How to smoke weed if it's your first time

Hit It Like A Pro: How To Smoke Weed Even If It's Your First Time

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You're reading this because most likely it's your first time smoking weed. Don't worry we've all been there that's why we're going to show you how to smoke weed like a pro so you don't have to embarrass yourself.

Across the United States, 34 states have embraced the medical benefits of cannabis, with an additional 12 states legalizing it for recreational use, signaling a significant shift toward acceptance and normalization amongst more people [3].

If it's your first time smoking cannabis, it can seem overwhelming with all the different ways from wax vaping to joints, bongs, pipes, and one-hitters. This article is your go-to guide, detailing all the various smoking methods such as joints, blunts, and bowls.

Whether you're curious about the classic bong hits, the convenience of pre-rolls, or exploring the art of rolling the perfect joint, you'll find credible information and practical tips to hit it like a pro here [6].

Understanding the Basics of Weed

Indica cannabis strain
Sativa cannabis strain
Hybrid cannabis strain

Understanding the different types of cannabis strains is crucial for both new and experienced users. Here's a breakdown of the primary species and the typical effects you'll feel:

1. Cannabis Sativa: Known for its height and less dense buds, Sativa strains are usually associated with a higher THC content, providing a more energetic and psychoactive experience great for daytime smoking [1].

2. Cannabis Indica: These plants are typically shorter and bushier, and they tend to induce feelings of relaxation and sleepiness, often being higher in CBD making them great for nighttime.

3. Hybrid Strains: As the name suggests, hybrids are a genetic mix of Sativa and Indica strains, designed to offer a balanced effect of both types.

Choosing Your Weed To Smoke

1. Ask the Experts: Don't hesitate to consult with dispensary employees, often referred to as budtenders, who can provide personalized recommendations based on your preferences and needs [13].

2. Use Your Senses: Sometimes, the best way to choose is by using your nose. Different scents can indicate different effects, so opt for aromas that appeal to you personally [4]. High-quality weed often has a frosty appearance, indicating a high THC content.

3. Start Gentle: For those new to cannabis, starting with a strain that has low THC and high CBD content can ease you into the experience without overwhelming effects [12][14].

Popular Strains and Their Effects

Strain Name Type Effects
Grand Daddy Purple Indica-dominant Strong body effects, sedative, stress relief
Sour Diesel Sativa Energizing, uplifting, boosts creativity
Purplematic CBD Mainly indica High CBD content for a calming effect
White Widow Hybrid Balanced euphoric head high
Blue Dream Hybrid Uplifting enhances creativity, good for general use
Northern Lights Indica Heavy sedation, full-body relaxation
Jack Herer
Stimulating, energetic
Skywalker OG Indica-dominant Calming, powerful sedative effects
Green Crack
Energizing, uplifting, enhances creativity
Pineapple Express Hybrid Enjoyable high, tropical flavor

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Preparing Your Weed For Smoking

Organize Your Tools

1. Gather Your Supplies: Ensure you have all necessary items: dry flower or cannabis oil, a grinder, your chosen smoking device (pipe, bong, joint), and a lighter [3][14].

Preparing Your Cannabis

2. Check Moisture Levels: If your weed feels wet, allow it to dry by exposing it to air or using absorbent paper to remove excess moisture. Avoid storing your cannabis in overly damp places to maintain its quality.

3. Removing Seeds: Before grinding, make sure to remove any seeds from the bud. Seeds can affect the taste and smoothness of your smoke [1] .

Grinding Your Bud

4. Using a Weed Grinder: Start by placing your dry flower into the grinder. Use the sharp pegs effectively to break the bud into small, even pieces [1]. To ensure a smoother smoke and an even burn use a metal weed grinder with blades as this slices rather than shreds your weed.

Choosing Your Smoking Method

Man smoking a weed joint
Smoking a weed pipe
Lighting a bong bowl

Joints: The Classic Choice

1. Preparation: Begin by grinding your cannabis to achieve a fine consistency using a grinder [19].

2. Rolling: Take a rolling paper, typically unbleached for a purer experience, and evenly distribute the ground weed along the length of the paper [22]. You can add 50% tobacco to roll what is called 'half and half'.

3. Sealing: Add a filter to one end and roll the paper between your fingers to shape the cannabis into a cylinder, then lick the adhesive strip on the paper and seal the joint [21].

4. Tips: For beginners, consider using a rolling machine to ensure a tight and even roll.

Blunts: For a Longer Session

1. Wrapper Selection: Choose a tobacco leaf wrap, which is able to hold more cannabis and adds a nicotine buzz to your smoking experience.

