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Find out how cannabis became a big part of the Jamaican culture, and how the Rastafarianism influenced the world.
Jamaica is a small island nation located in the Caribbean Sea right underneath Cuba. It is a charming little place filled with welcoming people, beautiful beaches and, more importantly, some of the best weed in the world.
But don’t call it weed in front of any Jamaicans, as they’ll correct you with their preferred term for cannabis—ganja.
Jamaica is the go-to destination for many people that are looking for a place where they can relax, spend time high up in the mountains and go down to the beach all in the same day.
However, Jamaica holds something even more unique that you won’t find anywhere else in the world:
A one-of-a-kind religion that has spread like a wildfire across the world and gained many supporters in the most various places.
Return to the Promised Land
History of Jamaica is quite extensive. It starts with the Arawak and Taíno indigenous people, which settled on the island between 4000 and 1000 BC.
Early in the 16th century, Jamaica was discovered by the Spanish, and it became a colony of the Spanish crown.
However, the Spanish were forcibly evicted by the English in the 1655 Invasion of Jamaica.
At that time, the slave trade was starting to ramp up, and Jamaica was a good spot for ships to make a break on their way to North America from either Africa or South America.
Fast forward to today, and over 92% of the population in Jamaica is now black. At the time the English arrived there were still Taino people found on the island.
Jamaica attained full independence by leaving the UK in 1962.
Afrocentrism as a defining culture
The Rastafari movement began among Jamaicans of African descent which rejected the British imperial culture which was dominating Jamaica in the previous centuries.
Their teachings stem from the great Jamaican leader and motivator of masses, Maces Garvey.
Garvey took it upon himself to educate the Africans around the world of their history and heritage waiting for them in Africa. Thus the Afrocentrism was born as a movement.
This propelled the Jamaican culture into a culture of praising Africa as the Motherland, and better yet “the promised land”.
Over the years, many Rastafari members called for the resettlement of Africa, and Ethiopia in particular, which they saw as their rightful homeland.
But why? Why Ethiopia of all places?
Ethiopia definitely wasn’t a major part of the Atlantic slave trade which brought most of the black people to Jamaica.
However, Ethiopia had something that the Jamaicans so long wanted: Zion, The Promised Land.
It was also the only place in the world where a black man was a king. A real, bona fide, crown-on-the-head king.
Who was Haile Selassie?
The term “Rastafari” derives from the pre-regnal title of Haile Selassie. It was coined by putting together the term “Ras” (duke or prince) with “Tafari Makonnen”, which was his birth name.
But, who was Haile Selassie? How did this mystery aristocrat from the remote African country get such a huge fan base in Jamaica?
Marcus Garvey said in 1920, “Look to Africa, when a black king shall be crowned, for the day of deliverance is at hand” and Jamaicans saw the rise of Haile Selassie to power as that day.
Many influential Rastas equated blackness with the African continent and thus endorsed a form of Pan-Africanism.
The first three decades of the Rastafari (1930s to end of 1950s) movement placed a lot of emphasis on the repatriation of Ethiopia. In the 1960s the idea of returning to Africa took a turn towards the metaphorical sense.
The famine of 1973. in Ethiopia only reinstated that idea furthermore. This lead to Haile Selassie’s eventual removal from the throne in 1974, and his death a year later at the age of 83, following a coup d’état.
The movement goes worldwide
By the time the ‘60s ended, and the ’70s rolled around the corner, the Rastafari movement went global.
The combination of a very liberal religion closely tied to Christianity, quality music that called for a rebellion, ganja and a newfound hairstyle took the world by surprise.
And, of course, one polarizing personality and the band behind him also had a major part in spreading the word of Jah:
Bob Marley and the Wailers.
Bob Marley and his dreadlocks had such a profound effect on his listeners that people started blatantly copying his style of music and dressing. They still do, to this day.
This brought to a huge increase of people mainstreaming the Rastafari religion, which more and more started being closely tied to reggae music and smoking marijuana, which was a common part of the Rastafari ceremonial traditions.
The fight against Babylon
Reggae music has several recurring themes: Praise Jah, the Fall of Babylon, the return to Zion and the Judgement day.
The Rasta’s refer to the authorities that rule the world as Babylon.
Rastas believe that humanity will enter a “new age” once Babylon has been destroyed, and those who supported Babylon will be denied access to paradise.
The most popular recurring theme is the fight against Babylon, with just about any reggae musician and group mentioning it in their songs:
Bob Marley: Babylon your throne gone down, gone down
Jah Warrior: All of you shall witness the day Babylon shall fall
Yami Bolo: Babylon is out of control, in a gangsta role
The theme of Babylon falling, or being against the people stretched out to the New Wave of reggae as well, with foreign bands aiding in the fight against Babylon.
