In recent years, cannabis has become increasingly popular among all sectors of society — even unexpected demographics like the elderly. However, with heightened interest in cannabis has come the need for education on very basic aspects of cannabis use. Many inexperienced cannabis users lack understanding on crucial aspects of the smoking process. For those unfamiliar with the essentials of smoking, here is everything to know about how to smoke cannabis.
Grinding Your Cannabis
The first step in any smoke session is grinding the cannabis to a finer form. While it is certainly acceptable to simply pick apart the cannabis with your hands, grinding cannabis makes the bowl easier to burn and typically produces more smoke than disassembled cannabis. Some resources will declare that grinding flower destroys cannabinoids and weakens the overall potency of the bowl, but using your hands will do an equal amount of damage, and the benefits of grinding far outweigh the potential downsides.
You can find quality grinders at your favorite Have a Heart dispensary.
How to Smoke Cannabis: Smoking with a Pipe
For inexperienced users, the first cannabis experience is typically accompanied by a simple glass pipe. Along with grinders and lighters, these can be found at any dispensary, making them easy to come across. The ideal pipe will have a small-ish hole for airflow. Its important to get this just right as a large hole can result in your cannabis being sucked right through the pipe, while a small one can create little airflow and less resulting smoke.
Once you’ve ground your flower, the question of how to smoke cannabis can be easily answered. Just place your fine cannabis into the bowl, taking care not to pack too tightly, as creating efficient airflow is your primary aim. Using your lighter, hover the flame directly over the cannabis and begin to inhale. It does not take a large flame within the bowl to create a sizeable amount of smoke.
How to Smoke Cannabis: Using a Bong
Bongs are perhaps the most popular method of cannabis consumption for experienced users, and it’s easy to understand why. Bong vapor often produces a much cleaner and more potent high than one experienced using a pipe, despite requiring additional set-up and cleaning.
To use a bong, you’ll first fill it with water, to the point where the downstem is slightly submerged. Then pack the bowl just as you would a typical pipe. However, when you light the bowl, you’ll remove it from the bong once air has filled the chamber. When you inhale, you will receive a powerful, dizzying hit.
In addition to pipes and bongs, dry herb vape pens are available from special retailers as well. Proper research is key in exploring the world of cannabis vape. As vaping cannabis can be a more expensive endeavor than other methods of consumption, take the time to read as many reviews as possible to fully understand what you are purchasing.
For a simple-to-use option, you can also pick up a disposable vape pen or a vape cartridge and vape battery. With vape cartridges, there’s no grinding, simply inhaling. Some vape pens may have buttons for temperature control, while others are activated by the act of inhaling.
How you choose to enjoy your cannabis is up to you, though if you’re new to it, make sure to start low and go slow. Make sure you grab whatever you need for your session at your favorite Have a Heart dispensary.