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Entrepreneurs Grind

OpTic Gaming CEO Hector “H3CZ” Rodriguez Debuts Pine Park

Earlier this year (April 2021), Hector Rodriguez (better known to esports aficionados as OpTic Gaming CEO “H3CZ”) put out an intriguing tweet that pointed to his next business endeavor – “This year I will be launching a cannabis brand in California and a Hemp Brand Nationally. Needless to say, my time in California and in Oklahoma have been nothing short of F U N.” Cut to July 26, where Rodriguez’s 900+ Twitter followers found out what the name of his marijuana brand is. Say hello to Pine Park, a central hub for all things weed that’s been described as “a place you belong, feel at home, can visit, escape to, and are proud of.”

As someone that’s already built a sizable audience of loyal followers through his content creation efforts and esports endeavors, it’s awesome to see Rodriguez use his influence and notoriety to kickstart a new cannabis company. Pine Park stands as the epicenter of his latest venture and allows for the “goods” being grown there to prosper due to a beneficial climate setting and the essentials needed to make it the very best on the market today. As a whole, Pine Park is a massive establishment – it measures out at 5600 square feet and houses 1800 plants. It’s clear that several efforts have been made to enhance the potency of the cannabis being made there and create as much of it as humanly possible.

Rodriguez’s move into the ever-growing cannabis world certainly elicits plenty of excitement. Besides the signature weed brand that will come from his Pine Park initiative, we’re sure everyone can expect to get their hands on slick apparel and a wealth of other dope merchandise. The entrepreneurial spirit that Rodriguez exudes can not only be seen in his esports work – it can also be seen in his incredible Pine Park initiative. We can’t wait to see what else comes from this brand new cannabis company. Now, who’s ready to smoke on that Pine Pack?

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Juicy J and Dr. Dina Answer the Question: What is the Future of Cannabis?

We’ve talked about cannabis’ past and we’ve addressed the current state of the industry. Now it’s time to look to the future and what’s to come. In the third and final episode of ONE37pm’s Cannabis State of the Union podcast, host Rama Mayo is joined by two big time names in the space, Dr. Dina and none other than Juicy J. Listen to the full episode below to hear their thoughts on the future of a burgeoning industry, but if you’re unfamiliar with either of this week’s guests, we’re here to help.

Dr. Dina


Dr. Dina isn’t a medical doctor, but she received her nickname from one of the most iconic people in the history of weed-smoking: Snoop Dogg. Dina got into the medical marijuana space in the early 2000s when a friend of her was diagnosed with cancer and found that nothing other than cannabis could helm him keep his medication down. If you know the show Weeds, Dr. Dina’s story may seem familiar. And that’s because she may actually have been the inspiration for the show’s lead character. According to Dina’s website, she “entered the industry in 2003, two years before [Weeds] debuted and at a time when she had direct contact with creative personnel on the show and when there were very few, if any, other women in the business – especially in L.A.” The primary distinction between Dr. Dina and Weeds’ Nancy Botwin, however, is the legality of their work. Nancy was a criminal drug dealer, whereas every bit of Dina’s work in the cannabis space has been entirely legal and based on the goal of popularizing medical marijuana.

Remaining anonymous for a lot of her career, Dr. Dina was thrust into the spotlight upon receiving an inadvertent “outing” in an article about Snoop Dogg in a January 2013 issue of GQ. We couldn’t think of someone better than her to talk about the future of an ever-evolving space.

Juicy J

Odds are you’re familiar with Juicy J’s music, but we can catch you up a bit on his immense work in the legalized marijuana space. The Three 6 Mafia co-founder is more than just a smoker; he launched a cannabis brand with GaryVee last year and always manages to combine his musical ventures with his rapidly growing cannabis initiatives. Back in January, Asterisk* didn’t just release a strain, but coupled the drop with a line of merch and a beat pack. With their meticulously designed aesthetic, Asterisk* beautifully captures the new age of marijuana, one in which weed brands aren’t merely cannabis distributors, but overall lifestyle brands.

Between Juicy J and Dr. Dina, there’s more than enough cannabis expertise to go around. We’ve got the medical marijuana perspective, the longtime smoker viewpoint and the expertise from someone who’s been in hip hop for a very long time. Listen above if you’re interested in learning about the future of cannabis from some of the people most equipped to address it.

