Best Way To Smoke Weed: The Ultimate How To Smoke Weed Guide

So, we got two ideas about why you are here. You’re either a first-timer beginner weed smoker or you are a savvy weed smoker and just want to find new creative and cool ways to smoke weed. No matter why you have landed on this page, we got you covered!

At first, we will start with the basics; how to inhale weed. After that, we’ll go through the basics of ways of smoking weed and then into some more creative ways of inhaling the good stuff. Let’s jump right into it, shall we?

How to inhale weed properly

There is no way to inject weed in your body (duh), you must inhale it, no matter what you smoke out of. Therefore, as a first-timer, it is important to know how to do it properly so that you don’t feel the amazing effects of marijuana that kicks in your body and therefore misses out of a nice stony session with your friends.

If you are a complete beginner at smoking, maybe you haven’t even had a cigarette before, then it is important to know that you must inhale the smoke into your lungs to even get high at all. Otherwise, you’ll have no effect on you (and it will be a waste of weed).

However, inhaling it into your lungs is not hard, not at all! All you have to do is take a deep breath, and you’ll slowly feel the smoke travel down your throat into your lungs. If you do not feel anything in your lungs, you’ve probably not taken a deep breath enough. Try again and don’t be ashamed to fail until you get it right.

Many claims that you should keep the smoke in for 5-10 seconds for full effect. Personally, I’ve not seen any benefits of this. I’d just advise you on taking it slowly. Slowly breath in, take a small pause and feel how the smoke is tumbling around in your lungs, and exhale. Slowly but surely.

Tl;dr of inhaling weed properly: Take it slowly, don’t rush it and don’t be ashamed if you need to try a few times before you get it. If you don’t want to get humiliated by your friends that you can’t inhale weed, maybe try with a cigarette before so that you know the technique properly. Do not keep the smoke in your mouth if you want to get high, if you want to avoid getting high (WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO DO THAT?), then that’d be a good idea.

How to avoid coughing/burning throat

As a first-timer, you’ll cough, probably a lot. It’s a part of the process and you’ll get used to it the more you smoke and make your throat used to the feeling. If you don’t want to cough a whole lot during your first couple of sessions I got a few tips for you:

  • Start off with small hits. Do not inhale the maximum amount of smoke possible in the beginning. It’ll burn your throat and you will, therefore, cough a lot. The best way to do it is to take small hits and increase the size of the hits as your body gets used to smoking weed. If you have not
  • Use a bong (or something with water filtration). The water will cool the smoke before you inhale it. This will make the smoke cool and your throat won’t burn as much (and therefore you won’t cough as much). However, sometimes a bong is not available and someone offers you a hit of their blunt, then you’ll just have to stick to the other two tips.
  • Do not smoke until you’ve stopped coughing or feeling your throat burning. This will only worsen it and you’ll cough even more and maybe even throw up. Take a glass of cold water (preferably with ice in it) and relax until you’ve stopped coughing. Once you’ve stopped coughing you can try again. If you’ve taken 2-3 hits, and you just keep coughing, don’t rush anything – you’ll probably start to feel a bit toasty by then, and that’s good enough for your first time.

Prepare the weed

If you’ve grown your own weed you might need to trim the buds you’ve gotten to smaller buds. Of course, if you only have a handful of plants this is easy to do on your own but if you have a big garden of marijuana plants it’s wise to invest in a bud trimmer.

Whether you’ve bought your buds from a dispensary, or grown them yourself, it is time to grind them down. This is what you have a weed grinder for. Grinders come in many different shapes and forms, the most usual being metal grinders, but you could always get yourself an electric grinder, a grinder with a crank or a grinder for your dry herb vaporizer. OR, you could just go with a cheap grinder. It’s totally up to you.

Now that you’ve ground your buds it is time to light it up.

20 Best Ways To Smoke Weed

Now, that we have covered the basics, it is time to go through all the different ways to smoke weed. You’ve probably looked for the best way to smoke weed, and unfortunately, there is no best way. There are a dozen ways to smoke it, and it all comes down to your own preferences! Down below we’ve listed 20 creative (and regular) ways to smoke the herb.

1. Vaporizers

Yes, the vaporizer just had to be the first on the list. It is by far the healthiest option out there to get high. Saying they are good is an understatement. They are simply the ‘it’ shit. They do not leave behind any foul smell and give you a true high. With a vape, you will be inhaling pure weed vapor. It filters all the harmful tar debris and keeps it from gaining entry into your body.

