A Guide to Cannabis Gear and Accessories

Buying the right weed accessories boils down to knowing your preferences and then customizing your gear to match those preferences. To make the entire process easier for you, here are 8 important questions to consider. How you answer these questions should inform the type of weed paraphernalia or cannabis gear you choose to meet your consumption needs.

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What kinds of products do you consume?

Due to the ongoing cannabis legalization being witnessed across the globe, there are now more consumer options than ever before. While cannabis flower is still the preferred product for many, concentrates have gained huge popularity in recent years and are now one of the fastest-growing product category in the legal cannabis industry – generally expected to surpass flower products by the end of 2022. Similarly, there has been a tremendous expansion in the range of tinctures, topical, drinkable, and edibles available on both the recreational and medical market.

It is worth noting that each of these products require their own unique set of gear for effective consumption. This is also the case when in terms of storing your cannabis products in optimal condition.

Specific considerations include:

Flower

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To effectively consume marijuana flower, you’ll need proper storage equipment to keep your buds at the correct humidity levels, away from open air and extreme temperatures, and in an airtight environment and away from direct light.

Concentrates

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Concentrates also require special storage equipment that keeps them away from direct light and open air, and at the appropriate humidity and temperature levels. Moreover, you’ll need to keep your concentrates in a container that makes it convenient and easy to scoop out dabs when you require them.

VAPE PENS

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One of the most convenient cannabis products on sale right now are vape pens. They also require proper storage to keep the oil consumable and the battery functional. On top of avoiding extreme temperatures and direct light, the most crucial factor for storing your vape pens is to keep them in an upright position so that the oil does not flow away from the heating element, which can reduce the effectiveness of the vape pen.

TOPICALS AND EDIBLES

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Various cannabis products, like drinkables, edibles, topical, and tinctures, don’t require very specialized storage equipment as long as you limit their exposure to open air and keep them away from extreme temperatures and direct light. If you have an open container for tinctures, edibles, or drinkables, it is usually smart to keep them refrigerated.

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How do you prefer to consume cannabis?

In the same way different cannabis products require specific types of storage equipment, different cannabis products also have different modes of consumption, each of which determines the gadget or equipment you will need to enjoy your preferred cannabis product.

Many cannabis consumers view flower buds as their preferred cannabis product. But, it’s also becoming increasingly popular to vaporize concentrates and flower. Each product, along with consumer-specific preferences, requires different equipment.

Similarly, tinctures, topicals, drinkables, edibles, and concentrates often require their own distinct set of gear. So, before proceeding any further, it’s important to consider the following factors associated with your chosen preferred mode of consumption.

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Smoking a pipe: Common pipes include bubblers, spoons and other handheld devices. Although pipes are available in a wide range of materials, it’s generally advisable to stick with glass, as this material tends to be the safest, cleanest, and most visually appealing.

Smoking a bong: If you want to soften the smoke from burning your cannabis flower, a bond may be the best choice for you. You may also want to get additional accessories like an ice pinch, a downstem with a percolator, a specialty bowl, or any other piece of equipment that enhance your consumption experience.

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Smoking a spliff, blunt, or joint: If rolling is your style, you’ll definitely want to have your favorite blunt wrap or rolling papers, as well as crutch papers and filters. For people who want to avoid getting their fingers sticky, you may also want to buy a rolling machine or rolling tray. Alternatively, you can also purchase pre-rolls.

Smoking a one-hitter: This approach requires a simple one-hitter pipe. You may also want to get a dugout, which is a compact storage gadget for both your one-hitter pipe and stash of cannabis.

Vaporizing flower: To vaporize flower, you need a vaporizer that is specifically designed to combust cannabis flower. Flower vaporizer come as either small handheld devices, or larger (tabletop) vaporizers that are less portable.

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Dabbing concentrates: If you intend to consume concentrates regularly, you will need to buy a dab rig, that include a water pipe and various dab-specific accessories like nails (or e-nails), blowtorches, domes and more.

Vaping: If you are a fan of vaping, you’ll need 2 main types of accessories: a cartridge containing cannabis oil and a battery. The battery powers the heating element inside the cartridge, which in turn heats the oil and turns it into vapor.

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How frequently do you consume cannabis?

