I just don’t smoke like I used to.
I’m in my mid-thirties. And while I can still chief with the best of them, I’ve become more discerning in the ways in which I consume my cannabis. Crushed pop cans, in the style of the late ‘90s Trail Blazers, are out of the question. Even a tightly rolled Vanilla Dutch, once a prefered choice for the cypher, leaves my lungs strained with the heavy smoke of the tobacco-derived wrap. These days, I’m more likely to be found hitting a slim joint of an extremely potent indica or dabbing some rosin hash than twisting up a blunt.
So when the head honchos at the Daily Leaf handed me a heavy glass test tube with a Melt Cannagar in it, I’ll confess to being slightly suspicious. Yes, it won second place at the High Times Cannabis Cup. But would this fat roll test the capacity of my now-refined lungs? Would it take me back to the heavy coughing of my college-era cyphers? Would it just. Be. Too. Much?
Maybe. But the Chief Leafers run the show, so your courageous correspondent called up a friend and put Melt Cannagars to the test.
Before we get to the verdict, these cannagars merit a detour to discuss the presentation. Delivered in a heavy glass tube topped with real cork, the presentation implies a premium product. I like packaging that can be reused, and this is ready to hold a number of joints, or for those so inclined, to serve as a lovely single stem vase.
The cannagar itself – we were offered a 2 gram “minigar”, though the Melt line will soon be expanding to offer even larger cannagars – comes tightly wrapped in a tobacco-free, all hemp wrapper. The business end of cannagar sports a wide wooden tube, stuffed with a custom crutch that’s folded in the shape of a cannabis leaf. This little touch really shouldn’t matter – it’s doubtful that the shape of the crutch improves the quality of the smoke – but it’s an accent that we haven’t seen on any other product and we love it more than we ought to; it shows the care put into the product. And if it weren’t for this ganja inspired crutch, the product would be, from the outside, indistinguishable from a traditional cigar.
Grabbing our wooden matches and double-blade cigar cutter (just kidding, we’re not that classy, we bit the end off), we sparked the Melt Minigar. Our scepticism immediately vanished. This is not a blunt. It is a fine cannagar, to be shared among a group of discerning cannabis consuming friends.
The hand-rolled cannagar burns just like a cigar ought to, even and steady without any need for relighting. The smooth smoking experience is bolstered by Melt’s collaboration with Portland High Standards, the cannabis farm that delivers a premium product, in this case, a finely balanced MAC (Miracle Alien Cookies), a hybrid that leans towards a relaxed indica high.
But the differentiating element of the Melt Minigar is the short wood tube that serves as a mouthpiece. Cigars can become soggy at the end and blunts are prone to restricted airflow as the mouth-end begins to stick together half-way through the burn. Not the Melt Minigar! The mouthpiece ensures smooth airflow from start to finish without any unpleasant bits of herb pulling through and sticking to your tongue. We also appreciate the glass packaging and wooden crutch; too often our pre-roll purchase comes packaged with unwanted plastic.
We get a lot of products for review at the Daily Leaf; only a handful stick with me as truly superior offerings. The Melt Cannagar is one of them.