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The Leafly Buyer’s Guide to Southern California Cannabis Edibles

The Leafly Buyer’s Guide provides a curated editorial list of top cannabis product picks on the market now, chosen by local experts in each region.

(Courtesy of The Good Stuff)

Based in: San Diego

Mixing the proven therapeutic benefits of cannabis and the healing probiotic properties of kombucha gives Good Stuff Tonics a unique niche in the sometimes saturated California edibles market. All three of their drinks are low in sugar, 100% organic, and GMO-free. The Crimson Root Kombucha delivers 100 milligrams of THC via a solvent-free cannabis oil, plus beet juice, orange juice, and ginger.

Three places to find it: Mankind Cooperative in San Diego; Southwest Patient Group in San Diego; The Kind Center in Los Angeles

2) Marigold Sweets: Milk Chocolate Peanut Cremes

(Courtesy of Marigold Sweets)

Based in: Los Angeles

Step up your edibles game with an offering from Marigold Sweets, the long-running high-end cannabis chocolate company from Vanessa Lavorato, co-host of Bong Appetit, Viceland’s popular cannabis cooking show. Mixing solvent-free organic outdoor cannabis with top quality Fair Trade chocolate, Marigold Sweets’ Milk Chocolate Peanut Cremes are filled with rich peanut butter and a crunchy peanut center, and come in two tiers of potency for easy dosing.

Two places to find it: Cornerstone Research Collective in Eagle Rock; Eaze (Statewide delivery)

(Courtesy of Topanga Harvest)

Based in: Topanga Canyon

From one of Los Angeles’s famous hidden hippie canyons comes a cannabis edibles company squarely focused on making the best infused muffins possible. Their savory to sweet continuum stretches from Apple Cinnamon to Red Velvet, plus seasonal options like Pumpkin Spice. All muffins are available in two dosage levels (either 35 or 50 milligrams of THC), and are made with cannabis-infused organic coconut oil.

Three places to find it: Apothecary in Los Angeles; Evergreen in Santa Ana; Temecula Holistic Health in Temecula

(Courtesy of To Whom It May)

Based in: Los Angeles

Looking for an edible that can hold its head high next to the fanciest confectionary, at a THC dosage level that won’t scare off even new users? To Whom It May’s line of meticulously hand-crafted cannabis chocolates has something for everyone, whether you like your indulgences in the form of a Smoked Almond Butter Truffle or a Cherry Cayenne Bon Bon. Try the sampler pack of all four flavors to find your favorite.

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Two places to find it: Goddess Delivers (overnight statewide, same-day in Los Angeles); Bud and Bloom in Santa Ana;

5) Fruit Slabs: Grandaddy Grape Fruit Leather

(Courtesy of Fruit Slabs)

Based in: Southern California

All natural fruit leather infused with high quality THC extracts, Fruit Slabs are made from 100% vegan ingredients and organic fruits. Each individual slab is dosed at 100 milligrams of THC and comes in its own resealable pouch. So forget about candy and gummies, this is true fruit leather in four flavors: OG Mango, Mango Maui Wowie, Grandaddy Grape, and Tropical Haze.

Three places to find it: The Higher Path in Los Angeles; Bud and Bloom in Santa Ana; Universal Collective in Studio City

6) Dr. Norm’s: Chocolate Chip Cookies

(Courtesy of Dr. Norm’s Chocolate Chip Cookies)

Based in: Los Angeles

The siblings that started Dr. Norm’s were raised by a doctor (their father) and a gifted baker (their mother), so they decided to combine both vocations into a company that makes cookies infused with cannabis. Delicious and precisely dosed, their tasty, crunchy Chocolate Chip Cookies are available in three strengths so you can adjust your dose accordingly and still satisfy your sweet tooth (without going overboard).

Three places to find it: Strain Balboa Caregivers in Chatsworth; Reseda Discount Caregivers in Reseda; 420 Central in Santa Ana

(Courtesy of Mary Jane Juice Co.)

Based in: Los Angeles

Want to quench your cotton mouth in high style while ingesting additional cannabis at the same time? Then what could be better than one of Mary Jane Juice Co’s refreshing beverages, particularly their organic Coconut Water, which is infused with 50 milligrams of THC. Or perhaps try a slightly more adventurous option, like Strawberry Basil or Watermelon. 

Three places to find it: Apothecary in Los Angeles; Venice Alternative Healing Center in Venice; Foothill Wellness Center in Tujunga

8) Zendo Edibles: Infused Peanut Butter

(Courtesy of Zendo)

Based in: Southern California

With a focus on sourcing the highest quality and most sustainable ingredients, Zendo Edibles produces a line of artisanal quality healthy edibles that will appeal to those who see cannabis as part of an overall wellness-focused lifestyle. And oh yeah, they taste great—from the Spicy Honey and Sea Salt Almonds (100 milligrams THC per 1.5 ounce package) to the Infused Peanut Butter (50 milligrams of THC per 1 oz. package).

