[Canniseur: While there some people who seek out the most potent strains they can find, I can’t help but think that many of these ‘strongest strains’ are like drinking a 20% Chardonnay. While 20% Chardonnay will get you drunker faster, it isn’t a wine of finesse and elegance. Many people want that ‘strength’ but I feel like it’s a bit of a specious argument to think that OK, you only have to have one toke of these. As for the CBD part, that’s different. The effect of CBD doesn’t affect your mental state and it’s a very different kind of effect.]
Want to track down the strongest marijuana strains with the most CBD or THC? Below, we have compiled a list of the top five high-THC strains of marijuana and the top five high-CBD strains of marijuana.
When it comes to marijuana strains, there are a few select strains that have become famous. Many people have heard of popular marijuana strains like OG Kush, Strawberry Cough, Girl Scout Cookies, Skywalker OG, Blue Dream, and Jack Herer. These strains have become household names in some circles and perennial best sellers in legal dispensaries across the U.S.
However, just because these strains are popular does not mean that they are the strongest marijuana strains featured on dispensary shelves. That would be like assuming Folgers makes the strongest coffee, or Lipton makes the strongest tea.
Instead, there are a few high-THC and high-CBD strains of marijuana that pack more punch than the competition. Below, we detail the strongest marijuana strains in the world, listing both high-THC and high-CBD strains of marijuana.
The Strongest Marijuana Strains in the World
Medical Marijuana, Inc. compiled two lists of the most potent marijuana strains available in marijuana dispensaries. Our lists of high-THC and high-CBD strains are based solely on which strains contain the highest THC percentage and the highest CBD percentage.
Our list includes marijuana strains that are old favorites like ChemDog and Cannatonic that have developed a well-deserved reputation for their potency. However, our list also features newcomers like Desert Ruby, Strawberry Banana, and Cali Cure that are creating quite an impression on even the most seasoned cannabis users.
What Are the Benefits of Choosing High Potency Strains?
Potent strains, such as the high-THC and high-CBD strains on our list, are valuable to cannabis users for a number of reasons. First, they offer consumers more bang for their buck, saving money in the long run. More potent strains also mean you need to use less flower in order to achieve your desired effects. Finally, potent strains can save you time, allowing you to get the same effects with a fraction of the effort.
Now that you know the benefits of choosing a high potency strain of marijuana, it is time to learn more about the most potent strains currently available on the market. So without any further ado, below you can find our lists of the top high-THC and high-CBD strains.
The Top 5 High-THC Strains
From rap songs to top prizes at the Cannabis Cup, high-THC strains are widely known among cannabis connoisseurs.
According to the Seattle Times, only about 2.5 percent of marijuana in Washington tests above 28 percent THC. One can assume that is a representative sample for the types of marijuana available in most markets in which marijuana is legal.
All five of the high-THC strains listed below contain more than 31 percent THC, making them the cream of the crop. These strains have been created by merging some of the most well-known cannabis strains, including ubiquitous classics like OG Kush, Northern Lights, Headband, Durban Poison, and Girl Scout Cookies.
Godfather OG takes the top of our list for strongest THC strains, boasting an incredible 34.04% THC. OG strains have long been prized for their unbelievably relaxing effects, and Godfather OG is no different. Although it has a dubious lineage, with different online sources listing various genetics, most acknowledge Godfather OG as a combination of Granddaddy Purp (GDP) and OG Kush.
There is a spiciness in Godfather OG’s scent that should be familiar to OG Kush connoisseurs, and that is coupled here with some subtle grape notes from the GDP. One of the heavier OG strains available, Godfather OG is best used after physical activities and is often recommended for users hoping to get a good night’s sleep.
Named for its ability to glue you to your seat, Super Glue is a cross between strains like Afghani and Northern Lights. Afghani is a heavy-bodied pure indica landrace (domesticated variety) that is from the Hindu Kush mountain region of Afghanistan. Northern Lights itself is a cross of the same Afghani and a Thai sativa landrace.
This indica dominant strain is a knockout. Super Glue’s pale, frosty buds have a flavor profile that can vary from a piney, pungent, and earthy flavor to a sour, acidic, and citrusy taste. Super Glue brings calming relaxation to the mind and body. Watch out for “couch-lock” when consumed in high amounts, as you can quickly find yourself glued to the couch and unable to be productive. Typically found with THC percentages in the low 20s, this hitter reached 32.14% at the 2016 Southern California Cannabis Cup.
ChemDog’s ultimate genetics are a mystery, with many breeders claiming to have had a hand in its creation. Many believe its heritage originates in Eastern Asia (Thai and Nepalese) landraces. ChemDog is a sativa dominant hybrid with THC levels regularly reaching 20% or higher. At the Colorado Cannabis Cup, this strain came in at 32.12% THC.
Buds of ChemDog are usually very sticky because of a high concentration of resin. ChemDog’s name comes from the strain’s strong, diesel fuel-like scent and similarly sharply astringent flavor.
Also known as ChemDawg, this old school strain is rumored to provide parent genetics to a number of respected strains, including OG Kush and Sour Diesel. The most sought after descendant of this strain is ChemDawg 91, thought to be the strain that is closest to the original cut. The relaxed, mood-lifting effects are sure to pull you out of any funk and get you moving day and night.
Developed by DNA Genetics in collaboration with Serious Seeds, Strawberry Banana is a 70/30 indica dominant gem that tested at 31.62% THC. Strawberry Banana is a genetic cross between Crockett’s Banana Kush and a Strawberry-scented phenotype of Bubble Gum, inheriting the fruity sweet flavor that earned this tasty hybrid its name. Known for its heavy resin production and high THC content, this strain is popularly used in making extracts for dabbing.
