The Surprising Origins of Marijuana Slang

Do you call it weed or grass? Pot or maryjane? Do you smoke doobies or spliffs or blunts? The marijuana lexicon is rich and varied. Here are a few of the slang terms and were they came from.

Ganja:

Although it sounds Jamaican, the word Ganja actually comes from the Sanskrit word ganjika. Cannabis comes from central and south Asia and there is evidence that it was used by the ancient India and Nepal.

Spliff:

Comes from Jamaican English, the precise etymology is unknown. The first use of spliff comes from the 1930s. Some people use the word spliff to refer to a joint that is half marijuana and half tobacco.

Joint:

The use of the word joint could be derived from the practice of calling heroin works, joints after the shady establishments where one could procure such items. The word joint is still used to this day to refer to a dive bar as well as to rolled up marijuana.

Pot:

There are a couple of different theories about the origin of the term pot to refer to cannabis. One theory is that it comes from potiguaya, a Spanish word for marijuana leaves, although this seems dubious. Another theory is that it is derived from an older slang word for marijuana “tea” as in teapot.

Doobie:

Is said to come from the children’s television show Romper Room where good children were referred to as Do-Bes. The show also featured a magic mirror so perhaps it was inspired by a bit of smoke itself.

Blunts:

The name comes from the kinds of cigars that are used to wrap these joints. They were called blunts because of they had broad or rounded tips, not thin, tapered ones.

Toke:

This could be a shortening of the Spanish word “tocar” which means to touch or to play as in a musical instrument.

Bong:

Comes from the Thai word baung, a bamboo pipe, cylindrical container or tube. These have been used to smoke in Thailand and Laos for centuries.

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Does Marijuana Protect You Against Cancer?

There appears to be the consensus that frequent or even occasional marijuana use will lead to deterioration of your lung function, in some cases even to lung cancer. But is this claim really supported by evidence? Let’s find out!

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Marijuana use is known to cause burning and stinging of the mouth and throat, as well as heavy coughing. Researchers have discovered that marijuana smokers can suffer under similar respiratory problems as tobacco users do. These include

  • Daily cough and phlegm production
  • More frequent acute chest illnesses
  • Increased risk of lung infections

Studies have shown that weed smoke contains certain carcinogens (particles that can cause cancer) but not enough to where it is a danger such as cigarettes or pipe tobacco. There are no studies that show a correlation between marijuana smoke and lung, upper respiratory or even upper digestive tract cancer. It remains a mystery to sciences and is truly an interesting property of cannabis.

Recently, a study that had been going on for over 20 years was concluded. From March 1985 to 2006, over 5100 (otherwise healthy) men and women had been regularly smoking 2-3 joints a month. The results? Their lung function had improved slightly! However, other factors such as air pollution were not taken into account.

Additionally, heavy users (1-2 joints/day) had seen 1.6% increase in lung capacity. This could be explained with the fact that these users made a habit out of deep inhaling and exhaling, thus increasing their lung’s capacity.

New studies even suggest that marijuana smoke might act as a protective shield against certain types of cancer! What? Simply put, THC, the main substance in weed, acts as an immunosuppressant. This means that it blocks or even acts as a shield against various respiratory issues.

On the other hand, this study is contradicted by an older study, which claimed that marijuana smokers in many cases were sick more often than non-smokers, the main cause usually being respiratory illness.

As you can see, by no means has a consensus been reached! Some studies insist marijuana has positive effects on the lungs, while others claim they are neutral or even negative. I believe we’ll have to wait a couple more years for conclusive results. In the meantime, I’m going to use this a guilt-free card to keep on toking.

If you’re worried about the effects of weed on your lungs, but still want to continue using marijuana, perhaps you should consider alternatives, such as space brownies or cookies!

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CBD: Miracle Drug of the 21st Century?

When you have a headache, you take an anti-inflammatory. Back pain? Pop some pain pills. Panic attacks or anxiety? Swallow a couple Xanax. Don’t mind the side effects; you can battle those pesky new ailments with more pills or holistic remedies.

Forget the pills…

For years researchers have known that Cannabis provides a wide range of medical uses for pain management, nausea, asthma, eating disorders, inflammation and more.  It hasn’t been clear until recent years that the compound Cannabidiol (CBD), also found in the plant, plays a significant part in alleviating medical conditions without the psychoactive qualities of THC.

Recent studies, have shown that CBD may have the capability to treat more ailments than any single pharmaceutical drug on the market.

In Zuardi’s research abstract he wrote, “The last five years have shown a remarkable increase in publications on cannabidiol… studies have suggested a wide range of possible therapeutic effects of cannabidiol on several conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral ischemia, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, other inflammatory diseases, nausea and cancer.”

Illustration of the current and potential medical uses of Cannabidiol as per a 2008 study exploring CBD

A German study published last March explores the effects CBD has on those suffering from Schizophrenia. Whereas THC shows a negative impact on Schizophrenics, causing increased anxiety and agitation, preliminary reports suggest that CBD may provide anti-psychotic effects helping to stabilize the patients while causing fewer side effects than any anti-psychotic drug on the market.

Strains that have shown the highest levels of CBD include; Sour Tsunami, Omrita RX3, Jamaican Lion, Cannatonic, and Harlequin. The CBD levels in these strains range from approx. 4% – 12%.

