Happy 2020, dear readers. We are another year into legal weed, and it’s been fascinating to watch our options as consumers constrict and expand. Raise your hand if a favorite shop turned out to be janky, your preferred brand of edible turned out to be running a black-market op, or God forbid, you took a hit off the very brand of weed vape that’s made the news for being potentially straight up poisonous. I don’t know about y’all, but for this old stoner, the honeymoon is over.
I have gone off the vapes entirely, and given up the waxy/ saucy/ dabby concentrates, mostly. I’ll do some for a special occasion, but they’re no longer part of my routine. CO2 based or otherwise, it’s just a sensory burnout to do that stuff habitually. I would actually like to see the return of black and gold hash, concentrates that are fun and not quite so intense, but apparently it’s hard to get that stuff to pass modern testing protocols. I’ve heard of some promising bubble hash products but not found any in my local shops yet.
In the meantime, there sure has been a proliferation of super-fancy weed companies who produce only grass in the 30% THC range, raising the top-shelf price back up to $70 or $80 an eighth-ounce, where it was at the height of prohibition. I’ve had some of this stuff and frankly, like fancy old Scotch or wine that goes for a hundred bucks a slurp, it’s nice but not that nice. I wouldn’t turn it down if it was passed to me, and I appreciate the commitment to growing the finest plant that can possibly be grown, but I can’t say it’s worth it at the price point. I think some people want an eighty dollar eighth just so they can say, “I’m an eighty-dollar eighth kind of guy.” This is for the person who spends hundreds on table service for a bottle of Grey Goose and some oranges.
As for me, I roll the other way. I want the biggest bang for the smallest buck that can possibly be found. I just read on Leafly – who, as the links above demonstrate, provided my favorite cannabis industry news coverage of the past year- that California eighths were averaging just over $34, pre-tax, in 2019. So let’s see how we can do in the local shops, keeping our purchase price below that average every time. Continue reading