How to Smoke Cannabis Without Getting Too High

As any cannabis consumer can attest, if there’s one feeling no one enjoys, it’s being too high. It can happen to anyone: maybe you took too big a hit trying to impress some friends, maybe the edible kicked in three hours late after you’d already eaten another thinking they weren’t working. Maybe you tried concentrates for the first time and underestimated their potency, or maybe you just have a lower tolerance than most. Whatever the cause, the result is the same: you’re in a whole other world, uncomfortably high, and feeling like you’re never coming down.

First of all, follow the immortal advice of Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and DON’T PANIC! Nearly every cannabis consumer has been there at one point or another, and we’re all still here to tell the tale. To date, cannabis overdose has resulted in exactly zero deaths. As miserable as you may feel, you aren’t going to die. The next several minutes to several hours may be quite the journey, but you’ll be around to tell about it when it’s all over. First, we’ll discuss some ways to avoid getting to that “too high” point. Then we’ll present some potential strategies that may provide some relief after you’ve already crossed that threshold.

Avoid Getting Too High: Know Your Limits

Unfortunately, the key to not getting too high is to, well, not get too high!  This doesn’t sound helpful on its surface, but hear us out: in order to avoid getting too high, you need to know your limits. This means you need to know how much cannabis you need to consume to produce the effects you desire without going overboard.

It takes experience, and a little experimentation, to find the dose that’s right for you. If you’re just starting to use cannabis, start small and work your way up to a larger dose. The principle works the same as with any other substance: you can always take more, but you can’t un-smoke that last joint or negate that extra edible once it’s in your system.

Conscious Consumption: How Not To Get Too High

First, an important note on selecting a strain: studies have shown that CBD, the non-psychoactive component of cannabis, can help negate the negative sensations that THC, the psychoactive component, can cause in some users. When starting out (or if you commonly experience paranoia or anxiety as a side-effect of cannabis), try selecting a strain that is relatively high in CBD and lower in THC. This may help you experience the positive effects of the herb without the intense negative side-effects.

We recommend starting by smoking the flower, vaporizing flower or cannabis concentrate, or using cannabis tinctures, as these methods allow you to consume cannabis in smaller increments, letting you fine-tune your dose until you find an amount that suits you.  Consuming cannabis through one of these methods also allows it to take effect more quickly, which in turn allows you to more accurately discern how much and which of the effects you are feeling.

For this same reason, we suggest holding off on using edibles until you have a better idea of your tolerance level. This is because edibles tend to take much longer to take effect than cannabis consumed through the mucous membranes of the lungs or mouth, making it more difficult to detect when you’ve had enough. Every edible cannabis consumer has a story about eating one (or several) too many edibles and suffering from the dreaded “couch lock” that comes with the intense physical high they produce.

If and when you do decide to try edibles, go for an option from a dispensary that lists the dosage on the packaging. If you’re making them at home, you can manipulate the potency to find a dose that suits you but isn’t overpowering. A good rule of thumb when trying edibles, especially as a beginner, is to start with one serving (usually 10mg THC), then wait three hours before consuming more. While three hours may sound extreme, edibles can take a very long time to “kick in,” differing greatly even in the same person. For this reason, they carry a higher overconsumption risk and should be used with caution.

You may choose to consume cannabis concentrates, such as dabs or shatter. Like edibles, these forms of cannabis require extra caution, as it’s easy to overconsume without realizing it. While you may be consuming cannabis with a friend who dabs regularly or takes massive hits of shatter on a daily basis, you are under no obligation to keep up with them! Start with a small amount, then give it at least 15 minutes to take effect before you consume more, especially if it’s your first time. You can always take more, but a large dabis enough to knock even the most seasoned cannabis consumer temporarily senseless, so exercise caution.

Now, let’s discuss cannabis use in conjunction with alcohol. Alcohol has been shown to enhance the effects of cannabis, making your cannabis high significantly more intense and combining with the effects of the alcohol to produce undesirable side-effects. For cannabis consumers who have “cross-faded” like this, the feeling of vertigo, often resulting in nausea (commonly known as “the spins”), is a familiar and wholly unpleasant feeling.

Because even small doses of alcohol can drastically influence your blood-THC levels, it’s best to stick to one beer, cocktail, or glass of wine when consuming cannabis in conjunction with alcohol. Wait an hour, and then consume another drink if you desire. It’s always better to pace yourself than to find you’ve gone too hard too quickly, especially in social situations, especially in social situations such as parties or festivals.

Coming Back: When You’ve Gone Too Far

The first and most important step to bringing yourself back to a comfortable space is to hydrate yourself. Water is obviously best, but herbal (or decaffeinated) tea, sports drinks, and other beverages will do in a pinch—whatever it takes to get you to consume fluids. Note that this rule does not extend to alcohol, as it will only enhance the already too-intense effects of the cannabis in your system. Sugary and caffeinated beverages should also be avoided, as they tend to act as diuretics, dehydrating you in the long term.

Do you have “the munchies?” Cannabis can often make us feel hungry, and consuming a light snack may help you feel less impaired. Fruits, nuts, vegetables, and cheeses are all good choices to satisfy your cravings while nourishing your body. It may not be a good idea to eat a heavy meal, as this can induce feelings of sluggishness, drowsiness, and potentially nausea.

It’s a good idea to keep some black peppercorns on hand—many long-time cannabis consumers swear by this trick. Chewing on a few peppercorns, or even sniffing some ground black pepper, may provide some relief if you find you’ve overindulged. The science behind it is fairly simple: the terpenes in the black pepper bind to the same receptors that cannabinoids do, resulting in a synergistic effect that yields feelings of calm. This means that black pepper could help you mitigate feelings of anxiety or paranoia that can result from getting too high.

If you’re still feeling uncomfortably “elevated,” now is a good time to find a place to rest for awhile. Dim the lights, find a soft blanket to curl up with, give yourself all the pillows you need—whatever you need to do to make yourself completely comfortable. If you’re experiencing “the spins,” you can try placing one foot on the floor to help “ground” yourself; many cannabis consumers find that this helps stave off feelings of vertigo. Once you’re situated, just relax. You may find you drift off to sleep, or you may not. Take a nap if you can; you might wake up a bit groggy, but you’ll feel much better. If you find you can’t sleep, don’t fret. Just rest, and rise when you feel you’re ready.

As we discussed briefly earlier, there is some evidence to suggest that CBD can counteract the effects of THC, particularly the negative effects. If you order CBD oil tinctures, you might consider taking a dose (most are consumed sublingually and absorbed by the mucous membranes of the mouth, so they act relatively quickly) and seeing how you feel over the next fifteen minutes or so. For instantaneous relief, you could try inhaling from a CBD vaporizer cartridge or dabbing some 99% CBD Isolate. Worst case scenario, you won’t feel any different from before—CBD is non-psychoactive, meaning it can’t possibly get you any higher than you already are.

Restless Soul:  When You Can’t Sleep It Off

Sometimes cannabis gives us energy, and that energy needs to be directed someplace. That’s okay! Taking a walk can provide the release you need, grounding you in the present and refocusing your mind. Most cannabis consumers will agree that a walk in a natural setting is more peaceful than walking through a crowded square or street, which can aggravate feelings of paranoia and self-consciousness. Find a park or quiet trail to walk if you can, though just getting some fresh air by stepping onto a patio or into a backyard may do you some good.

