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Best Weed Games to Play at Your Next Party

Published on October 4, 2022

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by Dan Ketchum

From the dawn of man — or at least from the dawn of ganja — weed has been totally inseparable from parties. And, look, we’re cool with zaza-powered late-night examinations of deep philosophy and the music-enhancing power of a huge blunt (until Devin busts out the acoustic guitar again, no one asked for that DEVIN). But why should booze have exclusive rights to the type of party games that elevate the vibe from a schmooze into a rager? Not on Mama’s watch.

So we’re making an official Tough Mama Declaration, right here, right now: smoking games are the new drinking games. End of story. Let the stoner games begin with this collection of new classics.

Medusa 🐍👁️

Here’s a true classic starter, like basically the beer pong of weed games. In case you didn’t go to school or ever see the stoner masterpiece Clash of the Titans (get on that Ray Harryhausen trip, son), 

Medusa is a mythological hottie with snakes for hair who turns people to stone when they look her in the eye. So in this game, everyone has their own joint (shorties like our Mini Mofoz fit the bill perfectly) and they sit in a circle facing inward. Everybody puts their head down, and on the count of three, raises those heads up to stare at another random player. If you’re making eye contact with someone else, yell “MEDUSA” — whoever says it last has to take a hit.  

Ganjenga 🧱😵

This twist on the party icon Jenga comes rec’d by Leafbuyer, and like regular Jenga, it’s great for a small get-together or for pulling a group aside at a bigger gathering. So you’re gonna need a Jenga set, a Sharpie, and, uh, weed. Obviously. Plus the willingness to ruin — or some might say, improve — that Jenga set.

It takes a little prep, but before the party, you’ll write rules on some or all of the blocks. Your choice. Stuff like “1 hit” to take one hit, “2 hits” to take a double rip, “eyes closed” to take your next turn blind, “leftie” to use your non-dominant hand next turn, “shotz” to take a Yolo Shotz sip. Whatever your weed-addled brain can come up with is fair game.  

Strip Choker 🃏👙🩲

This is strip poker, but with weed. Get a big-assed Infused Hemp Cone Blunt and get in a circle with your friends and friends-with-benefits. You’ll want to be very, very comfy friends; for real, make sure everyone’s 1,000% OK with this beforehand — sexual liberation is great but don’t be a creep. 

With that out of the way, everyone takes a big hit at the same time. First one to cough or exhale loses a single piece of clothing, and so on. Like that cheap Venice Boardwalk tee says: shit happens when you party naked. So let’s make shit happen.  

Don’t Smoke and Drive 🚭🎮

OK, smoking and driving isn’t as deadly as drinking and driving, but it’s time to retrofit the classic Mario Kart-powered drinking game “Don’t Drink and Drive” into the next classic weed game. 

Each player starts with a shorty, like Tough Mama’s .85-gram Mini Mofoz. That shorty must be fully smoked before crossing the finish line of a regular, four-player, three-lap race, but the catch is you cannot touch the controller and the joint at the same time. You must fully put that controller down when you’re smoking and you can only grab it again when the joint’s on the table. Suck it, chess, this is the real strategy game.  

It’s-a me, high as f**k.  

What’s in the Box? 📦😱💨

OK, think of this one like Fear Factor, but all you need is a cardboard box and some stuff that you probably already have around the house. Just cut a hand-sized hole in the box, which conceals a bowl full of something that feels as vile, weird, or surprising as possible. The game runner’s job is to switch out the bowl every round. Go for stuff like peeled boiled tomatoes, super cold ice cubes, slimy expired mushrooms, pudding with chunks of other food in it, wet tortilla chips, chicken livers, your exceptionally chill cat, however creepy or shocking you want to get. The touchers have to stay stone-cold stoic; any reaction equals a mandatory puff. Ideal for a Halloween bash or just the tough guys at the party with something to prove. 

Power Hour ⏰🍃

Elegant in its simplicity, beautifully dumb in its stoner-ness, Power Hour keeps the party flowing by keeping everyone higher than a giraffe’s ass for as long as you want. All you need is a (loud) timer. Set that timer for whatever interval you want — let’s say an hour for light stoners, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay less for Tough Mama hardasses. Every time the alarm goes off, everyone has to take a toke (or a sip of Yolo Shotz).  

Or, if you don’t want to kill the vibe with a morning-shift PTSD-triggering alarm, take your drag or your weed-infused shot every time a new song shuffles onto the playlist

Bonus Round😮‍💨🍹🎉

Here’s something beautiful, a Tough Mama party hack if you will: with a communal bowl of Yolo Shotz Party Punch, you can make any old-school drinking game into a new-school stoner game. Just replace the booze with a weed-infused punchy cocktail shot

For a punch bowl that serves about 40 shots with 2.5mg of THC in each shot, you can make a ginger-cran version a little something like this, served over ice:

  • 3 cups of cranberry juice
  • Two 12-oz. bottles of ginger beer
  • 1 cup of fresh lemon juice
  • Two shots of fresh lime juice
  • One Tough Mama Tropical Punch Yolo Shotz (100mg)
  • A hefty sprinkle of ginger sugar
  • Orange and lemon slices floating in the bowl  

Remember, a recommended normal Yolo Shotz serving is about 5mg of THC, so scale the recipe for how hard your group wants to go, or consider serving Yolo Shotz on their own so partiers can control the dosage individually. Once you’ve got a comfy dosage sorted, you’ve got a versatile smoking game companion. Beer pong? Take a shot when you get scored on. Quarters? Same deal. Kings Cup? You get the idea. For the best stoner games turnout, remember to be safe, get turnt, go hard, and be excellent to each other. Next up: the hunger games, because you will most definitely have the munchies.

