Part of the fun of developing new interests is the search and acquisition of the right tools and accessories.
For some, ingesting marijuana becomes almost a ceremony, like the art of the tea ceremony. For others, they just want to get the thc (or CBD) into their bodies as efficiently as possible. And you’ll find a range of habits in between.
Making and buying all the paraphernalia related to weed should become a pursuit that jazzes you to the core.
In other words, collecting the right tools for the job is highly rewarding.
Let’s start with the simple task of storing your weed.
I know you’re beyond using a ziplock bag for your herb. You know for long term storage, you want glass.
Anything glass … and airtight will do.
If you decide to go with canning jars with rubber seals and metal clamps, I have a suggestion:
Buy one or two in each brand and test them out before buying any quantity.
This advice comes from hindsight – We bought several dozen Faberware jars (2015-2016 production, we assume). The smallest size jars were fine. And most of the big ones were okay, too. But …
The next-to-the-smallest size all chipped around the lids, above the rubber gaskets. Do you know how frustrating it is to pick bits of glass out of your weed, or to step on glass shards that have fallen to the carpet?!
From that point on, we decided to test the quality of a sample container before buying more of the same.
Even seasoned tokers can learn something new….
One day, at one of our favorite dispensaries, (Moss Crossing in Eugene, Oregon), we bought some high-thc wax, and it came in this “funny, little, rubber container.”
At home, we noticed that the wax thc concentrate didn’t stick to the inside of the rubber 3ml concentrate holder. It was amazing.
So, I started to research, and found silicone containers on several cannabis store sites. It seems that they have a no-stick quality for many types of concentrates. These little silicone containers seemed rather expensive, so I switched my search from the specialty shops to Amazon and eBay.
Eureka! I was able to buy quantities at wholesale prices of the two sizes that I was interested in. And they came in a variety of colors.
Silicone Container Tips
- If you have a choice between the softer rubber and the harder rubber, take the harder. The reinforced feeling of the sides of the container makes it easier to remove and replace the lid.
- Silicone containers make excellent whipping and whisking bowls for your concentrate.
- Use them to store concentrates, share small buds, or even kief! Just be careful when you reopen the container; kief confetti = no bueno.
- Keep away from pets that enjoy chewing rubber.
Bubble and Sift Bags
When I bought my first set of bubble bags to make ice-water hash, I paid over $200 for a 7-bag set. That was in the early 2000s.
Now, there are a zillion offers and many companies producing every size and combination of bubble bags. For my newest set, I went searching on Amazon.com, once again. And I found something new … and inexpensive.
Welcome to the 100% screen bag!
Instead of some opaque rubber-coated cheaper ones that can flake into your plant material, or a nylon tube in various colors with the screen sewn to the bottom, now you can buy bags that are completely made out of the silk screen material. You can even buy them in all the regular micron counts.
Not only do we use them for Bubble Hash, but they make excellent sift bags for Dry Ice Sifting to get high-quality kief.
Reasons why silkscreen is better:
- No flaking of coating of the bags. Doesn’t contaminate your hashish.
- Easier to manufacture. It’s just a bag. The savings can be passed to the consumer.
- Hard to mess up quality, if they get the micron count right. As mentioned, it’s just a bag.
- Easier to clean thoroughly.
- Can be used for both bubble and dry ice sift.
This old toker gives a hearty thumbs up to these all-mesh bubble bags.
Hand Kief (Screw) Presses
Before you buy a kief press of any size or quality, watch an online demonstration of it in use.
This is important. Why?
Because some of these presses work in theory but are very difficult to actually operate.
So far, we’ve chosen the simple design … a tube with a t-bar to screw in and compress the powder.
- These presses come in different materials – while most of the t-bar variety seem to come in a chrome or stainless steel. I was able to find one that was all brass for the same price. (I prefer brass for various reasons.)
- Some of these presses come with a tincture press insert … at no extra charge. This is handy, when and if you want to make a liquid concentrate.
Rosin Tech Presse
Don’t call it ghetto, but we started with flat irons for hair (about $20) and a quick clamp with some parchment paper (unbleached).
Why use a simple hair iron instead of a t-shirt press or fancy rosin tech press?
The answer is simple: Many of the presses that I have seen have a teflon-type coating. And teflon at higher temperatures is carcinogenic and can also cause asthma-like breathing problems and flu symptoms.
Note: For real, made-for-rosin-tech presses, we like the NUGSMASHER brand. Their metal plates are perfect for the task. And no, we do not get compensated for mentioning them.
Still, for a pittance, I can buy a simple, hair, flat iron, I can get a ceramic or plain metal surface.
Also … and this is a biggy … some sources say that you get a better yield pressing in the smaller quantities with a good clamp. (Again, we like our NugSmasher, nowadays.)
So far, so good.
If you decide to go with a bigger press, then I have heard of good results with t-shirt presses that sell for a couple of hundred bucks on Amazon and eBay. (Need I get redundant about our preference?)
Decide whether you want a clam shell where the top lifts up … be careful not to touch that part while removing your parchment … or a swing-open model, which needs more room to operate, but is safer for those who are klutzy.
Note: Some experts say that rosin tech is just a fad and will never be completely practical on a commercial level. I disagree, but time will tell.
I guess the days of the Ohaus Triple or Double Beam scales are gone.
Inexpensive, digital scales have taken the weed world by storm.
Do you want something completely portable that will weigh a few nugs, or do you need something bigger to be able to use the tare weight feature to zero out the weight of a jar?
Does your scale need to be more precise than a 1/10 of a gram (about one decent bong hit)?
Does the scale come with batteries or do you have to provide your own? (Believe it or not, this is a valid consideration. Some scales require watch-like batteries, while others only need a AAA or a couple of AA batteries. (Most scales I looked at came with a battery, by the way.)
If you can’t try them something first, or get a recommendation from a friend, then I suggest you rely on Amazon reviews AND you go for one that looks nice to you. Go for the aesthetic appeal.
When it comes to toking tools, do you prefer fashion or function?
Again, I turned to eBay and Amazon and chose the #1 choice used in classrooms … for a whopping $11 and change. Great quality at a very inexpensive price.