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The MAC 1 weed strain is our March 2023 Leafly HighLight



Hang in there, tired, wet, and cold Leafly Nation. Mid-March promises a vibe shift. 

The days become longer than the nights—signaling Spring. Patches of ground show beneath the thinning snow. Fresh challenges await, and one solid ally remains the award-winning modern hybrid weed strain MAC 1.

It’s a national best-seller of 2022. And eight years after its debut, it beat all newcomers to win the Ego Clash 2022 for best flower in December in America’s weed heartland, Mendocino County, CA. It’s grown from L.A. Made in downtown L.A. to Bountiful Farms in Massachusetts. MAC 1 wins as buds, pre-rolls, dabs, carts, and garden-melting new seeds. Let’s circle back and give breeder Capulator his flowers—we crown MAC 1 our Leafly HighLight for March 2023.

A macro of MAC Caps Cut from L.A. Made just sleeted with trichomes over a greenish purple, orange-haired mega-nug. (David Downs/Leafly)
The best MAC: MAC Cap’s Cut from L.A. Made—2022. (David Downs/Leafly)

Bred from Miracle x Alien Cookies, the hybrid offers a kaleidoscope of genes, terpenes, and effects—making it tremendously versatile. Released in 2015, MAC 1 scores an average of 4.7 points out of 5 after 383 reviews on Leafly. Smokers report butter, vanilla, and citrus notes that Capulator describes as “sour black cherry Yoplait.”

The high THC scores are more objective: 20%+. Some growers coax it to 30%. That much THC and terps guarantees an uplifted, euphoric, and energetic high. Capulator smokes it during the day for creative and chatty vibes. 

One Leafly reviewer says: “All the things you love about a haze, but not that racing energy that some people find disconcerting. Still gives you an energy boost, but the relaxing is always there.” 

Another says: “Great for cruisin’ around town on a bike at sunset with jack shit to do.”

About a fifth of reviews report help with their anxiety or depression: “MAC 1 is proof that you can buy happiness. As a user who suffers from depression, I wish I could always have this strain on me.”

THC novices should approach the icy, dense, potent nugs with respect, though.

“I was about to boil pancakes. That’s how high I am right now.” 

MAC 1 reviewer on Leafly

How much does MAC 1 cost?

(Photo by Resinated Lens; Courtesy of LOWD)
MAC1 from LOWD will flatten a tourist. (Photo by Resinated Lens; Courtesy of LOWD)

MAC 1 prices range from commodity-cropped $100 ounces in California up to top-shelf extracts like $40 live rosin badder grams in Oregon.

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Generally, the Western US meets its demand for MAC 1, while Florida and Illinois are literally smoking shake. Chicago stores charge $55 for seven grams of MAC trimmings (called “shake”). Here are some average prices for MAC 1 flowers and dabs in the US.

Low-grade Mid grade High-grade
1 gram of flower $5 $8 $12
3.5 grams flower $17 $35 $50
1 gram live resin $18 $36 $51


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MAC 1 seeds

MAC Tyson on Decibel Farm, Oregon. (Courtesy Decibel Farm)

MAC 1 comes built for expert smokers as well as growers.

“MAC is considered by many to be a magnum opus of cannabis breeding,” writes Purple City Genetics.

Capulator bred Miracle #15 to Alien Cookies F2 to make Miracle Alien Cookies, aka M.A.C. So where did MAC 1 come from?

“MAC1 is just a clone from MAC seeds,” Cap said.

Since then, MAC V2 and many other hybrids have matched MAC’s success. Capulator sells new seeds directly through his web outlets. Cap’s seeds sell on Neptune Seedbank, SeedsHereNow, and others.

You can jump into the MAC movement with Orange Apricot MAC, Orange Cookies x MAC, Granny MAC, MAC & Cheese, and MAC V2. Look for a keeper in seed packs of Miracle Glue, Miracle Burn, or Miracle Cookies.


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MAC 1 awards

MAC marijuana strain
MAC from L.A. Made sold at Peace of Green. (David Downs/Leafly)

MAC’s trophy shelf strains under the weight of greatness. The MAC family has won all over the world since 2015 in hybrid, sativa, extract, recreational, medicinal, and overall categories. The Connoisseur Cup, Errl Cup, Oregon Cannabis Grower’s Fair, California State Fair—you name it. MAC’s wild. In December, a MAC 1 grown in Maine bested the best to win the industry-judged, one-day Ego Clash 2022 invitational. An uproar ensued.


