420 Festivities with Friends

written by Annie McVay

Here are some of the best games for stoners. Enjoy this green holiday, and feel free to tag us in your 420 shenanigans on our Green Eugene socials! @greeneugenemag

  • Jamaica Jammin’ –  Turn on Jammin’ by Bob Marley and the Wailers. Every time the word jammin’ is said, take a hit!
  • Ghost That Hit –  While in a stoner circle, take a hit and hold it until the weed makes it back to you. 
  • Greenjack – A spinoff of classic Blackjack, players who reach 21 or are closest to 21 get to take a hit. Bust, and you’re left not-high and dry!
  • Bong Pong – Bounce the ping pong ball into the cup and take a hit. If using beer, too, you can decide whether a drink is a reward or for the loser to take.
  • Marijuana MacGyver – Everyone creates a piece from something found in your home. Apples, potatoes, maybe a gourd! A group vote determines which is nicest and, therefore, who wins. (Please be careful with this one and don’t use anything that could harm yourself or others!)
  • Ash Bomber – You’ll need: A joint or blunt, a rubber band, a wide-mouth jar or cup, a penny, and either a sheet of rolling paper, tissue paper, or toilet paper. Cover the jar or cup with your sheet of paper and rubber band (to hold it in place). Set the penny in the center of the sheet. Light the joint or blunt. Each player takes a hit, holds it, burns a hole in the sheet over the cup, passes the joint or blunt, and exhales. The game becomes more precarious as each player burns a hole in the paper! Whoever causes the penny to fall loses. 
  • Medusa – Everyone starts in a circle facing the floor, piece or joint in hand. On the count of three, players lift their heads and meet the gaze of another player in the circle. Whoever blinks first loses and winners take a hit. 
  • Traffic Lights – Like Ghost That Hit, everyone holds their hit in until the joint comes back to them. However, in the first round, it’s one hit; in the second round, it’s two hits; and so on, until one person is left.
  • Never Have I Ever – Each player takes a turn making a ‘never have I ever’ statement. Example: ‘never have I ever broken a piece.’ Everyone who has broken a piece takes a toke. The player to the right makes the next statement and the game continues around the circle. 
  • Straight-Faced-Stoner – Everyone starts the game super stoned. The rule is simple: no one can smile! Anyone who smiles loses until one player remains. 

Happy 420!

A Very Green Eugene 4/20 Playlist

Curated by Kaylynn Wohl

The lighters are lined up ready for work, the glass pieces are prepped, cleaned and loaded, and the yellow dandelions are dancing around your blanket anxiously awaiting for the event to begin. Snacks ranging from mouth-watering hot chips to perfectly ripe mangos coated in Tajín chili lime seasoning are ready for indulging. For many people, it’s just another day in April to have resin-drop lips and smoke filled lungs; but for others, it’s a grand excuse to get medicated far beyond a reasonable amount while connecting with buds over our beloved girl, Mary Jane. 

Whether you’re keeping it mellow or sparking up with your giggly girl gang to some girl blunts, Green Eugene has curated a 4/20 playlist perfect for any level of cannabis culture expertise. Don’t worry (or we’re sorry, depending): there will absolutely be no Sublime. This list is filled with goodies gathered by our fellow smoking community to ensure all ears can find a flavor they like and find cravings for more. Charge those speakers and get ready to channel your Dazed and Confused main character moment with this ultimate stoner soundtrack. 

Beyond THC: Curating Your Cannabis Experience

written by Gino Savaria

Since the discovery of cannabinoids in the 1960s, both the spotlight and the microscope have been focused heavily on THC. It’s the molecule responsible for the majority of the psychoactive effects cannabis is known for, but it is far from the only one at play. 

Cannabis contains hundreds of cannabinoids and terpenes. While many of these have a negligible impact on the body, several do have the potential to affect the overall experience. 

The body produces cannabinoids that interact with the endocannabinoid system (ECS), a series of receptors anchored to neurons ranging from the brain to the gut. Similar to a thermostat that holds a room’s temperature constant, the ECS keeps the body’s systems level by prompting important changes in behavior. 

