As the holidays approach, you may be wondering what the weed enthusiasts on your gift list might enjoy. While 420-related gifts have never been easier to buy, the difficulty still remains in deciding. Here we share some of the season’s top picks.
If the stoner you’re gifting to is a fan of the prolific Canadian pot-entrepreneur and actor Seth Rogen, the low-THC sparkling grapefruit water under his brand, Houseplant might be an ideal stocking stuffer. At 2.5mg of THC, the naturally flavoured drink is a perfect addition to an experienced user’s holiday beverage kit, but is also at a level that won’t overwhelm a newcomer to the weed world.
Of course, Rogen is also famous for his starring role in the movie Pineapple Express, named after a strain of weed. To take your gift to the next level, pair it with some Pineapple Express flower, or even better, a Pineapple Express vapourizer.
Compared to flower, vapourizers have the clear upper hand when it comes to taste and functionality when you’re out and about. For first-time users who are nervous about smoking or taking edibles, vapes are definitely the way to go. Vapour has the benefit of not being nearly as harsh as smoke and, compared to edibles, is a much easier way to control the amount you indulge. Basically, vapes allow you to take short hits, long hits, lots of hits, or not so many hits, and it’s all up to you!
For those who sip & savour
Wanting to really level up their relaxation? Look no further than infused tea! High Tea offers Canadians a perfect sidekick to their lazy morning in bed with THC-infused tea bags at 10mg per bag, available in Earl Grey, chamomile, mint and even chai. For those looking to gift a CBD substitute, Everie offers tea bags at 10mg of CBD in peach ginger green tea, lavender chamomile, mint, vanilla rooibos and spiced starlight, all made for a stress-free sleep. Are they too cool to drink tea? Prefer hot chocolate? Look for Faded hot chocolate at 50mg per serving of CBD, and grab some soon before everyone stocks up for winter.
For the home chef
Does your giftie enjoy both cooking and cannabis? LĒVO offers an intuitive, mess-free infusion machine in the LĒVO II to add any of your favourite herbs, any of them, to butters, oils, honeys and more. The LĒVO II features a pod that will hold up to 8 grams of cannabis, with an optional additional pod allowing up to 16 grams of cannabis to be infused at once, perfect for veteran edible enthusiasts.
This amount allows the machine to be used for any level of strength, for example, just eight grams at 20 per cent THC would result in slightly less than 1600mg of THC in the resulting infusion – not a rookie amount!
Of course, the perfect pairing for their new butter infuser is a cannabis cookbook, offering insights to perfect your dishes now that you’re cooking with cannabis. Sweets and desserts have always been a culinary staple to edible cannabis, but with broad legalization came more experimentation into infused entrees.
Edibles: Small Bites for the Modern Cannabis Kitchen by Stephanie Hua and Coreen Carroll is the perfect guide to bite-sized sweets. For main dishes, indulge in The Cannabis Kitchen Cookbook: Feel-Good Food for Home Cooks by Robyn Griggs Lawrence. Lawrence explores the evolving art and science to at-home, infused cooking featuring dishes ranging from seared wagyu New York strip with cannabis rub, to Jamaican chicken stir-fry with curry coconut milk, to sesame-crusted, cannabis-seared ahi tuna with wasabi, soy, cannabis and citrus sauce. Taking edibles cannabis to an entirely different realm is Warren Bobrow with Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics: The Art of Spirited Drinks and Buzz-Worthy Libations. Offering an impressive 75 different recipes for infused cocktails, this has to be the perfect gift for any bubbly pot enthusiast!
For a green thumb
Now they can take that green thumb to a new level with an indoor growing starter kit. Grow kits will typically include a tent to grow cannabis in, a light source, often LED, pots for plants, and ducting to get the right heat and humidity levels inside the tent. Growing tents allow for growth anywhere while protecting from outside elements, among other benefits from going the hydroponic route. Once the starter kit arrives, simply pickup soil and nutrients from the local garden store and you have the perfect gift; a one-stop solution to their home-cultivation desires.
For the traditionalist
Still stumped? Or gifting for a more traditional smoker? New glass in their favourite style, whether a pipe, a bong, or a concentrate rig can offer a functional upgrade to what they have. Local head shops will have a wide range of glass to choose from, and while all function similarly, bongs and rigs have by far the most variation.
Pipes come in a much smaller range of size and price, but a high quality glass pipe will be a massive upgrade that even a rookie would appreciate. Bongs come in many different styles, some with large beaker bases, and other “straight shooter” styles with the small cylindrical shape carried from the top down to the base. Some bongs feature percolators that diffuse the smoke before it gets to our mouth, making them less harsh.
When it really comes down to it, it’s all personal preference and comparing prices. If you’re looking to gift a really high-end product, look for brands Roor and Illadelph, but prepare to pay. Concentrate rigs are largely the same as bongs when it comes to purchasing. You’ll find a variety of shapes, sizes, and prices, and will be littering at your local head shop.
For a supporter of local arts
Another option, largely with rigs but also with bongs, is buying from a local glassblowing artist. For enthusiasts, a hand-blown glass rig is the pinnacle of smoking paraphernalia, and also a great way to support local artists.
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