The moon ran blood-red over the weekend and, thankfully, nobody got sacrificed. OK — a lot of herb got sacrificed. But still, progress, right? So — now what? Well, Snoop, Martha, Venture Bros and Lollapalooza are all comin’ in hot. Here’s what you need to know about the week of July 30 through Aug. 6. We call it ‘Hit This’. Smoke ’em if you got, ’em, Pennsylvania.

Shopping List

Sativa to Watch — Red Congolese. Fans report energy, focus, and creative vibes on this African strain spotted in the Bay Area and grown by Gold Seal SF.

Productivity Hack — A common terpene found in most cannabis strains could a key to pain and inflammation relief. [Leafly]

Productive Product — Lagunitas’ Hi-Fi Hops provides a hoppy, medicated alternative to sparkling waters like LaCroix. [Leafly]

Motivation Quote

The sunshine’s an excuse to shoot hoops, get juice/
Show improve their moves and let loose/
I hear voices, I see smiles to match em/
Good times and you can feel it in the fashion/
Even though the heat cooks up the action

Atmosphere — Sunshine

What Happun?

News — The lunar eclipse heralded doom in California, where wildfire raged all weekend. The most devastating, the Carr Fire consumed more than 80,000 acres of cannabis country, five lives, and almost 600 structures. Firefighters worked to keep the blaze from again breaching the city of Redding — the birthplace of Alien Labs. [Leafly] Also, 20 percent of California cannabis products failed initial testing in July. [Mercury News]  . . . Colorado police are scaremongering about cartels. [Denver Post] . . . Massachusetts’s legalization is bottlenecked at testing. Zero labs have a license. [Boston Herald] . . . Oklahoma regulators walked back onerous, potential illegal regulations. [OKCFOX]. The state may be voting on full legalization in November. [KOCO5] . . . And Reddit user SmellyShmitzel was “watching this frog by the lake high asf and this garter snake came out of the water and grabbed him. 10/10 better than Planet Earth.” [r/trees]

To Do List

News — Pennsylvania patients will get access to flower cannabis for the first time starting Aug. 1. [ABC27]

TVMonday: The Jay-Z-produced docu-series “Rest in Power” explores the tragedy of Trayvon Martin on BET and the Paramount Network  | Wednesday: VH1 premieres season 3 of “Snoop and Martha’s Potluck Party” | Friday: The raunchy animated series “Animals” returns to HBO for season 3 | Sunday: Adult Swim’s fan-favorite “Venture Bros.” is back from a two-year hiatus for season 7.

Film — The biopic “Nico, 1988” looks into the last years of the iconic Velvet Underground vocalist; Ewan McGregor portrays Disney’s “Christopher Robin” as an adult reimagining his childhood friends.

Music — Compton rapper YG invites guests like A$AP Rocky and 2 Chainz on his third studio album, “Stay Dangerous”.

Sports — Baseball rumors and deals are reaching a boiling point as the MLB trade deadline looms on July 31; some of Europe’s biggest world football clubs clash stateside in the friendly preseason tournament, the International Champions Cup.

FashionRaf Simons and Eastpak release their Fall-Winter ‘18 collection of stylish backpacks on Aug. 1; Nike continues its successful collaboration with designer Virgil Abloh with the Off-White x Nike Air Presto in a white colorway dropping Aug. 3.

Events — Arctic Monkeys, Bruno Mars, The Weeknd and Jack White headline this year’s massive incarnation of Lollapalooza in Chicago Aug. 2-5; Colorado’s Arise Festival brings Thievery Corporation, Slightly Stoopid, and many more acts to Sunrise Ranch Aug. 3-5.

Cannabis Farmer’s Almanac —  Trellis. Add vegetating nutrients as needed. Remove unproductive fan leaves. Kill pests and apply remediations. If going away on vacation, create detailed caretaking instructions. Estimate yield and factor into harvest plans. Brew beer.

Shout Outs

Dope artist Maxfield Bala of Oakland, go-to pen for top-notch growers IC Collective.

Stay safe out there this week. – O.P.

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