If you ask the pro stoners what their favorite way to get their cannabis rocks on, chances are they’ll say one word: sublingual. Sure, smoking reefer is fun & built for sharing; of course, edibles are as delicious as they are potent; vaping shatter or rubbing on a potent cannabis topical can certainly get the job done. These are all great options, but when it comes to efficiency and effectiveness, nothing works better than sublingual edibles or sublingual tinctures.
Whenever people think of ingesting cannabis products they usually assume it’s ingested, digested and absorbed through the gastrointestinal system. The most common way to get your marijuana fix is to smoke dried flowers, which introduces cannabinoids through smoke/vapor into your respiratory system. Both of these methods are extremely popular and can get you high, relaxed, focused or pain-free in a short amount of time (personal tolerances permitting).
There’s nothing wrong with consuming cannabis in these sorts of ways. That being said, have you ever wondered if there’s a better, faster, stronger technique for introducing cannabinoids directly in your system? Short of injecting liquefied cannabinoids & terpenes into your bloodstream, nothing is as fast or efficient as sublingual cannabis dosing.
How can you use sublingual THC drops? Is it possible to take edibles under the tongue? What is better: sublingual edibles or sublingual tinctures? Let’s say “Aaaaah!” and explore those strange glands under our tongues, because this article is going sublingual.
To start this guide, we’re going to look at the pros/cons for the two most common types of sublingual products on the cannabis markets today: sublingual edibles and tinctures. Obviously, sublingual cannabis products have to be safe for oral ingestion - that means a lot of extracts, concentrates, topicals and dried flower products aren’t going to cut it for this kind of cannabinoid absorption. Why is sublingual absorption so beneficial in the first place? Looks like we’ve stumbled upon our first important question we need to answer.
Sublingual dosing is best thought of as a kind of shortcut to accessing your body’s endocannabinoid system - the network of nerves and receptors that are interlinked with many important bodily functions, such as major organs. Sublingual glands act like a direct secret route to your ECS, hidden in plain sight under your tongue that provides faster absorption of cannabinoids and terpenes when compared with ingestions/digestion.
Your chosen method of consuming cannabis products will depend on many factors, such as tolerance to cannabinoids, flavor/aroma preferences, and your budget. We’re more focused on your needs in this guide to use sublingual THC or CBD. Do you need cannabis throughout the day for a serious medical need? Then you likely need more potent marijuana products that can be absorbed quickly for more timely effects. Are you a casual stoner who enjoys getting stoned from time-to-time? This means you’re more likely to be less time-bound for that THC kicking in, so you can experiment with a lot more different kinds of products.
The reasons you take cannabis, how urgent your need for its medical benefits might be, and how well you understand how weed affects your mind & body will have significant impacts on whether you might try sublingual tinctures or edibles under your tongue. Speaking of edibles and tinctures, what is better?
There’s no official rulebook stating that one particular cannabis product type is better than another. Everybody has different needs/wants from cannabis, so what works for you might not work for me and vice versa. Here are some pros/cons for both sublingual edibles and sublingual tinctures so you can decide which kinds of weed products will suit you best:
Available in many flavors/textures
Potency ranges from 2 mg to 100+ mg
Dissolve relatively fast (60-120 seconds)
Can be expensive
Can be difficult to find right dose
Dosing limited to per edible (fixed dosing)
Concentration of cannabinoids issues (all in one square, none in others etc)
Variable dosing options (per mg/ml, droppers, vials, etc)
Fast absorption rate (30-60 seconds)
Potency ranges from 50 mg to 2000+ mg
Some oils/concentrates can have overpowering, bitter flavors & aromas
Available in less variable flavors/aromas
Potency ranges typically on the higher end of the spectrum (perceived as “experienced stoner” products)
As you can see by this brief summary, the primary issues surrounding sublingual edibles has to do with their inconsistency as well as their lower-tier potency levels - many common edibles for sublingual consumption contain 5 mg of THC/CBD per square, with lower total cannabinoids per package than most cannabis oils. On the other hand, sublingual tinctures seem to suffer from a reduced capacity for flavors, with many cannabis newbies avoiding them altogether because they’re bitter, potent and are perceived to offer a much more intense psychoactive experience.
These negative assumptions don’t affect all tinctures or edible you hold under your tongue, but these problems certainly hurt their public perceptions nonetheless. Now that we’ve set the stage for what sublingual edibles and tinctures are and why they’re popular, let’s look at how you can make use of them in your pursuit of cannabis-infused health & happiness.
Sublingual tinctures dosing is extremely easy, and not only that but it offers some of the most accurate measures of cannabinoids than most other cannabis product types. Taking sublingual drops or entire vials offers easy to measure doses that are as accurate as per milligram, per milliliter. This is one of the most desirable features of taking THC/CBD drops under your tongue - you know exactly the dose you’re taking, it acts fast and is very consistent when absorbed through the sublingual glands.
This makes experimenting with cannabis oils a lot more convenient than most other cannabis product types - you can start with the lowest dose and slowly work your way towards your ideal level of psychoactivity, pain relief, relaxation or eased anxiety without over/under doing it. For this reason in particular, cannabis oils and concentrates tinctures are extremely popular among patients suffering from serious illnesses. Once a person gets used to dosing cannabis oils sublingually under their tongue, it is truly difficult to switch to anything else.
Despite the common misconception that sublingual tinctures are an ‘advanced product for advanced cannabis users’, they’re actually great for beginners. Learning one’s tolerance for cannabinoids is a lifelong challenge, especially in the beginning when you’re not sure what strains work best, how much or how often to take them. Taking cannabis sublingually through a tincture/dropper is the perfect way to discover your ideal dose of THC, CBD or any other cannabinoids/terpenes combinations you’re interested in. Also, if you overdo it on a THC dose with tinctures it’s easy to calculate how much CBD you might want to counteract with - many people say a 2:1 ratio of CBD-to-THC can help to reduce psychoactivity within 30-60 minutes. These figures will vary depending on your own personal tolerance to THC, but high potency CBD oil can certainly help to bring you back down to Earth when you find yourself flying too high.
Taking THC or CBD drops under your tongue is very simple to. Here are the steps to get started and the rinse-repeat phases when you’re ready to increase your doses:
1. Purchase a cannabis oil in the dose range you prefer (if you’re a beginner, try to start with a lower tier concentration of cannabinoids - i.e. 50-100 mg)
2. Read the bottle carefully, confirming the mg of cannabinoids per ml of oil (i.e. 38.5 mg THC per 1 ml of cannabis oil means for every full dropper of the tincture you’ll receive 38.5 mg THC exactly)
3. Shake the bottle of cannabis oil rigorously - this will help to stir up any active compounds that might’ve settled on the bottom of the tincture over time. This is recommended every time you’re planning on taking cannabis oil sublingually.
4. We’ll talk about the different schools of dosing methodology in the next points (5a + 5b), but the next step is essentially tipping the bottle upside down with the tincture dropper in the extraction hole in the cap-seal, withdrawing as much cannabis oil as desired (0.1 ml - 1 ml per dropper) and then discharging the oil under your tongue.
5a. If you’re already familiar with THC and generally know how much you want/need to take for the desired effects. For example, if your bottle of THC oil reads “50 mg per ml” and you’re going to try a dose of 25 mg, then one half dropper (0.5 ml of oil) will deliver the correct amount of 25 mg THC under your tongue.
5b. If you aren’t sure what kind of dose is right for you, implement the “golden rule” of cannabis dosing: “start low and go slow”. This might mean dosing as little as 0.1 ml on the tincture dropper under your tongue, waiting an hour or more to see how you react, and then taking more immediately if needed or waiting until your next dose where you can increase by 0.1 ml each time, or jump the volumes as you’re comfortable with.
6. The final step is to hold the sublingual tincture dose under your tongue for 30-60 seconds. The longer the better as this will give the cannabinoids the maximum amount of time to be absorbed through your sublingual glands. Try not to swish the oil around or swallow it until it’s been at least 30-60 seconds. Always swallow the cannabis oil after you have held it under your tongue to ensure your digestive system can absorb the remainder of the cannabis oil - anything that hasn’t already been absorbed will be, albeit slowly through the less direct path of oral ingestion.
Cannabis edibles are among the most fun, diverse and satisfying methods for consuming cannabis. Chocolate, fruits, sugar and spices can be baked, cooked, mixed or swirled into a million different edible and drinkable creations, making cannabis edibles the clear winner in terms of taste. Flavors, aromas and satisfying your snacks/desserts cravings is great, but when it comes to efficiency or consistency of the effects of the cannabinoids in question, edibles are one big “see what happens” scenario.
Edibles that are consumed and absorbed through your digestive system can take time to break down and be put to use, leading to waves of effects (early onset followed by another surge of psychoactivity hours later). This unexpected behavior makes edibles very dangerous for those stoners who are just getting started, or anyone who can’t carve out multiple hours at a time where they have to lock themselves at home. In short, edibles are fun but they’re very unpredictable and are often too variable to be practical.
