weed lover

The 30 Best Weed Gifts for Occasional Smokers and Dedicated Stoners

Almost as good as getting them actual cannabis.

A chef can’t prep food without knives. A dancer can’t perform without shoes. A painter can’t create art without brushes. And the stoner in your life can’t possibly enjoy marijuana to the fullest without the latest and greatest in weed paraphernalia. And believe us: There’s lately been a lot of great. (No, we’re not just talking about New Jersey.) Whether you’re hunting for the best grinder, vape, or cool smoking accessory, these 30 gifts will help any kind of cannabis-partaker elevate their experience to new. heights.

There isn’t a weird angle in the world that’ll stop this lighter from, well, lighting. The flame level’s controllable, too. That’s some heavy-duty gear.

If you want to impress a marijuana enthusiast—blow them out of the water, leave them speechless, make them cough on a pull, etc.—then hook them up with the IQ2. It’s smarter and sleeker than a weed vape has any right to be.

It doesn’t smell like skunked sour beer. Far from it. Malin+Goetz’s cannabis line is earthy, spiced, and rich—an ode to cannabis, not an exact replica of it.

A coffee table book for the stoner who wants to educate themselves on the interesting ins and outs of weed culture. Or, the newbie who still doesn’t have a handle on indica and sativa, but is eager to learn.

Great sneakers demand great socks. These are those socks.

Keep ’em stocked up year-round with a weed subscription for the essentials: rolling papers, trays, matches, and other dope (sorry) accessories.

And if they’re all set on the essentials, this subscription box takes an artisan turn, gifting them a completely unique smoking piece inside a box full of other curated items every month.

If they like smoking marijuana, they might enjoy a soak in a soothing, CBD-infused bath. Wellness at all angles.

A twofer of a grinder, this pen features a manual grinder on one end and a storage container on the the other. Pretty convenient, if you ask us.

For the weed smoker who’d like their high with a side of potassium.

Bud isn’t like unopened mail. You can’t stash it in desks, on bookshelves, under the couch. You can’t, god forbid, lose it. So, the grownup choice is to get it its own special case. This one is made to control humidity, eliminate smell, and organize product under lock and key. Oh, and look professional.

Higher Standards is a seriously cool marijuana merch brand. Higher Standards x Pride? The coolest tee they’ll own.

This little guy is a flame-free way to light up with a rechargeable battery supply—and it beats the hell out of a bodega Bic.

For the culinary mastermind, a book all about cooking with cannabis is perfect for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It goes so much further than pot brownies.

Contain the mess in the hypest of all ash trays—one from Noon Goons.

A new activity for after they smoke—instead of putting on The Office for the 800th time.

If their grinder is usually the centerpiece of their coffee table, may as well make it a sexy rose gold one.

This bamboo tray, with all the compartments, holders, and stands, is an organized stoner’s dream. It has a built-in ashtray, too.

For the weed enthusiast who prefers a bong, but a special bong, this handcrafted ceramic piece is a refined, mature option.

Rolling papers fit for ganja royalty.

The GR8TR V2 is a real upgrade for folks whose current weed grinder is just-okay-enough. With two plates, it lets you choose the fineness of the grind, it stores plenty of leftover bud, and it’ll break down into a smaller three-piece grinder for handy portability.

Their at-home infusing experience gets way more high-tech with Levo’s machine—and weed edibles get that much easier to make.

A rolling tray prevents runaway bud from scattering across the living room. Looks cool, too.

Give the gift of plausible deniability with odor-eating spray.

This is the best weed vape you can get them under a hundred bucks, especially if they prefer vaping dry herb.

Who says the smell of marijuana is bad? Homesick’s 4/20 candle evokes all those good vibes with notes of cannabis (and bergamot, cedarwood, sandalwood, patchouli, and musk).

Consider this botanical book, full of hyper-detailed photos of various buds and explanations of each strain, the next best thing to buying them actual cannabis.

This Pax vape is a sleek piece of machinery chock full of techie features, allowing them to easily hit their dry herb and wax at home or on the go.

This is a very mature-looking piece of craftsmanship for carting around one to five pre-rolled joints, responsibly sourced from a burl that grew out of a tree.

These 30 marijuana gifts and accessories will help stoners enjoy ever puff, toke, and hit. Legally, of course.

Weed Lover

Unintentional Medicine from Evolution’s Winners

By Dr. Orna Izakson

Back in the late ’90s and early aughts, a small but information-dense ’zine circulated in the Eugene area called “weed lover.” The premise was that weeds offend gardeners by growing where they’re not wanted, but that they nevertheless offer great value by way of food, medicine and pulling nutrients up from the subsoil to feed neighboring plants. They also may be physically useful: one gardener tied her tomatoes to their cages using bindweed.

