5 weed products Tommy Chong can’t live without
Tommy Chong exceeds the status of cannabis celebrity. Though he and Cheech were technically the stoner celebs, rising to international stardom in the 1970s by pioneering the genre with their Cheech and Chong franchise, they’ve since surpassed such worldly roles.
50 years later, Chong functions more as a cultural monolith in the weed world and beyond. Like Jesus, Santa Claus, or Jerry Garcia, the mere mention of his name evokes something magical, mythical, and in his case, super stoned. This kind of ascension can only be achieved through a lifetime of hard work, good vibes, and above all else, being a cool fucking dude.
In addition to his Tommy Chong’s line of tinctures, sublingual strips, energy potions, and more, he’s slated to pair back up with Cheech — who’s been busy building his own weed brand, Cheech’s Stash — to open a chain of Cheech and Chong dispensaries in California, starting with San Francisco, then on to Los Angeles.
“On the West Coast, Cheech and Chong are semi-gods,” Chong told Weedmaps. “We’re not fully gods, but we’re semi. So we’re just going to provide the best product we know is out there, and a delivery service in every one of our dispensaries. And we’re also going to provide a fun location to go to. It’s not going to be as, you know, weird as some of them are.”
Ideas for the dispensaries include television screens playing Cheech and Chong movies, “as well as other stoner movies,” nonstop, appearances by the duo, and virtual art shows.
“Cheech is a world-renowned collector of Chicano art,” said Chong. “They’re building a museum in Riverside just for Cheech’s art. So we’re going to have virtual art shows on the screens too,” he paused, “and I’ve got a killer bong collection to display.”
In honor of his new venture(s) in a market he helped create, here are the weed products Tommy Chong can’t live without — straight from the Godfather himself.
“My preferred method of smoking is to use a Chong Bong,” said Chong. “It’s one of my vintage bongs from the nineties. Jason Harris made it for me.”
Jason Harris, famed glass blower and founder of Jerome Baker Designs, got his start apprenticing with glass blowing god Bob Snodgrass in 1991. Since then, Harris has worked with numerous celebrities to create outlandish and wildly high priced smoking creations. For example, the $18,000 nug jar capable of holding a full pound of flower that he blew for Snoop Dogg. “The Chong Bong retails for about $5000 dollars,” said Chong.
“I have this wooden pipe from Germany, and I actually just did a little commercial for it,” said Chong. “It’s a one-hander. There’s a built in lighter and a bowl, you can light it up and smoke and everything all with one hand.”
Tommy Chong’s PurePipes are handcrafted in Erfurt, Germany. Not only can users light and smoke all with one hand, they’re designed specifically for smoking cannabis, with an attention to drawing resistance and volume of the packing chamber.
Chong continued, “It’s great for me, because a lot of time when I’m doing cameos they’ll want to light up. So I just grab my little solo pipe and away I go!”
Tommy Chong’s Infused Strips
“I love my breath strips,” said Chong. “They don’t carry that telltale odor, so you can do them anywhere, in church, in prison, or in court! And the best part is, you can function. You can function all day.”
Tommy Chong’s Infused Strips come in three flavors: Strawnana, Blueberry, and Chocolate Mint. Each sublingual strip hits in about 15 minutes, and packs 10 milligrams THC.
Tommy Chong’s CBD Good Vibes Energy Shot
Though this product hasn’t hit the shelves just yet, I tried one of these little shots and they really work. I felt alert, focused, and not jittery or anxious like I often do after coffee. And the ingredients are even approved by Chong’s uber healthy wife.
“Oh my wife, she’s my tester,” he said. “She is so fussy and so healthy. But she loves that energy drink! She takes ballet, and she’ll do a bottle before she does that. I should be doing it more.”
All weed, literally.
When I asked if there were any strains he was particularly into right now, Chong replied, “Honestly, I’ve lost track of all the strains. When people ask me, I tell them my favorite strain is cannabis. It’s crazy because in the government, people try to treat cannabis like alcohol, or some kind of weird drug, and you can’t. It’s not a drug. It’s a medicine that’s an herb. It grows wild in the forest. The animals love it. It’s a plant that should be respected.”