14 Best Stoner Costumes for Your Next Halloween Party

Published on September 20, 2022

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by Cyrus Grant

When you come to Tough Mama’s house for Halloween, you’re guaranteed all treats, no tricks. But before making it to your next Halloween costume party, you’re going to have to go through the annual struggle of picking out the perfect costume (don’t even get Mama started on finding gorilla-sized costumes). So, we wanted to help out and give the people some sweet stoner costume ideas everyone is going to love.

Let’s jump right in!

Straight Up Weed Costumes

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Pot Head

They say you can be anything you want if you really put your mind to it. This Halloween put your head in a pot and be…well, a pothead. And while you’re at it, might as well fully commit and have some Tough Mama pre-rolls on deck.

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Bong Costume

For the DIY showstoppers out there, becoming a human bong is a surefire way to be the life of the party. Not to mention it’ll be pretty cool to see a giant bong hitting a regular-size bong at some point during the day/night. Some bong on bong action — we’re here for it.

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Bag of Weed

What’s better than a bag of weed? Yup, a GIANT bag of weed. We’d recommend filling the costume with grass trimmings or something and bringing a separate giant bag of weed for ease of access.

Solo Character Costumes

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Tough Mama

We had to start out with the legend herself — Tough Mama — because who wouldn’t want to be a skateboarding gorilla stocked with grade A weed?

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Towelie (South Park)

“You wanna get high?” — Yes Towelie, we do. Just make sure you can back up the offer if you show up to a party quoting everyone’s favorite weed-smoking personified South Park towel.

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The Dude (The Big Lebowski) 

No stoner Halloween party is complete without an appearance from the Dude (or multiple the Dudes, probably). The Big Lebowski character is an iconic stoner figure (and the movie is a firm favorite in our list of best movies to watch while high), and if the Dude abides, so should you.

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Spicoli (Fast Times at Ridgemont High)

If you have jeans, a button-up, and a bagel, congrats, your next stoner costume is ready to go. Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High is a wave riding, pizza ordering, stoner legend. Just remember the lesson Mr. Hand taught Spicoli before you show up to the party — whether it’s pizza or weed, make sure you bring enough to share.

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Argyle (Stranger Things)

Argyle might be new to our hearts, but he’s an instant stoner icon, and a perfect source of stoner costume inspiration. Get yourself some 80’s print pants, a pizza shirt, and a visor, and you’re ready to go. Pizza and weed are optional…but highly encouraged.

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Michelle (Dazed and Confused)

If you’re looking for a more feminine stoner to dress up as for your next party, Michelle from Dazed and Confused is serving up the perfect 70’s stoner queen vibes. All you need are Some 70’s style denim pants, a purple tube top, a fringed vest, and a big colorful necklace. Bonus points if you can play some soothing tunes on a guitar.

Couple and Group Costumes

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Lighter and Joint

Pick your favorite partner in crime and make your way to the party dressed as a lighter and a joint. Truly a match made in heaven. (Tough Tip: If you find yourself without a lighter in life, try out Tough Mama’s vape carts for some flame-free fun.)

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Cheech and Chong

If you’re looking for an easy and iconic duos costume, look no further than the legendary Cheech and Chong costume. And if you really want to nail down the details, try and recreate the facial hair…oh, and just be super high the whole time.

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Smokey and Craig (Friday)

If “you ain’t got shit to do” other than go to a stoner costume party, Smokey and Craig might be the perfect movie character inspiration. Just try and avoid racking up debts to dangerous drug dealers. In fact, skip the drug dealer and come straight to Tough Mama.

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Super Troopers

The idea of having a bunch of state troopers roll up to your stoner Halloween party sounds like a total buzzkill. But, there’s an exception if those state troopers are actually just a group in Super Troopers costumes. Just try and turn a blind eye to anyone “smoking the reefer” (that includes yourself).

Bonus: Meme Costumes

It’s no secret at this point — Mama loves memes. So, as not to upset her (and also because who doesn’t love a good meme) we’re throwing in some bonus costumes that turn you into your favorite meme. 

“Aight Imma Head Out”

When there’s only reggie weed at the party.

Confused Cat at Dinner

Them – “All of the kief keeps falling off the pre-roll!”

Me – *Super high off Tough Mama’s robot-infused pre-roll that doesn’t have that problem*

Dancing Disco Kid

When the Tough Mama sativa pre-roll kicks in and it’s just you and the vibes.

That wraps up our best stoner costumes for your next weed-themed Halloween party. But, before we let you go, another little Tough Tip: if you don’t have the time or energy to commit to a kickass costume, just show up to the party with some Tough Mama weed, and people will be just as stoked.

Let us know if you end up trying out any of these costumes at your next party, and definitely tag us in any pictures you post of them!

Ask Mama: What’s the Deal With Infused Pre-rolls?

Published on September 13, 2022

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Did you know that George Washington got smacked out his mind and invented the infused pre-roll on his hemp farm in 1790? You didn’t because that’s a total lie, but there’s a bunch of other more true stuff Mama can teach you about pre-rolls and infused pre-rolls. Because sometimes, it takes a good Mama to cut through all those tech bro marketing terms and get to the squishy heart of the blunt itself. 

So let’s get infused with knowledge about one of the trendiest (and most effective ways) to elevate your smoke, starting now.

Everything You Need to Know About Pre-rolls…

Alright, let’s start at the beginning. When a vendor, brand, or seller pre-rolls weed into a joint for commercial sale on the shelves of your local dispensary or your, uh, local weed delivery app, that is a pre-roll. These handy joints take the guesswork (and the work work) out of rolling your own — because you don’t have to be swimming in cash like our buddy Snoop and hire your own personal joint roller to fast track your smoking sesh. Pre-rolls come in all sorts of shapes and sizes and are usually available in multi-packs or as singles.