This is where sublingual edibles come into play. These small, thin and often translucent tabs, squares, gummies or lozenges are even easier to take than cannabis oils, but keep in mind that the dose can’t be customized/controlled as well. Here’s the steps to enjoying some sublingual edibles:
1. Purchase a sublingual edible with the desired dosing range (keep in mind some edibles offer ‘per square’ doses while others are simply ‘take a bite’)
2. Break off your ideal dose of sublingual edible - many sublinguals come in the form of tabs, lozenges or gummy squares to make dosing easy. Each square will have a listed THC/CBD potency value - i.e. 5 mg per gummy, 50 mg per lozenge, etc
3. Place the chosen amount of sublingual edible under your tongue and allow it to dissolved fully before swallowing. Some sublingual edibles can take more than the standard 60 seconds listed on the packaging (in some cases 2-5 minutes).
4. Once you’ve held the edible under your tongue long enough for it to dissolve, swallow it and wash down with some water or your choice of beverage. This will ensure any residual cannabinoids in your mouth are ingested and later absorbed through your gastrointestinal system.
Can edibles be absorbed sublingually?
Edibles can technically be absorbed through your sublingual glands - below the tongue - but this is not very practical as it would require you to hold edibles in your mouth for a long period of time until they dissolve. Cannabis oils are a much more convenient delivery method for sublingual absorption of cannabinoids.
How long do sublingual edibles take to affect you?
The effects of cannabis edibles can vary greatly from person-to-person, especially when considering how long they take to activate and how long they last for. Generally speaking, sublingual edibles or sublingual tinctures doses can take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours to take effect. This will depend on a number of factors, including your tolerance to cannabinoids, your diet, fitness, genetics, the dose taken, and much more.
Can gummies be taken sublingually?
Cannabis gummies are not usually taken sublingually, but it is possible to suck on them or let them dissolve in your mouth in order to absorb the cannabinoids sublingually. Edibles under the tongue, including weed gummies, are a popular way to get your desired dose of THC, CBD or other active compounds.
Is sublingual THC more potent than oral THC?
Sublingual THC and orally ingested THC can both be equally potent, it depends on the dosage you take and for what reasons you’re taking it. Sublingual tinctures are particularly potent seeming because of the fast absorption rate through your sublingual glands. On the flipside, orally ingested THC can lead to as potent results, they can just take longer to take effect due to the cannabinoids having to be digested/absorbed in a less direct way.
We did a ton of research for this blog, but we also smoked a ton of weed while we searched for information… So we forgot everything… All jokes aside, there is definite validity to some of the concerns surrounding short-term memory loss when you’re high on cannabis. We’ve all been in similar situations before: you just toked on some particularly pontificating pot and all those big ideas, adventures or list of to-do’s has suddenly evaporated, leaving you feeling lost in the haze of your hot-boxed memory.
The effects of weed on the brain aren’t always consistent - afterall, cannabinoids interact with our endocannabinoid systems in very unique, person-to-person ways. Some folks can toke all day & night and still manage to make it to work, appointments and afterhours hangouts just fine. In other cases, one puff is all it takes for a person to forget what day it is, where or even who they are.
Why does weed make you forgetful from time-to-time? Can weed cause short term memory loss when high? What are the effects of weed on the brain? Let’s memorize some facts about cannabis’ effects on your mental health so we can be sure we’re getting the most out of our marijuana.
Every stoner loves smoking dope, but does that make every pothead dopey? The effects of weed on the brain are well documented and have been widely touted for their dangers on young, developing minds. Like with any recreational or medical substance, if you’re not careful how much you consume, how often or in certain doses you might be at risk from some short- and long-term negative effects. Over consumption of cannabis products has been linked to things like lethargy, drowsiness, lack of focus and bad moods.
These symptoms are minor, to be sure, but many people worry about their family, friends or coworkers’ cannabis habits because of one particular, popular myth: long and short term memory loss when high on weed. Stoners are stigmatized as lazy, forgetful, self-centered and devoid of normal human emotions & behaviors. These kinds of ludacris stigmas are deplorable, but we want to try to understand why certain people think this way about cannabis users so that we can rid society of these kinds of opinions.
Before we determine if weed can cause short- and long-term memory loss, let’s remind ourselves how memory works in the first place.
Memory is like stored data or experiences that allows us to draw on our learned past to determine things in the present & future. Memories are encoded, stored and recalled whenever, however or wherever appropriate. Memory can shape your personality, influence your behaviors, affect your relationships with others and can even help you to think & act in certain situations. Your memories form the basis for many of your instincts, reactions and feelings, helping you to avoid certain outcomes or achieve particular results, all based on your experiences in similar past circumstances.
Memory is an incredibly complex part of our neurological systems that we are barely scraping the surface of in terms of our understanding. Neurons in your brain work to form recreations of past events just by thinking of them… this amazing ability to recall our past and sift through untold amounts of data or experiences is what makes humankind such a powerful force to be reckoned with.
Memories aren’t just categorized into the two most well-known: short-term memories and long-term memories. Memories can also be sensory - tied to intense stimulation of the senses - or procedural - memorized as common occurrences or functions of everyday life. Sensory memories are considered ‘temporary’ or being stored in your memory banks for a short duration. These kinds of memories aren’t deeply seeded for good reason: they consist of day-to-day data on your perceptions, reactions and emotional responses to everyday stimuli.
These kinds of ‘working memory’ - as short-term memory is often referred to as - is still very important and shouldn’t be overlooked. Working memory acts like the start-up programs your computer-brain requires to function. If short-term memory is what is used on-demand for your brain & body to function normally, long-term memories must be the bigger picture stuff right? Kind of.
Long-term memories obviously have more permanence and typically involve serious, emotionally or intellectually complex experiences. These long-lasting remembrances have very significant effects on our personalities, emotions and relationships. Not only do long-term memories affect us in terms of their permanence, but they’re recalled differently and often involve more brainpower to process. Short-term, working memories or sensory recalls can become long-term memories if our brains attribute enough significance to them.
For example, something as innocuous as having a bath can have long-term memories attached to this kind of procedural, everyday occurrence if you’ve had a near-drowning experience. In other examples eating certain foods can trigger long-term memories like a family gathering, or reading a book at a cafe can remind you of a seemingly random run-in with a friend you had years ago.
The thing about memories is that they can be extremely powerful and at the same time infinitesimally obscure.
Memories are often what drives us to behave a certain way, but they can also prevent us from reacting to stimulus in a previously prescribed manner. If you have a good memory - i.e. can recall detailed information quickly & consistently - you can be a few steps ahead of any given situation or interaction. Memories can also lead us to misinterpret things if you don’t exercise your main muscle - your brain. It’s important to work on your mental health so that your memories are a tool in your toolbelt, and not a weapon used against you.
Now that we’ve covered the basics of memory, it’s time to recall the crux of this article: can weed cause short term memory loss when high on weed?
Why does weed make you forgetful?... Why DOES weed make you forgetful?! Why? Does weed make you forgetful…? It’s a question asked many times in many different ways by stoners at every roundtable of friends puff-puff-passing some new strain around. Answering this question can be difficult when you’re under the influence of cannabis because of the ‘mind haze’ brought on by consuming weed. So let’s have a sober discussion on what we know (so far) about the effects of weed on the brain.
One of the first and foremost reasons why people assume that weed can cause short-term memory loss when high has to do with cannabinoids and how they interact with your ECS - endocannabinoid system. THC, CBD and other phytocompounds have the ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, thereby directly engaging with your ECS and causing a number of different biochemical reactions in your brain & body.
What does your endocannabinoid system do? There’s way too much to cover in this blog alone, so be sure to check out our other articles on this fascinatingly complex topic. What we will focus on in this article has to do with your endocannabinoid system and how it directly influences the segment of your brain that manages/stores/processes memory.
The hippocampus is one of the primary areas of the brain where many memories are stored, recalled and processed. The hippocampus also happens to be directly interlinked with your body’s CB1 receptors - one of the two main receptors that your ECS engages when cannabinoids are introduced into your system.
Once you understand how cannabinoids like THC or CBD interact with your mind & body, it becomes clear how smoking THC-high buds or consuming high volumes of THC in edible form might influence your ability to recall information in the short-term. Other cannabinoids can affect your brain’s normal functionality, but none of these active compounds seem to muddy your senses quite like Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
THC is the primary psychoactive agent that causes us to feel high under the influences of cannabis. So, it’s plain to see that consuming psychoactive doses of THC can certainly impair your short-term memory, albeit for a short period of time. This is more of an impairment like with alcohol than it is an actual reduction in your brain’s memory processing. Sometimes a person can feel lingering effects of a decent weed high for hours the next day, especially if they consumed edibles which can be digested/absorbed over very long periods of time.
It seems like the answer is that weed can cause short term memory less when high in THC, but only for the duration of your psychoactive experience. Cannabis doesn’t “rot your brain” like anti-cannabis propaganda would suggest, but it has been shown to slow your mind down in certain ways. While you’re high from cannabis, you won’t have the same clarity of mind, recollection of thoughts or ability to process stimuli in the same ways as when you’re sober. This is obviously an impediment in the very short-term, but there is one way in which cannabis can negatively affect your long-term memory: psychoactive impairment.
‘Psychoactive impairment’ is simply a fancy term for losing track of time, space or memory. We’ve all gotten too high from a friend’s potent new strain, hit that dab too hard the first time, or dropped way too many edibles and lost ourselves in the haze. These experiences always fade away as we come out of our weed-fueled stupors, but what doesn’t always come back is the memories of what occurred while you were high.
