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// DC Collects Extra 5,000 Signatures to Decriminalize Psychedelics During Protests (Merry Jane)

// Acreage pulls out of Iowa medical marijuana market (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Chart: Medical marijuana sales in Oklahoma near $300 million in first five months of 2020 (Marijuana Business Daily)


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// Massachusetts regulators developing cannabis product catalog (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Report: NBA won’t test players for marijuana in Disney World bubble (NBC Sports)

// Canada exported record amount of dried cannabis in 2019, but mostly to one market (Marijuana Business Daily)

// New USVI adult-use cannabis bill to go before Senate Friday (Vibe High)

// GOP Congressman Says Killing Of ‘Marijuana User’ George Floyd Doesn’t Deserve Protests (Marijuana Moment)

// Despite COVID, Cannabis Sales To Hit $20.4 Billion in 2020 (Green Market Report)

// Mississippi Lawmakers Take Steps To Distinguish Alternative Medical Marijuana Measure From Activist Version (Marijuana Moment)


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Products You Didn’t Know Could Be Made Out of Hemp

Hemp, what is it really? It just seems to blend into the background of packaging labels or stamped across the forehead of every ‘healthy alternative’ there is out there. It genuinely is a great material. But why has it not been championed in the world as a primary resource for staple goods? This article outlines […]

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 Headlines | Marijuana Today Daily News

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020 | Curated by host Shea Gunther

// DC Collects Extra 5,000 Signatures to Decriminalize Psychedelics During Protests (Merry Jane)

// Acreage pulls out of Iowa medical marijuana market (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Chart: Medical marijuana sales in Oklahoma near $300 million in first five months of 2020 (Marijuana Business Daily)


These headlines are brought to you by Natural Order Supply, one of the nation’s premier cannabis cultivation supply companies dedicated to streamlining cultivation and helping industrial hemp farmers calculate their price-per-plant cost. They have everything from lights to harvest supplies to cultivation advice!


// Massachusetts regulators developing cannabis product catalog (Marijuana Business Daily)

// Report: NBA won’t test players for marijuana in Disney World bubble (NBC Sports)

// Canada exported record amount of dried cannabis in 2019, but mostly to one market (Marijuana Business Daily)

// New USVI adult-use cannabis bill to go before Senate Friday (Vibe High)

// GOP Congressman Says Killing Of ‘Marijuana User’ George Floyd Doesn’t Deserve Protests (Marijuana Moment)

// Despite COVID, Cannabis Sales To Hit $20.4 Billion in 2020 (Green Market Report)

// Mississippi Lawmakers Take Steps To Distinguish Alternative Medical Marijuana Measure From Activist Version (Marijuana Moment)


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I Tried Them: The 7 Best Sex Weed Products

Few holidays are more divisive than Valentine’s Day. Regardless of where that last text leaves you with your off-again partner, cannabis is here to make the good things in life better — and the bad things in life suck less. Sex included. 

Existing in a heightened sensory state, free from mental and physical burdens like stress and pain, allows us to connect more deeply with ourselves and the people around us. The past few years have seen the market explode with topicals, suppositories, potions, and edibles aimed at enhancing the sexual experience, with many aimed specifically toward women struggling with intimacy issues prohibiting them from reaching climax.  

Aside from topicals’ ability to boost blood flow to capillaries that enhance sensitivity, the science on why weed compliments sex so well is hazy. However, rave reviews across the board have garnered increasing attention from doctors like gynecologist-obstetrician Dr. Becky Kaufman Lynn.

“My interest in this realm came from the many patients that I see in my clinic who have confided in me that using marijuana treats their sexual problems,” Lynn told Weedmaps News in a previous article. “I have seen it used in women with chronic pain disorders that lead to painful sex, women who experience difficulty with orgasm or an inability to orgasm, and women who use it to improve their libido, which may not match their partner’s libido.”

In her survey of 133 adult women during an annual checkup, 29% revealed that they had used marijuana before sex and 68% of users said that it made their sexual experience more pleasurable. Additionally, 72% reported that cannabis always increased erotic pleasure, while 24% felt that it sometimes did. Sixty-two percent divulged that cannabis increased their libidos and intensified their orgasm.

While brands like Foria and Quim are at the forefront of this trend, armed with great products and legitimate development teams, products touting their ability to enhance pleasure have flooded an already crowded market. Some of them are great, a lot of them aren’t. And, with most intimacy oils coming in at around $50 a bottle, you want to make damn well sure it’s going to be worth it. 

My partner and I are big in the game of testing cannabis sex products and have tried just about every one known to man at this point. In celebration of love’s upcoming holiday, here are seven tried and true weed products to enhance the sex you are having, and explore the sex you haven’t had yet.

1906 Lover’s Edition

1906’s Lover’s Edition puts a stoned, sexy twist on the traditional box of chocolates. The limited-edition heart-shaped chocolate cannabis treat is infused with 1906’s fast-acting (15-20 minute onset) Love Formulation, a blend of single-strain cannabis and botanical aphrodisiacs like Muria Puama and Damiana. Each piece is designed to be broken in half into two 5 milligram servings and shared. Available: Colorado

Apothecanna Sexy Time Personal Intimacy Oil

Apothecanna’s Sexy Time Intimacy Oil is hugely popular among my boyfriend and I, as well as my friends and their partners. Argan and coconut oils deliver cannabis to enhance blood flow and heighten sensitivity with an intoxicating jasmine scent. Ask around, you will NOT be disappointed. Available: Nationwide (Note: not condom safe) 

Quim Night Moves

Quim is one of the hottest (and my favorite) cannabis brands in the sexual wellness sphere. Designed to not only enhance sexual pleasure but also focusing on overall vaginal health. Night Moves features the botanical aphrodisiac Damiana alongside tea tree oil, thought of as mother nature’s antifungal and antiseptic, keeping both UTIs and yeast infections at bay. Available: California (Note: not condom safe) 

Price: $46

Manna Vella CBD “Lube” by Manna Molecular

Vella by Manna Molecular is a total game-changer in that, unlike the previous two intimacy serums, it is 100% condom safe. Perfect for the more adventurous (or even single on the mingle) Valentine in all of us. Available: Nationwide

Price: $7.49 (20 milligrams) – $51.99 (200 milligrams)

Foria Intimacy CBD Suppository

Reimagine the giggle-inducing medium of the suppository with Foria’s CBD Intimacy Blend. Each suppository is made from cocoa butter and 50 milligrams of broad-spectrum CBD to enhance arousal or ease tension and discomfort. They’re especially good for rectal use, too. Available: Nationwide

Price: $20

Yummi Karma Love Potion

Yummi Karma’s Love Potion is exactly what it sounds like, a CBD/THC tincture that’s sure to entice. One of the most popular of the female-owned brand, Yummi Karma’s new line of “drops” contains 210 milligrams of THC, 90 milligrams of CBD, (with 7 milligrams of THC and 3 milligrams of CBD per dropper, coconut oil, passion flower, guarana, ginseng, and turmeric. Available: California

Price: $34 

CBD 3-in-1 Massage Candle

What could possibly make the combination of candlelight and massage oil more romantic? Weed, of course, and this 3-in-1 CBD Massage Candle does just that. Each candle contains 60mg of CBD that melts into a topical oil when lit. Available: Nationwide

Price: $18.99

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10 Products Every Fashion-Conscious Cannabis User Will Love For Fall

Ahh, fall. It’s a time of year filled with cozy blankets, changing leaves, and pumpkin spice everything. And even for people who don’t get to see the trees shake off their greenery, there’s still a certain vibe in the air. Everything feels slightly crisper and cooler. It’s a season for retreating and nesting — and what better way to do that than with some new, fall-friendly cannabis products that also happen to be très chic?