Slightly Stoopid: Babylon is falling down, everybody losing control
Thievery Corporation: Babylon falling, falling, falling down
A major reason why the fight against Babylon or the future fall of Babylon is so often mentioned is the Jamaican opposition towards institutions.
But, Rastas and Jamaica are not opposed to all types of institutions. Just those that forbid you from practicing religion and traditions.
Seeing how cannabis was a big part of Jamaican culture and Rastafari religion, it was increasingly becoming a problem in the US where reggae was gaining in popularity by the day.
Combine that with the already powerful anti-war hippie sentiment spreading through the United States, and you get the #1 enemy of weed—the federal authorities in America.
Given its illegal status all over the world at the time, cannabis had lots of supporters but not very many of them would dare go against the US federal government.
In short, “the fight against Babylon” represents the Jamaican way of opposing the conflicting institutions that are simply put—acting out of pocket and carelessly towards the people and the environment.
Bob Marley’s untimely departure
The anti-cannabis sentiment was very clear in the US, and the US was known for pushing its agenda onto smaller countries. There are even theories that Bob Marley was poisoned and killed for the cause of stopping the spread of marijuana.
Bob’s fight against Babylon almost came to an end in 1976 when seven men with guns raided Marley’s house in a robbery and shot him in his chest and arm.
Once the assailants were caught, one of them admitted during the trial that the job was done for the CIA in exchange for cocaine and guns.
In an interview for Channel 9 television, Bob Marley gave one of the more legendary statements ever regarding money and his view on richness.
Bob Marley interview about richness and money - YouTube
Sadly, his life didn’t last forever. It ended a year after that interview.
He died of melanoma (a form of cancer) early in his life, aged 36 in 1981. The melanoma started underneath his toenail, and very quickly spread onto his heart and lungs.
Conspiracy theories about his death started circulating quickly, and the prevalent theory is that the CIA gifted him a pair of shoes infected with malignant cancer cells, which he later contracted by trying them on.
Bob Marley’s imprint on the world will be forever. He first gave a voice to a community that now has representatives all over the world.
He also pushed for the legalization of the cannabis plant which is now happening in the US. One could say that he lost the battle, but ultimately won the war.
Cannabis in Rastafari religion
First of all, you may have wondered why this paragraph isn’t named “Cannabis in Rastafarianism”, and you’d be right to ask so.
It is not commonly known that Rastafari believers are critical against the “isms” (which they see as a typical part of “Babylon” culture), as they thoroughly dislike being labeled themselves.
The rise of reggae brought to a rise in popularity of ganja as well across the world. Cannabis most likely came to Jamaica around 1800’s from Africa or South/Central America.
Rastas use ganja for spiritual and ceremonial purposes, and they call it various names: callie, herb, grass, and the holy plant.
They argue that the use of ganja was written in the Bible, which Rastafari heavily leans on. The references to cannabis were made in the Bible:
Psalm 104:14: He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle, and herb for the service of man: that he may bring forth food out of the earth.
Genesis 3.18: It will produce weeds and thorns, and you will have to eat wild plants.
Proverbs 15:17: Better is a dinner of herbs where love is, than a stalled ox and hatred therewith.
At the early days of 1941, Leonard P. Howell set up a Rasta community of sixteen hundred Rasta’s high up in the mountains. This community was later named Pinnacle.
It was at this point that Howell and the community discovered the properties of ganja that helped their reasoning process, and started growing it as a cash crop.
Once ganja became popular among Rastas abroad, they adopted this new tradition.
The use of cannabis for religious purposes has not been accepted anywhere else especially since many countries had prohibition laws. This has brought big problems to the Rasta’s who are passionate users.
In the ‘70s and ‘80s, Rastas all over the world were being persecuted, and no fights in court so far have ended in a win for the Rastafari religion and the right to consume a plant for traditional and ceremonial purposes.
The biggest Rastafari populations at that time were found in Jamaica, UK, USA, and South Africa.
Today, cannabis is legal in many places across North and South America. Cannabis took over most of Jamaica as its national crop, and cannabis tourism today is huge in Jamaica.
It would seem that all that struggle for freedom and the fight against Babylon have finally paid off, as Jamaica is definitely on the bucket list for many people to visit!
Lamb’s Bread cannabis strain
Lamb’s Bread, or Lamb’s Breath as the Dutch sometimes call it, is an authentic Jamaican (landrace) strain.
It was rumored to be the favorite strain of the abovementioned reggae star, Bob Marley.
This strain is a pure Sativa, which is traditionally grown on the slopes of the Blue Mountains, on the East part of the island.
Lamb’s Bread smells very earthy and woody since it is mostly grown in soil. If you plan on growing it, stick the plants straight in the ground, don’t even bother with a pot.
The plants usually tend to grow very tall, easily over 3 meters if they are properly fed and topped. Feel free to cut away at the branches as they’ll quickly turn into double colas from the places you topped.
