The best weed grinders for every flower aficionado

When it comes to shopping for cannabis herb grinders, there are so many options that the process can be pretty daunting. You’ve got 2-piece grinders, 3-piece grinders, electric grinders, and that’s just the types.

Underneath those umbrellas, you’ve got a world of different materials and teeth — or no teeth, like grater grinders — and shapes that can altogether make it pretty tough for people new to cannabis, or even seasoned veterans, to know which grinders they should really be using to break down that good ass weed.

Luckily, we can help you learn what qualities to look for in a well-made grinder, and a few companies that are absolutely killing it in that realm.

The qualities that make a good grinder

The first thing to do when purchasing a grinder is to consider the needs you’re trying to fulfill. If you just want something quick and easy that will simply separate your flower and aren’t too concerned about the way the grinder affects the flower or your consumption experience, then any regular ol’ grinder from any random head shop will technically do the job.

But will it do the job well? Definitely not as well as the grinders created by companies that truly care about your relationship with cannabis and their products.

There are plenty of qualities to consider when purchasing a high-quality grinder. These include the materials that make up the grinder, the shape of its teeth, how it grinds, durability, and overall ease of use.

“Really, it’s how it’s manufactured,” said Matt Hansen, co-founder of Santa Cruz Shredder, when I asked him about the qualities that make up a good grinder. “There are a thousand grinders out there that just have different branding on them; they’ll all be cheap.”

What to look for in a quality grinder:

  • How the grinder’s manufactured
  • The materials used to build the grinder
  • The shape of the grinder’s teeth vs. your preferences
  • How it grinds (i.e the texture of your flower afterward)
  • Durability
  • Ease of use

How the grinder’s manufactured

We’ll never escape the fact that quality is always decided by how a product is made. “The #1 thing that makes a good grinder is accuracy in the manufacturing of the grinder, meaning the tolerances on the blade edges, where the blades are, how high/low they are, and the overall structure of the machine that’s going to be cutting up your material,” said Dave Richmond, Chief Innovation Officer of Banana Bros, makers of the OTTO grinder.

The materials used to build the grinder

There are so many different materials that people use to make grinders. You’ve got plastic, wooden, metal, and even hemp grinders — just to name a few. Most of the grinders in people’s stash boxes and travel bags are made of metals like aluminum and titanium. That’s because metal grinders tend to be the most durable and safe for consumption, i.e. pieces of them won’t break off into your flower and have you smoking contaminated weed.

Like everything in the world, the “best” choice comes down to personal preference. We advise choosing a four-piece metal grinder with a kief compartment from a reputable company if you’re in the market for a high-quality grinder, but the decision is really up to you, your needs, and your wallet.

The only truly wrong answer is buying a plastic grinder — never buy a plastic grinder. They are extremely cheap, frail, and poorly made. With every use, more pieces of the plastic will break off of the grinder and end up in your weed (and lungs). Don’t be out here smoking Plastic Piece OG, man.

The shape of the grinder’s teeth

There are so many different types of teeth, like pyramid teeth, diamond teeth, and nail teeth. There are also blade systems that slice your flower apart, along with grater-grinding systems that, instead of using teeth to break down your weed, use a milling-against-the-grain method.

In the end, the decision of “best” comes down to personal preference, but it’s worth knowing that, generally speaking, metal grinders with diamond-shaped teeth are most common.

How it grinds your flower

The effect a grinder has on your flower might be the most important aspect of purchasing a grinder. You never want a grinder that pummels your flower into super fine weed powder that will just shoot down your throat each time you inhale. Those types of grinders absolutely destroy the trichomes on the flower, which is where all the good cannabinoids and terpenes live.

You also never want a grinder that leaves such huge chunks of weed behind that you might as well just use your fingers. Those make your joints roll and burn weirdly. The goal is to find one that will produce a fine breakage that maintains the quality of your flower.

Durability

Grinders are like cars and humans: they can only handle so many miles before they break down. This always comes down to the materials used. Plastic grinders are the least durable of them all — they get super gunked up immediately after use, and even more undesirable, the pieces of them start to flake off as the number of uses increases.

You want a grinder that can stand the test of time, especially if you’re an everyday smoker. Double especially if you’re putting some big dollars behind it. Metal grinders are the most durable grinders out there, however, they definitely aren’t all created equal.

Ease of use

Ease of use is paramount with a good grinder. You want it to easily twist, regardless of how much cannabis is in there. Some grinders get stuck if you put some super frosty or sticky flower in them, which completely defeats the purpose of buying a grinder in the first place. Then you’ve got to bruise your hands trying to get the top off to free the weed that just cost you $50.

The best cannabis grinders to buy right now

Here are some of the best grinders you can get today. Whether you’re looking at the best grinders for kief, joints, or within a certain price range, these brands will always have you covered.

Santa Cruz Shredder 4-piece grinder

Santa Cruz Shredder’s name rings history bells. If you ask anyone what the best grinder is, this brand is always on the list. That’s because its patented tooth design grinds flower but doesn’t ruin the weed’s terp-filled trichomes, while also creating a consistency of flower that burns just right every time you smoke.

“When we came up with our grinder, the only grinder available had a diamond-shaped tooth design. We had a NASA engineer come out with this inverted square with serrated blades that no one had ever seen before. We just innovated, we don’t copy anybody,” said Hansen, Santa Cruz Shredder co-founder.

The 4-piece grinders are made of anodized aluminum with SC Shredder’s patented and recognized tooth design. They come in a wide variety of colors, with either gloss or matte finishes.

Price: $54.50

The Flower Mill Standard Edition

The Flower Mill is my favorite grinder to ever exist. Instead of “grinding” the weed, it “mills” it through a grate. This milling system not only preserves the flower’s trichomes but allows for a much higher flower capacity than traditional grinders. It allows you to grind so much more weed at once — and fast.

