Littered Joint Roaches Wreak Havoc for Dog Parents in New York City

A growing chorus of dog parents are complaining about the scourge of joint roaches littered on New York City streets, less than six months into adult-use cannabis sales.

KTLA 5 reports that dog parents and veterinarians are concerned about dogs eating littered roaches throughout New York City, which they say is a public nuisance.

Dr. Amy Attas, a New York City veterinarian, told KTLA 5 that she’s been getting more and more calls about concerned dog parents when their dogs sniff up and eat roaches left on the sidewalk.

“The reason we’re seeing so many cases is that people are using marijuana on the street and then discarding the unwanted ends of their joints,” Attas said. “And that’s a real problem because dogs will eat those.”

According to The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ (ASPCA) Animal Poison Control Center, (APCC) recreational drugs including cannabis are part of the organization’s annual list of top toxins for pets, which was announced during National Poison Prevention Week last March 19-25.

In 2022, the APCC team received nearly 11% more calls related to potential cannabis ingestion than in the year before, and they have seen a nearly 300 percent increase in calls over the past five years. “To me, it is unbelievable how prevalent this now is,” said Attas.

According to the APCC, most calls involve pets ingesting edibles which are more dangerous than ingesting plant material, sometimes combined with ingredients like chocolate, another dog toxin. Eating edibles can result in symptoms such as stomach upset, urinary incontinence, and ataxia in pets like dogs.

Colleen Briggs is one of the dog parents in New York who is concerned about roaches on the sidewalk, after her 8-month-old toy poodle ate some cannabis. “He was just doing his usual—exploring everything, sniffing everything,” Briggs told KTLA 5.

Sue Scott, whose 9-month-old pug ate a roach, is also concerned. “I don’t know if you know pugs—they’re constantly on the lookout for their next morsel,” said Scott. “But sometimes it’s pretty tough to control them because they are so fast. They’ll just dart at something.”

CBD, not THC, for Dogs

While THC is considered a toxin for dogs, as their bodies are generally believed to be too small to handle the compound, CBD may have a different outcome. 

Dr. Helen Rudnick of Austin Urban Vet told High Times in 2018 that anecdotal reports suggest CBD can be beneficial for dogs. One claim is that CBD can be helpful for dogs suffering from seizures, as it has been reported in children.

Professional British Boxer Anthony Fowler, for instance, posted a video of a dog having a seizure and how fast CBD oil stopped the dog from shaking. Another viral video shows CBD oil stopping a seizure in another dog in less than one minute.

In 2022, the National Animal Supplement Council (NASC) launched a petition against Idaho’s ban on CBD for animals. The NASC believes CBD bans are more dangerous because CBD products need certificates of analysis and need to be vetted under a regulatory program. 

So the NASC called people to action on the Council’s website and launched a petition on Change.org. 

What to Do with Roaches Instead of Littering

There are several ways to salvage the weed leftover in a joint roach.

You can make a grandfather joint, using emptied out roaches and re-rolling several of them into a new joint. The cannabis left in roaches typically contains extra resin that is collected while the original joint was smoked.

First or second generation roach joints are best, though some users say they’ve smoked five-generation roach joints before. Another option is getting a roach clip so you can smoke all the way to the end.

Another option is to make roach butter, or infuse the leftover weed into a butter using the same general guidelines you’d use with unused cannabis. Most likely the weed has already been partially decarboxylated. 

If you don’t want to smoke roach weed, then throw it out somewhere so that it won’t end up on the sidewalk where dogs will inevitably sniff them down and eat them up.

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Cash Only’s 420 Recs: Maya Kendrick, Adult Film Star

Maya Kendrick is a cool ass stoner chick based in L.A., who’s known for her adult film work. We met through mutual friends and I quickly became a fan of her Instagram, which features snapshots from her mellow day-to-day life — hitting the bong, hanging with the cats, lots of hot girl ring light selfies, etc.

Maya entered the smut industry in 2016 and has appeared in hundreds of scenes and movies since. She took a brief hiatus from working this past November to “get mommy milkers” — as she explained on Twitter — so we thought now would be a good time to publish a very fun conversation with the performer and pot lover.

Over the course of an hour phone call, Maya explained how smoking weed in high school felt like a totally different high, bravely admitted that she doesn’t know how to roll joints, and also detailed the first time she tried DMT. She was accompanied by some trippy scientists at a crypto conference, and the bros blabbed about shooting mice with lasers while she laughed her ass off throughout the trip. 

This was a very fun conversation with a very lovely person — thanks Maya!

What was your first time smoking weed like?

Maya Kendrick: My first time smoking weed was on a trail in the park across from my house with a bunch of my friends during the summer after eighth grade. It was in Washington State. So we were smoking weed out of an Arizona Iced Tea can and I remember being very paranoid cuz there was some sort of park maintenance person whose truck was parked nearby. They were wandering around the area and I was like, “We’re gonna get arrested by this park ranger for smoking weed!” I was so scared for absolutely no reason. That man definitely didn’t give a shit.

Did you get stoned during this first time smoking?

I was slightly high, but I was more just in love with the experience of doing something I wasn’t supposed to. I had been so eager to rebel in some fashion. And then the second time I smoked weed was out of a cheap purple plastic bubbler. And that time I got insanely high. I did enjoy the experience. I wasn’t scared or paranoid or anything. I just had a great time, and everything was a million times funnier. I was happy.

Did it become a regular part of your life from then on?

Every Saturday, when I hung out with my friends, we would try to sneak away from whoever’s parents and smoke. We would sit under a blanket on a deck and hotbox it. Back then, we’d get so stoned. Like fucked up. Getting stoned in high school feels like a different drug. It’s different and I wish I could get that stoned now. I have a vivid memory of being high in high school and one of my friends drove me to my house so that I could pick up clothes, and we were already high. And when I left, I kissed my mom on the mouth. I was so stoned, that it seemed normal. I didn’t know how to operate my body normally. And I was like, “She’s going to know I’m high. I haven’t kissed her on the mouth in like eight years!” [laughs]

What’s your day-to-day consumption like today?

Some days I wake up and start smoking right away. Other days, I wait until later in the afternoon. Generally, now, any type of weed I smoke makes me tired. Even if I’m smoking sativas, it makes me sleepy unless I’m also on Adderall. How weed affects me just changed maybe like a year and a half or two years ago. Before, I used to be able to dab. I used to exclusively dab for years. I still do it occasionally, but I don’t do it as my main method of consumption anymore. I feel like I have no tolerance these days. I will smoke a sativa joint and be like, “I need to take a nap. I’m kind of sleepy.”

What’s your preferred way to consume these days?

I smoke out of a bong and I vape a lot. I can’t roll anything, and I’ve never been able to roll anything. And now I feel that that ship has sailed. I live in a state that sells pre-rolls, so why try now? I admire other people who can roll, though. I genuinely think of it as a skill set. My hands just are too dumb — it’s not gonna happen.

