April 13, 2021

A 420 gift guide for metro Detroit's canna-curious and canna-sseurs


Extreme sports. Brain surgery. Beating The Nameless King in Dark Souls 3. What do these things have in common? They all require knowledge, skill, and patience, otherwise someone could end up dead or, like, video game dead. Consuming marijuana could be added to that list, but without the whole dying thing, because thankfully you cannot overdose on marijuana. However, you can have some pretty unpleasant experiences if you’re, well, not all that experienced.

That's why for this 4/20 we decided to highlight a few major categories of cannabis consumption and give some recreational recommendations for the weed newb — or those who may be canna-curious — and the varsity user, or as we like to call them, canna-sseurs. For some, dabbling in weed means training wheels (low-THC strains, easy-to-use consumption tools, and edibles that won't give you a panic attack), while others may be ready to graduate from the Stoner Academy to take on some potent strains, heavy-hitting treats, and complex devices to get their smoke on. (RELATED: The 420 Issue)

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Strains (Flower) 
For the canna-curious: 
Harlequin, $55 per eighth 
Huron View Dispensary, 3152 Packard St., Ann Arbor; 734-882-2970; 
a2huronview.com
We know what you're thinking. Metro Times, like, we might be canna-curious, but we're not canna-weak. We hear you, but when it comes to exploring your reactions to weed and building your tolerance, it’s critical to start low and slow, which is why we've nominated this light strain as being one of the best for new smokers. Harlequin, a sativa-dominant strain, is a cross between a Nepali Indica and two strains out of Thailand and Switzerland. Known for its high CBD content (10%) and mild THC percentage (8.6%), Harlequin is the training wheels of weed. Like anything weed-related, you can always add/increase your high, but taking it away, toning it down, and pumping the brakes is, well, impossible. 
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Strains (Flower)

For the canna-curious:

Harlequin, $55 per eighth
Huron View Dispensary, 3152 Packard St., Ann Arbor; 734-882-2970; a2huronview.com

We know what you're thinking. Metro Times, like, we might be canna-curious, but we're not canna-weak. We hear you, but when it comes to exploring your reactions to weed and building your tolerance, it’s critical to start low and slow, which is why we've nominated this light strain as being one of the best for new smokers. Harlequin, a sativa-dominant strain, is a cross between a Nepali Indica and two strains out of Thailand and Switzerland. Known for its high CBD content (10%) and mild THC percentage (8.6%), Harlequin is the training wheels of weed. Like anything weed-related, you can always add/increase your high, but taking it away, toning it down, and pumping the brakes is, well, impossible.

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Strains (Flower) 
For the canna-sseur:
GMO Cookies, $20 per gram
Cloud Cannabis, 1760 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor; 734-619-1204; cloudcannabis.com
When it comes to understanding marijuana strains, one must respect the percentages associated with strains, because that will determine whether you're going to work high or calling in because you can't discern your face from a mountain. Wait, what? Anyway, canna-sseurs know what they can handle, and it’s likely they can handle a lot of THC — like, 31.5% THC, as provided by GMO Cookies. GMO Cookies, which has nothing to do with genetically modified anything, is a top-shelf cross between Chemdawg D and GSC (Girl Scout Cookies). The result? An uplifting and relaxing 31.5% high. For the newbies wondering, is 31.5% a lot? Trust us. It is. 
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Strains (Flower)

For the canna-sseur:

GMO Cookies, $20 per gram
Cloud Cannabis, 1760 Plymouth Rd., Ann Arbor; 734-619-1204; cloudcannabis.com

When it comes to understanding marijuana strains, one must respect the percentages associated with strains, because that will determine whether you're going to work high or calling in because you can't discern your face from a mountain. Wait, what? Anyway, canna-sseurs know what they can handle, and it’s likely they can handle a lot of THC — like, 31.5% THC, as provided by GMO Cookies. GMO Cookies, which has nothing to do with genetically modified anything, is a top-shelf cross between Chemdawg D and GSC (Girl Scout Cookies). The result? An uplifting and relaxing 31.5% high. For the newbies wondering, is 31.5% a lot? Trust us. It is.

