We’re lower than midway via October however boy has it been a banger already, so we’re stacking this one further fats to compensate for all of the motion. I really feel like I’m always saying to myself ‘that was solely final week’ after speaking about issues that appeared to have occurred months in the past, and I don’t wish to let any flame slip via the gaps. Though I’m nonetheless going to do our regular assortment on the finish of the month, there was a TON of warmth throughout Puffcon and Corridor of Flowers, and a particular version was warranted, so let’s get into it.
First off, Puffcon was a blast. I actually imagine that is the very best occasion doing it proper now. Whereas I attempted to go incognito to this one and journey out off the radar, this occasion is so full of homies that I couldn’t stroll 5 ft with out operating into one of many gang. To not point out all of the distributors and entertainers that come out for Puffco’s flagship celebration are unbelievable, so the entire occasion looks like the very best kind of household reunion. In actual fact, given how rapidly all the pieces is going on proper now it feels bizarre to assume that that was solely the second – it may’ve been a ten 12 months reunion. I hear rumblings they’re going to go even greater for the following one, so in case you’ve been sleeping thus far please hear me: not all occasions are made the identical, and you’ll doubtless be far much less stoked on the half-assed happenings round city when you see what’s potential. As soon as once more, shouts to Puffco for making all of it occur.
Returning to Santa Rosa, Corridor of Flowers was as soon as once more the huge model show-out you’d anticipate. The ComplexCon for weed, the entire trade’s hypebeasters have been on the scene to see the newest and best, and the OG’s have been on the bottom figuring out of backpacks as an alternative of paying hundreds for tables. Whereas attendance did really feel a bit lighter this 12 months than normal, I might really argue that counter-programming gained the day for this one. Though not one of the formally un-official afterparties have been something to put in writing dwelling about, two non-public affairs occurred at Sazon (which is SO good – in case you’re in Santa Rosa it’s a should cease) the primary two nights. Extra on that later, however as all the time, don’t miss a Doja sesh in case you hear it’s occurring. That one was LEGENDARY.
As all the time, let me know what you’re enthusiastic about, what I missed, what you’ve received coming, or what simply typically sucks on Twitter.
I already instructed you Puffcon was concerning the homies, and similar to final 12 months I’m so stoked on Speaking Terps activation on website. As soon as once more bringing the cottage to the lots, this 12 months the gang debuted a particular commemorative occasion shirt (that includes Crawford & his Proxy), towels, some toys & foam fingers. On high of a killer activation, with a brand new mural by Sunflower Kind & his girlfriend, the craziest half to me is how the Terps are all the time seen earlier than you even enter the occasion. A lot of the line was coated of their varied drops and whereas everybody had a Puffco product, I might positively say the following hottest model of the outing was the squad. The boys had a line ALL DAY!
Alien Labs x Kalya’s Puffcon drop
One other model I speak about loads, the Aliens. After all. However bro – the Kalya collab that dropped at Puffcon is kind of probably the very best rosin I’ve ever smoked in my life. Full cease. After all I used to be an fool and forgot to scoop a jar on the occasion as a result of I used to be dropping my thoughts, and there have been solely 100 to start with, however fortunately my buddy Frank Castillo did and glob’d me out at The Comedy Retailer. All I can say is regardless of being insanely excessive already, that Xeno reduce proper via. Not solely was I elevated to a brand new degree, however that taste stayed on my tongue via the following three joints.
This was, with out query, probably the most ridiculous pre-party I’ve ever been to. Apart from the truth that there was in all probability a half one million in glass scattered all through the home, and probably the most premium hashish merchandise accessible available on the market right this moment, these guys flew our Custy Chef from New York to make the very best pizza I’ve had in my life – for eight hours. Even crazier, dude didn’t are available in for the day. They introduced him in for the week, and he spent at the least 3 days prepping for the meal. It was as unbelievable because it sounds. I do not know how this got here collectively. I used to be invited by my man BK the God who assured me ‘Custy Life’ was not a model, however a vibe, and that completely no enterprise would go down there. Homies like Kapow, Dan’s Roll Ups, Alkemist Organics and even the elusive Bobby Trill confirmed up. I’ve since realized from Dan that the entire goal of this factor is de facto to recruit new White Corn Pizza missionaries – which, mission completed: I’ve transformed. In all seriousness although, this was in all probability probably the most extravagant outing I’ve seen to this point.
