Too embarrassed to ask your toker friends how to smoke weed? We’ve got you covered.
If you’ve never smoked weed before, or have only done it a couple of times with your friends — the whole thing probably leaves you scratching your head — asking yourself “where the hell do I start?”
We understand how the overabundance of cannabis products on the market today can lead to choice overload, however, smoking traditional marijuana flower is still prevailed as the most popular consumption method in the world.
While there are several ways you can go about it, a little trial and error are all it takes to figure out the best method for you, and how to properly smoke it.
Other marijuana products come in the form of concentrates, edibles, and topicals, but as we mentioned above, dried herb remains the most popular of the bunch. This is likely due to how versatile smoking flower can be; it can be smoked in a pipe, a joint, a blunt, or a bong — and it’s all fast-acting.
You’ll likely feel the effects immediately, but it varies from person to person. Most report effects lasting anywhere between one to three hours, but this depends on your tolerance levels, gender, body weight, and if you’ve eaten.
Keeping this in mind, we are now going to dive right in and give you the rundown about each smoking method, its history, how to do it, and its pros and cons.
How To Smoke Weed With a Joint
Humans have been burning through cannabis for thousands of years; originally smoking it from clay pipes, clay chillums, and hookahs. It wasn’t until relatively recently (past 200 years) that marijuana cigarettes, also known as a joint, weaseled its way into the hearts of stoners from around the globe.
The first documented use of joints being used recreationally for personal use dates back to 1856 Mexico by a University of Guadalajara pharmacist; noting how the laborers liked to combine marijuana with their tobacco cigarettes.
And who can blame them? The benefits of smoking a joint only require two things: fresh weed and rolling paper.
Rolling papers are very cheap — setting you back about $5 to $10, and they’re easily found in most gas stations, head shops, and convenience stores.
The most commonly used papers are crafted from wood-pulp or hemp and come in various sizes that can often include extra paper, a joint roller, and a joint crutch (which helps the joint keep its shape and to prevent it from burning your fingers).
Roll the joint. There are plenty of videos and tutorials out there that will teach you how to roll a joint step-by-step.
If you’re a newbie, odds are that one will already be rolled for you as perfecting this skill takes a lot of trial and error to master. If you’re going at it solo, we recommend using the dollar bill method because this is the easiest method for newbies.
Once you have your joint rolled, it’s time to light ‘er up! Before you start, keep in mind that you don’t want to light it like you would a cigarette ie. puffing it as you light it. You’ll want to roast it, or burn the end of it without puffing it, then slowly rotate it until it catches evenly around the circumference of the end of the joint.
Once it’s sufficiently roasted, put the joint in your mouth and give it a couple of good puffs while holding the lighter at the burning end. And make sure to light your joint from the smaller, or tapered end unless you have a perfectly straight joint; then it doesn’t matter which end you light first.
Once you’re lit up, go ahead and stick the joint in your mouth — lightly resting it against your lips. Make sure not to stick the joint in your actual mouth to the point it touches your tongue (called lipping).
Otherwise, you’ll have a slobbed up, soggy joint, and no one wants to smoke someone else’s drool. We also recommend taking small hits to prevent you from going into a coughing fit.
How To Smoke Weed With a Blunt
The first documented history of blunts being smoked recreationally dates back to the 1800s when companies in the United States began producing tobacco leaf cigar paper that made its way to the indentured servants in east India. Marijuana use in India has been documented for thousands of years, which is how these servants were exposed to the ganja.
They eventually made their way to Jamaica, where the habit of combining weed rolled in tobacco paper, and smoking it, became extremely popular — and still remains so to this day.
It wasn’t until the 1980’s that the term blunt and its use became popular in the United States. This is all thanks to American hip-hop and rap music that repeatedly made references to smoking a blunt, and the rest is history.
The appeal of smoking a blunt can be attributed to the fact that they’re portable, easy to share, larger (and therefore stronger than) smoking a joint —with the added benefit of a tobacco buzz.
However, this can be a huge con for some smokers wanting to avoid tobacco and nicotine. That said, if you don’t want to inhale or consume tobacco or nicotine products, DO NOT smoke a blunt.
A spliff also incorporates tobacco into the joint but on a much smaller scale than a blunt. If you’re interested, check out the blunt vs joint vs spliff debate for more information!