That’s right, Weedmaps News scoured the scene to unearth the brands, companies, and items changing the cannabis world as we know it. Whether it’s the most buttery, hemp-based jeans you’ll ever try on or the sleekest notebooks for all your recordkeeping needs, these cannabis products are perfect for the consumer who prioritizes style and cool above all else. 

Alkhemist — The Crop in Chalk

Los Angeles-based apparel line Alkhemist uses hemp as its core material because it says it is more environmentally friendly than cotton.

The founders of Alkhemist have spent the last 15 years working in the Los Angeles garment industry, so it’s no wonder they found themselves expanding into hemp apparel. The brand says it works with hemp as its core material because it offers a carbon footprint 50% less than that of cotton, enables more environmentally friendly practices, and is breathable and self-cooling. 

Indeed, the fabrics don’t lie: These pants are some of the comfiest I have ever worn. Alkhemist’s unique production process blends hemp with other natural fibers to create super-soft, lightweight denim and other fabrics that make everyday wear fun again. Notably, the company designs and produces its products in Los Angeles. 

Price: $172

 

 

Goldleaf — Patient’s Journal

Ohio-based Goldleaf produces a patient’s journal in a refined way to catalog cannabis experiences.

Curious about the science behind cannabis but overwhelmed by, well, all the information out there? Enter Goldleaf, a company that’s selling both glossy design and cannabis education in the form of a Moleskine-inspired patient’s journal and proprietary recipe cards. Recording your daily doses and whipping up a tangerine-CBD vinaigrette has never looked so high-end. 

The Ohio-based company specializes in research-based guided notebooks, elegant original prints, and minimalist brass pens (of the writing variety, not the vaping variety). These products are ideally suited for cannabis patients, growers, and enthusiasts alike. The clean designs will streamline and elevate any stoner’s space. 

Price: $18.99

Puffco — Peak Travel Glass & Bag

Vape enthusiasts, have no fear. Puffco makes its signature Peak in a travel size, and a stylish carrying case that can be totes as a crossbody, belt loop, or fanny pack.

L.A.-based vaporizing innovator Puffco has received all sorts of acclaim since it first came on the market in 2013. Its futuristic vape designs and smart cannabis concentrate technology have made Puffco a favorite among concentrate consumers. The company’s product line includes the newly released Peak Travel Glass, allowing its users to consume stylishly while on the move. Its patent-pending closure system is quite fancy, featuring two positions accessible by rotating the mouthpiece. 

And to keep the entire system safe and protected, The Peak Bag is a no-brainer. It can be adjusted into a crossbody, fanny pack, or belt loop style — making it one of the most flexible (and functional) concentrate accessories on the market. 

Price: $124.99 (Peak Travel Glass) + $49.99 (Peak Bag; currently sold out)

Make & Mary — Face and Body Serum

Make & Mary produces a line of cannabidiol (CBD)-based beauty products and candles that are vegan-friendly, cruelty-free, and contain no genetically modified organisms.

Back in 2016, Latinx founder Yvonne Perez Emerson developed Make & Mary to explore the world of cannabis through art and design, with self-care at the root of the brand. Today, it’s a beauty company out of Portland, Oregon, that makes cannabidiol (CBD)-based, luxurious skin-care solutions. Everything is 100% wild-crafted, vegan, non-genetically modified organism (GMO), and cruelty-free. Plus, each Make & Mary product is custom-formulated and crafted in-house with ingredients from local and regional sources. (Its CBD, for instance, is sourced from a farm in Oregon’s Willamette Valley). 

Some must-have items? The Face and Body Serum and the “Soul Shine” Cannabis Candle, which can conveniently turn into an air-tight stash jar once the candle is burned through.  

Price: $58 + $62

House of Puff — Le Pipe

With a design-forward aesthetic, House of Puff makes smoking accessories that almost look too good to use. Le Pipe is a cotton-candy-pink porcelain pipe that comes with a storage bag, matches, and matching pink rolling papers.

This Latinx- and woman-owned company employs a mantra of “setting the bar high for your smoking experience.” Indeed, House of Puff has clear target consumers in mind: They enjoy unwinding with a joint or vape at the end of a long day, but they’re not necessarily fans of stereotypical stoner paraphernalia. That’s why House of Puff is all about the juxtaposition of simple design and a modern aesthetic. 

Take, for example, its signature Le Pipe, a compact porcelain pipe in a cotton candy shade. Each pipe is handcrafted and comes with the brand’s “High Functioning” storage bag, matches, and custom unbleached pink rolling papers. Another favorite: silver keychains inscribed with strain names such as Pineapple Express, Champagne Kush, and Blue Dream.

Price: $19

Elixinol C|B|D Powder

Elixinol makes C | B | D Powder, a line of cannabidiol (CBD) powders to be taken three times daily. Create is a morning boost, Build is an afternoon pick-me-up, and Dream is a pre-bedtime supplement.

Say hello to the newest addition to your daily self-care routine. Short for Create | Build | Dream, this water-soluble CBD powder is designed to be consumed at different points throughout the day — morning, noon, and night — with varying flavors that could give you a little boost. The berry-flavored “Create” morning powder reportedly delivers feelings of alertness and focus. “Build” is a citrus-flavored CBD powder intended for the afternoon that may have a focusing effect. Oppositely, the smooth, chocolatey “Dream” is supposed to be taken at night to encourage a sense of calm before you go to bed. 

Each seven-day box comes with 21 individually-packaged sachets (one set of seven for each of the three CBD powders).

Price: $44.99 – $59.99

Kaneh Co. — Red Velvet Cookies

Red velvet cookies are among the tempting edibles baked by San Diego-based Kaneh Co.