An inability to recall short-term memories isn’t a long-term problem. Nonetheless, if you’re consistently getting high on cannabis, you might start to notice difficulty in recalling days/nights while you were under the influence of THC. This kind of ‘pattern of psychoactive impairment’ can lead to hazy segments of your long-term memories as well as being foggy-brained in the here-and-now.
So, to recap: short-term cannabis impairment can cause short-term lapses in your memory, whereas long-term cannabis use can lead to inconsistencies in your long-term memory recall or processing.
These findings are based around high THC concentrations only as Tetrahydrocannabinol is the focus for many studies into the psychoactive nature of cannabis. CBD, on the flip side, is being looked at more closely as a potential counteractive measure to these kinds of short- and long-term memory losses. CBD seems to have neuroprotective properties, and like it does in many other facets of human health, Cannabidiol can reduce or prevent many negative effects associated with THC.
As with most hot-topic questions surrounding cannabis, the answers are usually found somewhere between “what we think we know” and “what we’re sure about”. Yes, cannabis can impair short-term memory while you’re under the influences of THC-high cannabis products. Weed can’t cause short-term memory loss necessarily, as you aren’t losing memory processing as much as you are having your mind distracted with other extrasensory experiences instead.
Cannabis can also impede long-term memories, but these impairments are limited to the hours you’re experiencing a significant THC-high. Think of being high on THC like a “dark period” where the light of your memories doesn’t shine quite as brightly during the events of your weed-induced adventures. You might still be able to recall events, emotions or experiences while you are high, it’s just that your cognitive capabilities might not be as strong while under the influence of THC.
Always follow the golden rule of dosing cannabinoids - start low and go slow - and you’ll likely never have issues with memory loss from being high on cannabis. Understanding and managing your tolerances to cannabinoids and terpenes is essential to having positive experiences with cannabis products. THC isn’t something to be feared, but if you’re not careful it can get the better of inexperienced users. Keep experimenting with different kinds of cannabis that synergizes with the effects/benefits you’re after. It’s always better to ride the wave instead of crashing down, so know your body and know your buds before you take part in this quest we call “weed life”.
The powerful aromas of cannabis are one of its most admirable features. The pungent smells of skunk, fuel, fruits, herbs and spices can tantalize your olfactory senses from the moment you open the jar to your first inhale/exhale. Whether you’re a smoker, vaper, bonger or dabber you likely have a particular fondness for the smell of raw buds - but nothing hits quite like the aromas of smoke or vapor from your favorite, fragrant buds.
As much as we potheads drink in the aromas of various cannabis plants with pleasure, the majority of folks are an unenlightened bunch who don’t particularly care for the smell of weed. This means that inevitably when you go to enjoy a toke or two you’re going to to encounter people who ask you to abstain from enjoying your gods-given ganja. This will simply not to. It’s a free country, and with cannabis federally legalized it’s literally your right to enjoy weed when, where, how and why you see fit.
Even so, there are some secret ways to sneak in a puff without bothering anybody. It’s not your responsibility to adhere to the whims of others, but if you want to take the high road - pun intended! - and continue to enjoy smoking weed in public then you need to know about the ultimate, homemade smoke buddy: homemade sploofs.
What is a sploof? Is it difficult to learn how to make a sploof? What kinds of cannabis are ideal for sploof weed? Let’s explore some sploof DIY and easy, homemade sploof designs so you can keep toking, busy-bodies be damned.
Despite its name sounding like something out of a Dr. Seuss novel, DIY sploofs have been a homemade smoke buddy staple for decades. Stealthy stoners have been smoking sploof weed since the 70’s and 80’s, during the thick of the dark days of ‘Reefer Madness’ when law enforcement was all abuzz over the perceived evils of marijuana.
Cannabis advocates have had to learn to be smart, sneaky, secretive and watchful to enjoy their dope because society has generally been out to get them. Stigma towards cannabis still exists today, despite the facts that cannabis has become entrenched in Canadian culture & society. Whether it’s politics, economics or religious beliefs, some people just can’t get over their negative feelings towards cannabis and those of us who rely on it.
Because of these kinds of negative perceptions in the public eye, potheads have always had to rely on their innovation and creativity to get by. Homemade smoke buddies like sploofs came about through some fast-thinking and practical application from stoners in the late 21st century. Thanks to their ingenuity, we can get our smoke on indoors at the drop of a hat with homemade sploofs or professionally made weed sploofs.
What is a sploof? A sploof is a filtering apparatus that typically consists of a cylinder, a filter and sometimes special ventilation ports. The aim of a sploof is to distribute your exhaled puffs of smoke or vapor through an additional layer of filters to further diminish cannabis odors or to prevent the release of cannabis particles into the air. The filter material is typically perforated and can be as simple as a dryer sheet or complex as a multi-layered, carbon filter.
Homemade sploofs are cheap and can be made out of many household items. Some involve scented sheets/filters, others focus on redistributing smoke or vapors. There’s a lot of creativity involved whenever you’re trying to puff-puff-pass your stealth check, so the more innovative you can be the better.
Thankfully, when it comes to their Mary J, stoners are amongst the most innovative, creative and hardworking souls on the planet. We’ve already got a bunch of homemade sploof designs for you to copycat. That being said, don’t sell your own creative ideas short - if you’ve got improvements or a new kind of homemade smoke buddy design then we’d love to hear about them. Let’s learn how to make a sploof, but hit us up on our social media channels if you’ve got some cannabis-inspired suggestions of your own.
There are a lot of DIY sploof-tacular designs that can be put together with simple items from your bathroom, kitchen and garage. Even the least handy person can learn how to make a sploof with just a few steps - it’s truly sploof-proof.
Before we dive into the materials and process to make your own homemade sploof, we’d like to remind you that there are lots of options to purchase online. Some professionally made sploof like Smoke Buddies are a great product that offers stronger filtration and sealed distribution tubes that can more effectively capture smoke/vapor fumes. These devices range anywhere from $20 - 100, so there’s lots of sploofs to fit your budget.
If you’re the kind of stoner who likes to try and fix it, build it, modify it or rig it yourself first, then here are the steps to make a DIY sploof:
Cardboard roll, plastic tube or non-flammable cylinder*
*be careful with metal or cloth, as they can heat up or catch fire if you’re not careful
Scissors and/or knife
Rubber bands, twist ties or easy-fastening wiring
Dryer sheets, activated charcoal filters or any kind of perforated filter sheet (cheesecloth, etc)
1. Cut your tube/bottle/cylinder if needed (i.e. for bottles, cut the bottle in half and keep the end with the neck). How long or short your homemade sploof will be can help or hinder your device’s ability to filter smoke. Shorter is typically considered better because the smoke won’t coalesce or leak out the sides. Longer tubes can work if they include multiple filtration stages, but if you’re just using one filter on the end then it’s best to keep your sploof on the shorter-side.
2. Pack dryer sheets into the tube/bottle so that it is full but do not densely pack them in - some space is required for proper airflow. If you’re activated charcoal sheets then you need to do one additional step:
2.1 Rinse the activated charcoal sheets thoroughly until no more gray run-off (i.e. the charcoal dust/particles have been rinsed away, you don’t want to be inhaling this).
3. Once your bottle or cylinder has been sufficiently packed with sheets/filters, fasten one more over the end of your tube/bottle with a rubber band, twist ties or wiring. Be sure that this final sheet/filter is tightly sealed on the end and that no rips or tears appear on it while you’re fixing it to your sploof.
4. Some stoners prefer to fix the mouthpiece of their sploof. This is an optional step that is more work than is absolutely necessary, but it does make for a more efficient inhale/exhale. If you’re using a tube, taping around the end of the cardboard or plastic can make it so your saliva doesn’t start to break down the cylinder material. We recommend duct tape or electricians tape - any kind that is more water-resistant. If you’re using a bottle sploof, then the opening acts like a pretty good mouthpiece already. That being said, some savvy smokers have been known to affix mouthpieces from pipes or bongs to the bottle opening for an extra layer of comfort & functionality.
There you have it, your very own homemade sploof! With only 4-5 steps you can see why we said it’s very easy to learn how to make a sploof, right? Sploofs might not be the most necessary item in your smoking accessories arsenal, but it can get you out of a tight spot when space is limited or your access to smoke-friendly areas is restricted. Some stoners even employ the use of these kinds of DIY sploofs in their home to reduce the amount of smoke or odors.
Whatever your reasons for making your own sploof or purchasing one online, they are a convenient tool that can enhance your ability to enjoy cannabis - there’s nothing more important than that.
There isn’t any actual ‘sploof weed’ that you have to smoke with your DIY sploof, but there are certain strains that are positively more powerful in odor that you might want to avoid when you’re trying to be discreet. On the flip side, strong aromas and that powerful skunky smell are typically signs of potency - cannabinoids, terpenes and all the good stuff. We don’t want to advocate settling for lesser quality buds unless it’s a budgetary thing. So, instead of choosing strains based on their olfactory potencies, why not invest in a little device called a vaporizer?
Vaporizers can certainly incorporate sploofs into the process too, but the need for a sploof is undoubtedly diminished when you’re inhaling the clean, humid vapor particles from a deliciously flavored vape. Vaporizers are the stealthy way to meet your weed needs anywhere and everywhere - devices are discreet, mobile, easy to charge, quick to refill, and there are options to match almost any budget.
