In this Snowman strain review, well be taking a look at the GSC phenotype known as Berners Snowman. Berner, the famous cannabis breeder, and musician have brought many strains to widespread fame in recent years and this phenotype may be another addition.
Berner is part of the Cookies Fam team that is credited for creating Girl Scout Cookies itself and Gelato. Clearly, they have a lot to live up to each time they launch a new strain or phenotype. Lets see if Snowman stands up to those ultra-high standards.
If you have been living under a rock and dont know what the GSC family of phenotypes has to offer, you have been missing out!
Most of us know what GSC is all about by now, but we can still go over the heritage of this legendary pot strain.
GSC itself normally leans more towards indica but still provides a well-balanced high. Its the result of crossing Durban Poison and OG Kush. Its won multiple Cannabis Cup awards and rewards consumers with a sweet pungency and potent euphoria that lends itself to a lovely relaxing experience.
GSC has many well-known phenotypes that have almost eclipsed the generic GSC name nowadays. While Berners Snowman isnt on the highest level yet, it sure has its fans on the west coast. Some of the more widespread phenos of GSC include Platinum GSC and Thin Mint GSC.
Finding seed stock or clones of Berners Snowman can be quite difficult. Many seed banks dont stock this newer cannabis strain, and only some nurseries have had access to these rare genetics.
Since GSC is so popular, you may find a different phenotype altogether labeled as Snowman if you arent careful and order from a less-than-reputable seed bank or nursery.
For now, its best to try and find some high-quality Snowman bud and score some seeds or clones when this phenotype becomes more common, as most of the Cookie Fam lineup has over time.
Berner’s Snowman Strain Yield
The growing information for Berners Snowman is mostly hearsay or a repeating of the typical yields and flowering times that GSC is known for. Unfortunately, we have to do the same thing since we dont have enough information to confidently say the specific yields of Snowman.
An ounce of bud per square foot of plant in indoor grows is typical of GSC. Outdoor grows with GSC can expect 10+ ounces per plant. Since Snowman is a bit more towards the sativa side of the spectrum, the plants may grow a bit taller than that of the original GSC heritage.
Snowman Strain Flowering Time
GSC has a flowering time of 9-10 weeks, which is what should be expected with Snowman since it has the same genetics as GSC itself.
The buds are known to be large and coated in resin. They are dark green and appear so frosty with a coating of short trichomes that Berner probably took one look and named this phenotype Snowman. Thin orange hairs run throughout the bud but the trichomes are what shine beyond anything else on the crop.
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Berner’s Snowman Strain THC Percentage
If you are lucky enough to get your hands on a batch of this bud, youll most likely find THC levels between 18-23%. While it isnt known, it is quite possible to find Snowman that is more potent than this as well.
The high is quite euphoric like that of typical Girl Scout Cookies. But, instead of a nice relaxing experience, this bud boosts creative energy and focus. The head high is known for amping up with introspective thoughts as it slowly creeps into a physical state of relaxation with the notable absence of sedation.
It is a good bud to smoke at any time of day, as the head high can be productive if you consume a reasonable amount. Evening use is sure to be enjoyable as well and the potency can induce sleepiness if you consume enough.
Flavor & Aroma
Snowman has an aroma and flavor that is quite similar to that of GSC, although it also features notes of fruity vanilla. It is usually dominated by the earthy kush and gassy essence that GSC has become famous for.
Berners Snowman is rich in Myrcene, Caryophyllene, and Limonene. Analytics has also shown an affinity for Linalool.
Myrcene induces relaxation when present in cannabis.
Caryophyllene is great for medicinal purposes because it fights the effects of inflammation in the body.
Limonene is great for reducing the effects of stress and anxiety.
Linalool is known for bringing on calming and relaxing effects when consumed.
The terpene profile seems very effective for fighting stress, which may be the bright spot for its medicinal potential!
Medical Conditions This Pot Strain Can Help
While Snowman is still quite unknown to the national medicinal marijuana industry, GSC has become a favorite for medical patients. Those who enjoy GSC can certainly turn to Berners Snowman for relief from these conditions:
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Snowman can serve as an all-day medicine, which makes it more convenient than pot strains that are relegated towards a certain time of day for full optimization of the medicinal benefits.