Sure, Jon likes Zkittles. We all know this, inform us one thing new. Okay, nicely how about this? After all the one time I miss Doja’s sesh FieldZ exhibits up with all his new Z phenos and ya boy wasn’t there to see! Appears my luck recently. Luckily, my man Jesse the Chef couldn’t let him go away city with out pulling some new hearth for the group. Chosen by Jesse and affectionately named Z5 (a play on the A5 wagyu he’s change into identified for), I’ve seen plenty of good Zkittles recently, however this one’s significantly pleasant. Provided that it’s nonetheless a bit early for the premieres of the brand new phenos, that is your shot to get laced up proper now.
In all probability my favourite a part of Puffcon is the lot, which brings out so many unbelievable artists to introduce and promote their wares to the group. Whereas the same old suspects like All My Hats Are Lifeless, Trove SF, and Elbo have been again displaying out, I used to be lucky sufficient to fulfill the brand new homie Trevy Metallic for the primary time, and boy was I stoked to see his unfold. I picked up this loopy half smiley with a skeleton peeking out pillow that’s approach cooler than it sounds now reciting it again. However from his prints to the 1/1 merch objects he had on show, it was tremendous dope to see the breadth of this inventive’s work in mainly the proper headspace for it.
And talking of lot homies, I’ve received to name consideration to how my man MycoOakland has been rising – and never simply on the fungi aspect. The pinky pioneer has already been quietly producing a few of the finest branded merch within the recreation – from reduce & sew shorts to jackets – however what he’s received coming… Let me simply say there are plenty of manufacturers who’re attempting to do seasonal fashion choices to mobilize billboards within the wild, however few have manufacturers that would stand on their very own if the normal biz didn’t exist. Myco’s received that. That is the kind of gear that, whereas positively mentioning the place it got here from, may slot in nearly anyplace, whereas nonetheless subtly nodding to the tradition in each bit.
Pelli’s a legend so I doubt that is going to be the primary time anybody’s listening to this identify (particularly in case you’ve spent nearly any time within the Bay), however the man’s been popping up everywhere in the scene recently and I wish to have fun how loud the work’s been. The all the time humble icon is the sort to normally preface opening his bag with one thing like ‘this isn’t even something that spectacular’, and it ALWAYS has one thing THAT spectacular. Not solely that, however Joe’s an actual artist – he’s thought via each element of the expertise so whereas the weed’s higher than nearly all of the market to start with, he’s additionally received mylars that may stoke out even probably the most choosy road hustlers. It’s arduous to beat the Champ.
Additionally everywhere in the scene recently has been the notorious meme legend Sourwavez. Whereas I’ll admit I knew concerning the jokes earlier than the work, one factor is obvious: his crops aren’t any laughing matter. Nicely, perhaps that excited giggle in case you’re like me, however you get it. Y’all know I’ve smoked a LOT of RS-11 in my day, however Waves’ tackle the pressure that has propelled a number of manufacturers into the limelight already is worthy of the decision out. Even higher, the donuts he’s shifting proper now are KILLER. Branded a la The Simpsons, Smokin’ Donuts are positively price a snag in case you come throughout them – a few of the cleanest hash j’s I’ve smoked!