CBD has played a large role in my own quality of living. I suffer from severe scoliosis with a 50 degree curvature which causes extreme discomfort and pain in my mid to lower back. As a result of my scoliosis I also encounter pain in my ribs, tender joints and intense migraines that can derail entire days. There are days where my productivity and mental focus is severely inhibited.

With the addition of CBD, my pain goes nearly unnoticed and I am provided with a clear alertness. The problem is the difficulty of locating CBD-rich strains to alleviate my ailments. Very few collectives have been educated on the benefits of providing CBD strains for patients and very few resources are available for research on the abundance of medical uses it provides.

If you are interested in learning more about CBD and its benefits, or would like to locate collectives that provide safe access to these tested meds, I recommend bookmarking projectcbd.org for the most reliable information regarding Cannabidiol. There you can find everything from current scientific studies, to strain guides, and leading providers of stabilized CBD-rich strains.

 

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6 Songs Most Enjoyed Stoned

Sit back and enjoy the ride!

Everyone knows that when you’re stoned you develop a finer appreciation for music. We all have our own favorite music to listen to while chillin’ in a haze of magic smoke. Some people like to listen to rap while stoned but we think trippy, mellow music is way more popular. See if you’ll agree with our short list of songs most enjoyed while stoned.

Number 1. Space Oddity by David Bowie

“Take your protein pills and put your helmet on…” What? This song actually makes sense after you’ve smoked a joint.

Number 2. Strawberry Fields Forever by the Beatles

Most Beatles music from the late 60s and early 70s is best while stoned but the melody and lyrics of this one are just so enjoyable after smoking weed. “Let me take you back cause I’m going to…Strawberry Fields…where nothing is real…” Forever.

Number 3. Comfortably Numb or most songs from Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon

What is it about Pink Floyd that makes it so perfectly suited for smoking up? Wish we had a good answer but we don’t. It just is and you shouldn’t bother questioning it. One thing’s for sure though, the lyrics of this song are fun to listen to when you’re stoned. “There is no pain you are receding, a distant ship’s smoke on the horizon…”

Number 4. Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin

No description is needed as to why this song is so awesome while stoned. None. “If there’s a bustle in your hedgerow, don’t be alarmed now. It’s just a spring clean for the May queen.”

Number 5. Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix

A lot of people say that Hendrix wrote Purple Haze about a dream he had. We’d like to know what he smoked before he went to bed to have a dream that would inspire such an awesome song. And it’s especially enjoyable after you’ve smoked some flowers.

Finally Number 6: White rabbit by Jefferson Airplane

You should only listen to this song while stoned, otherwise it’s a waste of time. You might never notice how fucked up the lyrics of this song are until you listen to them after smoking some good weed. “And if you go chasing rabbits and you know you’re going to fall, tell ‘em a hooka smoking caterpillar has given you the call.” Nice.

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Why Marijuana Legalization Just Makes Sense In 2018

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It’s time to let go of preconceived notions and take a factual look at why marijuana legalization just makes sense. The USA could not only save millions of dollars by making marijuana legal but also bring in valuable tax revenue.

Just as organized crime flourished during prohibition, making marijuana illegal has also encouraged criminal activity, causing damage both to people and property. While marijuana is a drug with intoxicating effects, it has not been shown to cause physical dependency or have health and mental effects more serious than those caused by other legal drugs such as alcohol, cigarettes or prescription medication. The ‘gateway drug’ argument has been shown to be overstated and again, the same argument could be made for legal drugs such as cigarettes and alcohol.

Marijuana legalization would free up law enforcement and the courts to concentrate on more serious crimes and to work on reducing the manufacture and trafficking of more dangerous drugs such as heroin and crystal methamphetamine. The true cost of making marijuana illegal might never be known as it’s difficult to put a dollar amount on human potential that is stunted by having an arrest record, families that are thrown in disarray when one member is jailed and so on.

The individual social benefits of marijuana are very similar to those of other legal drugs like cigarettes, caffeine and alcohol, such as increased feeling of well-being, relaxation and relaxation of social inhibitions. Again, any drug has dangers and can be abused and the risks involved with marijuana use are very similar to alcohol use, both in kind and severity. The answer, then seems to be to education and to continue to have penalties for irresponsible use of drugs like driving under the influence.

There can be positive health effects to marijuana use and these should be considered when thinking about why marijuana legalization makes sense. While many of us only think of marijuana as being beneficial to those undergoing chemotherapy, it can offer medical and therapeutic benefits for those suffering from many different health conditions. Smoking marijuana can increase appetite and relieve feelings of nausea, produce effective pain relief and allow those suffering from chronic conditions a chance to relax.

Making marijuana legal means that the government can tax marijuana, can ensure that buyers are not getting ripped off or worse, given drugs with toxic additives and can effectively educate users about safe use. Right now, this is not really possible as it is an illegal substance in many of the states so the only education most people get is ‘just say no’. As we’ve seen from the failure of abstinence only sex education, that is not an answer and our young people would be better served by learning the facts about marijuana use.

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The Oldies (Lesser Known) Marijuana Songs

Marijuana and music are a natural combination. Countless musicians have either used cannabis to help unleash their creativity to write and compose music or to help them let go and perform at their best.

Here are some of the best songs ever written about cannabis. Note: I left out songs that aren’t explicitly about marijuana.

