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Becoming the Plug

My entire world was catapulted into chaos when I started dealing meth. Becoming the plug just kind of fell into my lap. It was nothing I sought out. A random series of events occurred where overnight I went from a casual smoker to larger quantity dealer. I didn’t come up in the meth game, I didn’t pay dues or cut my teeth dealing. I took a Candyland-style shortcut straight up the meth supply chain as a result of a chance encounter with a pretty girl.

This all went down after I had moved into my bachelor pad, but before I left my job. I used to seek out tweaker girls a variety of different ways. I had no interest in spending time with a square and proper girl no matter how hot she was. I had zero interest in them. I wanted a bad bitch that had a similar mindset of mine at the time. A mindset of fuck all. At this time, daily, I was pinging(gambling) in the gamerooms of South Houston and Pasadena, TX. I typically went with my escort friend, “Vanessa.” I call her my friend because that’s exactly what we were. We had never fucked or hooked up, but we got high together and spent a lot of time with each other. She was super sexy and cool, but we just didn’t have that type of relationship and it worked well for both of us. We joked around a lot and made each other laugh mostly. Vanessa was a half Mexican/half white girl that was born and raised in Pasadena. She came from a pretty good family that had money, but her inheritance from her grandfather was being held from her due to her going to prison for a few years and basically fucking off.

Vanessa introduced hot rails into my life, which I absolutely loved doing. It’s my favorite method for doing ice. A hot rail is taking the mouthpiece end of a meth pipe and scorching it with a torch lighter. You hold it by the round bowl end and place your nostril up to the hole on the bowl to inhale the ice through the heated stem of the pipe. The glass must be extremely hot. Like almost glowing red hot. We would lay out fat line of crushed ice and snort it through the upside-down held pipe. The heat from the glass vaporizes the powder, so even though you are snorting powder, it enters your nose as smoke and you exhale a super thick cloud of white smoke. Imagine snorting up powder and then breathing out the thickest and whitest exhale of meth smoke you can imagine. Mesmerizingly beautiful in a fucked up way. Hot rails hit you hard and quick and the high lasts longer than smoking ice the regular meth pipe way. Vanessa and I would do a bunch of hot rails and then go pinging together. She had been doing this for years. She knew ALL the good game rooms.

Protocol at these illegal gamerooms is that you can’t get in unless they know you already or you are with someone that they know. Like an exclusive club/membership type situation. A modern-day speakeasy if you will. There are thousands of them across the city and are located on nearly every block in South Houston and Pasadena. Hidden right there in plain sight. They may be as small as a handful of machines in the back of a gas station, or they may be full blown electric casinos with several hundred machines. The big ones serve free food and non-alcoholic drinks. Hot dogs, candy, pizza, snacks. All “free” for the patrons. The industry standard machines are Pot of Gold and Life of Luxury, but it wasn’t uncommon for the bigger gamerooms to have the brand new fancy machines with spinning wheels and huge LCD screen displays. Michael Jackson, Wizard of Oz, Dragon Eggs, Richie Rich, and the ever-addicting table fish game. Having later opened a gameroom I know these big machines can cost upwards of $15,000 apiece. Vanessa loved pinging as much as I did. Along with being super sexy and pretty, she was also very outgoing and personable. She has a magnetic personality, always dressed sexy-style, and since she was an escort she almost always had a lot of cash. All of the security guards absolutely adored her and I became cool with them by my association with her. If/when we won, we would also break them and the floor attendants off some cash. One time when I hit $3,000 I gave the guard like $150 and the floor attendant $100. Over time, it got to the point where I could visit any of these many game rooms on my own, without Vanessa. I was now a member of these clubs. Most people that ping only know one or a couple of gamerooms. Tweakers, however, practically live in the gamerooms and tend to know dozens of underground places to play. Pinging and ice go together like listening to music and weed. You get stuck in front of those machines for hours. I would max withdraw my daily ATM limit just about everyday. Maybe one day I will sit down and calculate just how much I pissed away in those machines. For now, its better just to not think about it.

This one night I decided to put up a personal ad on Craigslist asking for a “cool, young, chick” that wanted to hit up some gamerooms together. No too long after posting that some random girl responded to the ad. “Arielle” was visiting Houston from Dallas. Her ex was undergoing some type of medical procedure in the hospital and she had come down to help him out. Being from Dallas, she didn’t know where any of the gamerooms in Houston were. She typed “gameroom” into the search box of the Craigslist personals section and bam, there was my post.

We talked on the phone a bit. She sounded young and somewhat cool so I told her to meet me on the south side later that night. Lol, we later joked that she got freaked out because I told her to meet me at some random restaurant I picked off of Google Maps and I didn’t know that it had been shut down. It ended up being this super dark parking lot in front of this boarded up restaurant in the ghetto of South Houston. Super sketchy. She called me and nervously asked if we could meet at a well-lit Waffle House instead. I laughed and said that was fine. When I rolled up, I was pleasantly surprised to come upon this pretty blonde girl driving a fairly new BMW X5. I was like wtf is this girl doing here. This girl is too fine to be running around on the south side of Houston in the middle of the night alone. Shit, it takes some guts to meet someone like this. I walked up to her window and said what’s up. We chatted a bit and I had her follow me to one of my favorite gamerooms. This particular one was across the street from Show Palace, a notorious south side Houston strip club. This was one of the biggest gamerooms in Pasadena. Hundreds of machines including the big ones with spinning wheels and flashing lights. The flashy shit. Mind you all of these are completely underground and illegal operations. However, the penalty for getting caught operating one is only a class C misdemeanor. A slap on the wrist. You can pay a lawyer $1,500 and make it go away. The amount of money you make operating a gameroom is well worth this risk. There are way too many of them for the police to control. Whenever they shut one down, a new one opens up, sometimes in the exact same location. It’s a wild west type feel and these guys are taking in tons of unreported and untaxed income. Some of these are absolutely killing it. Millions of dollars a year I am sure. The rooms would be jam packed on the weekends. Whole neighborhoods would be there. You gamble with real cash and when you win the floor attendants walk up to you and count out and hand you your cash on the spot. They walk around with thick stacks of cash in aprons to pay out to the winners .

The windows of these places are always boarded or covered up. There are never any signs outside. They are bland looking buildings with security cameras outside of them and foil on the doors. There’s no way to tell it is a gameroom unless you already know it’s there. They run 24/7/365. Perfect for the tweaker schedule. This picture below is one of me sitting in my own gameroom that I had later opened on my own in Alvin, TX near south Houston. I operated about 36 machines in this room. I had a full time armed security guard and 3 floor attendants.

Arielle absolutely loved the rooms I took her too. She was impressed and I felt like a bigshot taking her around the hood and chatting with all of the security guards. We gambled together and started to get to know each other. I told her I worked and had a good job and had recently divorced, she told me she worked at Texas Instruments and was single as well. We ended up leaving my car at that first spot and went gameroom-hopping across south Houston in her car. We hit a couple of big wins and had an absolute blast together. Towards the end of the night we were talking in her car. Lots of flirting and playful banter type shit. We were both still bright eyed wide awake at 3:30 AM when the topic of ice came up. She asked if I smoked ice and I said yeah. She said she did too. She asked if I did G (GHB) as well. I said yeah, I loved G. GHB and ice also pair well together. For those that don’t know about G it’s extremely potent and very very easy to overdo. It looks like water, tastes like ball sweat, and a dosage is about 3-5ml or a “capful.” As in fill up the small plastic twist cap of the water bottle for a dose. It is very dangerous, but when you know what you are doing it’s one of the best drugs to counter the effects of meth. Taking G is like a warm, silly, happy alcohol drunk type feeling that also makes you want to fuck… like bad. Mixed with the ice it’s a perfect combination because the G will take the edge off of the harsh and icky ice comedown. It will put you to sleep and you sleep well and deep and wake up feeling like a million bucks. No hangover or residual bad feelings. When I found out she did both ice and G, I remember thinking “fuck yes, I hit the jackpot with this girl.”

Arielle ended up following me back to my place when we were done pinging. My place at the time was a quintessential bachelor pad. I had rented a big loft in the Heights and the entire top floor was a huge attic bedroom. I had a big flatscreen TV mounted flush high up near the ceiling. I had surround sound with a large subwoofer for the music. I also had a lot of Phillips Hue Smart bulbs. The complete starter kit with additional LED strips and bulbs in every light socket in the ceiling of my room. I could hit a button on my phone and activate an underwater theme and the entire room would change colors to a dark deep blue and greenish tones. It was absolutely sick. There was a red sunset theme, a white snow-capped mountain theme, you could mimic fire flames etc… Any color spectrum of the rainbow was at my fingerprints. I also had paired my iPhone to the Flatscreen and surround sound so I let her DJ and put on whatever songs she wanted to.

I was feeling good about meeting Arielle. This girl was hot, she was cool, and she was down to fuck off the same way I liked to. That first time we went back to my place, we talked and laughed a lot. I think she would agree with me if I said that first night hanging out we both knew we were going to be friends for a while. We made out a little bit, but Arielle wasn’t an easy girl that would fuck right off the bat. It was never awkward that first night, but I could tell she had her defenses up just a little bit. I didn’t press the issue because she was cool and I was having enough fun with her just getting to know her. We talked about Dallas and she said she wanted to show me all of the gamerooms up there (which she eventually did on multiple occasions.) She ended up leaving around sunrise to go meet her ex and we planned to meet up as soon as she was done with that. Neither of us wanted to leave each other at that point. Later that day I ended up going to her exs place where she was staying while he was in the hospital. We smoked ice and drank some G. We dipped our feet in the water off the dock in the back of her ex’s place. We made silly cellphone videos that she still has to this day. We then hooked up right there in her ex’s apartment (I know.)

Initially, Arielle had told me she worked for Texas Instruments. After we hooked up and were pillow talking, I asked her how she liked working at TI. She said, “well, actually that’s not entirely true about me working there.” I was like “oh?” “So what do you do?” This shit-eating grin came across her face and she looked me dead in the eyes and said, “I kind of deal ice”

“Uhhhh…what?” She definitely had my attention. She laughed and said something about how I should see my face. I thought she was joking, but it turns out she wasn’t. I wasn’t too sure how to respond to that. I also felt a bit like a dumbass. Here I thought I was kind of a big shot with my couple of grams stash, bong, and hot rails. This pretty, sweet, little blonde honey dip had been neck deep in the Dallas meth game for over a decade. She had done some time too. About 23 months on a 4 year bid for manufacturing and delivery of meth a couple of years ago and was pretty much right back at it.

Arielle liked the fact that my attraction to her had nothing to do with her position as a meth dealer. She thought a lot of guys in Dallas only wanted her for her drugs and so it was hard for her to trust them. With me, that wasn’t the case. I had no idea she was into all of that when we hooked up. This night was the start of a long-term friendship between us. She made multiple trips to Houston and I made multiple trips to Dallas to see each other over the next couple of years. We did a lot of business together. I picked up a lot of G and ice from her and we also got into a whole big DMT phase. At one point we both learned how to extract DMT from Mimosa Hostilis ordered online. We both got way into that drug, but she kind of lost herself in it. I’ll share more about the whole DMT episodes in a later post. As Arielle talked to me about what she did, it fascinated me for some reason. I wanted to know more about the specifics of what she did and she completely opened up to me.

At this point, I feel it necessary to break down the bullshit that is the meth pricing system. Meth pricing is absolutely ridiculous. I spent hundreds of hours studying financial markets in developing countries, macro and micro economics, and advanced portfolio risk and reward analysis and I had never come across anything quite like the erratic pricing of meth. For comparison purposes lets look at weed pricing. To make the math easy, let’s say a gram of weed will cost $20, an eighth (3.5 grams) could be $50, a quarter ounce (7 grams) might be $100. And an ounce (28 grams) would be $350. It makes sense that the price would drop as you purchase more. Economies of scale with a sensible gradual decline of price as you purchase more supply. With ice, instead of a gradual decline of price, there is a significant steep decline in price as you gradually increase the quantity purchased. There is also an ignorance factor that can be exploited as the purchasers inevitably ends up buying more and more as their addiction progresses.

