Since December of 2013, I've been reviewing marijuana for the Denver Post's 420-themed "The Cannabist" site, as well as previewing events. As a cannabis critic, I've smoked over one hundred different strains of pot, each unique in their own way.
I've also worked in the medical marijuana industry since 2009, as everything from front desk staff to marketing director for a multiple dispensary chain.
As a co-founder of Hemp Box, a monthly gift box that helps consumers discover great hemp products, I'm a passionate advocate for industrial hemp for farmers.

Edit: 12:48 EST Wow! This got out of hand quickly! I'm not quitting! I'll do my best to answer every question you guys have, then get to your follow-ups. Currently [5].

Edit #2: 3:00 EST Okay, really shouldn't have said every question, but I'm still here, grinding my way through these. Also, I'm making terrible mistakes so enjoy laughing at my poor grammar and abuse of the comma! Keep 'em coming. [2]

Edit #3: 4:50 EST Thanks everyone for the great questions. Don't forget to check out The Cannabist for all of my reviews. I'd also love your supporting launching the Hemp Box on Indiegogo. We'll send you fun variety of (THC free) hemp products every month, with a single month starting at $20. There's also some fun ways to contribute, including a trip to Denver to go check out some recreational marijuana with my friends and I. Now I'm going to go back to my regular username and downvote everyone who was snarky. You guys are the best!
Edit #4: I was not paid to do an AMA the same day as the Taco Bell president.

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salmonderp241 karma

Does smoking pot for a job change how you use pot recreationally? Like most people get home from work exhausted, and say to themselves "man, I'm gonna get baked to help me relax." For you, is it like, "man, I'm going to drink alot of water and hope this high goes away so I can relax."

fakejakebrowne244 karma

I have a joke about how now whenever I smoke pot I have to write a book report. It's not very funny yet, but you get the point. I try to be a little more observational, but the hardest part is probably doing the videos. They ask me to do two 45 second Tout's to accompany the articles, something I'm not very good at yet. Let the writers write!
Edit: I'm a bad writer. Have fun with that one, too.

boazdm144 karma

Let the writer's write!


Milieunairess70 karma

this is why Jake is a MJ critic and not an MJ editor. I think Ric Baca helps out with the punctuation problems.

fakejakebrowne52 karma

Constantly. Also, I've been here for four hours. But yeah, "writer's write" is unintentional comedy.

Loading----------142 karma

What is the most potent strain you have tried, and what were the effects like?

fakejakebrowne310 karma

When I first started at The Releaf Center there was a strain called Herojuana we got from a caregiver that was a real one-hitter quitter. We didn't know that at the time. Probably the closest I've gotten to visually hallucinating with a strain. Amazing, intense body high with tons of mental stimulation. Came from a caregiver, never saw it again.

odrizy131 karma

How are people in Colorado who don't smoke weed taking the legalization? Do they hate it, love it, or is it pretty much a 50/50. And how do they react to your articles/reviews in they're magazines?

fakejakebrowne177 karma

I haven't received any hate mail yet, but my editors might be keeping it in a secret bag somewhere to preserve my sanity. Overall, I think when the first big tax numbers came in, people were stoked. That money goes to school construction, keeping the kids off of drugs, and keeping stoned drivers off the roads.
My stuff stays online for the moment, not in the paper itself, but my colleague Ricardo Baca has said in the past that the backlash to print pieces wasn't nearly as big as they had expected. So hopefully that means I'll be getting a column next to Dear Abby.

thir13enGaming124 karma

When trying out different strains, do you have a routine you follow? If so what does it entail?

fakejakebrowne326 karma

1) Be sober.
2) Have a clean pipe. Even if there's a little resin in the bowl area, I can still get the taste off the first hit, but I'll heat up my pipe and give it a good scrape.
3) Give it a good squish with my fingers. This always helps pick up the nose of a strain. If I'm having trouble picking out distinct notes, I'll smell some coffee beans to reset my sniffer.
4) Take a couple hits, and write some initial notes. How long does it take to hit me? If I had any aches/pains, how do those feel? What do I feel like doing? When do the effects start to wane?
5) Submit about 15 minutes after my deadline. Thanks, my awesome editors!