Whether you choose to stick to vaping indoors or try your hand at a homemade smoke buddy, there are many ways to sneak a smoke or two. Always respect the preferences of others when you’re sneaking around for a toke, but remember you’ve got rights too and it’s nobody’s right to tell you “there’s no cannabis allowed here”. Those days are over - this is the age of weed freedom!
CBD can do many wondrous things for your health: help you sleep, ease your pain, quell your nausea, even clear your mind and help you to focus. Cannabidiol (CBD) has shown a real aptitude for many of life’s ailments as an effective treatment for injuries, illnesses and mental health conditions. Modern living seems to be indebted to CBD in more ways than we ever would have thought imaginable, and as more and more Canadians are finding new uses for this particular cannabinoid, cannabis stigma continues to become a thing of the past.
There are so many ways to incorporate Cannabidiol into your daily health routines, but have you ever wondered if CBD can lower blood pressure? Cannabinoids obviously absorb into the blood stream through inhalation, digestion or absorption, so we know that cannabis can influence your blood in a number of ways. But we still have to wonder: does CBD lower blood pressure?
There have been a number of studies in recent years that are aimed at discovering the exact, direct-links between cannabinoids like THC & CBD and how they affect your blood pressure, blood sugars and healthy cell counts. We might not have an exact answer yet, but we’ll review all of the latest findings and discuss what the current theories are about weed and blood pressure.
We’ll ask the big question again: can CBD lower your blood pressure all on its own? Or is there more to the relationship between weed & blood pressure? Let’s find out together in this guide to managing blood pressure with Cannabidiol.
High blood pressure, also known as hypertension, is a condition that affects millions of people around the world. In Canada, around a quarter (23%) of all adults aged 20 to 80 experienced hypertension in varying degrees of severity. This is a staggering figure because it suggests that a quarter of all Canadian adults suffer from high blood pressure.
There are four different stages of high blood pressure, but they can be difficult to detect on your own because they affect every person differently. The four levels of blood pressure are:
Blood pressure is measured by two terms: systolic and diastolic. Systolic measurements focus on the force required to pump blood vessels through the heart as it contracts. Diastolic measures pressures of force on the heart when it relaxes. Think of these readings as measuring inhales/exhales, except instead of your lungs we’re talking about your heart contracting and relaxing.
Back to the four levels of blood pressure readings, here are the parameters for systolic/diastolic at each stage of blood pressure:
Normal blood pressure levels are around 120 for systolic / under 80 for diastolic.
Elevated blood pressure levels occur 121-129 systolic, under 80 diastolic
Stage 1 Hypertension occurs between 130-139 systolic, 81-89 diastolic
Stage 2 Hypertension can happen over 140 systolic, over 90 diastolic
What are the risks associated with high blood pressure? Strokes, heart attacks and other serious cardiac conditions are elevated in patients suffering from high blood pressure. These might be the most serious results if you don’t manage your blood pressure, but there are many more debilitating symptoms. These include:
Confusion, loss of vision
Chest pains, shortness of breath
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
Blood pressure is very important to maintain a healthy range. In order to avoid symptoms like those listed above, you need to eat healthy, exercise, sleep consistently and avoid hitting your vices too hard. The most notable causes of hypertension and elevated blood pressure are listed below:
Genetics - sometimes your genealogy makes you more susceptible to higher blood pressure
Diabetes - metabolic conditions like diabetes can adversely impact your battle with high blood pressure
Thyroids - hypothyroidism and hyperthyroid conditions can influence blood pressure one way or the other
Diet - high salt, low potassium, excesses of caffeine, alcohol, smoking and too many sugary snacks can all lead to elevated blood pressure symptoms
Fitness - obesity, lack of exercise and chronic injuries from sports or workouts can contribute to blood pressure spikes
Sleep - insomnia, sleep apnea, or inconsistent rest are factors in many facets of your health, your blood pressure is not exempt
Stress - this is truly one of the leading causes of high blood pressure, and it is difficult to manage because it can be triggered by so many different things
It’s no wonder that many people are looking to cannabis to help maintain a healthy blood pressure and blood sugar levels. CBD is known for relaxing your mind & body, assists in sleeping consistently and helps to ease pain, inflammation or irritation. These are some big ticket items on many people’s lists of symptoms when it comes to high blood pressure.
On the flip side, Cannabidiol is more apt at avoiding high blood pressure symptoms before they strike. In this way, CBD isn’t an effective treatment for managing your systolic/diastolic blood pressure levels, but it can contribute to reduced stress, better sleep, and lend support in the realms of eating healthy & exercising. Let’s dive into what CBD can do for your blood pressure levels in the next section.
Yes, CBD does lower your pressure. That was easy. Thanks for reading this article!...
In all seriousness, there is a lot of compelling evidence that shows a distinct relationship between cannabinoids like CBD, THC and CBG having positive effects on people who suffer from high blood pressure. Does CBD lower blood pressure like most blood pressure medications do? Not exactly, but what we do know is that weed and blood pressure are linked by means of mental, emotional and physical state changes while under the influences of cannabis.
THC is known to reduce blood pressure levels over time with consistent use. This will depend on your genetics, blood pressure levels at the time of consuming THC, and the potency of cannabinoids that you’re absorbing. How does THC influence blood pressure levels? Similar to CBD, Tetrahydrocannabinol relaxes much of your body, including blood vessels.
Both THC and CBD are known to impact an important neurotransmitter called anandamide. Anandamide just so happens to affect blood pressure by relaxing blood vessels whenever pressure increases in your cardiovascular system. So, CBD interacts through your endocannabinoid system and engages with/or mimics anandamide in order to bring your blood pressure levels down. This results in a relaxed state of body and mind, which also helps to combat the effects of stress - another prominent cause of high blood pressure.
There are a lot of studies currently underway that are trying to answer the question “does CBD lower blood pressure?”. Research takes time to bring results to the general public, but what we do know so far from what has been published is that CBD can help to reduce elevated blood pressure in many indirect ways.
Unlike blood pressure medications, which directly influence your body’s blood vessels, CBD can lower blood pressure reactions in your body by triggering anandamide. CBD can lower blood pressure also by supporting good health in the areas of sleep, nutrition, fitness and relaxation. Oftentimes the major reason why we’re struggling with eating well, sleeping consistently and being active has to do with our nerves. Anxiety affects everyone in different ways, but we all suffer from it nonetheless.
One of CBD’s biggest claims to fame in recent years has to do with its anti-anxiety effects. Millions of people rely on CBD for their nervousness or anxiety because it relaxes their body, calms their mind - all without altering your mind like with the psychoactive influences of THC. One of the most significant ways CBD can help to lower blood pressure is in combating the physiological effects of stress & anxiety.
Now that you know that CBD does lower your blood pressure, it’s time to get your hands on some high quality Cannabidiol products. We’re not on the side of the fence that argues against all THC products because they can cause hallucinations, but for the purposes of this guide to weed and blood pressure we’ll stick to CBD-high products with little-to-no THC contents.
One important note on buying CBD products: full-spectrum products seem to offer the most results, no matter what kinds of remedial effects you’re after. That being said, some full-spectrum products can cause you to feel slightly brain-addled, so keep that in mind because these types contain ALL of the cannabinoids from the plant.
We recommend relying on CBD oils because they’re easy to dose with, they come in a variety of potencies to suit your needs, and they’re easy to take on-the-go. CBD edibles or even vape cartridges can work great too, we just think CBD oils are so convenient, potent and reliable.
When it comes to dry mouth brought on by weed, we’ve all been there. That bone-dry, parched throat… A tongue that grates against the roof of your mouth like sandpaper… The pasty lips smacking incessantly in a vain attempt to coax moisture out of them… These are all signs that you’re suffering from dry mouth from weed. Weed cotton mouth is another term bandied about, and it’s a problem that has plagued many stoners over the years.
Dry mouth can take many forms and it affects everyone differently. Sometimes dry mouth from weed will depend on the strain itself - some cultivars are known to cause cotton mouth symptoms - or it can vary based on the cannabis consumption method. Smoking weed seems to cause the most consistent/serious cotton mouth symptoms, but even an edible or cannabis oil can lead to parched lips and dry throats.
Is there any way to learn how to avoid cotton mouth? How can you get rid of cotton mouth when you’re already high? There are many ways to prevent cotton mouth from weed that don’t impact how you enjoy your buds. Here are some tips & tricks to help you to avoid cotton mouth from rendering you speechless next time you’re toking with friends.
Before we figure out how to prevent cotton might from weed, we need to understand what causes dry mouth in the first place. Some stoner lore has created the myth that dry mouth only happens when you smoke weed that is high in THC. Others have suggested that only indicas cause cotton mouth whereas sativas create more of a scratchy throat from time-to-time. For decades, these folktales have dominated the cannabis landscape, leading many stoners to simply put up with the symptoms of cotton mouth because the root causes were never truly defined.
The truth is, it’s not the genetics or the growing techniques that determine if a strain will give you cotton mouth: it’s what’s inside that matters. Cannabinoids, terpenes and a plant’s other phytocompounds can influence your body’s normal functions and lead to new effects - many good, some bad. Keep in mind, a plant’s genetics, what it’s fed and how it’s grown will certainly have an impact on cannabinoids, so keep that in mind.
