Weed Guide: A Visual Glossary of Cannabis Terminology

This comprehensive visual guide will help you navigate the often-confusing cannabis terminology. It is important to note that because cannabis has been illegal for so long, many of the terms have no formal ‘Websters’ definition. Many words have multiple meanings and some can be used interchangeably. Please keep in mind that while some of these words may have a slightly different meaning depending on your geographic location, I have done my best to address the common nuances of each term.


Backroll

See Inside Out


Baseball Bat

See Cone


BHO

An acronym for Butane Hash Oil (BHO) used to identify cannabis concentrates extracted with butane as the solvent. This type of cannabis concentrate can take on a variety of consistencies including shatterbuddersnap n’ pull, and sap.


Blunt

A blunt is a cannabis cigar. The term originated from the Phillies Blunt brand cigars but has since been used to refer to any inexpensive cigar or cigarillo that is hollowed-out and then re-rolled using ground cannabis or organic hemp flower. Learn how to roll a blunt.


Bong

A bong, also known as a water pipe, is a filtration device used to smoke cannabis or organic hemp flower. As the user inhales, the smoke passes through the water and bubbles up into the chamber prior to being cleared, filtering the smoke for a smooth hit. Bongs are typically comprised of at least two pieces, the larger tube (that holds the water) and a smaller bowl piece where the ground buds are loaded.  That said, there are many different types of bongs that may include multiple chambers with percolators, ice catchers, and more.


Bowl

A bowl is the part of a smoking pipe or bong that is used to hold ground cannabis for smoking.


Bud

The bud sites and associated flowers produced by the cannabis plant. Also refers to the dried, trimmed, and cured flowers familiar at the consumer level.


Cannabis

Cannabis can refer to the hemp plant itself and/or the various parts of the plant from which psychotropic drugs are prepared. Commonly (and unless otherwise specified on our blog), it refers to bud. The cannabis plant is tall with a stiff upright stem, divided serrated leaves, and glandular hairs.

Cannabis is a genus of flowering plants that includes three different species, cannabis sativa, cannabis indica, and cannabis ruderalis. These species are native to Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.  Industrial hemp is technically a subspecies of the cannabis family, but in the interest of clarity we’ll refer to it as organic hemp flower unless otherwise specified.


Carb Cap

A carb cap is a tool used to helpfully vaporize cannabis concentrates or CBD isolate at lower temperatures. The carb cap is typically dropped on top of the nail, creating a partial seal. Think of it as creating a tiny oven for optimum vaporization of concentrates.


Cannabidiol (CBD)

CBD is one of over 85 active phytocannabinoids identified in cannabis. It is non-psychoactive and is considered to have a wider scope of medical applications than THC.  CBD is available in many concentrated forms, but it can also be consumed in the form of organic hemp flower, just as you would traditional cannabis buds.


Cannabinoid

Cannabinoids are a class of diverse chemical compounds found in cannabis (and in the human body — these are referred to as endocannabinoids) that act on cannabinoid receptors in the body. There are over 85 identified phytocannabinoids, the most prevalent being THC and CBD. These are the compounds responsible for the therapeutic effects associated with cannabis.


Canoe

A term used to describe a joint that burns unevenly. Typically, a portion of the cherry burns faster than the rest of the joint, creating a long run of burnt herb in the joint.  Typically, this is the result of an improperly rolled or lit joint. For more on how to avoid this annoyance, try our tips for rolling better joints.


Caregiver

Individuals allowed to assist specific, state-registered medical patients by cultivating medical cannabis on their behalf.


Cherry

The burning portion of bud in a joint or bowl that stays lit without further ignition.  Ideally, it should be round and compact to prevent canoeing or torching the bowl.


Chillum

A chillum is a straight, usually one-hitter pipe with an end-to-end channel. A chillum does not have a carb like a traditional pipe, providing a direct hit each time for maximum smoking efficiency.


Cola

A cola refers to the part of a female cannabis plant where the flowers or buds grow together tightly. This is known as the terminal bud in plant physiology.


Collective

See Dispensary


Concentrate

The separated or extracted resin obtained from cannabis; synonymous with hash.


Cone

A joint shape that flares from a small base to a larger-diameter tip.


Crutch

A device, typically made of wood pulp or glass (but easily MacGyvered from just about any paper or card stock material), that is incorporated in the joint rolling process to create a mouthpiece. Also known as a filter or tip, you can learn more about their benefits in our crutches guide.


Dab

A dose of cannabis concentrate. See dabbing.


Dabber

A tool used to collect cannabis concentrate and apply it to a heated nail, skillet, or chamber. They are typically made of titanium, stainless steel, or glass. Be mindful of materials, as using a sub-par dabber could allow heavy metals to leach into your dab — yikes!


Dabbing

The process of dropping a dose of cannabis concentrate onto a heated water pipe attachment (known as a nail) and inhaling. jAlso applies to using a more traditional pen-style vape to consume cannabis concentrates. Looking for tips to help maximize the flavor of every dab? We can help!


Dab Rig

A dab rig is a water pipe specifically designed for consuming cannabis concentrates as opposed to ground buds. The primary difference is that a dab rig generally has a male joint as opposed to the female joint usually found on a bong (male joints are ideal for most nails). Typically, a dab rig is also smaller than a traditional bong.


Dankrupt

To be out of cannabis.


Dispensary

A legal clinic, medical and/or recreational, that provides cannabis products to medical cardholders and/or recreational users.  As CBD becomes more popular, this term is also being applied to stores that sell CBD products in accordance with federal regulations.


Draw

To suck or take in air; inhale.  Also referred to as a hit.


Dry Sift

Dry sift is a form of solventless hash that involves using a series of taught silk screens of varying microns to separate the trichome head (where all the good stuff is) from the stalk and plant matter.


Filter

See Crutch


Flower

See Bud


Grinder

A grinder is a device designed to break the bud or organic hemp flower into fine, evenly ground bits. For more on grinders click here.