With ice, I could charge $60 for a gram and with Arielle’s pricing that she was now hooking me up with, I was able to buy ounces (hereafter referred to as zips) for $450. My first purchase she sold me 4 zips for $1,200. Meth pricing punishes the customer for purchasing small quantities. If I was able to sell a whole zip in grams to people, that’s a total of (28 grams x $60) $1,680. Multiply this time 4 zips and that’s $6,720 I could make off of a $1,200 investment. Of course, I never sold it all in just grams. My people bought teeners (1.75 grams) for $100 up to a quarter (7 grams) for $250. With Arielle, I all of the sudden leapfrogged multiple places up the meth supply chain. She bought her shit in bulk directly from the Mexican cartel and had for years. She would get huge amounts of ice straight from the Mexicans. I am talking pounds of huge shards as big as my fist. I remember at my loft I had one of those zen mini-rock gardens with the sand and little mini-rake. I would stick two big ass shards upright in the sandbox and it looked like it was part of the landscape, lol.

I have mixed emotions about meeting Arielle. I am glad that I met a cool person that I could trust in a strange and confusing time of my life. However, I am not sure if meeting her was ultimately a positive or negative factor in my life. I guess time will tell. Part of me thinks that my meeting her accelerated my addiction and cycle in the streets. In other words, meeting her pretty much shot me faster and deeper into the chaotic tweaker world than I would have gone on my own. I went from being a noob gram-buyer paying out the ass to having more better quality shit than anyone I knew. Word got around fast once that happened and the quality of people that I engaged with on a daily basis took a dive. My life became fast paced and hectic. Adventures every fucking day. A meth dealer in today’s society holds a very real and tangible power over addicts. Everybody wants to be your friend. Girls that are way lost in their addiction turn to you and become addicted to spending as much time with you as possible. Their eyes would pop and mouths would literally drop when I casually brought out a huge bag of shards. I am ashamed to say that I felt like a rock star on some levels. Like a celebrity. I had never encountered this type of attention before and I am disappointed to say that I became hooked by the whole concept.

I am beyond fortunate to have never been caught dealing. They don’t fuck around with ice and especially GHB in Texas. Holding over 4 grams in itself is a third-degree felony punishable up to 10 years in prison. You have to get caught holding over 5 pounds of weed to hit a third degree felony. 4 grams of ice or 5 pounds of weed. That’s not even counting the intent to delivery or possible manufacturing charges that dealers often get on top of sole possession. I was rolling around Texas with 112 grams of ice. My god I could have really fucked myself bad getting caught with that shit. Right when I was getting into the game, a huge meth ring had gotten busted. I was very close friends with an escort girl whose sister went down in it and she is serving 22 years federal time. Fed time is different than state time. Federal sentences you won’t serve 11 on 22, you will serve closer to 75-80% of the sentence. With state jail felonies, you could easily be out in less than 10 years on a 22-year sentence. In other words, the risks that I was taking were nowhere near the reward involved. Not by a long shot.

During this time, I would typically stay up multiple days in a row. By day 4 or 5 of no sleep, just being awake in itself is a high that I kind of enjoyed. Its almost a delirious dream-like state. I went hard until I was physically unable to just stay awake. I had never been a drug dealer like this before. I wasn’t in it for the money. I still had plenty of money at this time. I started dealing because it sounded fun and I felt it would be stupid to not take advantage of Arielle as a connect. As word got out, people started to refer their dealers to me and I started dealing to some dealers. These guys knew they could cut my shit and it would still be better than what they usually had. Everyone in Houston steps on their ice and cuts it with bullshit filler. This is Hustletown and everyone has a hustle mindset. It was kind of rare to see ice like this without any cut whatsoever. Don’t get me wrong, Arielle did cut her shit at times, but I was on her inner most circle. I spent a lot of time at her place and listened to what she charged other people that came over. She was giving me the best pricing reserved for her closest circle of best customers. No one else was able to get the pricing on the small amounts I bought relative to her other customers. As my supply was pretty much limitless, I set out to find more customers. My bread and butter process to get new clientele was typically to call escorts over and flash a couple of huge shards in their face. Let them take a sample with them when they leave, and then wait for them to call me. This was a pretty effective technique. They became customers, then referred me to their friends, and friends of their friends etc… This market of clientele became beneficial to me when I didn’t have a place of my own to stay anymore. I had a network of escorts available to lean on. They liked when I came over. I wasn’t trying to rip them off, I gave them good pricing, and it wasn’t uncommon for me to just toss a couple of extra shards their way when I took off. A tip for their generosity and a method to try and train their brains to associate myself with being a positive and desired commodity in their lives.

Once the dealing started, it never stopped until I went to jail. I have many fucked up stories of people, places, and situations that I encountered as a result of this decision. As my mind is getting back to a more normal state, the gravity of some of the shit we did weighs more and more on my mind. My circle of college-educated, successful, professional friends was replaced by a large network of hardcore addicts, escorts, and drug dealers. These aren’t weed smokers or pill poppers or alcoholics. People that do meth regularly are in a completely different mindset than potheads. They aren’t all chill and hippy happy-go-lucky. They are usually deep in their addiction and in a bad mental place. There were definitely some outliers though. There were a couple of rich successful business men that I gained as clients as a result of dropping shit off to the escorts while they were in the middle of their sessions. One of these guys was a top lawyer in the city and ended up becoming a good friend of mine. He offered me to stay with him in his upscale townhome when I needed a place to stay at one point. I appreciated that. There definitely are good people out there that do meth regularly, but they are few and far between.

One of my favorite parts about dealing was bartering. People bringing me stolen laptops, speakers, watches, jewelry, shit anything that they could finagle. I would pay for whatever they had with ice. This made my out-of-pocket cash cost minimal. One time this dude had robbed a gas station and I bought a roll of unscratched lottery tickets off of him (I later found out that they void these when they are stolen.) With this roll of scratch-offs I ended up leaving them in the magazine rack of my bathroom for people to scratch off while they took a shit, lol. It didn’t matter if they won, they were all voided anyways, but still a fun thing to have in a bathroom in my opinion. A large roll of scratch offs. Tweaker girls LOVE scratch offs. I also had this one dude that had people on the inside at Home Depot and Wal Mart. I could get whatever I wanted and pay with ice. More Phillips Hue lights, security cameras, Nest thermometers etc… I would send them a shopping list of shit and they would come back, many times, with every single item I asked for. I offered them 75 cents on the dollar in ice for it. If they brought me $500 worth of electronics, I would owe them $375 worth of ice. They weren’t big ice purchasers at that time so I exploited that fact. Ultimately, I would end up paying about 8.75 grams for the $500 worth of electronics. At my price point my cost for 8.75 grams was around $100. I ended up with stacks of phones and laptops and computers at my place. I am very lucky that no one robbed my ass. I have a feeling if I would have stayed there that would have eventually happen. I tend to believe the best in people and am very trusting of who I let into my place. This no doubt would have eventually bit me in the ass.

My biggest mistake here (besides dealing and getting involved with meth in the first place,) was that I had people come to my house to pick up shit. I should have never revealed where I lived to any meth clients. I never got ripped off, but after a couple of months I started getting very fucked up people stopping by my place all hours of the night. They would knock on my door, yell to my window from the street, and see how much of my kindness they could exploit.

More than once, girls that I had invited over would get too comfortable and do whatever they could for me to let them stay with me. I offered a nice crib and unlimited drugs. What addict girl wouldn’t do almost anything she had to in that case to stick around and take advantage of that as I took advantage of them. A pretty fucked up situation all around. I’ve had tweaker girls tell me they slipped a disc in their back and couldn’t physically leave. This one girl told me she saw a friend of mine pour sugar in her gas tank and so she couldn’t leave because she couldn’t start up her car and it was my fault. I also had a couple of bad heroin users that would show up in really bad shape. Smacked the fuck out and laid out in the backseat of the car. Begging for me to spot them some ice to get up and going again. If I did it once, I surely must do it again. I would toss them a gram to get them the fuck away from me. That was probably the worst possible way I could have handled that type of situation. My place quickly became a hotspot of illegal activity and shady people much faster than I could control it.

One day a few months after I had started dealing my landlord called me and said we needed to talk. He came in and sat down on my couch and told me he had multiple complaints of people and loud noises all hours of the night. He also told me that the Houston Police Department had started watching my place and that there were suspicions of drug dealing. I don’t know if he was just saying that, but it definitely sounded like it could be true. When me mentioned the police, that was all I needed to hear. I apologized immediately and told him that I would be out by the end of the month. I had a half gallon of G, a few ounces of meth and about an ounce of weed about 5 feet away from where he was sitting. Fuck no I didn’t want any police anywhere near me. I decided to move out and figure out what to do later. I called a couple of tweaker girls over and paid them in ice to pack up my place for me.

My relationship with Arielle was pretty solid over the next couple of years. She went through ups and downs. One month she would have a nice and stable place to live, next month I would go to Dallas and she would be with a group of people squatting in a townhome. I think living in different cities helped us to become closer over time. We didn’t get tired of each other because we saw each other sparingly. One night while I was staying at her place for a bit, the cartel showed up and needed her to add some cut to some ice (basically add a non-meth filler to the product.) This was kind of surreal. They rolled in like 3 or 4 Hispanic guys around my age. Nice cowboy boots and well dressed. They had called Arielle ahead of time and made sure she was alone. She referred to me as her “boyfriend” and said that they could stop by and didn’t need to worry about me. I ended up having to make a run to GNC to but some supplement that they used to cut this batch of dope. I ran an errand for the Mexican cartel, like wtf. What was even stranger was when I started talking to the boss guy. He and I were the around the same age and as we chatted we found out that we both lived in Los Angeles at the same time and played basketball in the same YMCA rec league when we were kids. We didn’t know each other, but probably played against each other. You would have never thought this guy was cartel. He spoke good English, dressed well, and was polite. I could literally have seen myself hanging out with him. I was tempted to ask him if they had any openings in middle management, lol. I don’t know what I was thinking.

Overall, I wasn’t a very good dealer as far as maximizing profits was concerned. I cared more about having fun, staying high, and living the fast lifestyle than making money. It did open up some pretty unique doors for me though. I met and did business with multiple high-level dealers in Houston. The meth circles at that level really aren’t as big as one would think. I developed a pretty solid reputation for having good ice and being one of the only ones in Houston at that time that had a steady supply of large quantities of GHB. I was the guy with the Dallas connect. I also did good business. I charged fair prices and always did what I said I was going to do. I didn’t fuck around with other people’s money and treated the other dealers with a certain level of respect that I feel was reciprocated. I got to the point where I could get a large amount of any kind of drug imaginable. I filtered out the bullshit dealers and ultimately had connections for really good coke, weed, wet (sherm or PCP), heroin, molly, prescription meds of all kinds. You name it, I had it stored in a connect somewhere in my phone. If I didn’t have it, I could get it, and it would no doubt be good quality.

Arielle is sitting in Denton County jail at this very moment. She is probably going to be there a while, if not sent to TDC (state prison.) She had fallen on tough times and had started fraud shit in addition to dealing. Like me, all of her cash went into the machines. This photo shows her doing what she did best. Piss her money away in a gameroom. This fish machine is fun as hell, by the way.

