You Can Put Your Weed in There

What to do after the last head shop closes

In the unlikely event that the government manages to eliminate the drug paraphernalia market, will everyone stop smoking pot, as U.S. Attorney Mary Beth Buchanan maintains? Unfortunately for Buchanan, there are some do-it-yourself alternatives to fancy hand-blown glass pipes and $500 vaporizers. Here are a few.

Foil pipe: Take a piece of aluminum foil, about six inches square, and roll it loosely around a pencil. Remove the pencil. Bend up the last inch or so to form a bowl.

Apple pipe: Core an apple with a knife, being careful not to cut all the way through the bottom. Insert the empty shaft from a disposable, retractable pen into the side of the apple to serve as a mouthpiece, connecting to the bowl you created with the knife. Put a small perforated piece of foil or a metal screen patch over the top of the apple to hold the marijuana.

Pipe pipe: Connect a two-inch-long brass pipe nipple to a female pipe tee of the same diameter (one eighth of an inch works well).

Gravity bong: Cut the bottom off a two-liter plastic bottle. Remove the bottle cap. Fill a bucket with water. Put the bottle into the bucket until the water is near the neck. Trim a screen patch to fit into a five-eighths-inch wrench socket. Place the socket on the top of the bottle. Put marijuana in the socket and light it as you gradually pull the bottle up. The bottle will fill with smoke. Remove the socket/bowl and put your mouth over the opening. Let the bottle fall, which will push the smoke out.

Improvised vaporizer: Attach a one-foot length of garden hose to a half-inch-diameter hose faucet (one that’s not connected to plumbing). Attach a one-gallon plastic bag to the opposite (snipped) end of the hose with a rubber band or elastic hair tie. Holding the faucet by the handle, use a heat gun to vaporize the active ingredients in marijuana placed inside the open end of the faucet. The vapor will blow into the plastic bag. Pinch the hose while unscrewing it to prevent the vapor from escaping. Inhale.

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  • Warty||

    Everybody knows about the apple pipe and the 2-liter bottle gravity bong, but the homemade vaporizer was new to me. Thanks, Jacob!

  • ||

    Is Townhall.com going to post this essay?

  • SpongePaul||

    Yeah lets shut down the pari shops. not like you can make a pipe out of just about anything laying around. Do the feds realize that all you got to do is order form canada europe checz etc, if you really wanted to get around the feds. It is stupid, its like saying lets close down all the auto parts shops because people get into wrecks. Yeah that sounds stupid, but in my mind it is the same thing.

  • ||

    Considering we used to make a hookah out of a gallon milk jug, several rubber tubes, and a kitchen funnel, I wonder how preventing us from having our much more efficient Graffix would have helped. I will admit that the six-chambered bong that got named "The Rocket" was overkill.

  • another cheapo vaporizer...||

    take an incandescent lightbulb remove the bottom and filament, place your weed inside, somehow suspend the lightbulb over a votive candle, and suck the resulting vapor out with a straw. Also works for a variety of other substances. Not as perfect as the heat-gun approach, but it doesn't require you to have a heat-gun.

  • ||

    Reverse Gravity Bong:

    1. Poke a hole in the bottom of a 2 liter Bottle.
    2. Cover hole with finger, and fill bottle with water.
    3. Put foil bowl over top of bottle.
    4. Remove Finger
    5. As the water drains, the bottle will fill with very thick smoke.
    6. Remove bowl, inhale from bottle (or tape up hole and screw cap on - portable smoke!)
    7. Get yourself a chilidog.

  • cmace||

    The aerator screens from faucets are very fine and make good screens for hash pipes.

    For field expedient hash pipe break the body off of a beer bottle then put a coin with serrated edges in the inside of the neck. Lay down to inhale.

    This is stuff I learned in the army.

  • Elemenope||

    7. Get yourself a chilidog.

    This step is crucial. Those who fail to follow it invariably suffer.

  • Derrick||

    IIRC, it's really dangerous to make a pipe out of some metal or another, due to the vapors which are released. I think it's copper? Or maybe brass?

  • Jeff P||

    Close the headshops?
    Where am I supposed to buy my strawberry flavored body oil, decorative ceiling fishnets, and mirrors with the Led Zeppelin logo on them?