Do you have a preferred type of flower, whether a specific strain or just a certain flavor profile?

I actually don’t. I kind of like everything [laughs]. I’ve always just been like, “The more weed, the merrier.” I’ve never had a favorite anything. I like it all. I’ve never felt like, “Oh I want to be this specific type of high.” I’m willing to gamble.

Where do you buy weed in L.A.? Any particular dispensary?

For years, I went to this dispensary deep in the Valley in a strip mall that had no signage or anything. It just said “dispensary.” All the girls there were so hot and I became friends with them all; it still makes me mad that I never got any of their Instagrams. Now, they’re just, like, in the wind. This dispensary didn’t tax anything, and I’m pretty sure they were just very, very sketchy. But the weed was great and reliable. And I went there literally once a week for two and a half, maybe three years. Then I went back one time and everything was gone and it was just boarded up.

What about today? Where do you get your weed?

I immediately pivoted to ordering delivery. Grass Door is my preferred dispensary for delivery. It’s just so easy. They also have sales all the time and I love a sale. It makes me feel better about buying a dumb amount of weed. I’ll buy a few half ounces of different stuff and then I’ll get a few disposable vapes. Sometimes I smoke less weed when I’m busier. Some days, I’ll smoke an eighth. I haven’t smoked flower in like three days. I occasionally try to take a tolerance break. It used to be so hard for me. I couldn’t even think about not smoking for like two days. Today, though, I can take a break if I’m busy — that’s easy. I’ve definitely matured in my relationship with weed, whereas before, I was just like dabbing all day, every day.

Are there any types of weed products, like ephemera, grinders, or pipes that you like?

I really like my grinder. It’s from Sackville and Co. It’s the one that doesn’t have a kief catcher. It’s my favorite. I’ve had it for like a year and a half, and it’s indestructible. I like that you don’t have to grind up weed everyday. I’ll just grind up weed every three days and it will fill the grinder. It was the biggest barrier in getting me to transition from dabbing to flower. I was like, “I have to make myself enjoy this. So let’s get a bong that I like. Let’s get a grinder that I like.” Then it was easier to transition into using flower regularly.

Do you just stick to weed, or do you like psychedelics, too?

I do psychedelics sometimes. I did shrooms once in high school and had a really great experience with it. I just don’t take them regularly because they’re time-consuming. I did acid for the first time last September, and I was super wary of it. I was really nervous. So I only took like half a tab and then like basically nothing happened. Occasionally, I’d be like, “The ground looks a little weird.” [laughs] I’d be into trying more now. I’m no longer scared. 

And then I tried DMT for the first time that same night, and I really liked it. I hit a DMT vape pen. I was at a mountain retreat in Denver after a crypto conference. This guy was really selling me on DMT because he was very into it. He said it only lasts 20 minutes and if you don’t like it, you don’t hit the vape again. So I tried it. I don’t really mind that it tastes like plastic; I can get over that [laughs]. And I had the BEST evening. We were sitting on this deck in the Colorado wilderness watching the sunset and I vaped DMT for like three hours. It was so fun and so funny. 

I didn’t really know any of the people I was with, and they were mostly these insane scientists talking about experiments they used to do on mice where they would shoot them with certain lasers. I was just sitting there laughing — it was funny that they were talking about their actual jobs as scientists. I was just like, “I don’t know why I’m here. I do porn. I am so unqualified to be listening to your science experiment talk.” So I just sat there, did more DMT, looked at my hands, and cracked up. “Thanks for the DMT, babes!” You know?

I’m curious if weed plays a role when you’re performing in adult films. Do you ever smoke before getting to set?

Yeah, I definitely have. I used to always dab before set because by the time my makeup was done, I wouldn’t be as high anymore. I was like, “I’ll just sit there really high and get my makeup done for an hour and a half and then I’ll be slightly less high and I’ll go to work.” So I used to do that all the time. Now I will vape outside on set. But for a long time, I didn’t smoke weed on set because the producers were so strict, specifically like with the girls.

Was it a consent issue thing? Like they were worried you’d be incapacitated or something?

They were worried that I would be a worse performer. They were not worried about consent. They were worried that my performance would suffer. They were more worried my eyes would look fucked up [laughs].

Does weed make you perform differently?

Sometimes it’d make me more comfortable. Like, I can do everything that I can do sober when I am stoned, you know? I don’t think it’s great if I’m doing scenes where I have to do tons of dialogue and acting — weed won’t help me reach my peak performance. But for gonzo stuff, I don’t think it affects me negatively. It’s almost like a background thing. I can be high and do high-performance sex; that’s not an issue. After all, I used to smoke weed at six in the morning and then go to the gym with my old porn agent.

What about in your personal life? Does weed make sex more enjoyable for you?

Yeah. I think I like both. There’s definitely some times when I’d like my head to be as clear as possible. I like being high when I have sex and I like being sober when I have sex. I feel like I do both equally. I smoke weed more before I do escorting work — way more than I smoke weed before shooting porn. I’m generally an anxious person. So whenever I smoke weed, I am typically more relaxed. I was never anxious on set, but I can be when meeting a client. So I usually smoke a little bit before meeting them to calm my own nerves. Not that there’s anything to be nervous about. I’m just a nervous type of person [laughs]. Porn made me nervous during the first 30 scenes or whatever, and now it’s 300 later so I’m not nervous doing it anymore.

Maya

What activity do you like to do after you’ve gotten stoned?

I like to do the dishes and laundry when I’m really high. Dishes are my favorite calming activity after I’ve gotten too stoned. Sometimes if I’m really high, I’ll just walk into the kitchen and while it wasn’t my intention to do them, that’s where I end up. It feels nice. It’s meditative. Sometimes I’ll listen to music while doing it; sometimes I won’t listen to anything. Or I’ll do my laundry and then I’ll come inside and I’ll smoke weed and play video games. And then 30 minutes later I get up and fold the laundry. And then I come back and smoke more weed and play more video games. It’s a nice little routine. I’m often accidentally productive when I’m stoned. I’ll get distracted into a productive task.

What about something you like to watch while high? Anything particular?

I really like the YouTube channel Good Mythical Morning. This is kind of a corny answer, but it’s these two dads who have a daily talk show on YouTube that they’ve been doing since I was right out of high school. It’s funny, it’s short. I don’t have to think about anything, and it always makes me laugh hysterically. I’ve been watching it for like over 10 years. I watch it basically everyday without fail.

Have you ever met them or spoken to them online?

I haven’t, but I did fuck one of their employees one time [laughs]. When I first moved to L.A., I followed a bunch of the crew members and show producers on socials. I thought that one of them was really hot, so I followed him on Twitter and then he hit me up one night when he was drunk with his friends. And I was like, “Yes, I need to capitalize on this opportunity. This is what I moved here for: to fuck random crew members from this weird YouTube show.” [laughs] I don’t know if the hosts know who I am now, but I hope the crew member told them, “Hey, me and my friend tag teamed this porn star.”

Maya

Do you prefer any type of music or radio shows while stoned?

