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What Is The Best Way To Consume Marijuana?

stoner smurfOne of the most frequently asked questions that I get is ‘what is the best way to consume marijuana.’  With so many people smoking for the first time due to medical reasons, or getting back on the wagon after a couple of decades off, or whatever the reason, it seems like I get asked this question at least once a day.  The truth is, there isn’t a correct answer to this question; it’s a matter of personal preference.

There are so many ways to consume marijuana, that it is rarely the same from one person to the next.  The best way to figure out what is best for yourself is to determine what your goal is.  Are you trying to get a light head change, or are you trying to get totally blasted, or somewhere in between?  How you are trying to feel will largely determine the method you end up liking the most.

Also, availability will be a big factor as well.  For instance if you live in Idaho like my cousins, and you don’t even know what a headshop looks like, chances are you are just going to go Macgyver no matter what.  In this article I will discuss my personal opinion on various methods, but as always, this is not the only opinion out there, and certainly doesn’t list every method of consumption.  If you have a different opinion, or have a different method of consumption, please leave it in the comments section so that others can benefit from your expertise.

star wars doobieThe most common way that people consume the first time (or first time back) seems to be the joint.  A three foot double perk is very intimidating, but a doobie seems like not as much of a big deal I suppose.  The joint is highly versatile (you can smoke it anywhere that smell is not a factor) and it certainly gets you high.  Plus, they are fun to smoke; who doesn’t like holding fire in their hand?  The big downfall to the joint though, as I alluded to above, is the smell.  Joints wreak, so smoking them anywhere and everywhere is not always possible.  Plus you have to re-up on papers from time to time, which is not as awesome as having a piece that is re-usable.

The pipe is a logical next step to this discussion, since it is probably the second most common form of consumption.  A pipe is easy to carry around, cheap if you know the right places to purchase one, and are good for the ‘pass-around group’ settings.  The bowls burn longer than in pieces that use water.  The big problem I have with pipes is that they don’t get me high enough.  If I smoke several bowls I get high, but there is only so much smoke that fills into the chamber of the pipe at any given time, so taking my finger off the carb doesn’t give as big of hits as a bong.  However, I smoke all day everyday, so my end goal is probably different than others reading this article.  If you don’t smoke like a broken chimney, a pipe is a great way to go.

A bubbler is a great in-between for those that have been smoking off the pipe but are not ready for the bong.  A bubbler is basically just a fancy pipe with water filtration capabilities.  I have hit off of some amazing bubblers in my day.  The ‘sherlock’ bubbler style is my personal favorite.  I don’t know the physics of the situation, but it just seems like sherlock bubblers create the ultimate wind tunnel in the chamber of the bubbler when the carb is released.  Most bubblers are smaller than bongs, so they are easier to pack around, yet offer bigger hitting than a pipe.

chong bongThe bong is fantastic.  I vividly remember my first bong hit.  It didn’t go well, but it started a love affair that continues to this day.  Bongs require a knowledge of one’s lung capacity, so that the bong operator will know when to time pulling the carb or taking their finger off of the carb hole.  If you don’t time it right, you will either take in too much smoke or leave too much smoke in the bong.  The first can be quite painful, while the latter is not too big of a deal other than wasted smoke is just sad!  A bong is harder to pack around, but it always does the trick.  I don’t like bongs that are too big, or too small.  A one to two foot bong is perfect for my lung capacity; others will obviously vary.  A bong purchase is a fantastic investment to those out there that are debating whether or not to make the jump.

