Hemp - The New Way Forward For Smoking
So, with all of the changes to laws all over the world in relation to tobacco, the smoking industry has had to change quite considerably over the past few years. With these changes to the law come changes in the practicing of smoking, all the way through from where you can smoke to what you can smoke. So with this in mind we thought we’d talk about blunts…
Blunts have been around for longer than most of us have been alive. They are particularly popular in America as the Americans don’t use tobacco with their cannabis smoking as much as the Europeans and Australians do. None the less blunts are still popular all over the world and are often used to smoke cannabis in the purest form (no tobacco).
The changes in several laws all over the world mean that the tobacco industry has had to adapt, and now the blunts have been adapted too. In the EU it will be illegal to sell flavoured tobacco soon, in some parts of America this is already in place. So how will we get all those lovely flavours of blunts to continue going?... The answer is switching from tobacco to hemp. This is a fairly simple switch over and one that has been going for a little while now. So what’s the difference between the two? The simple answer is not a lot, yet at the same time significantly different. Let me explain…
Significantly different - Tobacco blunts contain a lot of chemicals, some of which are very harmful (like nicotine). By switching over to hemp blunts a lot of the harmful chemicals are automatically removed. Additionally hemp is a much more natural plant and the process for making hemp blunts is a lot more natural as the process uses far less chemicals to complete.
Not a lot different – The smoking of the two blunts is almost identical, both in terms of practicality and taste. Hemp seems to be ever so slightly smoother, although the difference is so minute that most people don’t notice and the taste is slightly better too (in our opinion).
There is a slight difference in cost between the two as well. Tobacco is far more expensive to produce, as a result a lot of the hemp blunts come in packs of four, where as the tobacco blunts come in either packs of one or two. The cost for each pack is the same, so you get at least twice the value for money with the hemp ones.
The only negative we found with the hemp ones is that they are slightly more difficult to roll with, however if you can roll the you can roll, it just takes ever so slightly longer. Again this difference is so small it’s not worth worrying about.
There are also a lot more options with hemp now than there were before. The very famous company RAW have loads of hemp related products, all the way from rolling mats through to skins/papers. They have grown considerably over the years and are well and truly one of the best smoking brands available in the market today. We at 3Toke all prefer the hemp papers to normal ones as they taste and smoke better – plus they’re much better for you!
So where do we go from here? We at 3Toke feel that this change over is a good thing. It reduces the harm to both the smoker and the environment and costs less to do. The pros definitely out-weigh the cons and it seems like now is a better time than ever to drive this motion forwards, and guess what – it’s working. People all over the world are enjoying switching over to hemp products, whether it’s for clothes or smoking and we believe that the hemp industry is likely to see a huge boost in growth over the coming decade.
If you’re interested in seeing what hemp smoking blunts, papers and tubes are available (and how cheap they are) then click here to find out more.Read more
A couple of years ago a group of friends wanted to buy some smoking products, but couldn't believe how expensive products within this market were. The friends were all convinced that there was a way to get these products out there without charging extortionate prices to the consumer. With so many different companies out there over-charging for cannabis seeds and smoking accessories they knew this was going to be a difficult task to achieve, especially if they wanted to remain out of the red... this is how 3Toke was born.3Toke Ltd. are just a group of friends trying to get you the best price possible for all your smoking needs, no matter where you live. All of the products that 3Toke sell are originals and you won't find any fakes in our stock! Everything that is sold through www.3toke.com will always be thoroughly tested by all of the staff to ensure that the customer only receives the best quality products. All of the staff have decades of experience within this industry and all have lived in Amsterdam at some stage in their life, so you really do have some of the best knowledge and prices all under one roof.Rest assured that with 3Toke the promise is always kept. We believe in being honest and open with our customers and welcome any feedback or suggestions on how to improve the level of customer service delivered. We regularly go to cannabis related events to meet our customers face to face, this is to offer free advice and to understand the needs of all customers. 3Toke staff are always happy to chat about products and offer advice based on decades of experience within this industry.Take a look below at some of the favourite products here, they're best sellers for a reason so why not give them a try?!Read more
Over the past couple of months we've received loads of requests for information and reviews on some of our products, so this will be our first proper review!