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Culture News

Introducing ‘Cannabis State of the Union’, a New Podcast Series from ONE37pm

In the world of Cannabis, like many aspects of popular culture, news tends to move at a mile a minute. It’s legalized here; it’s still illegal here, and so on. Given that sort of news tends to be the norm, it can be hard to track where the cannabis industry is going and how far it has come.

ONE37pm presents Cannabis State of the Union; a three-part podcast series focused on the “past, present, and future of the cannabis community as it evolves into an industry.”

Hosted by the cannabis branding expert and co-founder of the Green Street house of brans, Rama Mayo, Cannabis State of the Union will feature discussions and in-depth examinations about one of the fastest-growing industries in the United States.

Joining Rama will be some of the biggest names in the Cannabis industry, including entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk; founder of the Originals, Brandon Melendez; rappers The Game and Juicy J, Shavo Odadjian from System of a Down; as well as Dr. Dina, one of the leading advocates for medical marijuana.

Even if Cannabis isn’t your thing, this podcast is a must-listen for entrepreneurs and anyone wanting an inside look at how an industry grows and develops.

The first episode of Cannabis State of the Union drops on Tuesday, June 8th and you’re not going to want to miss this one. Make sure to subscribe to the show on Apple Music and Spotify, so you don’t miss a single episode.

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G-Eazy, Isaac Muwaswes and Gabe Garcia Team Up on FlowerShop* Wellness Brand

Rapper G-Eazy, Isaac Muwaswes and Gabe Garcia are teaming up to launch their new cannabis and wellness line FlowerShop*, a first of its kind minority-owned brand targeting sensory care driven and wellness products. Working with Halo Labs, Inc., the company will offer a dedicated line of items that tackle self-care in a natural way that helps to promote positive moods and wellness for all five senses, while strategizing innovative product and marketing approaches both online, and through their on-site locations in Los Angeles. FlowerShop* operates with the mission to help the world ‘Feel Better’ through their exclusive products, which will be easy to purchase through their direct-to-consumer website.

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FlowerShop* officially released earlier in May; co-founders Isaac Muwaswes and Gabriel Garcia have been hard at work alongside G-Eazy to bring forth this collaboration, with the focus on flowers as a universally agreed upon expression of love, happiness, and comfort, whereas cannabis offers healing and relaxation. Their first release, entitled BOUQUETPACK, is a beautifully designed pack of 4-glass-tip Flower Joints that consists of Super Lemon Haze, Willies Kush, and Purple Double Deja Vu strains in a collaboration with Panacea Farms. FlowerShop* will also debut a selection of mood-inspiring home and lifestyle products, one of which will be an incense hand-made from Japan. 

In the brand’s press release, Muwaswes spoke about the inception of the brand and how the collaboration came about: “Gabriel, Gerald, and I have known each other since the inception of The Brooklyn Circus SF and we’re always looking for new spaces that we can express our creativity. It is important to make our creations meaningful with significant impact on improving the quality of life, so it was instinctual to start a wellness company that also offers cannabis products. The name FlowerShop* started as an ode to local flower vendors across the world helping people Feel BetterTM —but also reflected our own personal journey with cannabis, as well as flowers being a key ingredient for inspiring mood, from their color and fragrance, to their cultural significance. We’re really excited for what’s in store in the coming months.”

G-Eazy went on to emphasize the importance of wellness and health in cultivating the brand’s ethos: “Health and wellness are essential and flowers can be an important component to contributing to someone’s well-being, even cannabis flower […] The process of creating an approach to wellness, quality of life and a certain sensory experience through things like candles + incense to comfortable clothing or flowers is meaningful to improving the comfort of living healthy. I’m really excited to be part of something that’s going inspire people’s senses and help you Feel BetterTM.”

This is only the beginning for FlowerShop*, as the brand has plans to evolve in the coming months. At the moment, the BOUQUETPACK is available for online purchase, with a home delivery service in the San Francisco Bay Area that will soon expand to all regions of California.

You can purchase their products and follow their journey at @fromflowershop.

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G-Eazy, Isaac Muwaswes and Gabe Garcia Team Up on FlowerShop* Wellness Brand

Rapper G-Eazy, Isaac Muwaswes and Gabe Garcia are teaming up to launch their new cannabis and wellness line FlowerShop*, a first of its kind minority-owned brand targeting sensory care driven and wellness products. Working with Halo Labs, Inc., the company will offer a dedicated line of items that tackle self-care in a natural way that helps to promote positive moods and wellness for all five senses, while strategizing innovative product and marketing approaches both online, and through their on-site locations in Los Angeles. FlowerShop* operates with the mission to help the world ‘Feel Better’ through their exclusive products, which will be easy to purchase through their direct-to-consumer website.

