How to Smoke Weed?
Hi everyone, it’s Max! Today, I’m going to guide you through the different methods of smoking weed. Cannabis is a multi-faceted plant, and there are many ways to enjoy its unique effects and flavors.
Each smoker must find the method that suits him best.
In this article, I’ll only cover the methods that are well known to all stoners, but which, I feel, are almost mandatory to know, at least if you then want to try some less conventional methods later on. How to smoke weed? Let’s get on with a classic read for a novice stoner!
Traditional Methods of Smoking Weed
Ah, traditional methods! They’ve been handed down through the ages, across cultures and continents, from generation to generation.
These methods are the foundation of cannabis culture and were the first to be adopted by weed lovers the world over. They have that timeless charm, this authenticity that new trends sometimes can’t match.
In this section, I’m going to take you on a nostalgic journey through these tried and tested methods. Whether you’re a curious novice or a veteran looking to get back to basics, these traditional methods will offer you a pure, authentic experience.
The joint is like a stoner’s daily bread. It’s the most common and easiest way to smoke weed.
Basically, a joint is a hand-rolled cannabis cigarette. It consists of a sheet of rolling paper, often thin, into which the finely crumbled cannabis is placed. Some people add tobacco to dilute or for a more even burn, but personally, I prefer to savor the pure taste of the herb.
HOW DOES IT WORK – Ah, the first time I tried to roll a joint, it was quite a spectacle! But with practice, I’ve perfected my art. To roll a weed joint:
- Start by crumbling your cannabis evenly.
- Spread it out on your rolling paper.
- If you’re using a filter or cartridge, place it at one end.
- Then gently roll the cannabis into the sheet, forming a cylinder.
- Once you’ve got the desired shape, close the joint by lightly licking the sticky end of the leaf and pressing it against the rest of the joint.
And there you have it! If you’re wondering how to expertly roll a weed joint, I’d recommend watching some online tutorials, my dedicated article or asking an experienced friend to show you.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
The joint has several advantages.
- First of all, it’s portable. I remember once I was hiking with some friends, and we decided to take a break at the top of a mountain. I pulled out a joint I’d prepared in advance, and we enjoyed the view while savoring our weed.
- Besides, rolling a joint is almost therapeutic for me. It’s a ritual that allows me to connect with the herb before consuming it.
- Finally, the joint offers a pure experience, without the additives that can be found in other consumption methods. For me, it’s the most authentic way to enjoy cannabis.
The cannabis pipe is a bit like the coffee cup for the coffee drinker. It’s a classic, timeless instrument for smoking weed in a straightforward, no-frills way. The pipe is usually made of glass, wood, metal or ceramic, and features a small bowl where the crumbled cannabis is placed.
HOW DOES IT WORK – Using a pipe is pretty straightforward, but there are a few tricks to know:
- First, make sure your cannabis is well crumbled.
- Place it in the bowl of the pipe, but don’t pack it too hard, or the air won’t circulate properly.
- Once your bowl is ready, light your cannabis while gently inhaling through the pipe mouthpiece.
During an evening with friends, I showed a novice how to use a pipe. He was amazed by the simplicity of the operation and the intense flavor it offered.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
One of the main advantages of the pipe is its simplicity. No rolling, no complicated preparation. It’s direct and efficient.
What’s more, the pipe is compact and easy to carry, making it ideal for a quick session on the move.
Another advantage is the purity of the flavor. Unlike a joint, where the taste can be altered by the paper, a pipe offers an authentic taste experience, allowing you to really appreciate the nuances of each variety. For me, it’s an elegant and traditional way to consume cannabis.
Ah, the bong! For many, it’s the ultimate tool for consuming cannabis. That’s actually why you can find bongs in every good weed shop in Bangkok. The bong, also known as a “water pipe”, is a filtration device used primarily for smoking cannabis. It consists of a water chamber, which cools and filters the smoke, and a long tube or stem through which you inhale.
HOW DOES IT WORK – Using a bong is an experiment in itself:
- Start by filling the chamber with water until it covers the holes in the down stem.
- Then place your crumbled cannabis in the “bowl” (the small container at the top of the down stem).
- Light the cannabis while gently inhaling from the top of the bong. The water will filter and cool the smoke, making it gentler on your lungs.
A funny anecdote: on my first use, I remember being fascinated by its artistic form and ingenious mechanism. It was like a functional work of art, and I knew I had to try it. But, I sucked a little too hard and ended up coughing for what seemed like an eternity. My friends laughed at me, but after a few tries, I mastered the technique!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
One of the biggest advantages of bong smoking is the smoothness of the smoke. Thanks to water filtration, the smoke is less irritating to the throat and lungs, allowing you to inhale more deeply and enjoy the full effects of cannabis.
What’s more, the bong makes for a “cleaner” consumption experience, as it filters out impurities and residues.
Finally, for those with an eye for aesthetics, bongs are often genuine works of art, with various designs and colors. Each bong has its own personality, and it’s always a pleasure to discover new models.
