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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Blazing on a Budget: 11 Tips for Conserving Weed and Still Getting High
By Kat Austin | April 10, 2017 | Flower
Unfortunately, the cannabis coffers aren’t always overflowing for most of us. To quote Boston George’s father from Blow, “Sometimes you’re flush, and sometimes you’re bust.” Whether you’re between jobs or between dealers, it’s worth knowing how to best conserve your weed when resources are tight. We put together this guide to blazing on a budget to help you extend the life expectancy of your stash.
Don’t Roll Joints
As much as we love joints—they’re our personal favorite way to smoke—they’re horrible from an herb conservation standpoint. Every swirl of smoke that spirals off of the cherry and into the sky? That’s wasted weed, because every second that joint burns and your lips aren’t locked on it, Mother Nature is bogarting your bud. If you just love to smoke joints and can’t bear to part with them, here are three tips to help make your weed last: avoid sparking up in high winds, roll regular size papers, and opt for a pinner roll instead of a cone-shaped cannon.
Use a 4-Piece Grinder
When smoking at home, using a quality 4-piece grinder is a smart move. Finely ground herb is preferable for all smoking styles, whether you’re vaping, rolling a joint, or packing a bong. This is because a fine grind produces slow, even-burning bowls. Plus, that kief collection will be a life-saver when your stash runs out—it’s like an insurance policy on your supply! Of course, if you’re on the move, a grinder can be impractical, in which case a Grinder Card will also help you conserve cannabis in a low-profile format.
Get a Snap Bowl
The snap bowl is a must-have for a bong smoker who is trying to conserve their weed. Bigger bong bowls are meant to be “cornered,” which means a smoker can torch a section of the bowl and leave “greens” for the next person. On the other side of the spectrum, a snap bowl is personal-sized. No need to order an XL-pizza when a slice will do, right? Snap bowls follow this same principle. Buy a snap-sized bowl from your local smoke shop, and pretty soon you’ll understand why some bong smokers swear by these babies—they’re compact, powerful, and effective.
Pack a One-Hitter
This is our preferred method for smoking on the go while trying to conserve weed. Not only does the one-hitter pack a surprising punch for such a small and simple smoking device, but it’s also the most reasonably priced pipe you can buy. Not to mention the fact that metal one-hitters are virtually indestructible, so you don’t have to worry about breaking an expensive glass piece on a sidewalk or rocky trail.
Pre-grind your Flower
The size of a nug doesn’t matter—it’s the density that counts. That said, nug size can be misleading, and the best way to figure out exactly how much weed you have is by pre-grinding your flower. Especially when you’re nearing the end of your stash, grinding up that flower will help you better gauge how much is left in your arsenal.
Direct Inject vs. Carb Pipes
Carb pipes have little thumb holes on the side of the bowl that may seem useful, but can cause you to burn more herb than necessary for each hit. Direct-inject pipes ensure that all of the smoke hits you where it counts, and none of it swirls stupidly out of a hole on the side. You want a streamlined airflow—like a one-hitter—for increased smoking efficiency.
Go For a Glass Blunt
Another highly-underrated smoking device, the Glass Blunt punches high above its weight class. It can be loaded like a chillum and hits like Barry Bonds on steroids. After the one-hitter, the Glass Blunt is our second choice for squeezing out a maximum high from minimum weed.
Pick the Right Strain
It’s an established fact: some strains get you higher than others. Not only that, but different highs feel different to different people. It’s important to know the difference between a head-focused sativa and a deeply physical indica. We recommend speaking to your local budtender, or, if that’s not an option, to do some research on strains on a site like Leafly.
Buy Better Pot, and Buy More of It
This seems counter-intuitive, as better green costs more green, but paying more upfront means that your stash will actually last longer. If two hits of top-shelf will get you high versus four hits of mid-grade, it’s well worth the extra cash in the long run. Consider buying premium flower a long-term investment, and then it’s easier to stomach the upfront cost. In the same vein, buying in bulk seems like a rookie mistake, but it’s really an intelligent play with the price breaks. As long as you have decent self-control and don’t mind smoking the same strain for a while, buying an ounce or a half ounce instead of an eighth or a gram will stretch your dollar further.
Sip a Little Coffee
We are big fans of a morning cup of java and a joint—it’s how we start nearly every morning before sitting down to work. Even if you can’t make a joint happen, pair a little coffee with a bowl or an espresso shot with your bong snap. It’s scientifically proven that enjoying coffee with your cannabis actually extends the life of your high.
BONUS! Mix in CBD Flower: Symptom Relief Without the Buzz
Everyone loves a classic cannabis joint, but did you know you can also roll a jay or pack a one-hitter with organic hemp flower? It’ll not only extend the life of your cannabis, but hemp is naturally high in CBD and can provide fast-acting, full-spectrum symptom relief when smoked, alleviating anxiety and inducing an overall sense of well-being.
We enjoy the organic, non-GMO, sustainably-grown hemp flower strains from Canna Comforts, which look, smell, taste, and smoke just like the top-shelf marijuana strains that inspired them. Federally legal and batch-tested for quality, purity, and potency, we trust Canna Comforts for a delicious and therapeutic hemp flower experience.
Whether you’re between jobs or between dealers, it’s worth knowing how to best conserve your weed when resources are tight.