Close up of strain jars.
Nate Nichols
Close up of strain jars.

If Cersei Lannister and Bran Stark had to choose an apothecary who mixes up herbs for their medicines, they'd find it as tough as we do to pick a best dispensary. Except for a few posers, most do a good job — that is, they provide an adequate product that does the trick. We all have to have our secret go-to shop for special occasions when quality has to count above all. And in greater Phoenix, one seems to rise above the rest like a first-time dabber's coughed-out smoke cloud: TruMed. These buds have withstood the test of time; we've been stopping by here for years and always have been impressed with the quality. Whether ordering up premium flower or tasty medicinal-grade shatter, the homegrown cannabis from TruMed's Arizona cultivation center rarely disappoints. Other patients in the know agree with us. Placebo effect? Not likely in this walking endocannabinoid repository. The other great thing is the staff. Once out of the small waiting room, the budtender often greets you with a handshake before taking you to the expansive counters. While the waiting room can feel crowded, the showroom never is. Friendly people offering up top-grade marijuana — what more do you want?

With a Leafly rating that borders on perfection and a line of strains that can appeal to nearly every breed of cannabis user, this family-owned cultivator is a dispensary favorite here in the Valley, and for good reason. It might have to do with the fact that it was a key player in the local cannabis scene right from the jump. Sort of a "grassroots" thing, if you'll excuse the pun. (Which you shouldn't, in all honesty. It's a terrible pun and we apologize.) Visitors to the site will notice a rising tally that accurately shows off how many patients, employees, and strains GreenPharms has been able to claim. If you're looking for a real-time visual aid that shows just how well things are going down at the Pharm, you needn't look any further. Experience its products firsthand to see what Green can do for you.

This Payson cannabis company has been churning out products that can get you higher than the mountainous terrain it calls home. Its uniquely delicious edibles, specifically the organic vegan gummies, are a true standout in the wide selection of products. The consistent quality of these gummies ensures that the only surprise you'll get from them will be the initial reaction to just how damn good these things taste. And the high is just ... it's just .... wait, what were we talking about? All jokes aside, your first experience with Untamed's line of edibles is guaranteed to be unforgettable. And if you think that claim is a little hard to swallow, then pick some up and see for yourself.

When it came time to pick a winner for this category, the choice was clear — Vapen Clear, in fact. Other cartridges sold by competitors sometimes contain such nonessential ingredients as propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, polyethylene glycol, or coconut oil. But Vapen doesn't resort to using any unnecessary filler material. The absence of additives and the presence of thick terpene taste make for a full high with a full flavor that's glaringly apparent from the very first drag. Lab tests show that these crystal clear cartridges contain up to 99.52 percent total active cannabinoids. For those of you keeping score at home, that's what we call an "A+" — truly head of the class.

The reliable and easy-to-use line of pens from O.penVAPE don't disappoint, but it's the Hero Grown Vaporizer that should receive a medal of honor. This patriotic piece of paraphernalia wins one for Uncle Sam every time you take a big ol' red, white, and blue drag. You see, the sleek variable voltage battery helps O.penVAPE raise funds for its crusade to help veterans and active military deal with their various traumas, so that these brave men and women don't fall victim to what has sadly become a new American tradition: opiate addiction. The pen comes in two designs, with one emblazoned with Old Glory herself, and the other rocking the desert camo look. Pick up one today and take a hit. All we ask is that you take your hat off before doing so.

This was a tough call, but we had to give Silver the gold. Its biggest claim to fame so far is taking first place at the High Times Cannabis Cup three years in a row. Granted, those years were 1997, 1998, and 1999, but its high Leafly rating and strong demand here in the Valley prove that its best days are not behind it by a longshot. No offense to Austin Powers or Sugar Ray, but SSH isn't some late '90s craze that eventually became lost in the sands of time. This love child of Skunk, Northern Lights, and Haze is a real stress-melter, but without that wiped-out lethargic feeling. It's like the mental equivalent of an end-of-day bath-bomb session, but with a cup of smooth cold brew readily available on the edge of the tub. Wake-and-bakers and nighttime users alike can truly appreciate this one, if they haven't already.

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