Edibles, Medical, Concentrates, Oh My! The Best Brands In Each Weed Category

Most smokers remember a day when they were happy to get whatever strain of weed they could find — but now that marijuana is decriminalized across much of the U.S. and legalized medically and/or recreationally in more than half of all states, stoners can afford to be a bit more discriminating. These days, cannabis lovers can enjoy a large and diverse selection of brands and products, from traditional flower to vape products, concentrates, capsules, edibles and more.

If you don’t want to waste your time trying lower-quality weed products, you don’t have to. Read on for recommendations for the best of the best brands in each product category.

medical weedMedical

Since medicinal marijuana has been legalized in more states than recreational weed, there has been more time for medical cannabis brands to grow and develop. While medical marijuana products vary in type — you can find medical bud and pre-rolls as well as edibles, vapes and more — we are separating this category because brands here have claims about their products that other weed brands might not. Specifically, medical cannabis tends to boast a higher quality of product and more controlled experiences, such as less euphoria and paranoia and more pain relief or relaxation. Some medical marijuana brands target specific medical ailments, like menstrual discomfort or arthritis, but here are the best general medical marijuana brands on the market:

  • Nature’s Medicines. Starting as a dispensary chain and now producing a line of unique, high-quality strains and concentrates, Nature’s Medicines is gaining national attention for its efficacy.
  • Trulieve. Offering flower, vape cartridges and a number of concentrates, Trulieve is an exceedingly accessible medical marijuana brand that places emphasis on safety.
  • KIND Concentrates. As the name suggests, KIND Concentrates specializes in concentrates, specifically capsules, vape pens, RSOs and the like, with high percentages of THC.

Flower

To those new to cannabis culture, “flower” (also called bud and nug) is the portion of the marijuana plant that contains the highest percentage of cannabinoids that create the mind and body high stoners (and other marijuana users) seek. While flower is ground up and refined in chemical processes to produce edibles, concentrates and other weed products, you can still purchase flower on its own to smoke in joints, pipes and bongs or to generate your own cannabis creations. However, flower can vary greatly in quality, so until you get a feel for finding the best buds in your local dispensary, you should stick to ordering from these brands:

  • Caviar Gold. Marketed as the strongest weed in America, Caviar Gold offers four types of flower, all of them considerably higher quality than anything else in the market.
  • Omaha Farms. Recently purchased by marijuana giant MedMen, Omaha Farms is wildly popular for its flower Salad Bowls, which should be widely available soon.

Edibles

Humans have long experimented with baking and cooking cannabis into all forms of food, with the result that the candies, baked goods, crackers and other treats now available tend to be exceptionally refined recipes that taste as good (or better) as anything you can find in a regular grocery store. The world of edibles is huge and truly deserves a post all to itself — after all, how do you compare a chocolate bar with beef jerky? Still, experts agree that you can’t go wrong with the following edible brands:

  • Kiva. It’s hard to mention edibles without bringing up Kiva, which was the first widely available edible brand that used professionally trained chefs and chocolatiers to produce high-quality treats.
  • Baked Bros. Baked Bros essentially set the industry standard for infused gummies back in 2014 when their Sour Kush Kids won the Cannabis Cup, and they continue to offer the best worms, rings, bears and more on the market.
  • LOL Edibles. Specializing in reimagining popular snacks as weedy treats, LOL Edibles offers pitch-perfect THC versions of Froot Loops, Cap’n Crunch, Cheetos and more.
  • Kush Nuts. For potheads without a sweet tooth, Kush Nuts produces savory nut mixes seasoned with THC-infused oils. They look and feel fancy, but they’ll definitely get you high.

Vapes

Even amidst the concern about a vape-related lung illness, vaping remains one of the most popular ways to use cannabis. Vapes tend to offer a concentrated hit of CBD and/or THC that creates an immediate effect; plus, they are small and tend to produce less odor than traditional smoking, making them discreet for stoners on the go. Yet, it is becoming ever more obvious that quality is imperative in vape tools and products, so you should stick to these best vape brands:

  • Dosist. Setting aside the vape juice for a moment, it should be noted that Dosist produces some of the most attractive vape pens of all time. Perhaps this is why Dosist is becoming one of the fastest growing marijuana businesses in the country.
  • Willie’s Reserve. In truth, Willie Nelson offers all kinds of stuff in his line of marijuana products, but his vape cartridges are the cream of the crop.
  • Roots. Roots offers another stunningly beautiful vape pen as well as premium vape oil extracted from the highest quality cannabis plants.