Final Words On The Snowman Weed Strain
If you want to try Berners Snowman, you may be hard-pressed to find a source if you are outside of the west coast marijuana markets. Finding seeds or clones to grow your own Berners Snowman can be difficult as well, although it isnt impossible.
They arent kept in stock as often as other more popular phenotypes of GSC like Platinum GSC or Thin Mints, so keep your eye out and pick them up whenever you get the chance.
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It’s 11:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve night and you’re not going to make it to see the ball drop, or get a kiss.
Sure, you can do a shot and pay for it the next day. But you have a galaxy-level brain that thought ahead and brought a bag of the classic weed strain, Sour Diesel. One joint of Sour D and you’re dancing and playing the air flute, like Lizzo herself. Congrats, you just got rocked by the powerful, stanky Sour Diesel our Leafly HighLight for December.
Perfect for New York’s impending legalization launch, Sour Diesel has a 4.3 score out of 5 after 8,264 reviews and was one of the first ever to be reviewed on the site in 2010. Sour D gets its name for smelling like pungent, diesel gasoline, and skunk. Who’d want to smell that? Adventurous folks rewarded by its energetic, talkative, and creative effects—that’s who.
“Work of art crafted by God,” reads one SD’s top reviews.
A Sour Diesel bag keeps the party going—even if it’s a party of one for weekend chores. “It’s a great strain to talk to friends, and laugh,” one reviewer writes.
“Sour D had me bouncing off the walls. I deep-cleaned my entire house,” said another.
Lots of folks also report cerebral effects. “I am so high I could pass a pregnancy test right now. Like I’m thinking at such a high level that it’s basically like having two people inside me!”
Sour D is about more than fun and games, too. Medical patients report profound, life-saving relief with the D over the decades.
“The pain after surgery, with swelling, soreness, depression, mental effects, and anxiety all were somewhat extinguished. Very comfortable. Saved my life from long-term pain relief.”
“This is where it is at!!! Severe PTSD over here and this is the cure for when you are down.”
That said, go slow with this 19% THC strain: Negatives can include anxiousness, cottonmouth, and dry eyes.
How much does Sour Diesel cost?
Princes and paupers alike puff tough on Sour D. Sour Diesel is a great barometer of local weed prices in your area. It’s so prevalent that prices are low, but it’s so good that it always commands a premium. You see Sour D in a lot of different modalities—especially pre-rolls, ounce bags, carts, pods, and dabs.
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Sour Diesel seeds
Wanna grow Sour Diesel? Badass idea. It crushes both inside a tent and outside in a field. Here’s the bad news: A classic strain this old and popular attracts all kinds of fakers and frauds. Your best bet? Go with a reputable brand name, like DNA Genetics, Humboldt Seed Co, or Humboldt Seed Org. According to DNA, Sour Diesel is a cross of ‘91 Chemdawg x Massachusetts Super Skunk and Northern Lights. That’s like Freebird on FM radio—totally classic. We’re back in the ’90s, sneaking around and buying weed by the gram.
Humboldt Seed Co has an automatic version of Sour D that’s auto-magic. There’s also like 10 generations of Sour Diesel crosses to explore. Massive Seeds has Yuki Sour. Mass Medical has Sour Pupil seeds for Christmas. And don’t forget that No. 1 strain Original Glue (formerly GG#4, ie Gorilla Glue) is a Sour Diesel project. Go apeshit on that gassy glue cross, bro.
Sour Diesel awards
Sour Diesel came out and crushed the competition like a traffic cone. It’s won as a sativa flower or seed for years, but nowadays you see its crosses also win in hash, and even CBD hemp. In the 2022 Colorado Connoisseur Cup, a Glacier Concentrates Lilac Diesel placed 3rd in the category recreation wax and butter. A frickin’ Diesel drink won a 2019 award in the Oregon Dope Cup.
