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.

Vaporizing Cannabis FAQs

If you’ve ever had questions about a vape pen that you are thinking of picking up or have already obtained, please allow us to reference you to the Atmos brand’s page of FAQs right here. While the page primarily pertains to the Atmos brand of vaporizer pens, many of the inquiries apply to multiple brands of vape pens. 

Why choose vaporizing over smoking?
Most people choose vaporizing for personal health reasons. It is considered to be dramatically less harmful to one’s body than smoking. Vaporizing is a process that heats the product and releases only the essential moisture and oils contained. You will get the satisfaction of smoking without the harmful carcinogens, chemicals, tar and smell that smoking would release. Choosing to vaporize your taste buds and body will feel revived with the fresh tastes being released! The aromas that are given off are very pleasant, dissipate very quickly and will not offend the people around you like second hand smoke does. As an added bonus most indoor facilities allow the use of personal vaporizers. No more worrying about your hair, clothes or house smelling of smoke. Vaporizing can also have a positive effect on your finances. Depending on how much you smoke, vaporizing can be a very cost effective method of ingesting your medicine.