Saturday, December 1, 2012

Origins of the Term "Cashed"

Recently someone asked me where the name "Kashtray" came from. Kashtray is actually a play on words, combining the words cash or cashed, and ashtray.  It's a befitting name, as the Kashtray is an ashtray you use when your bowl is cashed. I decided to use a "K" instead of a "C" because I thought it looked better, and also to avoid confusion with the tray of a cash register.  

This got me to thinking, where did the term "cashed" come from anyway?

Marijuana smokers use the term "cashed" to refer to a bowl of marijuana which has been smoked to the point of ash. The term "cashed" can be used as an adjective, meaning empty or used up. For example: "This bowl is cashed." It can also be used as a verb, meaning to empty. For example: "Cash out that bowl and pack another."

Cashed can also refer other things that are depleted. A few non-marijuana related examples are: "This bag of chips is cashed." or "After a long day of work, I was cashed." The former meaning empty and the latter meaning tired.

The term "cash point" refers to the point at which a bowl of weed is considered to be cashed or finished, and in need of being emptied or repacked. The cash point of a bowl is heavily debated, as some smokers will smoke a bowl until all that remains is a fine gray ash, while other believe a bowl to be cashed when it no longer tastes good or even when no green remains. A person's ideal cash point may vary from day to day and is often dictated by one's financial situation or availability of said herb.

So what about the origin of the word "cashed" with reference to marijuana paraphernalia?

According to, cash, when used as a verb, means to exchange for or convert into ready money, for example, "cash a check". Likewise, to cash out something means to dispose of an asset or investment for profit, for example, "cash out your stocks". The slang term, cash in,  meaning to die, comes from the expression "cash in your chips", which is what you do when you're finished gambling. The slang use of the term "cash" or "cashed" in smoking circles is therefore thought to have derived from either "cash out", meaning sell, exchange, or dispose of, or from "cash in", meaning to die or to be finished. Of course no one wants to hit a bowl that is finished or dead, and when you "cash out a bowl" you would most certainly like to exchange the ash that's in it for something green. 

Sometimes the word "cached" is mistakenly used to mean used up or finished. However, according to, a cache is a hiding place used especially for storing provisions, a store of goods or valuables concealed in a hiding place, or a fast storage buffer in the central processing unit of a computer, for example, "cache memory"When used as a verb, the term cache means to hide or store in such a place. However, in most cases a cashed bowl is neither hidden nor stored, the term "cached bowl" is, therefore, incorrect.

There are several other words smokers use to mean used up, empty, or cashed. Depending on your location and the age of your smoking buddies, you may have heard words such as kicked, done, killed, dead, spent, burnt, beat, toasted, pooched, dusted, or simply out, to describe a bowl of marijuana that is no longer worthy of hitting.

Now that you know why your bowl is cashed, or at least why you say it's cashed, the question is: What do you do with it when it is cashed? For that, the good people at Ingenious Imports have devised a tool that helps remove ash from a cashed bowl and is, at the same time, a receptacle for this unwanted material. The Kashtray features a handmade and beautifully glazed ceramic body, a tapered metal cleaning pin, and a handsome rubber base to protect your furniture. The Kashtray is one of those products that is, at first, a luxury, then a habit, and before long, a necessity. Once you own a Kashtray you will wonder how you ever got by without one.

The Kashtray: When your bowl is's got your ash.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Top Ten Stoner Gifts Ideas

There's a nip in the air and this year's harvest is dry, that can only mean one's time for the Top Ten Stoner Gift ideas of 2012. This year's class contains the best smoking accessories we could find for every budget, arranged from lowest to highest in price for your convenience. So whether your favorite stoner has been naughty, nice, or a little bit of both, we're sure one of these will make the perfect gift.