    Oh look, a Spenser's...

  • ||

    IIRC, it's really dangerous to make a pipe out of some metal or another, due to the vapors which are released. I think it's copper? Or maybe brass?

    You may be thinking of distillation. Copper is safe, as well as stainless steel and glass. Don't use anything else.

  • ||

    Foil pipe: Take a piece of aluminum foil, about six inches square, and roll it loosely around a pencil. Remove the pencil. Bend up the last inch or so to form a bowl.

    Probably a bad idea...smoking aluminum is not the best thing in the world.

    Also using pop cans (or beer cans) which have a coating is as bad if not worse.

  • Elemenope||

    Copper is safe, as well as stainless steel and glass.

    Actually, depends on the glass. For example, I would not recommend turning a lead-glass decanter into a gravity bong.

  • Jeff P||

    This thread has the makings of a really cool Mythbusters episode...

  • ||

    Actually, depends on the glass.

    Yes, I should have specified lab-quality glass, including Pyrex.

  • T||

    I guess the slightly squashed beer can with appropriate holes punched in it was too declasse for you folks?

  • Atabrat||

    You forgot about resin knife hits off the stove burner.

  • Sam Grove||

    If you can't find a screen for your pipe after you've driven out to the middle of nowhere, look under the seat for the foil wrapper from an empty pack of Dentyne and poke holes in it with some sharp pointy thing.

    Tobacco pipes are available at any smoke shop.

    I once had some hash oil. Dip your battery powered soldering iron tip in it, then hold it in a tube you can inhale through while the iron heats up.

  • ||

    "Probably a bad idea...smoking aluminum is not the best thing in the world. Also using pop cans (or beer cans) which have a coating is as bad if not worse."

    Aluminum doesn't begin to vaporize until well over 1000 degrees. No butane lighter will get anywhere near that. I suspect smoking temps are much, much lower. That being said, avoid aluminum foil that has non-stick coatings, etc. Also, if you use a soda can, don't just poke holes for the bowl. Cut a square hole and use untreated aluminum foil for the bowl. Aluminum won't vaporize, but the paint might.

  • Shannon Love||

    George Carlin had bit that went something like:

    "After you've been smoking dope for a while you start picking things up and thinking, 'hey, I could make a bong out this!' People say that dope should be illegal because it leads to the taking of stronger drugs. In reality, it lead to carpentry."

  • ||

    Shannon - that bit was by dennis leary.

  • ||

    You forgot about resin knife hits off the stove burner.

    Ahh, Hot Knives. A classic.

    I guess the slightly squashed beer can with appropriate holes punched in it was too declasse for you folks?

    Dude, we had a party bowl, a one-hitter, and a timmy for different situations, several Graffix, competitions over who could roll the tightest joint, many portable one-hitters, mini water bongs, the hookah, a gravity bong, and all the "project" bongs that people would make.

    Beer cans are for beer.

  • Matt J||

    The Pentel Roller ball pen is indispensable. Simply take out the ink cartridge. Unscrew the metal tip and turn it around. Tape it air-tight to the tube or better yet use your lighter to melt the plastic a bit and fuse to the metal. Now you have a one-hitter. Actually 4-5 hitter because of the size of the bowl.

    You can also jam this contraption into a 20oz PET bottle using the lighter melt technique for an instant, disposable mini-bong. Just be sure to poke a small carb in the top.

    My greatest moment of inspired stoner engineering - Snorkel, Sam's Club sized Gatorade handle, the reflective bowl of an old-school flashlight, foil and of course duct tape.

  • Jerry||

    @Shannon Love
    And it taught a whole generation of American kids the metric system.

  • ||

    I made a very fancy bong in high school pottery glass (part of our gifted and talented program.) Glazed and everything. I convinced the teacher is was a bottle rocket launcher. We always used tequila instead of water and dared a guy to drink the month old tequila once. He got so fucked up we left him on his front lawn. The poor bong was broken by this horribly annoying girl that I eventually hit over the head with an acoustic guitar.

