Good Old American Ganjanuity: Pre-Roll Company Twists Up Success

As the legal marijuana market expands, companies are springing up to satisfy an increasing demand for cannabis. Just like any other industry, a business that can be innovative and create new products, or improve on existing ones, can give itself a competitive edge.

Four years ago, Scott Bryant and Victor Berrio, the founders of Pineworx, saw opportunity in the pre-rolled joint business.

Victor Berrio and Scott Bryant (Photo by A.J. Herrington)

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The Joint Off

Which Pre-Roll Will Prevail?

Among cannoisseurs, pre-rolls have earned a bad reputation for being filled with bag shake otherwise unfit for sale. However, as other elements of cannabis continue to elevate and evolve, so do the pre-rolls of the legal era. More and more potent, premium pre-rolled selections are hitting the shelves at dispensaries across the nation, providing ultra-convenient ways to get blazed. In the interest of science, we put four pre-rolled selections to the test.

Ed Rosenthal Select– Sativa blend with hints of indica

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A League of Their Own: The World’s Best Joint Rollers

Photos by Justin Cannabis.

Competitive group The National Joint League pits the most creative rollers in the world against each other—and the smokable results are amazing. Search for #creativerolling on Instagram, and feast your eyes. Avant-garde techniques like weaves, gold wraps, and oil and hash dips add glorious detail to the artistry as rollers one-up each other with each new piece. Top artists from the National Joint League met up for a rare day together to give HIGH TIMES a behind-the-scenes look at how they create their masterpieces. Working with (and puffing on) the best weed in the world, these artists devised wonderful and whimsical ways to blaze.

Left to right; June da Goon, Lucky Meds, The Grasshoppa, AZ Dabking and Mastering the Art of Rolling enjoy the fruits of their labors.

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Cannabis Now Gets Certified Dank 

Impressions from an Elite Tasting Session.

Gathered in the front garden on the mild spring afternoon are some of the most important minds in marijuana. The table has been set with glass pipes only slightly used after enjoying the first nip of our strain tasting sections and we’re on to the next round. I take a deep, satisfying pull of a joint filled with Aficionado Seed’s In the Pines and pass it to Ed Rosenthal directly on my left. As the joint swirls the intimate outdoor gathering it quickly makes it to the hands of the people who’ve planted its seed and coaxed it to flower. This particular joint, which expresses an acidic pineapple flavor, took careful and deliberate steps in order to be enjoyed by today’s group. Cultivated by Swami Select in Mendocino, California the strain’s effects are both functional and social. The tasting party picks up momentum, which is excellent as we’ve got a tall stack of joints yet to be smoked. For Cannabis Now’s iteration of a Flower Girls gathering we’ve gone beyond farm to table — we’re puffin’ tough with the farmers who grew our ganja.

Friends lining the table include Rosenthal, his wife and publishing partner Jane Klein, Swami Select, made up of Swami Chaitanya and Nikki Lastreto, and the team of writers behind the Certified Dank strain reviews, Caitlin Podiak and Erica Edwards. When we reach the second round of joints, a Black Lime Reserve, also from Aficionado and cultivated from seed by Swami Select, I’m in just the right state of mood to properly soak up the collective knowledge of our assembled terpene troupe.

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Flower Girls: Appreciating Connoisseur Cultivation

Tips for joining a select smoking society.

In recent years, we have seen extraordinary advances in cannabis availability. Wherever the walls of prohibition are torn down, aspiring aficionados gain access to an overwhelmingly vast selection of strains and products.

Flower Girls are discerning devotees who congregate in order to elevate our appreciation of the cannabis flower. This smoking society is a forum for the cultivation of connoisseurship, wherein we discuss the intricacies of various flowers and highlight those we deem the dankest.

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