She made a lot of money, but still found herself cash poor. She pissed away any and all money she had in the gamerooms. We have a lot in common in that regard. I saw her before I went to jail, but haven’t seen her since. She went in about 10 months ago. From her charges online they must have busted her in her room or in her car with all of her shit. I am not in touch with anyone that used to run with her anymore so I haven’t heard the story of how she got popped. She has 4 different controlled substances charges, fake credit card charges of over 10 and less than 50 cards, and tampering with government documents charges (fake IDs.) She’s pretty much fucked. I have been thinking of writing her a letter and maybe going to visit her, but I haven’t brought myself to actually do that yet. I am not sure if that is a good idea or not. I guess if she gets like 10 years or more I will reach out to her, but if she is getting out anytime soon its probably better for me to keep my distance.

14 Thoughts to “Becoming the Plug”

Hey bro, crazy story man… Oddly I’ve found myself in similar situations. Crazy how that shit just happens, but I never took the opportunity to really run with it, I always had this moral delimna of karma in the back of my head, really struggled with the weight of dealing and where that money I enjoy truly is coming from. I just couldn’t get past that… So I could never truly embrace dealing. Probably for the best. I sold when I had to, to support my habit, but that’s pretty much it, and only in the heaviest time of my addiction. Now that I’m sober I sometimes think about how much money I could make if i got into it… But I still truly believe that the negative karma would bitch slap me hard at some point, considering how fortunate I’ve been this far. God has protected me and kept me in his graces through all of this, I dare not tempt His wrath. Feel me? Lol anyway… Cool blog man.

I’m hoping that you changed names, including your own and your friends… Since yeah, that’d be a real uncomfortable conversation to have when she asks you why you put her whole story up on blast for the world to see… Imagine if this site really took off lol with thousands of viewers! She’d fuckin be pissed, shit the cartel would prolly be fuckin pissed. In all seriousness if you haven’t changed some identifying details up, you may consider doing a quick editing once or twice over… Just food for thought I guess.

Anyway, hope you write more dude. I enjoyed the read. Take it easy and stay safe brotha.

Your writing gets better and better with every post. I appreciate the honest, matter of fact, it is what it is way that you speak your truth. Keep it up… Please. I’m Hooked and I want to know more.

you need to proof read before you publish this fiction or use auto correct , to many inconsistencies your brain was making up this story as you were writing it so your spelling just went right out the window , you know a liar has never kept his story the way he told it , as changing and know that I think of it , it sounds a lot like ” Sin City ” anyways you got 1 person that believes you and when you go to tell the DMT story slow down and think . don’t write it faster than you can make up the story . but I will admit other than those few goof ups it was well told , good luck mister dope dealer

Lol. I’m going to leave this comment visible because it’s funny to me that people think I am making this up.

People get their feelings hurt when they realize their life is boring and uninteresting. That is why they try to tear you down. Keep posting! These events in your life are amazing. Thanks for sharing.

I read all the articles
fucking great

I read all the articles
it’s fucking awesome
put it in my favorite will check for the updates

I’ve just read your whole this evening. It’s fucking excellent. Keep it up – I can’t wait for the next part.

I also just want to say, poor Raquel. She didn’t stand a chance, did she?

I have no idea how I ended up at your blog. Someone must have typed my email address into your subscribe box. I have a feeling I know who did it, and that person is an asshole, but despite this fact, I have thoroughly enjoyed what I’ve read so far. My story has some similarities to yours, although mostly in sentiment and feeling, not necessarily (yet) with regard to actual events. If we’re honest, though, every story about being a meth addict is the same story in certain senses. I’m still trying to figure out exactly why that is, but so far what I’ve come up with is that no matter how stable, normal, non-criminal, non-fucked up, and/or non-crazy you are, if you’re a consistent meth user, eventually you’re going to run out and have to get more. And no matter how carefully you choose who you acquire it from or how stable, normal, non-criminal, non-fucked up, non-crazy that person may be, eventually they are going to go to jail (you know its true, whether its because they were in the wrong place at the wrong time and had shit on them or in their car or because someone told on them) and you will be left out in the cold with no meth and have little recourse but to start looking for your next connect and in the meantime, buy it from the fucked up assholes who never seem to go to jail (for very long, at least) and always have a crowd of equally fucked up people swarming around them. I could go on and on- but the point is, for me at least, the biggest problem with being a meth user is having to associate with other meth users. The next problem is how distorted your worldview becomes when you realize that EVERYONE you know is fucked up, and also everyone you know is on meth. Its as hard as literally forcing yourself to pull your own teeth out with pliers admitting to yourself that yeah- ok…ALL OF MY PROBLEMS WOULD GO AWAY IF I SIMPLY DIDN’T NEED TO BUY METH ANYMORE. IF I DIDN’T NEED TO SMOKE IT EVERY FEW HOURS, MAYBE I’D SEE MY FAMILY OR MY KIDS OCCASIONALLY. IF I DIDN’T USE METH, I WOULDN’T KNOW ALL THE PEOPLE WHO EVENTUALLY EITHER STOLE FROM ME, SENT COPS TO MY HOUSE, CAUSED MY CAR TO GO ON A LIST OF CARS TO BE FUCKED WITH ON SIGHT BY POLICE, SEXUALLY ASSAULTED ME, MADE MY HOUSE BURNT ETC ETC. IF I WASN’T ON METH, MAYBE I COULD THINK CLEARLY ENOUGH TO ACTUALLY USE THE EXCEPTIONAL BRAIN I WAS BORN WITH TO MAKE SOME FUCKING MONEY SO I COULD BE SOMEWHERE OTHER THAN HERE IN THIS SHITHOLE THAT I HATE. But I don’t want to stop using meth. Meth doesn’t make me crazy. Meth doesn’t make me promiscuous. Meth doesn’t make me want to commit crimes. So why the fuck should I have to stop using meth? Fuck, I hate everything. But its what has to happen, and the sooner you accept it, the sooner you can stop wasting time being miserable thinking about how much its going to suck and get on with the business of suffering through the obligatory 3 days of the sleepy munchies, followed by a return to sanity and sanctity that can be maintained if you could only get the fuck away from everyone that you know. Sorry for writing a mini blog on your blog, but your blog made me think pretty hard about my own silly bullshit and the ridiculous and unnecessary trauma, drama, damage and loss I have suffered on account of my stubborn conviction that its not meth, its other people who can’t handle using meth that I am forced to occasionally associate with in order to obtain meth that is the problem. And honestly, maybe that’s true- but it doesn’t change anything. Anyway- thank you so much for sharing. I will return and read more when I dare.

Loved, my good friend lives this way. Reach out to me we’d probably honestly get along well.

What if the police read this blog.. They could easily identify and arrest you right? Im concerned

I’m not doing anything illegal right now. I’m sharing my story under the rights afforded to me under the first amendment (at least I hope that’s how it works, pretty sure I am)

Well I hope so too. Your stories are very real and fascinating. Thanks for sharing.

TX lawyer here. First amendment aside, would take a lot more than a blog post for anyone to prosecute or much less to get a conviction! You’re in the clear thus far

Becoming the Plug My entire world was catapulted into chaos when I started dealing meth. Becoming the plug just kind of fell into my lap. It was nothing I sought out. A random series of events


Methods of Use

Methamphetamine comes in many forms and can be used in a number of ways creating varied effects. These include the following:


Methamphetamine is often smoked, either through a glass pipe, water bong or even on aluminum foil with a glass tube. The smoke leaves a residue that can be resmoked. Smoking meth gives the user an intense initial rush of extreme pleasure that can last for many minutes, followed by continued effects from six to up to12 hours or more. (NIDA: 3)


Methamphetamine also can be dissolved and injected directly into the bloodstream, producing a similar if not more intense high as smoking. This intense initial high is followed by similar lasting effects as with smoking. (NIDA: 3)

Snorting (Insufflation)

Methamphetamine can also be ground and snorted, producing a less powerful burst of pleasure lasting three to five minutes, though the duration of the high is argued to last longer than smoking or injecting the drug. (Sanello: 41)

Oral Ingestion

Methamphetamine sometimes is ingested orally, on occasion in pill form. Though the effects are not felt until 15 to 20 minutes later, oral ingestion is also said to last longer than smoking or injecting. (NIDA: 3)


In this case, the user heats one end of a glass tube with a butane lighter, then inhales meth up their nose through the red-hot glass tube. The meth turns to smoke as it travels up the tube, is absorbed through the lining of the nose, and is then exhaled out of the user’s mouth. (Sanello: 41)

“Booty Bumps”

Methamphetamine can also be ingested rectally in what is known as a “booty bump”. Being easily absorbed into the bloodstream through the rectal lining, such ingestion of meth is arguably as powerful as injection through needles. (Sanello:36-37)

HOW IS METHAMPHETAMINE USED? Methods of Use Methamphetamine comes in many forms and can be used in a number of ways creating varied effects. These include the following: Smoking


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Phenylthiocarbamide tasting

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Phenylthiocarbamide tasting, also called PTC tasting, a genetically controlled ability to taste phenylthiocarbamide (PTC) and a number of related substances, all of which have some antithyroid activity. PTC-tasting ability is a simple genetic trait governed by a pair of alleles, dominant T for tasting and recessive t for nontasting. Persons with genotypes TT and Tt are tasters, and persons with genotype tt are nontasters; there appears to be hormonal mediation of the tasting ability, however, because women are more often taste-sensitive in this regard than are men. It has been suggested that PTC tasting may be related to the genetically determined level of dithiotyrosine in the saliva.

PTC-tasting ability is not particularly useful, it would seem, since PTC does not occur in food, but some substances related to PTC do occur in food items. As for the utility of being able to taste PTC, it appears that nontasters of PTC may have a higher than average rate of goitre, a disease of the thyroid gland sometimes associated with a lack of iodine; because PTC and related compounds contain iodine, there may be a selective advantage of some kind for tasters or nontasters in different environments. It has also been suggested that tasters may have more food aversions than nontasters, a disadvantage in situations of food scarcity.

The chief reason for interest in tasting ability, however, is that the frequency of tasters varies from population to population.

Phenylthiocarbamide tasting, a genetically controlled ability to taste phenylthiocarbamide (PTC) and a number of related substances, all of which have some antithyroid activity. PTC-tasting ability is a simple genetic trait governed by a pair of alleles, dominant T for tasting and recessive t for

PTC The Genetics of Bitter Taste

In 1931, a chemist named Arthur Fox was pouring some powdered PTC into a bottle. When some of the powder accidentally blew into the air, a colleague standing nearby complained that the dust tasted bitter. Fox tasted nothing at all. Curious how they could be tasting the chemical differently, they tasted it again. The results were the same. Fox had his friends and family try the chemical then describe how it tasted. Some people tasted nothing. Some found it intensely bitter, and still others thought it tasted only slightly bitter.

Dark chocolate and coffee are common bitter tasting foods.

PTC paper is used to test whether a person is a “taster”, “non-taster”, or somewhere in between.

The ratio of tasters to non-tasters varies between populations, but every group has some tasters and some non-tasters. On average, 75% of people can taste PTC, while 25% cannot.

The PTC Gene

Soon after its discovery, geneticists determined that there is an inherited component that influences how we taste PTC. Today we know that the ability to taste PTC (or not) is conveyed by a single gene that codes for a taste receptor on the tongue. The PTC gene, TAS2R38, was discovered in 2003.

There are two common forms (or alleles) of the PTC gene, and at least five rare forms. One of the common forms is a tasting allele, and the other is a non-tasting allele. Each allele codes for a bitter taste receptor protein with a slightly different shape. The shape of the receptor protein determines how strongly it can bind to PTC. Since all people have two copies of every gene, combinations of the bitter taste gene variants determine whether someone finds PTC intensely bitter, somewhat bitter, or without taste at all.

Natural Selection At Work

Plants are much more likely than animals to contain toxins. Because avoiding bitter plants would severely limit their food sources, strict herbivores have fewer bitter taste genes than omnivores or carnivores. Instead, animals that graze on plants have a high tolerance to toxins. Grazers have large livers that are able to break down toxic compounds

PTC stands for phenylthiocarbamide. Also known as phenylthiourea, the chemical structure of PTC resembles toxic alkaloids found in some poisonous plants.