I generally listen to the last 10 songs that I’ve liked on Spotify. So there are some songs from Father’s new album. I love this song called “If We Were a Party” because it reminds me so much of Miley Cyrus, circa 2012. I can’t get that one out of my head. I’ve also been into hyperpop the last few years. I love the new Harry Styles album. I was a big One Direction fan as a teenager. That’s basically the gist of my music consumption.

Do you like reading while you’re high?

I usually read the news or articles that I see retweeted on my Twitter feed. Whatever catches my eye. I follow a lot of people who are into crypto and stuff and sometimes I’ll just look at somebody’s feed and try to understand what they’re saying [laughs].

If you could smoke anywhere in the world that you have not been to, where would you want to sesh?

If I could go anywhere in the world, I’d go somewhere in Thailand with an infinity pool. Sounds like a nice answer. I just got my passport last year, so I’m eager to travel. Plus, Thailand has reformed its weed laws — no more death penalty! They’re trying to capitalize on the global weed market.

Last question is if you could smoke with any person dead or alive, who would be in your dream blunt rotation?

I’m gonna go with Anthony Bourdain and John Waters. It would just be so interesting. I don’t want to squander this opportunity on someone like Snoop Dogg, though no offense to Snoop Dogg.

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Study: Those with History of Cannabis Use Had Shorter Hospital Stays After Joint Surgery

Patients undergoing certain major operations may be in line for a shorter length of recovery – if they have a history of cannabis use. 

That is according to a new study published last month in the journal Arthroplasty. The research centered on patients who have undergone total joint arthroplasty (TJA), or an operation where the individual has their hip or knee replaced.

According to the authors of the study, patients with a history of  “cannabis use disorder,” or “CUD,” “had significantly shorter length of stay (LOS) and higher rates of home discharge following primary TJA compared to the control group.”

As the authors pointed out, the shifting laws and attitudes in the United States toward cannabis use has forced a reckoning for the medical community in how they manage treatment for their patients. The growing “legalization and decriminalization of cannabis across the United States has been associated with a considerable rise in self-reported cannabis use amongst surgical patients, including those undergoing total joint arthroplasty,” they wrote. Although “cannabis is primarily used for recreational purposes,” they said, “cannabinoid metabolites have shown analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties and have thus been proposed as an alternative to opioids in the management of acute and chronic pain.” 

And while “cannabis use may conceivably be beneficial in the postoperative setting, cannabis use disorder (CUD), defined in part as a problematic pattern of cannabis use leading to clinically significant impairment or distress, has been correlated with increased postoperative pain and opioid use following orthopedic surgical procedures.” 

“Progressive legalization of cannabis use makes it increasingly important for clinicians to understand the characteristics of this evolving patient population. As this growing population continues to evolve, understanding their comorbidities, behavioral characteristics, and postoperative clinical and economic outcomes allow orthopedic surgeons and the multidisciplinary healthcare teams to better tailor their care and management of these patients,” the authors wrote. 

Taken together, the authors said that means that subsequent research “should aim to more closely and comparatively assess the demographic profile of patients with both recreational use and substance use disorder, along with potential barriers in their access to medical care.” 

“This understanding should be associated with the expansion and improvement of public health initiatives and the development of frameworks to better deliver substance use screenings and interventions to this patient population. Such initiatives, combined with the development of standardized perioperative protocols, have the potential to optimize postsurgical and overall health outcomes in this at-risk patient population,” the authors wrote. 

The authors did, however, offer up some caveats, noting that the “study is limited for several reasons.”

For example, they pointed out that patients with cannabis use disorder “would be incentivized to leave the hospital as soon as possible and return home to continue use of cannabis and potentially other substances.”

“Because such use may be associated with problematic behavioral changes and abandonment of social, occupational, or recreational activities, these patients may be at risk for worse postoperative and overall health outcomes in the postoperative, post-discharge period. In contrast, the preoperative and in-hospital period, during which a multidisciplinary team has full access to care for these patients, can thus serve as an opportune time for comprehensive social and medical intervention. As such, orthopedic surgeons and the multidisciplinary medical and social service team should remain aware of the risks these patients face, and perioperative interventions should be considered to optimize both long-term outcomes and general health improvement in these patients,” they wrote.

As NORML noted, other “studies have reported contrary findings, including a paper recently published in The Lancet which determined that patients diagnosed [with] cannabis use disorder more often required advanced post-procedural health care than did those with no recent history of use.”

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Amanita HHC Gummies: Amanita Muscaria Chocolate with HHC

The High Times Hemp Cup is an annual competition where hemp cultivators, processors, and brands around the country submit their products for a chance to win the title of the best hemp-derived product. The judge kits are distributed across the country for consumers to test and judge each product inside of their kit. This year, the competition has become more interesting as new psychedelic product has made its debut in the competition, the Amanita HHC Gummies, the Amanita Delta 8 Joint and the Amanita CBD Joint, all from Amanita Muscaria mushroom, a legal trending psychedelic product, sold online.

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Introducing Amanita HHC Gummies & Amanita Delta 8 Joint

The new Amanita HHC Gummies are lab-tested 25mg HHC gummies dipped in Amanita Muscaria mushroom chocolate. The Amanita CBD mushroom joint is made from amanita infused organic indoor hemp flower, and the Amanita Delta 8 THC mushroom caviar joint contains Amanita + Delta 8 infused hemp flower blend with Muscaria powder coating on the outside, with a total of 500mg.

Al three products are produced by PsiloMart which becomes the first legal magic mushroom company to submit entries for the 2023 High Times Hemp Cup. The company believes that there is an entourage effect between cannabis and mushrooms that needs to be explored, which led them to create a new “Amanita +” line of Muscimol mushroom products blended with hemp-derived cannabinoids. Since the Hemp Cup is the “People’s Choice” edition, we need to wait and see what will be the score given to these products. However, the inclusion of these Amanita Muscaria products in the High Times Hemp Cup competition is a testament to the high demand expected for blended cannabis and psychedelic products.

The new Amanita mushroom products

The new Amanita Hemp Cup products include Amanita HHC gummies, Amanita Delta 8 THC joint, and Amanita CBD joints. These products are also available for purchase directly from the supplier, with the option to use the “Cannadelics” coupon code to save an additional 20%.

Amanita HHC Gummies

One of the Amanita + products submitted to the 2023 High Times Hemp Cup is the Amanita + HHC Magic Mushroom Gummies. These lab-tested gummies contain 25 mg of HHC, a simplified version of THC, and are dipped in Amanita Muscaria mushroom chocolate. The combination of HHC and muscimol from Amanita Muscaria mushrooms creates a unique experience for users.

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Another two product submitted to Hemp Cup are the Amanita CBD joints and the Amanita Delta 8 joints. The Amanita + CBD Mushroom Joints, include Amanita Pantherina powder blended with organic indoor hemp flower for a total of 250 mg. The Amanita Delta 8 joint features a blend of Amanita + Delta 8-infused hemp flower with muscaria powder coating on the outside for a total of 500 mg. This product is the more potent one, as it includes both Delta 8 THC and Amanita Muscaria extract, both psychoactive.