Before a study concluded in 2006, we didn’t know what caused cotton mouth from weed. Some suggested it had something to do with cannabis also gives us the munchies - influencing our stomachs, our mouths and reddening our eyes. The old myths about how to prevent cotton mouth by using a water bong or bubbler pipe didn’t prove true, however, so we went back to the drawing board once again.
It wasn’t until 2006 when a study was published that we finally were able to put our sticky fingers on the causes of dry mouth from weed. THC - tetrahydrocannabinol - seems to be the main culprit that blocks our saliva production from normal levels and leads to cotton mouth symptoms. How and why does THC do this? Here’s the simplified version:
THC shares similarities with anandamide, a neurotransmitter that promotes certain effects in your brain and body.
Besides influencing how happy you might feel, anandamide is well-known for its impacts on your submandibular glands - aka your saliva production factories.
THC essentially binds to your submandibular glands just like anandamide can, but instead of promoting salivation it inhibits your saliva production.
This accounts for a lot of what causes dry mouth from weed, and provides an answer to the question “what is cotton mouth?”. THC might be the main agent driving change in our salivary glands, but it’s not the only reason why you experience dry mouth symptoms from cannabis. If you truly want to know how to avoid cotton mouth, or you want to get rid of cotton mouth when you’re high, then you need to understand this list of other contributory factors to cotton mouth:
Hydration - you need to stay hydrated all-day, every day, regardless if you’re getting high or not
Nutrition - a poor diet and excess of unhealthy snacks or treats (high sugar, high salt) won’t help your oral health
Alcohol - too much alcohol or mixing booze with buds will certainly lead to dry mouth conditions
Caffeine - coffee and tea have been known to dry you out a bit, so try not to overdue it with your perk-me-ups
Medications - a lot of medications or supplements have ‘dry mouth’ listed as a symptom, so try to avoid taking cannabis close to medications
Genetics - sometimes you can’t fight your constant cotton mouth because it’s just a symptom of your genes
Now we understand what is cotton mouth, it’s time to focus on developing a plan to prevent cotton mouth before it ever occurs. Knowing how to get rid of cotton mouth when you’re already high is a lot harder to manage than taking the proactive approach instead. Let’s turn our attention to our guide to avoid cotton mouth from weed.
The simple and most effective way to prevent cotton mouth from weed is to be careful how much THC you’re consuming, whether that’s smoking, edibles, oils or even topicals. Dry mouth from weed is most common in smoking or vaping - obviously - but it can occur as a symptom from being high on edibles, oils or topicals too. If dry mouth, sore or scratchy throats and parched lips are a real problem for you, it’s easy to shop for low-THC strains that likely have much less impact on your saliva production.
If lowering your THC intake isn’t an option, or if THC is the main reason you consume cannabis for medical reasons, then here are some tips & tricks for coping with the effects of cotton mouth from weed:
On the opposite side of the cannabinoid spectrum from THC you’ll almost always find CBD. Cannabidiol has very different effects on your brain & body compared to Tetrahydrocannabinol: where THC gets you high, CBD brings you down; when THC amps up your emotions, CBD chills you out; if THC causes you to experience symptoms of dry mouth, CBD can help you to un-parch your lips.
It’s not that CBD boosts your saliva production, but it can counteract those pesky THC neurotransmitters from inhibiting your submandibular glands. Cannabidiol is relaxing, soothing, focusing and empowering in many unique ways to THC. We don’t advise limiting your THC intake because although THC can cause some mind altering effects, it’s still a really important cannabinoid for your health & wellbeing. So, invest your dollars in full-spectrum or combination products that offer the maximum cannabinoids & terpenes to get the most out of your cannabis.
Sometimes all you need to get rid of cotton mouth when you’re high is a lozenge, lollipop, hard candy or chewing gum. Working your mouth, tongue and throat is one of the primary ways of stimulating your saliva glands. When they’re seemingly blocked by THC or suffering from symptoms of dehydration, sucking on hard candies, lozenges or a lollipop can act like a workout for your submandibular glands.
Chewing gum, mints, caramels, toffee, suckers, heck even those sunflower “spitz” are popular anti-dry mouth agents. Not only will these kinds of snacks help to promote saliva production, you can benefit from taking your mind off how high you might be with these sorts of treats.
What is cotton mouth if not the culmination of dehydration, poor diet, and the introduction of a decent dose of THC. A lot of people are lacking in the hydration department, in particular, without even being aware of how it might be affecting their health. We all know about the ‘8 glasses of water a day’ being the standard for maintaining a healthy body, but your diet, fitness and genetics will also play a part in whether you’re hydrated or dehydrated.
Some people require less fluids because their diet includes a lot of fruits & vegetables which offer a lot of nutrients on top of their own H2O contents. How much cannabis you smoke or vape is another consideration, so it’s not just what you drink and how much, it matters everything that goes into your body on a daily basis. So, if you’re planning on getting high or consuming cannabis for a particular reason, drink lots of water before, during and after to help prevent cotton mouth.
It’s no wonder we experience dry mouth from weed! The foods we shovel into our giddy gullets when we’re high just so happen to be the salty/sugary snacks and treats that aren’t good for normal oral health. Snacks that are high in salt and sugary treats are the absolute worst things for dehydrating your body. Imagine for every bag of doritos, every late night milkshake or all those times you bake cookies + fries for a weed-induced munchies session… we’re sure there are too many to count.
Every time we put these kinds of unhealthy snacks & treats in our bodies, we’re contributing to poor oral health & functionality. This certainly includes saliva production. So, as hard as it is to resist the call from chips, cookies, candies, ice cream, chocolates and popcorn… if you can manage a balance of healthy/unhealthy snacks at the very least, you’ll notice a major reduction in dry mouth from weed.
Humidifiers are great for soothing sore throats or nasty coughs during cold & flu season, but they’re also very handy for counteracting cotton mouth or dryness symptoms from smoking weed. Everybody has those essential oils humidifiers these days, so whenever you’re toking up have one plugged in and pumping out some of your favorite scents. Increasing the moisture in the air is a simple but very effective way to reduce the symptoms of dry mouth, dry skin, dry eyes and more.
You can also shower, have a bath, or take a cold plunge if you’re feeling up to it. However you moisturize your body externally will definitely have a positive impact on your internal moisture levels. A pro tip from some truly groovy ganja gurus: invest in essential oils to humidify that have complimentary terpenoid profiles - aka limonene.
You can burn a candle and ‘wax away the night’. You can ‘wax philosophical’ if you’re feeling particularly poetic. The moon wax-and-wanes with every month that goes by. Want to know what else is waxed? Cannabis. Wax, shatter, hash oil… you’ve probably run into one or many of these kinds of cannabis concentrates.
Wax packs a potent punch that is definitely not for beginners. If you’re an experienced stoner then you’ve likely smoked or vaped some wax of your own. Heck, you probably asked Santa for your dab rig last year, so you’re covered on the equipment side of things too.
What about if you’re not well versed in this world of weed wax? A good starting point to understanding the finer points of dabbing concentrates is to make your own. Homemade wax rigs aren’t too difficult to set up, but learning how to do dabs properly - i.e. without hitting your brain so hard that you’re jettisoned into deep space - takes a lot of practice.
What is the best way to smoke wax? How do you smoke sugar wax? Is it possible to learn how to dab without a rig? Let’s melt our brains and put a wax seal on the latest & greatest techniques for dabbing wax without rigs.
The first and one of the best ways to smoke wax dabs without a rig is to use your bong, bubbler or pipe. Any smoking implement with a decent sized bowl will do, in fact, so this method is one of the most convenient because you can incorporate the smoking accessories you already own. Using any non-stick metal utensil, collect some wax and smooth it over the juiciest nug in the baggie. Alternatively, you can grind up your cannabis flower first and then spread the wax over top instead.
The important step in this process is to put your wax dab in the middle of the flower (i.e. covered if possible). If you’re smoking a whole bud without grinding then try to wrap the wax around the middle of the nug. This ensures even heat distribution and that the wax combusts consistently and over a decent time period (not at all once, not just at the end).
This is hands-down the easiest way to dab without a rig and one of the most popular homemade wax rigs employed by many stoners.
What’s next to user-friendliness to a bong, pipe or bubbler? Roll a joint, yo! Smoking blunts is the timeless staple for smoking weed that will never go out of style, and learning how to smoke sugar wax inside a joint is no exception. Many stoners roll their rollies in oils, kief, honey or other sticky substances so why not a bit of high-potency sugar wax for your next blunt-blast-off?
To roll your own expert wax-blunts you don’t need to change anything from your usual joint-rolling system. Lay out your papers, sprinkle your choice of buds in an even line. The only difference is before you roll it up, pour/scrape a line of wax into the middle of the cannabis flowers along the entire length of the joint. Just like with the bowl method, try to cover the wax with buds so that there’s no direct flame-wax contact in order to maintain its integrity.
If you’re not quite ready to learn how to do dabs, maybe a vape or two is enough of a step-up from your average joints/bongs for you? Some vape cartridges can be opened and re-filled. These atomizer-access types of vaporizer cartridges are key to making your own homemade wax vape rig. Never break open or jimmy-rig a cartridge that is meant to be single-use only! The heating coils can lose integrity and potentially cause harm to you or your vaporizer device.
