How to upgrade your smoking kit for under $100

Rae LlandPublished on April 28, 2022 • Last updated June 7, 2022

Years ago, when the legacy market was still in full swing, you had to travel to specific headshops to find what you needed to smoke some ganja. But these days things could not be more different. Now, there are a plethora of smoking accessories online and available at your fingertips to help you build the kit of your dreams

Building a smoking kit with all the essentials is easy once you’ve identified your budget and the basic items you need. But for some weed enthusiasts, basic just isn’t enough.

Here, we’ve compiled a few ways you can upgrade your smoking kit or your smoke sesh without breaking the bank – or in this case – without spending over $100.

Upgrade your grinder

Expected spend: $35 – $75 USD


A grinder’s function is to make it quick, easy, and very efficient to break up your favorite flower. They can also come with kief catchers that collect the kief that falls off of the ground flower. The kief can be reused later as a special sprinkling on a new bowl or joint, or to condense down to smoke on its own as a concentrate.



When selecting a grinder, there are a few things to consider asking. What is it made of? How long should it last? Can I rely on it for function over form?

There are a lot of beautiful–and I mean beautiful–grinders out there, but at the end of the day a grinder is a tool, and what it looks like is far less important than how it performs, so look for function first and fabulousness second.

While staying under a budget of $100, you can definitely start to look beyond the common (and controversial) aluminum grinders, and consider some alternatives like zinc, steel, or even biodegradable wood.

Two great upgrade options include:

VelvetToke Rose Gold 4-Piece Grinder

A more affordable option, this beautiful grinder features four magnetic compartments for a truly unique design that eliminates the chance of squeaky or gunky threads.

Notably, this grinder is described as being made of steel – which is a great sturdy metal – but it doesn’t say how much of it is steel or what kind. Still, it seems like a great option and is definitely easy on the eyes, making it a nice choice for those who always have aesthetics in mind.

BoardThing Recycled Skateboard Wood Herb Grinder

If you’re looking for a grinder that is unique, eco-friendly, and biodegradable, you just hit bingo. These 2-piece wood grinders are made from recycled skateboards and are 100% Canadian maple wood. The wooden teeth inside are reinforced with metal to ensure their strength. As you can imagine, they each look pretty unique, and the company also encourages people to reach out to collaborate with them on your own design ideas.

shop grinders on Leafly

Start smoking in style

Expected spend: $13-$80 USD


From bowls to bubblers to bongs to joints, there’s something for you when you’re ready to upgrade your sesh or smoking kit.

For example, maybe you like to smoke joints but hate rolling – time to invest in pre-rolled cones. If you’re really feeling bougie, you could even spring for some gold papers — but don’t go crazy because we don’t exactly have studies on the effects of smoking gold yet.

On the other hand, if you prefer smoking out of glass, make sure you’re selecting nice, thick pieces. Thin glass does not indicate a well-made pipe and risks cracking mid-toke.


The Leafly buyer’s guide to bongs

Also, look for decently sized mouthpieces and carbs to maximize airflow and help reduce clogging. Read the reviews of the piece you’re looking at to be sure the glassblower is legit, or opt for a well-known, tried, and tested brand like GRAV. You won’t find that one-of-a-kind touch on your piece, but you’ll be getting a solid, well-made piece that’s guaranteed to hit like a champ.

Get some gorgeous gorgeous glass

UniqueGlassArtShop Golden Fumed Glass Chillum

A chillum is the perfect choice for solo smoking. Not only that, but it’s easy to use; all you have to do is pack the top, light up and inhale from the mouthpiece.

Since it’s one straight tube, cleaning it is a breeze as well. This is gorgeous golden fumed glass that will change color as you smoke and go back to its original colors each time you clean it.

GRAV 6” Sherlock

There’s something about smoking a Sherlock pipe that just makes you feel sophisticated. This one by GRAV is sure to hit well and be sturdy, and it also comes in an array of colors so you can find one that suits you best.

Keith Haring bubbler pipe

Bubblers are the perfect middle ground between a bowl and bong. Reasonably sized like a bowl, they can theoretically go anywhere you do and are easy to pass around. Like a bong, you can still enjoy the benefits of water cooling down and cleaning your hit before you inhale. This one from GRAV is a great first choice and sure to be a loved piece.


How to clean glass bongs and pipes

Boost your kit with special touches

Expected spend: $5 – $40 USD


With the essentials taken care of, it’s time to think about the little details. Pokers, stash jars, and even ashtrays can all contribute to the vibe of your kit and further complement it by ensuring everything has been given thought.

Poke it

For example, perhaps you’ve chosen a hand-blown glass bowl; why not select a hand-blown glass poker to match it while emptying your pipe?

Perhaps a little glass bee poker or maybe a cactus poker is more your vibe. Not feeling that cute? At least look into Toker Pokers to help you out.

Stash it

How you stash your weed can be uniquely you as desired, too. From airtight storage for your bud with groovy designs to classy wooden cases to keep everything safe and tidy.

There’s even accessories for your accessories – for example, this eco-friendly mason jar sleeve that will keep your flower in the dark where it belongs while still stored in a classic.

Ash it

Even the arguably most unglamorous accessory – the ashtray – can be upgraded to suit your aesthetic. From faceted rainbow crystal, to lidded glazed ceramic, to stylish ashtrays with debowlers, there truly will be something out there for everyone.

Just as it’s nice to have a fine set of dinnerware or a shoe rack to keep your kick’s organized, a handpicked, well-thought-out, and aesthetically pleasing smoking kit can highlight the joys of combining form with function.

Maybe it’s part of growing up, or maybe being able to upgrade your collection is a privilege not to be taken for granted. Whatever the reason, it’s undoubtedly a treat to upgrade your smoking kit to one that “sparks joy” as much as you’re sparking one up.