Foreign cannabinoids and terpenes can manipulate this system as well. For example, THC absorbed from cannabis binds to ECS receptors in the hippocampus, stimulating feelings of hunger even when the body may be full. When additional compounds are introduced, these feelings can aggregate or dull. 

Hemp scientist Jay Noller explains further. “There are agonist and antagonist effects. If you go and take a certain analgesic like Tylenol and you want to add an anti-inflammatory like Advil, the two interact with both positive and negative feedback such that you actually feel better.” 

THC and CBD interact similarly. According to Psychopharmacologist Ethan Russo, a healthy dose of CBD, which appears in cannabis at the second highest concentration, can counteract the rapid heart rate, anxiety, excess hunger and sedation created by THC. Choosing cannabis for its terpenes can take this a step further. 

Terpene Chart:

Myrcene:

  • Found in mangos and herbs such as basil and lemongrass 
  • Relieves pain and inflammation, but increases sedation
  • Thought to increase absorption of THC

Pinene:

  • Found in pine, as well as herbs like rosemary and basil
  • Relieves pain, inflammation, and anxiety
  • Dulls the effects of THC

Limonene:

  • Found in citrus, peppermint, and juniper
  • Relieves anxiety, pain, and inflammation
  • Can boost the immune system when inhaled

Linalool

  • Found in lavender
  • Relieves anxiety, pain, and inflammation
  • May help treat Alzheimers 

Caryophyllene

  • Found in black pepper, cinnamon, and cloves
  • Relieves stress, anxiety, and pain
  • Might aid in the treatment of addiction

High Recommendations: Papers + Ink and the “Art of Rolling”

Written and photographed by Lily Brennan 

I don’t know about you guys, but when I want to celebrate 4/20 I want to make it feel special. When you’re an everyday cannabis consumer it can be difficult to find just the right thing to make your holiday stand out from any other smoke sesh. I’ve finally discovered the cure for my own desires and added some spark to the process, and I’m stoked to bring you guys along the way. Papers + Ink’s Rolling Paper Kits adds a bit of color, fun and sophistication to your regular routine, perfect for celebration.

Papers + Ink Studio is a BIPOC female led collective with a mission to create products for the sophisticated smoker, rebranding rolling papers through the lens of the Art of Rolling™. “Tired of outdated stereotypes that didn’t reflect who we are,” the founders of Papers + Ink state, “we created the products that didn’t yet exist for us.” And that’s exactly what they did. With just a quick glance of their website, you can find sleek flameless lighters, ornate glass ashtrays, and even a cute little “nug sweeper” in the shape of a toy car. However, they’re most known for their Rolling Paper Kits, ethical and cruelty-free patterned rolling papers.

Inspired by travels, vintage textiles, botanicals and the occasional collaborator influence, Papers + Ink currently carries sixty-two unique patterns. They even have the option to order custom prints as well! What I’ve selected for myself to review are their prints Lukas Shrooms, an adorable cartoon print of the classic toadstool mushroom; Tie Dye Fantastic, exactly what your hippie dreams could imagine; and Party Plant, a colorful spackle of marijuana leaves – perfect for a 4/20 celebration.

When purchasing their Rolling Paper Kits you have two options to select from. First is their $28 Full Kit, consisting of 15 “queen-sized” rolling sheets, 15 premium filters, a bamboo packing tool, and even a How-to-Roll Guide. Their second option is then a $14 Mini Pak, consisting of 5 “king-sized” rolling sheets and 5 premium filters; perfect for sampling without a commitment. Both have sheets made with organic unbleached hemp rolling papers which are then printed with non-toxic vegetable based colorings. No matter the choice, you’ll be delivered a package with items of the highest quality.

