Saturday, May 8, 2021

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Everything you need to know about the Stündenglass Gravity Hookah

Gravity bongs use air pressure and water to force out a stream of smoke that you inhale. While they're often made with household items, like bottles and buckets, the Stündenglass Gravity Hookah adds polish and modern engineering to this once exclusive DIY smoking experience.  Much like the gravity bongs that came before it, the Stündenglass Hookah relies on kinetic force, but it differentiates itself with cascading water and opposing air flow technology that makes it operate better than the gravity bongs of the past. Engineered to function seamlessly, the Stündenglass is quite simple and easy for anyone to get the hang of, making it great for house parties and group smoke sessions.  If you're interested in combining true smoking classics with modern tech and design, then look no further. Here's everything you need to know about the Stündednglass Gravity Hookah. The design  The Stündenglass Hookah looks elegant and comes in packaging that makes the unboxing experience feel like opening up a brand new iPhone. Its clean, minimalistic design uses aircraft grade aluminum, surgical grade stainless steel, and high-quality Teflon seals. This is not your grandpa's gravity bong.  It features a 360° rotating hookah, which is what produces the kinetic force mentioned above, and is positively mesmerizing once it's in use.  How does it work?  The Stündenglass can accommodate flower, concentrates, and shisha, giving you the fun of a gravity bong with the versatility to consume a variety of products. Fitted with a 14 millimeter joint, the Stündenglass works with any 14 millimeter accessory, including bowls, bangers, and the GPen Connect.  Here are the basics of how to get started:  Start by filing one chamber with water. Attach both chambers to the base. Load flower or concentrate into the bowl. Apply heat Flip the device and watch the water pull through the two-way stem.  The flipping gives you control over the amount of smoke and speed of combustion. For example, a 180° flip will push out more smoke than a 45° flip. Exploring the flipping and the perfect hit size is part of the fun. Once the bottom chamber is filled with water and the other with smoke, you're ready to flip and hit. As you start to flip the device, a steady stream of smoke will flow through the contactless mouthpiece, perfect for germ-free consumption — but it can be kind of overwhelming. The strength of the smoke flow depends on how far the unit is flipped, using gravity to control the ignition of materials and output of smoke. If you want more control over the smoke, you can attach the accompanying hose for a hookah-like experience.  Regardless of which method you use, the inhalation experience is much like that of taking a bong rip. If that scares you, start slow, do small flips, and pack small bowls until you get the hang of it. With the time you save on assembly, you can spend getting to know your preferred setup.   Stündenglass What's included? Stündenglass provides everything you'll need for the best gravity bong experience: BaseTwo globes Flower bowlHookah bowlCoal trayHookah mouthpiece 3-foot hose Extras You may be eyeing the Stündenglass to wow your weed-loving friends, but it could also win over cocktail lovers too. The included 3-foot hose can be used to add smoke to drinks, elevating both your home smoking and imbibing skills. The Stündengalss also comes with a 10-year warranty, so long as you register within 30 days of purchase. Much like major technological purchases, the warranty offers peace of mind for your investment.  Stündenglass also offers a number of customizable accessories: hookah hoses and tips, interchangeable globes, and mouthpieces are just a few of the ways you can customize your device to match your style. How to clean the Stündenglass Gravity Hookah Much like other glass smokeware, isopropyl alcohol does the trick. Pour the alcohol into one globe, reattach the other, and flip the device until the globes are coated with the solution. Remove the globes and give them a rinse with soap and warm water.  To clean the base, you can use a q-tip and alcohol to get into the crevices and remove any residue. For a deeper clean, disassemble the elbow or joint of the Stündenglass, remove the rubber plug, and clean the valve. You can also remove the stems and clean them with alcohol as well. Stündengalss offers a cleaning kit that comes with all the tools, brushes, and wipes you'll need to keep your own shiny and well-functioning.   What's the appeal? In the past, gravity bongs were part science project, part smoking experience. The nostalgia of old school gravity bongs shouldn't be forgotten, and Stündenglass maintains that classic fun while removing the work of assembling your own piece. It's perfect for folks looking to honor the history of consumption, with a sleek, modern twist that's perfect for covid-friendly smoke sessions.  At $599.95, the Stündenglass is for the early adopter smoker — like me — who wants to have all the cool new gadgets, loves weed, and desires to enhance their group smoking experiences.  Check out the Stündenglass Gravity Hookah on stundenglass.com.

The 8 best strains with off-putting names, according to weed cultivators and breeders

