The 420 Times Product Reviews: What’s Smoking Hot
the420times | Apr 17, 2012 | Comments 0
What’s smoking hot for April? We’ve culled the nation looking for the latest in smoking, apparel, accessories and lifestyle products to keep you up-to-date on what are the most interesting and useful products available this month.
While visiting my favorite collectives, I always like to really inspect my meds. I have been carrying Kindstack’s kindscope for several months now, someone in the office keeps “borrowing” it… KindStack heard my cries and sent me their latest scope. Which I’m pleased to say is even more intense. The Shadow Black 007 Kindscope, is powerful, allowing you to see 60x zoom magnification. My favorite feature is that these scopes come with ultra bright white led lights & UV lights that detail your cannabis like you’ve never seen it before. Once you learn (research) what you should be looking for, I promise you’ll be even more picky about your meds. This is one scope that is a must have tool for both patients & caregivers alike.
Get yours here, www.kindstack.com
Finally, as a patient there is medical cannabis pills that are standardized — no more guess work on how the effects will work this time or the next time. I have been really skeptical of most cannabis pills since they look like something home-brewed to say the least. With the Idrasil pills, each pill is exactly the same the next. How do they do it? They clone over and over the same genetics for consistent dosages.
Idrasil only gives me cannabinoids too, the CBD, CBN and THC from the plant — it’s kind of like the never getting seed, stems or sticks — but in a pill. Check it all out online at: www.idrasil.info
It wasn’t up until recently that I needed to travel with my glass & laptop to an event, but I had to carry it in something that would keep my precious safe and secure. Dime Bags had just sent us their line of glass & lifestyle bags that are made of a blend of hemp & polyester, called Hempster, as they refer to it. The timing couldn’t have been any more perfect. I put them up for the challenge of surviving several days in Vegas. I took three bags; the 17” laptop bag, the 18” conversion bag (tall padded backpack style for your glass) & a small 8” “evening bag” as I call it. I took a small pipe & supply for this amazing party at the Palms… I digress.
My favorite feature about Dime Bags is the number of pockets! A person can never have enough pockets. The smell proof detachable reusable bag inside every bag was also handy. Anyone who loves bags, or needs to carry their prize glass, Dime Bags is the ultimate in canna gear. Get your own by visiting: www.DimeBagsStorage.com
Our panel of experts & cannabis connoisseur’s were very excited to put Pulse glass to the test as soon as these two arrived at the office. This is medicating luxury with art built-in! We put two of Pulse glass’s most popular pieces to work. The attention for the details is what sold us right off the bat; solid build, performance and of course, hit-ability. The double shower-head stemless inline water pipe had to come first! Perc crazy, splash guard, 2 shower-head percs with over 60 slits, horizontal stem in the body, which also percolates and makes this piece so entertaining to watch in action! Of course we used the ice pinch for the full effect cause we’re bosses.
Next was the Double Shower-head Nano, which is a perfect “daily hitter” for the patient that expects the best, which of course we do. Perfect size, with double S.H. Percs & splash guard. Every piece is handcrafted with real platinum metal labels, beautiful domes of art above percs, world class German shot glass, ice pinch bowls (which are really cool, btw!) and made right here in So Cal. I will say, that an ash catcher bowl is highly recommended for these, as most of us want to keep pieces like this as clean as possible, cleaning does appear to be a serious job for anything this complex and intricate. We give Pulse Glass 6 big thumbs up, (3 happy guinea pigs).
More online at: www.pulseglass.com
Zang, bang, boom — I found it with Pipemug.
Actually the Pipemug is far from being a novelty, it looks more like an art piece. And before you ask, no the smoke does not percolate thru your beverage (it goes through the handle). Check them out online at: www.pipemug.com
I discovered the Glacier Smoke Water Pipe Ice Holder by a chance meeting with an old friend — and the use of my cheap bong (hey, I have bills — not bills in my wallet).
The Glacier Smoke fits into your pipe so that you can put ice-cubes into the neck for a cooler smoke. When your done, you just pull out the Glacier Smoke and out comes the ice cubes — easy peazy.
I don’t have the bucks for an expensive pipe with a pinched neck for ice cubs but with this really inexpensive product I can enjoy a cooler smoke.
Find them online at: www.g-smoke.com
I have the Handyman Deck — big bright freaky graphics like I like it.
Dunkees also does custom work if you need to bring it next time you are riding with your friends or showing off at the beach. (Also see them at the CK Wholesale Expo in May). www.dunkees.com
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Brownie420.com: 420 Brownies Kit
Nothing says 420 like brownies do. Since we were hitting a party down south, we decided to go for something tasty and the folks at Brownie420.com were a big hit.
I like really chocolatey brownies and when I opened the chocolate part of the mix, I knew these were going to rich — and delicious. Their kit came with a really nice dark colored bottle for storing the essential “ingredient” and the directions couldn’t have been easier. Check out the results in the Baker’s Edge pan photo (a nice touch). Brownie420.com
However, now that I just tried out the Baker’s Edge Pan I am convinced; no more brownies from the inside part of the ever.