Is it legal to fly with marijuana? Here are the laws you need to know

Max Savage LevensonPublished on April 26, 2022 • Last updated September 14, 2022

America’s patchwork system of cannabis legalization laws has sown confusion at countless levels of society, and that includes air travel. 

Federal law prohibits anyone from possessing marijuana on airplanes, and TSA is required to enforce that policy. Yet various states where cannabis is legal have implemented policies that make it easier for passengers to fly with marijuana. Although these pseudo-solutions are helpful for consumers, they also muddy the line between legality and illegality even further.


Remember: Just because police don’t necessarily enforce their own policies around passengers flying with weed does not guarantee that you won’t get in trouble.

Read on to learn what’s actually legal, what’s almost legal, and what’s a real no-no when it comes to flying with cannabis.

Find legal marijuana near you with Leafly

TSA hands off enforcement to local police, and complications ensue

Let’s get the most obvious part out of the way first: Since federal law is in effect on airplanes, and marijuana remains illegal at the federal level, it is thus illegal to fly with marijuana in your possession. Yes, that goes for medical marijuana patients, too.

TSA officials have made it clear, however, that sniffing out your eighth of weed or your package of edibles isn’t their top priority: Their concern is flight safety, not the enforcement of our nation’s drug laws. 

“Let us be blunt: TSA officers DO NOT search for marijuana or other illegal drugs,” the agency quipped on its Instagram page in 2019. 

But there’s a catch. Since TSA cannot make arrests themselves, if a TSA agent stumbles upon marijuana in your bags, federal policy technically requires them to notify local law enforcement. In a prohibition state like Texas or Idaho, you may be in real trouble. But if you are in a legal state like Colorado, TSA agents may turn a blind eye to your bud (if you’re within that state’s legal possession limits).



And that’s where things get tricky: In many cases, law enforcement’s decision to bust you or not—and to let you keep your weed or not—is downright arbitrary. 


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Oregon sets a high bar for leniency, with other states and airports close behind

Since 2015, Oregon has led the charge in relaxing their cannabis laws on airplanes. If you’re flying from Portland to another airport within the state of Oregon, you’ve got a green light to bring your green onboard the aircraft. 

According to CNN, if TSA stops you with marijuana in your bag in Portland, they will notify local police who, in turn, will let you board your flight.

If you’re leaving Oregon for another state, TSA can take your weed, but not bust you.

Here are how other legal states are loosening their laws—and sometimes turning a blind eye—to cannabis:

  • In neighboring Washington state, officials won’t take your marijuana away if you’re arriving in the state, but can confiscate it if you’re taking a flight leaving the state—even if you’re headed to another state where weed is legal. 
  • Seattle-Tacoma Airport allows adult passengers to carry marijuana in amounts at or under the state’s legal limit. An airport representative confirmed to Leafly that state possession laws apply both before and after passengers pass through security checkpoints.
  • In July 2021, New York airport police announced they would no longer seize marijuana from passengers either, unless it exceeds the state possession limit of three ounces.
  • At LAX, Los Angeles police won’t arrest passengers with less than an ounce on them, but they will throw your weed away. Reached for comment, Lieutenant Karla Rodriguez of the Airport Police Division told Leafly that if passengers arrive at the airport with more than an ounce of cannabis—the maximum allowed by California law—they “may be arrested if there is reason to believe it is being transported for sales.” 

Chicago and Las Vegas airports install amnesty boxes

Amnesty boxes: Expensive, easy to break into, and rarely used. (Courtesy of Twitter user @this_is_emma)

O’Hare and Midway airports in Chicago, as well as McCarran International in Las Vegas, have placed “amnesty boxes” near their entrances or at the end of security checkpoints. Passengers can discard cannabis in them without fear of legal retribution. 

Yet the boxes have drawn criticism for being expensive, rarely used, and easy to break into.

In Las Vegas, the boxes cost almost $1,500 apiece to set up and install, plus $75 per week, per box, to service. Every year, the airport drops about $114,000 to keep 20 boxes available…and unused.

In Chicago, passengers left less than three dozen samples in the boxesin two freakin’ years. Plus. a passenger managed to steal from an amnesty box weeks after it was installed in January 2020.


Medical marijuana is also subject to arbitrary gray areas

Medical marijuana is technically subject to the same rules as recreational cannabis: It’s illegal to bring it on a flight. Yet even the TSA itself recognizes the rule is enforced arbitrarily. 

In 2019, TSA regional spokesperson Mark Howell told the New York Times that if you’re a medical patient that gets stopped with marijuana in your possession, you should “present your medical marijuana card, and the law enforcement officials will usually just give it back to you.” That’s right, “usually.” Comforting, huh?

CBD is kosher to bring on a plane

Here’s one point that’s pretty clear: Thanks to the 2018 US Farm Bill, it is legal to bring CBD products on a plane, as long as they contain less than 0.3% THC. And just like with shampoo, moisturizer and other liquids, you can’t bring more than 3 ounces with you.

Note: You’re in the clear to bring a CBD vape pen in your carry-on luggage, but you can’t check it.

Don’t mess with border patrol

All of the information above refers exclusively to domestic travel. Flying internationally with cannabis is a completely different beast: Don’t risk it. 

Crossing an international border with any type of cannabis product is highly illegal. Don’t do it. 

Even if you’re flying to Canada, where cannabis is legal, you are under the jurisdiction of Border Control agents. Unlike TSA, they can arrest you for marijuana possession. And don’t forget: Many countries have stricter marijuana laws than the United States. If you’re busted with marijuana in another country, you may face jail time there.

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