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Your Official 4/20 Streaming Guide – W Magazine

The term “stoner movie” has, unfortunately, become sort of interchangeable with the “bro comedy” genre: It conjures up images of silly, male-led adventure tales that have been quoted into oblivion by teenagers. No offense to Seth Rogen, but we think there’s value in expanding your horizons. A little weed can elevate the most ridiculous Hollywood blockbuster into a Theatre of the Absurd masterpiece, pair beautifully with the most slapstick comedy special or sketch series, introduce infinite layers of complexity to an ’80s classic or make a hyper-stylized auteur film feel like a revelation. And even if you don’t partake in the devil’s lettuce, it can be interesting to examine its rapidly evolving position in media and culture (see: a marijuana-centric cooking show hosted by Kelis or Jay-Z’s cannabis company, Monogram). In honor of 4/20, we’ve pulled together a selection of light, funny, laid-back fare (plus a couple of weird, super-stylized dark horse picks) you can stream on Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Max and more this evening. Happy holidays.

Smiley Face

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In Gregg Araki’s film, Anna Faris stars as a stoner actress named Jane who accidentally eats some special cupcakes and struggles to complete the day’s tasks. It’s goofy, funny, and one of the few stoner comedies with a woman in the lead role.

Where to stream: Amazon Prime

How High

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Before (or after) streaming the Method Man vs. Redman Verzuz battle, you might as well familiarize yourself with this classic stoner comedy starring the rappers as friends who accidentally smoke a deceased buddy’s ashes and are visited by his ghost.

Where to stream: Hulu or Amazon Prime

Cinema Toast

An experimental project produced by the Duplass Brothers, Cinema Toast invites indie filmmakers—including Jordan Firstman, Numa Perrier, Alex Ross Perry, and Aubrey Plaza—to take public domain imagery and cast voice performers such as Ruby McCollister and Chloe Fineman to reinvent old Hollywood films. If you’ve ever watched and enjoyed Reefer Madness, this one is for you.

Where to stream: Showtime

I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson

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If you haven’t yet watched this sketch comedy series, tonight is a great night to start. It is a perfect show, high or not. Each of the six 20-ish-minute episodes is packed with an incredible cast of comedians getting themselves tied up in increasingly bizarre, deeply hilarious situations. Vanessa Bayer spiraling as she fails to come up with the right self-deprecating Instagram caption is perhaps the most incisive social commentary of our generation.

Where to stream: Netflix

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

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If you’re in more of a mellow, nostalgic mood, allow me to recommend this 1980s classic. It balances frothy silliness with the bittersweet taste of ennui like no other.

Where to stream: Amazon Prime

Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats

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Chelsea Peretti’s hour-long standup special features extended riffs on wanting to text with her dog, the horrors of small talk, the time she vomited smoothie into an airplane seat back pocket, and the best way to piss off a “hot girl” on social media. She also pokes fun at the entire “stand-up special” structure throughout, interspersing her jokes with cutaways to dogs and old-timey Italian men eating hard boiled eggs in the audience. It’s an ideal combination of razor sharp and ridiculous.

Where to stream: Netflix

Cooked With Cannabis

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This cooking competition hosted by Kelis (of “Milkshake” fame) and Portland-based chef Leather Storrs is basically Chopped, but with weed. On each episode, chefs cook three-course meals that incorporate the plant (think less pot brownies, more cannabis-puree tortillas) to compete for a $10,000 prize.

Where to stream: Netflix

National Treasure

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A ridiculous, so-bad-it’s-good film that pairs very well with an uncontrollable case of the giggles. Just trust me.

Where to stream: Disney+

Rolling Papers

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This 2015 documentary, shot in the aftermath of marijuana legalization in Colorado, follows Denver Post journalists as they figure out how to cover weed culture and industry. An interesting, sort of wonky time capsule into what is still very much an experiment.

Where to stream: Amazon Prime

Spring Breakers

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Harmony Korine’s dark, neon-hued crime drama is not for the faint of heart (read: those who tend to get a little paranoid after smoking). But it’s visually arresting, and the nihilistic themes might spark the kind of rambling philosophical discussions that only really work when you’re under the influence.