Three places to find it: 678 Meds (Delivery) in Laguna Niguel; Evergreen in Santa Ana; Universal Collective in Los Angeles

9) Kaneh Co: S’mores Brownies

(Courtesy of Kaneh Co.)

Based in: Southern California

A family owned bakery specializing in cannabis-infused edibles, Kaneh Co. utilizes only the finest ingredients, and laboratory tests all of their handcrafted goods to ensure quality and consistency. Their S’mores Brownie takes the classic cannabis brownie and elevates it with a Graham cracker crust, a dark chocolate ganache, and lightly charred marshmallows.

Three places to find it: LAPCG in West Hollywood; Buddha Healing Center in Garden Grove; Circle of Hope in Los Angeles

(Courtesy of Miss Mary Jane’s Edibles)

Based in: Southern California

The founder of Miss Mary Jane’s Edibles started out making cannabis-infused treats to help her husband treat his PTSD symptoms. Everything they produce is still handmade, only now in a certified kitchen using CO2 cannabis oil extracted from top shelf indica/hybrid strains. The Churro Whoopi Pie (100 milligrams of THC) is two cinnamon cannabis cakes joined together with a cinnamon cream cheese cannabis buttercream.

Three places to find it: La Brea Collective in Los Angeles; Reseda Discount Caregivers in Reseda; Greenwolf in Los Angeles

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The Leafly Buyer’s Guide to Southern California Cannabis Topicals

The Leafly Buyer’s Guide provides a curated editorial list of top cannabis product picks on the market now, chosen by local experts in each region.

(Courtesy of De La Beuh)

Based in: Los Angeles

Handmade from all-natural ingredients, De La Beuh’s bath products combine pure CBD with specially selected aromatherapy essential oils to bring the healing power of cannabis into your beauty regimen. Start with the Bath Bomb for a full-immersion, total body experience.

Three places to find it: MedMen OC in Santa Ana; Greenwolf in Los Angeles; Bodhi Sattva in West Hollywood

(Courtesy of Mrs Excellence)

Based in: Los Angeles

A homegrown Los Angeles company, Mrs. Excellence sources a wide array of essential oils for their cannabis-infused balms, which also blend organic beeswax and vitamin E oil into a coconut oil base, and come in four varieties: Lemongrass, Lavender Mint, Eucalyptus and Midnight Vanilla.

Three places to find it: HCMA in Los Angeles; Zen Noho in North Hollywood; Green Tree Remedy in Anaheim

(Courtesy of Awakened Topicals)

Based in: Los Angeles

The founder of Awakened Topicals discovered the healing power of transdermally absorbed cannabis after a surfing accident resulted in spinal surgery and a long recovery. Now his company makes both a Pain Stick and a Raw Cannabis Balm that blends whole-plant cannabis oil with an ideal 1:1 ratio of CBDA to THCA with whole leaf aloe vera, calendula flowers, myrrh gum resin, frankincense resin, jojoba oil, essential oils of lavender and vetiver, and gem essences of jade and purple amethyst.

Three places to find it: California Alternative Caregivers in Venice; Malibu Community Collective in Malibu; Palm Springs Safe Access in Palm Springs

4) Foria: Pleasure

(Courtesy of Foria)

Based in: Los Angeles

Foria Pleasure is an all-natural sensual enhancement oil that mixes coconut oil and lab-tested cannabis oil in a blend optimized for women to apply topically to their genitals. According to the manufacturer, “for some women, it may awaken arousal and [make] orgasms more intense, fuller or easier to access. For others, it can help promote natural lubrication, reduce pain and tension and create the relaxation necessary for sensual experience or restorative rest.” Your mileage may vary.

Three places to find it: Greenwolf in Los Angeles; Desert Organic Solutions in Palm Springs; Anaheim Patient Care in Anaheim

(Courtesy of Mackenzie Medicinals)

Based in: Los Angeles

The husband and wife team behind Mackenzie Medicinals began their cannabis journey with a skin cancer diagnosis. Already adept with herbal medicines, they decided to try a cannabis-infused topical before pursuing doctor-recommended surgery. That led to further experimentation, which ultimately blossomed into a full line of healing oils, tinctures, and even suppositories, a product that can be uniquely helpful to seriously ill patients.

Three places to find it: Buds & Roses in Los Angeles; Cornerstone Research Collective in Eagle Rock; Palm Springs Safe Access in Palm Springs

6) Lord Jones: 1:1 Pain & Wellness Body Lotion

(Courtesy of Lord Jones)

Based in: Los Angeles

A well-known luxury cannabis brand with popular candy and chocolate products, Lord Jones also makes a range of high-end cannabis infused lotions. Every 100 ml bottle of their 1:1 Pain & Wellness Body Lotion contains 20 milligrams each of THC and CBD, scented with notes of sage, mint, and green citrus. A special vacuum pump ensures delivery of precisely 1 milliliter of lotion per application.