Additionally, because it presses the flower down versus twisting it from side to side, the sides of the Flower Mill rarely get so caked up that the device gets stuck. It lets you go a long time without needing to clean your grinder. Sure, the price of a Flower Mill will hit your pockets for about a hundo between purchasing and shipping, but it’s well worth it for how awesome it works.

The Standard Edition Flower Mill comes with 3 pieces: the top mill, grater, and bottom chamber. For those that want to enhance it, the Premium Edition Flower Mill comes with an added mesh screen that transforms the flower chamber into a kief chamber.

Price: $74.99 – 99.99

Banana Bros OTTO Go

otto go grinder

If you want something fancy, the Banana Bros OTTO Go is a great option. It’s an electronic grinder that uses a mill system to break down your buds. Richmond told me that the technology in the Banana Bros OTTO allows it to adjust to any condition of cannabis, whether super wet, dry, airy, dense, whatever. He also told me, that since the inside is spring-loaded, the grinder never squeezes down and crushes your bud into too fine of a consistency. “[Weed]’s not cheap, man. We want you to enjoy it, it’s a fine thing to have in our lives. Take care of it while you’re milling it,” he said.

If you want added automated pre-roll capabilities, the OG Otto comes with a cone-packing system that will dump your ground flower directly into a cone-filled tube. For the flashy folks who want to stunt with an electronic grinder that everyone will recognize, this might be the one.

Price: $99.99

HOJ: KLIP

hoj klip grinder

The KLIP from HOJ is a grinder with blades that slice up your flower. It allows for a fluffier consistency that smokes nicely and burns well. It has four magnetic pieces: the top, blades, flower chamber, and kief chamber — it’s also extremely easy to clean. Just pull all the pieces apart and drop them in some alcohol.

I know you’re looking at the price and wondering if $150 is worth it, and I’d never force your hand that way. But, I will tell you that this grinder does work very well and it definitely makes people say “wow” when you pull it out.

If you like to stunt, the KLIP could be worth it just for that.

Price: $150

Zeus Bolt 2

zeus bolt 2 grinder

If you’re chasing kief, the Zeus Bolt 2 is one of the best grinders you can buy. It’s a 4-piece grinder with three chambers and an airtight, magnetic top. It’s made of aluminum and grinds with diamond-shaped teeth. I used to toss a coin in the middle of mine, and just a couple of little shakes would absolutely coat the bottom chamber with dusted trichomes. Of course, you expect that trick to work with any grinder, but sometimes even the coin won’t make your kief drop through that lil’ mesh screen.

The Zeus Bolt 2 wasn’t even advertised as a big kief grinder, but the results are there. Plus, it’s pretty cheap for a high-quality grinder that’s definitely going to last for years. I’ve had mine for over three years now and it still breaks up bud like the best of them.

There’s also a larger option called the Zeus Bolt XL for just $10 more. It’s worth the investment if you’re going to be rolling huge blunts or joints.

Price: $24.99

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5 cannabis chefs to hire for your next dinner party

If you love edibles, then you’ll definitely love an entire multi-course meal centered around them. Cannabis-infused foods and dinners are one of the coolest ways to evolve your relationship with the plant and they’re also an excellent way to promote your brand and grow your network.

There are many chefs out there who are doing great work in connecting the worlds of weed and food for consumers of all levels.

Here are five chefs that you should hire for your next cannabis-friendly event.

Amanda Jackson

Chef Amanda Jackson is a personal chef who’s been cooking professionally for over two decades. Her talents have been hired by many big names like Dave Chappelle, Kevin Hart, and HBO.

Chef Jackson attended culinary school at Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, North Carolina before she stepped into the world of restaurants. In 2017, she went into business for herself and has been cooking with weed since 2016.

Her mission is to enhance her dishes with the herb, not to simply get you high off a fancy edible. One of her signature dishes is an infused fried okra salad, consisting of fried okra, pickled onions, and pickled sweet peppers over a bed of greens with an infused balsamic vinaigrette.

Find Jackson on Instagram @chefamandabusy.

Leather Storrs

Chef Leather Storrs is a beast in the kitchen, straight up. He is the host of the Netflix show Cooked with Cannabis, a graduate of The Culinary Institute of America, the former owner of Noble Rot in Portland, and the maker of the best steak I have ever tasted in my life.

Storrs has been cooking professionally for over 30 years. He was led to the intersection of food and weed by necessity. A fan of edibles, he was never able to find ones that satisfied him, so he started making his own THC-infused caramels called Wezzer in 2014. A year later, he was hosting full-on infused dinner parties.

Chef Storrs takes extreme pride in using humor to guide his menus, which is why one of his signature dishes is a homemade infused version of Lucky Charms. “Successful infused food is food that’s playable,” he said about why he started whipping up a weed cereal.

Find Storrs on Instagram @leatherstorrs.

Hawaii Mike

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Photo credit: Fabian

Hawaii Mike is a chef that’s been rocking out in New York’s legacy market since 2014. His brand is Chef for Higher, and Supper Club Flights is his infused dinner series.

Hawaii Mike started doing supper club events in August 2015 and rocked with them all the way up until March 2020, when the pandemic shut down all gatherings. Now, they’re back and killing shit just like old times.

To date, Mike’s done around 175 infused dining experiences with over 200 guests. With his dinners, the goal is to educate consumers about how edibles work, and more so, how they can implement digestible cannabis into their wellness routines. Hawaii Mike’s menus center around comfort food — one of his signature dishes is an infused Korean twice-fried chicken. “My language is food, so I just want to share how we integrate cannabinoids into a healthy lifestyle,” he said. “I use food as the language to share our perspective.”

Find Mike on Instagram @chefforhigher.