The flowering time of this strain is known to be very long, as Jamaica is right in the center of the Equatorial belt. Winters are warm in Jamaica, which means this strain can end in late November, and even in early December.
Lamb’s Bread is a THC-potent strain that averages around 14% THC and a low CBD content. Just like most other Sativa’s it makes the user happy and uplifted.
So next time you’re in Jamaica, follow the steps of Uncle Bob and light up some Lamb’s Bread.
Hamilton, a major municipality in Ontario, has opted-in for retail cannabis stores, while 9 other municipalities have opted out.
Municipalities which opt-in will receive thousands of dollars in government funding: A portion of the $40 million dollars that Ontario is providing over two years for municipalities to jump start the retail program.
Another part of that will be the federal excise tax on cannabis.
Only 9 municipalities have decided to opt-out, but that doesn’t mean that their position won’t change in the future.
Not a permanent decision
Brantford municipality is the fifth and latest to opt-out, as the city council voted 7-4 against retail cannabis two days ago.
Mayor Kevin Davis said that the system is faulty and that they should wait for a better opportunity to opt-in.
“The province needs to improve the system and the question is how do you get a better system,” said Mayor Kevin Davis, “the way you do it is to opt out temporarily and try to get a better deal.”
Here are the municipalities in Ontario which have opted-out of having cannabis stores: Brantford, Markham, Milton, Mississauga, Newmarket, Oakville, Pickering, Richmond Hill and Whitby.
Hamilton is one of the major municipalities which decided to opt-in. The City Council voted 10-6 in favor of allowing retail cannabis stores.
The vote came about after Councillor Sam Merulla tried to have the city opt out of the retail stores, but his motion was defeated after the vote ended in a tie.
The government made a bad call
The owner of the first illegal pot shop in Hamilton, Britney Guerra, is looking forward to this business opportunity. She claims that this attempt will not push out the black market, as the West region will only have 7 shops. But, according to Ms. Guerra, Hamilton could host up to 150 legal stores.
The government’s recent to issue only 25 retail licences by April is completely disastrous, and according to economy experts, will cause the black market to thrive, which is exactly the opposite of what it set out to do in the first place by legalizing cannabis for adult use.
“Unfortunately, it’s turned out to be just a comedy of errors,” said Anindya Sen, economy professor at the University of Waterloo who specializes in the cannabis industry. “When you take those things together, it’s possible that despite being legalized, Ontario might become one of the biggest black markets in the world.”
Many other analysts have also suggested that there should be no limit on the number of stores allowed, even before the government changed its mind a few weeks ago.
“Community opt-outs and limited storefronts is a toxic combination which pretty much guarantees that the black market will thrive,” Sen said. “Capping retail outlets and having entire communities opt out makes the legal market in Ontario far less accessible.”
Ontario municipalities have 5 more days to decide if they will opt-in or out of having retail cannabis stores.
As the Congressional hearing of William Barr for the position of Attorney General goes on, the nominee came out in support of businesses in marijuana-legal states saying that he won’t prosecute them at all.
Trump’s nominee for the Attorney General position, William Barr, has voiced his position on the question of prosecuting businesses in states which legalized marijuana.
William Barr appeared in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee this Tuesday for the first time as a part of his confirmation hearing for the attorney general position.
It’s important to note that William Barr already served as the Attorney General under George H. W. Bush.
After handling a hostage crisis as the Acting Attorney General in 1991, Barr got the President’s nomination for the Attorney General position.
This time, he is called up to fill in after Jeff Sessions resigned as the previous Attorney General due to a lot of drama regarding the Russia 2016 election investigation.
What does this mean for cannabis?
Barr’s predecessor, Jeff Sessions, was more than clear about his position on marijuana—he wasn’t with it, not one bit.
Sessions made it clear that while he was the Attorney General, he’d do everything in his power not to allow for legalization to happen.
He rescinded the Cole Memo which assured states with legalized marijuana that the federal government will not prosecute them.
However, this was just the last “power move” the anti-cannabis establishment was trying to pull off as the old guard of politicians are on their way out of the political scene.
At one point 4 Department of Justice lawyers, who had worked with Sessions, testified that he made racially offensive remarks, and even called one black Deputy, Thomas Figures, “boy”.
Figures said during Session’s Attorney General hearing that Sessions once said that the Ku Klux Klan was “OK until I found out they smoked pot”.
William Barr’s position on marijuana isn’t quite clear, although he explicitly said that he won’t go back on the Cole Memo.
“I’m not going to go after the companies that have relied on the Cole Memo”, said Barr, “However, we either should have a federal law that prohibits marijuana everywhere, which I would support myself. However, if we want a federal approach, if we want states to have each their own laws then let’s get there, and let’s get there the right way.”
This is somewhat of a mixed message, but at least the first part is good to hear.