A blunt could have followed the joint, since it’s basically a joint in a cigar wrap, but I figured I would do it after the more common methods.  A blunt is not nearly as easy to roll as a joint, and a lot of people I know don’t like tobacco mixing with their weed so they don’t do it.  I love blunts myself, even though I will admit that I’m not the biggest fan of tobacco.  A blunt burns longer than a joint, you can roll enormous blunts that can hold several grams, and flavored blunt wraps are fantastic.  I have smoked a lot of flavored paper joints, but they don’t seem to pack as much flavor as a fruity blunt wrap.  The same downfall that plagues the joint also plagues the blunt.  Also, logically, a bigger blunt will make a bigger smell, so be aware of that.

marijuana knife hitsKnife hits are like the marijuana equivalent of beer bonging.  It’s fast and furious, and reminds me of college. The obvious benefit of the knife hit is you get annihilated, the downfall is you can hyperventilate and pass out in your kitchen (I’ve seen it too many times).  Also, it takes quite a bit of prep, and your knives will never be the same!  But if you are trying to go from zero to hero, knife hits are a great way to go.

marijuana gravity bongGravity hits are another great way to forget what you were doing for awhile.  It’s kind of tough sometimes if you don’t have the technique down, but if you can relax the wrist and get solid suction (insert inappropriate comments here), you can get some of the biggest hits of your life.  You have to be able to make a solid cap, which can be kinda tough for some people, but at least once you make it you have it forever.  The downfall is a possible mouth full of water, and the smoke doesn’t filter through the water, it just sits on top (this can be fixed by making a ‘percaliter,’ but that takes the ultimate macgyver).

aqua lung bongA waterfall/aqualung/vortex/liter, or whatever you call it (see picture) probably gets me the highest out of any of the smoking methods.  It takes the least amount of weed, gets me high the fastest, and is very easy to transport.  As long as you have a water source and the cap, transporting the bottle just looks like a used bottle.  I’ve gotten ripped of this thing in minutes at sporting events, camping, you name it.  Fast and effective.  One downfall is it can also cause you to hyperventilate.  I have seen more people knocked out by this device than I have ever seen in years of watching MMA.  Also, I can’t imagine using an industrially made plastic bottle to smoke out of is a good thing…

Volcano VaporizerVaporizers are considered by many as the best way to consume marijuana.  From the literature that I’ve read, vaporizers can eliminate up to 95% of carcinogens from the plant material.  Also, the taste is very distinct with a vaporizer.  A big downfall to vaporizers can be the price (especially with a Volcano) and availability, but if you can get your hands on one, I promise you will not be disappointed.  The high from a vaporizer is so thorough, and so pure, that you might never consume marijuana in any other way again.

Topical solutions are a not-to-common way of consumption.  The downfall is it doesn’t get your brain high since it is just basically a skin ointment, but if you are looking for medical relief, topical solutions are a stellar route to go.  People get so caught up with smoking and eating marijuana that they forget the benefits of making ointments, oils, and lotions.  Marijuana is truly a wonder plant, and I know many people that live and die by their topical solutions.

Another fantastic method is tinctures.  I don’t know about other areas, but in Oregon, tinctures reign supreme with the older crowd.  I know so many people over the age of 40 that only use tinctures because they like the high it puts off, they can take it anywhere since it isn’t smoked, and it is much healthier since it doesn’t involve breathing in burnt plant material.  I’m not the biggest fan of tinctures just because it takes so long to make it (although not much effort I’ll admit).  However, when someone has some, I always ask for a droppers worth, so perhaps I’m a being a bit hypocritical…haha.

The last method of consumption I will talk about is good old fashioned edibles.  A brownie, a cookie, cannabutter on a cracker, cannabis infused oil items, you name it, I LOVE it!  When you consume marijuana by smoking it, it goes into your nervous system.  The high is intense and comes on quick, but it dissipates faster than when it goes into your blood stream when you eat it.  When you eat it, it takes a bit to kick in (45to60 minutes), but when it does, oh my…This can be a problem for some people.  They eat two brownies and are totally wrecked, when the same people should have probably only had a buttered cracker.  If you are smart, you will be careful.