    Acoustic Gutiar, how lovely you are
    With your inlays of mother of pearl
    Be a good guitar and you could go far
    Just bring me back my girl

    She always said that you were the one
    That could make her move her cute little bum
    You understand where she's coming from
    Which I obviously don't, or she wouldn't be gone

    Acoustic guitar, if you think I play hard
    Well you could have belonged to Steve Earle
    Or Charo or GWAR, I could sell you tomorrow

    So bring me back my girl
    You'd better bring me back my girl

  • Elemenope||

    The poor bong was broken by this horribly annoying girl that I eventually hit over the head with an acoustic guitar.

    What a waste of a guitar.

  • ||

    The poor bong was broken by this horribly annoying girl that I eventually hit over the head with an acoustic guitar.

    I always knew you were an abuser. What, she wouldn't get you a beer? She had two black eyes because you already told her twice? How's that sleeveless t-shirt fitting nowadays?

  • Douglas Gray||

    Marijuana is obviously a gateway drug to a much more sinister practice; becoming a libertarian.

    I will talk to the Nanny State about making this site off limits to those under sixteen.

  • Sam Grove||

    George Carlin observed that when marijuana became popular, in one semester, the punks in shop went from making zip guns to pot pipes.

  • ||

    Connect a two-inch-long brass pipe nipple to a female pipe tee of the same diameter

    That is so f*cking hot!

    This, uh, guy I knew used brass faucet fittings, vinyl tubing, and a Mickey's Wide Mouth bottle to, uh, hold his bottle rockets.

  • ||

    I didn't hit her that hard. Just sort of bonked her with it. And in my defense, she was slaughtering "Paint It Black." Vicky. She had this really high voice and occasionally affected a British accent for no discernible reason. And she was a fake light-weight, the kind of person who has half-a-beer and acts likes she's drunk off her ass. And she liked to punch you in the arm when drunk as a way to punctuate her sentences. She also was one of those people who cannot tell from non-verbal cues that people don't like her and want her to shut up. Paul even leaned over and got in her face one night and yelled: "No one likes you and you should get the fuck out of here." She laughed it off.

  • oat willie||

    "The aerator screens from faucets are very fine and make good screens for hash pipes.

    For field expedient hash pipe break the body off of a beer bottle then put a coin with serrated edges in the inside of the neck. Lay down to inhale.

    This is stuff I learned in the army.


    Being all you could be.

    When I went to basic training we sang "Jodys" about all manner of smoking dope and getting high while marching, how times have changed. That was 1980.

  • ||

  • ||

    Brass natural gas fittings are a great source of bong parts. In college I built a bowl and carburetor assembly into a standard water bottle screw-top. When the bottle would get scummy or the water would go bad, I could switch it to a new bottle and cap and toss the old one. It also had the virtue of being nearly leak-proof.

  • ||

    Oops. Shold have put a /a in there after acid brush. My apologies to HTML purists.

  • ||

    You forgot about resin knife hits off the stove burner.

    I've used that method for hashish.

  • ||

    I didn't hit her that hard. Just sort of bonked her with it.

    But the question is...did you bang her? Because you have no standards?

  • ||

    I wouldn't have fucked her with your dick.

  • ||

    How about with Bea Arthur's dick?

  • ||

    For more than 20-years my friend Tom has been using a homemade one-hitter. It's just a 4 inch piece of 1/4" copper tubing connected to a 90 degree brass elbow with a brass compression nut. All parts are available at any hardware store and total cost is less than $5.00 (a little more at this site):

    http://www.fastfittings.com/product/28267

    http://www.fastfittings.com/page/1083501

  • ||

    Maybe. But only so I could film it sell the movie.

  • ||

    This thread has totally given me the munchies, man. I'm going to go find a sandwich.

  • ||

    If you can get a hold of it, fighter-pilot helmet including O2 mask and hose + acrylic tube with appropriate combustor attached, that's a good time. Especially when a n00b can't get it off in time and just gets totally blasted.

    We had an old F4 Phantom RIO's helmet available when I was in high school, and that thing helped people get high in more ways than one over a long period of time.

  • ||

    This thread got me thinking...