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MAC 1 terpenes

MAC 1’s most dominant aroma molecules are limonene (citrus), pinene (pine), and caryophyllene (pepper, or fuel), according to lab samples. That sounds about right in terms of MAC being loud and strong-tasting. Peanut Butter Breath shares those three dominant terpenes, as does MAC, Dirty Taxi, and Banana Cream Cake.

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Mac & Geez

Oh geez—MAC makes Gelato louder with Talking TreesMAC & Geez—a cross of MAC x Gelato #33. Don’t confuse it with MAC & Cheese; the Alien Cheese cross.

Animal Face

Fig Farms Animal Face. Hybrid. (David Downs/Leafly)
Fig Farms Animal Face. Hybrid. (David Downs/Leafly)

March into March with your Animal Face on—grrr. This award-winning hybrid crosses FaceOff OG to Animal Mints for a ferocious menthol, mint, and diesel bite. It’s got a strong initial rush of almost uncomfortable euphoria that settles down into a hungry, lazy buzz. Fig Farms won the 2022 Emerald Cup with these Seed Junky Genetics.


Award-winning Gushers by Connected Cannabis Co. (David Downs/Leafly)
Award-winning Gushers by Connected Cannabis Co. (David Downs/Leafly)

You can do you, but we’re trying to get limber and strengthen our core for some Spring Break surfing. Lots of people use weed to power through the boredom of exercise and we’re crunchin’ on Gushers. This popular, versatile hybrid cross of Triangle Kush x Gelato ends up having a chewing, gooey, sweet, tropical berry syrup smell and pretty awesome daytime hybrid effects. 

And that’s it for our monthly popular Leafly HighLight. See you next on April 1; no fools.

Yo, what’s ‘Leafly HighLight’?

Cannabis dispensaries can sell 200 types of flower. It’s overwhelming.

Leafly HighLight cures choice paralysis with a monthly deep dive into a popular national cannabis strain you should know. We combine:

  • Leafly Strain Database search data,
  • dispensary menu data,
  • dispensary visits,
  • and smoke sessions

to select one cultivar that pairs with the season and mood.
That’s Leafly HighLight.

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Photos: Snoop Dogg opens his first weed shop ‘S.W.E.D.’




Snoop Dogg’s weed brand Death Row Cannabis launched a 2Pac weed line at the Grand Opening of Snoop’s new dispensary S.W.E.D. in Los Angeles.

Snoop Dogg’s Death Row Cannabis has brought 2Pac to 2024 with a limited-edition weed collection. It is dropping at select stores in Snoop and 2Pac’s home state of California. The unique collaboration is a West Coast love letter. 

2Pac famously gave Snoop his first blunt, a story Snoop recounts lovingly.

“That first blunt sparked a friendship that ran deep,” Snoop says. “We’ll always have his music, but this is another way I can bring what was meaningful to 2Pac to his fans.” 

Snoop Dogg appeared in person for the line’s launch at his new dispensary in Los Angeles called S.W.E.D., which stands for “smoke weed every day.”

It’s a reference to Snoop’s iconic line that ends the Dre classic The Next Episode.

A line wrapped around the block for S.W.E.D.’s grand opening. The store is an homage to south Central LA, where Snoop’s illustrious career began. The 2Pac collab is part of the store’s inaugural offerings alongside some favorite California brands like Team Elite Genetics and Palettas. 


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2Pac joined Death Row Records in 1995 just four years after the record’s founding. Snoop Dogg took over as CEO of Death Row Records in 2022. He launched Death Row Cannabis in 2023. The Doggfather personally chose 2Pac as the inaugural artist collaboration for Death Row Cannabis. 

Smokers will be able to choose from one of five strains: Alien OG, Take 1, Take 2, Take 3, and Take 4– each phenotype comes from the same parent genetics. Consumers can vote for their favorite flavor through a QR code on the weed’s packaging. The winning cultivar will then be sold in a permanent 2Pac collection that arrives in the fall. Snoop and 2Pac’s jars of flower come with never-before-released collectible photos of 2Pac in front of a Death Row Record graffiti-covered wall, alongside a commemorative matchbook.


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Snoop’s dad was at the grand opening. He says he is very proud to have a weed shop in Inglewood. 

“I can’t believe it,” says Papa Snoop. “I can get some free weed.”