Sacred Fruits Merch Collabs
If it looks like the primary half of that is all gang, it’s. You’re getting 20 right this moment and I already instructed you what Puffcon is about, so don’t be shocked. That stated, how the Sacred Fruits infiltrated this 12 months’s occasion is price writing dwelling about. Debuting collabs with all of the legends – from a Trapis Designs dyed Alien Labs collab, to an extended sleeve with the Good Journey guys, to the first-ever Sacred Fruits hats created by All My Hats Are Lifeless, who additionally they break up a sales space with, the gang didn’t let the truth that they’re primarily dealing within the less-than-legal cease them from making a splash at one of many actual head’s favourite days. Nicely performed, and thanks for the medication!
Trich x Astor x LING x the Alchemist’s Pre-Bash
This one’s laced with counter-programming already, however I can’t overlook to say Puffcon’s OTHER pre-celebration, this time thrown by Trichadelics and Astor Membership. Going down on the 91 Membership downtown and that includes a efficiency by the Alchemist, this one introduced out all of the legends and was a transparent signal that the following day was about to rule. From Squints to the First Smoke of the Day gang, everybody pulled as much as catch the set, seize a few of Trich’s new press, and rating one of many hyper restricted ozjars Alchemist x Life is Not Grape launched of 11 Grapes. Coming off Custy Life, this was the proper option to finish the day and lean into the celebrations of the weekend.
Surefire Alternatives New Phenos
One other wonderful pre-party I had the fortune of attending was Surefire Alternatives’ new pheno tasting in Santa Rosa the evening earlier than HOF started. Now, I might’ve gone to this factor both approach as I respect what Surefire’s doing, however homie had it at Sazon – probably the very best restaurant in Santa Rosa (combat me, I’ll stand on it) – so I knew I used to be in for a deal with. Even with all that going for it, as anticipated, the flower was as soon as once more the star of the present. My two selections of the evening have been Sweet Fumez, a cross of Zkittles and Sherbanger (bred by Boston Roots), two constant fan favorites, and a Cherry Pie x OZK reduce (bred by Mendoja Farms) I’m undecided has a reputation but. Whereas I’m positive it’ll be a bit earlier than these can be found to the overall shoppers, please hold a watch out. These batches are so standout after I received again to New York my household instructed me “That is probably the most spectacular stuff you’ve ever introduced dwelling.”
That is one other one y’all actually know we’re massive followers of over right here, however contemplating it was Fig Farms‘ first displaying at Corridor of Flowers I might be remiss if I didn’t point out my choose of the present, even if they’re a constant favourite. You will have already heard me clarify that the flower these guys produce is actually in a league of its personal, however they’ve all the time received some new particular undertaking to indicate me that flooring me. Each. Single. Time. This present’s shock was Z’clair, a brand new cross of Zonuts & Chilly Warmth that tastes even higher than it appears to be like. As all the time, this excessive’s stoney, particularly for informal shoppers, however I discovered a brilliant and giggly excessive, regardless of bodily feeling sluggish.
Y’all know I’m all the time on the hunt for daytime strains, and I’m happy to report a brand new identify producing some really spectacular work. I had the pleasure of assembly the Decibel Gardens staff at this 12 months’s Corridor of Flowers and whereas I say new as a result of they’re new to me, the work exhibits the experience is there. With three brilliant & citrus-y expressions that I’ve been having fun with the previous few days (Golden Kiwi, Citric Acid & Cali-O), the model has set a transparent concentrate on a aspect of the market typically neglected in favor of the sweet gasoline the market is all the time asking for. Whereas I’m positive it looks as if straightforward riches catering to what the market is asking for proper now, I’m much more fascinated with these honing of their particular cuts, so I’m excited to look at these guys evolve.
Massive Chief’s Fizzlezz
I hardly ever embody edibles on this listing anymore as a result of there’s a lot flower crushing the sport proper now, however I can’t assist myself after I discover one thing really distinctive and thrilling. Nicely gang, weed pop rocks are right here, and so they’re insanely scrumptious! Launched by Massive Chief, the Fizzlezz are flavored popping sweet you possibly can add to something or simply pound from the pack (guess which I did). And even higher, the flavors aren’t simply your commonplace Cherry or Grape – they’ve frickin Pina Colada, Mocha and even Cola! And that’s what they style like! What a time to be alive!