Perhaps it’s raining or otherwise unpleasant outside (cold weather, in particular, can be especially insufferable when you’re too high). That’s okay, you still have plenty of options! The goal is to take your mind off how high you feel. Take a bubble bath or a shower and enjoy the heightened sensation, as well as the relaxation. Draw how you’re feeling, or grab a coloring book and settle in for a bit. Cuddle your significant other or your pet, or talk with your friends (who are hopefully right beside you, encouraging you that everything is going to be okay).

If you’re by yourself, you can use media options to pass the time while you “come down.” Play a video game and get “zoned in” for as long as you please. Listen to a favorite album while sitting in your favorite chair. Watch something that makes you laugh (I mean really laugh), and enjoy the endorphin rush. Put on a nature or space documentary if you’d rather contemplate a little while enjoying striking and evocative visuals, or a cooking show for a little culinary inspiration: you can make yourself something delicious, being as creative as you please! By redirecting your attention, you can change your perception of your high long enough to get through it.

Conclusion

Whether you’ve found yourself past a point of seemingly no return with cannabis in the past, or are new and trying to avoid that “too high” feeling altogether, knowing your limits is key to maintaining a pleasant cannabis experience. As with any other mind-altering substance, cannabis’ effects increase with dosage, and taking too much can produce undesirable sensations. Knowing how to consciously consume cannabis and recognize your personal limits can keep you from reaching that dreaded “never coming down” feeling in the first place.

How to Smoke a Joint Properly: 10 Rules and Tips

No matter your smoking experience level, it’s always important to stay current on your joint etiquette — nobody wants to be “that guy.” By following the code of conduct below, you’ll ensure you don’t embarrass yourself the next time you’re handed a joint. Think of this guide as a sort of cotillion for joint smokers – retain your invite to the smoke circle with these helpful tips.

How to Smoke a Joint

  1. Respect Rolling Seniority

    You don’t have to be the best joint roller in the world, but you should know how your rolling skills stack up against others. If you can’t roll well and you know someone else can, it’s best to let him or her take the reins. Everyone will have a more enjoyable experience smoking a pearled joint instead of your hack-job. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t practice though! One day you might find yourself as the most experienced roller available, and we can help you improve your joint rolling skills for when that day comes.

  2. Learn to Use a Crutch

    A crutch can be made from just about any paper-like material (a paper scrap, a business card, we’ve even seen one MacGyvered from a straw wrapper — anything goes), and you can even buy pre-cut crutches. There is no need to hand someone a sloppy joint that barely rips. Crutches eliminate Scooby snacks, soggy ends, and make the entire social smoking experience more pleasant. Furthermore, you can use the crutch as a handle when you hand the joint to the person next to you. Similarly, if you’re on the receiving end of the hand-off, grab the joint by the crutch instead of crushing the tube of ground cannabis.

  3. Don’t Expect to Hit it without Contributing

    We all know someone who frequently jumps in the joint rotation without contributing – not cool! Don’t be this person. Even if you don’t have bud, it’s appreciated when someone offers cash, food, or something else useful if you want in on the joint. Those who typically smoke out the group will take notice, and you’ll maintain a comfortable, open invite.

  4. He Who Rolled Shall Light

    The person who rolled the joint has the right to light it and hit it first. While this sounds trivial, wouldn’t you be upset if the joint you just spent time rolling was carelessly lit like a cigarette by an amateur? It’s acceptable for the roller to offer this privilege to someone else, but they have full control over the ignition process.

  5. Puff, Puff, Pass

    This is the cardinal rule of joint smoking – take two hits and then pass that thing! Don’t hog the joint or it may be the last time you’re welcome in that smoking circle. If you’re smoking with close friends and you have a different rule, that’s okay – house rules are a thing, after all — but in most scenarios, stick to puff, puff, pass unless otherwise instructed.

  6. Ash Before You Pass

    You don’t want to be responsible for ruining your friends favorite piece of clothing or furniture – ash before you pass! It’s very simple. Nobody likes to be on the receiving end of an un-ashed joint, so don’t put that on the next person in rotation.  Ash, then pass.

  7. The Joint is Not a Microphone

    Cannabis has a unique way of bringing people together and part of getting acquainted is telling stories. By all means, keep sharing, but please don’t use the joint as your personal microphone! Remember rule #5? Nobody likes it when you hold the joint and forget to smoke it until the cherry goes out.  The joint is not the Talking Stick, so please don’t treat it as such!

  8. Stick to the Original Rotation

    Regardless of whether you’re actually standing in a circle, everyone should stick to the original joint rotation. Typically, the joint roller lights the joint and passes it to the left. The joint continues to be passed left until everyone hits the joint once and the ‘circle’ is completed. It’s more relaxing when this order is maintained until the joint is finished. Otherwise, no one knows who’s turn it is, making for a confusing time and creating the possibility of skipping someone inadvertently.

  9. Keep Your Exhale to Yourself

    This is a common accident, but be mindful of the direction and force with which you exhale your hit. As pleasant as cannabis smoke is, no one likes to take a cloud to the face. A slight upward or downward tilt of the head when exhaling can alleviate this faux pas. And, if you do accidentally exhale right in someone’s face, own up to it — then, try not to let it happen again.  It’s common to get tripped up by a breeze or fan on occasion, but it shouldn’t be a regular occurrence.

  10. Don’t Pass the Roach

    weed etiquette

    The passing of the joint is a ritualistic process, and being on the receiving end means two more hits…unless, you get passed a roach. Not cool. If the joint is gone, put it out – there’s no need pass the roach. It’s like getting a gift wrapped box with no present inside.  When it’s time to let it go, let it go.

CBD Joints: Relief Without the High

Everyone loves the classic cannabis joint, but did you know you can also roll a doobie of organic hemp flower?  It won’t give you the psychoactive effects of THC, but you will receive a fast-acting dose of CBD and other beneficial cannabinoids to target pain, inflammation, and anxiety, among other symptoms.

We like the organic, non-GMO, sustainably-grown hemp flower from Canna Comforts, which look, taste, smell, and smoke just like the classic top-shelf marijuana strains that inspired them (one of our favorites – Special Sauce (read our review OR just buy it) – shown in image below). Federally legal and batch-tested for quality, purity, and potency, we trust Canna Comforts for a delicious and therapeutic smoking experience.

Bonus: Carry Your Joints Responsibly

Part of polite social smoking is carrying your stash responsibly. Not everyone enjoys the smell, but that doesn’t mean you have to leave your stash behind! We recommend a discreet, smell proof stash box for storing your joints and rolling supplies. We’ve all rolled a nice joint and saved it for later – only to find it’s been destroyed your pocket. Not anymore! The Safety Case is the ultimate storage solution for joint smokers of all ability levels.

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Smoke and Chill: 6 Tips for Staying Calm while Getting High

Maybe your first smoking experience didn’t go as well as you hoped, or you regularly feel like you get too high. Or, maybe you’ve never smoked before, and want to make your first smoking experience a great one. Either way, we’ve definitely been there. Between advancements in both cultivation techniques and smoking methods, getting extremely high has never been easier. However, it’s also easy to ensure that you have a good time and remain calm—so long as you keep a few simple tips in mind.

As a firm believer in the beneficial wellness properties of cannabis, we put together this little guide to help you make the most of your next smoking session by staying calm, smoking smart, and embracing the high.