If your vaporizer allows refills simply use a non-stick metal utensil to place some wax onto the heating coil. Reseal the cartridge and heat up your vape, allowing it to heat up a bit longer than you would for vaping raw cannabis buds. A slow drag on your mouthpiece usually helps to slowly raise the temperature and get the most out of your sugar wax.
Ever heard of a healthstone or volcanic glass rig? This is a very traditional way to do dabs before dabbing was even a twinkle in a stoner’s eye. In the old days, the best way to smoke wax was to place it on a glass or stone bowl with a funnel or mouthpiece hovering over it. Then, keeping the catchment funnel or mouthpiece close to the bowl, a long match or heat source would be used to heat up the wax. As the wax melts/burns, the smoke travels up into the mouthpiece and you can inhale the goodness.
An important step in this traditional process is to keep moving the heat source around the wax, back-and-forth. This prevents the flame burning off too much wax in one spot and evenly combusts the resin so that you’re inhaling a consistent amount of those good cannabinoids. This method isn’t the most efficient as the smoke can run rampant in a drafty room, or between inhales-and-coughs you might be wasting a lot of the good stuff. Nevertheless, as far as homemade dab rigs go, this might be one of the most ancient.
A not-so-secret agent in the homemade wax rig world is also our teams’ personal favorites: the bong method. Who needs a dab rig when you’ve already got some colorful, curvy, trippy, artful glass sculptures we like to smoke out of? Not to mention, bongs utilize water vapor for a clean, straight-to-the-head inhale.
That being said, some bongs are a little too much “art” and not enough “function”. Any bong over a couple feet might be too long of a delivery tube for the potent wax smoke to fully reach your mouthpiece. This is one of the reasons why homemade dab rigs utilize very short chambers/tubes - to minimize the distance the smoke has to travel to get to your lungs.
Once you’ve situated yourself with a good-sized bong, pack your bowl like with the bowl method. Instead of a typical lighter or match heat source, any kind of heat-press like a dab nail is ideal to be able to target your combustion. Make sure the nail you choose can fit in your bong’s bowl. If this is too much sophistication for your tastes, you can stick to lighters just know you might be losing some of that potent wax smoke without a targeted heat source.
This homemade wax rig isn’t the best way to smoke wax, we’ll admit it. Heating up knives on an element or with a blow dryer? That’s sketchy. Nevertheless, a lot of stoners on extreme budgets have adopted this practice without many incidents, you just have to have some really good oven mitts and some dependable silverware.
When all you’ve got on hand is an oven, some utensils and a tin full of some world-class wax, then the hot knife method is the way to go. Quite simply, heat up a knife with the sharp end making direct contact with the heat source until it begins to glow. Then - weaning oven mitts! - grab the knife handle, put a dollop of wax on the end and hold it under your nose/mouth, inhaling the curls of smoke.
Obviously this is not the ideal way how to do dabs, but if you’re traveling or at someone else’s house and you don’t have access to your personal repertoire of cannabis accessories, a hot knife can still do the trick.
Dabibles? That sounded too religious, so we came up with “dabedibles” for a new term to describe these wax-infused edible creations. You can bake/cook your own edibles with wax in them, or simply add some sugar wax like a candy-cane or cookie-crumble garnish.
This doesn’t technically fit into the category of “how do you smoke sugar wax?”, because you’re not smoking anything. Still, it’s another way to dab without a rig - the only ‘rig’ in this case would be your stomach as it digests and melts the wax into your system. To get the most out of this method, stick to edibles recipes that call for concentrates to make sure the temperatures are high enough to unlock the terpenes & cannabinoids in your wax.
We’re not going to touch the aluminum foil or lighter techniques for smoking wax because, frankly, they can dangerous to your health. Despite what some stoners that have smoked everything short of moon dust, it’s not a good idea to inhale the residuals, particulates and fumes from certain materials. Aluminum foil and chemicals from solvents can be very damaging to your respiratory system. For these reasons we’ll leave these two out of our homemade dab wax rig equation.
Did you learn something from this guide to dabbing without a rig? Are you puzzled at why we’d even suggest NOT dabbing? If so, tell us! We love hearing from our amazing community of customers here at Haute Health. Check out our social media channels or send us an email with your dab secrets or another unique way to smoke wax without a rig.
Smoking, dabbing, eating, rubbing or vaping cannabis is a fantastic way to enhance your senses, improve your health or just relax & unwind. There are so many ways to incorporate weed into your daily routine. There are also so many unique kinds of cannabis out there to suit your needs - the trick is finding the right one that works best for you.
Speaking of tricks, this is where it gets tricky: there are many, many strains of cannabis and unique combinations between those strains that make for seemingly infinite hybrids of one another. You might know what cannabis can do for you - reduce your chronic pain, help you sleep better, etc - but how do you figure out which buds do what you need best?!
Shopping for weed is often a combination of trial-and-error, mad science and a lot of luck. You have to keep trying all the strains until you discover the ones that hit the hardest or make you feel healthy & happy. This guide was written with you - Haute’s shoppers - in mind. In this article we’ll talk about some of the various classifications of cannabis and how each one might be suited for your weed needs.
What is hybrid cannabis? What is balanced cannabis? What are the best hybrid sativa dominant strains? Which types of balanced strains are hot-sellers online? All these questions will be answered and more as we compare hybrid cannabis vs balanced cannabis.
Before we provide a definition for what is hybrid cannabis, we need to know what we’re hybridizing in the first place. For many years cannabis was thought to only have two types - indicas and sativas. Ruderalis, or ‘autoflowers’ are another less popular, more obscure kind of cannabis that makes this duo a trio. However, for the purposes of this guide - since we don’t see autoflowers on the market very often - we’ll be focusing on hybrid sativa dominant strains and indica hybrids.
Indicas are known for their potent body highs and associative physical effects - referred to as somatic. The name for Indica nods to its origins in India and the heartland of the Middle Eastern regions, where these kinds of strains have proliferated for many thousands of years. Indicas and indica dominant hybrids are typically short, stout and bushy with dense, thick leaves.
Indicas are thought to be more useful for acute pain conditions or physical ailments like joint stiffness or seizures. This isn’t necessarily the case as many sativas can also provide relief from these kinds of conditions. Nevertheless, indicas have a strong following because of their relaxing, sleep-inducing and tension/pain easing effects. If you’re looking for a body high that will lock you to the couch or force you to chill, indicas might be just what you need.
Sativas are the opposite of indicas in many ways, most notably in their appearances. With wide, fanned out leaves, sativa leaves are the iconic “pot leaf” that most people associate with cannabis. Sativas are also taller, slimmer and hail from Eurasia, North and South Americas.
Sativas produce a more cerebral experience than the somatic ones associated with indicas. Sativas are sometimes called “the social strain” because they can enervate your mind while calming your body. This “mind high” makes sativas popular day time cannabis strains because they typically don’t zonk you out like the couch-locking indicas can.
Now that we know the basics of indicas vs sativas, what is hybrid cannabis? Simply put, hybridizations of indicas and sativas occur when cultivators try to combine the best traits of both species into one super-potent new form of pot. The best hybrid strains might aim to adopt the wide foliage cover of one indica with the tall, spaced out buds of a stalky sativa.
Another example of a hybrid sativa dominant strain or indica dominant strain might focus on mixing the somatic and cerebral effects that the parent strains bring to the table, to create a balanced hybrid. The best hybrid strains typically focus on a few key features, effects or cannabinoid/terpene composition in order to achieve something specific with their new cultivar. Some of the most common reasons why a grower will hybridize two cannabis strains together might include:
- To increase the potency of certain cannabinoids or terpenes (more CBD to counter high THC concentrations; adding myrcene to make a hybrid strain more sedative in its effects)
- To alter/improve the appearance of the hybrid (more purple leaves, fox-haired buds, taller kolas, thicker leaf cover, etc)
- To change the flavors, aromas and textures of the cannabis flowers (mixing-and-matching terpenes to create a bouquet of tastes and smells)
- To create something entirely unique and novel in the cannabis world (new and exciting strain combinations that generate a lot of buzz with their unique flavors, effects or appearance)
Suffice to say, indica dominant or sativa dominant hybrid strains provide a lot of fun, excitement, progress and potential for stoners and medical patients alike. The more cultivators play with genetics, the more we learn about the efficacy of cannabis as we continue to explore this fascinating plant in its infinite varieties.
What is hybrid cannabis? The best hybrid strains of weed can be whatever you need them to be - just ask the growers.
If you’ve ever been shopping for weed for somebody else, you might have wondered what they might by “I like all types of balanced strains”. What is a balanced cannabis strain, exactly? Balanced buds are a very popular kind of cannabis that has grown in popularity alongside the CBD boom in recent years.
Thanks to hemp’s federal legalization in the United States and Canada’s federal legalization of cannabis and cannabidiol’s popularity as an everyday enhancer, cannabis has risen to new heights in acceptance & understanding. Why is CBD so popular? Quite simply, it’s largely because CBD is non-psychoactive - meaning, it doesn’t make you feel high like THC does.
What does balanced cannabis have to do with CBD? Cannabidiol is not only non-psychoactive, but it can also help to ease the intensity of mind-altering effects of other cannabinoids like Tetrahydrocannabinol. Here we find the simplest answer to the question “what is balanced cannabis?”: a cannabis strain that aims to provide a balanced ratio of cannabinoids like CBD and THC - i.e. 1:1 or as close to as possible.