Although PTC is not found in nature, the ability to taste it correlates strongly with the ability to taste other bitter substances that do occur naturally, many of which are toxins.

Plants produce a variety of toxic compounds in order to protect themselves from being eaten. The ability to discern bitter tastes evolved as a mechanism to prevent early humans from eating poisonous plants. Humans have about 30 genes that code for bitter taste receptors. Each receptor can interact with several compounds, allowing people to taste a wide variety of bitter substances.

Dr. Steve Wooding talks about the evolutionary importance of bitter taste.

To Taste Or Not To Taste

If the ability to taste bitter compounds conveys a selective advantage, then shouldn’t non-tasters have died off long ago? Why do so many people still carry the non-tasting PTC variant? Some scientists believe that non-tasters of PTC can taste another bitter compound. This scenario would give the greatest selective advantage to heterozygotes, or people who carry one tasting allele and one non-tasting allele.

The ability to taste PTC shows a dominant pattern of inheritance. A single copy of a tasting allele (T) conveys the ability to taste PTC. Non-tasters have two copies of a non-tasting allele (t).

Not So Simple After All

Curiously, there are also tasting and non-tasting chimpanzees. Unlike non-tasting humans, chimps that cannot taste PTC appear to lack functional PTC receptors.

PTC sensitivity is often used as an example of a simple Mendelian trait with dominant inheritance. However, tasters vary greatly in their sensitivity to PTC. And while the PTC gene has about 85% of the total influence over whether someone is a taster or a non-taster, there are many other things that affect PTC tasting ability. Having a dry mouth may make it more difficult to taste PTC. What you ate or drank before sampling PTC paper may also affect your tasting ability. And an individual’s sensitivity may change over time. Some people may find that they can taste PTC on some days, but not on others.

Dr. Steve Wooding talks about PTC testing in chimpanzees.

The biological warfare agent ricin comes from the bean of the Castor tree. A scant handful of castor beans contains enough ricin to deliver a toxic dose.

The toxic alkaloid atropine comes from the highly poisonous Deadly nightshade. The common name belladonna (Italian for “beautiful lady”) came about during the Renaissance. Women placed atropine-containing drops in their eyes to dilate their pupils, giving them a dreamy look that was believed to be attractive. Tragically, many of these women later became blind.

Potential Health Applications

PTC tasters may be more sensitive than non-tasters to compounds in tobacco and vegetables in the cabbage family.

Studies indicate that individuals with the “strong tasters” PTC gene variant were less likely to be smokers. This may indicate that people who find PTC bitter are more likely than non-tasters to find the taste of cigarettes bitter and may be less likely to smoke.

Other studies suggest that there may be correlations between the ability to taste PTC and preferences for certain types of foods. This may be why some of us think that broccoli is just too bitter to eat.


Merritt, R., Bierwort, L., Slatko, B., Weiner, M., Weiner, E., Ingram, J. and Sciarra, K. (2008). Tasting Phenylthiocarbamide (PTC): A New Lab With an Old Flavor. Am. Biol. Teacher online 70:4.

Funding provided by grant 51006109 from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Precollege Science Education Initiative for Biomedical Research.

PTC The Genetics of Bitter Taste In 1931, a chemist named Arthur Fox was pouring some powdered PTC into a bottle. When some of the powder accidentally blew into the air, a colleague standing


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How to Roll the Perfect Joint

What are Joints?

Cannabis has been smoked by cultures for thousands of years. One of the oldest and most popular ways to enjoy cannabis is by smoking a hand-rolled joint. A hand joint is marijuana that has been ground up and rolled by hand into a flammable paper or leaf. Many people consider rolling a hand joint to be a craft, worthy of extra time and effort it may take. Smoke from a joint rolls into your mouth languorously, bringing along with it the unique flavor of the strain. As the smoke travels from the tip of the joint into your mouth, it passes through the flower, effectively cooling it down and making the smoke less harsh. Smoking from a joint highlights each strain’s unique flavor, from grapefruit to chocolate to an electric citrus tang.

Why Hand Roll a joint?

Why not just buy a pre-rolled joint from your neighborhood dispensary? Hand rolling a joint can be a meditative and relaxing activity. The process can provide relief from the daily hustle and bustle as you sit down and methodically prepare a hand roll for later enjoyment. Hand rolling joints also gives you the opportunity to examine and appreciate the flower you will be inhaling later. The dexterity practiced while rolling a joint can provide a welcome reprieve from daily tasks.

How Do I Roll a Joint?

Learning how to roll the perfect joint can at first seem like an intimidating task. The final product appears straightforward but can take time and patience to craft correctly. The easiest way to roll a joint starts out simply: pick your favorite strain and gather a few simple materials!

A small tray is an invaluable rolling tool, used to prepare the joint and catch any excess marijuana that falls during the rolling process. Make sure you also have rolling papers, a piece of cardstock, a marijuana grinder and lastly, make sure you have your marijuana!

With all your materials out and ready you are now ready to learn how to roll a joint step by step.

  1. Put a piece of rolling paper onto your tray, gum side on top and facing you.
  2. Cut or tear your card stock into a small half – 1 inch long and quarter inch wide rectangle and roll it into a spiral with your fingertips. Place this at the right or left end of the rolling paper, right side for right handed people, left for left handed.
  3. Grind up some marijuana. Between three-and 1 gram of marijuana is best to roll a perfect joint. Pour the ground marijuana into the paper and use your fingers to shape it into a rough oval, skinniest at the far end of the paper from the crutch.
  4. Pick the paper up with both hands and begin rolling the long edge of the paper onto the crutch of your soon-to-be perfect joint. Use your thumb and forefinger on the crutch side of the joint to pinch the paper and crutch together gently. Don’t be afraid to really use your whole thumb to guide the paper onto the crutch.
  5. Begin rolling the paper around the crutch and marijuana. As you do this gently pinch the joint closed with your other hand, using your first two fingers as well as your thumb.
  6. Keep your crutch hand gently pinching the hand roll joint at its base as you move your other hand back and forth, pinching and rolling the rest of the joint until you have a gently cone shape. Don’t be afraid to really play with the paper, they may be thin but they are surprisingly strong. If you don’t make any large motions and sudden jolts with your hands they can withstand a tremendous amount of manipulation.
  7. Lick the gum strip at the top of the paper from one end to the other. Roll the gum onto the paper using both hands, one at the crutch and one about three-quarters of the way up the joint.
  8. Spin the joint with your hands and use your forefingers, press the gum firmly onto the joint along its length.
  9. Lastly, pack the end of your hand rolled joint down. You can do this by gently tapping the crutch end of the joint on your rolling tray, this will settle the marijuana and provide a smooth, even burn. If you’re planning on saving the hand joint, gently twist any excess paper on the end into a tight spiral, this will save your marijuana from falling out.

You now have in your hands a perfect hand joint! Enjoy, and as always make sure you smoke responsibly!

Different Kinds of Joints

Described above is steps on how to roll a classic cone joint but there are many different variations of this timeless smoking method. Advanced joint rollers may enjoy the challenge of rolling a tulip joint, which has a bulbous tulip shaped tip. For parties, one can stick multiple papers together and roll extra long joints. Among the myriad of choices, many believe the classic cone rises a step above in terms of versatility and simplicity. Different kinds of joints pose can pose different and interesting challenges to any enthusiastic roller and learning how to roll the different variations can be a fun and meditative process!

What is your favorite kind of joint to roll? Let us know in the comments below!

What are Joints? Cannabis has been smoked by cultures for thousands of years. One of the oldest and most popular ways to enjoy cannabis is by smoking a hand-rolled joint. A hand joint is marijuana that has been ground up and rolled by hand into a flammable paper or leaf. Many people consider rolling a hand joint to be a craft, worthy of extra ti

How to roll a joint

The joint is one of the more iconic ways to consume cannabis, and it’s a great way to enjoy the flavor of your flower. Every cannabis smoker should learn how to roll a joint. There are countless opinions on the different ways of rolling one, but whatever you do, make sure your creation burns smoothly and evenly.

How much weed is in a joint?

When starting out, we recommend using a 1/2 gram of weed and normal or 1 1/4 sized rolling papers. This is a good amount of weed for a couple people and starting off on the smaller side will make rolling the joint more manageable.

For reference, most of the prerolls you buy at the store are a full gram, although some come in 2-packs of half-grams.

When you get good at rolling, you can move up to King sized papers and full-gram joints and widen your smoking circle.

Step-by-step guide on how to roll the perfect joint (with or without a filter)

To help you hone your own craft, we’ve prepared a simple seven-step guide on the easiest way to roll a classic cone joint, even for beginners. You’ll be rolling a perfect joint in no time.

Begin by gathering your rolling supplies:

  • Cannabis strain of your choice
  • Rolling papers
  • Crutch (for the joint crutch or filter)
  • Cannabis grinder
  • Optional: A pen, or a similarly shaped object to help pack the joint

Step 1: Grind the cannabis

Break down your cannabis into shake. If your cannabis is dried well, it should break down easily. A grinder keeps your hand from getting sticky and thus sticking to the joint paper.

If you don’t have a grinder, you can grind the herb down by hand, using scissors, or any number of other breakdown methods.

Step 2: Create joint crutch/filter

Make a crutch, also called a tip or filter. You can make a crutch out of just about anything, but thin cardboard or business cards are solid go-tos. A lot of joint papers also include crutch material with their packaging.

Start with a few “accordion” folds at the end of the cardboard, then roll the material to the desired thickness of your joint. The crutch isn’t absolutely necessary, but it does help keep the shake from falling out of the end or into your mouth as you smoke. It also adds some stability to the joint and allows you to enjoy every bit of cannabis without burning your fingertips.

Step 3: Fill joint with cannabis

Fill the paper with the shake and the crutch (if you’ve made one). Once the paper has the right amount of shake (a half gram to a gram usually does the trick), you can begin to form and shape the joint with your fingers.

A quick note on papers: There are a lot of different types and flavors of joint papers available. Many people prefer hemp papers because they tend to be thin but strong, and burn evenly without affecting the flavor of your weed.

Step 4: Pack the joint

Once you’ve loaded and shaped your joint, it’s time to roll it. Pinch the paper between your fingertips and roll it back and forth between them to pack the cannabis down into its final cone shape.

Step 5: Roll the joint

This step can make or break the quality of your joint. Tuck the unglued side of the paper into the roll, roll it up, and use the glued edge to tack down one end of the paper, using just a little bit of moisture.

Pro tip: Start with the crutch side because it can help guide the paper as it rolls around itself.

Once the paper is tacked down on one end, you can work your way down the rest of the seam by tucking and sealing the joint to the end.

Step 6: Finish your joint

Finally, pack the end of the joint to help ensure an even burn. A pen is great, but you can use just about anything.

Some good options if you’re on the go: the tip of your shoelace, the drawstring on your hoodie, or a small stick. If you’re not planning on sparking your joint right away, you may want to close the tip with a twist.

Step 7: Enjoy (and innovate!)

Other ways to roll a joint

There are limitless ways to roll a joint. You can roll them big or small. Get creative! Some people have even transformed joint rolling into an art all on its own, rolling their cannabis into a unique mix of functional origami.

Another trick is to use a dollar bill to help roll a joint. Simply fold a dollar bill in half and put your ground weed in it. Roll it back and forth, slip a rolling paper behind it, roll it up, and give it a lick. Easy peasy.

Other joint variants you can try rolling are a cross joint (two joints crossed in the middle, giving you three ends to light), a pinner (a thin joint), or an L joint or tulip, which have extra amounts of weed stuck on the end.

What’s your favorite way to roll a joint? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below and make sure to teach others this basic cannabis skill!

This post was originally published on May 19, 2016. It was most recently updated on April 15, 2020.

