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7 Weed Mistakes You Might Be Making

According to a recent study, marijuana use has doubled in the past decade. Personally, I think that’s awesome. The evidence that smoking marijuana is much safer than drinking alcohol is overwhelming. Plus, I happen to think that weed is just delightful. However, since marijuana use has been (and continues to be) stigmatized, there’s not a ton of information on what not to do when you’re smoking weed, unless you’re a frequenter of cannabis culture message boards.

So although I’m not the most experienced stoner out there, I feel like it’s important for me to share the weed wisdom I’ve acquired over the past few years. Whether you’re a pot novice or you’ve been smoking since high school, it’s important to know what weed mistakes you might be making.

Weed is fun. It can help ease pain and stress, it can make sex a whole lot better (the best, most connected sex I’ve ever had was high sex), and it’s just delicious. That said, pot is generally pretty expensive, so it’s important to learn how to avoid any mistakes that could be keeping you from saving green. Additionally, it’s important to know how weed affects you personally, and plan your highs accordingly. On top of all of that, if you’re going to smoke frequently, you’ve got to make sure you’re staying properly hydrated, getting enough sleep, not neglecting exercise, and not overdoing it so much that it messes with your personal and professional life.

1. Not Storing Your Stash In An Airtight Container

If you’re a daily (or near-daily) smoker, then storing your weed in a Ziploc bag is probably fine, because you don’t need it to stay fresh for a super long time. However, you should know that this is not the ideal approach to weed storage. If you want to keep your pot fresh for as long as possible, you need to be storing it in an airtight glass container. (Mason jars work best.) You should also try to keep your jar somewhere cool, dark, and arid, like your closet or a kitchen cupboard. (So definitely don’t leave it in your car or on your balcony.)

Weed humidors are another great way to store marijuana, but unless you’re a hardcore enthusiast, you’ll probably want to stick to the more affordable option of tightly sealed mason jars.

2. Not Drinking Enough Water When You Smoke

I’m sure you don’t need me to tell you that the “cotton mouth” struggle is real. When you get high, the receptors on the floor of your mouth temporarily stop producing saliva. So it’s extra important to chug water if you don’t want your whole mouth to dry up and stay dried up the day after you smoke.

Of course, drinking enough water is important for your overall health, whether you’re smoking weed or not. But you definitely don’t want to make the mistake of getting high and failing to stay properly hydrated. If you’re smoking at home, just remember to chug a glass or two before, during, and after your high. If you’re going to smoke at a friends’ place or a concert, bring a water bottle.

3. Forgetting To Pack Lip Balm

If you’ve ever smoked pot, then you already know how fast it dries out your lips. If you’re not carrying lip balm with you everywhere, then you’re not the prepared stoner you think you are. Keep lip balm or coconut oil with you at all times to avoid weed-induced chapped lips. Trust me, you will not regret it.

4. Forgetting To Corner Your Bowls In Groups

Weed is a social drug, and as such, stoner etiquette is important. If you’re smoking in a group and you’re using a bowl, then try your best to corner it. (If you don’t know what I mean by that, watch this video.) By cornering your bowl, you save green for the next person in rotation, instead of passing them a bowl of blackened bud before they’ve even gotten to take their first puff.

5. Forgetting To Use Screens In Your Pipes

With tiny glass bowls, you don’t have to worry about using a screen, because there’s really no place for one. But if you use a metal pipe or even a large glass bowl, then you should try to keep screens in stock. Using a screen (aka a filter) can help you protect yourself from inhaling ash into your beautiful lungs. They’re also super cheap and easy to use, so don’t make the mistake of thinking they’re not worth buying.

6. Not Owning A Grinder

Grinders allow you to get your weed to the perfect rolling, packing, and burning consistency that just can’t be duplicated manually. On top of that, if you use a grinder long enough, you’ll end up with a bonus bowl of kief. Since kief is basically a super-high (pun intended) concentration of THC-packed weed dust that collects in the bottom chamber of your grinder over time, simply using a grinder regularly can help you get the most out of your weed.