Spliffs, by Nick Jones
A celebration of cannabis culture, Spliffs, by Nick Jones, is an authority on all aspects of the marijuana counter culture. Fully illustrated with full-color photographs and drawings throughout, this book has  information on different varieties of weed and hash, recipes, famous users, paraphernalia, and the influence of marijuana on music, movies, media, and literary and comic book culture.  
$10.42 + Shipping
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Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower's Bible

Marijuana Horticulture
The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower's Bible by Jorge Cervantes is probably the most complete book on growing marijuana ever written and makes a great gift for the stoner interested in growing. The books credits list more than 300 contributors and has 512 full color pages and over 1000 full color photographs and illustrations.
$19.77 + Shipping
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Kashtray New Colors

The Kashtray 
The ashtray for people who smoke weed. Inspired by necessity and enhanced through design, the Kashtray is the solution to the pipe smoker’s most common problem – how to clean out your pipe. Made of beautifully glazed, high quality ceramic, the Kashtray is functional, attractive, and a must-have for all pipe and vaporizer smokers.
$19.99 Delivered
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Everyone needs clothes, right? The SEED-TEE-LION from Seedless, is shown here, but anything by Seedless is sure to please the stoner on your shopping list.
$22.99 + Shipping
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Marijuana Hemp Leaf Toaster
Giving new meaning to the phrase wake n' bake, this marijuana hemp leaf toaster is the perfect gift for the stoner out there who has everything, everything except a marijuana hemp leaf toaster, that is.
$35 + Shipping
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Mendo Mulcher Grinder
The Mendo Mulcher grinder is one of the best grinders on the market today. Made in Mendocino County, USA, the Mendo Mulcher grinder also has more teeth than any other grinder on the market today. Even the smallest herbs cannot escape its awesome grinding power. Seen here is the 2" Vap Grinder with 190 micron screen.
$44.95 + Shipping
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Armilon Capsule Pipe
This is light-weight, efficient and discreet, a perfect gift for the stoner who enjoys outdoor activities. The retractable bowl allows you to load and go and snuff out your bowl between hits. What's more, the Capsule will never clog due to its ingenious DrawFORCE Filter™ technology that’s specifically designed to capture ash, and hot tar.
$49.99 Delivered
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Without a doubt one of the finest smoking tools around, the Incredipipe is simple, sleek, and very effective. The Incredibowl m420 (Mini), seen here, shares the same design as the larger i420 in a smaller, more compact package. and comes in red, black, royal blue and green.
$69.99 Delivered
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Wolf Productions Rolling Tray
Every stoner needs a stash box. Known as the T4, the deluxe golden maple rolling tray is the king of rolling trays! The T4 has a sifting compartment for extracting the very best out of your material as well as a latch, lock and key mechanism to help you keep your weed and smoking accessories safe and secure.
$ 80.00 + Shipping
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G Pen
The G Pen is one of the most modern smoking accessories on the market. This portable vaporizer, powered by an advanced lithium ion battery, is compact, discreet, and ready to use. As seen here, each G Box comes with a G Pen, G Tank, G Tool, USB Charger with an AC adapter, and two essential oil containers.
$100 + Shipping
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Friday, October 19, 2012

Top Ten Stoner Gifts Under $20

It's that time of year again and you need to find that perfect gift for your favorite stoner. Unfortunately, you recently lost your job and you're living in your mom's basement again. Money is tight, but don't fret. We've done the work for you (you lazy bastard) and found the ten best stoner gifts under $20.

American Weigh Digital Pocket Scale
Convenient and accurate. Weighs up to 1000 grams by 0.1 gram increments.
$9.70 + Shipping
The Original Dugout One-Hitter
You've seen them. You've used them. One of the most discreet and efficient ways to smoke weed. Even if you have twenty pipes, you need to have one of these.
$12.90 + Shipping
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Kashtray New Colors
The Kashtray
The Kashtray is an ashtray made specifically for people who smoke weed. The ceramic base is easy to clean and the metal cleaning pin effectively cleans out even the most stubborn ash.
$19.99 Delivered
Authentic Chromium Crusher 2.5'' 4pc CNC Herbal Tobacco Herb Aluminum Grinder Silver W/ LIFE TIME WARRANTY!
Authentic Chromium Crusher
This 2.5", 4 Piece herb grinder comes with a lifetime warranty.
$19.95 + Shipping
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Can Safe Arizona Ice Tea