He’s excited about the 2Pac strain and looks forward to his own weed line that drops in about eight weeks.

Snoop Dogg included his late friend 2Pac in the success, even though he isn’t around to see how far the legalization movement has come today. 2Pac is among the most influential political and social rappers of all time. Snoop continues to champion cannabis and hip-hop culture, carrying the flame further than it has ever been. Literally. After the store opening, Snoop is off to Paris to host the Summer Olympics. 

The 2Pac x Snoop Dogg cannabis line will be released across dispensaries in California beginning on July 19, 2024, and then in Michigan through a partnership with Pleasantrees later in 2024. The new storefront S.W.E.D. in Inglewood is located at 5494 W Centinela Ave.

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US hash buyer’s guide to 710 Oil Day 2024 




It’s a pretty epic time to be into hash—the concentrated form of cannabis.

With 24 legalization states and climbing, hash diversity has bloomed, and so have the different price points. The top-shelf, California State Fair gold medal-winning stuff can cost more than $100 a gram after taxes. On the low end, $7 wax grams keep the working man elevated.

Thanks to the golden age of strains, hash can taste like papaya, honey, and even hamburger. Hash-infused joints are surging in popularity, and solvent-free live rosin is sweeping the country. 

This “Oil Day” (aka “710,” July 10) Leafly launched seven shoppable hash categories. Now you can search by types: Live badder & THC budder dabs, hash and bubble hash, live resin dabs, Rick Simpson Oil, live rosin dabs, shatter, and wax.

After you take a spin, here’s some hashes we’d love to taste.


In hash news around California, a 710 Hash Tour pops up around the state, while an SF Hash Week drenches San Francisco in terps. Airo vapes re-launches in California with four tiers including a solventless line. Ember Valley and Raw Garden both re-launch live rosin lines. Here’s some picks.

HolyWater live rosin split jars Trop Cherries / Habibi

Emerald Cup-winning outfit HolyWater brings out one jar with two separate dabs in it—so-called split jars of live rosin. Try the Trop Cherries, and then the Habbibi strain—and then both together for a terpy journey. See also: HolyWater hash holes.


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Nasha Hash

(Courtesy Nasha)

One of the state’s traditional makers of pressed and unpressed hash—Nasha—also swims in the solventless and vape pen wave. Look out for the Dark Rainbow cold cure live rosin at SF Hash Week. And then their new rosin all-in-ones from CCELL hit mid-July.

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See also:

Alien Labs Planet Red Rosin; Connected premium live resin in CA, AZ and FL.


The trend of the year is all-in-one (aka disposable) vapes that work with solventless extract (aka rosin). Check out Muha Meds 1-gram all-in-one Hash Rosin concentrates in Garlic Jelly, Donnie Burger, Tropicana Cherry, Galactic Gas, Apple Banana, Mimosa and Fatso. 

See also: Errl King Mother’s Milk cured resin baller bucket; Breeze live resin Trop Cherry cart; Levitate Bacio Belts live hash rosin baller jar


Illinois has gotten rapidly up the learning curve of good hash—from the era where you couldn’t get it at all, to solid hype solventless hash.

We’d check out: Revolution Danny Boy live rosin jam; Floracal Kush Mints live rosin badder; Rythm Slapz live rosin; and Cheetah Donny Burger disposable pen

The coolest device of 710

Puffco Proxy w/ Ripple Glass

In 2024, our electronic hash heaters are chic and modular. They swap into a dry pipe, a bubbler, or a traffic cone—if you’re a sophisticate. Grab the Puffco Proxy, plus a glass piece to go with it and a Hot Knife to show up respectably at any sesh.


Washington’s a mature cannabis market where you can see the whole range of legalization prices.

You can get Redneck Runtz wax for just $7 per gram from the brand Snickle Fritz. On the other side is a $75/gram Hash Burger from Fugu Farms.  In the middle, Translucency White Punch rosin cart for $55 a gram.


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Colorado hash smokers take the state’s cheap weed and arid climate to the bank—the hash bank. We’d try the: Green Dot Labs A5 Wagyu live rosin badder, 710 Labs Sundae Driver badder, and Airo Gelonade cart.


Arizona throws down for hash. Thus, System of a Down’s Shavo Odadjian offers his 22Red brand Live Ice-Water Hash Rosin in Lima Haze and Cocololo, as well as Live Resin Badder in Chocolate Waffles and Tire Fire.

