The females flower tops (buds) are by far the most potent part of the cannabis plant, and is the most common ingredient in a joint. Thanks to growers all around the world there are thousands of strains and varieties - the quality, strength and nature of which can differ enormously. Imported bud is often forced-dried and compressed for storage/transit purposes, this can simply be broken-up and crumbled into the joint. Better quality bud which has been properly cured and stored is more delicate. The flower heads should be handled with care to protect the delicate THC glands. Use sharp scissors to break-up the bud and store the remainder in a cool, dark place. Discard any seeds or stems as they contain little THC and are harsh to smoke.
Marijuana and Tobacco
Bud can be combined with tobacco to allow it to 'breath' in the joint. Tobacco is mixed into most joints rolled in Europe. It is a less common practice elsewhere in the world, but it all comes down to personal preference in the end. When used with hashish or buds it allows the cannabis to burn properly and improves the taste of the smoke. The down side of addiction and respiratory disease have lead increasing numbers to reject tobacco entirely. A Joint rolled with a marijuana and tobacco mixture is called a spliff. People generally use about a 50/50 mix.
Cannabis leaf is a common ingredient in commercial weed. If you can stand the slightly acrid taste, some leaf, - especially that from the top of a flowering female plant - can by surprisingly potent. Only use well-cured leaves and remove any stems before crumbling them into the mix. The larger 'sun' leaves from around the lower part of the plant are too harsh for use in joint-rolling and are best left for the water pipe.
Hashish and Marijuana/Tobacco
Hashish comes in many different forms from hard and rocky Lebanese to soft and oily Nepalese. As with all Cannabis there is a huge variation in quality. There very best Hashish is made by rubbing the sticky resin from flowering-tops. Most however, contains processed plant material and binding agents and the worst is adulterated with chemicals. Hash is normally heated with a flame, crumbled into a powder and then mixed with tobacco or marijuana. Good Hashish should catch light and crumble with ease. Alternatively, very soft Hash can be rolled into thin 'sausages' and placed along the length of the joint. Never over-fill joints with Hash, or uses large chunks - it will burn badly and much will be wasted. A brief spell in the microwave will give you a perfect hash and tobacco blend.
Hash Oil and Marijuana/Tobacco
Genuine hash oil is very hard to come by but, if you can get it, the real McCoy is incredibly potent. It comes in the form of a black, brown or transparent oily fluid which is smeared across the rolling papers and is then rolled with either tobacco or marijuana like in the picture below. Although you would want to cover the entire rolling paper, except for the gum strip and the tip where you would put your roach.
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