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If you are constantly looking for ways to improve the quality of your medication or want to learn new ways to enjoy your favorite herb, then this is the guide for you. In this guide I’ll teach you what it takes to become a true herbal connoisseur, showing you new ways to use modern technology and science to give you the best smoke possible!
Wash Your Hands:
Wash your hands before: Smoking, Handling any bud, Sharing a bowl…having hands that are 100% free of germs (or as close to it as possible) will GREATLY improve the quality of your smoke and reduce the risk of transferring any bacteria to the herb itself.
Next time you’re checking out of your local grocery store or pharmacy grab a $.99 travel bottle of Hand Sanitizer and keep it near your designated smoking area! This is a cheap, fast, and effective way to clean your hands in seconds!
Weapon of Choice:
Always smoke out of a CLEAN GLASS PIPE!!! Using a brand new or completely clean single hit glass hand pipe is the method used by the leading herbal connoisseurs and judges in cannabis festivals world wide. Why this is important is because the hand pipe delivers a clean, unfiltered, hit directly inhaled into the lungs allowing you to taste only what is being smoked.
* Water-Pipe Users:
Clean your tube and accessories regularly, do not allow for resin or scum to build up anywhere inside your tube, ash-catcher, down-stem or elsewhere. I recommend using 91% Rubbing Alcohol & Epson Salt or Orange Chronic Water Pipe Cleaner, either will do the job. For tough spots inside percs try using Grudge Off Super Soaker OVER NIGHT…soaking it will allow time for the cleaning agent to attach to the resin, use hot water to thoroughly rinse your tube…I clean mine in the bath tube (it’s really the only place it fits nice enough)
Add new filtered water every use, store empty without water.
Selecting Your Herb:
Start with the best quality pot available to you. Remember it truly is quality over quantity with cannabis…I mean why would you ever put your lungs and health at risk smoking herb that was not grown or handled properly? It is my recommendation that you visit your family doctor before consuming cannabis in any form, and only purchase medication from a state licensed dispensary. For those of you in states without medical marijuana laws…grow your own!!!
Storage: Proper storage of your medicine or “crypt ass nugget” will reserve you clean, fresh herb all year long. I recommend using KERR masion jars, like the one I have here:
They have an air tight rubber seal which makes the difference in the long run. Popular jars such as 420 Jars and Tight Pac feature plastic seals, which are not 100% air tight. This small leakage of air is enough to easily turn even the dankest nugs into dry crumpling shake over night!
Cork Top Jar:
While storing your stash in a rubber seal jar is the best way to keep it fresh, a Cork Top Jar is also a great alternative and can be found anywhere from your local headshop to that lame Michaels Crafts store down the road. I own this PURE Cork Top and it works great:
Handling Your Herb:
Try to handle your herb as little as possible, resin glads aka thc falls off your nugs and are easily absorbed by human skin.
You want to smoke the tip of the nug last, slowly pick away at your nugs from the top saving the best for last.
Remember, proper storage and handling of your buds can make a HUGE difference in the quality of your smoke! Store your nugs in a cool dark place whenever possible, avoid exposing your herb to direct sunlight and heat, both of which can damage your trichomes and more importantly the quality of your medicine!
Once you’ve washed your hands, cleaned your favorite glass piece, and selected a few strains of premier ganja to enjoy, the next step I recommend is purchasing a herbal grinder. Cosmic and Spacecase are two brands I highly recommend, both are made from quality materials in the United States and are free of harmful chemicals or metal dust flakes that are sometimes found in foreign made grinders.
Packing A Bowl:
After you’ve ground your herb I recommend using a plastic gift card or small piece of plastic to scoop up some green from your grinder or table and place it in your bowl. Try to avoid using your fingers when possible as THC is easily absorbed into your skin. Tap the bowl GENTLY with your finger to make sure it’s packed snug, but not tight. Packing a bowl too tight restricts air flow and causes the bowl to taste harsh and burns unevenly.
Loading an individual hit or snap of herb is a great way to enjoy a fresh “green” hit every time! Simply load a small amount of freshly ground bud into your bowl and clear the entire bowl in a single toke! This way you and your friends will enjoy the great taste of your cannabis as well as eliminate carbon and other potentially dangerous chemicals from entering your body!
Lighting the Bowl:
If you’re looking for the true connoisseurs experience it’s time to toss that trusted BIC lighter aside and try one of the following:
Solar Hit: Simple enough, use a magnifying glass and the powerful rays of the sun to spark up a tasty bowl of dank herb!
Bee-Line Organic Hemp Rope: The following information and images were taken directly from the Bee Line website: Butane, sulpher, and flint from lighters are all highly poisonous and should not be inhaled. Studies have proven that long term inhalation of butane leads to serious lung, heart, liver, and kidney problems and is also very damaging to the brain and spinal cord. Fortunately there is an answer, Beeline. It is chemical free so say good bye to butane caused headaches after smoking.