Strawberry Banana produces peaceful effects that heighten creativity and alter the senses, making it the perfect companion if you are watching a movie or having a craft night. While its cerebral effects are secondary, they can be surprisingly introspective. Sedative and relaxing, Strawberry Banana’s full-body effects may come on slowly, but eventually, they will dominate the experience.
Emperor Cookie Dough
The Denver Cannabis Cup’s 2016 Strongest THC Strain with 31.1%, this Los Angeles-bred strain is a cross of Emperor OG (Headband x OG Kush) and the ever-popular Girl Scout Cookies (OG Kush x Durban Poison). Emperor Cookie Dough’s high testing numbers shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, as the strain regularly hits the high 20s in THC concentration and up to 5% CBD.
Emperor Cookie Dough has a sweet and nutty flavor that is accentuated by hints of citrus and diesel. With OG Kush genetics, you can expect a relaxed and happy experience. Emperor Cookie Dough will leave you daydreamy and thoughtful, with strong cerebral effects thanks to the Durban Poison.
The Top 5 High-CBD Strains
In the past, CBD was often ignored by the marijuana community. Many breeders have systematically bred CBD out of the cannabis plant’s cannabinoid profile, instead favoring strong, high THC strains that sold better to recreational users.
With the rising popularity of CBD, cannabis consumers are looking for variety in strains, including those with high-CBD low-THC content for the myriad of potential health and wellness benefits.
High CBD-strains like those listed below are now gaining popularity for their balanced effects that tend to induce less intense cerebral effects while providing users with strong physical benefits. Once a rarity on dispensary shelves, high-CBD strains are now earning their place alongside high-THC strains at events like the Cannabis Cup. The strains on this list have genetics from the best known high-CBD strains available, including fan favorites like Harlequin, AC/DC, and Sour Tsunami.
While it is often accepted that a 1:1 ratio of CBD to THC is the most comfortable for most users, higher ratios, reaching up to 24:1, provide wellness effects with minimal, if any, intoxicating effects.
With that in mind, below you can find the top five high-CBD strains of marijuana.
A popular medical marijuana strain, Cannatonic is a cross between MK Ultra and G13 Haze that was developed to maximize each strain’s indica characteristics. Most phenotypes of Cannatonic present with a slightly earthy flavor, accented by sweet pine and citrus.
Cannatonic typically tests at about 12% CBD with a 1:1 or 2:1 CBD to THC ratio, but this potent marijuana strain scored 22.77% CBD when tested for the 2016 Southern California Cannabis Cup.
The effects of Cannatonic can be powerful but are also usually short-lived. The effect is mostly physical and leaves users with a clear head, making it good for daytime relief when you are expected to function. The focus of this strain is on relaxation and wellbeing. Cannatonic is a feel-good strain that has gained popularity in the cannabis community worldwide despite – or perhaps because of – its high CBD content.
It would be an injustice not to mention Ringo’s Gift in this list. This high-CBD strain was named for the late Lawrence Ringo, a cannabis activist and pioneer of CBD dominant strains. Ringo’s Gift crosses Harle-Tsu, a high CBD hybrid cross between Harlequin and Sour Tsunami, and ACDC, a Cannatonic phenotype. Ringo’s Gift reached 20.23% CBD when tested in Southern California.
Dominant flavors are citrus and pine, with a noticeable earthiness that sits deep in the nose when inhaled. Phenotypes of Ringo’s Gift vary wildly in CBD to THC ratios from 1:1 to 24:1. With such a range in CBD ratio, effects can be hard to nail down. Most harvests will provide a mellow mix of cerebral stimulation and soothing, full-body relaxation without the “couch-lock” effect tied to some cannabis strains.
Bred by Hermosa Seeds, Cali Cure has mostly Critical Cure lineage with influence from OG Kush and Girl Scout Cookies. Strongly indica dominant, Cali Cure won Best CBD Flower at the 2016 Southern California Cannabis Cup and came in 2nd in potency with 19.92% CBD.
Cali Cure typically presents a 2:1 CBD to THC ratio for soothing body effects that are perfect for those looking to relax immediately after vigorous activity. Expect a fragrant sweet floral scent and flavor for a delightful smoking experience.
A localized strain that has recently become popular in Colorado, Desert Ruby is the brainchild of NectarBee, the in-house brand for The Green Solution chain of dispensaries dotting Colorado. NectarBee dominated the Denver Cannabis Cup in 2016.
Little is known about Desert Ruby beyond its impressive 17.48% CBD concentration. It has won Best CBD Flower and Best CBD Concentrate awards at Denver Cannabis Cups, demonstrating its promise as a high-CBD strain.
OG Kush CBD
An OG Kush and unknown high-CBD strain cross created by Dinafem Seeds, OG Kush CBD registers a close to 1:1 to 2:1 ratio of CBD to THC. Dinafem reports an average CBD level of 10%, but OG Kush CBD reached 15.9% at the Cannabis Cup. OG Kush CBD has classic OG Kush woody pine and lemon profiles with hints of diesel and warm spices.
A unique strain to try for OG Kush lovers or a more balanced strain for those looking for a CBD strain with equal amounts of THC, OG Kush CBD capitalizes on the superior OG name and the growing popularity of CBD for a best-of-both-worlds effect.
How Do I Find These High-CBD Strains?
Now that you have viewed our list of the top high-THC and high-CBD strains of marijuana, the next step is to give these strains a try. Check with your local dispensaries to see if they carry any of these potent cannabis strains. If they aren’t available, talk to your budtender about stocking the shelves with some of the strongest marijuana strains in the world.
