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The Psychedelic Side of Weed: THC-O-Acetate, And Military Testing



Pretty much every other day, we’re finding about some new part, or some new invention, of the cannabis plant. One of the more interesting ones to make news recently? THC-O-Acetate. Here, we’ll go into what this psychedelic compound is, how THC-O-Acetate was discovered, and the military abuses that went along with it.

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What is THC-O-Acetate?

THC-O-Acetate is what’s called an acetate ester of delta-9 THC.  Let’s break that down. So, we’ve got our standard delta-9 THC to begin with. This is the main psychoactive part of the cannabis plant, which is produced naturally through the decarboxylation of its parent compound THCA. We also already know of slightly different versions of this compound. We know that if you move the double bond in delta-9, that it creates a stereoisomer like delta-8, or delta-10, or delta-7 THC. We know that if you eat it, it gets metabolized into something slightly different – 11-hydroxy-THC. We even know that CBD is a direct isomer of delta-9 sharing the exact same chemical formula, but with a different configuration of atoms.

So, what does it mean to have an acetate ester? Well, this is where it gets to slightly higher-level chemistry, which might be hard to understand, but which should be gone over briefly. Interested parties can investigate further for a better understanding. Basically, an acetate ester is a product of a form of decarboxylation called LTA decarboxylation. We know decarboxylation means losing a carboxyl group, but there are different ways for this to happen.

The one we are most familiar with when dealing with cannabis, is heat/time induced decarboxylation, but there are other processes by which decarboxylation happens using chemicals instead. One is LTA decarboxylation, which uses lead tetraacetate (very toxic), a compound that promotes oxidation, to create oxidative decarboxylation. One of the byproducts of this, is acetate ester. This acetate ester does not occur naturally in nature, and must be synthesized from the chemical processing of delta-9, or THCA. THC-O-Acetate is a synthetic analogue of delta-9.

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It is said that this compound is 2-3X the potency of standard delta-9, and that unlike other known cannabinoids, there is a psychedelic effect produced by THC-O-Acetate. Also, unlike standard delta-9, THC-O-Acetate’s effect can take about 30 minutes to kick in. So where did this compound come from, and why do we know about it anyway? Well, that sure is one messed up story!

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Edgewood Arsenal human experiments & the US Military

Much like many other compounds we’re only widely hearing about now, like delta-8 and delta-10, THC-O-Acetate was discovered several decades back, sometime between 1949-1974. In 1974, the above referenced instructions for synthesis were put out by Dr. Gold, in which he dubbed the compound with the name THC-O-Acetate. If it seems like 1949-1974 is quite a big window, and not terribly specific, there is a reason why.

As stated, this is not a naturally occurring compound, and non-naturally occurring compounds have to be discovered. It’s hard to pin down a direct date, which is probably because the compound was used between the years of 1949-1975 by the US military, in what was called the Edgewood Arsenal Experiments. As the US military generally performs its human-rights abuses under the cover of night, its not shocking that when exactly it was made, is hard to say.

What were these awesome, and secretive-enough-that-barely-anyone-knows-about-them-even-today studies? The Edgewood Arsenal Human Experiments were conducted between 1948-1975 in the Edgewood Arsenal facility in Maryland. Testing was run by the US Army Chemical Corps, with the stated reason being to assess how chemical warfare agents in low doses, can affect military personnel, as well as testing protective clothing, vaccines, and other pharmaceuticals.

Part of these studies had to do with psychochemical warfare, studied under the ‘Medical Research Volunteer Program’ which existed from 1956-1975. The psychedelic THC-O-Acetate was looked at as a possible non-lethal method of incapacitation, and was compared alongside drugs like LSD and benzodiazepines. All told, the Edgewood experiments subjected around 8,000 people (military and not) to three decades of experimentation, with no follow-up ever planned to assess damage to participants, even as test subjects experienced symptoms of exposure to agents.

If it all sounds horribly shady and terrible, it was. Enough that in 1975 the experiments were abruptly cut off, and all test subjects removed from the facility. The doctor who founded and directed the program, Dr. Van Murray Sim was called before congress and yelled at by law-makers, particularly for not providing any follow-up care to participants. The army investigated it and didn’t find any injury, but considering the army ran the experiments, expecting the same entity which performed the human rights abuses, to fairly investigate into them, is about as useful as having a pharmaceutical company put out its own test results, as fact.

