a lot more choice these days.
Take a stroll through the Veritas strain library, for example, and you’ll find no less than 90 different options on a regular rotation, all representing the best of what Colorado cannabis can be.
We have to admit, we think it’s pretty cool that cannabis consumers have a lot more power in their shopping decisions these days. Dispensary customers can ask budtenders questions, read labels and follow cannabis research trends to find products that work for their specific needs.
For cannabis consumers new to the scene or those who used to source cannabis through “their guy” or a friend of a friend during the underground days of “kind bud,” “mids” and “brick weed schwag,” here are some tips on how to shop for cannabis flower, and what goes into modern cultivation to create premium cannabis flower.
Quality Standards for Cannabis Flower
If you don’t know the lingo, schwag is essentially slang for inferior, low-quality cannabis. But what makes cannabis inferior or lacking in quality?
For ages, we’ve relied on just our eyes and nose to tell us what to think (or the classic Colt 45 by Afroman song giving listeners tips). Are there a lot of seeds and stems? Schwag. And if your back-of-the-drawer baggie of bud has completely lost its scent, gone brownish in color or developed fuzzy pockets of mold, those are tell-tale signs that your stash is way past its window of decent smoking.
However, in today’s dispensary era, it’s not as cut-and-dry as simply checking for the most obvious signs of mediocre weed. Instead, the challenge is a bit more nuanced—but with your effort comes great rewards.
Don’t Judge On THC Potency Alone
The first thing to remember: Potency isn’t the only thing that matters. Beyond the simple fact that there is no singular “ideal” amount of THC (it varies from consumer to consumer) researchers have recently found that the potency of a cannabis product does not correlate with its overall quality or how high it will get you. More than that, a given strain’s THC content isn’t even necessarily the best indicator of how potent it might be.
The best way to assess the premium nature of a strain is, by contrast, to factor in a number of different elements together: This includes THC to a degree, but must also give weight to the flower’s terpene profile and how the flower was grown and processed, including the all-important curing step.
Veritas Cannabis QR Codes
While there’s a lot more information out there, that doesn’t mean you’ll need to make a spreadsheet before heading to a dispensary. At Veritas, we make it easy for you to find detailed information, like cannabinoid and terpene profiles, with a QR code on our packages of flower for maximum convenience.
Scan the code with your smartphone camera and you can learn all about how we do things differently in our craft cultivation.
We’re proud to say that at every step of the way, from planting the seedlings, to tending plants to maturity, through harvesting, trimming and packaging to preserve terpenes, our entire process is completed by hand. Starting with a new cultivation batch that sees as many as 400 cuts taken from our mother plants each week, there’s a whole journey we invite you to take to learn more.
Happy people raise happy plants, and there’s no substitute for the people that care for our crops. Taste the difference for yourself and in no time, you’ll become an expert on the differences between strains of flower at a dispensary.
For bonus points, check out Veritas tips on how to store cannabis flower safely and securely at home for lasting enjoyment.
THOMAS MITCHELL JUNE 23, 2022 10:19AM
Veritas Fine Cannabis has closed one of its three growing facilities and laid off almost a quarter of its employees.
After rumors of Veritas layoffs began circulating on social media earlier this week, Veritas president Jon Spadafora confirmed the move.
“Having to close one of our indoor cultivation facilities and say goodbye to 33 incredibly talented and dedicated members of our team was truly gutting. As difficult as the decision was to move forward with the facility closure, we are focused on maintaining the rigid quality standards Veritas cannabis is known for and supporting our retail partners statewide,” he says.
Veritas, one of Colorado’s largest marijuana cultivation brands, began facing challenging issues along with much of the rest of the industry last fall.