Most types of balanced strains focus on balancing CBD and THC in order to counteract the psychoactive nature of that particular strain, while still benefiting from the full-spectrum of cannabinoids & terpenes found in the plant. Some types of balanced cannabis employ different ratios like 2:1 CBD to THC for even greater reduction of that brain buzz, but it’s still considered a balanced strain because it can provide a more harmonious cannabis experience.
Balance isn’t just important for cannabinoids, they apply to terpenes too. Balance is also very important for many medical patients who don’t use cannabis just for one ailment. A balanced strain can do many things at once, such as ease pain, reduce inflammation, quell nausea while boosting mental alacrity.
Whether you’re after a hybrid or balanced strain of cannabis, Haute Health has all the latest & greatest in the world of weed. To get you started, here are just a handful of some of the top quality buds you can find at Hautehealth.su:
What are two things you’re told you should never mix? Coffee and alcohol? Hot chocolate and ice cream? Oil and water? There are a lot of things that don’t mix well together, especially when we’re talking about consuming them together. Our digestive systems and cognitive functions can suffer at the hands of certain food or beverage concoctions, but what about combining psychedelic substances? Is it safe to take LSD and weed together?
Now this is a combination you’ll want to avoid, unless you’re a seasoned psychonautic veteran, familiar with all of the trippiest brain-melters out there. LSD and weed aren’t typically two things associated with one another - unless you’re talking about ‘things that are illegal in most parts of the world’. Instead of discussing the merits of taking a serious psychedelic substance like LSD and combining it with cannabis, we’d like to compare the potential benefits of Lysergic acid diethylamide with those of marijuana.
What is LSD? What are some of the uses for LSD today? What kind of research is being done on the benefits of LSD vs marijuana? Let’s get high on knowledge and trip out on the facts of LSD and weed.
Lysergic acid diethylamide, better known as LSD, is a potent psychedelic substance that was originally derived from fungi. Discovered almost accidentally in 1938 by Swiss scientist Alber Hofmann, LSD was collected from rye fungus and was being studied when it came into contact with Hofmann’s skin. He felt its powerful psychedelic effects and committed to exploring its influences, potential uses and practical benefits.
Leading up to the 1950’s, LSD was showing some promising results as Hofmann and others continued to study the substance and all its characteristics. Despite its effectiveness as a therapeutic drug for a variety of mental health conditions, LSD made it into the limelight and became heavily stigmatized. The 1950’s, 60’s and 70’s were a dark period for forward-thinking as stigmas around LSD and weed as well as other substances took root in societies all over the globe.
Before any practical uses for LSD were given a chance, it was classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance and further study ground to a halt. What is LSD? Essentially, it is a misunderstood, demonized and prohibited substance that could potentially have profoundly positive effects on people, if managed correctly.
Today, thanks to a resurgence in interests about psychedelics like DMT, ketamine, ayahuasca, psilocybin and others, Lysergic acid diethylamide is being looked at again for its potential benefits to neurological health. Certain practices like microdosing or dosing LSD in specific doses to help process trauma have gained popularity in recent years. As we begin to retrace our steps towards psychedelic enlightenment, the positive effects of substances like LSD and weed are beginning to outweigh the negatives that have held sway for so long.
Understanding ‘what is LSD’ requires a look at the kinds of effects it can have on your brain & body. Before we move onto some of the uses for LSD and determine what separates LSD vs marijuana, here is a quick summary of the most commonly reported positive/negative effects associated with Lysergic acid diethylamide:
Episodes of creativity & imaginativeness
Enhanced sensory perceptions (colors, shapes, sounds, textures, etc)
Hallucinatory images, patterns, experiences
Dissolution of the ego
Sense of oneness with other beings, energies or planes of existence
Changes in consciousness
Spiritual or cosmic experiences
Shifting of priorities, perceptions of reality
Ability to process information or experiences (both good and bad)
Eye-opening experiences with otherworldly entities
Losing track of time
Inability to focus
Disturbing thought patterns or manners of speaking
Paranoia, anxiety or depression
Intense fears come to life
Intense, confusing experiences with otherworldly entities
These are just the most common experiences with LSD. Uses for LSD aren’t always medical in nature - many people consume this powerful psychedelic for recreational purposes too. Your mental health, mood, physical health, fitness, restfulness and diet can all have impacts on how you trip on LSD. More importantly, your tolerance to psychedelics and experience with these kinds of substances will determine whether you have a positive experience, or a negative one.
We will consider the pros & cons of both LSD and weed, but first we should review the uses for LSD in order to determine how it is helping people today.
Psychedelics like ayahuasca, psilocybin and LSD have demonstrated great potential as short- and long-term treatments for serious mental conditions like anxiety, depression, substance abuse/addiction and PTSD. When dosed effectively, LSD can assist patients in managing their anxiety, stress, insomnia, mood swings, depression and mental/physical trauma. A number of studies have been conducted on these particular uses for LSD since the 1950’s, and almost all of the findings have shown great therapeutic rewards with minimal risks.
How does LSD help a person process trauma or overcome neurological conditions? By opening up their mind’s eye, expanding consciousness and enhancing their abilities to perceive themselves and the world around them, patients can work through what ails them at the cognitive level. Psychedelics like LSD can certainly turn your emotions into overdrive or spiral your thoughts out of control, but if doses are optimized to your tolerance levels (i.e. microdosing, intermittent dosing, etc) then LSD can empower someone to reassess their trauma from new angles, or with new understandings from their enhanced perspectives.
OCD, end-of-life-anxiety, migraines, depression, addiction, insomnia or even nightmares can be confronted while under the influences of LSD. In this heightened state, a person might be more in tune with themselves or the universe they inhabit, leading them to self-evaluate and make changes where necessary.
One of the most profound uses for LSD happens to center around, well… nothing. Doing nothing and just enjoying the experiences brought on by a psychedelic like LSD is sometimes the best thing to do for your health & wellbeing. Whether you’re microdosing for some cerebral calm or doing significant doses of 200 mcg or more to zone out, what is LSD if not a powerful ingredient for recontextualizing everything in your conscious mind?
Psychedelics have found a home at many treatment centers, retreats or guided sessions because they can level the playing field for anyone trying to process trauma, overcome their fears or to find peace amongst the chaos of life. This last point in particular has become quite popular among psychonauts - getting high on LSD, psilocybin or other psychedelics in order to reset their brain. Relaxing or unplugging from the seriousness of life can be impossible for some people, so a substance like LSD can be very beneficial for relaxing, resting or finding inner peace.
Imagine inside your brain is a vast lake with ebbs and flows, raging storms of anxiety and stress or quiet moments of blissful relaxation.. You are in a canoe - your consciousness - and your attempts to navigate through the tides of your mental state can seem like paddling against the currents much of the time. Psychedelics like LSD are like a sail for your small canoe, allowing you to put down your oars and focus on the horizon while your ship sails ahead, confidently.
This analogy was verbatim described by someone from a study in Switzerland in the early 2000’s while under the influences of psychedelics. Straight from the horse’s mouth, as they say, it’s hard to argue with these kinds of profound insights from enlightened people who have found peace with the help of psychedelics.
Not only is LSD and other psychedelics proficient for overcoming trauma, but LSD has garnered specific attention due to its propensity for improving personal growth. People have been opening their minds, enhancing their perceptions of reality, exploring new ways of thinking or basking in their newfound insights of themselves or the universe they inhabit.
Psychedelics like LSD can help you to achieve new heights of personal appreciation, understanding of problems & their solutions, endow you with greater emotional intelligence, or simply wow you through the trippy journeys between one hallucination to another. Every person has unique challenges to their personal growth stories, and psychedelic experiences can be equally variable or distinct from person-to-person.
These are fundamentally different approaches to mental health when compared to modern pharmaceutical techniques, which is why so many critics of psychedelics still continue to decry its uses today. The more we explore uses for LSD and weed and other psychedelics, the greater benefits we’ll be able to achieve while maintaining safer, more consistent psychotropic experiences for all.
Before we send you off to explore some of these incredible psychedelic experiences on your own, you're probably wondering about some of the differences between LSD vs marijuana. If you’re a pothead and you’ve got a handle on how buds affect you, is LSD just a stronger high? Is it safe to take LSD vs marijuana together to enhance one another? Let’s go through a few of the most asked questions about LSD and weed as a combo:
Can you mix LSD and weed?
It has been done in the past both safely and effectively - cannabis can enhance a psychedelic trip and compliment certain substances when dosed properly. That being said, it is very risky to combine any kinds of mind-altering substances unless you’re very familiar, experienced and educated on their uses. Always have a solid understanding of your tolerances to individual substances before you try combining them together.
What is more effective for medical treatment: LSD vs Marijuana?
Both cannabis and Lysergic acid diethylamide have their advantages/disadvantages when it comes to helping someone overcome mental or physical ailments. Cannabis is known to be great for easing pain, inflammation, nausea and the symptoms of stress, so it is considered to be a better “on demand” remedy for many things that ail us.
Psychedelics like LSD can take time to take effect, or the duration of their effects can come in waves and be very unpredictable. Nevertheless, LSD and other psychedelics are excellent for empowering a person to process trauma, overcome anxiety or depression and to counteract negative behaviors like anger issues or addiction. Both LSD and weed have their benefits, sometimes they intersect, but for the most part they’re relied on for very different things.