Every marijuana connoisseur knows all the ‘classic’ weed songs by groups like Cypress Hill, or Kotton Mouth Kings. Here are some from a little deeper in the bargain bin.

Number 10:

Sweat Leaf by Black Sabbath. I always wondered if the makers of Sweat Leaf tea know about this song? I think that granny on the bottle rocking out to Sabbath is an awesome image.

Number 9:

Don’t Bogart that Joint by Little Feat. I really like the message of sharing in this song.

Number 8:

Muddy Waters Champagne and Reefer. Classic blues with a pro-legalization slant.

“ Well you know there should be no law

on people that want to smoke a little dope.

Well you know it’s good for your head

And it relax your body don’t you know. ”

Number 7:

When I get low I get High by Ella Fitzgerald. Sure sounds like a good idea to me!

“ But I’m not gonna holler

’cause I’ve still got a dollar

And when I get low

Oooo I get high “

Number 6:

Fats Waller The Reefer Song. Nobody did it like the jazz artist of the 30s and 40s.

Number 5:

Seeds and Stems (again) as Commander Cody says “are you ready for the saddest song ever?”

Number 4:

Don’t Step on the Grass, Sam by Steppenwolf is call for legalization of marijuana and condemnation of the government.

“ Well it’s evil, wicked, mean and nasty

(Don’t step on the grass, Sam)

And it will ruin our fair country

(Don’t be such an ass, Sam)

Well, it will hook your Sue and Johnny

(You’re so full of bull, Sam)

All will pay that disagree with me

(Please give up you already lost the fight alright) “

Number 3:

Roll Another Number (for the road) by Neil Young is perfect for karaoke. It’s deliciously twangy and easy to sing along to.

Number 2:

Rainy Day Women #12 & 35 by Bob Dylan. Who can forget being a young kid and hearing this song for the first time and giggling their butt off? I can’t remember for sure, but I’m thinking the first time I heard this song, Cheech and Chong were involved somehow.

Number 1:

Nobody is cooler than Cab Calloway and his song Reefer Man is a swinging classic. Depending on your point of view it might not be the most pro marijuana song ever, but it sure is catchy.

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How Long Does Marijuana Stay in Your System?

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THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) can stay in a person’s body for as long as 3 to 90 days after smoking a bong or being ingested orally.

There are numerous determining factors for how long drug toxins stay in your body that differ from person to person, such as the method of use, your health, your body weight, metabolism, fluid intake, the type of drug, and the level of exposure to the drug toxin.

THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol)

Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, one of nearly 400 chemicals in a cannabis plant, accounts for most of marijuana’s psychoactive mind-altering and medicinal effects. The potency of the drug is determined by the amount of THC it contains which varies from plant to plant. Marijuana stays in your system for different amounts of time depending on how often you smoke it, how much you smoke, and the composure of each individual.

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If you smoke cannabis occasionally, it can remain in your system for up to 10 days. If you smoke marijuana on a regular basis, it can remain in your system for as long as 45 days. If you are a chronic cannabis smoker then THC can stay inside your system for up to 90 days.

Why is that?

Because marijuana is fat soluble. It stores in the fat cells of the body, the brain, the liver, the kidneys, and most other significant organs.

Delta-9-THC enters your bloodstream rapidly after smoking (in just few short minutes) or more slowly when ingested orally (40 minutes to 1.5 hours). It’s rapidly metabolized into inert molecules known as metabolites. These chemicals also have the word Tetrahydrocannabinol in them and are known as THC, which can be quite confusing.

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Delta-9-THC is detectable in your blood for a couple of hours, but none of the active chemicals can found in your urine and none is stored in the fatty tissues like the liver and brain.

What most drug tests look for is not the lingering delta-9-thc, but the metabolites created as a byproduct. These usually linger around in your body fluids and organs for some time until it is disposed of when you go to the bathroom.

It is those metabolites that are detected in the body organs and urine, long after the effects of Delta-9-THC have worn off. These metabolites can even linger over 90 days. For occasional users, an average of 13 days was recorded. Some individuals had metabolites detectable for only three days. Others found the substances still in their urine after up to 30 days.

The only way to figure out how long cannabis stays in your system is to test it yourself. You would need to go and purchase tests kits at your local CVS. The ones at the Dollar store are worthless. You then enjoy a bowl and start testing yourself.

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Many people would believe this is a waste of their time. Fortunately, I have been able to test myself and secure a job multiple times after smoking cannabis. I figured out that cannabis stayed in my system for 15 days. It is better to know for sure than to guess. That way you can control your usage in a better way and still have a good time!

Everyone is different and some may have more cells metabolites can attach to. I’ve personally known friends who have passed tests the same day as smoking. This is just an example and I highly suggest you stay away from trying to pass a drug test after smoking the same day. I believe he happened to pass the test because he was very thin had little to no extra fatty tissues.

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What to do When You Have the Munchies

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It’s 8pm on a rainy Wednesday evening and you’ve invited friends over to kick back, smoke a bowl, and Netflix-and-chill.

Like that’s never been done before?

Right around 15 minutes after the last joint smoked the subject of food comes up. The question is: do you order a pizza or check the kitchen cabinets? Most of us would steer clear of the kitchen, especially if there’s no food that would satisfy your munchies.