Medical Marijuana, Inc. determined the highest THC and CBD strains available by pulling from the 2016 and 2017 results of the High Times Cannabis Cup competitions. Average THC and CBD concentrations were compiled from published testing results from labs like Analytical 360.
[Canniseur: You’ve got to keep your stash someplace. These are some great stash boxes…and if you’re worried about the skunky smell, some smell-proof bags.]
Between growing cultural acceptance and the political shifts that followed, lax laws and legal weed have transformed what it means to be a cannabis user.
And there’s never been a better time to be a stoner than now. Suddenly, weed is wellness, a viable alternative to alcohol, prescription pills and a slew of other coping mechanisms that are objectively terrible for us.
While cannabis is more acceptable than ever, discretion remains a key concern for most users. From the soccer mom hiding tinctures in her makeup bag to an otherwise unapologetic stoner who doesn’t want to smell like weed at the family function, the necessity for discretion exists on different levels. Regardless of where you fall on the sliding scale of a secret stoner to unabashed “weed kween,” discreet products are great tools when you want to keep it on the low.
Here is our guide to stash boxes and smell-proof bags, with a couple of ingenious products blurring the line between the two. Until cannabis becomes federally legal, it’s wise to err on the side of caution. Especially when the err, or in this case, air, doesn’t have to smell at all.
The Apothecarry Classic Stash Box
The Apothecarry Classic Stash Box exists at the apex of the high end. Four glass jars, four dab containers, humidity control, joint holders, a rolling tray… the list of super stoner accouterment goes on. If you’re a baller who takes their weed seriously enough to have a head stash worth preserving, this one-of-a-kind box is for you.
If you’re part of the 99% who can’t swing over $200 for a stash box, LiTT’s Stash Box is a great alternative. Simple, highly functional, and aesthetically cool, it has everything you need and nothing you don’t. Plus, the top of the box doubles as a rolling tray.
With the Diversion Hair Brush, the name says it all. Though obviously not a box, it’s a great place to hide your stash when no one can know you have weed on you. If you live in a legal state, this doesn’t happen much. If you don’t, it happens all the time. Either way, we’ve all been there, and all would have been way less panicked if this brush had been there too.
The Gypsy by Erbanna is one of those products that blur the line between stash box and smell-proof bag. A portable stash box, if you will. This quilted case is chic enough to conjure visions of Chanel bags, yet functional enough to come with two glass jars, plenty of room for whatever else, and a combination lock to boot. Just because it’s technically a stash box, doesn’t mean it has to stay in one place. The modern stoner is on the go. Now, so is their weed.
Another box/bag hybrid, Stashlogix’s Silverton is not for the casual stoner. With adjustable dividers, lockable zippered bags, rubber gaskets, and odor absorbent packs, it’s best suited for those who constantly deal in multiple strains at a time, most likely professionally.
The Mini Quilted Smell Proof Pack by Cookies is, in a word, perfect. It’s discreet, cute, and coming in at $29, it’s cheap enough for almost any budget. Whether you’re on a camping trip, out around the city or just in your car, people who don’t like weed will never know you have it — or suspect how stoned you are.
Equal parts eco-friendly and user-friendly, The Classic by Stashlogix is great for nomads. Aside from an integrated lock and adjustable dividers, it features Odorpax, replaceable odor absorption packets made with activated bamboo charcoal in a hemp/nylon pouch. Each pack lasts up to three years, so you’re good to go for the foreseeable future. And, to top it all off, it charges your phone.
Part of Level 1620’s collaboration with Polish artist Anna Grochowska, the Northern Lights Clutch brings a touch of boho sophistication to the smell-proof bag. “The Northern Lights take us to nature,” she said of the design. “We sit out there at night and look up at the natural colored tie-dye lights in the sky. It’s a sacred moment of connection with the universe.” Sacred moments, tie-dye lights, and connecting to the universe? This bag is a physical manifestation of what getting high is all about.
Escape Luggage by Skunk takes the smell-proof bag to a whole new level with their rollable smell-proof luggage. With carbon lining, a TSA zipper lock, telescope handle, and a slew of other travel-friendly approaches to discretion, this bag changes the game when it comes to traveling with THC.
A smell-proof home for your bong or pipe can be just as important as the one for your stash. The Cloudten Glass Case is great for traveling, with an order resistant design and a solid rubber seal liner. Foam interior will form to whatever you have to throw in there, and the padlock ensures safekeeping. No matter where you go — or what you do — bring your bong in a smell-proof gun case.
[Canniseur: There are loads of books about cannabis in the market these days. But there are too few books that actually present accurate information to people who might want to try cannabis for their health other than being high…although that’s not a bad thing either! Check this book out. It’s pretty good. I read it, but this is a better review than I could write.]
If you’ve been looking for a book on the basics of cannabis and CBD, there are almost too many options to choose from. It can be overwhelming to sort through the volumes of books, blogs and websites dedicated to educating consumers about this important topic.
Still, not all cannabis educational material is helpful, or even accurate. As a cannabis consultant who helps new patients, I’m always curious to check out these books and see for myself whether they are worth recommending to my clients. It’s sad to see how much of the material out there just isn’t worth the read.
So, I was pleasantly surprised reading through the new natural medicine guide “Cannabis & CBD for Health & Wellness” by Aliza Sherman and Dr. Junella Chin. While similar in kind to many of the 101 guides on cannabis, their approach blends the scientific and practical aspects of cannabis use into a book that is both approachable and grounded in objective data.
The 167-page book begins like many others, with a brief explanation of cannabis’s history, science and medical potential, before launching into the practical details of using cannabis. The descriptions are written for the everyday reader and the book guides consumers through many essential pieces of information that are important to know when using cannabis.
On top of that, there are also a few places where this guide sets itself apart from the crowd.
