Strain: Chong’s Choice Joint
Producer: Chong’s Choice
Contributor: Fran Laurel
Speaking of the OG!
Before I even knew what marijuana was, I knew who Cheech and Chong were. That dank-namic duo may have faded since the 1980s, but they never left the hearts and minds of stoner culture, nor have their films, led by their 1978 now-considered-a-classic, Up in Smoke.
While Cheech has retired to more mainstream fare (*cough* Nash Bridges *cough*), Sir Tommy Chong is still connected to the cannabis world in several ways. He even went to jail briefly for his involvement in the fledgling days of the online retail industry. The man has more than paid his debt to the culture, and he continues to give back by offering up his name and likeness to a brand of pre-rolled joints. These Chong’s Choice twists come packed with 1.25 grams of flower and some kief thrown in for good measure.
How would these nostalgically named joints match up in the modern marketplace?
Well, this joint passes the eye test -- in that I really wanted to smoke it as soon as I saw it. Unlike a lot of flashy pre-rolls, this joint came packaged in a clean, white rolling paper. It was well-packed and looked of sturdy construction, with all the kief supposedly rolled inside with the flower, rather than pasted to the paper.
While this wasn’t as “showy” as some other pre-rolls, it actually makes more sense to pack the kief inside, and not risk losing it everytime you handle the joint. Looks like Chong knows what he’s doing.
Since this product comes with some strong pedigree, I was expecting nothing less than the best, sweetest, dankest flower inside this joint. And while that may have been the case, it certainly didn’t smell like what I expected it to.
The odor coming off this joint wasn’t sweet, citrusy, or floral at all. In fact, it was actually earthier than anticipated. This deep aroma was surprisingly rich and multi-faceted, as I detected hints of leather, dirt, and even rocks. It was a weird, wild smell that was so classically “masculine,” I wondered if I had picked up the Axe Body Spray of pre-rolls.
Thankfully, this joint didn’t taste like I was smoking some dirt-wrapped leather. In fact, it really didn’t taste like much at all. It was easy to puff on, since it wasn’t very dark or harsh, but there wasn’t much flavor to it.
What it did have was bite. Like a strong espresso or a shot of whiskey, there was a bitter bite at the tail end of the taste. It didn’t discourage me, but it did make me feel like I was earning my high. That bite was something I had to suffer through, but in a good way. It was the type of suffering that led to satisfaction, like waiting for a restaurant table or brewing your own beer. The effort made the reward all the sweeter.
And the rewards of this joint were good and plenty. From the first puff, I was feeling something. Even though I chose the OG variety of joint, the high was a nice mix of both Indica and Sativa sensations -- I felt a head buzz that gave me focus and a little bit of energy, not to mention a great feeling of relaxation that loosened up my muscles and made me sink back into my seat.
The Chongster has done it again.
It would be so disappointing to discover that an OG like Tommy Chong had lent his name to an inferior product -- and thankfully that was not the case here. This Chong’s Choice pre-rolled joint was a powerful little twist that left me high, happy, and hungry. I recommend this joint for any and all smokers looking for a good time. It’s not the most floral or fruity varietal, but it provides a lot of bang for your buck, and that’s all I can really ask for from a pre-rolled joint.
I’ve got to shout out MMD Hollywood for being super chill and helping me in my inebriated state, our friend Dusty for hooking us up there, and of course, the OG Tommy Chong for throwing his weight behind a quality product.
Chong’s Choice Pre-Rolled Joint (OG) - $16 for 1 joint
1515 N Cahuenga Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Phone: (877) 420-5874
Open: 8am - 9:50pm, 7 days a week
This might be a silly question to ask, but have you ever hit up the dispensary when you were already stoned?
It’s a little like going to the grocery store when you’re starving. Your heightened hunger leaves you in a weakened state, leaving you susceptible to craving-based impulse purchases. While you might be satisfied in the short term, these grocery bundles often have no forethought built into them, meaning that you’re just going to eat the frozen pizza, or the bag of chips, or the sleeve of Oreos right away - and then be stuck with no food in your kitchen because you weren’t thinking about the future, you were only thinking about the “right now.”
That’s what happened to me on our last visit to MMD Hollywood. Except I wasn’t starving for any mary jane, I was already intoxicated before I stepped inside the store. And don’t worry, I arrived courtesy of safe and legal means of transportation, but thanks for asking. But just like shopping when you’re hungry, shopping when you’re stoned means that you’re not in your right frame of mind. That also means that you’re going to look back on your choices later and think, “Did I really do that?”
I dropped into MMD Hollywood after hanging out with my friend Dusty, who always smokes me out (and usually under the table). This guy can smoke, and he was the one who turned me onto MMD in the first place. It’s where he buys his weed, and I loved the strain we were smoking so much, I decided to scoot on over and pick some up for myself.
Easier done than said.
First of all, I was moving really slowly, since I had that super-stoned feeling of being underwater. Not only that, but I was so focused on my own brain-waves, that I often misheard what people said and needed them to repeat it. What I’m saying is, my name might have been called out repeatedly before I heard it.
As I entered the showroom, everything around me looked so good. I got so distracted by all the pretty flowers that I totally forgot what I came for.
Thankfully, the budtender recognized the state I was in, and they made things super simple for me. They asked me how my day was going, and I told them that I wanted to “grab some flower that I had smoked here before.”
That’s not exactly right, but it’s close enough. I may not have ever remembered what strain it was that I was looking for, but my budtender walked me through several options, each coming with personal knowledge about them to help inform my decision. That was really cool, and I was glad that they were so chill in helping me out.
Finally, I just had to pick something and go with it. I thought that would be it, but of course, I got distracted again and made some impulse purchases on the way out. That’s how I wound up buying one gram of flower and four pre-rolled joints, including a joint rolled by the master himself, Tommy Chong.
I don’t think I’ll be getting stoned before shopping again anytime soon. I definitely sobered up and looked into this candy bag and thought, “Huh. Did I really do that?
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