You know what I mean, the stuff that instantly pops out at you with bright colors and high sugar content. These foods are quite high-friendly. Some examples might be: Tombstone Deluxe Frozen Pizzas, Strawberry Pop-Tarts, or Sour Cream and Onion Pringles. Sure, you could go through all 64 individually wrapped slices of Kraft American cheese, but what you really want is a meal to satisfy your munchies.

You don’t have any good food you say? Quit crying and take a closer look. Most of us have lots of food in our cabinets that’s been there for several months. This could amount to a feast in most third world countries. We’ve just been too finicky, or too lazy, to actually cook something, or just hit the bong too much.

How do I know? Because I’ve been there, man.

Below you’ll see a few pictures taken of my fridge and cabinets. Below them, in no particular order, is a basic description of their contents. Use your imagination and create the best meal possible. Entries will be judged on menu depth, creativity, and overall yumminess. Just e-mail us your meal with a breakdown of how each dish is put together. Make sure you use only ingredients specified below.

Good Luck!

FRIDGE – MAIN

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FRIDGE – SIDE

food to eat when you have the munchies

(Yes, wayyy too many condiments.)

CABINET

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Condiments:

Hellmann’s Mayonnaise

Worcestershire Sauce

Pickle Relish

Louisiana Hot Sauce

Yellow Mustard

Soy Sauce

A1 Sauce

Tartar Sauce

Heinz Ketchup

Plochman’s Premium Stone Ground Mustard

Chicken Broth

Apricot Preserves

Grape Jelly

Strawberry Jelly

Hershey’s Syrup

Quart of Picante Sauce

Roasted Garlic & Herb Prego Sauce

3 1/2 Tomatoes

Semi-Fresh Cilantro

Horseradish

1 Gallon Margarita Mix

Loaf of 7 Grain Bread

5 Eggs

Gouda Cheese

Havarti Cheese

7 Slices of American Cheese

Romano/Parmesan Cheese

Whipped Cream

Newman’s Dijon Lime Salad Dressing

Western Dressing

Chunky Blue Cheese Dressing

Dill Pickles

Vlasic Sweet Gherkins

Stuffed Queen Olives

Two Bottles Champagne

One Bottle Bordeaux

Minced Garlic

4 Sticks of Butter

1/2 tub Philly Cream Cheese

3 Split Chicken Breasts

1 1/2 lbs. Ground Turkey

Cabinet:

Box of Thin Spaghetti Pasta

1/2 Box of Rotini Pasta

3 Bottles of V8

2 Boxes of Stove Top Stuffing

Jar of Honey

6 Boxes Sugar Free Jello

Ramen Noodles

Smoked Pasilla Salsa

Lipton Onion Soup Mix

Corn Bread Mix

Rice a Roni Chicken Flavored

Rice a Roni Broccoli Au Gratin

Uncle Ben’s Wild Rice

Dry Package of Italian Herb Risotto

Zatarains Black-eyed Peas and Rice

1 small brick of Velveeta (Mexican Mild)

Fancy Smoked Oysters

Crawfish Shrimp and Crab Boil in a Bag

Easter M&Ms

Aunt Jemima Syrup

Lipton Pasta Packets:

Roasted Garlic and Olive Oil

Chicken

Creamy Pesto

Alfredo

1 Can VegAll Mixed Vegetables

1 Can Geisha Bamboo Shoots

1 Can Whole Potatoes

Wyler’s Soup Starter

1 Can Green Beans

1 Can Fancy Sweet Peas

Cans of Soup:

Cream of Mushroom

Minestrone (3)

Tomato

Olive Oil

Canola Oil

London Pub Vinegar

Jamaican Style Jerk Sauce

Frontera Grilling Sauce (Hot Smoky Chipotle Tomato)

French Fried Onions

Cream of Coconut

Chicken Gravy

Taco Seasoning

Three Bananas

Herbs and Spices:

Cumin

Coriander

Chili Powder

Red Pepper

Curry

Oregano

Celery Salt

Garlic Powder

Onion Powder

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Impress Your Friends with Your Joint Rolling Skills

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Here is a great way to impress your friends with your joint rolling skills:

Rolling a joint is easy, and if you put a little bit of time into it you can roll a perfect joint. Here are a few ideas for rolling cannabis joints that will impress your friends! So, take a hit of your glass bong and start rolling.

How to roll a normal joint:

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Tip: If you put down tobacco, spread it a little bit so when you start rolling your Joint, the excess falls around your buds and burn it better.

How to roll a Super Joint:

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Tip: Get some good quality Rolling paper and make sure your roach isn’t to narrow. It’s nicer to make it a little bit wider. This makes the smoking a much nicer experience. The extra rolling paper at the tip allows you to load up a good amount of your buds.

How to roll a Tulip Joint:

Tip: Throw your buds into the tulip bulb on step 2 and then twist the ends to hold it in place while you attach the stem. The stem is just a hollow tube that the smoke will travel through, almost like a pipe.

Use your joint rolling skills to impress your friends. There are many more different unique and amazing things you can roll with tobacco and cannabis. It’s always fun to show off your skills in a social environment. People will be asking if you can teach them your rolling skills. Up next, does cannabis have any withdraws?

Send us some pictures of the joints you’ve rolled!

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How To Make A Homemade Apple Bong That Works

Water bong, water pipe, chillum, glass piece. These are all terms that different cultures use to describe glass art pieces for smoking cannabis. Using a water pipe has the advantage of drawing THC laden smoke through water, both cooling the smoke as well as filtering out and purifying some of the carbon associated with any kind of organic combustion.

