Cannabis alchemist and author of many spirited books, including Cannabis Cocktails, Mocktails & Tonics and Apothecary Cocktails, Warren Bobrow, hails from New Jersey, where he still makes his home.
While his grandfather was one of the makers of Aqua Velva and Geritol, Bobrow started leaning toward cannabis as a teenager, which eventually led him away from the family circle.
Diagnosed with glaucoma, Bobrow turned his love for the herb into remedy in the state of New Jersey, which had just recently came on board for cannabis as medicine.
Glaucoma is progressive condition, passed down through generations, caused by a deterioration of the optic nerve, leading to high fluid pressure on the front part of the eye. The increased pressure damages the optic nerve that transmits images to the brain. While there is no cure and no warning signs early on, it’s only detected via a routine exam for glaucoma. If not managed properly it can lead to permanent blindness.
A paper published in the National Institute of Medicine’s site states that glaucoma patients who smoke cannabis have decreased intraocular pressure (IOP). This is due to the discovery of ocular cannabinoid receptors, prompting more studies on treating glaucoma with cannabis.
These findings make Bobrow’s smoking habit serious, keeping the pressure down and his spirits lifted. As he openly admits, he really likes the feeling of being high.
Interestingly enough, Bobrow doesn’t really consider himself a full-fledged patient, stating that he uses the herb mostly to de-stress. That said, distressing can also be done by taking a pharmaceutical, such as Valium, making chilling just for fun a highly debated subject.
What’s in Your Stash, Warren Bobrow?
His finely made leather stash bag is the brainchild of New York wardrobe stylist Jessica Cadmus, via her company Rogue Paq. Cadmus is a Goldman Sachs alumna, also known as the Wardrobe Whisperer, as she’s also a guest stylist for brands such as Hugo Boss, Reiss, and Alexis Bittar.
When Cadmus saw her friends and colleagues putting cannabis inside old pencil cases and plastic baggies, she jumped into action, designing attractive soft-tooled leather pouches, purposefully for the mindful partaker.
“I enjoy a plethora of flavors and effects during the day,” Warren shares. “I’m fortunate to enjoy [them] during the day, and my Rogue Paq stash [bag] is scent-suppressant and elegantly visual. I’m always proud to whip it out in social situations.”
Inside Bobrow’s Rogue Paq holds a Stonedware pocket pipe, makers of high fashion and high quality pipes created in Portland, Oregon.
Bobrow penned a piece about Stonedware’s pipes for Forbes. He praised the artist Ariel Zimman’s work stating, “The GeoPipe is that good because the person who created it is filled with abundant love and oozing with unending creativity.”
Fashioned after a high-end, hand-rolled fine cigar, cannagars, which can cost several hundred dollars each, go a step further and are often rolled in the leaf from the premium flower inside. They are also typically infused with hash, concentrated oils, and last up to a week or longer, depending on the partaking and how many partakers are involved.
The flower in his stash was purchased from a local New Jersey shop, Harmony Dispensary, led by self-proclaimed leading botanists using “advanced robotic controlled environment.”
A stash comes in many forms, and while his Rogue Paq sits in one pocket, in the other you’ll find a small flask filled with his latest cannabis-infused creation.
Recently featured on Viceland, the brew nestled in his breast pocket was inspired from a classic whiskey punch. Here’s how to whip it up:
Viceland Punch For Two
- 2 oz. Cannabis (THC/CBD) decried and infused into Bourbon of your choice
- 8 oz. Oven Caramelized Blood Orange Juice- peel- remove the bitter white pith- and split the blood oranges. Scatter some Demerara Sugar over the tops, dot with Angostura Bitters, and roast for an hour at 300 degrees, cool and juice- you’ll need a couple pounds of oranges!
- 2 oz. Fruitations Craft Soda and Cocktail Syrup- Tangerine Flavor (just three ingredients!)
- 2 oz. Plain Seltzer
- Dash of Cardamom Bitters
- Dash of Chocolate Mole’ Bitters
- Add the juice and the Fruitations to a Boston Shaker filled 3/4 with ice
- Cap and shake hard
- Add to two old fashioned glasses with ice
- Splash seltzer over the top
- Dot with cardamom bitters
- Dot with Chocolate mole’ bitters
Warren Bobrow waxes poetic about the first time he smoked cannabis, knowing full well the herb has brought him to a place of wellness, wonder, and a newfound acceptance by his peers.
“My family used to spend time in Bermuda every summer,” he shared. “We stayed at a place with pink cottages and cerulean blue waters with massive parrot fish that splashed up against pink beaches. I made friends easily with the bartenders, who made me Pina Coladas and fruit punches – minus the rum.”
“One summer a bartender sold me outdoor grown island weed. It may or may not have gotten me high, but what it did for me was make me a cool kid, when I was really a nerd. I’m thinking it still does that for me today, but in a more high profile way,” he laughed.