2. Filling and Rolling: Similar to rolling a joint, fill the wrap with ground cannabis and roll it tightly to ensure it burns slowly.

3. Considerations: Be aware of the health implications of nicotine and the stronger effects due to its larger size than joints [21].

Pipes: Simple and Quick

1. Setup: Grab a weed pipe , often made from glass or metal, and ensure it is clean for the best taste and safety [18].

2. Packing: Fill the bowl of the pipe with ground cannabis, not too tightly, allowing air to pass through [19].

3. Lighting: Light the corners of the bowl while inhaling gently to control the burn.

Bongs: Smooth and Filtered

1. Water Filling: Start by filling the bong's base chamber with enough water to submerge the downstem.

2. Packing the Bowl: Place larger pieces of ground cannabis in the bottom of the bowl and then smaller pieces on top to create better airflow [19].

3. Usage: Light the cannabis while simultaneously inhaling to draw the smoke through the water, cooling it before inhalation. Use a percolator bong for smoother cooler smoke.

Vaporizers: A Healthier Alternative

1. Device Selection: Choose a vaporizer that suits your needs—portable or desktop [26].

2. Loading: Fill the chamber with either dry cannabis flower or concentrates [18].

3. Temperature Settings: Adjust the temperature to control the intensity of the vapor.

4. Inhalation: Inhale the vapor which is smoother and potentially less harmful than smoke.

Dab Rigs: For Concentrate Lovers

1. Setup: Ensure your dab rig is clean and assemble the nail or banger before using a dab rig [23].

2. Heating: Heat the nail with a torch until it is visibly hot.

3. Dabbing: Apply a small amount of concentrate to the nail using a dab tool, and inhale the resulting vapor.

4. Safety Tip: Be cautious with the high potency of concentrates and the hot components of the rig.

Unique Methods: Exploring More Options

  • Gravity Bongs: Utilize water and gravity to pull smoke into a larger chamber, offering a powerful hit [23].

  • One-hitters and Dugouts: Ideal for discreet, controlled doses, often resembling cigarettes for stealth.

  • Steam Rollers: Clear large tubes that provide intense hits, similar to bongs but without water filtration.

Pros and Cons of Different Smoking Methods

Method Pros Cons
Cannabis rolled in paper
Portable, classic, communal Can be harsh, less discreet
Cannabis in tobacco leaf wraps
Longer-lasting, potent
Contains nicotine
Small devices for smoking cannabis
Convenient, quick Can be harsh, requires upkeep
Water filtration smoking devices
Smooth hits, less harsh
Bulky, requires maintenance
Devices that heat cannabis to vapor
Healthier, discreet
Requires charging or power
Dab Rigs
Specialized for cannabis concentrates
Potent, flavorful
Complex setup, high potency

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Preparing to Smoke

Man smoking joint in home

Setting The Scene

1. Choose a Comfortable Setting: It's best to smoke weed for the first time with friends who have previous experience. Choose a familiar and safe environment, ideally at home. This setting should be private, away from public spaces, ensuring you can relax without interruptions.

2. Clear Your Schedule: Make sure you have no pending tasks or appointments that could cause stress or require attention post-smoking. This helps in maintaining a calm and enjoyable experience without panic setting it.

Physical Preparation

3. Stay Hydrated: Keep water nearby to help with dry cotton mouth and ensure you stay hydrated throughout your session. This can also help alleviate any headaches or fatigue [13].

4. Snack Ready: Have your favorite snacks ready in case you get the munchies. Opt for light and non-greasy foods that can satisfy your hunger.

Consultation and Health Safety

5. Mind Your Dosage: Start with a low dose to gauge your tolerance and response to cannabis. It’s easier to manage and less likely to lead to distress or anxiety attacks.

Emotional and Mental Readiness

6. Start Sober: Begin your smoking experience clear-headed. Avoid consuming alcohol or other substances beforehand to stay in control and aware of the effects of cannabis [2].

7. Set and Setting: Ensure you're psychologically prepared and in a positive mindset. Being in a good emotional state can greatly enhance your experience [4].

Safety Measures

8. Have a Backup Plan: If you feel uncomfortable or too high, have a plan to help you relax and avoid panicking. This could include watching your favorite TV show or taking a shower. Having experienced friends with you can help as they can talk to you calming you down

Table: Essential Preparations for Smoking Weed

Preparation Steps Description Importance
Comfortable environment
Choose a safe, familiar setting at home High
Hydration and snacks
Keep water and light snacks ready
Professional consultation Seek advice on strains and dosages
Proper inhalation technique
Practice slow and shallow breathing
Emotional and Mental Readiness
Ensure a positive mindset and comfortable surroundings

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The Process: How To Smoke Weed

Packing Your Smoking Device

1. Packing Techniques: When filling your pipe, bong bowl, or rolling a joint, start with a lighter pack at the bottom and gradually increase the density towards the top. This technique helps achieve an even sustained burn and manage airflow [16].