Three places to find it: 99 High Tide in Malibu; Herb in Los Angeles; Buddha Company in Los Angeles

7) Honey Pot: Bear Butter Lotion

(Courtesy of Honey Pot)

Based in: Southern California

A family owned and operated business involving multiple generations of cannabis activists turned entrepreneurs, Honey Pot specializes in their signature mix of California wildflower honey and cannabis infused cold-pressed virgin coconut oil, which is available as an edible and also blended into a variety of topicals. Their Bear Butter Lotion infuses this base with a variety of therapeutic herbs and essential oils, in a ratio designed to absorb quickly and bring lasting relief.

Three places to find it: Apothecary in Los Angeles; Exhalence in Sun Valley; Circle of Hope in Northridge

8) High Gorgeous: Luscious Lime Lip Balm

(Courtesy of High Gorgeous)

Based in: Los Angeles

From luxury cannabis brand Yummi Karma comes a line of cannabis beauty products packaged and marketed to compete with mainstream trendy purveyors. Alongside the expected body lotions and bath soaks, you’ll discover more surprising applications, like Nice Buns Cellulite Treatment and lip balm that’s available in Luscious Lime or Juicy Cherry.

Three places to find it: The Higher Path in Los Angeles; 678 Meds (Delivery) in Laguna Niguel; Canabliss in Moreno Valley

9) Emu 420: Mentholated Medicated Rub

Based in: Southern California

Formulated to provide superior pain relief, Emu 420’s full line of products all combine the healing properties of CBD with Emu oil’s anti-inflammatory and moisturizing benefits to provide topical relief that penetrates deep into your pores. Try the Mentholated Medicated Rub to add the skin cooling and pain relieving properties of menthol.

Three places to find it: Dubs Green Garden (Delivery) in Paso Robles; WHTC in Studio City; Evergreen in Santa Ana

10) Loki Lotion: Happy Skin Blend

(Courtesy of Loki Lotion)

Based in: Los Angeles

By their own admission, the two founders of Loki Lotion are in hopelessly in love with cannabis and totally obsessed with essential oils. Throw in a burning desire to provide all-natural, non-addictive pain relief options, and a dynamic new brand is born, with a quickly expanding line of top grade topicals. The Loki Lotion Happy Skin Blend comes infused with 80 milligrams of THC, 1 milligram of CBD, and 5 milligrams of CBN.

Two places to find it: The Higher Path in Los Angeles; Nile Cooperative in Playa Del Rey

Lead image courtesy of De La Beuh

The Leafly Buyer’s Guide to Southern California Cannabis Concentrates

The Leafly Buyer’s Guide provides a curated editorial list of top cannabis product picks on the market now, chosen by local experts in each region.

(Courtesy of Quality Concentrates)

Based in: Los Angeles

Want to make the finest cannabis concentrates in the state of California? For Quality Concentrates, that process starts with growing your own crops, to ensure you’re always working with the freshest and highest-quality material possible. From there, all of their concentrates—like their Space Oddity Shatter—are made in a state-of-the-art laboratory utilizing biotech stainless steel hydrocarbon extractors under strict clinical conditions.

Three places to find it: Highway 99 Collective in Bakersfield; 420 Central in Santa Ana; Buddha Company in Los Angeles

(Courtesy of Gold Coast Extracts)

Based in: Los Angeles

There’s little public information available about Gold Coast Extracts, a legendary collective of Los Angeles based extract artists, but then again you don’t need a publicist (or even publicity) when you’ve been dominating the cannabis awards scene for as long as these guys. Their concentrates made from Lemon Walker OG—a cross of Lemon Skunk and Skywalker OG (Skywalker x OG Kush)—especially capture the strain’s “bright notes of citrus” and “pungent, slightly fruity undertone.”

Three places to find it: Apothecary in Los Angeles; Green Cross of Torrence in Torrence; Universal Collective in Studio City

(Courtesy of Los Angeles Refinery)

Based in: Los Angeles

Founded in 2014 by experienced local extract artists, Los Angeles Refinery is a producer of craft cannabis concentrates with a focus on preserving a full terpene profile while achieving the highest cannabinoid content possible. In addition to their own award-winning extracts and vape pens, they also offer cannabis-derived terpenes isolated from selected strains like Granddaddy Purple, Cherry Pie, and Clementine.

Three places to find it: OC3 – Orange County Cannabis Club in Santa Ana; Apothecary in Los Angeles; Calhemp Wellness in Inglewood

(Courtesy of Raw Garden)

Based in: Santa Barbara County

With a goal of “creating clean and accessible cannabis products for the masses,” the team at Raw Garden merges copious expertise in organic agriculture and biotechnology to create a superior line of concentrates extracted from their own in-house flowers. They’re best known and best loved for their Sauce, which retains a rich terpene profile extracted from single source Clean Green Certified fresh frozen flowers.