Every cannabis smoker should learn how to roll a joint. To help you hone your own craft, we’ve prepared a simple seven-step guide to successful joint rolling.


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Pipe Smoking for Beginners: How to Pack, Light, and Enjoy a Tobacco Pipe

For many societies throughout history, pipe smoking was (and is) a sacred ritual. Men would light their tobacco for various ceremonies including weddings, funerals, and the signing of treaties (hence the term “peace pipe”). It was an important part of their traditions and cultural heritage. In more modern times, gentlemen would smoke a pipe as a way to unwind and relax, or as a refined stimulation to intellectual pursuits like reading and writing. Indeed, while rebellious youth took up cigarette smoking and Vegas gamblers and Hollywood celebs made the cigar their trademark, pipes became the tobacco-delivery method of choice for the gentleman scholar. Still today, when we picture professors in our mind’s eye, we often see them in their elbow-patched tweed jackets, smoking a pipe in their book-lined office.

Many of history’s most famous writers and intellectuals were pipe smoking aficionados, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (as well as his fictional creation, Sherlock Holmes), J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis (who often smoked with Tolkien as the friends engaged in deep, hours-long conversations), Bertrand Russell, Albert Einstein, General Douglas MacArthur, Papa Hemingway, and many more.

The pipe’s favor with the contemplative set can perhaps be traced to the fact that successful smoking takes a little reflective care, and that a single bowl of aromatic tobacco can last up to a whole meditative hour.

It’s an art that was once common, but now rare. For the modern beginner, therefore, taking up pipe smoking can seem a little intimidating. So below, I walk you through an easy-to-understand guide to everything you need to know when getting started with this ancient practice.


Pipe roll. While certainly not strictly necessary, having a pipe roll, or simply a way to organize your supplies, is very handy. What you see above is simply a waxed canvas utility roll with six or so pockets. Before I got it, my supplies were everywhere, and it was a pain to remember where everything was to wrangle it all up. Plus, it just looks nice. An old cigar box is another good option (but don’t mix your pipe tobacco and cigars — the smells and flavors intermingle, and not in a good way).

Pipe. You can spend anywhere from $5 to $500 on a tobacco pipe. The most common material you’ll find for pipes is briarwood due to its heat resistance, durability, and rugged appearance. There’s also meerschaum, which is a clay-like mineral. Meerschaum pipes often double as incredible works of art due to the material’s softness and carve-ability. Because of its relative rarity, meerschaum pipes are more expensive; they also aren’t quite as hardy as briarwood, so they require a little more care and upkeep. Finally, you have the corn cob variety, which you can even make yourself. They are often your cheapest option, and although they smoke great, you won’t get as many years out of it as a briar or meerschaum pipe. For the first-timer, I’d recommend briarwood or corn cob, due to their affordability. Meerschaum is like the Lincoln of pipes; it’s something to aspire to rather than start with.

The shape of the stem is yet another matter to consider. You’ll find both straight and curved. The argument for straight is that some people prefer its look, and the bowl sits higher, which keeps smoke out of your face a little better. A curved stem, on the other hand, is much easier on the mouth; it’ll just sit there nicely rather than you having to work to keep the pipe situated.

My first pipe was about $35 from a local cigar shop, and did the job just fine. What I use now, and what I recommend to friends who ask, is actually a corn cob pipe with a curved stem from Missouri Meerschaum. I received one as a gift last year, and it’s the only pipe I use now. The price tag is cheap, but the smoking is great.

Lighter. I prefer using a Zippo for all my tobacco needs, even though experts will say it’s not necessarily the optimal flame. The company actually makes a special lighter just for pipe smoking, which comes with a hole in the chimney, allowing you to hold it sideways and suck the flame through. It’s incredibly useful; otherwise you’re holding a lighter or match nearly upside down, and are liable to burn yourself.

Long wooden matches do also get the job done, and many smokers swear by them. Because of a lighter’s high temperature, you risk scorching the tobacco; this is not a risk that comes with matches. They’re also cheaper; Zippos and their fluid (they do need seemingly constant refilling) are more expensive.

Pipe cleaners. Who knew that these bendy doodads actually serve a greater purpose beyond just crafting material? Pipe aficionados, that’s who. They are called pipe cleaners for a reason. Buy some; they are super cheap, and keep your pipe clean between smokes.

Tamper/nail. Many pipe kits will come with a special tamping tool. It looks much like a nail, so I just use a nail with a big ole head; a framing nail does the trick really well. You need this to tamp down the tobacco into the pipe bowl. I also keep a small, thin nail on hand for reasons I’ll explain later.

Tobacco. Pipe tobacco is not as easily had as cigars are, which you can often even get in grocery and liquor stores. You’ll likely need to find a dedicated cigar/tobacco shop. This is often a fun endeavor, though, and you get the chance to sniff test a variety of tobaccos. There are no secrets here, you simply go with one that smells good to you. There are fruitier varieties, darker and lighter, more classic tobacco-y, etc. A couple ounces should last you a while if you’re just an occasional smoker.

Packing the Pipe

This is undoubtedly the hardest part for newbie pipe smokers (and even some not-so-beginners). The good news is that once you get it down, it’s a breeze. I struggled for a quite a while myself, but after practicing a bunch, I really got the hang of it. There are a couple methods that you’ll find most smokers using, and I’ve had success with both, so what follows are instructions for each.

The Three-Layer Method

The first step is to do a “gravity fill”; this is where you grab a pinch of tobacco and simply drop it into the bowl of the pipe with no tamping or pushing down. Another way to do this is to scoop right from the bag or jar of tobacco with the pipe itself.

Fill it this way to the top, and then tamp it so that the bowl is about halfway full. This is the first layer. You’ll do the same thing again, filling it loosely to the top, then tamping it down, this time to 2/3 or 3/4 full. This is the second layer. Finally, you’ll do it once more. Put some more tobacco loosely on top, and tamp it down to just below the rim of the bowl. With each layer it should feel like the pressure increases with the tamping; the first layer won’t need much pressure at all, and by the third you’ll really be pushing on the tobacco.

Test the draw on the pipe at this point; it should be reminiscent of sucking soda through a straw. If it’s like an empty straw, it’s packed too loose (tamp it, and add more tobacco); if it’s like sucking a milkshake through a straw, it’s packed too dense (use a thin nail to poke a hole down the middle of the tobacco; I usually do this anyway, even if it’s packed correctly, just to have better airflow). This is the method that I prefer, and have had the most success with.

The Pinch or “Frank” Method

Grab a large pinch of tobacco — enough that it actually looks like it may not fit.

With this method, you’ll start the same by gravity filling the bowl with tobacco. No pressing or tamping, though. Next, grab a large pinch of tobacco; in fact, you want more than what it seems like will fit into the pipe. Place the large pinch on the bowl, using your thumb on the opposite hand to hold it in place.

Now, using both your thumbs, gently press the tobacco into the bowl. Do this until all the tobacco is in the pipe, tight enough so that when you tip it upside down, no tobacco falls out. As with the three-layer method, test the draw. It’s likely you’ll need to use the small nail to poke a hole down the center to let some air in.

Lighting the Pipe

The first step in getting a pipe lit is the charring light. Holding the flame above the bowl, take about half a dozen shorter puffs, while moving the lighter in a circle around the bowl, in order to char the top of the tobacco. After this, tamp it down once more to create a nice caking on the top.

After the charring light.

After this charring light, once again hold the flame above the bowl, and this time take a half dozen deep draws to really get the flame down into the tobacco. Once lit, continue to take some deeper puffs to make sure you get a nice ember that will last a long time.

Especially for the beginner, you’ll probably have to re-light your pipe multiple times to get through the bowl of tobacco. As you get better at packing, and lighting, you won’t have to do this. It just takes practice; I can get a bowl to last about 45 minutes, with only having to re-light once.

Cleaning the Pipe

Your pipe should ideally be cleaned after each smoke. After letting it cool for an hour or so, remove the stem, and run a pipe cleaner through it a few times. It should be noted that you don’t ever want to remove the stem from a hot pipe, as it can easily warp over time. Most pipe smokers, myself included, opt to not clean the bowl at all, besides getting any ash or unsmoked tobacco out. Not cleaning the bowl allows a nice cake to build up, which imparts even more flavor (similar to a cast-iron skillet).

Troubleshooting the Pipe

If the pipe ever gets too hot to hold, you’re smoking it too hot. Let it die out, try re-lighting, and take fewer puffs next time. Most smokers puff every 10-30 seconds or so; it’s not constant. The same is true if you ever feel burning in your mouth, called “tongue bite.” Trust me, you’ll know it if/when it happens; let it die out, and re-light the pipe. If it just dies while you’re trying to smoke it, you didn’t get it lit well enough in the first place, or it’s not optimally packed. You’ll learn which it is as you go along; again, it just takes practice.

Pipe smoking is quite an enjoyable hobby once you get the basics down. Join the likes of some of the most brilliant gentleman scholars of the last couple centuries, and enjoy a few puffs from time to time while sitting in your man chair reading your favorite book!

For the beginner tobacco pipe smoker, it can seem a little intimidating. I walk you through an easy-to-understand guide to everything you need to know.

Tobacco Guide

Things You May Not Know About Pipe Tobacco

In the UK the largest volume of pipe tobacco is the classic British Flake or Ready Rubbed.

After the tobacco leaves are harvested they are compacted under great pressure and heated for days at a time, producing cakes of tobacco which when taken from the press are guillotined into thin slices.

To produce the texture required for the pipe and the smoker the pipe smoker breaks the flakes up in the palm of the hand. This method produces an exceptionally cool, slow burning, satisfying smoke, but does require a certain amount of time, skill and expertise to get it just right.

To save time and effort and in a bid to provide a more consistent and easy smoking mixture for the newer pipesmoker the manufacturers began producing Ready Rubbed which is both more convenient and gives almost the same quality as the flake variety.

After the Flake and Ready Rubbed come the Mixtures which includes the plain natural Virginia and Shags whose unique character comes from careful blending of many different and exotic tobaccos. Some of these may have been pressed and darkened and may well include rich flavorings to enhance the aroma and taste. Generally the Mixtures are light in character and easier to smoke.

The third category of pipe tobacco is Aromatics. Originally mainly of European and American manufacture they are most popular amongst the younger UK pipesmokers.

Many Aromatics are imported and manufactured here in the UK and specialist tobacconists are able to supply an increasing range of flavored aromatic tobaccos.

Finally – Twist and Spun Cut, the enthusiasts tobaccos and normally only stocked by the specialist tobacconist.

Full bodied, powerful and rich they are made in traditional style as developed by sailors and spun to form a rope.

There is no truth in the story that with these tobaccos there is no waste. It used to be said that the miners would chew a plug of twist whilst underground, let it dry out and smoke it when sitting at home or in the pub. It is alleged that the ash was then crushed and used for snuff!

Finding The Right Tobacco

Very much a case of trial and error, a sort of suck it and see exercise.
The beginner is advised to choose a tobacco that is easy to smoke and easy to burn, so it is best to start off with a ready rubbed tobacco such as any one of the following;

Dutch Blend Aromatic – an even burning most satisfying smoke with a gentle aroma. Made of carefully selected tobaccos spiced with Burley & Oriental leaf.

Gold Block – ‘The Aristocrat’ of pipe tobaccos. Even burning and premium quality, Gold Block is made to a centuries old unique sweetening process guaranteeing the character.

Craven Mild Ready Rubbed – A sweet smelling modern style round smooth flavoured tobacco.

Erinmore Mixture – the famous aroma of this long established favourite is a surprisingly light, mild
and easy smoke.

Clan – both young and old pipe smokers enjoy this cool, fragrant, mild and slow burning pipe tobacco with the unique flavour.