6 Tips for the Best Smoke and Chill:

  1. Eat before you Smoke

    Much like you wouldn’t go out for a bachelor party in Las Vegas without eating prior to the booze-filled festivities, we recommend having some food in your stomach before smoking (this holds especially true if you decide to eat an edible). THC spikes your metabolism. What does that mean exactly? Well, your blood sugar will drop, and essentially the longer you haven’t eaten, the higher you’ll get.

  2. Avoid Edibles

    A rule of thumb for novice smokers? Avoid edibles—completely. Too often, we hear people say, “Oh, man, it’s been an hour, we don’t feel anything,” and foolishly eat yet another brownie. Next thing they know, the first edible’s kicking in, it’s more than enough to get the job done, and the second edible’s waiting in the wings to deliver a knockout blow. If you are going to eat edibles, be sure to check out our THC dosage guide.

  3. Use the Right Cannabis

    If you haven’t smoked in a couple decades, don’t hit the joint like it’s mid-80s Mexican brick-weed. Take it slow. The potency levels these days are not to be scoffed at. Also, we recommend starting off with an indica or an indica-heavy hybrid. Sativas offer a more intense mental high that can be off-putting if you aren’t an experienced smoker. Start with an indica, and then move slowly across the spectrum—you might find that while you appreciate the indica body high, a mellower sativa mind trip is preferable (or vice versa). There’s no need to smoke it all at once—take it slow, sample different strains, and don’t necessarily jump right to the top shelf of the dispensary.
    Pro-tip: High-CBD strains contain less THC and actually help mitigate the high caused by high-THC strains (most weed). If you find that you are overly sensitive to THC, give a high-CBD strain a try and you’ll be rewarded with a wave of relief. 

  4. Use a Pipe, Joint, or Vaporizer

    Pipes, joints, and vaporizers make it easier to manage your THC intake. Bong rips can knock you right out, edibles can be stealthy assassins that creep up on you, and dabs are the double black diamonds of the weed world—experts only. When smoking a joint, don’t feel obligated to finish the whole thing; it’s more than acceptable to put it out and save some for later. Same goes for a packed bowl. Start slow, smoke smart, and take it easy. Check out our consumption guide if you’re looking for the right smoking method for you.

  5. Choose the Right Environment

    You wouldn’t want to spark up, say, right in front of a police station, right? It’s best to smoke in a locale that’s comfortable and stress-free, like your best friend’s living room. we love to smoke at spots like beaches, concerts, and ski resorts, but when starting out, it’s best not to smoke in public. Keeping it mellow keeps the paranoia at bay.

  6. Indulge with the Right Crowd

    Smoking with strangers can be a bit stressful, especially if you’re not used to it. We recommend smoking with close friends who you feel comfortable with, friends who won’t judge you for being a bit silly, falling asleep during a movie, or slathering peanut butter on your Oreos. Having a good relationship with your smoking buddies will only multiply the positive vibes of your experience.

Because of the vast diversity of weed strains and the sheer possibilities when it comes to consumption, remember that your smoking experience has infinite potential. Follow these tips, and you’ll be sure to have a stress-free and fun high.


How to Smoke Weed Without Coughing

There is nothing more frustrating than coughing up a lung every time you take a hit. Most of us never receive a formal lesson in how to correctly inhale but, as cannabis enthusiasts, we’re here to help!

We have tried literally dozens of techniques to find out how to best hit a bong or take a pull off a joint without coughing. Regardless of how you prefer to consume, we’ll help you learn to smoke without coughing. Everyone wants to take smooth, potent hits and exhale calmly like you know what you’re doing — learn how here.

  1. Grind First

    best vape pen accessoriesYou may already know this, but how the cannabis is ground is key to the quality of your smoking experience, whether you choose a bong or a blunt or a vape. Using a grinder is imperative because it ensures an even, fine grind, which in turn makes for a smooth-burning bowl with good airflow that avoids “hot spots” or clogs.  Even the most diligent of manual breaker-uppers could benefit from a good quality herb grinder.

  2. Slow and Steady, like Yoga

    You do not need to inhale with any amount of force, pace, or aggression. The gentlest inhalation will draw the smoke into your lungs. Think of the breaths you’ve experienced in yoga class, meditation, or prayer. Let the smoke fill your lungs slowly and gently, milking the bong until you’re ready to clear it.

  3. Add Fresh Oxygen

    It is crucial to inject fresh oxygen into your lungs along with the smoke. If you’re smoking a joint, spliff, blunt or vaporizer (or any other piece that does not have a carb), be sure to draw the smoke into your mouth first and then take it into your lungs along with a breath of fresh air. Alternatively, if smoking a bong or pipe (or anything else with a carb), be sure to leave some lung capacity before pulling the bowl or releasing the carb, which introduces fresh air into the hit. This fresh oxygen will cool your lungs down and re-oxygenate your body in conjunction with the delivery of cannabinoids.

  4. Don’t Hold it

    Many people try to hold the smoke in their lungs, thinking they need to “give it time to work.” While holding it is a deeply held belief by some people, this idea is completely false. You don’t need to hold the smoke in. The second you inhale, the cannabinoids are absorbed by your body. That increased “rush” felt by people who hold their hits is due to oxygen deprivation, not improved absorption of THC. Breathe it in, and breathe it out.

  5. Release at the Same Pace

    Allow your exhale to occur as softly and gently as your inhale. Without the added pressure of holding the smoke down, you should find that you have more control over your exhale. You can practice this calm breathing sequence before your next smoke, and let us know how it worked for you!

In our experience, the people that struggle especially with coughing are doing one of two things:  they’re either holding the smoke in too long, or they’re failing to introduce fresh oxygen with each smoke-filled hit.

Keep in mind, the above tips also apply to smoking CBD-rich strains. While they won’t get you “high” like cannabis flower, raw organic hemp flower can provide potent, fast-acting relief from a variety of symptoms in a full-spectrum, whole-plant format that’s familiar to cannabis consumers.

We like Canna Comforts‘ collection of boutique organic hemp flower strains inspired by top-shelf marijuana strains. Their flower is effective, non-GMO, organically and sustainably grown, and batch-tested for quality, purity, and potency – and it smokes beautifully (Lifter strain from Canna Comforts shown below).

One thing to consider if you cannot find success with the tips above: consider switching to a vaporizer instead of smoking. Using a vape pen is great for air travel and easy to conceal on the go.

Furthermore, an often-overlooked but important factor in the smoking experience is how the cannabis was packed or rolled. A poorly packed bowl or wonky joint will vary in potency and intensity, so it’s important to understand how to load a bong, or pack a bowl or pack a one-hitter. Even the way you load a vape pen or roll a joint will affect the smoking experience, so be sure to invest in the 10 essential items for every savvy stoner’s 420 kit.


How to Smoke Weed Without The Smell

Everyone has been in the unfortunate situation of catching a whiff of cannabis on their clothes, hair, home or car while out and about — not an ideal scenario when trying to consume in stealth mode.

In order to maintain maximum discretion, it’s important to deploy a few smart travel tips to smoke weed without smelling like it. Keep in mind that smell is subjective – what does not smell to you may actually be quite noticeable to, say, a neighbor or your great aunt Olive.  These tips will help you minimize the smell as much as possible, but just keep that principle in mind when using them. While some of these tips many sound simple, you’d be surprised at how effective they are, especially when combined.