Jorden Lutzky

Chef Jorden Lutzky has been a professional chef since 2016. Her food has blessed people in LA, NY, and now Miami, where she’s been working with many luxury hotels on cannabis-infused offerings as the Florida cannabis market continues to blow up.

A former budtender in LA, Lutzky has been working in cannabis since 2008. She put on her first cannabis supper club in her Brooklyn apartment in 2016, where she hosted 12 friends at a time. Her last supper club events were with Sauced, a wine bar in Brooklyn, in both August and September 2021. There, she helped infuse the bar’s whole wine menu by pairing cannabis terpenes with wine tannins.

Tangie is one of Chef Jorden’s favorite strains to cook with, and her signature dishes include a kief-infused focaccia bread and infused vegan shawarma made out of oyster mushrooms.

Find Lutzky on Instagram @chefjorden.

Shawn Hamilton

Shawn Hamilton is a New York chef with a brand called Ham’s Kitch which launched in 2015. Through this brand, he hosts an infused-dinner series called Summer Nights. “To be able to do my own thing is the best thing about it. That’s my favorite part — there’s so much more freedom,” he said.

A graduate of the Monroe College culinary program, Chef Hamilton specializes in Jamaican-Asian fusion foods. His signature dishes include infused jerk chicken lo mein, infused curry dumplings, and infused egg rolls. He’s also known for Johnny Cakes, which are fried dumplings cut in half, with jerk chicken, scallions, and pickled onions on top.

Find Hamilton on Instagram @chefshamwow.

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5 products cannabis and trauma activist Shannon DeGrooms can’t live without

For many people, cannabis is about healing. Some turn to the plant to potentially ease their migraines or back pain; for others, it’s for mental health. And for Shannon DeGrooms, co-founder and executive director of the This is Jane Project, cannabis was her pathway towards healing and the key to dealing with her PTSD caused by being held at gunpoint. “I was against cannabis. I often say it took a gun to my head to try cannabis because that’s actually what happened,” DeGrooms shared.

After the incident, she finally came around to finding a reputable cannabis doctor in LA — and it opened up a whole world of healing that changed her life. “I was no longer terrified to leave the house. I could sleep through the night with minimal nightmares. It gave me a new outlook on life.” 

With her experience in LGBTQ activism in LA and back home in New Jersey, DeGrooms knew that she had to shift her advocacy to cannabis and start the This is Jane Project. 

This is Jane Project’s mission

“The revolution is trauma-informed.”

The This is Jane Project is a queer-owned 501c3 nonprofit organization that offers a safe space for women and non-binary trauma survivors who can “tell their stories, get mental health resources, compassionate cannabis resources, and community.” They do this through a number of programs, like Puff and Paint sessions and compassionate cannabis donation events.

Taking steps toward healing is different for everyone, but acknowledging it is where it starts. DeGrooms said, “Sometimes it’s hard for people to understand. A lot of people don’t acknowledge that they have trauma, for a variety of reasons, but we don’t understand the complexity of it. There are big T and little T traumas — it’s not all a gun to your head like my experience. We just try to demystify those conversations, make space for them, and reach people like me who just saw [cannabis] as a drug.” 

Getting involved with cannabis healing

One of the best ways to get involved is to get educated. Luckily, more research is emerging about cannabis and PTSD. A 2022 study published in Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research showed that “the types of cannabis available in recreational and medical cannabis dispensaries might hold promise as an alternative treatment for PTSD.”

In addition to exploring the research (and learning how to read cannabis research), you can join the This is Jane Project community for information and resources. 

And if you’re looking for cannabis product recommendations, you’ve come to the right place. 

Shannon DeGrooms’ 5 favorite cannabis products

Here are Shannon Degrooms’ favorite cannabis products, strains, and brands. 

Humboldt’s Finest flower

Pineapple Euphoria by Humboldt’s Finest was the first strain that brought DeGrooms up to a place where she was open to healing, which is why it will always be a strain she loves and remembers. Although it may not be available anymore, the brand has a plethora of strains that offer the same sweet and uplifting effects. 

Miss Grass

DeGrooms’ favorite all-around brand is Miss Grass, which is woman-owned and known for its pre-rolls made for any time of day or vibe. “In addition to being this beautifully crafted product with amazing packaging and awesome photography, they have been a huge supporter of the This is Jane Project, so that means a lot to us,” said DeGrooms.

Stone Road Farms 

Stone Road Farms, a queer-owned brand by Lex Corwin, was an early supporter of the This is Jane Project and provided free cannabis to the survivors at their events. Its naturally and sustainably-grown cannabis comes in glass flower jars, pre-rolls, and concentrate.

WYLD Pear gummies

“I enjoy WYLD edibles, especially the pear,” DeGrooms said. The WYLD pear-flavored edibles are 1:1 CBG hybrid gummies for a potentially balanced high. 

K-zen

K-zen is Asian-American, women-owned, cannabis-infused beverage company specializing in infused nighttime and daytime spritzers, tonics, and drink mixes.

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What’s new in weed: products and news from Insa, Davinci, and more

With so many great cannabis brands releasing exciting new products in new markets, it can be hard to keep track of every release or event. So we’re rounding up a few significant happenings in the industry. This week, we look at releases by Session Goods and more. 

Standard Farms: new vaporizers with Jupiter Research

Now available to medical patients in Ohio, Standard Farms and Jupiter Research have developed the new Timeless Refinery vape pens. The pens come in three categories depending on your needs: Energize, Chill, and Rest. 

Available: Ohio

Insa: new seasonal products

To celebrate summer, Insa has released its seasonal gummy Piña Colada Drops containing 5 milligrams of THC per piece. Along with the edible, the brand also released its Rocket Pop Vaporizer producing cherry, lemon, and blue raspberry flavors. 