Discreet and safe, a great place to hide your weed or other smoking paraphernalia. They come in several other styles as well, such as Coca Cola, WD-40, shaving cream, engine oil, etc.
 $11.99 + Shipping

The revolutionary lighter accessory that keeps your pipe clean while on the go.
$5.99 + Shipping
Rolling Papers
Different colors, different sizes, different flavors. Get a variety pack and smoke a different jay every day.
$3 to $6 + Shipping

Hand Blown Glass Tobacco Pipe Rainbow Stripe Pyrex

Hand Blown Glass

This hand blown glass tobacco pipe with rainbow stripes is made from durable pyrex glass on the Oregon coast. Very colorful and unique. All pipes are hand made, so each one will vary slightly. Other styles are available.
$20 + Shipping
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Marijuana Horticulture: The Indoor/Outdoor Medical Grower's Bible

Marijuana Horticulture by Jorge Cervantes
One of the most complete books about growing marijuana that you will find. Novice and expert growers can both learn something from this book.
$19.77 + Shipping

The gift of weed is always appreciated. With so many kinds to choose from, just choose the right amount for your budget. Truly the gift that keeps on giving.
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Monday, October 15, 2012

Ashtrays for Pipes: Product Comparison

There are a lot of ashtrays for pipes out there. Although we are partial to the Kashtray, we wanted to give our readers and potential customers the chance to compare what's on the market today. We are confident that the Kashtray is the best ashtray for pipes out there. Take a look and choose for yourself.

Name: Debowler
Material: plastic
Pros: cheap, cheap, cheap
Cons: plastic melts, cleaning pin too big to be effective on some bowls, potentially dangerous
Price: $5 + shipping
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Name: Smashtray
Material: silicone
Pros: safe, won't break glass pipes
Cons: no cleaning pin makes it difficult to remove stubborn ash
Price: $15
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Name: Kashtray
Material: ceramic base, metal pin
Pros: looks great, effective cleaning pin, easy to clean
Cons: breakable, potentially dangerous, your friends will be jealous
Price: $20 (includes shipping)
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Name: Tap Dat Ash
Material: silicone
Pros: safe, won't break glass pipes
Cons: no cleaning pin makes it difficult to remove stubborn ash
Price: $19.95 + shipping
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Name: Peterson Pipe Ashtray
Material: ceramic and cork
Pros: looks great, also works well for cigarettes, cigars, and joints
Cons: breakable, no cleaning pin makes it difficult to remove stubborn ash
Price: $30 + shipping
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Top Ten Songs about Weed

Listening to music and smoking weed go hand in hand. Here's a list of our top top songs about weed. Next time your bowl is cashed, sit back and listen to one of these classics and check out the Kashtray at:

10. Hotel California by Eagles

9. Gin and Juice by Snoop Dogg

8. Rainy Day Women No. 12 & 35 by Bob Dylan 

7. I Love You Maryjane by Cypress Hill and Sonic Youth

6. And It Stoned Me by Van Morrison

5. I am the Walrus by The Beatles

4. Smoke Two Joints by Sublime

3. Burn One Down by Ben Harper

2. Purple Haze by Jimi Hendrix

1. Kaya by Bob Marley

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Munchie Cure: Waffle Surprise

Cooking is high on my list of things to do when my bowl is cashed. Not only does it give you something productive to do, but it also provides a cure for the inevitable munchies. Nothing like getting two birds stoned at once. The following concoction is something my mom used to make us when we were kids, but I have found that it is equally good after blazing as an adult.

Waffle Surprise

two frozen waffles
peanut butter
chocolate chips
small marshmallows

1. Lightly toast the waffles.
2. Spread peanut butter on one side of each waffle, but only enough to partially fill the squares..
3. Put chocolate chips (approx. 1 per square) on the peanut butter side of one of the waffles.
4. Put marshmallows (16 - 25) on the peanut butter side of the other waffle.
5. Bake at 350 degrees F for 7-8 minutes or until marshmallows are toasted.
6. Put the two waffles together and enjoy.