“The current economic climate is a huge factor. When gas prices are reaching $5 a gallon or more and grocery store prices continue to climb, people are forced to adjust their household budgets — but at least cannabis prices aren’t rapidly inflating like we’re seeing with other commodities,” Spadafora adds. “This is good for cannabis consumers, but it’s nevertheless challenging for industry operators, as sales volumes are also down in recent months.”According to the state Marijuana Enforcement Division, the average wholesale price per pound of marijuana has fallen by almost 60 percent since January of last year, while monthly Colorado dispensary sales have decreased for eleven straight months on a year-over-year-basis. Veritas is one of a handful of marijuana businesses to publicly scale back in recent months; others include Pure Greens, Bonfire Cannabis and the ownership group behind Buddy Boy dispensaries.
Like other marijuana business owners and executives, Spadafora notes that more states have caught up to Colorado’s marijuana shopping experience in recent years, and tourism dollars are declining as a result. Arizona and New Mexico are among the nineteen states that have legalized recreational pot, while Oklahoma’s medical marijuana program is one of the most liberal in the country, with no cap on dispensaries.
“The status of today’s cannabis market is the result of a few events, one of which is certainly recent industry expansion. For the last three years, we have only known a market that did not have enough supply, so I think it is fair to say that many companies in the state expanded their capacity,” Spadafora says. “Legalization in other states is having an effect as well. As cannabis becomes a normal part of many people’s daily routine, the novelty of visiting a legal state wears off. Visitors probably purchase a smaller amount when they come to Colorado now, since they can also purchase when they get home.”Founded in 2017, Veritas was an early branded, stand-alone growing operation in the state. The company previously grew marijuana for Cookies, one of legal marijuana’s largest marijuana brands, but the two are no longer partners, according to both companies.
Olio extracts and Higher Grade, a chain of Denver dispensaries, share common ownership with Veritas, but Spadafora says that all three are separate business entities, and the recent moves “only affected Veritas operations.” No further changes at Veritas are planned at this time, he says, adding that executive pay cuts and operational adjustments have also been implemented to save more money.
“While this has been a difficult week for our team, we are confident that the future is full of opportunities. The market will rebound, and the best operators will continue to produce amazing cannabis products,” he concludes.
David DownsJune 13, 2022
Put history’s best pot in your pipe and smoke it. (Sasha Beck/Leafly)
Push off those negative vibes, like shoo—there are plenty of reasons to put some amazing weed smoke in the air this summer.
We’re in a verified golden age for weed breeding and enjoyment. Champion-grade ganja blankets the country in 2022. Nineteen states have legalized it. The $25B legal industry ranks as America’s 5th largest cash crop. Modern weed blasts out designer flavors never before tasted, with higher, deeper effects never before felt.
Leafly’s annual Strains of Summer for 2022 includes new crosses of all-stars like Wedding Cake (Dream Cake) and Runtz (Red Bullz, Apple Tartz). It’s a summer of nostalgia, with ‘90s OG gas (Double OG chem), grapes (Alien Labs’ Y2K), and catatonic Hindu Phunk from Cypress Hill themselves. Their grower Kenji Fujishima has seven different OGs in their South LA flowering room.
“Word on the street is that gas is coming back—so green weed; a lot of OGs,” said Fujishima.
Lock the fridge—this summer, scrumptious new dessert strains like Cookies’ BernieHana Butter and Seed Junky Genetics Georgia Pie will be in every pantry. And it’s a summer of guaranteed gobstopping, candy-aisle, connoisseur terps—check the Zkittlez crosses like Zoap, Team Elite Genetics’ Pearadise, and Karma Genetics’ Zowahh.
Below, Leafly sniffs out the best-selling, award-winning, on-trend, dozen-ish hit strains for your summer. We looked at search and sales data, and interviewed top breeders, growers, brands, and stores across the US. Most importantly, we smelled and smoked file cabinets full of flavors. So pull up a chair and join the zaza conversation. Delivery services stand ready to take your order.