William Barr won’t have an easy job enforcing the federal laws, especially the ones regarding marijuana as more than two-thirds of the states now have some type of laws legalizing marijuana.
It would seem that the future Attorney General will be subjected to a lot of scrutinies, however, there’s not much room for him to be worse than Sessions when it comes to marijuana.
The 6th edition of the State of Legal Marijuana by ArcView and BDS Analytics projects that the global cannabis market will grow to $32 billion by 2022.
The State of Legal Marijuana is one of the most anxiously awaited prospects of the cannabis industry. This report covers the global cannabis market but it mostly focuses on the places where marijuana was recently legalized—the United States and Canada.
Americans spend the most money on legal weed
Even though recreational cannabis is still federally illegal in United States, the spending going on over there is impressive. A total of 34 US states legalized medical marijuana which, combined with hundreds of thousands of medical users, generated a total of $11 billion dollars of revenue in 2018.
Canada came in second, as Canadians spent $1.3 billion dollars on legal weed in the previous year.
The rest of the world spent around $600 million, as you can see in the image below.
When the 27.5% compound annual growth rate is applied to the next 4 years, the math says that the global spending on legal cannabis products should rise to around $32 billion by 2022.
It is important to note that, according to this projection, the American legal cannabis market is poised to reach $23.4 billion dollars.
Concentrates are becoming more popular by the day
One of the things BDS Analytics chose to pinpoint was the change of use in cannabis concentrates between 2016 and 2017. Live resin became huge, however, it didn’t take up as much space in the dabbing community as it did in 2018. Live resin really exploded in 2018 but its usage rate was still capped at 6% in 2017.
As for the consumption methods, vaporizers were the absolute winners in both categories as they held the biggest market share at a usage rate of 39% and a growth rate of 86% year over year.
Various other types of BHO concentrates were listed but not all of them are as popular as they used to be a few years ago.
Shatter and wax have seen a huge drop in popularity. Rosin, live resin, and THC distillate are steadily taking the market over as they’ve been growing in popularity year in and year out.
A prospect for legalization
Legalization of cannabis is now in full swing in both North America and Europe. Just this year, numerous states in the US, Mexico, and several Latino countries legalized marijuana in some form.
The UK legalized medical marijuana for the seriously ill and Germany expanded its program and distribution to pharmacies. Cannabis markets also increased in Spain, Italy, and several other smaller European countries.
However, the biggest increase in legal spending on cannabis in Europe is due when France legalizes it, according to the research study.
Outside of Europe and the Americas, a couple of countries started moving in the direction of legal cannabis—most recently Thailand, South Africa, New Zealand, and South Korea.
Georgia, a small country on the edge of Europe and Asia has also de facto legalized possession of cannabis as per a ruling by the Constitutional Court of Georgia.
In Norway, the government created a working group tasked with decriminalizing drug use and mandate police to impose forced medical treatment of addicts instead of fines and imprisonment.
Hopefully, by the end of 2019 we’ll have more countries who legalized cannabis for either medical or recreational use.
The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario held its cannabis license lottery on Friday and none of the big retail chains were lucky enough to win, as all licenses went to other applicants.
Ontario has the biggest cannabis market in Canada, which makes it extremely desirable for all those looking to sell cannabis in the province.
However, as you may know, The Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario held the cannabis license lottery on Friday and all 25 licenses were awarded to private entities and citizens that hoped they would be selected and placed their name in the raffle.
The winners were notified by the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario via email. There were roughly 16,905 applicants and the winners were selected via a purpose-built lottery software.
Among the companies selected by the AGCO were Pure Alpha Holdings, Tripsetter, CGS Foods, and The Niagara Herbalist. You can see the full list of those that expressed interest here.
Around 64% of applicants were listed as sole proprietors, 33% as corporations, and 4% as partnerships or limited partnerships.
The winners of this lottery are now required to pay $10,000 in non-refundable fees for licensing and store permits.
Future weed store owners will also have to provide the AGCO with a $50,000 line of credit.
Municipalities still have another 7 days to decide whether they wish to opt-out of having cannabis stores on the municipal grounds.
After that, future owner will have the opportunity to select where they want their stores to operate once they open doors to the public.
In the Toronto region lottery winners are all private citizens:
Dana Michele Kendal
The AGCO also selected a number of waitlisted applicants which will be selected in case that the original award winners don’t pass the AGCO background check.
The spokesperson for Ontario Attorney-General Caroline Mulroney, Jesse Robichaud, has said that the lottery system will be in place until Ontario can obtain a sufficient supply of legal cannabis from federally licensed producers to meet the demand.
In this guide, we will be exploring what I consider to be the best bongs in 3 different price ranges.
As a seasoned cannabis user, I’ve owned my fair share of bongs.
Some were good and some were downright amazing, however, before I could start writing this piece I needed to decide what separated good bongs from bad ones.