For one thing, this guide has medical bona fides that many others don’t — it was co-written by a doctor who actually specializes in cannabis.
“Writing the book with a doctor was a no-brainer, since I’m a journalist and author, but not a medical professional,” co-author Aliza Sherman explained. “I had already spent two years researching cannabis as real medicine and having a doctor as my co-author meant that I could finally understand all of the research I was finding.”
To Sherman’s point, a lot of the information found online lacks the insight of a trained medical professional, and misinterpretations of scientific data can lead to a lot of misconceptions about how to use cannabis effectively.
Another place where this guide differs from most is in the section that deals with the treatment of specific medical conditions with cannabis. While most guides discuss a given condition, go over the science behind it and offer recommendations, the authors of this book instead use a real patient’s story for each ailment or symptom they discuss. The book describes a patient’s situation, treatment plan and what actually worked before making broader suggestions based on the data. This provides information that I haven’t seen in many other beginner cannabis guides which could really help patients understand how to most effectively treat their conditions.
Throughout the book, I found clear and easy-to-follow writing coupled with interesting medical insights. It is clear why a seasoned reporter/researcher and a respected doctor make such a dynamic duo of cannabis writers.
While informative and well-researched, this book is far from a scientific textbook on cannabis. Though it does have a large bibliography at the end, there are few references within the text to the scientific literature, and no footnotes or direct citations to support the claims being made. This could be a positive or negative, depending on what you are looking for. If you are one of those patients (like me) who likes to track down the research being referenced as you go, this book could be a little bit frustrating. But if you are just looking for an accessible, thorough and readable guide to using cannabis, “Cannabis & CBD for Health & Wellness” is a great pick.
[Canniseur: Although updated in mid-September, it’s not too early to start thinking about gifts for for the cannabis lover in your life. There’s some interesting vaporizers in here and note they are all FLOWER vaporizers, not oil. So all are safe to use as long as your cannabis flowers are nice and pure. I might even get a new favorite from this article.]
Published on March 29, 2018 Last updated on September 17, 2019
If you’re looking for the best portable dry herb vaporizer, you’re in the right place! We’ve tested hundreds of different portable vaporizers and whittled them down to 10.
2019 has been an an exciting year in the world of dry herb portable vaporizers so far. We’ve seen them get smaller but still manage to deliver outstanding vapor quality and pack a ton of technology inside.
Best Portable Vaporizers
Arizer Solo 2
Healthy Rips Fury Edge
XMAX Starry V3
Top 10 Portable Dry Herb Vaporizers for 2019
Although the Mighty has been available for almost four years now it still reigns as the best portable dry herb vaporizer. Its vapor quality is on par with high end desktop vaporizers which is really saying something. The pulls are smooth and flavorful which is exactly what you’re looking for in a good portable vaporizer.
Not only is the vapor quality amazing, but it’s super easy to use. There’s a screen on the unit with easy up and down controls for the temperature. It also has a built-in safety feature which automatically turns it off in case you forget.
The Mighty uses a mix of both conduction and convection heating techniques which is patented by Storz & Bickel, the maker of the Volcano and Mighty. They also built in grating on the side which cools down the vapor (which is important since it’s in your hand).
The Mighty already had one of the best battery lives of any portable but it was updated in 2018 with 20% more battery life. That means you can use it for almost two hours without plugging in which can last you a weekend or longer. It also features pass through charging which means you can use it while it’s plugged in. That comes in handy when you
While it may not be as portable as other options, it doesn’t need to be. It’s small enough to take on trips and is the perfect size for at home use. It isn’t cheap, but you really get what you pay for. The Mighty is an investment that will pay off in the long run.
2. Arizer Solo 2
The Arizer Solo 2 is the follow up to the mega popular Solo. Arizer is a world renowned brand for a reason: they make stellar dry herb vaporizers that work well for a fair price.
The main reason the Solo 2 comes in second is because of its impressive battery life. When fully charged it runs for almost three hours non stop without needing a charge. That’s probably the longest battery life of any portable vaporizer you can find in 2019.
Not only is the battery life stellar, but the vapor quality is fantastic. It features a hybrid ceramic/stainless steel heating system which delivers delicious and thick vapor. The vapor itself stays cool due to the long glass air path.
Don’t worry if you’re in a rush too! The Arizer Solo 2 heats up in around 20 seconds which means you can go from dry herb to vapor in no time. The digital controls are sleek and simple to use.
Just like the Mighty, the Arizer Solo 2 isn’t quite pocketable since it has a glass tube that you pull from, but the battery life and vapor quality more than make up for it. If you’re looking for an awesome portable vaporizer at a fair price, definitely consider the Solo 2.
Also we didn’t include the Arizer Air 2 in this list but it deserves a mention. It’s essentially a smaller version of the Solo 2 with a worse battery life.
3. Firefly 2+
When the original Firefly hit the market it blew a lot of people’s minds. It’s a convection herb vaporizer that heats up in a couple seconds that has cool, thick vapor. There were a few complaints around the size, lack of temperature control and battery life though.
They fixed that up in the second version. The Firefly 2 is over 30% smaller, 50% lighter, with advanced temperature controls and has a much improved battery life. You can now pick from six temperature settings between 338° and 437° Fahrenheit which let’s you get the perfect vapor density. Just make sure you have a smart phone because that’s all controlled by the Firefly app!
They then released an even bigger improvement on that Firefly 2 with the new Firefly 2+ (Plus). The most notable improvement is the charging and battery life. You can now charge to 80% in 20 minutes, which lets you get up and running quick. The dock makes it easy to remember to leave to charge too. Although the battery is small, they’ve expanded the life span through tech innovations and you can also replace it on the go.