How to Smoke Weed Without it Smelling

  1. Vaporizer

    The easiest method for discreet smoking is a portable vaporizer. You can fill them with either flower or concentrates (according to the particular style of your vape), easily carry them during air travel, and avoid thick clouds of smoke or obvious scents at home and on the go. Some portable vaporizers are even styled after ink pens so that they blend into everyday life. In our experience, concentrate pens produce significantly less smell than loose-leaf vaporizer pens.

  2. Use a Filter

    Whether you use a HEPA filter or purchase a carbon filter, deploying this simple technique will greatly reduce the presence of contaminants (smell) in the air. For reference, grow rooms rely on carbon filters to scrub the air of any noticeable cannabis scent.

  3. Mask the Smell

    To mask the smell, many people construct what is known as a ‘sploof’ – a simple device through which the smoke is blown in an effort to mask its smell with other smells. Typically, this is done by taking the cardboard tube from a roll of toilet paper or paper towels (or an empty water bottle with the bottom cut out) and shoving a bunch of crumpled dryer sheets inside. The dryer sheets act as filters for the smoke, resulting in a less potent scent.  If you go this route, use scented dryer sheets — the unscented variety aren’t as effective at masking the smell. A common question we hear is “do I need to purchase a professional sploof to get the best results” and the answer is: No! making your own homemade sploof is a tried and true method that college kids, teenagers, and worried parents have used for years.

  4. Exhale Outside

    When given the opportunity, smoking outside is going to reduce smells to a large degree, because even a light breeze will carry all the smoke away. If you can’t step outside or the weather is inclement, we recommend simply cracking a window and directing your exhale right out. Ashing the bowl or joint through the window is another effective method for smell reduction. If you are going to smoke inside with the window cracked, we recommend putting a towel under the door so the draft doesn’t send the smoke back inside.

  5. Wash Your Hands

    Often times, your hands will pick up an ashtray-like scent after smoking, which is a dead giveaway every time. As soon as you finish smoking or vaping, a quick hand wash will remove many of the contaminants that may have ended up on your fingers during the grinding, loading, rolling, lighting, and clearing process.  If you’re in a pinch, you can use a generous douse of hand sanitizer or even a baby wipe to cleanse your hands of odor-causing particles.

  6. Carry a Smell-Proof Case

    A carbon lined smell proof case will be your best bet when trying to conceal your smoking supplies after use. As soon as you’re ready to store your 420 travel kit essentials, pack them in a case like The Safety Case for maximum discretion on the go.

Bonus: Raw Hemp Flower

Did you know that you can reap the benefits of CBD and other beneficial cannabinoids without the associated high?  We like the organic hemp flower strains from Canna Comforts, which look, smell, taste, and smoke just like the top-shelf cannabis strains that inspired them.  Legal in all 50 states, raw hemp flower  from Canna Comforts is batch-tested and can provide fast-acting symptom relief when smoked or vaped, just like traditional cannabis.


Pressing Solventless Dabs: How to Smoke Ice Water Hash & Dry Sift

When first getting into connoisseur grade solventless extracts like ice water hash and dry sift, we couldn’t figure out how to turn the golden beach sand into the slab-style sheet we was used to dabbing. With some pointers from friends and lots of trial and error, we have successfully determined how to achieve the perfect press every time. With light heat, pressure, and some finesse, you can grease your full-melt hash into beautiful looking, dab-ready sheets with ease!

Please note that this article addresses specifically how to press out high grade solventless extracts in preparation for dabbing, which is different than pressing flower or hash into the concentrate known as rosin! To learn more about how to smoke dabs or for a tutorial on how to make rosin, click here.

  1. Cut and Fold Parchment

    The first step is to prepare the parchment paper. This will require cutting the parchment paper into a manageable square or rectangle that will be folded in half. You can orient the crease such that it prevents the parchment paper for rolling in on itself.

  2. Add the Solventless Concentrate

    Hold the folded piece of parchment so that it creates a trough with the crease at the bottom. Carefully sprinkle the powdered hash or sift into the crease. You can disperse the extract into a thin line or keep it thicker depending on your tolerance and size of dabbing surface. Once you have arranged the concentrate in the crease of the parchment paper, use your fingers to press the hash or sift together – the goal here is to pre-press so that it holds its shape prior to performing the actual press. Set the folded parchment with the concentrate down on a table in preparation for the next step.

  3. Heat Your Pressing Tool


    As mentioned above, you can use a variety of tools to press hash: dabbers, ash catchers, bowls, carb caps, and even hash presses made specifically for this purpose. In this example, we will be using a dabber and carb cap combo to press out the ice water hash.

    Use a torch, the same kind you would use to heat your nail, to lightly heat the surface of the pressing tool. The key here is LOW heat, as too much heat can degrade terpene and cannabinoid content which will result in a loss of flavor and potency. Heat the tool to a point where you can just touch the pressing surface without burning your hand. Temperature control will take a bit of practice; it’s better to go too low and reheat/repress than to burn your precious hash with an overheated tool.

    Once again, if opting to use a hair straightener or flat iron instead of a manually heated pressing tool, make sure that the heating elements are no more than warm to the touch to avoid incidentally rosining your starting material. We find that pressing with a hair straightener is riskier and less forgiving than using a tool like a heated carb cap.

  4. Press Out The Hash or Dry Sift

    Use the heated tool to press out the hash or dry sift through the parchment paper. The amount of pressure you apply will determine how thickly or thinly the sheet of concentrate is pressed. Pressing the hash or sift thinly will yield a semi-translucent sheet, whereas a thicker press will result in an opaque sheet.

  5. Let Cool

    Before unfolding the parchment paper, we recommend waiting for it to cool or placing it in the refrigerator for a few seconds to chill. This will help the pressed hash or sift separate from the parchment paper. If the ice water hash relentlessly sticks to the parchment paper, it likely wasn’t properly dried and still has residual moisture.

  6. Cut into Portions

    The final step is to cut the sheet into dab-ready portions. The size will depend on your personal preference, tolerance, and the size/type of nail you use. You can use a dabber or knife to cut the hash, or you can apply some heat to the tip of a dab tool and slice the sheet.

    Once you’ve created the appropriate portion size, press your dabber into your selected piece of hash.

    Now you’re ready to dab!

  7. Slowly Drop the Concentrate on the Nail

    For optimal long-term storage, it is best to leave your hash or sift in a dark, cool environment (like a refrigerator) and wait to press your hash until you are ready to consume it. The primary benefits to pressing out hash and dry sift are ease of handling and dosage control. Although easier to handle, it isn’t necessary to press hash into these sheets, as quality solventless extracts can be dabbed in their unadulterated form.

In fact, really high-grade solventless extracts will ‘grease’ up, effectively turning into a semi-transparent, oily consistency. The terpenes act as a solvent, further dissolving the glandular trichome heads. You can increase the likelihood of your hash or sift greasing up by keeping the concentrate in a warmer place like you pocket (also called a pocket cure).

KEY TAKEAWAYS

    Keep your soventless hash in the fridge until you’re ready to dab
    Use very low heat to press your hash
    Your carb cap is a perfectly reasonable pressing tool


How to Roll a Blunt | 6-Step Visual Guide

You may be familiar with how to roll a joint, but do you know how to roll a blunt? The process of rolling a blunt is very similar to rolling a joint: you will simply be using a tobacco leaf instead of a traditional rolling paper.

What is a Blunt?

A blunt is, quite simply, 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 in place of the tobacco. Some companies even sell blunt wraps, which do not have any tobacco inside and are sold ready to be re-rolled.