Where to stream: Hulu

Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh

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Adam Sandler returns to his musical roots in this unique take on the comedy special, with a lineup that includes such instant classics as “Phone, Wallet, Keys” and “Station 69.” It’s silly but also deeply heartfelt. You can practically feel Sandler’s warmth through the screen.

Where to stream: Netflix

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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Would it be hard to follow the twists and turns of this cult-favorite absurdist comedy while incapacitated? Maybe. Will you care? Probably not.

Where to stream: Netflix

Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle

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Yes, this is firmly entrenched in the stoner movie/bro comedy canon. But it’s also genuinely funny, with a sharp, self-aware script and an all-star cast. Bonus points for the truly terrible early 2000s clothes—critiquing the outfits adds a little something extra to the viewing experience.

Where to stream: Hulu or Amazon Prime

Big Mouth

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This sweet, surreal animated series about the pitfalls of puberty moves a mile a minute, with the kinds of patently absurd, multi-layered jokes and visual gags that will make you laugh so hard your living companions might ask you if you’re high even if you’re not.

Where to stream: Netflix

Her

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Another dark horse, for sure. But think about it: With its slow pace, hyper-stylized visuals, Arcade Fire soundtrack and “woah”-inducing premise, it’s actually a perfect stoner film. And since we’re all living our lives through our devices for the foreseeable future, now is a really good time to revisit this one.

Where to stream: Amazon Prime

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Willie Nelson’s first ever virtual “weed summit” begins next week – 550 KTSA

FILE – In this Nov. 13, 2019, file photo, Willie Nelson performs in Nashville, Tenn. Nelson may have given up smoking, but he hasn’t stopped using marijuana. While in San Antonio last week for two performances, the 86-year-old country music legend told KSAT TV that in an effort to take better care of himself, he no longer smokes. His spokeswoman, Elaine Shock, told The Associated Press in an email Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, that Nelson hasn’t given up cannabis, and she points out there are different ways to consume it. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

SAN ANTONIO (KTSA News) — Today is 4/20, so it seems like the perfect time to tell you that Willie Nelson will soon light up his annual weed convention.

The virtual event is called the “Luck Summit: Planting the Seed” and the goal is to promote cannabis culture with music, cooking demonstrations, several panel discussions and keynote speakers.

The event is part of what Willie calls “High Holidays,” the week that starts with the annual marijuana holiday on four-20 and ends with his birthday on four-29.

A quote from Nelson appears on the event’s website:

“I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?”

To take part in the online summit, you will have to make a financial donation of at least 10 dollars to the Cannabis Voter Project.

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10 CBD and Cannabis Cookbooks That Will Inspire You to Get Creative in the Kitchen – POPSUGAR

If you love spending time in the kitchen whipping up delectable delights and savory snacks, take your love for cooking to a higher level. We found the coolest cookbooks that will inspire you to get creative in the kitchen with cannabis. Brownies and gummies get the job done. However, it’s high time to step up your culinary skills with these cannabis-infused recipes. Create the yummiest food like green eggs and ham, rib-eye with weed chimichurri, CBD-infused avocado toast, and raspberry peach pie. From sweet treats and fun cocktails to gourmet entrees and hors d’oeuvres, these cookbooks will let you experiment with weed-infused goodies right at home; without getting too complicated. Keep reading to see what each cookbook has to offer.

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The Ins and Outs of Smoking Cannabis at Home – Storeys – Storeys

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Now that cannabis is (finally) legal in Canada – with the stigma eroding with each new, and once unlikely, user – we’ve become accustomed catching whiffs of it everywhere, from city parks to suburban backyards. 

While the stoner set may find comfort in the pungent aroma of a freshly rolled joint, a lot of people don’t – plus, it’s a dead giveaway as to your recreational activities/vice of choice, something not everyone’s comfortable with.

A common concern is that the impossible-to-ignore aroma of a blazing or just-blazed joint is an offensive one to some people – and a smell neighbours may not want to explain to their young kids.

If you’re going to smoke in your home but are trying to be discreet and are concerned about the smoke smell, you may want to restrict your smoking to one room that has windows that can open, and consider placing a towel under the door so that minimal smoke escapes. If you live in a house with multiple floors, try to avoid smoking in the basement, as the smoke will drift up throughout the house (completely blowing your cover). On the top floor, on the other hand, it gathers around the ceiling of that room.