Sour Diesel terpenes
Wondering what that skunky gas is that keeps stinking up dad’s garage? That’s the aroma of excellence, son. According to lab samples uploaded to Leafly, Sour Diesel has hecka beta-caryophyllene, as well as myrcene and limonene. It’s not a far stretch to be like, yeah that makes sense— those terps equal peppery/gassy, dank/rich/earthy, and lemony/sour.
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Keep celebrating more of that good and classic East Coast energy with Strawberry Cough, a staple sativa that came from Vermont. It’s even more chatty that Sour D, and that strawberry smell makes a great salad with Sour D. It’s grown all over and vape-makers love it because the recipe is pretty dialed in and people love it. Shout-out to cultivation expert and personality Kyle Kushman for this one.
Proudly represent New York with this new all-star from the Cookies brand—Madison Square Gumbo. It hit all Cookies and Lemonnade shops in Cali Monday, November 14, and is a cross of Cookies & Cream x Secret Weapon. Gumbo brands founders Karim “Luka Brazi” Butler and Alexis Major help carry the banner for New York cannabis culture into the legal era. Our bag of Gumbo smelled super bomb and on-trend—wild, cakey, and cookie-like. Let’s just say it put our butts to sleep. When it’s time to sack out after the celebration, or nurse that Sunday hangover—pack a fresh bowl of Gumbo.
OK, you had your classic Sour D, you made a salad with Strawberry C, and you repped NYC with Gumbo. Now it’s time to plot a course for the future of weed in 2023, Cereal Milk—SF breeder Powerzzzup’s Y Life (Cookies x Cherry Pie) to Snowman. The key here is The Y—an influential strain borne out of the Cookies movement. Lucky for you, the Y is set to launch a new generation of stars. Deo Farms is breeding with The Y. Powerzzup is working it, too. Meanwhile, Cereal Milk is the on-ramp—widely available in 1,865 North American stores on Leafly, a number that’s doubled since last year. The Y also has a unique thickness to its cookie smell, an aromatic body and goodness in its baked dessert flavor that’s going to become table stakes in modern weed.
OK, we’re going to reward ourselves with some Sour D for reporting and writing this. See you next year for more greatness from Leafly HighLight.
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Hello Stargazers! Happy Holidays and festive greetings. December is a happy time of year for many, but if the holidays aren’t your bag, do not stress. Whether you’re flying solo this holiday season or gathering with those you love, remember that this is a crucial month to take care of your health and well-being—as much as it is humanly possible to do!
As for the stars, December is shaping up to be a warm (metaphorically speaking) and generous month. Mercury saunters into Capricorn on December 6, followed closely by a full moon in Gemini on December 7. Jupiter pays a visit to Aries on December 20, and of course, we celebrate the shortest day of the year on December 21—Winter Solstice!
Meditate on what will make this month most peaceful and satisfying for your soul. Can you expand your circle to include someone who will be alone this season? Will being with family fill your cup, or would you be happier spending it with friends? You do you, celestial rockstar. The rest will fall into place.
Your December horoscope
Happy Solstice, and congrats on making it to the end of 2022, Sag! On December 3, Neptune returns to direct motion in sweet, soft Pisces. Just remember not to get tripped up by others’ expectations of you. Do your best—it’s all you can do!
A full moon in Gemini on December 7 will drudge up some complicated feelings for someone you’ve been talking to. Listen to your gut. Maybe this individual shouldn’t have a place in your inner circle in 2023.
Your ruler, Jupiter, enters fierce Aries on December 20. Make space for a version of you that doesn’t people-please anyone. The Winter Solstice is on December 21, and there is a new moon in Capricorn on December 23. You’ll probably get this advice a lot at the end of the year, but…journal, journal, journal.
Truly, you have learned so much and come so far. Give yourself the gift of self-reflection. It will set you on the right path for 2023.
December strain: Whether you celebrate the holiday or not, Christmas Lights can get you in a festive mood. This hybrid strain leans more calming than energizing. Users report this strain offers strong body buzzes. Melt into your couch with a favorite flick and enjoy some downtime this month.