The nicer ones cost around 20 bucks, but if you’re going to smoke a lot, then it’s worth the cost. Plus, there are actually some really pretty grinders out there.

7. Inhaling Too Deeply

If you’re anything like me, then when you get high, you probably like to get high AF. But don’t think that means you have to inhale your weed smoke super deeply to get the job done. I know it seems like the best way to absorb the maximum amount of THC possible, but it’s not even necessary.

Evidently, 95 percent of the THC in cannabis smoke is absorbed within the first few seconds after you take a puff, so taking and holding in super deep breaths of weed smoke is pointless. It can also hurt your lungs and make you feel short of breath, so just don’t do it. In fact, you might want to consider a vape and mostly avoid this issue altogether.

According to a recent study, marijuana use has doubled in the past decade. Personally, I think that’s awesome. The evidence that smoking marijuana is much safer than drinking alcohol is overwhelming. Plus, I happen to think that weed is just…

How to recover from a weed hangover

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  1. What is a weed hangover?
  2. What causes weed hangovers?
  3. Research on weed hangovers
  4. How do I get over a weed hangover?
  5. Can I prevent a weed hangover?

You may associate a hangover with alcohol, but it is possible for marijuana to have similar effects the next day. The difference between an alcohol hangover and a weed hangover lies in the symptoms. While nausea, dehydration, and insomnia are commonly experienced among those with alcohol hangovers, the hangover effects of too much cannabis may differ.

Here you’ll learn all about the causes and symptoms of weed hangovers, what the experts say on the subject, how to treat weed hangovers , and how to prevent them.

What is a weed hangover?

Weed hangovers occur when you consume more than your personal limit of marijuana. Only you know exactly what that means for your body as tolerance levels vary greatly from one individual to another. Some other factors that influence whether you get a hangover and what the severity will be include the strain you consumed and the tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content. Cannabis with higher levels of THC makes hangovers more likely, especially if you have consumed beyond your tolerance level.

Weed hangovers occur when you consume more than your personal limit of marijuana. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Further, you are more likely to experience a hangover if you have consumed edibles as they metabolize slowly in the body and may still be active the next morning. A pot brownie or cannabis cookie, then, may cause more hangover symptoms than a joint. If you are making edibles, be sure to stick to a recipe that won’t push your limits. Marijuana smoking or vaping, overall, is less likely to lead to a hangover, although the possibility does exist.

Common weed hangover symptoms may include:

  • Brain fog and inability to focus
  • Dull, persistent headache
  • Dry, itchy eyes
  • Grogginess or fatigue
  • Cottonmouth (but not systemic dehydration as occurs after drinking too much alcohol)
  • Sensitivity to bright lights and loud noises
  • Lingering sensation of being high

What causes weed hangovers?

Overconsumption of cannabis, particularly strains high in mood-altering THC, is the main cause of a marijuana hangover. Strains that contain close to 20% or more THC are the most likely culprits. Some of these THC-heavy strains include White Fire OG, Sour Diesel, Chemdog, and, not surprisingly, Amnesia Haze.

Other lifestyle factors may also affect how you feel the day after cannabis use. A poor diet and lack of exercise can make someone more susceptible to feeling ill after a night of indulgence. The healthier your lifestyle, the more likely it is for your body chemistry to be in balance and have the ability to stave off hangovers.

Finally, how often you consume marijuana could influence the likelihood of a hangover. Regular cannabis consumers may want to cut back on their usage and practice moderation. For example, someone who is consuming marijuana daily may want to try using every other day or exclusively on weekends to keep hangovers at bay and potentially eliminate them. Changing the time of day you consume cannabis is another possible experiment. Try consuming early in the evening rather than late at night and see if there is any change.

Research on weed hangovers

A number of older scientific studies offer insight into the residual effects of smoking weed and the associated biological processes. For example a 2006 study published in the journal “Experimental Biology and Medicine” showed that marijuana use decreases saliva secretion , which can explain dry mouth. A lack of saliva in the mouth does not, however, lead to or signify full body dehydration, a departure from the aftermath of over consuming alcohol.