    How much of the $819 billion (give or take) dollar stimulus will end up as a bong, or in a bong? The number I imagine would be a pretty penny or two. But as they say these days...

    Yes we can!

  • ||

    "IIRC, it's really dangerous to make a pipe out of some metal or another, due to the vapors which are released. I think it's copper? Or maybe brass?"

    My friend Tom -- former welder, now a certified metals expert overseeing the construction of compressed natural gass tankers in Yemen -- tells me that's a myth. He says the temperature/heat produced by a lighter doesn't even begin to come close enough to what's required to produce metal vapors.

  • Barry||

    It was at a head-shop where I heard the dumbest thing ever said in my life: a stoner is reading the directions on a box of urine-test cleaner. The directions tell you how many hours prior to the test you should take the cleaner. The stoner looks up and asks: "Prior" means "before", right?

  • ||

    Mary Beth Buchanan should be pilloried, put in stocks, and have rotten fruit and pet feces pelted at her disgusting face.

  • Gonzo||

    I am surprised no one has commented on how unusual it was for this article to appear in Reason magazine. On the sliding scale between the politics of the legalization movement and outright promotion this article leaned unusually more toward the latter. Anyone know if Reason's lawyers had to ok this before publication? I predict a new exception to the first amendment will be carved out for speech which encourages or aids in the consumption of prohibited substances... And Obama will say it's for the children...

  • Frank||

    Rolling papers? Certainly there has to be a way to craft homemade rolling papers.

  • ||

    "Rolling papers? Certainly there has to be a way to craft homemade rolling papers."

    Use paper from a bible. Though you have to make sure the bible is made out of really thin paper, some bibles have thicker paper which does not burn worth a crap....or...umm...so I have heard

  • ||

    ""Rolling papers? Certainly there has to be a way to craft homemade rolling papers."
    "

    Tampon wrappers work well.

    And we made pipes from 20mm shell casings back in my Navy days. I hope there weren't remnants from the depleted uranium shells.

  • Tym||

    Put a pin through an approximately 6" square sheet of cardboard. Put a piece of hash on it, light it and then put an upturned 12 oz+ glass over it. Tip glass slightly near mouth and suck smoke out.

  • ||

    "My friend Tom -- former welder, now a certified metals expert overseeing the construction of compressed natural gass tankers in Yemen -- tells me that's a myth. He says the temperature/heat produced by a lighter doesn't even begin to come close enough to what's required to produce metal vapors."

    Ahh, sweet validation for 12:45pm. I was sort of winging it. This sounds official.

  • ||

    Why smoke it in the first place? In ancient civilizations (aka India and Pakistan) the preferred method used to be to pulverize the plant and mix the pulp in milk (COLD milk, never warm) and add sugar, almonds and any other flavoring desired. Then drink on a hot day and lie around waiting for the green goddess to show up (or so I am told). Its a LITTLE slow, but it lasts and lasts and (I am told) its more bang for your buck because you dont exhale 36% of it.

  • ||

    I have a friend who claims to be able to make a bong out of anything. In high school someone challenged him to make a bong out of an empty pack of cigarettes. He placed the plastic wrapper inside and fashioned a bowl w/ a pen, taped the thing up and voila a bong.

  • erg||

    um... er... why not just by a pipe? on the black market? like... um... the same way you buy pot?

  • ||

    Wow, an entire board of MacGyver stoners. I made my first bong right after I first got stoned. I am definitely a MacGyver stoners.

  • Rationalitate||

    Ugh, why would you ruin a perfectly good apple pipe by putting tin foil in it?? The aperture where the stem is is perfectly fit to hold the weed in place - just try to put a slightly larger nug at the bottom to keep it from pulling through (which it rarely does).

    Or, here's a better idea: learn how to roll a fucking joint! In my opinion, half the joy of smoking pot comes in rolling and smoking the joint - bowls and bongs seriously detract from the magic, in my opinion.

  • ||

    "Why smoke it in the first place?"

    That's what Tom the CNG tanker builder says (he also says it's best to abstain while in Yemen).

    Every once in a while he would put an ounce of exceptional herb and four sticks of butter into a Crockpot set on low (THC is fat soluble) for 12 hours or so. Then he'd strain the butter and use it to make shortbread or whatever.

