Our favourite section of High Times is the pricing section in the back. If you’re not familiar with it, High Times Magazine includes a small table of peer-submitted dried cannabis varieties and their respective prices that spans both the United States and Canada. The Canadian section usually contains one to three data points, which sheds some light on the regional cost of cannabis but leaves a lot to be desired.
Cann Standard logs listings for cannabis products. As medical cannabis patients, we started out tracking data from ACMPR producers of dried cannabis and, shortly after, began to track prices from the dispensary storefronts, delivery services and online mail order storefronts.
The graphic below is an amalgam of the listings we’ve logged across a section of dates. We’ve constructed it to provide similar guidance to the High Times pricing table. The graphic will show summary data for dried cannabis across a small number of all the dimensions we track. National per gram prices are shown for all listings logged. Specific varieties of dried cannabis can be highlighted using the “Highlight Specific Varieties” filter at the top right of the graphic. For example, typing “Girl Scout Cookies” in the highlight box will update the graphic to show data for that specific variety of cannabis only.
This graphic is designed for consumers. For those considering purchasing dried cannabis, it will give average price nationally with provincial breakdown, the distribution of pricing nationally and a breakdown of listing counts by storefront and province.
You will need to enter the cannabis variety. We’ve observed and logged ~2500 varieties of dried cannabis. For this graphic, we have reduced the variety name in case of numerical phenotype classifications. For example “Love Potion #1” and “Love Potion #9” have become “Love Potion”. For separate phenotypes with similar variety names, the names are separate. For example, the generalized “OG Kush” variety and the specific “OG#18” variety are included separately.
The highlighter will also accept key words. For example, typing “Kush” in the search box will provide the average price and listing count of cannabis varieties that include the keyword.
The graphic is a work in progress. We are funnelling tabulated data from our database into the visualization currently, both forward and backwards in time. The listing data is derived from multiple sources which must go through a layer of processing before being added to the graphic. We’re currently updating the graphic with more ACMPR listings from the two week scope.
Please note, this graphic has limitations. This version of the graphic does not show time. We’ll show the bracket of dates the data was taken (which we are updating daily for all store front types). The data shown are derived from public listings for dried cannabis, not sales data; it shows what is available for sale not what was purchased. We track listings from listing aggregator sites as well as storefront websites itself. Much of the data contains traditional variety names where some ACMPR producers do not. We have used traditional names where available and will continue to add more as we learn about genetics from the Licensed Producers. This graphic shows prices for a single gram of cannabis, we also track bulk pricing but these values are not shown here. By the way, we’ve found bulk purchase programs at the Licensed Producers but this information is not included in this graphic.
The store types each have different qualifications. A dispensary is considered to be a store type with an address and a store that a consumer can physically walk into. Dispensaries without a physical address or prices were omitted from this data. A delivery service is considered to be operated without a physical address. We’ve omitted delivery services without a provincial location and those without contact information or website. The mail order category is for mail order services with a website which mails dried cannabis products. We have omitted mail order services that lack a provincial designator but we continually add operators as we research their location.
For those wondering about store type pricing averages, we aren’t going to show that information in this infographic, but we will provide some highlights. During the first week April 2018, we observed a price of ~$9.20 per gram from ACMPR producers. To buy a single gram of cannabis from all other store types was ~$10.40. The only bulk price we found in the ACMPR was for Maricann’s Critical Mass ($7.00 per gram for 30 grams). Nationally, the bulk price for an ounce of any variety of cannabis is about ~$8 per gram (excluding the Maricann bulk listing).
We hope the dashboard is useful to consumers and others working in the industry. We will continue to work on its completeness. Feel free to contact me with comments, questions or if you just want to heckle me directly.