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How To Inhale Marijuana

For all of you weed enthusiasts who have been smoking for years, bear with us as we welcome and walk through any marijuana newbies that have joined us on how to properly inhale the good stuff so that they can get higher. Besides, you may learn a thing or two!

For many beginners, and even some experienced vets, it takes a minute to realize that smoking marijuana is not the same experience as smoking a cigarette. Whether you’re a newbie, or looking to get as much from your hit as possible Crazy Bills is here to walk you through how to inhale weed properly.

The difference between weed and cigarettes

The overall action of smoking weed is pretty similar to that of smoking a cigarette as you draw in the smoke and blow out a cloud. A perfectly shaped ‘O’ cloud if you’re really talented. The true difference between the two is about the speed of your inhale.

Puffing away on a cigarette, you’re most likely inhaling pretty quickly and nervously flicking the end of the butt to knock the ash off. When it comes to inhaling cannabis, a whole different picture is painted. A much more chill picture.

Spoiler alert: The key to a really good hit? Take it slow.


While you inhale nice and slowly, don’t stop inhaling once the smoke is in your mouth. Many beginners sit there with the motionless smoke in their mouth before blowing it out. Others try to swallow it. Both ways are ineffective and a complete waste of precious THC. Ain’t nobody got time for that!

To experience the full effects of Mary Jane, you need to keep inhaling while the smoke is still in your mouth. Keep drawing the smoke deep into your lungs until you can’t anymore. Be sure to breath in some fresh air through your nose during the process since your mouth should be closed. Once you’ve hit your inhalation wall – hold it!


After holding the smoke in for as long as you can, slowly breathe the smoke back out. Whether you hold it for one second or ten, don’t exhale too fast. Once you learn how to control the stream of smoke you will know what we mean when we say you will experience a stronger high.

Inhalation Battles


Sorry new guys but it’s inevitable that at some point you will experience a coughing fit while you inhale. The best way to not experience this? Avoid it before it happens.

To do this just start off with tiny hits rather than one big hit. This is a workout your lungs and body isn’t quite used to yet. Work up your cough resistance by steadily working up your inhalation tolerance.

Burning Throat

If you have somehow completely avoided experiencing this, then we raise our next joint to you. A burning throat is another common issue that beginners experience when inhaling cannabis. That firey feeling in your gullet is being caused by the hot smoke from your lit marijuana, mostly from joints.

For your first couple of times, try smoking out of a bong or bubbler since those devices filter the smoke with water. That water cools down the smoke before it hits your lungs and will actually soothe the burning sensation in your throat.

If you’re coughing a lot of the burning throat is becoming unbearable, the answer is simple – stop smoking!

Inhalation Methods


Crush a bit, roll it up , take a hit. The ever-so-popular joint will always be one of the most celebrated methods for smoking marijuana. Just remember, unlike cigarettes, you want to light the end of the joint before you begin puffing.

Roast the joint by holding it up to a flame, turn it like those rotisseries you see at Swiss Chalet to make sure the joint is evenly burning. Once the joint is cooked, raise it to your mouth and give it a few short puffs.

Important: there’s very little protecting your lungs from the smoke, so be sure to just take small hits to start as you build up your tolerance.


Before you pack your bowl you first need to use a grinder to break up your bud. You will notice on the side of the bowl there’s a little hole. Put your thumb over that hole and bring the mouth piece to your lips.

Using your spare hand, light up the weed and inhale the smoke simultaneously. Once you feel a good burn, release your thumb to open up for air to rush into the pipe. This will allow you to start inhaling the smoke.

The key when it comes to smoking a bowl is to not overpack it otherwise you run the risk of your weed burning unevenly.


Don’t get bowls confused for bongs. While the concept is pretty similar, the inhalation from a bong is much more intense since you draw in a lot more smoke. Similar to a bowl, a bong will have a stem that has a bowl at the end. Fill that compartment with your weed and light.

Bring the stem to your mouth and start drawing in the smoke. Like a bowl, you need to let fresh air into the process so you can get an even stronger inhale. Once you hit that point, pull the bowl out from the bong and continue inhaling.

Don’t make the same mistakes some of us vets made when we first boarded the green smoking machine. Learn how to properly inhale marijuana early on so you can appreciate the full experience, save on money, and maybe someday pass along your wisdom to another beginner.

If you still have questions about inhaling or what devices would be best for you as a beginner, be sure to visit one of our four locations and someone would be happy to help you. Or go crazy and shop online !

How To Inhale Marijuana For all of you weed enthusiasts who have been smoking for years, bear with us as we welcome and walk through any marijuana newbies that have joined us on how to properly

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Dear Stoner: I always feel so bad for dogs when people blow smoke in their faces. I can tell they don’t like it. Are they getting high, or is it just irritating them?
Money Monet

Dear Monet: Both — but if I had to pick one, I’d say the dog is mainly irritated. Although some low-dose, CBD-only products have helped older dogs with joint problems, THC ingestion is largely problematic for canines. Most research done about dogs ingesting marijuana has focused on them accidentally eating it — but blowing secondhand smoke in the face of man’s best friend is a definite dick move.

Most dogs hate smoke in their faces (though I have seen rare exceptions), and it can cause them major discomfort. First off, a dog’s tolerance and metabolism can’t handle THC like a human’s, and it only gets worse for smaller breeds. Their equilibrium can be thrown off-kilter for nearly twelve hours, and they can experience trouble breathing, low blood pressure, abnormal heartbeat and nausea — and that’s just scratching the surface. People, I know it might’ve seemed funny in high school, but please stop blowing clouds in your pets’ faces. They hate you for it.

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Dear Stoner: How does a percolator work in a bong?

Dear Huff: Percolators, vaporizers, blasting hash — they all require scientific processes that most of us don’t want to learn, despite how important they are to cannabis consumption. Percolators use water to filter compounds and mixtures; they were around long before your friend got that six-foot bong in his basement. Old coffeemakers use them to filter boiling water through coffee grounds, using the gravity to grab the most flavor and strength.

A bong percolator works a bit differently: There are sub-chambers in the bong, and when they’re filled with water, the pressure differential between the top and bottom outlets causes the smoke to move through the water. This filtering provides a smoother, cleaner hit on the throat and lungs. You might notice that some percolators have small holes on the bottom: Those are called diffusers, and they create water bubbles to cool down the pipe and the smoke.

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Is pot smoke hazardous to dogs? Our Stoner answers that question, and also investigates percolators.