Available: Massachusetts 

Weedmaps: New York City Pride festival event

Weedmaps will be at New York City Pride festival this weekend. Stop by our booth to say high and take a chance on our prize wheel. 

Where: 

Citi-Field: 41 Seaver Way, Queens, NY 11368

When: 

Friday, June 24

Sunday, June 26 

The Marathon (Collective): dispensary opening

Just opened on June 18, The Marathon (Collective) is intended to honor the late Nipsey Hussle’s work and relationship to cannabis. And to further celebrate the launch, the brand also premiered the documentary film The Marathon (Collection), featuring Hussle and his influence on the cannabis world. 

Address: 7011 Canoga Ave, Canoga Park, CA 91303

Available: California

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What’s new in weed: products and news from Pax, Edie Parker, and more

With so many great cannabis brands releasing exciting new products in new markets, it can be hard to keep track of every release or event. So we’re rounding up a few significant happenings in the industry. This week, we look at releases by Viola, Caliva, and more. 

Pax: new diamond pods

Released June 14, Pax has introduced its new diamond pods. Each pod is a full one gram with seven classic strain options to choose from: Durban Poison (sativa), Strawberry Cough (sativa), Granddaddy Purple (indica), Watermelon Z (indica), OG Kush (hybrid), Sunset Sherbet (hybrid), Wedding Cake (hybrid).

Available: California

Weedmaps: Chicago Pride Fest event

Weedmaps will be at Chicago’s Pride Fest this weekend. Stop by our booth to say high and take a chance on our prize wheel. 

Where: 

Boystown: 800 W Waveland Ave

When: 

Saturday, June 18 — 11:00am – 10:00pm

Sunday, June 19 — 11:00am – 10:00pm

Viola: concentrates launch in Colorado

Previously only available in California, Black-owned cannabis brand Viola has launched its Iverson ’96 concentrates line in Colorado. Find it at LivWell dispensaries. 

Available: California and Colorado

Flower by Edie Parker: limited-edition collaboration

Only available June 13 – 20, Flower by Edie Parker has collaborated with LA-based jewelry brand Ian Charms to release a small line of one-hitter necklaces. 

Find your one-hitter necklace here.

Available: Nationwide

Escape Artists: new bedtime tincture

Escape Artists launched its new sleep tincture containing 1.2 milligrams of THC, along with CBD, CBN, CBG, and chamomile. 

Available: Colorado

Kosmik Brands: new gummy

Available to medical patients in Oklahoma, Kosmik Brands announced its new gummy containing 25 milligrams of THC per piece. Dubbed Full Moon Float, the gummy has a root beer float flavor and vanilla cream center. 

Available: Oklahoma

Caliva: Deli Greens launch

Caliva just dropped its line of sun-grown, strain-specific flower called Deli Greens. Now available in half and full ounces. 

Available: California

Dosist: battery launch

For use with Dosist pods, the brand launched its new battery with 3 and 6-second dosing options. Find the pods in Pink Lemonade (sativa), Grape Ape (hybrid), and Triple Cream OG (indica) strains.

Available: California

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420-friendly fun for your summer vacation

“All I need are some tasty waves, a cool buzz, and I’m fine,” said iconic surfer dude Jeff Spicoli in the 1982 boomer classic Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Forty years later, Spicoli would be so stoked. Cannabis tourism is trending, and there has never been more buzz around cannabis-friendly activities and destinations, especially for pandemic-weary travelers in the US.

Findings from a 2020 study conducted by MMGY Travel Intelligence and Enlightn Strategies indicated that prior to the pandemic, interest in cannabis-related travel was already emerging among a significant subset of leisure travelers.

Now, with COVID travel restrictions lifted and more US states legalizing recreational cannabis, it’s more possible than ever to plan an infused vacation itinerary that includes unique, immersive experiences and destinations.

Experience unique cannabis tours

“I’ve been getting a great response to my tours now that pandemic restrictions have been lifted,” Amy Price, co-founder of Higher Way Travel told Weedmaps. “But people now are expressing concern about gas prices and inflation, so, they’re being extra selective of the trips they do take.” Price has 18 years of experience in hospitality and wellness and has been hosting cannabis-inclusive tours and events since 2008.

She added that spots for Higher Way’s cannabis tours usually fill up within two weeks of being announced.

“The most popular tour, hands down, was ‘Baked on the Beach’ in Jamaica. We held the event there during the week of 4/20, three years in a row pre-pandemic. This year, we’re bringing it to the North Shore of Oahu,” she said.

“This event includes daily yoga on the beach, a garden tour, a garden party with a traditional luau, a private bus tour, a private catamaran cruise, swimming at the base of a waterfall, tie-dying, tropical fruit and cannabis terpene pairing, and getting a local’s point of view. The trip coincides with the peak viewing nights during the Perseid meteor shower (August 11 – 14) so we will be stargazing and meteor-watching each night.”

The price per person for Baked on the Beach Oahu is $1,300, which doesn’t include airfare or accommodations but does include tasty waves — at the North Shore’s famous Banzai Pipeline — and a cool buzz. Spicoli approved.

Book a Bud & Breakfast on the West Coast

Hop from Hawaii to the entirely legal West Coast and there’s a plethora of cannabis-friendly places and activities – if curious holiday-makers know where to look. Cannabis-specific B&B booking sites like Bud and Breakfast and Inndica.com cater to increasing interest in “420-friendly” hotels and accommodations.

Posted on Inndica and located in Monroe, Washington, “marijuana-friendly” Mountain Views Tree House Joint B&B Retreat is a treetop cannabis-themed short-term rental that offers “glamping” amenities and three tree houses, including the Pot Leaf Tree House, the Hashtag Tree House, and the 420 Tree House.

