7 excellent AAPI flowers, vapes, and edibles for 2023

7 excellent AAPI flowers, vapes, and edibles for 2023

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“There are voices in the AAPI community that need to be amplified,” says Bay Area-based visual artist Felicia Ann. The East Bay equity brand Dolo Rolling Co. knows, and harnesses, the power of collaboration. In the latest in their series, they’ve partnered with the AAPI-owned cultivators Emerald City Genetics and neuroscience-student-turned-artist Felicia Ann for a special release of Gelonade and Emerald Dream strains in flower and preroll form, decked out with Ann’s vibrant artwork. A portion of the proceeds will go to Oakland’s Chinatown organization, who’ve weathered the recent storm of pandemic grief and AAPI violence with grace. 

Joke’s Up dispensary and Runtz Wraps

Runtz co-founder and Joke's Up CEO Yung LB told Leafly what he's smoking during a trip to New York City in early 2022. (Jon Bain / Leafly)
Runtz co-founder and Jokes Up CEO Yung LB told Leafly what he’s smoking during a trip to New York City in early 2022. (Jon Bain / Leafly)

One of the most popular, impactful strains of the 21st century, Runtz, has an AAPI team behind it. Yung LB of Runtz fame was born in California, but tiny south Pacific archipelago nation of Tonga is his motherland. 

“I got a story behind me…we came to America looking for a dream,” he shared on a podcast, saying that his parents left Tonga, where most people don’t have hot water, to provide their children a better life. 

After a frenetic childhood in Long Beach, he moved to the Bay Area to graduate high school, and it was in Oakland that he met the cultivators who’d created the strain that would become Runtz, our 2020 strain of the year. And from Runtz, the sky’s the limit. He’s since opened the Joke’s Up dispensary in Los Angeles that serves only the most exotic zaza and hosts a plethora of cannabis culture events. And if you’re a blunt lover, they now offer Runtz Wraps.

And that’s seven excellent weed goodies from our friends with AAPI backgrounds. We’ll keep an eye out for even more. Feel free to shout out your favorites in the comments below.

Amelia Williams

Amelia Williams

New York-based freelance cannabis journalist Amelia Williams is a graduate of San Francisco State University’s journalism program, and a former budtender. Williams has contributed to the San Francisco Chronicle’s GreenState, MG Magazine, Culture Magazine, and Cannabis Now, Kirkus Reviews, and The Bold Italic.

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