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FlowerShop* officially released earlier in May; co-founders Isaac Muwaswes and Gabriel Garcia have been hard at work alongside G-Eazy to bring forth this collaboration, with the focus on flowers as a universally agreed upon expression of love, happiness, and comfort, whereas cannabis offers healing and relaxation. Their first release, entitled BOUQUETPACK, is a beautifully designed pack of 4-glass-tip Flower Joints that consists of Super Lemon Haze, Willies Kush, and Purple Double Deja Vu strains in a collaboration with Panacea Farms. FlowerShop* will also debut a selection of mood-inspiring home and lifestyle products, one of which will be an incense hand-made from Japan. 

In the brand’s press release, Muwaswes spoke about the inception of the brand and how the collaboration came about: “Gabriel, Gerald, and I have known each other since the inception of The Brooklyn Circus SF and we’re always looking for new spaces that we can express our creativity. It is important to make our creations meaningful with significant impact on improving the quality of life, so it was instinctual to start a wellness company that also offers cannabis products. The name FlowerShop* started as an ode to local flower vendors across the world helping people Feel BetterTM —but also reflected our own personal journey with cannabis, as well as flowers being a key ingredient for inspiring mood, from their color and fragrance, to their cultural significance. We’re really excited for what’s in store in the coming months.”

G-Eazy went on to emphasize the importance of wellness and health in cultivating the brand’s ethos: “Health and wellness are essential and flowers can be an important component to contributing to someone’s well-being, even cannabis flower […] The process of creating an approach to wellness, quality of life and a certain sensory experience through things like candles + incense to comfortable clothing or flowers is meaningful to improving the comfort of living healthy. I’m really excited to be part of something that’s going inspire people’s senses and help you Feel BetterTM.”

This is only the beginning for FlowerShop*, as the brand has plans to evolve in the coming months. At the moment, the BOUQUETPACK is available for online purchase, with a home delivery service in the San Francisco Bay Area that will soon expand to all regions of California.

You can purchase their products and follow their journey at @fromflowershop.

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RAW CEO Josh Kesselman on the Ethos of His Brand and the Proposed FDA Blunt Ban

RAW is perhaps the most popular rolling paper brand in the world. What started as an idea in 1993 has exploded into one of the most recognizable and beloved paper brands on the globe, one which emphasizes the founder’s ethos in addition to a commitment to making an incredible product. ONE37pm caught up with RAW CEO Josh Kesselman this week to speak about the brand as a whole, in addition to the recent announcements from the FDA regarding their intention to ban menthol cigarettes, flavored cigars and cigar wraps—which are commonly used to roll blunts.

Before diving into the current moment and the multi-faceted FDA ban, Josh and I spoke a bit about the genesis of RAW and how his commitments to altruism and community drive the brand to this day. At this point, RAW is more than just a paper-brand, it’s a lifestyle brand and movement helmed by the charismatic Kesselman. Since the company’s onset, the philanthropic RAW Foundation has donated and raised millions of dollars to organizations digging wells in Sub-Saharan Africa, building orphanages in South East Asia, and fostering tree and water preservation initiatives across North America, to name a few of the initiatives Josh has supported.

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Aside from the philanthropic aspect of the brand, Josh is also immensely committed to veganism. Surprisingly, not all rolling papers are vegan, as they can use glues or dyes that rely on animal products. RAW papers, however, have been completely vegan since 2005, in addition to being unbleached and unrefined. This commitment to a less processed product stems from Josh’s commitment to the natural flavors of whatever consumers are smoking. By removing additives, bleaches and dyes that some other brands may use, smokers are left with a truly pure smoking experience, unencumbered by unwanted flavors.

The focus of our conversation eventually moved on to the recent announcement that the FDA intends to ban Swishers and other flavored blunt wraps, in addition to menthol cigarettes. This announcement has been highly polarizing, with most critics insisting that this won’t actually keep people safe; it will just serve as a further opportunity to criminalize behavior.