Further south, in Portland, the Jupiter Hotel pioneered the cannabis-friendly hotel format in 2018 and has recently revamped its cannabis guest package in partnership with local cannabis company Oregrown. Guests that book the Oregrown 420 Package receive a discount coupon for the nearby Oregrown retail store (and complimentary shuttle service), Oregrown brand merchandise, and a Weedmaps “High Portland” T-shirt.

Follow a curated cannabis trail

Keep heading down the coast and arrive in California and the Bay Area with its robust cannabis culture and community. While San Francisco famously hosts the legendary 4/20 Festival every April 20 on Hippy Hill in Golden Gate Park, if you go across the bay, the city of Oakland recently opened the Oakland Cannabis Trail, “a curated, immersive trip through our amazing neighborhoods. Points of interest include premium cannabis retail shops and their recommended food spots, plus sensory attractions covering art, nature, and cultural experiences.”

The project was developed by the local tourism board Visit Oakland and leading local cannabis retailers, including pioneering retailers Harborside and Cookies Oakland, among others.

Nearby, the Cannabis Trail Project starts in San Francisco, winds its way through Sonoma County, and ends in Humboldt, with ten cultural markers along the route. Each landmark commemorates a significant event in Northern California’s cannabis history.

Midwestern legal states also are establishing infrastructure for cannabis tourism. Michigan, which legalized recreational use in 2018, recently launched the tourism organization, Michigan Cannabis Trail, to promote cannabis tourism and businesses including retailers, restaurants, and lodging, as well as provide visitor information on local rules and regulations.

Head to a cannabis-centric event or film festival

Cannabis events are attracting more attention as an option for adding something extra to a basic vacation, from guided tours to comedy shows to art parties, and more. For cannabis enthusiasts seeking activities close to home on a “staycation” or on the road, online ticket vendor Eventbrite has a category for “420 events.”

In Hollywood, California, near the corner of Hollywood and Vine, the Cannabis and Movies Club rooftop event, held at the historic Montalbán Theater, has been selling out nights on its 2022 schedule.

“We were recently highlighted by Secret Los Angeles, in their ’70 Fantastic Things to Do in LA’ article, which helped to explode our popularity,” said Rico Montanez, co-founder of Cannabis and Movies Club.

“Word of mouth is also beginning to spread as we are one of the only places in Los Angeles where people can hang out with friends and enjoy cannabis regularly. Many of our new members are tourists who are so excited to experience cannabis in a legally safe environment for the first time ever. We feel the club is challenging the stigma and introducing a whole new community to the wide and ever-evolving industry of cannabis,” he added.

So far, rooftop Cannabis and Movies Club screenings of Up in Smoke, The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Friday, and Pulp Fiction have sold out and movie nights are scheduled until Labor Day, including Dazed and Confused, The Empire Strikes Back, Team America: World Police, and Nacho Libre, among others.

“We rotate our cannabis brand sponsors so members are consistently experiencing innovative new brands and products, but our show-stopping Dab Bar and knowledgeable Dab Artists are probably the club’s most popular feature. We also have a rotating delivery partner every week offering incredible deals to our members. From bongs rentals to blankets we strive to create a seamless and truly one-of-a-kind unforgettable experience for all our guests,” Montanez described.

Growing interest in international cannabis destinations

It seems it’s only a matter of time until cannabis tourism expands globally. The European Cannabis Market Survey, issued in April by European cannabis wholesale distribution company Bloomwell Group, found that 65 percent of Americans surveyed said they would travel to a city or country to experience a legal market.

Germany, the focus of the Bloomwell study, may be poised to be the first European country to legalize recreational cannabis. In the study, 66 percent of Americans surveyed said they would visit a consumption lounge in Germany, once legalized.

With the summer 2022 travel season well underway, the US Travel Organization’s Monthly Travel Data for June found:

  • For the first time since the start of the pandemic, travel spending ($100 billion) was 3 percent above 2019 levels, in April 2022
  • More than one-quarter — 28 percent — of travelers plan to spend significantly more this summer over their 2019 travel budgets for marquee trips, due to higher prices as well as accumulated savings
  • Nearly six in ten American travelers — 59 percent — said rising gas prices will impact their decision to travel in the next six months

Whether cannabis-curious or seasoned enthusiast, for adventurous travelers and tourists that want infused, immersive getaways, the summer, and a new world, is waiting.

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Cannabis industry jobs for every skill set

As the cannabis industry matures, there’s been an explosion in all sectors of the job market. Not only have we seen a massive increase in the number of cannabis jobs available, but also in the types of jobs available as well. Ten or fifteen years ago, most jobs in cannabis were dispensary jobs that required some level of bravery due to the murky legality of the nubile market. Early budtenders, for example, often found themselves on the frontlines of robberies and Federal raids armed with little more than a baseball bat and a deadbolt.

Boy, do things change.

The cannabis industry now supports close to 500,000 jobs and racked up $25 billion in sales in 2021. Because weed is a particularly multifaceted industry, there are a lot of employment opportunities. Between the cultivation side, the business side, sales, and consumer-facing positions, a new wave of unique jobs have become available, with positions suitable for any skill set.

The changing cannabis market

“I think the biggest change we’ve seen in the cannabis job market is just the maturing of different roles,” said Kelsea Appelbaum from Vangst, a cannabis industry hiring platform. “Five years ago, when I got into the industry, a lot of the jobs were really straightforward and lacked a lot of depth.”

Applebaum continued, “What I mean by that is that people didn’t understand the intricacies of cannabis. They assumed that a really generic approach to hiring was important. For example, a cultivator was just a cultivator. Companies didn’t appreciate the skillset and the intricacies and the passion that actually go into being a strong cultivator. Now, I think companies actually know what they’re looking for.”