The reality, which has trickled out over time, is that soldiers weren’t exactly given the choice about being in these experiments, but were forced through threats of jail or Vietnam. And the idea that no one was hurt is ludicrous considering what was being tested, like tear gas, sarin gas, and the deadly BZ. Soldier stories do not in any way match the army line of ‘no one was hurt.’ This whole study represents the awfulness and gravity of US military abuses, and the complicity of the US government.

What does this mean about the psychedelic THC-O-Acetate?

The weirdest part about THC-O-Acetate, and its initial creation, is that there doesn’t seem to be any information released on it. Not on how it was found, the reasons it was being synthesized, or what it even does. Whatever the military learned about it, was never shared with the rest of us. While we spend a lot of time being unsure of this compound, and what exactly it does, the military already knows, and simply never released the information.

An interesting note about THC-O-Acetate… It was actually being used recreationally for quite some time, and is one of the only analogues of THC that has been used recreationally in smokable form. My guess? It was likely released by the army at the time of testing, to either sell to the public, or to see what would happen to the public. In fact, it seems like the army might well have conducted two experiments with this particular compound, one in-house, and one on the street. This, of course, is just my supposition.

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As more time goes on, and other entities besides the army study this compound, more can be said about it. As of right now, the lack of information available to the public is paltry at best, with the best evidence of some sort of safety being that it has been used for years as a recreational drug, without any awful stories attached. Although its also quite possible that if there was a big negative story, that it would have been suppressed by the military.

Is this psychedelic THC-O-Acetate compound legal?

No, and hardly up for debate, though I obviously can’t make that statement outright, and realistically, it could probably be argued in court to some degree. However, the basics are that its not legal, and the reason is pretty straightforward, and not without reason. THC-O-Acetate is a synthetic analogue of delta-9 THC. All analogues of illegal substances, are automatically illegal under the Federal Analogue Act. Plus, it’s a synthetic, which means it doesn’t matter where it’s sourced from, its illegal.

Now, like I said, it doesn’t mean someone can’t take it to court, but unlike delta-8 THC, where there’s a grain of reasonability, there unfortunately is not with THC-O-Acetate. Does this mean there won’t be a THC-O-Acetate industry? Not at all, and it seems that not only has one been around for awhile, but it’s only growing bigger with more public knowledge of its existence. In fact, much like delta-8 THC, THC-O-Acetate looks like it will continue to bolster the cannabis black market.

delta-10 and THC-O-Acetate simply happened to not be compounds produced by the plant in those configurations, but for no particular reason. But it also could be that when we don’t see something show up in nature, that there is a reason.

Maybe some particular formulations could actually be poisonous, or cause nerve damage, instigate heart attacks, or lead to sudden death. Maybe they don’t exist in nature, because nature doesn’t support their existence. And without testing, we don’t know. While it’s a safer bet to trust a synthetic of a compound that does exist, it is very questionable to assume that anything made as a synthetic from the plant, will have the same level of safety. For this reason, interested buyers should do what they can to ensure their own safety by knowing the processing details, chemicals used, and the site/store they are buying from.


There’s actually not much to say about THC-O-Acetate in the end, because almost nothing is known about it. I mean, sure, the army knows a lot by now, but that doesn’t help the rest of us. In a way, it’s very cool that psychedelic effects can be obtained from a delta-9 analogue like THC-O-Acetate, but THC-O-Acetate also represents the awfulness of the government and the military, how far those entities will go for their own purposes – regardless of the threat to the public, and the overall secretiveness employed even about general research topics.

This could be a promising synthetic, but like all synthetics, it’s not about to be legalized. If THC-O-Acetate has a real future, it’ll most likely be as a pharmaceutical product.

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Sexually Frustrated Female Cannabis Plants and High-THC Production



Cannabis has been a popular recreational substance for a long time, but the type of weed we consume today has changed dramatically from what our parents and grandparents were smoking decades ago. On average, cannabis available today is about 67% stronger than in the 1970s, and it grows faster and stays smaller in size. Cultivators no longer need 9 full months and space large enough to grow 12-foot-tall plants with buds that only had about 3% THC, if they were lucky. But what factors led to these rapid changes in growth and potency? As it turns out, the secret to getting stronger weed is sexually frustrated female cannabis plants.  

As a dioecious plant, yes, cannabis be either male or female, and yes, it can be sexually frustrated. What you’re smoking on right now are flowers from a female plant; and if your current stash is really dank and covered in sticky THC trichomes, then those buds came from a sexually deprived female.

