Smoking as a Hobby: How to do it Properly

Have you recently started smoking weed, or feel like you’re not doing it right? Don’t stress. There are a variety of different ways you can smoke. From bongs to joints to blunts and pipes, smoking is also the most popular way to consume cannabis. Getting high can be a fun and therapeutic recreational activity. Let’s take a closer look at how to smoke weed properly.

1. Bongs

Bongs are a great way to get into smoking weed. It is gentler than smoking, as it uses water to cool and filter the smoke before it gets into your lungs. With a water bong, the smoke is cooled, which means that people tend to take larger hits without it burning their chest and making them cough or gag. It produces quite a lot of smoke and is considered one of the smokiest ways to consume weed. This makes it quite conspicuous, so it isn’t really something to do in a public space or on the go.

So, how does it work? Bongs are typically glass and made up of a bowl as well as a cylinder called a downstem. When you take a hit of a bong, smoke travels down the downstem and into the water bowl. Here it is filtered through the water before it travels up the bong’s neck to the mouthpiece, where you inhale cooled smoke. It is important that you clean your bong regularly.  

2. Joints

Joints are probably one of, if not the most, popular ways that people smoke. It’s convenient, and you can roll your joints beforehand and smoke them later. This means less fuss when it’s time to smoke. They are made by packing cannabis into rolling paper. This paper is typically made out of hemp, as it’s a really clean paper. Some people also opt for adding a filter just so they don’t burn their fingers and inhale fewer large plant particles and ash.

So, how do you roll a joint? Let’s look at these five easy steps.

Step 1 – You’ll need a grinder. Be sure to remove any seeds or stems before you start. Break down the weed into small particles using the grinder. 

Step 2 – Add a filter. If you want to use a filter, you can add one. You can make your own or buy a pack of proper filters. If you choose to make your own, you can do so by cutting out a small piece of thin cardboard. You’ll need to fold it accordion-style (so it’s bouncy) and ensure it fits into the joint you’re rolling.

Step 3 – Filling the paper. Picture an open hot dog. The paper is the bun, and the weed is the sausage. While holding the rolling paper lengthwise, you’ll fill it slightly with the crushed cannabis and place your filter on one of the ends. 

Step 4 – Roll the joint. Hold the filled paper between your fingertips and roll it into a tube shape. This takes some practice, but you’ll get it eventually. If it has a lot of cannabis, you might end up rolling it into more of a cone shape. Both are perfectly acceptable. 

Step 5 – Smoke it. Light the end of the joint that doesn’t have the filter and inhale while lighting to start the weed burning. You’ll find that you have to light it from time to time as it goes out. Some people like to add tobacco to help it burn longer and go down smoother. This is up to trial and error and personal preference.

Be sure to get a rolling paper that is unbleached, unflavored, and unrefined, as these are less harmful to your body. This is why so many people recommend paper-free smoking, like using a bong. 

3. Blunts

Blunts are very similar to joints. The biggest difference, of course, is that blunts are typically larger, meaning that they last longer than joints, and are made from blunt or cigar wraps and not rolling paper. A blunt wrap is made from tobacco leaves, which means it burns longer, but it also means that it contains nicotine. It also tastes different from a joint, but they are made similarly.

4. Pipe

Pipes are probably the simplest way to smoke weed. They have a small hollow bowl and stem that leads to the mouthpiece through which you inhale. Some pipes also have a carb, like a bong, a small hole next to the bowl that you cover and uncover with your finger while inhaling. 

Here’s how to smoke a pipe:

Step 1 – Use a grinder. Be sure to remove any seeds or stems before you start. Break down the weed into small particles. 

Step 2 – Pack the bowl. Loosely pack the bowl about halfway with the ground-up weed.

Step 3 – Light the weed in the bowl with a lighter or match and inhale from the mouthpiece. If it has a carb, cover it as you light it, and let go when you inhale. 

Smoking can be a great hobby. There are plenty of different ways to do it, so be sure to play around and find which one works best for you and your lifestyle.


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