Hash

Hash, also referred to as hashish, is the oldest term still currently in use to refer to a cannabis product composed of separated or purified trichomes. Hash is considered to be a form of concentrated cannabis. There are many separation and extraction methods; both solvent and non-solvent based.


Hemp

Hemp refers to high-growing, industrial cannabis plant varieties, and their products. Hemp is grown primarily for its fiber, oil, and seed, but increasing attention is being paid to creating high-quality organic hemp flower strains that look, smell, taste, and smoke just like their high-THC counterparts. Hemp is low in THC, typically less than 0.3 % according to federal regulations.


Ice Water Hash

Ice water hash is a form of solventless hash that is extracted using ice and water to break the brittle trichome heads off of the plant material.


Indica

Cannabis plants of the indica variety grow short and bushy. Indica leaves are short, wide, and deeply serrated. Cannabis indica plants typically mature in 6 to 8 weeks. The effect of cannabis indica is typically described as a body high and is characterized by physical and mental relaxation, sleepiness, and often “the munchies.”


Inside Out

A European rolling technique also referred to as a backroll, in which the orientation of the rolling paper is flipped and the excess paper is torn off after completing one rotation around the rolled cannabis. To learn how to roll inside out, check our step-by-step instructions.


Joint

A rolled cannabis or hemp flower cigarette created with paper, as opposed to a tobacco, palm, or hemp leaf wrap.


Kief

Kief is a grade of dry sift that contains a mixture of trichome heads, stalks and cannabis plant matter. Kief often accumulates in grinders with chambers for that purpose, but it can also be sifted from dry cannabis or hemp buds with a mesh screen, sieve, or similar tool. Kief is an Arabic term meaning ‘pleasure or intoxication’.


Live Resin

Live resin refers BHO made from freshly harvested, flash-frozen plant material (as opposed to dried and cured buds/trim). Live resin captures the terpenes and flavonoids — and the resulting aromas and flavors — present in the living plant immediately after harvest, many of which would be lost in the curing process.


Nail

A nail is water pipe attachment for dabbing, typically made of titanium, quartz, or ceramic materials for safety at high temperatures. It is heated using either a torch or an electric coil for the purpose of dabbing cannabis concentrates.


Pearled

A term used to describe a perfectly rolled, visually appealing joint.


PHO

An acronym for Propane Hash Oil (PHO) used to identify cannabis concentrates extracted with propane as the solvent. Although others are possible, the consistency of PHO is typically budder/wax.


Pinner

A thin, straight, cigarette-shaped joint, as opposed to a cone.


Pipe

A narrow tube, typically made from glass (though metal, ceramic, wood, bone or antler, and even silicone are also common), with a bowl at one end for containing burning cannabis, the smoke from which is then drawn into the mouth through the other end of the tube.  Many pipes feature a carb, but some do not.


Pre-Roll

A pre-formed rolling paper that’s manufactured in a cone shape. This term may also apply to pre-rolled cannabis or hemp flower joints or blunts. For more on pre-rolls click here.


Resin Gland

See Trichome


Roach

The remaining end of a jointblunt or spliff after most of it has been smoked.


Rolling Paper

Rolling papers are small sheets, rolls, or leaves of paper that are sold for rolling cigarettes, joints, or spliffs either by hand or with a rolling machine. Learn more about sizes and material types to find the right paper for your rolling style.


Rosin Tech

Rosin, also referred to as rosin tech, is a solvent-free process used to extract concentrated cannabis resin from either dried flower/budor solventless hash using heat and pressure. It’s safe and easy to make at home!


Run

See Canoe


Sap

A term used to describe the soft, viscous, sticky consistency of some cannabis concentrates. This consistency is typically pliable, oily, and forgiving to work with.


Sativa

Cannabis plants of the sativa variety grow tall and lanky. Its leaves are long, narrow, and narrowly serrated. Cannabis sativa plants typically mature in 10 to 16 weeks. The effect of cannabis sativa is typically described as a cerebral high.


Scooby Snacks

A common term for bits of ground cannabis and resin that get sucked through the bottom of the bowl or end of the roll and enter the mouth when inhaling. Scooby snacks are typically the result of not using a crutch or screen.


Shatter

Refers to cannabis concentrates of a hard, smooth, glass-like consistency. As the name indicates, this type of cannabis extract breaks easily into shards and is often referred to as being ‘stable.’  That said, it’s not as forgiving as softer concentrates.


Snap N’ Pull

As the name indicates, snap n’ pull refers to concentrates with a consistency between shatter and sap (the two extremes), similar to a taffy. It can stretch or snap when pulled based on ambient temperature and amount of force used, making it exceedingly forgiving and easy to work with.


Spliff

A cannabis cigarette mixed with tobacco.


Strain

Cannabis strains are either pure or hybrid varieties, typically of sativa and indica. Varieties are developed to intensify specific characteristics of the parent plants. Strains are named for purposes of identification.  There are also strains of organic hemp flower as CBD grows in popularity.


Tips

See Crutch


Terpene

Terpenes are the aromatic compounds found in plant resins (trichomes), including those from cannabis and organic hemp flower. There are thousands of terpenes found in the plant kingdom and more than 100 found in cannabis alone. Terpenes provide the aroma and flavor of cannabis varieties and may support the action of THC, CBD, and other cannabinoids in the body.


Trichome

A trichome is a small hair or other outgrowths from the epidermis of a plant, typically unicellular and glandular. In the case of cannabis and hemp flower, the trichomes contain the beneficial phytocannabinoids, terpenes, and flavonoids. To learn more about trichomes in the context of cannabis, read this article.


Twax

A term coined by @WA5280 to describe applying hash or concentrates to the inside, outside, or tip of your rolls/bowls in any way shape or form. View our step-by-step guide showing how to twax your joint or blunt!


Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

THC is the primary chemical responsible for most of the psychoactive effects associated with cannabis. It is found in the trichomes or resin glands of the cannabis plant.


Vaporizer

A vaporizer is a device that heats cannabis or hemp buds and/or concentrates to 315-440°F (157-227°C), which causes the cannabinoids stored in the plant’s trichomes to evaporate into a gas without combusting any plant material. It’s a healthy alternative to smoking cannabis.


Wax

This term refers to cannabis extracts that have been whipped into a creamy, buttery consistency. The consistency is comparable to a soft wax and tends to crumble when being handled. Also referred to as budder or crumble.

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How to Use Already Vaped Bud (AVB) to Make Edibles

There has always been a little secret at the intersection of vaporizing cannabis and edibles. One of the main benefits to vaporizing your cannabis is the ability to use your flower once for vaporizing and then using it again to make edibles.  This is not something many people are aware of, but it’s a great way to get more from your herb!

Smoking weed turns your herbs into ash and even chars it—leaving no THC after the flower is combusted. Vaping, however, helps you efficiently ingest the THC and gives you the opportunity to re-use your flower a second time. Both vaporizer pens and desktop units will work for producing AVB.

What is Already Vaped Bud?

Already Vaped Bud, otherwise known as AVB, is the term used to refer to weed that has already been thoroughly vaped with the use of a vaporizer. Exhibiting an extremely dry and almost crisp texture, AVB is usually darker in color compared to fresh cannabis flower. It also gives off a slight yet distinct smell very much different from the rich aroma of fresh buds.

A common mistake many people make is throwing away their AVB, thinking it doesn’t have any use. After all, all the psychoactive ingredients have already been used, right? Little do they know, AVB can still be quite potent when used effectively. This is especially true when you use it to make edibles.

A very important detail about AVB is that it will only work if your vaporizer maintains consistent heat in the 315-440°F (157-227°C) range—preferably with the use of a convection style heating system. Beyond 451°F (233°C), combustion begins to occur.

Inadvertent combustion is the easiest way to burn your dry herbs and turn them into an ash-like substance. To make sure you end up with usable AVB, you want to ensure your flower vaporizer device maintains temperatures between 315-440°F (157-227°C).

How Does AVB Work?

The reason cannabis needs to be smoked, vaporized or included as a part of an edibles recipe lies in a process called decarboxylation, or decarbing for short. Decarbing cannabis activates its different cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, making them available for absorption by the body. This is why juicing or eating fresh and raw cannabis will have no psychoactive effect at all.

In order to decarboxylate cannabis, it needs to be exposed to heat, hence why we traditionally smoke or vape the plant material. Because AVB has already been vaped and exposed to heat, it has already been fully decarboxylated and the bud can be ingested as-is, inducing its full effects.

There is a very good reason not to ingest AVB straight though: it tastes bad.  Really bad. Even mixing AVB into your food, while helping to mask the awful taste, can still make an entire dish unpalatable. Since most people like to enjoy their meal rather than taint it with the ghastly flavor of AVB, the preferred way to enjoy AVB is to properly incorporate it into an oil or butter.

How to Make Edibles with AVB

Making Canna-Butter or Canna-Oil

already been vaped bud

The process of making cannabis infused oil or butter with AVB is quite similar to that of working with fresh non-vaporized bud. Remember, the primary difference is the AVB has already been decarboxylated, so you can skip that step. Simply place your AVB in a pot or slow cooker with butter/oil for a few hours over low heat.

Make sure you’re occasionally stirring every now and then to avoid burning any of the plant material (using a crock-pot really helps maintain consistent low temperature to avoid burning). Let the mixture cool for a bit before straining. We’ve written another article with full step-by-step instructions and photos on how to make edibles from scratch.

Store the cannabutter or oil in a cool, dark place and incorporate it in any of your favorite recipes that call for oil or butter. It can be as simple as spreading the infused oil on toast, using it in a brownie recipe, or as a garnish for your favorite savory dishes. The possibilities are endless when working with cannabutter.

Converting AVB into cannabis oil or butter is a very popular and effective method that can be enjoyed with a wide variety of meals. Infusing AVB into butter might not be as quick as sprinkling AVB directly onto your food, but the flavor difference is worth the extra effort. It also takes a lot less time to accomplish compared to the water curing method, which we’ll address next.

Water Curing

how to make weed oil

The main benefit to water curing your AVB is that it eliminates the nasty, musty odor and flavor that most people find off-putting. While water curing AVB takes more time to make compared to cannabutter, it’s a relatively simple process. All you need is a cheesecloth to wrap around your AVB.

While this method works with any amount, it’s recommended to save up at least an ounce of AVB to make the entire process worthwhile. After you’ve made what is essentially a giant teabag out of your cheesecloth and AVB, soak the whole thing into a bowl of water. Make sure the entire satchel of AVB is fully immersed.

Once the AVB is soaked, check back at least every few hours or so for signs of the water turning murky. Toss out the discolored water and replace with fresh water as needed. After the AVB has been soaking for at least 4-7 days (we don’t recommend any longer than this, as this might lead to the formation of mold), drain all the water from the bowl.

Open up the cheesecloth and evenly spread the soaked AVB on a baking pan or tray and place it in an oven set to 200ºF degrees. Give the tray a good mix or toss every 30 minutes to ensure everything is drying out evenly. After around the 2-hour mark, your ounce of water cured AVB should now be completely dry and ready for consumption, sans the awful taste.

If you don’t have an oven, a dehydrator is a good option as well, although the drying process will definitely take a lot longer than 2 hours. Expect at least 12 hours to pass for a dehydrator to fully dry out your soaked AVB.

From here, the water cured AVB can be sprinkled on food directly, or infused into oil/butter—with far less noticeable bitter herb taste than its non-water cured counterparts.

How Else Can I Use Already Vaped Bud?

AVB isn’t that much different from fresh cannabis or organic raw hemp flower in the sense that they share the same versatility in which they can be consumed. The main difference is that AVB is less potent, as many of the cannabinoids were boiled off during the vaporization process.