funboy1989101 karma

Do you currently foresee any potential pitfalls or problems that could cause a reversal of the new cannabis laws in Colorado?

fakejakebrowne286 karma

Tons of them. I worry about stoned drivers, although drunk drivers are still a massive problem around the country but no one bats an eye at booze. (insert Joker meme)
Colorado needs to regulate shops well, as we're the testing ground for all of this. Make sure that money (and pot) aren't flowing out the back door. The MED (Marijuana Enforcement Division) has their hands full.

MoistNugget81 karma

What is your least favorite misconception about marijuana and how do you debunk it?

fakejakebrowne316 karma

That potheads are intrinsically stupid. Mostly, I just yell "CARL FUCKING SAGAN" at them. I'm not sure I'm helping the cause.

TryNstopME02477 karma

I'm from Illinois and been thinking of taking a drive to Colorado to buy some green. Am I allowed to buy it being from another state? What's the best kind of bud to get?

fakejakebrowne152 karma

Yes, that is totally a thing you can do. Some shops will limit how much out-of-staters can buy or charge you more, so do your research in advance and call around. Do you like to sleep and feel incapacitated? Try some indica! Want to be energetic/feel like strangers can read your thoughts you're so paranoid? Try some sativa! Everyone has a different experience, so whatever you try, try it in moderation.

QuentinDave72 karma

Have you ever met Doug Benson/Snoop Dogg/other celebrities associated with cannabis? Would you consider going on Doug's podcast "Getting Doug with High?"

fakejakebrowne116 karma

Can everyone tweet this to Doug Benson? We've smoked after a show before but he's a busy guy. He'll be out here for Mother's Day and want him on MY podcast. Other than Doug, nope. What up, /u/Here_Comes_The_King?

FightingAgainstTime17 karma

I just tweeted him. Ya welcome.

fakejakebrowne36 karma

Thanks! He DM'd me so it worked.

Coooter63 karma

Since it's legalization in Colorado, what is the strangest marijuana related product you've seen come on the market?

fakejakebrowne198 karma

I know a girl who is working on marijuana infused lube. Not sure why that needs to exist, but it does. I've seen pictures. Of the bottles.

thir13enGaming62 karma

Do you have any stories about police or citizen harassment?

fakejakebrowne137 karma

None. People kind of give zero fucks around here about pot. Also, I'd like to keep it that way.

dick_wool53 karma

Have you reviewed any strains which enhance sex?

fakejakebrowne183 karma

Like horny goat weed or something? Not yet, but any strain can enhance sex. You're high.
Medically, I always say that marijuana will gain mainstream acceptance if it can help people lose weight, grow hair, or grow boners.

DoogieBrowser48 karma

How did you get your start as a marijuana critic? Sounds like an interesting line of work.

fakejakebrowne97 karma

When the industry popped up, there were tons of magazines that saw dollar signs. They needed content, so I started submitting. It helps when you live in a state with a medical marijuana program. I can't imagine trying to do this in Arkansas.

plo8341 karma

If you're still reading, I could REALLY use your help for a medical strain(s)..that would be best for me.

I have several conditions and would need more than the one does all strain that I'm using at the moment,

1) Gatroparesis. This would be for a) bad nausea and b) EXTREME PAIN that not even fent patches can touch. Look up gastroparesis pain and you will understand if you think I'm being a puss about my pain. This pain is occasional )2x per week or so) and the nausea is constant but I got used to it. I would need treatment for when it gets really bad 2-3x per week on average.

2) Chronic pain syndrome/fibromyalgia: It's constant and about a 7/10 without any meds. It can get worse some days...many things like weather and anxiety seem to affect it.