You don’t have to settle for whatever weed you can scrounge up from the shady neighborhood dealer. If you try any one of the above brands, you won’t ever be tempted to go back to low-quality skunk; you’ll develop the refined marijuana palette that you deserve.

 

 

7 Best CBD Gummies To Purchase This Year

It’s hard not to notice how popular CBD has become recently. People commonly ingest it through oils and tinctures, but like marijuana, there are other ways to reap its significant health benefits (that do not come with feeling high).

One of these ways is through edibles. Instead of marijuana cookies you may be familiar with, CBD is often infused into candy-like gummies. These gummies can pack a potent punch but have the benefit of being inconspicuous: if you feel yourself feeling anxious or in pain throughout the day, you can take them as-needed, even at work or in public.

Not all CBD products are made the same, though. The cannabidiol industry is largely unregulated, so there is no overarching governing body holding CBD companies to high standards or vigilantly enforcing them (the FDA has only sent warning letters to rule breakers). It’s imperative to purchase from a reputable company, and you should keep your interests in mind when shopping (how much CBD do you need? How often will you take it? How soon do you need it? What flavors do you prefer, and what does your budget allow for)? Here are a few of the best CBD gummies to check out this year:

Verma Farms CBDVerma Farms

If you want delicious-tasting CBD gummies, then Verma Farms is worth a look. This brand offers multiple concentrations (such as 10, 12.5, or 21 mg of cannabidiol per candy) and flavors, including Blueberry Wave, Island Apple, and Beary Beach. Though experts say that CBD works best in conjunction with a little THC—and the federal legal limit is .3 percent—Verma’s products are made without THC just in case you are nervous about it showing up on a drug test. The company even offers dried CBD fruit so that you can still get chewy deliciousness if traditional gummies are not your thing.

CBDfx 

CBDfx offers a broad array of CBD products. Many of its gummies also include a few special extra ingredients, such as melatonin for sleep and superfoods like spirulina and turmeric for reducing inflammation. What’s great about CBD gummies is that no matter what you use them for, all you need to do is pop one in your mouth and chew—much more efficient than setting up a vape pen or dealing with the earthy taste of many unflavored oils.

CBDistillery 

CBDistillery sources local hemp from Colorado and extracts cannabidiol from a CO2 process. Their fruity gummies taste delicious and use high-quality ingredients. To make things better, they are vegan and are affordably priced. Any CBD company that knows what it’s doing will have its products tested with third party labs for things like purity and potency, and CBDistillery publishes those results on its website. Many CBD companies do this, like Verma Farms, but not nearly enough—having an easily accessible Certificate of Analysis with test results online is a marker of a legitimate CBD business that is transparent about its products.

Green Roads

Green Roads is one of the more famous CBD brands out there. Not only does it have tasty CBD gummies, its candies come in fun shapes like bears, fruit bites, toads, and “froggies.” They come in a few concentrations from 10 to 25 mg and even include sour flavors. CBD products can taste earthy, but Green Roads’ products ensure that not only do you enjoy the benefits of CBD, you enjoy the actual experience of taking it.

Charlotte's Web Gummies Charlotte’s Web

Charlotte’s Web is another leading CBD brand. What’s intriguing about its gummies, though, is that each of them have a different formula according to its intended use. Its sleep gummies, for instance, include melatonin, and its “calm” variety incorporates L-theanine and lemon balm. Likewise, its “recovery” label is made with turmeric and ginger to support joint and overall health. It’s packages also come in packs of 60, which should last you around two months.

