How to inhale weed without going overboard
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- How to inhale weed properly
- How to avoid inhaling too much
Every stoner begins as a novice and learning how to inhale weed is the first step of every toker’s journey. Since breathing is a natural process that occurs thousands of times per day, it’s strange to contemplate “how to inhale.” Nevertheless, all first-time smokers start somewhere, and proper breathing technique is essential to maximizing the cannabis experience.
A proper breathing technique is essential to maximizing the cannabis experience. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Most first-timers hit their joint like they’re smoking a cigarette without actually breathing the smoke into their lungs. If the smoke isn’t fully inhaled into the lungs, it only travels into the throat and nasal passages, which absorb THC, thus wasting precious cannabinoids. This is why many first-time tokers fail to get high.
Read on to learn how to avoid coughing and choking while making the most of every cannabis hit.
How to inhale weed properly
Proper inhalation techniques stem from the same basic principles and vary slightly depending on whether you’re smoking a joint, hitting a bong, or using a vaporizer.
When smoking, you’re burning cannabis to the point of combustion and inhaling the smoke to deliver cannabinoids into your bloodstream. Smoking can be painful for lungs, so it’s important to take slow, measured draws to minimize irritation. Start with shallow inhalations and draw more deeply as you progress and become more comfortable.
Here’s a handy technique to ensure your lungs absorb the maximum amount of THC: slowly inhale about two-thirds of your hit and follow up with a deep, inhaled gulp of air. The fresh air pushes the cannabis smoke down into the lungs and should improve THC’s absorption. There’s no need to hold your inhale for long. THC and other cannabinoids may act as bronchodilators, which means they increase airflow, speeding absorption.
Slowly inhale about two-thirds of your hit and follow up with a deep, inhaled gulp of air. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
After your first toke, consider waiting 5-10 minutes to observe the onset of effects and then deciding whether you need more.
How to avoid inhaling too much
Some cannabis consumption methods are more harsh than others. Blunts and spliffs include tobacco, which damages the lungs. Joints and pipes, which contain cannabis only, may be less harmful. Similarly, smoking marijuana out of a bong or bubbler cools the otherwise harsh cannabis smoke by filtering it through water.
Smoking marijuana out of a bong or bubbler cools the otherwise harsh cannabis smoke by filtering it through water. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Start slow as you pull through your pipe or bong, gulping a breath of fresh air after you clear the chamber. The gulp helps you absorb the THC fully. You can always take deeper hits as you become more comfortable and understand how to control your dose.
Vaporizing weed is less harsh on the lungs than smoke, but many cannabis consumers report a more intense high with this method. Cannabis vaporizes at a much lower temperature than its burning point, thus preserving the cannabinoids and terpenes otherwise lost in combustion.
Vaporizing weed is less harsh on the lungs than smoke. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
When vaping cannabis, whether in oil or flower form, it’s better to take shallower hits and hold them for slightly less time than you would hold cannabis smoke. Take time between hits to assess how you feel and decide whether you’d like to consume more.How to inhale weed without going overboard Copy article link to clipboard. Link copied to clipboard. Contents How to inhale weed properly How to avoid inhaling too much
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The following may seem obvious, but try passing a three-foot, double-percolator bong to your mother and see how she handles the hit. Similarly, try passing her a vape pen for the first time. Do you want to witness a coughing fit that overwhelms the bejeezus out of her? Likely not, so have her peep these tips about holding in that sweet THC first.
On Smoking Weed.
So, let’s talk about smoking weed. When you smoke weed, you’re burning cannabis to inhale the smoke, which crosses the blood-air barrier in your lungs to deliver the cannabinoids to your body by way of the bloodstream.
Obviously, smoke can be harsh on lungs, so when inhaling you’ll want to keep that in mind. Think of smoking weed like when you would suck in a little helium from a balloon to change your voice: breathe a little in, hold it in your body, then let it out. The duration of the hold and how deep you draw the smoke in depends entirely on your comfort and experience level.
Take shallow sips of the smoke at first, until you know your limits. NOTE: Unlike cigar smoke — which no one told me you are only supposed to hold in your mouth — you’ll want to actually breathe in marijuana smoke, not just roll it around your tongue.
There are harsher and less harsh ways of imbibing: blunts and spliffs have tobacco in them, which can make the smoke rougher on your lungs; pipes and joints only contain weed, but hitting them can still be more intense than, say, a bubbler or a bong, which pulls the smoke through water to lessen particulate matter. If you have sensitive lungs, you’ll want to invest in just such a water pipe/bubbler/bong, so that less physical material is hitting your lungs and irritating them with each inhalation.
On Vaping Weed…
When you vaporize weed, what you’re inhaling is sort of like chemical-laden steam. Instead of smoke, oil is heated to a degree below combustion, so that it becomes a vapor. Some people find oil vapes to be less harsh physically, but vaporizers will intensify the effects of whatever high you’re trying to achieve. And while you may find you’re a pro when it comes to holding in smoke, vapes can feel harsher on the lungs if held in for a long time. Plus, they can make you sneeze, too. This is because while it’s not smoke, hot air can still irritate the lungs. To alleviate this feeling, try keeping your vape pen set between 350-375 F.
You should take shallower hits from your vaporizer, and hold them in for less time than a hit of smoke. This is because the chemicals are waaaay more concentrated. As a result, what would get you high over a slow hour of smoking might get you high in only a few minutes when steadily vaporizing. And a dry throat is just as common with vapes as it is with smoking, so always keep some water or tea on hand when the dry mouth hits.
However you’re inhaling weed: START SLOW! If anyone makes fun of you for taking your time, or coughing up a lung during the first few hits, just ask them about the first time they ever tried pot. No one is born a Ganja Lord, but must be made into such. Happy smoking and/or vaping!The following may seem obvious, but try passing a three-foot, double-percolator bong to your mother and see how she handles the hit. No one is born a Ganja Lord, after all… ]]>