6 Most Common Ways to Smoke Marijuana

There are so many ways to enjoy smoking weed that sometimes its hard to decide which one to try next. Whether you’re a seasoned or a first time weed smoker, you probably won’t know what to expect when trying out a new way to smoke. I’ll be judging the most common ways to smoke weed based on these criteria.

  • Odor – How much does this way of smoking smell? 5 = Wow did somebody just hotbox in here?
  • Ease – How quick and easy is this method to do
  • Potency – How high are you about to get?
  • Stealth – How likely are you able to get away with this in public?

1. Glass Bowl

Smoking weed from a bowl is one of the easier ways to get high. It’s low overhead meaning you don’t really need a grinder, and its small enough to pack and put in your pocket. All you do is take your bud, break it into small bits or grind it, pack it into your bowl and you’re good to spark up. Even though it’s stealthy and easy be careful of the odor in public.

Packed bowl
Photo from Reddit taken by u/R3dd_

  • Odor: 4/5
  • Ease: 3.5/5
  • Potency: 3/5
  • Stealth: 3.8/5

2. Bong

A bong is a classic way to smoke weed. What’s great about bongs is that the smoke passes through water before you inhale it so its a lot less harsh than a bowl or a joint. Because of that its also quite easy to take a huge bong hit and get higher than you normally would. I wouldn’t consider a bong to be at all stealthy, in fact the thought of someone trying to use a bong in public thinking they’re being stealthy is pretty funny.

Smoking weed from a bong
How smoking weed from a bong works
  • Odor: 4/5
  • Ease: 3/5 – It is a bit more confusing to maneuver than a bowl
  • Potency: 5/5 – Get ready for liftoff
  • Stealth:1/5

3. Vaporizer (Vape)

An herb vape is one of the cleanest ways to smoke. They don’t burn the weed but they more heat the weed (like an oven) until the cannabinoids vaporize but the herb doesn’t burn. This feels much nicer on your lungs but you might not feel like you’re getting as high which is usually due to the smaller chamber sizes. Vapes come in many shapes and sizes but most of them are pretty easy to use, especially high end ones. One of the gotchas of vapes is they usually require a finer grind so you might want to get a finishing grinder for the best puffs.

Marijuana Vape with grinder
Vaporizer with grinder
  • Odor: 2/5 – They smell just a bit but don’t produce nearly as much smoke as burning flower
  • Ease: 4/5 – Usually quite easy to use, just put in the weed and turn it on. The Magic Flight Launch box is an exception (but still a wonderful vape)
  • Potency: 2.5/5
  • Stealth: 4.5/5 – Great for taking on the go! Outdoors you can hardly smell a thing.

4. Joint/Blunt

Woman smoking a joint
Smoking a joint

No we’re gettin’ to the good stuff, this is one of my favorite ways to smoke marijuana. I love getting home from work on a Friday, lighting up a joint, and reading a book on my balcony. I wouldn’t smoke a joint if I’m worried about people smelling it, it’ll smell quite a bit especially indoors. Rolling a joint is a bit of an art so if you’re rolling yourself that makes smoking a J a bit more difficult. Pre-rolls are also an option but you never know the quality of bud you’ll have. For those unable to roll a joint, blunts are a bit easier and good if you aren’t looking to get super high since they have tobacco. Here is a good guide on joint rolling.

  • Odor: 5/5 – Great for hotboxing
  • Ease: 2/5 – Since rolling is really an art
  • Potency: 4.5/5
  • Stealth: 2/5

5. Vape Pen

Vape pens are really starting to pick up in popularity, and for good reason. They’re painfully easy to use. Some you don’t even need to press a button, you just inhale. For those unfamiliar with vape pens, they’re rechargeable vapes that you can purchase cartridges for which contain wax. They’re also great for on the go, and don’t smell like regular weed vapes either making them perfect for taking in public. I’ll warn you though. Its pretty easy to get high off of these so be weary on how many hits you’re taking if you don’t want to be wandering around the BART station looking for a food stand.

  • Odor: 1.5/5
  • Ease: 5/5
  • Potency: 4/5 – It’ll sneak up on you because of how easy it is
  • Stealth: 4.7/5

6. One-hitter

And last but certainly not least, we have one-hitters (or onies from where I’m from). Super easy to use, don’t need to grind your bud either. Just poke at it to pack it, and light it up. It even looks like you’re smoking a cigarette so it doesn’t look to sketchy in public. You won’t get super stoned since they’re pretty small but they’re perfect if you’re looking for a nice buzz.

  • Odor: 3/5
  • Ease: 4.5/5
  • Potency: 2.5/5
  • Stealth: 3.5/5

If you’re ever unsure of how to smoke weed remember to start small and work your way up. You can always smoke more but you can’t unsmoke what you’ve already smoked. Most importantly, be safe when smoking weed. If you are unsure if your piece is safe to smoke from look it up. Avoid plastic and metal pieces, remember you’re putting this into your body and if you treat your body right it’ll treat you right.

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