A Brief Highstory of Hash

The Highstory of Hash

Hash is cannabis resin made from the abundant resinous trichomes found on cannabis flower. There are a number of methods used to produce hash out of that glittering THC. It is crazy how such a clear and bright molecule can be transformed into a thick, dark, dense THC block chock full of potency.

Some of the earliest forms can date all the way back to 900 A.D. when hash began to spread its way through Arabia. At this time it was eaten rather than smoked. There is earlier evidence of more primitive and exceptionally rudimentary forms of hash mixed with incense and used in incense ceremonies dating all the way back to the 1st century. Between the 10th and 12th century the legends of hashish-eaters grew in Persia. These myths and stories were brought back to Europe by Marco Polo in the 13th century. 

In the 18th century, Napoleon’s campaign in Egypt was one of the main routes for hash to find its way to Europe. Because there was no alcohol in Egypt — due to it being an Islamic nation — soldiers began smoking the hash of the area for its stuporous effects. When the soldiers were sent back to France at the end of the campaign, they brought as much hash as they could carry.

Tobacco and Hash found themselves to be potent partners as they made their way across the ocean to the new world in the 16th and 17th century. The two were mixed to both extend and enhance the high. This is still a common practice all over the world today to give cigarettes a bit more of a kick.

Cannabis was widely cultivated in the early years of the U.S.. A few of the founding fathers were recorded as using hemp, flower, and hash recreationally.

The 19th century saw its use become more popular for its medicinal properties to treat a multitude of maladies: pain relief, headaches, appetite and stomach aches, depression, and many more.  In the 20th century its use for medical treatment became sidelined as more potent and directed pharmaceuticals started to enter the market. The later widespread prohibition of cannabis did not help further its medicinal applications regardless of its effectiveness for treating a wide array of issues.

In the 20th century most of the hash used in Europe came from Kashmir, Afghanistan, Greece, Syria, Nepal, Turkey, Lebanon, and India. By the 1960s most hash was imported from Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Morocco. Morocco had held the title for the largest producers of hash. Their main export of hash was “soapbar” blocks, 250g of exceptionally low quality hash, running around $5 a gram for consumers. This hash is notorious for being cut with any number of things: Beeswax, turpentine, milk powder, ketamine, boot polish, henna, pine resin, aspirin, animal turds, ground coffee, barbiturates, industrial glues and dyes, solvents, and even human feces. Afghanistan has become a more popular hash producer, turning out a ton of high quality product.

Stacked blocks of Soapbar hash.

Charas is the OG concentrate. It came about because hands that touched the plant came back sticky and covered in the resinous trichomes that deliver the high. Those sappy hands were rubbed together and what resulted was a compressed piece of concentrated resin, sometimes rolled into a line, sometimes a ball. It could be stored for years and still retain its potency, its smells, and its flavors. 

Hands covered in cannabis resin.

Finger Hash is the most unrefined method of creating hash. It results from rubbing hands on the flowers of cannabis plants. The trichomes stick to the fingers and the hands are rubbed together to roll and remove the residue to create a very concentrated form of resin. It is often rolled into balls, and it can be dropped on top of bowls or smoked alone. These balls are traditionally called Temple Balls and have a long history in Nepal. These balls are strikingly beautiful and can keep their potency for many years, in essence becoming aged cannabis.

Rolled Temple Balls.

Dry Sieve hash is created by pushing the trichomes of dried flower through a fine screen. The dust is called kief, and is compressed with heat to form blocks of hash. The Moroccan and Lebanese method forgoes heat. The Afghanistan method uses moisture and heat, and then is rolled by hand. 

Dry Sieve Hash before it is pressed.

There are many colors of hash: black, red, and yellow (blond). These variations are derived from the production methods, and the storing methods and materials used. Black hash is also known as charas hash. Yellow and red hash are both Lebanese forms of hash: Yellow hash comes from plants that just matured and contain high amounts of THC. Red hash comes from older plants, where some of the THC has been converted to CBN (Cannabinol). CBN is THC after it has been aged. It is pretty much impossible to cultivate plants with high CBN contents with anything other than patience. CBN confers highly sedative effects.

Left to right: black, red, yellow (blond).

