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High Buys: Starter pack for first-time weed smokers

Ahead of legalization, here are five must-have accoutrements for first-time weed smokers

By Samantha Edwards

Stroll into any head shop, and you’ll be bombarded with a dizzying array of shiny grinders, foot-tall bongs and rolling papers in all the colours of the rainbow. If you’ve never smoked cannabis before or are new to weed, it can be an intimidating experience trying to figure out exactly what you need. Here are five must-have accoutrements for first-time weed smokers.

Pipe bomb

They’re available in a variety of materials like wood, crystal, glass, high-tech metals and clay, but buying your first pipe can be a difficult decision. The Journey 3 is an excellent, unfussy starter pipe. It’s shatter-proof, has a built-in filtering system and comes apart, making it super easy to clean. It also features a magnetic top, which means you can stash a packed bowl without worrying about spillage.

Grinder 1, 2, 3s

When you buy cannabis from a dispensary or online from a Licensed Producer, it’ll often come in small buds. Before you pack a pipe or roll a joint, it’s best to grind up the flower so it burns evenly. You can use your hands or scissors to do this, but metal grinders keep your fingers sticky-free. This SharpStone aluminum grinder has three chambers: a top chamber with sharp teeth to cut up the flower, a second to store the ground-up buds and a third to catch “kief,” which are crystals that can be sprinkled on top of packed bowls or joints for greater potency.

$30 at Hot Box Café (204 Augusta), hotboxshop.ca

Stone in a cone

Rolling perfect joints takes some good motor skills and a lot of practice. Until you master it, these pre-rolled cones are great for beginners. Simply pack in your weed, twist the paper at the end and you’re ready to light up.

$3 for six-pack at Friendly Stranger (241 Queen West), friendlystranger.com

Pack with punch

If you’re slow to go through your stash, these small humidity packs help keep your weed fresher for longer by preserving the flavour, aroma and colour of your bud. Stick the packet in your cannabis container and replace it when it turns hard.

From $3 at Hot Box Café (204 Augusta), hotboxcafe.ca

Smell-proof storage

While some might enjoy the earthy scent of cannabis, most people won’t want their house smelling like it, especially if they have young kids or mischievous teenagers. Store your weed and papers in this pouch that has a double Velcro seal and an activated carbon lining that conceals scents. A larger, zippered version allows you to store pipes, grinders and other paraphernalia.

$30 for 4.5” x 6” pouch at Tokyo Smoke (multiple locations), tokyosmoke.com

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Ahead of legalization, here are five must-have accoutrements for first-time weed smokers

5 Weed Starter Pack Must-Haves for First Time Smokers

Here are five must-have accoutrements for first-time weed smokers.

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Stroll into any head shop, and you’ll be bombarded with a dizzying array of shiny grinders, foot-tall bongs and rolling papers in all the colours of the rainbow. If you’ve never smoked cannabis before or are new to weed, it can be an intimidating experience trying to figure out exactly what you need. Here are five must-have accoutrements for your weed starter pack.

Weed Starter Pack Essentials

1. Pipe Bomb

They’re available in a variety of materials like wood, crystal, glass, high-tech metals and clay, but buying your first pipe can be a difficult decision. The Journey 3 is an excellent, unfussy starter pipe. It’s shatter-proof, has a built-in filtering system and comes apart, making it super easy to clean. It also features a magnetic top, which means you can stash a packed bowl without worrying about spillage.

Grinder 1, 2, 3s

When you buy cannabis from a dispensary or online from a Licensed Producer, it’ll often come in small buds. Before you pack a pipe or roll a joint, it’s best to grind up the flower so it burns evenly. You can use your hands or scissors to do this, but metal grinders keep your fingers sticky-free. This SharpStone aluminum grinder has three chambers: a top chamber with sharp teeth to cut up the flower, a second to store the ground-up buds and a third to catch “kief,” which are crystals that can be sprinkled on top of packed bowls or joints for greater potency.

$30 at Hot Box Café (204 Augusta), hotboxshop.ca

3. Stone in a Cone

Rolling perfect joints takes some good motor skills and a lot of practice. Until you master it, these pre-rolled cones are great for beginners. Simply pack in your weed, twist the paper at the end and you’re ready to light up.

$3 for six-pack at Friendly Stranger (241 Queen West), friendlystranger.com

4. Pack with Punch

If you’re slow to go through your stash, these small humidity packs help keep your weed fresher for longer by preserving the flavour, aroma and colour of your bud. Stick the packet in your cannabis container and replace it when it turns hard.

From $3 at Hot Box Café (204 Augusta), hotboxcafe.ca

5. Smell-Proof Storage

While some might enjoy the earthy scent of cannabis, most people won’t want their house smelling like it, especially if they have young kids or mischievous teenagers. Store your weed and papers in this pouch that has a double Velcro seal and an activated carbon lining that conceals scents. A larger, zippered version allows you to store pipes, grinders and other paraphernalia.

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