The issues: I have SEVERE panic disorder and GAD. Medical marijuana can make me panic or it can relax depends on the day, the type of pain, how I'm feeling and how the gods of fate will decide ... The other issue is my EXTREME chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I do mean EXTREME. I can easily sleep 3 days in a row. I usually sleep 12 hours, get up, have a snack/drink/bio and feed the cats then head back to bed. So taking something that will make me sleep even more is scary. Taking something that will get me ''hyper'' is scary because that could start my panic. I also have insomnia at times. It's actually a common part of CFS but most people don't know it. You're tired and you want to sleep but you can't. Your mind is going crazy, thinking about anything and everything. The panic builds up as time passes without sleep (lack of sleep build panic).

I am not working anymore. I'm only 30. All of this fucked up my life pretty badly all at once. I take a ton of pill but I have some success with generic health Canada MM....I think that with a few different strains directed specifically at my issues, I could have more success.

The goal is to cut down on benzos and opioids..

Thank you in advance if you have any suggestions other than offing myself. I think about that every day but I know pain and I don't want to cause pain to the few people who stayed around and still love me...So I endure. No pity btw. I don't want any of that. I do want to hopefully get a bit of a better quality of life. If any doctors or MM experts read this, I'm all ears. I saw a ton of doctors and so far, the solution has been to control my pain/anxiety/depression/gastroparesis-slow digestion with pills. It's helped some-made some worse.

fakejakebrowne115 karma

Still here! I'm not a doctor, so everything I say here is purely observational. I've worked with tons of patients in the past and I feel for you.
Fibro is so hard with MMJ because certain strains can actually trigger pain. In my experience, those tends to be sativas, but be extremely careful if you try pot, making sure you take the tiniest of hits and see how you feel. Overall, it sounds like you need a strong indica in the kush family, so stick to strains you see labeled OG and avoid hybrids. This won't help with the fatigue, as these are the more lethargic strains, but it should help manage your pain. Managing is key here. Edibles might be a good option too. I'd like to talk to you more about this - could you reach out to me via msg or FB or something?

Capn_max35 karma

Could you tell us the story of the first time you smoked weed?

fakejakebrowne91 karma

Oh lord. It was after debate practice with some friends out of a pop can. We drove around and listened to Ben Folds Five and I laughed like a madman. I wish I remembered more, but I'm turning into more and more of a cliche in my old age. Those were the days.

Capn_max19 karma

Thank you so much for the response! I'll share mine, as its only fair. 10th grade, read somewhere that you could use phone book paper to roll a joint. I found a page with minimal ink ripped off a joint sized paper and managed to get it to stick! Smoked and enjoyed Chipotle after with my buds. Great time.

fakejakebrowne19 karma

The "getting it to stick" is always the gamble. Thanks for sharing back.

KyOatey35 karma

Do you tend to prefer Indicas or Sativas (and why)?

fakejakebrowne48 karma

I'm a utility smoker, so they both have their place. Indicas are my sleep aid and big pain reliever, so I use them a lot less. Sativas are great when I want to work on anything creative like new jokes or an article or Hemp Box stuff, so I'd say I usually have them on deck. Especially haze strains.

corzmo34 karma

Do you think there is a single company poised to become the "Philip Morris" of marijuana in the US? If so, who and how might that impact the product?

fakejakebrowne80 karma

There are companies trying. Take Dixie Elixirs for example. The CEO has openly said he wants to be the Coca Cola of cannabis and sell to a multinational corporation. I don't think people want an industrially grown marijuana product. No matter what, I think you'll continue to see "artisan" pot grown, similar to craft beers.

hairsprayking32 karma

When it comes to names and strains, is there any system that protects intellectual property? How do I know I am really buying "Maui wowee" or whatever, and someone hasn't just thrown a recognizable name on a random strain they have?

fakejakebrowne43 karma

That's why I'm here! You should be able to recognize most strains by sight and smell. It's like that field guide to birds your grandparents are always reading. Breeders are really passionate about this, because strains can "dilute" and then people get pissy. "You haven't had Swerve's REAL Tahoe OG, bro!" and so forth.

natty_vt12 karma

Is trademark law applicable?

