Gift cannabis with these 9 high-tech smoking devices – TechCrunch

Cannabis is fast goes to the nerds. As it gradually becomes legal around the world, startups have responded with innovative products from laser-powered water bongs to CNC-machined vapes to AI-powered herb grinders. Do you have a friend who would like to be a little fancy with it? Give me the gift of high-tech consumption.

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Throughout 2021, cannabis companies made great strides based on unprecedented consumer demand. Companies like Dutchie and Jane Technologies raised hundreds of millions in new venture financing, leading to 82% industrial investment in the second half of 2021. Other companies like Leafly and Agrify turned to public markets to raise new capital. Amazon stopped screening employees for marijuana, and Apple began treating cannabis the way it does with drugs, and began letting users order and pay for cannabis in apps (in places where it is legal).

There are high hopes for cannabis by 2022. Cannabis is now legal for use in 36 states, and there is traction in Washington that could bring its federal ban to an end.

Puffco Budsy

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Puffco Budsy is a fantastic discreet water bong and it is almost invisible thanks to the Nalgene-style bottle. Just throw some water in the bottle, wrap flower in the hidden bowl and walk on the paths. When you are ready, turn the lid over, turn on the knob with a lighter and inhale from the spout (which fortunately is not connected to the water). Rinse and repeat. Puffco released Budsy on April 1, 2021, but it was not a joke. This product is genuine and it’s a lot of fun.

Roger Volodarsky founded the company in 2013 and has since led the company as CEO. Over the last many years, the company has kept pushing forward with innovative dab products. Puffco Peak Pro (below) even has interchangeable stoves to allow owners to tailor their smoking experience without buying a new rig.

Price: $ 50 and up

Dynavap

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Dynavaps is my favorite smoking device. They are pockets, battery-free and produce a large cloud of steam. Think of it as a one-hitter vape with a thermometer. First, heat the tip with a flashlight or induction heater. In about 3-5 seconds, the cap will click, informing the user that the herb has the right temperature and is ready to be hit. The cannabis lasts about 3-4 cycles. Best of all, as the hood protects the soil flower from the flame, there is no combustion or smoke – only steam – and there is very little odor.

Dynavap evaporators are CNC machined in the company’s De Forest, Wisconsin facility. George Breiwa started the company in 2015 and currently employs about 40 people. Dynvap sells several versions of the small metal weapon, including this stately “gentleman’s pipe” and the sleek, all-black Obsidium Omni for $ 250.

Price: $ 60 and up

GPen Dash

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The GP Dash is the steam GoPro. This little vaporizer is impressive: it costs $ 70 and hits above its weight. The small vape has a glass-coated stainless steel heating chamber and a clean airway. The hits are smooth and plentiful. The GP Dash is a fantastic grab-and-go vape. Pictured here is one of the special versions; the company teamed up with the nonprofit fund for breast cancer prevention Keep A Breast and made this limited edition.

Co-founder and CEO Chris Folkerts started Grenco Science with Anthony Barron in 2011. The company sells a wide range of vaporizers, including a portable dab rig and a battery-powered concentrate vaporizer for glass stems. In May 2020, Grenco Science acquired Stündenglass, a company founded by a former Apple employee that makes high-end gravity bongs.

Price: 70 USD

Blazy Susan

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There is no technology here. The Blazy Susan is technically not a high-tech gift. I do not care. This is my list. Blazy Susan is just a nice weed station with small spaces for various toking equipment. There is a dab station, a bowl cleaner and silicone inserts to make cleaning a little easier. Prices start at around $ 90 and are available in different types of wood.

The company was started by Will Breakell and is based in Colorado. The company also sells roll paper, cones, grinders and a lot of goods – everything is pink and I love it.

Price: $ 90

Banana Bros’ OTTO AI-enabled grinder

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Surprise guest! TC’s Amanda Silberling looked past the gift guide to add this:

If you still use the cheap grinder you bought on Amazon, you’re probably wondering why anyone needs an AI-powered grinder. Here’s the reason: the OTTO considers the density, moisture level, texture and consistency of your flower, and then adjusts the speed, pressure and even the painting direction. OTTO then deposits the perfect earth flower in a magnetically attached chamber and distributes it evenly in a pre-rolled cone. The result is luxurious – as long as you are not an elitist who thinks cones are a cop-out (but if you are, you can just use the grinder alone).

Banana Bros. says that OTTO can grind perfect herbs, spices and incense, but even if the grinder is easy to clean, you will probably end up with slightly soothing cinnamon or strangely flavorful cones if you are not careful. For $ 150, this thing is not cheap, but it gets the job done. Banana Bros. was founded in 2017 by CEO Dave Richmond and Director of Innovation Manny Montano, whose background is in industrial and 3D design. They have patented the AI ​​technology that drives OTTO, which is the company’s first and flagship product.

Price: $ 149

Storz & Bickel Mighty +

Storz & Bickel Mighty +

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Mighty + is the best evaporator available. It is reliable, can cook a lot of herbs and produces some of the best fumes from any device. Sure, there are downsides, including its large size and $ 399 price, but it’s worth it. Storz & Bickel released the original in 2014 and just released the updated version in October 2021. The new Mighty + offers faster warm-up time, USB-C charging and a ceramic filling chamber that is much easier to keep clean than the chamber in the original.

Quick tip: Mighty + has orange arrow buttons, while the original is gray.

Markus Storz started working on an herbal vaporizer in 1996, and in 2002 Jürgen Bickel joined the board that formed Storz-Bickel. The company is still selling its original, groundbreaking device, the Volcano, and several cheaper products. The company is based in Germany, where its vaporizers carry medical device certifications. In 2018, Canadian cannabis giant bought Canopy Growth Storz & Bickel. Jürgen Bickel remains in the company and is in charge of the day-to-day operations.

Price: $ 399

Puffco Peak Pro

Puffco Peak Pro

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To dab? Puffco Peak Pro is the best laptop bubbly available. It produces an amazing cloud of tasty steam and feels like something designed in Cupertino. Puffco Peak Pro constantly impresses me. The Pro version offers USB-C charging, an improved oven and easier cleaning. In addition, there is an optional wireless charging stand that works very well. Do you want something more unique? The company sells a handful of specialty editions that have wild colors and glass designs.

Roger Volodarsky founded the company in 2013 and has since led the company as CEO. Over the last many years, the company has kept pushing forward with innovative dab products. Puffco Peak Pro even has interchangeable stoves to allow owners to tailor their smoking experience without buying a new rig.

Price: $ 399

Hitoki Trident V2

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At its core, the $ 499 Hitoki Trident V2 is a battery-powered water voucher. The trick? It uses a laser and a sealed chamber to heat the flower. When the device is working, it hits like a truck. I tested Hitoki and it is whimsical and requires a lot of cleaning. The hose connection is of low quality and the laser bursts the herb into a smoldering root. So why is it on this list? For despite its drawbacks, Hitoki is a fun device and can produce an impressive cloud without butane. Plus lasers. You get to see the laser light the pot and make a miniature mushroom cloud.

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

Price: $ 499

Hourglass compact

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Stündenglass Kompact is a compact version of the fantastic Stündenglass gravity bong. The device for $ 599 is made of advanced materials and works very well. Trust me. I have used it and it is smooth, rich and impressive. The device is not just for cannabis. It is also a great hookah, and with the right attachments, it can be used to add an outburst of smoky flavor to food and beverages. Want a bigger hit? The full-size Stündenglass has the same price, but is much less portable.

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

Price: 599 USD

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