Gift Guide: Give the gift of cannabis with these 9 high-tech smoking devices

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hemp is quick Going to the idiots. As it slowly becomes legal around the world, startups have responded with innovative products ranging from laser-powered water bongs to CNC machined vapes to AI-powered herb grinders. Got a friend who wants to get a little fancy with it? Give the gift of high-tech consumption.

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During 2021, cannabis companies have made great strides, fueled by unprecedented consumer demand. Companies such as Duchy and Zen Technologies raised hundreds of millions in new venture funding, allowing industry investment to climb 82% in the second half of 2021. Other companies such as Leafly and AgriFi turned to the public markets to raise fresh capital. Amazon stopped screening employees for marijuana, and Apple began to treat cannabis as it does with pharmaceuticals and began letting users order and pay for cannabis in the app (in those places). but where it is legal).

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There are high hopes for cannabis in 2022. Cannabis is now legal for use in 36 states, and has traction in Washington that could end its federal prohibition.

puffko badass

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NS puffko badass There’s a wonderfully discrete water bong, and it’s nearly invisible for a Nalgene-style bottle. Just throw some water in the bottle, tie flowers in hidden bowls and hit the trails. When you’re ready, flip the lid over, hit the bud with the lighter and inhale through the spout (which thankfully isn’t attached to water). Wash and repeat. Puffco released Buddy on April 1, 2021 but it was no joke. This product is genuine, and it’s a lot of fun.

Roger Volodarsky founded the company in 2013 and has led the company as CEO since then. Over the past several years, the company has continued to foray into innovative dubbing products. The Puffco Peak Pro (below) also has interchangeable ovens that allow owners to tailor their smoking experience without buying a new rig.

cost: $50 and up

dynavapi

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dynavps Is my go-to smoking device. They are pocketable, batteryless and produce a large cloud of vapor. Think of it as a one-hitter wipe with a thermometer. First, heat the tip with a torch or induction heater. In about 3-5 seconds, the cap will click, informing the user that the herb is at the correct temperature and ready to hit. Bhang lasts for about 3-4 cycles. Best yet, since the cap protects the ground flower from flame, there is no combustion or smoke – only vapor – and very little odor.

DynaVap vaporizers are CNC machined at the company’s De Forest, Wisconsin facility. Jorge Breiva started the company in 2015 and currently employs around 40 people. Dynvap sells several versions of the small metal vape, including this Plush “gentleman’s pipe” and the sleek, all-black Obsidium Omni for $250.

cost: $60 and up

jeepen dash

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NS jeepen dash The GoPro of vapes is. This little vaporizer is impressive: It costs $70 and is well above its weight. The small vape has a glass-coated stainless steel heating chamber and a clean air path. Hits are smooth and plentiful. GPen Dash is a great grab-and-go vape. Pictured here is one of the special editions; The company created this limited edition in collaboration with the nonprofit breast cancer prevention foundation Keep a Breast.

Co-founder and CEO Chris Folkerts started Granco Science in 2011 with Anthony Barone. The company sells a wide range of vaporizers, including portable dab rigs and battery-operated concentrate vaporizers for glass stems. In May 2020, Granco Science acquired Stündenglass, a company founded by an ex-Apple employee that makes high-end gravity bongs.

cost: $70

Blazy Susan

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There is no technology here. NS Blazy Susan Technically, not a high-tech gift. I do not care. This is my list. The Blazy Susan is a cute weeding station with small compartments to hold different tucking items. There’s a dab station, a bowl cleaner, and silicone insert to make cleanup a little easier. Prices start at around $90 and are available in a variety of wood types.

