Slowly but surely, the US is becoming more cannabis-friendly state by state. As the number of states where weed is legalized (or at least decriminalized) grows, so does the number of companies making amazing products for cannabis consumers.
Do you have a friend who is attending and lives in a cool place? This holiday season, why not upgrade your experience with some fancy cannabis-focused technology? The gifts below represent a range of products from startups, manufacturers, and housewares companies trying to break into the massive market.
There’s something for everyone here – from consumer gadgets to storage containers to coffee table items. None of these fit the bill? Enter a pre-roll. Everyone loves a good pre-roll.
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DynaVaps are my first choice. They are pluggable and produce a great cloud of vapor. Think of it as a one-hitter vape with a thermometer. First, heat the tip with a torch or induction heater; The cap will click in about 3 to 5 seconds, letting the user know the herb is at the right temperature and ready to draw. The cannabis lasts about three to four cycles. Because the cap protects the ground flower from the flame, there is no combustion or smoke – just vapor – and very little odour.
DynaVap vaporizers are CNC machined at the company’s DeForest, Wisconsin facility. George Breiwa founded the company in 2015 and currently employs around 40 people. The company sells several versions of the small metal vape, starting with the $50 “B” and ending with the $220 titanium Omni.
A word of warning: I’ve gifted a lot of DynaVaps to friends and I’ve found that people either love it or hate it. It takes a little practice to get a good cloud.
Puffco has long been a leader in innovative cannabis vaporizers. The Puffco Peak Pro is by far one of the best e-rigs out there, and the company just introduced a new vape called the Proxy. It offers the best of the Peak Pro and can be built into various form factors.
Don’t let the beautiful whistle distract you. It’s just a piece of glass. The proxy slides into the glass piece. Think of the Proxy as a modular dabbing rig that fits into any form factor designed for the device. Blaster? Secure. beaker? Yes. Pipe? Apparently.
The $299 self-contained rig is about the size of a larger D-cell battery. Inside is the same heating element found in the company’s other flagship product, the Peak Pro. The battery can be charged via USB-C and the device is pre-programmed with four different heating levels.
Get this: The Hitoki Saber uses a high power laser to light up a bowl. It’s not cheap, but it’s a great (and fun) alternative to butane lighters. Just push the button and a laser will shoot into a packed bowl. Best of all, with the right adapter, it works with any piece of glass. Preferably also lasers.
The Saber is Hitoki’s second rig to debut its laser system with the all-in-one Trident rig. The Trident is much larger than the Saber but features an integrated water chamber and mouthpiece.
Illuminating your pot with lasers is not a cheap solution. Both Hitoki products are priced handsomely: the Saber is $359 and the Trident is $499.(opens in a new window)
KushCards are great. As I said above, if you have nothing else for the stoner in your life, give him a pre-roll. If you want this pre-roll to look extra good, stick it in a KushKard.
Each of these clever greeting cards has a dedicated pre-roll slot and is designed around cute one-liners like “Joint to the World” or “Light up the Holidays.”
Cards start at $7 and include the option to bundle a vacation-themed one-hitter.
houseplant car lighter
Seth Rogen’s weed brand produces and sells great cannabis products. The best? It’s the car lighter. It’s fun to repurpose the classic flip-out car lighter we all burned our thumbs on as kids, now housed in a hefty block perfect for a coffee table. Simply push the lighter down – a few seconds later it will pop out and be ready to light your next joint.
The car lighter is made of marble and comes in two colors: green and grey. At $280, it’s a bit of a statement piece.
Green: A field guide to marijuana
Green: A Field Guide to Marijuana is a beautiful illustrated book full of beautiful images of classic strains. It’s marketed as a guide, but for me it’s a wonderful book to flip through during a relaxing smoking session. You’ll learn about the lineage, taste, and effects of 170 strains of marijuana. And the photography is exceptional!
For the aspiring weed grower in your life, choose this book instead. Written by Ed Rosenthal (he’s a big deal), the Marijuana Grower’s Handbook is an all-in-one resource for turning a seed into a bountiful harvest.
Storz & Bickel Mighty+
This is the best vaporizer out there. It’s reliable, can cook a lot of herbs, and produces some of the best vapors of any device. Sure, there are downsides — including its size and $399 price tag — but it’s worth it.
Storz & Bickel published the original in 2014 and published an updated version in October 2021. The new Mighty+ features faster heat-up time, USB-C charging, and a ceramic filling chamber that’s much easier to keep clean than the original chamber.
A quick tip: the Mighty+ has orange arrow keys, while those on the original are gray. You want the new one.
Markus Storz started working on an herbal vaporizer in 1996 and in 2002 Jürgen Bickel joined the board and founded Storz-Bickel. The company still sells its original, groundbreaking device, the Volcano, and several less expensive products. The company is based in Germany, where its vaporizers carry medical device certifications. In 2018, Canadian cannabis giant Canopy Growth acquired Storz & Bickel. Jürgen Bickel remains in the company and manages the day-to-day business.
Want something smaller? The Crafty+ is cheaper and smaller but still has the same performance as the Mighty+.
The year is 2022. Don’t keep your buds in a plastic bag. A suitable container preserves your green better and you have countless options.
The Libbey BudShield isn’t subtle, but it has a handsome exterior and all-glass construction. $35 for 3
The Staze features a unique design with an odor-proof design and a built-in airtight vacuum sealer. $18
The Higher Stand Mason Jar is, well, an improved mason jar. The 8-ounce jar is child-safe, made in America, and features a Higher Standards-branded 100% silicone koozie that encases the jar. $30.
Jonathan Adler sells trendy homeware; In 2022, few products are trendier than weed. The housewares company has a range of storage containers that are clearly designed for display, including this beautiful porcelain jar with a giant hand-painted weed label. $30.
Need to hide your stash? There are countless distraction storage containers on Amazon and Etsy. This Barbasol version is my favorite. $18.99
(Fake) potted plant
Give the gift of a potted plant this holiday. But not a real one. These are fake plants intended for display. They come in different sizes and artificial varieties. The clone (smallest option) is 10 inches tall and costs $30. It’s subtle because the plastic plant, like a real clone, pretends to be in a pre-bud state.
The teen plant is 16 inches tall and boasts a few small buds. The Adult stands 22 inches tall and has a few faux-growing buds on her main cola. The $165, 36-inch Mother Pot Plant is a monster fake plant with frosty buds growing throughout the plant.