It gives a nice crisp edge to every brownie – and on two sides. East meets west crunchiness. Yum. Check them out online and order online at: www.bakersedge.com
Raw Rolling Papers
I believed that there was a conflict between material quality and material purity with rolling papers. I couldn’t find an organic hemp paper that burned up to par with what’s out there. Needless to say, I definitely did not expect to find one that burned better, but the raw organics really impressed me. They aren’t chlorinated or bleached, which is how other manufacturers produce their white rolling papers, so I feel much better about that. There really is no substitute for material quality and purity, especially if you have to inhale the product you choose. As for the burn, I’m not sure if it’s their crisscross watermark or the generally high quality of the paper, but I do notice that they burn more evenly than other brands out there. Finally, I like to judge papers on how they feel while I’m actually rolling one up. Some papers can give a thin, plasticy, thick, or otherwise awkward feel to the hand of the roller. Call me crazy, but the raw organic papers just feel nicer off the fingertips when you are executing the perfect roll. Find Raw rolling papers at your favorite retailer.
Made from a real piece of bamboo grown in Maui, the Bootube is really pretty solid (very) and I didn’t have to be so delicate when I was handling it like I usually do with a new glass piece.
Somehow I feel more at ease using it — I just wish I could see the smoke building up inside of it, but I got over that fast.
The bowl is glass and fits in the Bootube pretty snug.
My friends didn’t even notice it when they came over — which is good — but they actually like the wood-burned in logo that goes up the side.
If you ever have cracked a glass bong and you care about being “sustainable,” then you should check out the Bootube. Online at: www.themauiwowie.com
I’ve never thought about giving a bottle of water as a gift before — but I am pretty sure there are a few of my friends who will be getting some Binger Springs water in the very near future.
Is it the really cool shape of the bottles, is it the crystal clear taste… of water? Probably one of them is driving me to think about this as a collector piece that not only looks cool but is very satisfying for my “tastes.”
Check out Binger Springs on their website, www.bingersprings.com, or your local retailer.
This is really a vape for people that have used a portable vaporizer before, they call it a “Tool of Mass Vaporization” for good reason. It’s like the Ferrari of vaporizers with its increased battery and it uses a double cartridge system for really, really, really big vapes – yow!
Rechargeable strong battery life, discreet, slick chrome vape, comes with all the accessories you will ever need.
Gentlemen, start your engines.
SI Pipes: Filtered Handheld Pipe
Last year I brought you the McFinn’s triple filter water-pipe, which is still amazing (daily use). Now, we have the ability to take their filtered pipe with me on the go with their latest handheld pipe. I’m immediately drawn in by the design, size and overall look. The virgin coconut shells & cotton catch resin, ash and more. All that’s left is pure flavor & super sufficient medicating action.
SI has even gone to the next level by having this filtration system tested by The Werc Shop. The results show that there is less “bad stuff” that is inhaled when using them. Anyone who wants to take a healthier approach to smoking their medical cannabis, this is the answer. Once you see how much yuk is being filtered out and not going into your lungs, that pretty much does it and you’re hooked. For us it’s a winner. Find a local retailer by going to: www.sipipes.com
I went to check the mail at the office on April 1st and as I opened the mail, I discovered a curious package. Inside this box was this shiny, smooth silvery capsule…and I thought, someone is messing with me! Just when I think I’ve seen it all, something new comes along… and well this time it looks like it’s from outer space. I knew those Astronauts lit up while up there in space, and who wouldn’t? I would!
I investigate further by noticing the fine seam on each end, and a hole in one end. I pull the sides out and discover what this is, it’s a pipe! Fully extended, it now reveals the functional pipe with a removable bowl as well. Discreet, fun and it will certainly get your friends’ attention. This is an inventive & fun pipe design and no one will know what it is at first.
More online: www.wickiepipe.com
For the ladies who felt left out of having a showcase piece of glass, your wish has finally come true. Recently, I discovered Girly Glass, the answer to every girl’s desire for beautiful, bling’d out, quality smoke wear. I was immediately attracted to the colors: pinks, purples, blues and genuine Swarovski crystals! Not only are these beautiful quality pieces made for women, they’re hand crafted by women. Squash, one of the featured artists of Girly Glass has an amazing talent for capturing your heart’s desire. Girly Glass is truly couture glass for the ladies.
We put GG’s tube style water pipe to work and we weren’t disappointed. This remarkable waterpipe is perfect as a daily hitter for the girl who now has it all, not to mention, you don’t have to worry about the “guys” monopolizing your piece!
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Get this: rice filters smoke to remove impurities, really. You have got to check out RicePipe next time your coughing (and trying to look in control) because I would of never of guessed that something so simple could work so well.
The rice absorbs and cools the smoke as it travels down the pipe — you can see it working. And when you do need to clean it, all the parts are washable.
I really like the simplicity of the RicePipe and that I can keep using it over and over after a thorough cleaning and replacement of the rice — and it fits in my pocket.
Check it all out online at: www.ricepipe.com