Bubble Hash flips the classic method of refinement on its head, using ice-cold water as the agent to remove trichomes from the flower. The ice-cold water freezes the trichomes on the flower. The mixture is then physically agitated to shake the resinous molecules from the plant. This mixture is strained multiple times to completely separate the trichomes from plant matter. Each stage of straining uses finer and finer screens to reduce the amount of plant matter in the final product. The use of fresh, uncured buds produces a product sometimes referred to as ‘live hash.’ This live hash can have a more aromatic and flavorful quality when compared to bubble hash made from dried buds. This is mostly due to a higher presence of terpenes in the final product. Bubble hash is easier to smoke with flower due to its crumbled nature. Hash, and bubble hash in particular, has a wide appeal due to being solventless. This produces a cleaner end product when compared to a lot of the other concentrates that make up the modern U.S. market.

A scoop of Bubble Hash.

Hash has a wild and varied history. The legal U.S. market is struggling to make room for hash because it is dominated primarily by flavor-blasted pink, clear, and orange concentrates. There is still a lot of room for growth in the hash market, because hash is the time tested potent, rich, and gorgeous cannabis form that history has proven it to be.

10 Classic Stoner Buddy Flicks

There are a lot of stoner movies out there that make weed the focus of the plot. But this list is about 10 classic movies to get high while watching. While a couple entries do make that sticky-icky purp the main focus, by all means most of these titles are just great to take a drag to. These films are in no particular order, but they are all certainly top-shelf. And all of the entries on this list have some sort of pairing up of two buddies.

Matrix

“We need guns, lots of guns.”

There is no movie more easily accessible, fun, and heady as The Matrix. Almost every beat in this film is perfect for discussing over a joint. Are we in a simulation? Do you really want to know? Would you give up smoking herb to be programmed to be a martial arts master, even if it was all virtual in the first place? These are all great questions to share over a blunt. Neo and Morpheus make a killer squad too.

The Big Lebowski

“The Dude abides.”

The Dude is such a penultimate archetype for stoners to aspire to that leaving him off this list would be doing a disservice to smokers everywhere. The robe wearing, White Russian drinking, carpet loving protagonist slides his way through life in such a relaxed manner that you can only envy the way he does it. The story unravels and leads you into rabbit holes making it perfect for a lazy smoke sesh. The Dude and Walter are another great duo!

Monty Python and the Holy Grail

“It’s just a flesh wound.”

“Pure Comic Genius” doesn’t do this one justice. The Holy Grail is rolled full of wacky high-jinks, from hilarious characters to ridiculous sets and props. The characters constantly find themselves stuck in absurd situations, from fighting a monstrous bunny rabbit with the holy hand grenade, dismembering an immortal knight who is constantly full of backtalk, and our merry troupe drawing the line at Camelot because ‘it just a little too weird.’ Your mother is a hamster and your father smells like OG Kush. Maybe smoke some of that while you give this one a watch. And while there is not one particular duo, the team is oft broken in to groups of two.

Airplane!

“I am serious, and don’t call me Surely.”

As the cover implies, this is one twisted airplane ride. So twist one up and watch this down to the filter. Airplane is absurdism at its best, never leaving a beat without a joke of some kind. The writers were really masters of wordplay, transforming turns of phrase into hilarious and chaotic skits. Some of the jokes from this movie have sat with my since my childhood. A woman plays the guitar to try and give a sick child some cheer, but as she rocks out to the song she plucks the IV chords from the girl’s arm. The inflight meal is what builds the movie’s tension, causing the entire plane to fall ill, unless you ordered the steak or the lasagna. And the main character has a drinking problem, as he spills his drink every time he tries to take a sip. Ted Striker and Elaine make a hilarious pairing.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure

“Be excellent to each other.”

“Party on dudes!”

Another Keanu Classic. Bill & Ted hit the perfect mix of sci-fi and rock. The variety of chaos this duo gets into is mind boggling as they travel through time to build the best class presentation they could cobble together. As the duo rocks through history they collect figures such as Napoleon, Abraham Lincoln, Joan of Arc, and many more. As they build their A-Team the pair faces new problems that they fix with the power of rock and roll, Wyld Stallyns rock on! I don’t even need to say it, but Bill and Ted are definitely a great pair.

Super Troopers

“I swear to god I’m going to pistol whip the next person who says Shenanigans.”