For Josh, this journey can be traced back to 2009, when he successfully fought the FDA for saying his flavored Juicy Jays papers were illegal. The bill that gave control of Tobacco to the FDA back then is the same bill that is being used to ban menthol and flavored cigars and wraps. To my surprise, Josh tells me that there is actually a large tobacco company behind the bill. The implication, for me, being that larger tobacco companies behind the scenes are attempting to pull strings to snuff out competition, rather than actually aiming to make people’s lives safer.

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In Josh’s defense of consumer choice in smoking, he tells me: “We are incredible beings, we have more synapses in our brain than there are stars in our universe.” People desire risk and taking in new experiences; outright bans don’t actually prevent people from doing things. I mean, just take a look at alcohol prohibition in the US in the 1920s. Rather than getting people to stop drinking, it merely launched a much larger criminal black market around alcohol and folks kept on drinking. 

Menthol bans have seen similar failures in other countries. In almost all cases, a small percentage of menthol smokers stop smoking, while the majority go on to either switch to regular cigarettes or find unregulated, illegal menthols. You can find more info about that here.

There’s already an immense consumer pushback against the ban, but it’s difficult to convince legislators to reject the cause, especially when the bill frames it as a boon to public health.

Throughout our conversation, Josh’s belief in humans and our ability to make our own choices is tantamount. “I believe in humanity so strongly,” he tells me. In Josh’s opinion, we should provide warnings and information about potentially dangerous products, but outright bans only serve to restrict human’s freedom of choice. And when the bill seems to have been concocted to present a disingenuous guise of “safety,” you can’t help but feel he’s right.

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Aside from the serious nature of our conversation, I was struck by how incredibly kind and warm Josh was and how much he truly cares about his consumers and their experience. I would encourage you to check out his social media, where he provides fans with helpful advice and tutorials on using RAW products, in addition to just being a wonderful personality to watch. RAW papers is an unbelievable brand and, after our conversation, I know why.

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Randy Costa Discusses UFC’s Marijuana Testing Policy and UFC 262

On this week’s episode of “In The Fight,” Randy Costa returns to the show. This time, Costa reacts to the mayhem of UFC 262 with Bo Templin and they look at the new king of the lightweight division.

Bo asks Costa a few questions about the fights over the weekend, specifically about Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira. They also discuss the savagery displayed by Jacare Souza, during what could have been his final bout.

Costa is set to take on Adrian Yanez in July, but the two wanted to sneak onto the UFC 262 event in Houston, which is Yanez’s hometown. It wasn’t able to happen and Costa explained how Texas’ marijuana regulations were part of the reason why.

After that, they have some fun and play matchmaker for some potential future fights.

Costa and Bo have built nice chemistry with each other and continue to build upon the previous conversations they’ve had.

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5 Cannabis Strains to Pair with Your Favorite Video Games

One of the greatest things about being truly, magically, wonderfully high is sinking deep into things like conversation, movies and gaming

Whether you’re into games of strategy, shoot ‘em ups, sports, or old-school Donkey Kong, a little bit of weed goes a long way. But what are the best strains for gaming? Does cannabis help with focus and concentration? What makes the perfect strain for games?

Let’s find out…

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What to look for in a gaming strain:

Playing video games requires attention and focus. You want complete immersion, a bell-jar over your brain, as few distracting thoughts as possible.

Shut down all non-essential systems and dedicate your mental servers to the task at hand.

The obvious choice is a stimulating, cerebral sativa, but many gamers find these almost too good, a little too twitchy, mentally-speaking. 

It depends on the toker.

Our top five gaming strains consist of three sativas and two indica cultivars. 

If you find the indicas too muggy, try a sativa

If you find the sativas too keyed-up, try an indica.

Discovering your best strain for gaming is more about the journey than the destination—but it’s a truly enjoyable ride.

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Genetics: Strawberry Fields x Pure Haze.

Type: Sativa.

THC: 25%.

Effects: Calming, focused, uplifted.

Are you surprised to see the Cough? Thought not

If there was ever a cannabis strain PERFECT for gaming, it’s Strawberry Cough. Few cultivars boast the same levels of clarity, the same lucidity of thought, the same higher state of consciousness as the Cough. 

It’s a pair of VR goggles for the brain.

Strawberry Cough is perfect for intellectually challenging games like Portal, helping you see complex problems from multiple angles at once. 

It delivers a quick sharpness with a composed unflappability, creating the perfect game-playing persona. Creating the best YOU.