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Strains (Flower) 
For canna-lovers in both categories: 
Fluresh, Blue Dream, $30 per eighth 
Herbology Cannabis Co., 11392 W. Jefferson Ave., River Rouge; 313-757-7684; herbologycannabisco.com
Feeling blue? Us, too! But not in a sad way — in a Blue Dream way, as in the sativa-dominant hybrid strain that’s considered a favorite of jokers, smokers, and midnight tokers across the board. A blend of Super Silver Haze and Blueberry, Fluresh's Blue Dream provides a productive, happy, relaxing, and uplifting high without feeling too racy. Oh, and it tastes good, thanks to earthy notes of blueberry. 
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Strains (Flower)

For canna-lovers in both categories:

Fluresh, Blue Dream, $30 per eighth
Herbology Cannabis Co., 11392 W. Jefferson Ave., River Rouge; 313-757-7684; herbologycannabisco.com

Feeling blue? Us, too! But not in a sad way — in a Blue Dream way, as in the sativa-dominant hybrid strain that’s considered a favorite of jokers, smokers, and midnight tokers across the board. A blend of Super Silver Haze and Blueberry, Fluresh's Blue Dream provides a productive, happy, relaxing, and uplifting high without feeling too racy. Oh, and it tastes good, thanks to earthy notes of blueberry.

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Dab rig
For the canna-curious: 
G-Pen Connect, $155 
BDT Smoke Shops, various locations;  facebook.com/bdthazelpark
Let's keep this nice and easy, folks. Traditional dabbing requires a torch, a nail, and what the hell, we just want to get our dab on! Well, that's where the G Pen Connect comes in. Described as a “revolutionary alternative to concentrate consumption,” the G Pen Connect eliminates the hassle of, like, having to know how to dab, because it's powered by a ceramic heating element, a patented reverse airflow technology, and a magnetic “connect” feature. OK, so you still need a glass piece/rig to use the G Pen Connect, but the magic here is that it does the work for you, all while making you look like a dabbing pro. 
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Dab rig

For the canna-curious:

G-Pen Connect, $155
BDT Smoke Shops, various locations; facebook.com/bdthazelpark

Let's keep this nice and easy, folks. Traditional dabbing requires a torch, a nail, and what the hell, we just want to get our dab on! Well, that's where the G Pen Connect comes in. Described as a “revolutionary alternative to concentrate consumption,” the G Pen Connect eliminates the hassle of, like, having to know how to dab, because it's powered by a ceramic heating element, a patented reverse airflow technology, and a magnetic “connect” feature. OK, so you still need a glass piece/rig to use the G Pen Connect, but the magic here is that it does the work for you, all while making you look like a dabbing pro.

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Dab rig
For the canna-sseur: 
MJ Arsenal Mini Dab Rig Royale in Amber, $69.99
LIV, 2625 Hilton Rd., Ste. 100, Ferndale; 248-420-4200;  livferndale.com
You're going to need a blowtorch. Wait, what? Though this may be more affordable than the electric rig for the amateurs, don’t underestimate a classic glass rig, because it requires some skill to use and several steps before you can transcend your earthly body. Canna-sseurs love this mini dab rig. Wait a minute, Metro Times. We're canna-sseurs, we can handle full-size dab rigs, you might be thinking. Well, we're sure you can, but this mini rig by MJ Arsenal claims to showcase maximum wax/concentrate flavor because a smaller rig means less air, which means big flavor. See? That's what real canna-sseurs care about. 
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Dab rig

For the canna-sseur:

MJ Arsenal Mini Dab Rig Royale in Amber, $69.99
LIV, 2625 Hilton Rd., Ste. 100, Ferndale; 248-420-4200; livferndale.com

You're going to need a blowtorch. Wait, what? Though this may be more affordable than the electric rig for the amateurs, don’t underestimate a classic glass rig, because it requires some skill to use and several steps before you can transcend your earthly body. Canna-sseurs love this mini dab rig. Wait a minute, Metro Times. We're canna-sseurs, we can handle full-size dab rigs, you might be thinking. Well, we're sure you can, but this mini rig by MJ Arsenal claims to showcase maximum wax/concentrate flavor because a smaller rig means less air, which means big flavor. See? That's what real canna-sseurs care about.