This family-owned, San Diego-based company launched in 2016. Since then, it’s been churning out an array of brownies, confections, cookies, and practically anything else you can think of. Kaneh Co.’s point of pride? It handcrafts its culinary masterpieces, which are truly some of the tastiest edibles on the market

Some of Kaneh Co.’s selections include: red velvet cookies (shown here), triple berry white chocolates, brownies, peanut-butter-and-jelly blondies, and more. Gluten-free and vegan options are available, like the Chocolate Paleo, which is a no-sugar-added, paleo friendly, chocolate-nutty treat you won’t feel even the slightest bit guilty about. 

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TriBeauty CBD Superfood Mask 

Tribeauty makes a face mask containing 200 milligrams of CBD. The product includes vitamin C and white clay. And the green color? That’s from a blend of spinach and kale.

Spa day just got way more relaxing. This CBD Superfood Mask contains a six-in-one formulation that purportedly does it all: plumps, oxygenates, hydrates, brightens, calms, and protects. The mask itself takes on a bright green hue, but that’s not the cannabis. It’s actually a blend of spinach and kale that can help oxygenate your skin, while vitamin C brightens and evens skin tone. The white clay may take some pesky blemishes down a notch, too. Last but not least: wearing a face mask just makes anyone feel oh-so luxe. And really, what’s not to love about that?

Price: $60

Elixinol Extra Strength CBD Hemp Balm

Elixinol’s Extra Strength CBD Hemp Balm is a cool, refreshing topical to rub on achy muscles.

Calling all athletes! This product can help deliver some much needed relief to any nagging muscular discomfort. It’s something you’ll want to keep stashed away in your gym bag to work out those post-spin-class knots. Made with full-spectrum CBD from 100% organic hemp, this balm feels somewhat cool to the touch, works quickly, and contains a crisp, refreshing scent that isn’t overbearing. This product is free of parabens, phthalates, artificial fragrances, and petrochemicals. In other words, it’s a plant-based essential that should be in everyone’s medicine cabinet. 

Price: $49.99

Orchid Essentials — Vape

Orchid Essentials makes a stylish line of vapes that promise extracts with fruity flavors.

This company offers up one-of-a-kind terpene profiles inspired by fruits and herbs. With its proprietary hardware designed in Irvine, California, Orchid Essentials has created an easy-to-use product that looks just as good as it performs. The clever flavor profiles are simple to understand and avoid any convoluted cannabis talk. The Strawberry Cough, for instance, “is a perfect companion for when you need to get things done.” On the other hand, the Tropical Trainwreck provides the right amount of fruitiness that “will melt you into a puddle of sweet, sedated chill.” Sign me up, please.

Feature image: Ohio-based Goldleaf brings a cannabis aesthetic into the office without the actual plant itself. It makes a line of prints, as well as notebooks, pens, and recipe cards. (Photo courtesy of Goldleaf) 

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10 High-THC Strains You Should Know About

Every year, weed gets higher … in THC, that is. Throughout our shared history with the cannabis plant, we’ve slowly bred the plant to produce more of its primary intoxicating and psychoactive cannabinoid, with THC percentages of some plants now reaching the mid-30s.

Though the cannabis plant contains myriad cannabinoids, with more than 100 cannabinoids identified in the plant to date, it’s still tetrahydrocannabinol that reigns supreme in both the public consciousness and the plant we’ve bred exhaustively throughout recent history. 

As the plant has evolved to become more desirable to humans, thereby securing its own survival, a number of strains with particularly high ratios of THC content have emerged and garnered reputations as some of the dankest weed on the planet. For good reason. 

THC isn’t the only cannabinoid or native cannabis compound that contributes to the cannabis high, but it is without a doubt the main player. When you hear weed described as intoxicating, euphoric, sedating, mind-altering, and socially enhancing, you’re hearing about effects for which THC may largely be responsible. Though its effects have traditionally been sought after for recreational use, THC has also been found to alleviate pain and inflammation, stimulate appetite, reduce nausea, and treat muscle spasticity. 

If you’re looking for a high-THC experience from cannabis flower, an ever-growing variety of ultra-high-THC strains are available in most legal markets. To put you on the right track, here are 10 strains historically known to deliver the highest amounts of everyone’s favorite cannabinoid. 

GG4

GG Strains’ GG4, which once went under the name of a popular brand of adhesive, boasts 27% to 30% THC.

GG4, also known as Gorilla Glue, Original Glue, and Gorilla Glue #4, was the best phenotype of a strain bred by the founders of Nevada’s GG Strains, Josey Whales and Lone Watty. 

Whales and Watty’s original strain was the result of an accidental cross of Sour Dubb and Chem Sister, a popular phenotype of notable high-THC strain Chemdog. When Whales’ friend and fellow breeder Mardogg cultivated four phenotypes, Whales decided on #4 as the winning Gorilla Glue strain. 

GG4 has tested from 27% to 30% THC and certified by True-Breed and Phylos Bioscience, according to the GG Strains website. At the 2015 High Times Cannabis Cup, GG Strains released 125 GG4 cuttings to fellow growers, making the strain a prolific high-THC strain across several cultivators and brands.

Gorilla Glue is a trademarked brand of adhesive, and its makers settled a lawsuit with GG Strains, which can no longer market the weed under the original name. 

The Toad

A more recent addition to the high-THC strain canon, The Toad is an exclusive of Tyson Ranch, the cannabis brand and product line co-founded by Mike Tyson. A mostly Indica strain deriving from Chemdawg OG and GSC, The Toad offers a euphoric high pretty immediately, then settles into a body relaxation, according to Tyson Ranch. 

The Toad has been tested at nearly 37% THC with a total of 43% cannabinoids. Kevin Bell, chief operating officer of cannabis and hemp operations at Tyson Ranch, told Weedmaps News that the company found the strain from another grower and offered to sell the flower if Tyson liked it. The Toad and other Tyson Ranch products are currently available in California and Nevada.  

Godfather OG

The “Don of all OGs” is a mysterious high-THC strain often thought to originate from Bubba Kush, L.A. Confidential, and Granddaddy Purps, and OG Kush,. The original Godfather OG, a popular strain among California medical circles, is reportedly a cross of XXX OG and Alpha OG. 

Best Indica winner at the 2015 High Times Cannabis Cup has tested as high as 28% THC, Godfather OG is valued for its full body relaxation and strong sedation. Lab testing from Canna Safe Analytics shows the strain reaching as high as 34% THC. If you come across a Godfather OG, ask for a certificate of analysis, as it may be one of the “other” Godfather OGs with a different chemical profile than the original. 

Chemdog

Chemdog, or often spelled Chemdawg against the wishes of its breeder, contains 21% to 24% THC. Credit a Grateful Dead concert for the origin of this strain.

It’s only fitting that one of the most famous high-THC strains of all time would emerge from the ether of a Grateful Dead concert. 