Lighting and Smoking The Bowl

2. Lighting the Bowl: Use a traditional lighter, butane lighter, hemp wick, or matches to light the bowl. Aim to light only a small section, known as cornering the bowl, to prolong the number of green hits and ensure a more even burn [25][27].

3. Inhaling Technique: Start by breathing out before you bring the joint or mouthpiece to your lips. Spark your flame and inhale for about three seconds or until your mouth is filled with smoke, then remove and inhale again to bring the smoke deeper into your lungs.

Hold the smoke for a few more seconds to maximize absorption in your lungs. Exhaling naturally and slowly to minimize coughing [2].

Pacing and Dosage

4. Start Slow: For beginners, we advise to start with a small amount of weed. Take one or two short puffs and pass the joint or pipe to the next person. Wait for about 20 minutes after your first toke to assess how the cannabis affects you before considering another drag [14][5][2].

5. Monitor Effects: Give yourself two “puff, puff, pass” opportunities and then pause to observe how you feel. This pacing helps prevent overconsumption and allows you to enjoy the session without discomfort.

Health and Safety Tips

6. Coughing Etiquette: Understand that coughing is a natural reaction to smoking weed, especially for the first time. To minimize coughing, take softer, shorter hits and ensure you're smoking in a well-ventilated area to prevent hot boxing [13][5].

7. Laser Combustion Technology: For a cleaner experience, consider using advanced smoking devices like the Hitoki Trident, which uses laser technology to burn weed precisely, providing a butane-free session that is easier on the lungs.

Advanced Techniques

8. Avoid Holding Smoke: Inhale deeply and hold the smoke in your lungs only for a second or two. Holding it longer does not enhance the effects; it only increases lung irritation [10].

Aftercare and Safety Tips

Store Responcibly

1. Child and Pet Safety: Always keep cannabis and related products out of reach of children and pets to prevent accidental ingestion [11] .

2. Storage: Either maintain marijuana products in their original packaging to avoid confusion or store them safely in clearly marked containers such as Stash jars.

Emergency Preparedness

3. Have a Plan: In case you or someone else feels too high, have a backup plan ready. This could involve simple calming activities or contacting medical help if necessary [4][31].

4. Poison Control and Emergency Services: Keep contact numbers handy for poison (1-800-222-1222) and know when to call 911 if the reaction is severe.

Driving and Operation

5. Impairment Guidelines: Avoid driving or operating heavy machinery for at least six hours after smoking and longer if consuming high doses or edibles. Always err on the side of caution.


6. Discuss with Healthcare Providers: Be open with your doctors about your cannabis use to avoid interactions with other medications and coordinate better care [10].

Dos and Don'ts of Smoking Weed

Do's Of Smoking Weed

1. Let Go of Past Experiences : Approach each smoking session with a fresh perspective, regardless of past experiences with cannabis.

2. Understand Different Consumption Methods: Try different ways of consuming weed but be aware of the onset times and effects of various consumption methods—smoking, vaping, edibles, tinctures, and topicals.

3. Be Conscious of Outcomes: Keep in mind both the desirable and undesirable outcomes of marijuana use.

4. Start Slow and Low: Especially when trying a new product or if unsure of your tolerance, start with a smaller amount and increase slowly.

5. Use Trusted Company: Only consume marijuana in the company of people you trust.

6. Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dry mouth, commonly known as cottonmouth.

7. Pace Your Smoking: Take slow inhales and exhales to reduce the likelihood of coughing.

8. Choose Familiar Settings: Smoke in places where you feel safe and comfortable.

9. Respect the Supplier: Always show appreciation to the person who provided the weed.

10. Keep It Private: Choose a private place for smoking to ensure comfort and discretion.

11. Proper Inhalation: Ensure every hit is properly inhaled into the lungs for maximum effect.

12. Share Responsibly: This goes for the bowl you're smoking but other things like water or snacks. Pass them around during and after your session to help others stay hydrated and avoid the munchies.

Don'ts Of Smoking Weed

1. Avoid Public Spaces: Do not smoke in public places to stay clear of legal and social implications.

2. Steer Clear of High-Risk Activities: Wait several hours after consumption before engaging in activities like driving or operating machinery [11].