It would be an understatement to say I was waiting eagerly for my package of goodies to arrive in the mail, and was pleasantly surprised when my papers came earlier than expected and in beautiful condition! As soon as I opened up my Papers + Ink haul I could tell just by its packaging that this experience would be vastly different from using any old papers you’d find in a store. It says a lot about a company when they take the extra time to design packaging that is unique, sturdy and individualized to the brand. The presentation alone made me feel like the “sophisticated smoker” they were advertising towards.

The papers themselves are incredibly smooth to roll with, made out of paper that glides together effortlessly. I especially found their lack of creases a huge bonus, something I’ve personally struggled with other papers in the past. The Full Kit seems like a perfect purchase for rolling beginners, as it gives you all the tools you’ll need for a successful roll! Still a little nervous? No worries, as Papers + Ink even includes video tutorials on how to use their kits on their website.

I’m incredibly impressed with the prints as well. Vegetable-based inks are usually difficult to achieve vibrant colors, but Papers + Ink have nailed their dyes for their consumers. Mixing their Mini Paks gives you the option to sample and explore all these colorful patterns they’ve designed. You’ll be impressed as soon as you open their high-end packaging, and set your eyes on patterns that look identical to what they advertise on their website. And, of course, the prints look really cool while lit too.

Overall, I recommend Papers + Ink’s Rolling Paper Kits if you’re looking for papers on the more luxurious side. These papers will wow newbies, veterans and anyone in between. They’re the perfect gift for a friend, a treat-your-self purchase, or 4/20 celebration. You can catch me purchasing from them every year as fun patterned rolls become a new tradition in how I celebrate the stoner holiday.

  • Socials:
  1. @PapersAndInkSesh
  2. Papersandink.com
  3. talk@papersandink.com

Get Bak(ing)ed with these 420 Recipes!

Written by Lauren Leone, photographed by Alice Yeager

There are so many different ways to participate in 4/20, ranging from smoking your favorite bud, hitting a dab pen, using topicals, tinctures or sprays and my personal favorite: edibles.

When it comes to edibles, there are so many different kinds to choose from, the options are truly endless. For this upcoming 4/20 I wanted to challenge myself to create my own edibles, and combine my passion for cooking with my interest in cannabis. I researched easy ways to bake your own canna-butter and canna-oil that can be infused however you want. 

Treat yourself with some infused baked goods like brownies or cookies, or go a more subtle route and make some infused salad dressing or a flavorful grilled cheese sandwich to give your dish an extra kick. The possibilities are infinite.

The first step, and the most important one, is the method of decarboxylating your weed. Decarboxylation is the process that marijuana goes through to convert THC-A into THC which allows you to get high. 

Decarboxylation:

  1. Set your oven between 240-248 degrees. These are the temperatures that decarboxylation occurs at.
  2. Grind your cannabis into smaller pieces and lay out on a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  3. Cook your cannabis in the oven for 30-40 minutes, making sure to stir your cannabis every 5 minutes. This will ensure that everything cooks evenly.
  4. Remove from the oven and set aside your cannabis in an airtight container. Your cannabis should have a slightly darker color to it.

Canna-oil:

Ingredients:

  • 3.5 grams of marijuana
  • ½ cup of olive oil
  • 1 Mason jar (or any airtight container)
  • Cheesecloth

Instructions:

  1. Once your cannabis has gone through the decarbing process, you can combine it with your olive oil and begin the infusing process in 2 different ways.
    1. Cook your olive oil and cannabis in a slow-cooker/crockpot on low for 4-6 hours.
    2. Combine your oil and cannabis in a saucepan and cook on low heat for about 3 hours, stirring regularly. It is recommended to add a small amount of water to your saucepan to prevent the oil from burning.
  2. When the infusing has finished, pour your mixture over cheesecloth into your Mason jar to strain out all of the cannabis. Let your oil strain for about 10 minutes to make sure you maximize your yield.
  3. Discard spent cannabis and cheesecloth.
  4. Keep your oil at room temp and get your bake on!