If you’re brand new to the whole zaza thing, imagine a pre-roll like an off-the-shelf weed cigarette. The flower (usually about a half gram to a gram’s worth) is wrapped up in rolling paper like a smokeable tube and may or may not feature a filter. Pre-rolls can come in sizes ranging from adorable Mama’s-pinky-sized minis or big-assed cone blunts. They’re all valid in Mama’s eyes, just like her children.

…and About Infused Pre-rolls, Too

So, you probably knew some of that stuff already, but if you didn’t, you’re a good student even though you’re a little high already, and Mama is very proud of you. Here’s where shit gets interesting.

To make that weed pre-roll a little more deliciously weedy and amp up the high, you’ve got the infused pre-roll. Basically, an infused pre-roll is a pre-roll joint that also features some form of concentrate. And concentrate is basically the best part of your favorite nug – all those terps, cannabinoids and sticky trichomes – distilled into a super potent form, like wax, resin (compressed cannabis solids), rosin (a mechanically separated cannabis concentrate), or kief (a.k.a hash, made by dry sifting weed through fine screens). 

You take that concentrate and – wait for it – infuse it into the pre-roll, and you’ve got an infused pre-roll. Sometimes the concentrate (or cannabis extract, in some cases) is infused inside the joint, sometimes it’s outside the joint, sometimes it’s both. There are a ton of different ways to make a pre-roll joint, which means a ton of fun and interesting ways to get different extra-potent highs, but trust Mama: some infused pre-rolls are just better than others. It is what it is.

How Other Brands (Pre) Roll

All kindsa different weed-makers make all kindsa different infused pre-rolls. The most basic kind just straight-up infuses the flower by soaking or spraying it with stuff like distillate oil and kief, done deal. Then there’s like a whole popular genre of infused pre-rolls called fuzzies, which you’ll see from big-ass brands like Jeeter and such. Fuzzies infuse the pre-roll by dipping it in liquid concentrate that is used to “glue”  the kief to the outside of the joint. That’s what makes it, you know, fuzzy. And all of this infusing, dipping, rolling, and coating serve the same purpose: to get you way higher. 

Because people are buying infused pre-rolls like they’re going out of style, you’re likely to see new products popping up at your local dispensary every time you hit them up. But take Mama’s word for it: those suckers are using fancy-pants packaging to appeal to that monkey brain of yours, but aren’t actually infusing their pre-rolls using even a little bit of TLC.

Why Mama Does It Better 

First off, because Mama doesn’t f**ck with fuzzies, you don’t have to deal with kief dust falling off the outside of your joint. Mama taught you to be tidy, and also, you shouldn’t need a goddamn lint roller to get high. 

But more than just keeping your Dickies clean, Tough Mama’s infused pre-rolls are all about making a more consistent product. No joke, our infused joints are literally precision dosed by robots designed by former NASA scientists. Who said getting ripped isn’t rocket science?  

What that robot-powered dosing does, aside from giving Mama a super good reason to brag, is that it ensures that every joint, blunt, and Mini Mofo has ex-act-ly the amount of oil listed on the label. And the method matters, too. What Mama does is infuse the pre-roll directly down the middle, for baby’s-ass-smooth, satisfyingly even burn. Those full-sized bad boys are infused with Live Resin freshly harvested from marijuana plant material while Mama’s minis are infused with Hi-Phi ™ Solventless Cured Resin, so you don’t have to worry about any chemical nasties if you’re living that Cali clean life.

So, no kief dip means you don’t have to deal with the pre-roll equivalent of Hot Cheeto dust on your fingers while Tough Mama’s iconic infusion method deposits that line of concentrate smack dab in the center of the pre-roll. Think of it like a Twinkie that’ll get you real good n’ high. Or as a Donut Joint, thanks to the delish donut ring of flower that’s left as the concentrate bubbles away. 

Mama’s style makes for more even and consistent distribution of the concentrate, but Mama don’t skimp on the punch, either; each infused cone blunt packs a gram of weed, a quarter gram of oil, and some bonus terps, weighing in at a total of 1.6 grams, with twice the terpenes of other pre-rolls and about 25 to 35 percent THC content. 

And in the timeless words of Sir Winston Zeddemore: “That’s a big Twinkie.” 

6 Tough Mama Approved Skateparks in San Diego

Published on August 30, 2022

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In San Diego, the roots of skate culture run deep. 

Local surf pioneers like Larry Gordon and Floyd Smith innovated modern board-making techniques back in the early ‘60s. Del Mar’s 1975 skate competition helped legitimize the sport in the eyes of the mainstream. Spots like the Escondido Reservoir and La Costa housing tract became such iconic skate spots in the ‘70s that their terrain would become the DNA for many a modern skatepark.

 If that’s not legit enough, the Carlsbad Skatepark – born in 1976 – was one of the first two skateparks on the planet (both of the OGs opened in the same month). Here’s how San Diego skateparks are keeping the culture alive, and six spots where you can see it thrive today.

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The Mecca: Robb Field Skate Park

Daygo isn’t short on massive skate emporiums – look no further than beefy, 30K-plus-square-foot San Diego skateparks like Encinitas or Linda Vista for proof – but at 40,000 square feet of concrete, this 20-plus-year-old spot is something of a crown jewel.

Among all that space at Robb Field, you’ll find plenty of handrails, ledges, and blocks, plus a combo bowl, pump bump, and octagon volcano. Long story short, it offers everything but the kitchen sink, is big on wide-open blue-skies SD energy, and features more than enough space to make you feel cozy whether you’re a learner, a pro, or a spectator.

