President Bill Clinton may not have inhaled, but if you're smoking cannabis and want to feel high, you most certainly need to.
Smoking marijuana isn’t the same experience as puffing away on a cigarette.
While different, inhaling weed isn’t a complex concept either.
So whether you’re a beginner, or looking to get as much from your hit as possible, I will walk you through how to inhale weed and what to expect when you hit it properly.
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What Makes Weed Different From Cigarettes?
The objective of smoking weed is pretty similar to that of smoking a cigarette.
You draw in the smoke and blow out a cloud.
However, the difference comes at the speed of the inhale.
Cigarettes are uppers.
So, if you are puffing away at a cigarette, you most likely chain smoke your hits while nervously flicking the end of the butt to knock the ever-growing ash off.
Cannabis is much more chill.
The key to a good hit is take it slow.
The Smoke is in My Mouth, Now What?
While you take your inhales nice and slow, don’t stop inhaling once the smoke is in your mouth.
The tendency is to just sit there with the stagnant smoke for a few moments before blowing it all out.
Others may try to swallow the smoke down their gullet.
However, both of these methods are ineffective and are a waste of precious THC.
In some cases (such as swallowing smoke), these actions may lead to an upset stomach.
How to Inhale Weed Smoke
To get the effects of marijuana, you need to continue the inhalation process while the smoke is still in your mouth.
After you fill up with smoke, slowly draw the smoke deep into your lungs until you can’t pull anymore.
Since your mouth is closed, you should be bringing some fresh air through your nostrils along for the ride.
Once you’ve hit your inhalation wall, hold.
What About the Exhale?
After holding for a few moments, slowly breathe the smoke out.
There's a lot of conflicting information over whether holding for as long as possible will intensify the high.
But the truth is, holding it in longer only deprives your brain of oxygen.
It does nothing for the absorption of cannabinoids.
Whether you hold the smoke in for ten seconds or one second, you don’t want to exhale the smoke too fast.
Learning how to control the stream of smoke will make for a stronger high and will also exercise your lungs.
How to Stop the Coughing Fits
For newbies, coughing is an inevitable part of the smoking process.
The best way to curb this scenario is to avoid it before its happening.
First, take some tiny hits.
You wouldn’t just jump into a weight room and start benching 400 pounds.
Pulling that much smoke into your lungs is giving your body a workout it is not used to.
Work up your cough resistance by gradually working up your inhalation tolerance.
Battling the Burning Throat
Another common issue from inhaling cannabis is a burning throat.
It’s the hot smoke from your lit cannabis that is causing the firey feeling in your gullet.
Try smoking out of something that filters the smoke with water like a bubbler or a bong.
Water cools down the smoke before it enters your lungs.
In turn, this will soothe the burning sensations in your throat.
If you're coughing or experiencing a burning throat, stop smoking.
Why add gasoline to the fire?
Inhaling more smoke will only make the situation worse.
Inhaling a Joint
One of the most celebrated methods of smoking weed is with a joint.
With a joint, you want to light the end of the joint before puffing.
Roast the joint by holding it up to the flame, turning it like a rotisserie to ensure an even light.
Once roasted, raise the joint to your mouth, and give a few short puffs as you light the roasted end like a cigarette.
There’s little protecting your lungs from smoke in a joint, so be sure to take small hits.
Also, don’t put the whole thing in your mouth so that the papers don’t get wet.
Inhaling from a Bowl
Using a grinder, break up your bud and place it in the bowl. For more information on using grinders, read the THCoverdose Guide on grinders.
On the side of the bowl is a carb hole.
Put your thumb over that hole and bring the smoking mechanism up to your mouth.
With your spare hand, light the weed.
Simultaneously inhale the smoke.
As you have a good burn and inhale going, release your thumb from the carb hole.
This opens up for air to rush into the pipe, allowing you to inhale the smoke.
The key is not to overpack your bowl.
If you want to smoke more, then just pack your bowl again.
Otherwise, you run the risk of your weed burning unevenly.
In turn, you waste product.
Inhaling from a Bong
While the concept of smoking from a bong is very similar to a bowl, the inhalation is much more intense because you are going to be drawing in a lot more smoke.
Attached to a downstem is a bowl.
Place cannabis into that bowl and light.
Put your mouth over the top of the bong and draw in the smoke.
Like a bowl, you need to let fresh air into the process so you can get more of a bang for your inhale.
Since there is no carb hole in a bong, the bowl is your carb hole.
When ready, pull the bowl out from the bong and continue inhaling.
Pull deep into your lungs and slowly breathe out.
What Happens to Your Body When You Inhale Weed?
There are two reasons why people smoke pot—either for medicinal purposes or to get high.
Inhaling marijuana is the most instantaneous way to feel the effects of marijuana because the smoke immediately enters the bloodstream.
Other forms of ingesting marijuana, such as drinking or eating it, takes longer for the digestive system to absorb.
While marijuana has medicinal properties, marijuana smoke does contain carcinogens.
Therefore inhaling weed may flare up respiratory issues such as asthma.
Do you think you know how to inhale weed now?
Here's a quick refresher:
- If you're just starting out, you want to take small hits so you don't cough or hurt your throat.
- Bring the smoke into your lungs slowly for only a few seconds then slowly exhale.
- Do not swallow the smoke or it can upset your stomach.
It's extremely easy once you get the hang of it!
Just try and breathe the cannabinoids deep into your lungs and you can't go wrong.