Smoking Joint

Cannabis Ingestion Methods: Smoking

With the sea of cannabis consumption options the average weed consumer faces today, sometimes it can be hard to know where to start, or how. That’s why here at Substance, we’re offering a quick guide to all the basic info you’ll need to get started. In our last post, we covered vaping. Today, we’ll be covering an old but reliable method: smoking your weed.

For the purpose of this article, smoking will refer specifically to smoking flower, or bud. This would be the ‘weed’, ‘marijuana’, or ‘ganja’ that probably springs to mind when you think of cannabis. We will cover smoking concentrates, often called dabbing, in a later post.

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The Basics

Before we talk about the method itself, let’s discuss the effects. Smoking has a near immediate onset. You will begin feeling its effects almost instantaneously, and it shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes to set in at the most. However, smoking is not as long lasting or as intense as other intake methods. The effects should last between 1 to 2 hours, and should be milder than edibles or dabbing.

There are of course many ways to smoke. For any method, it’s important to grind your weed ahead of time. This will allow your weed to be as potent as possible, and will help you easily load and prepare it.

Rolling

Joints, jays, spliffs, and blunts might be the most commonly known smoking methods. These all refer to different forms of marijuana cigarettes, so to speak.

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A joint or a jay is rolled with the same paper as a hand-rolled cigarette. It usually contains a crutch, that is, a small piece of stiff paper used to hold the joint together. You can purchase crutches made for hand rolling cigarettes, or you can make them from whatever you have on hand, such as a strip of a business card or cardboard paper. A joint or a jay will only contain cannabis.

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A blunt, like a joint, only contains cannabis. However, it is rolled using special tobacco paper. Blunts generally do not use a crutch.

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A spliff, on the other hand, mixes tobacco with the weed itself. A spliff is also rolled with the same paper as cigarettes, and looks identical to a joint, except for what’s inside. While some may prefer a nice jay for the purely cannabis-based high, others prefer to spliff their weed to add a tobacco buzz and help cut costs.

Bowls

For those more keen on smoking their weed in bowls, there’s pieces and bongs. A piece is a small glass handheld pipe used for smoking marijuana, while a bong is a sort of glass water pipe.

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Of all the above methods, a bong is probably the most potent. Of course, everyone’s system is different, so be sure to take your time and figure out what works for you.

Heck Yeah, We Do Sell Recreational Marijuana Here!

Gone are the days of, “Pssst! Hey, do you know where we can score some pot?” It is now legal for participating Oregon Medical Marijuana Dispensaries to sell marijuana to adults who are 21 or over.

That’s right, folks, you can all (21 and over) come in to Substance and buy marijuana from us, legally. For real.  No code words or secret handshakes are necessary. You know what makes us extra awesome? We accept credit and debit cards, so you don’t even need to drive by the ATM first.

Oregon Recreational Marijuana law states that we may sell up to 7 grams – 1/4 ounce – of flower per day to someone who is at least 21 years old.  We also have seed packets available and a list of clones that are available to pre-order.

Due to the high demand of our client base, we rotate through a variety of marijuana flowers –buds – and our selection is always changing.  Flower is packaged in 1 gram, 3.5 gram, and 7 gram bags and we have a wide selection of pre-rolled joints available.  We also carry a selection of pipes, grinders, lighters, and other non-medicated items.

Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) cardholders have their own sales island and are allowed to purchase all of our flower products as well as our tinctures, edibles, concentrates, oils, candy and beverages.  Unfortunately, those products will not be available for the recreational users until the end of 2016 due to pending legislation.  We highly recommend you obtain your medical card to have access to all of our delicious products.

Please be respectful and don’t spark it up in our parking lot.

Recreational or Adult Use, Marijuana or Cannabis: Which Term to Use?

If you’ve ever been to a dispensary, you might have noticed some slightly different language to refer to the products and services inside than you have heard colloquially or in the popular media. In this post, we give a brief breakdown of why we use the language that we do.

Recreational vs. Adult Use

With legalization in Colorado and Washington, and now in Oregon as well, you’ve probably heard the term “recreational marijuana” to refer to cannabis use outside of medical marijuana programs. Here at Substance, we refer to cannabis usage for adults over the age of 21 who do not hold Oregon Medical Marijuana Program (OMMP) cards as “adult use”.

We use this term because we believe that responsible adults can and should be able to determine what cannabis usage means to them. The medical vs. recreational binary creates a false choice for cannabis users, reinforcing the idea that non-medical users of cannabis are making inherently risky or reckless decisions. Sensible, adult cannabis users who do not have qualifying conditions for the Oregon Medical Marijuana Program should face no more stigma than adult users of alcohol. Adult beer drinkers, by comparison, do not have to go to the ‘recreational beer store’.

Cannabis vs. Marijuana

Cannabis and marijuana essentially refer to the same thing. Technically, cannabis refers to the parent plant, which can be broken up into Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, and Cannabis ruderalis. Sativas and indicas are what we seek on the medical and adult use markets – ruderalis lacks the cannabinoids that provide those sought-after therapeutic benefits. Hemp is used to refer to a low-THC variety of Cannabis sativa that is often harvested for industrial use.

Marijuana is generally used to refer to higher THC (or CBD) varieties of Cannabis sativa and Cannabis indica. However, the term has not always been so commonplace. Widespread usage of the word ‘marijuana’ began following the Mexican Revolution of 1910, when the United States saw a large influx of Mexican migrants. Many of these migrants used cannabis as a medicine and a relaxant, and as anti-Mexican sentiment went on the rise, racist propaganda spread fear of the Mexican “Marijuana Menace”.

Because of the history of racism associated with the term ‘marijuana’ in the United States, and the general applicability of the term ‘cannabis’, we use the latter. Considering this history, and the stigmas still surrounding cannabis use today, we feel that using the term ‘adult cannabis use’ over ‘recreational marijuana’ helps combat the negative associations that we as a society have with the cannabis plant.

We hope this post has been informative. Thanks for reading, and we look forward to seeing even more of you join our community of adult cannabis users come October 1st!