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For the Street Features (and the Art): Chicano Park Skatepark 

You don’t need all that size to be one of the best parks in San Diego, you just need vibes. Barrio Logan has good vibes in spades, and they all condense and explode in technicolor under the Coronado Bridge. Among some of the sickest street art in the city, you’ll find smooth and spacious features like a pyramid, quarterpipes, pool coping, and lots of ledges. As On the Grid puts it, “Not the most features for a skatepark, but a lot of real estate to play in a supremely unique setting.”

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A Locals Only Park for Vet Skaters: Washington Street Skatepark

SD locals know Washington Street as a park built by skaters for skaters. In 1999, Daygo was running low on safe skate spots and police were cracking down on the culture with outrageous tickets, sometimes up to $300 (cue the “Skating Is Not a Crime” shirts – they were a thing for a reason). That’s why a non-profit group of volunteers – who still maintain the park, so don’t be a shit when you’re there – created Washington Street Skatepark. Here, you’ll find all-weather skating nestled under the Pacific Highway, free parking, no fees, no safety gear enforcement, speedy lines, kinky kinks, and a wild keyhole. Naturally, it’s boards only out here.

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Beachy Vibes: Imperial Beach Skate Park

You can’t scope out a skatepark in California without scoping out a good beach – enter the southernmost skatepark on the whole West Coast, Imperial Beach Skate Park. This small park with a 3-foot-high flow bowl (with extensions and taco), street features, simple rails, sloping banks, and a big hubba welcomes learners just as much as it beckons experienced skaters who just want to chill the f**k out. You don’t come to Imperial Beach for the street cred or the TikTok views, you come here to hit a hybrid and get mellow with a touch of ocean breeze on your face.

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All-Wheel Drive: Krause Family Skate & Bike Park

If you need a laid-back vibe that’s family friendly but not a total bore, Krause Family Skate and Bike Park at the Mission Valley YMCA is your ticket. It spans 60,000 square feet for a reason, and that reason is that it’s way more than just a skatepark. 

Krause packs massive permanent bike tracks as well as vert ramps, a pool, a BMX course, mini-ramps with spines and – maybe most notably for skaters – a full-assed skatercross skateboard racing track. Which is honestly f**king wild. It does charge membership fees (as little as $25 a month or as much as $360 a year, depending on your Y membership) but you’d be hard-pressed to find any other spot that hosts so many wheels in one big place.

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Something for Everyone: Cesar Solis

Cesar Solis in Ocean View Hills kinda feels like San Diego came to life as a skate park – it’s big, it’s clean, it’s spacious and it’s as mild as an indica cone blunt. While it’s heavy on street style features, Solis has really got something for everyone, including a ramp-rail combo in the shape of a whale tail that sorta rules (we know you want that photo-op and we don’t blame you).

But the highlight here is thoughtful design; everything sort of just flows perfectly into the next thing, putting you right in the zone, letting you live in that sweet spot – and you should probably have a good high on while you chase that flowy feeling to its maximum.

How High Are You? Take this Quiz to Find Out

Published on August 25, 2022

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by Cyrus Grant

So, you want to know how high you are right now? To be honest, if you’re asking, you’re probably pretty high. But, that’s not very fun, so here’s a little quiz (very scientific) to give you a definitive answer.

Note, some of the questions might not have answers that are entirely accurate to your situation, so just pick whichever answer matches your general vibe the best. Also, grab your phone or a piece of paper to keep track of how many points you get, then we’ll do some simple addition, and voila, you’ll know how high you are.

Let’s get this party started!

Answer these questions and your question will be answered….

  • Have you smoked, eaten, drank, and/or done some weird shit with weed at some point today?
    • Yes – (1 point)
    • No – (0 points)
    • I don’t remember…so, yeah – (2 points)
  • Do you know what time, day, and year it currently is? 
    • Of course, dumb question – (0 points)
    • Time is a man-made construct, man – (1 point)
    • Ahhhhh the dinosaurs are coming! – (2 points)
  • What did you eat for your last meal?
    • A big ol’ loaded-up burrito – (1 point)
    • A nice salad, gotta count those calories! – (-1 point)
    • Well, I started with a nice PB&J milkshake, made some nachos using Doritos as a base, and then snuck in a pop-tart ice cream sandwich for dessert – (2 points)
    • I was actually just about to chow down on…hey, who took a bite out of my sandwich?? – (3 points)
  • How did you get high last?
    • Enjoyed a cured resin mini Mofo – (1 point)
    • Solo’d a 1.6g full-size Tough Mama Live Resin Blunt – (2 points)
    • Realized Tough Mama YOLO SHOTZ make 10 10mg servings…after the bottle was empty  (3 points… maybe go lay down)
    • I’m high on life! – (-1 point)
  • When did you get high last?
    • It’s my default state of being – (3 points)
    • Like an hour or so ago – (1 point)
    • *bong rip sounds* – (2 points)
    • IDK, a few days ago maybe – (0 points)
  • What’s going on with your outfit right now?
    • T-shirt and some pants – (1 point)
    • Business casual, baby – (0 points)
    • A silky soft bathrobe – (2 points)
    • Clothes are the shackles of society, I prefer to let it all hang out – (3 points)
  • Has anyone asked you if you’re high right now?
    • Dude, why does everyone keep asking me that?! – (1 point)
    • No, why would they? – (0 points)
    • I don’t think they really need to ask, tbh – (2 points)
  • Where are you?
    • Who wants to know?? – (2 points)
    • Just hanging at home – (1 point)
    • At work – (0 points…unless you’re a ganjier, then infinite points)
    • Oh shit….I have no clue – (3 points)
  • Why are you taking this quiz right now?
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  • How hard are you laughing at the above meme?
    • *crickets* – (0 points)
    • Gave me a little giggle – (1 point)
    • That’s some funny shit! – (2 points)
    • AHAHAHA……HAAHAHA – (3 points)
  • What does the air taste like to you right now?
    • Tastes exactly like the pizza I just finished eating – (1 point)
    • WTF are talking about? – (0 points)
    • It tastes like weed…wonderful wonderful weed – (2 points)
  • Do you think you’re going to score higher than your friends?
    • They don’t call me “the smoke machine” for nothing (literally no one calls you that) – (1 point)
    • Hey, it’s not a competition…but definitely – (1 point)
    • My friends are absolute animals, so probably not – (1 point)
    • Not sure, but I guess we’ll find out! – (1 point)
  • Have you actually been keeping track of your score?
    • Absolutely – (1 point)
    • Nah, numbers aren’t really my thing – (1 point, but go back up and count…we believe in you!)
    • There’s a score? – (1 point,  just pick your favorite image in the results section below)