As with any burgeoning industry, the advantages of cannabis jobs are met with an equally unique set of disadvantages. The market is volatile. Things are changing all the time, and the lack of federal legality still poses a set of challenges, especially in terms of banking, which can be frustrating for those new to the industry.

When asked for her advice for prospective weed workers, Applebaum said that thick skin is a must. “If you get frustrated by hearing no, you probably shouldn’t be in this industry. Building up resilience when you’re starting your job search is really important.”

“There are a lot of misconceptions about what cannabis is and what exactly people do in cannabis. A lot of times, people looking for work in cannabis are looking for a job for months, or even years, because that perfect job may not even exist yet.”

She concluded, “The best advice I have is to maintain a positive attitude and support your community. I think the best jobs actually come from natural opportunities, and the best way to get involved in cannabis is to support different advocacy groups at a local level. That could lead to a fantastic career start.”

Here are some cannabis jobs to consider if you’re looking to get your start in the industry.

Entry-level roles in the cannabis industry

If you’re looking to get your foot in the door, consider these positions.

Cultivation Technician

Cultivation Technicians — commonly known as “trimmers” — are responsible for hand-trimming flower in an efficient manner while ensuring quality cannabis leaves the cultivation facility. This is typically an hourly position but an important one because hand-trimmed flower is vastly superior to flower that’s been processed through a mechanical trimming machine.

Good skills to have: attention to detail, consistency, an ability to focus for hours at a time

Quality Manager

The Quality Manager role is designed to ensure quality at every step of production. As a Quality Manager, you might be overseeing product and environmental testing, internal product releases, product recalls, product returns, and product labeling in accordance with state regulations, along with being the brand’s internal procedures and processes point person.

Good skills to have: attention to detail, organization, flexibility, basic math skills

Edibles Specialist

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The Edibles Specialist oversees the kitchen and maintains high standards for product development, formulation, dosing, finished product, and cleanliness. Some roles may involve managing a production team.

Good skills to have: time management, organization, consistency, cleanliness

Sales Representative

A Sales Representative focuses on selling a company’s suite of products or services. Often a consumer-facing position, they also activate booths at dispensaries and do demos.

Good skills to have: communication, persistence, storytelling, active listening

Packager

Packagers are primarily hourly positions responsible for the accurate packaging of cannabis into pre-weighed containers and pre-rolled joints.

Good skills to have: attention to detail, consistency, focus

Delivery Driver

A delivery driver delivers cannabis products from a licensed retailer or dispensary straight to consumers. While delivery drivers are often hourly workers, they typically have the ability to make tips.

Good skills to have: safe driving (of course), customer service, navigation, time management

Higher-level roles in cannabis

Already have some experience in the industry or have worked similar positions in higher-level roles? Consider these options during your job hunt.

VP of Retail Operations

The lead position in retail, the VP of Retail Operations is responsible for leading retail store teams, along with ensuring each store is equipped with the right infrastructure, policies, and standard operating procedures to deliver on customer experience.

Good skills to have: written and verbal communication, leadership, people management

Director of Cultivation

The Director of Cultivation oversees the operations of all cultivation facilities, manages cultivation teams, and establishes standard operating procedures to meet production goals.

Good skills to have: flexibility, project management, people management, technical knowledge of grow systems and regulations

Sales Director

The lead position in sales, the Sales Director develops a company’s sales strategy across all operational zones — state-by-state, regional, or national.

Good skills to have: teaching ability, motivational speaking, leadership, strategic thinking

Lab Manager

The Lab Manager is responsible for all post-harvest processes, like performing chemical analysis for harvest timing, processing, and creating extraction operating procedures.

Good skills to have: collaboration, problem-solving, deep understanding of safety protocols and regulations, prioritization

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10 best weed drinks of 2022

The landscape of weed drinks is growing and evolving rapidly, with tons of new products pouring into cannabis markets around the country. The Ultimate Spirits Challenge, one of the most acclaimed beverage competitions in the US, saw multiple cannabis drink entries, and some scored quite high next to their alcoholic counterparts.

When rounding up the standouts of the weed drinks available today, there’s a mix of sodas, seltzers, cocktails, tea, and mixers that come in both THC and CBD options.

Here are 10 of the best tasting — and feeling — weed drinks to try in 2022.

Good Feels seltzers

Taking cannabis seltzer to the next level, Good Feels checks all the boxes: attractive glass bottle, tasty flavors, low-dose, fast-acting CBD and THC, plus contemporary company values like fair wages and carbon neutrality.

The flavors come in blood orange, grapefruit, raspberry apple, and black cherry. Each bottle contains 5 milligrams of both THC and CBD, leading to a potentially balanced, chill vibe designed to take effect quickly. Each bottle typically retails for around $7.

Available: Massachusetts

Klaus infused cocktails

Klaus, a canned cannabis cocktail, is crafted for flavor chasers by mixologist Warren Bobrow. The intense flavor of their THC drink is absolutely cocktail-like and ideal to serve over ice, though you can enjoy it straight from the can as well. The tart, tangy, and ginger flavors would likely appeal to those who usually order margaritas or daiquiris. With 10 milligrams of THC in each can, it was fast-acting and provided me with a potent — but not overwhelming — high. Currently available in one flavor, the Mezzrole, with two more flavors coming soon, each $12 can is priced like a craft cocktail.

You can find Klaus cocktails at two Solful locations in Northern California: Santa Rosa and Sebastopol. So if you’re in Sonoma County, be sure to check them out.

Available: Northern California

Cann seltzers

Still one of the best weed drinks available, this trailblazing company is going strong and featuring new seasonal flavors alongside their classic THC drinks. Somewhere between a seltzer and a cocktail, the not-too-sweet varieties like lemon lavender or seasonal ginger lemongrass are easy to love.

