In 1996, California became the first state to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. More than 20 years later, they became the largest recreational industry in the world. It is one of the biggest markets for medical and recreational marijuana sales globally and one of the most progressive states around cannabis in general. And in the midst of everything, there’s LA.
There’s a reason why people call it the weed capital of the world. New products and groundbreaking developments in the industry are always coming out of the City of Angels.
With so many brands coming out of LA, it’s hard to keep track of everything. But a few brands are making a name for themselves in the LA market and the cannabis world in general.
Here are 8 brands that are elevating the game in the LA weed scene.
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Founded during a most recent dark time in history, Circles has brought a ray of light to the table (or, a circle of light), and some amazing products. Circles has made it easy for the everyday consumer, and I mean every day, to enjoy clean, affordable weed where ever you are. That’s right where ever. This loving brand is brought to us by Eaze so you know it’s already super convenient to just click and order.
This is a fairly new brand, has brought new and better ways to enjoy the ganja life. Circles is growing rapidly on the market. There is a lot of focus on the cartridges and for good reason. These products are made with the consumer in mind, made to share and expand your circle.
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Dose controlled cannabis therapy. That is all you need to know about dosist. But let me tell you a couple more things. Their health-centered therapeutic method is what sets this THC and CBD brand apart from the rest. The brands on this list all believe in the plants healing properties, but dosist is the top dog when it comes to wellness empowerment.
Since 2016, dosist has been a cannabis-based medicine bringing healing to the masses. There is a lovely selection of moods to choose from, moods being flavors. Moods include bliss, arousal, calm, relief, and of course sleep. But try not to sleep on their other goodies. dosist health offers a wide selection of CBD items such as tinctures, lotions, balms, and so much more.
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A most heartwarming story of a son caring for his father’s ailments. What better way to show someone you love them than by making sure they don’t feel pain? Papa & Barkley believes in easing the pain of those around them. It all started with a cannabis-infused balm and it just kept growing from there.
Papa & Barkley is a family-inspired company that treats everyone as part of the household. They are the proud caregivers dedicated to ensuring you have excellently curated weed. For years they have been the name of pain relief in the form of balms, tinctures, edibles, and even capsules. By unlocking the power of cannabis they have been able to provide meaningful change.
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As the name suggests, yes, it is nothing but pure beauty. This brand has broken down all the boundaries when it comes to cultivation. Nothing but nature; air, dirt, insects. To get to the Pure Beauty of the cannabis plant, you do not need much, just some love and attention. Using thoughtful cultivation practices has brought this name up to some high standards.
This diverse brand brings a new meaning to recycling. Going beyond whatever anyone expected, everything down to the packaging has taken a lot of thought and care. Bringing us strains such as Sea Star, Bermuda Triangle, Orangina, Tahoe Pie, Lobo Loco, and so many more all cultivated with love and keeping in mind the importance of preserving nature.
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After being a weed staple in the Los Angeles area in the late ’90s and supplying cannabis for some of the biggest names in the rap game (Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Xzibit), the founder of Wonderbrett decided to take his product to the public. Since 2014, stoners all around California are glad that he did.
Operating out of Long Beach, Wonderbrett has prided itself on using advanced technology, rare genetics, and proven methods of cannabis cultivation to consistently produce its high-quality herb. Their creative approach has led to their vision being centered around their products’ flavor and terpene profile. The fruit chews have been a fan favorite, but the company’s flower, concentrates, and CBD have also impressed.
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LEUNE is an LA-based company that offers high-quality, pesticide-free, and lab-tested products. Their organic farming and production methods have gained attention from other companies like PAX, who partnered with LEUNE on a killer lineup of strains for their PAX Era Pods. LEUNE also offers flower, pre-rolls, and all-in-one vaporizers
This California-born lifestyle brand is designed for what they call “the 3.0 cannabis consumer” whose interest exceeds just getting high. Along with Herb, LEUNE supports the Last Prisoner Project and their mission to eradicate all cannabis-related convictions. The company also launched LEUNE Labs that highlights artists and other creatives.
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Raw Garden is an award-winning, ultra-popular brand that has earned one of the top reputations among cannabis companies. Since 2015, the Santa Barbara company has led by example with their innovative agricultural methods that have propelled them to one of the largest cannabis cultivators in California.
You know you are getting top-shelf material when you buy from Raw Garden, which utilizes state-of-the-art cryogenic freezing to lock in the essence of the plant before it dries out and loses its natural flavors and aromas. The harvests come from their seeds, so they control every aspect of production and pay close attention to detail. The plants contain no herbicides or pesticides, and the company is compliant with the Clean Green Certification.
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From flower to concentrates, this high-end brand was founded on the east coast but has flourished out west. The company is known for their balanced pre-rolls that feature 1 gram of premium cannabis paired with .25 gram of strain-specific THC-A concentrate.
The founder of Balanced LA was born in the Bronx, New York, where he grew up facing numerous struggles, including his mother being diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer after being rushed to the ER with a terrible migraine. The mission of Balanced LA has been clear since its inception: “A product you can smoke with your boys and give your mom on her hardest days.”