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Cannabis experts point to the fact that cannabis accessories – bongs, pipes, and ashtrays – can harbour that stale weed smell more than anything. So, make sure you keep your stoner swag fresh and clean. Essential oils, candles, and natural sprays can also get rid of the weed smell (burnt popcorn helps too, in desperate times).

If you’d rather not risk your living space smelling like weed at all, there are other more discreet ways to consume cannabis that don’t produce the smoke and the smell, like vaporizers and edibles. “Vaping” involves applying heat to a liquid that creates a vapour and is commonly used to consume cannabis. Unlike smoke, vapour dissipates within minutes.

When it comes to edibles, there are two things to keep in mind. First of all, if you’re a newbie, start small (just, trust us). Secondly, remember than if you’re going to bake your own – say a fresh batch of chocolate chip cookies or banana bread – your home could smell like weed in the cooking process. You’ll definitely want to have the vent on.

If you’re a renter, you need to be more cautious about your cannabis consumption. It didn’t take long after the long-awaited legalization of cannabis in Canada for many condo boards and landlords to amend their building’s by-laws to become completely smoke-free – of both cigarette smoke and weed smoke. For many, this means no smoking anywhere, even on balconies and in outdoor common areas.

Are there ways around this? Well, yes (…but you didn’t hear it from us…see above).

While some view marijuana in the home as no big deal, a survey by real estate website Zoocasa revealed that 64% of Canadian homeowners believe smoking cannabis indoors will decrease the value of their home. But odour and potential health impacts aside, when it comes to the home is marijuana really damaging to furniture, carpets, and walls the way cigarette smoke is? Is there a lingering residual odour or damage that lasts long-term?

While the cannabis scent is undoubtedly strong, few people would argue that it sticks around with the same intensity as tobacco smoke. Years of cigarette smoke in a house or apartment unit can render it a giant ashtray indefinitely scent-wise, and ridding a home of long-term cigarette smoke often requires pulling out the carpets and even sealing and repainting stained walls.

While many believe that weed dissipates within a few hours and doesn’t cling to certain fabrics (i.e. your couch or your duvet) or stain the walls like the chemical-filled cigarette smoke does, others aren’t convinced. Many landlords and Airbnb hosts will charge a cleaning fee if the smell of cannabis (or tobacco) is detected indoors. The subsequent cleaning could involve wiping down walls with vinegar, laundering cushions, and airing out the place.

While marijuana smoke may not have a detrimental impact on your home, growing cannabis most definitely can – especially if you’re sloppy about it. If not maintained properly, growing can damage living spaces with mold, humidity, and moisture. So, if you’re a renter, you probably want to cultivate your cannabis elsewhere.

For the casual joint smoker or bong toker, a good few hours, open windows, and a little ventilation usually hides all evidence – so you’re good in the event of a visit from the landlord or in-laws the next morning.

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How to start cooking with CBD (plus, recipes for infused pesto and dark chocolate truffles) – Salon

CBD has gone mainstream. The marijuana compound was federally legalized for most sales in 2018, and as a result, there are generic CBD-spiked sodas at the supermarket alongside specialty brands that make artisan infused chocolates. Hell, you can even buy CBD oil at most gas stations (though I wouldn’t vouch for the quality). 

It’s one of those ingredients that’s been embraced by many wellness-minded chefs for its purported benefits, but how do you cook with it in your own kitchen? Here’s everything you need to know to get started:

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What is CBD? 

The cannabis plant contains at least 80 chemical compounds called cannabinoids. The one that most people are probably familiar with is THC, the primary psychoactive compound that leads to the effects people closely associate with smoking or ingesting marijuana — a slowed perception of time, mood elevation, and you know, the munchies. 

CBD is one of the other cannabinoid compounds found in marijuana. It’s non-psychoactive, so you won’t get “high”; however it can provide benefits like relaxation, decreased inflammation and reduced anxiety. 

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Additionally, CBD can be found in cannabis sativa, or traditional “weed,” as well as industrial hemp. As of December 2018, hemp — which is used to make textiles, as well as produced into now-trendy food products like hemp hearts and hemp milk — was federally legalized. This means that hemp-derived CBD (which contains less than 0.3% THC) can be sold even in states that haven’t legalized marijuana. 

Does it have a flavor? 

