There are seemingly endless ways to consume cannabis these days. The state-level legalization boom over the past decade means that, in much of the country, you don’t have to buy a baggie of mystery weed and search for smoking products at a headshop anymore—you can just go to your friendly neighborhood dispensary. It doesn’t matter if you’re new to cannabis or you’ve been rolling joints since long before more than half the country legalized recreational cannabis, there are three core areas of weed accessories that you need (other than the weed itself).
“The perfect starter pack consists of three things: something to prepare on, something to grind with, and something to consume with,” says Christian Bayne, brand manager at Greenlane, which focuses on the development and distribution of premium cannabis products. And for anyone buying more than a couple grams at a time, something more aesthetic to hold your cannabis in than a mason jar doesn’t hurt, either.
There’s a baseline level of weed accessories that consumers have. The standard set of rolling papers falls into that category (Zig-Zags are a personal favorite because they burn well and can be found just about anywhere) as well as a quality lighter (and, of course, knows how to roll a proper joint). Water pipes can be found with some help from your favorite local shop, and buying locally minimizes the risk of breaking during shipping. Edibles lovers should start, and end, with the comprehensive The Weed Gummies Cookbook.
This gear, however, will take you further. Any of the pieces here will get the job done while being a pleasant—and often stylish—experience all around.
Marley Natural Black Walnut Rolling Tray
There are few names as synonymous with cannabis culture as Marley. This black walnut wood base is finished in teak oil for a finished look that doesn’t have to be stashed away when the rolling is done. It’s also incredibly easy to use thanks to a contoured cutout corner for pouring and a magnetized wood scraper that clings to the try when it’s not in use.
Aerospaced by Higher Standards
Anyone who knows their way around flower has likely resorted to some serviceable-at-best ways to break up their cannabis. A knife, scissors, bare fingers—you know the drill. Aerospaced is the complete opposite in that it’s highly thought out and uses materials you won’t get pretty much anywhere else. It’s made with paint-free, aircraft-grade aluminum with diamond-shaped teeth that evenly shred your weed. Four pieces make it easy to capture the most out of your flower, including a pollen catcher.
For the ultimate whole bud break down, the Stache Grynder has micro rounded teeth instead of the more common diamond shape. This keep any flower from sticking while still being incredibly efficient. It’s a four-chamber grinder (the minimum for any grinder that’s not a statement piece and will get a lot of use, in my opinion) and has an added bonus: the top doubles as an ashtray.
Dry herb vapes make it easy to consume without ever needing to break out a lighter, making them perfect for on-the-go smoking when you want an experience that tastes like actual cannabis instead of the clouds from an oil-based vape pen. This compact and sleek vaporizer is perfect for micro-dose hits. It’s quickly become a favorite already this year thanks to its rapid charge and temperature settings. For the quality, it’s also one of the more affordable options you can find.
G Pen Dash
Dry herb vaporizer technology has improved in leaps and bounds in recent years. Whereas lugging a not-very-pocket-friendly vape around was the only option not all that long ago, the G Pen Dash is extremely small, lightweight, and affordable. It has a glass-glazed stainless steel heating chamber that can be set to four temperatures for the perfect microdose on the go: 375º F, 401º F, and 428º F. Combine it with some other pocket-sized items and you never have to be caught searching for something to smoke with. “Looking for something discrete? Grind up your flower in the Stache Grynder and load it into the G Pen Dash vaporizer for quick and pocket sized hits on the go,” says Jordan Goldstein, director of marketing at Grenco Science.
The Helix by Vessel
One-hitters are useful in a very specific time and place. Using one leads to more of a lingering smell than a dry herb vape will, while its size (read: one-hitter) makes it inherently limited when it comes to sharing. That said, the right one-hitter is discreet and pleasant to use. “The Helix by Vessel is the perfect one-hitter, because it’s easy, quick and classy,” says Ricky Williams, founder and president of Highsman. The helix design pulls smoke through 2.5 times the length of the piece and looks good doing it.
Single-use tools are optimized for what they do, but they take up a good amount of space for something that isn’t super versatile. Stündenglass doubles as a premium gravity bong (if you stuff it with cannabis) and a cocktail smoker (if you stuff it with wood chips), so you can perfect two of your vices with one classy looking piece. Seth Rogan has even shown to be a fan. It’s the gravity bong experience, but elevated—with an elevated price point to match.
Stona Black Walnut Grinder and Storage Jar
Just because cannabis is more accepted in wider society now doesn’t mean you should keep it in an ugly jar. The Stona Black Walnut Storage Jar is nice looking enough to keep on your coffee table with a blown-glass bottom and black walnut top. Pair it with the matching walnut grinder, which uses gentle wood ridges, to make a complete set.
Higher Standards Re:Stash
Holding up to eight ounces, this jar has a silicone koozie to keep light out and prevent sun exposure. It’s perfect for keeping your best bud in top shape, plus it’s child resistant if you have little ones around. Thirty percent of the polypropylene is made from repurposed waste and hemp fiber.