Other studies have fueled debate as to whether a weed hangover is a real phenomenon or a figment of the imagination. A 1998 study published in the journal “Pharmacology, Biochemistry, and Behavior” found the effects of smoking marijuana to be minimal with an increase in heart rate as the most significant acute result . However, minimal effects were present the following day. The authors concluded that smoking a marijuana cigarette did not have a significant impact on the body or brain in subsequent days. Notably, this study had a small sample size of just 10 individuals, all of whom were men, so these findings may not prove accurate across a wider and more diverse population.

An even earlier study published in 1985 in the journal “Drug and Alcohol Dependence” found similar acute signs, such as increased heart rate, along with altered performance in behavioral tasks . These tasks included sorting cards and free recall. Researchers noted that there were some possible hangover indications, but, “the precise nature and extent of these effects, as well as their practical implications, remain to be determined.” The subjects, all male as in the 1998 study, received either placebo joints or marijuana cigarettes containing a low level of THC (2.9%). The results could have been quite different if the THC content had been higher or, again, if a wider and more heterogeneous sample population had been tested.

Very little additional research exists on this topic. Clearly,fresh studies and perspectives are needed.

Research aside, you know your body and you know if you are experiencing a hangover. So, if a marijuana hangover hits, what can you do to recover from it?

How do I get over a weed hangover?

Though you might be tempted to stay in bed all day, the most effective way to shake off the unwanted after effects of excess cannabis consumption is to move your body. Another key component of the recovery process is healthy food, along with hydration, relaxation, and if you are so inclined, meditation.

Key components of the recovery process are exercise, healthy food, along with hydration, relaxation, and if you are so inclined, meditation. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Here are five healthy home remedies to help you conquer a weed hangover and feel better in the process.

  1. Get out in the fresh air and take a brisk walk. Breathe deeply as you walk, flooding the brain and lungs with a new supply of oxygen, and clearing away any mental fogginess. Walk for at least 20 minutes and up to an hour to maximize the positive effects.
  2. Roll out a yoga mat and do a few gentle stretches while focusing on cleansing, deep breaths. Back bends that open the chest and allow the body to take in more oxygen are especially beneficial. A brief five-minute period of meditation and visualization can round out your yoga practice and leave you feeling invigorated.
  3. Eat a power breakfast, whether that means a homemade turkey omelet or a vegan bowl of steel-cut oatmeal and fresh berries. Whatever you choose, keep it natural and nourish your body with nutrient-rich food.
  4. A tall glass of water is a basic way to combat any hangover, but you might want to elevate it to the next level with a caffeine infusion. Coffee or tea can help stimulate the mind and give your body a much needed energy boost. If a headache persists, lemon water with two Tylenol or another pain reliever could offer quick relief.
  5. If you can’t bring yourself to eat or exercise, simply step into a cool shower and refresh your senses with soothing water. The pressure from the water can have therapeutic effects, massaging and easing tight muscles.

Keep eliminating the hangover throughout the day by practicing healthy habits including balanced eating and moderate exercise. When the sun goes down, consider going to bed a bit earlier than usual, and abstain from consuming or smoking marijuana until you’re feeling in peak condition. While you’re on the mend consider applying CBD oil to affected areas such as the temples or neck if you feel any lingering discomfort. Topical CBD preparations can relieve pain in some individuals.

Can I prevent a weed hangover?

The best way to prevent a marijuana hangover is to know your personal limits and adhere to them. Smoking rather than consuming edibles is another strategy that may work. In addition, seek out strains that are lower in THC, such as Euphoria, an indica-dominant variety which caps out at a manageable 9% THC. Easy Bud, clocking in at around 12% THC content, is another good choice. There are many strains geared towards beginners and others who may be more sensitive to the effects of THC. The higher the ratio of cannabidiol (CBD) to THC, the less likely you are to feel hungover.

If you are using marijuana alongside alcohol and tobacco, try curbing the use of the latter two products and see if that makes a difference. If you continue to feel unwell after using marijuana, consult with your healthcare provider to see if there could be an underlying medical issue.

In the end, knowing and honoring your body’s boundaries is the best way to prevent marijuana hangovers while enjoying the many potential benefits of the plant.

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