As weed becomes more ‘palatable’, weed gadgets grow

Illustration from the article titled As Weed Becomes More '  Acceptable, & # 39;  Weed gadgets are growing

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However you choose to pop it today or any day, at this point there is a gadget to suit any style or format preference. And a lot of them look like little works of art in their own right.

This is something I noticed while working on a recent weed gadget buyer’s guide before April 20. What I especially wanted to look for were parts, accessories, and other tools that looked as beautiful and appropriate sitting on a coffee table as a glass of fine wine. When I called up a real weed gadget truck to review, design and function were two of my top priorities.

Not all of these great gadgets were included in our guide. We picked a single device for five main categories and talked a bit more about some of them in a companion video. But may it be a beautiful golden mill of Sackville & Co. ($ 40) that looked like a miniature Guggenheim or Cache Jar ($ 35) from Tetra, most of the props sent to me for review looked so good I found I actually had research they are on display in my house, rather than hidden somewhere in a cabinet.

House of Puff rolling papers;  Bubbler right by Jane West;  Pipe Nomad by Tetra;  Tanjun glass pipe by Laundry Day.

House of Puff rolling papers; Bubbler right by Jane West; Pipe Nomad by Tetra; Tanjun glass pipe by Laundry Day.
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The same goes for some porcelain accessories a Jonathan Adler Collection higher standards which I absolutely adore and frequently use as a tote for things like my papers or lighters. They feel, to be honest, a bit more ‘grown up’ than some of the more traditional cannabis accessories from my youth. Eric Hammond, vice president of Greenlane Brands and general manager of senior standards, told Gizmodo that a brand touchstone “is our high design ethic that combines functionality with elegant craftsmanship. I totally agree with this, especially when its prime glass smoking devices are concerned.

When I spoke with Monica Khemsurov, co-founder of Tetra, about the design principles of the company, I learned that Khemsurov had a background in both journalism and design, most recently as the design editor of T Magazine and co-founder by Sight Unseen. Khemsurov said that Tetra was founded in 2015 between Khemsurov and two other art journalists, who have since left the company, “precisely when I realized – one day when the three of us were at the beach and that both lit up. … That the world of smoking was almost entirely devoid of a design-driven perspective.

Sackville & amp; Mills  Co.;  Cache Jar from Tetra;  Higher Standards Jonathan Adler Plateau

Grinders from Sackville & Co .; Cache Jar from Tetra; Higher Standards Jonathan Adler Plateau
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“Back then, there was no brand or store entirely devoted to aesthetically pleasing smoking accessories; I had seen ceramicist Ben Medansky making pipes, which was certainly part of my inspiration, but we were the first to really pitch a stake and say, we’re going to be the where to go when you want beautiful and thoughtful smoking accessories, ”Khemsurov said. “I had all of these relationships with the product and furniture designers from my roles at T and Sight Unseen, so I started reaching out to them to see what they could come up with if they transformed their expertise of vases and chairs to these objects, and that’s really how we started.

Tetra’s shop looks, in fact, like a very well-curated collection of beautiful knick-knacks that often break the mold of what smoking devices should even look like. Look no further than his Nomadic pipe ($ 80) or Elbow pipe ($ 70) to see what I mean. Its Tetra Starter Kit ($ 160) is downright gorgeous. (I Haven’t had a chance to review it, but have been considering throwing one in for myself for months.)

When I asked Sackville & Co. about its aesthetic, I was surprised to learn that some of this beauty is actually informed by a background in fashion, which makes sense when you take a closer look at her product line. The company sells everything from gorgeous gold mills and crystal pipes to pre-rolled cones in a rainbow of colors.

Water hose and hand hose with magnetic cap.

Water hose and hand hose with magnetic cap.
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Lana Van Brunt, co-founder of Sackville & Co., told Gizmodo “The way we approach cannabis products is the same as we would approach any other design project, with form and function top of the list.” Plus, Brunt believes the design can double-duty to help shatter perceptions about weeds.

“Design plays a huge role in changing people’s perspectives, so as cannabis becomes more and more acceptable and people start to lower their guard about its exposure, it will naturally demand more designed options,” Brunt said.

Sam Bertain, co-founder of Session, who obtained a first place on our buyer’s guide for his hand hose ($ 40), seemed to agree that beautifully designed cannabis products can help break down the stigma surrounding cannabis use.

Plateau Jonathan Adler from Higher Standards;  Tetra and Tsubota Pearl lighters.

Plateau Jonathan Adler from Higher Standards; Tetra and Tsubota Pearl lighters.
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“Beautiful product design elevates the rituals of soaring to a ritual that is no longer relegated to the shadows, but to a realm that can be celebrated, shown or at least recognized as normal,” Bertain told Gizmodo. “On the wave of massive legalization and shifting stigma around smoking marijuana, companies like Session Goods, which is more of a lifestyle brand than a intoxicating smokehouse peddler, are using the same sentimentalities designers use. to create home goods, fashion accessories, technology to change the way people see, feel, and participate in occasional or medical use of cannabis. “

I am inclined to agree. I live in a state where weed has been legal for some time. But I always find that when I have guests, a beautiful water pipe that I have sat at my house Heir ($ 260) is often a conversation starter for its design. And while I’m certainly not saying that everyone needs a designer smoking device – there are many beautiful and affordable accessories that you can find in your local stores or from designers on Etsy – it seems there are. There has been a radical change in the design of cannabis products. And if that helps de-stigmatize weed use, I’m all for it.

Bertain, speaking on the matter, added that it’s “really amazing how people mean what it feels like to be a stoner change when the visual identity of this lifestyle is more thoughtful, beautiful and in tune. with the things people buy. for their home or personal style. “

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