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(Fig 1) From top: Erlenmeyer flask, green apple, cinnimon, pipe & bowl, tubing.

Personally, I like to smoke from a small, thick glass dab rig, but for entertainment, it’s always better to have something festive; something that all your guests can share. The apple bong we’ll be building today was specifically designed for social entertainment- for the small, friendly gatherings that make this season that much more bearable for you and those close to you. All sessions should include regular social bong smoking etiquette to ensure everyone is happy when testing your new homemade bong! We’re going to start out by gathering the pieces you will need.

First grab a flask, available online from Edmund Scientific. Many times, eBay has interesting laboratory glass and antique glassware clear or colored, which adds a festive aura to any gathering. It’s best to use a Pyrex bottle; Pyrex is pretty much unaffected by heat or cold, and tends to be stronger glass than some of the other brands. Most flasks are available in a variety of sizes. We want the 2000 ml size.

An apple is also required, as some cinnamon, both fresh as well as grated. (fig. 1)

A small section of .25″ pipe, threaded at one end to accept a brass bowl, will be required. So will several feet of plastic tubing, available at most hardware stores. (fig. 1)

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(Fig 2) Sizing the apple to fit the flask.

We’ll begin by sizing the apple in relation to the neck of the Erlenmeyer flask. (fig. 2) The apple will likely need to be carved to fit; I like to use a paring knife, but any will do. It is important that the apple form a tight seal at the top of the flask, but not sit so deep as to obstruct the opening of the intake tube.

After the apple has been sized to the neck of the bottle, place it on a maple cutting board; be sure that the side you just carved is facing up. Carefully push the section of pipe through the bottom of the apple. The pipe should be off centre- not through the core. After pulling the pipe free, you’ll have a single hole going from the bottom of the apple all the way through to the top. You can clean the apple bits that you find lodged in the pipe with a bamboo skewer or a swizzle stick. Repeat this procedure so that you have two holes in the apple, one on either side of the core.

making the holes in apple bongNow that you have the apple prepared, drive the pipe through the first hole, being sure to leave the threads at the top of the apple, and clear of any apple bits that may have stuck to the metal. Depending on the size of your pipe, you may need to attach a bit of plastic tubing. (fig. 4) The pipe, with or without the tubing, should reach to the bottom of the flask. It’s important to draw the smoke through as much cold water as possible. A shorter pipe will require more water in the flask, leaving less room for the chilled smoke to expand.

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(Fig 4) Inserting pipe and adding extension.

Attaching a two to three-foot length of plastic tubing to the air intake on the flask will give the pipe a range of use that will be ideal for a useful centerpiece. I like to decorate the hose with ribbon and raffia. This is the secret to the best bongs and it will make it seem that much more special.

Your bong is nearly ready to fill, now. Go to your sink and carefully fill your centerpiece. You want to fill the flask with an inch or two of water, just above the tubing inside the piece. Try to experiment with ice cubes, cold water or other beverages to change the taste of the smoke.

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The more volume occupied by water, the less space available for the cooled, expanding smoke. If your guests are inexperienced smokers, or if your cannabis is particularly harsh, more water may be needed. Make these calculations in advance. No one likes to have to make adjustments once the festivities have begun.

The rastafari often ad a mint leaf or two to their chillum to gently flavor the smoke, but we’re going to use cinnamon, in keeping with the theme. Stir about a half of a teaspoon of powdered cinnamon into the icy water contained in the flask. Perhaps a stick of fresh cinnamon bark could be added, but be careful not to go overboard. Carefully fit the apple, pipe and all, onto the mouth of the flask. For holiday parties, I like to pin a sprig of holly to the apple.

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The final work of art. Feel free to add any decorations or garnishes to fit the special occasion.

Upon proper setting of the apple, prepare a brass bowl with a fresh screen. Keep extra cannabis nearby but keep the portions small. You can always replenish the stash throughout the evening. Leaving just a few bowls on your table keeps your guests from being flippant with your greenery.

I like to keep a barbecue lighter nearby; this too can be decorated with raffia and ribbon to match your waterpipe.

To use your pipe, carefully cover the hole on the top of the apple with your finger. Placing the intake tube into your mouth, gently hold the flame of the lighter about an eighth of an inch over the top of your bowl. Inhale gently. You’ll see the smoke from your bowl travel down the pipe, through the fresh water, and into the open area above the water. When you can no longer see through the flask, extinguish the flame. Inhale the smoke. You’ll notice the slightest taste of apple pie as you exhale the smoke through your nose. Exhaling though your nose is the best way to saturate your mucus membranes, allowing the cannabis‘ active ingredient THC into your blood stream.

Ideally, your bong should still be holding several dozen cubic inches of smoke; carefully pass the intake tube to someone special – they should not need to light the bowl, and they will benefit from the extra time the smoke has been cooling for. Warn them that the cooler temperature of the smoke will increase their lung capacity. They may feel a tendency to choke due to the cold smoke.

Spending time creating an interesting and awesome custom bong is always best when you share the moment with your friends. With your new bong, you will create memories that will last a lifetime.

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Top Responses When Your Stoned and Out at a Bar

Top Responses When Your Stoned and Out at a Bar

We’ve all been there. You’re at a party, in a weed bar, or on the couch and you’re in a big conversation, high as hell on cannabis. For a while, you’ve got it under control. Both parties are making their points and everyone is on the same page. But then it gets awful.