Condor Mild – from the House of Condor and classed as Britain’s number one selling pipe selling tobacco. Condor Mild is a blend of fine tobaccos producing a cool, slow-burning and satisfying smoke.

Falcon Medium Mixture – in contrast to traditional pipe blends Falcon Medium Blend has a mildness and an elegant flavour all its own. The rough cut burns more slowly, cooler and completely giving a cooler smoke in a drier pipe.

Amphora Full Aromatic (Red Pack) – a subtle mixture of the fragrance of oranges, raspberries and flowers, this is the most popular aromatic version of Amphora.

Borkum Riff Whiskey – Riff cut blended with bourbon whiskey. Made in Germany, blended in Sweden.

Borkum Riff Cherry Cavendish – heavily cased with cherry flavouring to achieve a mellow and full aroma. Made in Germany, blended in Sweden.

Snuff Tobacco

Snuff tobacco is basically a flavoured tobacco with just three traditional ingredients; high grade tobacco, natural fragrances and water, however the ingredients of snuff vary from country to country. Some countries add paraffin based oil mixtures to their snuff but the UK has the purest snuff.

The Process of Making Snuff Tobacco

To get top quality snuff tobacco there are a few golden rules that need to be taken into account for the perfect recipe.

The tobacco needs to be of exceptional quality with a rich blend using the finest tobacco leaves that are fully matured and dried.

The leaves need to be ground using traditional water power or machines. The machines grind the tobacco to the required level such as coarse, medium or fine. Now the ground tobacco is repeatedly sieved to leave a smooth grain size.

Next the oils and fragrances are added which gives the snuff its character and signature. The snuff is finally left to mature again which ensures a full bodied flavour and required moisture content of moist, medium or dry.

History of Snuff

Snuff was first discovered by Columbus on his second voyage to Americas in 1492, where he came across Taino-Indians sniffing snuff through large Y-shaped tubes.

Since that period snuff has been taken by various social classes over the yeas from aristocracy to miners, and has spread all over the world from Europe to China.

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Top 5 portable vaporizers for 2020

Ever since the first weed vaporizers got to Alchimia Grow shop, we developed a great interest in the vaporization world and its advantages for the cannabis user, both therapeutic and recreational, but also for any type of medicinal plant consumption.

Vaporization offers several benefits (source: Sensi Seeds)

Vaping allows you to limit the harmful consequences of combustion, as it produces fewer toxins and free radicals. Thanks to vaporization, consumers don’t inhale tar and avoid a high number of carcinogenic elements.

This article presents you with a selection of 5 vaporizers, each of them highly compelling in their own way. Not every user has the same needs, so it’s important that each person finds the device that best suits their type of consumption.

Vital vaporizer

For tight budgets

Alchimia presents the Vital vaporizer for dry herbs. This device, aimed to users with limited budgets, is nevertheless very sturdy and efficient.

Measuring 12.5 x 2 x 2.5cm, the Vital vaporizer is discreet, portable and fits easily in your pocket or small bag. Its size also gives you the advantage of being able to vape almost anywhere.

With a bowl capacity of 0.3-0.5g and heating temperatures ranging from 100-240°C, you will enjoy great vaping sessions of delicious and dense vapour clouds.

It also offers an autonomy of about 1 hour, depending on the temperature chosen. In addition, and an advantage that not all vaporizers offer, you can use it while it’s charging, a small benefit when you forget to charge the device or are enjoying long vaping sessions.

It’s an excellent choice for users who want to start vaporizing and are looking for a device that is affordable, easy to use, sturdy, and offers good quality vapour.

Pax 3

Pax 3 vaporizer

Elegance, discretion and versatility

In addition to being remarkably smart, it has features that let you adapt the device to any type of consumption. The Pax 3 vaporizer can be used with dried marijuana buds, resins, concentrates and extractions.

The Pax 3 comes with an accessory that allows you to halve the filling chamber capacity; ideal for reducing or controlling your consumption. Microdosing enthusiasts will appreciate this feature, which is unique in the vaporization market.

It offers an excellent battery life with a device that lets you enjoy 90-minute sessions. It can be charged via a USB port or with the charger included. The battery takes approximately 3 hours to fully charge.

With a strong build and food-grade quality, this vaporizer for dried herbs and resins will go everywhere with you. Its small size fits perfectly in your pocket or a small backpack. You can use it with absolute discretion, since this device sits comfortably in the palm of your hand.

Da Vinci IQ2

Da Vinci IQ2 vaporizer

The best cannabis vaporizer of 2020

This device is the enhanced version of what already was one of the best portable vaporizers in the market. As a novelty for 2020, Da Vinci presents the Da Vinci IQ2.

Intended for buds enthusiasts, but also for resin and concentrates users who want to vaporize their active ingredients anywhere. With the Da Vinci IQ2 you will be able to taste and enjoy all the terpenes in your chosen variety to the fullest.

With an all-ceramic internal vapour path, the Da Vinci IQ2 offers a purity of flavours worthy of the best desktop vaporizers. The air flow is adjustable thanks to a dial located on the device. This will allow you to control the vapour density without changing the temperature.

Another interesting novelty of this new Da Vinci version is the dose control. Thanks to a unique system to date, the IQ2 offers the user the ability to calculate the amount of active ingredients inhaled per draw and session; a very interesting feature especially for medical cannabis users.

Mighty by Storz & Bickel

Solid value

Storz & Bickel are veterans of the vaporization market. With the creation of the Volcano, a desktop vaporizer, they revolutionized the world of vaporization thanks to high-quality products and flawless manufacturing and performance.

When they announced they were working on a portable unit, we knew it would be great. The Mighty vaporizer offers a hybrid heating system similar to the brand’s first model that combines convection with conduction, which ensures the same vaporization quality as the best desktops units.

In addition to offering unparalleled vapour quality, it comes with two large batteries that grant it an autonomy hard to match by its competitors. You will be able to enjoy sessions of more than 2 hours before needing to charge the device.

It’s true that the batteries take up quite a lot of space, so the Mighty is not the most discreet vaporizer in terms of size. But for customers looking for the best portable vaporizer to use at home or in places where cannabis consumption is permitted, the Mighty is the most attractive option.

Arizer Solo II

Arizer Solo II vaporizer

Flavour and autonomy

One of the most unique features of the Arizer Solo II is its borosilicate glass vapour tube. This feature makes possible to preserve all the dried herb organoleptic qualities (aromas and flavours). But it also allows you to easily clean the mouthpiece, an important factor for those who use their vaporizers on a regular basis.

The Arizer Solo II is a bulky device. Like the Mighty, it’s not a stealthy unit to vape marijuana, but at home or in a friendly environment it’s an excellent choice to enjoy your beloved buds.

Arizer Solo II has the greatest autonomy of all portable vaporizers, and offers sessions that can last for more than 3 hours before it needs charging.

This unit has a degree-by-degree temperature control that is presented, along with all the information provided by the vaporizer, on its LED display. For those looking for a vaporizer able to produce big and tasty vapour clouds, the Arizer Solo II offers a solid value.

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The 10 Best Portable Vaporizers of 2020

Last updated on June 9, 2020

If you’re looking for the best portable dry herb vaporizer, you’re in the right place! We’ve tested hundreds of different portable vaporizers and whittled them down to 10.

2020 has been exciting so far with some great portable vaporizer releases. We think there is much more to come so definitely keep an eye on this page!

Best Portable Vaporizers

  1. Mighty
  2. Arizer Solo 2
  3. Firefly 2+
  4. Pax 3
  5. Healthy Rips Fury Edge
  6. Crafty+
  7. Davinci IQ2/MIQRO
  8. Arizer ArGo
  9. XMAX Starry V3
  10. Boundless CF/CFX

Top 10 Portable Dry Herb Vaporizers for 2020

1. Mighty

Although the Mighty has been available for almost four years now it still reigns as the best portable dry herb vaporizer. Its vapor quality is on par with high end desktop vaporizers which is really saying something. The pulls are smooth and flavorful which is exactly what you’re looking for in a good portable vaporizer.

Not only is the vapor quality amazing, but it’s super easy to use. There’s a screen on the unit with easy up and down controls for the temperature. It also has a built-in safety feature which automatically turns it off in case you forget.

The Mighty uses a mix of both conduction and convection heating techniques which is patented by Storz & Bickel, the maker of the Volcano and Mighty. They also built in grating on the side which cools down the vapor (which is important since it’s in your hand).

The Mighty already had one of the best battery lives of any portable but it was updated in 2018 with 20% more battery life. That means you can use it for almost two hours without plugging in which can last you a weekend or longer. It also features pass through charging which means you can use it while it’s plugged in. That comes in handy when you

While it may not be as portable as other options, it doesn’t need to be. It’s small enough to take on trips and is the perfect size for at home use. It isn’t cheap, but you really get what you pay for. The Mighty is an investment that will pay off in the long run.

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2. Arizer Solo 2

The Arizer Solo 2 is the follow up to the mega popular Solo. Arizer is a world renowned brand for a reason: they make stellar dry herb vaporizers that work well for a fair price.

The main reason the Solo 2 comes in second is because of its impressive battery life. When fully charged it runs for almost three hours non stop without needing a charge. That’s probably the longest battery life of any portable vaporizer you can find in 2020.

Not only is the battery life stellar, but the vapor quality is fantastic. It features a hybrid ceramic/stainless steel heating system which delivers delicious and thick vapor. The vapor itself stays cool due to the long glass air path.

Don’t worry if you’re in a rush too! The Arizer Solo 2 heats up in around 20 seconds which means you can go from dry herb to vapor in no time. The digital controls are sleek and simple to use.

Just like the Mighty, the Arizer Solo 2 isn’t quite pocketable since it has a glass tube that you pull from, but the battery life and vapor quality more than make up for it. If you’re looking for an awesome portable vaporizer at a fair price, definitely consider the Solo 2.

Also we didn’t include the Arizer Air 2 in this list but it deserves a mention. It’s essentially a smaller version of the Solo 2 with a worse battery life.

3. Firefly 2+

When the original Firefly hit the market it blew a lot of people’s minds. It’s a convection herb vaporizer that heats up in a couple seconds that has cool, thick vapor. There were a few complaints around the size, lack of temperature control and battery life though.

They fixed that up in the second version. The Firefly 2 is over 30% smaller, 50% lighter, with advanced temperature controls and has a much improved battery life. You can now pick from six temperature settings between 338° and 437° Fahrenheit which let’s you get the perfect vapor density. Just make sure you have a smart phone because that’s all controlled by the Firefly app!

They then released an even bigger improvement on that Firefly 2 with the new Firefly 2+ (Plus). The most notable improvement is the charging and battery life. You can now charge to 80% in 20 minutes, which lets you get up and running quick. The dock makes it easy to remember to leave to charge too. Although the battery is small, they’ve expanded the life span through tech innovations and you can also replace it on the go.

Because it uses a convection heating system it delivers some of the best vapor quality out of any of the portable vaporizers on this list. While you need to learn how to take a slower draw to use it properly, it’s not that difficult to pick up and learn. The Firefly 2+ also heats up almost instantly—no waiting around for it to heat up.

Due to its design the Firefly 2+ is also super easy to clean and maintain. It not only looks good, but it’s functional. That’s smart design!

4. Pax 3

Along with Volcano, Pax has been the face of vaporizers for a little while ago. The original rendition had a unique, sleek design that really helped it stand out from the crowd. The Pax 3 looks even better with new matte colours and has some big improvements to boot.

The best thing about the Pax 3 is probably it’s size. There are smaller vaporizers available, but Pax has really nailed it with the perfect size for activities. It’s awesome for hikes, skateboarding, snowboarding or anything else outdoors. It weighs only 93 grams which is pretty insane for all of the technology they pack in to it.