Note: Waffle Surprise is best eaten with a knife and fork. Be sure to have plenty of milk on hand.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

How to Make Hash Oil: Safe (Evaporation) Method

In a previous post I told of a way to make hash oil with Everclear using the very dangerous double broiler method. This is a follow up to that post detailing a very safe and fool-proof method of making hash oil using either Everclear or isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol.

You will need:
1. Marijuana
2. A bottle or two of alcohol: Everclear or isopropyl (The higher the alcohol content the better.)
3. A large glass jar or similar container with a sealable lid
4. A few large coffee filters or cheesecloth
5. A large pan or baking dish
6. A razor blade, old credit card, or some other scraping device
7. A glass vial or vials depending on quantity (optional)
8. An eye-dropper (optional)

First, grind up the weed as much as possible and put it in a jar no more than 3/4 of the way full. Pour in the alcohol so that the weed is completely covered. Put the lid on, or cover the jar so that it is sealed. Let the mixture sit for a day or so, occasionally mixing it or giving it a shake.

Strain out the herbs
The next day, strain out the weed, first through a metal strainer and then through a coffee filter or cheesecloth. You could give the weed a little rinse if you have any alcohol left over.

Once filtered, transfer the marijuana infused alcohol to a large open dish, such as a baking pan. The bigger the pan, the faster the alcohol will evaporate. Let it sit until the alcohol has completely evaporated leaving you with dark, thick hash oil.

Scrape the pan using a razor blade, credit card or similar tool. At this time you could warm the hash oil slightly and use an eye dropper to put it into a glass vile for easy storage.


Top Ten Things to do When Your Bowl is Cashed

10. Clean it.
9. Eat something.
8. Drink something.
7. Take a nap.
6. Make something creative.
5. Play a round of Frisbee golf.
4. Go for a drive (aka Stoney Cruise).
3. Listen to, or make some, music.
2. Have sex.
1. Give it a poke with the Kashtray and pack another.

What do you do when your bowl is cashed? Leave your comment here.

Monday, June 11, 2012

How to Make Hash Oil with Everclear

I want to preface this post by saying that making hash oil using this method is extremely dangerous. It is best to do this outside, away from anything flammable. Doing this inside a house or apartment is asking for your picture on the front page of your local paper. One should also have a fire extinguisher on hand as well as plenty of ventilation. Besides the obvious fire danger, it is very easy to get drunk by inhaling the fumes of the Everclear which in turn makes this method that much more dangerous. That being said, the hash oil I've made using this method is excellent. Enjoy!

This method of making hash oil is relatively simple. Basically, you will be cooking the weed in alcohol using a double broiler method, straining the marijuana infused alcohol, and then boiling this infused alcohol down to the point that it the alcohol is gone, leaving nothing but the oil from the plant. You will need, a few bottles of Everclear grain alcohol, a couple ounces of weed, a double broiler, coffee filters, a funnel, a stove or burner. and plenty of ventilation.

To do this, take your weed (it helps if you grind it up a bit) and put it in a pot of Everclear alcohol. The alcohol should more than cover the weed, but only half fill the pot, to avoid splashing and the consequent fire. Be sure to save some Everclear for the final stage as well as clean up. Place the weed/alcohol filled pot on top of a pot about half full of water. Ideally you will be using a double-broiler (as seen on the left) so that the pots fit together. If the pots don't fit together tighly, the top pot should be in contact with the water of the lower pot. Cooking the mixture in this way ensures that the temperature never gets higher than 212 degrees Fahrenheit, thus keeping the THC in the oil. Boil the mixture in this way for 30 minutes to an hour.