Happy Solstice and happy birthdays, Caps! You made it to a Capricorn’s favorite time of year. Things kick off for your birthday month with Neptune leaving behind its retrograde in Pisces. Your thoughts might be more scattered the first week of the month, but things will sort themselves out. On December 9, Venus enters Capricorn for a hefty, if not boring, dose of realism. Just try not to get too bogged down in petty details.
Saturn (your ruler) is in direct motion this month, meaning your decision-making skills will be at their best for the rest of the year. The Solstice and Capricorn season begin on December 21.
Make use of all this refreshing energy by spoiling yourself in whatever way feels best. Finally, the new moon in Capricorn on December 23 offers the perfect opportunity to reflect and recharge before 2023 comes roaring in.
December strain: You don’t have to be a fan of the jolly man in the red suit to appreciate some Christmas Tree. This hybrid strain has calming effects, and users report the buzz is nice and middle-of-the-road, so you can still get all of your online holiday shopping done after hitting a bong.
It’s official—2022 is coming to an end, Aquarius. You’ve done a lot of growing this year, and it’s time to reflect on all of that. December 7 features a full moon in gregarious Gemini. This is something of a mixed-bag moon. On the one hand, you may be thinking of fun events that kept you refueled this year, and on the other, it might bring up some less-than-savory memories for you to chew on.
Whatever direction the wind blows, you can lean into it through meditative practice, journaling, taking a stroll, or whatever else feels gentle and right in the moment.
Uranus (your ruler) is in retrograde this month, meaning emotions might be a little all over the place. Put that phone on silent, you beautiful stargazer. Don’t let the world get you too far down.
The shortest day of the year and the beginning of Capricorn season both start on December 21. On December 29, things round out for 2022 with Mercury returning to Capricorn in Retrograde for a second time this year. A fitting end to a challenging year. 2023 is already looking bright.
December strain: Let’s face it, the best part of any holiday is the dessert potential. Have your pie and smoke it too with some Apple Pie. This hybrid strain boasts an impressive 24% THC—meaning you don’t want to make any huge plans after packing a bowl of this stuff. Users report this strain is a go-to if they have trouble sleeping. Medical patients also love it for its anxiety-busting effects.
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Pisces, you are always good at finding the silver lining in endings. Maybe it’s because you always round out the Zodiac calendar, or maybe it’s your emotionally intuitive nature. Either way, this month was made for a Stargazer like you. Things start with your ruler (Neptune) returning to direct motion in your sign. This is an auspicious end to a challenging year of growth for you. Take a moment to celebrate all of the personal wins you’ve had in 2022.
On December 7, there is a full moon in Gemini. This might make you a little more emotionally charged than usual. Be wary of starting any fights you might regret come January. On December 20, Jupiter enters fiery Aries, giving you a confidence boost that will carry you for the rest of the year. We celebrate the Winter Solstice on December 21, and there is a new moon in Capricorn on December 23.
Both of these events challenge us to be reflective and very honest with ourselves. What worked this year? What didn’t? Who should join us in 2023, and who should we say a fond farewell to? These questions are best asked with a joint in hand and a quiet evening spent journaling on the couch.
December strain: He was the fastest gun-slinger in the West, and you can be the fasted bud roller wherever you call home with some Doc Holliday.
This hybrid strain, named after the famed dentist-turned-sharpshooter, has a festive moniker, but don’t let the name fool you—the effects of this bud are just as strong as Doc’s aim. Users report this strain has great mood-boosting effects, perfect for mellow hangouts and casual get-togethers with friends.
Happy Winter Solstice, Aries! On December 3, Neptune leaves its retrograde in Pisces, making the beginning of this month the ideal time to invest in your art. On December 6, Mercury dances into Capricorn, where it will stay until 2023. Your communication will be focused and clear.
There is a full moon in Gemini on December 7, calling on us to dive deep for that inner peace you’ve been trying to cultivate. Your ruler, Mars, continues its retrograde all of December, and the planet of love enters into Capricorn on December 9—love becomes a priority in the second week of the month.
The Solstice on December 21 marks the shortest day of the year and the perfect time for setting those New Year goals/intentions. Batten down the hatches this month and get to work on yourself!