Soldering Iron: A method that is becoming more and more popular involves using a soldering iron to lightly burn your bowls. A method which works well, and is worth the $40-$60 you will dish out for a mid-priced model. It must be noted that this method is for RESPONSIBLE ADULTS ONLY and that the use of a soldering iron may result in fire, permanent injury, or even death. Be careful and have fun, remember to NEVER leave the soldering iron unattended while on, completely unplug from the wall after every use to avoid serious accidents from happending.
A Vaporizer works by using heat to bring the temperature of cannabis to the point where it boils the active ingredient (THC) out of the cannabis without burning the plant material. The vapors that result are much cleaner and tastier than smoke, and much more potent as well. the vapors are free of tars and other unhealthy bi-products produced when the bud is burned instead of vaporized. There are countless practical and medical reasons to own a vaporizer, so if you get the chance to purchase one I highly recommend doing so!
Whether you are enjoying a joint inside a medical club or over at your trusted dealer’s pad sampling his latest pick-ups, if you truly want to become a connoisseur of fine herb it is always important to keep yourself in line and behave appropriately. While smoking extremely potent ganja may be euphoric and somewhat intoxicating it is never acceptable to blame your poor choices on pot.
Kief is the dried resin glands or trichomes of the cannabis plant, aka the THC that falls off your bud, and is collected to be smoked or pressed into hash!
If you are a serious smoker and consume large amounts of herb regularly then I highly recommend picking yourself up a kief box. The one below is made by the WICCA / WIKKA brand company (name change due to legal dispute) and I absolutely love it. In half the time I collect 10 x the kief as a traditional multi chamber grinder, and am able to produce top quality hash daily. Whether you’re picking up a few grams or several pounds a kief box is an excellent addition to any connoisseurs collection!
Once you’ve smoked hundred’s of amazing strains of cannabis, collected your own kief, and awaken from that extra stony weed nap, you are probably interested in trying some hash! Hash is the collection of thousands of resin glads located on the cannabis flowers or buds, and here are a few different types…
Iso Wash / Qwiso:
If your’ve been saving a jar of stems, trim, or even have a few extra grams of fine ganja sitting around then listen up! Our good friend Hashmouf took the time to create an AWESOME tutorial that will show you how to quickly and affordably make hash at home with things you probably already have in your kitchen!
His guides can be found here: http://forum.grasscity.com/recreatio…ictorials.html
Full Melt / Bubble Hash:
Bubble hash is a popular form of hash which is made by slowing mixing cannabis trim or buds in an ice water wash for hours, it’s then poured through multi-layer bags that strain the ice water and collect the resin glads.
Butane Honey Oil “BHO”:
“In my opinion, there is no smokable cannabis derivative that gets you more baked than oil. Whether you call it honey or hash oil, it’s the concentrated liquid essence of marijuana and it doesn’t take much of it to completely stone you, though its mind-numbing power makes it an acquired taste.
Whether it’s spread on a paper and rolled into a joint, inhaled through a straw from a hot knife, steamed in a Vaporizer or dropped onto ashes in your favorite bong, if you can manage to wrangle this gooey gold from the plant and then from the tiny bottle it’s usually stored in, you will be rewarded with lung-searing, brain-blasting fun!” – Mamakind, Cannabis Culture Magazine.
The process of making oil involves using a solvent, in the case butane, to dissolve the cannabis resins off the plant material, then separate the solvent from the resin. It can easily be made at home, but should be attempted by responsible adults only!!! There are several guides online which include detailed instructions that will guide you through the oil making process, here is a neat video I found on youtube showing the basic process…
Ear Wax / Budder:
Ear Wax or Budder is basically whipped/aerated bho that is dried in the process of whipping and changes viscosity from an oil to wax.
The “wax” effect can only be achieved with certain strains like OG Kush, and often turns to a taffy like goo instead of the wax-like material we know as Budder.
[U]Oil Dome / Vapor Globe:[/B]
The Vapor Globe or Oil Dome is an innovative accessory designed to turn your waterpipe into a concentrate smoking machine!!!
Here’s how it works…
The main male apparatus is inserted into the downstem of your favorite waterpipe, inside is a removable glass nail that sits within the male apparatus. Using a butane torch the nail is heated, the female globe is placed on top, and the hash is applied using a dabber (dental pick or paper clip).
While there are easier ways to smoke hash, hot knifing remains a popular way to enjoy hash and here is how you do it:
- Supplies: two butter knives, hash to smoke, a stove preferably with a metal coils, oven glove or hand towel, straw, and although not required the help of a friend might come in handy!
