However, my intent with that first review was to cover quality yet inexpensive grinders, as I knew first hand that Amazon has a surplus of them. For real though, there’s more grinders in the warehouses of Amazon than gay men’s smartphones.
When most people think of marijuana they think of THC, or tetrahydrocannabinol, the psychotropic primary isomer within marijuana that is responsible for getting people high.
But recently a lot of attention has been being paid to CBD, or cannabidiol, a non-psychoactive – yet therapeutic – cannabinoid that is becoming more favorable among the medical community for its lack of side effects and similar medical benefits to THC.
CBD has been proven to reduce anxiety, treat nausea and vomiting, combat psychosis, reduce seizures, act as an anti-inflammatory, combat neurodegenerative disorders, and even combat cancer. It has been proven effective against schizophrenia and certain types of epiliepsy. Some of the lesser known uses of CBD include cigarette addiction treatment, acne treatment, helps with diabetes, and even the prevention of mad cow disease. Continue reading “CBD: The Gray Area’s Wonder Drug”
Best cleaning solutions for removing resin from glass bongs & pipes
One of the less pleasant aspects of using a bong or pipe to smoke weed is the inevitable buildup of nasty, sticky resin, which makes the piece harder to smoke and adulterates the taste of weed. Bottom line, resin is the bane of every weed smoker’s existence.
The thing is, the more expensive and elaborate the bong, the harder it is to clean. Higher end bongs with intricate designs, while awesome, make for quite a daunting cleaning process. That is, of course, unless you have the proper tools at your disposal.
That’s where the following three cleaning solutions come in.
Sure, you could go with with the homemade salt + rubbing alcohol solution; and with some effort, you can certainly get your bong pretty damn clean with it. But if you ask me, it doesn’t make much sense to spend a poop load of money on an awesome bong only to skimp out on its maintenance costs. Especially when we’re only talking about an extra $15-20.
So, you’ve been smoking weed from the same bong and/or pipe for some time now, and you’ve run into a problem – it’s filthy as fuck. Thick, sticky resin has built up over time. This nasty byproduct of your sinful weed smokin’ lifestyle coats the inside of glass pipes overtime, and can make them a lot harder to smoke out of.
The struggle is real.
You try your best to clean it out using nothing but faucet water, and quickly realize that’s not gonna cut it.
The resin left behind in bongs and pipes by smoked marijuana is notoriously difficult to remove, as you’ve just learned first hand. Typical cleaning methods don’t stand a chance in the face of a dirty bong.
You may figure – correctly – that hotter water will be more effective. Some people resort to soaking their piece in a pot of boiling water, but I don’t recommend this method for a few reasons. For one, it will stink your entire house up to high hell. And not with the pleasant fragrance of fresh marijuana buds, but the stale stench of moldy old resin. Not pleasant.
Besides, stoners and boiling water – or any scalding hot liquid, for that matter – are a dangerous combination. I know from experience, dude.
The glorious bounty of delicious weed kief that a nice cannabis grinder bestows upon its owner is a good reason to start using one. It gets you high as fuck.
But let’s backtrack a little bit for my readers uninitiated to the world of kief. What exactly is kief? How do you go about getting your hands on it? And what’s the historical significance and context of this particular gift from the cannabis gods?
…Okay, I doubt anyone came across this article with that last question in mind – that’s just the history nerd in me poopin’ all over this party. Don’t mind me.
Anyway, to get the first question out of the way, weed kief is much more than just weed that has been pulverized into a fine powder. Kief is actually an accumulation of trichomes, otherwise known as the fine hairs and crystals found on healthy, quality cannabis buds. Most commonly a side effect of shredding buds in a grinder with a mesh sifter, there’s also a number of ways to extract kief from a batch of weed – a process I’ll cover in this post. Continue reading “Weed Kief & You: A Love Story”
So as you’ve probably gathered by now, I’ve spent quite a lot of time trudging through the digital aisles of Amazon to find some awesome and inexpensive products for my fellow weed smoking cohorts. For the sake of transparency, I might as well mention that the five reviews preceding this one have netted me a whopping $29.32 this August. Which is nice, but I don’t expect these reviews to hoist my ass from the sea of student loan debt in which I’ve immersed myself.
Anyway, I’m rambling. My point is, having spent so much time on Amazon searching for stoner related items, I’ve come to realize that Amazon is essentially a big-ass headshop. For instance, I had no idea they sold glass “tobacco” pipes, which are definitely not for smoking tobacco.
Let’s be real, smoking weed can be a messy affair.
One of the messiest parts of smoking weed is, of course, the whole ash aspect. Or “ashpect,” if you’re Sean Connery.
Before learning of the following products, I made quite a mess in my house by ashing into makeshift ashtrays over the years – including, but not limited to, beer cans, the top parts of scented candles, and little makeshift ghetto-ass tin foil junts I’ve resorted to making myself.
No bullshit, the box that my very first cell phone came in is, as we speak, (not very well) hidden in my old room at my parent’s house, overflowing with damn near a decade’s worth of old weed ash. I still use it whenever I visit. Every time I tell myself I’m going to take care of it. I never do.
It’s been nearly half a decade since James wrote about Smoking Weed at Home and College without getting caught or smelling up your entire house or dorm. So when he started writing these “Stoner Essentials,” it seemed appropriate to highlight some items that would go along with it.
And by “appropriate,” I mean, “bleedingly obvious.”
A nice digital scale is a must-have for any weed smoker. Most people think of scales as a product only pot dealers need, but even if you’re not in the business of selling weed, it’s wise to invest in a scale for a number of reasons.
The most obvious of which is the power to discern whether or not your weed dealer is shorting you. But other than that, a digital weed scale just comes in handy in a lot of situations. If you’ve ever gone in on a sack with one or more friends, you probably wished you had a pocket scale to split up the sack with accuracy. Continue reading “Stoner Essentials #3 – Best Scales for Weighing Weed”
Most people don’t know this, but Amazon.com is a great place to get cheap weed-related paraphernalia. While they aren’t exactly an online headshop, they nevertheless have a lot of great products every weed smoker should have.
In this edition, I will highlight the best budget-friendly weed grinders available on Amazon.
As we know all too well, weed gets kind of a bad rap. Let’s face it: drug use in general gets one hell of a bad rap. It seems everyone knows someone whose life was destroyed by drugs.
See? Instantly when you read that sentence, your mind conjured up an image of the stereotypical drugged-up moron. The bumbling idiot who wears his Bob Marley tank top with pride (yet can’t name more than one or two of his songs), rocking his marijuana leaf socks, recording Snapchats of every bong rip he takes, posting about 4/20 on Facebook. He probably doesn’t have a job. He certainly has no ambition. Continue reading “An Open Letter to the Potheads of the World”