Because it uses a convection heating system it delivers some of the best vapor quality out of any of the portable vaporizers on this list. While you need to learn how to take a slower draw to use it properly, it’s not that difficult to pick up and learn. The Firefly 2+ also heats up almost instantly—no waiting around for it to heat up.
Due to its design the Firefly 2+ is also super easy to clean and maintain. It not only looks good, but it’s functional. That’s smart design!
4. Ghost MV1
The Ghost MV1 is a new entry in to our rankings. Ghost came out of nowhere with a vaporizer that rivaled the best in the business. The first version of the MV1 had a few flaws but they’ve improved it since. Now with the fixes, it’s one of the best portable vaporizers you can buy.
Although the MV1 is up with the Solo 2 and Mighty, they’re not exact comparisons. The MV1 is an on-demand vaporizer, meaning you get instant heat up and instant gratification. Most others in this list (apart from the Firefly 2+) are session vaporizers, meaning you need to wait for bowl to heat up. Being on-demand is a good thing if you want short sessions.. This also allows you to micro-dose your herbs since you can have short, quick sessions with a small amount.
The real reason that the Ghost MV1 is near the top of the charts is due to the vapor production and quality that you can get out of it. It is pure convection heated bliss. The first few draws from each crucible are some of the best tasting we’ve tried from any vaporizer. It can also handle concentrates if that’s your thing.
Just like most units that top this list, the MV1 also has an accompanying bluetooth app that you can use with your Apple or Android device. This allows you to pick the exact temperature you want and edit specific settings to suit you personally.
While others have complained about the crucibles being hard to maneuver, we’ve found them pretty easy to get used to. There is a bit of a learning curve but it’s not impossible to use. We just wouldn’t recommend it to an elderly person, or someone who isn’t dexterous. Overall though, it’s an awesome portable vape and we’re having a lot of fun with it.
Healthy Rips entered the fray a few years ago with the Fury vaporizer. They promised to deliver food-grade air paths that use convection technology to heat the herb, and they’ve delivered. While their first few vaporizers were great, they’ve released a true winner in the Fury Edge.
The most notable part of the Healthy Rips Fury Edge is that it delivers (mostly) convection in a small package. Until this point if you wanted a portable vaporizer that fits in your pocket, you were most likely using conduction. While there’s nothing wrong with conduction, convection is generally more efficient and delivers better flavour.
They’ve also packed a 2300 mAh battery in to the Fury Edge which is a very decent battery. Our main complaint with the Fury 2 was that it wasn’t truly portable since the battery was so small (and not replaceable). That’s fixed and the Fury Edge runs for over an hour in use which is great. Not only that, but they’ve implemented USB-C charging. It charges quickly and USB-C doesn’t wear out like a mini USB.
Last but not least, one of the main reasons why the Fury Edge is nearing the top of our list is because of the price. Sure, the Mighty and Ghost MV1 have less draw resistance and have better flavour, but they’re double the price. If you’re looking for an affordable, portable, unit you should definitely check out the Fury Edge.
P.S. The Healthy Rips Fury Edge also gives you a variety of attachments you can use. If you want to throw it in your pocket there’s a plastic mouthpiece, or you can use a glass one while at home – totally up to you.
6. Davinci IQ/MIQRO
Davinci has been making vaporizers for over five years now. They started off with the original Davinci Vaporizer and followed it up with the solid Davinci Ascent. Their third product is certainly their best portable vaporizer yet.
Perhaps the best thing about the Davinci IQ is the design—it just looks downright sexy. It has a super sleek design with a beautiful LED grid display. It looks like it could be an Apple device if they decided to dip their toes in the vaporizer market.
Not only does it look great, but it performs great too. It delivers tasty vapor from its ceramic heating chamber which is a conduction heating system. It also includes a ‘flavour chamber’ which lets you vaporize dry herbs without having to grind them up.
If you’re looking for a true, pocketable, portable vaporizer you’re in luck. The Davinci IQ is small. It only weighs around 145 grams which is tiny compared to many other portable units. You can easily throw it in your pocket along with your phone.
The battery will only last about an hour of use though, so be wary. The batteries are replaceable so consider picking an extra one up if you’re going with the Davinci IQ. They’re easy to swap in and out!
New in 2019: Davinci released the MIQRO vaporizer, which is very similar to the IQ but has a smaller size and comes in at a lower price point. While the battery lasts a little bit less than the IQ, it’s an amazing little conduction vaporizer. If you want a small unit to throw in your pocket, you should definitely take a look at the MIQRO.
5. Pax 3
Along with Volcano, Pax has been the face of vaporizers for a little while ago. The original rendition had a unique, sleek design that really helped it stand out from the crowd. The Pax 3 looks even better with new matte colours and has some big improvements to boot.
The best thing about the Pax 3 is probably it’s size. There are smaller vaporizers available, but Pax has really nailed it with the perfect size for activities. It’s awesome for hikes, skateboarding, snowboarding or anything else outdoors. It weighs only 93 grams which is pretty insane for all of the technology they pack in to it.
The Pax 3 also heats up quickly in around 15-20 seconds. It uses lip sensing technology to tell when you’re using it, so it can heat up the chamber which is super dope. The vapor you pull from the unit is surprisingly good too! It does run on a conduction oven which won’t deliver the subtle flavors of a convection vaporizer, but that won’t matter for the majority of people.
They’ve also improved the battery life with the Pax 3. You can use it for around an hour an a half before having to recharge. Even charging is cool with the Pax 3 with the innovative charging dock. You can tell that a lot of engineering went in to it.
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The Crafty is the nimble little brother of the Mighty that’s sitting up at the #1 spot. Depending who you talk to, and what you’re looking for, the Crafty could take the top spot as the best portable vaporizer.