Sometimes! Many commercially available, hemp-derived CBD oils use either olive oil or hemp oil as a base. Olive oil tastes like, well, olive oil, whereas hemp oil has some toasted, nutty undertones (which I’d liken to roasted sunflower seeds). So — that’s your carrier oil and starting flavor. The hemp extract itself has a grassy, verdant flavor that can sometimes veer a little tannic or even acrid depending on the quality of the product. 

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What other forms can I buy it in?

If the naturally-flavored oil isn’t your thing, there are a number of tinctures that come in bespoke flavors like cinnamon, Creamsicle, lemongrass-ginger and mint. For cooking, I’m also a fan of flavorless CBD powders like those by Caliper and Golden Apple. 

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How does it respond to heat? 

The boiling point of CBD is between 320 and 356 degrees Fahrenheit. Baking or heating above this point for a prolonged period of time can destroy many of the active compounds in CBD, meaning its potency and effectiveness can be diminished.

Put another way, we’re not looking to braise anything with CBD oil. It works best when incorporated into dishes while cool or slightly heated. Baking CBD-infused cookies in the oven for 10 minutes truly won’t be the end of the world — there’s a reason that weed brownies are such a thing — though the CBD will likely maintain more potency if mixed into some icing that’s smeared on top. 

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What about dosing?

If you’re new to CBD, experts recommend starting “low and slow,” meaning that you should begin with a very low dose and give yourself plenty of time between use. Many standard, single-serving CBD edibles — like gummies or chocolates — begin at 5 to 10 milligrams of CBD, which isn’t a bad place to begin in your home cooking. 

Remember: Divide the total amount of CBD used in a recipe by the number of servings to figure out the potency of each serving. 

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How should I start cooking with it at home? 

If you’re using flavorless powders, you can really add them anywhere. I’ve dissolved them into iced coffee, stirred them into yogurt and whipped them into no-bake cheesecake bites. 

However, if you’re using traditional CBD oil, you get some of that chlorophyll-y taste, which doesn’t mix as effortlessly into all dishes. In my mind, you can either work with that taste or attempt to mask it — both of which can be done fairly well.

So, let’s say that you want to work with the natural taste. Put on your wine tasting hat for just a second, and make note of the flavors in the oil. Grassiness, bitterness and earthiness are probably at the top of the list. There may be some citrus notes, sometimes an occasional spice or nuttiness. 

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Use those base sensations as a starting point, and make them pop with ingredients heavy in the same flavors. For instance: woody herbs, lemon zest, fresh black pepper or toasted nuts. To me, that list absolutely screams pesto, but it may mean spark something totally different for you. 

If you’re looking to mask some of that grassy flavor from CBD oil, hitting it with dark chocolate, fat and sugar is a solid way to go. One recipe that I love making is dark chocolate avocado truffles.

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If you’re interested in making some CBD-infused pesto, here’s my go-to recipe.

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Recipe: CBD-Infused Pesto 
Serves 4 (5 milligrams of CBD per serving) 

  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 4 tablespoons of roughly chopped rosemary
  • 4 tablespoons of lemon zest 
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 3 tablespoons pine nuts
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 20 milligrams of CBD oil 

1. In a food processor, place the basil leaves, rosemary, lemon zest, garlic, pine nuts and grated Parmesan. 

2. Whisk the CBD oil into the olive oil. 

3. With the food processor motor running, add the oil mixture in a steady stream until the pesto is emulsified. This can be stored in an airtight container for up to one week in the refrigerator. 

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Thanks to the avocado (which you don’t even taste), these truffles are a simple, easy-to-portion treat that won’t have you baking your CBD. I like rolling them in cocoa powder and topping them with sea salt, but feel free to get creative with toppings like crushed pistachios, miniature chocolate chips, powdered sugar and sprinkles.

Recipe: CBD-Infused Dark Chocolate Avocado Truffles 
Serves 12 (10 milligrams of CBD per serving) 

  • 1/2 cup of mashed avocado
  • 2 teaspoons of sea salt, plus more for topping 
  • 2/3 cup of dark chocolate chips 
  • 120 milligrams of CBD oil
  • Cocoa powder 

1. In a food processor, pulse the avocado, sea salt and CBD oil until completely smooth. Set aside. 

2. Place the chocolate chips in a microwave-safe bowl, and heat for 20 seconds. Stir, then heat for an additional 20 seconds. (You can also use a double boiler for this, but in an otherwise quick recipe, I don’t mind using the microwave.)