Three places to find it: OC3 – Orange County Cannabis Club in Santa Ana; BARC in Beverley Hills; Golden State Greens Point Loma in San Diego

5) Hitman Farms: Live Resin Nug Run

(Courtesy of Hitman Farms)

Based in: Los Angeles

The Hitman cannabis empire includes major plays in the functional art glass world (i.e. really fancy bongs for dabbing), the flower and concentrate game, and the cannabis event space. They’ve even got their own coffeeshop in Los Angeles with on-site consumption. Check out Hitman’s Live Resin Nug Run for a connoisseur level example of live resin’s true potential.

Three places to find it: BARC in Beverley Hills; La Brea Collective in Los Angeles; Zen Healing in West Hollywood

(Courtesy of Dr. Zodiak’s)

Based in: Los Angeles

Touted as “the strongest bud in the galaxy,” the Original Moonrock is a high quality bud that’s been infused with rosin (64% THC) and then rolled in kief until it shines like the moon. While “moonrock” has become a generic term, these particular concentrate-soaked, crystal-coated joints come with an endorsement from rapper Kurupt, who is widely credited with popularizing the process.

Three places to find it: Apothecary in Los Angeles; Bud Man (Delivery) in Orange County; City of Hope in Northeridge

7) Varavo: Sour Tsunami Full Spectrum Concentrate

(Courtesy of Varavo)

Based in: Los Angeles

With a mission focused on quality, consistency and social responsibility, Varavo’s full line of edibles and concentrates starts with fresh flowers from trusted growers. Then, using the latest CO2 extraction and distillation technology, they produce cannabis oils with a full spectrum of the cannabis plant including its terpenes. Their Sour Tsunami Full Spectrum Concentrate delivers a 1:1 ratio of THC to CBD, ideal for those seeking high cannabinoid doses without getting too high.

Three places to find it: WHTC in Studio City; Captain Jack’s in San Bernardino; Buddha Company in Los Angeles

8) The Clear: Honey Buckets

(Courtesy of The Clear)

Based in: Southern California

A 100% solvent-free cannabis concentrate, The Clear is a translucent oil that’s up to 96% THC, plus all-natural terpenes that have been reintroduced to give it one of 17 different flavors. Ask for a Honey Bucket if you want The Clear in dabble form. It’s also effective in oral and transdermal applications.

Three places to find it: Greenwolf in Los Angeles; AHHSWEHO in West Hollywood; From the Earth in Santa Ana

(Courtesy of Paper Planes)

Based in: Southern California

Although they came up on older, less refined methods of butane extraction, the team at Paper Planes now uses only top-of-the-line equipment like a Cascade Tek vacuum oven and an Emotek Closed Loop Extraction system—the only tri-certified closed loop system on the market. Their THCA Terp Sugar is a crystalline extraction seasoned with just enough terpenes to get the full profile of the cannabis strain.

Three places to find it: HHTC in Hollywood Hills; Green Gold Cultivators in San Andreas; Golden State Green Point Loma in San Diego

10) Beboe: Rose-Gold Vape Pens

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Based in: Los Angeles

Founded by a celebrity tattoo artist and a fashion industry impresario, Beboe brings an air of luxury and exclusivity to cannabis that’s designed to attract brand-conscious affluent consumers. Their Rose-Gold Vape Pens come in indica and sativa and contain 0.5 grams (about 120 hits).

Three places to find it: Bud Man (Delivery) in Orange County; Buds & Roses in Los Angeles; Long Beach Green Room in Long Beach

Lead image by Julia Sumpter/Leafly

The Leafly Buyer’s Guide to Southern California Cannabis Flower

The Leafly Buyer’s Guide provides a curated editorial list of top cannabis product picks on the market now, chosen by local experts in each region.

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Based in: Los Angeles

Loud and proud out of Los Angeles, the Jungle Boys are local legends 15 years in the making who’ve grown a dedicated following via their unparalleled in-house breeding program. Supplies are always limited, so don’t wait for your wedding day to try Wedding Cake, a potent hybrid cross of Girl Scout Cookies and Cherry Pie with “tangy and peppery notes” and a THC content often well north of 25%.

Three places to find itTLC Collective in Los Angeles; Deserts Finest in Desert Hot Springs; WHTC in Studio City

(Courtesy of THC Designs)

Based in: Los Angeles

Hand harvested, hand trimmed and hand packaged, THC Design’s line of cannabis flowers and prerolled joints are responsibly grown using sustainable practices. Pick up one of their stylish cases holding 6 artisanal prerolled cones (3.5 total grams of cannabis) and choose from Indica, Sativa or Hybrid. Or better yet, try one of their flagship flower strains, like XJ-13, a sativa dominant cross of Jack Herer and G13 Haze.