The Twisty Glass Blunt is a blunt made out of glass and metal, but none of the components burn and the device is fully reusable. It’s a rugged design that delivers a much more environmentally friendly smoke. It’s also much more economical as you don’t have to keep buying papers or blunts, it’s good quality so lasts a long time so you really get your money's worth!
Cleaning is easy as it separates into several pieces making the whole device much more accessible. It also comes with a cleaning tool to help even more.
One of the best things about this product is that it’s easy to use, just fill it up by twisting and pouring and light up. As you smoke through your herb we recommend twisting the blunt at the metal mouthpiece whilst holding the glass to be section, you can then just push the ash out of the top.
It provides a much cleaner and smoother smoke as you’re not having to inhale either paper or tobacco (you can use tobacco in this without a problem, you just don’t have to). Another positive is you don’t get the burning heat that you can from a normal blunt or joint, always nice not to have that burning sensation on lips to contend with.
The only negative to this amazing device is that it takes a fair amount to fill it up (0.75g-1.5g), however it does come with a cap (amongst other things in a nice box) so you can stop smoking and keep it fresh and contained.
Overall we give this a 9/10!
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Tips For An Amsterdam Smoking Trip
So… we’ve told you the best ways to travel to ‘Dam’ and the best location to stay, we now need to explore the customs of this city and discover some things that will help you enjoy your smoking trip even more.
We recommend getting your travel money before you travel, if you get your euros in the city centre you’ll get roughly 1 Euro for £1, which is pretty bad. We recommend paying in cash in this city as it is by far the most common method of payment if you’re going on a smoking holiday. Some coffeeshops don’t take credit or debit cards and some charge to pay by card, so if you take cash then you’re covered and it will work out cheaper!
There are loads of coffeeshops within this marvellous city, but this number has declined over the years due to some changes in the regulations out there. For this reason you will find most coffeeshops get very busy from mid to late morning, in the evenings it’s very difficult to get a seat. Generally speaking the larger the group you’re in the more difficult it is to get a seat or a table. If you’re in a large group I would recommend spending some time on your first day trying out the different coffeeshops and working out which is your favourite, you can then get to that coffeeshop early on in the day and have your own seats and tables for your entire group. If you’re in a smaller group then you have a bit more flexibility, but don’t underestimate just how busy the coffeeshops get these days. Years ago you could only really smoke cannabis in coffeeshops, however since a large number of them closed down and the ones remaining get so busy there are more places where you can now smoke. We have found that the best way to move around out there is to have a coffeeshop crawl during the day (making sure to stock up on our smoking materials for the evening), then during the evening we sit down in a pub/bar which is smoking friendly. This way you still get the lively atmosphere but you also get to sit down and order drink & food. Our favourite place to do this is in is The Bulldog Hotel, this is about 100 metres down the road from The Original Bulldog Coffeeshop and right in the vibe of The Red Light District. This place is pretty much like going to a Weatherspoons but you can smoke weed and the atmosphere is much much much nicer!
In Amsterdam it is the custom to tip someone for their services, whether this be coffeeshop staff serving you your herbs, a waitress bringing you your food order or a barman who made your drink. It’s actually quite frowned upon if you don’t tip and considered rude. Having said that if you haven’t received good service then there wouldn’t be an expectation for you to tip. Some places even give you extra or free stuff if you tip, one of the main coffeeshops gives you a free pack of their smoking papers when you tip. If you like a particular coffeeshop and want to spend some time in there I would strongly recommend that you tip them, they will remember you and make sure that you are looked after whilst you’re there. There are several coffeeshops that we return to on a frequent basis when we visit the city, each of them know us when we come in – even if it’s been 12 months since our last visit. One of these coffeeshops won’t let you through to the smoking area unless you’ve bought a drink first, for us though we always get a seat when we go there and we don’t have to order anything first, they also come to our table to take orders from us which they don’t do for normal customers. Pay the extra, it will be worth it from the service alone. The staff will also become more friendly towards you and offer you tips and advice, both for your trip and when it comes to smoking. They can recommend anything from which strain of cannabis to buy depending on your needs through to tips on which places to visit (and more importantly where to go to get the cheapest tickets).
