How to make your weed last twice as long.
Dutch Joe has spent the last year using a vapouriser and this is his summary
About a year ago I stopped smoking joints completely when I bought a vapouriser. Initially I was concerned that it would be less effective than smoking but I have been really pleased with the results. For me, the vapouriser has a number of benefits over spliffs, but one of the most significant ones is the fact that my weed now lasts twice as long as it did when I rolled joints.
For the ‘self sufficient’ cannabis grower the main aim is to be able to grow as much weed as you will comfortably need until the next crop. Since I started using the vapouriser I need less weed to get me just as stoned so this has been great. Vapourisers gently toast the ground herb without actually setting it on fire. It is a more efficient process since the marijuana vapours and cannabinoids are released slowly in a stream that you inhale. In contrast, a joint releases plumes of smoke, wasting a certain amount of your precious bud which literally ‘disappears in smoke’.
Look at the size of the stem on this outdoor grown Durban Poison. The Dutch Passion team were staggered by this one
The vaporiser high is just as good that from a joint, but somehow the stone seems clearer without the initial heavyness. I have mostly been smoking 2 strains over the last year, The Ultimate and Isis. With both of these strong strains I still feel the high 4-5 hours after vapourising. The smooth combustion-less process of vapourising allows me to get those initial delicate fruity vapours from ‘The Ultimate’ that might be lost in a joint.
I enjoy alternating between a couple of good weed varieties as it is a good way to stop your body building up a tolerance to one particular variety which can happen if you stick to a single strain. In the case of ‘The Ultimate’ and ‘Isis’ I have a couple of top quality options to vapourise.
My vapouriser doesn’t create any smoke, so I can enjoy my weed indoors, without anyone else in the house able to smell it. There is no smell of smoke on me or my clothes, therefore I am more able to get away with a private ‘vapourisation’ without anyone knowing. A vapouriser has not only reduced my weed usage, it has allowed me enjoy my weed in different circumstances, such as in the local garden centre, at a concert, at a soccer match or in my back garden without the neighbours smelling it.
Some ‘vapour heads’ say that the process of vapourisation allows you the pleasure of some cannabinoinds that are lost in combustion. But for me the principal reason for using a vapouriser is that my weed lasts longer. Based on the last year I would say that my weed lasts between 2 to 3 times as long. For the first 6 months I really did crave the occasional joint but not anymore. I will continue to use my vapouriser but no doubt I will still enjoy the occasional joint as well.
For the self-sufficient cannabis grower there are 3 key things to get right. Firstly it is vital to have seeds of good strains. Secondly you need a growing system that works for you. Finally you need to be able to make the weed last until your next crop. For me the vapouriser has been a really useful way of making the weed last longer, maybe it will work for you too.
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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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