Looking toward legal

Looking for a comprehensive, totally professional cannabis pairing guide? Here you are.

We can be grown about this. Legalization has been a hot topic for a few years now, and it is due time for proper pairing for our nation’s favorite plant. An easy task one might assume, but the studying is less than cohesive. Every time I think I’ve cracked a solid pairing, I find myself three hours into a streaming binge, forgetting what I was drinking to begin with. A solid standard for me will always be sparkling wine. Cava will pair with every strain you come across. From that cigarette pack cellophane dirt to that overpriced designer nugget, sparkling wine will fit the bill. But what if you want some liquid diversity to match your expansive selection of ganja? Don’t fret; we’ve been putting in the labor for your sensory pleasure.

Sour Diesel

This killer multipurpose sativa dominant strain of chemdawg lineage has flavor heady in the spice and lemon side of things, with a pronounced gassy aroma hammering the name home.

Pair with a moderately aged Riesling with a little residual sugar. Many options from Niagara and the Finger Lakes will knock it out. I’d hit up Leonard Oakes for its Classic Riesling.

Blue Dream

Here’s a hybrid with slightly sativa dominant characteristics, but still enough indica to keep you grounded. A child of Blueberry and Haze, this strain hits hard with lemon and blue fruits.

I can’t imagine anything but a Super Mighty and Loganberry from Mighty Taco. Get that extra guac, but use your own Frank’s at home.

Super Silver Haze

A nineties hero and the Jackie Chan of action strains, this racy sativa has a distinct citrus oil feel from its dominant haze parentage. It’s very potent and uplifting. That energy is extremely helpful when drinking Vodka Crans and playing Apex at 2 a.m. So I’m told.

Gold Leaf

A slightly underground hybrid, this strain has the best blend of indica chill and sativa weirdness. The flavor is as sticky as the plant; think mangoes and ripe citrus. Pair this strain with Dark and Stormies and a beach, or an IPA if you like that kind of thing.

Bubba Kush

This mysterious indica from New Orleans has heavy hash flavors that stick to your palate. Daytime ain’t no time to be messing with this strain, so plan your snacks accordingly. Pair with Bocce Pizza, Barrel and Brine kombucha, and pork rinds with French onion dip.

Fire OG

An extremely potent kush hybrid, this fills the room with lemon, the kind of lemon that your grandma used to clean with.  Premix a heady amount of white Russians, because you’re not getting up. And bananas. Lots of bananas.

Grandaddy Purple

A cult indica with an incredibly fruity palate, this shows bramble fruit and grapes in both flavor and aroma. Many folks claim this strain has benefits in the bedroom. Maybe to help you sleep through your partner’s snoring. Pair with Lambics and romance. Maybe strawberries? I don’t know. I don’t eat in bed.

Platinum OG

This is like watching The Irishman in its entirety without a bathroom break. You’re very immersed. You’re imagining yourself as a young footsoldier fighting your way up the ladder of power in a crime family. You’ve spent years in this. You’ve started a family, had grandkids, but still spent time in prison, because you’re not a snitch. This is your life now. But a rival cousin of the boss is taking over. Now your feet are in concrete, and you can’t breathe. You’re drowning. That’s how this strain will make you feel. Pair with some water, because you might choke on anything else.

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