If you want to know what the latest cannabis trends are on the West Coast, look no further than the Hall of Flowers. The inaugural expo in Sonoma, California hosted a who’s who of cannabusinesses, both established and new. We were lucky to get a peek inside the event to discover the latest canna-trends and products. The trade show (Sept. 17-18) was an eclectic mix of authentic, old-school cultivators and corporate bandwagon jumpers offering a myriad of options to elevate the cannabis experience. Here are some highlights.
Among the cannabis companies in attendance, there were a few trendy, unilateral themes on display. Sleep was definitely a topic on all the vendors’ lips. From established lifestyle brand Sunday Goods to brand new startup Zzz Natural, there were a plethora of cannabis-infused sleep products available to help alleviate insomnia due to stress, chronic pain and jet lag.
Topicals are also on trend, with Apothecanna leading the pack. With an array of cheeky oils, from “sexy time” lube to a cannabis and arnica body oil, Apothecanna has topicals on lock. Having massage therapists on hand certainly made them a popular attraction.
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Papa and Barkley’s transdermal patches were also a big hit. Applying one to the base of the neck between the shoulder blades to alleviate computer cramp is highly recommended.
Naturally, there were oil cartridge and flower vaporizers galore on the show floor.
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The Ghost vaporizer features advanced on-demand, true convection heating technology. The unit keeps its removable ceramic chamber (the crucible) cool between vapes and prevents material degradation for multi-use sessions by heating only the air that passes through the device when a draw is taken. While it is a bit heavy and clunky to be a true portable, it appears to be designed for portability with a kit that holds the drop-in flower cases. The Ghost features a customizable faceplate for a unique design.
And in other news, Mota is preparing to open a members-only cannabis workspace, like Soho House for cannabis users.
The West Coast is popping off with cannabis brands and products. Rumor has it the next annual Hall of Flowers will be held in Los Angeles. Anyone interested in what’s happening on the cutting edge of the cannabis industry should check it out.