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Dab rig
For canna-lovers in both categories: 
Pulsar Electric Dab Rig, $250
LIV, 2625 Hilton Rd., Ste. 100, Ferndale; 248-420-4200; livferndale.com
Do you even dab, bro? Why, yes, yes we do, and we’re always on the hunt for a good rig. Well, a favorite electric rig of wax lovers and flower lovers alike is a bit on the pricey side, but according to its many glowing reviews it’s worth every penny, especially because it's electric, meaning no scary fire required. The Pulsar Electric Dab Rig features three voltage settings, isolated air paths, and a whole lot of updates from previous models, including a much faster heat-up time. A standout feature for many of those who dare to dab is just how much the flavor of concentrates comes through without the butane or burnt taste. The rig also includes dabber tools, wire brushes, herb and wax carb caps, a coilless ceramic atomizer cup, and a charging cable. 
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Dab rig

For canna-lovers in both categories:

Pulsar Electric Dab Rig, $250
LIV, 2625 Hilton Rd., Ste. 100, Ferndale; 248-420-4200; livferndale.com

Do you even dab, bro? Why, yes, yes we do, and we’re always on the hunt for a good rig. Well, a favorite electric rig of wax lovers and flower lovers alike is a bit on the pricey side, but according to its many glowing reviews it’s worth every penny, especially because it's electric, meaning no scary fire required. The Pulsar Electric Dab Rig features three voltage settings, isolated air paths, and a whole lot of updates from previous models, including a much faster heat-up time. A standout feature for many of those who dare to dab is just how much the flavor of concentrates comes through without the butane or burnt taste. The rig also includes dabber tools, wire brushes, herb and wax carb caps, a coilless ceramic atomizer cup, and a charging cable.

Photo via Weedmaps
Edible
For the canna-curious: 
Wana Gummies, $22-$26
1st Quality Medz, 286 Burke St., River Rouge; 313-406-4688; firstqualitymeds.com
Anyone who’s taken THC edibles knows that there’s a delicate balance between euphoria and face-melting catatonic panic attacks and thoughts of the “do I even exist?” variety. Like, seriously. We’ve all been there. Freaked out? Don't be, our precious little baby weed newbie. Edibles have come a long way since the days of unlabeled homemade brownies passed around at house parties. In fact, edibles are frequently made in lower-dosed pieces (gummies) or perforated chocolate bars so you can snap off the dose that's right for you. As far as consistency goes, don't gloss over these simply packaged gummy candies out of Colorado, which are fan favorites hailed by edible eaters of all experience levels. Wana offers a variety of potent gummy candies, and each child-proof container has 10 sweet and/or sour gummies that, together, add up to 100mg of THC, CBD, or a bit of both, depending on the variant. (That means 10 mg per piece.) Remember: You can always increase your high but you cannot — we repeat — cannot decrease it. So, take a nibble, and another, or, when you're ready, pop the whole thing. 
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Edible

For the canna-curious:

Wana Gummies, $22-$26
1st Quality Medz, 286 Burke St., River Rouge; 313-406-4688; firstqualitymeds.com

Anyone who’s taken THC edibles knows that there’s a delicate balance between euphoria and face-melting catatonic panic attacks and thoughts of the “do I even exist?” variety. Like, seriously. We’ve all been there. Freaked out? Don't be, our precious little baby weed newbie. Edibles have come a long way since the days of unlabeled homemade brownies passed around at house parties. In fact, edibles are frequently made in lower-dosed pieces (gummies) or perforated chocolate bars so you can snap off the dose that's right for you. As far as consistency goes, don't gloss over these simply packaged gummy candies out of Colorado, which are fan favorites hailed by edible eaters of all experience levels. Wana offers a variety of potent gummy candies, and each child-proof container has 10 sweet and/or sour gummies that, together, add up to 100mg of THC, CBD, or a bit of both, depending on the variant. (That means 10 mg per piece.) Remember: You can always increase your high but you cannot — we repeat — cannot decrease it. So, take a nibble, and another, or, when you're ready, pop the whole thing.

Photo via Weedmaps
Edible
For the canna-sseur: 
Dream Edibles, $6+
Common Citizen, 877 E. Eight Mile Rd., Hazel Park; 248-776-0100; commoncitizen.com
Listen, canna-sseurs have their pick of most weed things because, well, they can handle it. Here in Michigan, though, when it comes to edibles, there are limits (boo!) to how much THC is allowed per unit and per container (200 mg). That's why the Michigan handcrafted caramel brand Dream Edibles is our pick for the canna-sseur for a few reasons. For one, each piece contains around 24% THC (that's more than double than most low-dose edibles). Secondly, they come in flavors like sea salt, peanut butter, and dulce de leche, which means you might just find yourself popping more than one because they're just that tasty. We're not math wizards, but you could find yourself 70-some milligrams higher than you were before you opened a package of Dream Edibles. 
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Edible

