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How to Inhale Properly When Smoking/Vaping Weed - A Complete Guide

July 10, 2019

By Ayad Maher and Alex Holslin

How to inhale weed for the first time, a dilemma many people face when they attempt their first time. This may seem like a lot of steps or complicated just for smoking but it's just to be thorough and clear, this will only take ~10 seconds if you are practiced. 

First, when inhaling, I'd suggest to hold the hit for no more than 3 seconds (you get around 90% or more of the THC at 3 secs).

If you feel the need to cough while holding in the hit, try and quickly exhale as much of their breath/hit as possible before starting to cough. If you start to cough with smoke in your lungs, this can be very painful, hurt your throat, and trap some of the tar and particles in your lungs. It also makes for a much longer and uncomfortable/painful coughing session.

What's the proper way to smoke a joint

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If you were using a joint and you're not used to smoking weed, just be mindful about how much you're smoking. It can be difficult to take baby steps with a joint, especially if you were feeling the pressure to hit it every time some one passes it to you. Just be careful, otherwise, may get too high.

Important rule of thumb, PUFF PUFF PASS! Two puffs and pass it to the person on your right. 

Smoking a joint is a bit different than using a bowl, bong or a vaporizer. Here is the break down to the proper steps:

  1. Take a couple nice big (in and out) breaths of air to get properly oxygenated

  2. Full exhale

  3. Take a small inhale of air. this is just so that there is SOME air in your lungs not just smoke. Bring the smoke into your mouth using your throat sucking power rather than your lungs. You don't want the smoke to go all the way to your lungs. A small hit is more than enough for you. Pass the joint or put it out.
  4. Take a slow breath of fresh air (Cough if you need to. It's more harmful suppressing a cough than it is to just let it out). It will help to have some cold water nearby.

  5. Hold it....... 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi... (make sure to have water next to you, just in case you start coughing).

  6. Exhale 

Related article: How to smoke weed for the first time without coughing.

What's the proper way to smoke from a bowl or a bong

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If you were smoking from a bowl or a bong - I would personally recommend it. Bongs are the easiest way for a first time smoker, in my experience. Use warm or hot water for a smoother hit. Using cool water or ice in an ice catcher will cool the hit but make for a harsher throat hit, much more likely to make you cough. Whereas warm water will help keep the hit moist and gentle!

  1. Take a couple nice big (in and out) breaths of air to get properly oxygenated

  2. Full exhale

  3. Put your thumb or finger on the little “carb” hole that is located on the side of the bowl.

  4. Take a small inhale of air. this is just so that there is SOME air in your lungs not just smoke. 

  5. Light the weed and inhale with your lungs, slowly. Very important; stop lighting once the cherry has started, otherwise you might be roasting the whole bowl and get a bit more than they intended to.

    The more experienced smokers pull the flame down closer to the bud by inhaling; get the weed to stat burning without even touching the flame directly to it. This might be a challenge if you haven't yet figured out how to inhale properly so don't worry about it. There's really nothing wrong with putting the flame right to the bud, but you also don't want to burn too much and get a larger hit than desired, but as you get more experienced try not to. The less you use the lighter, the better, let the "cherry" burn through the bowl itself. You don't want to be the friend that is always torching the bowl and nobody else gets any. Try not to inhale too hard, you might pull some weed/ash through and it will not taste/feel good.

  6. In this case, you don't bring the smoke into your mouth, you will be using your lung sucking power to create a vacuum. Note: Don’t to pull too hard or risk the scooby-snacks of ash making its way through the pipe and getting the back of your throat or getting sucked into your lungs. This was by far one of the worse things I had to deal with when I first started smoking weed regularly.

  7. Once you feel a little burn in your throat, put your lighter out, release the carb hole, and keep inhaling deeply BUT slowly. At this point, you will mainly get fresh air. You don't need more smoke (again, cough if you need to).

  8. Hold it....... 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi... (make sure to have water next to you, just in case you start coughing).

  9. Exhale

What's the proper way to smoke from a vaporizer

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If you were vaping using a dry herb , wax or oil vaporizer:

  1. Turn on the vaporizer, set your temperature. Once it gets to required temperature, leave it for few seconds for the herb to cook

  2. Take a couple nice big (in and out) breaths of air to get properly oxygenated

  3. Full exhale

  4. VERY slow but deep pull till you start feeling the irritation in your throat (don't suck on it too hard). Don't bring it into your mouth, you will be using your lung sucking power to create a vacuum.

  5. Once you feel the irritation in your throat, it's time to continue inhaling fresh air instead

  6. Cough if you need to, don't choke yourself. Also, make sure to have some cold water next to you to cool down your throat just in case you start coughing.

  7. Hold the vape...... 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi... 

  8. Exhale

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Ayad Maher is a Cannabis Industry Entrepreneur, Blogger & Activist. eCommerce Specialist and Owner of a 420 Life Style Website; Monroe Blvd, an online smoke shop; 421Store, and an online CBD store; GoodyCBD.

Editor's Note: This post was originally published in Jan. 2019 and has been revamped and updated as needed for accuracy and comprehensiveness. 



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