How often you consume cannabis products also plays a crucial role in determining the type of cannabis accessories that are best suited for you. For instance, if you are a frequent cannabis consumer, it may be wise to invest in a more expensive but durable piece of gear than a person who consume much less frequently.

Obviously, you want the best cannabis equipment you can afford, regardless of how frequently you consume. Infrequent cannabis consumers can opt for more affordable or entry-level accessories without sacrificing their overall consumption experience. Frequent cannabis consumers are more likely to wear out their gear more quickly, and this makes it more prudent to buy gear that can withstand constant use for extended periods of time.

Where will you consume cannabis?

If you know you’re going to consume cannabis mostly indoors, then you are better off opting for larger and potentially more intricate or complex gear like:

  • Multifunctional tabletop vaporizers for flower
  • E-nails that have a digital interface and electrical heating elements to heat a nail to specific temperatures
  • Dab rigs with multiple percolators and chambers
  • Glass pipes and bongs with multiple percolators, bowls, and chambers
  • Large and elaborate artistic bongs
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On the other hand, if you intend to consume cannabis products outdoors or while on vacation, you are better off opting for smaller gear and accessories that are built out of more outdoor-friendly materials. This could include:

  • Handheld vaporizers designed for flower
  • Tiny vape pens with inbuilt cartridges
  • A one-hitter pipe housed in a compact dugout
  • Odor-proof luggage bags, purses, handbags or backpacks for discreetly carrying your bud and other cannabis equipment
  • Protective (hard shell) carrying cases
  • Silicone bongs

What concerns or restrictions do you need to keep in mind?

Even with the ongoing push for cannabis legalization, cannabis consumers often face numerous challenges that require taking some precautions. Working around such challenges typically requires certain kinds of cannabis gear.

The biggest issue for cannabis consumers is dealing with odor. If you want to limit the scents associated with consuming cannabis, you’ll need to buy odor-proof traveling/storage containers, sploofs, and a personal air filter. You may also want to limit your consumption to tinctures, topical, edibles, and vape pens, as these products generally do not produce odors as strong as flower and other related products.

Similarly, cannabis consumers may want to keep their cannabis gear and stash out of sight. For this purpose, you can buy designer storage containers, boxes, and lockers that are built to look stylish while also sealing in odors. It is worth noting that these types of storage containers can also be used as humidors to preserve and keep your cannabis fresh. You may also consider buying smaller-sized dab rigs, pipes and bongs that are easier to hide from sight.

Social or individual consumption?

Another important consideration to make when choosing cannabis gear is whether you’ll be consuming socially or individually.

When consuming cannabis in private, you’ll mostly be better off using smaller pipes and bowls because you will be consuming smaller quantities of bud. Moreover, you can easily manage smaller storage gear, as you will likely have smaller amounts of cannabis on hand.

If you intend to consume cannabis products in a more social environment, you may want to adapt your accessories accordingly. This could include getting equipment like a rolling machine to help you roll multiple joints faster and more easily, spoon pipes, larger bowls, and double bowl adapters for your bong.

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Creative or functional?

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If you’re focused mainly on functionality, then you should go for scientific glass equipment. This category of equipment tends to include thicker and more durable glass that is built for performance, reliability and precision with little concern for how the accessories actually look. Because of this, scientific glass typically has a very minimalist look, something similar to what you would find in a lab.

In contrast, if you fall in the more creative or artistic side of cannabis culture, you are better off getting handmade or custom art pieces. This type of cannabis gear is more innovative, and features multiple colors and designs, with the glass often not being as durable as scientific glass. But for individuals who are interested in the creative aspects of the cannabis culture, the slightly less durable glass and slightly higher cost of getting artistic gear is definitely worth it.

What’s your budget?

Your budget plays a crucial role in dictating the type of gear you buy.

If you’re working with a limited budget, you should ideally go for less artistic and more affordable gear that strikes a healthy balance between durability and cost. However, you should not buy gear that’s too cheap or that can break too easily, as you may end up being forced to spend more money in the long run than if you had just bought high-quality gear in the first place.

On the other hand, if cost is not a major concern for you, then you can invest in higher quality cannabis equipment that offers extra functionality. This could include high-end dab rigs, a bong with multiple percolators, a deluxe or multifunction tabletop vaporizer, and many more. A larger budget also allows you to get custom, hand-made artistic pieces, some of which can go for as much as $100,000.