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.

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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.

 

 

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 Acquires Canna Candys And Canna Medibles

CANADA: Weekend Unlimited has announced the closing of its acquisition of the remaining 20% of California’s Canna Candys and Canna Medibles that it did not previously own. Pursuant to the original purchase and sales agreement dated September 20, 2018, Company paid US $360,000 in cash and issued 5,106,383 shares at a deemed price of $0.094 per share to own 100%.

Weekend Unlimited Brands“Canna Candys is a developed brand with approximately 35% of hard candy market share in Southern California,” said Mr. Paul Chu, President and CEO of Weekend Unlimited. “The company is in the final steps to begin operations from a newly licensed facility in Adelanto California, providing capacity in product development and manufacturing to grow substantially. The operations team is experienced, having built distribution in Southern California to 380 retail stores, and are expecting additional sales growth this year,” added Mr. Chu.

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

  •  Canna Candys’ new licensed manufacturing facility in California will be operational in Q1 2019 producing hard candies and soft gummies.
  •  In addition to Canna Candys, Weekend Unlimited will be a 5% equity partner of High Desert Group, Inc. (HDG), the largest THC oil extractor in Adelanto California
  •  Weekend Unlimited’s edible THC + CBD production will come from California’s HDG facility
  •  The company will be focused on its channel build with a national distribution rollout focus for CBD edibles line throughout the USA, and THC edibles line in CA, WA, NV.
  •  2019 same channel revenue forecast of approximately USD$ 2 million*
  •  31 flavors, single wrap candy and single wrap lollipop
  •  New facility will accelerate production of new gummies, beverage and other edibles
  •  Distribution in 380 retail stores Southern California to be expanded in Q1
  •  CBD only distribution deals being negotiated in NY, FL, NJ, NC, TX, CA

*Cost of goods 35-38%

Neither the Canadian Securities Exchange nor its Regulation Services Provider (as that term is defined in the policies of the Canadian Securities Exchange) accepts responsibility for the adequacy or accuracy of this release.

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.