From the first scene you know this movie is stoner gold. We begin the story with a man stuffing a bag of mushrooms down his throat because he’s about to be pulled over. From chugging bottles of syrup to bulletproof thongs, this movie never misses a beat with its slapstick comedy. Farva is a character you love to hate and is constantly making life harder for himself. From corrupt cops to state patrol with too much time on their hands, this film is perfect for smoking to, hey it’s legal. There’s two different buddy duos, and Farva is on his own.

Tenacious D in: the Pick of Destiny

“Now our masterpiece will never happen because we won’t be fueled by Satan.”

One of the only musicals I can sit through, Tenacious D is chock full of hilarious songs and stoner troubles. The film follows JB and KG as they quest to become the most awesome rock band, and they can only do that if they find a satanic guitar pick, “The Pick of Destiny.” If your aim is true you may end up with a Satanic bong too, through which you can channel the powers of Satan to get your creative juices flowing. Whoever knew Dave Grohl would make such a good Satan? Tenacious D puts the D in Dank, so roll some up and burn through it while you watch this rocking classic.

The Blues Brothers

“There’s 106 miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank of gas, half a pack of cigarettes, it’s dark out, and we’re wearing sunglasses.”

John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd dance and sing their way through an absurd and chaotic movie full of slapstick comedy and over the top mischief. The suit and black-glasses clad pair find themselves in and out of trouble all while keeping their hats on their heads. This 133 minutes of madness is a perfect watch for someone with good weed and a short attention span. It almost makes me want to go to church.

Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke

“You mean we’re smokin’ dogshit?”

“Gets you high, don’t it?”

Tommy Chong is on the run and bumps into Cheech. The pair clicks and begin a series of sordid adventures fueled by copious amounts of pot. Some real dogshit stuff. It’s nonstop jokes and run-ins with the police. If you haven’t watched this movie make sure you’re stoned when you do, because that what it was made for. This film was instrumental in the birth of the genre we know as stoner flicks, so give it some love.

Friday

“I know ya don’t smoke weed, I know this. But I’m gonna get you high today cause it’s Friday, you ain’t got no job and you ain’t got shit to do.”

Our last duo, Ice Cube and Chris Tucker make for a hilarious pairing. Spending most of the movie on the front porch, the pair gets into over the top messes. Rent is due, Ice Cube just got fired from his job, and Chirs Tucker owes money to his dealer. We’ve all been there once in our lives. Maybe not all on the same day though. How this pair manages to pull it off is incredible and a great to flick to watch with a bong and buddy.

Better Know a Stoner Song – Ganja Babe by Michael Franti


From Soul to Reggae, from Spoken-word hyper political works to catchy pop, Michael Franti has his toes in a lot of different tastes. You might know him best from his song “Say Hey.” But what I know him best from is cannaballad, “Ganja Babe.”

Franti was born in Oakland, California 1966 to a mixed couple. His mother put him up for adoption because she feared her child would never be accepted by her racist family. He was adopted by a couple in Oakland who had four kids, three biological and one adopted. He started writing in 9th grade, and quickly picked up poetry as a lifelong art. Franti picked up music after he purchased a bass from a local pawnshop, taking influence from reggae, punk, and hip-hop.

He started a band in 1986, the Beatnigs, stylized after industrial spoken-word. The band released an album Television that garnered a bit of attention but struggled to break out of the city.

His next move was to form the band The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy, a collaboration with Ron Tse, Charlie Hunter, Mark Pistel, and Jack Dangers. They put out an album with Island Records titled Hypocrisy is the Greatest Luxury. After this signing they eventually opened for U2. The band was very political and championed anti-war messages, took shots at Exxon Mobile, the role of television in our daily lives, homophobia and misogyny, and many other progressive takes. The album even made appearances in a few academic articles. One called Franti’s work, a song that, “promoted treating women fairly in relationships an exception” to the misogyny that pervades mainstream hip-hop.

Franti formed a new band in 1994, Spearhead. The band pushed Franti away from the more politically charged music he made prior, moving into music inspired by Funk and Soul. After two releases the band split with Capitol records, and formed their own label, Boo Boo Wax. Their song “Sometimes” was featured in the movie Mystery Men, their cover of “Roxanne” made an appearance in the movie Good Burger.

Franti moved back to his political roots with the release of their album Stay Human. They covered subjects such as the prison industrial-complex, media monopolization, and corporate globalization.