3. Drizzle the chocolate into the avocado mixture, and pulse again until combined. It should almost look like a thick brownie batter. Spoon this into a bowl, and place in the refrigerator for 30 to 45 minutes. 

4. Remove from the refrigerator, and use a tablespoon to measure out 12 truffles on a piece of parchment paper. Roll them individually into smooth balls. Dust with cocoa powder and a few flakes of sea salt. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to one week.

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420 Provides Brands, Communicators With New PR Opportunities – PR News – For Smart Communicators

The annual acknowledgement of 4/20 on the calendar used to only conjure images of marijuana culture like tie dye, paraphernalia and notable tokers Cheech & Chong. However, with the legalization of cannabis, (36 states for medical uses, 17 for recreational use) it’s no longer surprising to see pot products or messaging in the mainstream. 

And it’s not much of a stretch to find data regarding Americans’ feelings on the once-scandalous drug. Fewer than 10 percent of U.S. adults believe marijuana should be illegal, according to a recent Pew Research survey. And 60 percent believe it should be available for medical and recreational use. 

This puts communicators in an interesting position. While there’s a real opportunity to start including cannabis within client consideration, there’s also a real responsibility. Just as with any new product one is not familiar with, PR pros must learn terminology and ins-and-outs of industry legalities, such as product labeling. And without legalization in all 50 states, national campaigns are in a precarious position. 

PRNEWS took an informal Twitter poll, testing the waters of how communicators felt about brands creating campaigns for 420. Only a minority strictly opposed it, with 40 percent urging brands to go for it, and about 44 percent saying it depends on the content. 

It’s safe to say that in the future, more brands will comfortably acknowledge 420 on content calendars. Today Hotels.com, Mellow Mushroom and even cooking competition show “Chopped” (Food Network) debuted 420 campaigns. 

“At Mellow Mushroom, we strive for a mellowed-out vibe every day,” said Anne Mejia, Mellow Mushroom VP, brand development, in a statement. “No matter how guests mark the day, we hope they get online and order Mellow Mushroom Munchies for whenever their munchies hit on 4/20.”

Other brands turned their focus to education and working toward decriminalization and public policy issues. Ben & Jerry’s, known for transparent promotion of the company’s social values, created a campaign to support the MORE Act, which would make cannabis legal nationwide and expunge prior convictions.

And another legacy brand, not found in your freezer, but elsewhere, Playboy Enterprises, announced a month-long initiative supporting nationwide cannabis reform and advocacy. The media company will continue championing legalization and decriminalization of cannabis, focusing on people, policy and culture. This includes making notable contributions to the Marijuana Policy Project, but also providing a platform for education and advocacy.

In addition, Playboy will host a series of Twitter takeovers, handing the mic to notable members of the cannabis community throughout the month. They’ll discuss cannabis culture and important issues facing the industry.

“Playboy has been fighting for cannabis rights for over six decades, and today we are closer than ever to achieving our goal of full federal legalization. Now is the time to make sure we do this right,” said Rachel Webber, chief brand officer and president of corporate strategy at PLBY Group. “We are proud to support the amazing work our partners at Marijuana Policy Project are doing to ensure that the new laws enacted around legal cannabis are humane, combat injustices, and promote equality.”

Just looking around and taking in the messaging regarding 420 is a good reminder that the more things change, the more they do not always stay the same. And communicators need to pay close attention to continually learn and adapt.

Nicole Schuman is senior editor for PRNEWS. Follow her @buffalogal

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The Essential Kitchen Tool You’ll Need To Make Cannabis Edibles – HuffPost

These foundational ingredients require a bit of care to make, if you actually want to get high. In order for the chemical compounds in marijuana to interact with your brain’s receptors, you need something called decarboxylation to occur by heating it to just the right temperature, for just the right amount of time. This converts tetrahydrocannabinolic acid (THCA), which is naturally found in weed, into tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the chemical responsible for most of the plant’s psychological effects.

