New and Noteworthy Rolling Rituals: November 24

As you know, sometimes, I use a rolling machine to prep for my week.

But sometimes, what I’m really looking for is time.

I’m gonna get a bit personal here and let you in on why I started toking: one of my favourite weed effects is time dilation.

But there are tons of ways to prolong a moment (as anyone who’s ever stepped on a lego would tell you). One way to extend your evening is by implementing a routine that anchors you to the present.

Kit up

The bare minimum you need to roll a joint is papers and greens. My own “to-go” kit is lighter than what’s listed below. But at home, when I’m looking to really enjoy my session, I like to surround myself with my favourite tools: 

  • A beautiful rolling tray: I use a ceramic tray so it’s dishwasher safe, but trays can be made from metal, plastic, wood or frisbees. Ask a stoner about their tray, and if they tell you they don’t have one, you know what to get them as a present.
  • A grinder: I like a multi-level grinder that’s approximately 2.5” wide. It’s comfortable for my hand size, and easy to twist. I have a soft spot for ceramic coated grinders. While the initial cost is steep, the fact that it never ever sticks is a huge point in its favour. (We’ve been using ours for over 3 years now, daily as you can imagine, and it has yet to stick.)
  • A variety of papers: If the ganja busts up light and fluffy, I’ll choose a finer paper than if the reefer comes out bumpy and crumbly. If I know that the greens might burn faster (drier flower does that), I’ll use paper with slow-burn ridges or a blunt wrap.
  • Tips: Cardboard tips (sometimes borrowed from business carts we have handy, or the top part of the rolling papers, although it is possible to actually buy tips), glass tips or filters are my go-to. Others prefer roach clips, or holders.
  • A packer: Crochet needles, the bottom of a (clean) pen, or an actual packer (if you ever buy a King Palm pack, never ever lose the packing tool) help ensure that you don’t leave empty spaces when you roll-up. Don’t pack it too tight, however, since that can make it harder to pull on when you’re smoking. 

If you do end up packing it too tight, use a toothpick to create a chimney in the centre of your joint to ensure consistent airflow

  • A keef spoon: Some people use little lego shovels, others use guitar pics. I love my long-handled kief spoon with a slight divot since it really helps me scrape out all the kief and trichomes from my packages and the edges of my grinder.
  • Scissors: Sometimes, I don’t want to smoke a whole joint. If I have any left on a joint I’ve started I’ll cut off the black tip before I start puffing on it again. Alternatively,  if I know I’m going to be using my fancy-schmancy-wannabe-gravity-bong, I’ll roll my joint with 0.35g, and then cut it in half. (That Gleeb can be intense.) Scissors are also convenient when the stoner-proof child-proof packaging is stubborn.
  • Tweezers: Probably the single most underrated tool in a kit are tweezers. They’re great emergency keef scrapers (when you can’t find your keef spoon because your stoned a** moved it around. AGAIN.) and surprisingly convenient.  But I might have a deeper appreciation for tweezers due to the number of miniatures I make.
  • A clean toothbrush, hard bristles: Keep that grinder clean by frequently brushing over your grinder’s screen mesh: the sticky icky can clog up your screen, causing you to collect less keef than you would normally. 
  • (And yes, my rolling machine)

Set up your space

  • Choose a comfortable location, with a clean, flat surface in front of you
  • Choose appropriate lighting: later in the day, you might want to go with more muted lighting; earlier in the day, why not make the most of the light to take a long look at your bud?
  • After opening your container, take a moment to breathe in the aroma of the bud before you touch it
  • After grinding your bud, take a moment to smell the aromas of the manipulated cannabis

Both these steps help set up expectations for your session, but we’ll get more into that topic in an upcoming special guest-written blog post.

  • Prepare your rollie
  • Either admire the beautiful wacky tobacky doobie you created, or sigh and remind yourself that practice makes perfect

Mindful Consumption

It can also be helpful to set an intention for the session. Are you looking to spark a good conversation? Seeking to be more introspective? Thinking about creating something? Just need a little motivation to fold the laundry? Need a bribe to go for a walk?

Depending on what you’re looking to achieve, you’ll build a routine around consumption that enhances your overall experience. 

