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Cannabis Ingesting Methods: The Smoking Edition

Smoking Edition

Cannabis Ingesting Methods: let’s explore the Smoking Edition! Blaze up the ganja! Smoking is the traditional method and one of the most common ways that humans ingest cannabis. It has been the way homo sapiens have ingested cannabis for thousands of years. It’s fairly safe to imagine since we could control fire, we were probably smoking something.

Historically through a pipe, in the last few hundred years through rolled cannabis, smoking cannabis is an integral part of human history.


There are several different methods to smoke cannabis. The first way is through a pipe. Have you ever heard of a peace pipe? Indigenous cultures across the world have been smoking herbs in pipes for probably thousands, of years. Some of the earliest findings of pipes are from ancient Egypt that are 4000 years old.

Pipes are fashioned with varying materials, from glass and wood to ceramic, metal and stone. This is often one of the first ways novice users try cannabis. This is because rolling a smokable joint takes a certain level of skill. Pipes are excellent for beginners!

Remember, the longer the stem of the pipe is, i.e. the further away the bowl is from you, the smoke will be less harsh. This is because it will have more space to cool down as it moves away from the flame. Why do you think Gandalf’s pipe is so long? He’s a pro. Most of the time, pipes have a “choke”, which is a small hole you can cover / uncover to control the flow of the smoke through the pipe.

Pipe Pros:

  • Easy to use, excellent for beginners
  • Perfect to share with a group
  • Easier to control the dose
  • Glass art is an art in its own right, great for collectors
  • Great for quick sessions and smoke breaks, great for on-the-go
  • Fairly discreet

Pipe Cons:

  • Inhaling smoke is not good for your lung health
  • Smaller pipes make for very hot smoke which is harsh on the throat
  • Needs to be cleaned often, and as a result pipes do not transmit flavour very well
  • If you don’t keep your pipe in a smell proof container, the stench of that residual resin will stink up your bag or pocket

Rolled Cannabis

The second method we will discuss for smoking cannabis in the Cannabis Ingesting Methods is another of the most common ways to indulge – that is – smoking a rolled cannabis cigarette. They take many different forms, but one thing ties them all together. That is, they are all tubes or cones made from varying material, that wrap around dried cannabis. You light one end, smoke the other. It’s pretty simple. However, the skill that comes into play fashioning these takes patience and practice. Stay tuned for another article on How to Roll a Great Joint. It will get you started on the process of becoming a master roller.

The slang

You may have heard a plethora of different words relating to the same fundamental idea; joint, pinner, doobie, fatty, spliff, bat, L-pape, cannon, cone, Louisville slugger, blunts, swishers, hemp wraps and backwoods are some of the common terms you’ll hear. They all use the same method to smoke: light one end, smoke the other. However, they vary in size, and the material the wrap is made of.

For example, most blunt wraps are generally much larger than rolling papers (excluding some King Size papers) and they are traditionally made from tobacco leaf. In the more recent years, hemp options have become more readily available. A pinner, on the other hand, is a term used for a very small joint. Pinners are usually rolled with smaller papers, such as Zig Zag whites. A fatty, or bat, is the opposite of a pinner, but still employs rolling papers. These joints usually have more than 1 gram inside, so take a seat for this one.

In most of the world, people who roll cannabis mix it with tobacco because not only is cannabis expensive, it’s hard to come by. This method allows your stash to reach much further. A mix of tobacco and cannabis in a rolling paper is called a spliff.

Lucky for us, in beautiful Canada, it is more common for joints to be full of just cannabis. That’s because the prices here are some of the best in the world, and it’s available everywhere! So yeah, sorry, not sorry. We’re spoiled!

Rolling Pros:

  • Excellent for passing around a group. Smoking hack: always pass to the left.
  • You can determine the size of what you roll. Elements and Raw even produce full sheets that you can cut to your preferred size.
  • You can pre-roll to have joints prepared for on-the-go. Or, once you get better, even roll as you’re out and about.
  • When it comes to smoking methods, rolled cannabis is the best way to get the most flavour out of your cannabis.