Suddenly you realize you don’t know what the hell the other person is talking about. You momentarily put down the pot brownies and think. Did they make a weird segue a few moments ago that you missed? Maybe they were talking about the first time they had tried cannabis? Or the time they lost their lighter? Who cares, you can’t even remember what you were talking about.

cannabis barAt about this time the other person is staring at you. It becomes apparent they’ve said something that requires some sort of response. In these situations, you can do one of two things. The most immediate reflex is to raise the white flag and retort, ‘Dude, I’m so high. What are you talking about?’ But we are more refined than that.

That’s why we’ve created this post with the top responses that will fit into any social high conversation. Even if they don’t make sense, they’re abstract enough to confuse the listener. When that happens, the person will think that they’re the ignorant/high one. At that moment, you’re in the clear.

Don’t trust us? Try some for yourself.

TOP TEN RESPONSES FOR A STONER:

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1: Yeah, you really got to know what you’re doing.

2: Aren’t you a little high for that attitude?

3: Dude, I’m a physicist…not an engineer.

4: I had a puppy, once.

5: Wow! Really?

6: That reminds me of a movie I saw.

7: You’ve GOT to tell that to Barry. (At this point, pull Barry into the conversation.)

8: Man, it’s all ball-bearings these days.

9: I’ve got a guy for that.

10: ‘Tis a crazy world we live in.

11: Yeah, I heard something similar like that before.

12: Excuse me, an old friend just waved to me (now bolt!)

13: I’m sorry, what did you say, your voice was echoing in my noggin for a second or two.

14: I hate to interrupt, but do you have a mint or any eye drops?

15: Sounds cool, dude.

16: Yeah, that’s like that movie with that actor, in that foreign country, with that girl… what’s his name again?

17: Oh, fer real?!?

18: Totally!

19: Dude did you bogart my Lighter?

20: Ohh, good lord!

21: You’re telling me!

22: Would you like a drink of water?

23: Yo, we need some more weed!

24: What? Who? Me? I thought you were talking to Barry…

25: Life is too short to drink cheap wine.

26: Did you ever wonder how magnets work?

27: Dude, where’s the bong at?

Got any more? Lets us know in the comments!

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How To Find Your Lighter in an Emergency! A Step-by-Step Guide

Realizing you’ve lost your lighter can be a frightening experience. One moment you’re in bliss, the next moment you’re in a world of crazed pandemonium. The shock and confusion has even made people seek help through grief counseling. We want to help you through this painful ordeal with our easy-to-follow guide.

Step 1.

remember your lighter

Remember what your lighter looks like.

Step 2.

try not to panic

Try not to panic.

Step 3.

check your pockets

Carefully check all pockets

Step 4.

look under the couch

Look under all couch cushions near the bong.

Step 5.

check with your friends

Accuse friends of stealing your bic lighter.

Step 6.

Check under couch cussion

Check under the cushions again, careful for your water pipes!!

Step 7.

check your left hand for lighter

Look in your left hand.

Let us know where you found your lighter!

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What is Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome And How To Cure CHS

cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome

Have you been feeling extremely nauseous, throwing up, or experiencing any abdominal pain after you smoke Cannabis? You might have something called Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome.

Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome (CHS), discovered in 2004, is a condition usually found with heavy marijuana smokers that leads to extreme nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. If you smoke at least 20 days in one month you can be considered a heavy cannabis smoker and you should be looking out for this symptom because it may affect you.

A recent New York cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome study of heavy cannabis smokers found that about one third of smokers reported symptoms pointing to CHS. The study also reported that users were able to relieve their symptoms with a simple trick—a hot shower.

If this study is valid, and it can be replicated, then an estimated 2.7 million Americans could be experiencing cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome. This cannabis syndrome could be the reason why you are feeling sick.

This almost unheard-of syndrome has doctors hypothesizing the causes of CHS and why hot showers relieve people’s symptoms.

“Essentially, patients who use marijuana very frequently for long periods of time—usually at least six months, probably most of them have been using for several years—develop sort of intractable abdominal pain and vomiting that sort of comes and goes over the course of days to weeks.” Dr. Kennon Heard told WBUR.

Dr. Heard is a professor of emergency medicine and pharmacology at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.

“CHS is concerning for people who have it, but it is not a major public health hazard.” Dr. Heard explains to WBUR.

Doctor Heard believes the frequent use of cannabis in high doses are to blame for cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome. Dr. Kennon Heard said the high doses causes changes to receptors in our body, making them dysfunctional, eventually leading to pain.

What is Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome?

how to cure cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome

CHS is a relatively new syndrome related directly to cannabis and needs to be studied further before any conclusions can be made.

Doctors have always known that any long-term use of drugs can result in nervous system and brain changes. In fact, it is common knowledge that endogenous cannabinoids, the compound inside our bodies that is very similar to compounds found in cannabis, are important for regulating and controlling the body’s pain system.

One idea for the cause of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome is the long-term consumption of tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC. The long-term use of THC alters your body’s pain system enough to cause symptoms of CHS.

“Something in the pain system is disturbed by having THC around all the time,” Heard told Live Science.