The company was started by Will Brekel and is based out of Colorado. The company also sells rolling paper, cones, grinders and a bunch of merch – everything is pink and I love it.

cost: $90

Banana Brothers’ OTTO AI-Enabled Grinder

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If you’re still using that cheap grinder you bought on Amazon, you’re probably wondering why anyone would need an AI-powered grinder. Here’s why: The Otto Considers your flower’s density, moisture level, texture and consistency, then adjusts speed, pressure and even the direction of grinding. Then, the OTTO deposits the correct ground flower into the magnetically enclosed chamber and evenly distributes it throughout the pre-rolled cone. The result is spectacular—unless you’re an elitist who thinks cones are a cop-out (but if you are, you can just use a grinder).

Banana Bros says OTTO can grind the right herbs, spices, and incense, but even though the grinder is easy to clean, if you’re not careful you probably end up with a little sedative cinnamon or odd-tasting concoctions. Will go At $150, this thing isn’t cheap, but it gets the job done. Banana Bros was founded in 2017 by CEO Dave Richmond and Director of Innovation Manny Montano, with backgrounds in industrial and 3D design. They have patented the AI ​​technology powering OTTO, the company’s first and flagship product.

cost: $149

Storz & Bickel Mighty+

Storz & Bickel Mighty+

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NS mighty+ The best vaporizer available. It’s reliable, can cook lots of herbs and produces some of the best steam out of any appliance. Sure, it has drawbacks, including its large size and $399 price tag, but it’s worth it. Storz & Bickel released the original in 2014 and the just updated version in October 2021. The new Mighty+ has faster heat-up times, USB-C recharging, and a ceramic filling chamber that’s much easier to clean than the original chamber.

quick Tip: The Mighty+ has orange arrow buttons while the original is gray.

Markus Storz began work on an herbal vaporizer in 1996, and in 2002 Jürgen Bickel joined the board creating Storz-Bickel. The company still sells its original, groundbreaking equipment, the Volcano, and many less expensive products. The company is based in Germany, where its vaporizers carry medical device certification. In 2018 Canadian cannabis giant Canopy Growth acquired Storz & Bickel. Jurgen Bieckel remains at the company and runs the day-to-day operations.

cost: $399

puffco peak pro

puffco peak pro

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into dubbing? NS puffco peak pro The best portable dubbing rig available. It produces an amazing cloud of delicious vapor and looks like it was designed in Cupertino. The Puffco Peak Pro consistently impresses me. The Pro version packs USB-C charging, an improved oven, and easy cleanup. Plus, there’s an optional wireless charging stand that works great. Want something more unique? The company sells a handful of special editions featuring wild color schemes and glass designs.

Roger Volodarsky founded the company in 2013 and has led the company as CEO since then. Over the past several years, the company has continued to foray into innovative dubbing products. The Puffco Peak Pro also has interchangeable ovens that allow owners to tailor their smoking experience without buying a new rig.

cost: $399

Hitoki Trident V2

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At its core, $499 Hitoki Trident V2 Battery operated water bong. Speed? It uses a laser and sealed chamber to heat the flower. When the tool works, it hits like a truck. I tested the Hitoki, and it’s finicky and requires a lot of cleaning. The hose attachment is low quality, and the laser turns herbs into a smoldering mess. So why is it on this list? Because despite its shortcomings, the hitoki is a fun device and can produce an impressive cloud without butane. plus laser. You get to see the laser light pot and create a miniature mushroom cloud.

Joe and Jack Tran started Hitoki in 2019. The Trident V2 is the second variant of the company’s product. The V2 version includes a carb button, a larger laser burn radius, and an improved airflow path.

cost: $499

studenglass compact

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NS studenglass compact A compact version of the wonderful Stündenglass Gravity Bong. The $599 device is made of high-end materials and works very well. believe me. I’ve used it, and it’s sleek, rich, and impressive. The tool isn’t just for cannabis. It’s also a great hookah, and with the right attachment, it can be used to infuse food and drinks with a smoky flavor. Want a Big Hit? Full-size Stündenglass costs the same but is far less portable.

Stündenglass was founded by Tracey Huston and was purchased by Grenco Science in May 2020 for an undisclosed amount.

cost: $599

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