Whether you’re looking for a heady gift or want to treat yourself to an elevated smoke break, here are the best cannabis accessories to pick up right now
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It’s almost 4/20, in April of 2020, which is more than enough reason to sit back, light up and celebrate.
The official pot smoking holiday — whose origins have been (incorrectly) linked to rock star death anniversaries, the police penal code, and the number of chemical compounds in the THC-rich plant — has grown from a small event on society’s fringes, to a nationally-recognized event.
Roughly 12% of adults smoke pot according to a recent poll conducted by Gallup, and 11 states have legalized it for recreational use. Many others have legalized it for medical use, and weed is currently totally prohibited in only three states. Reefer madness, it seems, is alive and well.
If you’re over the age of 21, and live in a state where weed is legal, you’ve probably got rolling papers, labeled jars, and a pocket-friendly herb grinder ready to go. There’s nothing wrong with the classics, but technology has evolved, and you can toke up more discretely and efficiently as ever. We’ve found 13 tools and accessories that can help you get high without turning your place into the set of Pineapple Express 2 (Seth, are you listening?)
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It goes without saying, but be sure to understand the potential health risks that come with smoking and vaping, and enjoy responsibly if you’re of age and in a place where it’s legal. Whether you’re looking for a heady gift or just want to treat yourself to an elevated smoke break, here’s what makes our cannabis list this year.
1. LEVO II Herbal Oil Infuser
Step away from the stove, LEVO’s second-generation oil and butter infuser takes all of the guesswork out of brownies (and more).
Place your herbs in its mesh, metal pod, and prepare them with the LEVO II’s dry and activation cycles. Once they’re ready, fill the machine’s reservoir with the oil or butter of your choice, and put the pod inside. Set the cook time and temperature with buttons on the front of the LEVO II, and let the machine take over the rest. When it’s ready, the LEVO II will dispense your infused liquids, which you can use in your favorite recipes.
If you’d like to monitor its progress from outside of the kitchen, you can connect the LEVO II to your WiFi network, and download the LEVO app (available on IOS and Android). Once you’re done cooking, remove the herb pod, silicone stirrer, and reservoir to clean. All three pieces are dishwasher-safe.
If you’ve been afraid to make your own edibles because you’re afraid of screwing up main ingredient, this is a set-it-and-forget-it solution.
LEVO II Herbal Oil Infuser, $199.99, available at Amazon and $249 on Levooil.com
2. HEIR Water Pipe
Made out of thick glass and a glazed ceramic material, Heir’s water pipe is a classier way to get high. What you get: a precision-made smoking accessory with a modern design.
The pipe passes smoke through a downward stem via an eight-slotted percolator, which diffuses smoke more evenly through the water and enhances filtration. A splash guard built into the bottom of the pipe keeps water from interrupting your hit.
The pipe has a tapered design that makes it easy to hold and tilt, and it was designed for easy cleanup. You can pour water directly through the grinder, and unscrew the top piece to reveal a storage space large enough for your lighter. The HEIR gives a much-needed makeover to one of the most popular smoking devices — no more makeshift hits here.
HEIR Water Pipe, $260, available at HEIR
3. Summerland Terracotta Bong
Summerland’s Pleasure Point Terracotta Bong is handmade in California. It’s made out of lead-free, food-safe glazed ceramic, and a silicon grommet, which the company says ensures clean hits every time. Prefer something a little more luxe? The company makes the same bong in a glossy white or “marble” finish too.
Pleasure Point Terracotta Bong, $224, available at Summerland
4. Ardent Nova FX
Described by Ardent as the “easy bake oven for cannabis,” the Nova FX is a portable, all-in-one solution for making edibles.
The Nova FX’s core function is decarboxylation, a process that heats cannabis up to a set temperature to “activate” the THC. As you can see in the picture above, you’re able to pour dry herb directly into the stainless steel cavity, and decarboxylate it in under two hours. Multiple sensors inside the Nova FX keep its temperature consistent to avoid scorching your pot.
