Smoking cannabis has come a long way. Modern innovations like vaporizers allow users to select specific temperatures within one degree, blow torches let smokers heat up dab nails until they’re red-hot, and CO₂ extraction technology has brought potency and purity to heights previously unimaginable. Despite all of these pioneering leaps and bounds, the charm and ritualistic nature of more traditional means persist. One such device of distinction is the Jamaican steam chalice.

WHAT IS A JAMAICAN STEAM CHALICE?

A steam chalice is effectively a vaporizer made from natural products that uses charcoal instead of an electrical heating element. It resembles the shape of a bong or large pipe and features a coconut that holds water attached to a bamboo stem, which is inhaled through. On top of the coconut rests a clay bowl that weed is loaded into.

The steam chalice is a popular way to inhale the herb among Rastafarians due to its natural, organic, and healthy nature. The Rastafarian tradition places large emphasis on maintaining health, and living what is called an “Ital” lifestyle, which involves consuming organic whole foods. The use of a steam chalice fits into this lifestyle perfectly.

HOW TO USE A STEAM CHALICE

When preparing a steam chalice, the hollowed-out coconut is filled halfway with water. The bowl is then attached and loaded with dried flowers. A small clay grate is placed over the herb to form a protective barrier between the charcoal. This prevents any combustion from taking place, which is what makes this method a healthier choice than smoking. Hot charcoal is placed on the grate, and the user then inhales through the bamboo stem. Heat from the charcoal is pulled into the bowl, which vaporizes the resin on the flowers. This sends a clean and aromatic hit of cannabinoids and terpenes through the coconut water chamber and into the lungs.

Smoking through a steam chalice is said to be a natural means of reaching the higher self. It uses no modern technology, and harnesses all four elements to do the job. The clay represents the earth, the charcoal represents fire, the coconut chamber represents water, and the vapor is symbolic of air. The Rastafari don’t simply blaze through a steam chalice for a recreational high. The act of using this piece of equipment is a spiritual one, and is often done ceremonially.

The act of putting all of the pieces together and burning a fire for charcoal takes far longer than lighting the end of a spliff. This part of the practice cultivates patience and is a meditation in itself. The high is seen as a catalyst of uplifting vibes and is used to channel positive thoughts.

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STRAINS TO USE WITH A STEAM CHALICE

To keep with the tradition of using a steam chalice, you can choose to blaze some Jamaica-themed cannabis varieties. Not only do these strains provide a satisfying high, but they taste incredible when their terpenes are vaped through a chalice.

DANCE WORLD

Dance World is an uplifting and cerebral sativa-dominant strain that provides a moderate and clear-headed high. A THC level of 12% ensures full control over the psychotropic effects, and the added sativa stimulation makes her an ideal vape during the day when getting things done. A high CBD content adds calming and therapeutic elements to the strain. She was created by crossing two Dancehall phenotypes and then crossing the outcome with Juanita la Lagrimosa. Her small, compact, and frosty flowers offer scents and tastes of pine, fruit, and spices.

Dance World can be grown both indoors and outdoors with ease. Indoor plants provide a yield of around 500g/m², grow to a height of 80cm, and have a flowering time of 8 weeks. Plants cultivated outdoors produce a harvest of 425g/plant and peak at a height of 120cm.

Dance World

Dance World

Dance World

Genetic background Dancehall 20 x Juanita la Lagrímosa
Yield indoor 475 - 525 g/m2
Height indoor 60 - 100 cm
Flowering time 8 weeks
THC strength THC: 12% (aprox.) / CBD: High
Blend 75% Sativa, 25% Indica, 0% Ruderalis
Yield outdoor 400 - 450 g/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 80 - 120 cm
Harvest time Early October
Effect A motivating and inspiring feeling
 

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FRUIT SPIRIT

It almost seems as though the rich and zesty terpene profile of Fruit Spirit was meant to be experienced through a steam chalice. The vaporization process preserves these delicate aromatic molecules, making each hit a strong sensory experience. The fruity genetics of this strain stem from parents Blueberry and White Widow. An almost even balance between sativa and indica genetics, and a THC content of 18%, makes for a strong body stone alongside mental motivation.

Fruit Spirit is an easy strain to grow and will produce optimal yields within a mild climate. Indoor plants are capable of producing around 400g/m² and reach heights of 80–120cm. Expect to be trimming these buds 7–8 weeks after flowering starts. Plants grown outdoors will reach much taller heights of up to 220cm and produce harvests of up to 525g/plant.

Fruit Spirit

Fruit Spirit

Fruit Spirit Royal Queen Seeds

Genetic background Blueberry x White Widow
Yield indoor 500 - 550 g/m2
Height indoor 80 - 120 cm
Flowering time 7 - 8 weeks
THC strength THC: 18% (aprox.) / CBD: Low
Blend 60% Sativa, 40% Indica
Yield outdoor 500 - 550 g/per plant (dried)
Height outdoor 175 - 220 cm
Harvest time Early October
Effect High (sweet taste)
 

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