If this sounds too much like science lab for you to bother with, that’s where cannabis cooking gadgets come in handy. Sure, you could make cannaoil and cannabutter with your stove, oven and a great deal of attention, but there are devices on the market that offer the precision and temperature control that will perfectly execute decarboxylation to preserve the flavor profile and potency of the cannabis.

If the sale and purchase of marijuana has been legalized where you live, consider these gadgets to help your baking quest.

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Snoop Dogg and Steve Urkel Hang Out to Promote a New Venture – Showbiz Cheat Sheet

Rapper Snoop Dogg and Steve Urkel have been hanging out. Bet that wasn’t on anyone’s bingo card for 2020 or 2021, but the two famous personas have a perfectly good reason for linking up — and it has nothing to do with a TV show.

Jaleel White recently reprised his character all in the name of business, and with Snoop Dogg’s involvement, one may guess what that may entail.

Snoop Dogg performs during the Triller Fight Club: Jake Paul v Ben Askren event at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

Snoop Dogg performs during the Triller Fight Club: Jake Paul v Ben Askren event at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia

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The power of Urkel grabbed Snoop Dogg for a weed venture

Without having to ask anyone, “Did I do that?” Jaleel White whipped out his razor and his old Steve Urkel suit to film a fresh commercial with Snoop Dogg.

Right on time for 420, the actor announced a new cannabis line called itsPurpl that includes one special namesake: PurpleUrkle. It’s part of his partnership with 710 Labs.

White and Snoop Doog teamed up to do an ad that aired on Triller, a union that surprised fans of Family Matters and fans of Snoop. The spot features a clean-shaven White spinning around in a chair as Stevel Urkel, the faux CEO of Triller. And yes, the voice was on.

After discussing Triller’s features, Urkel goes into a spiel about having his own line of cannabis products, and he cleverly used all the slang terms.

And over on the PurpleUrkle Instagram page, Snoop Dogg recorded a quick video promoting the brand that includes Urkel’s face as its logo. There’s even one item dedicated to Stefan, Urkel’s alter-ego.

On the itsPurpl website, White offered up a statement about his involvement with the company. “itsPurpl is committed to debunking all stereotypes associated with modern cannabis, celebrating its many medical breakthroughs and positioning ourselves as the wine of tomorrow for a vibrant generation,” he wrote.

White is one of the latest celebrities to launch a cannabis brand, and he now belongs to a group that includes Jay-Z, Martha Stewart, and Willie Nelson.

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Snoop Doog and White will appear at Weedmaps event

California is the legal destination for many 420-related events, and Weedmaps is throwing its annual celebration virtually with Snoop Dogg as the host. He’ll be joined by other celebrities including Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, Jhené Aiko, G-Eazy, and White.

According to a press release, White, Mike Tyson, and rapper Too $hort will participate in a cannabis cooking demonstration with chef Nikki Steward. She’ll be preparing a themed brunch.

The event is only for adults age 21 and older and can be streamed beginning at 1 p.m. PST. Attendees will have the opportunity to donate to organizations that support criminal justice reform.

White recently told Forbes that he felt like Willy Wonka while developing his purple lineup of marijuana goods and secured a spot in a less-traveled lane.

Besides running this new business, White also launched a podcast in 2020 titled Ever After with Jaleel White. Other former child stars have popped by to chat about their professional and personal journeys. Mayim Bialik and Danica McKellar are among his past guests.

Legal adults who are curious about the party with Snoop Dogg should tune for the Weedmaps event with him and White on 4/20.

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10 Best Cannabis Vaporizers of 2021: Pax, GPen, Zeus & More – gearpatrol.com

With the number of states legalizing cannabis increasing — and the number of medical marijuana patients going up — it’s never been easier to access the healing properties of cannabis. However, ripping a bong or hitting from a pipe can draw unsavory reactions, whether from pesky landlords who would catch a whiff from an open window or roommates who can’t take the lingering smell (no matter how much air freshener you use). Vaporizers offer a level of discreteness. Even better, vaporizing weed can get you higher while using less product. We tested an assortment of vaporizers — some are compatible with flower, some are compatible with concentrates, some are compatible with both — to identify the ones that are worth your green and the ones that will wreck your green. These 10 cannabis vaporizers represent the former.