Canna-butter:

Ingredients:

  • 3.5 grams of cannabis
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 1 Mason jar (or any airtight container)
  • Cheesecloth

Instructions:

  1. After you’ve finished decarbing your weed, melt 1 cup of butter in a saucepan over the lowest heat. Once your butter has melted, add ½ a cup of water. This will help cook everything more evenly.
  2. Stir in your cannabis and cover your pot with a lid. Let your mixture simmer for about 3 hours, stirring regularly.
  3. You can also use a crockpot or slow-cooker as an alternative by combining your butter, water and cannabis all at once and setting the temperature to low. Let this cook for 3 hours.
  4. After the 3 hours is finished, strain out the spent weed into an airtight container or jar using cheesecloth. Once you’ve finished straining, you can discard your cheesecloth and weed.
  5. Let your mixture sit for about 30 minutes, giving it plenty of time to cool before putting it in the fridge. Your butter will solidify on the top of your mixture, and you may have some excess water below which you can easily drain.
  6. Store your butter in the fridge and get your bake on!

Tips and Tricks:

Always cook your butter and oil at a low temperature to avoid burning off any cannabinoids. Additionally, it’s important to store your butter and oil in an airtight container, which will also help with the longevity of your edibles.

To help with straining, I found it super helpful to make a large bowl in the opening of my Mason jar with the cheesecloth, instead of pulling it taut. Tie a rubber band around the Mason jar and cheesecloth to hold the cheesecloth in place while you pour in the mixture for straining. This will prevent any potential spills during the straining process.

Strain of The Month: Deadhead OG

written by Mac Larsen 

The last time Jerry Garcia performed in Oregon was June 19, 1994, at the University of Oregon’s Autzen Stadium. I was, by a technicality, in attendance at the ripe age of negative six months old. My Mom describes herself as “Dead Tolerant,” she was dragged to the show while pregnant by friends from her undergraduate years and refuses to this day to tell me if she imbibed in any of the usual extra-curricular activities that accompany a Grateful Dead concert. 

Some people think that the music you listen to can have a big influence on the tastes of your child-to-be, much like the foods that you eat can inevitably lead to culinary preferences (I’m looking at you, Taco Bell). For those that doubt this theory of musical conditioning, I would refer them to the thousands of hours of golden-age hippie jam-band songs I’ve consumed since that fateful day before I was born. 

If you weren’t born into a primordial desire to listen to graying rock stars play 20-minute guitar solos, our Strain of the Month can provide ample support for your onboarding into the jam-band lifestyle. In recent years The Grateful Dead has seen a resurgence in popularity among the vintage t-shirt wearing crowd of younger audiences, buoyed by tours fronted by early-2000’s soft-rock wailer John Mayer. 

To celebrate the high holiday this year we’re recommending Deadhead OG, an Indica-dominant hybrid combining Chemdog with SFV OG Kush. Aptly named after the fans of the good ol’ Grateful Dead, Deadhead OG is a hoppy flower perfect for a quiet night at home listening to live albums of your favorite throwback artists. Dank and floral, Deadhead OG is the sort of hybrid not so persuasive to stick you to the couch for the evening but not exactly feeling ready to run a mile at Hayward, either. 

Weighing in at a potent 22% average level for THC, Deadhead OG is a perfect strain to include in your shopping during 4/20 sales at local dispensaries such as Eugene OG or Track Town Collective. For the discerning shopper, Deadhead OG is not the sort of Indica-dominant flower that leaves you unmotivated or tired. A progressive high, Deadhead OG can provide a euphoric early phase that develops slowly into a relaxing, preoccupied sense of calm. Describing Deadhead OG is quite a bit like describing one of the best Grateful Dead shows. It features jubilant highs and calming, mysterious lows, switching between the two with ease. A cannabis classic, I recommended combining a holiday celebration with Deadhead OG with a listen to the Dead’s best Oregon concert “The Sunshine Daydream,” you won’t be disappointed. 

The Art of Reading Stoned

Written by Mac Larsen

If someone were to hypothetically ask me: Mac, I’m stoned, feeling ambitious, and want to read a book, any recommendations? I would reply: welcome to the club!