He continued, “And the people who say it’s a gateway drug, well, those gates can be phenomenal. They can swing you into becoming an artist, or a rapper, or an author, or a conductor. Those gates open to all the creative outlets that exist on this planet. So, as we go along with our dispensaries, we’re going to really educate the people. It’s going to be so much fun. Then, we’re going to make so much money that we’re just going to retire and never have to work again. You’ll see.”
5 weed products Tommy Chong can’t live without Tommy Chong exceeds the status of cannabis celebrity. Though he and Cheech were technically the stoner celebs, rising to international stardom in
A Conversation With Tommy Chong
“Hello Paradise Seeds. This is a shout out to you guys. Thank you for making the best seeds in the world!” This is how cannabis legend, Tommy Chong, greets us as we catch up for a Skype chat for a catch up.
We have been working with Tommy since the beginning of the year, promoting a new range of strains that we have collaborated on. The Paradise Chong’s Choice selection comprises L.A. Amnesia (sativa), Blue Kush Berry (indica) and Mendocino Skunk (hybrid).
We’re curious to know which of the Paradise Seeds strains that Tommy has selected he prefers. “Well that depends on the occasion,” he chuckles. “Daytime, night time, every time? We have a strain for every occasion. That’s why I love working with you guys. It’s important to work with friends, that way you know the quality is always good….”
Chong’s Choice – Sativa, Indica or Hybrid?
“That’s easy! If it’s daytime, then it’s sativa all the way so that would be LA… LA… LA… oh I forgot. Oh yes I remember! L.A. Amnesia (and I’m just playing around with you man because how can I forget a great name like that?!)” A real pro’s choice, this sativa is packed with terpenes with shades of citrus/earthy/hazey taste and packs a THC count of 20-24%.
“At night time it’s all about the indica, unless of course you’re an insomniac and you’ve been up all night anyway! Blue Kush Berry will put you into paradise! Paradise Seeds is what you need!” A tasty night time treat, the Blue Kush Berry bursts with fruity flavour and delivers couch locking delight – perfect for watching a re-run of Up in Smoke for some old school stoner comedy!
All Day Recommendation:
“Oh yes. Last but not least we have the Mendocino Skunk, a beautiful hybrid. It’s so good man, smells stinky like a skunk. Mmmmmm….” With a fruity taste and clear, uplifting high this is the perfect all day weed for Tommy’s vape, bong or joint.
You heard the man. He only works with friends who produce quality that he trusts. Great advice from a true cannabis legend!
Comedy, Movies and Weed Life
The granddaddy of stoner comedy will be 80 next year but he admits that he still has the mentality of a teenager. He puts this down to the influence of his favourite plant. “Weed makes you open to new experiences and it keeps you young. It gives you a zest for life. It really does.”
He’s about to go on tour with his old partner in comedy, Cheech Marin. “We’ve reached a great time in our lives. We’re at that stage where we don’t have to do much anymore. We just have to show up and show that we’re still alive you know!”
And what does he think of the latest breed of cannabis comedians and actors keeping the flame burning for stoner comedy? “They’re great! There’s always a new crop of cannabis comedians coming through, but it’s a little straighter now than it was back in the day. I mean we were pretty crazy and got away with a lot of stuff you couldn’t get away with now. These days it’s much more politically correct.”
It was in 1978 that Cheech and Chong burst onto the scene with their debut, the outrageously funny road trip movie, Up in Smoke. The two comedians had been doing stand up and releasing comedy albums on vinyl since the late 1960s, but Up in Smoke brought them to the big screen and a wider audience.
These days, Tommy still consumes weed. What’s his preferred method? He shrugs, “A vaporizer, I still like to smoke a joint now and again for old time’s sake, and edibles too… And sometimes a bong. Did you know I like making homemade bongs? It’s a great thing to do when I’m stoned, get involved in doing something creative you know. I tell people this all the time. Do something active or artistic and don’t waste that high!”
Cannabis legend, Tommy Chong will be 80 next year. Paradise Seeds caught up with him in LA to talk about comedy, weed, movies and the exclusive Chong’s Ch