Whether cannabis is hard to come by for you, or you don’t like associating with criminals to get hold of it, or even if cannabis has lost its allure as tolerance slowly creeps in, these four tips will help you get the most from your stash.
#1 - Store It Wisely
If you keep your weed in ziplock bags, or a tobacco tin, or safely secreted under the garden gnome with the green hat, then you’re storing it wrong! Well, not wrong, but you’re certainly not making the most of it. Most of the THC in cannabis is found in the microscopic translucent hairs, or trichomes, covering the buds. Since these are on the outside of the plant, they have a habit of falling off, or sticking to the bag your weed is kept in, which is bad news for you. Fortunately, the solution is elegantly simple — store your cannabis in a pot with a mesh screen at the bottom, like this Aluminium Mesh Stash Box. In no time, you’ll have a respectable amount of trichomes collected in the bottom compartment. If you’re lazy, you can roll a joint with a pinch or two, but if you’re a dedicated pothead, you can press several grams of it into your own incredibly potent hash.
#2 - Weigh It
Weighing out exactly how much cannabis you put into a joint brings a number of benefits. Sounds boring, but you’d be surprised at how much this tip could save you. Firstly, you probably need much less weed than you think. Start out by weighing out the amount of weed you’d normally smoke and write it down somewhere. Then, when you come to roll another joint, reduce that amount by 10 or 20 mg and see if it still gets you to where you want to be. Keep going with this until the last joint you’ve smoked isn’t quite enough. The previous comfortable amount of weed is now your standard amount, which will almost definitely be less than when you started out. The second benefit is that you can now be scientific with your joint rolling. Each joint you smoke will be as strong as the last, and as strong as the next one. You know exactly what to expect. Rolling for more people than usual? Then just multiply up the amount. Going out for something important later on? Smoke 10mg less than your standard weight. The final benefit is only achieved if you have scales with a little plastic lid on. When you’re done weighing it out, you can push it all up against the side of the lid into a line, which can then be dropped straight into your rolling paper. What’s the point in that, I hear you ask? Well, then you have direct control over the distribution of pot in your joint. Want to put more pot in the front? Then make your line thicker at one end. Are you rolling for loads of people? Then you might want to make your line as consistent as possible to benefit the most people. The possibilities are endless! Kind of.
#3 - Potentiate Your Pot
There are a couple of perfectly legal and cheap things you can use to maximise the effects of your weed. These work especially well if you’ve been smoking non-stop for years and rolling on the floor pissing your pants at the latest cat macros is only a distant memory. They might be a bit much for the novice smoker, but that’s the flip side — you need to smoke less, stretching out your weed supply as much as possible. The first is 5-HydroxyTryptophan, a biological precursor to serotonin (5-HT) and melatonin. Taking 50 — 100 mg of 5-HTP about an hour or so before you smoke has a very noticeable effect. The second is a smoking mixture called Cahoots. I’m not sure exactly which ingredients are responsible for this potentiation, but the words “Twice as long… Twice as strong” on the front of the pack certainly sound reassuring.
#4 - Create Your Own Smoking Mixture
This is a great tip for those heavy smokers who want to tweak their smoking experience slightly, or simply cut down on the amount of tobacco they get through. The idea is to add some other smokable herbs to your tobacco, without making it taste horrible or too harsh. Here’s a quick recipe, but please feel free to adapt it however you like. Please post any suggestions for improving it in the comments.
|Tobacco||25g||The least harsh thing to smoke, so it makes a great base|
|Calea zacatechichi||5g||AKA Mexican Dream Herb. This keeps on working after the high is gone. If smoking on a regular basis, dreams will be incredible|
|Nymphaea caerulea||3g||AKA Blue Lotus. In this quantity, any psychoactive effects will be a minimum, but this is used here as more of a great tasting filler|
|Salvia divinorum||5 or 6 leaves||Adds a slightly trippy edge to it, and also keeps the mixture nice and light|
|Generic Smoking Mixture||3g||This adds a bit of a kick! It can be any of the premium smoking mixtures that cost around £20 for 3g. Try not to use any with a particularly strong flavour like Smoke. Instead, go for something like Genie, Yucatan Fire, Scope, Sence, Caneff, or Bombay Blue.|
This can then be rolled with your (weighed out) cannabis just like tobacco on its own. For extra points, you could even mix in some Cahoots mentioned in point #3.
If you follow these tips, I guarantee you’ll save money, save weed and have a much more interesting experience.
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