Jump to a Strain of Summer ’22
A summer of OGs
Double OG Chem
Break out the ripped denim—late ‘90s OG Kush, Sour Diesel, and Chemdog have roared back, baby. Rebel Grown Seeds’ Double OG Chem swept up at the Emerald Cup Awards 2022 in downtown LA, May 14. The all-star industry judges could not deny the classic lemon, pine, and fuel bite of OGs, and that heavy, high-THC, after-work, blast-off effect.
Double OG Chem is “two-thirds OG, one-third Chem with a dash of Sour,” says Rebel Grown breeder Dan Pomerantz, and will make you hungry, giggly, and relaxed. Exactly what we need amid the grim realities out there. Rebel Grown’s breeder carries forward the legacy of Humboldt County greatness into the legal age. Four of the top 10 strains at The Emerald Cup featured Dan’s work. “It felt great,” he said. “I felt really honored and validated.”
Woody Harrelson’s new weed shop in LA opened with Double OG Chem, and dozens of other Cali stores have it, too. Double OG Chem seeds are in commercial gardens big and small across the US—sometimes under a different name. So if you love OGs, Chems, Sours, and Glues, follow your nose to those terps and take home a bag.
Sometimes you need to orbit the earth so high you can only hear heavy breathing and your pulse in your ears. Lunatics smoke Animal Face and go beast mode in a gym. Us mortals can enjoy this winner alone on the couch when ready to take our faces off for the night.
Animal Face crosses Face-Off OG to Animal Mints, and we’ve celebrated the Seed Junky Genetics strain since it jumped out of the bag and bit us in December. The Leafy Buzz strain grew into a Leafly Strain of 420 ‘22 and stays hot into summer, thanks to a first place finish in the indoor flower category at The Emerald Cup 2022.
Winning grower Fig Farms says they have a bunch of it this summer, so all of us mere mortals can bask in the glow of the judges’ favorite: expert-level, maximum fuel bite, dank-cookie back notes, and scorching high-THC effects.
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Take home a new Wedding Cake or Ice Cream Cake cross this summer for a guaranteed good time. Stoners keep Wedding Cake in the top 5 most searched this summer because the strain looks so icy, smells so inviting, and feels so yummy. People get relaxed, aroused, and hungry on Wedding Cakes—three feelings we could all use more of in the tense, hot months.
The easiest win? Order up Dream Cake (Wedding Cake x Sunset Sherbert) from Foxy Cannabis for delivery in LA and across California. Foxy’s team picks out and jars up only the most unique, iconic, fresh, small batches of LA indoor hydro; like, 100 pounds of each strain, or less.
Prepare to be stoked when the delivery arrives, instead of furious at a year-old jar of cardboard terps. “Everything is hand-curated. We pass on more than we’d like to,” said CEO Ryan Littman. Fashion never stops advancing, so when a Foxy flavor runs out, it’s gone.
Another guaranteed win: Zkittlez crosses in 2022, especially to other champion strains like OG Kush and GSC. Go straight to the peak with Zoap. While everyone else iterated on Gelato, Deo Farms went a different way and got much farther ahead.
Like David Bowie in the Ziggy Stardust phase—it’s awe-inspiring. The secretive Oakland group dug deep into OZ Kush (Zkittlez x OG Eddy Lepp) to make a Pink Guava; then added Sunset Sherbert to make a Rainbow Sherbert—then combined those. If that just sounds like algebra, focus on Zoap’s inimitable look, and the smashing tropical-candy, creamy dank smells, and high-voltage, high-THC hybrid effects.
Zoap’s took home Best Overall at the 2022 Zalympix Championships in downtown LA, June 11. Find your snobbiest weed friend and wash their mouth out with Zoap.
See also: Cali Kush Farms Zowahh—Karma Genetics’ Zkittlez x Karma Sour D Bx.
Sticking with Zs and OGs, Team Elite Genetics’ Pearadise may win the High Times Cannabis Cup SoCal People’s Choice 2022 for sativa flowers. It’s new, different, and well-made enough to go up against the champ, Gelonade.