This same process also resulted in the AVB being decarboxylated. With that in mind, there’s no need to go through the traditionally time-consuming decarbing process used to make edibles from fresh bud if you’re using ABV.

Sprinkle on Food

how to make weed oil

If you’re looking for a super quick and easy way to consume AVB without having to make infused butter or oil, simply sprinkle it on top of your food and mix it in. Peanut butter with honey or Nutella sandwiches are the preferred food for this, as the intense flavors and sweetness help mask the bitterness of uncured AVB.

Not only are these small sandwiches fast and easy to make, they do a great job of disguising the flavor of the uncured AVB. It can also help to mix the AVB with fatty foods like coconut oil before spreading it on the sandwich to further aid absorption.

Cannabis tends to work better with foods high in fat, since it is fat soluble. This means when you are making your butter or oil, you want to mix it with oil or butters that are high in fat—we prefer coconut oil, but olive oil, butter, or ghee will also work just fine.

Capsules

abv capsule

This is more of a workaround to directly ingesting AVB, but it’s an option nonetheless. Simply fill empty capsules with your AVB and take like any other pill or supplement.

Capsules are an effective way to enjoy AVB without having to experience its awful flavor or texture. However, it can take a bit longer to feel the effects of using this method since the capsules take extra time to dissolve. Capsules are a great way to discreetly take your AVB with you on the go while maintaining discretion.

Smoke It

weed etiquette

While this definitely defeats the purpose of vaping your weed in the first place, AVB can, in fact, be smoked. This is the least recommended method, as the taste is terrible and the potency won’t rival fresh cannabis flowers — not to mention the flavor will be very harsh and may irritate the lungs. Smoking AVB is certainly possible, but we wouldn’t recommend it.

Bonus:  Hemp Flower AVB

Just like cannabis flower, AVB hemp flower can also be used to make therapeutic edibles without the intoxicating effects of THC.  We like the organic hemp flower from Canna Comforts, which is sustainably grown, batch-tested, and vapes beautifully.

Conclusion

Making edibles from AVB is a great way to get every ounce of benefit from your cannabis or organic raw hemp flower.

Visual Guide: How to Use a Dry Herb Vape Pen

If joint smoke is irritating to your lungs, you may benefit from using a dry herb vape pen for your flower instead. A vape (short for vaporizer) is a device used to heat cannabis products — in this case, flower — to the point at which the cannabinoids and terpenes within the plant begin to turn into a gas (vapor) without actually combusting (burning) any plant material.

In this article, we will show you how to load your favorite dry herb vaporizer step by step. For a full breakdown of smoking vs. vaporizing, check out this article. If you’re looking to vaporize cannabis concentrates (also known as dabs), use this guide instead.

What is a dry herb vaporizer?

A dry herb vaporizer is a type of vaping device that heats cannabis buds to a specific temperature lower than burning a joint or a bowl. The result is very clean, smooth, medicinal vapor instead of smoke, which also happens to be quite flavorful!

Recently, portable vaporizers have become more popular as technology has advanced their capabilities to a point that allows them to compete with larger desktop units.

How to Use a Dry Herb Vape Pen

  1. Identify Your Vape Style (How does it work?)

Before we get into the specifics of how to pack your vaporizer, it’s important to understand which one you have. In this case, the major distinction isn’t necessarily the make and model, but rather whether it uses conduction or convection to heat the cannabis flowers.

Not sure which heating method your vaporizer uses? A quick Google search will usually give you the answer in seconds! In reality, most vaporizers inherently use both methods to some degree, as each method also begets a bit of the other. The important thing is to understand the primary method of action of your vaporizer so you can pack it effectively. Here’s a quick breakdown of how each type works:

Conduction units heat the material via direct contact with a heat source (meaning the flowers are touching a hot surface). As you might imagine, this can result in incidental overheating of some parts of the chamber, which can cause accidental combustion and a harsher flavor. Common conduction vaporizers include: Pax 2 & 3, Vapium Summit

Convection units heat the material by passing heated air through the chamber. The result is a much more even temperature range throughout the chamber and overall better flavor due to less risk of inadvertent combustion. Common convection vaporizers include: Firefly 2, Grasshopper, Atmos Jump

  1. Get the Important Vape Accessories

best vape pen accessories

In order to get the perfect hit from your vaporizer pen, you MUST use a grinder to break down the cannabis (or organic hemp flower) buds. A fine grind is not just for joints, it is better for all inhaled forms of cannabis, including vapes!

That’s why we always have a grinder card stocked in our vape travel kit. The grinder card produces the perfect consistency for loading your pen – a fine, even grind and stores conveniently in a stash bag or wallet.

how to grind weed

You can even grind directly into your vape pen chamber or into a pebble (if you want to save some for your next session). We also recommend having a poker style tool on hand for clearing your chamber of sticky Already-Been-Vaped (ABV) flowers. It just so happens that all of these items fit perfectly in the Safety Case, with extra room for your vaporizer pen.

  1. Select the Right Strain

strains of cannabis

While we’re on the subject of preparing your cannabis, don’t forget to select the correct starting material! The type of cannabis you use (i.e. indica or sativa, or a non-intoxicating hemp flower) will directly impact how you feel after you vape. If you need help choosing, use our strain selection guide. As always, quality matters!

Pro Tip: It may be counterintuitive, but herb vaporizers perform better when the cannabis is fully dry! This is because residual moisture in your buds can result in unnecessary throat irritation and produces a wispy, thin vapor.

  1. Load the Chamber

load the chamber of a vape pen

First, remove the cap/cover to expose the chamber. Then, use your fingers to gently load the finely ground cannabis into the chamber. It’s important not to overfill the chamber or pack it too tight – remember, the air still has to pass through there!

