Over the years, enjoying weed has come a long way. From vaping to edibles, you can experience a large variety of exciting highs in different forms. Even as these exciting new methods continue to develop, smoking has been a beloved favorite for people of every age.
The use of cannabis was once normal, then illegal, and now, gaining in normalcy once more as many places are legalizing this comforting favorite. So, what’s the best way to smoke the sticky icky?
Before you can understand and utilize the best way to smoke weed, you must know all the popular ways you can take a toke. And there are more than you think. While it may not cover lesser-known ways of smoking, this guide can help the canna curious and the beginner understand the basics.
A simple classic like a joint will never go away. Joints are great for when you’re busy, especially if you’re any good at rolling them.
If not, there are rollers and other devices to help you with that. If you have a grinder, it’s even easier. With a grinder, you can deposit uniform pieces of bud into your rolling paper, roll, and secure. There you have it, the fun can begin.
Another great aspect of smoking joints is they are compact and easy to store or carry. They aren’t complex in construction and only contain weed. A joint is just a classic way to enjoy a good smoke. It’s also one of the most efficient ways to smoke weed.
The downside of smoking a joint is that it generally has a ‘loud’ odor. The smell of weed, when smoked in a joint will get into your clothing and hair. A quick shower and brushing your teeth can alleviate this side effect, as well as smoking in an outdoor or well-ventilated space.
Smoking a pipe just looks cool. It portrays a certain air of wisdom. Smoking from a pipe is also a viable choice because it’s easy. All you need is a good clean screen, and your preferred marijuana strain of choice. There are two common types of pipes, one is wood and the other is glass, which you may hear referred to as a bowl. There are a variety of exciting materials and styles of pipe to suit your needs.
Pipe smoking is as simple as packing the bowl with weed, lighting her up, and taking small puffs from the mouthpiece. Pipes come with their own mouthpiece most of the time, but if you share, you’ll need separate mouthpieces for each person.
It’s best to be safe when enjoying this wonderful way to get high. As far as downsides go, it’s much the same as with the joint, it leaves a strong odor, and there’s a small amount of maintenance as you may have to repack the pipe if you’re sharing it with several people.
Beginners and cannacurious might not have heard of dabbing. So, here’s a breakdown: Dab is basically butane oil from hash or BHO. It’s one of the most potent concentrated extracts with high levels of THC. In this case, the oil is solidified into something called ‘butter’ or ‘shatter’, so it can be smoked in a bowl. In a final flourish of theatre, you use a small handheld torch to light it.
The flame from a lighter isn’t hot enough to vaporize the dab, and vaporizing the dab is what makes it healthier than smoking flower. When you dab, you only inhale the vapors free of many plant substances, unlike other ways of smoking.
These vapors produce an extreme high. Although this vapor is purer, it’s not suggested for beginners when alone, as it is super potent, and might produce more side effects. You should be extremely careful when choosing this form of smoking. However, this doesn’t mean you cannot take it slow and experiment.
Another way to smoke weed is by rolling a blunt. Much like a joint, a blunt is marijuana bud and flower rolled into a tobacco casing instead of regular rolling papers. This is where the joint and blunt differ. Plus, blunts can hold three times as much weed as a joint and can be shared with friends.
Truth be told, this is also where a blunt is categorized as less healthy than a joint. Blunts contain tar from the cigar papers and some residue from the tobacco that was removed. So, aside from the added tobacco content, blunts are just giant joints.
One of the most popular ways of smoking weed today is vaping. Enjoying a high in this manner means having a treat that is odorless. This is especially helpful for those who don’t wish to make a scene but need a nice relaxing break from life. When it comes to the vaporizer and the vape pen, beginners and the cannacurious may need a bit more information to understand.
Remember when vape pens were first introduced as alternatives to tobacco cigarettes? They were used to help smokers stop putting tar into their lungs. Well, vape pens can now be used to enjoy a healthier high when smoking weed– there’s no tar, or any possible impurities from resin either. Also, since vaping uses a lower temperature (around 280 degrees Fahrenheit), as opposed to the butane lighter, which is 2300 degrees Fahrenheit hotter, it reserves more of the potent effects of the cannabis, thus a higher high.
Most smokers love bongs simply because they are convenient. There are many types of bongs like straight-tube bongs, carburetor bongs, percolator bongs, bucket gravity bongs, multi-chamber bongs. These devices work primarily in the same way, except for a few small variances like bubblers and gravity bongs. For the sake of simplicity, we’ll stick with the water bong. This bong is a clean way to enjoy a nice comforting smoke. It’s a classic, and recently seems to be making a comeback.
The bong has a solid construction with few additional pieces. There’s a large tube for inhalation and a small bowl connected to a pipe, both openings lead to a large bottom bowl containing water. When using the water bong, you light the weed in the small bowl and inhale. As you inhale, the smoke from the weed travels through the water and back up into your lungs through the large tube. As this happens, the water absorbs resin from the marijuana, hence the clean smoking experience.
The downsides: The only con to smoking with the bong is taking too large a hit. A long inhale can cause coughing. It’s easy to take in too much vapor at one time because the pull isn’t hard. If you inhale too deeply multiple times, you can get a headache. So, make sure to take small hits from this device.
Since you’ve heard about some of the classic ways to smoke weed, now’s the time to introduce a few unconventional joyrides. These avenues of enjoying a marijuana high are not just unconventional, but also a bit questionable. So, let’s keep it quick and to the point. You have to decide whether or not these ways are for you.
A Hookah is different to a joint or even a bong. This device is used in a social environment where there are more people than a joint or bong could satisfy.
Here’s how the Hookah pipe works: You fill the base with water, attach a hose, and layer tobacco and cannabis in a ceramic bowl. Cover the bowl with tin foil and poke holes through. Connect the pipe to the bowl and place hot coals on top of the foil. While it seems complicated, many people enjoy the Hookah pipe at parties, and it’s been a traditional way of smoking in some cultures for a long time.
Often used in Jamaica, the Chalice is important for spiritual reasons. Rastafarians regularly make these devices, constructed from coconuts. They serve the same purpose as traditional pipes in other regions. But anyone can make a chalice and enjoy smoking weed this way if they want, even the curious. Simply fill the ‘kutchie’ or cone-shaped bowl attached to the ‘chalice’ with your choice of weed and cover this with water. As you light the concoction, inhale and enjoy a smooth high.
There are many ways to get high. Some beginners and the canna curious have heard about smoking using soda cans, water bottles, aluminum foil, and gas masks – all of which are more than a little unconventional. We recommending sticking to the classics if you’re a beginner.
If you’ve ever heard two people argue over the effects of the same strain of marijuana, then they’ve obviously been influenced by differing health or outside factors. As well as paying attention to how your individual systems react differently to smoking, you should look at various environmental factors of your high.
Let’s say you want to smoke in the home, but you also want to join a few friends in the park, well your high will be different from one place to the other. You may have a more uplifting effect if the sun is out and the air is nice. Smoking will also be different if you’re enjoying a toke on a camping trip while lying under the stars. It could be the same strain of weed but feel completely different according to where you are. The altitude will also impact on a high.
While there isn’t one type of smoking option that’s the best, there are a handful of options that seem to provide the best highs with the lowest risks of tar or resin ingestion.
If you decide these methods of smoking aren’t for you, but still love the thrill of the high, then you can check out edibles or tinctures instead.
Light experimentation and a guiding hand will ensure you find the right method for you. Our comprehensive guides and products reimagine the way we enjoy weed, so whatever your preference, there will be something for you at Lucida Club.