Well, these five are a good start:
Is the glass thick?
Does it look sturdy?
Does it have very few moving parts?
Does it clean easily?
Does it have a decent volume?
There are other things to look for in a bong, such as airflow restriction and smoke diffusion, but you won’t really know the airflow until you’ve used it for a few times.
The first three on the list are very important as they will determine the longevity of your glass if you are careful with it. If you throw your bong around, no amount of sturdiness will save it.
If you are clumsy, you’ll want your bong to have as few moving parts as possible. Parts that stick out far from the core of the bong also contribute to them being easily breakable, so you might want to keep that in mind while shopping as well.
What are the different types of bongs?
Bongs come in various shapes, but three of the most popular are tubes, beakers, and bubblers.
Tube bongs are what most people imagine in their head when you mention a bong.
They usually have a cylindrical neck which goes all the way down to the bottom of the bong and ends with a disc, which gives tube bongs the stability they so lack.
There’s nothing wrong with tube bongs, in fact, they offer a lot of variety. Tube bongs often have percolators and other parts that make them visually attractive.
They are usually very easy to clean and the smoke clears pretty fast because of the simple shape.
Beaker bongs are similar to tube bongs in the sense that they also have a long neck. However, at the bottom of the neck, the bong doesn’t end, as it would with tube bongs.
At the end of the neck in beaker bongs, you’ll find a chamber that is added for extra smoke. This gives beaker bongs a bigger volume and bigger hit potential.
Beaker bongs get their name from looking somewhat like beakers used for chemistry and such. The extra space on the bottom is filled with more water than in tube bongs. This gives them extra stability.
The age-old question that many cannabis enthusiasts like to argue about is whether you should get a bong or a quality bubbler?
Bubblers are much smaller than regular bongs. They are often referred to as water pipes.
The main difference between the two boils down to size and volume.
Bubblers are usually meant for one person, while bongs are more apt for sharing as you can get bigger hits.
The volume of the bong is also very important as it will determine how much smoke you can take in. Human lungs have a volume of 6 liters on average, which is 200 Oz fluid, or 1.5 gallons.
Don’t buy cheap (Chinese) glass
In the last couple of years there’s been a huge increase in the number of websites selling bongs and other smoking utensils.
Some of these websites offer American-made glass, and a select few offer Canadian-made glass.
The overwhelming majority of these websites almost exclusively sell bongs made in China.
These bongs are usually lower in quality than those made on this side of the pond. They aren’t as thick and resilient to breaking.
Sure, there are cases where they might last, but my experience has proven otherwise.
My friends and I ordered dozens of Chinese-made bongs from these websites only to see them break in record time.
Don’t be afraid to spend more than $50 bucks on a glass bong, it will be totally worth it.
Best bongs under $100 USD
Bongs that are under $100 are usually not branded. They are either mass-produced and then shipped to distribution centers in the US and Canada or drop-shipped to your address.
However, there are also several companies across the US making great bongs for those on a tight budget.
Here’s a list of 5 bongs that are under $100 and provide a great experience:
DHC Destroyer is a great little bong that comes in three colors: Blue, green and clear.
Its 5mm thick glass and a 14mm fused downstem guarantee that you won’t have too many issues with this piece. The glass stem doesn’t look “risky” at all as it is quite sturdy and well fused.
DHC Destroyer has both a vortex and a honeycomb perc which will make the smoking experience really smooth. You might have to give it a bit of a harder drag than what you are used to due to these two obstacles though.
Its 14mm fused stem will give you a wide range of add-ons you can upgrade your bong with.
You can order a quartz banger to go along with the Destroyer, and quickly turn it into an oil rig.
DHC Destroyer regularly goes for $49.99. With the additional quartz banger, it goes for $69.99.
The WS Smellchecker is made out of borosilicate glass which is just 5mm thick.
The diameter of the bong is 65 mm and it is 46 cm (18 inches) tall, and it only comes in clear color.
It features a reinforced fixed downstem with a 6-slit inline percolator, which makes the hits much easier due to its immense size.
However, the size of this bong will allow you something not very many bongs at this price will: Huge, icy, milky hits.
That’s right, you can stuff the Smellchecker with ice and get monstrous hits. Its size gives it a large volume to hold a ton of water which filters the smoke.
Users report it to be extremely easy to clean, simply by applying alcohol and salt. The only downside is that due to its huge volume you may not be able to clear it in one drag.
The WS Smellchecker goes for $89.00 regularly, but it’s a very popular product so you can often find it on discounts for a cheaper price.
Mini Bent Neck
The Mini Bent Neck is a really good piece for those who are just starting to explore the world of glass. It is made of borosilicate glass with colored accents and it comes in 4 colors: Blue, green, pink and clear.
It is just seven inches tall (17.8 cm), and it has a bent neck for ease of access, thus its name.