    What a great guy!

  • Adam||

    Gentlemen, I direct your attention towards this book:

    http://www.books-by-isbn.com/0-8118/0811855821-Make-Your-Own-Bong-pb-Randy-Stratton-0-8118-5582-1.html

  • ||

    Omar, you're talking about pulverizing a fresh-from-the-ground plant, right? Like pesto? Or do you mean dried? I've got to make it through 3 miserable Superbowl parties this weekend--complete with clients--and Budweiser just isn't going to cut it...

  • Citizen Nothing||

    God, I'm glad I'm a Bourbon man. It's legal, and you don't have to be a freakin' pipefitter or Julia Child to enjoy it.

  • Dangerman||

    Omar:

    You really need to bond the THC to a fat or dissolve it with (into?) alchohol if you are going to injest it. I wonder if there is enough fat in the milk to make it work? See the crock-pot idea above...butter is the best.

  • Dangerman||

    Also, I can't belive that I came back from a six-month reason sabbatical to comment on this thread...

  • ||

    the box that your checks came in! remove the checks and deposit slips, put the top back on and tape it shut all around for a good seal. poke a little hole at one end for you to suck on. cut a 1/2 inch hole on top toward the other end for you to put a small piece of perforated aluminum foil in. you're good to go.

  • ||

    And we made pipes from 20mm shell casings back in my Navy days. I hope there weren't remnants from the depleted uranium shells.

    Probably not. IIRC, it's the sabots of CIWS rounds that present the heavy metal poisoning hazard.

  • ||

    @Gonzo

    This article appeared in the print magazine - it seemed they were going to include some rolling papers that said "for marijuana use only", but their lawyers told them not to. This seemed to be the consolation prize.

  • damn it more||

    Making me hungry, and want to go home.

    Yeahhh removing MJ drug paraphernalia from American culture is like trying to pullo the Christian culture out of America. NOT going to Fucking happen.

    Considering 80 million Americans have smoked weed.

    Lead to hard drugs? You mean HCTZ from the highblood pressure from eating crappy food. Maybe.

    Like Oxy, and Vicodin are soooo much safer?

    Noone has died from too much weed.
    Something like 1500lbs in 15 minutes needs to be smoked by a person before they "OD" from weed.

    Anyone else wanna go for a try? 1500 lbs? 15 minutes?

    Sounds like a great show for NBC.

  • LoopFiasco||

    Don't forget the ubiquitous 'earth bong.' Seen a demonstration live at a rainbow tribe gathering. Not much functionally different than using an apple, pineapple, or coconut.

    And for the commenter above talking bout 1st amendment, how soon you forget "Bong Hits 4 Jesus" although that ruling was applicable only during an alleged school function; i could see O Holy Messiah and Supreme Dear Leader 'bama making it applicable to all of us for the sake of the childrens. The obamatrons will support it as well as the lack of change in the drug war in general.

    Don't tell the west coast yet, but they were LIED to repeatedly.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvUziSfMwAw

  • ||

    "Anyone else wanna go for a try? 1500 lbs? 15 minutes?"

    I'm game.

  • ||

    You do realize that you could be charged with possesion of parphenalia if caught with the apple or other silly contraption here. This is like the situation that a crowbar, hammer and screwdriver are all legal, but if you are caught using them in a burglery, you can be charged with posesion of criminal tool for having them, in addition to the burglery.

  • ||

    You all need to be rounded up for some good ole fashioned SEVERE PUNISHMENT cause you are braking the law.

  • ||

    Actually, the US government itself has issued millions of quality (and completely stealth) uh, "tobacco" pipes: US Army issue flashlights.

    Ya know, the black or green plastic "D" cell flashlights? The ones with the 90-degree neck at the top and belt clip?

    1. Completely remove the lens assembly from the light. You'll be looking at the electrical contacts in the neck of the light. This little cavity is also where you store your weed, damn, I mean tobacco, so go ahead and get that out, too.

    2. Remove the bulb from the reflector. Flip the reflector upside down (so it's now convex) and hold it back on the light where it would normally go (except now it's upside down). Screw the outermost threaded plastic flange that you took off it step 1 to attach the reflector to the light.