Once that process is done, you can use the activated cannabis directly in your baked goods without infusing it into butter or oil. If you prefer using “enhanced” versions of those ingredients, you can also use the Nova FX as an infuser — add your activated cannabis into a bottle filled with butter or oil, place it into its stainless steel cavity, and hit the “infuse” button.
Finally, the Nova FX can also be used as an oven to actually bake single-serving edibles by combining the ingredients in a cupcake liner, and baking them. Having all three of these functions in a single device allows you to make high-potency edibles without taking up a lot of counter or shelf space. It’s an efficient way to maximize your pleasure without sacrificing any quality.
Nova FX, $350, available at Ardent
5. A Vegan, Gluten-Free Chocolate Edibles Kit
The best part of baking with pot (besides the end result), is getting to spend time in the kitchen. If you’re not an active home cook, Marijuana Group’s Chocolate Box is a fool-proof way to make tasty, good looking treats.
The kit comes with directions, dosing recommendations, enough ingredients for eight chocolates, THC extraction supplies, and a silicon cannabis leaf mold. All of the ingredients in this kit are vegan, gluten-free, and have low sugar content, so they’re a good choice for people with many common dietary restrictions.
You can only use the ingredients in this kit once, but the recipe and tools will allow you to make additional batches if you like the way they turned out.
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The 11 Best Weed Accessories, According to Experts
From expensive vapes to travel storage, three cannabis experts reflect on their favorite weed accessories.
We’ve come a long way from the apple pipes of our youth. These days, there are a million and one ways to consume cannabis, which means it’s one of the most gear-intensive hobbies there is. As such, we hit up three experts to find out which gear is worth adding to your arsenal.
Saeed is a writer, actor, cannabis liberalization advocate. He writes and stars in HBO’s High Maintenance, co-hosts the podcast Great Moments in Weed History and occasionally performs stand-up comedy. Saeed used to host Vice’s James Beard Award-nominated show Bong Appétit.
Blazy Susan Pink Rolling Papers
“I’m not even going to ask what makes them pink because these things make your joints adorable and will bring delight to you and everyone you smoke with. Also, they roll just as a well as RAWs — believe me, I’m a stickler about that shit.”
Hemper Keeper 3-in-1 Storage
“Travel storage has always been a huge issue for me. It’s messy, inconvenient and wasteful. I probably have my own little corner of that garbage island in the Pacific from all the sandwich bags I’ve used over the years.
“This thing is secure. It holds about an eighth and has a built-in grinder that fits right under the lid. I know you can never trust a plastic grinder, but this one actually does a good job. Not too get too nitty-gritty but I think it’s because it has little pyramid-shaped teeth rather than the kinda flat ones in a cheap smoke shop grinder. Anyhow, I have like five of these all in different colors and have tried to code them according to different strains but of course I never do it so have to open the jar and smell every time.”
Pukinbeagle Quartz Nail
“If I’m watching TV (for example, Murder Mountain) or a movie (like Holy Mountain), or playing chip-and-putt with the homies, I’m smoking fat flower joints. I don’t really consider dabbing to be recreational. It plays a role in my work day, my health routine, my exercise routine, et cetera. That’s why I keep good hash on hand and clean my rig on the reg. So why would I use any less than the Rolls Royce of quartz nails?”
“Vape pens are convenient and all, but they’re purely portable, and it’s just not as fun to sit on your couch and hit a vape pen as it is to take a dab or hit a bong. That’s why this thing is such a genius entry to the vape game. There have been a bunch of tabletop vapes, but this one is far sleeker than any and just has a great user experience. Mind you, the one they sent me is still in its package because I’m slow to abandon my dab rig, but I’m handed a PuffCo peak at every weed party I go to. This thing caught on quick.”
Catalano is a professional cannabis chef, edibles expert and author of The Ganja Kitchen Revolution: The Bible of Cannabis Cuisine. She writes for a number of cannabis publications and was an early pioneer in pushing strain-specific cannabis cuisine.