It also features a 90˚ 14mm male joint with an additional stem joint for added stability. Trust me, that stem isn’t going to break easily.
This bong can also be quickly turned into an oil rig with the quartz banger and a carb cap which are both offered as a part of the add-on package.
If you are worried that it might easily flip over due to the stem which does somewhat stick out, this bong has a disk base which helps with the stability.
The flower female joint which comes with the bong has a nice glass bar on the side, which hugely helps when making a drag or clearing it through.
The Mini Bent Neck goes for $59.99 with free discreet shipping, and with the quartz banger and the carb cap you can get it for as low as $94.98 and have a decent 2-in-1 glass piece.
The “Flavor Tube” Mini Beaker
Flavor Tube is another bong that is great for those looking for their first piece and those who like smoking alone. This small piece is made out of thick borosilicate and slime green glass.
It is 8″ tall (20 cm) and has a glass disk on the bottom of the beaker. The primary role of the beaker is to create more volume and provide stability.
So, with the added disk at the bottom, only a direct hit at the top of the neck will knock over The Flavor Tube.
It has a 14mm female joint and a diffusion percolator which is set at an angle to prevent splash back. It is incredibly easy to clean as it literally has no moving parts other than the slider.
The slider can be replaced with a quartz banger and a carb to easily transform The Flavor Tube into an oil rig for added flavors.
A small downside to this bong is that it doesn’t have a bent neck so you’ll have to take hits at an awkward angle or tilt the bong.
The Flavor Tube usually goes for $89.99. The piece comes with a 14mm male flower bowl.
AMG 10-inch Wide Base
AMG stands for American Made Glass, which stands behind thick, nearly indestructible bongs that you’ll fall in love with.
The AMG 10-inch has a wide base which offers additional stability for its tall stature since it is 10 inches (25 cm) tall.
It is made with super thick borosilicate glass, on American soil using American resources. It’s a real American bong. Que the white eagle.
This AMG bong comes with a diffused male stem which significantly helps with the cooling effect water makes.
It comes in teal, Black & Mint, black, and blue colors. It is extremely easy to clean due to the simple shape, its lack of percolators and the easily detachable male stem.
The AMG 10-inch wide base glass bong usually comes in at around $80 USD. For this price tag, you’ll get a very good bong which will last you a while, and provide smooth hits as long as you clean it.
Best Bongs Under $200 USD
This is where we start getting into really quality bongs. Bongs that range between $100-200
USD are something every passionate cannabis lover should have.
This price range will guarantee that you have a very pleasant experience, combined with durable, high-quality glass. Let’s check out the list:
You know what you are getting into when your bong is named The Double Trouble. It is very tall with the mouthpiece sitting at 16 inches above the desk.
It has a straight tube with a disk at the bottom, two stereo percolators embedded in the tube which offer high-grade filtration, and a 18.8mm female joint which fits a large male bowl.
However, what sets apart The Double Trouble from the “under $100 bongs” group are its unique features, not its awesome percolators.
The Double Trouble has an Ice Pinch and a Splash Guard, which help you get much cleaner hits.
The Ice Pinch serves as to catch the ice and hold it above the water line, and the splash guard prevents water from coming up to your mouth.
The Double Trouble is primarily made for flower consumption, although retailers claim that it can also be safely used for cannabis extracts simply by swapping out the bowl for a quartz banger.
Users report this bong to be extremely sturdy as the downstem has an additional joint tying it to the body. They also say that it is relatively easy to clean, given its massive size and the double percolators.
The Double Trouble goes for $139 but a few websites out there offer it on sale every now and then so you may even get it for as low as $100 around Christmas time.
Helix Flare Base
Helix Flare Base is a unique piece that will provide you with smooth hits, and with minimal care you’ll have this piece in your collection for years.
Its bottom is made out of thick glass so that it doesn’t break easily when dropped.
The diffused stem provides for decent filtration, and both chambers offer a lot of volume, even though the bong is only 9 inches tall, including the disk at the bottom.
The Helix Flare Base is really a beautiful piece that has only one flaw – it is too small. Users report that the flower bowl it comes with is basically a one-hitter.
This is important as the Helix Flare Base has a Venturi Chamber above the base for added volume. This makes it perfect for dabs, but not really great for flower.
This bong is primarily used as an oil rig, as it comes with a 14.5mm female joint and a male quartz nail, as well as a male flower bowl.
You can upgrade to a ceramic or a titanium nail for just a few more dollars. I also strongly recommend that you get a bigger flower bowl as well.
The Helix Flare Base can be bought for $120 if you catch a discount, but most websites list the base package at $160.
The Original Tank Beaker
If you are looking for a piece to last you longer than any other, look no further. The Original Tank Beaker is a true wonder of American glass-blowing.