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Amanita HHC gummies are a new addition to the line of muscimol-infused products, which combines the psychoactive effects of Amanita muscaria mushrooms with lab-tested hemp-derived cannabinoids.

Each gummy contains 25mg of HHC (hexahydrocannabinol), a simplified version of THC, that is dipped in Amanita muscaria mushroom chocolate. This is an interesting blend, as it allows you to experience cannabis and mushrooms at the same time.

Amanita HHC gummies offer a fun yet relaxing experience, somewhat dissociative in nature, with a warm and tingly feeling body high, and a bit of auditory enhancement. As it contains Amanita extract, you can also expect to get some kind of psychedelic experiences, memory flashbacks and changes in the way you experience the world arround you, so use it with caution.

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About Amanita Muscaria

Amanita muscaria, a legal magic mushroom, also known as Fly Agaric, or simply, Amanita mushroom, is a member of the family of fungi, of the genus Amanita. Although it can be found all over the world today, Amanitas are native to the temperate and boreal regions of the Northern Hemisphere, which includes Europe, North America, and Siberia – where they can be found growing under various types of deciduous and conifer trees, such as birch and pine.

The active ingredients in Fly Agarics are muscimol and ibotenic acid. Muscimol works by activating the major inhibitory neurotransmitter system, gamma amino butyric acid (GABA). As an inhibitory system, muscimol suppresses the activity of certain neurons in the brain, which is how the psychoactive effects are produced.

The ibotenic acid, which is responsible for the sickness and “toxicity” commonly reported from these mushrooms, converts to muscimol during decarboxylation (through the application of heat). If Amanita products are prepared correctly, then at least 70 percent (preferably more) of the ibotenic acid will become muscimol.

About the High Times Hemp Cup

The High Times Hemp Cup is a nationwide competition for the best hemp-derived products. Hemp cultivators, processors, and brands submit their products into the competition, which are then packaged by High Times into assorted Judge Kits. These judge’s kits are then distributed across the country for consumers to test and judge each product inside of their kit.

The judge’s kits are available for purchase online, and judges will have until April 2nd to explore their kits and test out the various different products received. They will fill out questionnaires and submit their responses, which will be tallied up in time for the cup that takes place on April 16th.

Amanita HHC gummies and Amanita Delta 8 joints – Final Thoughts

The inclusion of Amanita Muscaria products in the High Times Hemp Cup showcases the growing demand for these unique products. The combination of muscimol from Amanita Muscaria mushrooms with popular cannabinoids like HHC, Delta 8 THC, and CBD creates a new and exciting experience for users. This is a major change as never before psychedelic products were included in this competition and we look forward to see the results of the High Times Hemp Cup. Remember, these products can also be bought directly from the supplier, with the option to use the “Cannadelics” coupon code to save an additional 20%.

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Laissez les Bons Temps Rouler

Do you suck at rolling joints? You need not worry, because most likely, the majority of casual smokers fall into the same category. Laissez les bons temps rouler—French for “Let the good times roll”—is today’s unofficial mantra.

Mardi Gras—French for “Fat Tuesday”—falls on February 21 this year, always taking place on a Tuesday. You may not be heading south to New Orleans or Lafayette, Louisiana, but chances are there is a holiday sale at a nearby dispensary or a cannabis-themed Mardi Gras party. There are a lot (we checked). 

You don’t have to possess the sleight of hand—the roll-and-tuck finger motions of rolling a joint or blunt—to get away with rolling a joint. Fact is, many of us do not possess that skill, even some of the ones who have smoked for years.

Before you graduate onto more advanced joints involving woven licorice papers and twaxxed out tips, here are a few hacks to get around the hardest parts of rolling a joint.

High Times put together not one but two newbie hacks for the rolling-impaired. And chances are that you’re gonna be impaired in some form today if you’re celebrating Mardi Gras. Plus, you might need some extra weed for the hangover.

Before you let your hair down and get your Mardi Gras beads, here’s some hacks if you’re too impaired to roll:

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Credit Card Swipe Hack
The only tool you need for this hack is a debit card or a credit card—expired ones are fine in this case. I first learned this trick by watching the host of the TV show Wake and Bake with Dom Brown on @HiptrTV. Dom Brown called the trick a Life-Changing Joint Rolling Hack. He learned the trick while on tour in California with DJ Jelo, and swears that this hack changed his life forever. The main point of this hack is to avoid the roll-and-tuck step that causes some newbies to mess up.

You’ll need:
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Bud

  1. Grind Your Bud

Using a four-piece grinder or a mill, grind up your herbs into a crumbly consistency, but not quite sawdust powder. It needs to be ground up fine enough to not stab and tear the rolling paper, but you also don’t want it to burn up like tinder.

  1. Make a Paper Canoe

Grab your papers of choice, take one out, and make a canoe shape—first ensuring that the gum side is facing upwards, or in the right place it needs to be in order to seal your joint properly.

  1. Grab a Tip

Get a crutch, filter, tip, or whatever else you call the end of your joint that goes into your mouth. You can use cardstock and make a spiral or accordion shape, or something more creative. Place it on the rolling paper canoe. You’ll have to roll it tightly around it to secure.

  1. Fill the Canoe

Fill the paper with your ground up bud. You don’t want to pack it too tightly or you won’t be able to suck the smoke through. Try to make a cylinder shape.

  1. Slide Your Credit Card

Then use the credit or debit card to tuck in the outside of the paper closest to you, sliding it down the length of the joint to tuck in the paper. As you can see in Dom Brown’s video, the paper will probably fold and that’s OK. It makes the roll-and-tuck part much easier, which is really the hardest part of rolling a joint.

  1. Lick and Seal

The final step is the same as any joint: lick the stick edge and seal. Alternatively, if you’re germ-conscious, use a paintbrush with water or a sponge.

Backwards Pencil Joint Hack
Most likely you’ve heard about using a pen or pencil to roll a joint. Basically the core of this concept is that you do it backwards: You make the paper tube before you even put weed inside. Then you fill it with ground up bud. The downside is that it takes a bit of time and patience to pack in the weed in a manner that will burn consistently.

You’ll need:
A pen or pencil
Toothpick or skewer
Rolling papers
Tips
Bud

  1. Grind Your Bud

Using a four-piece grinder or a mill, grind up your herbs into a crumbly consistency, but not quite sawdust powder. It needs to be ground up fine enough to not stab and tear the rolling paper, but you also don’t want it to burn up like tinder.

  1. Grab a Tip

Get a crutch, filter, tip, or whatever else you call the end of your joint that goes into your mouth. You can use cardstock and make a spiral or accordion shape, or something more creative. 

  1. Form a Paper Tube

Place the tip at the end of the pencil, holding together. Roll the rolling paper around the pencil or pen, wet, and seal. You want it to be semi-snug around the crutch but not too tight, or you won’t be able to pull the pencil out. Pull out the pen or pencil but leave the tip secured.