We would highly recommend taking a trip to a place called Leidseplein. This part of the city is the posh area so be careful where you chose to eat as it can be a bit pricey, but you don’t have to go to the expensive restaurants. In this part you will find several good coffeeshops, loads of bars and restaurants, the main casino, the IAMSTERDAM sign, Van Gough Museum, and many other exciting things to visit. The architecture here is amazing and the buildings look even more wonderful whilst suffering from the side effects of your coffeeshop treats. There is even a coffeeshop which used to be a Police Station, owned by The Bulldog company it is a fantastic coffeeshop to visit. You buy your cannabis from the old Custody Sergeant’s desk and you sit in cells to roll-up and smoke your cannabis. What better way to celebrate saying up yours to the judicial system against the legalisation of cannabis.
The Red Light District is a must visit whilst you’re in this city. The area is one of the most surreal environments you will ever visit and this is only heightened when you’re stoned. There are girls here of all sizes, shapes, colours, ages, styles, etc. The environment is very lively and is busy from the afternoon through till the early hours of the morning. You have The Original Bulldog Coffeeshop right in the heart of it and there is also an arcade amusement here too (so you can play your racing, shooting and many other computer games here). The arcade holds some classic original arcade machines and is a right laugh when you’re stoned. It’s also cheaper than most city ones so you don’t get ripped off.
Like any city, Amsterdam does obviously have a certain element of criminality present. You need to be careful of pickpockets as they do operate here, but you get them in any city you go to and we haven’t been targeted here (yet). Just keep your whits about you and keep your stuff secure and you won’t have a problem. The crime rate has significantly reduced over the years and the Police have really worked hard to bring this city around. When we visited Amsterdam 15 years ago you couldn’t go 2 metres in the Red Light District without having someone offer you drugs, however on our last few trips we haven’t had anyone offer us drugs at all (illegal ones on the street). This is a nice improvement and makes the place so much nicer to walk around. It did get annoying having someone say every 30 seconds “pssst, hey Mr, you want some crack, Charlie, cocaine, ecstasy?” You never got what they said they were selling you and to be honest you’d be lucky to get anything other than baking powder mixed with nuclear waste. It really has been turned around this city, and to think that this crime reduction process started with the legalisation of cannabis – it really does genuinely reduce crime!
Our favourite coffeeshops to both buy weed from and sit and smoke in near to the Damrak stretch are Prix D’ami, The Bulldog and Abraxas. Each has their own particular characteristics and to us they are by far our favourites. Prix D’ami is the largest coffeeshop in Amsterdam, it is reasonably priced and if you can get a seat then the top level has lounge back sofas with loads of cushions, so you really can sit back and chill. It also has 3D screens so you can get high then relax with some 3D films. This coffeeshop is one of the closest to the train station and is our first point of call before we do anything else when we visit this city, straight off the train and into Prix D’ami for a smoke, it also opens really early so no matter what time your plane lands you can smoke straight away. The Bulldog is one of the original coffeeshops in Amsterdam, its reasonably priced and the atmosphere is like no other. You can tell that you’re in the original coffeeshop of Dam and being smack in the centre of the Red Light District and you can sit back and smoke whilst watching everything going on in this area, if you get the right seat you can also look at some of the windows within this area, it really is a surreal experience. Just be careful of the stairs down to the basement – which are more like a ladder! Abraxas was the first coffeeshop that I smoked in, and always will have some sentimental value to me. It’s a small coffeeshop with 2 floors (plus toilets in the basement). We recommend taking your ID with you to this one as you can use it as a deposit to play chess, sounds boring but there is something about playing chess whilst stoned in a coffeeshop in Dam. Don’t believe us? Well give it a try.