In professional gaming circles, they say it’s so good, it’s almost cheating. And if they don’t, they should. 😃

Kyle Kushman says: “Great flavours, great aromas, great high. Just ask Michael Caine!

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Genetics: Skunk #1 x Afghan.

Type: Sativa.

THC: 20%

Effects: Creative, energetic, focused.

The Dream Queen is a reboot of the classic, Green Crack

Steve’s version is a genuinely easy-to-grow phenotype, with all the hard-hitting, mind-warping goodness of the original Crack. 

Now listen, this is an intense high, really cerebral, taking absolutely no newbie prisoners. You might find it a bit extreme for chilled-out games like Journey or No Man’s Sky, but a few tokes before Call of Duty: Warzone could easily turn you into a superhuman killing machine.

Steve DeAngelo says: “She’s the right choice for a serious, focused session, but maybe not the best for a quick dog walk before rejoining the family.” 

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A strong sativa can add mental energy and sharpness of thought, but, like too much caffeine, this can be counterproductive. Sometimes, you need a strain that can slow time down, that can dilate, that can stretch rapid events into a super-calm slow-mo. 

One of those strains is Hindu Kush. 

This heirloom Kush delivers a full-bodied, expansive high with a profoundly peaceful euphoria. Growing Hindu Kush is equally relaxing, and playing games after a few bowls delivers nothing but cool serenity. 

Remember Neo languidly battling 100s of Agent Smiths? He probably just ripped a full bong of Hindu Kush.

Try it with racing games like DIRT 5 or Forza Horizon 4, but keep plenty of snacks to hand… Hindu Kush makes you HUNGRY.

Genetics: Heirloom cultivar.

Type: Indica.

THC: 18%.

Effects: Euphoric, happy, relaxed.

Kyle Kushman says: “It has a subtle sandalwood aroma with a sweet undersmell, delivering a positive, mellow stone when blazed. It’s potent, though, so take it steady.

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Don’t be fooled by the name, this cultivar is alert and expansive, delivering a focused, immersive gaming experience like no other. 

It’s great at keeping you calm under pressure, ideal for complex strategy games with that added bit of urgency. World-building games like Sid Meier, Civilization and Age of Empires, or old-school offerings like the classic, Sim City 4arguably the best world-building game of all time!

If you’re going to try this Haze, try it gently. 

It has a booming, relentless high that can knock newbies for six. You’ll either win at everything, or not care. Either way, you’ll be grinning yourself to sleep when it’s over.

Genetics: Amnesia x Pure Haze.

Type: Sativa-dominant.

THC: 22%.

Effects: Creative, energetic, relaxed.

Kyle Kushman says: “Slight hints of ammonia cut through the fug of woody dank.”

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Our final choice is the choice of pure champions.

What’s not to love about White Rhino? It’s potent AF, it delivers stupidly big yields (in the region of 2.5 pounds per plant), and it’s been helping gamers improve their skills since the ‘96 Cannabis Cup victory.

The Rhino delivers a strong, unrelenting, powerful high, a high that could pull an airplane with its teeth. 

You’ll be so deep in the zone, the world beyond will seem distant and silent, until woken by the whooping and hollering as you smash another high score.

If you’re enjoying a multiplayer game, you must insist on sharing your Rhino, for fairness. 

You don’t want to be accused of cheating! 

White Rhino is an amazing supplement to classics like Goldeneye and modern multiplayer shoot ‘em ups like Valorant and Fortnite. We’re not saying it can help you see the future… but it might make you think you can. 😉

Genetics: White Widow x Pure Indica

Type: Indica

THC: 20%

Effects: Euphoric, relaxed, uplifted.

Kyle Kushman says: “Explodes into your grow-space like a tank through a wall.

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Gamers LOVE Growing and Growers LOVE Gaming

Growing and gaming are hobbies with more in common than you think. 

You need practice and dedication to succeed and you need to love showing off the fruits of your labor.

Oh, and both are great things to enjoy with a bowl.

While there are hundreds of great games, one of the best things about growing is the number of different strains you can buy. 

You can grow strains for any and all occasions—especially gaming.

With sites like the Homegrown Cannabis Co listing nearly 500 cultivars, with at least 20 of them on BOGO, you’re limited only by your imagination.

Enjoy the game, enjoy the grow. 