    3. Unscrew the lens storage area on the other end of the flashlight, on the end where the batteries come out. You may find a red or spare lens in this little area. This is where you previously stored your screen (stored flat between the spare lenses), so go ahead and take it out, too. Put the screen in the small, copper-lined hole on the reflector.

    4. Unscrew the battery compartment lid and remove the batteries.

    5. I'm sure you can figure out the rest.

    6. Reassemble the flashlight.

    Bonus! The light actually works, plus it's waterproof!

    Gee, thanks Uncle Sam. Regulate that!

  • Gonzo||

    There is a poignant reference to the earth bong in Dave Mustaine's deleted scene from the Metallica documentary "Some Kind of Monster."

  • ||

    The Tube: 3 feet of 3" glass pipe (sand ends smooth), rubber stopper fitting one end with hole drilled and sized for short pipette, second smaller hole for carburet.

    Need a friend to hold and control air. Joint goes in pipette. Pull in smoke, little air, smoke, little air till tube is full. Exhale. Friend removes stopper, one big inhale. Try not to spew.

  • Andy||

    Umm, can't you just bake the shit into brownies? I know it isn't as fun, but it's better for your lungs, and you don't have to worry about making (read: get to invent ways of making) a bong.

    Seriously, i've never gotten high from brownies, is there anything special you have to do, or just throw it in?

  • ||

    ok you can tell i've never smoked pot, but one thing I always wondered, can't you use a regular tobacco pipe? I always assumed peopel just wanted cooler looking pipes.

  • ||

    The funny thing about pot is how marginalized it's rec users would be if pot were legal (it should be), and few of them even realize it.

    You think cig smokers are treated badly? That's baby shit compared to how pot smokers would be treated.

  • ||

    can't you use a regular tobacco pipe?

    Of course you can. A, um, friend of mine, did for years. You need a screen (er, I'm told), and you don't get the cooling benefits of bong, but if you're smoking the good stuff, you won't miss it (at least, that's what he said).

  • ||

    I always assumed peopel just wanted cooler looking pipes.

    Exactly. Unless you have some totally awesome meerschaum pipe, you look like a dink using a pipe, as if you were Hef or your grandfather.

    On the other hand, a molded plastic Graffix with a solid base and the carb stem molded into the body looks pretty fucking cool.

  • Alice Bowie||

    Keep Dope ALIVE !!!

  • ||

    Alice Bowie.....lol

  • ||

    @ Omar and Dangerman:

    For the THC to work, it has to be heated up. This means that in any recipe it has to be cooked. In most Indian recipes, it calls for the pot to be fried in ghee first.

    Don't eat raw pot folks, it's a waste.

  • ||

    juanita, i bet you would be a lot more fun if you were high.

  • ||

    "If you can get a hold of it, fighter-pilot helmet including O2 mask and hose + acrylic tube with appropriate combustor attached, that's a good time."

    While everyone should have a fighter pilot helmet, they can be difficult to find and very expensive. An excellent, and cheap, alternative is:

    https://www.mainemilitary.com/productcart/pc/viewPrd.asp?idcategory=226&idproduct=522

    Hook it to a gravity bong, have a friend blow through a length of garden hose, the sky is the limit my friend.

  • ||

    When I was a pot-head, we had these things called E-Z Wider's.

    God! I'm so fuckin' hill-billy!

  • ev||

    dude i love everything now

  • Kant feel Pietzsche||

    I got bitch-slapped by a watermelon bong many moons ago at a music festival. Same concept as the apple. Bore a 1 to 1 1/2" hole in side to center, a hole in one end to intersect. Make a screen from perforated foil for the side hole. Load with your largest bud, have a friend light. OMFG!

  • Kant feel Pietzsche||

    As an added bonus, you WILL want to eat the watermelon when you are done. :)

  • Tym||

    Of course you can. A, um, friend of mine, did for years. You need a screen (er, I'm told), and you don't get the cooling benefits of bong, but if you're smoking the good stuff, you won't miss it (at least, that's what he said).