A medium pack is usually best across the board, but this is where the conduction vs. convection heating method comes into play. Conduction vaporizers like the Pax 2 and 3 can handle (and actually benefit from) a tighter pack to bring more herb into contact with the heating element, while convection vaporizers like the Grasshopper benefit from a looser pack for improved airflow.

You can experiment with different density packs to see which perform best with your particular pen. You can use your fingers or damper style tool to pack down the ground cannabis evenly. Once packed, replace the lid/cover and close the chamber.

  1. Heat Up the Pen

how to use vapepen

Herb vaporizers can take anywhere from <10 seconds to over a minute to heat up. It’s imperative to let the pen heat up fully prior to taking a hit, otherwise, your draw won’t do much for you.

Many vaporizer units actually have adjustable temperature settings – lower temperatures produce smoother, more flavorful hits with less throat irritation, while higher temperature settings will provide more powerful hits with thick, dense vapor.

  1. Take a Hit!

pack dry herb into vape pen and smoke it

Once the pen reaches the desired temperature, you can inhale from the mouthpiece and enjoy the perfect hit! Also, be sure your battery is fully charged for consistent performance from your vaporizer. Many people store an extra battery or charger in their vape pen case to ensure they never run low.

  1. Store in a Smell Proof Vaporizer Case

smell proof case for pax vape pen

You likely paid a pretty penny for your vaporizer and consider it an investment, so treat it like one! Just because it’s portable, doesn’t mean it’s indestructible – we highly recommend using a smell proof vape case to keep your pen protected and discreet. A safety case has the ability to carry all the other vaporizing essential needed to pack your vaporizer on the go!

Bonus: Clearing the Chamber

clean the chamber of vape pen

Clearing your chamber after each use is just as important as packing it! Because the leftover loose-leaf material is often sticky from heat exposure (vaping tends to leave a residue on the herb, making it potentially beneficial for making edibles), we suggest using a tool to clear it out fully – it’s especially helpful for those stubborn bits. If you fail to clear your chamber adequately, you will restrict airflow and impair the performance of your vaporizer over time.

Which Vaporizer is Best?

dry herb vape pen options

The answer to this question will depend on several factors: size, price point, heat up time, intended use, charge time, temperature control, chamber size, warranty, etc. Sound complex enough?  Don’t sweat it! The important thing is to purchase based on the factors that are most important to you – after all, you’ll be the one using it!

Keep in mind that desktop vaporizers are in a totally different class than portable vaporizers – comparing between these two vape types is like comparing apples to oranges. There are also lots of reviews and comparisons online if you can’t decide between 2 or 3 models. When you’re ready to buy, you’ll find the best selection and customer service over at Billowby.

Vaping Hemp Flower

If you desire symptom relief without the high associated with THC, you might try vaping raw organic hemp flower instead of traditional cannabis buds.  Hemp flower can provide a full-spectrum dose of CBD and other beneficial cannabinoids without any intoxicating effects, regardless of the dose. Plus, you can purchase online and have it mailed to you.

We like the organic, non-GMO hemp flower from Canna Comforts, who carefully and sustainably cultivate each strain before batch-testing the buds for quality, purity, and potency.  We are especially fond of Canna Comfort’s Lifter strain (shown in image below) and Special Sauce. But each of their diverse array of strains looks, feels, smells, tastes, and vapes just like the top-shelf cannabis strains that inspired them, minus the intoxicating effects of THC – you really can’t go wrong!

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How to use CBD for Arthritis & Joint Pain

You’d be surprised at what a joint can do for joint pain. CBD and THC—two of the active compounds in cannabis—do wonders for those suffering from joint pain, whether due to injury or a chronic condition. That’s because weed doesn’t just get you high; it can also naturally help you effectively manage pain, increase dexterity, and improve your overall quality of life.

If you’ve been relying on synthetic pain medication and pharmaceuticals, this article is for you: it’s time to say goodbye to the pharmacy, and say hello to CBD. Read on, and learn how to best medicate and manage your joint pain through smoking marijuana or organic hemp flower, vaping oil, topical applications, and more.

What is CBD?

what is cbd oilLet’s start with the basics. You’ve probably heard quite a bit about THC over the years, but are you familiar with CBD? Unlike THC, the psychoactive compound and main factor responsible for marijuana’s high, CBD doesn’t produce mental effects. Instead, CBD works on anti-inflammatory and analgesic pathways in the body to supply relief to those suffering from pain.

In fact, according to California organization Project CBD, a non-profit “dedicated to promoting and publicizing research into the medical uses of cannabidiol (CBD),” the uses of CBD go way beyond simple pain relief:

“Scientific and clinical research—much of it sponsored by the US government—underscores CBD’s potential as a treatment for a wide range of conditions, including arthritis, diabetes, alcoholism, MS, chronic pain, schizophrenia, PTSD, depression, antibiotic-resistant infections, epilepsy, and other neurological disorders.”

How do CBD and THC Relieve Joint Pain?

Check out this video. After a brutal bout against UFC legend Conor McGregor, a bloodied up Nate Diaz is seen vaping in a press conference. He claims, “It’s CBD. It helps with the healing process and inflammation.” Nate might not have rheumatoid arthritis, but if anyone can attest to the pain relieving properties of CBD, it’s a bruised and broken man after a battle with one of the world’s most notorious fighters.

CBD affects your immune system, which makes it a natural for applications in autoimmune conditions like rheumatoid arthritis—and the science doesn’t lie. A study published in the journal Rheumatology from Dr. Sheng-Ming Dai of China’s Second Military Medical University found that CB2 receptors are found in unusually high levels in the joint tissue of arthritis patients, making them more sensitive to the effects of cannabinoids like CBD. The use of cannabis is shown to fight inflammation in the joints by activating the pathways of these CB2 receptors.

It’s not just CBD that can lend a helping hand, either: “Chronic pain is a symptom of rheumatoid arthritis, and when it comes to chronic pain, we have 9,000 patient years of data showing that THC [the active ingredient in cannabis] effectively treats it,” says Jahan Marcu, PhD, the Chief Scientific Officer for Americans for Safe Access, an organization devoted to the legalization of cannabis for therapeutic use.