See also: Torch live resin disposable Passion Orange Guava, Varz Superboof cold cure live hash rosin baller jar, and Albert Einstone’s El Blunto infused 4-pack.


Sunburn Piattella Aged Water Hash

The exotic hash wave hits Florida with a terpene-rich aged water hash made using a traditional technique from Spain known as “Piattella.” It involves rolling and pressing cannabis resin into thin sheets, and then aging it. Sunburn dispensaries debuts it in Griz, Death Coast, Blue Zushi, Banana OG, Petrol Station, Dulce De Uva, Trop Cherry, and Rainbow Belts.


(Courtesy Curio)

Curio live rosin all-in-ones, and dabs

The soul of the plant on demand in your pocket is the promise of live rosin all-in-ones, now on shelves in Maryland from Curio Wellness. Exclusively available at Far & Dotter and Pharmkent! Premium, this is small-batch live rosin extracted from 100% Curio Wellness fresh-frozen flower. Solventless, full spectrum, and clean—with a compact, sleek, modern design that is rechargeable. Available Strains: Future x Dosi (hybrid), Midnight Climax (MK Ultra x Raven), Wedding Cake.

New York

(Courtesy Select)

Select Briq Pineapple Upside Down Cake vape

Major vape player Select brings its Pineapple Upside Down Cake to 9 states including New York. Select runs on a custom-designed disposable Briq vape. With flavor notes of sweet pineapple, vanilla pound cake, and caramelized sugar with a cherry twist.

New Jersey

(Courtesy Ayr Wellness)

Ayr Wellness in New Jersey launches Haze x Mudd Brothers All In One Vapes on 7/10. They have the strains Caesar and GG4 live resin, as well as Tahoe Cream and Zero Gravity rosin. Proceeds support a social justice cannabis education and employment non-profit. 


(Courtesy Bountiful Farms)

Go for classic full-melt in Massachusetts with Bountiful Farms super-limited run of Southern Hashpitality #5 available at their dispensary in Natick, MA and retail partners Botera and Starbird with another drop expected just a few weeks later. The award-winning, premium, and independent cannabis cultivator crafts their full melt from indoor, whole-plant fresh frozen cannabis.

Oregon picks

—Happy Cabbage Honey Belts all-in-one vape

—Willamette Valley Alchemy, Apricot Sundae, Liquid Live Rosin, 1g cart

—Higher Cultures Point Break live rosin

New Mexico picks

—Mountaintop Extracts’ Cara Cara wax shows good taste

—Bloom Brand Ice Cream Cake half-gram pod will rip

—Ghost. brand Horchata vape sounds creamy

Missouri picks

A lot of these places that are still figuring out how to grow weed can make some pretty killer extracts from their mid-grade. Not saying The Big Easy can’t make great flower, but their hash holds up! Check the:

—ILLICIT Blumosa Live Rosin Baller Jar 3.5g

—Flora Farms Unicorn Piss 0.3-gram disposable for tourists

—Proper Cannabis Strawberry Guava Rosin

And that’s a tasty, terpy tour through the wild world of American dabs in 2024.

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July 2024 Leafly HighLight: Gush Mints strain




After a long summer day, shut down your brain with the trendy, minty indica hybrid Gush Mints. Surging into the top 200 strains across America in just three years—Gush Mints gets smokers cooked, and it’s a beast in the garden. That’s a winning recipe for becoming a Leafly HighLight. Let’s soak in it. (This Leafly HighLight is powered by ILGM+Phylos Seeds.)

“This smells exactly how I want my weed to smell. It has that durban poison/ cookies gassy sweetness with like a vanilla pine,” said one reviewer.

Gush Mints makes reviewers feel sleepy, tingly, and hungry.

“I swear this is a hard indica. Helps with my insomnia and chronic back pain,” said one reviewer.

It’s going to have 20% THC or more, making it very strong for newbies, who could get dizzy, nervous, and even a little headachey. Reviewers find it maximally calming, which we could all use in an election year.

“The effect really reminds me of Hindu Kush,” said one reviewer.


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A field of Gush Mints returns this harvest. (Courtesy Honeydew Farms)

Gush Mints grows like a beast in the garden, which helped it take over the nation over the last few years. The huge supply means lower prices on Gush Mints coast to coast.