    I did it many times without the screen, it has the added benefit that the tobacco residues in the pipe (I used it for that too) added a nice flavor and a bit of a nicotine head rush.

  • Sir Meatgoggles||

    Am I one of the only people here who believes this article is completely inappropriate for a respectable political magazine? I mean - perfectly appropriate for "High Times" but seems pretty gratuitous, even for "Reason." I respect Mr. Sullum and believe is is one of the most vital voices against the war on drugs, but articles like this, in the eyes of non-users, undercut the moral case against the drug war.

    I dislike drugs (including legal ones like smoking and alcohol), but though I believe they should be legal and to each his own. I understand completely the horrible violations of rights and the idiocy of trying to stop victimless crimes. Mr. Radley Balko certainly makes the most compelling case for a massive scale-back of the drug war. Mr. Sullum likewise makes the compelling case that drugs are not what everyone fears they are and that they can be used responsibly depending on the mindset of the user. This is an important point that complements the rest of the arguments against the drug war.

    But while this article may have had the intention of proving that bans on head shops are a futile measure, it unfortunately lacks Mr. Sullum's typical eloquence and persuasive argumentation. Mr. Sullum's problem occasionally is in not recognizing that unless his readers are sympathetic drug users or at least fully versed in Mr. Sullum's criticisms of the "drugs are bad" mentality, explicit advocacy for taking drugs will rub even some people who agree with his political opinions on drugs and the drug war the wrong way.

    I guess I'm just a grouch, but I just wish that Reason, my favorite magazine, and libertarians in general would give a little more of a shit about being taken seriously and articles like this roll back the progress that has been made. That doesn't mean that Reason needs to become Catoesque eggheads or lose their sense of edge and humor; but articles like this are more fitting for recreational magazines explicitly advocating for drug use instead of political magazines advocating for more responsible drug policies. There are plenty of eloquent arguments that could be made against cracking down on head shops, but this was pretty crude in my humble opinion...

  • ||

    Guess I'm gonna have to show my age. No one's mentioned the first "carburetor." Roll a number, take an empty toilet paper cardboard roll. Poke an ink pen into the roll about 1.5" from one end and put a lit number in the hole (the number will be standing upright). Cover one end with one hand and draw from the other end. Half way through the draw, start releasing the other covering hand.

    But, to show I'm not TOO old, go into any Rx area and get a little finger pump bottle of any sort of spray bottle remedy, empty it and wash it out. Next, take an oz and run it through a coffee grinder really good. Put it into a small jar. Add your favorite liquid that contains alcohol until you just get the material to float. Seal tightly! Shake it up really good and put it in the back of a drawer that's not used and forget it for a week or so. Retrieve, finely strain and pour liquid into small pump bottle that can be carried in your shirt pocket. Whenever you want a buzz, just take it and shoot a spray or two inside each cheek. Works great but has a slow come on. And totally unnoticeable to outsiders!

  • Elizabeth||

    There's also the baby carrot chillum. Works like a charm without the juice of an apple. Just poke a whole straight through and form a bowl on one end. Ta da!

  • Elizabeth||

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    Simmer in a crock pot with tons of butter and tons of greens for a very long time. (If you have a really high end crock pot it could be over night on low). Then, use some cheese cloth and strain the butter into a container, so you don't have the unneeded exhausted leaf anymore. Put your melted butter in the refrigerator and let it solidify. Your butter should be bright green, and you can use it on anything... even with your morning toast!!

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  • ||

    Take a chemistry class, steal as much glassware as you can, and you're good to go. Made some very nice bongs and hookahs with stuff I appropriated from organic chemistry class. Outlawing smoking accessories is the perfect drug war tactic. It makes it look like they're doing something, so they can keep the money coming in.

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    Why not just roll a joint? Hand rolled cigarettes are perfectly legal, highly enjoyable, and cut down on the do-I-have-paraphenalia anxiety.

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    Drink the Coke (or flush the Diet Coke - yecch!!). Pinch a small dent about 1/4" deep into one side of the can, about an inch from the bottom. Take a needle or straight pin and poke a few holes in the bottom of the dent. Turn the can on its side, fill the dent with dope, and smoke where you drank.

    It doesn't get any easier or cheaper!

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