The cans come in two sizes: the traditional 8oz with 2 milligrams of THC and 4 milligrams of CBD, and the 12oz Hi Boy with 5 milligrams of THC. Cann is available in 4-packs for around $25.

Available: California, Nevada, Illinois, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island

Good Stuff infused lemonade mixers

The lemonade concentrates from Good Stuff are as versatile as they are delicious. Bonus points for the dark glass bottle, which keeps well in the fridge for longer shelf life, and the cap doubles as a microdose measurement of 2 milligrams per capful.

These formulations taste good at any concentration, allowing ultimate customization to your needs. Personally, my favorite is the indica strawberry lemonade. I add a few capfuls of it to a liter of water and sip on it for a steady micro-dose alongside my daily hydration. The mix is absolutely delicious, making it equally good as a shot, over ice, or mixed into seltzer as a social drink.

Each bottle costs around $20 and comes with a total of 100 milligrams of fast-acting THC and varying amounts of CBD depending on the flavor.

Available: California

Lagunitas Hi-Fi Sessions

lagunitas hi-fi sessions

Lagunitas, a beer brand founded in 1993, has always had a close connection to cannabis. And in 2017, the founders made that connection official by partnering with AbsoluteXtracts, a Northern California cannabis brand known for its full-spectrum vape cartridges. Together, Lagunitas and ABX have made one of the most refreshing weed drinks on the market. And don’t just take our word for it. The Hoppy Chill flavor won first place at the 2022 Emerald Cup Awards.

The Hi-Fi Sessions weed drinks are made with water-soluble THC and CBD for a potentially fast-acting high. The flavor is light and citrusy with a background of hops that makes for a unique sipping experience. They come in three doses: a 10mg THC formulation, a balanced 5:5 mg CBD:THC option, and a low-dose 2:2mg CBD:THC variety. All three options have zero calories or carbs. 

Available: California and Colorado

Artet aperitif

Mixing drinks is an extension of cooking and creativity in the kitchen, something that should be available to anyone whether or not they indulge in alcohol. Considering how dreadful non-alcoholic spirits can be, this product is especially impressive, offering a flavorful and balanced mixer that is the perfect stand-in.

The Artet aperitif is herbal with complex and balanced notes. My go-to mixer is a double dose (5 milligrams of THC) of Artet, a small bottle of Q Mediterranean or Cucumber Tonic, and three dashes of Angostura bitters — all poured over two large ice cubes. I like it even better than a traditional gin and tonic. This infused beverage costs around $45 for a 750ml bottle and contains a total of 37.5 milligrams of THC.

Available: California

Keef infused sodas

There are certain meals or occasions that call for a classic cold soda, and it’s a bonus to have a little cannabis mixed into it. The flavors of Keef sodas are classic and nostalgic with subtle notes of cannabis — the orange soda is particularly delicious.

While these may be dangerous for those who drink a lot of soda, they’re still fun to keep around to indulge in once in a while. The recreational version has 10 milligrams of THC and CBD per can for around $5, and the medical versions are available with 50 milligrams or 100 milligrams of THC per can for around $15 each.

Available: Arizona, California, Colorado, Oklahoma, Maine, Missouri, Puerto Rico, Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, and Saskatchewan

Ceria infused “beers”

This category of “cannabis beer” offers huge potential for growth, bringing a tasty replacement for beer drinkers who aren’t served by the typical infused seltzers, sodas, and cocktails. Beer alternatives are difficult to produce from a flavor perspective. Still, the two flavors from Ceria are solid: Grainwave, a lighter ale with notes of coriander and citrus, and Indiewave, a richer IPA with sweet, malty notes.

Keeping in step with the flavor profiles and how they would typically be offered with lower and higher alcohol levels, the lighter ale has 5 milligrams of THC in each can, and the IPA has 10 milligrams of THC.

The brand new packaging reinforces the contemporary craft brew status of the beverages while paying homage to Ceres, the Roman goddess of grain. These completely alcohol-free brews come in around $8 per can.

Available: California and Colorado

Day One CBD sparkling water

Day One CBD seltzers come in classic flavors with crisp carbonation and clean citrus notes. It offers everything you could want in a cold seltzer, and it’s easy to grab on the go or throw into a cooler alongside regular soda and beer.

Each $3 can contains 20 milligrams of broad-spectrum, hemp-derived CBD extract. For me, the CBD took the edge off of physical and mental pressure and offered chill vibes for social gatherings.

Available: Nationwide

Willie’s Remedy infused tea

Form and function are harmoniously matched in this line of infused teas. Well suited for a morning routine or ritual, the tea won’t over-extract, even if you leave it to steep for a long time. It also makes a nice iced tea for warm weather.

Including a daily cup of Willie’s Remedy also makes it easy to get a regular dose of CBD. The teabags themselves are high quality, made without any dyes or chemicals, and are biodegradable. Each bag contains around 12.5 milligrams of full-spectrum hemp-derived CBD, organically grown. They’re available for $26 for a tin of 16 tea bags.

Available: Nationwide

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What’s new in weed: products and news from Jeeter, Raw Garden, and more

With so many great cannabis brands releasing exciting new products in new markets, it can be hard to keep track of every release or event. So we’re rounding up a few significant happenings in the industry. This week, we look at releases by Jeeter, Ozone, and more. 

Weedmaps: Motor City Pride event

Weedmaps will be at Chicago’s Motor City Pride this weekend. Stop by our booth to say high and take a chance on our prize wheel. 

Where: 

1 Hart Plaza, Downtown Detroit

When: 

Saturday, June 11 — 1:00pm – 9:00pm

Sunday, June 12 — 12:30pm – 7:00pm

Jeeter: product expansion to Michigan

Infused pre-roll brand Jeeter has expanded to Michigan and is now offering its pre-rolls in 45 dispensaries across the state.