The Original Tank Beaker boasts 9mm thick walls and a reinforced base. It is 12 inches tall, and has a 19mm female bowl. Users report it to be thick in all the right places, which is where it gets its name the Tank Beaker.
You actually won’t believe how hard and sturdy this bong is, so I’ll just queue the video:
Tank Glass on Now This - YouTube
There’s not much to say about other features—this piece was designed to fill everyone’s expectations when it comes to durability and function, and that’s about it.
However, even though it’s probably the toughest bong out there, don’t throw it around senselessly. Don’t poke the bong bear.
As far as its price goes, The Original Tank Beaker can be bought for $129 at a discount, or $160 regularly.
Purr Glass Swiss Honeycomb
The Purr Glass Swiss Honeycomb bong is perhaps the most beautiful bong on this list. You can order this beauty in Dichro, Slyme and Pink Slyme colors.
This bong features a handcrafted honeycomb drum percolator which makes the smoke cooler and smoother. This percolator works by diffusing the smoke through 19 different points in the honeycomb disc.
You can further cool down the smoke with its several ice pinchers. They also serve as water stoppers so that it doesn’t get to your mouth. Its bent neck makes accessing the bong a lot easier.
The Purr Glass Swiss Honeycomb is 9 inches tall, with a 4-inch base. It has a 14mm female joint that fits all sorts of male accessories, however, a 90° design is recommended if applicable.
You can order it on Purr’s very own website for $149, and it comes with a matching flower bowl or a clear quartz banger.
12″ GRAV® Straight Base
The 12″ Grav® Straight Base bong is a serious tool. This thing will get you higher than you could ever imagine.
Its straight 12-inch tube provides users with a huge amount of volume which can be filled up with a lot of milky smoke. Aside from that, you can also pack it with some ice to improve the quality of the hit.
The 14mm female stem is connected with two very sturdy joints to the tube. Along with the base disc it provides a very robust sense given its size
You can order this bong online, in black, white, blue, green, red, purple, yellow, orange, or etch. The hits you’ll take from this 12-incher will be essentially smooth and cool.
The percolator near the bottom of the base should be covered with about 1-2 cm of water for the utmost diffusion and perfect taste.
The 12″ GRAV® Straight Base bong goes for a reasonable $112, and it comes with a 14mm funnel bowl.
Best Bongs Over $200 USD
Ballers only section.
Fair warning—don’t spend over $200 on a bong if you’re a beginner. You will likely break it quicker than you expect, and that’s usually the rule for the first few bongs.
That is why if you plan on spending a large amount on a bong, you should buy a bong that’s worth the cash. Here’s the list:
There are people out there claiming that the budtender position is nothing more than a retail sales job. The same people are saying that becoming a budtender means limiting yourself to that position, as there are little to no prospects for advancement.
I have only one question for those people:
When was the last time you were a part of a blooming, recently legalized market?
It’s not like people from other industries are likely to jump into the cannabis sector, because that rarely happens in real life.
People are generally afraid to leave their jobs, and even more so when the market they’re planning to jump in is this young.
Sure, some of the specialists from other industries such as highly educated technologists and pharmacologists may switch over to the cannabis industry, but they do so because there’s new money in this sector, and cannabis companies are probably willing to offer large sums for exceedingly specialized individuals.
It is not unlikely that people who take up budtender jobs in the near future might end up as branch managers or even executives in some of the retail stores that are about to open their doors.
There are many other positions out there that could be considered dead-end way more than working as a budtender, considering that the cannabis industry is in rapid expansion.
How to find budtender jobs?
Budtender positions will just keep opening as we further progress into a global cannabis legalization.
You could look for a budtender job through traditional means, meaning while you’re in the store just ask around if they need any new people to fill out the shifts.
Many stores will open their doors without hiring enough staff, so you will start seeing more stores with “HIRING” signs, so don’t be afraid to walk in and ask around.
You could also start by looking up “budtender jobs Canada” on Google, and then check out several job-seeking websites such as Glassdoor, Indeed and any other site of that sort.
The Canadian Federal Government also offers jobs on their website, so that is an option if you are looking for work in the government sector.
How much does a budtender make?
This really depends on where you live as wages are naturally very different from country to country, and even they are also going to vary in different states and provinces.
In US, budtenders will probably make between $11-13 per hour. Don’t let that discourage you as there are other awesome benefits to this job, such as sampling all the new products.
But if you prove yourself worthy of a promotion, and if you have some previous experience in other useful fields, you just might find yourself making much more than that especially as the industry grows.
Cannabis companies are currently in the process of expansion as they are striving to capture as big of a market share as possible, and this is where you can find a spot for yourself.
What does a budtender resume look like?
Firstly, you’ll have to be over 18 years of age, and in some places such as the US, you’ll need to be at least 21 years old.
I will assume that you are very comfortable around cannabis, so we’re not going to mention that as a requirement.
