Cheaper alternatives to professional cannabis gear

Published Sep 18, 2021 09:00 a.m. ET
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Whether you’re taking your time building up an ultimate stash box, or you get caught in a sticky situation unprepared, these affordable and convenient solutions are all you really need to get the job done.

1. Joint filter cardstock

Joint filters are the perfect addition to any stoner's stash box but buying reusable or disposable versions isn’t always a viable option, and the majority of rolling paper packs these days don’t even come with cardstock. Luckily, none of those things is necessary to enjoy a genuine filtered roll. All you need is a strip of thin cardboard from a cereal box, and it’s relatively easy to roll one up.

2. Weed grinder

Generic grinders are powerful little tools that make easy work of busting up buds in an efficient and even fashion so that all of the grinds are small, which encourages consistent and even burning. Unfortunately, these pieces are easy to forget, lose, or simply go without, as long as you know how to make a DIY weed grinder. All you need is a small pill bottle with a lid, and a large coin, like a quarter or loonie, and with a few shakes, you’ll have professional quality chopped herb.

3. Rolling tray

Rolling trays will help to contain any messes that might be made in the process of rolling or packing bowls, and they also hold most small tools so that they’re organized and accessible for when you need them, but even without one, it’s really easy to recreate that working environment with a small plate, serving platter, or baking sheet, all of which have raised sides to keep in the grind and to rest your tools when they’re dirty. Unbreakable materials work best for this, but any similar flat tray will do.

4. Pipe

Pipes are small, which makes them easy to stash in your pocket and go, and they’re already pretty discreet as far as smoking devices go, but unfortunately, they do tend to clog up, break, or get lost at the worst of times, which really sucks. Luckily, it doesn’t take much to make one yourself, because all it takes is a toothpick and a strawberry, or other carvable fruit, and a few minutes of time, and you can fashion your own DIY pipe.

5. Bong

Bongs are great work of art and useful tools for stoners who enjoy massive hits. Sadly, they aren’t exactly the most convenient options to bring along for adventures because they can be big, bulky and breakable, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out when you travel to places that aren’t bong friendly. All you need is a bucket, a bottle, and a small piece of tinfoil, along with enough water to fill it up, and you’ll have a functional device in no time.

6. Joint roller

Joint rollers can spin up anywhere from 1 to 9 rolls at a time, seriously reducing the amount of time you’ll spend trying to make each one a similar size. Of course, there is no perfect replacement, but if you happen to have an old-fashioned cigarette roller lying around, it can work almost as well. The same is true for a small sheet of Styrofoam, which will grip the paper and roll it upwards, but this last trick can take some practice to get right.

7. Dab tool

Dab tools are used by cannabis consumers who love concentrates, and they are really handy tools, doing the hard work of digging around and pulling out just the right amount. Most come with splayed points, acting almost like a spoon to scoop up the natural goodness without getting your hands dirty, and some have thin edges so they can be used to scrape out bowls too. Though it’s nice to have one, they definitely aren’t necessary because, in a pinch, a safety pin or bobby pin will do the trick.

8. Humidity packs

If you live in a hot and humid place, or you store your herb in a grow room, then you could likely benefit from humidity packs that extract unnecessary amounts of moisture from the air so that they don’t infect your buds. They’re effective and relatively cheap, but they aren’t always readily accessible when you need one the most. Luckily, all you need is a small material pouch filled with rice, and though it might take up more room, it will work just as well as the store-bought versions.

9. Terp juice

Terp juice is all the rage these days, because it allows the consumer to naturally alter the flavour and aroma of each hit, and it does the job quite well, but it’s expensive, and not all dispensaries carry it on hand. Whether you’re craving a boosted taste or in need of a refreshing moisture boost, fruit peels can work too. Of course, they do degrade and so must be removed before that happens, and the terpenes aren’t exactly weed derived, but it’ll make your stash taste amazing for a fraction of the price.

10. Smell proof storage

Smell-proof containers aren’t always expensive, but it can be hard to find one that comes in just the right size, and even when you find one, it’s probably not compact enough to be discreet, which is why it’s good to know how to make your own. Turn any bag into a smell proof container, by using hot glue to line its walls with plastic. Choose a cute little purse, wallet, or fanny pack, and it’ll even be easy to take with you when you’re on the go.

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