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Los Angeles.

 

 

Presto Change-o! As the New Years confetti started to fall, LA rid the cannabis stigma with a few quick makeovers to old school pot shops — which are now noticeably loaded with long lines and people of an older demographic.

The local cannabis scene is moving at a rapid pace, reflecting how determined L.A. is to start generating serious cash and make their mark as a destination.

With legalization, comes the rise of the brand, quickly replacing ratchet bong culture with slick designs. Surprisingly, the flower selection is getting heavy on the indoor, which doesn’t seem synonymous with the California Sunshine that makes us crave joints fueled with their notorious weather.

Where to Go

 

LAPCG

Looking to avoid the newly long lines at L.A. dispensaries? Enter this  little nondescript shop with an exceptional selection and  very friendly staff. LAPCG pride themselves on all their inventory as being “clean” and will patiently walk you through everything little thing you want to know.

LAPCG was the first LA medical dispensary to open and their seniority in knowledge stands out with this top-notch selection.

West Hollywood

(323) 882-6033

www.lamedicalmarijuana.com


 

The Pottery

In collaboration with higher standards

There's a new player in town - catering to the modern consumer and creating a full service retail experience from flower to accessories. The Pottery — a striking boutique with an impressive selection, sits alongside Venice Boulevard. The shop within the shop is the collaboration with Higher Standards  — a modern accessory store that launched in NYC's beloved Chelsea Market. This collaboration will leave you bouncing out the door with all the goodies you need for your cannabis experience. Check out a bestseller,  The Otto grinder, an easy way to roll the perfect joint without having to do the work.

The café area along the front wall is a nice place to sit, read magazines and people watch. Spotted during our visit — Waka Flocka.

Founder Nick Danias is commited to nurturing the consumer-budtender relationship - thank you Nick. The budtenders’ approach is friendly and casual. We highly recommend asking for Willy - honest, down to earth and a connoisseur of all things organic.

Stay tuned...serial entrepreneur Nick is debuting FLWRSHOP - a line of cannabis products, coming soon exclusively to The Pottery.

MID-CITY LA

(323) 452-9833

thepottery.la

 

WHAT TO GET

Flower

Founder Lex is committed to keeping Stone Road Farms joints nothing short of perfection. Small-batch and organic — from beginning to end, no stone (pun, intended) is left unturned in this handcrafted labor of love.

The packaging is covered with beautiful images, which are taken straight from the farm these flowers call home.

Both the Stone Road Reserves (joints mixed with bubble hash for an extra oomph), and Stone Road Singles, are smooth, great tasting, and offer an experience with just the right amount of magic.

Check out their rewards program, for which they’ve partnered with some of the best venues around.

Why it’s good:

  • Sungrown in Grass Valley

  • Organic farming methods

  • Meticulously handcrafted from beginning to end

  • Stone Road Reserves mixed with bubble hash

  • Has the right amount of magic

  • Beautifully packaged and makes a great gift

Named after William “Bull” Lowell, a farmer-turned-outlaw. Ol’ Bull was thrown in jail for refusing to destroy his pot crop and subsequently started a beloved movement.

Lowells mission is getting consumer's the purest flower and providing a welcome example of full transparency. The ethos highlights the small organic farms up and down the Cali coast that supply these lovely Lowell buds — giving you the opportunity to follow along and get a true understanding of who is behind what you are consuming.

Beholding a package of Lowell’s Smokes, the word “distinguished” comes to mind. All-natural, recyclable, and has all the information you need to know about what's inside —the farm (including their instagram handles), the date it was cultivated, the blends, the amount of THC, a suggestion of the type of high you may experience, and a big call out to paying their farmers. All this with the added bonus of a striker and match.

Lowell is elevating the culture and reorienting the flower industry toward craftsmanship, creating unique blends that are intended for heavy users to avoid strain fatigue of their singular favorites.

Why it's good:

  • Outdoor and greenhouse cannabis made in organic fertilizer

  • Supporting the local organic craft farmers

  • Focused on transparency 

  • Blends a great option for heavy users to avoid strain fatigue on singular favorites

  • Comes in jars and pre-rolled joints

  • Thorough, informative labeling

 Lowell is welcoming pardoned, non-violent offenders with cannabis convictions to apply for jobs, internships and training workshops. 