cannabis frostingHowever, if you think you want to be a hero, be my guest and try to ride the highest high you can get from marijuana.  Be aware that not all edibles are created equal.  Some cannabutter/cannabis oil is stronger than others, and until you eat it as an experiment, you won’t know how much is too much until its too late.  For those of you out there in TWB land that are like me, and you’ve never met an edible you couldn’t handle, the absolute best way to consume marijuana (in my opinion) is to make it into frosting.  One of my best friends uses my atomic-grade cannabutter to make her famous frosting, and I assure all readers, there is nothing like it on this planet.  I know it’s exactly how I like it when other veterans complain that it’s too strong.  Cookies generally take 1/3 to 1/2 of a cup of cannabutter to make a batch.  The red box classic Betty Crocker brownies generally take 2/3 of a cup of cannabutter.  My friend’s recipe calls for 2 full cups of cannabutter for enough frosting for 12 cupcakes.  Now that’s power!

As I stated before, there really is no BEST way to consume marijuana for all consumers.  There is only a best way for each individual consumer.  Hopefully this article helped put some ideas into your head, and gave you an idea of what to try.  I encourage everyone to try everything and see what’s best for them.

10 Awesome Looking Homemade Bongs

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As any smoker knows, sometimes times get hard. Sometimes you can’t afford to just buy unlimited dutches for your smoking needs. The prices for dutches are going up as it is so what is a daily smoker to do to get by?

Get creative and make your own bong. That’s what.

Making a homemade bong takes some level of craftmanship and the determination to smoke that only a regular toker could have. Check out some pics of the finest looking bongs that I could get pictures of.

 

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Bet this one would be smooth.

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Counterstrike in the background.  Spent many a high night as a teenager playing that.

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Bamboo is really strong wood.

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Looks like they made this one in 8th grade science class.

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Shout outs to my man Josh on this one.  This is a gravity bong.  It may not look like much but it hits hella hard.

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What are the ice cubes for?

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The bong looks great, the weed looks better though.

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A system that doubles as a bong? It doesn’t get much better than that.

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This would be perfect for killing those roaches.

Stoner Photo: Hotbox Helmet

Who has tried this with marijuana? It is just like a gas mask. Every time I have tried it, it usually takes about three or four inhales/exhales to clear out the helmet. It’s always fun to try when your smoking some with friends. It always seems to give someone a over powering buzz and knocks them out.

Wisdom Wednesdays: Curing Bud

What’s good Greenies and welcome to another insightful Wisdom Wednesday from me, ThisBuds4You. This week we’re going to check out an often left out but CRUCIAL and CRITICAL final step of growing and producing high-grade bud, curing. Curing is important because it allows us to receive cannabis buds at their greatest potential. Curing increases the potency of cannabis, creates a much smoother smoke and it also greatly improves the taste of the buds. Curing is done once harvested cannabis buds have finished drying; typically after 5-7 days drying time. Once the buds have been dried they are placed in glass mason jars with sealable lids. Once the buds are placed in jars the remaining moisture gets evenly distributed throughout the bud. This re-moistens the buds and the jars need to be “burped” or opened to allow some air exchange and then re-sealed. This action should be performed 2-3 times a day for the first week, then once a day the second week. Doing this over time will dry the cannabis buds out slow, creating a nice and smooth smoke. The cannabis buds should be ready for smoking at the end of the second week cure. Check out the video for more info on curing below.

Keep it green Greenies and OVERGROW THE WORLD!!!

Stoner Weapon of Choice: A Guide To Smoking Paraphernalia

Every pot smoker comes with a different set of preferences: Where they smoke, what kind of weed they like, what they watch/listen to while smoking, and most importantly: how they consume the magical herb. Stoners, take up your weapon of choice!

Blunt

In this day and age, the blunt may very well be the most preferred way to smoke weed. Why? There are numerous reasons: It lasts longer than a joint, is more convenient for mobility than a bong or bowl, and gets you super stoned, super fast. It’s also great comic relief when you try to explain to anyone over the age of 30. The blunt didn’t become popular until fairly recently, so any potheads left over from previous generations have no idea that you can crack open a cigar and fill it up with weed.