LA remains the global epicenter of designer weed; they know peachy Zkittlez OG goes great with daytime fun—like disc golf or a chill hike. Pearadise fuses Peach Oz with Kosher Kush for a paradisiacal, pear-fuel smell, and daytime hybrid sativa effects.
See also: Wonderbrett Pink Picasso (Candyland x OZ Kush), which comes to Michigan this summer.
Apple Fritter has clawed its way into the top 20 most popular strains in the US through sheer genetic power. Runtz won Leafly Strain of the Year 2020 and became a national top 10 flavor. Get them on their own this summer, or even better, together: Check out Apple Tartz from legacy, small-batch indoor growers, SF Cultivators.
Apple Tartz has the bright green of Fritter and the deep purple of Runtz and hits the sweet spot between tart, sweet, and creamy gas. It’s bred by highly respected Clearwater Genetics and leans more Cookie/Diesel, with Zkittlez adding loudness. Pair this high-THC hybrid with some chillaxation, like watching the local game with a craft brew.
See also: Colorado’s Veritas Apple Fritter (Sour Apple x Animal Cookies)
Listen up, Runtz nation. Leading breeder Compound Genetics has begun running Red Bullz for the California legal market, and drops Red Bullz flower at the Zalympix Championships awards ceremony, June 11. Few breeders chase the platonic ideal of perfect pot harder than Compound.
Red Bullz smashes Grape Gas to White Runtz and smells like preternaturally strong grape candy that’s also tropical, spicy, and fuel-like. Effects hit like a super duper high-THC hybrid, for a concert crossfade or a gaming marathon.
The Compound flower brand officially launches with Red Bullz, plus Mellowz #8 (Spritzer x Grape Gas), Grapple Pie (Apple Fritter x Grape Gas), Jokerz #31 (White Runtz x Jet Fuel Gelato), and Rainbow Cheddar (Zkittlez x Cheese). For the growers, Compound pushes Pave (Paris OG x The Menthol)—a project with Migos’ Quavo, plus Cookies. Gangsta.
This summer, America has developed a distinct craving for Seed Junky Genetics’ Georgia Pie (Gellati x Kush Mints). The crew at Real Eve Farms in Oregon are making a name for themselves on this cultivar alone. At this year’s Oregon Leaf Bowl, their Georgia Pie took home the gold in the mixed-light category.
With big fruit flavors and a fresh-baked bread scent, it’s easy to see why. A rough trim shows the dense trichomes coating both the buds and sugar leaves. The origin of the fruity peach scents? Anyone’s guess. But there’s certainly plenty of those bright and sweet scents to go around.
Lighting up a J is the best way to enjoy the big kush notes on the inhale and a pronounced effect that left us as baked as a pie fresh out of the oven.
See also: Cereal A La Mode from Powerzzzup—a new Cookie cross of Cereal Milk x Georgia Pie won Best Looking at the LA Zalympix Championships of ‘22.
There are more potential weed terpene combos than could be smoked in a lifetime, so leave room for butter and dough aroma amid funk, floral, berry, and gas. Smoke the same as weed and rap mogul Berner this summer with BernieHana Butter—a crazy, intense GSC family cross (Jet Fuel Gelato x Guava) x (Blue Cookies x Oreoz).
Since surviving cancer, Berner’s made “no time for negative energy” a mantra, and this strain protects your peace with a calm, relaxing body high, that’ll help you go easy on yourself.
See also: For more GSC royalty—Blueprint Triple Lindy in CA, Decibel Farms’ Macaroon #31 (MAC x Cookies and Cream).
Some folks will not buy weed unless it’s purple—and those folks buy a lot of weed; a lot of weed from leading breeder/grower Seed Junky Genetics. Shocker, the LA gang has a purple on tap this summer—their Purple Octane.