  1. Fill the Tube and Pack

First, get a tray underneath your working area, because you’ll probably spill a lot of ground-up bud. Then slowly fill the paper tube. You’re going to have to use a skewer or a toothpick to pack the tube at about every half inch or so. Repeat this process until the whole tube is filled.

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Put Down the Tobacco—We Have Surpassed the Need for Spliffs

If you don’t mix tobacco in your weed and none of your friends mix tobacco in their weed, right on, you’re killing it, this one isn’t for you. 

The way we smoke weed has gone through some pretty rapid changes over the past few decades—dabs, pre-rolls, vape pens, and plenty of USB-C charged devices that will instantly vaporize your favorite flower or concentrate. So why are you still mixing tobacco into your joints?

Weed is too good to fuck up with a heavy sprinkle of American Spirit and you’re lying to yourself with every attempt to justify the outdated blend. It’s time to move beyond spliffs. 

People have been smoking spliffs—joints rolled with a mix of cannabis and tobacco—since the first documented instance of weed being rolled in Guadalajara, Mexico circa 1856. The tradition continued across the globe, with hash frequently mixed with tobacco and rolled for easy consumption. These days, spliffs are still popular across the U.S. Sure, it’s more prevalent in some places than others, but I know heavy stoners from New York to L.A. and plenty in between who keep a pack of cigs or pouch of loose leaf in their smoking kits at all times.

Times change though, and as we barrel headfirst into 2023, the excuses left for spliffing your weed are growing thinner than a king size rice paper. 

The most common reason I get when I ask people why they still add tobacco to their weed is that it “burns better,” and to that, I say this: learn how to roll better joints. If your joints are burning unevenly without tobacco, that’s a you problem, not a weed problem. Try packing it a little tighter, try pulling on it a little lighter, roll practice joints over and over until your fingers turn green and every single one looks, lights, and burns perfectly—it will be worth it, I promise. 

Next, spliff smokers will say that tobacco helps save them weed and therefore money. But weed is cheaper than it’s ever been and only getting cheaper while tobacco is only getting more expensive, with many cities and states adding higher and higher taxes for cigarettes and loose leaf. It might make some slight economic sense, but unless you’re spliffing top-shelf flower (we’ll get to that) you can probably afford to roll without tobacco; try buying shake or pre-ground weed if you need to make your bag stretch. If you’re really looking to make your favorite strain last, mix in some shake or mids with your exotics—just think of it as spliffing your joint with more weed.

What about the argument that adding tobacco to your weed gets you higher? First, I don’t believe that smoking less of the plant that does get you high and replacing it with the plant that doesn’t get you high will result in you getting higher. You know what will definitely get you higher? More weed. Don’t trust my back of the napkin math? Here’s a peer-reviewed study that says the same thing. 

Funny enough, I have also heard the opposite explanation, that weed alone is simply too intoxicating, and that tobacco helps to ease the effects. In that instance, I simply recommend smoking less weed.

Most importantly though, stop spliffing your weed because it completely changes the flavor of your flower. 

Decades of arduous, focused, illegal cannabis breeding have created a plant that is potent and flavorful with a constantly evolving menu of unique varieties. Tobacco and weed mixed just fine in the flavorless days of brick weed and densely packed black hash, but the way weed smells, tastes, and smokes in 2023? It’s a thing of art. Why dilute that experience?

I have slightly more patience for blunts, mainly because they do not disguise the presence of tobacco like a spliff does, and because they don’t ruin the flavor of the weed quite as much, but at the end of the day, sacrificing any amount of terp profile for the sake of a nicotine buzz is still kind of a bummer in my book. 

I’m not here to judge your tobacco consumption, smoke 10 cigarettes right before we smoke a joint and another half a pack after, all good, I’m just here to defend weed. 

You might need tobacco, but weed doesn’t. 

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How Vapes and Edibles Have Changed the Landscape of the Cannabis Industry

The marijuana industry is not what it used to be. It’s changed in so many ways that it hardly looks the same as it did just a couple decades ago. Some of the biggest motivators for change have been legalizations, and the advent of vapes and edibles, which have worked to greatly change the general landscape of the cannabis industry.

Vapes and edibles are awesome ways to catch your buzz in life. So if you don’t want to smoke any more joints or take any more bong hits, you’ve got lots of options. You don’t even need for it to be standard weed. There are so many possibilities from delta-8 THC, to hemp-derived delta-9, to THCV, that you can get a vape and gummies, of your very favorite compound. Take a look at out deals for delta-8 THC and more, and figure out which kind of product works best for you. Make sure to subscribe to The THC Weekly Newsletter. Also save big on Delta 8Delta 9 THCDelta-10 THCTHCOTHCVTHCP & HHC products by checking out our “Best-of” lists!


How legalizations changed the cannabis industry

First and foremost, whereas cannabis may have been used throughout much of known history, it was decidedly prohibited nearly worldwide for almost 100 years now. Prior to this recent 100 years, which legislatively started in the US with the 1937 Marihuana Tax Act, hemp was a stable industrial material, and cannabis as a medicine had been used extensively, with written records dating back to China in 1500 BC, when cannabis was drank as a tea.

Cannabis has been smoked all over the world, but it wasn’t much smoked in the US prior to prohibition. Which means, one of the things to come out of the time of prohibition, was actually smoking cannabis, and not just ingesting it by way of medicine. This obviously doesn’t mark the beginning of cannabis being smoked worldwide or historically, but it does mark the beginning of it being smoked (en masse) in the US. Funny how that came out of laws to prohibit its use entirely.

Legalizations have also meant open recreational markets, and this means weed products on store shelves. I’d say ‘dispensary shelves’, but the reality is that with CBD being widely accepted, and with a bunch of cannabis compounds being marketed outside of regulation, it’s quite possible to get cannabis products off of many store shelves, not just official dispensaries. Though this was true of life before prohibition, at least to a degree, it certainly isn’t a practice that was experienced in the lifetime of people today until laws started changing.

smoke cannabis

Legalizations have also helped to change public opinion, though which comes first is a rather chicken and egg conundrum, as they influence each other. A decade ago, and back through almost a century, getting weed meant meeting a guy that took forever, who’d show up somewhere with rolled up bags of green in his pockets, and then sail off into the night when the transaction was over, always looking over his shoulder. Now, so long as you’re in a legalized location, you can go into a brightly lit store, check through a menu of options, and then pay a cashier for your legal merchandise.

How vapes changed the cannabis industry

The advent of both vapes and edibles have done much to change the cannabis industry of today. Technically neither is new, though, as the use of vaping can be traced back to Egypt in around 1554 BC. At that time, hot bricks or stones were used to create vapors, with henbane specifically mentioned. But that’s ancient history.