One of the very best things about using weeds for medicine is that you rarely have to entertain the usual worries about overharvesting. It’s an interesting exercise for an ethical wildcrafter to try: Find a field full of an unkillable weed and keep picking it for a while after you feel like you’ve done too much. (Don’t worry, you can always find an herbalist who can use some, or mulch your garden with the extra.)

I’ve tried this exactly twice. The first time was picking blooming yarrow on a friend’s land in the Columbia Gorge. The second was picking St. John’s Wort on an Okanogan land trust. In that case, the plant wasn’t even native, but rather a European invasive. It technically wasn’t even overharvesting, but arguably just a feeble attempt at restoration.

Weeds are survivors in the game of evolution for many reasons. Here let’s consider a few that help humans be survivors, too.

Dandelion (Taraxicum officinale):

I love to please the neighbors in early spring by “cleaning up” my front yard dandelions — then steaming lightly and adding a squeeze of lemon and maybe some local feta. Dandelion greens have long been a dietary staple for good reason. Aside from being prolific, one cooked cup offers a third of the daily value (the new RDA) of vitamin C and a whopping seven times the daily value of vitamin K. It also provides 144 percent of your daily vitamin A needs, 10 percent of your daily calcium, 12 percent of your manganese and 10 percent of your iron.

Dandelion leaves are used medicinally in tea, vinegar or tincture as a bitter, taken before meals to improve digestion, and as a simple diuretic to reduce excess water in the system. The root is used in similar fashion as a bitter and also to nourish and optimize function of the liver, the body’s most important detoxification organ.

Chickweed (Stellaria media) and cleavers (Galium aparine):

Among the first garden plants to really take off as the days begin lengthening, I use these for internal herbal spring cleaning. Both are mild herbs supporting the lymphatic system — the back channel of circulation and also where much of the immune system resides. A daily tea of the above-ground parts in season will help improve circulatory sluggishness after the relatively sedentary winter season. Preserve these in vinegar, brandy or vodka to have on hand the rest of the year.

Plantain (Plantago spp.):

Absolutely ubiquitous in Oregon, it’s easy to overlook the power of plantain until they day you need it but can’t find it. That happened to me in the remote town of McCarthy, Alaska, when I needed an astringent to reduce swelling and suck out infection in a friend’s foot.

Plantain is a wonderful simple astringent, which, as Eugene herbalist Howie Brounstein explains, “dry, draw and shrink swollen tissues.” (Blackberry fighters take note: blackberry root is a great simple astringent, too.) It also has constituents that help disinfect wounds. Muddle the fresh plantain leaf as you would mint for a mojito. either with a mortar and pestle or chewed a bit, and apply directly to the site. You can add to hot water for a soak or wash or take internally for mouth sores or persistent diarrhea — after checking with a doctor to figure out the cause!

Common mallow (Malva neglecta):

Sometimes, however, one needs the opposite of an astringent. And that’s where mallow shines. The weedy relative of both marshmallow and hollyhocks, mallow root’s soothing and cooling demulcent properties are useful both topically and internally. Think of mallow externally for dry, itchy skin or to help a sun or other burn. Internally, mallow can help cool burning stomachs and acid reflux, protect and heal ulcers, moisten lung tissues and ease constipation.

To use mallow as a demulcent, make a cold infusion by adding cold water to some root in a cup or jar and letting it sit until the water starts to get slimy. That slime is the medicine you’re looking for.

A note of caution for weed gardeners: If you tend to encourage the growth of plants you love, you might want to think twice when it comes to the weeds. There’s little reason to fear you’ll eradicate your dandelions, but coddling them will just make it harder to achieve other garden intentions.

A version of this story appeared in In Good Tilth.

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Dr. Freed is delighted to share her knowledge of plant medicines and how they can help us heal.

Dr. Izakson, Traditional Roots Lead Physician, is a licensed naturopathic physician and registered herbalist in Portland, Oregon.

Jim McDonald has been practicing the art of herbcraft since 1994. He offers a knowledge of herbalism that blends western folk and indigenous views of healing with the Vitalist traditions of 19th century western herbalism.

Weed Lover Unintentional Medicine from Evolution’s Winners By Dr. Orna Izakson Back in the late ’90s and early aughts, a small but information-dense ’zine circulated in the Eugene area