This is still just a hypothesis. In fact, most doctors don’t know the exact cause of cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome. This is somewhat alarming because medicinal marijuana is usually prescribed for cancer patients, who are undergoing chemotherapy, that suffer from nausea and vomiting.

This condition will never be a serious threat, but it can really limit your experience and cause unwanted ER visits.

“something we see in our ER several times a week, if not on a daily basis,” Herd told Live Science.

Fifteen years ago, Dr. Kennon Heard was skeptical if CHS was a real condition. Now he believes cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome is a condition everyone should be aware of.

If you are suffering from CHS and would like immediate relief, don’t be worried, there is a simple solution—a hot shower.

How to Cure Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome

cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome cure

If you’re feeling the symptoms of CHS it could be because you just smoked some Cannabis. If your nauseous or have any abdominal pain, its time to jump into a hot shower. This is the only known cure for cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome right now.

So why does a hot shower cure CHS?

Hot showers always leave you feeling relaxed and fresh due to the water temperature and sensory signals set off. This is the main reason why a hot shower is a good cure for CHS. The hot water produces different sensory signals that then interfere and distract your body from other pain signals.

Hot showers are a distraction for your CHS symptoms, providing you with instant relief. This of course is not a permanent cure for your conditions.

If you are looking to permanently cure your cannabinoid hyperemesis syndrome then put down the bong and STOP SMOKING CANNABIS. This is the only known permanent cure. In fact, Dr. Heard’s co-workers discovered that nighty seven percent of patients had stopped experiencing CHS symptoms after they had quit smoking marijuana.

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Glow Art Graffiti Party For Stoned People High On Cannabis

glow paint party on cannabis

Tired of the same old casual routine of getting high and staring at the TV? Learn how to turn a normal night of pot-smoking into a social event. You don’t have to host a fabulous dinner party for a get together with friends. Let us entertain you with our glow art idea.

Ok, I know what you’re thinking. Why does everything involved with smoking marijuana have to end in the viewing of florescent colors? Well… why not? I mean you’re here so you obviously enjoy the consumption of weed. And, as smokers, we all know how enjoyable bright lights and fun colors can be. So, sit back and relax. Bake your pot brownies, munch down and come along. That’s right, come join me in our high idea of Glow Art Graffiti.

Supplies that will be needed:

  1. Black Light
  2. Variety of florescent paints (large bottles)
  3. Paint brushes, sponges or whatever you like to paint with
  4. Large roll of white paper
  5. Tape
  6. Stereo
  7. Drinks
  8. Lots of Cannabis
  9. An empty room to play in

The Basic Glow Graffiti Idea

glow body art high idea

Oh.. you’ll love this.  Basically, this involves you and a group of friends getting together and creating some high art!  Lock yourselves in a room and paint the walls, the floor and each other.  What could be better!

(Okay, I’m sure there are many answers to that but bear with me here. You have to admit… it sounds pretty fun.)

Now let’s get onto the steps to glow art graffiti

Step 1

Make a guest list of 5-8 friends to join you.

When creating this list, you always need to take into consideration the personalities of the people who should be invited. People with a wild sense of adventure are ideal. Invite guests who play nice with one another.

Step 2

Create your invitation.

Make sure you tell your guests to come wearing all white clothes that they don’t mind getting dirty. Or, you could be a very gracious host and provide white t-shirts for everyone. You make the call. Remember, the clothing can be part of the art.

Another tip here is the element of surprise. This is my personal favorite. Tease your guests in your invite as to the night’s activities. But don’t tell all. This will allow them to relish the anticipation. You’ll also benefit from the ‘teasing element’ as you spend hours creating the ‘fear of god’ factor in your friend’s minds. Okay, that was a little evil.

Step 3

Now it’s time to head on down to the art store. Go nuts. Acrylic works best. Think florescent, bright. Choose colors that look good under normal light as well as black light. Get a variety of brushes and painting implements. Sponges work well for texture. Think big too. You have a lot of paper to paint. If you have the cash, be creative and buy a few cheap bongs that you can paint with your friends.

Step 4

The big night!

The night has come. Before your guests arrive, prepare the paint room. You’ll need to tape up sheets of the white paper. Where? Everywhere you stoner! The walls and the floor are the most important areas to cover. Double-check the room to make sure you didn’t miss anything.

Step 5

Prepare the refreshments.

Now you need to figure out where the stereo and bar area should be. You could just prepare a cooler with a variety of drink options. More serious bar connoisseurs might want to create a small bar with glasses, ice, and all the necessary mixers and liquors. If you go this route though, don’t be cheap. Bring on the shots. I’ll take a chilled Jägermeister!

Step 6

Set up the lighting.

Find a good spot to place the black light. Paint, brushes and sponges should be placed in all areas of the room for ready access to all participants.

Step 7

Get dressed you fool!

Just in case you’re stoned right now… I’ll include this important direction: Put your pants on. Remember… wear white!

Step 8

Greet and prepare your guests.

When your guests arrive, make sure they’re properly prepared for the evening’s activities. Smoke a fatty… have a drink… locate all the lighters… whatever feels right.

Step 9

Introduce The Glow-Art Room.

If you’ve taken my suggestion on the surprise element, now is the time to describe the idea to your friends. I’d do this once they’re in the room.

Make a group decision on what type of music is preferred. Usually, your baked guests won’t want to make any major decisions at this point in the evening. Neither will you. This shows us how important pre-party planning is. So… prior to your guest’s arrival, select some music options to present to them. This will shorten the decision-making process and allow your party to reach the next level… so to speak.

