'The Queen Only Smokes The Finest' — Big Freedia Bounces Into The Cannabis Industry With Her New Brand Royal Bud
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'The Queen Only Smokes The Finest' — Big Freedia Bounces Into The Cannabis Industry With Her New Brand Royal Bud

Big Freedia has had quite an eventful year.

She was a cast member on BET+’s “College Hill: Celebrity Edition” and was sampled yet again by Beyoncé on “Break My Soul” — which is No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 (as of this writing). 

“This is my first #1song credit as a writer and I’m beyond grateful,” she wrote via Instagram. “Thank you again @beyonce for including me on this iconic track, and in this historic moment, for the culture, for LGBTQ+ artists, and for giving us a bigger platform to continue to spread joy of bounce music.”

What’s next up for Big Freedia? She’s bouncing into the growing cannabis industry. 

Royal Bud's Upcoming Release

The Queen of Bounce is set to bring her line, Royal Bud, to Downtown Los Angeles, according to Gambit.

Beginning on Aug. 22, Green Qween — a queer and BIPOC-owned cannabis dispensary — will exclusively sell her products.

“The queen only smokes the finest and I’m excited to share these products with y’all. I’ve got 3 fire strains dropping on 8/22 only at Green Qween in LA,” the New Orleans artist wrote in a post. “Will be available at more stores soon!” 

The Strains And Promo Festivities

The first selection of cannabis strains features “Mardi Grass,” “Release Ya Wiggle,” and “You Already Know” — all names that tie to her and her artistry.

To kick off Royal Bud’s promotion, Big Freedia is set to host a meet and greet at Green Qween on Aug. 26. Just two days later, she will perform a 30-minute set at the DTLA PROUD Festival. 

Big Freedia's Previous Partnerships

According to the outlet, in addition to her merchandise line, Big Freedia has previously partnered with Ben & Jerry’s for her own “Bouncing Beignets.”

Although the flavor didn’t end up officially going to sell in stores, in July she released a custom spatula with Williams-Sonoma, which its proceeds went toward the fight to end child hunger. The collaboration was a part of a partnership with No Kid Hungry.

“I’ve seen No Kid Hungry’s work and the impact of summer meals sites firsthand in my hometown of New Orleans,” she shared in a press release. “Kids need full stomachs to grow properly and to focus on being kids. Summer meals give them the opportunity to do just that.”