The final thing to bear in mind whilst out here is that people take smoking weed out here very seriously, and as such you need to respect their way of doing things. Sounds strange but if you just go into a bar and ask for the strongest stuff you could end up offending them. They take great pride in the quality of cannabis that they produce and sell, and they treat it like fine wine. You have particular strains for different reasons; medical, drowsy, energetic, etc. They all have different effects, flavours and highs. If you want to really get on well then either spend some time looking at the menu or speak to the dealer for some advice. Generally speaking Indica is the one you want to smoke to chill and relax, a good one for the evening before bed if you want to ‘mong out’. Sativa is the one you want to smoke if you want an energetic or ‘giggly’ high, this is the best one for the daytime. You also get high-brid’s which are somewhere in the middle, they are essentially strains which have been cross-pollenated so each one has differing effects and potencies – again just ask for some advice.
We at 3toke like to attend as many events as possible so that we can get the word out about Cannabis and many purposes for it. So last year we attended events like 420 Hyde Park and cannabis Brighton Club awareness meeting Preston Park Basingstoke canna collab barbecue fire and jerk East Brighton Park. This year will be attending a lot more and can't wait to meet lots of honest people talking about cannabis and handing out lots of useful information whilst displaying all our products in our portable smoke shop selling things like seeds bongs pipes Rizlas allsorts looking forward to meeting all you lot out there during the summer months when 3toke will be on the road thanks to everyone who we met last year in 2017 may 2018 be the year of growth for 3toke.Read more
Preheat oven to 190 degrees Celsius Grind cannabis bud as finely as possible Microwave butter for 20 seconds - enough to make it soft but not melted Mix ground cannabis with butter Cut chocolate into small chunks Mix all ingredients together (except items for decoration) Grease cake tin or line it with grease-proof paper Pour cake mix into tin Stick tin in oven on middle shelf for 25 mins - check after this time and if not cooked keep in oven for further 5 mins Allow cake to cool for 20 mins then remove from tin, decorate and serve
8gms cannabis bud (skunk) 1 3/4 cups flour
1 cup unsalted butter 1 cup caster sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder 3/4 cup milk
2 eggs 1 3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt 100gms dark chocolate
Anything you want to put on the top for decoration.Read more
How To Book A Smoking Trip To Amsterdam
So, you want to go to Amsterdam for a smoking holiday. What better place in the world to visit for the best smoke of your life? In a new city full of adventure! The big question is… what’s the best way to do it? Well we’ve got you covered here. We’ve lived in Amsterdam and been there countless times so know the cheapest and best ways to book for this amazing city.
For us, we always book our flights and accommodation separately, we have found this to be the cheapest method, it also offers the best level of flexibility. You can also narrow your search more as to exactly when you want to go and which exact area do you want to stay in.
Amsterdam is only a short flight away from the UK. You can also go by boat straight there, or go by ferry in your car to France/Belgium and then drive the rest. You can also go by train via Brussels if you like (soon there will be a direct train from London to Amsterdam Centraal Station which will make it even quicker). We have found that flying is the cheapest, quickest and easiest option. The flight is only 45 mins long from where we are so we book with a cheap airline and fly over from our nearest airport (costs about £20-£30 each way). Once we arrive at Schipol Airport we ignore the taxis and head straight to the train station, you can by a single ticket to Centraal Station for about 5 Euros which will take less than 20 minutes to get there (a taxi will cost you about 60 Euros and take about half an hour to an hour, depending on traffic). The train is really simple to use and they have guidance in English, the correct platform is also very well sign posted so it’s difficult to get this wrong.
We always aim to find accommodation around the area surrounding Damrak. Damrak is the main road which takes you from Centraal Station right into Dam Square – the centre and main part of Amsterdam. We like this bit as you can get to anywhere you want from here both easily and quickly, as both the main train station and Dam Square are on your doorstep – so you can access trains, trams, bikes, rickshaws and taxis quickly and easily. Most of the city centre is walkable from here as well, so if you’ve got the energy to walk then you can.
A word of warning… Amsterdam has some wonderful hotels but most are quite expensive. Your budget will depend on where you can stay but from experience it is worth spending extra on your accommodation. What is a 2 star over there would barely make a 1 star in England, so do your research before you book. You do however spend very little time in your hotel room so if you can’t afford a good hotel then don’t panic, the city is lively almost 24/7 so you won’t have a problem finding somewhere to go and keep you entertained at any time of the day. Our personal preference is 3 stars upwards, but again it comes down to your budget.