In 2003 Franti released an album Songs from the Front Porch, primarily acoustic renditions of old works, and a few new songs. This is where today’s Stoner Song to Know comes from. Ganja Babe is a lyrical drag of some top-shelf vibes. I first heard it featured on the TV show “Weeds” (which ran about 6 seasons too long.). Its got a bit of everything that makes Franti lovable: Funk, Reggae, proactive and smooth flowing lyrics, and a fantastic whistling intro. Give it a listen while you are taking a toke!

One Sentence Weed Reviews (OWSR): Maitai Gushers by Red Bird

Red Bird’s Maitai Gushers

Strain (Chemovar): Maitai Gushers
Disposition: Hybrid
Farm: Red Bird
Price point: 3.5g – $45
Currently not available in Tacoma. (as of 06/02/21)

Maitai Gushers is bomb, and this bud looks like a Christmas tree!!

-Debra (House of Cannabis Tonasket – Budtender)

Meet & Greet with Tommy Chong at House of Cannabis – Tacoma

21+ to enter. No purchase necessary. You’ve just gotta swing by the store to enter.

At least 25 fans are being invited to a private location for a meet and greet with the legendary Tommy Chong, coordinated by our friends and partners at Level 5 Interactive! Enter by July 2nd, in store, and you could spend a few minutes chatting and getting your selfie with the LEGENDARY Tommy Chong on July 13th.

Meet & Greet Details:

Only one entry per person will be submitted to the sweepstakes. You must visit the store to enter. No purchase is necessary. You must be 21+ to walk in the front door, to enter. Sorry, kiddos. Date: 07/13/2021. Time: ~ 2:00PM. Location: To Be Announced to the winners of the sweepstakes.

What can you expect?
A FEW minutes with Tommy Chong in a small group of 4 or 5 people. The opportunity for some chit-chat. TOMMY CHONG! Bring your merch for signing. House of Cannabis will have BRAND NEW sharpies on hand for Tommy to sign with in the following colors: Black, Blue, Bronze, Silver, Gold.

Come on in and get an entry filled out to meet Tommy Chong!

Oh yeah…. This stoner song was written by Tommy Chong.

I got a joint, man….

Better Know a Stoner Song – Linear High by Rick Bain & The Genius Position

You’ve almost certainly never heard of Rick Bain & The Genius Position. It’s not your fault. Let’s blame mass music marketing tactics, and the decline of the record label. I’m going to cover some Bain territory before arriving at the song at the bottom of this post.

Hailing from Portland, Oregon, Rick Bain isn’t much for consistency in releasing albums (2000, 2004, 2020) or touring. Perhaps it’s just that Mr. Bain requires that much time to build the sonic profile that nests between your ears, and plays on repeat to your brain for days at a time. Perhaps Mr. Bain just releases an album when he wants to intensify his experience of this planet. I know not, but I do know this is Rock & Roll, and that I like it. Here are a couple of things that I have observed (probably incorrectly on a few) about Rick Bain, from afar, over the last two decades:

  • Rick Bain looks like he’d grow some killer weed, and he makes damn fine neo-psychedelic rock, so I’m loosely connecting the two.
  • Rick Bain isn’t much for chatting. (see pic ->)
  • Rick Bain plays somewhere around 3 shows per year in Portland. Go.
  • Rick Bain has the best photo shoots.
  • Rick Bain mysteriously released one album as just Rick Bain (2004), making me wonder if he was trying out new positions. Why would you break from Genius?
  • Rick Bain got his start and some significant buzz when he thoughtfully rearranged and recorded his version of The Beach Boy’s “Pet Sounds” on a 4 track recorder in 1997.
  • Rick Bain writes super tongue-in-cheek lyrics that still make you re-evaluate life choices & lost loves.
Rick Bain & The Genius Position’s first album. 5 fucking stars, man.

Rick Bain & The Genius Position released their first full length studio effort in 2000, entitled ‘Crooked Autumn Sun‘, and is as turbulent as the album cover (pictured, left).

Virtual Heavy Pet was the 2004 follow up, spawning singles in my mind such as “Black Apple Orchard”, and “Comin’ Round”, which tallied what seems a million plays each, in my mind, and certainly several dozen on Spotify. (To be clear, I generally buy physical CDs if I see the band, and definitely any modern high quality vinyl output.)

Fucking off when you were 25 was fun, but Rick Bain’s music from that time peroid makes many regret their wasted time.