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Male vs Female Cannabis Plants

Female cannabis plants produce those large, resin-secreting, psychoactive buds. Females are the industry’s superstar because they’re the ones that produce the most cannabinoids. Anytime you buy weed or look at pictures of marijuana with flowers, you’re looking at female plants.

Male cannabis plants do not grow flowers. Instead, they develop pollen sacs around the nodes and tips of the branches, with which they can pollenate any nearby female plants. When female plants are pollinated, they begin to produce seeds, but since no one wants to smoke low-THC schwag with seeds in it, the males are usually thrown out pretty early.

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On the public side of the cannabis market, females get all the glory. However, when we look more at the botany behind the bud, male plants have some very important functions as well. Like humans, when a female plant is pollinated, half of the genetic makeup of the seeds produced will come from the male plant. Aside from potency and flavor, many other important characteristics can be passed on from male plants including growth rate, bud size and shape, resistance to mold and pests, and general resilience.

The buds we prefer to consume are seedless female plants with good genetics, referred to as “sinsemilla”, which means “without seeds” in Spanish. To ensure that plants will be sinsemilla females, growers can used feminized seeds or grow clones by replanting small clippings from their existing plants.

How To Tell The Difference

At first, you won’t be able to. Once your plants are roughly 4-6 weeks old and entering the flowering stage, you can start looking for “pre-flowers”. Cannabis pre-flowers are comparable to sex organs, and the females’ look quite different from the males’.

To determine their sex, you’ll need to look between the plant’s nodes (where the leaves and branches extend out from the stalk). Males will have pollen sacs to help spread pollen to the female plants, and females develop two bracts and hair-like stigmas to catch the pollen. Click here for a great guide with photos to help you more easily determine sex.

Female Preflowers
Male pollen sacs

Sexually Frustrated Females

Back in the 1970s, cannabis growers made a game-changing cultivation discovery: isolating female plants produced extra potent flowers. When females are pollinated, they halt resin/THC production and begin producing seeds. However, when the sexes are separated, females do not get pollinated and thus, they don’t produce seeds and ramp up the resin production. Sinsemilla weed, on average, has a THC content around 6-10% higher than seeded strains.

Simply put, this cultivation method results in ‘sexually frustrated’ female plants. It’s strange, but it works, and the reason for this is because cannabis is one of the few plant species that elicits a physical response to prolonged virginity. Meaning, the longer she feels ‘sexually deprived’, or the longer pollination is put off, the larger and more resinous her sex organs (flowers) become.

Some growers would go so far as to say their plants are somewhat ‘masochistic’, in addition to being horny. Apparently, when the flowers begin to form, some plants will repeatedly bend their branches to the point of almost breaking, a process that helps facilitate resin production in the buds. As one popular Redditor so eloquently put it, “you’re all high on horny plant vaginas.” It’s strangely accurate.

Cannabis Resin, Pollination, and THC Production

Cannabis resin is a rich brown, sticky, gooey substance found on the flowers and leaves of the plant. It’s similar to tree sap, but the main distinction between the two is that cannabis resin is held together by fatty structures called trichomes. These are the plant’s resin glands that contain THC, CBD, terpenes, flavonoids, and other therapeutic cannabinoids and compounds.

To us, trichomes are an amazing and delicious plant byproduct that offers endless medicinal and recreational benefits; but to the cannabis plant, trichomes are one of its most important defense mechanisms. As cannabis flowers develop, they are vulnerable to so much harmful external stimuli such as pests, infections, herbivores, damaging UV rays, and pollution. In the wild, trichomes offer a certain level of protection from all of these things.

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Additionally, cannabis resin aids in seed production by catching pollen from the male plants. One male plant can produce an estimated 350,000 pollen grains, and cannabis pollen is airborne so a little bit can go a very long way. As a matter of fact, a study published in 2000 found that cannabis pollen made up just under 36% of total airborne pollen counts in Midwest states during harvest months. This is why it’s important to remove the male plants from the grow area as soon as you determine the sex.

The good news is, you don’t have to go through this process every time you want high-THC, seedless flower. Realistically, isolating your female plants would only be necessary if you’re using the male’s genetics to create new strains. To skip the pollination process, a modern grower can either buy already feminized seeds, or use a clone from an existing female plant.