Couple that with background in sales, retail or customer service and you will most likely be able to land a job in a dispensary.
Here’s what a real budtender job description looks like:
What does a budtender need to know?
A budtender must know everything that is considered “common knowledge” when it comes to cannabis.
Budtenders are the first line of defense against bad cannabis experiences.
They should be the first to tell you that “this concentrate is very potent and if you aren’t used to weed, you might feel like dying… but you’ll be OK in about 8 hours”, and everything else along that line.
According to the Distilled Spirits Council, which did a study on the states that legalized recreational cannabis, the overall industry trends remain consistent.
In Washington, Oregon and Colorado, spirit sales increased but the sales of wine and beer stayed on their mixed or negative course.
Brewers and beverage producers have seen the trend of flavored drinks and tobacco popularity generally going down for quite a while now.
That is why some of the biggest companies like Anheuser-Busch InBev, Coca Cola, Pepsico, Constellation Brands, Molson Coors and many others are looking into the possibility of expanding into the cannabis sector.
These days we have dozens of different cannabis extracts on the market, but the newest hit is THC distillate which is totally different from BHO and other extracts.
What is THC distillate?
You’ve surely heard of distillation before—distilled water is a good example we can use.
Distilled water is water that gets evaporated and then rapidly cooled, so that it goes back into liquid form. This way the water gets purified.
Before we get into what THC distillate actually is, let’s first go over the definition of distillates in general.
According to Oxford Dictionaries, distillation is “the action of purifying a liquid by a process of heating and cooling”, and distillates are liquids that are the end result of this process.
Once you throw THC into that definition, the formula is pretty clear:
THC distillate is a cannabis extract made through short path distillation of cannabis oil, and it can be made from any type of cannabis oil (CO2, BHO, ethanol extract).
High-grade THC distillate is made in laboratories and takes an actual chemist to safely make.
During the process, all impurities and unwanted parts of the plant are removed.
THC distillate is so pure that it doesn’t even contain chlorophyll and it can reach up to 99% cannabinoid content. Impurities such as pesticides and fungi residuals, plant fats and waxes are all removed in the process.
The distillation process involves heating up and cooling explosive liquids, turning CO2 into a supercritical fluid, and several more steps. It’s safe to say that the process is much more complicated than BHO extraction.
In fact, labs that make THC distillates from scratch have fully automated systems that do decarboxylation, winterization, fractionation, and short path distillation one after another.
If you’re wondering whether you can make THC distillate on your own, I would always stick by the good old “if you don’t know what the word you’re reading means, don’t even consider doing it”.
It is safe to say that THC distillate is the clearest and most potent cannabis concentrate you can buy on the market today.
How is THC distillate different from BHO?
THC distillate is more potent and pure than BHO. Another major difference is in how they are made.
BHO is made through extracting THC from cannabis by using butane, and the end product can come out in various forms and consistencies.
The purest form of BHO is called shatter, and it comes almost always packed in a piece of baking paper. It gets its name for its resemblance to glass, and the manner in which it breaks up.
BHO can reach up to 70% THC, and some claim that after winterization they get an even more pure product at around 80% THC.
However, the purification process can be taken another step further, which is distilling the winterized BHO.
In essence, you can make THC distillate from BHO, but you can’t make BHO from THC distillate.
This type of extract is relatively new to the cannabis industry. THC distillates popped on the scene in the United States around mid-2015, while BHO and CO2 oils have been around for at least 10 years.
Another important piece of information may be that sales of distillate-filled cartridges have been steadily growing ever since their introduction.
Sales of distillate cartridges outgrew sales of other types of extracts in early 2017, according to BDS Analytics.
This isn’t to say that THC distillate is getting more popular than BHO.
In fact, I’d say it’s the other way around as BHO is still generally more popular. THC distillates took over only in this one market related to cartridges.
How to use THC distillate
THC distillate usually comes packed in very small syringes, as they are the easiest tool to both transport and manipulate the extract with.
There are many ways in which THC distillate is being used, however the most common is still dabbing.
THC distillate can be used as a sublingual drop, and it is much stronger ingested this way.
Is THC distillate edible?
THC distillate is edible, as it is made out of 99.9% organic contents. You can make edibles from distillate, although I wouldn’t recommend it.
Is THC distillate decarboxylated?
Yes. Cannabis is decarboxylated before the process of extraction even starts, which means that by the time you get the distillate, it’s already been decarbed, winterized, extracted, fractionated and distilled.
How to mix THC distillate with vape juice?
A great way to mix THC distillate and vape juice is by putting them together in a shot glass and then putting that shot glass in a pot with hot water. There’s a great video explaining the whole process you can see right here, except it’s done with wax but the principle is the same.
Basically, all you need to do is mix your vape juice with the cannabis extract and then apply some heat to them, after which they will blend together.