Add up your point total to see just how high you are!

0 to 5 points: Not stoned at all.

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6 to 11 points: Pretty stoned.

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12 to 17 points: High as a fucking kite.

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18 to 23 points: The cars aren’t actually talking, you’re just that high.

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24 to 29 points: So high you’re practically in space

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*Disclaimer* – If a Tough Mama infused pre-roll put you here, congrats, you’re basically an astronaut since our prerolls are infused by robots built by former NASA scientists.

30 points: Out-of-body experience levels of high.

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Now that you know how high you are, go ahead and send this to your highest friends. After all, Mama says sharing is caring!

Ask Mama: What’s the Best Weed for Doing it Like They Do on the Discovery Channel?

Published on August 23, 2022

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Look, Mama already gave you the birds n’ bees talk, but now that you’re older, Mama knows you f**k – literally and metaphorically. It’s OK, we’re an open family around here. Not like we go to nude beaches together and kiss on the mouth open, but like, open in that we’re comfy enough to talk about how sex is one of the best parts of life. And you know what can make one of the best things even better? I’ll give you one guess.

(Oh shit, you guessed right: it’s weed😶‍🌫️🌿)

Does Weed Really Make Sex Better?

It might sound too good to be true, but sex and weed really are two great tastes that taste great together. Take it from the same scientists who studied Mama’s brainwaves in all those Andy Serkis movies. OK, maybe different scientists, but reports from those who like to get high and f**k (i.e. people with good taste) indicate that cannabis most definitely has the potential to elevate sensual experiences across the spectrums of gender and sexual preference. 

Science Is Sensual

One of the best sources we have on the issue is a pivotal 2019 study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine. Shush, Mama subscribes for the articles, not the pics. Here’s what those Sex Med scientists learned from a survey of 216 participants: 

  • 38.7% of sex-havers say sex is just better when high
  • 58.9% say cannabis increases sexual desire
  • 73.8% report sexual satisfaction after smoking weed
  • 74.3% are more sensitive to touch when high
  • 65.7% experience increased orgasm intensity
  • 50.5% note that they can focus better during sex
  • Over 69% (nice) felt more relaxed during sex  

And like the New York Times “Well” section says, “anecdotal evidence suggests that the right dose of cannabis can make a woman’s orgasms more satisfying and increase sex drive. This is in part because cannabis can enhance the senses and also alleviate some of the symptoms that inhibit desire, like anxiety, sleeplessness or pain.”

So potentially stronger desire, chilled-out headspace, a heightened sense of touch, and better busting? Sign Mama up. And no, that’s not gross, how do you think you got here in the first place? 

The Sexiest Strains

Whether you’re looking for the best edibles for female arousal, a foreplay vape sesh to treat your man right, or even a sense-enhancing smoke to heighten your self-love (Mama says it’s healthy!), it’s all about the strain. And, no, I don’t mean the blowing-her-back-out strain, I mean the weed strain. What’s the best weed for sex? The answer really depends on the sex.

Wedding Cake🎂

You don’t have to tie the knot to get rowdy, but Wedding Cake’s high levels of limonene might just help boost your sex drive. And as an indicia with a high THC count, it promotes a tingly, relaxing sense of euphoria.

Strawberry Cough🍓

Emojibator CEO Joe Vela tells Weedmaps, “My go-to strain for arousal is Strawberry Cough. In addition to the sensual smell and taste of berry, this strain gives me creative energy and full-body relaxation.”

Super Lemon Haze🍋

As an energizing sativa, Super Lemon Haze might just be the best weed for sex of the, uh, more ~energetic~ variety. When it’s less about foreplay and more about getting down like you’re on PornHub, this clear-headed high makes for an intense afternoon delight.  

Trainwreck 🚄

The potent combo of energizing pinene and relaxing terpinolene terps in Trainwreck make it crazy good for generating feelings of euphoria. If you just want to get totally lost in the moment and explore each others’ bodies for hours, this is your ticket. 

Amnesia Haze 😶‍🌫️

When it’s time for self-pleasure, a calming strain can help ease you into a guaranteed good time. For that, Healthline and GoLove CBD Naturals co-founder John Renko recommend the sativa Amnesia Haze due to the relaxing linalool content.

Blue Dream 💙

With a tendency to promote cerebral stimulation and full-body relaxation, the sativa-dominant hybrid Blue Dream might just lower your inhibitions in bed. Give it a honk if you’re trying something new this weekend. 