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    Best Overall Weed Vape: Pax 3

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    Pax 3

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    $250.00

    The Pax 3 can do it all. It’s single-button design makes it easy to use for beginners, and the custom-temperature capabilities with the Android app (sorry, iPhone stans) allow for weed heads to heat a strain to an exact temperature to target certain terpenes. I would recommend getting the complete kit, which includes the concentrate chamber ($50 on its own) and other useful goodies — I like using the half-pack lid when I don’t want to consume an entire full bowl. Although I don’t love that the concentrate attachment juts out from the bottom of the device, the dabs hit better than other vaporizers with concentrate capabilities that I tested. You essentially get two devices in one with the complete kit. And, its 10-year warranty — one of the best in the market — gives you peace of mind.

    Best Splurge Weed Vape: Storz & Bickel Mighty

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    Mighty Vaporizer

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    $349.00

    You want the Storz & Bickel experience in the palm of your hand? Look no further than the Mighty. The battery-powered Mighty uses a combination of full hot air convection heating and additional conduction, which ensures an efficient vaporization from the first draw. Like the Volcano Hybrid, it has an LED screen for precise temperature control. It has 500 reviews and is rated at five stars for a very good reason.

    Best Budget Weed Vape: GPen Dash

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    Dash Vaporizer

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    $55.96

    You’re guaranteed to be satisfied if you purchase any GPen vaporizer for your flower. However, the GPen Dash — Grenco Science’s newest addition to its portfolio of dry herb vaporizers — is an excellent option for beginners purchasing their first vape, or for those looking for something simple and discreet that gets the job done. The controls are easy (press the main button five times to turn on and off, and press it three times to change between three heat options) and the buzzy haptics, combined with the aluminum alloy body, give it a nice feel in the palm of your hand.

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    Is vaporizing weed healthier than smoking it?

    Probably. According to Mitch Earleywine, professor of psychology at the University at Albany, SUNY, and author of Understanding Marijuana, data from his lab shows that switching to vaporizing decreases respiratory irritation and increases lung volume in heavy users. And, compared to using oil vape pens that work with a 510 thread battery and a cartridge, there are proven health benefits to ingesting cannabis via herbal and concentrate vaporizers. However, Earleywine says to keep the temperature low to prevent lung irritation.

    “Those who are careful not to overheat the plant are bound to see respiratory irritation improve in as little as a month,” he says. “Those who crank up the temp likely do not benefit.”

    Is vaping safe?

    Besides purchasing from reputable brands, Earleywine says to “start low and go slow” to prevent getting so high that you start thinking too much about climate change.

    “Users suggest that they are accustomed to smoking and knowing the magnitude of the effects fairly quickly, often within a minute,” he says. “In contrast, they describe vaporized cannabis as ‘a creeper,’ in the sense that the subjective effects get larger over the first 15 minutes or so. Many claim their first use of the vaporizer led them to ‘over-medicate,’ so to speak.”

    There are also large ethical considerations to ingesting cannabis. BIPOC are still disproportionately affected by petty drug crimes while states legalize marijuana. Work toward restorative justice by making regular donations to mutual aid groups that help incarcerated people, or organizations like the Last Prisoner Project, which works to permanently reverse the injustice toward those who have suffered criminal convictions due to the War on Drugs. Additionally, you should support companies that donate to or have cannabis criminal justice reform initiatives in place.

    How does vaporizing weed work?

    Unlike bongs, pipes and joints, which use a direct flame as the means of releasing the cannabinoids in marijuana, convection and conduction vaporizers use heat.

    Conduction vaporizers use direct heat contact to release the cannabinoids in marijuna. However, the direct heat means that there’s a possibility you could burn your weed. These devices tend to be cheaper, portable, heat up faster and tend to be easier to use.

    Convection vaporizers, on the other hand, use the transfer of heat — think of it like cooking something in the oven — to heat up the cannabis. Instead of directly heating the weed, heating elements in convection vaporizers heat the air, which is forced around and through the herb. Convection vaporizers tend to be more expensive and less portable than their conduction counterparts, but provide better vapor quality and flavor along with even heating.

    Products that are advertised as using “hybrid” heating use both convection and conduction.