Often labeled “Chemdawg,” though the breeder (also known as Chemdog) has disputed this popular spelling, Chemdog is a phenotype of a strain called Dogbud, which Chemdog picked up from fellow breeders P-Bud and Joe Brand in the parking lot of a Dead show in the ’90s. The strain’s new name, Chemdog, was a combination of Dogbud and the nickname “Chem,” which Brand coined for the strain’s chemical flavor.

The Chemdog we know today, also known as Chem ’91, is a phenotype of the original Dogbud. Testing from MRC Labs puts Chemdog between 21% and 24% THC. 

GSC

GSC is a California classic bred by the Cookie Family. THC ranges from 17% to 28%.

Originally known as Girl Scout Cookies before the scouting organization flagged the name as a trademark violation, GSC is one of the most popular THC-heavy strains in the world. It’s a flagship strain of the Cookie Family in Northern California, who pollinated an OG Kush cutting with pollen from the breeders’ own F1 Durban Poison to create this iconic flower. 

Testing from Steep Hill labs typically places the strain’s THC content in a range of 17%-28%. GSC is another prolific high-THC strain with several High Times Cannabis Cup awards under its belt, as well as several popular phenotypes including Thin Mint and Platinum Cookies. For many California tokers, GSC is a practically unavoidable and typically welcome mode of THC delivery.

Strawberry Banana

DNA Genetics Reserva Privada created Strawberry Banana from Banana Kush and Bubble Gum. THC content for Strawberry Banana can be as high as 27%.

Strawberry Banana is a frosty combination of California and Amsterdam genetics, bred by DNA Genetics’ Reserva Privada subdivision. According to DNA, the strain’s high resin output makes it ideal for making tasty, potent concentrates. 

Strawberry Banana was bred from a female Banana Kush and a male Bubble Gum, and the winner of multiple 1st place awards at cannabis cups. Lab test results from PSI Labs show that Strawberry Banana’s THC content ranges as high as 27%. DNA Genetics Reports that with proper care, Strawberry Banana massive yields of frosty, resin-ripe buds. 

Brownie Scout

The cultivators at Illinois’s Green Thumb Industries (GIT) have made some waves in 2019 with Brownie Scout, a cross of Kosher Kush and Platinum Cookies which was reportedly tested by ACT laboratories at 37.5% THC.

Kate Denton, senior vice president of marketing at GTI, told High Times in May 2019 that testing of GTI’s last four Brownie Scout harvests revealed THC percentages ranging in the mid-to-high 30s.  

Brownie Scout is the new kid on the block among strains breaking 30% THC, but has a home under GTI’s RYTHM cannabis brand, as well as in Dogwalkers prerolls. Medical cannabis patients in Illinois already report pain relief, relaxing effects, and alleviation of anxiety from the strain.

Scott’s OG

For a Rocky Mountain high, seek out Rare Dankness seed bank’s creation Scott’s OG, which produces THC levels of about 25%.

A creation of Colorado seed bank Rare Dankness from around 2010, Scott’s OG is a reliably potent bud. Rare Dankness founder Scott Reach bred the strain from his own Rare Dankness #1 and a Triangle Kush female from the Devil’s Harvest Krew. Reach told Weedmaps that the strain tests consistently above 25% THC, producing resinous buds and a strong lemon aroma with dank kush undertones. Among high-THC strains, Scott’s OG rests comfortably in the middle of the pack, and its potency has been passed onto several new strains for which it’s a parent. 

White Fire OG (WiFi OG)

White Fire (WiFi) OG is a child strain of The White and Fire OG. Originating in Southern California, this strain has THC content ranging from 14% to 29%.

White Fire (commonly known as WiFi) OG is a Southern California strain bred by OG Raskal Seeds, taking the stability of a Fire OG female and boosting it with the aroma and potency of a male The White. Lab testing from PSI Labs reveals a THC content rage of 14%29%. If you’re looking for a potent strain with sedative effects and a winning mix of fuel and pine aromas, WiFi OG is the high-THC strain for you.    

Amnesia Haze

With an Asian and Hawaiian landrace lineage, Amnesia Haze contains 20% to 25% THC.

This Soma Seeds creation boasts a complex lineage of ancient roots, crossing Southeast Asian, Afghani, and Hawaiian landrace varieties. Online sources place the THC range for Amnesia Haze between 20% and 25%, with 21% THC reported from the Office of Medical Cannabis (NCSM), an agency of the Dutch Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport (VWS). 

Not to be confused with Amnesia, a cross of Bubble Gum and Super Silver Haze, Amnesia Haze is reported to offer an interesting array of effects, both relaxing and uplifting, which won first place for sativa at the 2012 High Times Cannabis Cup.  

Feature image: Craving THC? A lot of it? Fill your papers or pack your pieces with these strains that offer at least 20% THC content. 

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Vaping Suspected in 380 Illnesses and 6 Deaths. What is Going On?

U.S. health officials are investigating what might be causing hundreds of serious lung illnesses in people who use e-cigarettes and other vaping devices. They have identified about 380 confirmed and probable cases in 36 states, including six deaths.

At a Sept. 6, 2019, press briefing including officials from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration, Dr. Dana Meaney Delman, the CDC’s Incident Manager for the outbreak, summarized what was known about the vaping illnesses so far. 

“No specific e-cigarette device or substance has been linked to all cases, and e-cigarettes include a variety of chemicals and additives; consumers may not know what these products contain. Particularly, products obtained from social sources or off the street, it is difficult to know what is contained in these e-cigarette products,” she said. 

“Based on the clinical and laboratory evidence to date, we believe that a chemical exposure is likely associated with these illnesses,” Meany Delman said. “However, and I really want to stress this, more information is needed to determine which specific products or substances are involved. We are aware that some laboratories have identified vitamin E acetate in product samples, and we have connected those laboratories with the FDA forensic laboratories to compare results. At this time, no one device, product, or substance has been linked to all cases.”

Mitch Zeller, Director of the Center for Tobacco Products at the FDA noted in the press briefing that his agency is collecting samples of vaping products for analysis. “The samples we’re continuing to evaluate show a mix of results and no one substance or compound, including vitamin E acetate has been identified in all of the samples tested,” he said.

A look at what is known so far about the outbreak as the investigation continues:

What are the Symptoms?

Patients are coming into hospitals with cough, chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, and vomiting.

How Serious are These Illnesses?

Many of the reports involve severe, life-threatening respiratory illnesses in previously healthy people. Many patients received oxygen. Some required assistance from ventilators before they recovered. Antibiotics didn’t work, and it’s not clear yet whether steroid drugs helped.

What Vaping Products are Involved?

No single device, ingredient or additive has been identified. Most of the patients say they vaped products containing THC, the intoxicating ingredient in marijuana. Others say they vaped only nicotine and others say they vaped both THC and nicotine.