Step 10

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Do it!

Ok, must I have to tell you everything? Get the stereo cranking, pour another cocktail and get paintingGo nuts.

Step 11

Drop the brush, Picasso.

When done, you and your guests will be able to marvel at the work you’ve created. Here’s a tip: let it dry before you take it off the walls.

The next day you must make a judgement call: Does this look as great now as it did while high? If so, cut apart the most elegant pieces of the work. You can then frame them as gifts for your guests. High Art!

Please send us pictures from your party. Show everyone your high art.

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Enhance Your Social Bong Smoking Sessions With These 5 Tips

You’re out drinking, enjoying the beautiful night, and a friend pulls out his latest coolest bong. This thing is gigantic and has at least two percolators. The bong looks super trippy because of the intense colorful glass art inter laid inside the bong.

That’s great, your ready to join your friends, but your social bong smoking rituals are a bit rusty. How much should you smoke? How hard do you inhale? Do you break up the cannabis before loading it? Who do you pass next to after taking bong rip?

If you are not too familiar with social bong smoking, we have created this post to help you remember the top 5 things when you’re out smoking a bong with friends.

Corner the bowl

Corner the bowl

For those who don’t know what cornering is, it means lighting a small portion, or a corner, of the packed bowl, to preserve the ‘greens’. You do this because you want to give everyone in your smoke session the chance at a flavorful and tasteful bong hit.

Cornering is usually only done on glass bongs and glass bowls. When you corner the herb, you make sure the flame stays on the edge of the cannabis, on one side of the bowl, while you are inhaling. This will cause only a portion, or a corner, of the finely ground buds to light up, leaving plenty of ‘greens’ for your friends to burn.

Cornering also allows the bowl to last much longer, as apposed to torching the bowl, where you could possibly, in one hit, leave nothing but ashes for your friends.

Use hemp wick

Use hemp wick

Hemp wick is also known as hemp string, hemp wire, hemp line, and beeline. This was recommended to me by a chronic smoker who I have been friends with for many years. He uses hemp string for every smoke session and stands by it.

Hemp wick is made with a coat of bee wax, preventing it from burning quickly. This allows you to have a constant candlewick-like flame always lit and ready to be passed around with the bong. Not only does this make it much easier than a lighter, it also gives you a much better tasting bong rip.

When your ready to share that fruity delicious blueberry haze or that bubble hash with your friends you’ll want to use hemp wick. It definitely gives you a smoother hit and it makes your hit much tastier.

Check your bong water level

Check your bong water level

If you’re about to sit down and rip the bong, please check to make sure you have the right amount of water in your bong. This is easily done by filling up the bong with some water and inhaling as if you were about to smoke.

If you didn’t get any backsplash of small water droplets add some more water. When you start to feel the small water droplets as you are inhaling then you know this is the max the bong can be filled with water.

Keeping just the right amount of water in your bong is important for the best and smoothest rips. If you add too little you will leave everyone coughing up a lung or two, too much and everyone will have some great tasting bong water in their mouth.

Get a grinder

Get a grinder

When you have to sit there and dedicate one person to break up the buds it can be quite annoying, especially in a social situation. Everyone is excited and pumped to taste this new buds you hyped them up with, but now they have to wait while you break up the flowers.

Breaking up your buds is important when smoking out of a bong because it allows the buds just enough oxygen to fully burn through, and burn quicker, when you take a rip. This means you don’t have to be sucking the life out of the bong and it is much easier to corner the bowl.

A grinder is handful in social situations because it can break up your flowers in just a few seconds. There are many different grinders available, plastic or metal they all get the job done much faster than a person can. Grinders also break up the buds consistently and allow you to collect the crystals that drop when the buds are grinded.

Save your lungs

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You don’t need to kill yourself in one hit. Inhale lightly, obey your limits and don’t give yourself a headache. If you have ground the flowers then there should be no need to inhale very hard.

If you are having a hard time inhaling then this means either the bong is clogged, or most often, that you just threw a nug into the bowl. A dense nug has virtually no oxygen flowing through it, how do you expect it to light?

You need to break up, or better yet grind up, your buds before you pack the bowl. When you inhale too hard, it makes it much harder to clear the bong when you finally pull the slide. Don’t take every hit like it’s your last.

Keep your bong clean

bong bath soak

Bongs are designed to filter the smoke with water. When you smoke a bong, the water breaks up the smoke particles and holds back the dirty and unhealthy parts. This is the source of the dirt and grime your bong has only a few uses.

The slide eventually develops gunk and can cause trouble when clearing hits. To prevent this, you will need to keep your bong clean. After all smoke sessions, it is always good to clean your bong. Do not be lazy and allow the grime to collect, this will only make it harder for you to clean it later.

If you let the grime collect you will also notice that your bong hits are extremely harsh. This is because, when you take a hit, some of the grime detaches when you are inhaling, changing the taste of the smoke. This means it is time to give your bong an iso bath.

Enjoy the session

best bong smoke session

Great, now that you have caught up on your old bong smoking habits, it’s time for you to go find some friends and share your amazing buds or oils. Bong sessions have got to be one of my most favourite things to do with friends, I hope you get the chance to share such an experience yourself.

Share within the comments what you recommend for others when they are out smoking with their friends.

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