- Step One: Set the stove to high heat and wait until the stove top turns burns bright red.
- Step Two: Place the knives on the stove as shown in the picture below, if you have a different kind of stove you are going to have to improvise
- Step Three: Break up some hash into small little bits 0.01 – 0.03 grams a piece. Once the tips of the knives turn a bright orange take your oven mitt or towel and pick up one of the knives.
- Step Four: Holding the knife firmly in your hand press the orange tip very lightly down onto a small piece of hash, do not squish it, instead press lightly until the hash melts to the hot metal.
- Step Five: Pick up the other knife and press the two ends firmly together, the hash will immediately begin to burn and smoke will quickly begin to rise.
- Step Six: Hold the straw in your mouth and inhale while balancing the knives.
We all know that pot smells and for many of us covering up or eliminating this smell is a top concern. Whether you’re hot-boxing your bedroom, have a nosey landlord, or just want to cover up your smelly stash here are a few products I’ve personally used with great results in the battle against oder!!!
Renuzit Super Oder Neutralizer:
My personal favorite and top choice, Renuzit Super Oder Neatralizer, can be found at any grocery story, pharmacy, or Target for $2.99. It is available in three fragrances, I recommend Pure Breeze, and will eliminate the smell of cannabis without filling the air with an overpowering or disgusting smell!
Made from natural orange extract in California, Orange Chronic Spray is highly effective and works great! Immediately filling the air with a heavy orange scent that I find to be more pleasant than overwhelming, it is available in a 4 oz or 8 oz spray cans that feature a pump system instead of using aerosol which harms the environment. Available online or at any decent smoke / head shop I would highly recommend picking some up!!!
While they may not be the best at eliminating strong smoke smells incense are great to burn while smoking, to help mask the smell, either in an adjacent room or to add a pleasant smell to the room after medicating. I recommend storing a few extra incense NEXT to your jar, (NEVER INSIDE YOUR JAR…GROSS) it will help keep any hidden smells from leaking out and add a nice smell to your closet or desk drawer!
Tools of the Trade:
While the following items may not be a necessity, they are sure to add a little extra to your smoking experience!!!
A trusted poker can be a helpful tool in the fight against clogged bowls! Here is a cool one I picked up from ROOR:
While the $9.99 ROOR Poker may be a bit pricey, the small glass tip is excellent for handling hash oil efficiently and very easily, making it well worth the money in my opinion. Most headshops carry great metal pokers for less than $1.00 that work just as well. Use anything that works well for you as a poker, just be sure to have a safe place to keep it to avoid smearing black resin on your favorite shirt or chair.
Available everywhere from your local Wal-mart to that janky swap-meet on the outskirts of town, an industrial use Dental Pick is a very useful tool in a smokers world…especially when you’re handling hash oils!!!
NOTE: Be careful when clearing bowls with ANY poker as it is extremely easy to chip or break your glass!!!
Smelly Proof Bags:
Featuring a double zipper and a half inch wide seal, Smelly Proof bags are a MUST HAVE for any connoisseur looking to leave home with herb. Whether it’s driving home from your friends or flying across the country, your stash will stay oder free and relatively safe inside your Smelly Proof. Available in a variety of sizes they sell locally for $1.00 a piece and I suggest getting your hands on one as soon as possible!!!
High Times Magazine:
While there are plenty of pot magazines to pick from nowadays there is one that truly shines above the rest, the original High Times Magazine! Packed with tons of useful information, stunning images, and a cheap cover price High Times is a great read for any stoner! With an average of two issues published a month you will never run out of cannabis related reading material, and with a 12 month subscription for under $30 I recommend signing up today!
Cannabis Culture Magazine:
Created in the summer of 1994 by Canada’s Prince of Pot, Marc Emery, Cannabis Culture Magazine is a great resource for all stoners! Loaded with interesting stories, grow tips from expert Ed Rosenthal, medical marijuana info, and most importantly…facts! Cannabis Culture comes out every two months and is available in book stores and newsstands across North America. I’ve been a dedicated High Times subscriber for many years but I recently subscribed to Cannabis Culture after purchasing only one issue. While Cannabis Culture may not have as many pretty pictures as HT, it brings it’s weight in readable content and will not waste your time with fake weed advertisements!!!
The following foods will help refuel your body and mind in your journey as a cannabis connoisseur!!!
According to Ed Rosenthal, a leading Cannabis expert, eating a slightly overripe mango about 30 minutes prior to consuming cannabis will drastically increase the potency of your high! Myrcene, one of the oder molecules found in both mangos and marijuana, easily crosses the blood-brain barrier and transports THC across the barrier too. Increasing the amount of Myrcene in the blood system results in more THC getting to the brain. Skeptical? Try it yourself…I promise you will like the results!