Beyond the franc: 8 BIPOC-owned accessory brands to shake up your sesh
As a millennial, coming to terms with my own cannabis use has been an interesting journey. First came conversations with the family members involved. Then there was the matter of retraining my own brain to realize that I was free to use cannabis in 420 friendly cities and states across the United States.
But even as I became more comfortable, I still noticed a trend between me and a lot of my other black friends. Even with all the cool smoking accessories, we rarely smoke in glass or smoke indoors. any means other than rolling a blunt.
But can you blame us? For many black people my age, picking up a bowl and a lighter or a banger and a torch might seem more dangerous than smoking the weed itself.
Why BIPOC may have a different opinion on accessories
I don’t think it’s a coincidence that many 80s and 90s babes feel uncomfortable owning pipes, bongs, or dab rigs, especially if they’re BIPOC. Growing up inundated by the DARE program and witnessing the impact of the crack epidemic has alienated many people of color from anything resembling a smoking paraphernalia.
After all, the presence of props can be a great excuse for the police to mount their charges after catching someone with drugs. Plus the weed pipes don’t look this very different from crack pipes, which we’ve all been taught to avoid at all costs.
But as the popularity of legal cannabis grows, hopefully we’re heading into a safer, less stressful time for weed smokers who want to smoke with something more than a blunt wrap. And I think if a person of color feels secure enough, they should dive into some of the amazing accessories that are out there.
The advantages of going beyond the franc
The benefits of using smoking accessories are many, but if I had to name the top three I would say: the puffs are smoother, the bowls are much more economical, and they make smoking cannabis much friendlier for your lungs.
I also love having the opportunity to support BIPOC companies by investing in their coins. Shopping with these businesses helps foster a sense of community and puts money in the pockets of BIPOC business owners, both of whom are important to me.
If you feel the same and are ready to shake things up, here are some of the BIPOC prop brands you can use to push your sesh beyond blunt, whether you’re a POC or not. .
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Let’s start with something easy for beginners. Maybe you’re not ready to give up your joints or your blunts just yet. that the tip manufactures glass holders and blunt tips so you can enjoy your smoke in style. If you go for sexy, Just The Tip will take you in that direction.
The stands look like works of art and are sure to spark conversation.
Puff’s house is the meeting point between fashion accessories and smoking accessories. With colorful papers and pipes, House of Puff is all about creating chic looks while enjoying your flower.
House of Puff wants you to “drop the stigma with easy-to-use, art-inspired accessories.” What could be better than your weed matched with your accessories? Nothing. The only answer is nothing.
Let’s get a little more sophisticated and retro in our design with Peaxe Pipes. Peaxe Pipes recycles antique glassware and turns it into bongs.
That’s right, that old glassware at your grandma’s house can be used to smoke weed. Now you won’t have to hide your bong when company comes; just put it on the shelf and everyone will think you’ve upped your home decorating game.
Guava, papaya, grapefruit, oh my! I’ve seen a lot of cool bowls and pipes in my day, but Munisa Ceramica from Los Angeles might be my favorite. Munisa offers Mexican-inspired designs and ceramics that create a unique experience with your cannabis.
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Raising Jane is everything you expect from a cannabis accessories company: functional, stylish and robust in the options you choose to enjoy your next smoke.
From small tumblers to bowls that look like bananas, you’re sure to find the right piece for your smoking needs. And, you can get something for under $20 because we all love a bargain.
Ok, so technically the Ardent is not a smoking accessory. This is not a bowl, joint holder or bong. But if you’re looking to get away from tobacco altogether, look no further. The Ardent sends your cannabis through a decarboxylation process that will allow your weed to be consumed the way you want it to be.
Smoke it, vape it, or even cook with your favorite strains and see how your high will get even higher.
Canna Luxe Co.
The phrase “lifestyle brand” is used very loosely these days. But women who own Canna Luxe Co. have created a brand around beautiful designs and fairness in the cannabis industry.
When you visit their website, you will find all types of accessories you might need. Additionally, you can read about the challenges black women face in the industry. Call it nurturing and uplifting, in style.
Apothecary has created the ultimate accessory for stoners: a humidor for weed smokers. Their luxurious original case includes glass jars for your strains, a travel cigar tube, a removable rolling tray and a lock to keep your weed safe. Founded by a mom, an entrepreneur and a cannabis pro, Apothecarry has thought of everything smokers need, like any good mom (who knows you love to smoke a lot).
Did I mention the leather inside is vegan? Yes, they even thought of that too. There’s not much in this case to make anyone feel bad.
Are there any other BIPOC accessory brands we should know about? Let us know on Twitter, and we’ll add them to our list.