Originally, vaporizers were first designed as healthy alternatives to cigarettes. They were to help tobacco smokers have an easier time quitting. However, it was not long after before cannabis consumers started their experimenting and using these pieces of tech to further their own agenda – weed smoking. From the experiments run, it turned out that using a vaporizer was and is a better method of using weed compared to smoking. There is some pretty complicated explanation as to why this is – we rather not get into it.

What we will point out though is that there are different types of portable vaporizers. The types include vape pens, dry herb vape, and oil vaporizer.

Let’s start with vape pens. If you have been confusing these with other portable vaporizers, a sure way to tell them apart is that vape pens are designed to resemble a pen. It is also important to note that all vape pens are portable vaporizers but not all portable vaporizers are vape pens. Makes sense right? Good.

Now, to explain dry herb vapes and oil vaporizers, it is best we compare them. This will shed some deep insight and probably even help in choosing between the two.

Differences between dry herb vapes and oil vaporizers

  • Generally, they are all vaporizers. However, they operate differently and take different forms of weed as is evident from their names.
  • Flavor – if you are the kind of person who loves to taste our herb as you inhale, then a dry herb vaporizer will do you justice. Oil vaporizers have limited vapor tastes.
  • Psychoactive effects – if your weed smoking is to help you with your pain alone, oil vapes is your best choice. These are designed to give you pain relief without experiencing the side effects of weed smoking. Also, if you are looking to get intense side effects, then oils packed with THC are better than the best herb available.
  • Maintenance – If you are in search of a device that will be easy to keep clean, dry herb vapes are the way to go. Most often than not, they come packed with a tiny brush and some alcohol to help keep the herb vape sparkling clean.
  • Oil/herb availability – in general buds are more readily available than oils. This is despite the fact that oils are increasingly growing in popularity. If you only can get your hands on either of them, you will need to make sure your vape is compatible with your weed form.

Now that we got that out of the way, it would be rather irresponsible if we do not point out the fact that vapes are insanely expensive. Yes, the prices have dropped significantly over the years, but still, in comparison to alternative methods of weed smoking, they are at the top of the expensive list. None the less, they are a great investment for long-term enjoyment.

2. Apple pipe

If you are short on cash but loaded in creativity, get started on making the apple pipe. It might sound odd but believe it or not, this method is actually pretty common and popular. The fact that making an apple pipe is simple boosts its popularity.

And just in case you are wondering, yes, your smoke will have an apple taste.

3. Bong

Bongs are more like your friend. They will always be there for you when you need them and they will never disappoint you. It is a preferred choice for many since it gives a high pretty fast.

Bongs come in different shapes, sizes, and materials including plastic, metal, ceramic, glass and bamboo. Some of the most common designs include:

  • Round base bong
  • Carburetor bong
  • Multi-chamber bong
  • Percolator bong
  • Bucket gravity bong
  • Waterfall gravity bong

The general idea of the bong is that the smoke produced comes into contact with water as it makes its way from the bowl to the lungs.

4. Joint

Just like the Bong, the joint is a weed MVP. This is one of the first methods by which weed was smoked. And just to be sure, it is not going anywhere, it is here to stay. On the outside, the joint is basically some form of paper. On the inside, it is mainly weed (of any strain).

5. Soda Can

Smoking out of a soda may sound juvenile, but as the apple pipe trick, it works because it is impressively easy. Literally, all you need to do is bend the can, poke some tiny holes on the can right above the crease and poke a hole on the side of the can and you have your pipe ready.

6. Blunt

A blunt is similar to a joint. Actually, it is a joint but only with a mix of weed and tobacco rolled in a paper. This method is perfect for those individuals who love the combined effects of nicotine and weed.

7. Steamroller pipe

If you are looking to get big hits but not into using a bong a steamroller will work. Steamrollers are simply long tubes. Like bongs, they come in many different designs and shapes. That said, they are loved because they help you hit the green fast and with great ease. Unlike bongs, they do not feature any water or extra products.

8. Hookah

These are just awesome. There is no debate about that. Not only can several people smoke it at a go, but also, they house a lot of smoke. Hookahs have been around for ages. And just like bongs, they contain water which works to filter the smoke. Their bowls are however way larger than those of bongs.

Also, hookahs come with tubes. These allow you to smoke a little more casually than straining with an open tube.

9. Gas mask

Agreed, this is not something you see every day. Nonetheless, it is a guaranteed method of filling your body up with smoke. To enjoy, all you need is a gas mask. Slide it on and light the bowl. Have a blast as the weed smoke fills up in your face.