fakejakebrowne17 karma

I don't know much about this. There's rumors that RJR or some big tobacco has trademarked a number of names. I've never looked into it because I'm not too interested.

phatbob42330 karma

You mentioned in an answer above you had a medical card. Has the quality and or cost of marijuana increased or decreased since it was legalized?

fakejakebrowne78 karma

Cost has skyrocketed. Jesus, I paid over $20 for a GRAM at a rec shop last week. Medical shops are running better deals than ever. (Note to self: do more medical shopping)
Quality wise, I haven't noticed any change. People have been growing here for years, so that part of the equation is fairly static. Of course, there are shops rushing herb to the store to keep up with demand, so the curing isn't always as great as you'd like. Like if there was a tomato shortage, so the store only had green tomatoes and you were like "Man, shouldn't these be red?"


Hello Jake. I really enjoyed the CNBC special and have watched it several times. What advice would you give to cannabis entrepreneurs looking to get ahead in states that have yet to legalize for recreational use?

fakejakebrowne37 karma

Thanks - that's cool to hear and I'm proud to be a part of what CNBC did. Would recommend everyone check it out.
Do what people did here: start an industry group. It gives you clout with local pols and shows leadership. Then, when rulemaking comes around, you usually have a seat at the table. If you're also a good person (because why wouldn't you be?!) then get involved with patient advocacy. There are great groups out there like ASA, for example, that can assist you. Be the change and all that good stuff.

wohldmad25 karma

Do you feel like your exposure may hurt future career opportunities?

fakejakebrowne113 karma

I'm a writer and comedian, so I'm not sure I have many career opportunities. Honestly, I'm hoping we get to a point where casual marijuana use isn't a big deal in society. Or at least we get to where online dating is. Your friend can do it and you just make snarky comments behind their back.

jugglesme24 karma

To what extent do you think the quality of the high is determined by the strain versus how carefully it is grown?

fakejakebrowne34 karma

Great question. Growing and curing play such a huge part, as an expert cultivator can do amazing things with pretty shit genetics. It's harder for a novice to grow something great from a good genetic line. For that reason, and that reason alone, I'll go with GROWN!

ShoeBaileys3322 karma

I am a 24 year old optician who recently aired my dirty [marijuana] laundry to my mom with the purpose of establishing an open communication relationship and closer bond in my young adult years only to be met with almost laughable horror on her part and 1950's "reefer madness" style judgement. (She told me only low lifes and those with no jobs smoke weed). My question is, can you please write a quick personalized sentence explaining to my mom that not only do you have a job, but weed IS your job, and that you are thus far doing just fine in life? Seriously, her name is Alice and this would reaaaally help me gain some leeway here. Thanks!

fakejakebrowne93 karma

It would be my pleasure!
Dear Alice,
Your son or daughter recently "came out" as a user of marijuana, news that can be a bit difficult to process. This is not the end of the world, and you should applaud him/her for being honest enough to engage you in the discussion of why he/she would want to use marijuana. Many great minds (Carl Sagan, Steve Jobs) as well as CEO's (Richard Branson, Peter Lewis) and even presidents of this great nation (too many to list) have smoked pot before and still contributed greatly to society. More and more adults are turning to marijuana instead of alcohol as a way to unwind from their high-pressure jobs. No pun intended. While certain people abuse marijuana to their detriment, the same can be said of any number of substances. You've raised a smart, successful optician who will hopefully be the former and not the latter. Just understand that being a productive member of the world and smoking pot aren't mutually exclusive.
Jake Browne

sico00722 karma

I certainly don't advocate violence in any matter but is it even possible for you to want to punch Nancy Grace in the face more than me?

fakejakebrowne37 karma

Nancy Grace is a great source of humor in my life. I'd like to think that if I were confronted by Nan, I'd have the grace of Mason Tvert.

macsack21 karma


fakejakebrowne23 karma

As more of a culture instead of a sub-culture, if that makes any sense at all. Marijuana has always been this illegal thing that seemed dangerous to a lot of people, so you had a lot of young dudes doing it. And buying it for their girls. Now that it's out in the open, you're seeing people from all walks of life giving it a shot. Stores are more professional. The events are classier. The hippies and rappers will always have a place in the scene, but so will soccer moms eventually.
Right now, I think employers are more concerned that meth will show up in your drug test than marijuana. What I think we'll see is tests to determine if someone is high at work, not if they've been high in the last month, which is where the drug testing field is really letting people down right now. You probably shouldn't be stoned at work if you don't have a medical need to be.