Marcu continues, saying, “Cannabinoids stop the transmission of pain and decrease inflammation, and that’s very important for people with joint issues.” On a basic level, THC is anti-inflammatory and analgesic (it alleviates pain and the inflammation it’s often caused by), and it’s also known to reduce the anxiety and depression that often comes with chronic illness (especially ailments that are cause a loss of mobility, like rheumatoid arthritis).

Have you ever read about how smoking weed can cause seizure patients to physically relax and resume more normal brain function? Based on similar physiological principles, people with chronic pain and stiff joints may find that their body naturally loosens when using marijuana.

Essentially, all of these scientific studies support one of the key principles of medicinal marijuana: both non-psychoactive CBD and psychoactive THC work wonders for those suffering from joint pain.

Smoking, Vaping, Tinctures, and Topical Ointments

Marijuana isn’t a drug of the future, it’s a drug of the past. People have been using marijuana as a source of pain relief for thousands of years. Gooey Rabinski, an aptly named author considering he writes about that sweet sticky icky, writes, “Until the dawn of the 20th century, pot—albeit in tincture form, not smoked—was the primary form of pain killer in the United States. One hundred years ago, if a young girl skinned her knee, she was given a marijuana tincture, not an orange and white Bayer aspirin.”

THC is omnipresent, but CBD has been historically more difficult to come across. However, thanks to the 2014 and 2018 Farm Bills, industrial hemp, a high-CBD, low-THC variant of the cannabis plant, is legal to cultivate and ship nationwide.  Read on for tips to use CBD oils, concentrates, and high-CBD hemp flower to treat your joint pain:

5 Tips to Relieve Joint Pain with CBD Weed:

1. Start with Smoking or Vaping

You can use CBD vape oils (just look out for propylene glycol!) or even raw organic hemp flower (like Lifter strain from Canna Comforts shown in image below), which can be vaped or smoked, to receive a fast-acting dose of CBD for expedient symptom relief.  This is often the easiest way to get CBD, especially if you’re in a state with less-than-hospitable marijuana laws, as you can have the products discreetly shipped to your home. Be sure to check out our CBD consumption guide to figure out the best method of CBD intake for you.

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2. Apply a Topical Salve

Much like IcyHot or Tiger Balm, a topical CBD salve will help relieve pain from your joints and muscles. Of course, these are easily found in dispensaries in legal states, but likely need to be ordered online in states without a legal cannabis program in place. Worry not, you can buy a salve specifically designed for joint pain management and have it safely, legally, and discreetly shipped directly to you. We love using CBD soap every day to help keep our finger dexterity youthful.

 

3. Sample Each Strain Type

Sativas, indicas, and hybrids all have their strengths and weaknesses. Sample different strains, much like a wine-tasting, and see what works. You’ll be surprised at the sensation supplied by CBD-heavy strains—they’re calming, relaxing, with a powerful soothing effect that is a blessing for those with sore muscles and painful joints.  If you live in a state without medical cannabis, don’t worry!  You can still reap the benefits of whole-flower, full-spectrum CBD strains with raw hemp flower.  Our favorite hemp flower source is Canna Comforts — their organic, batch-tested strains provide a broad range of cannabinoid compositions, creating an option for every need and purpose.

4.  Experiment with THC and CBD Ratios

If you’re buying your cannabis from a dispensary, you’ll notice that they typically list both the THC and CBD contents. Heavy-hitting, THC-dominant strains are often in the 20-25% range but may contain a negligible trace of CBD. Alternatively, CBD-dominant strains may have 10+% CBD and little to no THC at all. There are also blends and hybrids that meet somewhere in the middle.

5.  Try a Tincture

Nothing says old school like using a consumption method that’s been relied on for thousands of years. Though hilariously old-fashioned, the method is still incredibly effective and one of our personal favorites—a tincture can be just the ticket for your joint pain.  The effects of tinctures last much longer than those of CBD that is inhaled through smoking or a vape — they can even provide some people with all-day symptom relief.

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One thing’s for sure: for those suffering from chronic pain in their joints, a little bit of chronic can go a long way. Give CBD a shot — you might love the effects, and the worst case scenario is that nothing will happen at all. We rely on CBD after every ski day, backpacking trip, and workout—there’s just nothing better from a natural pain relief and relaxation standpoint.

A Quick Note About CBD & Drug Testing

If drug testing is a part of the conditions of your employment, you might be concerned about the potential of CBD to cause you to test positive for THC. This isn’t an unfounded concern — however, there isn’t exactly a cut-and-dry way to answer it.

Much of the data we have about CBD is anecdotal, and its potential impact on drug testing is no exception.  There are very few peer-reviewed studies on the subject, but there appears to be a small risk of a false positive for some users. Avoiding full-spectrum products containing traces of THC can reduce your risk of a false positive, but that may not eliminate the risk entirely.

If you are concerned about passing a drug test, you should consider this potential risk when deciding whether CBD is right for you. To learn more about the science of CBD and drug testing, check out our article for a more thorough discussion of how to minimize your risk of a false positive.

Blazing on a Budget: 11 Tips for Conserving Weed and Still Getting High

Unfortunately, the cannabis coffers aren’t always overflowing for most of us. To quote Boston George’s father from Blow, “Sometimes you’re flush, and sometimes you’re bust.” Whether you’re between jobs or between dealers, it’s worth knowing how to best conserve your weed when resources are tight. We put together this guide to blazing on a budget to help you extend the life expectancy of your stash.

