Everything You Need to Know Before Smoking Weed Resin

smoking weed resin

Whether you’d like to believe it or not, smoking weed resin may be a regular occurrence for some tokers. 

However, for the most part, smoking weed resin is typically a last resort for those who have fallen on hard times looking for a THC fix rather than something that someone would do for the love of it. 

It might not make any sense to you why anyone would ever favour grimy old weed resin at the bottom of the weed pipe over fresh weed, but some people have no other option when they don’t have any fresh weed available.

So, at this point, you might be thinking, what is weed resin, is it safe to smoke? 

Today, we’re covering the literal nitty-gritty nature of weed rosin to answer any questions you may have. 

So, without further ado, let’s get started!

What is Weed Resin?

what is weed resin

For tokers out there who aren’t yet familiar with weed resin, it’s the built up gunk at the bottom of the bowl in pipes or bongs. 

Simply put, weed resin is the accumulation of material in your smoking devices that gathers over time. 

And before you ask, yes, we know. Weed resin isn’t exactly a five-star product. It’s a sticky substance that is probably more unhealthy than it is healthy. 

That’s because weed resin contains large amounts of three primary components: ash, tar, and carbon. 

These components are just a couple of examples of why we would never suggest smoking weed resin or putting that junk in your body. However, for some tokers, desperate times call for desperate measures, and the risk is somehow worth the reward. 

Is Weed Resin Safe to Smoke?

Considering the fact that weed resin is essentially a cocktail of ash, tar, and carbon, naturally, safety concerns will arise surrounding whether it is safe to smoke. 

If you’re someone who doesn’t have a care in the world about the health consequences of ingesting these icky ingredients, then more power to you. But for the rest of us, weed resin is generally unsafe to smoke and is not something we would recommend consuming.

Ultimately, depending on your personal preference and priorities, it all comes to how much you value your health.

Put it this way, it’s common knowledge these days that smoking isn’t great for your respiratory health, and smoking weed resin tends to worsen these issues even further. 

If smoking already puts tar in your lungs, think of smoking weed resin. It’s like smoking the tar itself and inhaling it into your lungs – in other words, not the best idea.

Smoking weed resin won’t outright kill you, but it’ll sure as hell put your lungs through a rough ride. But, as we said, desperate times call for desperate measures. It all depends on how much you value your health.

If you want more information on why smoking weed is bad for you, here’s a guide explaining what happens when you toke. 

Can Weed Resin Get You High?

Even though weed resin may not be the best pro-health method to enjoy some cannabinoids, it can still get you high, which is why people who are desperate for weed may resort to smoking it. 

Keep in mind, the resin itself only contains trace amounts of THC and doesn’t quite share the same flavour and aroma profile of the batch of fresh cannabis it originally came from. 

To most people, the taste and smell alone can be off-putting enough of a reason not to smoke it. 

That said, it’s a free country. The choice of whether you want to put yourself through that is yours. If you ask us? That’s one puff, puff we will pass

Is Smoking Resin Bad?

is smoking weed resin bad

If you didn’t already get the memo, let us spell it out for you yet again. Smoking pipe or weed resin, or whatever you might want to call it, is not what many would consider “good” in terms of your health. 

In fact, the risk far outweighs the reward, and, again, we DO NOT recommend consuming it. As we mentioned before, weed resin contains various harmful elements, including ash, tar, and carbon, none of which should be inhaled. 

Let’s pose it another way in the form of a math equation: Smoking + Weed Resin = no bueno. 

The only real benefit that weed resin would hold is the ability to get its user slightly buzzed, albeit at a steep tradeoff. So in the end, it’s not really worth it, but, as we said, that’s ultimately up for you to decide.

How to Scrape Weed Resin

If you’ve got your back against the wall and you really need to get a smoke sesh in, and smoking resin is your only option, then fear not. 

Below, we’ll teach you how to scrape it despite all of its adverse health effects – no judgment here.

Here’s What You’ll Need:

  • A paper clip, safety pin, bobby pin or other scraping tool
  • A lighter
  • Some parchment paper
  • A resin-filled pipe or bong (NOTE: Avoid scraping plastic pipes or bongs, you should only do this on glass pipes)
  • Or an all-in-one smoker multitool (This will usually contain everything you need)


  1. Dry the pipe or bong you are looking to scrape the resin from
  2. Using your lighter, lightly heat up your pipe or bong to slightly warm the resin but not to cause it to combust.
  3. With your pipe or bong now slightly warmed, grab your paper clip, safety pin, or bobby pin and begin scraping the resin from the surface of the device.
  4. Transfer the scraped resin to a sheet of parchment paper as this will provide an easy-to-use non-stick surface in which your resin can be stored
  5. Store your resin or smoke it.

Ways to Smoke Resin

Smoking resin shouldn’t be at the top of your list, but if you’re going to do something, do it right. 

Here are some of the best ways to smoke resin:

In a Joint

smoking a joint

If you’ve got a little bit of weed left and you just want to get the most bang for your buck, try putting some resin along with some dry bud in a joint and smoke them together. 

This way, you won’t be smoking the resin by itself, and you’ll also be able to mask the flavour decently well. 

Don’t know how to roll a joint? Don’t worry! Here’s an in-depth, step-by-step guide on how to roll a joint for beginners.

Vape It

You can always vape your resin, but, again, we don’t recommend it. 

The temperatures needed to vaporize weed resin are far greater than that of your typical THC distillate or THC vape juice. Not only that, but it may also leave a funny taste and smell in your vape as well.

Weed Resin – Only as a Last Resort

Make no mistake about it. Smoking weed resin isn’t as glamorous as sparking up some fresh bud in your pipe or bong. However, it can get the job done when absolutely necessary.

Keep in mind, smoking resin a single time isn’t likely to produce a large number of adverse health consequences, but smoking it regularly over time will allow the minor negatives to pile up into big ones. 

It’s not to say smoking won’t cause any problems at all, but smoking resin is likely to produce more significant and more severe problems over time. So, if you’re going to decide to smoke resin, make sure you don’t make it a habit. 

That said, if you were to ask our professional opinion, we would say to avoid smoking weed resin at all costs. We get it. Sometimes times are tough, and money is tight. 

Still, most dispensaries, Buy Low Green included, offer regular deals and discounts to ensure that you get the most bang for your bud without breaking the bank. 

While some strains may not be as high-quality as others, budget bud is still infinitely better than inhaling the unrighteous leftovers of your reefer. 

Stay safe out there, and happy toking!

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