It’s got a tank full of GSC genes that grow out grapey, gassy, and cookie, hitting purple gas lovers right in the nostrils and pinning them to the back of their seat with maximum THC scores. “This is a strain that’s been picking up a lot of traction in the market due to its coloring as well as its nose,” the SJG team tells us. “We’ve had it on our menu here and there, but expect to keep the volume up through the summer.”
See also: Lithouse’s Emerald Cup ’22-winning Modified Grapes (GMO x Purple Punch).
If the late ‘90s are back, then that means prepping for Y2K—the day the world didn’t end. This Y2K promises to be more climactic.
Alien Labs’ Ted Lidie launches “An ode to the real Bay Area grapes” this summer with Y2K, which smacks of purple candy terps that set ya back like an old school Bay Area indica should. Alien Labs hunted down an ancient purple strain and fattened it up with Alien Labs’ signature Dosidos x Gelato #41. “We found a dope Purple Urkle S1 from [breeder] CSI Humboldt and crossed it to our Planet Dosi—selected exclusively for the artificial grape terp and indica-style power,” he said.
Hindu Phunk (aka Hindu Kush)
We’re seeing a lot of breeders hunting deep in their genetic libraries, digging out a classic, and polishing it up for today’s heads. For example, Cypress Hill’s brand Insane popped an ancient seed of deep indica Hindu Kush and found a 2022 winner in Hindu Phunk. It’s big, icy, dark, hashy, and minty, with insomnia-crushing indica effects.
“We’re definitely getting a lot more requests for it, so we’re bumping up production of that one,” said Kenji Fujishima.
The legacy cultivation licensee has a 400-light indoor farm in South LA pumping out the Phunk, and lots of OG crosses, so stay on them. Hindu Phunk crushes regular insomnia or something spicier; like when the molly starts wearing off.
And a GMO to go
Speaking of heavy indicas, we saved a GMO Cookies cross for last. Chemical Compound comes from Nevada flower brand Pistola, via the Thrive Cannabis Marketplace. Pistola’s flagship strain crosses GMO Cookies x Otter Popz for a weird, singularly heady, intense hybrid that pairs with Amazon’s new season of The Boys.
See also: Freddy’s Fuego of Washington’s Dante’s Inferno #4 (Devil Driver x Oreoz); bred by Clearwater Genetics and Tiki Madman.
June is on! And craft brewers are keeping things interesting with new beers you’re gonna want to chase down this weekend.
Award-Winning (Bucks County, PA) – Neshaminy Creek Brewing is an award-winning craft brewery and taproom located just north of Philadelphia in Croydon, PA. Founded in 2010, the brewery has grown exponentially over the years. And they’ve a lager that took first place out of 231 entries at the 2022 World Beer Cup.
Part of the brewery’s year-round lineup, Neshaminy Creek Warehouse Lager is a pale golden 4.5% ABV Mexican-Style Lager with a clean, grainy malt character, a subtle sweetness and crisp, dry finish.
“As we celebrate our 10th anniversary this year, it’s an unbelievable honor to take home the top prize in the fifth most competitive category at the World Beer Cup,” said head brewer Jason Ranck. “We’re so proud of our entire team and extremely thankful to our fans and lager lovers who keep coming back to The Creek for more.”
High Times (Longmont, CO) – When Dale Katechis, the founder of Oskar Blues Brewery joined the team at Veritas Fine Cannabis Colorado’s original craft cannabis company last year, fans started drooling over the idea of a beer and bud collaboration. After all, both cannabis and hops stem from the same plant family, so yeah this had to happen. And now the wait is over.
Launching in tandem with a line of co-branded products from Veritas Fine Cannabis, Oskar Blues Veritasty is an uber-dank 7% ABV IPA that was inspired by terpenes found in Veritas’ extensive cannabis strain library.
“We took a completely different approach to the hemp beers that have been brewed before,” said Juice Drapeau, Head Brewer at Oskar Blues Brewery. “Instead of using hemp terpenes to cover up the hops that make IPAs great, we paired naturally occurring terpenes in hop strains with naturally occurring terpenes in cannabis strains from Veritas.”