Smoking in hotels was very open and common until a couple of years ago. These days it is difficult to find a hotel where you are allowed to smoke in your bedroom, or at least one where it is tolerated. Some hotels have smoking areas and most of these allow you to smoke cannabis within them, if they are indoors then most will only allow non-tobacco smoking so you’re covered here.
So long as you do your research first you will be fine with accommodation. You can always give them a call or send them an email if you want to ask them something.
If you’re really struggling with booking your ‘Dam trip’ then send us a message, we’re always happy to help people book their trips and discover this wonderful city – and unlike some other sites we don’t charge to give you advice on this! We will be writing a blog next week on tips for the city so stay tuned to find out more.Read more
Date: 31 October, 2017|
Wax, is it good and does it increase options for vaping?
Cannabis wax is a fairly new concept to the market, although it has been around for several years it has only recently seen more common use over the last year within the UK. Quite why this is I’m not sure but cannabis trends have changed quite a bit over the years. When I was a teenager the common cannabis used by us was solid (or resin), this was in the hard brown solid substance that resembled hard poo. I think this was mainly used by us as we were teenagers and couldn’t afford to buy skunk, then as we got older and started earning more money we moved over to skunk because we had the money to do so. These days you hardly ever see solid within the UK, it’s still around but isn’t as freely available as it used to be – probably because more people use skunk these days.
Moving on… so is the ever developing trend of cannabis wax going to take off? In our opinion YES it will. Cannabis wax is essentially a concentrated cannabis, it is much more potent than your hash and herb versions so requires much less of it to give you the same effect. It is however more expensive because of this, but (as the saying goes) you get what you pay for. Wax is less easy to use in joints, we have found the easiest way to use it in a joint is to heat a spoon, put the spoon on the wax then wipe the wax onto the smoking/rolling paper. You can then either make a tobacco cigarette or joint with it, depending on what you’re after (or how off your face you want to get). The best way to use it though is via what’s commonly known as ‘dabbing’. This is a fairly new trend and the best way to understand this is to google it and look at videos. This process does however require equipment to use so you will either need to buy a new bong or vaporiser or get a different head/attachment for your current bong. You will notice the difference with dabbing as it feels like a cleaner process with a much more intense and smooth smoke/hit.
So can wax (or other forms of cannabis concentrate) be used for vaping? The answer is yes it can. There are 2 main ways of doing so, either by placing the wax onto an accessory for your dry heat vaporiser or by using with e-liquid. The process for dry heat vaping (such as the Storz & Bikel Might or Volcano) does work however our preference for these devices is dry herb, this is because these machines were specifically designed for dry herb and as such work much better with herbs as opposed to wax, the inhaling vapour is also a lot smoother with the herbs but this is because of how they have been designed – use a product for what it’s designed for and it will give you the best results. Now on a previous post I wrote about how putting dry herb into an e-liquid form is not anywhere near as good as dry herb vaping (and I haven’t changed my opinion on this), however using wax within e-liquid is far different. Wax with e-liquid works much better as there is no requirement for filtration and the entire process is done within a minute (from having the wax on it’s own to putting the new e-liquid formula into the cartridge), the whole process is also a lot quicker and easier and you don’t need to have a whole array of laboratory equipment. Vaping with wax e-liquid is also a lot more discrete than dry herb vaping (which was already very discrete) so it also has this edge. In our opinion it’s not as good as dry herb vaping however it is much cheaper in the long run and you don’t need expensive equipment to do it properly. Furthermore by using wax in e-liquid you also reduce your spend on cannabis as there is much less waste and your money goes a lot further as the effects of the concentrate are increased.
If this process interests you then keep an eye on our webpage as we will be rolling out a new product to turn cannabis concentrates into e-liquid, we will be selling the full kit and providing video instructions – so you can see just how easy it is to do before you decide whether or not to buy. We will also be offering a VERY good promotion on this product so keep your eyes peeled as it will be worth the wait (not to mention the health benefits as well as reducing your smoking related costs!).Read more