What is Beyond Smoking, and where is the brand established?
Beyond Smoking is a luxury brand of hand crafted custom designed Cannabis Cigars, out of Calgary Alberta.
Check out the Beyond Smoking website here.
What is the history of your team, and how did this turn from idea to reality?
We are a husband and wife team!
She is the master of gold and He is the master roller/engineer of the Beyondgars. His background is dispensary management and trades person. Where as hers background is in the heath care industry. Her father and uncle were/are a stone cutter and a jeweler in Alberta. This has helped her gain extensive experience around gold and precious stones.
He has a hard time rolling a regular joint due to a hand injury and prefers a bigger more luxurious smoke. Building on this idea we saw a place in the market for a high end luxurious cannabis cigar and honestly it was a simple idea to just start making cannabis cigars. The hard part came with all the research and development. Smoking every Cannabis Cigar/Cannagar available in Canada,understanding how it was made and what makes it good or not so good.
Also rolling dozens of “test” cigars to test ideas. It took over 2 years, but we finally came up with the perfect smoking Cannabis Cigar.
Who’s behind the branding? We love it.
The branding was done by Daniel. Relying on his years of experience managing dispensaries. Seeing many companies come and go and understanding packaging and marketing are important, however none of it matters if the cigar doesn’t actually smoke and burn correctly.
We pride our self’s on having a return policy on our cigars with our extensive quality control. Every cigar is inspected by hand before its put into final packaging.
This gives us a product that is always constant. When you open a beyond smoking Tube or box you can be sure that it will burn and smoke as advertised.
For someone new to cannagars, what exactly are cannabis cigars?
In our mind a Cannabis Cigar is a pre-roll, that consists of a center vent hole known as the “worm hole”. The cannabis should be completely solid when completed, added concentrate and an organic wrap (No tobacco) and should burn for hours!
Our Cannabis Cigars are a bit different then most. We don’t leave the skewer in the cigar for the customer to remove, we remove it before final packaging, just pop the top, remove the protective hemp wick and light it up.
Our packages offer lighting instructions with all of our cigars to make sure you maximize your smoking experience.
We use a 100% organic non GMO hemp wrap instead of Cannabis fan leaf’s.
This we find gives our Beyondgars a much smoother smoke, and a better smoking experience as there is no chlorophyll. Not to say we don’t roll with fan leaf by special order. We make custom smoke for any and all smokers throughout Canada.
The gold is provided by Shine papers but for the larger cigars we can hand gild 24k gold leaf by request. This is an extremely expensive and time consuming process.
Why does someone need a cannagar, what experience are a cannabis cigar perfect for and what demographics?
Cannabis Cigars are great for weddings, party’s, recording tracks in the studio, and pretty much any group event with Cannabis! Our cannagars are a wonderful gift or just for a night on the town.
But don’t take it lightly, once lit, even our smallest cigar (The Fatty) will burn for just under an hour. Many Cannabis Cigars are extremely expansive for the size offered.
We offer ongoing production of the some of the biggest Cannabis cigars in Canada at the best possible prices. Our largest cigar “Zeus” has 28 grams of flower added 4g of THC distillate added keif and wrapped in 24k Gold with a burn time from 3-4 hours.
Fear not we have designed our cigars so that if you need to cut your smoking session short use a cigar cutter or scissors to cut off the cherry, this will give u a smooth relight without a nasty already burnt roach taste.
We offer many different strains from Sai-Fi organics, Next level farms along with our personal home grown.
I have seen a few brands of cannagars pop up recently, but Beyond Smoking really stands out. What does your team do to differentiate the product and customer experience?
We test and retest all of our cigars. From the lighting and smoking experience to drop tests, ensuring we have a solid cannabis cigar that will not break in a customers hands.
We also offer a range of concentrates, our production lines are made with 96% THC distillate made locally in Calgary but Rosin, hash, Shatter, Isolate can be used really the sky is the limit when it comes to #customsmoke. If you can think of it we can roll it.
Do you see a time where cannagar products leave the grey market and become a mainstream product available in dispensaries?
We do see a time where cannabis cigars will be main stream and available to the public. We have already been in contact with up coming licensed producers on how to make the transition over, we are also looking into roll contracting as well.
At the moment, there is no regulations for us to follow to become Legal Cannabis Cigar makers. We will continue to lobby for the rules to change regarding craft cannabis. Seems like a simple idea but there are mountains of red tape and paper work to overcome.
In the mean time Canada can count on Beyond Smoking to provided the county with a luxurious smoking experience legal or not.
Contact Beyond Smoking, or pick up your cannagar from the Beyond Smoking website.