You're here because you smoke weed— and sometimes, as well know, it can be a pain in the ass. You've got glass to worry about, grinders getting jammed or going missing, lighter thieves, and plenty of other weird little things to think about, even though lighting up should be easy.
Fortunately, though, the average stoner isn't stupid or lazy, like the media has been telling people since the 30s. Most of us are pretty dang resourceful, especially when it comes to our weed. Got a minor annoyance in mind? There's a trick for that. Here are a few of our weed hacks.
1. Citrus makes your high feel more intense.
Drinking mango, orange, or peach juice will help THC into your bloodstream faster. Any citrus juice is your best bet. Why? It contains myrcene and limonene terps, which share an entourage effect with THC—making the high feel more intense at first. Vitamin C is also really good for you, and juice is a cottonmouth killer. It's a win-win-win.
2. Storing weed in blunt wrap packages will give your shake a nice flavor.
If you roll up with shake weed or just less-than-perfect bud, you can store it in your blunt wrap packages instead of letting it dry out in a sandwich bag or jar by itself. Not only will the weed absorb the flavor of the wrap (which is great for refreshing dry weed), but the small space and lightproof material help protect it from drying out further and losing out on those terpenes. For a flavor infusion and to preserve the quality of your shake, there's nothing better. Just keep in mind this is ideal for on-the-go. If you plan to store shake in wraps for more than a day, stick the whole thing into an airtight container and keep it in a cool, dry, and dark place.
3. Using a frisbee as a rolling tray keeps you from losing anything.
Sure, you can just get a rolling tray from any headshop for ten bucks. But if you show up and your friends are rolling on the table like cavemen, you're more prone to losing your precious material. Prevent losing your weed to the air via draft, open window, or pure clumsiness by rolling over a paper plate or a frisbee. The lip will prevent the weed from flying away.
4. Pick up spilled weed with a vacuum cleaner and pantyhose.
If you don't have a paper plate and the table's the only way, you'll be alright if you spill some on the carpet. Take a clean pair of pantyhose, a sock, or a thin piece of fabric and wrap it over the edge of the hose of a standard vacuum cleaner. You can use this to suck up your lost bud particles without losing them to the dusty emptiness of the vacuum canister. When you've got it all sucked onto the surface of the pantyhose, just turn the vacuum off, and the weed will fall wherever you want it to. Make sure you pick out those stray dog hairs before rolling. It's not the most hygienic way to save lost weed, but why waste a good ground score if you're on a budget?
5. Use a magnet and never lose a lighter again.
Lose your lighter often? You can make sure you're never seen without one or the other with magnets. Start by supergluing a small magnet to the outside of your bong. Then, glue another magnet (with opposite polarity) to your lighter. Now you can store the two together, and your lighter will be much less likely to go missing. Just be aware of pocketing it by accident. In that case, you can't be helped with magnets.
6. CDs make good bowl funnels.
If you still have any leftover CDs or DVDs (a longshot, I know), you can use the hole as a sort of funnel when you're dropping ground weed into your bowl or pipe. Just stick it on top, positioning the hole directly above the bowl, and drop your weed in. If you miss, it'll land on the CD instead of the floor, and it's easy to scrape those leftovers directly into the bowl. This is a great hack if you've got mobility issues and struggle to pack smoothly.
7. A drop of honey on a joint or a blunt will keep it from burning out too quickly.
A drop or two of honey on the seam of a blunt or a joint will keep it from burning too fast. This is useful when you're passing between a lot of heads or if you simply want to burn longer and slower. In the same vein, you can use hash oil, wax, or even some shatter you warm up in your hands. Just be careful not to use too much, or your joint won't burn at all.
8. Stop buying specialty cleaners for your glass.
Rubbing Alcohol and salt works just as well as formula 420, goo gone, and other cleaners. Sure, the extra fresh smell at the end of cleaning up is great with specialty cleaners, but not for the price. With a little patience and elbow grease, you'll get the same results for a fraction of the cost. If the fresh scent after the fact is really important to you, just add a few drops of lemon juice to your bong water. Lemon juice is slightly antibacterial and may help keep your water cleaner between changes.
9. Use leftover weed to make firecrackers.
Some leftover shake isn't even worth rolling up. But it can still be used to make super-potent edibles instead. Take ½ gram of leftover shake and bake it in a toaster oven at 250°F for about 10 minutes. Then, assemble your firecrackers. Smear some peanut butter on some graham crackers and mix in the weed, then wrap them in foil and stick 'em back in the toaster oven at 300°F for another 20 minutes or so. Feel free to get creative and build them with Nutella or chocolate. Just make sure there's plenty of fat for the THC to bind to. When they're ready, start with one, and if you don't feel anything in 45 minutes to an hour, go ahead and eat some more.
10. You can make your own stash jars with built-in humidors.
Why pay for expensive stash jars when you can make your own? Get yourself a container that has two separate lids, one for spooning and one for shaking— like a spice container. Clean the container thoroughly. Wet a small square of a paper towel and place it between the main lid and the lid with the holes in it, and you have a stash jar with built-in humidity control. Just check the paper towel is still damp and rewet it as needed. These are great for quickly rehydrating dry weed and for storing it in a dry area. Just remember to monitor the jar. Too much humidity will ruin your stash. A hygrometer or a 2-way humidity pack can help, but they can be a little pricey.
11. Spaghetti noodles, when lit on fire, can serve as a lighter in a pinch.
I know what you're thinking— if I have something to light spaghetti on fire, why would I do that instead of just using that heat source to light my bowl? I get it. But if someone pocketed your lighter or it ran out of gas and you don't have matches or anything else, you'll have to use your stove. That's all fine and well if you're lighting a joint or hot knifing a dab, but if you're trying to smoke flower out of a bowl or a pipe, you'll need to bring the heat to the weed instead of bringing the weed to the heat. Dry spaghetti noodles catch on fire but burn slowly. Stick the end of one onto a hot burner until it ignites, and you've got yourself a torch to carry to your bowl. It doesn't smell great, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.
12. Adding cooking oil will help prevent resin build-up in a bong.
Canola, hemp, coconut, olive, and most other cooking oils drastically reduce the resin buildup in a bong by making the inside of the bong slick. Just add a drop or two, and your bong can go without a clean for a little longer. While changing your water after every sesh tastes best, a little oil can keep those resin stains from building up just a bit longer if you're not too serious about cleanliness. It doesn't taste the best, but it'll help.
13. Shotgun hits actually work.
Shotgunning, or sharing hits, actually works and gets both parties high. It's just taking a regular hit but with contact with someone else. Whether it's your partner and you're going mouth to mouth, or you're using the cup tech for a friend, it's a fun way to bond. The thing is, you gotta move quickly. Ideally, you'll want to shotgun a hit if you've done the French inhale by bringing the smoke into your mouth without inhaling it. Since THC is absorbed in the lungs almost instantly, inhaling it before shotgunning it will leave the shotgun-ee without enough THC to get them high. Just bring the smoke into your mouth, blow a little bit into the other person's mouth, and inhale the rest of your hit. Shotgunning is great for newbie smokers who don't feel brave enough to hit the bong themselves yet, but it's also a neat little bonding moment.
Weed Hacks: Final Thoughts
There ya have it, folks. A few tips and fun facts that might come in handy when you're in a pinch. Do you have anything to add? Leave a comment with your smoker ingenuity below.