Cannabis Culture: The History Of The Joint
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Cannabis Culture: The History Of The Joint

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Smoking cannabis has a long history. Now learn about of one of weed’s darlings, the joint.

Every toker has his or her own story of learning to smoke green. The smoking apparatus scavenged out of plastic bottles and tinfoil … the first bong rip and wondering if you’re doing it right. Friends and music, camping out and staying in, learning who you were and how you smoke.

Somewhere in that story, for most weed aficionados, is the creation of their first joint. It is etched into the history of every smoker’s experience with green, whether it be a fat chub-bellied behemoth, a skinny little lung sucker, or perfectly sculpted cone.

Wrapped up in enjoying a good smoke, it’s easy to forget that cannabis has a dank history of its own. Even the instruments we use to toke our fine herb have their own backgrounds. It’s time to learn about one of a cannabis connoisseur’s favorite things to smoke … the joint.

Brief History Of Cannabis | Traditional Smoking Intruments

Pipe cannabis

The joint was not among the original methods for cannabis consumption. History shows that marijuana was primarily smoked through pipes and hookahs.

All the way back to 2700 BCE, cannabis has been used for medicinal properties and mystic qualities across the world.

• India: It is likely people in India used cannabis as early as 2000 BCE. It is associated with Lord Shiva and remains popular during certain religious festivals.

• Ancient Greece: Hemp was noted primarily for its medical value in ancient Greece, though historians and poets acknowledge recreational use there as early as the 5th century BCE.

• Asia and Africa: China documents using marijuana as an anesthetic in 200 CE. Medieval Arabia debated the benefits of eating hash back in 1200. Marco Polo reported assassins using hashish, and Ethiopian pipes held marijuana in them as far back as the 1300s.

• Americas and Europe: In the 18th and 19th century, hemp plantations proliferated in Europe and across the Americas. While it remains unclear how much of that Cannabis sativa was for recreational use, there is strong documentation of hashish and marijuana being smoked by Napoleonic soldiers in Egypt and them bringing it back to France.

Joint Popularity

Joint mexico

The first recorded use of the joint is around 1850 in Mexico. A pharmacist at the University of Guadalajara found that workers in the fields were mixing marijuana with tobacco in their cigarettes. At the same time, a publication in "The Boston Medical and Surgical Journal" suggested a treatment for respiratory problems. They thought mixing cannabis, belladonna and potassium nitrate would allow patients to increase oxygen flow and decrease asthma attacks.

In the 1920s, prohibition of alcohol increased cannabis consumption. Speakeasies were places where people would gather to drink whiskey and listen to jazz. With the increasing popularity of jazz, musicians began touring the country and bringing with them “jazz cigarettes”. Because the legal status of pot was different back then, they would smoke reefer in public and this helped spread the use of joints.

In the 1960s, after marijuana was made illegal, hippies took the joint to a whole new level to make it the staple it is today. They created jewelry and accessories to disguise clips and other paraphernalia; so only fellow tokers would know their smoking habits. Eventually the joint was ensconced in a place of honor, helping shape a lifestyle around marijuana consumption.

Rolling Papers

Zamnesia Rolling papers

What makes the joint such a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the consumption of marijuana? Joint enthusiasts love their rolling papers; it’s what they roll their reefer with that gives the joint its magic. We all know those artists who can roll the best joints; they create masterpieces like crosses, braids, and pitchforks, just to name a few. Or they can create the cleanest classic joint,s straight or with a filter.

With the growing popularity of joints, companies began to design a wider selection of rolling papers to appeal to the toker market. Packaging of rolling papers began to be decorated with colorful patterns and pot enthusiast statements. A number of joint connoisseurs have a preference for their wrapping papers to have as little harsh taste as possible. A number of the most popular papers are made with rice, hemp and flax.

The history of a few most popular papers in today’s market:

• Bambu: is one of the oldest paper companies, which opened in 1764, distributing bible papers. Noticing the increase in popularity of cigarette papers in Europe, it changed directions in distribution. One of the company’s top priorities is staying as natural as possible. It became a cultural hit in the 20th century being associated with big cannabis names like Cheech and Chong, Notorious BIG, Method Man, and A Tribe Called Quest. They offer a wide variety of sizes and hemp-based products.

Cheech Chong rolling papers

• Zigzag: gives credit for its humble beginnings to a French soldier in the 19th century. His pipe was broken by a bullet, and he had the idea to roll his tobacco in a piece of paper from a gunpowder bag. They developed a process called “interleaving” winning them awards. ZigZags have multiple sizes, colors, flavors and accessories.

ZigZag rolling papers

• RAW: associates its beginnings and initial knowledge of rolling papers to Bambu and old artisan papers made in Spain. The creator started two successful brands, “Juicy Jay’s” flavored papers and “Elementals” thin, no ash rice paper. They invested that money into designing RAW, which is an additive free, natural rolling paper. They offer various sizes and an organic hemp line.

Raw rolling paper

Marijuana has a rich history that weaves through all cultures around the world. Even though the joint may have been a latecomer to the smoke session, it has made its way into the hearts of all who appreciate smoking cannabis.


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