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It wasn’t long before canny cannabis consumers started experimenting and applying the vape pen’s science to their own strain of weed. These intrepid pioneers quickly discovered that using a vape is better than smoking because vaporizing reduces the temperature at which cannabinoids change from solid or liquid to gas. This lower temperature preserves many of the active ingredients that would otherwise be destroyed when the cannabis is set alight. Vaping literally keeps the good stuff that makes you feel great and gets you high from going up in smoke.

The flame produced by a butane lighter burns at a pretty high temperature—around 3500℉. Especially when you consider that your bud turns to smoke at around 450℉. If you think that’s bad, hang on to your seats, there’s more. Cannabinoids can actually be changed into a gas (this is different than smoke) at a much lower temperature (around 284℉). So when you light up with a regular butane flame, you’ve got basically 3200℉ more than you actually need. And all that extra heat is just destroying a large percentage of the cannabinoids you’re trying to inhale. They operate at a temperature much closer to the vaporization point of marijuana so they don’t destroy the valuable THC, CBD, CBG and other cannabinoids contained therein.

Sure, prices have dropped significantly recently, so if you’re a regular marijuana indulger, a vape is a great investment for long-term gains. But if you’re a casual marijuana dabbler, there are easier and less-expensive methods for getting stoned. An apple is the thing you smoked out of in high school when you didn’t have a bong or a pipe but had an excess of school supplies. What were you going to use those multi-colored pencils from Office Depot for, writing notes? You used those mechanical pencils to poke holes in the apple mom packed you for lunch so that you could make a homemade pipe. The apple made for a fun, festive, and disposable pipe that also had the power to add a bit of flavor to otherwise skunky weed. It wasn’t the ideal ganja delivery device, but it would do in a pinch. Bonus: you can even eat the apple after when you’re ravaged by the munchies. Your bong is a lot like your best friend, always available when you need him and never lets you down. A bong is one of the best ways to smoke weed because it can get you really high, REALLY fast. The highest I can ever remember being was after a night of a bong rips with my friends. Bongs can be made out of glass, plastic, ceramic, metal, and even bamboo. They can also take on many different forms ranging from the simple to the complex. Some of the more common designs are: Carburetor bong Straight-tube bong Beaker-shaped bong Round-base bong Multi-chamber bong Percolator bong Bucket gravity bong Waterfall gravity bong (we’ll talk about these last two below) The key feature of a bong is that the smoke comes in contact with water (or passes through it) at some point during its travels from the bowl to your lungs. So that apple we mentioned above, it’s a pipe, not a bong. You could conceivably make the apple into a bong, but it would take some considerable engineering. Basically, they’re just a vape pen, but they bring together the best of all worlds. They are healthy like a vaporizer, easy like a blunt and compact like a one-hitter. You can bring your g-pen everywhere with you and people will just assume you’re smoking one of those weird electronic cigs. Like the bong, the joint will always be the marijuana MVP. A joint was one the first ways that weed was ever smoked. It’s not going anywhere and we’re grateful for that to be sure. It can be whatever strain you like, but it is always and only marijuana. If you mix your Mary Jane with anything else, it’s not a joint and should be referred to by a different name.

For example, mixing your ganja with tobacco (as is common) makes the end product a spliff, not a joint. Calling a spliff a joint, or vice versa, just makes you look silly. To illustrate, it’s like the difference between a car and a truck. Yes, they both have four wheels and an engine, but you’re going to get some pretty strange looks if you point at a Mazda Miata and call it a Chevy Silverado. On the outside, a joint is rolled in some form of paper. But you wouldn’t want to just tear out a piece of notebook paper and start toking.

Smoking papers are usually made out of wood pulp, rice, or even hemp. They are often glossy or waxed to some degree to keep them from burning quickly like regular paper. If you’ve never rolled a joint because you’ve been living under a rock for your entire life, here is how you choose the right rolling papers for you. And here’s another video, because sometimes you just need a damn video. As you can see from this list, there are a lot of ways to smoke weed.

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