In a world filled with entertainment perfect for consuming cannabis, the stoned read has become something of a lost art. My three-word advice for anyone interested in joining the Stoned Book Club: Books. With. Pictures. So with a little help from our friends over at Books with Pictures Eugene, here are a few recommendations. 

Where the Sidewalk Ends by Shel Silverstein

The beloved author of The Giving Tree was a 20th-century renaissance man. He wrote children’s poetry, illustrated his own work, wrote “A Boy Named Sue” for Johnny Cash, and smoked an exorbitant amount of weed. Where The Sidewalk Ends provides endless amusement for adults and children alike with its witty rhymes and surreal drawings. 

The Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak

Sendak is best known for the sweeping world of Where the Wild Things Are but his real stoner standout is The Night Kitchen, a picture book so psychedelically crafted it can induce munchies in even the fullest of bellies. 

Saga by Brian K. Vaughn and Fiona Staples

I’ll just get right to the point, Saga is the best comic of the last 20 years. It doesn’t matter what sort of strain is your preference, Saga is a perfect companion. A Romeo & Juliet story set in space, Saga is a story so vast and one of a kind that only sitting down, rolling a joint, and diving in for yourself can really capture its magic. 

Here by Richard McGuire

Here stems from a simple yet enormously creative idea in comic writing: each page is the same space but divided up into different panels, each showing a different scene in a different time. While one panel may feature a 1950s couple slow-dancing in the bottom of the page only an empty field is shown. Reading Here is a journey not only through history but through the places that are important to us. 

Sandman by Neil Gaiman

I truly believe that the world would be a better place if high school English teachers required a full reading of Gaiman’s Sandman comic run instead of Catcher in the Rye. I like Salinger well enough, but does it include a complete revision of the history of Shakespeare, a baby gargoyle, or a convention for serial killers labeled as a cereal convention? No, it does not. Gaiman’s series was recently adapted into a Netflix series so it would be best for the ambitious reader to catch up on the entire series before Hollywood gets its greasy hands all over it.

Watchmen by Alan Moore

It feels a bit basic recommending Alan Moore’s seminal 1987 graphic novel, like telling someone to try pizza or mac & cheese. The most revered graphic novel of all time is in many ways the perfect stoned comic book reading experience. Fantastically moody and gothic, Moore critiques of a “superhero industrial complex” feel even more relevant today than they did 40 years ago. 

The Incal by Alejandro Jodorowsky and Jean Giraud (Moebius)

If you’re a fan of Star Wars or Dune, The Incal is a perfect satirical addition to your collection of space opera stories. Oftentimes confounding and perfectly weird, Jodorowsky’s brand of science fiction is both hilarious and mind-melting.

What It Is by Lynda Barry

Equal parts graphic novel, diary and instruction manual on writing, What It Is by Lynda Barry is guaranteed to get your creative juices flowing through its stunning use of mixed-media and the creative use of every page. If you hope to get more than just eye-popping visuals from your reading experience, What It Is can provide a jumping off point for your own artistic endeavors.

Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson

It would be disrespectful to leave out a classic comic strip in this list of recommendations, and especially egregious to leave out the greatest of them all: Calvin and Hobbes. A fantastic choice for situations where you want your reading to act like comfort food, these collections provide plenty of timeless laughs and conversation starters for philosophical questions such as: What is Calvinball? 

The Illustrated Book of Genesis by R. Crumb

Most well known for his raunchy cartoon Fritz the Cat, R. Crumb’s The Illustrated Book of Genesis is exactly what the name entails, a completely illustrated rendition of the first book of the Bible. It features the full cast of characters and original text, while taking some rather surreal liberties in true counterculture fashion. 

High Recommendations: Rebel Spirit 

Written by Annie McVay, photographed by Gustavo Del Real Figueroa

When we first discussed the importance of this issue of Green Eugene, I knew I had to find the perfect pick for High Recommendations, and had a goal in mind: the product needed to support an organization that helped those incarcerated for cannabis-related crimes. And not only a product, but one that a local Eugene dispensary carried. 

