How to Smoke Weed – 4 Ways Explained

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Do you know how to smoke weed properly? 

Smoking weed is a great way to relax, but first-time use can be daunting for many people. 

If you’ve never gotten high before, there’s so much to learn to make sure you have a great time when you smoke. 

Don’t worry though, – the greatest way to learn how to smoke weed is to do some research before getting high and understand what you’re in for. 

When diving into your first weed smoking experience, there are some crucial things you’ll need to know how to do, but they aren’t hard to understand. 

Above all else, remember to have fun and enjoy the high! 

How to Smoke Weed With a Joint

Joints are one of the most popular ways that people smoke weed.

If you’re going to have a joint for the first time but haven’t ever smoked something before, it might seem confusing. 

To start, make sure you have the filter in your mouth and light the right end of the joint while inhaling at a steady pace. 

Don’t inhale too hard or too soft because you’ll either burn it too fast or won’t get it to burn at all if you don’t inhale properly.

The proper method to inhale is to use your diaphragm. Picture it like you’re bringing the smoke into the bottom of your lungs and almost swallowing the smoke instead of simply letting it sit in your mouth. 

If you notice the joint is burning unevenly, this is called canoeing. You don’t want this to happen and if it does, try to light the excess paper on fire to even it out or lick your finger and moisten the side that burns quicker to slow it down.

You’ll also notice the smoke is feeling hotter, thicker and harsher when you reach the filter tip. That happens because the oils and residues are building up, so don’t forget to put the joint out when you’ve finished with it.

If rolling a joint on your own seems too complex, look into purchasing pre-rolled joints from a dispensary or find a friend who can show you how to do it on your own.

For more information, check our guide, “How to roll a joint for beginners.”

How to Smoke Weed With a Blunt

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Blunts are very similar to joints, yet they also feel very different. 

Blunt vs Joint – Are They Different?

Instead of using rolling papers, blunts are commonly rolled with a tobacco leaf and burn much slower than a joint. They’re also typically much larger, so if you’re having a blunt, keep in mind how much you’re inhaling.

On top of blunts typically being rolled larger than joints, the nicotine in the tobacco leaf wrap will also affect your high. 

You’ll feel a head rush just like you would from any other tobacco product, so be very careful how much and how fast you’re smoking it, so you don’t get dizzy or nauseous.

Smoking From a Pipe

Pipes require less cannabis than a joint to get you high, so they are more efficient in this way. However, they also take a bit more care to use and maintain. 

Weed pipes come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes but generally work the same no matter what. There are three simple parts you’ll need to know about – the bowl, the mouthpiece and a choke.

The bowl piece is where the ground-up cannabis will sit and be set on fire. It is the deepest hole on the pipe and will have a small hole in the bottom for the ash and smoke to flow through. The mouthpiece is where you’ll be inhaling from while lighting the bowl.

Most pipes will also have a choke on the side of the bowl. If the pipe you’re using to smoke weed doesn’t have a choke, you’ll simply be lighting the bowl while inhaling. 

Finally, if it does have a choke, you will have to cover it with your thumb while lighting the bowl. Once you’ve brewed your hit, take your thumb off the choke and inhale deeply to clear the smoke.

Using a Bong

Bongs are slightly more complex than pipes, yet they offer a heavier hit. Like pipes, bongs come in various shapes and sizes and can have more parts to them.

Bongs will always have a mouthpiece, a bowl, a downstem and the body of the bong itself. 

In addition, some will have attachments in the neck of the bong called percolators which add an extra layer of filtration for a cleaner tasting hit. Some will also have ice pinches where you can place an ice cube for a cooled-down hit.

Once you have a bowl packed in a bong, place your mouth inside the mouthpiece. Inhale slowly and deeply while lighting and brewing the smoke. 

How to Use a Bong – Back to Basics

You’ll start to see the smoke building up in the base while this is happening, and once you’ve cleared the bowl, feel free to lift it out of the downstem while inhaling quickly to clear the hit into your lungs.

What’s the Best Way to Smoke Weed?

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There isn’t a method of smoking weed that is better than another – it all comes down to your preference! 

Some people find a bong hit to be efficient, while others like the social aspect of sharing joints. One method isn’t superior to another, and as long as you get a fun experience from your weed and you get high, you’re doing everything right.

The environment you’re smoking in can be a factor for some people as well. Joints are a great option to share for a party, while bong hits might be too hard-hitting for some newbies to do around others. Pipes are great for on the go adventures too, but at the end of the day, it’s all a preference.

Is it Safe?

One of the most important things to remember is smoking cannabis has never killed someone before. You are impaired when using cannabis, so it’s essential to be conscious of what you do while being high.

Inhaling smoke isn’t necessarily healthy or safe, whether it’s from cannabis or anything else. That doesn’t mean cannabis isn’t safe, but smoking anything can be harmful to the lungs. Try to start low and go slow, and you will have a great time.

What if You Get Too high?

If you used too much for your tolerance level, your best option would be to simply wait it out. However, there are other tips you can use to make it more comfortable while waiting.

What Happens If You Smoke Too Much Weed: A Survival Guide

Drinking water or having something to eat can help lessen the effects. Sitting in a dark room and having a nap can also work, or alternatively taking a cool shower to calm down. Finally, you can also try chewing on a black peppercorn, as it is known to counteract some of the effects of cannabis.

Final Thoughts

First-time smoking can be daunting for many people. We hope our simple guide has given you some guidance, and you are now ready to explore the big, beautiful world of cannabis.

As we have learned today, there are a few methods you can use to smoke weed. One of the most popular ways that people smoke weed is a joint. In addition, there are also blunts, weed pipes and bongs. 

These methods have their pros and cons and can be used for a special purpose or under particular conditions. For example, joints are a great option to share for a party, while bongs can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home.

All in all, try to start low and go slow when using any of these methods, and you will be golden.

Happy smoking!

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