    1. Don’t Roll Joints

      puff puff passAs much as we love joints—they’re our personal favorite way to smoke—they’re horrible from an herb conservation standpoint. Every swirl of smoke that spirals off of the cherry and into the sky? That’s wasted weed, because every second that joint burns and your lips aren’t locked on it, Mother Nature is bogarting your bud. If you just love to smoke joints and can’t bear to part with them, here are three tips to help make your weed last: avoid sparking up in high winds, roll regular size papers, and opt for a pinner roll instead of a cone-shaped cannon.

    2. Use a 4-Piece Grinder

      4 piece grinder for weedWhen smoking at home, using a quality 4-piece grinder is a smart move. Finely ground herb is preferable for all smoking styles, whether you’re vaping, rolling a joint, or packing a bong. This is because a fine grind produces slow, even-burning bowls. Plus, that kief collection will be a life-saver when your stash runs out—it’s like an insurance policy on your supply! Of course, if you’re on the move, a grinder can be impractical, in which case a Grinder Card will also help you conserve cannabis in a low-profile format.

    3. Get a Snap Bowl

      snap bong pieceThe snap bowl is a must-have for a bong smoker who is trying to conserve their weed. Bigger bong bowls are meant to be “cornered,” which means a smoker can torch a section of the bowl and leave “greens” for the next person. On the other side of the spectrum, a snap bowl is personal-sized. No need to order an XL-pizza when a slice will do, right? Snap bowls follow this same principle. Buy a snap-sized bowl from your local smoke shop, and pretty soon you’ll understand why some bong smokers swear by these babies—they’re compact, powerful, and effective.

    4. Pack a One-Hitter

      one hitter on the go smokingThis is our preferred method for smoking on the go while trying to conserve weed. Not only does the one-hitter pack a surprising punch for such a small and simple smoking device, but it’s also the most reasonably priced pipe you can buy. Not to mention the fact that metal one-hitters are virtually indestructible, so you don’t have to worry about breaking an expensive glass piece on a sidewalk or rocky trail.

    5. Pre-grind your Flower

      cannabis groundsThe size of a nug doesn’t matter—it’s the density that counts. That said, nug size can be misleading, and the best way to figure out exactly how much weed you have is by pre-grinding your flower. Especially when you’re nearing the end of your stash, grinding up that flower will help you better gauge how much is left in your arsenal.

    6. Direct Inject vs. Carb Pipes

      dugout one hitter on the goCarb pipes have little thumb holes on the side of the bowl that may seem useful, but can cause you to burn more herb than necessary for each hit. Direct-inject pipes ensure that all of the smoke hits you where it counts, and none of it swirls stupidly out of a hole on the side. You want a streamlined airflow—like a one-hitter—for increased smoking efficiency.

    7. Go For a Glass Blunt

      glass bluntAnother highly-underrated smoking device, the Glass Blunt punches high above its weight class. It can be loaded like a chillum and hits like Barry Bonds on steroids. After the one-hitter, the Glass Blunt is our second choice for squeezing out a maximum high from minimum weed.

    8. Pick the Right Strain

      sativa versus indicaIt’s an established fact:  some strains get you higher than others. Not only that, but different highs feel different to different people. It’s important to know the difference between a head-focused sativa and a deeply physical indica. We recommend speaking to your local budtender, or, if that’s not an option, to do some research on strains on a site like Leafly.

    9. Buy Better Pot, and Buy More of It
      strains of cannabisThis seems counter-intuitive, as better green costs more green, but paying more upfront means that your stash will actually last longer. If two hits of top-shelf will get you high versus four hits of mid-grade, it’s well worth the extra cash in the long run. Consider buying premium flower a long-term investment, and then it’s easier to stomach the upfront cost. In the same vein, buying in bulk seems like a rookie mistake, but it’s really an intelligent play with the price breaks. As long as you have decent self-control and don’t mind smoking the same strain for a while, buying an ounce or a half ounce instead of an eighth or a gram will stretch your dollar further.
    10. Sip a Little Coffee

      coffee and cannabis in the morningWe are big fans of a morning cup of java and a joint—it’s how we start nearly every morning before sitting down to work. Even if you can’t make a joint happen, pair a little coffee with a bowl or an espresso shot with your bong snap. It’s scientifically proven that enjoying coffee with your cannabis actually extends the life of your high.

BONUS! Mix in CBD Flower:  Symptom Relief Without the Buzz


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Everyone loves a classic cannabis joint, but did you know you can also roll a jay or pack a one-hitter with organic hemp flower?  It’ll not only extend the life of your cannabis, but hemp is naturally high in CBD and can provide fast-acting, full-spectrum symptom relief when smoked, alleviating anxiety and inducing an overall sense of well-being.

We enjoy the organic, non-GMO, sustainably-grown hemp flower strains from Canna Comforts, which look, smell, taste, and smoke just like the top-shelf marijuana strains that inspired them.  Federally legal and batch-tested for quality, purity, and potency, we trust Canna Comforts for a delicious and therapeutic hemp flower experience.

10 Tips for Rolling Better Joints

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Every smoking circle has their de-facto joint roller: the guy everyone turns to when the team decides to burn one, or the girl who can twist perfect pinners while walking into the wind holding all her smoking supplies (we don’t know how she does it either).

Are you, well, not that person?  Are you looking to improve your rolling technique? With a bit of practice and the right information, you don’t have to be a magician to craft a picturesque, smooth-burning joint. However, if you need help from the very beginning, you should try our step by step how to roll a joint article.

Necessary Items for Your Rolling Stash Box

Make sure you have all the key elements for rolling great joints: this should include a weed grinder, crutches, papers, and a lighter at the bare minimum, but deck yourself out if you want to.

Although many steps in the joint rolling process are largely a matter of preference, there are several tips that require the above items if you want to improve your smoking experience. There are also some very clever weed accessories that have become essentials in our 420 smoking kit.

  1. Use the Best Rolling Paper

    types of rolling papers

    Are you still grabbing Zig-Zags off the counter at the gas station? They are impacting the flavor of your joints. There are three types of rolling paper materials and they each have unique characteristics that affect the way your joint rolls and smokes. Steer clear of wood pulp rolling papers, you want a paper made of rice or hemp. Those just learning should try a hemp paper as they are easier to roll with and stay lit well. Expert rollers looking for a flavorless, slow burn and a precise roll will benefit from rice papers.

