Putting aside the fact that many Silicon Valley golden boys are openly using marijuana, it goes without saying growers, patients, and recreational users are a profitable market for specialized mobile apps. It is, therefore, natural for developers to want to get their "slice of the pie". *The apps that feature in this article were chosen by testing, reviews, and update frequency. Under every app, you will find the platforms it is available and its respective price. Testing was carried out in iOS. #1. Strain Reviews/ Dispensaries Info #2. Marijuana Handbook Lite (Fallacy Studio) #3. Leafly Marijuana Strain and Dispensary Reviews (Leafly) #4. Weedmaps: Marijuana dispensaries/weed strains (Weedmaps) #9. Entertainment #10. Pot Farm – Grass Roots #11. Weed Firm 2: Bud Farm Replanted (Manitoba Games) #12. Socializing #13. Highdroid Lite (HowBig Studios) #14. High There (Bon Vert LLC) #15. Duby (Duby LLC) #16. Medical #17. EazeMD (Eaze Solutions) #18. Miscellaneous #19. Jinasys’ Noise Meter #20. DoMobile Lab’s App Lock #21. Recommendations Strain Reviews/ Dispensaries Info Some of the most visible marijuana apps out right now are what tend to be called strain guides, but could go equally well under the banner of “bud porn”. However, its not all about enjoying images of exotic cannabis strains. All of these apps are informative and genuinely helpful in the planning of your next grows. Marijuana Handbook Lite (Fallacy Studio) Available on: iOS (Free - $2.99 for Pro Version) / Android (Free - $2.99 for Pro Version) Fallacy Studio’s Marijuana Handbook Lite (formerly known as Smoker’s Handbook Lite) is among the highest rated strain guides. The people at Fallacy have put a lot more than pretty pictures into their product: beyond the strain guide lies a wealth of information including a whole section on tobacco and despite its general smoking theme there's a marijuana recipes section for the non-smokers. Leafly Marijuana Strain and Dispensary Reviews (Leafly) Available on: iOS (Free) / Android (Free) Leafly does not need any special introduction among cannabis enthusiasts and growers. It is perhaps the best known (and best designed) strain database out there. The website contains tons of information on almost every cannabis strain in existence and is regularly updated. The official Leafly app is a must for every cannabis lover, no matter their status. Not only is it a great source of news for the latest medical marijuana studies, legalization updates, and other cannabis-related content, but it also contains an amazingly detailed database of strains (that is, however, not as in-depth as our database). Through user-submitted reviews and easy-to-read infographics, you can discover your next favorite strain, extract or concentrate and where to buy it. Having said that, it is worth mentioning that the real seller is the up-to-date “Finder” function. Using Leafly's enormous database, this service allows locating doctors, clinics, and dispensaries in appropriate areas. Every suggestion comes with reviews, prices, maps and store types. You can even subscribe to your favorite items so that you will never miss a piece of news. Even if you are a casual marijuana user and not a grower, apps like these are ideal for spurring your interest in this world! Weedmaps: Marijuana dispensaries/weed strains (Weedmaps) iOS (Free) / Android (Free) Weedmaps offers medical-marijuana users the ability to search for a licensed dispensary or doctor nearby. A great example of how legal programs can make the process of acquiring marijuana safer and a lot more convenient for medical users. Contrary to the similar Leafly app mentioned above, Weedmaps is specialized in listing dispensaries, doctors, and deliveries, not only in the US but in Canada and Europe too. With Weedmaps, you can find and bookmark your favorite strains, so that you can find them later. If you want to buy a specific strain, simply search it with Weedmaps so you can find out which dispensaries or deliveries have the marijuana you prefer (based on reviews). You can check out up-to-date menu items for available medication, marijuana strains, edibles, tinctures, concentrates, and any cannabis-related product. It is worth noting that Weedmaps have their own YouTube channel, through which you can watch interesting documentaries and strain reviews. Entertainment Unsurprisingly, there are quite a few marijuana-related mobile games out there too. Most of them feature a typically casual, easy-to-understand gameplay that gets boring after a while. The ones we are going to present here, however, are indeed something special that is worth your while (if you are into gaming and growing, that is). Pot Farm – Grass Roots iOS (Free) / Android (Free) If you’ve always wanted to grow your own cannabis crop but never gotten around to materializing your dreams (even with the detailed information you can find on our website), now’s your chance. In this hippie version of Farmville, you can start your very own marijuana crop, safely, efficiently and without having to (metaphorically) lift a finger. The game itself features all aspects of growing marijuana, with surprisingly accurate strain descriptions (strains featured include OG Kush, Super Lemon Haze, Maui Wowie etc.). A relaxing casual game, ideal for the bus, your couch, a grow room and –why not? - meaningful toilet visits. Weed Firm 2: Bud Farm Tycoon iOS (Free) / Android (Free) The full title of this game is Weed Firm: RePlanted. The Vicious and Lawless Career of Mr. Ted Growing. It is essentially a marijuana growing game that puts you in the shoes of the botany dropout Ted Growing (this already sounds like fun). As Ted, you inherit a small growing operation that you will have to expand in order to advance in the game. Along with a bunch of colorful (albeit stereotypic) characters with names like Bob Rasta, Sandy the Cheerleader, Lee Mechanic and Dancer Jane, you have to grow your business (pun intended) from a humble garden to an empire! The bad guys of the game involve gangsters, the police, and …aliens, that will do their best to halt your progress. If you ever dreamt the life of an underachieving botanist running an underground marijuana grow op, this game is for you. Witty, entertaining and addictive, this game is explicitly unsuitable for the whole family. Socializing Marijuana growing is (and should be, until legalization issues are fully resolved) a rather lonesome activity. The secrecy involved in partaking in the cannabis lifestyle can make its members uneasy (and in some