Calling all Homoganjas! Let’s talk about anything and everything marijuana related, from legalization to pop culture to how to make your own bong using a box of Diva cups and a broken lamp. Whether you’re a newbie who doesn’t know a blunt from a joint, or you’re planning your gay dream wedding to Mary Jane, this column is for you. Puff, Puff, Pass.
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Homoganjas, I don’t want to brag or anything, but I’m somewhat of a tech whiz in my family. Only in my family, though. I can talk my mom through cutting and pasting web addresses like a pro. I can help my sister scan pictures onto her laptop and then attach them to emails. I even have a basic to subpar working knowledge of iTunes. But despite my mother’s proclamations that her daughter is the next Bill Gates, in the real world I am hopeless with all things tech-related.
This is especially true regarding my knowledge (or lack thereof) of apps. This is coming from someone who has three different flashlight apps and makes daily use of her light saber app. Oh well. So here’s my stab at Queer Your Tech With Fun Aka Queer Your Tech With a Stoner Too Afraid to Update to iOS7.
For your consideration, my six favorite Marijuana-related apps:
Leafly aka Marijuana Strain and Dispensary Reviews, is a brilliant catalogue of more than 500 strains. Not only does Leafly thoughtfully review these strains, but it allows you to cross-reference strains based on side effects, flavors, and recommended medical usage. It also helps you find dispensaries, and posts 420 news and factoids. If you only download one marijuana-based app, this is the one to download. And it’s free on both iOS and Android phones.
Marijuana Handbook Lite is a nifty little app that houses a strains library with descriptions and pictures. It also has a wormhole of marijuana knowledge and trivia that is great for killing time. It even has a recipe section for all you baked bakers! This is a fun free app that is easy to use, and it’s also free and available on iOS and Android. And if you’re feeling prosperous you can always spring for the full version for $2.99.
This app is the Yelp of dispensary apps. Aside from, you know, Yelp. In addition to finding and mapping the nearest MMJ dispensary, this app also lists prices, menus, and daily specials in your area. I find this to be an especially useful app, as dispensaries in Los Angeles are more ubiquitous than Starbucks. California is indeed a magical place. Also free and available on iOS and Android.
The Grasscity Community app is the mobile version of the immensely popular marijuana forum. With over 16 million posts, Grasscity is the hub of any and all cannabis conversation. From legalization to hemp history to equipment recommendations, Grasscity covers it all. This online smoke circle is a great resource for information, and vigilant moderators keep the trolling to a minimum. Again, free and avail on iOS and Android.
5. Legalize It!
Legalize It! is an app devoted entirely to legalization efforts across the country. It features a state by state breakdown of laws and possession fines, as well as a comprehensive history of legalization. Not only is it a good educational resource, but it also features a “take action” tab that helps you send pro-legalization emails to elected officials! Damn the man, spam the empire! Free, but only avail on iOS.
6. Grow Buddy
Grow Buddy is an app geared towards people who grow their own marijuana. It records notes and helps track pH levels, inventory, and feeding schedules. This app helps to keep your ganja garden organized and efficient. Sidebar, it’s fun to read the Amazon reviews of angry people who thought this was a straight up gardening app. I would use this app if I grew my own stuff, but since I’ve managed to massacre multiple cacti, I’ll leave the growing to the professionals. Seriously, my apartment is like a terrarium cemetery. This app is also free, but only avail on Android.
Because if I didn’t have a job, I’d just be light saber dueling all day. Also, it’s a lot of fun to take Star Wars quotes and insert weed jargon, i.e. “I find your lack of Sativa disturbing” or “these are not the joints you’re looking for.” Go ahead, try it.
What about you, young Padawans? Favorite weed apps? Websites? Need me to help you with your AOL email? Because I got that shit on lock.
All pics from Google Play and iTunes App Store.