Not feeling too jazzed up about all the other summer activities outlined in this issue?
Try smoking some pot.
With the sunny season quickly approaching, there’s certainly no shortage of dank new cannabis products blooming their way onto the shelves at pot shops across Greater Lansing and beyond — so without further ado, here are a few items, and one event, that might be worth your time this summer:
The Smoker’s Ball by CEP Presents
— tickets start at $40 at eventbrite.com.
The “biggest summer celebration of music, arts and cannabis culture” is coming to Adado Riverfront Park from noon to 11 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13. Rapper Juicy J — a founding member of Three 6 Mafia — and Devin the Dude are set to perform. The full lineup hasn’t been released.
Disposable Vape Pens by Breeze Chill
— $35 (or 3/$99) at JARS Cannabis
Breeze addicts rejoice: There’s a new disposable vape pen in town this summer that might look a bit familiar. The folks behind the popular fruity nicotine pens are now in the weed game — and these one-gram, disposable cartridges are a convenient, subtle and tasty way to stay stoned.
They don’t taste quite as juicy as their nicotine counterparts, but they come fully loaded and ready to rip with more than 800 mg of straight THC. And this isn’t your average distillate. These pens hit more like a dab rig than a disposable pocket vape, with a potent high to go with it.
I recommend the Rainbow Sherbet and Juicy Fruit Punch, which tastes like Juicy Fruit gum.
White 99 and 99 Problems by Cloud Cover
— $25/3.5g (or $150/oz) at High Profile
High Profile officially opened Friday (May 20) just off M-52 in Webberville by McDonald’s. Naturally, I was among the first few people in the door — and I’ll definitely be back for more.
The shop’s in-house Cloud Cover brand is harvested less than a mile away in the business park. Strangely, every strain has the same low price. And at least two pack a serious punch.
White 99 is a wildly potent sativa with vanilla notes and a musky, kush profile. I could hardly sit down long enough to smoke a full joint before I felt a sudden impulse to clean my whole house.
If you actually have 99 problems, you’ll probably find a way to solve them all with this next strain.
99 Problems — a cross between the White 99 and Stardawg — only seems to ramp up the uplifting and energetic effects of the White 99 with some earthier, slightly skunkier flavors.
Word to the wise: If you tend to get paranoid when you smoke, maybe avoid these two strains.
Sour Gummies by Wyld
— $18/100mg at High Profile
Some of the tastiest gummies on the market just got even tastier with a new “sour” flavor lineup. Formulated with the same real fruit ingredients, these gummies also include a blend of botanical terpenes to maximize the effects of each cannabinoid profile. Sour Apple, for example, includes sativa-leaning terpenes for a euphoric and energizing experience. The Sour Cherry leans more toward the indica side of the terpene spectrum — with some major full-body relaxation effects.
Sweet Island Skunk Prerolls by TICAL X Glorious Cannabis Co.
— $25 at southeast Michigan dispensaries
Racial disparities are hard to miss in Michigan’s cannabis industry. Out of more than 300 stores, there are only six Black-owned retailers throughout Michigan. None are in Lansing.
So, to take advantage of this equity-focused release from Glorious Cannabis Co. and TIKAL, you’ll need to take a road trip to Detroit. TIKAL — or Taking into Consideration All Lives — is the brand of legendary Wu-Tang Clan member, lyrical master and cannabis icon Method Man.
Because his company prioritizes partnerships with female and minority-owned businesses, this exclusive infused preroll strain “Sweet Island Skunk” is only available at Black-owned shops like Remedy, House of Zen, House of Mary Jane, West Coast Meds and Viola. It’s worth the trip: This skunky-sweet joint was loaded with Ghost OG (a hybrid strain of my all-time favorite OG Kush) that led to some electrically uplifting effects. A layer of Kush Mints bubble hash infused into the joint also ratcheted up THC levels and added a pleasant floral note into the mix.