Three places to find itHerbal Pain Relief Center in Los Angeles; Calaveras Little Trees in Arnold; and People’s OC (Delivery) in Orange County

3) Wonderbrett: Orange Dynamite Stick

(Courtesy of Wonderbrett)

Based in: Los Angeles

When one of Southern California’s premiere cannabis cultivators teamed up with roots-rockers Sublime w/ Rome for a collab strain release, the fruits of that labor was Orange Dynamite Stick. A cross of Bubble Gum and Frisco Cookies, Wonderbrett’s latest boutique strain produces dense, resin-soaked buds covered in orange hairs, with a powerful orange-citrus aroma to match.

Three places to find it: Apothecary in Los Angeles; The High Side in Riverside; Eaze (Statewide delivery)

4) Nativ: Black Label Preroll

(Courtesy of Nativ)

Based in:Venice

Founded in progressive Venice by two medical cannabis patients hoping to battle the lingering stigma of prohibition, Nativ produces a variety of sustainably farmed, all-natural prerolled joints, plus bubble hash and a line of rosin-powered extract pods specifically designed to work with the Pax Era vaporizer. Their Black Label preroll contains only their top-shelf, Private Reserve cannabis flower and concentrates, presented in an elegant single-serving tube.

Three places to find itLos Angeles Artist Collective in Los Angeles; Anaheim Patient Care in Anaheim; West Valley Caregivers in Woodland Hills.

(Courtesy of Canndescent)

Based in: Santa Barbara

The cultivation team at Cannadescent brings over 70 years of collective experience to the table, and oversees every step of a process that starts with their own proprietary genetics, and involves setting up strain specific, small-scale grow rooms optimized with purified water, natural pest-control and artisanal harvesting and curing procedures. Choose from Calm, Cruise, Create, Connect, and Charge based on your desired effect.

Three places to find itThe OG Collective in Cathedral City; Harbor Collective in San Diego; Strange Therapy Solutions in Banning

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Based in: Los Angeles

The producers of Coachella—Southern California’s hippest music festival— don’t allow cannabis on premises (AEG founder Philip Anschutz is a major funder of anti-cannabis propaganda), but that didn’t stop West Coast Cure from presenting a legendary herbal hospitality party just outside the festival’s gate, attracting performers, celebs, and local weed legends. No royalty attended, aside from King Louis XVIII, a heavily pine-scented indica strain with dense buds and a powerful high fit for a king.

Three places to find itNew Amsterdam Naturals in Los Angeles; Heaven in Fresno; Whittier Daily Greens in Whittier

(Courtesy of Cannabiotix)

Based in: Los Angeles

Long a favorite cultivation team among SoCal cannabis connoisseurs, Cannabiotix made waves at the 2015 Southern California Cannabis Cup by taking home high honors for Best Hybrid Flower with their version of Orange Crush—a sativa-dominant cross of California Orange and Blueberry with powerful cerebral effects and a sweet and tangy citrus aroma.

Three places to find itMelrose Herbal Collective in Los Angeles; Bud Man (Delivery) in Orange County; Universal Collective in Studio City

(Courtesy of Lowell Farms)

Based in: Santa Barbara

From the creative minds behind the one ounce cannabis bouquet that made headlines around the world comes an elegantly (and sustainably) packaged box of 7 prerolls. Every 0.5 gram joint is filled with premium cannabis flower that’s sun-grown with organic fertilizer and pesticides, and tests between 22-25% THC. Each pack even comes with a few real wood matches, the best way to spark up a truly tasty joint.

Three places to find itMankind Cooperative in San Diego; OC3 – Orange County Cannabis Club in Santa Ana; The Cannary in Los Angeles

(Courtesy of Urbols)

Based in: Los Angeles

Urbols turned a lot of heads by taking home a silver medal for their Skywalker OG at the 2017 Southern California Cannabis Cup, but that crowning achievement came after more than a decade of refining their indoor cultivation program and fostering a stable of top-shelf strains. The Skywalker OG is a cross between Skywalker and OG Kush with wonderfully sedative effects and “a spicy herbal scent tinged with jet fuel.”

Two places to find itCalifornia Caregiver Alliance in Los Angeles; The Green Element in Torrance

(Courtesy of Chong’s Choice)

Based in: Los Angeles

In addition to being one of the world’s most recognizable cannabis celebrities, Tommy Chong has also been a cannabis patient, advocate and even prisoner during his well publicized long term relationship with Mary Jane. Now add supplier to that list. Naturally each Chong’s Choice preroll weighs in at .75 grams (compared to .5 for most of the competition). That’s what happens when you roll with a legend.

Three places to find itDesert Organic Solutions in Palm Springs; New Generation in Santa Ana; Zen Healing in West Hollywood

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The Leafly Buyer’s Guide to Southern California Cannabis Products

With California’s adult-use legalization system coming fully online, Leafly asked me to undertake a detailed survey of the best products available at licensed dispensaries and make suggestions in four key categories. This was a huge task given that the state ranks as the world’s ninth largest economy, and is by far the largest legal cannabis market on Earth. Southern California especially has become a hotbed of branding, marketing and innovation, with Los Angeles rapidly emerging as the capital city of the cannabis industry.