Modern Methods of Smoking Weed
Ah, evolution! If our ancestors could see how we consume cannabis today, they’d probably be amazed.
Technological innovations have transformed the way we consume cannabis in Bangkok, offering cleaner, more discreet and often more intense experiences.
In this section, I’ll guide you through these revolutionary methods that have changed the game for 21st-century stoners.
Vaporization is a modern method of consuming weed without combustion. Instead of burning the flower, the vaporizer heats the cannabis to a precise temperature, releasing the cannabinoids and terpenes as vapor.
HOW DOES IT WORK – Using a vaporizer is pretty straightforward:
- First, finely grind your cannabis.
- Then fill the vaporizer’s heating chamber with the crushed herb.
- Switch on the device and set the desired temperature.
- Once the vaporizer reaches the desired temperature, gently inhale the vapor produced.
I still remember the first time I discovered this modern method of smoking weed. It was during a trip to Amsterdam, and I was in a trendy café in the Jordaan district. Next to me, a group of young hipsters were using what I at first took to be a high-tech pen. Intrigued, I approached them and discovered that it was actually a cannabis vaporizer! The first time, I was skeptical, but after trying it, I was completely won over by the smoothness and purity of the vapor, not to mention the incredibly rich cannabis flavor.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Vaporization offers several advantages over traditional methods of consumption:
- First of all, it’s a healthier method because it eliminates the toxins produced by combustion.
- What’s more, vaporization allows you to fully savor the aromas and flavors of cannabis, offering an incomparable taste experience.
- Another major advantage is efficiency: vaporization uses less herb to produce the same effects.
- Finally, vaporizers are discreet and easy to carry, making them perfect for use on the move.
I have to admit that since I discovered vaporization, I’ve adopted it as my preferred method of smoking weed. Since then, I’ve been recommending it to all cannabis enthusiasts.
The Dab Rig
The dab rig, often referred to simply as a “dab”, is a device specially designed for consuming cannabis concentrates, such as oils, waxes or resins. Unlike vaporization, which gently heats the herb, the dab rig uses a torch to quickly heat a “nail” or “banger” where the concentrate is then placed.
HOW DOES IT WORK – Dabber is a multistep process:
- Start by heating the “nail” or “banger” with a torch until it’s red.
- Let it cool for a few seconds, then using a dabber (a small metal tool), place a small amount of concentrate on the hot surface.
- Immediately inhale the steam produced through the rig.
The first time I tried it, I was surprised by the intensity of the effect. The sensation was powerful, almost electric, and I understood why dabbing had so many fans.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?
Dabbing offers an intense, fast-paced experience.
- One of the main advantages is the purity and concentration of the product, which means you get a stronger effect with a smaller amount.
- It’s also an effective method for those seeking rapid relief, for example from chronic pain.
- What’s more, dabbing allows you to savor the terpenes and flavors of the concentrate in a more pronounced way.
However, I would like to stress that dabbing may not be suitable for everyone, especially novices, due to its potency. But for those looking for a next-level cannabis experience, the dab rig is a must.
Personally, although I don’t dab every day, I appreciate the unique experience it offers on special occasions or evenings out with friends.
How to Smoke Weed Responsibly?
Cannabis, though increasingly accepted and legalized in many countries, remains a substance that requires responsibility and respect.
Over the years, I’ve developed a sort of code of honor, a series of commandments that every weed smoker should follow to ensure a pleasant, safe and respectful experience. These commandments are the fruit of my experiences, encounters, and travels. They are here to guide novices and remind veterans of the basics of responsible consumption.
Respect The Law
As much as I love cannabis, I can’t ignore the law. In some countries or regions, cannabis is illegal. Before consuming, find out about local legislation. Once, on a trip to Bali, I almost made a serious mistake, but a local friend informed me in time.
Use in Moderation
Cannabis is enjoyable, but as with everything, moderation is key. I’ve learned to know my limits and never to exceed them. At a party in Bangkok, I saw a tourist doing too much, and it reminded me why moderation is essential.
Listen to Your Body
Everyone reacts differently to cannabis. Listen to your body and adapt your consumption accordingly. If you feel sick or anxious, take a break. I learned this the hard way at a party in Toronto.
It’s simple: if you’ve been smoking, don’t drive. I always have a plan for getting home safely, whether by cab, with a sober friend or using public transport.
Sharing and Educating
Cannabis is also a social experience. Share with your friends and educate those who are less informed. I’ve introduced many friends to the world of cannabis and guided them through their first experiences.
Not everyone likes cannabis, and that’s fine. Respect other people’s choices and consume in appropriate places. I learned this during a visit to my grandmother’s house, where I had to adapt my habits.
Know Where it Comes From
As with food, it’s good to know where your cannabis comes from. I constantly try to choose ethical, quality products.
Ultimately, the most important thing is to respect yourself. Cannabis should enhance your life experience, not dominate it.