Now, there are infinite methods to rolling a blunt. Everyone has their own strategy: Some prefer the long “pencil” that can extend the blunt’s life but can be too tight to hit if rolled incorrectly. Some enjoy the “doody stick,” an ugly monstrosity that burns quickly, hits harshly, and leaves you with large pieces of nug in your throat. And still others prefer the epic and genius “cone” (my personal favorite) which balances the positives of both of the previous blunt types, without many of the negatives.

But customization doesn’t end there: Many different types of cigars can be used: Dutchmasters, Games, Phillies, White Owls, and Swisher Sweets, among many others. The downside to any blunt is that it’s the stinkiest way to smoke, as well as one of the least efficient ways…Not to mention totally unhealthy – You aren’t supposed to be inhaling cigar paper that way.

Joint

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The joint is the geriatric cousin of the blunt: Smaller, weaker, and less impressive in every way. In fact, the only real pros to the joint are 1. lack of tobacco (unless you’re rolling a spliff, which negates that pro) and 2. higher stealth factor than its big, brown relative. If you’re trying to go to a concert or some other place where you get searched on the way in, you have a higher chance of getting in with several well-concealed joints than with one large blunt. They can be rolled in similar ways to blunts,  with papers of various different brands, sizes, flavors, and materials.

So what’s so bad about the joint? For one, the smell of burning paper is far more irritating to me than burning tobacco (personally). It also happens to be the LEAST efficient way to blaze, burning your herb at an incredibly high temperature and speed.

Chillum/Bat

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If stealth is what you’re going for, then this may be for you. These pieces are super easy to smuggle into venues, and fairly discreet to smoke in crowds. You can buy a metal or wood one-hitter with a dugout, or invest in a artistic glass chillum that packs a little more but is bulkier and more fragile.

Although there’s a certain amount of convenience to this method, it’s also my least favorite way of burning. There are numerous reasons why: 1. You can’t see what your lighting, 2. There is no carb to clear the chamber of the piece, 3. Some of the time you have to tilt your head up to take a hit in an attempt to not lose your bowl packing, and 4. Way too many burning embers (otherwise known as scooby snacks) jetting down the back of your throat at breakneck speeds.

Bowl/Pipe

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The bowl is the bat’s big brother, and the second of four glass siblings. Although you can buy metal, wood, or corncob pipes, most weed connoisseurs prefer glass over anything else.

Bowls come in sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors. You could say that it’s the most artistic of the brothers, most of the time doubling as a beautiful conversation piece. You can buy a bowl that is shaped like an animal, or one that changes colors as you smoke it more and more, or one with a unique shape or pattern. You might even give it a name because it’s a work of art – and every piece of art needs a title. I prefer to give my pieces really meaningful names: Corrinado (named after a character from a Disco Biscuits rock opera), The Seussaphone (it resembles an instrument out of a Dr. Seuss book), and Keanu Reeves (long story as to how this one got its name, I’ll go into it some other time).

Bubbler

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The bubbler is a hybrid that combines the convenient size of the bowl with the science of the bong. You get to keep the basic structure of its little brother, but with the added element of water filtration. Diffusion not only keeps you from getting ash in your mouth (gross), but also maximizes the THC you take in while minimizing miscellaneous chemicals and substances that come with burning plant matter. The more times the smoke filters through water, the more concentrated the THC content becomes and the smoother the hit becomes.

The negative impact: There are none. The bubbler is really the perfect smoking device – That’s why I personally own a double bubbler named Littlefoot (if you couldn’t guess, it resembles the young Brontosaurus from The Land Before Time), as well as a traditional bubbler swirled with the colors of the rainbow, hence its name Roy G. Biv.

Bong

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If you can afford it, the bong is the way to go. Like bubblers, bowls, and chillums before it, the bong comes in all kinds of shapes, sizes, colors, and materials. They have massive ranges in price: a rubber-stopper mini-bong can cost $20, and a top-shelf name brand glass-on-glass bong with percolators (the more percs, the more filtration/diffusion) and a frozen coil chamber can potentially run you thousands of dollars.

