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Why Smoking A Cannagar Is Better Than A Pre-roll

Making your own cannagars not only saves money, it allows you to get as creative as you want by adding your favorite strains, wraps, and concentrates.

For those cannabis connoisseurs who like a big smoke with a sophisticated flair, consider the cannagar. Its predecessor the Thai Stick originated in Thailand and was the ultimate cannabis blunt. Thai Sticks became really popular in the U.S. during the 60s and 70s where U.S. troops brought the knowledge back with them from the Vietnam War. But it faded out within a decade as the war on drugs escalated.  

A cannagar is a cannabis cigar that is smoked more like a cigar than a joint. Use a cigar cutter to trim the end before lighting up. According to Sidney Quitorio, Founder and CEO at Purple Rose Supply, “A cannagar pulls so much easier and burns hotter due to the hole for airflow, which is why you’d want to puff on it like a cigar rather than a joint. Set aside a couple of hours to enjoy the long burn time.”

In Quitorio’s estimation, a major plus of smoking a cannagar versus a preroll is the burn time. “Due to the compressed cannabis, cannagars can smoke for hours. It also hits a lot smoother because you create a hole for airflow.” 

Making your own cannagars not only saves money, it allows you to get as creative as you want by adding your favorite strains, wraps, and concentrates. However, the process for making cannagars by hand requires patience, and it can become a very tedious process if you’re making it without a cannagar mold. Using a cannagar mold will save you time and money and you’ll have a cannagar made within minutes. Quitorio offers these suggestions for those looking to purchase a cannagar mold. 

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You can tell a cannagar mold is not good quality if it doesn’t feel durable (there are some that use a 3D printer and those can break pretty easily). The best cannagar molds will make your life simpler by having a few steps and making it as easy as possible. They’ll also come as a kit and include just about everything you need to create your first cannagar.

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A major challenge to smoking cannagars is that the pre-made cannagars available at dispensaries tend to be on the pricey side. Prior to paying for this premium product, research who produced this cannagar and which cultivator’s flower went in it. Also, Quitorio observes, “Some pre-made cannagars can be dressed in terpenes to make it taste good, but the flower could be trim/shake, so it’s difficult to know for sure unless you’re making it yourself.”

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