We started out resistant to even the idea of buying any indoor flower from California. But there’s no denying, Pure Beauty is the exception.

Brought into the world by a former Marley Natural creative, Pure Beauty comes with a  logo of  cheeky emoji eyes that gives a wink to modernizing this surging industry and embracing the playfulness of cannabis culture.

The simple presentation is anything but. The juxtaposition of simple, clever packaging — a cigarette design — that's actually a super-potent joint. The act of smoking this  joint-like-cigarette also changes the experience, as it's deeper inhale (think back to your Marlboro Light). The filter creates a slightly different taste, however, the loose flower  showcases the Pure Beauty taste in all it's glory.

Fun, playful, high-end, and so potent that it's a great choice for chronic pain sufferers.

Why it's good:

  • Indoor, super-clean, and high end

  • Cigarette feel is clean and easy to inhale

  • High potency great for chronic pain sufferers

  • Loose flower tastes great

  • Comes in pre-rolls packs and loose flower.

  • Fun gift

We consistently have super-creative moments with Pure Beauty products regardless of strain.

Edibles

Sister-brother duo Roberta and Jeff, crafted a line of cookies in honor of their late parents — dad, a.k.a. Dr. Norm, and mom Audrey, a pharmacist known for spreading the love with her famous chocolate chip cookies. Roberta’s first cookie venture, Audrey’s cookies, were formerly at Whole Foods. In keeping with the times, they bring us the “enhanced” version in the cannabis space, introduced as Dr. Norm.

One of the key parts of Dr. Norm’s message is “know your dose!”, (though one could argue a microdose is 2.5 mg.) offering the flexibility to dialing it in with two dosages: .5 and 10mg. The cookie tastes like a yummy treat — infused with THC distillate, which means the team took the extra step to purity and rid any weedy taste.

Why it's good: 

  • Derived from indoor cannabis distillate from Southern California

  • All Natural

  • Different doses to dial it in accordingly

  • Tastes great

  • Great remedy for aches and pains

Stay tuned... Dr. Norm’s is coming out with a vegan peanut butter chocolate next.


 Courtesy of Kikoko

Courtesy of Kikoko

Three longtime friends Amanda, Jennifer and Jan began to brainstorm “wouldn’t it be great if we had...” based on all of the ailments plaguing their female friends, including Jan’s cancer. Combining cannabis with tea, Kikoko created a fuller, more mindful experience to both rituals.

Each tea is dosed with choices of 3, 7 and 10 mg of THC, varying amounts of CBD and even CBN( a natural sedative) for sleep — combined with organic herbs scientifically proven to help with pain, anxiety, sleep, and arousal.

The other  accomplishment here, is they figured out to rid the weedy taste of cannabis  while keeping the entire plant in tact, which is why you get the first whiff of cannabis and then just the taste of yummy tea as we know it. Kudos Kikoko!

Why It's Good:

  • Derived from organic sun-grown cannabis

  • Organic herbs

  • Blue dream strain  for THC

  • Cannatonic strain for CBD

  • CBN from organic full plant cannabis

  • Organic herbs

  • Tastes great

  • Variety of doses to dial in your high

  • 5x tested


We encourage you to read the delightful Kikoko site where they cover everything from consumption, to hosting a tea party.

Topicals

 
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Humble Flower Co.

Pain Relief Salve

A feel-good line with feel-good organic ingredients. Alaska native Thea began her journey paying her way through college as a weed trimmer. Now this small family operation includes a registered nurse and herbalist dedicated to making these topicals pure.

This handcrafted, high-potency salve contains 100 mg of CBD and 50 mg of THC and is loaded with a great combination of antioxidants for an aromatherapy experience that’s light enough to wear out during the day.

Why it's good:

  • Derived from organic, sungrown cannabis in Humboldt County

  • Organic olive oil and beeswax base

  • Contains arnica, clary sage, and essential oils

  • Feels earthy and nourishing while applying

  • Packaged in 100 percent recyclable/reusable glass

  • Paraben-free

  • Great daytime option for aches, pains, and tension

Soothing Lotion

Thea and the team's elegant soothing lotion is blended with organic rose, vanilla and jasmine essential oils. It's fast absorbing and yet it can be massaged in for awhile if you’re feeling achy or stiff. A great option for daytime as the the scent is pretty but mild.