Rest assured, after reading this, you can do your part to fight mass incarceration for cannabis crimes! Rebel Spirit Cannabis Company partners and profit shares with The Last Prisoner Project, which advocates for criminal justice reform in three ways: prisoner release, record clearing through clean slate initiatives and reentry programs. Together, they create a pathway of hope and success for its constituents.

Rebel Spirit CEO Diane Downey and her husband Chris Beckler became very active in the cannabis industry, which is how they met the founder of the Last Prisoner Project, Steve DeAngelo, through his Harborside Dispensary in Oakland, California.  When they found out DeAngelo was shifting his sights to creating the Last Prisoner Project, the couple knew it was just the cause they were looking to support. Rebel Spirit was one of the first, and most charitable, cannabis companies to profit share with the Last Prisoner Project.

“We didn’t know when we got involved with Last Prisoner Project that the overwhelming majority of the 40,000 people who are still incarcerated for marijuana offenses are people of color,” said Downey. “Our continuing involvement with the Last Prisoner Project is to try and right some of the wrongs of the world. Mainly the disparity in race and the way the marijuana industry is turning out for white people versus people of color.” 

Rebel Spirit stands true to their slogan: Live free, fly high! During the 2021 Oregon Growers Cup, Rebel spirit won best pre-roll—and I understand why! The packs of pre-rolls are convenient, with each joint expertly filled with finely ground cannabis. 

There are three types of pre-roll packs: hybrid, indica and sativa. Each comes with five joints of two different signature strains, which keeps things fresh as you alternate between them. The flavor while smoking the joints is earthy and natural, all thanks to the 19-acre Willamette Valley farm, utilizing organic and sustainable horticultural practices. Rebel Spirit also prides itself on sourcing recycling-friendly materials for packaging, trying its best to avoid plastics and other unsustainable products.

As explained by Downey, the company name is in honor of family friend Uncle Mark, who was truly rebellious and embodied the spirit of testing the limits. Eventually, Mark moved out west to Oregon and found solace in the remote wilderness living off the land. He was arrested in 1992 in what was then the largest outdoor cannabis growing bust in the State of Washington. Mark refused to cooperate with authorities and remained loyal to his partners, which landed him with the mandatory minimum of ten years in federal prison. Unfortunately, in 1997, Mark passed away in prison in Lexington, Kentucky, far from his Pacific Northwest farm—with only five years of his sentence remaining. 

Downey is an alumni of the University of Oregon Honors college, where she met her best friend, Jill, who is Mark’s niece. Beckler, who is best friends with Mark’s nephew, stopped by on a condolence call and met Downey. The two fell in love. They shared a few fun years with Uncle Mark before he was incarcerated. In 2015, the couple put a mortgage on their home, bought a piece of land, and named it Uncle Mark’s Farm. Starting on the medical side, Rebel Spirit was one of the first cannabis businesses in Oregon to get its recreational license. 

“When we went to market with our product, we realized that people don’t go to a dispensary on Friday night to get their ‘Uncle Mark’ on. They go to get their rebel spirit on. And so Mark is our rebel spirit and that’s where our brand name comes from,” said Downey. 

Are you curious about other companies that support the Last Prisoner Project? Here are some brands that sell products online:

Strain of the Month: Kentucky Bluegrass

Written by Lily Brennan, photo by Leafly

It’s the middle of winter. The sky is gray and the roads are mucked with mud and trash. An unknown residue is lining the sides of your favorite pair of rain boots and it almost seems like a sign to stay in, snuggle up, and share a bowl and some stories with friends. Well let me give you a tale that you can add to your roster…

Ever heard of the legendary “Godfather of Grass” and his classic hybrid strain “Kentucky Bluegrass?”