Doctors do not believe a germ caused the hundreds of respiratory illnesses. Investigations have focused on additives that might be in marijuana and nicotine vapes, such as vitamin E acetate or cutting agents including propylene glycol (PG) and vegetable glycerin, as possibly related to the health emergencies. (Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)

Is There a Common Thread?

Doctors believe this isn’t caused by a germ. Instead, they suspect chemical exposure. And vape juice contains many possible culprits.

After testing products, New York has focused its investigation on vitamin E acetate, which recently has been used as a thickener, particularly in illicit vape cartridges. Suppliers say it dilutes vape oils without making them look watery. Vitamin E is safe as a vitamin pill or to use on the skin, but inhaling oily vitamin E droplets into the lungs can trigger pneumonia.

Immune cells containing oily droplets have been found in the lungs of some patients. These large cells, called macrophages, are the cleanup crew of the immune system. University of Utah doctors think this could be a marker for vaping injury. They wrote up their findings about six patients in the New England Journal of Medicine in response to a preliminary report by Illinois and Wisconsin physicians about 53 cases in summer 2019 in the two states.

What Else is in Vape Liquids?

Most e-cigarettes contain colorless, flavorless cutting agents such as propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin, which create an inhalable vapor when heated. The chemicals are considered safe as food additives, but their long-term effects when inhaled have not been studied.

Researchers have found cancer-causing chemicals in e-cigarette vapor, such as formaldehyde. However, it’s not yet clear whether those chemicals are present in high enough amounts to cause harm.

E-cigarette vapor contains tiny particles that carry flavorings. Some early-stage laboratory and animal studies suggest these flavor particles can damage the lungs, airways, and blood vessels, but more research is needed to better understand how human bodies react to them.

Much less is known about the contents of THC oils and how those chemicals behave when heated.

“I wouldn’t rule anything out at this point because we know so little,” said Dr. David Christiani of Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

Is This Brand New?

There have been occasional reports of similar illnesses, including one from 2000 that was tied to inhaling homemade marijuana-infused oil vapor. In that case, the patient had smoked a homemade preparation two to 10 times a day for more than a decade. The patient mixed hydroponically grown marijuana leaves with isopropyl alcohol, which she then burned for a short period to eliminate the alcohol. After mixing in petroleum jelly, vitamin E, or another oil-based substance, she heated the oily substance again and inhaled the vapors, according to a report published in the Canadian Respiratory Journal.

The large number of cases is new and alarming to public health officials.

Who is Investigating and What are They Doing?

State and federal health officials are testing products and analyzing cases for clues.

New York is issuing subpoenas to three companies that sell vaping additives made from vitamin E acetate. The state wants to know more about the ingredients, the quality of the raw materials, any safety testing performed, sales of the products during the past three years, and what other additives the companies sell.

Are Products from State-Licensed Dispensaries Safe?

Most of the cases involve products purchased on the street, not in dispensaries in states with legal adult-use or medical marijuana sales. One person who died in Oregon had used an e-cigarette containing marijuana oil purchased from a dispensary. Health officials there don’t know whether the product was contaminated, or whether the victim may have added something to the liquid in the device after buying it.

What’s the Best Advice Right Now?

Health officials are urging people to stop vaping and to get medical care if they have trouble breathing or chest pain after vaping.

— Carla K. Johnson

Weedmaps News contributed to this article.


Featured Image: Most of the cases of respiratory illnesses involving THC and nicotine vapes have involved devices purchased off the street, not in dispensaries in states where marijuana is legal. (Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)

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Why CBD Oil Potency Matters and 5 of the Strongest CBD Oils

From a consumer’s perspective, potency is one of the most important things to consider when purchasing a CBD oil. There are many factors that distinguish one CBD oil from the next, but strength is the kicker, determining everything from the cost of a product to its ultimate therapeutic effectiveness. Yet such an important element is often misunderstood. 

The strength of a CBD oil definitely depends on how much cannabidiol it contains. But other elements play important roles in the potency equation, too. How do you measure the strength of a CBD oil? Does strength really matter as much as everyone seems to think it does? And what exactly is CBD oil in the first place? In this guide, we dive into all of those questions and more, closing with a list of the five strongest CBD oils on the market. 

Learn all about what makes a CBD oil strong, what experts consider “high potency,” and get answers to common questions and concerns about buying CBD oils, so you can make the best product choice for your health and wellness needs.

What is CBD Oil?

Let’s start with the basics. What exactly is CBD oil? The simplest answer is that CBD oil is a liquid product that consists of the cannabinoid cannabidiol (CBD) infused in a fatty carrier oil. Carrier oils are typically medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) such as coconut oil, that are easy to digest and linked to many health benefits. Carrier oils can also be extra virgin olive oil, grapeseed oil, or as is commonly found in hemp-derived products, cold-pressed hemp seed oil. 

At minimum, CBD oil consists of these two essential ingredients: cannabidiol and a carrier oil. But most products contain much more. Depending on the source of the CBD and how it gets extracted, concentrated, and processed, CBD oils can contain other cannabinoids such as THC and plant compounds including terpenes, flavonoids and other phytonutrients. The carrier oil can also add other ingredients to the oil, especially if derived from hemp or cannabis. Finally, some manufacturers might add aromatic ingredients such as essential oils to their finished products. 

As a result of all these variables, CBD oils can vary dramatically in color, consistency, and flavor, even before taking strength into account. And strength largely depends on how a CBD oil is formulated. At one end of the spectrum, there’s CBD isolate, the strongest and purest form of CBD available. Using solvents or supercritical gases, manufacturers extract cannabidiol from every part of the hemp plant, producing a crystalized form of CBD that’s typically above 99% pure. CBD isolate isn’t an oil, per se. Instead, manufacturers suspend it in a carrier oil until it reaches the desired concentration.

Cannabidiol (CBD) oil can be sourced from hemp or marijuana plants. The difference is hemp-derived CBD contains 0.3% or less THC, while marijuana-derived CBD contains more and can only be purchased and used where marijuana is legal. (Photo by Shutterstock)

At the other end of the spectrum, there’s broad-spectrum or full-spectrum CBD oil. Typically,  though not necessarily, sourced from hemp plants, broad-spectrum CBD oils have been minimally processed and purified. As a result, they contain the widest range of minor cannabinoids, nutrients, vitamins, terpenes and more. 

In the middle of isolate-based oils and full-spectrum oils, you’ll find CBD distillates. Less refined than isolates, distillates contain more of the source plants’ cannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids and other compounds. But they’re more refined than broad-spectrum oils. Distillates are more common in states with legal cannabis markets, since they usually contain more THC than the 0.3% limit set by federal law with the signing of the 2018 Farm Bill. 

The boundaries between isolates, distillates and full-spectrum CBD oils aren’t always so clear. For example, a strong CBD oil made with a 99.7% pure isolate may also contain a range of minor cannabinoids and terpenes because it uses a broad-spectrum hemp seed oil as a carrier. 