Kush n’ Push 🍃

As great as sex is, sex is also weird. And that can trigger or heighten anxiety, whether you suffer from it regularly or not. Cannabis is well known for helping some folks ease anxious feelings, and research from Frontiers in Neuroscience says that some strains are the most effective at that: to help yourself let it all go, try the indicias Bubba Kush and Kosher Kush, or the indica-dominant hybrid Skywalker OG Kush.

Setting the Scene

Sex encompasses and accelerates so many of our senses, making the whole experience as immersive as possible can really take things to the next level. Smoking and vaping only take a few minutes to kick in, so you’ll want to do that right before foreplay. Go with relaxing, flattering warm accent lights or candles, and curate the vibe with just the right playlist. You can even try cannabis-infused lube, which budtender Chelsea Cebara tells Thrillist, “causes [pleasure center] areas to be more sensitive and calls your attention to them. The effect really comes during orgasm, when you come longer and harder.”

And now that you know the best weed for sex, how about the best weed-infused cocktails for sex? Mama’s got a few cannabis-enhanced takes on classic aphrodisiac drinks to get your night started off right.  Bonus points: These canna-cocktails smooth out the vibes and help stave off dry mouth in the bedroom, too. 

Sensual Sangria

Ginger’s potent aroma has a rep for stimulating arousal and getting the heart pumping, and what’s sexier than Spanish wine? Serve it over ice in a wine glass garnished with a lemon slice and mint sprig.

  • 2oz. grape juice
  • 2 oz. cranberry juice
  • ½ oz. blood orange sparkling water
  • 5mg capful of Tough Mama YOLO SHOTZ Berry Crush
  • ½ oz. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 oz. ginger beer  

The Hot Mama

Capsaicin makes spicy stuff spicy, and its circulation-increasing properties can also get you all hot-blooded in the bedroom. Shake this spicy cocktail for spicy times over ice and strain it into a martini glass.

  •  1.5 oz. sparkling water
  • 1.25 oz. passion fruit puree
  •  ¼ oz. sugar syrup 
  • ½ oz. lime juice
  • Half an egg white
  • 5mg capful of Tough Mama YOLO SHOTZ Tropical Punch
  • 1 pinch of chili powder in the mix, 1 on top to finish

Wrapping It Up

The thing is, sex is different for everyone. And even though plenty of evidence points to weed and sex being a killer combo for lots of people, cannabis can affect different people in different ways. And in that way, weed and sex share some really important things in common:

Number one, safe experimentation is good. Explore what works for you and what makes you feel good, but also do that in a space that feels safe for you.

Number two, starting with a low dose and slowly ramping up over time is the way when trying out new strains and seeing how they affect you. Start low and go slow? That one works for weed just as well as it works for making love.

44 of the Best Songs to Listen to While High

Published on August 16, 2022

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From Snoop to Willie to Gaga, we know that weed is ingrained in music culture. We know that everyone from Cypress Hill to Afroman – and everything from mainstream pop to gnarburger skate punk to underground trap – has been inspired by cannabis. But that culture didn’t just come out of nowhere: it comes from a place of experience.

When it mingles with our endocannabinoid system, weed affects the way we process sound, and ultimately the way we experience music. Like music psychologist Daniel J. Levitin wrote in The World in Six Songs, when you listen to music high, “Subconsciously all of the usual processes of expectation formation are still occurring, but consciously, the music creates what many people describe as a time-standing-still phenomenon. They live for each note, completely in the moment.”

And the moment matters, too. That’s why Tough Mama made you these playlists to suit whatever vibe you’ve got going today – as long as that vibe includes being super high.

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For F**king Shit Up

This vibe doesn’t just call for joints, it calls for blunts. It’s a sativa kind of mood that goes hard and goes long. For creative moments and aggressive inspos that call for big bursts of energy and heart-pumping euphoric feelings. 

weed songs chill

For Spiritually Ascending

On the other end of the spectrum – let’s call it the indica end of the spectrum – sometimes you just need to zone out. You need to see colors in your mind’s eye that you didn’t even know existed, whether you’re hardcore meditating or just sinking into the void of the couch. Pair this one with a high-THC vape for smooth listening and primo spiritual ascension.  

weed songs skate

For the Skate Park 

Weed plus music and weed plus skating are timeless equations that equal nothing but good stuff. Bring classic and modern punk and hip-hop vibes to the park for nostalgic bliss and shreds that motivate you through all those scraped knees and ball-busting grinds. Partake in a hybrid or CBD-infused smoke for balanced highs that feel like the California sun.

weed songs party

For Keeping the Party Rolling

This playlist starts with a couple Tough Mama YOLO SHOTZ – and maybe some other types of shots, too. It ends when the sun comes up. Or maybe when someone gets power-bombed through a card table full of Solo cups and into a pool full of your best friends. Best friends who go hard or don’t go at all.

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For Getting Naked

Just like it elevates the sensory experience of music, weed has been used to elevate the sensual experience for as long as there’s been weed and people. And as long as there’s been people, there’s been f**king – that’s how we got here. Because some songs just make you want to get naked.

The right music, just like the right strain, caters to just the right moment. And those moments are yours, not ours. We may have laid a few foundations with some of our favorite tracks, but it’s up to you to light ‘em up even brighter with your own cuts – now get out there and make some memories, even if you’re too high to remember them for long.

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Tough Mama’s Guide to Being Cali Sober

Published on August 2, 2022

california sober smoking

If there’s anything you’ve learned from your monkey Mama by now, it’s this: life is all about experiences. F**k money, f**k things, embrace memories, and appreciate what’s fleeting. And while there’s a whole lot more to say about being cali sober (and we’re gonna say it), the spirit of the thing boils down to taking control over your experiences, even – or especially – those experiences that are a little more elevated. Mama knows California, and Mama knows California sober – so keep these fundamentals in your (now much clearer, hangover-free) mind, and you’ll do just fine.   