  • Sparking a convo? Set up muted lighting (candles are perfect for this) and pull up 36 questions to fall in love, a game like Apples to Apples or just a few really comfortable chairs. Either roll together, and make a race or a game out of it, or get the rollies ready before hand to just spark and relax.
  • Meditation and breathing exercises can also be enhanced by cannabis. Set up a comfortable seated position, and either toke mindfully before beginning to actually meditate, or use the time to toke to time your breathing. For this, I would recommend avoiding breathing exercises that require you to hold your breath, since that can interrupt your introspection time.
  • Working on a miniature… I mean art? Get all the tools you need for your project beforehand, and make sure you have a place for everything so that tidying up when you’re done is quick and easy. Otherwise, your partner/future self will be upset with you for leaving such a mess behind.
  • For cleaning, I roll my joint, set a timer of 30 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the state of my home, and reward myself with a couple of puffs. Then do another set time of cleaning, followed by another reward. This works better with energizing cultivars…
  • When rolling for outdoor activities, consider how strong the wind is blowing. Choose thicker papers for extra windy days, and avoid too-fine papers on humid days. Also, small torch lighters, like Clippers, were made for cold windy days. Just make sure you don’t set your gloves on fire.

New Buds

Space Cookies by 00 Space Weed

Space Cookies is grown by 00SpaceWeed in Southern Alberta. They use organic practices (in fact, they are PACS certified) and strive for sustainability. They also donate 1% of their profits to the community.

If it’s bred true, the cultivar is a result of crossing GSC and White Widow, with some Afghan thrown in for good measure. The first aromas we get when opening the bag are spicy and hoppy. The flowers are drier than I’d like to see them, so make sure you pop in a humidity pack at least a couple of hours before consuming.

It busts up decently well, with the myrcene peaking through once the flower is ground. 

I would dedicate this to a vaporizer, and really give the aromas and the flavour profile time to develop. In the Arizer II at 375˚F, it’s a decently smooth toke (I do feel light irritation from the caryophyllene, so I’m probably going lower the temperature just a touch for my next few tokes ) with a surprisingly floral flavour finish.  

Fairly dense and somewhat sticky, I’m looking forward to testing the flower in a piece, though I wouldn’t roll with it. I’d go with frequent small bowls, as opposed to one or two large ones. Smaller bowls should also help avoid the whole “coughing up a lung” experience.

Like most “baked good” strains (cookies, pies, and cakes), Space Cookies is better suited for evenings.

About Uppercut Punch:

  • Indica dominant
  • Cannabinoids: THC dominant
  • Min THC: 20%
  • Max THC: 28%
  • Max CBD: 0.1%
  • Total Terpene content: 1.5%
  • Terpene Profile: Caryophyllene, humulene, myrcene
  • Container: Mylar Zip Seal bag
  • Humidity Pack: None

Fave flowers

Gluerangutan by Good Buds

Ok, so we’re cheating this week.

We unboxed Gluerangutan on September 1st already. But they recently had a price drop, and quite frankly? We were picking some up for ourselves and just decided to leave a nug behind for y’all to gawk at. 

I cannot stress enough how fluffy this flower is, despite its package date of July 21, 2021 (yes, the package date is the reason for the price drop).

Gluerangutan is an all-day toke, provided you follow Newton’s laws of motion. The “Glue” in the name should give you a good indication of what you might expect if you sit down. It is indica leaning, so you can expect relaxation. Personally, I love how colours always seem brighter, and how I feel like I get a bit of spring to my step when I toke on Gluerangutan.

Gluerangutan by Good Buds

Perfect for rolling, it’s also lovely in your favourite piece, or in your vape. The flowers are a beautiful vibrant green under all that frostiness, and the nose is aggressive as you open the package: sweet with a note of citrus, a fresh pine. It busts up beautifully fluffy.

About Gluerangutan

  • Hybrid (Indica leaning)
  • Cannabinoids: THC dominant
  • Min THC: 21%
  • Max THC: 26%
  • Max CBD: 0.2%
  • Terpene Profile: Limonene, Caryophyllene, Pinene
  • Container: Glass
  • Humidity Pack: None

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