How to conserve your weed
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- Get the right gear
- Store your cannabis properly
- Invest in quality
- Smoke less
There are many reasons you might want to get the most out of your cannabis flower: to save money, minimize dispensary visits, or simply to stretch out your supply during a dry spell. Whatever your reason for wanting to conserve your stash, there are steps you can take to stretch your weed dollar further. This guide will walk you through how to properly conserve your weed.
Get the right gear
Having the right gear for cannabis consumption can go a long way towards conserving your cannabis. Joints and blunts are the least efficient consumption methods for flower, as the burning tip burns off the cannabinoids even when you’re not inhaling. It also takes a lot of flower to properly pack a joint or blunt, which means much of your stash is going into a single experience. If you love your joints, remember, you don’t have to smoke it all at once.
Glass pieces, such as pipes and bongs, feature smaller bowls and prevent you from loading too much bud at once. If you smoke the whole thing and you still want more, you can just pack another bowl. Bongs are also a good way to maximize your flower, as the long chamber allows you to consume all the smoke from the burning cannabis and take fewer hits to get the same experience.
Glass pieces, such as pipes and bongs, feature smaller bowls and prevent you from loading too much bud at once. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
To get the most mileage out of the flower you use in blunts, joints, or glass, use a proper three-tier grinder and save the kief, which are the resinous trichomes that fall off the flower during the grinding process. You can reuse this very potent dust to sprinkle on top of future bowls and add to their potency.
Vaporizers are also a great way to stretch out the viability of your dried cannabis. Vapes heat cannabis at lower temperatures and burn off less of the cannabinoids in the bud, which means you get more THC by consuming less cannabis.
Store your cannabis properly
The proper storage of cannabis helps ensure your cannabis stays fresh and potent for as long as possible. To extend the shelf life of cannabis, it should be kept in a cool, dark place at or slightly below room temperature. The ideal storage temperature for weed is below 70 degrees Fahrenheit, or 21 degrees Celsius. The darkness and cool temperature prevent moisture from changing the integrity of your flower and stop mold or mildew, which love light and warmth, from growing.
To extend the shelf life of cannabis, it should be kept in a cool, dark place at or slightly below room temperature. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Light and oxygen are the main culprits when it comes to degrading flower. According to a study that explored the stability of cannabis in various storage conditions, light is the single largest contributor to the loss and deterioration of cannabinoids. Carefully stored cannabis can stay reasonably stable for 1-2 years in dark, room-temperature conditions.
Ultraviolet light will also degrade your cannabis, so use dark and airtight glass jars to preserve your flower’s THC and prevent it from degrading into cannabinol (CBN), a cannabinoid that doesn’t have the same intoxicating properties as THC.
Invest in quality
There’s something to be said for investing in higher quality cannabis. Levels of potency, terpene profiles, curing and drying processes, and growing conditions all play into the experience of smoking a particular flower cultivar. If you can afford to spend a little more on high-quality flower from a reputable source, the potency may encourage you to consume less. Be aware, however, that research indicates those who routinely consume highly potent weed develop a tolerance over time, in which case the best method for conservation is to cut back on frequency.
As you increase the regularity of your consumption, the body builds up a tolerance to THC. Tolerance increases with many substances, such as caffeine, due to a biological process called downregulation in which cells decrease their sensitivity to particular molecules. More THC in the endocannabinoid system (ECS) overwhelms the CB1 receptors, and in turn, the cells reduce their sensitivity to THC. With this negative feedback loop, a consumer must smoke more and more cannabis to achieve the same experience they could when they first began consumption.
Your body will need more potent doses of cannabis the more frequently you consume, as your body “downregulates” the introduction of cannabinoids. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
When you intentionally regulate the amount of cannabis you intake, your body’s tolerance adjusts and you soon will be able to achieve your desired experience with a lot less green. Little habit adjustments go a long way: lightly pack a smaller bowl; roll narrow joints, called pinners, instead of fat joints; or invest in a one-hitter or snap bong piece designed for the smallest hit possible.
Already have a high tolerance? Never fear — a study from the Yale School of Medicine found that “significant CB1R upregulation begins with two days of abstinence and continues over four weeks.” In other words, when a cannabis smoker takes a break, CB1 receptors begin to bounce back after two days and return to almost normal levels after four weeks.
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What are different ways to smoke or use weed?
Many people like to smoke weed in joints. It’s a good way to share our favorite herb, but there have never been as many other ways to enjoy using cannabis. Bongs, pipes, vaporizers, and dabbing are popular. You can also get high with a bong made from everyday kitchen items. There are lots of ways to get high with or without rolling papers.