Happy Hemp

When you think of gummies, you probably do not only think of fruit bites or bears—you also imagine gummy worms, rings, ribbons, sours, and more. Happy Hemp offers all of them, including CBD strawberry licorice. It’s prices range from as little as $23.99 to as much as $99.99, but that’s because the company offers packages available in 250, 750, 1500, and 300 mg strengths. With Happy Hemp’s diverse variety, taking CBD will never be boring.

CBD Infusionz GummiesCBD Infusionz

CBD Infusionz, as its names suggests, infuses CBD into a multitude of products, such as gum, honey, chocolate, hard candy, and more—and of course, an assortment of gummies. CBD Infusionz also gives you the option of choosing between full spectrum or THC, so you can benefit from more potent properties or not worry about THC showing up on a drug test.

CBD is a sizable market, and there’s a gummy out there for anyone who wants to try cannabidiol with a bit of candied fun. Which gummy sparks your interest?

Is this Cannabis’ “Diet Coke Moment”?

 KushyPunch releases the first cannabis infused sugar-free gummy

CALIFORNIA: Award-winning SoCal cannabis brand KushyPunch releases the very first sugar-free cannabis gummy on the market, delivering a game-changing new edible option for consumers with strict dietary requirements.

This new lychee sugar free THC gummy is a healthier take on their iconic and top-selling 100mg strawberry sativa gummy, which was recently featured at the top of a Los Angeles Times round-up on edibles.

Containing just 2.5 calories per dose, and with a low glycemic index and insulin response, this gummy is geared towards those looking to minimize sugar intake without compromising on taste or quality.

“Coca-Cola spent more than 20 years working on Diet Coke. They wouldn’t release anything under their brand name that was less than perfect,” starts Ruben Cross, founder and CEO of KushyPunch.

“We applied that same mentality to our new sugar-free gummy. We wanted to get this exactly right before it became part of the Kushy brand.”

KushyPunch’s sugar-free gummy has been a long time in the making forCross, who was recently named one of High Times’ top 100 cannabis industry professionals. His initial foray into cannabis in 2014 was spurred by a desire to create a consistent, healthy product for patients with specific dietary needs and limited consumption options.

“When I looked at the edible market back in 2014, I saw a lot of high calorie, high carbohydrate, high sugar products that were really inconsistent in their THC levels and very vague when it came to dosing,” Cross told leading cannabis publication Leafly in 2018.

“Personally, I’m a health nut but I also have asthma, so my cannabis needs were pretty specific. I set about trying to create a product that worked for me: potent, consistent, easy to consume, and – crucially, healthy.”

But until now, a sugar-free version of their award-winning and iconic sativa gummy that is up to the brand’s high standards proved elusive.

“We didn’t want to compromise on anything, which is why it took us so long to release this product,” he states.

“Over the years, we created and tested many iterations of the sugar-free gummy using a variety of ingredients, flavors and sweeteners. It wasn’t until we landed on this recipe that we felt it was ready to be released.”

“In terms of taste alone, this is my favorite KushyPunch product, hands down,” adds Cross.

“Finding the right consistency is the hardest part,” adds KushyPunch’s chief scientist Carolina Vasquez Mitchell, a notable honoree of Dope Magazine’s Outstanding Women in Cannabis. “It’s not as simple as swapping out our regular syrup for a substitute like stevia. We tried about 20 different recipes and many different ingredients, and we all felt like this was really it.”

“With so many people turning to cannabis for relief and wellness, our new sugar-free gummy allows patients to ingest only the healthiest, natural ingredients and to dose with absolute confidence,” said Ruben.

KushyPunch’s sugar-free lychee gummy is available in dispensaries across California from April 2019.

If you would like to review this product, or interview Ruben Cross, reach out to ross@kushypunch.com.