Now that we got the pros and cons out of the way, let’s go over how to smoke a blunt. In all honesty, there isn’t much difference between smoking a joint vs. smoking a blunt aside from a blunt being stronger, and harsher.
Like smoking a blunt, rolling a blunt is pretty much the same as rolling a joint — except a joint is a bit easier. So if you’re a novice, we recommend mastering the joint roll before attempting a blunt roll but if you’re keen on learning, here’s our guide on how to roll a blunt.
Aside from that, simply roll the blunt the same you would a joint, light, and enjoy!
How To Smoke Weed With a Pipe
The pretty glass weed pipes all stoners know and love have not always been an option until pretty recently. According to history, the first pipes resembling the tools we use today started with clay chillums that were discovered in Asia dating back thousands of years.
While glass blowing came into existence around 30 B.C, glass was still a costly material, so smoking weed from a glass pipe didn’t become a thing until 1977 when it became patented.
The good news is this method is the most straightforward and easiest way to smoke weed. Simply load your ground or broken up weed into the open bowl, pack it, cover the carb (little hole on the side or front of the pipe), light it while you gently inhale, remove your finger from the carb, and exhale.
Another good thing about pipes is that they are extremely reliable, and are reusable — unlike blunt or joint papers. The only downside is that they eventually become clogged or get broken.
That said, they come in virtually any size, shape, and color you can imagine. We’ve seen elephants, turtles, Yoda’s, lizards, and eyeball glass pipes, which gives you an idea about how creative you can get with a glass pipe!
Want to learn how to smoke weed with a pipe in 5 easy steps? Here’s the rundown on how to smoke a bowl.
How To Smoke Weed With a Bong
Another extremely popular method of smoking weed is with a bong or as some like to call it a “water pipe.” We like to call them bongs, so we’ll stick with that.
Anyway, the history of the bong can be traced back 2,400 years when they were smoked on by Scythian tribal chiefs in what is now modern-day Russia.
Bongs didn’t receive mainstream recognition until the 1960s and 1970s when Bob Snodgrass began creating ones using “the fuming technique” — which allowed them to become beautiful pieces of art that old-school hippies had to get their hands on.
Like pipes, bongs come in all colors, sizes, and shapes. If you can imagine it, more than likely, you can have it turned into a bong.
But unlike pipes, bongs are much more expensive (ranging from about $50-$200) with some artisan pieces being thousands and thousands of dollars! Breaking a bong is much harder to take sitting down compared to when you break a cheap $5 pipe.
Now that you know about the bongs’ past and how much they cost, it’s time you learn exactly what it is, and how it works!
Bongs are essentially filtration devices that have one chamber that is filled with water, and a bowl on top, with a downstem protruding underneath it. This allows the bowl to be connected to the water chamber below.
The added water filtration helps minimize the harshness and heat that gets inhaled when smoking plant matter. Just be sure not to fill the water chamber too high (you want the water level just above the downstem), otherwise, the water will come up the downstem, up into your bowl, and straight into your mouth.
And let us just say: bong water is absolutely disgusting.
When you’re certain the water level is perfect, and your bowl is loaded — simply light your bowl, place your lips over the mouthpiece (usually located towards the base of the bong) and gently inhale all the smoke that fills up the glass chamber until its cleared. Exhale. And enjoy.
What’s The Best Way to Smoke Weed?
This depends on several factors. It depends on what you’re looking for, what environment you’re in (inside or outside) what you’re wanting to get out of your high, your tolerance levels, gender, and body weight all influence how much and how fast you’ll get high.
So what’s good for one person, could be too harsh or too strong for another. That said, smoking weed, in particular, dried herb — is healthier from a glass pipe or bong because you are only inhaling the plant’s carcinogens instead of the plant and paper/tobacco leaf carcinogens like you do when you smoke weed from a joint or blunt.
What we can say is learning how to smoke weed as a beginner or novice user is imperative if you’re wanting to smoke successfully in social settings. Take it from us, there is nothing worse than smoking weed with someone who acts like they know what they’re doing when they clearly don’t.
If you want even more tips on how to smoke weed, be sure to check our guide on cannabis culture and the most important rules to abide by for proper weed-smoking etiquette.