Welcome to summer. While the great outdoors beckon you elsewhere, we Phoenix city dwellers stick to the OK interior with its refreshing air conditioning, cool water, and endless supply of screen entertainment. What better way to enjoy time indoors than with a good movie and some high-quality weed?
Here are our picks for five film and cannabis pairings for lazy summer days. Whether you’re on summer vacation or just looking to wind down after a hot day, these picks are worth listening to the next time you’re ready to melt into the couch.
1. space balls and the death star
Where to watch: YouTube
Where to buy: Donate Tree
Our list begins with a classic, space balls, paired with the excellent and skunky Death Star. Death Star is an indica-dominant strain, resulting from a cross between Sensi Star and Sour Diesel. Death Star’s effects are relaxing and euphoric, perfect for couch potatoes. Much like its namesake, Death Star lets people explode in its wake and cook. However, those brave enough to be at the receiving end of Death Star have been known to reach ridiculous speed and race across the galaxy in a Winnebago with their favorite Mog. Like any great strain, Death Star sends smokers straight to the plaid. Do yourself a favor: roll off the Death Star, grab a slice, and take off with it space balls. May the Schwartz be with you.
Everything everywhere all at once and GG#4
Where to watch: YouTube
Where to buy: Harvest HOCEverything everywhere all at once is an interdimensional therapy session of a film that invites viewers to question the entirety of their reality and reflect on the multiverse. For a film as action-packed, hilarious and introspective as Everything everywhere all at oncewe need a strain that can keep up.
Enter GG #4 (aka Gorilla Glue, GG4) – a potent sativa-dominant hybrid strain with a historical lineage linked to Sour Diesel, Sour Dubb, Chem’s Sister and Chocolate Diesel. The strain induces an envelope filter-like buzz that tickles the brain and glues the body — often to the couch. GG4 blends perfectly with the thrilling visual effects, tangled stories, comedy and poetic truth of Everything everywhere all at once. Remember that your highest potential could come from your lowest iteration. Now go get high.
The Holy Mountain and Headband
Where to watch: Apple TV+
Where to buy: Nirvana Center
The Holy Mountain is the surreal 1973 vision of Chilean director Alejandro Jodorowsky. The film follows “The Thief” as he struggles through life, eventually encountering The Alchemist, played by Jodorowsky. The Holy Mountain playfully dances with religious and occult themes and imagery, creating an alchemical ritual of its own. The Thief and seven others train with the Alchemist to climb the Mountain of Immortals, and they learn deeper lessons along the way. Viewers may recognize some of the film’s famous sets from popularized stills.
A bit like The Alchemist in The Holy Mountain, Headband crowns his followers with the timeless wisdom of peace and creativity. The headband is the classic cross of OG Kush and Sour Diesel, so count on it to deliver equal parts relaxation and vibrancy as you look at the mystical visual wonder that is The Holy Mountain.
Praise this next: Poesia sin end (Spanish for endless poetry)
Friday and OG Kush
Where to watch: HBO Max
Where to buy: Wonder of nature
Now is the time for two quintessential ’90s Los Angeles classics. There’s just something great about Friday. Maybe it’s the all-star cast, maybe it’s the sweet 90s nostalgia, or maybe it’s just Mrs. Parker, but Friday tears. The 1995 favorite tells a story as old as time – one of neighborhood dynamics, growth, responsibility and, of course, Mary Jane.
A little like Friday, OG Kush is a legendary comeback. The story of OG Kush is fascinating, dense and just as sticky as her buds. OG Kush as we know it started with a Florida grower who perfected his signature strain. His friends called the variety “Kush Berries”, simply because of the way the plant look at, rather than as a nod to his lineage. Eventually the name was shortened to “Kush”, and Josh D brought the plant to Los Angeles. Word spread that Kush was the thing to get, and the rest is history. It’s entirely possible that Smokey had some Kush on him (if he wasn’t smoking psychics), although he told Craig not to sweat the chronicle – another common misnomer at the time. . Today, OG Kush comes in many forms from many growers, all offering their take on a strain that consistently delivers herbal bliss, toothy smiles, and a light buzz.
The French Dispatch and sour diesel
Where to watch: HBO Max
Where to buy: Harvest HOC
In his most recent cinematic adventure, Wes Anderson takes viewers to Ennui, France, the fictional setting of The French Dispatchto explore five stories written by American journalists who live and work there as correspondents.
The French Liberty Dispatch, Kansas Evening Sun is director-screenwriter Wes Anderson in fine form – meticulous, rich and utterly charming. Tilda Swinton, who plays an eccentric art critic in the film, describes The French Dispatch as Anderson’s “love letter to journalism”. The film also pays homage to many forms of art and storytelling, including, of course, French cinema.
Sour Diesel is a sativa strain well known for its uplifting and heady high. The strain often induces daydreaming creativity and wonder. It’s ideal for late-night chatty smoke sessions about art, politics, and other areas of life. Sour Diesel won’t glue you to the couch, but instead delivers clear, ecstatic sounds joy of life, If you want.
For a movie like The French Dispatch, you might want to include black coffee and maybe roll your SD in a French spliff. There’s a lot going on in this movie, and there are plenty of wonderful minor details to absorb. Viewers will want their creativity, dynamism and conscience on high alert.
Savvy readers will notice that Sour Diesel is mentioned in nearly every pairing in this article, and that’s not a mistake. Sour Diesel is perfect for watching movies. It’s a fun, high-spirited strain that’s perfect for enjoying long-lasting art, like movies and concerts. Unless you’re looking for an indica-induced couch coma, Sour Diesel is still a solid choice for movies. Don’t forget the popcorn.