Hermaphroditic Plants

Cannabis is a bit of a rarity because only about 6% of flowering plants are dioecious. However, on rare occasions, hermaphroditic weed plants containing both male and female parts are known to occur. In general, most plants are hermaphroditic, but this is not very common for cannabis. Sometimes, hermaphroditic cannabis plants can self-pollinate, but they usually produce seeds, lower levels of THC, and they can pass on hermaphroditic genes, so they’re not ideal. Also, true hermaphrodites produce sacs that need to rupture.

There are two types of hermaphrodite plants: those that develop both sexual organs (buds and pollen sacs), and those that develop anthers. Anthers are oval-shaped, pollen-producing sacs found at the end of the stamen. Some growers call them “bananas” because of their elongated appearance.

When cannabis plants turn hermaphroditic it’s sometimes referred to as “herming out”. This is usually a result of excessive environmental stress such as damage to the plant’s physical structure, bad weather, disease, and/or nutrient deficiencies. Bad genetics and previous hermaphroditic development can also be a risk factor. Basically, if you notice any pollen sacs or anthers, get that plant away from your females ASAP.

Final Thoughts on Female Cannabis Plants, Sexual Frustration, and THC Production

To reiterate, if you want big, potent buds that are covered in those flavorful, cannabinoid-filled trichomes, the key is sexually frustrated female plants. Cannabis plants basically live to be pollinated and produce more plants, so when pollination doesn’t occur, the female plant begins to overcompensate by creating bigger flowers with thicker resin.

The fact that cannabis plants are dioecious and respond in such complex ways to sexual stimulation (or lack of it), really makes them even more relatable. We are so incredibly connected to the universe around us which makes it that much more important to understand the complexities of other living creatures.

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Hemp Plastic & the Future of Mass Production



We know about the dangers we pose to the planet – and therefore ourselves – by our use of plastic. Many of us also know that hemp can be used to make almost anything, and at one point, was a contender in the plastics industry. With the ridiculousness of prohibition slowly coming to an end, hemp plastic is a real thing, and the likely future of mass production if we want to keep living on this planet.

Using hemp to create plastic for mass production is an obvious answer to current issues. Just like, using cannabis instead of opiates is a better option for pain relief without addiction. Luckily, today there are more options than there were a few years ago. Like Delta-8 THC. A few years ago, this wasn’t an option at all, now its a great one. What is it? Its a half-brother to delta-9, which comes with slightly less psychoactive effect, less anxiety produced, and less cloudiness in the head (with more energy). Doesn’t it sound good to have options? Check out our selection of delta-8 THC deals, and figure out your own best option.

Prohibition and hemp

In 1937 Henry J. Anslinger, the head of the Federal Bureau of Narcotics, pushed through the Marihuana Tax Act which instituted massive taxation of hemp products, greatly minimizing the entire industry. He didn’t do it alone though, and the reasons behind this, and the eventual complete prohibition of cannabis, aren’t always understood well.

What does seem to be the case, and which is coming out more and more, is that Anslinger didn’t do this on his own. Sure, it might’ve been a personal move for his anger over failed alcohol prohibition, but he didn’t get a country of people to hate cannabis all on his own. For that, he had the help of partners, who also benefitted from the demonization of all cannabis in the public eye.

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One of the major players in the outlaw of cannabis, was William Randolph Hearst, a magnate of the paper industry, who essentially ruled the roost in terms of paper and publications. The last thing he wanted was for hemp paper to get in the way of his own industry. For his part, Hearst helped spur along hatred toward the black community and particularly Mexicans, filling his newspapers with all kinds of ‘yellow journalism’ and overall smear campaigns, to turn the American public against the plant and the people.

Then there was the burgeoning pharmaceutical industry, which did not have the ability to patent a plant, and which was threatened by cannabis and all of its medical applications. By the time that prohibition started, cannabis was in so many different every-day, and medical products, that something involving it could be found in almost any home. Prohibition cleared the way for these companies to push their own products, without a more natural, and better, alternative available to people.

DuPonts, and their plastics industry. Around that time, the family had gotten into developing synthetic fabrics, particularly, cellophane, made from petroleum. This – as we now know – ended up being a benchmark for packaging goods in America and beyond, among many other uses, and the last thing that was desired at the time, was for hemp to be a competitor in their business.

All of this pressure led to the Marihuana Tax Act, and then full prohibition in 1970 with the Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act of 1970. Though most of the stories that were put out for the public involved tying the plant to the ‘drug’ side, it was really the industrial uses of hemp that damned it in the end (even more than medical uses). So instead of not cutting down trees, or not filling our oceans with plastic, or not having a massive opioid epidemic, all those things happened at hyper speed, and for the most part, no one considered hemp at all while these problems grew out of bounds.