How Is Strength Determined?

At first glance, measuring the strength of a CBD oil seems simple. Read the label to see how much CBD a product contains, and voila. But because CBD oils can be isolates, distillates, or broad-spectrum, determining strength can be a bit tricky. Moreover, some product labels can make it harder to know exactly how strong a product is, or how potent a dose it provides. So we’ll start there, with the product label of a CBD oil itself. Then, we’ll take a look at how testing labs measure the strength of a CBD oil, and how that connects with what’s on the label. 

“When you’re talking about strength, you’re talking about potency,” explained Adie Rae, a science adviser to Weedmaps News and an academic researcher with a Ph.D. in neuroscience who has been studying cannabinoids since 2004. “And that means how much CBD per volume.”

As Rae explained, you could have two CBD oils, both in 30 milliliter bottles. But one contains 3,000 milligrams of CBD and the other contains 6,000 milligrams of CBD. In this example, the stronger oil is the one with 6,000 milligrams of CBD per 30 milliliter container. In fact, it’s twice as strong, so you’d have to take twice as much of the less potent oil to achieve the same dose. And if the stronger CBD oil is less than twice as much as the weaker version, you’re saving yourself money by going with the more potent bottle.

Makers of cannabidiol (CBD) oils have not settled on a standard measurement for concentration. Some labels will list purity, while others will list percentage by volume (Photo by Shutterstock)

Sometimes, however, packages will tell you what percentage of CBD contained in the oil. This is where things can get confusing. A label may say that the CBD in the product is 99% pure if it contains a CBD isolate, or 70% if it contains a distillate. This tells you the strength of the CBD in the oil, but it doesn’t tell you how potent the CBD oil is by volume. And that means you won’t be able to tell how strong a dose is, so it’s important to find where the package indicates how much CBD it contains in milligrams. 

From a lab technician’s perspective, however, determining CBD oil strength looks a little different. According to Myron Ronay, CEO of BelCosta Labs, manufacturers test for strength at every stage of the supply chain. They test the industrial hemp plants for CBD potency, then the initial “crude” oil and again at each stage of distillation. CBD oil manufacturers do this to ensure quality, consistency and legal compliance. But it’s a test of the final product that determines what gets printed on the label. 

Most of the time, labs like BelCosta use High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) to measure CBD oil strength. For the technically curious, the test produces a table of wavelengths that act as the chemical fingerprints of various cannabinoids. This allows lab technicians to identify which compounds a sample contains as well as their relative quantities.

When testing for CBD oil strength, BelCosta analyzes for 14 different major and minor cannabinoids, including CBD, tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), cannabinol (CBN), and cannabigerol (CBG). The results show the percentage of CBD and other compounds in the sample. Reliable CBD oil companies will provide these results on their websites or product packaging. 

Does Strength Matter?

Undeniably, today’s CBD market places a premium on potency. But does strength matter? And if so, how much? The truth is, we still really don’t know. When it comes to CBD, nothing is standardized. A dose that works for one person might be totally ineffective for someone else. Our individual bodies and metabolism, the bioavailability of different consumption methods and myriad other factors make experiences with CBD highly subjective and variable. Still, CBD consumers aren’t completely in the dark. Strength does matter, and in a few very important ways.

First, strength matters from the standpoint of efficacy. The stronger a CBD oil, the higher its potency, the more effects it’s going to produce. So what counts as a strong CBD oil? In the view of Rae, the cutoff for a “high potency” CBD oil is 35 milligrams per serving. Anything below that, and consumers are likely to have immeasurable blood levels of CBD.

“For me, when I’m buying hemp oil, I go for 50 milligrams CBD per milliliter,” Rae said. That’s a fairly high concentration of CBD, and one you won’t find in most CBD oil products below the $100 mark. 

But potency (mg/mL) is only part of the larger strength equals efficacy equation. Research is still ongoing, but most experts agree that CBD on its own is going to be less effective overall than a full-spectrum oil containing roughly the same amount of CBD.

“No matter how much CBD isolate you’re taking, it’s not going to be as therapeutically beneficial as a broad-spectrum product,” Rae said.

BelCosta Lab’s Myron Ronay echoes Rae’s preference for broad-spectrum CBD oil over isolates. He said CBD is most effective when it can take advantage of the entourage effect, which is its interaction with other cannabinoids and terpenes in the oil. 

To bind with the cell receptors of the human endocannabinoid system (ECS) and therefore produce therapeutic effects, CBD might need the help of THC and minor cannabinoids such as CBG, CBN, tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) and others. “Ratio is more important than strength in absolute terms,” Ronay said. “A little bit of THC goes a long way,” Rae said. 

And that’s usually the difference between a broad-spectrum and a full-spectrum” product: full-spectrum cannabis oil contains THC. (Look out, though, for the word “full-spectrum” on products sourced from hemp; these have less than .3% THC in raw form). But outside of licensed medical or recreational cannabis dispensaries, CBD products have to contain less than 0.3% THC to remain legal. This makes it difficult to find products containing therapeutic levels of THC in states without legalized cannabis. 

For consumers without access to legal cannabis shops, broad-spectrum products (without the THC) are the next best thing, because they often combine high-strength isolate or distillate with broad-spectrum hemp oil. In short, you should ultimately choose a strong CBD oil that contains the most ingredients possible.

Swallowing cannabidiol (CBD) oil reduces most of its effectiveness. The bioavailability, or the ability of CBD to reach the bloodstream and produce its therapeutic effects, is around 5%. (Photo by Shutterstock)

Rae has some more crucial advice for CBD oil consumers looking for strength. Don’t swallow it! Studies have shown that the oral bioavailability of CBD is shockingly low, at just around 5%. In other words, only a fraction of the CBD oil you swallow is making it into your bloodstream where it can produce therapeutic results. But as Rae explained, there are a couple ways to hack CBD’s low bioavailability. 

First, keep the oil under your tongue for as long as possible; try to make it to 4 or 5 minutes. “This method treats the oil more like a topical than an edible, and keeps the CBD safe from the digestive enzymes that break it down,” Rae said.

Second, if you do have to swallow the oil, take it at the same time as some black pepper. Piperine is a molecule in black pepper that shuts down the drug-metabolizing enzymes in your liver, giving CBD a better chance of getting absorbed. 

Finally, no discussion of the importance of CBD oil strength would be complete without tackling the issue of product safety. It’s important to keep in mind that outside of licensed dispensaries, CBD products are still unregulated. There’s no real rules yet for acceptable levels of pesticides, chemical fertilizers, heavy metals and other contaminants. Screening for them isn’t required, and there are no restrictions on selling products that contain them. The only thing that matters is staying below the 0.3% THC threshold. 

