Smoking cannabis flower is the most traditional method of consumption compared to up-and-coming marijuana-infused products and vaporizing devices.
After cannabis flower buds are cultivated, harvested, dried, and cured, users can light up and reap the wide range of cannabinoids and terpenes found in all cannabis strains.
First-time users may be wondering how to maintain cannabis flower’s potency and enjoy the strain to its fullest potential while being safe. We answer all your burning questions about smoking and vaporizing cannabis the right way.
Storing Your Cannabis
Gone are the days where it was acceptable to keep your buds in a plastic baggie. Today, we know that putting your flower in these bags can remove the buds’ resinous, hair-like glands called trichomes due to the bag’s static electricity.
The best way to store your cannabis buds is in an airtight container such as a mason jar or a jar specifically made to store cannabis. Some jars are even made from UV-resistant glass to protect them from sunlight. Jar sizes vary for short and long-term storage purposes.
It’s important to keep your flower in a cool, dry, and dark place such as a cupboard, drawer, or a cannabis humidor with humidity control technology. Temperature, humidity, and light can degrade cannabis flower’s potency and can even cause mold, which can be harmful if inhaled.
How Long to Keep the Flower
Even using the most optimal storage practices, cannabis buds have a shelf life. Over time, cannabis compounds degrade and others convert into different compounds and lower the strain’s potency and aroma.
Shelf life varies based on strain, growing conditions, and storage conditions. If stored properly, cannabis buds can last up to a year or more, although, most consumers use their buds well before a year.
Some studies have suggested that under the right storage conditions, cannabis flower would lose about half its THC potency after four years of storage.
Most Popular Ways to Consume
Consuming marijuana flower buds with joints, blunts, pipes, bongs, and dry herb vaporizers has never been easier and more accessible.
Keep in mind, the effects of smoking or vaporizing cannabis can last one to three hours, but vary from person to person.
Joints and blunts require ground-up marijuana and rolling papers or blunt wraps, respectively, in various sizes. Rolling papers can be made from wood pulp, hemp, and other biodegradable materials. Blunt wraps are typically made out of tobacco leaves, but some are made of hemp.
Don’t know how to roll a joint? Don’t worry. You can also buy pre-rolled cones you can fill yourself and twist the end closed or a pre-rolling tool to make rolling a joint a cinch.
Pipes are small and portable smoking tools. All you need to do is break apart the flower, pack the bowl, and light up. Bongs require the user to fill the chamber with water, which can help filter the smoke for a smoother, cooler, and cleaner inhale.
Dry herb vaporizers allow users to vaporize the flower instead of combust it, which can be harsh to smoke. Vaporizers can also feature various temperature settings to provide more even decarboxylation and a better taste.
Choosing the Right Dosage
Beginners may be nervous about trying marijuana flower for the first time. Even with a bit of practice, dosing can require some finesse. A flower’s potency is listed as a percentage of a cannabinoid, most likely THC or CBD.
Cannabinoid concentrations and ratios vary by strain. It’s important for beginners to start consuming a small amount of marijuana flower and gradually increase the dose until the desired effects are felt.
Smoking or marijuana has a rapid onset of effects since the cannabis compounds go directly into the bloodstream as they are inhaled into the lungs.
Beginners should avoid mixing marijuana with alcohol since the consumption of both substances can heighten the potency and adverse effects of cannabis.
Smoking or vaporizing cannabis flower is safe, fun, and relaxing for an increasing number of people from adults of all stripes. Marijuana can be a powerful substance used for relief, which means users must consume it responsibly.
Now that you know how to smoke and vaporize your buds, go out there and experiment with a wide range of strains and consumptions methods to find your perfect experience.