UberNoobSB20 karma

So what do you thin about the legality of pot? Should other countries be taking notes from Colorado?

fakejakebrowne53 karma

Definitely don't take notes from California. Their system is a mess. Colorado's tax rates are pretty high, but that was to be expected with being one of the first. Let's see how well they control the shops in place before everyone says "This is the model!" and moves forward. But on a macro level, yeah, legalize it.

pinkelephants51219 karma

Do you think time is linear or cyclical?

thebiglebrewski19 karma

Smoking so much weed, how do you manage your body weight munchies-wise? Any tips to eat less while smoking?

fakejakebrowne37 karma

I rarely get the munchies anymore, but some people have a huge struggle with what I call "grazing". Try sativas! Strains like Durban Poison, Haze of all types, or a Maui Wowie/Island Sweet Skunk are more active. Some people find that sativas give them munchies, so if that's the case, try indicas! It's brilliant, this pot system we have here.

Qualiant18 karma

Which strain have you personally enjoyed the most and why?

fakejakebrowne43 karma

Super Lemon Haze. When it's done correctly, it's euphoria and energy and creativity in a bowl. I'm not a big "couch lock" get high and play video games guy, so I'm looking for something that is motivational. Haze almost always fits the bill.

gaMEgRenE16 karma

Do you think in the long term the taxes will benefit the state enough that other states may consider legalization as well?

fakejakebrowne34 karma

They already are. It's just a question of if they find pot more acceptable than riverboat gambling or whatever other sin tax they're looking at. Medical marijuana is moving forward in a lot of states right now, which is the gateway drug to legalization..

funeralbater15 karma

Do you believe that all these different strains have the effects that the growers boast about? Like are some strains really that much better for head highs vs body highs? I've even had some people tell me some strains don't make you as hungry as others do. Is be interested to hear your perspective.

fakejakebrowne33 karma

Growers are the worst people to talk about the effects of pot with, best about how to grow it. That's why I have a job. There are so many different effects that marijuana can have, but let's talk about hunger, for example. There's cannabis indica, which I find gives me munchies. Much less so with cannabis sativa. You know THC, which gets you high? There's also THCV, which is an appetite suppressant. They're working on breeding for it.

Don36913 karma

Do you do anything to reset your tolerance between tests? I feel like growing a tolerance would be a deal breaker for a tester. {edit} spelling.

fakejakebrowne18 karma

I think people lend a little too much credence to the tolerance issue. I'm not a wake-and-bake, smoke-weed-erry-day guy, so it hasn't been a problem so far. I should probably work out more, but it is what it is.

KaptianKrush13 karma

Recently I made a post on /r/trees that we start a community review board of all the different strains so users could compare their experience with each strain. I received a lot of criticism over the fact there is a large inconsistency between batches.

Do you find there to be inconsistencies between batches of the same strain? What systems are in place to ensure quality and consistency?

fakejakebrowne14 karma

Well, I don't necessarily think that "a lot of criticism" is fair, but there is a difference between how things are grown, where the genetics came from, etc. The biggest thing is helping people identify what they smoke, which is where I come in and getting a large group of people together is key. I wouldn't say that in a "batch" (I'm going to assume that means harvest) there's much of any difference. Quality and consistency systems? None. The state lets people grow what they grow and the market determines if the pot you grow sucks.