Available: Arizona and Michigan

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Red Belly Honey: new infused honey gummies

Free of artificial flavors and dyes, Chicago-based Red Belly Honey has launched its newest product: RBel Bee infused gummies. Each pack contains 17 gummies with a total of 5.1 milligrams of CBD. 

Available: Nationwide

Raw Garden: new infused pre-rolls

To celebrate summer, Raw Garden dropped some new pre-roll strains infused with diamonds. Find the joints in Island Glue (indica), Lime Gelato (sativa), and Sunset Mojito (hybrid) strains.

Available: California

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Ozone: new Pride-themed products and donations

Throughout June, Ozone will be offering Pride-themed products, including pre-rolls and chillums, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to The Network/La Red, GR Trans Foundation, and Brave Space Alliance. Find the pre-rolls in Massachusetts and Michigan and the chillums in Illinois. 

Available: Illinois, Massachusetts, and Michigan

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Insa: new giant infused chocolate bar

Insa just released a giant, one-pound chocolate bar featuring its double caramel sea salt flavor. The bar offers 1 milligram of THC per piece with a total of 100 pieces per bar — it comes in at $40.

Available: Massachusetts 

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The Botanist: seasonal gummy drop

Infused mango iced tea gummies just dropped in Ohio from The Botanist. Made for summer, each gummy contains 10 milligrams of THC per piece and is made with black tea and mango purée. 

Available: Ohio

Etain: limited-edition Pride battery and donations

Etain launched its limited-edition battery for its Motif Magnetic Vape Pen for the month of June. Proceeds from the sales of the battery will go to Callen-Lorde, which supports LGBTQ+ healthcare.

Available: California

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5 cannabis products Bella Thorne can’t live without

Bella Thorne has long been open about her appreciation for cannabis. She’s smoked weed to treat her anxiety and related problems since her teens. In 2019, she and Glass House Brands launched the cannabis brand Forbidden Flowers, which sells pre-rolls, flowers, merch with 420-friendly slogans, and more.

“When I started Forbidden Flowers, cannabis was a topic that people just didn’t talk about, but it’s a big part of my life,” she told Weedmaps. “Smoking weed helps so many people feel better. But no one talks about it.”

Her goal in creating Forbidden Flowers was to sell weed that she would smoke herself, and to correct for the fact that she barely saw any women in the cannabis industry. “I made the brand so that women — and everyone — can be unapologetic about it,” she said. “People who smoke weed should feel like they can be open and feel empowered and embrace its benefits without judgment.”

Her passion for educating people about the physical and mental health benefits of cannabis stems from the life-changing effect it had on her. “I used to suffer from anxiety, stomach cramps, and panic attacks,” she recalled. “I would visit the doctor, and all they wanted to give was pills to try and fix it. And I didn’t want that. So then my brother actually suggested trying cannabis. After I tried it, I felt better right away.”

Now, she likes to experiment with a variety of strains. “What I like to smoke heavily depends on the mood I’m in. I smoke indica when I am feeling like I want to be ‘in-da-couch’ — relax, mellow out, go to bed. But I love sativa when I have to get stuff done or have a long day because it calms my anxiety and helps me focus without getting overwhelmed.”

Since Thorne is a devoted cannabis consumer and is now an expert in the industry, we asked her about her all-time favorite products. Here are her top five picks.

Forbidden Flowers: Chill Out

This formula — available as a flower or pre-roll — was designed to potentially help you do what stoners are known to do: chill the eff out. It’s offered in two strains: the indica Midnight Thorneberry and the equally mellow Cherry Trance.

“I love to smoke this when I just want to relax at home with some friends or by myself,” said Thorne. “It’s perfect for when I’m just listening to music or watching a movie or having a recovery day after a long night out.”

Find Midnight Thorneberry

Find Cherry Trance

Forbidden Flowers: Turn On

Thorne’s been known to push the envelope when it comes to talking about sex, and she’s doing so once again with this strain, meant for deepening intimacy and connection.

Turn On comes in the fruity Violet Daydream strain as well as the tropical Havana Heat. “It’s perfect for a date night with Ben or small dinner parties with my friends,” said Thorne. “It helps keep the conversation flowing and gives me the warm fuzzy feeling you get from being around people you love.”

Find Violet Daydream

Find Havana Heat

Plus Gummies

“I am big on gummies; they’re just like little bites of happiness,” said Thorne. “If I’m ever on the go or don’t want to actually light up, I go straight for Plus Gummies. And there’s a gummy for any mood: for when I’m ready to unwind, needing something to lift me up, or even just looking for some balance.”

Plus gummies come in six different flavors: concord grape, blackberry and lemon, tangerine, sour watermelon, cucumber lime, and sour blueberry. The brand also makes gummies containing CBN, balanced THC and CBD ratios, CBD-only options, and gummies made with unique cannabis strains.

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Forbidden Flowers: Hype Up

Some people smoke weed to relax or fall asleep, while others use it to get energized. This one’s for the latter, with a citrusy Electric Lemon option and a spicy Topanga Sunrise. 

“Whenever I’m looking to get pumped for a night out, I smoke Hype Up,” Thorne said of her creation. “It’s the perfect product to get me excited for a long night of partying, a long day of work, or to get ready to work out.”

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Forbidden Flowers: Zone In

Creatives, and others who like to use weed for inspiration, are the target audience for Zone In, which comes in an indica-dominant Lowkey Lazy strain geared toward potential relaxation and focus and a sweet and indulgent Sugar and Spice strain that’s perfect for a day of self-care.

“If I have a long day of work ahead or I just want to stay focused, I always go for the Zone In strain. It calms me without making me want to fall asleep, which is amazing.”

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Find Sugar and Spice

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