New From The N/A Corner (California) – Non-Alcoholic beers have come a long way’s since your uncle used to order an O’Doul’s. And now Two Roads Brewing, one of our favorite brewing operations in the Northeast, has a new addition to the growing segment. The first in what will become a full line of buzz-free beers from the brewery, Two Roads Non-Alcoholic Juicy IPA is both tasty and convincing.
What’s it like to create new worlds for a living? Read our chat with this talented artist and cherished Veritas Fine Cannabis collaborative partner.
Artist Chris Bohlin can still recall the moment when he decided Denver was destined to be his forever home.
Bohlin, who was born in Washington D.C., says he fell in love with the Rocky Mountains while visiting Colorado on a work trip. “Why am I leaving?” he remembers thinking. “Then an opportunity to move up here fell in my lap, so I took it.”
A graduate of the prestigious Savannah College of Art and Design, Bohlin’s ongoing collaborative partnership with Veritas Fine Cannabis can be traced back to an event invite he received from our Director of Experience, Taylor Saralli.
“Taylor reached out and invited me to a Veritas event where I started a painting that was then raffled off to one of the employees. After they watched what I did, one of the owners set up a meeting with me, back at Veritas HQ, about creating something special. The rest is history!”
Bohlin and Veritas have had several fruitful collaborations—including Bohlin’s biggest project to date: A large, four-piece canvas that now hangs prominently at the Veritas cannabis design studio, setting the perfect vibe for creative expression.
Beyond helping us to feel like we get to work in the chillest office space ever, this magnificent piece also features imagery that will soon grace our first official Veritas merchandise collaboration with Bohlin.
There’s a lot to unpack when it comes to Bohlin’s paintings, which employ contrasting color schemes and bold imagery to depict surreal landscapes, enigmatic portraits and more. From abstract refractions of the apocalypse to geometric mind-melts constructed with impeccable precision, a Chris Bohlin painting can feel like a portal to another world.
Bohlin, who has a deep interest in color therapy, says the stories told through his art are truly taking place in the mind of the beholder: “Colors affect us all differently—our feelings, our memories, our thoughts. For example, red may make someone feel eager or stressed, while someone else standing right next to them may be feeling grounded or calm while looking at the same piece. I feel that allows the viewer to find sometimes even more hidden expressions throughout my work.”
Though Bohlin doesn’t necessarily strive to infuse his paintings with “easter eggs” or secret references, eagle-eyed viewers may spot the frequent appearance of a character he calls simply “the little wiggly guy.”
Asked about his experience collaborating with Veritas so far, Bohlin shares that “finding companies that actually listen and work with artists nowadays is rare.”
“That’s why it’s been such a treat to work with Veritas.”
We’re as stoked as Bohlin is for the merch release to drop. As far as the ways in which cannabis influences his creative process, Bohlin says it not only feels good, it helps him to “make sense of peoples’ bullshit.”
CALLING ALL CHRIS BOHLIN FANS to save the date of Nov. 3, 2023, when the artist will roll out his fourth solo exhibition in Denver. Titled THOUGHTS | COMMENTS | CONCERNS, the show coincides with Bohlin’s birthday and will feature both new experimental pieces and a look across the artist’s body of work. (Get updates on Bohlin’s personal website and on Instagram: @bohlguy.)
Until then, Veritas is thrilled to have Bohlin as an integral part of our longstanding commitment to working with local artists and making awesome stuff. Be it custom skis, commissioned artworks or our array of psychedelic- and vintage-inspired Veritas apparel, we love to elevate the ways cannabis can inspire and delight the imagination.
We can’t wait to share what we have coming next with Colorado’s seemingly endless crop of talented, cannabis-loving creators—stay tuned!