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Leafly List: The Best Cannabis Dispensaries in Southern California, Winter 2017–2018

I relied on my 15 years of experience as a dedicated cannabis reporter—including stints as Head of Content at High Times and a columnist/frequent contributor at VICE—to identify top contenders among SoCal’s finest flowers, concentrates, topicals, and edibles. Then I reached out to a few leading experts in each field to widen my knowledge base and get hip to new and emerging trends. Still, like any such endeavor, this is a subjective list, and some amazing products didn’t make the cut simply because they’re available in such limited supply.

Did I miss something amazing? Undoubtedly. So please feel free to let me know in the comments or on Twitter (@pot_handbook).

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Citrus-Packed Shatter, Vaporizer Bongs, and More: Cannabis Product Picks for February 2018

The best part of traveling to a new state with legal cannabis is exploring a whole new world of products you’ve never seen before. This month’s product picks feature a couple of impressive finds from Oregon State, as well as several items available for shipping across the U.S. and beyond. Find out what’s good on our list this month, or take a peek at our full catalog for more exciting finds in the cannabis world.

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What Are You Smoking Episode 26: Exercising With Cannabis

What Are You Smoking? features Leafly experts Jeremiah Wilhelm, Bailey Rahn, and Will Hyde, as well as guests from all corners of the cannabis industry reviewing strains, test-firing products, offering up pro tips, and answering your toughest cannabis questions.

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Episode 26: Exercising with Cannabis

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This week on the show, Content Director Rebecca Kelley and Leafly Editor Hannah Meadows join Will to talk about integrating cannabis into exercise regimens.

What kind of high pairs well with a runner’s high? How can cannabis work in concert with your yoga routine? What products could help with recovering from workouts?

We’ve got suggestions that may help you kick it up a notch at the gym, and then kick back on the couch like you’ve really earned it.

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Strains & Products on This Episode:

Dr. Quantum by Natural Mystic Farms

CBD Transdermal Cream by Floyd’s of Leadville

LA Confidential by Freddy’s Fuego

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Meet Your Show Hosts

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Jeremiah Wilhelm is a strain researcher and subject matter expert at Leafly. A former budtender, Jeremiah is the site’s reigning beard champion and self-proclaimed Office Garden Gnome.

Bailey-2048-copy1-240x240Bailey Rahn is an editor at Leafly specializing in cannabis strains and health. When she’s not at Leafly, you’ll likely find her smoking her way up a mountain or playing dress-up with her cats.

10859f1a857586f9ef11419f1635e517Will Hyde is a subject matter expert, strain specialist, and digital producer at Leafly. He spends his free time traveling and exploring creative outlets as a DJ, digital artist, and film producer.

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Music for “What Are You Smoking” is provided by Lusine. “Ticking Hands” is from his album Sensorimotor. “Two Dots” is from A Certain DistanceFor more about Lusine, check out Ghostly.com.

Need a Last-Minute Valentine’s Gift? Check Out These Sweet Product Picks

We get it, time flies when you’re having a ball. So if Valentine’s Day came up just a bit quicker than you planned, don’t sweat it. Below, check out some charming last-minute gift ideas for the canna-connoisseur in your life. From sweet pins to decadent infused chocolates, you’ll find the perfect match to celebrate this love-soaked holiday.

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Rosin Hearts by Jungleboys Rosin

Ditch the chalky candy for something a bit more elevating with these rosin pressed hearts by Jungle Boys. Totally sweet without all the sugar, these precious hearts are made from the delicious hybrid Wedding Cake—they’re the perfect gift for those who prefer concentrates with a little extra oomph.

Available in: California

Cannabis Infused Intimate Oil by Evolab

Heat up a cold night with this decadent Infused Intimate Oil by Evolab. Packed with 125mg of cannabinoids in a scent-free “potion,” this smooth lubricant is meant to bring you closer at just the right moment.

Available in: Colorado

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Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels by Lord Jones

Romance and chocolate go together like cannabis and rolling papers. And Lord Jones’ box of Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels comes with a punch of 5mg, 10mg, or 20mg THC to give you the best of both worlds. Give your sweetheart the gift of rich, Ecuadorian chocolate with a heightened touch.

Available in: California

Wooden Heart Pipe by Pipe Dream Arts

Swing by your favorite dispensary and pick up your partner’s favorite strains to load up this sweet and simple Wooden Heart Pipe by Pipe Dream Arts. Made with natural bee’s wax, a walnut oil finish, and burned heart, this pipe will make a lovely addition to your Valentine’s Day plans.

Available in: Unites States   

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Peach White Chocolates by WYLD

Prefer white chocolates over the usual dark variety? Check out WYLD’s Indica Enhanced Peach White Chocolates for a fruity and creamy treat. These mouth-watering chocolates are sold in 10-packs with 5mg THC per piece.

