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Method Man’s Free M.A.C. – Roll it, light it, love it

TICAL Free Mac through a magnifying glass
TICAL Free M.A.C., a new marijuana strain at Simply Pure in Denver Aug. 20. The inspiration for this strain came from Method Man’s “Tical” album. (Tri Duong | The Collegian)

Method Man, noted hip-hop legend, actor and longtime cannabis activist, has become the latest in a slew of celebrities to launch a cannabis brand.

TICAL, named for Method Man’s 1994 solo debut album, officially launched in Colorado Aug. 13. Colorado connoisseurs can find the product at select dispensaries, where they can choose from three unique indica strains — Sweet Grease, Orange Cookie Kush and Free M.A.C. (Magic Alien Cookies). All three strains are cultivated by Vera, an indoor cannabis grow facility in Boulder.

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A colleague and I headed to Simply Pure, a Black-owned Denver dispensary located in the Highland Park neighborhood — one of only two Colorado pot shops where you can find the product. This was, of course, intentional on Method Man’s part: TICAL stands for Taking Into Consideration All Lives, as a brand committed to reversing some of the damage that cannabis prohibition has done to the Black community through economic inclusion.

Marijuana concentrates in a mini fridge
Cannabis concentrates stored in a display fridge at Simply Pure in Denver Aug. 20. (Tri Duong | The Collegian)

“I love being part of the team,” said Piper, the budtender who helped us through the experience, who asked to be referred by only first name. When we asked him what he thought of TICAL bud so far, he said it was pretty great and that “a lot of celebrities come out with cannabis that is not good.”

We purchased the prepackaged eighth of Free M.A.C., which tested at 25.71% THC content. According to TICAL’s website, this particular strain was created by crossbreeding M.A.C. 1 and Freeworld Chem and carries the dominant terpenes of limonene, naturally found in lemons, and pinene, naturally found in pine needles.

When we finally got the chance to open up the jar, we were not disappointed. The buds, sporting a pale green color uncharacteristic of some heavy indicas, were sticky and had an extremely pungent herbal and somewhat citral odor — the terpenes came through clearly.

After a few modest puffs, my colleagues and I found ourselves stuck to various couches, floors and chairs. The smoke was surprisingly smooth and carried a pleasantly earthy taste, both in joint and water pipe form.

After some debate, we concluded that this would go best with a hearty noodle dish — ramen, pad thai, spaghetti — whatever is closest to arm’s length at the time of initial consumption.

This is certainly not a daytime going-for-a-hike kind of weed. You may end up accidentally camping if you attempt to use it for this purpose. Rather, this is the ideal strain for evening gaming, listening to a great album or watching a thought-provoking film: stimulating to the mind yet immobilizing to the body.

If you struggle with insomnia, this could be the strain for you. I found myself completely overcome with sleepiness just a few hours after initially smoking and absolutely slept better than average without feeling very groggy at all the next morning.

Overall, I would give TICAL Free M.A.C. 4.5 out of 5 Rams and look forward to the future of Method Man’s cannabis endeavors.

Hayden Hawley can be reached at cannabis@collegian.com or on Twitter @hateonhawley.

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Hayden Hawley
Hayden Hawley, Cannabis Director
Hayden Hawley is the cannabis director for The Rocky Mountain Collegian. He is a fourth-year journalism major from El Cajon, California. He is also minoring in film studies and history. This is his first year working with The Collegian Hawley hopes that through the cannabis section he can help remove the taboo surrounding the cannabis industry and promote safe and informed cannabis use throughout the Colorado State University campus. He strives to provide honest and unbiased content that reports both on the joys of cannabis as well as its ever-growing social and environmental impacts. In his spare time, Hawley can be found doom-scrolling Twitter or watching A24 movies. His favorite way to enjoy cannabis is a bowl of freshly ground indica in a pipe or joint accompanied by a cold LaCroix and a box of Cheez-Its (not sponsored). Hawley has been interested in writing for his entire life. He enjoys baseball and birdwatching with his girlfriend. Before entering CSU, he was involved in standup and improv comedy, and he now hopes to continue writing for whoever wants to pay him after college ends. His experience of directing a section for The Collegian thus far has been rewarding and gratifying.
Tri Duong
Tri Duong, Co-Photo Director
Tri Duong is a fifth-year journalism student with a minor in chemistry and is profoundly intrigued by the art of documenting life one frame at a time. Duong was born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where reunification would one day bring about his family move to Loveland, Colorado, in 2007. For 14 years, his family was separated due to the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Coming from a different country has given him a deeper insight to life and the way of being. In fifth grade, Duong discovered photography through an after-school class, which led to his journey to becoming a photojournalist today. Whether it is photographing the ordinary walks of daily life or the harsh rambles of the world, Duong will always adhere to a certain philosophy: The product must preserve the liveliness of a worthy moment in the truest and most authentic way possible, or else it is not life. Working for The Collegian, Duong aspires to bring storytellers and journalists to develop their inspiration of visual communication through an ethical scope. Documentation of fragile and vulnerable reality is fascinating evidence for existence; therefore, it is critical to respect the nature of its realness. In his free time, Duong takes an interest in beekeeping, bartending and traveling as a way to explore the vast unknown of this world. Duong hopes to learn more about the storytellers he comes by at work or school. Everyone carries with them a unique tale of experience, and it would be lovely to hear who they are and how they ended up here.

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