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What’s new in weed: products and news from Incredibles, Tilt, and more
With so many great cannabis brands releasing exciting new products in new markets, it can be hard to keep track of every release or event. So we’re rounding up a few significant happenings in the industry. This week, we look at releases by Veritas Fine Cannabis and more. Dr. Greenthumb: Sixth location opening Dr. Greenthumb has recently opened its doors at its sixth location in Los Angeles. Close to LAX, you can find the new spot at 5494 W. Centinela Ave. Los Angeles, CA. Available: California Find Dr. Greenthumb — LAX Incredibles: Launch of two new gummies Colorado edibles brand Incredibles has released two new gummies called Boost and Snoozierberry. Boost is meant for daytime consumption and contains 10 milligrams THCV, 5 milligrams CBD, and 1 milligram THC per piece. The Snoozierberry gummy is meant for nighttime consumption and contains 10 milligrams THC, 5 milligrams CBN, and 5 milligrams CBG per piece — both gummies are made with pure THC distillate. Available: Colorado Find Incredibles Tilt: New biodegradable mouthpiece Dubbed “PLAnt”, Phoenix-based cannabis company Tilt has released its new biodegradable vape mouthpieces in celebration of Earth Day. The environmentally-friendly vape pen tool can degrade in a matter of months once tossed. Available: Arizona Veritas Fine Cannabis: IPA collaboration
Now available at its Colorado dispensaries, Veritas Fine Cannabis has teamed up with beer brand Oskar Blues for the release of the Veritasty, a 7.0% ABV IPA inspired by the terpenes found in Veritas’ Slap N Tickle cannabis strain. Available: Colorado Find Veritas Fine Cannabis Floyd’s of Leadville: New bedtime softgels Floyd’s of Leadville has expanded its product line with its new CBD softgells containing a 2:1 blend of CBN to CBG to promote sleep and relaxation. Available: Colorado Find Floyd’s Fine Cannabis The post What’s new in weed: products…
Looking for inspiration? Check out these stories on QR codes for authentication, a right-sized vape pod carton update, and a colorful paper tube for cartridges and concentrates.
Keren Sookne – Jun 6th, 2022
Äkta’s design uses up to seven colors, which offers flexibility on which color they lean on for which variety.
Denver-based cannabis company Veritas adds QR codes to its packaging that enable consumers to find detailed information on the specific cannabis strain and where the product is available for future purchase.
Voice of the Brand Owner: “In our eyes, QR codes had been a dying thing pre-COVID because smartphone users previously had to download a third-party app to scan them instead of using the camera feature, and let’s be honest, we live in a world where these additional steps can act as a deterrent.
“We capitalized on this opportunity [new technology] to give consumers quick and easy access to verified information directly from the source. Veritas Fine Cannabis packaging QR codes lead back to a strain card on our website that provides even more detailed information not included on the label such as the full terpene and cannabinoid lab test results along with where else they can find that product, if it’s currently in the rotation. This has allowed our customers to become more educated on what they are smoking while allowing us to reach the customer directly by showing them where they can then find said product again.” — Jordan Plunkett, Marketing Director at Veritas Fine Cannabis
Cannabis brand STIIIZY redesigns its vape pod packaging with 25% less material, resulting in sustainability and efficiency gains and reduced costs.
Voice of the Brand Owner: “Before the redesign, our packages featured both a batch and a tamper-evident function. Moving forward, our tamper-evident stickers will pull double duty. Aside from keeping the contents inside each carton safe and secure, the labels will also feature batch information, which is required by state. By combining these two, we really maximized our use of space.” — Jackie Kim, STIIIZY’s Director of Integrated Marketing
Live-rosin cannabis maker äkta, one of only two in the space that is single-source, selects a paper tube package for its vape cartridges and concentrates for its sustainability and approachable design.
Voice of the Brand Owner: “In the solventless world, we see a lot of dark colors, a lot of edginess, kind of almost a cool factor, per se, but very masculine. We wanted to lighten that up and give it more of a feminine feel with more colors and more brightness, so even if you didn’t know what product was inside, it wouldn’t be intimidating.”—äkta CEO Blair Kralick
Dante Jordan ∙ May 31, 2022 3:04 pm PDT | Updated 6 hours ago
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 Cookies, Veritas, and No Mids.