A little on plastic

Not everyone is fully aware of just how bad the plastics issue has now become in terms of our environment, and the health of the planet – and therefore, all of us living on it. So, to make it a little more clear-cut, why hemp plastic is so important for mass production, here’s a little info on the awfulness of the current petroleum-based plastics industry.

  • In 1950, about 2.3 million tons of plastic was produced. By 2015, this number reached 448 million tons, with an expectation of this number doubling by 2050.
  • About eight million pieces of plastic get into the ocean per day, making for approximately eight million tons per year. This also equals about one garbage truck worth of plastic, emptying into the oceans every minute.
  • 165 million tons of plastic are sitting around the waterways of the world, getting as far down as 11km deep.
  • Over one million sea birds and 100,000 marine animals die yearly from plastic pollution. Every sea turtle will have plastic in its body. One out of three fish caught for human consumption, has plastic within it.
  • Less then 10% of produced plastic gets recycled.
  • The US creates 80 million tons of plastic waste per year.
  • The plastic microbeads in the oceans are one million times more toxic than actual sea water.

How is all this plastic made? Let’s remember that the DuPont family found a way to create cellophane from petroleum. While it doesn’t always seem like an obvious fact, the plastics industry relies entirely on the oil and gas industries. Though plastics aren’t made directly from oil and gas, they are made from the feedstock that is derived from oil and gas, making for an indirect, but important, connection.

how much oil is used to make plastics, saying it doesn’t keep track of this information. This is odd, considering its kind of the agencies job to do so. Plus, it most certainly did in the past, putting out in 2010, the number 191 million barrels of LPG (liquified petroleum gas) and NGL (natural gas liquids) for the production of plastics in the US alone. At the time, this accounted for approximately 4% of worldwide oil production. That number is expected to be much higher by now. So why would the US government not release information on oil used for plastic production? Go ahead, and check the site, they don’t give any real information.

The hemp plastic alternative for mass production

Prior to prohibition, there was a massive hemp industry in America, including use for rope, sails, clothing, and industrial building materials. As much as 3,000 tons of hemp was being produced before the plant was illegalized. The word ‘canvas’, actually comes from the word ‘cannabis’, since cannabis was used so often as a fabric. This is emphasized by the fact that back in colonial times, the US instituted grow laws, forcing those with big enough plantations to contribute to the hemp industry, with fines for those who refused.

In the 1940’s, car manufacturer Henry Ford even created a near 100% hemp car, with only metal for the frame. The car weighed around 1,000 pounds less than a standard car, and the hemp plastic used, was better at resisting damage. Wouldn’t it have been interesting if these industries had not been stymied? What would the world be like now, if oil production had never been a part of creating building materials and packaging materials and even automobiles? It’s impossible to say, but luckily some of these old production uses, are coming back in the form of hemp plastic, hemcrete and more.

Can hemp plastic be as good?

This is a question a lot of people have, and it’s a good one. Yeah, of course it can be, in fact, it can be better. Whether made from oil, or from hemp, plastic relies on cellulose for structural issues. While petroleum can be used for this, so can a plant like hemp. Hemp hurds are about 80% cellulose, making hemp a great option, and, better yet, it can be grown organically, isn’t toxic, and won’t contribute to the soiling of our oceans, groundwater, landfills, and streets. It doesn’t contain harmful compounds like BPA (the stuff we’re told leaches into our food and liquids via plastic containers), and therefore isn’t linked to health issues like infertility, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and more.

Unlike oil-derived plastic, hemp products are biodegradable, and won’t add to the detriment of our pollution issues. Hemp is also renewable, unlike oil, doesn’t require dangerous processes like fracking, and creates a plastic that is 3.5 times stronger and five times thicker. This makes it better for the environment, and an overall better product.

So, why aren’t we already using hemp plastic for mass production?

It’s very simple, and for the same reason that prohibition was pushed in the first place. Oil and big business, which so often go hand in hand. The DuPonts weren’t invested in natural resources, and neither are any oil companies today. But we already know that upwards of 4% of oil production went into making plastic in 2010, with that number now being around 10%, and possibly higher. That means, if plastic stopped coming from oil, at least 10% of the industry would tank out.

$138 million to political campaigns, through donations to parties, through PACs, as soft/outside money, and from individuals. 84% went to republicans, 16% went to democrats. That money was paid out to ensure that operations could continue despite the known detriment to our planet, and with safer options available, like hemp.