Nickdamick13 karma

I'd imagine the black market is doing better than ever (street sales.) Knowing that there's no tax on a sixty dollar eighth as to oppose going into a dispensary and getting taxed to high heaven for essentially the same thing. Have you any knowledge as to what's going on in the streets? I know you have had a card for a while but, maybe you have a friend or something that's been blazing for years and doesn't fall for the "it's legal" hype and still gets it from their dealer. What's the situation as far as that goes?

fakejakebrowne14 karma

DenverNick pretty much nailed it. There are absolutely still black market dealers, dispensary mules, and the like. People with red cards get asked ALL THE TIME to go grab pot for friends. Some people are just paranoid about stepping into a dispensary on camera. Dealers are still doing well, but they've had to adapt. I truly believe they'll be all but phased out in the near future, because prices will come down and growing is a pain in the ass.

ConfusedWhoYouAre11 karma

Did the record company need a lot of convincing before they let you do Running on Empty as a live album that didn't have any songs previously published on studio albums?

fakejakebrowne9 karma

How high are YOU?

DyslexicMouse10 karma

Do you feel that drug tests for employment discriminate against marijuana? Will there be reform? When?

fakejakebrowne10 karma

I'd be shocked if the testing game doesn't move toward current impairment. Right now, you'll fail a test if you've smoked as recently as a month ago (usually). I think employers care more if people are showing up high than if they like to get high in their free time. But yes, they clearly discriminate against marijuana.

NoGodot8 karma

What was the application and interview process like at the Denver Post for you to get your job? Some newspapers seem to have some chill employees but I'd still imagine it was still a little weird getting a marijuana-related job in a somewhat corporate setting.

fakejakebrowne11 karma

I'm a freelancer, so the whole corporate setting is really my living room. The process was great. I submitted a resume and writing samples, then did a review for them which ultimately ended up on the site. It helped, I imagine, that I had written a ton of reviews previous to my gig at the Post.

Chubbstock8 karma

It seems to me like there's going to be a large botany 'boom' in colorado. Have you seen rises in people taking it up in an attempt to legitimately get into the market?

Also, (you can ignore this one if the answer is too long) where are the retail places getting their supply?

fakejakebrowne8 karma

Growing is done by registered and licensed facilities, so there isn't really an opportunity for hobbyists to break into the market. Back in the day that was different, as caregivers (people who grew for a limited number of patients) could sell to dispensaries and we'd see great bud coming in from off the street.

lshic7 karma

what drugs should be permitted?

fakejakebrowne23 karma

Psychedelics get a bad rap.

Double_monocle6 karma

Hello Jake! Since it seems that you've been in quite a few different positions in the industry, I think you might have a good insight into my question. I am a biology major now working in the tobacco industry doing toxicity testing of different tobacco brands. Is there any job similar to that in the marijuana industry right now, like empirically testing marijuana potency? If so, who does it? Anyway, thanks for doing an AMA, I look forward to reading it all!

fakejakebrowne8 karma

Absolutely. Testing labs are going to play a huge part in the future of cannabis, as science is desperately lacking due to the fact that we're dealing with a schedule 1 drug. There are several companies who have been out here and testing pot not only for strength, but also for contaminants. CannLabs is one of the best. Thanks for reading all of this - I'm sure I'm saying lots of terribly stupid things!

ShoeBaileys336 karma

So I assume any one who doesn't live in Colorado or Washington can't receive one of those beautiful, beautiful Hemp Boxes?

fakejakebrowne12 karma

Good question! The Hemp Box actually has no THC in it, it's just cool hemp stuff that we run across. Legal in all 50 states. Check out our Indiegogo page for more info.

meow_muaha6 karma

Where do you think the marijuana industry is heading? In the sense of, 20 years from now this product could be legal in more states with wider public acceptance. Will there be a huge marijuana conglomerate in the US? The GE's and Apples of the marijuana industry I suppose?

fakejakebrowne10 karma

God, I'm terrible at predictions. Sure, there will be more legalization. I think that's inevitable at this point. We won't move backwards. And yes, they'll be a "Budweiser" who comes in, but there's always going to be interest in the "microbrews" of pot. It's just not a great plant for growing on an industrial scale and keeping the connoisseur quality. Hemp will dwarf it all, though. Hemp is the future.

stinky-french-cheese6 karma


fakejakebrowne20 karma

Don't be, it's not as glamorous as I'm sure I make it seem. The jobs are the same as when medical was here. Mostly retail and cultivation jobs, which again, people tend to romanticize. People always ask me about moving out here and working in the industry. Want to sit in a chair and trim weed for 8 hours for minimum wage pay? Go get licensed by the state and you've got a job!

zdollaz6 karma

Preferred method of consumption?