Another month, another round of strains for you to smoke.
Here are six strains you should cop in June.
Pee-Yew is a new Cookies creation. It’s a cross of Animal Face and Kush Mints, so off top, you already know there’s going to be some gassiness in its terpene profile. Cookies describes Pee-Yew’s scent as grape candy, gardenia flowers, and gas. On the taste, Pee-Yew will coat your mouth with grape candy flavoring that lingers well after you’re done smoking.
I had a joyful high that left me feeling uplifted and motivated. Because of that, I think Pee-Yew is an excellent option for daytime smokers.
Veritas Fine Cannabis: Blood Orange
Veritas Fine Cannabis is a big dog out there in Colorado. It’s constantly dropping new strains and flavors, so you’ll never get bored with its weed offerings. A new Veritas drop that’s coming to a lung near you: Blood Orange.
Blood Orange was bred by AK from Higher Grade, and as you can infer from the name, it has a citrusy flavor profile. Specifically, Blood Orange’s flavor is described as citrus with spicy and floral complements thanks to high amounts of caryophyllene, linalool, and humulene. With that flavor profile, there’s a decent chance Blood Orange may hit you with a strong dose of daytime inspiration.
Zanna is the new kid on the block. The brand debuted with some classic strains like Cereal Milk, Georgia Pie, and more. The flower is definitely high quality, and the Zanna pre-rolls are an excellent way to try it. If you do, grab up that Jealousy pre-roll. And at some point soon, Zanna will be rolling out its own in-house strains.
Jealousy was bred by Seed Junky Genetics. It’s a cross of Gelato #41 and a Sunset Sherbet backcross. Jealousy typically has a sweet and earthy taste, but honestly, to me, it tastes like some straight-up dank. Jealousy’s high hit me with some heavy body effects and relaxation.
THC Design: Log Cabin
THC Design is kicking out a new strain: Log Cabin.
Log Cabin was bred by Phinest Cannabis. It’s a cross of Lemon OGKB and Biker Kush and has those lemony terpenes. On the nose, you will detect a mix of spicy and citrus aromas. On the tongue, Log Cabin leaves a lingering flavor of earthy pine and diesel.
This strain often tests high in myrcene, caryophyllene, limonene, and linalool. The effects were potent and made me feel a little bit hazy and relaxed. Snatch up some Log Cabin if you’re in California.
Sundazed hit the California market a few weeks ago, and now it’s coming out with three different strains as pre-rolls. One that you should definitely peep is Daydream.
Daydream is a Biscotti (GSC x Gelato #25 x South Florida OG) rename. This specific batch was grown by Kenji Fujishima, head of cultivation at EJF, Inc. Kenji is well-known for growing some of the best weed in California.
Daydream’s flavor profile can be described as sweet and vanilla and it tests high in caryophyllene, linalool, humulene, and limonene. When I smoked Daydream, I felt a dose of relaxed euphoria that made everything feel just a little bit better.
No Mids: NFSheesh
No Mids in Washington state is well-known for its top-tier flower. Shit hits. Soon, it’ll be dropping a new strain for your head tops called NFSheesh.
NFSheesh was bred in collaboration with Seattle cannabis breeder Solfire. It’s a cross of North Fire Cookies and Bahama Mama. No Mids has been growing the strain for about four months, and it’s already a new staple. NFSHeesh has a sweet and gassy, Cookies-type flavor, and its terpene profile features an abundance of caryophyllene, limonene, and myrcene.
On the effects side, NFSheesh gave me a stoney head high that left me uplifted, happy, and creative. It was heavy enough to get me stoned but didn’t leave me feeling too lazy and sluggish afterward. Cop it if you’re in Washington State.