High-potency CBD oils in particular amplify concerns about contamination. As Ronay explained, concentrating for potency involves concentrating everything else in and on the hemp plant, too. “How do you know what’s in it or what’s safe? People are looking for a cure and for health and facing the unknown,” Ronay said.

But you don’t have to face the unknown. Here are five of the strongest CBD oils on the market, selected based on their potency, efficacy and how transparent the company is with what’s inside the bottle. Keep in mind, strength is all relative. What matters is potency: how much CBD a single dose provides, whether it’s a drop or a full milliliter dropper. 

The oils below are all CBD-heavy, at concentrations way above the average product, with prices to match. We favored broad-spectrum oils due to their added therapeutic benefits. And remember, if you want to make your CBD oil stronger, all you need to do is take more of it!

5 of the Strongest CBD Oils on the Market

MyNaturalCBD — 5,000 milligrams Full-Spectrum Hemp Oil Tincture (30 milliliters)

Some oils you take by the dropper. This one, you take by the drop. At 5,000 milligrams of CBD, you’d be hard pressed to find a stronger CBD oil at the 30 milliliter level. Lab results indicate an even higher 5,280 milligrams of CBD, along with trace (and legal) percentages of THC, cannabidiolic acid (CBDA) and CBG. And to make way for all that cannabidiol, MyNaturalCBD uses a simple formula. This product fuses high-potency CBD with a blend of full-spectrum hemp oil and MCT oil from coconuts. 

A high-potency CBD oil like this allows you to fine-tune your dosage. Each drop contains a little more than 8 milligrams of CBD. With four or five drops, and you’ve reached that 35-milligram-per-dose benchmark. A 0.5 milliliter dose would deliver 84 milligrams of CBD. 

Availability: United States

Price: $379 — Find it and other MyNaturalCBD products on Weedmaps

Cannabidiol Life — 6,000 milligrams Whole Plant Hemp Extract CBD Oil (120 milliliters)

Cannabidiol Life’s most potent offering is a perfect example of why it’s important to measure a CBD oil’s strength by volume. At 3,000 milligrams CBD, this whole plant hemp extract oil contains more cannabidiol than most products on the market. But its potency isn’t as extreme as it may appear. This is a 60 milliliter bottle, putting CBD potency at a humbler 50 mg/mL — therapeutically beneficial, but not chart-topping. Still, because Cannabidiol Life contains so much CBD, you can easily obtain 75–100 mg/mL doses, or higher, if required.

Price: $299 — Find it and other Cannabidiol Life products on Weedmaps

Enjoyable CBD — 3,000 milligram Full-Spectrum CBD Tincture (30 milliliters)

Enjoyable CBD’s full-spectrum CBD tincture clocks in at 100 mg/mL. And while that may not be the strongest CBD oil on the market by the numbers, it’s one of the strongest in terms of how much CBD gets into your bloodstream. That’s because this CBD is all about bioavailability. Enjoyable CBD uses full-spectrum Imperial CBD Oil, a formula which uses molecular encapsulated CBD to help improve how well your body absorbs the cannabidiol. 

The unique extraction and distillation process produces a completely THC-free oil, however, so this is a case where strength may require a trade-off with the benefits of the entourage effect. 

Availability: United States

Price: $154 — Find it and other Enjoyable products on Weedmaps

Green Roads — 3,500 milligrams Pharmacist Formulated CBD Oil (60 milliliters)

Green Roads is a prominent name in CBD products, and its 3,500 milligram CBD oil is its flagship product. Each milliliter of this formula delivers 66.36 milligrams of hemp-derived CBD, according to the most recent lab sheets — stronger than advertised. Green Roads’ formulates this broad-spectrum CBD oil with a proprietary blend of terpenes, sourced from hemp seed oil.

Consumers can take confidence in the clear and regularly updated lab sheets provided about this and all Green Roads products. And Green Roads isn’t just testing for CBD. It also screens for pesticides, solvents, heavy metals, microbials and other contaminants and only sells products from batches that pass all tests.

Availability: United States

Price: $420 — Find it and other Green Roads products on Weedmaps

Hempassion — 4,000 milligrams Nature’s Nectar CBD Oil (10 milliliters)

This is a 10 milliliter bottle of CBD oil that contains 7.26 grams of cannabidiol in a 55 percent CBD distillate. Germinated hemp seed oil, this product’s carrier oil, adds even more CBD in addition to minor cannabinoids, terpenes and other hemp phytonutrients. Hempassion says germinated hemp seed oil is one of the most nutritionally balanced supplements currently known. 

According to Hempassion, each milliliter of Nature’s Nectar CBD oil contains 20 drops, and each drop contains about 20 milligrams of cannabidiol. Two or three drops under the tongue is all you need for a therapeutically significant dose of this ultra-high potency CBD oil. This is a product that highlights the cost savings of purchasing more concentrated CBD oils. 

Availability: United Kingdom, United States

Price: $552 — Find it and other Hempassion products on Weedmaps

Featured Image: With so many cannabidiol (CBD) oil makers on the market offering a variety of hemp-derived and marijuana-derived products in a vast array of purity levels and strengths, what’s a consumer to do? For starters, look for CBD strength by volume. (Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)

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8 Must-Have Cannabis Products for Tech-Minded Weed Consumers

Let’s face it, in one way or another, technological advancements have altered nearly every facet of our lives — and smoking weed is certainly no exception. In fact, as ongoing legalization efforts have birthed a rigorous and dynamic market, tech-savvy companies are developing innovative products that provide people with new ways to get stoned or seek therapeutic relief. 

There are, of course, those who prefer the traditional consumption methods — hand-rolled joints, bongs, one-hitters, among many other tools of classic stoner culture. But some are venturing outside of the norm, seeking out more exciting, more potent, and more convenient approaches to using cannabis. 

Here are eight tech-minded weed products that have caught the cannabis community’s collective eye.

OTTO

OTTO by Banana Brothers makes the perfect preroll a snap, finely grinding coarse herb and packing it into king-size cones. (Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)

Automatic joint rollers and grinders aren’t exactly groundbreaking devices, but the OTTO automatic cone filling machine from Banana Brothers manages to merge both product types into a must-have device for king-size joint lovers. While filling a pre-rolled joint isn’t exactly rocket science, the manual process of loading it with bud can lead to sticky fingers and a poorly packed joint. The Banana Brothers’ OTTO aims to address these inconveniences by creating a machine that finely grinds up your herb and evenly deposits it into the cone.   

The company claims that its grinder utilizes smart technology to grind weed, depositing finely ground flower directly into a pre-rolled king-size cone. This automatic grinder is reportedly capable of detecting density, moisture level, texture, and flower consistency, which it uses to adjust the pressure, speed, and direction for an optimal grind. 

