Dank mail…..that name brings to mind weed wrapped in cellophane and inside tubes to mail some “bud” to some buds…….today it is used to discuss the newest product in the emerging legal cannabis markets, the monthly subscription.
Welcome back to the PNWCR blog readers, and thanks for all of your support and shares. Today we bring you an article that we’ve spent quite a bit of time working on. You’ve seen our unpack and review videos of the new “stoner” subscription boxes, and now we compare them and rank them from worst to best to bring your our shopper’s guide for monthly canna-subscriptions.
Monthly subscription boxes take the worry away from heading down to the smoke shop and deciding what you should get. They’re usually centered around a theme, and they provide a ton of options for you whether you smoke out of a water pipe, dry pipe, or if you prefer joints. But are they worth it? We compared the items value against the value of the boxes and if we EVEN WANTED the items that they included. Trust me, not all boxes are created equally!
With that in mind let’s begin! Here is our ranking of the boxes we tested and reviewed:
- 420GB Partybox
- Hemper Box
- 420 Goodybox
- Green Bake Box
There’s the list from best to worst, and now let’s show you the boxes! We’re gonna go from worst to best so stick with us!
6. The PufferBox
We begin with 6th place, the PufferBox. This rated the lowest on the PNWCR Approved scale, netting a low 5.8 out of 10 and it DID NOT receive the PNWCR Badge of Approval.
The contents included a sticker, a pack of blunt wraps, a Stink Sack, some gummi bears, a TINY glass pipe, and finally another TINY water pipe that was extremely fragile and not real quality. The entire value of the box was around $20 and with shipping the cost of the box was $28.
This box just didn’t compare in value, quality, or the amount of what we call “smalls” here at the PNWCR HQ. Other than the sticker there wasn’t anything really that we considered a small, and I was put off by the gummi bear “munchie” that was provided. I like to promote health conscious snacking when consuming cannabis, and they don’t help spread that message at all! That photo is really all that you get in this box, so we’re gonna move on to #5 now.
5. The Green Bake Box
Coming in 5th place, Green Bake Box only rated a 6.5 out of 10 and also DID NOT make it through to receive the PNWCR Bade of Approval.
This was the more “stoner-ish” of the boxes we unpacked and reviewed. Seeing fruit roll-ups and Potato Stix snacks in the box actually irritated me a bit! I mean, I know we all get the munchies after we consume a bit of herb, but really? We couldn’t include a healthier snack, or try to kill that stereotype completely?
Not only that, but they included some Clear Eyes. I’m sorry, I don’t get red-eye anymore unless I’ve been hot-boxin or some shit. Wasted real estate in a box that has PLENTY of competition in my opinion.
This box was a bit more fleshed out than the PufferBox. It was focused on joint smoking so they included a glass joint tip, a RAW bamboo rolling mat, papers, and hemp wick. They also included an Elements pack with pre-rolled crutches, papers, and a cardboard scooper.
A lighter and a container wrap up the little items and they included a unique glass pipe to round off the box.
Unfortunately, although the spiral barrel is unique this was made of VERY fragile and thin glass and we won’t be adding this to our personal collection.
The value of the box was approximately $35 for something you pay $30 for so the return was very little comparatively. This box had more items but they were still worth very little in the long run.
4. The 420 Goodybox
We unpacked the Vape Nation edition of the 420 Goodybox and it was the first we received and the benchmark we compared all other boxes against. This was the first box that we felt ACTUALLY gave us some value for what we paid for.
They sent us a Kasher lighter attachment, some Blanks pre-rolled tubes, and some rolling papers. We also got a copy of Cannabis Now magazine, a couple of packs of joint papers, and some slaps. This was the box that really showed us that smalls could be fun (with the exceptions of the Blanks, we HATED those). Finally, they included a flower/wax vaporizer in the box.
This was a cheaper pen than some of the ones we’ve reviewed and we never did an official review on it (it would NEVER pass our review process, let’s just leave it at that shall we), but it added a value to the box that the previous two just didn’t have. All told, the boxes value was about $45 and the price was $28. While we enjoyed the box, it still felt slightly……incomplete…..and it still isn’t our #1. This was the first box to get the PNWCR Badge of Approval.
If you’re interested in the 420 Goodybox, they were kind enough to provide us with a code to give our readers. Click the photo above and use code PNW at checkout for $3 off of your first box!
3. The Burnbox
Burnbox sent us their “Mango” themed box for us to unpack and while we enjoyed it, I can’t really say it fit the theme that well. It did rate a 9.0 out of 10, but the only mango items were a pack of Juicy Jay mango flavored papers and a pack of mango blunt wraps.
This box was filled with items for both pipe and joint smokers. You received several packs of papers and blunt wraps, but you also got two glass items (even if one was so small you would NEVER use it), and a pouch to hold your glass safely.
The value of the box was approximately $50 with it’s price set at $20/month. This was a real value for us, and finally one that felt worth subscribing to if you’re into that kind of thing. This box received the PNWCR Badge of Approval.
2. The Hemper Box
Coming in at 9.1 out of 10, the Hemper Box almost took our top slot for the best monthly subscription box we reviewed. Hemper decided to forego the smalls in their box, instead focusing on the fact that they were partnered with YouTube personality, Jane Dro. The only smalls included were some hemp wick and lip balm/toob loob by Bee Lasso.
The Hemper Box was definitely one of the boxes more focused on joints and blunts than anything else. They included a RAW pack including pre-rolled cones, a branded Clipper lighter, a hydrostone for keeping your stash fresh, and a double barreled joint holder so you can smoke two joints at once!
*cue Sublime’s “Smoke Two Joints” in the background*
They also sent in some Elements joint tips (unrolled) and a couple of packs of papers. Even their glass in this box was blunt focused, I mean….it’s a glass blunt! For real! Where’s the love for water smokers, man?! Even so, this box received the PNWCR Badge of Approval.
1. The 420GB Partybox
The number one spot in our review is claimed by the team at 420 GB and their “Partybox”. This one had the highest value and the best pieces in our opinion, and it came it at a whopping 9.5 out of 10!
This box had items the PNWCR crew finally felt that were worth it to us to subscribe more than a single month. The glass shown above was paired with a sleek, discreet chillum and a glass stash jar that matched the steam roller pictured above. They also included a grinder card, a Bong Buddy lighter leash, a bunch of hemp wick and a lighter case that spooled hemp wick (made for the mini-Bics) and a debowling tool.
The thing that really set the 420 GB Partybox apart from the rest is that they didn’t sacrifice contents for smalls. We received a ton of smalls including:
- Massroots sticker & pin
- Token Pipe ad
- 420GB sticker
- Pipe Wipes x2
- Wax/Oil silicone concentrate container
- Lighter for the Bong Buddy, and
- more stickers
This gave the box an overall value of almost $80 but it’s only priced at $32 with shipping. That’s the best value of all of the boxes we’ve received. Other boxes either didn’t include almost any smalls if they had something of value included in the box, or too many smalls and nothing of real value. The Partybox had both, and that’s why they took the #1 spot on our list of Dank Mail monthly subscriptions! This box DEFINITELY took the PNWCR Badge of Approval!
One thing we noticed that ALL of these boxes are centered around smoking joints and blunts and give very little thought to the user who prefers glass. Some of the boxes have additional options for glass people, but I would LOVE to come across a box that focuses on the subscriber who wants glass and water pipes.