Don’t let the ultra-sweet packaging fool you. It’s loaded with 100 mg CBD +50mg THC.

Why it's good:

  • Derived from organic, sungrown cannabis in Humboldt County

  • Blended with organic rose, vanilla, and jasmine essential oils

  • Mild, pretty scent.

  • Packaged in 100 percent recyclable/reusable glass

  • Paraben-free

  • Great for aches, pains and arthritis

Note: We use it to massage our hands when our joints are stiff.


 After caring for his father, whom he called Papa, Adam Grossman named his product line after Papa and Papa’s beloved dog, Barkley. 

Papa and Barkley hands down, gets the top prize for innovative product development.  We haven’t met a product from the line that we didn’t cherish — all of it being a staple in our pain management and wellness routine. 

The Transdermal Patch is not to be underestimated as it packs a big punch. Available in a variety of CBD:THC ratios, the patch goes on easily and kicks in quickly. Because it’s a slow-release patch, it offers up to 12 hours of consistent relief, which makes it a great choice extreme chronic-pain management. 

The Releaf Soak scented with lavender and eucalyptus  leaves skin amazingly silky-smooth without leaving a residue. The sea salts inside are imported from Israel and have a 3:1 THC:CBD ratio. 

The Releaf Balm comes in 1:3 (more for inflammation) and 3:1  (more for pain) THC:CBD ratios. The scent is pleasant but powerful — we tend to go with something milder if we’re going out on the town. 

The Releaf Body Oil  our new favorite — less pungent and easier to work with than the balms, especially when applying  large areas. The oil glides on easily and absorbs entirely into the skin without making you smell like a marijuana bush. Hey P&B, we’d love to see this as an economical roll-on.

Why (the whole line) is good:

  • Derived from organic, sungrown cannabis from Humboldt County

  • Infused with whole-plant cannabis and whole-plant cannabis resin

  • Comes in different ratios to dial-in easily

  • Oil is great for large areas

  • Balms are in coconut oil base

  • Effective and delivers a range of benefits from chronic-pain management to relaxation

Check out PlantMade, an easy to read comprehensive guide published by Papa & Barkley.

Tinctures

Somehow the Papa and Barkley crew figured out how to make tinctures, a (stereo)typically nasty bunch, taste pretty decent. The dropper comes pre-marked with dosing information, a smart touch, and four formulations of 3:1, 1:3 and 1:30 ratios of THC and CBD.  The newest addition (our favorite), a 1:1 THCa:CBD formulation for people who want the THC for pain without the high. (THCa is the precursor, and only turns into psychoactive THC when heated.)

This entire collection for us, helps dial in exactly what we need in a short amount of time.

Why it's good:

  • Derived from organic, sungrown cannabis in Humboldt County

  • Infused whole-plant cannabis flower resin

  • Coconut oil base

  • Four great ratios to help you dial things in. 3:1 and 1:30 THC:CBD plus a 1:1 THCa:CBD for those who want the THC without the high

  • Mild taste

  • Alcohol-free

  • Very high CBD concentration

  • Great for aches, pains, and quick resets

Sensuals

We are thrilled that this age-old form of administering medicine is making its comeback through cannabis. Mathew Gerson, the entrepreneur behind Sir Richard’s Premium Condoms, took a step into the realm of female pleasure by repurposing the suppository, which now has many uses, including enhancing pleasure and providing pain relief.  With names like Explore for anal play, Relief for vaginal relief, and Pleasure oil, Foria is all the rage in West Hollywood. Our one drawback is that the jury is still out on the cocoa butter scent in the suppositories.

Why it's good:

  • THC derived from sungrown cannabis in Northern California and CBD from organically grown hemp from Colorado Cultivars

  • Relaxes muscles and relieves tension for deeper penetration

  • Enhances pleasure and orgasms

  • Great for pelvic pain, including menstrual cramps and lower back pain

  • Pleasure oil is made with coconut oil

  • Non-psychoactive

Note: Not suggested for use with latex. We found that it calmed our breathing. Suppositories for anxiety? You really never know what you will find.