Slap & Tickle, Granola Funk, Cat Piss, these are three strains that have at least one thing in common; their names garner visceral reactions, and that's kind of the point. On the one hand, weed that “slaps and tickles” might make for an experience not unlike smoking your typical indica-dominant hybrid. On the other hand, cat piss is such an aggressive smell that's so hard to get rid of that it's almost unfathomable that anyone would want to smoke it. But as the weed adage goes, don't trust a strain by its name.  As weed comes into the mainstream, breeders are coming out of the shadows and finding ways to express their unique perspective, stand out, and capture the attention of a variety of smokers. Enter strain names. They're a breeder's choice, and are often drawn from attributes like taste, smell, lineage, effects, and color, but can also be based on more hazy things like a random memory the breeder had or something they experienced while smoking.  Naming is a form of branding and self-expression for breeders, and they should retain that creativity and agency; however, novel names can be off-putting, which means people miss out on new experiences and effects they might otherwise benefit from.  Unique strains and the people who name them Classic strain names like Sour Diesel and Blue Dream tell you what you can expect, and they'll always be available. Still, these days, breeders are experimenting and perfecting new crosses, many of which might sound like things you'd want to steer clear of, yet the flavors and effects might surprise you. With this in mind, we chatted with four different cultivators about what funny-named strains they're breeding and why you should try them.  Ethan Woods, co-founder, and CEO of Desert Underground worked to get the best genetics he could get his hands on and spent two years conducting R&D before launching Desert Underground. Today, Desert Underground has forty grow rooms and harvests every three weeks, so they're continuously learning and perfecting the product.  Parks McMillan, Director of Cultivation at Seed & Smith, doesn't play it safe when it comes to betting on strains. Seed & Smith's strain catalog has depth and range because Parks makes sure to cater to connoisseurs, with unique strains, and newer smokers, with strains that have fruitier, sweeter profiles. The lead Cultivator of Veritas Fine Cannabis, Shane Reynolds, uses his years of experience growing cannabis to acquire quality genetics and uses them to cultivate a number of strains on this list, many of which have names that pack as much punch as the flower itself.  Kenny Powers, aka Powerzzzup, has cultivated strains for a brand that is as close to a household name as you can get in the cannabis space: Cookies. Not only are his strains rapper approved, but they draw long lines of smokers to Cookies dispensaries. The Cookies Fam regularly garners crowds akin to that of a Jordan release day, before there was a SNKRS app. Here are eight strains with off-putting names as recommended by the breeders and growers cultivating them. GMO (Garlic Mushroom Onion aka Garlic Cookies) We'd be remiss if we didn't start with GMO, a strain that paved the way for a few of the strains on this list. A cross of GSC and Chemdog, GMO has a pungent, funky smell, similar to that of garlic. You might not come for the flavor, but you should stay for the effects which make the garlicky bite worth enduring. It can clear the mind and melt the body, making way for a calm focus without the intensity you might expect from a high THC strain.  Garlic Road After you've tried GMO and are ready to hit the old dusty trail, grab Garlic Road, a phenotype of GMO with a name that's a bit more on the nose. Garlic Road, a cross of GMO and I-95, named after a highway in Colorado, has a sweet aroma and GMO-like effects that lean more uplifting. GMO leaves most people relaxed yet focused, and Garlic Road tends to do the same — but with an added smile and pep in your step. Yuk Mouth Yuk Mouth won't ruin your teeth, but it might give you cottonmouth, so you may want to grab some mints before lighting up. This GMO and Dosidos cross has an aggressive nose, and if that's not your thing, maybe the cerebral euphoria and full-body relaxation are.  Described by Reynolds as an “old school creeper,” Yuk Mouth's effects might be latent, but when they hit, you'll be forced into a horizontal position, wondering where the nearest drink is.  Unicorn Poop Let's address the unicorn in the room. No, this strain doesn't smell like poop. Unicorn Poop gives off citrusy, diesel notes thanks to its parents, GMO and Sophisticated Lady. As for the name, it's a nod to the color and shine of the nugs. Unicorn Poop is a beauty, with a very distinct layer of trichomes that makes it shine.  If you're still on the fence, please your inner child who probably would have loved to spend a few hours with a unicorn, and while that's not what's happening here, the giggly, euphoric effects are a close second.  Fly While the name “Fly” comes from its parents, Florida Kush and The Y, it could also have been foreshadowing how the strain would enter the market: with a lot of buzz and difficult to catch. This Cookies strain, bred by Powerzzzup, hits the body hard, and prepares the mind for takeoff with it's cerebral effects. The flavor is sweet with gassy notes — a bit more palatable than the name might imply.  Poon Tang Pie Come for the pie, stay for the tropical vibes. A cross of Tropicana, Grape Pie, and Papaya, Poon Tang Pie is for flavor chasers. With notes of berry, citrus, and pine, this strain will leave your mouth watering, mood boosted, and ease you into a euphoria that gently washes over the body. The name, believed to be a nod to the comedy film Pootie Tang, references the papaya and grape pie lineage that give the strain its sweet, fruity flavors. MeatBreath Who knew weed could taste like a hamburger? We owe a collective thank you to the genius who smoked and thought, “weed should taste like meat.” MeatBreath, a cross of Meatloaf and Mendo Breath, is relaxing yet cerebrally stimulating. It starts behind the eyes but follows up with a jolt of energy, making it perfect for evening creativity or focus time, before easing your eyes closed for the night. This strain is said to be named both as a result of lineage and homage, most notably Lamb's Breath which had a breakout moment over a decade ago. Gary Payton Not off-putting so much as simply unusual. Smoke like multi-hyphenate rapper/businessman Berner, and try Gary Payton. Cookies fam breeder Kenny Powers' story of choosing the name “Gary Payton” gives us a glimpse into the cultivation process. What is now known as Gary Payton was formerly “strain number 20” of many phenotypes he was testing. Strain number 20 stood out, and it just so happened to be Gary Payton's old number.  This collaboration is the real deal, folks. Cookies worked with Gary Payton to license and bring this strain to the market. If you're familiar with Gary Payton's revered NBA career, then you might expect this strain to feel like a full-court press, but it's quite balanced. Gary Payton delivers relaxed energy that eases body pain while providing mental clarity. It's no surprise that Berner contacts Powers for this strain before his studio sessions. Featured image by Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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