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Gary Payton

from Cloud 9

This flower is definitely funky and sour in the best ways.

Worthy of the hall of fame name, this strain dedicated to the beloved Seattle basketball hero hits like a slam dunk with a SuperSonic blast of stoned euphoria.

In his 13 year history with the SuperSonics, Gary Payton aka “The Glove” set franchise records in points, assists, and steals for the team. He would go on to win an NBA Championship and earn Hall of Fame status, and is best remembered for personifying the team that no longer exists in Seattle. While the loss of the Sonics has left a hole in the PNW sporting world, there is no better way to honor the team and “The Glove” than with a truly tasty strain.

Bred by Cookies and Powerzzz Genetics, this cross between Y Griega x Snowman is a heavy but balanced hybrid that has found a loving home with Cloud 9 Farms. A true Mom and Pop operation, Cloud 9 is a Tier 2 farm in Kelso with an ownership team working in the garden every day. With hands in the dirt and a passion for unique and cutting edge genetics, Cloud 9 has a tasty lineup of strains that includes the delicious Apple Fritter, Wonka Bars, and house favorite, Cookies and Cream. Although it was tough to choose just one strain, we chose to get gassed up on nostalgia and taste this locally grown homage to the infamous Glove.

Luckily, there are no fouls in the weed world – but this flower is definitely funky and sour in the best ways, filling the air and teasing from the jar with a loud gassy haze. The buds are pillowy with a solid density and perfect, slightly sticky cure that sticks to fingers when broken open. Each nugget is covered in frosty trichomes and red hairs, with a luscious purple flower hue that looks beautiful in the jar, and even better in a bowl!

Taking a dry puff on a hand-rolled joint coats the palate in sweet citrus and gas, with a minty-Cookies finish that tastes good enough to eat. A sweet inhale awaits once sparked, with a swish-smooth exhale that leaves a heavy body high settling in the chest, slowing breathing as a rush of euphoria heads to the frontal lobes. This strain wraps around the body and mind like a Glove, bringing an all-star buzz that is both powerful and relaxing, ushering in waves of cheerful euphoria perfect for any time of day. And while smoking this tasty hybrid from Cloud 9 won’t bring back the Sonics, toking on the Gary Payton is the next best thing to honor the legacy of the player and the team.