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Homegrown Cannabis Co’s Top 10 Hacks for Growers and Tokers

Sometimes, the best pieces of advice are also the simplest.

Look before you leap.

Keep your car oiled.

Don’t eat yellow snow.

The same is true for 420 fans. A good shortcut can save time and effort in the grow room and make your toking life that little bit happier.

Less time stressing, more time enjoying the finer things in life, like top-quality cannabis.

We teamed up with the Homegrown Cannabis Co. to bring you ten life-hacks perfect for cannabis growers and tokers. 

To know more is to grow more!

Homegrown Hack #1: buy the best seeds you can.

Okay, this may seem obvious, but too many growers overlook the importance of the seeds. This is crazy! Nothing will ruin your indoor or outdoor grow quicker than bad seeds.

Buy the best seeds possible and make sure they come with a germination guide and guarantee

Also, if you’re growing in the US, buy from a US company! 

The Homegrown Cannabis Co dispatches from California AND they offer a germination guarantee with all sales. 

No more kicking your heels waiting for European deliveries (that often get stopped at the border anyhow) and no more worrying about what to do if your seeds don’t pop.

Buy smart. Buy American.

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Homegrown Hack #2: know how to grind without a grinder.

Losing your grinder doesn’t have to mean a cancelled session. Try these hacks to make sure you don’t miss out:

  • Coffee grinder. Perfect for those who like a fine grind.
  • Cheese grater. Watch your fingers!
  • Metal sieve. Slow, but the results are VERY smokeable.
  • Pestle and mortar. Old-school but effective.
  • Pizza cutter. Not the finest of grinds but better than nothing.
  • Shaker. Shake your buds in a cup with some small stones or coins.
  • Fingers. Best to use your own 🙂
Homegrown Hack #3: corner your bowl.

This basic piece of weed etiquette helps everyone get a better hit from the pipe, and will probably see you invited to more sessions. 

When taking a hit, focus on one area of the bowl and smoke downwards, rather than blackening the entire bowlful of weed. Everyone will love you and you’ll probably become the next president.

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Homegrown Hack #4: don’t ignore pH.

Test the pH of water going in AND the run-off. When the pH is out, your plants won’t be able to absorb nutrients properly, leaving them under-nourished and prone to disease. Take a look at Homegrown’s blog for articles about controlling, adjusting, and understanding pH.

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Homegrown Hack #5: use hair-straighteners to make rosin.

We love this one—so simple and EASY.

Wrap a piece of bud in parchment paper and press it in the straighteners for 20 – 30 seconds, until you hear it sizzling. The bud will leach amber-colored rosin (also known as dab) that you can scrape off with a dab tool and store.

Keep the hair straighteners at 200 – 220 °F for optimum results.

Homegrown Hack #6: keep the kief.

Kief is made up almost exclusively of trichomes and too many tokers ignore it or throw it away. You can gather it by using a three-chambered grinder, a wooden kief box, staggered mesh or sieves. 

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Homegrown Hack #7: harvest at night.

This is more for outdoor growers. The best time to harvest your plants is just before dawn, while it’s still dark. For growers in NorCal, this is usually around 5:30am. 

It’s the same trick that top wine producers use. Terpenes and cannabinoids reach peak concentrations just before sunrise, off-gassing all day, so get yourself a headlamp and a warm coat and prepare for your tastiest harvest yet!

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Homegrown Hack #8: never underestimate the value of a simple fan.

With the popularity of cooler LEDs, cheaper AC units and more efficient set-ups, many indoor growers feel that fans are now redundant. 

They’re mistaken! 

A good oscillating fan not only helps air (and CO2) circulate, it helps strengthen the growing plants too.

Fans mimic the natural breeze cannabis plants would normally experience when grown outdoors. This airflow encourages the stems and branches to strengthen; stronger branches carry bigger, denser buds!

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Homegrown Hack #9: use ratchet straps.

Ratchet straps are fantastic for hanging lights and other equipment (like fans, see above). They’re easily adjustable and perfect for turning your tent into a drying room, once you’ve harvested your perfectly-grown cannabis plants.

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Homegrown Hack #10: never look a gift horse in the mouth.

Okay, so this isn’t strictly a hack, but we love phrases like this—clichés from the old days (aka: yore). 

When buying a horse, it was customary to inspect its teeth and gums; they’d usually give a fair indication of the creature’s overall health.