The modern history of vaping started with Joseph Robinson’s 1930 patent, though its unkwown if his creation was ever made. It wasn’t until 2003 that Hon Lik, a Chinese pharmacist, made the first viable vaping product through his company Golden Dragon Holdings, redubbed Ruyan. Three years later, in 2006, electronic cigarettes hit US and European markets, kicking off the vaping boom.

According to a Singlecare article which references different research including Gallup polls, as of 2018, 9% of adults used vapes regularly or occasionally. Approximately 27.5% of kids in high school are vaping, and in 2019, a survey reported that more than five million middle school and high school students had used e-cigarettes in the past month. From 2011 to 2018, the number of e-cigarette users went from seven million to 41 million.

In terms of specifically vaping cannabis, a survey from 2019 showed a 3% increase in use of vaporizers among college student smokers, which was up 6% from the year before that. This accounted for college-age kids 19-22. When looking at their non-school-attending counterparts, it went up from 8% in 2018 to 17% in 2019. Now consider that prior to 2003, vaporizers didn’t even exist, and now close to 20% of college-aged kids use them. That’s a pretty different looking cannabis scene.

How edibles changed the cannabis industry

When it comes to how vapes and edibles changed the landscape of the cannabis industry, it can literally be seen. Instead of a bong, pipe, or joint, you can see people puffing away on vaporizers, and better yet, you can’t smell smoke coming out of them. Vapes and edibles have done well to change the visual appeal of what getting high should look like in this industry.

cannabis edibles

Edibles, much like vapes, have been around for plenty of time, whether talking about tea in China, or Bhang in India. But the idea of it that we know today, started in Paris in the 1800’s, among elitist writers who came together to eat hash brownies at Club des Hachischins. The practice was made more official with the publication of the Alice B. Toklas Cookbook in 1954, Toklas being the life partner of American writer Gertrude Stein. The brownies received even more press in 1968 with the release of Peter Seller’s movie I Love You Alice B. Toklas, which helped propel the idea of weed edibles into the mainstream.

For several decades, the ideas of pot and brownies, or pot and chocolate chip cookies, have gone together, but edibles always played a minor role in cannabis consumption overall. That is until the advent of nanotechnology allowed for nanoemulsions, which has changed how we consume edibles, and how much marketspace they take up. Nanoemulsions allow for opposing liquids – like oil and water – to be forced together, this making for infused foods beyond those using oil-based ingredients like butter.

With nanoemulsion technology, cannabinoids can be infused into anything from sodas to gum to candy, and the gummies market has really taken off as a result. Whereas edibles used to be a barely there thing, something that made an appearance at the random party, they now account for 11% of the marketspace between the states of California, Colorado, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. In fact, these states together showed a 60% increase in edible use through 2020. This information was put out by cannabis analytics company Headset, as part of its 2020 year end cannabis-use data.

Vapes and edibles change how the cannabis industry looks

The entire world of cannabis has a different visual appeal these days, then it did back during prohibition years. Vapes and edibles have made a massive aesthetic impression on the cannabis industry, which goes beyond just how it looks, obviously. Popping a gummy or sucking on a vape have replaced older methods of joints and pipes, though those products are still quite popular too.

The old image of a guy leaning up against a building and smoking a joint still exists, no doubt, but now he’s got a guy to his left smoking oil out of a vape cart, and a guy to his right popping gummies in his mouth. And they’re all getting really high. I remember going to parties years ago and there would be a ton of different pieces of smoking equipment to come out: bongs, bowls, bubblers, blunt papers, joint rolls, chillems, hookahs etc. And maybe a brownie would make an appearance. The last party I was at I passed around a vape as I sat already stoned on a gummy, which I brought more of for friends.

Apart from companies simply growing weed to sell in a dispensary, there are massive products markets that have sprouted up, with all kinds of compounds that can be vaped, and all kinds of edible foods to be eaten. In fact, these modes of ingestion have become so popular that fakes industries have popped up alongside legal ones. This because they are both forms of using cannabis whereby the weed no longer looks or smells like weed, and can therefore be replaced with a synthetic. Often times products are sold claiming to contain THC beyond regulated limits, and which likely are passing off cheap synthetics as the real thing.

cannabis vapes

These days, dispensaries are spilling out the door with vape products and different kinds of edibles, as they have become important parts of the cannabis industry. By the time I got to a US dispensary, this was already the case, but I remember going to coffeeshops in Amsterdam, where it really was just about the weed. An American dispensary is like an entire supermarket compared to an Amsterdam coffeeshop, thanks in part to the advent of these new products.

Conclusion

The cannabis world has been doing much moving and shaking in the last few years. Some of the biggest changes have come in the forms of vapes and edibles, which have done much to change how the cannabis industry works, and essentially, what products are sold.

Just one decade ago the options seemed so much more limited. Today we have a world of options, a plethora of ingestion methods, and a constantly widening array of products. The weed industry looks very different now than it did in the past, and will likely look even different in the future.

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Automatic Joint: How StickIt CBD Sticks Are Changing The Spliff Game

If the products market is all about finding something new and different, then StickIt might have just hit gold. Rolling spiffs has been a part of weed-smoking for a century – or even longer, and now there’s an entirely new way to do it. With StickIt CBD Sticks, rolling a joint is now as easy as inserting a stick into a cigarette.

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Spliff vs joint

Though the terms ‘joint’ and ‘spliff’ can both account for the same things, the main understood difference between a ‘spliff’ and a ‘joint’ is tobacco. A joint is generally cannabis that has been grated, cut up, or otherwise ground down to form plant matter in a consistency that’s more than powder, but not by too much. This is then rolled in wraps typically made of non-wood materials like hemp, flax, or rice straw, as burning and breathing in wood is very dangerous. This is why kids rolling their first joints of stolen weed with notebook paper get extra smoky hits and a burning in the throat.

A spliff on the other hand is the inclusion of tobacco (or tobacco alternatives) with the ground-up weed. How much of each is used is determined by the user. Some people like just a tiny bit of tobacco, to help it all burn better. Some people prefer it to be a half-and-half thing, and still others will roll what is primarily a cigarette, with a little cannabis shoved in for good measure.

Spliffs became popular in some regions because of the use of hash. If not smoked out of a pipe, the dense cannabis matter must be mixed with something that will burn, and so tobacco, and rolling it up, works well. Spliffs also have the benefit of essentially ‘watering down’ a joint to use less marijuana, which is useful when these products are hard to get, or expensive to buy. For these reasons, in many regions, using tobacco with either hash or cannabis, is the preferable way of smoking.

joint smoking

Historically…

For most of its history, cannabis (whether as a flower or hash concentrate) has been smoked through pipes of some kind, ranging from hookahs with water, to chillums, to standard waterless pipes. Historically, the first time joints came up in the overall conversation, was in Mexico.

This first mention, which helped elucidate and then spread an entire smoking culture, was made in 1856 by a pharmacist at the University of Guadalajara. This pharmacist wrote about how laborers at the time were mixing cannabis in with their cigarettes. While it can be expected this practice had gone on for some time already, there is no further written record to indicate when the practice started, or exactly where.

