Dodgers fans’ pot picks vs Giants: California NLDS analysis


The first playoff series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants is a rivalry of epic proportions – in cannabis as well as in baseball.

That’s because San Francisco is essentially the birthplace of the country’s legal weed movement because of activists fighting for access to medical marijuana for terminally ill patients during the HIV / AIDS epidemic for years. 1980 and 1990. And today, LA is the forward-looking epicenter of the cannabis industry.

To celebrate the historic showdown between the powers of baseball and the pot (Best of Five Series Game 3 is Monday night in Chavez Ravine), we inquired from a few cannabis retailers with a pearl in both markets for see not only who smokes what in each team’s hometown, but also if there are any strains or products that symbolize each city’s contributions to cannabis cultivation in California.

Los Angeles Dodgers ‘Chris Taylor, right, reacts after reaching second on a brace alongside San Francisco Giants’ second goal Donovan Solano in Game 2 of Game 2 of the National League Division Series 2021 Saturday in San Francisco.

(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

“I think one of the oldest cannabis debates in California is which city has the best genetics,” said Tyson Rossi, senior vice president of products and revenue for the MedMen-based dispensary chain. Culver City, in an email. “And this rivalry is fully visible when you consider the genetics that put each city on the GSC map. [a.k.a. Girl Scout Cookies] in SF and OG Kush in LA ”

If you’re looking to pay a combustible homage to San Francisco, Rossi said you can’t get much better than LitHouse’s Dark Dosi, a GSC crossover (with Face Off OG).

As for the iconic OG Kush (“LA has always had the best OGs in the world and still does,” according to Rossi) to pay homage to the boys in blue, he sets Blem Unruly OG apart from Cali Lotus.

Overall, Rossi said LA consumers are drawn to what he calls “active products” – sativa strains, portable vapes and infused pre-rolls – while San Francisco has a soft spot for them. indicas, concentrates and products related to sleep.

For anyone who embraces the sports superstition mindset if we do it before, let’s keep doing it, it’s worth reading what Rossi had to offer on consumer behavior at the World Series. last year that ended with a Dodgers victory over Tampa Bay in six games.

“An interesting trend we saw last year at the World Series in LA was a slight increase in products that were blue in World Series week – come on Dodgers! He said, citing Blueberry Flower from Cannabiotix, Blue Dream vape cartridges from Heavy Hitters and Midnight Blueberry Camino gum from Kiva Confections as some of the bestsellers at the time.

According to Los Angeles-based delivery service Emjay, those same blueberry candies have been among the top-selling products in LA and San Francisco – at least for the past three months – so do what you want with them.

Three baseball players on a baseball field

AJ Pollock of the Los Angeles Dodgers, right, runs to the dugout with Chris Taylor and Mookie Betts after Game 2 of the 2021 National League Division Series against the San Francisco Giants on Saturday in San Francisco. In the Dodgers’ hometown of Los Angeles, cannabis users love OG Kush strains – and anything blue.

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Emjay’s data also shows consumer behavior in both cities broadly in line with what MedMen’s Rossi observed. San Francisco users prefer edibles and vapes while LA flowers are preferred.

During last year’s series, Emjay’s calculators noticed that the demand for pre-rolled joints is increasing in the Los Angeles market (the service has not yet expanded to San Francisco, it hasn’t so there is no historical comparison), which perhaps indicates that local sports fans were too focused on their televisions to spend a lot of time concentrating on the rolling platter.

When it comes to strains in Los Angeles, one of Emjay’s best-selling strains lately is Pacific Stone’s Blue Dream. Yes, it’s totally on the theme; But in all fairness, the sativa-dominant hybrid Blueberry X Haze is still popular throughout the Golden State and not just in LA.

As for a strain that symbolically represents the home team, Emjay’s recent survey of budtenders shows the fixation is firmly on blue, with the main recommendation being Cannatique’s Blueberry Cruffin, a Blue Cookie x Platinum cross. x DJ Short Blueberry (worth highlighting is grown in Oakland).

According to San Francisco-based Eaze, another delivery service with a foot (well, wheels) in both markets, weed heads in the two cities have more in common than not; order behavior over the past year shows edibles to be the number one category in both markets, with 805 glue as the strain leading both markets when it comes to buying pre-rolled joints .

The biggest difference in consumer consumption occurred in flower sales, with Los Angeles favoring San Fernando Valley OG and San Francisco gravitating towards Tangie Cookies, a GSC Thin Mint X Tangie cross, a division that echoes Rossi’s point on each city’s prized genetics. (With the Tangie here referencing the Tangerine Dream variety from the 1990s, there’s an apt nod to the orange hue of the Giants’ team colors.)

If you don’t end up smoking your support for the Dodgers by blazing an OG Kush (preferably with a hint of blueberries) or expressing your loyalty to the Giants by releasing a strain related to the GSC (something with a citrus profile would be really hammer it home, right?), rest assured that almost every THC-containing product you consume in the Golden State today has a historical connection to one (or both) of the teams’ hometowns baseball matches.

It is a real field of dreams.

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