It is cheaper than the Mighty which is great, but there are a few downsides. The battery life lasts about half as long as the Mighty (around 45 minutes of use) and doesn’t feature a display. You need to control the temperature settings from the app connected to your smart phone.
The latest versions of the Crafty feature a 20% better battery life though, which means you get around an hour of use without having to plug it in. And it also features pass-through charging so you can use it while it’s plugged in.
If you’re looking for a true portable unit though you’ll want the Crafty over the Mighty. It weighs in at just around 135g which makes it discreet and can easily fit in your pocket. The Crafty is built tough too which means you don’t really have to worry about it rattling around a bit.
Just like all Volcano products, it has amazing vapor quality. It has a hybrid convection heating system which is impressive for a vaporizer of this size.
9. XMAX Starry V3
The XMAX Starry is the cheapest vaporizer on this list, but it doesn’t perform like the cheapest. It’s an awesome little vaporizer that is perfect for beginners looking for a starter, or veterans looking for a super portable unit.
The XMAX Starry is the perfect size to be taken out of the house on an adventure. It weighs around 120 grams which is at the smaller end of any portable vaporizers you find. It’s easy to throw in your pocket and fits perfectly in the grip of your hand. Just be careful because the mouthpiece can get hot after prolonged use.
It heats up pretty quickly in around 20-30 seconds. The XMAX Starry offers a full spectrum of temperatures to pick from the OLED display. You can play around and find the best setting. It is a conduction vaporizer though, so don’t expect incredible flavor.
The V3 has an improved battery life which lets you use it for around 80 minutes of use. The batteries are also replaceable, so you can keep extras with you for longer excursions. They’ve also added a bigger bowl and new mouth piece which are definitely nice to have too!
10. Boundless CF/CFX
Boundless has released a couple cheap products that have taken the dry herb vaporizer world by storm. The CF/CFX are essentially a poor man’s Crafty/Mighty: they are hybrid convection, they look similar and they have similar sizes. Considering they’re half the price of their Volcano counterparts—the CF/CFX are pretty impressive.
The Boundless CF is the smaller of the two. It’s a relatively small size and features five different temperature settings. The battery is non-replaceable and will last you around 50 minutes of use.
The Boundless CFX is the big brother. It’s bulkier, but features a nice OLED display which lets you pick your exact temperature. Like the CF, the batteries are non-replaceable and will last you around 60 minutes of use.
What really sets these two vaporizers apart from the crowd is their vapor quality. They have the best vapor of any cheap vaporizer available right now. It’s not quite on par with the best, but it’s definitely better than most. If you’re just starting out with vaporizing, or can’t afford a more expensive unit, you won’t be disappointed with either the Boundless CF or CFX.
[Canniseur: I still love Blue Dream and Red-Headed Stranger. These trending strains are this year’s best sellers. Have you tried any of them? What do you think? Let us know!]
These are the cannabis varieties you need to know now.
As cannabis breeding evolves, so do the tastes of its consumers. Aside from a few staple strains, you can expect to see a mostly new set of names on the menus of dispensaries and delivery services every year. In fact, you may have noticed the strains you cherished just a couple of years ago are nowhere to be found today. The classics of their time—like Sour Diesel, OG Kush, and Blue Dream—have survived, but they’re not as sought after as they once were. After analyzing data on the strains you searched for, requested and/or contacted us about, we compiled a list of the top 20 varieties that have you talking. These are the top trending strains of the year.
Do-Si-Dos is another child of the original Cookies strain. It’s a cross of Girl Scout Cookies and Face Off OG. The strain has picked up in popularity since the Archive Seed Bank bred it in 2016. Do-Si-Dos is an indica-dominant hybrid that tastes like its parent Cookies strain with hints of pine and citrus from the Face Off OG lineage.
Bred by Symbiotic Genetics before making the rounds into other popular cultivars, Cherry Punch is a cross of Cherry AK-47 and Purple Punch F2. It’s great for an uplifting and fruit-flavored smoke.
Garlic Cookies a.k.a. GMO
Despite having “Cookies” in its name, Garlic Cookies, or GMO, is one of the only strains on this list without a sweet aroma. This strain reeks of garlic and gas. Its presence here is proof that the once-popular loud, gassy strains have not been entirely left in the past. SkunkMasterFlex of Skunkhouse Genetics created the strain with a seed, labeled “Chem D x GSC,” bred by Mamiko Seeds. According to SkunkMasterFlex, the name “GMO” came after the revelation that GMOs were used in the cookies from the Girl Scouts of America. It also hints at how the strain grows as if it were genetically modified.
Apple Fritter is a cross between Sour Apple (Sour Diesel x Cinderella 99) and Animal Cookies (GSC x Fire OG) bred by Lumpy Seeds. While it made our list of the Strongest Strains of 2016 and scored high in flavor and aroma with our judges at the 2016 Northern California Cannabis Cup, searches for this strain only began to peak late last year. THC percentages on Apple Fritter reach well over 20 percent, and the strain features a prominent and enjoyable flavor profile.
Biscotti is a cross of Gelato #25 and South Florida OG (a.k.a. Triangle Kush). This strain is one of the many original varieties brought to us by Cookie Family Genetics. Like most strains from the Cookie Fam, Biscotti is an indica-dominant strain. This tasty variety is named after the Italian almond biscuits with the same appellation.
Forbidden Fruit is a mix of two classic fruit-flavored strains: Tangie, by DNA Genetics, and Cherry Pie, by the Cookie Fam. The smell of musky oranges dominates the aroma of Forbidden Fruit with hints of sweet cherry in the mix. Forbidden Fruit can also be quite visually pleasing. Many batches display more purple coloring than green and contain plenty of frost.
