Joints may seem basic, but when you stop and think about it, wrapping vegetation in more vegetation and inhaling the smoke when you burn it, is an exceedingly odd idea. How on earth did the practice of rolling a reefer come about? Actually, I don't mean how long has humanity smoked tobacco OR cannabis - this is well known - I mean how did anyone ever come up with the concept that inhaling smoke is good?
Early humans watched keenly the world around them, particularly other animals. If the buffalo ate that plant, then it's probably not posionous and might be good for me to eat too! Observation and experimentation led them to accumulate a good deal of information about food, as well as what was good or not good to to put in your body, and what makes you feel better when sick, or changed your perspective on the world. And hey, those birds seem to get really happy after eating that fermented fruit...
Medicine and food were much the same thing to these folks, so in later times a mixture of psychoactive drugs (probably including opium) would be called SOMA, or Ambrosia - the food of the Gods.
Curious when you think about burning stuff and inhaling it, though. I mean, who would do that? Where did the idea come from?
Actually, it just might have come from keeping warm. Inhaling smoke is something you have to put up with if you want to use fire to cook dinner, or keep the cold weather and hungry predators away. In fact, the discovery and domestication of Fire probably altered our DNA. It seems we picked up a mutation (found in 45,000 year old human skeletons and present in all modern humans), which allows us to better process and break down the toxic chemicals released from burning wood. No other animals have this mutation.
And given our penchant for poking around and playing with stuff, we probably experimented with what burns well, what doesn't, what smells good, what keeps the biting bugs away, as well as what clears up our headache after all the fermented fruit last night. Or what makes us feel refreshed and happy, and inspires us to play with even more things. Hey, toss some more of that plant with the skinny leaves on the fire...
Once discovered, it's not a giant leap to create a tent to shelter the flames so that you keep the smoke from getting away un-inhaled, like the hemp vapor baths enjoyed by the Scythians, and described in detail by Herodotos. When pipes and other smoking devices like hookahs appeared, they weren't made for tobacco, (which was still exclusive to the as yet undiscovered New World.) Humans have tried smoking betel nuts and other herbs, but the spread of the practice and technology of smoking in the Old World, was powered by cannabis.
The concept of a burnable delivery tube came easier with tobacco, which has large broad leaves suitable for stuffing with more tobacco and rolling into a cigar - a form used widely by our First Tribes. Smoking tubes, arguably the first cigarettes, were tobaccoollow reeds, and originated in Central America somewhere around the 9th century, Various vegetable wrappers were used as the practice spread to South and North America. When tobacco was first imported to Europe, people finally thought of wrapping the stuff in paper - as the story goes, back in the 1600's poor folks would pick up the remnants of the wealthy folks' cigars and re-roll them in whatever came to hand - handbills, book pages, etc. Eventually, rolling paper made specifically as a containing medium for smokable plant matter, was developed.
So, back full circle to cannabis. The ease and convenience - not to mention a certain sense of style - of rolling your own caught on in general, and cannabis, sometimes mixed with tobacco, started getting rolled up and consumed.
And lo, the doobie was born.
Nowadays people make splifs, cross joints, fatties, and weed-stuffed things that look like Salvador Dali's pinata. Sometimes the cannabis is mixed with concentrates or with kief. We also have the convenience of pre-rolls; cones filled with high grade medical cannabis, ready for medication. BASA offers a number of house-made pre-rolls, such as BASA Moonbeams, (a soothing blend of Agent Orange and Shark Shock, with a sprinkle of moonrock kief!.) Or try out some of our branded pre-rolls, such as Hepburns, (solventless ice water hash joints with a minimum of 10% cannabis concentrate in each batch.) These and more, available for delivery or at our dispensary.
Uh, thanks. I'll take a pass on the fermented fruit...