Often, people will refer to blunts by the brand of cigar or wrap they prefer. For instance, ‘sweets’ typically refer to Swisher Sweets, ‘woods’ refer to Backwoods, and ‘dutches’ refer to Dutch Masters. Which one is best? Conclusively, the answer is: whichever one you prefer. They all serve the same function, in the end, so feel free to choose your favorite based on size, flavor, texture, and any other criteria that are important to you.

Make sure you have all the key smoking accessories for rolling great blunts: grinder, wrap, cannabis or organic hemp flower, and a lighter at the bare minimum — and a rolling tray wouldn’t hurt, either. The following steps will require the above items if you want to improve your smoking experience.

How to Roll a Blunt

  1. Prepare Your Leaf

    The first step is to prepare the cigar for rolling. In order to hollow out the cigar, you will need to split it open. This is typically done using your fingers or a blade (there are blunt splitters expressly made for this purpose); we will demonstrate both methods. Note: If you are using a blunt wrap, this step will not apply as the tobacco leaf is not filled with tobacco.

    When splitting the cigar open with your fingers, we recommend starting at the end with the mouthpiece and working down towards the end that will be ignited. If the cigar is too dry, it will be difficult to perform this step without cracking the outside. To combat a dry cigar or wrap, forget breathing all over it or licking it (please, don’t do this). Instead, try wrapping the cigar in a damp (not soaking, but thoroughly moistened) paper towel for a few minutes.  If you’re in a serious hurry, you can put the wrapped cigar in the microwave for a few seconds (we’re talking about 3-5, standing there the entire time.  Do not abandon your post!) to speed things along, but don’t cook the gar. The alternative is to use a sharp blade, something like a knife or razor to split the cigar.

    Regardless of the method you choose, the important part is removing all of the tobacco from the cigar (unless you’re rolling a spliff — not our style, but to each their own).

    If the tobacco leaf is still dry, you can give it a lick so it becomes more pliable or, preferably, press it in a dampened paper towel for a few seconds at a time until it revives a bit.  More moisture in the wrap will make for easier rolling.

    Now you should have an empty tobacco leaf rolling paper that is ready to be filled with cannabis.

  2. Grind the Cannabis

    Grab your favorite strain and grind it up. A fine, uniform grind is important as it will result in a slow-burning blunt with a smooth draw. We often use a weed grinder card positioned over a smell proof container to make it easy to grind the flower and then pour it right into the leaf. If you need to invest in your first four-piece grinder (a wise investment if you consume cannabis or hemp flower with any regularity), we recommend shopping around online.

    For more on the importance of grinding, click here. In my experience, blunts do not require a crutch, but there is no problem with adding one!

  3. Arrange the bud for rolling

    Blunts are typically rolled straight, as opposed to coned. Thus, the next step is to evenly arrange the ground bud in the trough of the bunt/wrap to ensure a smooth, even burn and an uncomplicated roll.

    An uneven dispersion will make rolling the blunt into a straight, uniform cylinder very difficult, so really take your time with this step.  You are, in the most literal sense, setting yourself up for success in the next step:  rolling the thing.

  4. Roll slowly, compacting the flower

    The next step is to roll the ground cannabis into a cylindrical tube. For more detail on how to roll the cannabis into a cylinder, check out my comprehensive rolling guide.  Resist the temptation to focus so much on one section of the blunt that the rest falls apart on you — try to take a holistic approach to rolling the blunt (this will be much easier if you set yourself up well in the last step).

  5. Tuck & Lick

    The tuck can be initiated at the mouthpiece or in the middle of the blunt,  –it’s a matter of personal preference. If you choose to start at the mouthpiece, give that third a lick and stick it down; working your way to the end that will be lit.


    If you prefer to start in the middle, lay down about the middle third and then work your way outward toward each end.

  6. Seal and Dry

    Once the blunt is sealed, you can use a lighter to dry out any moisture left from licking and sticking.  After the blunt is sealed, applying heat will help it hold its shape.

    As you can see, it requires quite a few items to roll a slow-burning blunt. If you are rolling in advance, make sure you protect your blunt because they can break easily in transit. We recommended storing your blunt and rolling supplies in a discreet smell-proof case between smokes to avoid any awkward moments with family or friends.

 

CBD Blunts:  Relief Without the Buzz

You’ve likely had a cannabis blunt at some point, but did you know you can also consume CBD in this classic style?  Organic hemp flower offers all the benefits of CBD and other beneficial cannabinoids, as well as helpful terpenes and flavonoids, that can help alleviate chronic pain, inflammation, anxiety, and other symptoms.  For an extra boost, you can also twax your blunt with CBD oil or isolate for intensive symptom relief.

We enjoy the hemp flower selection from Canna Comforts and have had great success with their variety of top-shelf, organic, high-CBD hemp strains.  Federally legal and batch-tested for quality, purity, and potency, we trust Canna Comforts for an enjoyable and therapeutic CBD smoke session.  We like rolling up a blunt of Lifter (shown in image below), but you could also go for a Wife Palm Wrap preroll (read our review ) if you prefer to leave the rolling to the experts.


What is a Spliff and How to Roll It

Before we teach you how to roll one, let’s first understand what a spliff is. While the term spliff is used in a variety of ways, it most commonly refers to a cannabis cigarette (joint) mixed with tobacco. Spliffs tend to be more common in Europe as smokers are accustomed to consuming cannabis with tobacco. Americans on the other hand, typically consume joints filled purely with cannabis. These cultural differences are likely attributed to the distinctly different attitudes regarding tobacco use in the respective regions.

Ultimately, the debate between joints and spliffs comes down to personal preference. There is no doubt that straight joints are the healthier option, and any purist will scoff at the inclusion of any tobacco in their precious joint (even the smallest amount of tobacco will be noticeable to these people). However, many enjoy the pleasurable head buzz induced by the tobacco in a spliff. The inclusion of tobacco can also help a joint filled with sub-par cannabis burn more consistently. That said, not all spliffs are created equal – some taste like a nasty cigarette, while others have an added depth to the flavor profile. There are several factors that go into the rolling process; in this guide, we will help you master the art of rolling the perfect spliff.

Choose the correct tobacco

Similar to cannabis, there are a variety of quality tiers for tobacco. Your classic pack of cigarettes will rank among the lowest from a quality standpoint, whereas a mild blend of rolling tobacco will be of superior quality. It may not come as a surprise, but if you roll a spliff with the tobacco from an emptied cigarette, its probably going to taste a lot like that same cigarette (which has a lot more chemicals in it than just tobacco). Alternatively, rolling a spliff with high quality, aromatic loose-leaf rolling tobacco, can be delightful from a flavor perspective. Fresh, high quality rolling tobacco will retain some moisture; it should not be bone dry like the little flakes that come out of a cigarette.

Mix at the right ratio

Let’s set the record straight, a spliff is a ‘cannabis cigarette mixed with tobacco’ not a ‘tobacco cigarette mixed with cannabis’. That said, there should never be more tobacco than cannabis in your spliff. The right ratio will depend on the type of tobacco used, the size of the spliff, and your personal tobacco tolerance. As a general rule of thumb, spliffs with low percentages (5-10% pictured left) of tobacco still retain the favorable qualities of a joint, while spliffs with high percentages (25%+ pictured right) of tobacco begin to take on the characteristics of a cigarette. Europeans & Pacific Islanders typically lean toward a heavier split, some even go so far as to roll 60% cannabis and 40% tobacco. Our preference is more like 90% cannabis, 10% tobacco.