Also, oils, edibles, or herb?

fakejakebrowne13 karma

I'm so boring. A little one-hitter suits me just fine most of the time.
Dabs are great. Love me a little dab. Edibles scare the shit out of me. Had to review them for another magazine and it was the thing I dreaded the most in the month. Just so inconsistent.

foodfriend5 karma

What strain(s) have you found to be most uniquely flavorful. Like a Children of Men moment Micheal Caine giggling "it tastes like strawberries"

fakejakebrowne4 karma

Agent Orange, which I actually just reviewed, is a great one. Seriously smells and tastes like clementines. There's also Strawberry Cough which is a big Colorado strain. Durban Poison will always have a lemon-pine cleaner thing going on. Grape Ape... you get it.

potatoetomatoscrewyo5 karma

What makes some weed the best?

fakejakebrowne5 karma

It's all about what you want out of the experience. At the end of the day, we're self-medicating. Generally, though? Solid genetics that were grown with care and then left to cure properly, well flushed with no mites/mold/other gross stuff.

fartfacepoopypants5 karma

Do you do any sort of a baseline test to determine your sober state before any of your reviews? I feel like I can have a vastly different experience with the same strain/batch on different days depending on my baseline energy level, and mood before ingesting, which would make an impartial review, at least for myself, very difficult.

With that said, thanks for doing the AMA and thanks for doing what you do!

fakejakebrowne5 karma

Thanks for the thanks! The nice thing about smoking as many strains as I have is that I feel like I have a clear understanding of the effects and can account for my own personal biases coming in. I'm also smoking it over a couple days, so if there is a vast difference between the two experiences, I can factor that in. That's extremely rare, though. I'll think about this more, though. Look at you! Provoking thought!

citricacidx5 karma

Misunderstood the title, thought you were critical of marijuana. Not a Marijuana Critic.

My question: How can I get your job?

But seriously, other than the "lose weight, grow hair, or grow boners" comment, what do you think will be the key point(s) that change the tide of the on-the-fencers and other uninformed peoples?

fakejakebrowne12 karma

At times I'm both. I think people tend to react based on what they see. Colorado hasn't burned to the ground, there aren't stoned drivers mowing over infants, so far, so good. Taxes will also play a big part, but mostly, people just want to know that someone else did it first and lived to tell about it.

aiming-low4 karma

How do you get permission to legally smoke 100 different strains of pot? Do you have a medical marijuana card? Or are you actually living somewhere overseas?

fakejakebrowne10 karma

I live in Denver, CO, so we've had a robust dispensary system since 2009. I've had a medical card for a while, but most of my reviews are of recreational marijuana stores right now, where anyone who is 21 or older can show and ID and walk out with pot.
As for the legality, everything I do is legal in the state of Colorado. Federally, it's a bit trickier.

neogod4 karma

Have you heard of any Colorado companies relaxing their drug test policies? If not do you feel that lawsuits could come up from people that have gotten fired?

fakejakebrowne6 karma

I haven't, but there is a case going through the courts still (I believe) about a Dish Network employee who needed it medically. Companies have protection, though, and can fire anyone they want. His case being medical changes the discussion. If you just smoke pot because you want to, you're screwed. We're a right to work state, as well.

Unwise14 karma

As a Canadian, I always thought this would be happening to me before ANY state in America.

