Weed Smoking 101
This might sound laughable, but not all weed smokers know how to smoke weed. Yes, you heard that right, and you just might be one of those rulebreakers. No one wants to hear they have been doing it wrong all along, but this information can save you tons regarding health, finances, and even your social life. News flash: no one wants to be that guy who takes a drag right after the guy who cannot keep his saliva off the filter.
Yearning to know all the ways you must have been breaking the smoking rules? (Yes, there is such a thing). Well. get your stash and paper on hand, and let’s get rolling!
Smoking The Wrong Way
Coughing after a long drag is an experience most cannabis users are familiar with, even the pros. Contrary to common belief, coughing is not normal during weed consumption. In fact, coughing is only the body’s natural reaction to irritants that enter the lungs.
This, in turn, rids the body of potentially harmful substances. Hence, this response to the stimulus is sometimes inevitable, to the point of being considered a natural response to the inhalation of marijuana and other THC-based concentrates by most smokers.
Owing to this belief, many fail to distinguish between mild coughing and a severe cough that threatens every time you smoke, which may or may not interfere with breathing. The former might simply be in response to irritated throats or sudden inhalation. However, those with severe episodes may need to change their smoking habits. Should that fail to work, perhaps it’s the right time for a doctor’s visit.
Therefore, coughing is a great indicator of whether or not you are smoking right.
Some bad smoking habits to alter include:
- Grossing everyone else out with an excess of saliva on the filter.
- Exhaling in other people’s faces.
- Sharing a joint with others when you have the flu.
- Forgetting to stay hydrated which leaves you with a dry, raspy throat.
- Smoking low-quality weed, stems or seeds.
- Mixing your stash with tobacco.
- Inhaling during ignition.
- Holding in the smoke (it doesn’t get you any higher!).
- Inhaling too much at once.
How To Smoke Right
Having figured out everything you must have been doing wrong to attract bouts of coughing after each session — finishing the joint too soon, or become the buzzkill in the group — it’s time to learn how to fix the smoking bug. Luckily, getting it right is not rocket science. All it entails is adhering to the smoking rules.
It might come as a shocker to realize there is more to smoking than simply rolling up a joint, lighting it and taking a relaxing puff. But these rules can be a life-saver in the nick of time. Here we explore some of the most important.
Bring Your Own Stash
Sharing your own stash is an unwritten rule among weed smokers. Hence, it is a no-brainer that when invited to a weed party, it is only proper to not show up empty-handed. Rather, have some cannabis-based substance handy, or at the very least, some snacks for the after-high binges.
Master The Art Of Rolling
Never attempt to roll a joint if you are under-skilled at it, as you would only end up creating a mess at the expense of others. The exception is when you are alone and eager for some practice. Otherwise, leave it to the pros or bring some pre-rolls with you. Another tip is to endeavor to roll a new joint before the former gets exhausted. Everyone would be happier for it.
The Paper Is As Important As Your Supply
Always demand quality rolling paper when acquiring your smoking materials. Good paper guarantees a great smoking experience, with little risk of the joint falling apart mid-smoke.
The Passing Rule
During a weed party, chances are there are a bunch of people puffing the same joint. Hence, there is an unwritten passing rule mandating everyone to have a maximum of two hits before passing the joint to the next person.
Observe The Roller’s Rights
While smoking in a group, the weed-smoking rules grant whoever rolled the joint the honor of taking the first hit.
Reduce Saliva Levels To A Minimum
Swapping bits of saliva when passing joints may be inevitable, but that’s no excuse for making the filter heavily soaked. That’s the biggest buzz killer and can diminish the integrity of the joint.
Pass The Joint The Right End Forward
As with handling wine glasses, weed also has rules guiding its handling. For starters, ensure you always pass a lit joint with the filter side facing the next person rather than the lit side. That way, receiving it is easier. Additionally, never deviate from the original rotation unless jointly agreed upon.
Respect Other People’s Rules
Avoid pressuring others into taking a puff after they respectfully decline. Also, respecting other people’s spaces is important. Hence, do not puff beside a non-smoker without permission, and never smoke in a no-smoking zone.
Wait, There’s More!
Whether you are a pro or a newbie, smoking solo or as part of a group, adhering to certain smoking guidelines can make your experience more fun. However, it is sometimes necessary to take a break and explore other options for achieving a high, like vaping, tinctures or edibles. You can learn more about edibles by researching the various forms of utilizing cannabis.