NBA All-Star Gary Payton’s New Cookies Strain Heating Up California


It is time to get in touch with a timeout on overpriced, mid-grade bud with a celebrity name slapped on the side.

As an alternative, rotate in the new strain, Gary Payton, and dominate the sesh.

“This is like the Wheaties box for the weed game and we have been the 1st to pop it off.”

Berner, Cookies co-founder and rapper

Just in time for the NBA preseason hype, the worlds of cannabis and pro sports are uniting like in no way just before in the bestselling new assortment from the international cannabis brand Cookies.

This is not some crass copyright violation, either—like The Game’s 2018 joke strain “LA Bron James.” Payton’s basically in on this one particular.

Fifty-one particular-year-old Oakland, CA, native and NBA All-Star Payton licensed his name and likeness rights this year to Cookies, also primarily based in Oakland.

The 2006 NBA Finals Champion and 1996 NBA Defensive Player of the Year’s face screams off of eighth-ounce flower bags sold at licensed California retailers and delivery solutions this week statewide.

The going price? Up to $70 per eighth. The stuff sells out in hours.

“This is like the Wheaties box for the weed game and we have been the 1st to pop it off,” stated Cookies founder and rapper Berner, in a July release. “What tends to make it most effective is the bag behind it is so fire.”

Player vs. Herb Match

Certainly, exotic herb connoisseurs hunt little, artisanal releases of Gary Payton from Melrose to Humboldt this fall simply because the actual flower proves as legit as the baller’s record.

Nicknamed “The Glove,” Payton’s a nine-time All-Star point guard who could frustrate Michael Jordan in his prime. The Glove is ambidextrous, terrific at assists, and a notorious trash-talker ranked third in most technical fouls of all time.

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Maintaining up with the man—his dried, cured cannabis flowers present as a single, dense, glistening, riotously multicolored, three.five-gram nug. It was so wonderful, it felt like a crime to break it up.

Waves of classic Cookie dank aroma—scrumptious, sweet, creamy, berry—washed out of the bag, perfuming every single area in which it sat. Heads will get in touch with this “loud.”

Exceedingly higher-THC, intensely hybridized Gary Payton electrifies as it sedates—generating a time-warping mental gauze that teleports you 180 minutes into the future, and more than to some munchies. For genuine.

The Y and Snowman

How did this specific strain get linked with the Seattle Supersonics star? Fandom.

The Cookie fam are basketball heads and streetballers considering that childhood. When grower/breeder Kenny Powers crossed two coveted Cookies strains—The Y and Snowman—offspring quantity 20 stood out as the most effective.


Exotic new Cookies strain Gary Payton boxes out the competitors. (David Downs/Leafly)

“That Gary Payton,” Powers stated, shaking his head in disbelief. Fellow grower Jigga, Berner, and their inner circle concurred. No surprise, actually, but one particular of Berner’s buddies knew one particular of Payton’s buddies. An Oakland meeting ended in a licensing deal. “The vibe was correct and we each decided to adjust the game with each other,” stated Berner.

“[Cannabis] is accepted extra in this generation,” Payton stated in a current video.

Very first teased in May on social media, controlled releases of the hybrid all through the summer season have generated strange, extended, early morning lines of heads at Cookies’ two Los Angeles shops and other drop areas.

You can come across fake bags for sale on-line from illicit marketplace counterfeiters—imitation is the highest kind of flattery.

We immediately forked more than $70 for the genuine deal at Outdoors Lands’ Grasslands. It proved to be income effectively spent.

Cookies, Alien Labs, C.R.A.F.T. Collective, IC Collective, and a handful of other California brands have designed a new class of cannabis: One thing akin to fine whiskey that you retain in unique weed fridges and only break out for people that actually get it.

Subsequent up, Gary Payton comes to Cookies-affiliated adult use shops in Michigan.


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