How to incorporate

The tobacco is best incorporated during the grinding process. Mixing the tobacco with cannabis (or raw hemp flower) ensures a smooth, even burning spliff. Tempting as it is, simply sprinkling the tobacco on top of the ground cannabis will result in an uneven burn as the tobacco and cannabis burn at different rates. We recommend putting the cannabis buds and loose-leaf tobacco in the grinder together for a seamless blend.

From here, just roll the ground cannabis and tobacco mixture up the same way you would any other joint. If you need help learning how to roll a joint, check out our step-by-step how to roll a joint with pictures for beginners.

Make sure you have all the key elements for rolling great joints: weed grinder, crutches, papers, and a lighter at the bare minimum. Although many steps in the joint rolling process are largely preference based, there are several tips that require the above items if you want to improve your smoking experience.

BONUS – CBD Joints:  Symptom Relief Without the Buzz

Everyone loves a classic cannabis joint, but did you know you can also roll a jay with organic hemp flower?  Hemp is naturally high in CBD and can provide fast-acting, full-spectrum symptom relief when smoked.

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.  We like a joint of Lifter (read our review) (shown in image below) before bed or to relieve pain, but their diverse array of strains ensure the right fit for any condition.

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Cornering: How to Light a Bowl without Burning Yourself

No need to set yourself on fire anymore! There is a technique for flawlessly lighting a bowl with a lighter and not burning yourself. The best part is that this method is also the most efficient way to smoke a bowl. While your cotillion days may be over, it’s important to remain respectful of others and obey the proper smoking etiquette for any situation. You may be aware of the correct dabbing rules or joint smoking etiquette, but do you know how to avoid embarrassment when someone hands you the pipe or bong? You would be shocked by how few people know how to light a joint correctly.

What is cornering a bowl?

Although most bowls technically don’t have corners, the term “cornering” refers to only lighting a small portion of the bowl – it’s like taking a slice of pie instead of the whole top half. By burning a cross-section of the bowl from top to bottom, you leave an undisturbed section of “greens” for the next person in the circle. Greens refer to the section of the bowl that remains as un-smoked, ground and packed cannabis. As you might imagine, if you set the whole bowl on fire instead, the person next to you would be forced to take a hit of ash and half-burnt weed.

Why corner a bowl?

The answer to this question is simple – flavor and potency! Everyone knows the most enjoyable part of smoking cannabis is the terpene-rich smoke that leaves you feeling intensely euphoric. Beyond just tasting and smelling good, these terpenes actually help induce a lot of the medicinal benefits associated with cannabis. So, why corner a bowl? To let others in the circle have a taste too!

How to corner a bowl

Cornering a bowl is not difficult; it just takes a little bit of finesse with the flame. We recommend holding the bowl at an angle and carefully touching the flame to the outer wall of the bowl while inhaling until just a section of the bowl has been ignited. Many people find that holding the lighter a bit further away from the bowl helps burn a smaller area – by inhaling, you will draw the flame into the packed bowl.

Is cornering for pipes or bongs?

Both! Cornering applies to handheld pipes, bubblers, and bong bowls. After all, the bowl itself is just the portion of the smoking device that holds the ground cannabis. Thus many different smoking devices contain a bowl – and if you’re smoking with others – it deserves to be cornered. Everyone ought to have a shot at smoking “greens”.

Snap vs. Party Bowl

Let’s set the record straight, some bowls are packed with the intention in being roasted all in one hit and others are meant to be shared. Small bowls like one-hitters and tiny bong bowls are actually designed for single hit consumption (known as taking a “snap”). On the other hand, larger bowls in handheld pipes and bongs (known as “party bowls”) are designed to be shared amongst friends. Having said this, there are some situations in which cornering will not apply – like taking a snap out of a bong. When taking snaps, each person loads their own single hit in the bowl, takes the hit, and then clears the bowl for the next person – everyone benefits from “greens” in this scenario as well.


How to Inhale Weed Smoke Properly

Most people were never actually “taught” how to breathe in the traditional sense – it’s one of the first things you do straight out the gate, and it’s generally understood that you’ve got it under control from there. Breathing is an unconscious process that occurs 20,000+ times a day.

It turns out that how you breathe may merit some attention: not only does how you breathe affect how you feel (both physically and emotionally), it also plays a critical role in inhaling smoke properly.

No one likes choking and coughing every time they smoke, that’s why we’re dedicated to spreading the information you need to learn how to inhale properly – using these techniques will help you cough less and get higher on each hit!

A Note About Technique

The first thing we need to talk about is diaphragmatic breathing. Also known as belly breathing or deep breathing, the technique is intended to help you use the diaphragm correctly when inhaling and exhaling.

Your diaphragm is the often-ignored but ultra-important muscle that sits below your lungs, expanding and contracting them to draw in and expel air. Most people vastly under-use this vital organ! Using diaphragmatic breathing will help you establish a more controlled breathing process and develop muscle memory to maintain it more quickly.

There are several exercises you can perform at home until it becomes second nature, but one of the easiest is to rest your hand on your belly while sitting or lying comfortably.  Breathe in slowly, feeling your belly expand as it fills with air.  Then, when you’re ready, exhale slowly, feeling your diaphragm pushing the air out of your lungs.  Repeat this process for several minutes, focusing only on your breathing and the movement of your belly as you do it.

When evaluating whether you find it easy or difficult to inhale smoke correctly, consider where the suction is coming from – are you drawing the smoke into your mouth (like you would with a cigar) or inhaling the smoke directly into your lungs? Both techniques are technically correct, but they are typically applied to different consumption methods. Regardless of how you like to consume, we’ll help you learn how to smoke effectively.

How to Inhale Cannabis

Draw Into Your Mouth First

When smoking joints, spliffs, or blunts, it is essential that you draw the smoke into your mouth prior to inhaling into your lungs. Doing so helps the rolled cannabis burn more evenly and provides a smoother, more enjoyable hit. The process is similar to smoking a cigar – use your cheeks to draw the smoke into your mouth first. Then, while the smoke is still in your mouth, take a deep breath of fresh air – this will force the dense smoke down into your lungs with a mixture of normal, oxygen-rich air. The result is a smooth, flavorful hit that results in less coughing and irritation due to the inclusion of fresh air.

Inhale Directly Into Lungs

If you’re smoking out of a bowl, bong, or anything with a carb, you can inhale the smoke directly into your lungs. These devices typically require a longer sustained inhalation and benefit from a carb to introduce fresh air in the same breath (rather than having to take a second breath to introduce fresh air like you would with rolled cannabis or hemp flower).

Use a Rhythm, Like Yoga

 

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As you begin practicing your diaphragmatic breathing, using a simple 4-2-4 count. Inhale softly for four seconds, pause briefly for two, and exhale gently for four. Repeat this sequence 10 times, 3 times a day to create a new breathing pattern in your subconscious. You can then call it into use every time you smoke.

Add Fresh Oxygen

You might have noticed a pattern, but it bears repeating! When smoking, use the last second of inhalation to move the glass, joint, or pen away from your lips and draw fresh oxygen into your lungs on top of the smoke, pushing it deeper into your lungs. The combination of diaphragmatic breathing and stacking oxygen will greatly increase the potency of each hit.