Miracle Alien Cookies (MAC)
Miracle Alien Cookies is the result of several years of breeding from the popular breeder Capulator. He crossed Alien Cookies F2 #7 and Miracle 15. Alien Cookies F2 was bred by JAWS Genetics, and Miracle 15 is a cross between Colombian seeds and the Starfighter strain bred by Alien Genetics. Despite being around for years, searches for the strain are still trending, and people are waiting in line for hours at cannabis events to purchase the latest MAC crosses directly from Capulator.
Ice Cream Cake
Ice Cream Cake is one of the latest dessert-themed strains to gain hype status. There are multiple strains going by this name, but the one generating the most buzz is the Wedding Cake x Gelato #33 cross bred by Seed Junky Genetics. The strain grows a frosty coat of trichomes and has a creamy vanilla aroma and flavor when smoked.
London Pound Cake
London Pound Cake is one of the latest hits from Cookie Family Genetics’ roster of original pastry-themed strains. It is said to be a cross between Nip OG and Cookie Fam’s Sunset Sherbet. The early success of London Pound Cake has already led breeders to cross it with other popular Cookies strains. In fact, a new cross between London Pound Cake and Gelato named Candy Rain is already trending in its own right.
Slurricane is a cross between Do-Si-Dos and Purple Punch bred by In House Genetics. A berry aroma dominates from the Purple Punch lineage with notes of something earthier from the Do-Si-Dos parent. The strain is popular thanks to its high THC levels and fruity flavor.
Mimosa is a sativa-dominant hybrid with one of the tangiest orange flavors you can find in a cannabis plant. The citrus strain would complement brunch better than any alcoholic beverage. Since last year, the child of Clementine and Purple Punch bred by Symbiotic Genetics has been exploding in popularity with famed cultivators like the Jungle Boys bringing it into full production.
Purple Punch is a delicious cross of Grand-daddy Purple and Larry OG bred by Supernova Gardens. It’s considered by some to be the new Blue Dream. This is in reference to the hype Blue Dream has generated since it rose to prominence nearly half a decade ago. Since 2014, Blue Dream has been one of the best-selling strains in most states with legal marijuana, according to BDS Analytics.
Runtz is at the top of all recent strain searches. It’s a cross between Zkittlez and Gelato—two strains that have been trending over the last year or so. Runtz was made popular by rapper and co-owner of the Runtz cannabis brand Yung LB. The strain got its name from the colorful buds and sweet candy-like flavor users have reported. There is a White Runtz phenotype that has also been highly searched for.
Melonade has been skyrocketing in popularity since Alien Labs used it to take home the trophy for first place sativa at the last Central Valley Cannabis Cup. The strain was originally bred by Midwest Best before Alien Labs germinated dozens of the Watermelon Zkittlez x Lemon Tree #11 seeds to find a watermelon-dominant phenotype.
Sundae Driver is a hit strain bred by Cannarado Genetics, produced by crossing Fruity Pebbles and Grape Pie. The Jungle Boys were one of the first to bring the strain into full production. They settled on Sundae Driver #12 after popping and testing 500 different phenotypes of the strain.
Watermelon Zkittlez is one of several new crosses of the popular Zkittlez strain. The Watermelon variety is a refreshing twist on the already fruit-flavored Zkittlez. The original was brought to us by the award-winning breeders at Terp Hogz, and its Watermelon cross was bred by Dying Breed Seeds.
Gushers was bred by Kush4Breakfast using the Gelato #41 strain, from Cookie Family Genetics, and Triangle Kush, which was bred in Florida. This fruity, flavorful strain packs a surprising punch.
Wedding Cake (or Birthday Cake) is a cross of two popular Cookies strains: the original Cookies and Cherry Pie. The Cherry Pie adds sweet and creamy undertones to the earthy floral aroma from the original Cookies parent. The indica-dominant cross, bred by Seed Junky Genetics, won first place indica flower at the last High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam. Now the strain is being crossed to make new flavors that are just as popular.
Smarties is another candy-themed original bred by Kush4Breakfast. It was made by crossing Blue City Diesel into the original Cookies strain. Smarties is covered in a blanket of trichomes and, like the candy, it’s multicolored.
Zookies was originally bred by Alien Labs and pheno-hunted by Cannaman 707/Golden State Cultivators. This is one of the rare strains with a Z in the name that contains zero Zkittlez in the lineage. The key to understanding the moniker lies in the “Zoo”—its parents are Gorilla Glue #4 and Animal Cookies.
The trending strains of today could be forgotten tomorrow. Fortunately, many classics return in the form of new crosses. In fact, one strain that had a strong influence on this list is the original Cookies (GSC). It plays a part in the lineage of about half of the top 20 trending strains of today. Years ago, gassy strains like OG Kush and Sour Diesel were the most sought after. Today’s cannabis consumers appear to prefer sweeter strains or crosses that blend gas and fruit.
This feature was published in the May, 2019 issue of High Times magazine.
[Canniseur: This book is not just for newbies, but it’s also for those who are fairly experienced. There’s a plethora of information in the book as well as it being fun to look at. Enjoy.]
A lot of people labor under the impression that when something is cute, that thing is not worthy of serious regard. Terming art, literature or even people ‘cute’ can be a roundabout form of dismissal, a qualifier meant to soften some later blow: “Yes, it’s cute, but…”
Michelle Lhooq’s non-fiction book, titled “Weed: Everything You Want to Know But Are Always Too Stoned To Ask,” is undeniably cute. Its kelly green cover, decorated with pink and white doodles by illustrator Thu Tran, is a reliable indicator of the book’s tone and content in the best way possible. But just because Lhooq’s debut book is cute doesn’t mean it lacks substance. In fact, it’s veritably overflowing with information.