10. Tinfoil

Smoking out of a tin foil just makes one feel unprepared for weed smoking. If you could get your hands on weed, you could have gotten your hands on some piece of paper right? Tinfoil is mostly used in emergency situations. However, with this method, you should exercise caution. Especially because tinfoil is a good conductor of heat.

11. Bubbler

These are awesome for lack of a better word. They are a perfect mix of a glass pipe and a classic bong. What attracts most people to bubblers is the fact that you will get to enjoy all the benefits of a bong but not have to worry about carrying the chunky and award bong around. Bubblers are portable and light. Best of all, they give a mellow high.

12. One-hitter

Umm, these do not look like anything. For the most part, they resemble cigarettes. As you can guess from the name, they are perfect for giving single hits on lunch breaks or in between classes just to get the edge off when you are pressed for time or when you are stressing.

13. Chalice

A chalice in the Rastafarian religion is a drinking cup designed for the Eucharist. For weed smokers, however, a chalice has a totally different meaning. It is a type of water pipe that features a hose for inhaling. The water is held at the base of the chalice. It is mostly made out of coconut shells or any type of guard. Carving a chalice from a coconut shell is, however, no easy feat.

14. Bowl

Let’s start by pointing out the fact that you cannot go wrong with a bowl. As a matter of fact, to some extent they are a collector’s item said. That said, they are perfect for the neat, organized, punctual and economical smoker. After every hit, you have the choice of putting out the weed fire with your thumb and saving every single microgram of your precious weed.

To enjoy one though, you will need to have some essential items including a source of heat and a screen to keep you from inhaling the bits of burning weed.

15. Wooden Pipe

Truth be told, smoking weed from a wooden pipe is downright classy. Actually, you will look like Abraham Lincoln while you are at it. Too bad the hipsters of Brooklyn ruined the whole Gandalf, Abraham Lincoln look by making it ironic. Despite their size, they do give a decent hit.

16. Dabbing

It gets really confusing when explaining what dabbing is. We shall try and keep things simple though. A dab is a weed consuming method that results in a really strong high. The strong highs are courtesy of the potent cannabis concentrates at pretty high temperatures.

To dab, you will need a weed concentrate and a piece of glass that has been specifically designed for dabbing. This piece of the glass often referred to as a dab rig has a nail rather than a bowl.

17. E-Rigs

An e-Nail is an electronic heating element that is designed to vaporize wax and oil concentrates. They are designed to fit on water pipes as well as glass rigs. An e-Nail vaporizer is a great alternative to the traditional torch or other fire methods of heating up a nail before vaporization. They are the latest piece of technology in the weed smoking arena.

That said you should exercise caution and not use the e-Nail with nicotine, tobacco or e-liquids. The e-Nails are specifically designed for the legal herb wax concentrates and the aromatherapy dabs only.

18. Glass Pipes

These are a great way to consume your weed. Glass pipes are easy to carry and are the modern version of wooden pipes. They come in a variety of styles and colors as well. In fact, there are some that are designed to change color as you smoke them. Others still are designed to glow in the dark which is super cool.

That said, you should note that they tend to be small. But despite their size, it is possible to get a decent hit from one. Given their portability, they have proven to be a great way of getting high at affordable prices as well.

19. Gravity Bong

If your normal bong is not hitting the spot, then, by all means, shift to the gravity bong. This will most definitely give you what your heart desires. It is a simple instrument and no fancy additions are needed to make it work its magic. As a matter of fact, you can make it from your normal household items.

To make one, you will need a 2-liter bottle and another bottle or a container larger than the 2-liter bottle in size. On the flip side, you could use the kitchen sink or the bathtub. Form the 2-liter bottle, cut slightly less than half of its bottom half and insert it into the large water body. Using the cap of the bottle, make a bowl. Last but not least, pack the bowl and light it up as you slowly lift the bottle as you fill it with smoke.

20. G-Pen

Basically, these are just vape pens but they bring the best of all weed smoking methods. Needless to say, they are stirring the waters in the weed smoking world. They are healthy just like vaporizers and easy like blunts and compact like one-hitters. You can carry your g-pen pretty much anywhere you please and people will not give you the evil eye. They will assume you are smoking an e-cig.


These are just some of the ways to get high in current times. One of these options surely must intrigue you and work wonders for you. If none does though, exercise your creativity in trying some of the methods available. Be warned though snorting is not a recommended method.

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Matt Hansel is a Medical Practitioner, who has been writing and researching about cannabis since 2014.  His popular quotes which we like are: \"Don\'t use CBD oil for a cure, use it as a precaution\"  \"CBD should be considered as any other vitamin supplement and your body needs it!\"