To do this when someone was giving you the horse for free was (understandably) ill-advised and frowned upon. 

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Their experts and contributors include Kyle Kushman, Steve DeAngelo, Nikki Lastreto, Swami Chaitanya, Eric Goepel, and many, many more. 

They have a fantastic range of cannabis seeds, their own line of premium nutrients and a HUGE community of supporters pushing each other to get better and better at growing. Don’t look this gift horse in the mouth!

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Adam iLL’s Favorite Twitch Streamers

Joining Twitch at the beginning of quarantine means I’ve only been on the platform for a short while. However, in that time I’ve already learned that—although creating an audience & building a community can be fun as a Streamer, it’s also hard work. And as a viewer, there’s tons of content to choose from. But how do you filter through hundreds of thousands of options? Well, I’m here to help. From those striving for social justice to others that are pure entertainment, read on below for a list of my favorite streamers to watch.

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TheUncleJoeShow

“Please dude, please.” Uncle Joe is one of my favorite variety streamers—and not just because I’m the center square every week on twitch squares. Uncle Joe is talented AF. From his comedy freestyles, funky smooth singing voice, drum playing, DJing or just vibing with the Nephews (a network of amazing streamers that could be a list in itself), you will always have a smile on your face watching his stream. Don’t sleep on Uncle Joe or the Nephews. Just make sure you adjust the volume before putting on your headphones.

Woke

I like seeing things first hand. So Woke, a multiple POV stream of live feeds from all over the world, shows how people are protesting and making change. This stream is a raw look at civil rights protests and the right of free speech. Always topical. Always intriguing. Always live.

Secretsesh_tim

Couples that get high together stay together. Tim and Janna, aka jimtanna, let viewers into their relationship world of smoking, gaming and watching shows together. Basically what every couple does when the cameras are off, but they involve the chat in most of their stream. They’ve built a community for likeminded individuals to have a place to chill and vibe. Check them out daily!

SmokenScan

Being born and raised in LA, I have a fascination with police chases. They are common occurrences out here and are always exciting to watch live. Damon Staleblazer, the host of the show, streams live listening parties on active police scanners and always has an eye in the sky on live newsworthy action happening in our streets. 

Lyleforever

Going to therapy is one thing, but receiving life lessons from a human gecko is a whole vibe. The calmness and realness Lyle brings is therapeutic and, more importantly, entertaining. Taking live calls and questions from his viewers is always interesting and it’s always nice to see how much we have in common when it comes to the obstacles we face in life.

Honeycombeatbox

When I’m just trying to vibe (with or without looking at the screen), I know Honeycomb will bring it. With his live loops and trippy beats, this stream always elevates my vibe. Bringing in special guests and incorporating the chat makes the whole stream more personal. Watch his next stream and see how he will incorporate your name.

Nardwuarservirtte

Who doesn’t love the interview skills of Nardwuar? If you haven’t heard of the Nardwuar, then where have you been? From fashion to interviewing, his eccentric style leaves the viewer in amazement and the celeb being interviewed in shock. Having him on Twitch showing new interviews and playing back his favorite moments gets you wanting to see more from the mind of Nardwuar. And don’t forget: doo doo d—doo doo…

TheSushiDragon

Quality content! I’m always in awe when watching Sushi Dragon. Having a whole warehouse to stream is some peoples’ dream and SD made it happen. With all of his new technology and live editing skills, I’m always excited to see what he is up to next. If you want to see what streaming on the next level is all about, make sure you check out Sushi Dragon. 

StonedNinja

“Suuuuu duuuuu?!” From gaming to trimming, SN will always be on and ready to light up with you. Though he’s one of the OGs of smoking and streaming, watching Stoned Ninja’s stream is just like chilling with your favorite dude. From playing games to dropping strains, SN does giveaways and is a treat for growers and viewers alike.

therapy_dragon

I loved the attitude era of WWE and if you enjoy classic 90s wrestling, then this stream is for you. TD plays full uninterrupted episodes and PPVS of WWF and WCW matches. But it’s not all about the stream, it’s the chat room that makes it more exciting. With everyone’s comments and added channel point sound fx, it’s like you’re at a live event. And that’s the bottom line.

Honorable Mentions:

This list can keep going; there’s so much amazing content on Twitch. Who do you like? Who should I check out? Hit me up on IG to let me know and I’ll see you all on Twitch.