It stands to reason that unless the oil industry finds a way to monetize hemp for itself, it will make switching to safer options, that much trickier. We all know how politics work at this point. That $138 million buys votes, and it will never matter what the voting public does, as long as that money is able to filter into politician pockets. The funniest part? Those people have to live on this planet too, so not only are they willing to damn other people with their greediness, but they’re actually dumb enough to hurt themselves in the process.

Can the industry be upended? Sure, most can be with the right catalyzer. And information itself can be a catalyst. But in a poor world, which has grown poorer due to the recent pandemic, (and the reaction to it), getting people to understand the value of making this switch, is difficult. People are fighting to survive, and caring about the status of the oceans, or what might happen in even as little as 20 years, won’t put food on the table right now, or keep the heat going. As long as people are kept poor, and uneducated, the oil industry will prevail.

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There are probably plenty of people that think we as a species can survive anything. They are incorrect. The more damage we do to the environment, the more it comes back around to smack us in the face. And the only reason we continue? Because it puts money in the pockets of people who care so little about the rest of us, that they’re willing and ready to continue on, making a mess of everything for their own profit.

Should we continue using standard plastic? No! We have alternatives like hemp plastic, and it’s what we should be using if the future is considered important at all.

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The Best Portable Vaporizers For Any Occasion



Every year, vape devices are spiking in popularity. Whether you’re smoking flowers, concentrates or oils, there is a vape product for everyone! There’s sooo many out there so I’ve narrowed it down to a few of my favorites for 2021. All are lightweight, easy to use, and discreet – and we’ll look at a couple other factors like price point, vapor quality, and style. Check out the top portable vaporizers of the year so far.

Vaping is the by far the healthiest way to consume cannabis smokables. You can can prefilled carts and disposables, or you can use your own concentrates if you prefer. Whatever you decide, make sure you’re using high-quality products. For deals on the some of the best vape carts, devices, and oils, make sure to subscribe to The CBD Flowers Weekly Newsletter, your source for all things cannabis-related or to the Delta 8 Weekly, if exotic products is what you want.

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A lot of people associate vaporizers with vape liquids and synthetics and often overlook the fact that you can get dry herp vapes to consume your high-quality flower at exactly the right temperature. More terpenes, more flavor, and better effects.

Firefly 2+


The Firefly 2+ is a really cool device. It’s small and lightweight with decent battery life and fast charging. It heats up very quickly and you can pick from six different temperature settings between 338° and 437° Fahrenheit, allowing users to get the perfect vapor density with each strain. For example, THCV strains burn better at slightly higher temps than THC. Obviously you can’t make these type of distinctions when smoking.

What’s also interesting about the Firefly 2+ is that all these settings are controlled by the Firefly app. This can be a double-edged sword as it allows for a user-friendly interface but can be problematic if you’re having connection issues or your phone is dead or something like that.

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It can take a bit of getting used to, because you need to take a slower draw to get a nice, smooth, full-bodied hit, but once you get used to it really delivers the perfect vapor. Its efficient design makes it easy to use, clean and maintain, making it one of the most convenient portable vaporizers for those who are on the go, or in any situation.

Arizer Solo 2


Arizer Solo 2 made the list for two main reasons – one: it produces excellent vapor quality, and two: it holds a very long charge, probably the longest of any portable vaporizer. The Arizer Solo 2 will keep going for nearly 3 hours on just one charge, plus, it heats up in a bout 20 seconds so no waiting to vape your buds.

The device is solidly built and features a ceramic/stainless steal hybrid heating system. This, coupled with the long glass air path, makes for some thick, delicious, and very smooth vapor. It’s semi portable, small but since it features the glass mouth piece you will need to make you store it in a padded pouch or box. It’s discreet, effective, and for the price, it doesn’t get much better than this vape. If you’re looking for a decent dry herb vaporizer, but sticking to a budget, look no further than the Arizer Solo 2.

For Concentrates

Concentrates are great. Highly concentrated cannabis products for maximum potency and flavor. But smoking wax the traditional way, with a dab rig and torch lighter, can be pretty harsh. Using a vape to consume your crumble, sugar, rosin, or whatever is to your liking, will give you smoother tasting vapor and a much better high.

Kandypens Crystal 2


This is my all-time favorite dab pen. Kandypens released the first Crystal vape in 2018 and it quickly became one of the top-selling concentrate pens on the market. Late last year, they released the Crystal 2, a new and improved version of their original design.