3. Don't Overconsume: Take your time and enjoy each hit without overdoing it [33].

4. Avoid Habitual Use for Coping: Do not use smoking as a regular method to handle stress.

5. Respect Others' Boundaries: Do not pressure anyone into smoking; respect their decisions.

6. Avoid Unfamiliar Settings: Do not smoke in places you are unfamiliar with to avoid discomfort or anxiety.

7. Stay off the Roads: Never drive while under the influence of cannabis [35].

8. Avoid Mixing Substances: Do not mix cannabis with alcohol or other drugs as it can lead to adverse effects.

9. Handle Responsibilities Sober: Avoid handling important tasks or making significant decisions while high.

10. Respect the Experience: Focus on the therapeutic benefits of cannabis rather than just the high.

11. Wait Before More: If you're enjoying the experience, give it time before deciding whether you want more.

Alternatives to Smoking

While smoking remains the most common method for consuming weed, especially for the first time, it's not the only option. Here are some innovative and health-conscious alternatives:

Table: Overview of Non-Smoking Cannabis Options

Method Description Ideal For
Heats cannabis without burning it Those looking for a smoke-free experience
Foods or drinks infused with cannabis
Long-lasting effects without inhalation
Tinctures Liquid extracts taken orally or added to foods
Precise dosing and quick absorption
Products applied to the skin
Localized relief without psychoactive effects
Pre-measured, convenient forms of cannabis
Consistent dosing, especially for medical use
Innovative products Includes powders, straws, and unconventional edibles
Those seeking novelty and convenience

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Innovative Cannabis Products

The market is continually evolving with new cannabis-infused products. Here are some unique options:

  • Powdered THC: Easily dissolves in water, offering a quick and precise way to consume cannabis [3].

  • Cannabis-infused Drinking Straws: Add these to any drink to create an instant cannabis-infused beverage.

  • Dip Pouches: Similar to dipping tobacco, these THC-infused pouches are placed between the cheek and gum.

Now You Know All The Different Ways to Smoke Weed

When entering the world of cannabis for the first time and deciding smoking it is the way you want to do it, you need to know how to smoke weed in a way that'll give you the best experience possible.

We've given you the right knowledge and tools to ensure not just a pleasurable experience but also a safe one.

Cannabis offers a vast spectrum of experiences, tailored by the method of consumption, with bongs standing out for their efficiency and quality of smoke.

Remember, the journey through cannabis is as rewarding as the choice of gear used to explore it. VITAE Glass offers some of the best bongs on the market, with a modular design that makes them easy to clean, ensuring every exploration into the realms of cannabis is both profound and pristine.

As you venture further, always approach with curiosity and caution, making every step an informed one, for a truly enriching cannabis experience.


What is considered a polite practice when smoking weed with friends?

As a sign of courtesy and respect, it's considered polite to offer the first hit of a freshly packed pipe or bowl—known as the green hit—to a friend. The green hit is prized for its full flavor and lack of charred taste.

What is an effective method for smoking weed for beginners?

An effective method for beginners includes a three-step inhaling technique:

  • First, draw the smoke into your mouth gently for a smoother experience.

  • Next, take a deep breath into your diaphragm to ensure you absorb the THC properly.

  • Finally, exhale the smoke after a brief pause—there's no need to hold your breath for more than a couple of seconds.

For how long should I hold in the smoke when smoking weed to maximize the effect?

Research indicates that holding in cannabis smoke for about three seconds is optimal. Beyond this duration, there are diminishing returns since your lungs have a limited capacity to absorb the smoke.

How old do you have to be to smoke weed?

The legal age to smoke weed, or consume cannabis, varies significantly by country and sometimes within different regions of the same country:

  • Uruguay: The legal age is 18 years old.

  • United States: Most states that have legalized recreational cannabis set the legal age at 21 years old.

  • Canada: The legal age varies by province; it is 19 in most provinces, 18 in Alberta, and 21 in Quebec.

  • Netherlands: The legal age to smoke cannabis in a "coffeeshop" is 18 years old.

If a minor is caught smoking weed in the United States penalties vary by state and jurisdiction.

For example, in some states like Colorado, minors caught with marijuana might face fines of $100 or less, community service, or even detention in a juvenile facility. The specific penalties depend on the jurisdiction and the laws in place.

According to US Federal Law, possession of marijuana by minors is punishable by up to one year in jail and a minimum fine of $1,000 for a first conviction.

It's essential for minors caught smoking weed to understand the potential consequences and seek legal advice from an experienced criminal defense attorney to minimize the impact on their life.

























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