cases, paranoid). Luckily, there are some apps that enable you to share your growing stories, moments of epiphany and even meet (or date!) like-minded individuals! Try them out and proudly share your “highest” moments! Highdroid Lite (HowBig Studios) Available on: Android (Free, $0.99 for Full Version) On the lighter side, Highdroid Lite (free, $0.99 for the full version, Android only) from HowBig Studios offers entertainment in the form of thoughts, ideas and stories posted by users around the world, while high. Next time you've had that world-shatteringly important epiphany under the influence of the marijuana-muse you'll have somewhere to share it with this app. High There (Bon Vert LLC) iOS / Android Stoner? Single? Looking for someone to share stories with? High There aims to connect people bearing a single important common interest: marijuana. The creator, Bon Vert developed this Tinder-for-stoners application, after a date gone bad with a partner that was not comfortable with smoking marijuana. High There bears all the hallmarks of a typical dating application, borrowing a lot of Tinder’s elements (without the mandatory Facebook sign up – really important safety issue). Upon registering, you will be asked some questions to determine the kind of marijuana user you are. The app divides users into “Energy Levels” depending on the strains you like. For example, indicas classify you as a “Low Energy”, while sativas as “High Energy” (thankfully, there is always a middle-ground solution). Then you state your favorite consumption method and you are ready to go! The app gives you the option to swipe right ("High there!") or left ("Bye there!") on people it matches you with. A smart idea with a rather young fan base, that can, in theory, help you make new friends. Although the app is vigilant in protecting your privacy, you should be careful when sharing information with people. Duby (Duby LLC) iOS / Android Duby is an anonymous social network that acts as a safe space for people looking to share their cannabis-related activity and possibly searching for new friends. Duby is a catchy combination of Instagram (photo-sharing), Tinder (Swiping), and Reddit's (up-or-down voting). It’s key demographic are, of course, people that enjoy recreational marijuana use, and who want to connect with other enthusiasts. The nice thing with Duby is that it is …well, anonymous. You can post photos, videos or stories and send private messages to other users. While it doesn’t market itself as a dating app, Duby features a Tinder-like swiping service: users upload their photos/videos/texts (called Dubys) and vote on other users' content by swiping right to "pass the Duby" or left to "put it out." The app features a simple "influence" system to measure the value of the content being uploaded. New users start with an influence level of three. With every Duby (piece of content) that gets “passed”, their influence increases. This game-like feature is what ultimately separates Duby from HighThere and makes it more compelling in comparison, although the “Influence” system tends to favor celebrities and more famous users. In any case, it is a well-made app that can connect you to people who share common interests with you. Medical Medical benefits are perhaps the most important attribute of cannabis plants and they played a large role in the legalization process. There is overwhelming scientific proof that demonstrates the positive effect that marijuana has in pathological or mental conditions. EazeMD (Eaze Solutions) iOS (Free/±$30 per Consultation)/ Android (Free/±$30 per Consultation) Eaze MD is a truly remarkable initiative that is based on a really simple idea: it connects you with doctors that will provide you with medical marijuana consultation, based on your medical history, which you are required to provide. After you answer these questions and enter your credit card details, you will have a teleconference with an independent California-licensed doctor who will examine your application together with you and answer any questions. If the application is approved, you will immediately be qualified for medical marijuana. This means that you will have immediate access to a downloadable version of your recommendation letter, which you will get in writing via snail mail one or two weeks after your consultation for an extra $10. Since this is a consultation by a licensed doctor, all of your information are protected by doctor-patient confidentiality. No prior appointment is needed. Working hours are 11am-10pm every day of the week and appointments are generally completed in 10-15 minutes. Miscellaneous Jinasys’ Noise Meter iOS / Android Turning away from the more obvious marijuana apps again there are some other tools which might be useful to you when setting up a grow space: Jinasys’ Noise Meter (free, Android only but other similar apps available for iOS) could be very handy if you're trying to cut down on fan noise to improve security, but we recommend staying away from the numerous light meter apps available: they are not designed to measure the high-intensity light of grow rooms and there are many complaints about reliability. DoMobile Lab’s App Lock Android (Free) Once you’ve finished developing that secret formula nutrient formula, it might be a good idea to further protect it. DoMobile Lab’s App Lock lets you protect access to individual apps with a password or unlock pattern. Well worth getting if you’re going to be storing much information on your grow with any of these apps, and no need to panic about who might pick up your phone. Recommendations The most impressive apps we’ve seen so far on the market are Marijuana Strain and Dispensary Reviews, Cannabis Pocket Reference and Grow Buddy. Between these three a grower can plan and execute a rewarding grow from start to finish and all of them have something to offer growers regardless of their existing level of knowledge and skill. It never hurts to have as much information as possible so there’s no reason not to get other apps too. However, when it comes to growing marijuana, these apps are the clear leaders. They combine a sleek design with a wealth of information, and you can have them all for less than $6 (Leafly’s application is free). If you only want to buy one, go for the Grow Buddy. It can help you organize your grows, even if you’re not a natural born planner! If you have any favorite marijuana-related applications that you would like to see featured here, please mention them in the comments! Your input helps us grow!