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When a budtender discreetly pulls out buds from the top shelf, you know you’re about to get something exquisite and rare (like a Pokémon). Most of the time, highly coveted marijuana strains cost an extra $15-40, leaving some people grumbling silently, as they pull out their wallet.

What buyers don’t know is that the most expensive (not necessarily the best) buds command a much higher price, typically in the triple to quadruple digits range. Read on to learn about two marijuana strains that are on that top shelf, and why the buds are so special.

The Oracle

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The Oracle strain has a rich history and a robust plant profile. At 45 percent THC, it dominates the high-THC strains category. Strangely, it is also a superior CBD strain, with a 20:1 ratio. Growers should carefully note that this plant has an extremely short lifecycle of roughly 45 days, or half of what the majority of cannabis plants experience during their lifespan. The history behind the Oracle is controversial: it supposedly draws its roots from the AC/DC strain (according to The Werc Shop, a Los Angeles-based laboratory). AC/DC buds are commonly sold around Southern California for about $10 per gram. Keeping that price point in mind, each Oracle seed costs a whopping $200, and a clone goes for $1,000.

Some individuals speculate that the expensive price was falsely generated from aggressive marketing antics behind the strain, which caused the underground market to inflate the value of the flower. Furthermore, some question the cannabinoid profile of the herb, claiming that it’s probably not as THC and CBD-rich as sellers and buyers assume it to be. Either way, several online shops that are selling the strain are not backing down from such claims.

Isla O.G. Canned Cannabis

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Placing weed in a can seems to be a good enough reason to sell it at staggeringly high prices. This is what the Isla O.G. (canned) is exclusively known for, as it sells for an estimated $800 per ounce. However, it is only sold in 1/8 canned portions for $100 each. During production, the buds are trimmed and stored in a can, where the curing process takes place. If done correctly, one ends up with incredibly fresh cannabis.

Fans of 2 Chainz’s “Most Expensivest Shit” show may already be familiar with the strain. The Isla O.G. was featured in one of the episodes, where the rapper burned an ounce of the flower in a pipe. Unlike the Oracle, the strain’s profile has undergone rigorous testing, and was certified by Steep Hill as a high quality flower. This could justify the hefty price tag that comes with the bud.

“These are not your typical run of the mill plastic medication bottles that you usually get. No, these containers set a far higher presentation experience when compared to a simple, hand written sticker on a plastic medical prescription bottle,” said City Spliff.

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