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(Last Updated On: April 18, 2015)

When trying to experience the joys of cannabis, bongs and joints seem to be the old-fashioned, magical way of achieving that perfect hit. But the growing clamor for discovering healthier forms of achieving highs has led to ways of consuming our favorite herb in a more nutrition-centric, non-toxic means.

So, what’s your style?

Let’s take a look at four of the most common ways to get your cannabis up and working in your system for that ultimate high. And we’ve ranked them with number one being the healthiest and the fastest way to get those magical compounds into our senses!

#4 Joints

 

Rodawg joint

Call it J, Jay, Spliff, Blunt, Doobie, Fatty and all those urban street names for this once overwhelmingly hailed way to get that high the old-fashioned way.

Joint refers to rolled paper stuffed with your favorite herb. Others use actual cigarette rolls with the tobacco contents removed and replaced by dry, ground cannabis. But really, it doesn’t matter what type of paper you roll as long as you’ve got the goods inside. Some even recycle old receipts, newspaper and, toilet paper? Well, whatever paper you have.

Joints are probably still the most widely used method to deliver THC into our system. Simply light it up like a cigar and you get that instant pleasure the old fashioned way. Among all your options, using joints is the fastest way to deliver the psychoactive compounds into your system. Compare that with vaporizers, which take a few more seconds to heat up.

But as effective as joints may be, the obvious catch is the burning process, which makes this method as unhealthy and toxic as smoking tobacco. But traditionalists claim there’s no better way to get most of the effects of cannabis than by using joints. Indeed, there’s no escaping for all these compounds when fire is introduced, but along with the good chemicals are the bad ones, unfortunately.

And what about Bongs? Let’s find out.

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#3 Bongs

roor bang bong

A typical bong, sometimes called a water pipe, bing or moof, is like a supersized cigarette made of glass with a specialized chamber filled with water, through which smoke bubbles up and, as their supporters claim, gets purified, filtering out unwanted residues and chemicals that usually come with the smoke.

Bongs function and look similar to hookahs, only that the former come in smaller, more portable designs.

To use the bong, fill it with cold water to make sure smoke that’s inhaled is cool to the mouth. Others even go to extremes by using ice. On the other side are those who prefer steamy smoke, thus pouring in hot water instead. Many claim that moist smoke lessens the chances of coughing, the usual effect of inhaling dry smoke.

Now, going back to the bong, make sure that water level is not too high to leave some space for the vapor. Then, stuff the glass bowl with your ground cannabis but not too densely packed to allow air to go through.

Before lighting up the material in the bowl, place your lips against the mouthpiece to make you ready to inhale as you fire up the herb. Then, while the cannabis produces smoke, gently inhale to draw more air and feed the gentle flame. Now you’re ready to take your first hits with the bong!

When it comes to how healthy this method is, we have yet to confirm if the smoke’s contact with water indeed filters out the harmful chemicals from the smoke. But still, there will always be something left to go through the pipe and into your lungs. Some suggest making the water level a tad deeper to give bubbles more area to rise through, in turn giving more time to filter smoke residues.

#2 Getting ‘Gastro-Cannabic:’ Eating

 

Space cakes

Does your ‘canna-petite’ keep you coming back for more of those luscious brownies mixed with cannabutter? Or, how about some relaxing Caesar Salad? sprinkled with, well, those ground herbs? You can surely put your Space Case grinder to good use when experimenting on your must-try, sky-high cuisine. 

Eating cannabis proves very safe because you do away with burning the plant materials, in turn avoiding any toxins that would have otherwise caused you more harm than good.

If you want to be more creative and introduce baked goods and even sweets to your friends, a hefty amount of cannabutter  in your kitchen will always come in handy just in case you’d try to flex your culinary muscle. An alcohol extract (tincture) can also be put to good use when preparing sweets like candies.

But as healthy and nutritious as these dishes are, keep in mind that it takes about three to four hours for the active cannabis compounds to take effect in your system. Now, just because your first experience ingesting cannabis-mixed foods can’t instantly gratify your senses doesn’t mean devouring the entire plate, only to feel the intense effects later on.

The idea of ingesting fby eating its those who would rather see a milder, longer lasting effect as compared to experiencing the sudden high. Take extra care though, as effects vary from one person to the other.

Well, not so fast to get to number one.

We also recommend trying making drinks infused with cannabis essence! Do you have a Volcano vaporizer at home? Why not prepare a glass of vodka with a tinge of your favorite herb?

To prepare the drink, make sure your Volcano is preheating with ground cannabis herb as you fill a glass half-full with vodka. When the vaporizer’s ready, attach the whip to it, and dip the other end of the whip into the vodka to create vapor bubbles. Keep it bubbling for 10-20 seconds and try the resulting flavor. Not satisfied? Dip the whip again for another set of 10-20 seconds. Or, better yet, mix your herb with mint for fancier and adventurous flavors! The options are endless.

Once you get the right essence, pour the vodka into a shaker and shake it with ice for about 10 seconds. Pause and repeat for another 10. And your original cocktail is served! 

Well, so much for our ‘gastro-cannabic’ pleasures. Let’s move on to number one.

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#1 Vaporizers, Vaporizers, and more of Them!

Well, that’s the reason why team Smokazon is here to offer you the safest, fastest and coolest way to get your herbs to your senses. Just like smoking, vaporization involves the application of heat that’s just enough to vaporize THC and all other active compounds from the cannabis.

So, what’s the maximum temperature before the plant materials starts to combust? For natural cellulose like the cannabis, temperatures exceeding 230°C would burn the material. That’s why manufacturers make it a point to keep their vaporizers’ heating elements just hot enough to release the active chemicals, but not exceedingly hot to incinerate whatever botanicals you have.

For wide-bodied portable vaporizer like the Arizer Solo or the DaVinci, you can select the vaporizing temperature with the control buttons, with the Solo vape sporting seven heat settings. The DaVinci offers a more accurate selection because it comes with buttons and a digital display to set the specific temperature.

Buy it here: Arizer Solo Vaporizer

Buy it here: DaVinci Vaporizer

Most desktop vaporizers like the Volcano, Extreme Q by Arizer and Vapir Rise also allow you to choose your preferred vaporizing temperature.

Buy it here: Volcano Vaporizer

Buy it here: Extreme Q Vaporizer

Most pen vaporizers, on the other hand, only have the power button to switch the atomizer on or off. So to keep the heating coil from overheating, do not press the button for longer than 10 to 15 seconds, and then wait for about 20 to 25 seconds to take another hit.

Vaporizers have been here for many years, and so far, so good. No health risks have ever been reported that might link to vaporizer use. And the reason is indeed straightforwardly simple: the absence of toxins that naturally comes from burning plant materials.

We place vaporizing at the number spot because it simply is a safe and fast way to consume cannabinoids for that ultimate pleasure.

So, what’s your #1? Tell us more about it!

Written by The Smokazon Team
Smokazon is a group of enthusiasts, advocates and connoisseurs of the digital age. We’re here to help you achieve that ultra-lifestyle with our product reviews, feature articles and anything you need to know in the vaping world. But enough about us. Let’s talk about you. We’re here to make your vaping experience a little bit better.