Choosing between your favorite podcast and favorite album can be a tough call — but what if there was a way to satisfy both cravings, and enhance your listening experience all at the same time?! In today’s episode, we’ll share music podcast recommendations and two great strains to amplify your auditory experience: Lambs Bread and Sundae Driver. These podcast pairing episodes are all about helping you find essential strains for your cannabis toolkit, and feeling confident about when to consume them. We hope you enjoy the episode!
Ellen Scanlon (00:00):
This podcast discusses cannabis and is intended for audiences 21 and over. (singing)
Welcome to How To Do The Pot, a podcast helping you feel confident about cannabis for health, wellbeing, and for fun. I’m Ellen Scanlon. You just heard an original song from Nashville based musician, Lauren Morrow called Only Nice When I’m High. She generously shared her song with us for today’s music themed episode. At How To Do The Pot, we are big music fans and I know how hard it can be to decide between listening to music or listening to podcasts, but what if you could satisfy both of those loves and make it even better by knowing the perfect cannabis strains to pair it with? Could it be the ultimate listening experience? That’s what we’re striving for here. We actually started playing around with the idea of pairing podcasts and strains on Twitter a few months ago and people really had fun with it. So today’s episode is all about music. We’ll share some fun and fascinating music podcast recommendations from the How To Do The Pot team and our fellow podcasters, plus two great strains to enhance your listening.
One of my goals in teaching you how to do the pot is to set pretty clear expectations for how you might feel after you consume. And by pairing these podcasts with the strains that we’ve chosen, maybe you’ll be inspired to try some new strains and it can help you figure out whether they’re a good match for you and your mood. It’s all in service of providing you with a few essential strains for your cannabis toolkit. Strains you know and love, and you also know when to bring them out. Do you want to know what strain to pair with your favorite podcast? DM us at Do The Pot or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the show and we might match it up in a future episode.
When it comes to music and cannabis, probably the most legendary strain is Lamb’s Bread. It was famously Bob Marley’s favorite strain and what makes this strain such a good match with music? I think what probably attracted Bob Marley to it was the way that it can help you feel uplifted and energetic, focused and creative, all while bringing that feeling of a drop to your shoulders, that really means that you feel relaxed. It can help reduce stress or overthinking that could get in the way of your creativity when you’re doing things like making art, or writing, or listening to music. And it’s one of the reasons why women love it. That great sense of clarity, focus, and relaxation can help you unwind and just generally feel better. Lamb’s Bread has a sweet, spicy herbal taste to it and its smell is kind of woodsy and sage with a hint of a little bit of cheese. I know that sounds like a strange mix. So smell it if you can and see what you think.
I went to one of my local dispensaries in San Francisco and asked the bud tender about it and he told me that while for a while he had sworn off energizing strains because they were making him anxious, Lamb’s Bread is actually what kind of brought him back. It’s his favorite when he wants energy and a creativity boost, but without any anxiety. Lamb’s Bread is a land race strain, which is one of the original cannabis plants that grew all around the world, and it can be a rare strain to find. So if you see it in a shop, try it out. And if listening to podcasts about music helps you feel inspired to create kind of anything, Lamb’s Bread is a great choice.
Now, if you are someone who likes to kind of nerd out over music history, not only are you going to love the podcast coming up, you’ll probably also love Sunday Driver, our second strain for today’s episode. Sometimes when I listen to history themed podcasts, I want to be able to sit back and soak up the information, and that’s what Sunday Driver can help you do. You’ll feel balanced, calm, and happy, which for me is a really good way to enjoy a great story. People love it for how it helps with pain, stress and can improve your mood. Sunday Driver can be a strong strain and anything with THC over about 20% is considered a strong strain, so you probably won’t need much to feel the effects. When you try it, you can expect a sweet piney smell and creamy vanilla like taste. Sunday Driver can help you sit back and relax. No Sunday scaries. Just deep dive into a story about your favorite musicians, songs and music milestones.
Before we get into today’s podcast picks one quick note about buying weed in a dispensary. You will run into the term sativa, indica and hybrid. Usually Lamb’s Bread is labeled as a sativa and Sunday Driver as a hybrid, but these labels are not always that helpful if you really want to know how you are going to feel. I go into this a lot more in episode 77, so listen to that one for the tips that really will help you pick the right strains for you. I’ll link to it in the show notes.
So remember Sunday Driver will have you kicking back, ready to soak up the music, enjoying the rhythm while Lamb’s Bread might inspire you to make your own music. With that in mind, here are today’s music podcasts. The first is About A Girl, hosted by Nikki Lynette. Nikki is a host with a beautiful voice and her narration flows and it kind of feels like music on its own. How to Do The Pot’s California based producer, Madi Fair tells us all about it.
Madi Fair (07:08):
About A Girl is about women whose stories have long been eclipsed by the legends of their famous partners. Think Bowie, Elvis, Tupac, Prince, et cetera, et cetera. About A Girl brings focus to the many women without whom the landscape of popular music might be very, very different. Okay, what’s not to like about that? This is another storytelling podcast that really draws you in. I’ve learned so much about the history of music and I really love the way that Nikki grants so much respect to these women’s mostly unknown stories.
Ellen Scanlon (07:43):
I am also a big fan of this show. About A Girl makes it really fascinating to learn about these often hidden roles of music in women’s history. Start thinking about which strain might go best with About A Girl, and we are so happy to have a short clip for you to hear as you decide.
