Our nug of the week this week is for those stoners who have a special appreciation for savory, earthy strains - Garlic Breath from Freya Farms. When I popped open the jar for the first time, the scent that hit my nose explained the strain name right away. The strongest scent by far was a musky garlic smell, but it also had light undertones of kind of a fresh soil smell. Earthy flavors aren’t for everyone - there’s a reason that sweeter strains like gelato and wedding cake continue to be asked for. But in a market saturated with sweet strains, the reverse is also true, and Freya has done a great job of cultivating what has become one of my favorite savory strains. The flavor isn’t all that’s there either - the high blows me away every time. This Indica leaning hybrid leaves me with a real stony, foggy feeling in the front of my forehead, before mellowing out into a warming, melty body high. That makes it the perfect strain to smoke this week while Washingtonians are snowed/iced/quarantined inside for New Year’s Eve. Since the majority of us are spending the week inside, I’ve put together this list of must watch shows and movies that go great with some Garlic Breath, so make sure you swing by our Georgetown location and pick some up before you hibernate this weekend. .
Community is a sitcom written by Dan Harmon that ran on NBC from 2009-2014, with its final season being picked up and streamed online by Yahoo in 2015. The show follows Jeff Winger, an amoral charismatic ex-lawyer who has to go to school to replace the fake Bachelor’s Degree that he used to become a lawyer, and his fake study group turned real friends as they get into various hijinks at Greendale Community College. While the concept may seem a little corny from the outside, you have to keep in mind that with Jeff Harmon behind the wheel, the show is actually genius, becoming Harmon’s tool to critique every theme and trope in sitcom television in the most meta way possible. But maybe before you dive in, just heed this disclaimer delivered to us from the other side of the third wall from Harmon himself: “Some episodes may be too conceptual to be funny, some too funny to be immersive, and some so immersive they still aren’t funny.” You can find Community on Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon Prime.
The Matrix Quadrilogy
Enter The Matrix, a false simulation created by sentient machines to imprison the human mind while they use our bodies as an energy source. And meet Neo, “The One” who is destined to free us from that simualation. Though The Matrix came out in 1999 and has been heralded as one of the most iconic action movies of all time, I’ve found myself talking to a lot of people recently who have informed me that they’ve never seen The Matrix Trilogy (er…Quadrilogy now) and this is completely unacceptable. Well - sort of. The Matrix and it’s sequel, The Matrix Reloaded, are both must-sees. You will probably want to watch the third movie, Revolutions, just for an end to the story, but it’s not necessary. And having just watched the recently released Resurrections, I’m still trying to pretend that it didn’t even exist. But definitely watch the first two movies in the franchise. You won’t regret it. You can find The Matrix on HBOmax and Hulu.
Based on the world behind League of Legends, Arcane dives into the delicate balance between the rich, utopian city of Piltover and the seedy, oppressed underground of Zaun. Known across Runeterra as the "city of progress," many of the most brilliant minds call these cities home. But the creation of hextech, a way for any person to control magical energy, threatens that balance. The story follows the origins of two iconic League champions-and the power that will tear them apart. Even if you have no interest in ever playing League of Legends, the story being told is extremely captivating. The struggle between love and revenge, rich and poor, progress and safety - it's all brilliantly woven together into what ultimately becomes a tale of survival and what that means for each character.
The main characters met at college, where Blake and Adam were roommates and Anders was their RA. They continued their college behavior as they settled into adulthood, such as drinking, partying, and pulling pranks. A self-proclaimed "friendship family", the trio's schemes are generally confined to their house in Rancho Cucamonga, California, where they often interact with their drug dealer, and a cubicle they share in the office of the telemarketing company TelAmeriCorp, where they clash with their boss and coworkers. Almost all of their adventures are weed-fueled, and are sure to get some stomach-cramping laughs out of you if you’re stoned too.
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure
JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure chronicles the struggles of the cursed Joestar bloodline against the forces of evil. Beginning in 1880, Part I follows Jonathan Joestar as he matures with and eventually combats his adoptive brother, the cunning, merciless Dio Brando. Set in 1938, Part II follows the misadventures of Joseph Joestar, grandson of Jonathan, as he masters the Ripple in order to combat hostile, ancient super-beings named the Pillar Men; creators of the Stone Mask. Part III follows Jotaro Kujo and his group as they journey from Tokyo to Cairo to save his mother's life by defeating his family's resurrected archenemy, Dio. In Part IV, an Arrow manifesting latent Stand abilities travels throughout Morioh, Japan in 1999; as high-schooler Josuke Higashikata (illegitimate son of Joseph) and friends seek out the culprit of a series of decade-long homicides. Set in 2001, Part V follows Giorno Giovanna, son of Dio, and his ambition to rise within the Neapolitan mafia by subverting its most powerful gang: Passione. It’s a whirlwind of violence and emotions wrapped up in an extremely unique art style.