Rolling Cons:

  • Inhaling smoke is not good for your lung health
  • Most people need a table to roll, which is not always available
  • Not very discreet
  • That “I just smoked weed” smell is going to be all over your clothes and fingers. Maybe you’re cool with that! If not, get some mints and hand sanitizer.
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Water Pipes and Bongs

The third method of smoking we shall discuss in Cannabis Ingesting Methods is the use of water pipes and bongs. Hit up a google search for these two to get a better idea of what they look like. If you don’t already know, a picture is worth a thousand words.

These pieces of art are made from many different materials ranging from wood, glass and ceramic to plastic and stone. They vary heavily on price from fifteen or twenty bucks to…. well, how much are you willing to spend? You can find glass art available for a small fortune.

Weed Bong

Water Pipes

Water pipes (sometimes called Bubblers) and bongs are different from the pipe smoking method, because they have an extra chamber that holds water. The cannabis is put into the bowl, just like the pipe. Water pipes often have chokes, just like pipes, while most bongs do not. When you light the bowl, you draw the smoke into the chamber, where it passes through the water. This is much different than a regular pipe because it allows the smoke to cool down before reaching your throat.

Cool down the smoke!

Some people even put ice cold water or ice cubes in their water pipes or bongs. This increases the cooling of the smoke. And damn, does that ever work! Cool smoke makes the smoking experience much more soothing on your throat and lungs.

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Water pipes look just like regular pipes, but they have a bigger chamber. It usually sits beneath the bowl, and holds the water. Bongs, on the other hand, usually have a water chamber as the base. The shaft is where you inhale the smoke out of. This method allows you to bring more smoke into the chamber before you take the toke.

Some bongs have multiple water chambers and ‘percolators’. These further optimize the smoke temperature and to carry the smoke on a longer journey. It passes through water chambers before it reaches your mouth, cooling it down.

Beware of bongs if you’re new!

They can hit real hard. Remember, always pull the smoke into your mouth first, then inhale it. If you try inhaling it all at once, we promise you’ll cough a lung out. Take it slow! Or if you’re a regular bong user, just don’t listen to us. Rip a massive bowl, homie.

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Bongs and water pipes are the “level-up” of sorts, from regular pipes. The experience is made more enjoyable with water, and you can get a harder-hitting, longer lasting effect using them. A lot of college students and full-time stoners swear by bongs. If you haven’t ever tried using a bong or a water pipe, definitely give it a shot the next time you get a chance! Just remember like with all cannabis-ingesting methods, take it slow at first!

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Water Pipes + Bongs Pros:

  • Using water (especially cool water + ice cubes) makes the smoking experience smoother and more pleasant on the throat
  • The effects of the toke are much more hard hitting and long lasting
  • Some water pipes and bongs are so beautiful they are considered pieces of glass art
  • Great for people who like to collect and display

Water Pipes + Bongs Cons:

  • Inhaling smoke is not good for your lung health
  • The water needs to be replaced often. All the resin and residual plant material is pulled into the water after each bowl
  • The piece will need regular cleaning. Often, the lazy bong owner’s bong toke taste disgusting as a result of no cleaning
  • Not a good option for transport or on-the-go use as they are often made of glass and fragile
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Ok! Now you’re ready to tackle the world of smoking cannabis. You’re equipped with all the knowledge on Cannabis Ingesting Methods you’ll need to get started. Reach us on our LiveChat if you ever have any questions about the consumption of cannabis. We’re here to help. We pride ourselves in our decades of combined experience in this industry. We want to share our knowledge with you! Let us know in the comments sections if there are any specific topics you’d like us to cover. Remember that we’re here for you!

“When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself” – Bob Marley

Stay Elevated,

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