The Pax 3 also heats up quickly in around 15-20 seconds. It uses lip sensing technology to tell when you’re using it, so it can heat up the chamber which is super dope. The vapor you pull from the unit is surprisingly good too! It does run on a conduction oven which won’t deliver the subtle flavours of a convection vaporizer, but that won’t matter for the majority of people.

They’ve also improved the battery life with the Pax 3. You can use it for around an hour an a half before having to recharge. Even charging is cool with the Pax 3 with the innovative charging dock. You can tell that a lot of engineering went in to it.

See our full Pax 3 review if you want more info on it.

5. Healthy Rips Fury Edge

Healthy Rips entered the fray a few years ago with the Fury vaporizer. They promised to deliver food-grade air paths that use convection technology to heat the herb, and they’ve delivered. While their first few vaporizers were great, they’ve released a true winner in the Fury Edge.

The most notable part of the Healthy Rips Fury Edge is that it delivers (mostly) convection in a small package. Until this point if you wanted a portable vaporizer that fits in your pocket, you were most likely using conduction. While there’s nothing wrong with conduction, convection is generally more efficient and delivers better flavour.

They’ve also packed a 2300 mAh battery in to the Fury Edge which is a very decent battery. Our main complaint with the Fury 2 was that it wasn’t truly portable since the battery was so small (and not replaceable). That’s fixed and the Fury Edge runs for over an hour in use which is great. Not only that, but they’ve implemented USB-C charging. It charges quickly and USB-C doesn’t wear out like a mini USB.

Last but not least, one of the main reasons why the Fury Edge is nearing the top of our list is because of the price. Sure, the Mighty and Ghost MV1 have less draw resistance and have better flavour, but they’re double the price. If you’re looking for an affordable, portable, unit you should definitely check out the Fury Edge.

P.S. The Healthy Rips Fury Edge also gives you a variety of attachments you can use. If you want to throw it in your pocket there’s a plastic mouthpiece, or you can use a glass one while at home – totally up to you.

See our full Fury Edge review if you want more info on it.

6. Crafty+

The Crafty+ is the nimble little brother of the Mighty that’s sitting up at the #1 spot. Depending who you talk to, and what you’re looking for, the Crafty+ could take the top spot as the best portable vaporizer.

It is cheaper and smaller than the Mighty which is great, but there are a few downsides. It doesn’t have a built-in display which means you need to control the temperature settings from the app connected to your smart phone (which may not be possible since Apple banned vape apps). Also the vapor it produces isn’t as cool as the Mighty.

The Crafty+ does have a much improved battery life over the original model though. It gives you almost 90 minutes of vaporizing off of single charge. And it also features pass-through charging so you can use it while it’s plugged in.

If you’re looking for a true portable unit though you’ll want the Crafty+ over the Mighty. It weighs in at just around 135g which makes it discreet and can easily fit in your pocket. The Crafty+ is built tough too which means you don’t really have to worry about it rattling around a bit.

Just like all Volcano products, it has amazing vapor quality. It has a hybrid convection heating system which is impressive for a vaporizer of this size.

7. Davinci IQ/MIQRO

Davinci has been making vaporizers for over five years now. They started off with the original Davinci Vaporizer and followed it up with the solid David Ascent. Their third product is certainly their best portable vaporizer yet.

Perhaps the best thing about the Davinci IQ is the design—it just looks downright sexy. It has a super sleek design with a beautiful LED grid display. It looks like it could be an Apple device if they decided to dip their toes in the vaporizer market.

Not only does it look great, but it performs great too. It delivers tasty vapor from its ceramic heating chamber which is a conduction heating system. It also includes a ‘flavour chamber’ which lets you vaporize dry herbs without having to grind them up.

If you’re looking for a true, pocketable, portable vaporizer you’re in luck. The Davinci IQ is small. It only weighs around 145 grams which is tiny compared to many other portable units. You can easily throw it in your pocket along with your phone.

The battery will only last about an hour of use though, so be wary. The batteries are replaceable so consider picking an extra one up if you’re going with the Davinci IQ. They’re easy to swap in and out!

Davinci also released the MIQRO vaporizer, which is very similar to the IQ but has a smaller size and comes in at a lower price point. While the battery lasts a little bit less than the IQ, it’s an amazing little conduction vaporizer. If you want a small unit to throw in your pocket, you should definitely take a look at the MIQRO.

New in 2020: Davinci released the Davinci IQ2, which is now available. It features new airflow control which let’s you change the amount of air intake on the go. Also it has on-demand dosage technology which lets you track exactly how much you’ve vaporized (only works via the app which is currently not available on Apple devices).

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8. Arizer ArGo

The ArGo is short for Arizer Go. It’s Arizer’s first truly portable vaporizer since the mouthpiece retracts back in to the unit. All of Arizer’s ‘portable’ vaporizers have glass pieces which means you can’t throw them in your pocket or bag—that’s not the case with the ArGo.

It’s about the size of a deck of cards and fits perfectly in your hand. Although it’s small Arizer hasn’t cut corners on their build quality too. This vaporizer feels sturdy and doesn’t have the cheap plastic quality you get with other units.

It has some of the vapor production of all the tiny vaporizers (Pax, Starry). They’ve utilized their conduction/convection heating technology from their Solo 2 and Air 2, and put it in a smaller package. It has a pretty fast heat up time that will get you vaporizing in just under a minute.

Somehow Arizer also fit a full OLED display on to this small vaporizer too. You can see battery life and temperature right on the ArGo, no need to download a separate app or anything like that. We much prefer vaporizers that have screens since apps can be a bit gimmicky (and also Apple has currently banned vape related apps).

The best part of the ArGo has to be the swappable batteries. You can buy extras and throw them in your pocket on the go. Swappable batteries also extends the life of your vaporizer since you don’t need to just toss it when the batteries weaken over time. That’s a big bonus!

9. XMAX Starry V3

The XMAX Starry is the cheapest vaporizer on this list, but it doesn’t perform like the cheapest . It’s an awesome little vaporizer that is perfect for beginners looking for a starter, or veterans looking for a super portable unit.

The XMAX Starry is the perfect size to be taken out of the house on an adventure. It weighs around 120 grams which is at the smaller end of any portable vaporizers you find. It’s easy to throw in your pocket and fits perfectly in the grip of your hand. Just be careful because the mouthpiece can get hot after prolonged use.

It heats up pretty quickly in around 20-30 seconds. The XMAX Starry offers a full spectrum of temperatures to pick from the OLED display. You can play around and find the best setting. It is a conduction vaporizer though, so don’t expect incredible flavor.

The V3 has an improved battery life which lets you use it for around 80 minutes of use. The batteries are also replaceable, so you can keep extras with you for longer excursions. They’ve also added a bigger bowl and new mouth piece which are definitely nice to have too!

10. Boundless CF/CFX

Boundless has released a couple cheap products that have taken the dry herb vaporizer world by storm. The CF/CFX are essentially a poor man’s Crafty/Mighty: they are hybrid convection, they look similar and they have similar sizes. Considering they’re half the price of their Volcano counterparts—the CF/CFX are pretty impressive.

The Boundless CF is the smaller of the two. It’s a relatively small size and features five different temperature settings. The battery is non-replaceable and will last you around 50 minutes of use.

The Boundless CFX is the big brother. It’s bulkier, but features a nice OLED display which lets you pick your exact temperature. Like the CF, the batteries are non-replaceable and will last you around 60 minutes of use.

What really sets these two vaporizers apart from the crowd is their vapor quality. They have the best vapor of any cheap vaporizer available right now. It’s not quite on par with the best, but it’s definitely better than most. If you’re just starting out with vaporizing, or can’t afford a more expensive unit, you won’t be disappointed with either the Boundless CF or CFX.

See our full Boundless CFX review if you want more info on it.

We've tested hundreds of portable dry herb vaporizers to find you the top 10 of 2020. They're ranked based on vapor quality, battery life, warranty and more. Can you guess which vaporizers made the top 3 this year? This list includes the Mighty, Pax 3, Arizer Solo 2 and more.


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GRAV LABS – Vapor Straw Kit w/ Glass Dish (Pick Your Color)

GRAV LABS – Vapor Straw Kit w/ Glass Dish (Pick Your Color)

Designed for the Dabber on the go, the Vapor Straws offer an easy and portable way to dab wherever you may roam.

– Vapor Straw w/ Colored Marble (prevents the straw from rolling off the table)

– Grav Labs Logo (Pick Your Color)

– Made by GRAV Glass

GRAV LABS – Domeless Quartz Nail (Pick Joint Size)
QUARTZ TECH – Quartz Banger Beads / Dab Pearls (2 Pack)
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GRAV LABS – Vapor Straw Kit w/ Glass Dish (Pick Your Color) GRAV LABS – Vapor Straw Kit w/ Glass Dish (Pick Your Color) Designed for the Dabber on the go, the Vapor Straws offer an easy and

GRAV® Clear Vapor Straw & Dish

GRAV® Clear Vapor Straw & Dish

t&##39;s hard to find a simpler way to smoke concentrate than the GRAV® Vapor Straw & Dish. This item includes a thick glass dish where you can place your concentrate during use. Then all you have to do is heat the tapered end of the Straw with a lighter (don&##39;t use a torch because the high heat can seal the straw), and put the heated tip into your concentrate while inhaling through the other end of the straw. This piece is designed with a tapered tip and a pinch restriction so that it&##39;s safe for vapor consumption, as well as a marble roll stop to keep the Straw in place when you put it down. For those times you wish you could put your rig in your pocket, reach for the Vapor Straw & Dish instead. It&##39;s as easy as taking a sip.

Length Height : 7″
Use With : Concentrate
Comes With : Dabbing Dish
Designed By : Sanders Sissom

GRAV® Clear Vapor Straw & Dish GRAV® Clear Vapor Straw & Dish t&##39;s hard to find a simpler way to smoke concentrate than the GRAV® Vapor Straw & Dish. This item includes a thick glass dish


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13 Best Ash Catchers in the World – every budget covered!

Top 13 Ash Catchers

Here is our list of the top 13 ash catchers in the world. They vary in price from cheap to premium. You will undoubtedly find the perfect ash catcher for your budget and smoking needs.

Inset Honeycomb Disc Ashcatcher – $39.99

As effective as it is beautiful, ensure clean hits with this Honeycomb disc Ash Catcher. Photo: @SmokeCartel

The design of these ash catchers is outstanding. When looking for durable but cheap ash catchers, then this honeycomb perc is one you won’t want to pass up. It is 4.5 inches tall and comes as an infused honeycomb perc that will keep your smoke as smooth as ever. The only downside we can report for this one? If you happen to be searching for a pink ash catcher then you might be disappointed because it does not come in that hue.

18mm 90 Degree Hammerhead Perc – $14

Keep your tokes pure with this pure glass ash catcher. Photo: @Marijuana Packaging

The design of these showerhead perc ash catchers is ideal for purifying your hits. It has a built-in showerhead perc, which makes it an official 18mm ash catcher percolator. The design of the showerhead perc creates a truly turbulence-free hit. This affordable ashcatcher bowl is fashioned from heat-resistant borosilicate glass. It’s got both an 18mm female bowl and 18mm male joint size, so take note that these sizes fit the glass piece you’re working with.

18mm Male Ash Catcher Bowl – $4

Simply yet effective, check out this Male 18mm ash catcher. Photo: @DailyHighClub

If you need an 18mm glass ash catcher, then this is the affordable choice for you! It performs its two key functions – keeping your bong water clean and filtration – like a champ. The simple design and functionality of these ash catchers are hard to pass up. Best of all? It’s easy on the ol’ American Express, Paypal, Visa, Mastercard or whatever other form of payment you’re using!

Toro Ash Catcher – $30

Being mini doesn’t mean this Toro ash catcher is any less effective than its larger peers! Photo: @Headspace Glass

The Toro ash catcher is a macro or mini ash catcher. Toro has established themselves as leading engineers of cannabis gear. Their products carry a high price tag, but a great deal of engineering and design have gone into every piece, including their ash catchers. What does that mean for you? A great, clean smoking experience!