December strain: Get festive with some Snow Leopard this holiday season. This is an indica strain with a modest 17% THC and 1% CBG. Snow Leopard is made by crossing the multinational genetics of Tigermelon and Snow Lotus. It’s got an earthy scent profile, and users report the effects come on slow, leaving them in a tranquil daze on the couch.
The days are short, but the love isn’t this month, bulls. On December 3, Neptune returns to direct motion in Pisces. Make use of this creative spark to craft your own holiday décor or presents for someone you love. Your ruler (Venus) enters Capricorn on December 9, shifting priorities from luxury to practicality. Make the most of this period by getting your 2023 finances in order.
The Winter Solstice on December 21 marks the shortest day of the year, and then December 23 features a new moon in Capricorn—another chance to set better intentions for 2023. Finally, the year ends with Mercury going retrograde in Capricorn. While this might churn up some old feelings, hopefully, it also churns up some old lessons that need rehashing.
December strain: It’s cold outside, but it doesn’t need to be cold inside—spark a j full of Snow Dog for some festive and warm vibes. Snow Dog, a sativa, comes from the Chemdawg lineage. It’s citrusy, devilishly sweet, and users report this is a strain to “Get shit done!”
Sweet Gem, this month requires restraint! Financially, emotionally, and everything in between. You can blame your ruler—Mercury—for this shift. Speaking of Mercury, the planet enters Capricorn on December 6, marking an uptick in direct communication. It might seem a little dull, but the alternative is hurt feelings and bad blood.
On December 17, Mercury in Capricorn trine Uranus in Taurus asks us to be open to the idea that good things can happen to us after all. On December 21, we celebrate the Winter Solstice and the shortest day of the year. This is a great time to flex those party-planning skills and throw a funeral for 2022. It had its ups, its downs, and frankly, it’s time to move on.
Celebrate with the people you love. On December 29, Mercury returns to its retrograde motion in Capricorn. Buck up, buckle down, and get ready to relearn some lessons 2022 tried to teach you a few times.
December strain: Sharpen up those rolling skills because the best winter hibernation routines involve a bowl full of Snow Ryder. This is an indica strain with gorgeous, almost sparkling buds and a fruity-yet-woody flavor profile.
Users report this strain hits between the eyes and relaxes tense muscles. Don’t make any plans when you smoke Snow Ryder; call it a snow day.
Happy Solstice, Cancer! This is the darkest month of the year, but people forget the dark is a beautiful thing—dark skies reveal more stars. Keep that in mind this month. Your ruler is full in Gemini this month on December 7. Think long and hard about the relationships you cultivated this year. Who should make the 2023 roster?
On December 9, the love planet saunters into Capricorn for a visit. You’ll be feeling especially protective of your finances and your good name at work.
Jupiter enters Aries on December 20, and we celebrate the Winter Solstice on December 21. Prepare for the coming New Year by journaling the lessons 2022 has taught you. On December 23, there is a new moon in Capricorn. Use that beautiful, clear night sky as a canvas to visualize what the next year will look like for you. How do you want to grow?
December strain: Be reserved, not frosty this month. Protect your energy with some Frosted Flakes. This strain is a hybrid with a big 24% THC, so you can expect powerful body effects and a strong head buzz. Users report this as a great strain for spending the day on the couch and reading a good book or doing something artistic.
Happy December, lions! December, with its low and limited light, comes down pretty hard on a Leo’s spirit. Keep yours bright by leaning into astrology to plan your creative bursts and rest periods. On December 6, Mercury enters Capricorn. Communication will be stellar, if not brief, at the beginning of the month. Use this time to let your colleagues know what you’ll need to finish the year with success.
On December 7, the Sun (your ruler) in Sagittarius opposition to Mars in Gemini is one aspect you won’t want to ignore. Keep an eye out for that friend who has been extra quiet lately. Something big might have just dropped in their lap. Be a ray of hope for them in a dark time. On December 21, the sun enters Capricorn and we welcome the Winter Solstice.
While others may be out drinking and celebrating the shortest day of the year, you might consider hunkering down with a good book or catching up on any end-of-year journaling you’ve been meaning to do. Things might get a little overwhelming this month, but trust your gut on when to tap out. Y
ou should wrap up the year feeling refreshed and refined.