Available in: Oregon

Rose Quartz Bath Bomb by Rx Canna Care

Try one or collect them all, these gorgeous Bath Bombs by Rx Canna Care contain natural ingredients and CBD to give your loved one a relaxing soak at the end of a long day. The Rose Quartz bomb is the ultimate choice for a Valentine gift as it represents unconditional love with a soothing edge.

Available in: Canada, United States

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How Controlling Vapor Pressure Deficit Can Improve Your Cannabis Grow

This article is sponsored by Quest Dehumidifiers.

Vapor pressure deficit, more commonly referred to as VPD, is an agricultural concept that measures the difference in pressure between the humidity inside and outside of a leaf. For cannabis growers, getting a handle on this metric can yield healthier, more robust plants.

Controlling VPD can enable growers to increase water and nutrient intake, and as a result, increase and optimize plant growth. In addition to encouraging plant health, understanding VPD lets growers better regulate the surrounding plant environment to keep pests at bay.

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VPD describes how the plant feels and puts a number and value to the comfort of the plant, said Clif Tomasini, business director of Quest Dehumidifiers, which provides energy-efficient dehumidifiers to some of the largest indoor grows in the US.

“Humans can technically function at zero and one hundred degrees Fahrenheit, but they tend to be most productive and happy somewhere between those two extremes. Similarly, plants have conditions where they are most successful. The more comfortable your plants are, the more likely it is that they will achieve their best growth,” Tomasini said.

Healthy <strong>cannabis</strong> plantsMaintaining a ‘comfort zone’ for humidity and VPD helps keep cannabis plants healthy. (Courtesy of Quest Dehumidifiers)

Incorporating VPD strategies can seem like a large undertaking to those new to the concept. But most growers are already taking the measurements they need to determine optimal grow room VPD levels, which can impact factors like moisture and plant health.

Measuring VPD and What It Means

To determine VPD, first measure the relative humidity (RH) and temperature with hygrometers and thermometers, tools likely already integrated into your commercial growing operation. Once these measurement readings are known, you can reference VPD charts to determine the VPD of your grow.

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Seth Lee, Denver grower and operations manager at Greenlight Cannabis Company, recommends referencing the charts because most are color coded to indicate low, healthy, high, and dangerous transpiration levels.

“With this information, you can fine tune VPD levels that work best for you, based on the charts and how different strains react to specific VPD levels,” Lee said. “Success requires you to be flexible, so the charts should only be used as guidelines.”

Since VPD is inversely related to RH, a grow with a low RH will typically have a high VPD. When you’re first starting to work with VPD, it helps to maintain a lower RH—around 55 percent—until you gain confidence with the concept, Lee said. This will ensure RH levels stay in control and prevent the environment from becoming conducive to mold or mildew growth.

Dehumidifier in cannabis grow opHumidity control is essential for a healthy cannabis crop. (Courtesy of Quest Dehumidifiers)

Because different cannabis plants, strains, and grow operations have different needs and limitations, growers have to take a lot of variables into account when adjusting VPD. Even the stage of plant development has to be considered.

“VPD is important in all stages of growth, although optimal VPD changes as plants mature,” Lee said. “Clones and seedlings don’t have developed root systems to transport water and nutrients, so they require a much lower VPD to prevent them from drying out.”

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Once roots become established, you can gradually increase the VPD to encourage faster transpiration through your plants. Optimal VPD influences faster transpiration because higher temperatures cause plants to increase their release of water vapor.

Too Much of a Good Thing

Growers have to take care when tinkering with VPD levels, as the measurement is directly correlated with transpiration—the movement of water and nutrients through and eventually out of plants, mostly via their leaves and flowers. If VPD is too low and plants are unable to transpire, or VPD is too high and they transpire too much, the plants can become stressed, suffer, and die.

Controlling vapor pressure deficit can help young plants thrive. (Courtesy of Quest Dehumidifiers)

Ideally, plants should transpire at a rate that leaves them comfortable and growing optimally, said Mike Steffes, a research and development scientist at Quest Dehumidifiers.

If the air is too dry, plants transpire too much in an attempt to maintain vapor pressure equilibrium. This is problematic because it puts the plants at risk of burning from excess nutrient salts, Steffes said.

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There are other risks unrelated to growth, such as mold, mildew, and insects that come with dangerously high or low VPD levels. If the air is too humid, you’re susceptible to an environment where mold and mildew thrive. If the air is too dry, you’re creating the ideal environment for insects like spider mites, which enjoy arid conditions.

Managing Safe Humidity Levels

Of course, nothing about a grow is static, so a VPD level that’s right at one moment may turn out not quite right the next. As plants transpire, there’s a constant release of moisture into the air, so it’s important to have devices in place to handle the increase in RH, especially at night when temperatures decline and humidity is heightened. Also anticipate an increased RH as you increase VPD through the growth stages, and be prepared to manage these humidity changes.