Do you believe pot will become legal within all of north america by 2020? And if not, why?

fakejakebrowne9 karma

I wish, but sadly, no. We have this place called "the south" and they don't take kindly to us smoking the Devil's lettuce. Also, old people. It's funny, I think NORML released this graph that shows as old people die, pot does better and better in polling. Don't get me wrong, though. I love my grandparents.

jimmycc56394 karma

What do you typically smoke out of when testing different strains? Are you a paper or glass kind of guy? Thanks!

fakejakebrowne12 karma

Glass or a vaporizer, as papers can alter the flavor a lot. Plus, they're easier to use. I smoked out of a blunt for one review and a commenter wanted my head for it. Also, I hate reading the comments section.

befitty3 karma

Munchies of choice?

fakejakebrowne5 karma

Hardest question yet. I'm a big fan of buying 50% off holiday candy and stashing it, so probably whatever is in there. Easter marks the end of the season. Pretty bummed out about that.

Roovian246013 karma

Is your research soley limited to cannabis, or have you experimented with other substances? If so, which did you like/not like, and why? Thank you!

fakejakebrowne6 karma

I love to expand my mind. I think that's all I can say here. Also, HELLO NSA!

zacharywcox3 karma

Mr. Jake n' Bake, I'm the host of a comedy/entertainment based podcast. Our latest episode had over 100 views/downloads in 3 days. The premise is that a guest and I watch a movie and get "buzzed," hence "Movie Buzzed." We're expanding into interviews, and it would be wonderful to have you on to showcase your expertise. Questions would center around your profession. For example: What kind of medicine would you recomend for watching a movie with friends? Feel free to answer that question here, and I look forward to your reply!

Thanks, Zach

P.S. I'm not sure if I asked officially, but would you be interested in a 10-15 minute interview segment to set up our movie?

fakejakebrowne5 karma

I actually co-host a podcast called Whiskey and Cigarettes with a guy named Zac (and another guy named Jake - it's complicated) that reviews other podcasts, so I'll make sure to check you guys out. I always prefer to do podcasts in person, but let's talk.

StonerMealsOnWheels3 karma

what is the strangest strain name you've come across?

fakejakebrowne6 karma

We used to make up names for strains we'd get off the street from caregivers. Outgoing Panda was my favorite. There was a strain (and it's probably still out there) that was a cross of The White and Master Kush. They unfortunately called it White Master. I also reviewed a strain called Kuchi that describes a region but probably shouldn't.

Fuzzy_Logik3 karma

Yo dude, Have you ever tried Charlotte's web? If so what are the effects like (honest please)?

What do you think about high cbd strains like that?


fakejakebrowne4 karma

I probably should, but I always feel guilty because people really need that strain and they should be the ones getting it. But it's just a gram or two, so does it really matter? I don't know. Maybe that'll be my next review.
I'm big on high CBD strains and am excited about CBD hemp products moreso. The best I've ever had was a CBD oil that was comparable to a valium.

cyclopath2 karma

What is your personal favorite strain

fakejakebrowne6 karma

Super Lemon Haze, hands down. Flavorful and fun. Wait, am I promoting some kind of gum here?

benji85135142 karma

Did you ever imagine you would one day have the most coveted job in all of the world?

fakejakebrowne3 karma

I'm hosting the Tonight Show?

TumorPizza2 karma

Best strains for baked goods? Best strains for smoking? Opinion of oils?

fakejakebrowne3 karma

Infusions are less about the type of herb and more about the method you use to get it in there. Avoid something with a ton of terpenes that will change the flavor, unless you want Sour Diesel flavored brownies. Smoking? Depends on what you're looking for. Oils are great if they're made correctly. I hate smoking residual solvents.

LoudCakeEater2 karma

How do you practically test the different strains? I mean, one after the other, and the last one would probably be the best

fakejakebrowne3 karma

I'm not under the gun to do 50 at once like I imagine they do at the Cannabis Cup, so one at a time works.

Chubbstock2 karma

another separate question, have you worked with Doug Benson at all? I know he's a comedian and writer like you and is trying for the same goal.

fakejakebrowne3 karma

I'm a rookie, been doing stand-up for a year and a half. But, our podcast did just win reader's choice for "Best Local Podcast" by the Denver Westword, so I've got that going for me, which is nice.