“Weed: Everything You Want to Know…” is divided into six sections: How It Works, How to Smoke, How to Make, How to Grow, How to Be and How to Score. Each of these sections contains a variety of inserts and asides, from straight how-tos like recipes and joint-rolling instructions to dispensary reviews, jokey illustrated lists and annotated diagrams explaining things like the inner workings of pipes and bongs.
Lhooq is a seasoned party journalist (yes, it’s a thing, and yes, it’s as cool as it sounds) who’s hosted “weed raves” on both coasts, and her bona fides as a writer and as a genuine head shine through in all 159 pages of this book. She’s a sharp, entertaining writer who manages to avoid condescending to her pool of presumably greener potheads-to-be. Although I found myself skimming some of the more basic sections, like the earlier ones describing various terpenes and cannabinoids, I found this book very readable — even as someone with an above-average cannabis knowledge base.
One of the things that really sets this book apart from potential peers is the steady stream of interviews — with figures both central and tangential to the modern world of weed — peppered throughout its various sections. Lhooq is a skillful interviewer and selected interesting people from all over the cannabis industry, from a recent Oaksterdam graduate to a “cannasexual” sex educator to a weed sommelier. These additional voices add depth and dimension to the book’s overall arch and neatly illustrate one of its primary theses: Enjoying cannabis should be a collective and collaborative experience.
While I wouldn’t necessarily give this book to a seasoned weed smoker or everyday dabber, I think it would make a great gift, especially for a friend who is looking to gain a hearty background on the modern weed scene but who’s less interested in the nitty gritty of cannabis, especially when it comes to global and national cannabis policy or the inner workings of cannabusiness. Not that those subjects feel like omissions — instead, they’d probably make the book feel flimsy and, soon, dated.
Instead, it’s got an “of-the-moment” vibe and a Cool Older Sister voice, both of which make it the kind of book I would have devoured as a teenager — right alongside other Urban-Outfitters-approved guides to fashion and pop culture. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.
[Canniseur: I love the new Volcano Hybrid device. The first time I saw a Volcano was in Amsterdam many years ago. This seems like a terrific update and refinement of the original. I also love the idea of the … well, read it and find out all the features the new version has.]
Many of our readers are likely familiar with the Volcano vaporizer. It has been around for several years now and is considered by many to be the gold standard when it comes to desktop vaporizers. But, just as everything else in the cannabis world is evolving, so too is the Volcano.
The Volcano Hybrid is the latest Volcano to hit the market and it encompasses all that advanced technology has to offer. You can vaporize with the Volcano via either the familiar balloon or a new tube attachment – for those who don’t want to wait for the balloon. And, you can also use the Storz & Bickel app on your smartphone to control all the same settings as the buttons and even set up advanced workflows with different temperatures and automatic pumping at your own timed intervals after you have connected your phone to the Volcano via Bluetooth.
The new rotatable tube system allows you to decide precisely how much vapor you wish to take in, providing ultimate flexibility and control over your experience. Or, if you’re an “old school” Volcano aficionado, the traditional Easy Valve balloon system may be your preferred method of inhalation.
Another improvement over previous Volcano models is the double helix heat exchanger that can preheat to your preferred temperature even faster, in less than 40 seconds. Featuring a sleek, luxurious design, the Volcano Hybrid is manufactured in Germany using the highest quality materials available.
The S & B app works on Android and iOS devices; as long as you have Bluetooth enabled, you can connect to your device.
In many ways, the evolution of the Volcano is indicative of the overall evolution the cannabis community has undergone over the last ten years. It shows how fast things are moving and how much legalization laws can contribute to advancements in technology. Companies like S & B are catering to the demands of cannabis consumers and many of them no longer have to hide those demands.
Cannabis consumers are people too, people who aren’t harming anyone else with their use. They have money and want to spend it and there is nothing wrong with a company recognizing that and creating products they think those consumers might want.
It’s hard to imagine what may be available in just 5 years, considering how fast things are moving on the technology side of cannabis products. The sky’s the limit when it comes to what can be accomplished, as long as people are allowed to make their own choices.
Under those circumstances, a lot of people will choose a product like the Volcano Hybrid, something good for daily use or for having a large group of people over. For ease of use and speed, it’s hard to beat.
Cannabis users are entering an era where they don’t have to hide anymore. They can enjoy their recreation or their medicating without fear, which – when coupled with technology – opens up a whole new world of possibilities.
One of those possibilities is the new Volcano Hybrid.
Disclaimer: This article is intended for information and entertainment purposes only and is not intended to reflect the specific views of the publication.
[Canniseur: Perhaps it’s time to codify how various cannabis products are judged and develop real criteria. I love reading about Cannabis Cup winners and especially the names of the winners. But, how the winning entries are judged? I’ve been honored to be a judge at many wine competitions and there are some pretty strict rules about how to taste and judge wine. I can accurately taste over 50 wines per day, but I’d bet I can’t do that many cannabis variants…maybe even in a week!]
This year’s Northern California Cannabis Cup brought together cannabis enthusiasts, activists, and some stiff competition. Here are the winners of the 2019 NorCal Cannabis Cup:
1st Place:(Greenstone) Top Shelf Cannabis – Whoa-Si-Whoa 2nd Place: Sovereign – Blueberry Muffin 3rd Place: LitHouse – Dark Dosi
1st Place: Sovereign – Mothers Milk 2nd Place: Atrium Cultivation – Lemon Love 3rd Place:Team Elite Genetics – Orange Juice
1st Place:North County Pharms – Dosickeys 2nd Place: Atrium Cultivation – Juicy Gushy 3rd Place:Fig Farms – Animal Face