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CulturePuffPuff: Celebrate the high holidays—it's time for Pride

Puff: Celebrate the high holidays—it’s time for Pride

All the weed you need to assemble your essential stoner Pride pack. Plus, Puff wants to party with you!

With all the alarming things going on in the world today, it is more important than ever to show up and celebrate LGBTQIA Pride out and loud. So look fabulous, have a great time, be safe, be respectful and stay HIGH.

Now is the time to assemble your Pride stoner pack to take to parties and assorted events. Throw in all your favorite edibles, prerolls, drinks, or whatever you like. (Pack them in with the other essentials: breath mints, phone charger cables, and water.)

In social situations, I love a good preroll, to which anyone who reads this column can attest. They can be passed around, or everyone can have their own, to be even safer in times of pandemic. I have three great recommendations for pre-rolling into Pride.

I can’t even tell you how excited I was when I heard about the new brand called Time Machine, which is sourced from the same farms as the ones used by Pacific Stone, a brand which I have enjoyed before. (My friend Fersosha turned me onto their 14-packs years ago.)

Time Machine sports a great design inspired by 1980s video game culture, and has several of the strains you would expect like Wedding Cake, GG4, Kush Mints, Strawberry Cheesecake, and London Pound, to name a few. The joints smoke evenly and are just fine, with nothing too strong, which is what I like when I am going out. If I smoke something too high in THC, I will either get paranoid about the fate of mankind or just stare out into space thinking of … nothing—huh?

What did get my attention was Time Machine’s 28-count jar of prerolls, totaling a half an ounce of cannabis. That’s right, a whole half ounce jar of prerolls to get you through all your Pride needs and beyond. It made me ecstatic! I can throw a few into a doob tube and be on my way—until I’m back for more. The half-ounce jar sells for $70 plus tax, and you can check on Time Machine’s website or on Weedmaps for local dispensaries that carry them.

Pro tip: Always have a spare doob tube, or any recycled joint tube, with you. That way, if a joint isn’t finished, you can drop it bottom-side-down into the tube and seal it. Then it will naturally snuff out the ember and save more weed to smoke later. If you just snuff it out like a cigarette, you will destroy the delicate structure of the lit weed, damaging some of unused cannabis. We may be talking about saving minor amounts of waste, but in the grand scheme of things, saving weed is always good.

Sonoma Hills Farm, which I wrote about a few months ago has released their first line of small-batch, full-spectrum prerolls. I got my lips wrapped around their Black Diamond, Cherry Cheesecake, Durban Biscotti, and Cherry Fritter joints, and I was impressed by their flavor and potency. They lit well and smoked evenly. Nice packaging would make these joints a great gift. I highly recommend them! You can find them on their website or at Sava, a gay-owned-and-operated delivery service, for only $9 each plus tax.

Finally, for those looking to get a little higher for Pride than mere flower will allow, I suggest Presidential’s Moon Rock prerolls and blunts, which are comprised of flower sprayed with distillate and rolled in kief.

A classic moon rock is top shelf flower painted with a coat of cannabis oil and then rolled in kief or hash. These days, they are just spraying on a distillate which is much easier than painting each nugget. I do prefer an old-fashioned moon rock, but there is room in the world for these too!

They clock in between 42 and 58 percent THC, so they will definitely get you super high with several flavors including Grape, Watermelon, Waui, and Classic. The joints and blunts tasted great and burned well. The watermelon blunt created a nice cool breeze at a mere 32 percent THC. These will enhance all your Pride disco moments, and sell for $20 each at Bay Area dispensaries. Csheck their website or Weedmaps for locations.

I always buy the Plus tin of rainbow sherbet gummies for Pride. I have featured them several times before, and they have turned into an annual tradition. I love the way they smell and taste. Look for them at most dispensaries in the area for around $20, with some of the profits being donated to the Transgender, Gender-Variant & Intersex Justice Project.

For those who like a good vape cartridge or a Pax Era pod, Jetty released their new Reckless Rainbow for Pride month. It contains 85 percent THC and is an indica-leaning hybrid created by crossing Master Kush, Hindu Kush, and Montel’s Pride. Part of the profits will be donated to Equity California.

Once you get that pack ready, you are ready to get out and mingle.

If you are looking for a celebration Pride and cannabis at PUFF, the queer cannabis drag party that I produce and host at The Joy Reserve, which is located on the second level of Westfield Centre (next to Bloomingdales) on Thursday, June 16 at 7pm. Tickets are $10 and available through the Joy Reserve website or at the door.

That’s right, it is a drag party inside the weed store in a mall! We have come a long way. I will be hosting 12 amazing drag performers including Ferosha Titties, Thee Pristine Condition, Mama Dora, Pina Busch, Sanjeev, Carl with Records, Kelly Rose, Brandelicious, Sunshine, Ruby Vixen, Tawdry Hepburn, and Oliver Branch. DJ Sergio Fedasz (Go Bang!) will be spinning 420 favorites. There will be a giant stoner Raffle with amazing cannabis gifts and prize bags, infused food, mocktails, and in-house specials. The show is set up as a giant runway down the middle of the store.

The last show at Joy Reserve was super fun, so make plans to be part of the reblooming of cannabis nightlife. A portion of profits will be donated to the SF AIDS Walk.

Happy Pride Everyone! Now it’s time to light up.

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Dan Karkoska
Dan Karkoska
Dan Karkoska is an independent producer, promoter, film critic, and DJ on the San Francisco scene. He also works with Maria Konner at Under the Golden Gate and is currently producing and hosting PUFF, the first queer marijuana rock-and-roll drag party every first Thursday at The Stud. He is a big stoner. Photo by Sari Staver.

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