December strain: Is your family over? Are you ready to change your name and move countries? Fear not, Frosted Cake is the perfect companion for those hard-to-get-through holiday gatherings.
This is a hybrid strain with a modest 13% THC and 9% CBD. Users report this strain tastes like cereal and leaves them with a relaxed, balanced buzz.
It’s the end of 2022, Virgo! You did it. Whether it was the toughest year or the smoothest one, you should feel proud to have come as far as you did. This month, things start off with Neptune leaving its retrograde behind in Pisces. Things could get a little dreamy for an even-keeled stargazer like yourself.
Ground the people around you by continuing to ask real and important questions. Your ruler, Mercury, enters Capricorn on December 6. Expect communication to be brief but clear.
On December 21, we celebrate the shortest day of the year. Here’s to endings and new beginnings—equally important bookends in our stories. On December 29, Mercury returns to retrograde in Capricorn. Don’t panic just yet; this celestial combo is great for journaling and reflecting. Just don’t over-exert yourself by trying to please everyone at the end of 2022.
December strain: Take the sweet with the sour this month, Virgo. Frosted Lemons can help get you there. This hybrid strain has 18% THC, meaning you’ll probably get respectable body and mind effects. Users report this strain is great for soft focus and the perfect companion for a quiet day spent inside.
Happy end of 2022, Libras! The month kicks off with Neptune returning to direct motion in sensitive Pisces. You’ll be especially in tune with the emotional energy in your home. Make sure to limit distractions in the first week of the month to preserve your own vibes. Mercury enters Capricorn on December 6, followed by a full moon in Gemini on December 7. These promise a sort of yo-yo communication style the second week of the month.
Your ruler (Venus) enters Capricorn on December 9. Planning out the first month of 2023 will be especially fruitful on this day. Jupiter enters Aries on December 20, and on December 21, we celebrate the shortest day of the year. The time for 2022 reflection is dwindling—soon, you’ll have to set your sights on the future.
The new moon in Capricorn offers just the perfect space to do the journaling you’ve been meaning to do. What was 2022’s biggest lesson? Only you know!
December strain: Your tree (if you have one) isn’t the only thing that needs to be festive this holiday season. Get lit yourself with some Blue Lights. This indica-dominant strain features a 21% THC profile and heavy sedating effects. Users love this strain for its appetite stimulation and strong, earthy smells.
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The new year approaches, Scorpios. How has 2022 treated you? This is the month to reflect on it! We kick off with a full moon in Gemini on December 7. You’ll feel a pull to journal and reflect—follow this urge. On December 20, Jupiter enters Aries. Make time and space for your creative calling. It’s been quietly knocking on your door for a while now. Open up and embrace the unknown!
Your ruling planets are a mixed bag this month with Mars being in retrograde and Pluto being direct. Don’t make any grand future plans just yet. Stick with reflection and the slow path forward. It can be hard not to speed through this last leg of the year, but do your best to be present with the feelings that come up.
On December 29, Mercury returns for a second retrograde in Capricorn. Prepare to have everyone else in your life suddenly go deep into their own feelings. That’s okay! Remember, this is the time to focus on your own learnings from the past year.
December Strain: Deck the halls with buds of holly. Or, rather, buds of Northern Lights. This old-school strain remains one of the most ubiquitous cannabis strains in the world. With its indica-dominant, 18% THC profile, Northern Lights offers a moderate, happy, and sedating buzz. So, decorate the house, make some apple cider, and let the season be merry and high.
Maeva Considine is an award-winning journalist and author of “Cat Zodiac: An Astrological Guide to the Feline Mystique.” She’s a Taurus who loves traveling, canceling plans, and dessert. She lives in Syracuse, New York.
Give the perfect present with this curated weed gift list created with Massachusetts in mind.
Looking for the perfect plant-based gift for the cannabis lover in your life? Well, Massachusetts, we’ve got you covered! Instead of leaving your holiday shopping to the wayside, you can choose from some of Leafly’s favorite weed products on the market right now.
