Ten best marijuana gifts of 2012
7. Grinder Card from V Syndicate
A great gift to pair up with the box of rolling papers, or just as a cheapo stocking stuffer for that puffer friend of yours. It's basically a credit card-sized cheese grater made of thin aluminum that fits neatly in your wallet. They work great for when you want to break up your stash to roll a spliff on the go but don't want to carry around a large grinder. Creators V Syndicate offers the grinder with a variety of designs, including a line inspired by Snoop Dogg. You can also find custom designs made for local dispensaries like The Clinic. For the sub-$10 pricetag, you really can't find a more useful cannabis product. Get the Grinder Card at local headshops or order online at rollingpaperdepot.com
6. Books on cannabis
Books on cannabis are the perfect choice for that know-it-all smoker who really doesn't know much of anything. Super Charged by Jim Rendon and Smoke Signals by Martin A. Lee are two 2012 titles that should be in every pot-friendly bookcase (preferably next to your stash box). Rendon's book reads like a neophyte's primer on marijuana while detailing how the cannabis industry -- legal and illegal -- came to be in the United States. In his book, Lee takes a much broader approach and details a social history of cannabis for the last thousand years, from ancient Africa to the first synthesization of THC in the '60s and the ongoing fight for cannabis freedom in this country. It's a history lesson on the plant, without feeling like a lecture. Find both volumes on Amazon.com for $25-$35.
5. Incredibowl mini with assorted expansion chambers
I know there's really no need for this much technology in a pipe, but the proof is in the pudding: These pipes rip. The folks at Incredibowl make two designs, and by far we prefer the miniature m420 design for portability and functionality. Stick with the stock tube for a turbocharged one-hitter or throw the spring-loaded carb system on one of the many glass and acrylic extensions -- like the footlong tube that turns the pipe into a waterless bong, or the more stylish glass Sherlock curve. Both expand the smoke and deliver an extremely flavor-filled hit each time. The basic m420 will set you back about $55, and additional pieces like the bubbler and Sherlock will add another $70 or so.
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