In fact, the song “La Cucaracha,” (the cockroach), tells a silly story of a cockroach which can’t get up because there’s nothing to smoke. This is also the starting point of the term ‘roach’, which is used for the end of a joint, when essentially there is no cannabis left to smoke.

In terms of medical use, the first medicinal marijuana cigarette was advertised in 1870 by ‘Grimault’s Indian Cigarettes’, which advertised its product (a mix of cannabis and other herbs) as an answer to respiratory issues. Obviously, not everything was understood at the time. Such an ad could be found in places like The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal.

StickIt CBD Sticks and a new kind of joint

The idea of the joint and the spliff have not changed substantially since their inception, or at least, since the first time they were written about. Either plant matter is ground down, mixed with tobacco, and then rolled in paper (with or without a filter); tobacco is taken, mixed with hash, and rolled in the paper (with or without a filter); or plain marijuana is simply ground down and then wrapped in paper (with or without a filter). Regardless of hash or flower, or the use of tobacco or not, the idea is to have a ground down material that gets wrapped in a paper, set on fire, and inhaled. This takes time, tools, space, and can be very hard to hide.

The company StickIt created a novel product called CBD Sticks, which can be used to make a joint in seconds, and without any work. With a simple change in basic design, StickIt and its CBD sticks make the process of getting to the joint, significantly faster. The only catch, its not actually a ‘joint’ you’d be smoking, but a ‘spliff’.

StickIt CBD Sticks

StickIt CBD Sticks are sticks that resemble tooth picks and which are infused with CBD from hemp flowers. Functionally, the sticks are stuck directly into a cigarette, thus creating an automatic joint. And it is, in fact, as easy as it sounds. A pack comes with 10 sticks, which can be bought in different flavors: Basil, Cinnamon Cassia, Girl Scout Cookies, Gorilla Glue, Grandaddy Purple, Jack Herer, Lavender, Lavender Kush, Lemon, Lemongrass, Mango Kush, Mint, OG-Kush, Pineapple Express, Pink Pomegranate, Red Grapefruit, Sage, Sour Diesel, Super Lemon Haze, Sweet Orange, Vanilla, and White Grapefruit. These offerings are likely to change through time, so interested buyers should keep their eyes on the site.

StickIt’s patent-pending product was devised to make joint smoking more convenient, with the sticks made of condensed cannabis oil (no wood material used). The sticks are said to burn at the same rate as a cigarette, and produce a minimal amount of ash by the end. The company boasts consistent dosing, terpene combinations for the best synergistic effects, and color coding to differentiate different uses and scents. Each box of ten sticks sells for €29.99 ($33.79), or approximately $3.37 per joint.

My experience with a StickIt CBD Sticks joint

My biggest interest in this product is the sheer design. I am not the biggest fan of CBD products alone, but as the company has expressed interest in also making a THC stick product, this design becomes that much more interesting. For my test I used Mint flavored sticks. As I am not a cigarette smoker and tobacco can effect my experience, I also had a cigarette smoker friend try it out as well.

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The sticks are nice and stiff, and can easily be inserted into the center of a cigarette. Cigarettes are not all the same length though, so its possible to have a little of the CBD stick hanging out. I cut mine off, my friend pushed it into the filter, it worked fine both ways, though if pushing into the filter, a user will probably want to make sure not to push it through all the way.

The taste was certainly very minty, better than a standard cigarette. The sticks do burn down at about the same rate as the cigarette. At times it seemed slightly slower, but not terribly noticeable. There was no melting product, no weird smoke, and no foul taste. In terms of how well it worked in terms of CBD delivery, I felt it, but as I’m not a cigarette smoker, the results are skewed for me. My cigarette smoking friend did explain a feeling of calm afterward that persisted for a few hours. He is not a regular CBD user.

I can actually give this product a 10/10 rating. In categories of size/portability, ease-of-use, quality, and functionality it scores all points. It worked functionally, easily, and produced a CBD effect. At €29.99 ($33.79), for ten sticks, I consider it a decent price point, and give it both points there as well. A CBD oil will likely net more times of use, but a standard pre-roll (high THC or CBD) can go for as much as $20-40. It might not be considered the best deal for everyone, but considering pre-rolls can cost so much, $3.37 per joint is a pretty great deal for a quality product. I am not accounting for health issues in this rating, and it’s quite possible that I could see more issues when testing a THC product.

Overall

joints and spliffs

Overall, it is a super easy experience. It doesn’t take extra time, it doesn’t create a mess, it doesn’t look shady, it doesn’t require tools, and it can be done anywhere at any time, so long as standard smoking is allowed. It tastes good, doesn’t leave anything weird behind, and doesn’t given the impression that something weird is being smoked.

One of the only drawbacks I can offer, is that it requires the smoking of a cigarette. For those looking for safer cannabis options, or to limit cigarette smoking, this would not be the product of choice. In a world that gears more and more toward non light-up options like vapes and edibles, this is, in fact, going in the wrong direction.

However, it highlights that even in our changing world, sometimes older methods still prevail. It might not be the safest option, but let’s be honest, nothing is more popular in the world of weed than a standard joint (tobacco or not). Joints can be seen anywhere that cannabis is smoked, they can be smelled outside, and they are literally one of the most understood visuals today of getting high. Realistically, they’re not going anywhere, and especially in locations where tobacco is preferred when rolling, StickIt CBD sticks (and THC sticks when they arrive) actually key directly into the standard smoking behavior of using joints.

Conclusion

In a growing products market, sometimes the best thing to get ahead, is to simply come up with an idea first. StickIt CBD sticks truly are a novel product that works to simplify a process that is already used all over the world. I can’t say this product will take off in the way I think it could – things like availability, pricing, and competition will likely play a big role. But in terms of design, functionality, and ease-of-use, this company definitely came up with something very cutting-edge. I expect some kind of trend will be started, and I expect that in not that much time (especially if THC sticks are released), it could become the norm to create a joint by way of a stick in a cigarette.

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PAQcase: Recycled Ocean Plastics for Cleaner Seas and Fresher Joints

For far too long the cannabis industry has lived with a dirty little secret. From the way plants are farmed and nourished, to the way the end goods are packaged, most industry practices are not environmentally friendly. This includes growing methods, nutrients, and most of all, single-use packaging. However, some companies are taking on the challenge of “going green.”

PAQcase is one cannabis brand committed to using alternative plastics for a healthier planet. PAQcase makes pre-roll packaging and doob tubes out of OceanPür, which is a proprietary blend of plastic retrieved from high seas, coastal waters and tributaries to help eliminate ocean waste.

In making the switch to alternative, eco-friendly materials, consumers and operators can join forces and position the cannabis industry to transpire as a leader in environmental sustainability.

Strict Regulations Pose Challenges for Sustainability  

The agricultural and retail sectors of the cannabis industry generate copious amounts of excess waste—150 tons annually, according to Spectrum News. Furthermore, because of strict regulations on cannabis, the industry produces more waste than comparative industries. The commercialization of cannabis industry has only made matters worse.

