The term “cannabis cigar” will likely make most people think of a blunt – a traditional tobacco cigar with the tobacco removed and replaced my cannabis flower. Indeed, the blunt (aka: cannabis cigars or weed cigars) has been around for quite some time and anyone familiar with cannabis culture has likely experienced this type of cannabis cigar before.
What is a Cannagar Blunt?
There is another form of cannabis cigars that may not be as familiar to many: The cannagar! Just as a traditional cigar is filled with tobacco and wrapped in tobacco leaves, a cannagar is basically the same thing, but with marijuana: weed flower wrapped in cannabis leaves. The process of making a cannagar is more intricate than that may sound, however. We’ll get to the cannagar creation process, but first, let’s talk some history …
The cannagar originated in Thailand, where they were called “Thai Sticks.” Originating in the 1970s, they were most commonly produced by tying hemp rope tightly around cannabis on a skewer, then burying it in opium before allowing it to cure for months. The final product is a Cannagar with a rougher appearance.
Thailand has a long history of cannabis cultivation and usage. Traditionally, Thai Sticks were used to make a smokable product from only the cannabis plant’s components. They were first created in the 1960s and ’70s, and they were quite popular throughout southeast Asia during that time. They made it to our shores as a result of American soldiers traveling through the region while fighting in Vietnam.
People have recently started to return to this trend (without the opium) owing to the enhanced smoking experience it provides. Thai Sticks can burn for hours because the cannabis is so compacted, resulting in a smooth and easy draw owing to the hole left by the skewer.
The Evolution of the Cannabis Cigar
So what was the path from Thai Stick to the Cannagar? The difference between the two is pretty minimal. However, since Cannagars is a relatively recent term, there is still a lot of uncertainty and debate about its meaning among the cannabis community. Thai Sticks & Cannagars are both considered compressed cannabis on a skewer, with the only distinction being the rolling material. Cannagars are usually rolled in hemp or cannabis fan leaves, while Thai Sticks may be rolled in a variety of materials.
How is a Cannagar Made?
The process of making a cannagar is quite different from that of rolling a joint or packing blunt. It requires special equipment, but once the technique is mastered, you can make cannagars even at home.
Cannabis Oil and a Cannagar Mold
Cannagars are made using a mold, or press, with a skewer in the middle. Flower is added to the mold, a bit at a time, and compressed together around the skewer. A bit of cannabis oil is sometimes used to help the product stick together. The tighter a cannagar is packed, the slower it will burn.
Wrapped in Cannabis Leaves
After the mold is packed, it is left to sit for a number of hours and then wrapped in cured hemp leaves. Some makers get creative and add cannabis concentrate to the mold before wrapping.
The final step, of course, is to remove the skewer. The resulting hole allows for a smooth and easy draw and an unbeatable smoking experience.
The Last Toke
Cannagars are an easy way to enjoy cannabis in a different form, but they do require some specialized equipment. If you’re interested in learning more about the process of making cannagar blunts or how to use them for medicinal purposes, feel free to contact Frost Exotic Cannabis Denver Dispensary any time! We would be happy to help answer your questions and address all of your concerns.