For the canna-sseur:

Dream Edibles, $6+
Common Citizen, 877 E. Eight Mile Rd., Hazel Park; 248-776-0100; commoncitizen.com

Listen, canna-sseurs have their pick of most weed things because, well, they can handle it. Here in Michigan, though, when it comes to edibles, there are limits (boo!) to how much THC is allowed per unit and per container (200 mg). That's why the Michigan handcrafted caramel brand Dream Edibles is our pick for the canna-sseur for a few reasons. For one, each piece contains around 24% THC (that's more than double than most low-dose edibles). Secondly, they come in flavors like sea salt, peanut butter, and dulce de leche, which means you might just find yourself popping more than one because they're just that tasty. We're not math wizards, but you could find yourself 70-some milligrams higher than you were before you opened a package of Dream Edibles.

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Edible
For canna-lovers in both categories: 
Fluresh Fast-Acting Drink Enhancer, Good Vibes, $35
Breeze, 24517 John R Rd., Hazel Park; 833-927-3393; breeze.us
Lemonade? Boring. Coffee? Lame. Water? Take a fucking hike. Drinking things just got more stonier, thanks to Fluresh brand’s fast-acting drink enhancer, which comes in Good Vibes (THC) and Chill Out (1:1 THC/CBD). After squeezing just a couple of drops of this vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, low-calorie enhancer into your drink of choice, uplifting and elevating effects can take place as soon as 15 minutes after consumption, making it perfect for tokers, er, drinkers of all experience levels. 
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Edible

For canna-lovers in both categories:

Fluresh Fast-Acting Drink Enhancer, Good Vibes, $35
Breeze, 24517 John R Rd., Hazel Park; 833-927-3393; breeze.us

Lemonade? Boring. Coffee? Lame. Water? Take a fucking hike. Drinking things just got more stonier, thanks to Fluresh brand’s fast-acting drink enhancer, which comes in Good Vibes (THC) and Chill Out (1:1 THC/CBD). After squeezing just a couple of drops of this vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, low-calorie enhancer into your drink of choice, uplifting and elevating effects can take place as soon as 15 minutes after consumption, making it perfect for tokers, er, drinkers of all experience levels.

Photo via Weedmaps
Vaporizer
For the canna-curious: 
Ooze Slim Pen Twist Battery with Smart USB, $19.99
Available at various Detroit-area dispensaries; oozelife.com
We were canna-curious once when it came to vaping, and we remember not wanting to do a damn thing other than huff and puff on a portable and discreet pen anywhere and everywhere regardless of legal ramifications. Leave the high-maintenance vapes for the canna-sseur and don't overthink baby's first vape (as in you, baby, not an actual human baby, because that would be irresponsible). Welcome to the Ooze life: Ooze, a Michigan-bred cannabis accessory company, was one of the earliest vape batteries around. “Batteries? I thought we were talking about vape pens?” Calm down, newbie. Most disposable vape pens harness a battery, which you can then screw/pop in your favorite concentrate cartridge. You good? OK, so Ooze offers affordable — and colorful — USB rechargeable batteries that are so slim and so portable that you won't even know it's there. Well, that is until you hit that shit and you're on clouds 9, 10, and 420. 
Photo via OozeLife.com

Vaporizer

For the canna-curious:

Ooze Slim Pen Twist Battery with Smart USB, $19.99
Available at various Detroit-area dispensaries; oozelife.com

We were canna-curious once when it came to vaping, and we remember not wanting to do a damn thing other than huff and puff on a portable and discreet pen anywhere and everywhere regardless of legal ramifications. Leave the high-maintenance vapes for the canna-sseur and don't overthink baby's first vape (as in you, baby, not an actual human baby, because that would be irresponsible). Welcome to the Ooze life: Ooze, a Michigan-bred cannabis accessory company, was one of the earliest vape batteries around. “Batteries? I thought we were talking about vape pens?” Calm down, newbie. Most disposable vape pens harness a battery, which you can then screw/pop in your favorite concentrate cartridge. You good? OK, so Ooze offers affordable — and colorful — USB rechargeable batteries that are so slim and so portable that you won't even know it's there. Well, that is until you hit that shit and you're on clouds 9, 10, and 420.

Photo via OozeLife.com