A Beginner’s Guide to Cannabis Gear

What kind of cannabis products can I consume?

Flower

If your preferred method of consumption is smoking, make sure your flower is stored in an airtight container away from direct sunlight. Flower can last more than six months if stored properly, so make sure you take care of your bud so it can stay fresh longer. 

Concentrates

Like flower, concentrates need to be stored properly to maintain their freshness. Many people keep their concentrates in refrigerators with controlled temperature and humidity levels. Additionally, concentrates should be kept in their original containers or containers that make it easy to scoop out the product.

Vape Pens

Vape pens are some of the most convenient and discreet ways to consume cannabis that are on the market. Vape pens have two components: batteries and cartridges. To keep proper battery function and the oil in the cartridges consumable, they need to be kept out of direct sunlight and extreme temperatures. It’s important to keep cartridges standing upright to keep the effectiveness of the pen.

Topicals & Edibles

There are so many other ways to consume cannabis outside of smoking and vaping. Topicals, edibles, and tinctures are other popular ways to consume cannabis that don’t require specific storage as long as you keep it out of direct sunlight and extreme temperatures and make sure the containers are airtight.

How Do You Prefer to Consume?

Smoking is one of the most popular ways of consuming cannabis, despite the rapid growth in other consumption methods like vaping. Each method of consumption has its own unique equipment. While thinking of your preferred method, here are some other things to consider when it comes to gear:

  • Glassware: Some of the most common glassware pieces include bongs, bubblers, and pipes. While these pieces also come in other materials, like silicone, glass is the cleanest material to consume as it’s the easiest to clean.
  • Joints, blunts, or spliffs: Grab your preferred paper or blunt wraps and some crutches so you can get rolling. If rolling is not your thing, you can always buy a preroll or two from your local dispensary.
  • Vaping: Vaping is a discreet way to consume cannabis. Most cartridges don’t have a strong smell, and you can swap them out based on your mood. The simplicity and ease of cartridges are one reason why this consumption method is sweeping the nation.
  • Dabbing: There are a plethora of dab rigs available to consumers. There are plenty of moving parts when it comes to dab rigs, nails, domes, blowtorches, e-nails, and more. If moving parts aren’t your speed, electronic dab rigs might be for you. The most popular e-dab rig is a Puffco, which is easy to use for users of all experiences.

How Often Do You Consume Cannabis?

If you frequently use cannabis, it may be the best investment to go with a more durable yet expensive piece of equipment. Of course, it’s best to purchase the best quality equipment even if you don’t consume it every day, but you can always work up to that point. The type of equipment you get will also depend on your preferred method. If you prefer joints and smoke prerolls every day, you may not want to spend hundreds of dollars on a dab rig that you necessarily won’t use. If you regularly dab or use bongs, you’ll want to get the most out of your equipment, which may mean expanding your budget.

What is Your Budget?

Your budget will ultimately decide what gear you will get. If you have a smaller budget, you will want to find something that balances cost and durability. Remember, if your budget is too low and you get cheap equipment, you might end up with pieces that can be easily broken and you may find yourself continually replacing broken equipment. If you have a larger budget, the sky’s the limit! Find the equipment that is right for you and will last you for a long time.

As the cannabis industry grows, so will the number of products and equipment that will become available to you. Everyone has different preferences based on their method of consumption, so if you’re new to cannabis, find some friends to help you figure out your preferred method without spending too much on equipment that you might not use. This can be a trial and error process, so take your time and let this be an enjoyable experience.