    Best-Looking Weed Vape: Magic Flight Launch Box

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    Launch Box

    Magic Flight magic-flight.com

    $140.00

    The Launch Box, much like vinyl records and cassettes, gives a slow, analog feel in a world filled with fancy digital tech. And, much like its name suggests, it will send you to the moon. There’s so much more to love about it than that, however. It’s made by local artisans in San Diego, California, and is sourced from natural and renewable materials. The quote on the back of the Launch Box, along with the company mission, is absolutely inspiring — the former almost made me cry upon opening the box. It’s a conversation piece, it provides a completely different experience compared to other vaporizers on the market and it can get you high. What more could you want from an object in your home?

    Easiest-to-Use Weed Vape: Arizer Solo II

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    Solo II

    Arizer arizer.com

    $269.99

    “Vapor the way you like it without the need for apps or gimmicks,” reads the product listing for the Solo II. Using the Solo II mirrors that phrase: the Solo II is tanky, frill-less and delivers clean, smooth vapor thanks to its hybrid heating system. I personally wouldn’t use the Solo II outside of my house because of the glass tube, but it can be done. Make sure to use the included stainless steel filter screens, or you will accidentally breath in a small fleck of cannabis, just like I did.

    Best Tabletop Weed Vape: Storz & Bickel Volcano Hybrid

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    Volcano Hybrid Vaporizer

    Storz & Bickel storz-bickel.com

    $559.20

    “Building something for the flashy look doesn’t give you the best experience,” says Andy Lytwynec, vice president of global company vape business at Canopy Growth, which owns Storz & Bickel. That’s absolutely true with the Volcano Hybrid: Although the Volcano resembles a Subaru Outback, it’s considered the Rolls Royce of cannabis ingestion. While testing the Volcano Hybrid, I only wrote “I am so upsettingly stoned” in my notes. The Hybrid differs from the Volcano Classic with the inclusion of a digital display with custom temperature settings, the addition of a hookah-like tube for more casual consumption when you don’t want to use one of the famous bags and app capabilities for Android users. Having a Volcano is a stoner flex, and there’s a reason why.

    Best Portable Weed Vape: GPen Roam

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    Roam Vaporizer

    GPen gpen.com

    $199.66

    The Roam is perfect for dabbing on the go, or if you’re just very clumsy and don’t want to break a concentrate vaporizer that’s primarily made of glass. It’s compact, spill-proof, heats up fast, has a great LED screen and comes with a sturdy travel case. Plus, it’s incredibly easy to use. This was the first product I tested and I had never used a concentrate vaporizer before, let alone hit a dab. The included shovel-like dab tool also rocks, rivaling all other included dab tools with concentrate vaporizers.

    Best Affordable Portable Weed Vape: XVape Starry

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    Starry

    XVape xvapeusa.com

    $24.75

    There’s so much to love about the Starry: it’s incredibly portable, is made of quality materials and the price is absolutely unmatched. It’s one of the best conduction vapes under $100. Additionally, it comes with a concentrate cup that fits perfectly into the flower chamber, allowing you to enjoy a dab if you want. My favorite feature is the 5- or 10-minute shutdown timer so I know when it’s going to turn off automatically. And, with an anodized aluminum body, magnetic lid enclosure and ceramic zirconia mouthpiece, it feels luxurious without breaking the bank.

    Best Smart Weed Vape: Puffco Peak Pro

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    Peak Pro

    Puffco puffco.com

    $399.99

    Unlike the original Puffco Peak, the Peak Pro has a sensor in the concentrate chamber that communicates with the device, keeping the temperature at where it needs to be regardless of how much you inhale or how much concentrate you put in, giving a controlled and consistent dab experience. The app allows for setting a custom temperature outside of the four pre-programed heat settings, the ability to save custom heat profiles and flashy functionalities like LED customization (although the Stealth mode is useful for public dabbing). If you’d like a dabbing contraption that fits in your pocket, the Peak Plus ($90) is a great option.

    Best Compact Weed Vape: Zeus Arc GT

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    Arc GT

    Zeus zeusarsenal.com

    $229.99

    Engineered in Germany, the Zeus Arc GT features an accelerometer, built-in multi-tool, three temperature cycles, a long micro USB charger (which I personally appreciated after charging many devices with ridiculously short chargers) and upgradeable firmware. The device has a nice, luxurious weight to it, and the bowl is decently sized. And, if you want to prevent any coughing, the Zeus Arc Iceborn ($35) is an excellent add-on that uses ice filtration to cool down and improve vapor quality.

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