Don’t Hold it Longer

After your two second pause, let the smoke go. There is no need to sit and hold your breath as long as you can to “let the smoke work”. You’ll get the full effect as soon at it enters your lungs – the extra rush you feel from holding your breath is from oxygen deprivation, not extra THC! Remember: steady in, steady out.

Bonus:  High-CBD Strains

There’s been a lot of press about CBD concentrates and isolates, but did you know there are high-CBD strains available as well?  In addition to the CBD-heavy indica cannabis strains available at dispensaries in states with legal medical cannabis programs, organic hemp flower is federally legal in all 50 states (yes, you can buy online and have it mailed to you) and looks, feels, smells, and smokes just like its THC-heavy cousin, but without the high.

We like the organic, non-GMO raw hemp flower and hemp prerolls available from Canna Comforts — they’re batch-tested, organically grown, and legal to ship in all 50 states.  Their diverse strain selection allows you to tailor your CBD regimen with full-spectrum, organic, whole-plant cannabinoids (we really like Lifter (shown in image below) and Special Sauce, topped off with some Elektra kief if you need more intensive symptom relief) at an affordable price.

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Ditch the Dugout: A Pipe Case for One Hitters, Pipes & Chillums

Whether you’re learning the ropes or you’re an experienced smoker, chances are that a chillum or one hitter is an essential item in your smoking stoner survival kit. For those who are unfamiliar, chillums and one hitters are slender, straight pipes with no carb (a third hole to regulate airflow). As the name indicates, these pipes only hold the amount of flower necessary for a hit or two, which is ideal for quick solo smokes and preserving your stash. One hitters are easy weed pipes to pack on the move, especially when you don’t have time to roll a joint.

dugout one hitter on the go

Regardless of whether you prefer glass, metal or acrylic chillums, it’s important to keep your one hitter protected and ready for use when on the go. Unfortunately, many people still rely on the obvious and outdated wooden dugouts invented 30+ years ago – those little wooden boxes that only hold a single gram of ground cannabis. Modern day consumers want the ability to carry both indica and sativa strains based on their needs, as well as a lighter, poker, one hitter, glass blunt, or small pipe. Unlike old school dugouts, the Safety Case is smell proof, durable, and able to carry multiple strains of cannabis. We will show you how it works with some of my favorite pieces.

One Hitter

The Hitter is perfect for those who require a piece that can keep up with their active and demanding lifestyle. The Hitter’s metal construction means you no longer have to worry about your pipe breaking if accidentally dropped off the chairlift or stepped on while hiking. We like to stock my smell proof Safety Case with a Hitter Pipe, Grinder Card, Tool and five Pebble containers. Each of these Pebble containers holds up to a half of a gram of ground cannabis. Ensure your Safety Case is always stocked with a poker – nobody likes a clogged Hitter!

Glass Blunt

If you have never used a glass blunt, we suggest you give it a try. These extendable glass pipes can be loaded with significantly more flower than a typical chillum or one hitter. Glass blunts fit perfectly on either side of the case and next to the pipe you can carry up to four Pebble containers loaded with ground flower. After toking, secure the glass blunt back in the Safety Case with the peace of mind that you’ll never break another piece of glass.

Chillum

Those who enjoy chillums will appreciate the ability the configuration flexibility when packing their Safety Case. We like to arrange it with a combination of Pebbles, a Lighter and Grinder Card to create a complete smoking kit.

Small Pipe

The Safety Case can also accommodate small traditional pipes with room for additional flower storage. However, because of the case’s ultra-slim design, larger pipes will not fit as easily. Depending on how many Pebbles you carry and the size of your pipe, there is also room for your lighter, papers, crutches, and more. Once loaded, the Safety Case holds everything you need to smoke on the go.

Mix and Match with Larger Smell Proof Storage Options

In addition to your pipe, Black Rock has storage for all kinds of different things. Whatever your smoking preferences, the smell proof professionals at Black Rock have you covered. Ready to ditch your dugout?

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Visual Guide: How to Use a One Hitter

One-hitters and chillums are a favorite among many smokers because they are compact, discreet, and easy to clean. Perfect for a quick solo smoke or a hit on the go, the small bowl size of most chillums ensures you conserve your cannabis and smoke efficiently. Storing and packing a one-hitter is surprisingly easy when you have the right tools.

Some people are happy to just push the buds right into the top of their one-hitter whole, but we recommend you acquire a grinder. Your cannabis will burn more evenly, allowing you to get more mileage from your bud, and you will have a lower chance of clogging the piece. Here are step-by-step instructions and photos showing how to pack and smoke your one-hitter or chillum.

  1. Grind and Collect the Material

    Take your grinder card (or chamber grinder) and place it on top of an open Pebble container. Then, grab a good bud and gently rub it on the surface of the grinder card. The ground cannabis will fall through the holes into the container below for easy filling. You can use your finger to push through any remaining pieces.

  2. Pack Vertically

    Take the one-hitter and dip the bowl end into the Pebble, which is full of ground cannabis, and twist. You will likely have to perform this dip and twist action two or three times for a well packed, longer lasting bowl. You can use your fingers, the grinder card, or another flat surface to do a final pack of the bowl and remove any hanging bits of cannabis. Be sure not to pack the bowl of the Hitter too tight or you will inadvertently restrict airflow.

  3. Light and Inhale

    Once the one-hitter has been packed, slowly bring the flame from a lighter or hemp wick towards the bowl and begin to inhale, drawing the flame into contact with the bud. This will create a cherry, allowing you to smoke the remainder of the cannabis in the bowl without further use of your lighter. We recommend a slow, smooth inhale and exhale to avoid scooby snacks and unnecessary respiratory irritation or coughing fits.

  4. Clear the bowl

    After the entirety of the bowl has been smoked, you can blow out the ash or gently tap the hitter against a hard surface to expel the ash. In our experience, those methods are great for a preliminary clear, but they do not fully rid the air-pathway of that stubborn, sticky resin. That’s why we suggest always carrying a poker of some sort. Whether it’s a dabber, paper clip, toothpick, or dedicated poker tool, it’s an important piece to have in your cannabis arsenal.

  5. Save for Later

    Are you ready to retire your outdated dugout for a smell-proof kit? These smell-proof smoking kits will completely replace your basic dugout with a discreet kit with plenty of room for a poker, lighter, grinder, and the ability to carry multiple strains at once. We like to use a safety case, which has everything you need to pack a one-hitter on the go.

Common Questions

What if I get ash in my mouth?

Try packing the bowl of your one-hitter a little tighter i.e. pack some more cannabis in there, or use a tamper to press down on the herb within the bowl. Follow Step 2 above until you cannot fit any more ground cannabis into the bowl. This issue is more prevalent with new or freshly clean one-hitters, as they do not have the sticky resin coating to prevent ash from making its way into your mouth.

How many hits can I take out of a freshly packed one-hitter bowl?

This will depend on your specific one-hitter and how large of an inhalation you take; however, our Hitter holds enough ground cannabis for 3-4 solid rips.

How much cannabis does the Pebble hold?

Half a gram per Pebble. If you’re carrying four Pebbles like the photo above, you’ll be able to pack your Hitter 20+ times.