The bong would be considered the scientist of the four brothers – and that’s what you’re paying for: Machine-cut glass and wonderful technology make it the BEST way to puff by far. Bongs are the most efficient and conservative way to smoke (notice I say SMOKE, you’ll see why soon).

The downside of the bong? There are two: 1. The most easily broken of the glass pieces – being both tall and skinny means a high center of gravity and the significant chance of a friend’s leg making direct contact, and 2. They can be quite large and heavy, making them inconvenient as a group smoking device. If you go this route for today, I recommend you stick to personal bong use only, or at the very most three people.

MacGyver Piece

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And so we come to the disowned, retarded bastard of the pieces. We’ve all undoubtedly had to whip together a quick bong or bowl at some point in our years smoking cheeba. Half Baked promoted the use of “an avocado, an icepick, and my snorkel” but there are much easier materials around your house with which to make a bong.

When I was a young lad of 14, my friends and I would make bongs by inserting a hollowed out pen in a hole we burned in the side of a soda bottle, and then shaping tin foil into a cone over the pen. Looking back, it was totally unhealthy in every way, but it was cheaper than buying glass.

You can also use soda bottles in conjunction with large pretzel containers and ratchet heads to make a gravity bong or waterfall bong (look them up), which get you stupid high and make you cough until you’re purple in the face.  There’s also the apple bowl, which is even simpler to construct. All it takes is an apple and something to jab into it to create the bowl, the carb, and the mouthpiece.

If you’re extremely desperate you can always come back to these hoodrat smoking methods, but I haven’t run into a situation that calls for them in years.

Vaporizer

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Oh the wonders of the vaporizer! It is a far departure from any previously mentioned smoking method in that you aren’t really smoking at all. Vapes use a heating element to bring your nugs right to the point where the water molecules on them evaporate and turn into a milky steam. Attached to that gas is the highest amount of THC that you can get. It is THE most efficient way to consume THC (though is NOT classified as smoking, technically), as well as the healthiest.

Not only does it not take a toll on your lungs, but it actually has been known to clear up congestion, as THC is a natural expectorant. Notice how you cough when you smoke weed, but not when you smoke cigarettes? There’s a reason for that. You’ll cough even harder when you get a really good, slow, and steady hit from a vaporizer – It’ll clear you right up.

There are many different kinds of vapes, and technological advance is bringing about new ones every day, but only a couple are really famous: The Volcano is both an expensive and complicated piece of machinery, which allows for incredibly accurate vaporization, but puffing out of a bag is kind of weird. “Pencil Sharpeners” are aptly named for their striking resemblance to pencil sharpeners, and are far simpler and cheaper than the former, with the other plus being that pulling on a hose feels more like a hookah, and thus closer to the act of actual smoking.

Many people claim that vaporizers don’t do it for them because they really just enjoy the act of smoking. Smoking is just as much of a social act as it is inhaling a drug, so anyone who says that is not without reason. But when you’re feeling bored and lonely, the vape is the perfect device to whip out for a bowl to the face.

Edibles

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Like the vaporizer, edible THC is in a category all its own. It also has few to no negative effects – well, besides getting way, way too high. The best part is that you can basically cook it into anything. The first step is melting down the weed in either butter or oil, and then filtering out the nasty wet leaves, leaving behind a nice dark liquid. Then go to town.

You could be a traditionalist and stick to baked goods like brownies, cakes, and cookies, or you could get creative with it. You can make rice crispy treats or milkshakes, or you can put it in sauce and then toss it with pasta. Throw that butter back in the fridge and let it solidify, then spread it over toast. You can seriously find ways to get it into any food or snack.

And if you do it right, it will get you baked out of your skull for many, many long hours. It’s almost as if it’s your first time getting high all over again. Sometimes you can get high almost to the point of hallucination and delusion: You get all introspective, then you have a small panic attack, and in the end you fix everything by forcing yourself to sleep until you’re no longer stoned. It works, I’ve done it once before.

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