By law, cannabis retailers are required to follow stringent packaging protocols, including child-proof features, specific labeling and reliable materials. Adversely, most cannabis products are packaged in single-use plastic, which can’t be recycled. Plastic is overwhelming the planet, and most packaging used for cannabis ends up in the landfill.

Many consumers are asking about hemp-based plastic products. However, most of these are 30% hemp at best, and unfortunately in the United States, hemp plastic usually isn’t recyclable. While hemp plastic can be composted, it is nearly impossible to do so sustainably, as most hemp plastic products are made with petroleum-based plasticizers. 

Reclaimed Ocean Plastic: A Smarter Choice

Plastic can be sustainable when used properly because of its durable properties. On the other hand, single-use plastics are not. PAQcase’s customizable joint case, called the JPAQ, is not only made from OceanPür plastic, but it also encourages the idea of “reduce, reuse, recycle.” Doob tubes get thrown away immediately, while consumers hold onto the JPAQ long after the joints have been smoked. One of the easiest ways to reduce waste is to reuse something. Because the JPAQ is reusable, depending on state/local law, retailers could use PAQcase products in a recycle/refill program.

Ocean plastic is the ultimate material to limit the strain on our planet’s resources. Together, PAQcase and its sister brand PAQaging, have removed 35,000 pounds of plastic from the ocean. The goal for 2022 is to remove 100,000 pounds of plastic from our planet’s waterways.

The JPAQ: A Reusable, Eco-friendly Joint Case

PAQcase is the world’s leading developer of sustainable, premium multi-pack pre-roll packaging and accessories for the cannabis pre-roll industry. PAQcase helps millennial smokers opting for daily pre-rolls be discreetly prepared for any occasion. The JPAQ cases are available in five different shapes and sizes, all made from the eco-friendly OceanPür plastic.

Choosing the correct packaging to keep cannabis fresh for long periods of time can be challenging. Cannabis is an organic substance and begins to decay the moment it’s harvested. The goal of all PAQ products is to delay that process and extend freshness for as long as possible. 

One important feature that sets PAQ products apart from the competition is their patented gasket seals, which keep your herb fresh for longer periods of time. In contrast, many producers package pre-rolls in cardboard and utilize 3-5 tubes for each joint to put into the cardboard to keep them fresh. Others will use some sort of child-resistant package and then use shrink wrap or a similar solution in an attempt to keep joints fresh. PAQcase has the only built-in, gasket-sealed, child-resistant container that also self-preserves the joints in a turnkey solution. 

To add, PAQcase helps busy C-level executives easily innovate with environmentally responsible packaging in a fast-paced market. A complete white-label solution, PAQcase offers other brands fully customizable options. The company takes pride in their white glove service, from the initial conversation until JPAQ is flying off the shelves. 

By making the switch to PAQcase, both businesses and consumers can feel excited about where their products come from. Customers want to reuse JPAQ pre-roll joint cases because they are portable, durable and made from recycled material. Second guessing whether the goods were made in an ethical manner isn’t necessary when using PAQcase products. As one of the first and few multi-pack joint cases on the market, PAQcase’s versatility and commitment to sustainability has averaged 4.5 stars from over 1500+ reviews on Amazon

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Rotini Tech: How To Use Dried Pasta As a Crutch

There may be some detractors, but most agree that a well-made crutch is a crucial ingredient of a properly rolled joint. But what if you didn’t have to make a crutch yourself — and could simply use a piece of dry pasta instead?

To clarify terms, a crutch is the typically paper tip rolled into one end of a joint to form a built-in mouthpiece, filtering out most particulates and preventing obstruction of airflow by physical collapse or paper sticking. Traditionally, smokers would spin a crutch into existence from a scrap torn off a matchbook or a pack of papers (or an index card), but now there are prefabricated paper and cardboard crutches, as well as reusable glass crutches that were en vogue for a fleeting moment before people realized they were also breakable and distinctly losable. A slightly flared, conical crutch can make rolling a cone a breeze, but in the right hands a simple cylindrical crutch can be used to create a joint of any shape or size.

Rolling your own crutch is easy enough, but your time is valuable and those paper ones are never as rigid as a glass crutch. So what if you want the solidity and convenience of a pre-fab glass crutch with the added benefit of cheap, disposable (but also environment-friendly) convenience? Skip the smoke shop, hit the dry goods aisle of your local grocery store and grab a bag of pasta, specifically rotini.

If you have even a passing familiarity with pasta, you know there’s an encyclopedia of different shapes and styles. Rotini are the helix-shaped ones that look like little screws. They are quite similar to fusilli, except rotini has a tighter helix twist.

All you have to do is pick out rotini in the size you want to roll (they come in a range of sizes that should easily accommodate most rolling styles) and break a single noodle down to the desired size. Then you roll with it like any other crutch — voilà.

This technique isn’t new — it’s been around for at least a couple years and almost certainly longer — but because it sounds catchy let’s call it Rotini Tech.

Rotini Tech

Why use pasta? For one thing, it’s economical: A one-pound bag of rotini can be purchased for a dollar or less, and even if you spring for the fancy organic kind (why?) you’re still not spending more than $10 even if you deliberately buy the most expensive pasta possible. Considering there are roughly dozens of pieces of pasta in even a small bag, and taking into account that you can definitely get at least two or three crutches from each piece, it’s almost as cheap as rolling without a crutch, but without the righteous social stigma or weed in your mouth.

But how does a rotini crutch hit? Like Iron Mike in 1988. The unique shape prevents inhalation of particulates but the airflow is functionally unobstructed. Some people think the rotini tech crutch may actually benefit from the corkscrew shape of the air path. Putting aside the validity of the “double venturi ricocheting vortex effect,” it’s an undeniably sturdy, reliable crutch that doesn’t raise any suspicion. And when you’re done smoking? Smash it into the ground, grinding the paper and pasta into tiny, biodegradable pieces.

It’s not especially difficult to roll if you already know how to roll with a crutch, but the basics are as follow:

  1. Get your herb lined up inside the paper and tuck the crutch in on one end.
  2. Position your roll (with both fingers if needed) and even out the material, working the crutch into the structure of the joint.
  3. Make any necessary adjustments and complete the roll, making certain to tuck and roll the crutch a bit tighter than the rest of the joint.

The main issue you have with any crutch is the possibility of it falling out if you don’t roll it in tightly enough. The nice thing about using rotini is the edges tend to catch against the paper, pulling it taut at several points around the crutch, meaning slippage is no longer an issue.

Be warned, this additional traction also has a downside when it comes to adjusting the final placement of the crutch. Where a glass or otherwise smooth paper crutch can be shifted up with a simple push, the edges of a rotini crutch will often catch and rip the paper if you try to shift it forward. The trick is to leave just enough paper at the end to almost cover the tip, leaving a small hole for airflow.

TELL US, have you smoked a rotini joint?

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