Nikki Lynette (08:05):
Brian Jones was dead to begin with. It was 1969 and Brian had drowned in his swimming pool just months after being fired from his band. Yet how odd Marianne thought there he was again on the street way down below the Australian hotel room where she was staying with Mick as they were both scheduled to shoot the film, Ned Kelly. The room was sky-high and so was Marianne. She’d first recognized the sickly pale, doomed face of poor Brian when she’d woken up in the hotel room after a long flight and looked into the mirror. She cut her hair recently, was anorexic and unhealthy, and had popped more than a dozen downers on the plane. Disoriented, she did not know where or even who she was. She looked like Brian, so she must be Brian, and Brian she knew was dead. She figured she’d better take the rest of those pills and get on with it.
Ellen Scanlon (09:06):
My favorite history based shows make it easy to learn, have a good pace, keep you invested in what happens next. And if you really want to immerse yourself in these stories, try Sunday Driver. You’ll feel relaxed yet focused, and I think you’ll be very moved by the incredible impact these women had on musicians you thought you knew. Next up is Dissect hosted by Cole Cuchna and it features expert music analysis. Thanks to How to Do the Pot’s Washington based producer Nick Patri for this recommendation.
Nick Patri (09:46):
Basically, they’ll go through some songs of a full album from different artists and kind of talk about what each line means and what the overall theme of the album is. It can feel a little pedantic at times with the line by line breakdown, but I do feel like it’s helped me better understand and appreciate some albums. A few of my favorites from over the years are season one, they did Kendrick’s To Pimp A Butterfly. Season seven was Childish Gambino’s because the internet. And then in 2022 they did a miniseries about Bo Burnham’s Inside. All good ones, all the seasons I think are worth checking out. Good podcast.
Ellen Scanlon (10:23):
If you are someone who creates music or loves to play it, try pairing the show with Lamb’s Bread. As you listen through and hear the way they highlight the artists’ creative choices, you might find yourself inspired to get a little musical. And if you are an enthusiast who just loves appreciating the craft, Sunday Driver could help you really tune in to their analysis. If you’ve been listening for a while, you might know I’m a huge Beyonce fan and they did a season on her album Lemonade, which I will be listening to next. Today’s final podcast recommendations are from the musician Lauren Morrow, who you heard at the top of the show. Her song, I’m Only Nice When I’m High, is very catchy and fun to listen to. Thank you to Lauren for sharing it with us. Here are two of her favorite music podcasts.
Lauren Morrow (11:22):
This was hard for me to narrow down, but if I had to choose, I know that my number one is a podcast that’s called Bandsplain. It is hosted by a incredible woman named Yasi and she not only is hilarious, but she is super knowledgeable and basically Bandsplain is explaining to someone why you might like a band and she has an expert on, and they go through basically the entire discography of a band.
My friend Jessica told me about it because there was like a five hour long U2 episode and U2 being my favorite band, I thought, well, let me give it a shot. And I’ve just fallen down the rabbit hole with this podcast. I just finished the one about Radiohead, which I think is about four or five hours long. They’re all very long, but they’re very knowledgeable and even if someone like myself who thinks that I knew everything about U2, or Radiohead or whatever, there’s something that you can learn in the podcast and it’s funny, and it’s fun, and it keeps you engaged, and I just want to be friends with Yasi. I just want to hang out with her and listen to Dave Matthews band.
The other one that I was thinking about too is Cocaine & Rhinestones. Tyler Mahan Coe has become someone that I’ve known here in Nashville and become friends with, and he is infinitely knowledgeable about a lot of music, most music, but specifically country music. And the first season of Cocaine & Rhinestones really stuck with me. There was a lot of episodes that really resonated. One in particular is the story about Loretta Lynn’s The Pill and I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s definitely worth a listen. The other one on that podcast that I couldn’t shake was a story about a country singer named Spade Cooley. Absolutely the most messed up shit you’ll ever hear, but it is true and Tyler has a way of telling the stories that really engage you and make you feel like you’re really there.
Ellen Scanlon (13:35):
For a podcast that embraces the details like Bandsplain, I’d say Sunday Driver for that journey. It’ll keep you engaged through the longer episodes and you’ll have stamina if you want to explore your own music rabbit holes later.
If getting into the nitty-gritty of a favorite album inspires you to make your own music, enjoy some Lamb’s Bread and channel Bob Marley on a beach in Jamaica, making beautiful music and spreading love all around the world. Thank you, Bob.
For Cocaine & Rhinestones, great podcast name, and the shocking insider tales of country music history, pair this one with Sunday Driver and I think you’ll be on your way.
If you are tapping your feet or swaying a little to the music and your body just feels like dancing, I also love the strain Green Crack despite its name. It adds a little sparkle in your body that really makes you want to turn up the music and move. You heard me talk about Green Crack in episode 175, pairing it with true crime podcasts and stay tuned because it is one of How To Do The Pot’s newest essential strains. We have a whole episode dedicated to it coming up.
Did our friends choose your favorite music podcast? If not, let us know what you think would be a good match for Lamb’s Bread and Sunday Driver. So remember, Lamb’s Bread will tune you into an open, creative and active mindset to feel inspired by the music and the musicians. And Sunday driver can help you get into the right rhythm for deep dives into music history. Stay tuned for our next pairing episode, all about the best strains to pair with food themed shows. And do you love true crime or comedy podcasts? In episode 175 and 177, I shared podcasts from those two genres and we chose some strains to pair with them. If you want us to pair a strain to your podcast, please reach out, send an email to email@example.com.
Thank you for listening to How To Do The Pot. For lots more information and past episodes, visit dothepot.com. Thanks to our writer, Devin Andrade, and our producers, Madi Fair and Nick Patri. I’m Ellen Scanlon and we’ll be back soon with more of How To Do The Pot.