Twisty Quartz Blunt

 A Twisty Quartz Blunt at Pakalolo Supply Company. Eric Engman/Alaska Cannabist

One part “build a better mousetrap” and one part “reinvent the wheel,” this gadget is a cross between a pipe and a long-lasting joint.

The Twisty Quartz Blunt is a roughly 3-inch long by half-inch wide tube of heat-resistant quartz glass with a removable “twisty screw” running the length of it.

To use, you remove the screw, loosely fill the tube full of finely ground weed and use the screw to pack it down about halfway.

Then you twist the screw down into the weed in a counterclockwise motion until it’s fully inserted into the weed.

The top of the screw is the mouthpiece, and a silicone cap on the business end keeps everything in place until you’re ready to light up.

Each section of screw holds a portion of weed, and a turn of the mouthpiece pushes the burned weed out while a fresh portion is moved forward.

One advantage of the Twisty Quartz Blunt is that once lit, it stays lit. Also, you’re drawing the smoke through the weed in the body of the pipe, which cools the smoke by about 30%. The contraption can also be fitted to a bong with an adapter called a Bubbler Kit, which costs about $30. This allows several bong hits in a row without refilling, and cools the smoke even more.

The Twisty Quartz Blunt was developed and designed in the USA and costs about $20 to $25. It can be found online and at cannabis retailers such as Pakalolo Supply Co. in Fairbanks and AK Frost in Anchorage.

—Dorothy Chomicz

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