 

Key Facts About KushyPunch’s Sugar-Free Gummy

–       The first cannabis infused sugar-free gummy on the market

–       100% natural lychee flavor

–       100mg of THC from full-spectrum cannabis oil

–       No artificial colors or sweeteners

–       2.5 kcal per serving

–       Low glycemic index and low insulin response

–       Non-cariogenic, making it healthier for your teeth

–       Tested by an ISO certified laboratory

 

 

Cresco Labs’ Mindy’s Edibles Ranks First for Cannabis Edible Sales In Nevada

ILLINOIS: Cresco Labs, one of the largest vertically integrated multistate cannabis operators in the United States, is excited to announce that its Mindy’s Kitchen brand has been ranked the top selling edible in Nevada according to Headset, the first real-time data analytics and business intelligence platform for the cannabis industry. In partnership with Cresco Labs, James Beard Award-winning chef Mindy Segal created the industry’s first culinary-backed, cannabis-infused edibles, with a six-state distribution planned for 2019. In Nevada, Mindy’s Pink Lemonade Gummies, Strawberry Sparkling Wine Hard Sweets and Wild Cherry Gummies, ranked first, ninth and tenth, respectively, by Headset, for edible sales in the state.

“We launched Mindy’s Edibles in Nevada in mid-August and, in less than six months, our products are now carried in 62 out of 67 dispensaries in the state,” said Cresco Labs CEO and co-founder Charles Bachtell. “Our proven ability to create brands that resonate with each consumer segment and establish a dominant retail market position is a key differentiator for Cresco Labs.”

Mindy’s Artisanal Edibles include a line of decadent chocolate brittle bars and homespun baked goods infused with clear distillate allowing the best ingredients to shine through. The Mindy’s Kitchen brand – a collaboration between Mindy and her talented group of chefs – offers fun, fruity confections for everyday enjoyability and effectiveness. The confections are infused with RSO and winterized sativa, indica and hybrid oil that complement the approachable flavors. Mindy’s Edibles are produced and distributed in partnership with Silver State Wellness in Nevada.

Weekend Unlimited Broadens Its Brand Portfolio, Adds Canna Candys And Canna Medibles

CANADA: Weekend Unlimited has provided additional information in respect to its arm-length securities purchase agreement to acquire equity interests in California’s Canna Candys and Canna Medibles, adding a necessary edibles product portfolio as the Company executes on its strategy to build its flower, extracts and edibles verticals.

Weekend Unlimited Brands“The acquisition of Canna Candys and Canna Medibles will provide Weekend with strong products within each of the categories we are focused upon, flower, extracts and edibles,” said Mr. Cody Corrubia, President and CEO of Weekend. “Canna Candys are a CBD product while Canna Medibles are a THC product. The operations team is experienced, having built distribution in Southern California to 380 retail stores,” added Mr. Corrubia.

Canna Candys (CBD) and Canna Medibles (THC) Highlights:

•        2019 same channel revenue forecast of approximately USD$ 2 million*
•        Active candy brand with distribution in 380 retail stores Southern California
•        31 flavors, single wrap candy and single wrap lollipop
•        Strong operating team, production of new gummies, beverage and other edibles
•        CBD only distribution deals being negotiated in NY, FL, NJ, NC, TX, CA

*Cost of goods 38% based on current available supply chain agreements and cost of goods for lab tested and approved raw material. Risks associated with the forecast are an increase in competition and costs, an adverse change in state regulation and consistent availability of lab tested and approved raw material

Weekend has provided a secured loan of US$ 750,000 to date.  It has the option to convert this note for 51% of the equity in the company that owns these brands.  Weekend has the option, for a period of 60 days from the initial closing, to pay an additional US$ 690,000 and issue shares worth US$ 1,440,000 to acquire a further 29% of the company so as to own 80%.  The final 20% can be purchased, during a time period ending 90 days after the first closing, for US$ 720,000, to be paid by cash, shares or a combination of the two as agreed to by the parties.  The parties are in the final due diligence stages and anticipates closing within 30 days.

First Medicinal Cannabis Kitchen Of Its Kind in the Country Debuts In Arizona Friday, Oct. 5

Full-service Kitchen will offer chef-prepared foods to patients from a cannabis-infused menu

ARIZONA: The Mint Dispensary, operator of one of the largest medicinal cannabis dispensaries in the United States, is launching the country’s first full-service cannabis kitchen in Tempe, Ariz., on Friday, Oct. 5. Patients seeking relief through medicinal cannabis can now access freshly prepared, cannabis-infused meals created by a professional chef at the dispensary’s 12,000-square-foot Tempe location.