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To manage RH increases, dehumidification is essential because air conditioning systems are optimized to cool air, not to remove moisture. If you’re unsure how many dehumidifiers your grow needs, use a savings calculator.

“Like everything else in a grow, consistency is key, and any VPD or environment adjustments should be made gradually,” Tomasini said. “To be successful, use VPD as a tool and be diligent about monitoring your environment and plant health.”

How to Wind Down With Cannabis in Your Nightly Routine

For those who struggle with sleep or feel antsy when they just want to relax after a long day, cannabis is often a saving grace. It’s a well-known insomnia aid in the cannabis community, and when combined with a calming nightly routine, it can be the best way to turn off an overactive mind and soothe tense muscles in preparation for rest.

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Below, discover six great ways to add cannabis to your bedtime routine and commit yourself to better, more satisfying sleep.

Practice Self-Care With an Infused Lavender Lotion

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Suggested Cannabis Product: Lavender Patchouli Infused Lotion by Kusa Brands

There’s nothing like a little TLC to relax the body and help you prepare for rest. One excellent way to do so is by pampering yourself with a cannabis-infused lavender lotion. The combination of soothing cannabinoids and calming lavender aromatherapy will have you ready for rest from the inside out. Right before sleep, massage this lotion gently into your shoulders and anywhere you hold tension to loosen up tense muscles and calm the body.

Choose the Right Strain for a Bedtime Toke

Suggested Strain:  Granddaddy Purple

If you like to smoke before bed, paying attention to your strain of choice can make a big difference in falling asleep and staying there. Avoid sativa-dominate strains that have high-energy affects, such as Green Crack. Instead, opt for indicas which are generally more beneficial as sleep-time aids due to their terpene profiles. Browse Leafly’s Good Night Sleep category to find your next bedtime strain. We suggest a bowl of Granddaddy Purple—known for its intense body and mind relaxation—before kicking back with soft lighting and slow, deep inhales so you can enjoy all the calming properties this indica has to offer.

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Make Your Bedtime Snack an Indica Melatonin Edible

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Suggested Cannabis Product: Insomnia THC Caramels by Sensi Chew

If you’re the type of person who craves a sweet treat before bed, then consider an edible tailored-made for deep sleep. Enter Sensi Chew’s Insomnia Caramels, offering 25mg THC or CBD in indica chocolate pieces mixed with a touch of melatonin. The combination of cannabinoids and the “sleep hormone” creates the ultimate relaxation powerhouse that will knock you off your feet and right into bed.

Pair the Perfect Indica With Yoga and Deep Meditation

Suggested Strain: Skywalker

Yoga and meditation are great ways to unwind before settling down. Combining the two with the right indica strain can make for a powerful deep sleep combo. Choose an indica such as Skywalker to melt into a deep relaxation without the couch-lock. After you feel a nice mellow high start to creep in, ease into some gentle, slow-paced yoga to stretch out and relax your muscles. Consider poses such as downward dog, cat/cow, child’s pose, forward bend, and other soft movements, before ending in savasana for some deep, full body relaxation and meditation. Allow your mind to turn off and your thoughts to drift away as tension leaves your body and the dreamy haze of Skywalker takes its place.

Note: If you have medical conditions, please check with your doctor before engaging in yoga, as certain positions can pose health risks to those with certain conditions.

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Relax With a Hot Cup of Infused Tea

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Suggested Product: Nature Lavender Chamomile Tea by Hippie Brew

A cup of herbal tea is the classic way to unwind and relax before cozying up under the covers. Choosing a tea with chamomile and lavender—which are known for their relaxing, sedating effects—is a great option to calm the body; but choosing one that also has cannabis is even better. Hippie Brew’s infused tea features all three of these ultra-relaxing ingredients and is an excellent choice for a bedtime brew. If you prefer your own blends, you can use your favorite tea at home with infused honey, such as Honey Stix by Evergreen Organix, to suit your taste. Whatever your cup of cannabis tea, kick back before bed and gently sip on this soothing drink to unwind and sink into a pleasantly sleepy state.

Use the Sedating Cannabinoid CBN For Deep, Refreshing Sleep

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Suggested Cannabis Product: Transdermal CBN Patch by Mary’s Medicinals

One of cannabis’s lesser known yet uniquely wonderful cannabinoids is cannabinol (CBN). Five-times more sedating than THC, CBN is excellent for lulling yourself into a very deep, incredibly refreshing night’s sleep. I can personally attest to the effectiveness of CBN patches, such as Mary’s Medicinals, having used them in Colorado and experiencing some of the best sleep of my life. Simply put the patch on an hour before you plan to go to bed and after you’ve had your last meal of the night (CBN is an effective appetite suppressant). Before you know it, you’ll be slipping into a blissful sleep.