I’ve been listening to good issues about Sturt’s for awhile now, and whereas we’ve been mates on-line for a minute I simply received to strive one in all his coveted hand rolls lately, and let me inform you, the hype is actual. Whereas I’m not going to lie, this factor was a gauntlet to smoke, it was extremely flavorful and manageable regardless of the dimensions – 3.5g of flower & a full gram of rosin. The primary I smoked was a double down on Sherbanger, and was truthfully one of many tastiest joints of my life, bar none.
Actual Deal Resin
One factor that appears to have gotten misplaced from plenty of manufacturers recently, particularly in advertising collateral and shows, is an actual sense of enjoyable. Whereas positive everybody appears to be like polished recently, and fancy mylars are all over the place, nobody else had near the kind of vibe Actual Deal Resin was offering at this 12 months’s HOF. Emblazoned with flips of a few of the most iconic wrestlers of all time, RDR’s much more than simply good packaging, however it would positively draw you in. When you really faucet into the merchandise although? You’re in for a deal with. I used to be lucky sufficient to see their work each pre and submit rec, and I’ve received to say, they’re one in all few that have gotten it down on each ends of the spectrum.
Do y’all understand how fortunate you might be that I’m offering you with TWO separate Z mentions in the identical article? I stated earlier this 12 months that Z season was again, however even I couldn’t have anticipated what the OGs have been about to end up. And I haven’t even seen all the brand new phenos but! However I used to be lucky sufficient to run into Jondo a couple of instances all through the week in Santa Rosa, and he broke me off with one of many Unique Z x West Coast Alchemy buckets he had on him. All I can say is that whereas this taste is commonly imitated, merely nothing beats the unique. If you may get your arms on one in all these tremendous restricted jars I might transfer fast – that is one I’m going to cherish for some time.
I lately heard Joey CoCo Diaz speaking about this model and the way he wished the satan to be entrance and middle as a result of it’s weed and never well being meals. I like this mentality, however I’ll be sincere, I like the weed much more. That is admittedly not the primary time I’ve tried Laughing Gasoline, however having had the chance now to smell & smoke via their entire portfolio I’d be remiss if I didn’t level out the dank right here too. Whereas once more, that is one other one with a lovely eye-catching mylar, that is additionally one filling their luggage with the true deal. The Zashimi was my favourite of the choice (go determine), however the Truffle & Rainbow Runtz have been additionally price scooping!
It’s All About Decisions
As simply talked about above, I’m solely sharing edibles that really excite me now, and these guys are thrilling. These guys appear to infuse EVERYTHING. And after I say all the pieces, I imply all the pieces. They’re coming to market with 150 SKUs and embody objects like medicated ketchup, mashed potatoes, drink mixes, and many others. It’s actually by no means ending. Not solely that, however the recipes are formulated from scratch by Casey Shea, a pastry chef previously at Milk Bar, in order that they’re all really simply as scrumptious as they’re medicated. What a terrific mixture. For these of you that don’t wish to style any plant materials, or change your food regimen or routine in any way to Runtz your life up, your ticket is on its approach.
These guys aren’t a brand new identify to me, however I’m fairly positive they’ve by no means graced the listing earlier than. This one’s my choose for probably the most standout nostril of the present. Whereas it’s a Runtz reduce, which is after all not probably the most distinctive, Panacea’s Yves St. LaRuntz is actually not simply extra of the identical. Though the pattern I noticed admittedly appeared a bit early, there’s this basic musk to the buds that interprets via to the flavour, and it stays with you. Nearly like rotten vanilla, you’ll end up craving it earlier than lengthy. Not solely was the style there, however the excessive from this one was surprisingly impactful, staying with me far longer than most of its kin had previously.
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