After it has simmered for a while, you'll need to filter the mixture to remove the weed and stems. A coffee filter works well for this, but be careful. This should be done in a safe location far away from any heat source or flame. Allowing the liquid to cool before filtering makes it much easier to handle. At this time you could take the weed you just removed from the alcohol and boil it again using new alcohol and the same method, but you will really only extract a little more goodness from the weed.

Now, take the marijuana infused alcohol and place it once again in the double broiler pot with water in the lower pot. As the water boils the alcohol will also boil and evaporate away, which is why this method is dangerous. The alcohol fumes are extremely flammable so use extreme caution. Evaporating the alcohol will take a while. Hopefully you saved enough Everclear to swish around in the pot once you get near the end. Once the alcohol has evaporated you can use something to scrape it from the pot. In the past, I've used an eyedropper to put the hash oil in a small glass vile like the one seen here, but you must do this while the oil is still warm. Use the remaining alcohol to clean your double broiler pot.

Monday, June 4, 2012

TheKashtray - Is it safe?

Check out Dustin Hoffman's reaction when someone threatens to cut off the metal cleaning pin of his Kashtray.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Top Ten Reasons to Buy a Kashtray

10. Ash is not a good part of any home decor.
9. To celebrate moving out of your parents basement.
8. Free shipping.
7. No more blowing ash into your eye.
6. A clean pipe is more effective at getting you stoned.
5. It works well with nearly every smoking device out there.
4. Your mom wouldn't approve.
3. It's something you'll use several times a day like, hopefully, your toothbrush.
2. It's only 20 bucks, meanwhile you spent $200 on that bong of yours.
1. It's like a toilet for your bowl...You wouldn't shit on the floor would you?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Treating Insomnia with Marijuana

According to research by the National Sleep Foundation, 48 percent of Americans suffer from occasional insomnia while 22 percent report insomnia on a nightly basis. To combat these symptoms, approximately 10 million Americans use prescriptions sleep aids every year. These medications have a variety of side effects including  headache, heartburn, stomach pain, shaking, constipation and tingling sensations. Furthermore, these drugs are both physically and psychologically addictive.

I have suffered from insomnia for over a decade. While I generally have no trouble falling asleep, the chronic insomnia that I experience is characterized by awakening 2 to 3 hours after I have gone to sleep, and then every 1 to 2 hours after that. Sometimes I will be awake for just 10 - 15 minutes, while other times I may be awake for over an hour, or perhaps not go back to sleep at all. It was during one of these prolonged periods of being awake in the middle of the night that I discovered that smoking a small amount of marijuana caused enough of a change in my mind and body to allow me to fall back asleep within minutes.

I'm not sure if this treatment method works for all types of insomnia or if it works the same for everyone, but I can assure you that using marijuana to treat my insomnia has increased my quality of life dramatically. It is widely known that indica strains have more of a calming effect than sativas, and perhaps the method with which the drug is administered could also affect treatment. Although I prefer the fast-acting effect that smoking marijuana provides, it is possible that edibles and tinctures, while having a slower onset, might have longer lasting effects.

Unfortunately, even in states where medical marijuana is legal, the use of marijuana to treat insomnia is not common practice, and there has been very little research done regarding the use of marijuana as a treatment for insomnia. If you have used marijuana to treat a sleep disorder or have other knowledge that might be useful to others suffering from sleep problems, please leave your comments here.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Kashtray Safety Kaps Now Available

The new Kashtray safety caps are finally here! Made of hardened rubber, and emblazoned with the Kashtray logo, the new Kashtray safety caps help protect against accidental injury while adding style to this remarkable pipe-cleaning device. And since the makers of the Kashtray wouldn't want any Kashtray users to go without one of the new caps, previous customers are invited to send a self-addressed stamped envelope to the company headquarters in Michigan in order to receive a free Kashtray safety cap. While the new safety caps make the Kashtray safer, you should still always keep your Kashtray in a safe place and out of the reach of children.

To receive a free Kashtray Safety Cap, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to:

Ingenious Imports
6659 Birch Lake Road
Kewadin, MI 49648