Soy Lecithin Powder
“While controversial in some circles, food-grade Soy Lecithin is a great emulsifying agent not only for non-infused foods but also for cannabis edibles. Lecithin acts as a surfactant which lowers the surface tension and allows THC to be distributed more evenly through the food product. It helps emulsify products, which helps fat and water to stay together in addition to other molecules, and lessens the chance of mold from developing (one of the controversial areas of concern).
“It also comes with some health benefits that are worth noting: reduction of cholesterol boosts immunity, improves cogitative function, helps with stress, and relieves menopause symptoms. Something worth noting if you are trying to make health-conscious edibles.”
EcoPeaceful Nut Milk Bag
“These amazing little bags are not only great for making dairy-free homemade milk or yogurts but also straining cannabis flower out of olive oil, butter or tallow. The material allows for the perfect flow of liquid fats without letting any plant material through the bag. These cute little bags are also great for your health as they are certified 100 percent organic cotton and are not made from toxic cheap nylon or polyester materials.”
Ball Regular Mouth 1-Pint Glass Canning Jars
“I think every cannabis enthusiast is secretly obsessed with Ball Canning Jars of every size as they are always somehow mandatory to store your cannabis flower in them. I have tons of canning jars in my house — both for cannabis and for canning foods. Use the jars to store flower in your spice cabinet, infuse liquid fats of your choice in the jars with a double boiler, or make cannabis-infused freezer jam for your morning toast or scone.”
Salt 2-Piece 2 qt. Stainless Steel Double Boiler
“I am all about sturdy double boilers that you can buy at a very affordable price. Double boilers are great for tempering chocolate and creating other delicious temperamental foods, however, they are also great for making cannabis-infused food items. Butters, oils, and tallows can be infused with flower in the covered top pot or you can place them into a small sealed canning jar with the cover of the double boiler off. This is also my go-to accessory for tempering cannabis chocolates or making infused chocolate ganache.”
Danko is the senior cultivation editor of High Times Magazine and the author of The Official High Times Field Guide to Marijuana Strains and >Cannabis, A Beginner’s Guide to Growing Marijuana. He has selected High Times’s annual Top 10 Strains of the Year since 2005 and is also the creator and founder of the High Times Seed Bank Hall of Fame.
The Original Sweetleaf Grinder
“I can distinctly remember the first time I used a grinder to break up my weed. I was at our High Times Cannabis Cup in Amsterdam in November of 2000 and the debut of the Original Sweetleaf Grinder proved to be life-changing; No more sticky fingers, gummed-up scissors or poorly-ground chunky herb. Since that time, many imitators have tried to improve on the design but the original Sweetleaf is still the only indispensable grinder I use every day.”
The Puffco Peak
“Busting out a loud flaming torch to heat up your glass dab rig isn’t always a good look. It can be dangerous and certainly can conjure images of harder drug use to some observers. That’s why I love the portable and prudent electronic “smart rig” called the Peak from vaping pioneers Puffco. This sleek and stylish unit heats up in 20 seconds and vibrates to let you know the perfect time to hit it. The easy-to-use Peak has redefined the look of concentrate consumption.”
VapeExhale Hanu Stone
“I’m so happy that portable vaporizers have moved beyond the basic and boring pen battery and cartridge setup into a variety of different shapes and sizes. Inspired by river rocks smoothed over time, the Hanu Stone provides perfect vape hits from pre-filled pods that are curated to include only the finest in concentrated hash oils. I don’t leave home without this elegant and flavorful device.”
The High Times Beaker Bong
“Everyone needs a sturdy go-to bong for everyday use that’s easy to clean and won’t break the bank or shatter into pieces on the floor. The solid new High Times Beaker Bong is made in the USA, features glass-on-glass connections and the iconic HT logo on the main tube and the downstem. The ice pinch allows me to cool my bonghits properly for perfect temperature toking.”
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From expensive vapes to travel storage to pink rolling paper, a trio of cannabis experts reflect on their favorite weed accessories.