This is the most common method of smoking weed. T here are many benefits to rolling a joint. The only tools you need to roll a joint are rolling papers and your flower (a grinder, while helpful, is optional). Rolling papers are inexpensive and easy to purchase (available in most convenience stores).
Among the many benefits of smoking weed is its rapid onset. Flower’s high bioavailability means you’ll feel its effects almost instantaneously. Effects can last anywhere from one to three hours, varying from person to person.
Small, compact, and easy to use, pipes are handheld devices that are used to smoke flower. (Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps)
When hotboxing a room, the above methods work but may require some additional odor-masking techniques to completely eliminate the weed smell. Burning incense or scented candles can keep the weed smell at bay. Washing any clothes and carpet that came in contact with weed smoke will greatly reduce how long the smell lingers.
Hotbox removal techniques require different solutions depending on the environment in which cannabis smoking occurs. When hotboxing a car, driving around with the windows open shortly after a smoking session can help push the smoke out of the vehicle. Place baking soda boxes strategically around the interior of the car and let them sit for as long as possible to soak up the ambient odors. Many online sources also recommend Ozium or other air fresheners to eat away at the weed smell.
In real-time, blowing smoke out of an open window or into an air conditioner vent will help circulate the cannabis smell out of a room. A room may or may not still smell while doing this, but it ensures most of the smoke moves outside of the enclosed space. Using a tool such as a sploof will further filter the cannabis smell as you blow out the window. Just make sure the wind is moving away from your window and not blowing the weed smoke back into your room.
How long it takes for a weed high to kick in depends on many different factors, such as biochemistry, weight, the amount consumed, the cannabinoid and terpene profile of the strain, and how the cannabis is consumed. Smoking and vaping typically take about five minutes to reach the peak of psychoactivity, according to Dr. Robert Mann of the University of Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, though some consumers report feeling effects within seconds of a first hit. Edibles, on the other hand, take anywhere from 30-60 minutes to start kicking in.
Smoking weed in the shower won’t prevent the smell of marijuana from reeking, but the steam of a shower will help capture the odor and keep the smoke and smell particles contained in the bathroom. However, it might be difficult to spark up a pipe or keep a lit joint going right next to running water.
Your consumption method also affects the reach of cannabis smoke. A vape, for example, produces much less vapor and odor than a joint or blunt. Online sources report between being able to smell smoked cannabis anywhere from ten-to-50 yards from the source.
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As Earleywine points out, “Sooner or later we’ll have some baby boomer have a heart attack with THC-metabolites in his system. I say ‘his’ because men are more likely to smoke cannabis and more likely to have a heart attack. Given how prevalent cannabis use and heart attacks remain, we’d expect this to happen a few times a year, by chance. [But] if you’ve got some kind of cardiac problem and can’t have your heart rate go above 90, the plant is not for you.”
What if I live in a state where, you know… it’s, um….
What if I start freaking out because I think I’m having an overdose? Should I go to the ER?
According to every marijuana expert we spoke with, there’s no such thing as being so high you need a doctor. “A visit to the emergency room is a waste of your money and their time,” Elliott says. If you go anyway, because you really need somebody in a white jacket to tell you that you’re not going to die, they’ll likely just “give you a sedative and have you sleep it off,” Browne adds.
Your mileage may vary. You might feel sleepy, or euphoric, or anxious, or hungry, or all of the above. “Understand that no matter what you feel, a different strain of cannabis can have a completely different effect,” Browne says. “So be patient and switch it up if you didn’t have the desired outcome.”
But not everyone agrees. “The indica/sativa classification is mostly bullshit,” Browne says. “It describes how plants grow, but that didn’t stop dispensaries from making it the default way to explain a complex-as-hell plant.” The same goes for a delineations like “kush,” a collective name for a group of strains from the Afghanistan region. But Browne claims it’s a very American thing to be overly impressed with the “kush” label. “In the UK, everyone talks about Skunk,” he says. “There’s nothing particularly great about a strain just because it has kush in the name. Everything depends on that grower and the genetics.”
When I was in California, I saw people vaping outside all the time.
Well, those people are breaking the law, and the fine (if they get caught) is between $100 and $250. Think of it like booze: You’re not going to crack open a beer in the park or while waiting for the bus—or if you do, you’re (hopefully) smart enough to be sneaky about it.
If I buy it in a state where it’s legal, I can smoke it just about anywhere, right?
Sorry, no. All states are pretty strict when it comes to consuming in public. You can’t light up at a concert, a farmer’s market, or your kid’s school play.
Well what about lung cancer? Heart attacks?
A 2013 UCLA study found no connection between marijuana use and lung cancer, and pulmonologist Donald Tashkin, the study’s main author and a longtime marijuana researcher, claimed there was “even a suggestion of some protective effect.” As for heart problems, a 2017 study showed that weed enthusiasts may face a higher risk of dying from hypertension. But the study has its shortcomings, especially its assumption that anyone who has tried marijuana even once qualifies as a “user.”
Think of it this way: If you’re buying your very first comic book, you probably don’t need to be concerned with where it lands on the CGC grading scale. Whether a comic is in “Very Fine” or “Near Mint” condition doesn’t mean a damn bit of difference, at least not for you right now. It’s your first comic book. Just find something that looks cool and stop stressing about what the hardcore collectors are doing.
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