What Is California Sober?

Like a lot of weed culture, there’s not a hard definition of California sober written down in some price-gouged college textbook that you’re still in debt over. But the gist is basically this: when you go Cali sober, you cut certain addictive substances out of your life – most commonly booze, sometimes hard drugs – and replace them with less harmful alternatives. Usually (and definitely as far as this article is concerned), that less-harmful alternative involves a good amount of weed. So rather than being full-assed sober, it’s that California-state-of-mind sober.   

Cannabis business consultant Andrew DeAngelo puts it this way, “Cali sober is a different take on intoxication and sobriety. It allows for individual interpretation and tweaks. If you want one glass of wine with your evening joint and still call yourself Cali sober, sure, go ahead. If you want to smoke copious amounts of weed and say you’re Cali sober, knock yourself stoned. The important distinction is who is in control.”

Tough Mama Gets It – So Do Tons of Others

Especially as you get older, it makes total sense that alcohol just doesn’t serve you or your body anymore. You might not need that whole “social lubricant” thing as you become more sure of yourself, and you definitely don’t need hangovers. And you’re not alone – Cali sober is on the rise, and it ain’t going anywhere. 

According to Berenberg Research, people in their 20s drink about 20 percent less per capita than older millennials did in their 20s, and about 64 of the younger gen Z people polled plan on drinking less than older generations. Likewise, the Cannabis Drinks Expo reports that in some states where weed is legal, average wine sales have dropped by 16.2 percent while average beer sales have dropped by 13.8 percent. Take some comfort in that – you’re not just living the 420 blaze it everyday life, you’re blazing some trails, too.

Going Without That…

Even though the Cali sober lifestyle is gaining traction, drinking is still a huge cultural thing with huge cultural clout, and that often comes with a shitload of peer pressure. Take it from a skateboarding, 6-foot-tall talking gorilla who loves infused pre-rolls – it can be rough to go against the norm. 

But like DeAngelo says, “Cali sober means not being addicted to any intoxicant and having a balanced relationship with cannabis and psychedelics as an additive to good living, not something that takes away from life or gets you all strung out.”

Still, we’d be here all day if you wanted Mama to justify why cannabis alone crushes booze for the Cali sober, but everyone loves lists, so let’s just hit the highlights: 

  • Flat out: cannabis doesn’t cause hangovers, let alone the hangxiety you might experience if you’re anxiety-prone. 🤒
  • Weed is a lot more socially flexible, both in party situations and your day-to-day. Like, a boilermaker before work is a problem. In most cases, a hit before your shift or an edible before bed is not. 
  • ‘Light’ beer my hairy ass – the average can has 103 calories. A single shot of whiskey has 116. The biggest blunt you’ve ever seen has 0️⃣.
  • No one’s saying the act of smoking anything is good for you, but you have plenty of non-smoking options for consuming cannabis. There’s only one way to consume booze, and when you drink too much of it, you’re looking at potential problems like high blood pressure, heart disease, liver disease, digestive problems, memory issues, a weakened immune system, and an increased chance of developing mental health issues like depression and anxiety.
  • On the flipside, some of the most well-researched potential health benefits of cannabis include: lower blood pressure, reduced inflammation, and lessened feelings of stress and anxiety.🍃

And this one’s a little less scientific, but that whole “social lubricant” thing has some weird implications. It implies that you need to be someone else to socialize, and Mama doesn’t believe that at all. Get a little high instead of blitzed, and you might find that those social interactions are a little more authentic.  

…and Rolling With This

OK, so that’s some stuff to smoke (mentally) as you navigate your way through Cali sobriety, but the lifestyle isn’t all about missing out. Sure, you’re forgoing some choice chemicals, but it’s more about broadening your experiences with more self-care-oriented options that you can explore. 

Mama knows you, so Mama knows that smoking weed is a given here. But beyond that, it’s a wide playing field, and you’re in control of it. Just to kickstart some good Cali sober times, here are a few totally non-alcoholic things that Mama suggests exploring: 

  • CBD-infused ready-to-drink cannabis beverages offer a level-headed low-key experience, but THC drinks have entered the fray, too – we’re talking hangover-free buzzes in the form of tea, sparkling water, soda, coffee, kombucha, and more. Or take it to the next level by adding THC or CBD oil to your own canna-cocktails, or swapping tequila for a THC-spiked shot.🍹
  • Edibles. I mean, come on, you knew this. Savory, sweet, substantial, or snacky, you can eat your weed in virtually any form you can imagine. 🍬🍫🍭
  • CBD in general. It’s as versatile as THC when it comes to delivery methods, easy to access in states where weed isn’t legal yet, and lets you choose to enjoy lots of THC’s benefits without a psychoactive experience.
  • Psychedelics are having a health-conscious comeback, and for good reason – not only are they a low-risk good time in the right environment, but recent findings also suggest they may have long-term mood benefits. 💫🙃🌈
  • ‘Euphoric’ bevvies that use ingredients like adaptogens, nootropics, and more to curate low-key feelings of bliss.

And you know what? If it’s the hard-drinking scene that’s getting to you, you can make strides to replace feelings of FOMO with the “joy of missing out.” Sometimes, being Cali sober is just about finding a little slice of inner peace. 🧘 

Cali Sober Gone Wild

Look, this is Tough Mama. There’s a non-zero chance that if you’re reading this, you going California sober doesn’t mean you want to go soft. And while staying home and chilling out is great, Mama’s here to tell you that going hard is still 100 percent an option in Cali Sober Land. 

