Disclaimer: This post does not promote the use of cannabis for recreational purposes (in smokable or eatable or drinkable or vaping form) in any way. The aim of this post is to educate and empower people about the cannabis economy’s three aspects – recreational, medicinal and industrial. Using cannabis’ flowers or buds directly for recreational purposes and cultivating the cannabis plant by any individual is illegal in India as per the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropics Act, 1985. I encourage everyone to read the Act once in full for the sake of intellectual curiosity and also to understand the type of language being used in legal affairs. Trust me, it will help a lot for your career and future. It will make you think in different ways. I believe every cannabis user in India should be able to think for themselves and have an original, informed, in-depth opinion about everything going on in our modern world, rather than the shallow views and opinions of mainstream media that seeks to make us dumb.
However that being said, this unregulated economy continues to function (because economics 101-where there’s supply, there’s demand) and there’s a general lack of awareness among people about certain aspects of it. My objective is to help Indian cannabis users look at the world objectively. Why? Because cannabis has given me some of the my best moments of intellect, joy, friendship and oneness of community that I have never been able to manage anywhere else. And as the cannabis economy opens up slowly and steadily, I wish to make an impact in this scene. This plant has the potential to bring people together to build great things; exactly like religion, exactly like culture, exactly like ideology.
As a cannabis user in college around twelve years ago, I experimented with a multitude of factors in Bengaluru’s recreational cannabis scene – the sellers themselves, who kept appearing and disappearing at will, basis market forces; the quality of the ganja (cannabis is the scientific name; while ganja, hemp and everything else are human given names), which varied depending on the seller and his source; it sometimes looked as black as coal, being laced with the worst substances possible (an unregulated economy means there’s no quality control like other consumer markets where the best quality product at the best price point wins the customer), sometimes dark brown with a lot of seeds, highlighting the plant hadn’t been grown properly; or even sometimes, really green, like how it should be.
I think 2014 to 2016 was the best time for the scene in Bengaluru. There were many good sellers who focused on quality and went to great lengths to avoid selling adulterated cannabis. In fact their unique selling point was simply this: fresh, good quality and green. Like your fruits and vegetables. Just the smell of the cannabis is almost 80% of the quality testing done right there, because adulterated cannabis often looks weird and smells weird too. Its very easy to catch them out. However we did make some sacrifices from time to time with regards to quality; sometime for price reasons; or sometimes for lack of time reasons. What baffles me the most about naysayers and the sober public in general is the fact that all of them still live in a fantasy land that has a giant headline named “Drug Free Nation’ pasted somewhere. Who will tell them that synthetics and chemicals have infiltrated all our food, water and medicinal sources in some way or the other? Yet, they have a problem with cannabis for seemingly no logical reason at all.
In fact, the so called sober public has been ingesting the wrong drugs all along. Ironically, it will be cannabis infused medicines which will save them, a process that has already started in India. Who will tell them that our entire pharmaceutical industry is awash with crude oil derivatives? Benzene, a petroleum product is applied for manufacturing drugs. Acetylsalicylic acid, manufactured from petrochemicals is the key element in various over-the-counter pain medications. Phenol and Cumene, also petrochemicals are utilized in the form of a preparatory substance for manufacturing penicillin and aspirin. Penicillin is one of the extensively used antibiotic agents which are utilized to cure a number of ailments like spinal meningitis, pneumonia, diphtheria, and throat infections. Solvents derived from petroleum constitute more than half the materials used in the manufacture of active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) in the pharmaceutical industry. Natural plants on the other hand, have been used for thousands of thousands of years of human history, and they will continue to be used for thousands more. There is no doubt about it.
Coming back to cannabis, I mostly used four different ‘mechanisms’, namely – the ‘gravity’ (which in retrospect is an ‘enhanced’ bong, because the underlying principle of burning the flower and filtering the smoke of harsh particles is the same – through water. The water should be as clean as possible and also all water based devices must be cleaned at least once in 2 days. Laziness with regards to cleanliness will cause chest congestion in a month or two if not already. If it has not, you’re lucky), a rolled joint, the ‘bong’ and lastly, the ‘chillum’, which is a pipe that’s shaped like a long, thin funnel made of earthen clay and then dried. Without doubt, the bong is and always will be my favourite. In fact I have always thought about improving the bong as a general consumer wellness product in terms of controlling the dosage since almost always, people tend to overdose cannabis when they have it. A microdosing system (which I have been following over the last 2 years) is way more helpful in terms of getting productive at work and especially amazing for thinking about ideas.
The focus of this article is the bong. A bong is a filtration device that uses water to remove the water soluble molecules from the burning solid (in this case cannabis), under pressure from the inhaling strength of the user, through an opening provided at the mouth of the instrument. Below are the top 10 websites from where you can order a bong made of materials like plastic polymer, metal, bamboo or glass, in all sorts of shapes which includes penises and breasts. My personal recommendation is glass, but one needs to be careful and not break it accidentally. I wish companies in India would use industrial hemp to make bongs because the technology to use hemp and make bottles and other hardened substances, exists, and now its a question of bringing down the costs to acceptable levels
These guys look like a young brand focused on the smoker’s market as mentioned in the About Us section of their website.
India Bongs was started in 2013, so they’ve been in the scene for 8 years now. And their bongs section definitely has more options to choose from.
I have always judged brands and companies by keeping the strength of the written content as one of the parameters, and Out On Trip scores very well in this regard. They’ve clearly said that their heart lies with the well-being of the smoker and are on of the few who are able to express that value with their content, look and feel of the website. Many companies have good thoughts, but its the way they communicate them what matters. As the market matures, expect to see these guys do more.
I wanted to see their video and here it is. Its a quickly edited video of their product line. Their bong collection is big.
Their team has been in the scene for many years now, and I see that they’ve moved into the broader hemp space with Hempviate. Its the right thing to do. They need to convince their customer base to go ahead and try out cannabis infused oils, tinctures, soaps, balms, protein powder and so on. Its the most obvious space to be in and the opportunity to build a large cannabis brand has never been greater.
The parent company is called Eco Friends Syndicate and as mentioned have been at it since 1999 as exporters and manufacturers. A picture of a woman clad in a bikini, chilling with a chillum; in their About Us page, is probably their interpretation of what the ‘smoker’ crowd wants to see.
I have always noticed one glaring diaprity in the scene: some brands use the term ‘smokers’ while other brands are open to saying that they’re after the ‘stoner’ crowd. I think its more or less a question of the brand’s comfort more than anything else. Herbbox is openly saying that they’re a brand for the stoner community of India. Its one of the most sensible things I have seen a brand do in this mostly young market space.
They’re one of the most well known if not the most well known brand for smoking accessories. They have retail shops as well. And notice the ‘CBD oil’ button on their website now? It was bound to happen. I bet all the brands are going to start selling cannabis oils, tinctures and capsules en masse, provided enough supply can keep up.
- The last two websites are Flipkart and Amazon