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In Northern California, you can get bulk half-ounces of Gush Mints for $85 from Pacific Reserve. Eighths run $30 from Cru. Gush Mints dumps hash, so grab the Nasha brand pressed Gush Mints for $30 a gram. Los Angelenos, grab top-shelf Gush Mints from Northern Emeralds for $48 per eighth.

Portlanders in Oregon have 190 Gush Mints options: top-shelf Oregon Roots flower, Single Origin cartridge, or Higher Cultures live rosin.

Michigan is catching the Gush Mints wave with Gush Mints diamonds extract

Out in New York, Gush Mints flower is on shelves from Alchemy Pure, Grassroots, and Curaleaf.

Al Capone Wraps have become the number one natural leaf wrap in the US and are the only double-bonded self-sealing cellulose wraps in the market, guaranteeing an easy-to-roll and slow-burn experience. 

You deserve a wrap that is a cut above the rest. Made with love for blunt aficionados, these wraps are like little presents, each one wrapped up to keep things fresh, pre-cut to perfection, and boasting a double leaf for a laid-back burn and self-sealing sugar strip offering a clean and sweet sealant for your wraps. Available in Original, Cognac, and Rum flavors, you can snag them online or at your local spot. Treat your blunt right!

Gush Mints seeds

(Courtesy Honeydew Farms)

Gush Mints comes from the Oakland, CA breeder and cloner Purple City Genetics—which has been at it since before legalization. PCG made the strain with Seed Junky Genetics’ game-changing Kush Mints wedded to the rare F1 Durb, and the successful modern strain Gushers (aka TK41). Each strain added mint flavor, vigor, or sweetness—respectively. Gush Mints will take over your garden. 

Has been a pleasure growing. Strain is voracious and very thirsty.

Leafly reviewer

Get the Gush Mints seeds in California dispensaries for 6 for $70, and the clone in Oregon stores.

PCG also sells its newest versions of Gush Mints crosses. We see Gush Mints from North Atlantic Seed Co, as well.

For something with more gas, check out the ILGM+Phylos Rocket Juice auto.

Gush Mints awards

Gush Mints comes from winning stock—whether it is the Kush Mints, the F1 Durb parent of GSC, or Gushers. In 2023, a Gush Mints 1:1 CBD took second place for its category at the California State Fair Cannabis Awards.


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Gush Mints terpenes

Gush Mints reeks of the essential oils that cannabis produces—called terpenes. Chief among them: limonene, caryophyllene, and linalool. Those three help explain some of the sweetness and gassiness of Gush Mints, but we’re still learning more about what causes weed’s smells, tastes, and effects.

Other highlights this July 2024

Can’t buy our HighLight? Don’t cry, dry your eyes—with three related or seasonal picks.

Rocket Juice auto

(Courtesy ILGM+Phylos)

The groups ILGM and Phylos made an automatically flowering strain out of Seed Junky Genetics’ Gas FaceRocket Juice auto. It’s gassy, it’s glistening, and it should be pretty easy and rewarding in the garden any time of year.

Lemon Fresh auto

(Courtesy ILGM+Phylos)

Jungle Spice x Gorilla Diesel #3 unites in this automatic Lemon Fresh from ILGM+Phylos. This sativa hybrid grows tall, finishes fast, and delivers lemon terps and energetic effects.

Modified Grapes

Dallas Growers Club Modified Grapes 2023 (David Downs/Leafly)
Modified Grapes. Indica hybrid. 2022. Grown by Dallas Growers Club, Oregon. (David Downs/Leafly)

If you like heavy yielders in the garden like Gush Mints—look at Purple Punch crosses. Modified Grapes is GMO x Purple Punch for a grape, berry, honey taste, and relaxingly frisky effects. It shares two of three top terps with Gush Mints and grows plentiful across the country. 

And there’s your July 2024 Leafly HighLight. Go out and crush each day, then kick back and puff on something that’s tasty and restful. It’ll all go by quickly.

Hey, what’s ‘Leafly HighLight’?

Cannabis dispensaries can sell more than 200 types of flower. It’s overwhelming. Leafly HighLight cures choice paralysis with a monthly deep dive into a top 200, national cannabis strain you should smoke. We combine:

  • Leafly Strain Database search data
  • dispensary menu data
  • dispensary visits
  • and smoke sessions

Then we select one cultivar that pairs with the season and mood. That’s Leafly HighLight.

Read past Leafly HighLight columns.

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