Blue River Terps calls its snow rosin the “world’s healthiest dab” because it’s created through a completely solventless process—no ethanol, butane, or other chemicals touch this concentrate. The name “snow rosin” comes from this rosin’s consistency. It’s light and flaky, breaking apart and dissolving like ice into water.
Each batch is derived from a single source and is strain specific, and the concentrate regularly tests in the high-90% range for total active cannabinoids. Terpenes make up between 1-3% of that.
Dabbers can either fire it up in a traditional dab rig or break it up and sprinkle it onto a joint or bowl for a terpy and potent boost.
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With a reputation for its potency, Intergalactic from matter. is an indica-dominant strain ready to take seasoned explorers on a ride that’s out of this world.
The citrusy, sweet strain is known to spark creativity, so it’s the ideal holiday companion when it comes to decorating, baking cookies, or crafting homemade gifts. And creativity isn’t the only thing Intergalactic inspires—consumers report it can give a serious lift to appetites, as well.
Keep it handy for all your festive feasting this season.
RYTHM grows great bud, hands down. Their nugs are always full and coated in trichomes, offering smooth, terpy hits. Brownie Scout, however, is a standout strain in RYTHM’s impressive lineup.
This strain is a hybrid that leans heavily on the indica side, and RYTHM growers claim Brownie Scout is one of their densest strains. With hefty purple buds coated with specks of orange and white crystals, they’re almost as nice to look at as they are to smoke!
Regularly testing around 30% THC, just a few hits of this potent flower will give you a euphoric feeling and encourage you to get some sleep. It’s perfect for de-stressing and settling in on a cold winter night.
Brownie Scout’s dominant terpenes include limonene, myrcene, and caryophyllene. Upon exhale, it tastes sweet and earthy with a kick of spice.
Cannabis-infused drinks have taken hold of the Massachusetts market, and Levia is at the forefront. Founded in early 2021, Levia was one of the first cannabis seltzer brands in the state. Its drinks are formulated in Georgetown, MA, with local bud and other natural ingredients.
The company’s original unique flavors each clock in at 5 mg of THC, making them easy to dose. And these zero-calorie drinks start working a bit quicker than traditional edibles since the THC is partially absorbed sublingually when you drink one.
Bring a few cans to a holiday party or wrap them up as a gift, and you’re sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Since Fernway‘s inception in 2018, few have been able to compete with its potent, flavored vape products. The brand is constantly innovating, and the Traveler disposable vaporizer rolled out in July. Along with all other Fernway products, it’s recyclable at partner dispensaries that sell them.
These vaporizers combine pure, distillate cannabis extract with botanical terpenes to make flavorful vapes with great effects. And they certainly pack a punch with the concentrate inside measuring at nearly 80% THC.
Fernway’s Cranberry Jam flavor is the perfect present for the vape-lover on your holiday list. The flavor is tart and crisp, earthy and unprocessed. Once you try one, you won’t want to smoke anything else.
The Traveler hardware comes fully charged and has a sleek, slim shape you can easily toss in a bag or pocket. Each comes pre-filled with 0.3 grams of cannabis extract, perfect for the friend who’s on the go—whether they’re new to vaping or a seasoned smoker looking for a high-quality, delicious option.
This strain is perfect for winter, and not just because of its name. Nature’s Heritage flower bursts with terpenes and sports bright, beautiful colors, and Snowball is no exception. Its name comes from the brilliant, glittering crystals that coat its fluffy nugs.
Snowball is an indica-dominant hybrid that crosses The White and Chem 4. The White’s hybrid qualities balance out Chem 4’s high-testing indica traits, providing a solid head and body high. This strain typically tests in the low-20% THC range, making it perfect for a cozy, relaxing evening toke that won’t knock you out immediately.
The dominant terpenes in Snowball are myrcene and limonene, which provide an aroma of sweet citrus mixed with pungent gas. Expect a diesel-heavy hit on the inhale, followed by flavors of sweet, fruity cream. Pair a bowl of Snowball with a mug of hot cocoa for a heavenly, snug evening at home.
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