Are you ready to say goodbye to January 2019? Yup, that month just happened. Yikes. Now what’s next? Pre-order some Lemon Meringue for Leafly Pickup. Pair it with Rams vs Pats in the Super Bowl. There’s also the Puppy Bowl, and Weezer’s new The Teal Album — it’s a cheesy week! Here’s your pop culture and cannabis pairings for the Jan. 28-Feb. 3—let’s Hit This!
Trending Sativa — Lemon Meringue. If you’re going to freeze in Ann Arbor, MI’s minus 15 degree weather this week, you might as well fall asleep puffing on this trending mix of Lemon Skunk and Cookies and Cream. Spotted at Liv Wellness, Ann Arbor. Popular in Portland,OR, and Seattle, WA.
Productivity Hack — Get off your couch and start making some anandamide, the body’s natural THC.
Productive Product — Kushy Punch sativa gummies. Precision-dosed to 6.25 mg THC per gummy, for get up and go. Spotted at the new ECO dispensary in Oakland, CA.
TV — Monday: Chris Pine stars in “I Am The Night,” TNT’s crime noir miniseries about the notorious Black Dahlia murder | Friday: John Malkovich takes on the role of famous detective Hercule Poirot in Amazon Prime’s adaptation of Agatha Christie’s “The ABC Murders”; The series premiere of Netflix’s new original drama “Siempre Bruja” tells the tales of a time-traveling Afro-Colombian witch; HBO’s imported horror anthology “Folklore” explores terrifying superstitions throughout six Asian countries | Sunday: Animal Planet’s “Puppy Bowl” is an adorable alternative for those uninterested in football.
Film — The action thriller “Miss Bala” lets female lead Gina Rodriguez exact vengeance on a Mexican drug cartel; Big-budget director Peter Jackson used original unseen World War I footage for his first documentary film, “They Shall Not Grow Old”; Mads Mikkelson braves sub-zero temperatures in the survival drama “Arctic.”
Music — Weezer surprised fans with the unannounced release of The Teal Album, a 10-track collection of cover songs; The New Zealand electropop duo Broods release their third studio effort, Don’t Feed the Pop Monster; Le Butcherettes promises more crunching garage punk on their new album bi/MENTAL; British ska legends The Specials put out their first original material in 20 years with the release of Encore; Gallipoli marks the fifth album from world indie-folk experimentalists Beirut.
Sports — Boston and Los Angeles rekindle their bi-coastal sports rivalry as the Los Angeles Rams clash with the New England Patriots for Super Bowl LIII.
Gaming — Disney and Pixar fans will be in awe of Square Enix’s long-awaited action RPG, Kingdom Hearts 3 on PS4 and XBox One; the multiplayer strategy game Wargroove brings turn-based tactics to all consoles and PC.
Events — Sister Hazel, Plain White T’s, and Atlas Genius are set to perform at Florida’s Rock Boat cruise festival Feb. 1-6.
News — Monday, Minnesota lawmakers introduce a legalization bill.
Weekend in Brief
Americans digested news of toxic metals in their vape carts. . . . A rejected Super Bowl ad about medical cannabis scored free publicity. . . . Football legend Joe Montana joined a $75 million fundraising round for Caliva, a California cannabis brand. . . . Israel is set to join the small list of medical cannabis exporters. . . . Three Colorado industry members got a year in prison for trafficking. . . . And a former Oregon state police station and crime lab becomes a licensed dispensary, catering to Idahoans across the stateline.