They basically just expanded on their original success, but included a more powerful battery (from 900mAh in the previous version to 1200mAh ), adjustable airflow design, and an upgraded atomizer. Its stainless-steel design is very durable and you can definitely feel that when you hold it in your hands. It also has a glass mouthpiece and absolutely has no silicone or plastic parts to impact the flavor of your wax.

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And finally, their rainbow design is fire. It has that spilled gasoline look that I love on pipes, vapes, and other smokables. It’s colorful and attention grabbing but not over-the-top flashy. Definitely more feminine but they have some solid-colored black, white, or silver options for male customers.

Puffco Peak


The Puffco Peak is unique because it’s a sleek, portable device that’s a fun combination between vape and bong. To use, you start off by detaching the glass section from the device and filling it with some water, but just enough to cover the air holes. Then you reattach the glass piece, adjust the temperature, and add your concentrates. After loading the concentrates, you place the carb cap back on and it’s ready to use.

It heats up pretty fast, not almost instantly like some of the others on this list, but roughly 20 seconds depending on the temperature settings, so it’s still pretty fast. The vapor quality is amazing – bold yet smooth, potent and flavorful hits. The water filtration adds an extra element of filtration, plus, it cools the vapor down considerably which makes for an even smoother hit. Overall, it’s an impressive vape that’s portable, high-end, well-manufactured, and delivers the hits and high you would expect from a top-notch piece like this one.


Disposables are exactly what they sound like: disposable, portable vaporizers. These are great for anyone who is looking for discretion, like for a camping trip or even a walk around downtown. You can take a disposable anywhere and, more than likely, no one will have any clue what you’re smoking on.

Delta Effex Delta 10 Disposables

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These disposable vapes from Delta Effex are some of my favorites. They’re extremely well-priced, discreet, and they come in a variety of delicious flavors: Blue Candy Kush (Indica), Ekto Kooler (Sativa) and Wedding Cake (Hybrid). They contain a perfect blend of Delta 8 and Delta 10 THC, as well as some beneficial plant terpenes.

The effects of Delta 10 are mild compared to Delta 9 which most people are used to. But for me, the high from D10 is very alert, conversation, and lighthearted. These disposables are great because they’re so small and lightweight that you can literally take them anywhere. They don’t smell like cannabis so you can use them while out and about without hesitation, and they’re low-priced so you can stock up on them regularly.

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Mig Vapor D1 Fillable Pen


Of all the portable vaporizers on our list, this one is by far the cheapest. However, it’s a fillable pen, so you will pay for whatever vape oil you fill it with. The Mig Vapor D1 is a very basic, no frills, easy to use vape pen. It has a very basic slim and basic design, but don’t let that fool you, it’s sturdier than it appears.

One of the best parts about this vape pen is that, even though it’s disposable, it’s also refillable. All you need is a little syringe and you can refill it a handful of times before it needs to be replaced, which isn’t an issue since they’re so inexpensive you can buy a few at a time and stay stocked up. It’s as simple and basic as they come, and couple with the low price point, it’s a great piece for any casual vaper or anyone who is looking for a small and discreet vape pen to take on their adventures.

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Final Thoughts on Best Portable Vaporizers of 2021

These are my personal favorite portable vaporizers. I tried to include a bit of everything on this list, including dry herb vapes, dab pens, and disposables, as well as few different styles and price points. Have you tried any of the devices on this list? If so, which ones are you favorites? Anything you think we should have mentioned? Drop us a line in the comment section below, we’d love to hear your thoughts! And don’t forget to subscribe to The CBD Flowers Weekly Newsletter for deals and more articles!

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So much is changing in the cannabis industry that it can be challenging to keep up with the latest national and state-by-state laws and business insights. With that in mind, we put together a list of some reliable sources for news and information related to the business of cannabis. 

Keep reading for a dozen great blogs, podcasts, newsletters, and daily alerts that can help you stay up-to-date in this continually evolving industry.

Read the Right Blogs and Websites

Many blogs are filled with content about cannabis, but only some of them are dedicated to publishing informational posts in a timely manner that focus on news and updates related to the industry and business of cannabis. 

To find the right blogs to read, look for those that are updated frequently, link to reputable sources for the information they share, and are written by authoritative professionals who fully understand the industry from a business perspective.