Hi Si Ash Catch er – $116.00

Simple, effective design make the Hi Si Ash Catcher a great choice. Photo: @Hi Si Glass

As with all their cannabis items, a great deal of science and research has gone into the design of each one of Hi Si’s pieces. The 14mm ash catcher U arm diffuser has a U sidearm. It measures 5.5 inches tall and has 14mm ground joints. If you are searching for ash catchers 14mm, then this Hi Si ash catcher might be the perfect choice for you. It comes as a male ash catcher or a female version. While it may be a heavier burden on your American Express or other method of payment, we assure you it’s a piece that’s well worth the extra dollars.


Make cleaning a million times easier by finding a quality ash catcher like this one from MAV. Photo: @420 Science

If you are looking for an inline ash catcher 14mm then you are definitely going to want to learn more about the MAV Glass Double Chamber Inlineline Matrix Perc Ashcatcher. This amazing item was built for even the largest bong. It has a matrix perc that cools hot drags and prevents ash from slipping by. The interesting upward facing downstream chamber design helps to further ensure that nothing gets into the bong. The design functions as a superior dry ash catcher.

GRAV 14mm 90 Degree Phoenix Ash Catcher – $59.99

Grav coming in clutch with this tall and lean ash catcher. Photo: @Smokea

MAV Glass Triple Chamber Showerhead Perc Ashcatcher – $59.99

Three chambers?! We might be in love! Photo: @WeedRepublic

The Maverick has a chamber showerhead perc ash catcher that works wonderfully for medium sized pipes. It has a very large showerhead downstem. There is a second chamber for overflow and an upward facing downstem chamber so you never have to worry about debris leaving your pipe. The added perk of this being an up-line ash catcher due to its triple chamber design makes this one of the best models that you can purchase. It is designed to fit 90 degree 18 to 19mm female downstems. In addition, the red MAV logo is a nice addition to the item.

US Tubes – 14mm 90 Degree Ash Catcher – $110

Take a leaf out of the west coast’s book! Photo: @JFriendly

US Tubes ash catchers are everything you would expect from the US manufacturer. US Tubes is headquartered in Berkley, California, and they are dedicated to creating superior accessories that are scientifically designed and engineered for superior performance. If you are looking for an ash catcher 14mm to attach to your water pipe then give this one a try. It has a diffused percolator to guarantee a nice hit every time. It even features the colorful US logo. Hop on the American Express and ride your way into Toketown with this beauty!

Ash Catcher by Sheldon Black – $180

Beautifully blown glass comes together for this quality ash catcher. Photo: @Coughing Cardinal

The Sheldon Black ash catcher is made from blown smokeware. It is more than a simple ash catcher. Many consider the items created by Sheldon Black a work of art. Some would argue that a sovereignty ash catcher might be more upscale but the skill that goes into the creation of a Sheldon Black is amazing.

This item fits 14mm to 18mm. If you want a truly beautiful work of art, then you will fall in love with this design. The 14mm ash catcher has a tree perc ash catcher design and is emblazoned with the black and white flying derby decal label. The ash catcher has been created to sit at a 90-degree angle.

Maverick Glass Turbine Ash Catcher – $69.99

With nine slits in the percolator, this Turbine Ash Catcher from Mav is an easy choice for those seeking the smoothest, cleanest hits. Obviously, coming from Maverick Glass, you’re getting a well-made product that will last you toke after toke!

What we love:

  • Turbine percolator with precision-cut slits, reducing drag
  • Option of 14mm or 18mm joint size
  • Easy to clean thanks to removable cap

Zob 5 inch Ash Catcher with Flat Disc Percolator – 90 Degrees – $169.99

Speedy Zob is here to get the job done! Photo: @Zob Glass Pipes

UPC Glass – 4 Arm Ash Catcher – $32.99

Keep things neat and tidy with this ash catcher. Photo: @DankGeek

Are you ready for a serious upgrade and looking for the best ash catcher? The 4 Arm Ash Catcher by UPC Glass is a percolator ash catcher that has a unique 4 arm tree percolator design. It provides extra filtration for the perfect clean hit every time. In addition, this ash catcher perc is available as a 14mm ash catcher percolator or in an 18mm size. It fits a 45-degree arm. Swipe your American Express with ease, knowing adding this 45-degree ash catcher to your collection is well worth the bills!

How to Use Ash Catchers

An ash catcher on a bong works similar to a classic weber grill ash catcher. You place the ash catcher where you put your ashcatcher bowl on your water pipe or wax bong. Once attached, you place the bowl into the ash catcher. Basically, attach the ash catcher to the joint that runs up from your water, then place the bowl on top of the ash catcher. You light up your bud in the bowl’s reservoir just as you have traditionally burned the herb. When you take a long drag on the pipe, the burnt ash is caught by the ash catcher so it never enters the main chamber of the bong.

Precautions Concerning Ash Catchers

Remember to never overfill your bong with water when using an ash catcher or the water can seep into the burnt ash residue. The ashes will contaminate the water and you’ll have a mess to clean up.

Fitting the Ash Catcher

A word of caution when shopping for an ash catcher: please remember that you will need to know the joint size on your water pipe before you can make a purchase. Standard sizes are 10mm, 14mm, and 18mm. Obviously, if your joint is 10mm then you are going to need a 10 mm ash catcher and if your joint is 14mm then you are going to need a 14mm ash catcher. The fit must be snug or the smoke will be able to escape. The market is also alive with joint adapters but they rarely provide a secure fit and only create unnecessary weight.

Male or Female Joints of your Ash Catcher

You’ll want to examine your water pipe to see if it is has a male or female joint. The male joint appears thinner and the female is slightly wider and shorter. A male joint goes into the female joint. Your ash catcher must be the opposite of whatever joint you have on your pipe to guarantee the best fit. Without the proper fit, your ash catcher will do little to nothing to keep your pipe clean!

The Angle of the Ash Catcher

Water pipes have either a 90 degree or 45 degree joint. You must look at the joint closely to determine its angle. The ash catcher you decide to purchase must have the same joint angle, so if your joint is 14 mm with a 45-degree angle then you will purchase a 14mm ash catcher 45 degree. The 14mm ash catcher 45 degree will fit nicely into the joint if the angle is correct. If you fail to match the angle then the ash catcher is going to slide and let smoke out.


The 13 ash catchers listed here are truly some of the best in the world. They are designed by respected companies, meaning each one has been scientifically engineered to perform flawlessly. You’ll never have to worry about taking a long hit and gagging because you accidentally inhaled ash. In addition, your bong water will remain crystal clear. Anyone lighting up their bong is better off with an ash catcher there to help your pipe stay clean, and you can’t go wrong with an item off this list!

Looking for more advice on which ash catcher will best fit your water pipe? Drop us a comment below!

Love to take hits off your bong, but hate the process of cleaning it? You know you can't skip that part, but there is a way to simplify cleaning without cheating! Get yourself an ash catcher, an attachment for your favourite water pipe that will keep your water clean and your tokes smooth!

Ash Catchers

An ash catcher is a glass attachment designed to catch the ash and resin and keep it from entering your waterpipe or bong, but it can do so much more than just that. Not only do ash catchers keep your piece cleaner but they can also add more water filtration to help cool the smoke and remove a lot. Read more

An ash catcher is a glass attachment designed to catch the ash and resin and keep it from entering your waterpipe or bong, but it can do so much more than just that. Not only do ash catchers keep your piece cleaner but they can also add more water filtration to help cool the smoke and remove a lot of tar and impurities.

14mm Ash Catchers & 18mm Ash Catchers for Sale at BadAss Glass

Whether you need a 14mm ash catcher or an 18mm ash catcher, we’ve got every size and every angle and a water test video to go along with it. All of our ashcatchers are in stock and ready to ship, read real reviews from buyers and watch function videos to see which ash catcher will be perfect for your bong.

Ash catchers 14mm are great because you can add a new percolation system, you can keep your bong cleaner, and best of all they are pretty damn cool. Getting one can change up the entire flow of your piece and breathe new life into that simple old water pipe.

90 Degree and 45 Degree Ash Catchers

Whether you need a simple attachment to keep your bong clean or if you want to add more filtration to your bong we offer the most extensive selection of the all best ash catchers. Beaker bongs generally use the 45 degree angled ash catchers, while the stemless design bongs use the 90 degree ones. Hit our chat button below if you have any questions or need help finding an ash catcher, our staff has water tested and used each and every one!

Benefits of having an Ash Catcher

  • Keeps your water pipe cleaner for longer.
  • Adds an extra layer of water filtration for an even smoother hit.
  • You can add on any of your favorite percolators to any water pipe

Check out our huge variety of Maverick Ash Catchers, Diamond Ash Catchers, and Recycler Ash Catchers in 14mm and 18mm. You will surely find the perfect ash catcher for your bong or water pipe. If you have a question about any of our ash catchers, please do not hesitate to call (877) 885-8836. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff have tested every ash catcher and would love to answer any questions you have. Be sure to check back frequently as we continue to add more water test videos of our ash catchers.

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Tootsie Roll seeds

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Tootsie Roll specifications

Read the Tootsie Roll seed specifications in the table below. The values may vary between the different seedbanks where you can buy Tootsie Roll seeds.

Variety 50% Indica and 50% Sativa
THC Level Low
CBD Level Low

About Tootsie Roll seeds

Tootsie Roll is a strain with both the indica as the sativa variety with low THC levels. This strain has a low percentage of CBD. Tootsie Roll has the acronym Tor and is a combination of 50% indica and 50% sativa. Grow Tootsie Roll seeds and get a fine marijuana plant with generous crops. Grow Tootsie Roll seeds into a nice and bushy marijuana plant, the Tootsie Roll has an average flowering time.

The Tootsie Roll has a chocolate and Sweet taste and the tootsie roll has a happy, cerebral and energetic effects.You cannot buy Tootsie Roll seeds in one single seedbank on the internet, as soon as we know a shop which are selling Tootsie Roll seeds, we will post it here.

Tootsie Roll flavors

Is it good to know what the flavor of Tootsie Roll is before you buy Tootsie Roll seeds online. It said Tootsie Roll tastes mostly like:

  • chocolate
  • Sweet

Tootsie Roll effects

You want to buy Tootsie Roll seeds? Get yourself informed about the effects of the Tootsie Roll strain. Tootsie Roll is known for the following effects:

  • Happy
  • cerebral
  • Energetic

Tootsie Roll reviews

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Hash Oil Tootsie Rolls

just a medicator
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Yes thc is thc.. doesnt matter where it comes from.. leafs buds etc..
each serving should have no more then aprox .10-.15 g hash per edible.
Most bud recipes use .25 for people who have not used medibles before..
you can always take more as the time goes by.. wait 60-60 mins before eating a second one..

you cant take less unless ya upchuck

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yum, can I get that recipe.

just a medicator
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yum, can I get that recipe.

I just copied this from another threat on another mmj forum.

“This is the easiest recipe ever. Anyways here it is.

1 bag of tootsie roll minis
10 grams of hash oil or less
1 tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk

Put tooties in the crock pot and let them melt. Once melted, add hash oil and a tablespoon of condensed milk. Stir for 2 minutes making sure everything mixes in well. Pour into greased pyrex loaf dish or other pyrex container. Let it cool completely. Cut into small pieces and try them out. Match them to the same size as a real tootie roll, and it should be about 7 grams. Makes approx 50 chews.”

This recipe almost seems too easy. I feel like there’s something missing, like decarboxylating the oil, but idk maybe when its mixed with the condensed milk n tootsies the THC bonds with that when heated? im still unsure about how ill go about this.

So i'm trying to make some hash oil tootsie rolls and the recipe calls for 5-10 grams of hash oil and a tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk. My problem…