We already covered the psychedelic thing if you’re into ascending, but trust Mama: you can go full-on, buck-assed Cali-f***king sober on green alone. You know Mama’s own cone blunts pack 1.6 grams of weed, oil, and terps, and cured resin-infused YOLO SHOTZ mean you don’t have to give up on slamming a few back – each lil 2-ouncer crams in a ridiculous 100 mg of THC, so you basically just bought SHOTZ for the party. At 5mg THC per serving, that’s tons of solo shots, shots to keep the party going for hours, or a whole cadre of bespoke THC cocktails. In more chill settings, it’s a sippable high that’ll keep you stoned till the sun rises on the last DJ set or the final philosophical convo. 

And when you slam those SHOTZ down on the table, remember what Demi said: 

I’m California sober

It doesn’t have to mean the growin’ part is over

No, it ain’t black or white, it’s all of the colors

That I only just discovered.

8 Best Spots to Find Rad Street Art in Los Angeles

Published on July 29, 2022

Graffiti wall art venice

by Cyrus Grant

If we’re talking street art, there probably aren’t many places better than the City of Angels. Los Angeles might be known for its beaches, sunny weather, and movie stars, but if you know where to look, the walls around the city can beat even the fanciest of art exhibits

Luckily, we’ve got our eyes and ears to the streets, so we’ve put together a little list of where to find the best graffiti art in Los Angeles. You might want to bookmark it though, the wall art at each location often changes so you never know what you’ll see each time you visit.

Arts District – DTLA 

The Arts District has good art? Go figure. Starting the list in one of LA’s most prominent artistic areas, The Arts District is full of world-class wall art, and the best part, admission is free (because…you know, it’s just throughout the streets).

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  The Container Yard

The Container Yard – 800 E 4th St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

If you’re trying to see the most wall art in the smallest amount of time, The Container Yard is the place to go. Originally a Japanese mochi factory, The Container Yard is now an open space for local artists to create and collaborate, resulting in what has essentially turned into a campus of wall art. While it might not be accessible to the random graffiti artist in the way some walls around the city are, the art is top-notch and done by legit street artists from around the city and beyond.

graffiti wall art art share la
Art Share LA

Art Share LA – 801 E 4th Pl., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Not only is Art Share LA a cool place to see constantly changing wall art, but it’s also a badass affordable housing complex for artists. Thanks to this, there’s always a fresh spin on whatever art decorates the wall around the Art Share building. If you end up in the area, we also recommend taking a little walk down S. Hewit St. (on the side of Art Share LA) for some bonus graffiti wall art.

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Circa LA

701 E 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

In May 2016, the eastern wall of the Neptune building became home to “Bloom” by artist Hueman, replacing a long-loved painting called “Cream of the Crop” by artists DABSMYLA. While some locals were pissed to see a new painting take over the wall, “Bloom” has become a community staple, as it pays tribute to community activist Joel Bloom. 

A bonus to this location is that right around the corner on E 4th Pl., you have a collection of walls that often see new, super rad pieces pop up.

graffiti wall art colossal media
@colossalmedia

Colossal Media – 418 Molino St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Okay so this one might seem like a corporate-y option, but bear with us. Yes, Colossal Media is an advertising company. Yes, that feels like it goes against the authenticity of street art. But they do things a bit differently. They specialize in finding iconic street artists to create hand-painted outdoor murals, rather than just plastering some crap on a billboard. Honestly, they seem pretty cool.

All that aside, their office location in LA has some sweet wall art. Almost like a “Where’s Waldo?” of pop culture and iconic characters, there’s a whole lot to look at. Spanning three walls and chock-full of fun little details, trust us when we say you gotta check it out.

graffiti wall art Hauser and Wirth
Foursquare

901 E 3rd St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Tucked down a one-way alley to the right of the Hauser & Wirth building (an art gallery that moved into the long-abandoned flour mill), some of the graffiti in and around this building has been there for years, and was actually kept in place and refurbished by the art gallery that currently occupies the space.

West Side 

Okay, so you could probably find a whole book on street art in the Arts District, but it isn’t the only place to find cool graffiti. The next spots on our list can be found around the sandy beaches of West Side Los Angeles.

graffiti wall art Venice Beach
Visit Venice California

Venice Art Walls – 1800 Ocean Front Walk, Venice, California 90291

While the Arts District is full of professional-level street art, the Venice Art Walls are a more, shall we say, traditional form of graffiti. Open to anyone on the weekends, artists of all levels can show up and let the spraypaint fly. Not only does this create a pretty authentic feel to all the graffiti, but it also is constantly changing, so you never know what you might get to see.

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Santa Monica

MakeMake Entertainment – 2308 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90404

If you find yourself in Santa Monica looking for a variety of street art, look no further than the MakeMake Entertainment building. Every inch of this building is covered in different styles of graffiti, meaning you’ll definitely want to give it a full 360-degree tour.

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Bloom by Kayla

Electric and Santa Clara Ave., Venice, CA 90291 

Walk around enough of Venice and you’ll see plenty of graffiti, but if you’re looking for some of Venice’s most popular street art pieces, you’ll want to head towards Abbot Kinney. Starting in the back alley on Electric Avenue and cutting through Santa Clara Avenue towards Abbot Kinney, this little side street is home to some popular walls for high-tier graffiti. Plus, there’s a bunch of great food and shopping around there if you’re all done with your LA graffiti tour. 

It’s no secret that you can find graffiti on almost any wall in a big city like Los Angeles, but we wanted to share some special spots for those of you that appreciate some next-level shit. So, as always, grab your favorite Tough Mama product, spark up (or drink up), and hit the streets to see the best graffiti in town.

Any spots we missed? Let us know in the comments down below!

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