Fast forward to late 2019, and Rick Bain mysteriously drops a live album, followed quickly by “Keep It Glowing”, which features several amazing tracks ready for release in Wonderland, where they are likely to go bonkers with radio play due to relevance, cheekiness, and odd, yet beautifully melodic chord pairings.

I highly encourage checking each recording out in due time.

In the meantime, please check out the track “Linear High”, just below the sample of lyrics I’ve included. It’s pretty amazing, and it’s the cut that drew me in to Rick Bain & The Genius Position. Enjoy!

“Party scenes of martyrs & kings,

Take two of these to amplify your dreams

It’s not as easy as you make it seem

You’ll like it better when you’re high”

Lyrics from “Linear High”

Rick Bain fucking rocks.

One Sentence Weed Reviews (OWSR): Golden Lemons by House of Cultivar

House of Cultivar “Golden Lemons”

Strain (Chemovar): Golden Lemons
Disposition: Hybrid
Farm: House of Cultivar
Price point: 3.5g – $50
AVAILABLE ON OUR MENU, NOW! (as of 5/31/21)

:yum:

“GAS GAS GAS GAS GAS; tasty heady goodness yum!!!!!!!”

-Carly (House of Cannabis Tonasket – Budtender)

Joints for Jabs

Cannabis retailers were declared essential pretty early on in the pandemic. And I think we can all agree that was a given. Washington State has been fairly effective at rolling out vaccinations, hitting 3.7 million vaccinated individuals as of writing this (6/6/21). But the state wants to up that number, and with a new incentive it is rolling out, or more accurately rolling up, a new program. Joints for Jabs! The program would allow a single free joint to be given at the time of either the first or second jab of the Covid-19 vaccine. This program comes in step with “The Shot of a Lifetime” vaccination drive, a multi-prize lottery offering up to $2 million in value in the form of college tuition, airline tickets, gaming systems, and more. Washington state is also running a drive for alcohol retailers to offer a free pint of beer, glass of wine, or shot for those with proof of their vaccinations.

The program will run from June 7 through July 12th. The deal will only take place in cannabis retail shops associated with an active vaccine clinic event at the retail location*. The limit is one per person. If you need to get two jabs you still only get one joint. You must be +21 to participate, obviously.

*House of Cannabis is not participating in the Jabs for Joints vaccination drive.

Weed Anatomy 101

TRICHOMES: Trichomes have the highest concentration of THC in the plant. These resinous glands are reflective and potent. Good weed is often covered in Trichomes that can easily be seen when the bud is brought under light. This resin is used to produce hash and other concentrates.

CALYX/FLOWER: Calyces makes up the majority of bud. Calyces have the highest concentration of THC and are coated in trichomes. The calyx is what we smoke and what we call ‘flower.’

COLA: The Cola is the section of the plant considered most desirable. This is the part of the plants that grow buds and flowers, and eventually becomes the weed we smoke.

BRACT/PISTIL/STIGMA: Pistils are little hairlike strands that catch pollen to begin the process of reproduction. While they contain no THC, they are important indicators of the gender and maturity of a plant. Pistils are often brightly colored and are important to the visual composition of weed.

STALK: Stalks are made up of fibers that can be  used in hemp products all the way from fabrics to rope.

FAN LEAVES: The iconic leaves that every stoner knows. These leaves are often discarded after harvest as they contain the smallest amount of THC in the plant.

SUGAR LEAVES: Sugar leaves are high in THC. After trimming, these leaves are used to make edibles or full flower concentrates.

STEM: The stem provides structure to the plant. It contains a little bit of THC and can be used in full flower extracts and tinctures.

 

 

GERMINATION  1-2 WEEKS
The cannabis plant begins with a tiny seed. Mature and viable seeds tend to be dark brown and dry. There are a lot of farms that use clones rather than seeds to fill out their crop. At this point the seed has not been planted in soil, but is kept in a cool damp place.

SEEDLING  2-3 WEEKS
The seed is transferred to soil or another nutrient medium. At this stage the plant requires the most light. The seed leaves (cotyledon) and fans leaves begin to grow at this point.

CLONING
Farmers take trimmings from the cannabis plant, and by providing the right conditions for these cuttings, get them to grow roots and begin the plant life cycle again. This process allows farmers to grow plants with specific characteristics, without having to rely on chance when growing from seeds.