MJBizDaily has been published as a cannabis industry B2B news source since 2011. Written by professional journalists, this blog is a must for anyone who wants to follow what’s happening in the cannabis industry. It’s easy to find recent content about specific states, regions, and topics.


Since 2014, Ganjapreneur has been dedicated to the business of cannabis and includes sections to follow news and updates related to specific states or topics. The target audience is made up of cannabis entrepreneurs, investors, and industry participants.

Benzinga Cannabis

Benzinga Cannabis is a great source for industry news with a focus on financial updates and insights. For example, mergers, acquisitions, stocks, and investments are some of the topics most often found in Benzinga’s cannabis-related content.

Cannabiz Media Blog

The Cannabiz Media blog is updated multiple times per week with timely, informative, and educational posts covering cannabis business licensing, marketing, trends, news, and more. Articles are written by cannabis industry, data, business, research, and marketing experts.

Listen to Newsworthy Podcasts

If you like audio content, then listening to podcasts could be a great way for you to stay current on cannabis industry news. 

There are so many cannabis-related podcasts available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and so on, but most are not about business news. To get this type of information, try some of the podcasts below.

Seed to CEO from MJBizDaily

Seed to CEO is hosted by MJBizDaily and MJBizCon CEO Chris Walsh. This weekly podcast features interviews with leading cannabis business executives who talk candidly about their experiences, secrets to success, and timely topics that matter to cannabis business owners and professionals.

Cannabis Minority Report from NCIA 

Cannabis Minority Report is hosted by National Cannabis Industry Association (NCIA) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee Chair Khadijah Adams. The show features co-hosts and guests who discuss cannabis policies, business, and other topics that affect minority ownership and leadership.

The Roll-Up from Leafly

The Roll-Up is hosted by Bruce Barcott, Alyssa Yeoman, and Hannah Staton of Leafly. The podcast focuses on cannabis news and culture. Every episode features conversations about the week’s top cannabis stories.   

Cannacurio Podcast from Cannabiz Media

The Cannacurio Podcast is hosted by Ed Keating, co-founder of Cannabiz Media. Each episode features a new interview with a cannabis industry professional who shares insights about what’s happening in their parts of the value chain. Many interviewees have founded or work for ancillary cannabis companies, which enables them to bring unique perspectives to the conversations.

Sign up for Timely Newsletters

The easiest way to stay up-to-date on cannabis industry news is to sign up for email newsletters that bring the latest updates directly to your inbox every day or week. 

Below are some newsletters that cannabis professionals and entrepreneurs are likely to find most helpful.

Marijuana Moment Newsletter

The Marijuana Moment newsletter is my personal favorite for updates about cannabis regulations across the United States. It includes state-by-state quick links to new articles related to bills, laws, and other news that make it easy to digest a large number of regulatory changes (or potential changes).

MJBiz Newsletters

MJBizDaily offers a variety of newsletters, so you can choose which types of news and updates you receive in your email. This is extremely helpful if you’re only interested in staying current on specific topics related to the cannabis industry. Six newsletter subscriptions are currently offered:

  • MJBiz Daily: Daily cannabis business news
  • MJBiz Cultivator: Weekly news for wholesale cannabis growers and vertically-integrated cultivators
  • MJBiz Finance: Weekly finance news and data for private equity, angel investors, and entrepreneurs
  • MJBiz Canada: Weekly news related to Canadian cannabis business
  • MJBiz Science: Weekly news about testing, genetics, pharmaceuticals, and related topics
  • Hemp Industry Week: Weekly roundup of data and news from hemp cultivation to product manufacturing

New Cannabis Ventures Newsletter

The New Cannabis Ventures newsletter focuses on financial topics. Most of the content is about cannabis companies and investing (for both investors and entrepreneurs trying to secure investors). Topics include:

  • Exclusive and breaking news
  • Thought leader news
  • Cannabis investor news
  • Cannabis company news
  • Products and services news
  • Public company news

Cannabiz Media Newsletter

With a primary focus on cannabis and hemp licensing, subscribers to the Cannabiz Media newsletter receive an email every week with the latest cannabis industry news, local updates, relevant blog posts, and special reports. 

Key Takeaways to Keep up with Cannabis Industry News

Keeping up with cannabis industry news can seem like a daunting task. The reality today is there is simply so much changing and being reported on a daily basis that no one can know it all. 

With that in mind, choose the areas that are most important for you to keep tabs on, and read blogs, websites, newsletters, and so on that provide you the most relevant, reliable, and timely information. The sources discussed in this article will help you get started!

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