As part of the Tempe dispensary’s recent $2 million renovation, The Mint Dispensary’s state-of-the-art commercial kitchen will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner options, in addition to snacks. While pre-packaged, shelf-stable food items have been available at dispensaries, this is the first time that patients will have access to fresh foods that are prepared on-site with a customized dose of cannabis.

“Our industry continues to evolve at an exponential pace,” said Eivan Shahara, CEO of The Mint Dispensary. “We saw a large unmet need from patients who were regularly visiting our dispensary; they were looking to access fresh and healthy cannabis-infused foods. We know that the right kinds of healthy foods can help people to battle a variety of illnesses, from cancer and epilepsy to Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s diseases. We’re using our knowledge about food and nutrition to help patients in their search for fresh, healthy snacks and infused meals.”

The new kitchen will offer a complete menu of artisan burgers, pastas, pizza, and other delicious cannabis-infused meals that patients can order to go. The new kitchen will also have a barista, a juice bar, gelato, and a wide assortment of pastries. Chef Carylann Principal, a classically trained chef and cancer survivor, created all of the recipes for the dispensary. She joined The Mint Dispensary’s team as executive chef to share her food and nutrition knowledge with other people who are facing similar battles.

“Our kitchen is one of a kind,” said Chef Principal. “It’s a place where art meets science. In addition to understanding the variety of flavors that different cannabis strains can add to any dish, we’re also carefully calculating customized cannabis doses. We’re not only delivering delicious and fresh foods, but we’re also meeting the often-complex nutritional needs of patients who are living with a wide range of illnesses.”

Available in customized doses ranging incrementally from 10 mg and up, the breakfast/snack menu includes Blueberry Muffins, Apple Fritters, Donut Holes, Raspberry Linzer Bars, Scones and Banana Bread, which are all available individually or in combination with coffee. For lunch and dinner, patients can choose from Artisan Burgers, Hatch Chile Macaroni & Cheese, Street Tacos, Fries and Pizza. A full menu will be available at themintdispensary.com when the kitchen officially opens.

Chef Principal and her five-member team will prepare a steady stream of foods during the dispensary’s regular operating hours – from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., seven days a week. Catering services for large medicated events, as well as occasions such as weddings, birthdays and funerals, will be offered starting in mid-November. The Mint Dispensary will also introduce home delivery and offer specially made holiday meals for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve/Day. In all instances, medicinal cannabis cards will be needed for the number of people who will be served.

The Mint Dispensary kitchen will also hold free cooking classes on Sunday mornings, starting around the holidays. Patients with a medicinal cannabis card must register ahead of time to attend a cooking class, as space is limited to 15 people.

Sproutly Canada CEO Keith Dolo On Water-based Cannabinoid Technologies

CANADA:   Sproutly Canada Inc (CNSX:SPR) CEO Keith Dolo outlines how Sproutly’s development of water-based cannabinoid technologies, allowing the body to absorb THC and CBD compounds through water-solubility, rather than traditional oil based absorption.

The benefit of water-soluble cannabinoids is the quickened onset and offset times of cannabinoid ingestion while providing a higher level of control pertaining to dosage and duration. Sproutly looks forward to marketing their edible and beverage products to the public in Canada next year as consumables become legal in Canada.

For more information, log on to www.sproutly.ca.
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Global Cannabis-Infused Edible Products Expected To Grow +25% CAGR 2018-2022

IRELAND: Analysts forecast the Global Cannabis-Infused Edible Products Market to grow at a CAGR of 25.01% during the period 2018-2022, according to the recently published “Global Cannabis-infused Edible Products Market 2018-2022” report.

Cannabis-infused edible products comprise of liquid edible or a drinkable. It is a cannabis product that comprises cannabinoid compounds such as cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).

The report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the cannabis-infused edible products market. To calculate the market size, the report considers the revenue generated from the sales of cannabis-infused edible products.

The increasing number of countries decriminalizing cannabis will be a key trend driving the market growth. Several nations have decriminalized the use of marijuana both for recreational and medical purposes. In 2016, Canada legalized the use of marijuana for both recreational and medical purposes..