Using Hemp Flower In Your One-Hitter

If you are seeking symptom relief without the intoxicating effects of THC, consider using organic, federally-legal hemp flower instead of traditional cannabis buds. The non-GMO, sustainably grown, batch-tested hemp flower from Canna Comforts smoke and vape beautifully and provide a full-spectrum dose of beneficial cannabinoids in each flavorful hit.  We especially like Special Sauce (shown in image below) and Suver Haze (read our review OR just buy it), but they carry a diverse array of strains that look, feel, smell, taste, and vape just like the top-shelf cannabis strains that inspired them, minus the intoxicating effects of THC – so you can decide which you like best!

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How to Try Cannabis Safely

So you’re finally ready to try cannabis for the first time, or maybe the last time you smoked was 20 years ago and you’re ready to start back up. Either way, the very idea may seem a bit scary with all the rumors about the strength of weed today and NY Times columnists losing their marbles for hours on end. Where the hell do you start and how do you smoke weed safely? We can help make your first cannabis experience more enjoyable.

Unless you seek specific therapeutic benefits, in which case you should reference our CBD content, you are likely looking to catch a pleasurable buzz. As easy as that may sound, the cannabis market has significantly evolved over the past several years and the options can be daunting to navigate. In this guide we will help you determine the appropriate straindosage, and consumption method for a positive first-time experience.

Consumption Method

Although it’s tempting to simply eat a cannabis-infused brownie, we don’t recommend doing so. The effects associated with ingested cannabis have a delayed onset time, last much longer than the other consumption methods (anywhere from 4 to 8+ hours), and can be significantly more intense.

The recommended consumption method for novice users is either smoking or vaporizing cannabis; the reason being that dosage control is relatively easy compared to other consumption methods. Smoking cannabis is the traditional method and involves inhaling the smoke released by the heated buds.

You can pack a one hitter pipe or roll it into a joint. A bong is another alternative and will result in the smoothest hit as the smoke is filtered through water prior to being inhaled, but the intensity of a bong hit is not recommended for novice users. If you find the effects of smoking cannabis to be too intense, we suggest vaporization as a more mild alternative.

For those looking to avoid the potential respiratory irritation caused by smoking, we recommend vaporizing for the first time. A vaporizer is a device that heats cannabis buds and/or concentrates to a specific (lower) temperature, which causes the cannabinoids (beneficial compounds like THC and CBD) stored in the plant’s trichomes to evaporate into a gas without combusting any plant material. In our experience, vaporization provides a more forgiving, manageable, and mild high than smoking cannabis.

Strain Selection

If you’re feeling good about the vaporizer route, the photo above may be confusing. Just remember, the golden liquid in your vaporizer cartridge is simply a concentrated, extracted version of the original cannabis buds, and should be labeled indica, sativa, or hybrid at the very least.

Some cartridges may have multiple strains inside them, while others will be strain specific. Weed is like wine – every strain has a history and some dispensaries have garden blends; the same way vineyards blend grapes to make a more unique flavor profile. The key terms to understand are indica and sativa. These terms are used to describe the two major species of the cannabis plant that induce markedly different effects.

Choosing between indica and sativa varieties of cannabis is dependent on your desired effects. Those seeking an upbeat, focused, and creative experience, should select a sativa dominant strain. Alternatively, those looking for relaxing, appetite inducing, and sedative effects should choose an indica dominant strain. Those in search of a great anytime smoke with a more balanced high should try a hybrid strain (one that combines elements of both the indica and sativa species through the breeding process). For more detailed information, reference our strain selection guide.

Dosage

For first-time smokers, one or two inhalations is all it takes to feel THC’s powerful effects. We recommend first-timers wait 15-20 minutes after smoking before deciding to take additional inhalations, as the effects can become more pronounced over this period. As you get more accustomed to your preferred dosage you can take additional hits for a stronger effect. However, you should never feel pressured to finish a bowl or joint, you can always come back to it. If your only option is to ingest cannabis, we recommend starting with a dose of 5mg of THC. Everyone’s metabolism is different and therefore has a different reaction to edibles. The important part is to WAIT after you ingest as onset can take up to TWO HOURS. As you become more familiar with your edible tolerance, it will be easier to adjust dosage.

How to Proceed

Gearing up for your first time smoking or vaporizing can be a daunting task – there is all kinds of important smoke circle etiquette! From picking the right pipe to making sure you have all the necessary items – we understand the angst. That’s why we recommend a smell proof Safety Case to make it easy for you to get started. With these custom smoking and vaporizing kits, you can eliminate the uncomfortable head shop buying experience and have the all-in one kit of your choice delivered to your front door.

Is Smoking Cannabis Safe for Your Respiratory System?

The traditional, and arguably most popularized, form of cannabis consumption is smoking dried, cured, cannabis buds. Smoke, whether from burning wood, tobacco, or cannabis, contains carcinogens that can have a negative impact on lung health. However, scientific evidence is mixed when it comes to the carcinogenic properties of heavy, long-term cannabis use. So the question becomes: is smoking cannabis harmful to lung and respiratory health?


The cannabinoids inhaled in cannabis smoke physiologically reduce the potential amplification of carcinogens.


According to an NCBI study by Robert Melamede, the debate circles around the fact that the THC present in cannabis smoke exerts a protective effect against pro-carcinogens that require activation. “Thus, cannabinoids inhaled in cannabis smoke physiologically reduce the potential amplification of carcinogens in smoke that results from biologically produced free radicals.” This response is not induced by tobacco smoke, which contains many of the same carcinogens and tumor promoters. Furthermore, a connection between smoking cannabis and tobacco-related cancers (lung, colon, rectal) has not been observed, despite clearly demonstrating cannabis smoke-induced cellular damage. In fact, various cannabinoids have been shown to kill numerous cancer types.

National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys have also found that those who smoked a joint a day were still able to forcibly exhale the same volume of air (known as forced expiratory volume, or FEV1) as someone who didn’t smoke cannabis. Measuring spirometry, a person’s ability to exhale, is the primary method for diagnosing respiratory diseases and impaired lung function. The minor bronchitis-like symptoms (cough and sore throat) experienced by some joint smokers are likely a result of the rolling paper or smoking technique as opposed to the cannabis itself.

Despite the natural protection provided by cannabinoids, some users do experience lung and respiratory irritation when smoking cannabis regularly. Fortunately, there are a variety of ways to use cannabis that don’t involve smoking it. For those looking to mitigate the risk of lung and respiratory irritation when smoking cannabis, we recommend the following:

1. Use a more potent strain – less inhalation for the same effective dose.

2. Do not hold the smoke in! Smooth inhale and a steady exhale.

3. Glass pipes and bongs aren’t better. The discomfort experienced by some joint smokers is often times the result of inferior rolling paper.

If you enjoy the effects of smoking cannabis but can’t handle the respiratory irritation from joints, try a one hitter. These compact pipes are great for providing a very effective hit while only burning a small amount of ground cannabis – great for conserving your flower and your lungs!

Vaporization is the only other consumption method that provides the instant relief associated with smoking. Many athletes actually vaporize non-psychoactive strains of cannabis for recovery because they can protect their lungs and heal without getting high.

Most people find vaporization to be more therapeutic, less irritating, and easier to manage when traveling. We recommend storing your cannabis supplies when on the go in a smell proof stash case, as the smell can be disruptive and vaporizers have a tendency to break.

KEY TAKEAWAYS

  • Cannabis smoke exerts a protective effect against pro-carcinogens
  • Cannabis smoke is not known to cause tobacco-related cancers
  • Those who smoked a joint a day had no sign of impaired lung function