Joints, splits, reefers, and blunts
Whatever you like to call your joint, it is still the normal way for many people to enjoy their recreational or medical cannabis. You can buy them ready rolled in many legal areas. Or you can quickly roll your own, or fill a pre-bought cone with your own weed. Some people use THC rich weed, and these days plenty of people also use CBD rich cannabis. One of the downsides to a joint is that it produces lots of smoke and lets everyone around you know what you are smoking. In many countries that can be a problem. But there are more discreet, combustion-free ways to enjoy cannabis…
Vaporizers. Combustion-free vapor release for full terpene and cannabinoid enjoyment
Vaporizers have become one of the main alternatives to joints. A vaporizer will gently toast the cannabis. The vapor released from cannabis contains terpenes and cannabinoids fresh from the buds without any smoke to spoil the taste. The full flavors are there to be enjoyed in a vaporizer, it’s a delicious way to enjoy cannabis. It’s also an economical way to enjoy cannabis.
Vaporizing is inherently more efficient than combustion. Most vaporizer users report that the same amount of cannabis would last 2-3 times longer if vaporised rather than smoked. Many people feel there are valuable health benefits if you switch from smoking to vaping. Vaping is also a discreet way to enjoy cannabis, there is no smoke and a limited aroma. Vaporizers come in a range of sizes for all budgets. You can check out the Dutch Passion collection of tested and approved vaporizers
A water bong can come in many different forms. The connoisseurs often prefer hand blown glass bongs. Usually, the buds are burnt in a bowl and the smoke bubbled through cooling water. Bongs come in many different styles and sizes. You can have a single-person bong or one with smoking attachments for many people. Bongs are often difficult to carry around and are often kept for use at home, or in a coffee shop/social club. In emergencies, bongs can be made from water bottles and plastic milk containers.
Cannabis pipes have always been a convenient way to enjoy a quick smoke. Pipes come in many different shapes, made from glass, ceramic, metal and other materials. Many pipes can be screwed together quickly for use, or camouflaged as domestic items such as key-rings, bracelets, and jewellery. You can smoke cannabis buds or hash in a pipe. Many pipe connoisseurs love the taste of quality hash in a pipe. Hookah pipes originated in the Indian subcontinent and have been used for enjoying tobacco as well as cannabis and hashish. They can be very ornamental and often use water to cool the smoke. Hookah pipes can be designed for individual use with one mouthpiece, or with several for communal use.
Dabbing with shatter, oil, BHO and other cannabis concentrates
Dabbing is becoming more popular. A small piece of cannabis concentrate is dabbed onto a hot titanium (or ceramic/glass) surface. The cannabinoids, THC, terpenes, and oils in the concentrate are quickly converted into an oily vapor which is inhaled. The result is a fast, powerful high. Usually dabbing is done with a cannabis extract such as shatter. This is often produced from a butane/CO2 or solvent extract. But many people also enjoy dabbing waxy concentrates which have a semi-solid and semi-liquid consistency. Cannabis concentrates and extracts are generally high in THC. A little goes a long way and the high arrives quickly. Some people also dab using concentrates that are CBD rich.
Fruit pipes and corn husks
If you visit California you will soon find someone rolling cannabis joints with the husks from corn. They are thin, paper-like, natural and can be used as an organic rolling paper. Apples have also become a trendy way to make a fruit bong. A pen can be used to drill a side hole, this is used to suck the smoke out. The pen, or a knife, can also be used to hollow out a small central area near the core. This can be lined with aluminum foil, which should be pricked to create holes. Weed is placed in the aluminum foil and lit with a match/lighter. So long as the sucking hole is connected to the central area the apple pipe should work as a quick, temporary pipe. Pineapples, melons and many other materials can also be converted into a bong.
Cannabis tinctures and edibles
These days lots of people use cannabis drops. These use cannabis extractions, such as cannabis oil which is diluted in a carrier liquid such as hemp oil or olive oil. A few oral drops of cannabis oil allows the body to absorb the cannabinoids. In places such as the USA and Canada, cannabis edibles are more popular than ever. Cannabis edibles are perfectly safe to consume, the hard part is knowing a safe dose that works for you. Start with small doses of around 10-20mg to find the right dose and work your way up. Note that cannabis edibles often take 2 hours before they have an effect, so be careful to take small doses on different days to understand the optimum dose. Novice cannabis users are probably better off beginning with a vaporizer than edibles. That’s because there is a smaller chance of over-indulging.
Cannabis balms and transdermal patches
Many medical cannabis users make, or buy, creams which can be applied topically to the skin. In legal jurisdictions, these can be bought in dispensaries. USA legal states have found a huge market for these products which can be applied externally. There are numerous medical uses, but some medical users prefer the effectiveness and direct relief which can come from applying a transdermal patch or cream directly where it is most needed. Those suffering arthritis, soreness/inflammation, cramps or skin conditions are often the most likely to use creams and transdermal patches.
Read on to find out the best ways to use weed. Joints, vaporizers, pipes, bongs, hot knives and edibles are all ways to enjoy weed