The growing social acceptance of cannabis will drive the market growth. The growing demand and growth of the cannabis market influences the sales and revenues of major corporations. Also, the increasing social acceptance of recreational marijuana and cannabis-infused edible products globally offers high growth opportunities to the vendors.

The report states that the lack of funds and investments in cannabis sector will impact the market growth. Numerous investment organizations decline to provide investment and loans to vendors in the legal cannabis industry. Vendors struggle to increase their profit margins due to lack of support from government organizations and high-interest rates of the private sector.

Companies Mentioned

  • Bhang Corporation
  • Cannabis Energy Drink
  • KIVA CONFECTIONS
  • Mentor Capital
  • VCC BRANDS

The Sprinkles Of Cannabis Offers Consumers A New Kind Of Edible ~ Cupcakes

COLORADO:  Cannabis cupcake company, Jade & Jane, broadens consumer’s choices in the edibles market with recent introduction of single serving, recreational 10mg THC-infused cupcakes. Jade & Jane’s products are available to retail customers through licensed Colorado recreational dispensaries. Wholesale dispensary customers may contact Jade & Jane to place orders. Ordering through LeafLink is coming soon.

Started in 2016, Jade & Jane offers cannasseurs a delicious, handmade alternative to typical, “herbal tasting” edibles. Attractive visual appeal makes Jade & Jane products highly desirable. “We want consumers to feel excited when opening our cupcakes for an anniversary, birthday, or treat,”  says Jade & Jane CEO Stephanie Silva.
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“Our products are genuinely unique in the Colorado cannabis industry. Jade and Jane cupcakes provide a high quality, reliable, and steady experience because they contain tasteless THC powder. To begin we’re offering traditional flavors like chocolate and vanilla bean, but more interesting options are coming soon. Cupcake edibles offer convenient cannabis consumption with familiarity and nostalgia. It’s my hope we can help remove the stigma from cannabis use by offering the first mainstream edible that’s as American as apple pie and as classic as a hostess cupcake,” says Mrs. Silva.
Jade & Jane plans to release a 90mg recreational cupcake multi-serving product in the near future. Notably Jade & Jane’s cupcakes are allergen friendly and vegan/dairy free. Additionally their packaging is child resistant and C.F.R. Title 16, Part 1700.15 & 1700.20 compliant. In an upcoming event on May 30th, 8 AM EST Jade & Jane will be doing a Reddit AMA on r/GlitterBongs.

Marijuana Refinery Sues Boulder-Based Wana Brands Alleging $5 Million in Damages Following Failed Merger

COLORADO: A Colorado marijuana refinery, LP Capital LLC (LP), has sued Mountain High Products, which does business as Wana Brands, an edibles company, and the edible maker’s CEO following a failed merger. The refinery’s lawsuit (District Court, Boulder County, 2018CV30336) seeks monetary damages, to enjoin Wana from using and continuing to use certain business information learned during the merger negotiations and from continuing to employ a key employee it hired during the negotiations from LP.

According to the suit filed by Henderson-based refinery LP, Wana, which dominates Colorado’s infused product market and its part-owner and CEO, Nancy Whiteman, began merger discussions with LP in July 2017.

In building its vape strategies, the suit says LP had spent more than one year and approximately $2 million dollars hiring a marketing firm, an internal marketing person for brand design, packaging, and “go to market” strategy, a chemist to work on formulation and to build and equip a lab, two industry veterans to work on hardware, production and related vape strategies, acquiring Shift Cannabis for the company’s industry knowledge and contracts to develop the business plan and hiring a sales manager and other sales personnel.

LP’s lawsuit says merger discussions ended in December 2017 after its sales allegedly plummeted and several LP employees resigned allegedly in anticipation of the merger. LP’s key employee, a sales and new product designer, by then had been allowed to become an employee of Wana, the suit alleges.

LP owns and operates a marijuana products refinery in Adams County, Colorado, the suit says, adding that its product lines include marijuana “distillate oil” in the form of “vape” pen cartridges and syringes, as well as “solid states” products such as shatter and waxes.