VEGETATIVE  2-8 WEEKS
At this stage the plant grows tall and wide to provide structure to support the heavy buds that will grow later. The plants show signs of gender late into this stage, and farmers will remove male plants from their crop. Clones are often taken at this stage as well.

FLOWERING  6-8 WEEKS
This is the most demanding and intricate section of the growing process. As change in the amount of sunlight and darkness in the seasons occurs, the flowering process begins. With an explosion of growth, the plant changes from growing leaves to growing buds. If properly raised these buds will be dense, richly colored, and most importantly, covered in resin.

HARVESTING
As the pistils start to turn red, the stems broaden, the resin gets brown and darker, and the leaves start to curl up and turn yellow. The branches are cut and the leaves trimmed.

DRYING  4-10 DAYS
These stalks are hung to dry for about one to two weeks. The drying process produces a bud that smokes more evenly and retains potency longer.

CURING  3 WEEKS
Once properly dried, the weed is  removed from the stem and put in airtight containers that help to   preserve the potency and quality of the bud.

Intro To Joints

For many smokers, its the last resort. For many more stoners its a skill that they never picked up. But knowing how to roll a good joint is the key to stoner heaven. Whether you are hiking through the mountains or chiefing on a walk, a joint is the perfect companion, and great for sharing (not right now though.). While there are going to be a few ‘doobies’ rolled on the road to a perfection, a little practice and a little patience will get you a home-rolled joint burning between your fingertips in a second. So we put together a simple 12 step guide to help you perfect your joint rolling skills.

Whether you’re rolling your joint on your dinner table or on a book while you’re at the beach, its always helpful to have a wide, clean, smooth surface to roll on. If you plan on making joints a habit you might invest in a weed tray with tilted edges, but you can make do with a book or a bowl just as well.

Grab a few nugs, try to aim for about 3/4 of a gram. Don’t grind it too fine or it will be harder to roll with. You’ll start to get the amount you need down, but even if you over shoot by a little, you would be surprised by how much weed you can pack into a well rolled joint.

Bend one end of the papers between your pointer finger and thumb of your non-dominant hand. The paper has a glue edge, make sure it is putting up, and towards you.. At this point you can place a crutch on the paper under your pointer finger, but they aren’t necessary.

Pour your ground weed onto your paper, starting at your finger tip and working up. Try to leave as few gaps as possible so the flower is dense, even if that means cutting your joint a little short. Gaps will cause your joint to canoe, burning poorly and wasting weed.

Using both thumbs, massage the weed with a rocking pattern. Start at the edges, and work your way in, slowly and lightly massaging the weed. Tails will begin to form as you do this. The shape to aim for is a cone. Don’t compress the weed too much because it will be hard to draw through when smoked.

As the cone shape forms, stop rolling and fill in any gaps in the roll. Massage the weed into the cone shape. Well rolled weed is fluffy, rather than densely packed. Although if the weed is too lightly rolled it will burn unevenly. Any gaps in the weed will cause it to canoe and can ruin your joint.

With your non-dominant thumb, push the paper tip of the paper closest to you under the thin section of your weed. If you have trouble tucking, you can bend the paper so that it is flush with other-side. Use your finger to jam this section down so there is no gap.

From the bottom up, lick the glued edge. From the bottom up apply the now wet edge to the dry paper. Run your finger over the seam and leave the joint be for a minute so that it can dry. You do not need to use much saliva to make the seal, but be sure there are no air gaps.

Any weed left on your plate can be packed into the top of the joint. Twist the open paper shut, pressing down the weed. A pen or pencil eraser is a great tool for packing. Don’t pack too much, because the weed can become too dense to smoke through and the paper can tear. But you would be surprised how much you can get in there.

Grab a business card or some card-stock and cut it to about the width of your fingertip. Any paper can work, but something tough gives the joint a little structure. You can tear it too, although frayed edges can clog up your joint.

Bend a short zig-zag into your crutch paper. Wrap the rest of the paper around the zig-zag so that you form a cylinder. It shouldn’t be too tight or too loose. It is meant to catch weed from falling in your mouth, and to give you something to hold on to and pass around.

Tighten your crutch slightly and slide it into the unsealed side of your joint. You’ll probably be pushing weed, so be slow in pushing the crutch into your joint so that you do not tear the paper or pack the weed too tightly under your crutch. Now it is…