"County police in Louisville, Kentucky, have confiscated 353 marijuana pendants on sale at three local Wool©? stores. Police are warning residents that they will be arrested if they are caught wearing the controversial "Pot Luck" jewelry, reports Earth News Service
"The plastic pendants contain marijuana leaves, seeds or roaches that have been sealed in plastic and chemically treated to destroy their pleasurable effects. However, technicians from the Kentucky state police crime lab report that they have succeeded in germinating a number of seeds found in the jewelry,
"Henry Vogt LI, who sold the jewelry to the Woo Ico stores, says the Pot Luck pendants are 'completely legal! Vogt says he has letters from the Drug Enforcement Administration and the U.S. Postal Service stating the marijuana encased in the plastic is effectively destroyed and is not considered illegal by the federal government. ,
"WooiecL Raided for Selling Pot Pendants"
Dealer, July 1976
double-width papers were clearly a simple idea whose time had come lo take the world by storm. After ten months of development and negotiating with skeptical paper manufacturers around the world, Rubin connected with a small Spanish factory that was willing to produce the papers for him. The rest is rolling-paper history. Rubin's tt-Z Wider went on to become the largest-selling and first nationally advertised rolling papers of all time (although the many different brands of single width papers stiJ! dominate the market).
Recent innovations in. rolling paper in dude rolling-paper vending machines, rolling paper designed to look like a filter cigarette, personalized papers, souvenir rolling papers, and "party rolls" of rolling paper that can roll joints of any length.
Which came first, the rolling papers or the hash pipe? Herodotus, the ancient Greek historian and nonesuch, described Scythians (a Black Sea tribe) smoking cannabis in small tents over hot stones, a soil of marijuana sauna not unlike the Chinese hemp hut, around 500 B.C. Today, in addition to pipes based on traditional designs and constructed in every type of substance from wood to space age chrome steel, the most interesting pipe around is the bong, originally a Siamese device made from bamboo stems into which is inserted a smaller stem attached to a clay bowl rising [rom the center of the large central shaft, at an angle of about 40 degrees. The essential characteristic of the bong is a large hollow main chamber or tube that tills with smoke in such a way that a large.
continuous loke can be sustained by drawing slowly on the top of the tube. Recently the bong has come into great favor among American smokers because it has a 99 percent efficiency and wastes virtually no smoke. Some smoker stay away from bongs when they discover that they can cause heavy coughing and shortness of breath to sensitive windpipes. Alas, the traditional Siamese bamboo bong has gone the way of the horse pistol,, and most bongs today come in plastic of every color, including tie-died rainbow patterns. There are. of course, bongs for every taste-including a custom-made gold version that sells for $1,000 from Sarah's Family in Los Angeles.
Many smokers fill, their boi-\gs with water, though these pipes are not really designed to lake advantage of the cooling medium. In the true water pipe, the smoke is drawn through the water and thereby cooled and purified. Historically, tube bowls, through which the smoked passed, were inserted into water-filled gourds that cooled the smoke as it passed through. The narghile (Arabic for ''coconut*') became popular throughout India, Africa, and the Arab lands, while variations on water pipes spread through Ceylon and the Far East. These "bubble bubbles" were the forerunners of the ornate decorative hookahs of the Mogul Empire. In the late 1960s, it became difficult, to meet the demand in the United States for traditional water pipes-which, when mass-produced, both leaked and overheated-but American technology came up with glass and pyrex devices that were easy to dismantle and clean. One of the most popular glass items is the shotgun or carburetor. This is a simple or ornate glass tube with a hole along the side. A joint is placed in one side and smoked through the other end. The carburetor hole on the side is used to explode the loke into the lungs by drawing with the hole closed, slowly filling the chamber with smoke, then suddenly uncovering the hole. Pipes, bongs, and water pipes may also be carbureted by the addition of a hole in the siem.
The chillum is a variation on the pipe and something like a shotgun without a hole. It is a cone-shaped cylinder, usually of clay, that is popular in India and Europe. Indian saddhus mix their hash with tobacco and pack the mixture in the top of the cone. Usually a rag or cloth hanky is wrapped around the bottom of the eh ilium in order to protect the hands from the heat and perhaps to cool the smoke. The bottom of the cylinder is cupped in the hands, and smoke is drawn through the opening in the hands without the lips ever touching the end of the chillbm. In Jamaica chUlUms are often stuck into the side of a coconut shell* or a long tube is added to the end in
"Hell, I thought. Detroit is leally a poppy town-peo-ple must order their opium along with their groceries. That bed might have been a cold marble slab* the way I eased down on it until the opium layout was right square in my chops. Tlie guy opposite us was cooking the stuff
nln this comedian's right hand was the yen hok, a wire about as long and thin as a hat pin, with finer wire wound around the handle. He would dip the point of tlie yen liok into ajar of dark-brown gooey stuff that looked like tar, then hold a drop over the flame until, it began to swell up like a tiny balloon, adding more to it now and then. Over and over he kept heating this small hunk of hop, rolling it on the thumb of his left hand until it was compact and looked like a light little wad of brown cotton. Then lie held llie pipe bowl close to the lop of his special lamp and stuck the pill on the edge of the bowl, drawing the yen liok round and round to strelch the opium, whicli was now golden-brown in color
"Several times the master of ceremonies stuck the pill close to my nose and told me to smell iL Pappa, you never laid your sniffer on anything so fine in all your life. It made me feel like I wanted to waller ail in it, chew on it, plaster il all over my fine body and then licked il off inch by inch."
-Mezz Mezzrow and Bernard Wolfe. Really the Blues.
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