  2. Select the Right Size

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    The right size rolling paper is a situational decision based on a few key factors: How many people are you smoking with? How high are their tolerances? How many joints do you intend to roll?

  3. If you show up to Snoop Dogg’s house with a pack of single-wides, you won’t be able to roll ’em fast enough. The most popular and widely available sizes are 1 ¼” size and King Slims. 1 ¼” is generally considered to be the ‘standard’ cannabis rolling paper and suits 1-3 people with moderate to low tolerances. King Slims are better for moderate-tolerance groups of 2-5 people or high-tolerance groups of 1-3. Not sure which papers are for you? Check our rolling papers sizing guide to find the right papers for your smoking kit.
  4. Always Grind First

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    You don’t need to spend $60+ for the best grinder! Regardless of your rolling abilities, crafting a perfect joint will be a futile exercise if your herb isn’t evenly ground. We recommend metal grinders, as they are more durable and provide a smoother, more consistent grinding action – but they are also available in plastic or wood version. All that matters is using one!

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    There are also lightweight, travel herb grinders ideal for smokers on the go that fit conveniently into a wallet. There is no excuse for breaking down bud with your hands!

  5. Use a Crutch, They Are Clutch

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    Have you ever been handed a joint with a soggy end that you can barely smoke? Don’t be “that guy” responsible for subjecting your smoking circle to that experience. Also called a filter or tip, a crutch is essentially a mouthpiece made of glass or wood pulp – you can purchase perfectly-sized rolling tips or make them at home. They act as a handle that aids in holding and passing to others while optimizing airflow for an easy draw. As if that weren’t enough, they also aid in the joint rolling process by providing a perfect cylinder to which the rolled cannabis can be integrated. The best part: now you can smoke your joint to the very end.

  6. Arrange Slowly Before Rolling

    pin vs cone joint

    Have you ever noticed that some joints come out looking like they have a little”pooch” in the middle? A bit of gentle organization with your fingertips is all that’s needed to position your bud properly and prevent the “pregnant” look, but it’s often overlooked. Pinners (straight, cigarette-shaped joints) are typically rolled for smaller groups and are very efficient, whereas cones (fluted joints that flare at the end) provide a powerful hit and maximize the size of the rolling paper.

  7. Final Prep, then Roll Patiently

    how to roll a joint

    It’s difficult to roll great joints if the ground cannabis is all over the place, so take some time and arrange it neatly within the paper. It’s important to take your time working the cannabis down into the paper to create a tube. We have additional step by step how to roll a joint help for this step if you’re struggling.

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    After you’ve arranged the bud and rolled the paper back and forth between your fingers, set the whole thing down on the table and see how your roll behaves. If it doesn’t hold its cylindrical shape, you won’t be able to get that tight tuck you’re looking for.

  8. Create Paper Tension Using the Tip

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    If you get a little crinkle in the paper after the initial tuck, you can fix it! Using one hand hold the tuck in place, shift your other hand to the tip of the paper and pull away from the crutch. Focus on creating just enough tension in the paper to smooth it out, but don’t pull so hard that you tear it. This is an easy place to struggle, so we have some more detailed tips for how to roll a cone joint to help you get through the tuck and roll process as a beginner.

  9. Light it Correctly, No Inhale on Ignition

    how to light a joint

    Do not try to earn style points when lighting your joints. Cannabis and organic raw hemp flower joints do not burn like cigarettes, and therefore should be ignited in a different fashion. Gently rotate the joint while slowly increasing the amount of direct heat to create a long-lasting, slow-burning cherry right from the tip of your joint, preventing the dreaded “canoe” that forms when part of the joint burns more quickly than the rest. If one more person rubs their saliva all over the side of the joint to slow down the canoe, we might have to skip our turn.

  10. Step it up and Smoke Less Paper

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    Did you know you can roll joints with the paper flipped inside out like pro skier Tanner Hall? By minimizing the amount of paper used to seal the joint, you can further decrease the burn rate and avoid the unwanted paper taste. Rolling inside out may have a steeper learning curve, but those who master it rarely return to the traditional style. Give it a try once you have your basic technique down — you might surprise yourself.

  11. Twax for Potency

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    “Twaxing” is a new trend in cannabis. As defined by the originator, @WA5280, to twax is “to apply hash/concentrates to the inside, outside, or tip of your rolls/bowls in any way, shape, or form.” The main benefit here is a huge increase in the potency of your joint, which makes concentrates (including CBD concentrates) a potentially helpful addition (especially when sharing a joint and smoking in larger groups). If you don’t have access to BHO or any other cannabis concentrates where you live, you can still learn how to make dabs at home! By implementing the inexpensive and easy-to-execute rosin press tech, you can use any cannabis flower to produce concentrates for your joints or blunts.

  12. CBD Joints for Medicinal Benefits

The practice of twaxing can be applied with CBD concentrates as well, but you can also roll joints with raw, organic hemp flower instead of cannabis to reap the analgesic and anti-inflammatory benefits of a full-spectrum dose of cannabinoids without the high. Hemp flower can provide fast-acting symptom relief that allows you to continue about your day as normal, with no impairment.
We like Canna Comforts‘ extensive collection of organic, non-GMO, high-quality, federally legal hemp flower.  Modeled after famous high-THC strains, Canna Comforts‘ hemp flower varietals provide the full experience of smoking top-shelf cannabis with all the benefits of CBD and none of the impairment.  We’ve had great success with their products. We recommend the Lifter strain (shown in image below) to practice your rolling skills, or the Wife Palm Wrap prerolls if you’d rather leave the rolling to the pros), and they meet our CBD Buyer’s Guide criteria for quality, purity, and potency.

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