Price: $130

Available at Banana Brothers’ website

PAX 3

PAX 3 is a versatile vaporizer ideal for concentrate and flower consumers alike. The accompanying app gives precise temperature control and management of vapor and flavor output. (Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)

Among the most popular devices on the cannabis vaporizer market, the PAX 3 is a hybrid portable vape that is compatible with both flower and concentrate. Now on the third iteration of PAX, the latest device comes with a concentrate adapter that can be inserted into the dual-use chamber, and a half-pack oven lid to reduce the flower chamber in half.

The PAX 3 itself has plenty to boast about, but what really sets this tech-minded product apart from other modern vaporizers is the PAX Mobile App, which connects to the PAX 3 via Bluetooth and provides the user with full control over the device temperature, manage vapor and flavor output, lock the device, play games, and also automatically update the firmware. With precise temperature control, consumers are able to pinpoint and save their favorite vape temperature settings. Whether that be for optimal terpene flavors or maximum vapor clouds, it’s totally up to the consumer. 

Price: $199.99 for device only/$249.99 for complete kit

Available from: PAX’s website

Puffco Peak

The Puffco Peak is equal parts style and substance. The $379.99 electronic vaporizer mapes dabbing simple. Puffco Peaks have also inspired talented heady glass artists to create eye-catching custom piece. (Photo by Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)

A trailblazer among electronic dab rigs, the Puffco Peak is a portable electronic vaporizer that is designed to make the concentrate consumption process less messy and time-consuming, eliminating the manual parts of the dabbing process, such as heating up your nail and waiting for it to cool. Dubbed as a “smart rig,” the Puffco Peak features a single button that is used to control the power and temperature settings, making the dabbing process as straightforward and approachable as possible.

Dabbers can either pre-load concentrate into the chamber before heating it up or perform a more traditional experience by dabbing the concentrate once it reaches the set temperature. Outside of being an incredibly convenient and sleek e-rig, Puffco also offers customers the ability to personalize their Peak with colored glass attachments, carb caps, or ball caps. 

Price: $379.99

Available from: Puffco’s website

Focus V Carta

The Focus V Carta is a lower-price competitor to Puffco’s Peak. It has one-button control, changeable batteries, and heats quickly. (Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)

Vying for the same e-rig market as the Puffco Peak, the Focus V Carta is another advanced e-rig that is reshaping the way that concentrates are consumed. It’s compact, portable, sleek, and allows consumers to enjoy temperature-controlled and water filtered concentrate vapors. The Carta comes with a travel pouch that is stocked with swappable titanium and quartz buckets, a dab tool, carb cap, and alcohol wipes for cleaning.

Like the Puffco Peak, the Focus V Carta utilizes a single button to operate the device and jump between different heat settings. However, there are also a couple of notable differences between the two e-rigs. The Focus V is slightly more compact than the Peak, it heats up quicker, and also allows users to swap out batteries when the device loses its charge, making it slightly more appealing to those who want to travel without having to worry about constantly recharging it.   

Price: $250

Available from: Focus V’s website

DaVinci IQ

The DaVinci IQ prompts information to users with an array of 51 lights, and offers an app to control the vaporization experience. With additional attachments, the DaVinci IQ can be transformed into a bubble or nectar collector. (Photo courtesy of DaVinci)

The DaVinci IQ is another herbal vaporizer that has become more popular among tech-minded cannabis consumers. The IQ doesn’t look nor act like a typical vaporizer device, which is evident by its 51-light grid that both displays information on your vape session and has a sophisticated, tech-forward aesthetic appeal. Featuring a zirconia ceramic airpath, and what the manufacturer has dubbed as “Smart Path Technology,” DaVinci IQ users are able to quickly cycle between four temperature settings. 

Like the PAX 3, this device is compatible with a mobile app that provides full control over each vape session and also enables you to track your overall usage. Offering 1 1/2 hours of usage time, the users can keep a spare set of 18650 batteries to ensure that their session doesn’t end when the batteries run out of juice. Last but not least, the DaVinci IQ can also be transformed into a bubble or nectar collector with additional attachments

Price: $275

Available from: Davinci’s website

Genius Pipe — TOP Secret Stealth

The Genius Pipe is a waterless device with micro-vortices to cool and filter smoke. Its cover also reduces weed odors and keeps flower from falling out of the bowl. (Photo courtesy of Genius Pipe)

Designed for the tech-minded person with a preference for stealthy and discreet consumption, the Genius Pipe is a sleek device made to consume flower. Within the Genius Pipe’s minimalistic anodized aluminum body is a patented dimple design, which creates tons of micro-vortices to filter and cool the smoke without any water. 

There are other features that set the Genius Pipe apart from your average spoon or one-hitter. This piece comes equipped with a magnetic sliding cover that reduces odors and keeps your herb from falling out of the bowl. The compact, discreet nature of the Genius Pipe makes it the perfect travel companion. Lastly, you can choose from a slew of colors and personalized graphics that Genius has made available, including Rastafari Lion and Mona Lisa.  

Price: $75 – $120

Available from: Genius Pipe’s website

Hydrology9 Vaporizer

Cloudious9’s Hydrology9 has a lava lamp-like appearance for its “tunnel tube” liquid filtration system for vaporizing flower. (Photo courtesy of Cloudious9)

The Hydrology9 by Cloudious9 is another unique vaporizer that looks and functions similar to the Puffco Peak and Carta V, but is instead geared toward vaporizing flower instead of concentrates. Packed within this cylindrical borosilicate glass-made device is a liquid filtration system, which uses Cloudious9’s patent-pending “tunnel tube” design to filter vapors without obstructing their flow. 

The flower chamber is made of food-grade porcelain and includes a microchip processor that focuses on temperature control and quickly makes adjustments if needed. The Hydrology9 also comes with a built-in hook-shaped device to stir around the flower and ensure that the heat is evenly distributed throughout the chamber and every piece of flower is properly vaporized.

Price: $199

Available from: Cloudious9’s website

Nova Decarboxylator

The Nova Decarboxylator might be your new favorite kitchen companion. (Photo courtesy of Ardent)

Every chef has his or her favorite cooking tool, and for those who prefer to apply their culinary skills to cannabis-infused recipes, the Nova Decarboxylator might be your new favorite kitchen companion. With the push of a single button, this compact decarboxylator is able to activate your flower, kief, or concentrates without producing a heavy odor. 

The device holds up to one ounce of cannabis flower, depending on the density and consistency of the bud, and between 5 to 6 ounces (142-170 grams) of kief. The decarb process takes around an hour or fifteen minutes, and the Nova is equipped with two sensors that monitor the temperature to ensure that your cannabis is not burned or unactivated. Not only can the Nova Decarboxylator be used to concoct tasty edibles, decarbed herb can also be used to prepare topicals, to fill into capsules, or even to be eaten in flower form. 

Price: $210

Available from: Ardent website

Feature image: The Focus V Carta is a portable e-rig that comes with a travel pouch of dabbing tools. (Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)

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