Cypress Hill Bhang _ Jamie Pearson (Bhang Corporation)_3

Courtesy of Jamie Pearson (Bhang Corporation)

Hits from the Bhang

Cypress Hill is back to make you insane in the brain with a snazzy new line of collector’s edition cannabis products.

Hip-hop superstars Cypress Hill have smoked hits from the bong in plain sight since back in the early ’90s, when we still had to sneak around and smoke weed in private. Now that cannabis is legal, the band celebrates its stoner legacy with a joint venture that packs high-powered kind bud into flashy Cypress Hill-themed collector’s edition containers.

This new line of marijuana conversation pieces is called Cypress Hill Bhang, a collaboration with Oakland’s Bhang Chocolates. But these treats aren’t chocolates. One is a quarter-ounce of top-shelf flower in a novelty crystal skull jar, the other is a six-joint “cassette-tape stash box” that mimics the appearance of an old-school mixtape.

This is all a promotion to coincide with the release of Cypress Hill’s new album Elephants on Acid. But for the purposes of this review, we will only consider the merits of the packaging and quality of the weed in these retail items that run $125 for the quarter-ounce skull jar and $65 for the 3.6-gram joint box (before taxes).

As you’d expect from the Cypress Hill ethos, the weed is very strong. The cannabis in the skull jar is your choice of high-THC strains Cherry Bomb or Zookies, while the pre-rolls are packed with the delightfully debilitating Mendo Breath.

You’re paying for the very fun packaging factor here, and both of these containers are keepers. The skull is fairly standard Spencer’s Gifts design, but its “bucket hat” lid does a nice job of preserving the bud’s freshness. The cassette tape is a great little visual gag, and the joints inside are meticulously well-rolled and sturdy.

These gift-type items are a limited release, and currently only available in San Francisco at Bloom Room or via the delivery service Bud.com. A few Berkeley and Oakland dispensaries also carry them, and these collectibles may become more widely available as we get closer to the holidays.

Both items cost about $20 more than you would pay for the same amount of cannabis in regular, not-Cypress-Hill-themed packaging. So for a slight additional charge, Bhang products make a nice knickknack for weed collectors or Cypress Hill fans who want to get high, so high.

Potency: The two varieties of weed in the skull jar and the joints are both over 20 percent THC, which would not just kill a man, but instead leave a smoker with a blissful head buzz.

Smell: The raw flower inside the crystal skull has a subtle black pepper scent, whereas the joints are a little stinkier with a dank, oaky aroma.

Taste: The pre-rolls are nicely filtered, but their flavor is still fairly harsh and smoky. The kind buds are better able to maintain their spicy, gingery profile in the handsome glass jar.

Appearance: The collector cases are hit-of-the-party novelties, and the joints are clearly rolled with great attention to detail.

Medical Application: Sticky-icky that sedates your brain, in containers that stimulate your eyes.

Effect: These collectibles will immediately become the coolest items on your stash jar or shelf, and remain useful canisters long after the original weed has gone out (like that).

3/5

Available in San Francisco at Bloom Room or via delivery at Bud.com. Visit cypressbhang.com for details.