Johnny Boone, otherwise known as the Godfather of Grass, is a legendary figure in the weed smuggling world. As a once-been leader of the “Cornbread Mafia,” a rural Kentucky-based drug organization that grew 29 large illicit cannabis farms in 10 states, Boone obtained an intense following and was looked up to by many. After a mass arrest of the mafia in June of 1989 with over 70 arrests and 47 tons of confiscated cannabis from the site, the U.S. attorney in Louisville coined the Cornbread Mafia as the “largest domestic marijuana syndicate in American history.”

After the arrests of the Cornbread Mafia, Boone included, law enforcements believed this to have a positive impact on the community. However, after Boone was released and then arrested once more in 2017, the Godfather of Grass began to publicly defend the Cornbread Mafia and his crewmates.

“We’re from a poor place. … I don’t think anybody here is into any kind of thievery. I can only say that … in our area, marijuana is one of the things that helps put bread on the table for people,” he told the judge, according to the Washington Post. “We’re not criminals, we’re not. We’re not the kind of people who go out and harm people.”

The truth was that the local communities thrived off of the Cornbread Mafia’s business. Stationed in rural, small towns, there weren’t many job opportunities. The cannabis industry became a livelihood for many locals. After the organization’s bust in 1989, neighboring towns became impoverished. Local enforcement didn’t know what to make of this endeavor.

This has left Johnny Boone to be seen through two different perspectives: an infamous kingpin who ran the largest cannabis drug-ring in American history, or an individual whose cannabis business created commercial growth in local communities.

Boone’s story and the strain within it became so popular High Times magazine dubbed it as “Kentucky Bluegrass.” It is an evenly-balanced hybrid strain crossed between Blueberry and Huckleberry Kush. 

With this cross, notes of sweet berries can be found while smoking it, all to be rounded out by a soft lemongrass aftertaste. Although a hybrid, it is an excellent strain to use to relax and is even made popular by medical users to relieve pain and physical stress. You can nearly feel yourself transporting to a rural Kentucky farmland, surrounded by warm sun and nature’s silence. 

Strain of The Month: Critical Cure

 Written and photographed by Siena Dorman 

Featuring an unusually pleasant ratio of CBD to THC, the Critical Cure strain has calming, low-key psychoactive effects that can be enjoyed for many reasons. Critical Cure generally offers an 80:20 CBD-THC ratio which is ideal if you’re looking for something to spark relaxation, calm emotional stresses or feel inspired while tackling a creative activity. 

In Eugene, this indica strain can be found as a preroll with about 11% CBD and 6% THC, which makes Critical Cure the perfect portable smoking option.The effects of Critical Cure seem to take a bit longer than other THC-heavy strains; this creates a subtle high that you can naturally ease into. 

The aromas of Critical Cure are modest and smooth and it has a largely nutty flavor, with a bit of a light fruity taste. The burn is smooth and does not overwhelm the senses.

For anyone who experiences chronic muscle pain, this strain will be excellent for a bit of assistance. Your muscles will start relaxing as you enjoy Critical Cure and you will find sharp pains begin to dull out. If you like to practice activities like yoga and meditation, this strain will help you focus in and listen to your body’s natural impulses to stretch. The relaxing effects of this strain do not impair your own motivation to move around. The high CBD content makes moving your body feel really good and it may seem like your body knows exactly where it needs an extra stretch. 

The head high of Critical Cure is calm. You may feel motivated to take on a task (without feeling too many psychoactive effects) or you may be more encouraged to hang back and read a book. The versatility of Critical Cure allows your own intentions to take the wheel. You won’t feel pulled to do anything in particular, just feel lighter doing what you please which is a nice alternative found in CBD forward products. 

This strain is helpful for many kinds of cannabis users, but it is notably great for those who occasionally feel heightened anxiousness with weed use. 

Opt for Critical Cure when you’re not looking for a strong head high. This CBD strain is a problem solver and can be the perfect strain to start a smoke session with. The calming and medicinal effects will set you up for a pleasant and dynamic high when paired with stronger THC strains.