What are some ways LSD and weed are combined effectively?
Whenever some people are brave (or crazy) enough to combine LSD and weed, they typically do so for one of two reasons: to increase the intensity or duration of their psychedelic experiences, or to ease some of the symptoms of hallucinating. Cannabis, when combined with other psychedelics, can enhance certain aspects of your experience such as the length of trip, if it comes in waves, the intensity of euphoria or introspection, etc. On the other hand, cannabis is also great for easing anxiety, so LSD and weed are primarily combined to cut down on the undesirable effects of psychedelics like fear, anxiety, nervousness and the like.
There are a lot of things people associate with smoking weed, some earned and others unfair. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about people who consume cannabis on a regular basis, aka ‘stoners’? If you partake of the Mary J, you’re probably proud to count yourself amongst the most chill, fun and fancy-free people. If you’re not a regular stoner then you might conjure up imagery of zombified, hempen outfits, dreadlocks and an overabundance of junk food. Which one of these truly captures the modern stoner?!
The answer might surprise you: they both do. Stoners are a lot like the buds they smoke - they come in many shapes, sizes and colors, and they all have unique characteristics that make for a one-of-a-kind experience, everytime. Sure, some weed can make you lazy and some weed does drain your energy. On the flip side, a lot of strains enervate your mind and jumpstart your creativity or work ethic. To suggest that all stoners are lazy isn’t just unfair, it’s downright misinformed and insulting.
Cannabis’ many active compounds have varying effects on a person, depending on a multitude of factors such as tolerance, genetics (both the person’s and the plant’s) and your overall health & fitness. It’s important that you understand how cannabis makes you feel, what kinds suit your tolerances better, and what effects you’re after before you light one up. This might allude to one of the reasons why stoners are so lazy, at least in the public’s view: they’re smoking the wrong buds!
So, can weed make you lazy? Does weed drain your energy like they say? Why are stoners so lazy? Is this a myth, or are there some nugs of truth in these kinds of stigmas? Let’s wake up and smell the coffee as we figure out if weed makes you lazy or not.
You’ve probably heard this question more times than you’d like to: why are stoners so lazy? Whether directed at you, your friends or colleagues, anyone who partakes of pot will likely face scrutiny & stigma. One of the most common stigmas about cannabis users is that their brains are hazy, their bodies become sloth-like and their lack of motivation renders them akin to a modern day ‘walking dead’.
We’re not sure where this particular myth came about - all signs point to the dark days of the ‘Reefer Madness’ period in the 1950’s. Regardless where it came from, this misconception about all cannabis use leading to zombification has become less prominent in recent years - in no large part thanks to cannabis legalization in Canada. Still, a lot of people reserve judgment on cannabis folk because we enjoy relaxing, chilling, spacing out, getting a buzz, or soaring out-of-body.
Stoners aren’t lazy - they just understand how important it is to find calm in this chaos we call life. What’s a great way to turn your brain off and force your body to mellow out? Herbal tea can do it, meditation can achieve great relaxation, and even a good book can ease your tensions. However, nothing induces calm, relaxation, chill or inner peace quite like weed.
Can weed make you lazy? Sure it can, but that’s usually the point, isn’t it?! Does weed drain your energy? No, but it can make you question whether ‘being energetic’ is a worthy pursuit - especially when the alternative of mowing down on munchies and binging Netflix grows in appeal. The real takeaway is this: yes, cannabis can make you feel like turning your brain off and shutting your body down, but this isn’t a bad thing from time-to-time.
We all deserve relaxation, stress relief and time to just zone out. There is bliss in doing nothing, so don’t buy into the stigmas surrounding cannabis use. When you need help being mellow, chilling out or lazing about to your heart’s content then Mary J makes for the best ‘relaxation coach’ money can buy.
In the past, we’ve talked about weed that helps with productivity at work or energizes your mind & body at the gym. This time around we’d like to list some of the most potent, popular and effective weed strains for relaxing, tuning out or falling asleep. It’s not a bad thing to be ‘lazy’ from time to time - in fact, it’s something most of us could probably use more of in our hectically busy lives.
With these forthcoming cannabis strains you will finally be able to turn off your brain, trade in those work or fitness clothes for comfy ones, and chill the heck out. It’s time you started acting like the stoner you are and get comfortably lazy - and these strains are a great place to start:
What do you get when you cross two ‘ultra relaxed’ strains like Haze and Blueberry? Blue Dream washes over you like a cerulean sunrise and fills your body with warmth while cooling your mind. Blue Dream can relax your nerves without lulling you into a dream-like state; instead, this sativa-dominant hybrid is known for inducing a positive mindset, fun-funny attitude and focused high.
The hybrid child of two favorites - Grapefruit and Grape Ape - Zkittlez is as enervating as it is fruity & delicious. Its potent high takes hold of all your senses, forcing you to refocus and reorient yourself to your newfound mellow-chill. Not only does Zkittlez help to calm your nerves, it has a habit of waking you up and providing a bolt of energy that will make you want to create.
Imagine looking up one night and being dazzled by the magnetosphere dancing in vibrant colors all across the night sky… That’s what you can expect from the aptly named Northern Lights. This hybrid of Afghani and Thai is euphoric, relaxing, inquisitive and serene. You will enjoy this strain if you are fond of dual mind & body highs that lift you up simultaneously, creating space & time for your busy mind or sore body to achieve true R&R.
GG4, as it’s better known, is a hybrid in the ‘gorilla glue’ family that is sure to stick around your favorites once you’ve tried it. As is the case with most glue-strains, GG4 forces you to relax and sink into the couch. This potent whole body high offers extreme relaxation, nostalgia and a state somewhere in-between sleeping and wakefulness. Any of the GG strains would do the trick to relax you into submission, but Gorilla Glue #4 has gained a lot of popularity for this specific reason.
The ‘G Purp’ or ‘Granddad of Kush’ is a classic indica hybrid of Mendo Purps, Skunk and Afghan that is famous for its colorful chill. Euphoric to the max and relaxing for hours, GDP is one of the best strains for syncing your brain up with your body as they both ease into G Purp’s chill embrace. Granddaddy Purple is cerebral, allowing you to think things over without getting warped by stress. On top of all this, your muscles will feel utterly relaxed and your joints will loosen up, making you feel like reminiscing on a rocking chair on the porch - just like everyone’s grandpa does.
It’s a common question you’ll hear all too often if you’re a pothead: does weed drain your energy? Depending on what kind of stoner you are, you’ll have a different answer prepared for them. If you frequently smoke dope in order to relax and unwind, then you might agree that it does zap you of all your pep. On the other hand, if you toke up throughout the day and you’re able to still work hard & play even harder, then it’s obviously just a myth about cannabis that weed makes you lazy.
Regardless of the reasons why you use cannabis, it’s more about what you’re smoking than why you’re smoking it. Most people who don’t smoke weed fail to realize that there are thousands of types of cannabis to suit millions of needs, wants or desires. If zoning out and melting into the furniture is the kind of relaxation you need, then sure weed can make you lazy as an insomniac sloth on downers. There are also certain cannabis strains like Durban Poison, Jack Herer or Super Silver Haze that are known to perk you up and fire up those creative engines.
Here are some weed strains that are best known for disproving the myth that all stoners are lazy. These particular pot cultivars clear your mind, boost your cognition, free your mind & body from stress or anxiety, and enhance your abilities to get things done - whether that means work, workouts or knocking off items on the home to-do list. Why are stoners so lazy? They’re not, if they’re getting blitzed on these bud-boosters:
You know that phrase ‘pick your poison’? It probably originated at a dispensary when some stoner was trying to choose which cannabis strain to boost their cognitive & physical alertness, because that’s exactly what Durban Poison does. Its sweet aromas and sharp flavors will wake your mind up as your body is flooded with a need to accomplish something. Sometimes referred to as “espresso weed”, Durban Poison and others like it spark your cognition, supporting creative tendencies, go-getter mentalities and fun afternoons/evenings.
Nobody lends an uplifting hand quite like ol Jack H. Jack Herer is a cross of Northern Lights and Shiva Skunk, cultivated by none other than the cannabis-advocate himself, Jack Herer. JH smokers will enjoy being elevated by its piney smoke, feeling stress melt away and being replaced with acute attention to anything/everything. Jack Herer is a great strain to try before a big day of chores, like when it’s time to hang up those Xmas lights, or if you’re going to be working late on a big project. Jack the man was a motivator of people, and Jack the weed continues in his footsteps.
A favorite strain for workaholics or fitness freaks, Sour Diesel can help you focus up while bringing your anxiety down. Productivity, creativity, imagination, and clear headedness are all positive side effects of smoking some Sour D. With a cerebral yet mellow high that lasts a decent length of time, Sour Diesel is a must-try for those looking to buck their lazy habits in favor of some marijuana motivation.
Another classic strain renowned for its energizing effects, Green Crack never fails to shake you out of your stupor. GC is invigorating, uplifting, and consistent in its delivery of sharper focus, enhanced moods and go-getter attitudes. This is one of the most popular daytime strains because it definitely grabs hold of you, but doesn’t make you feel hazy or lazy. Green Crack is positively one of the most positive weed strains you can rely on to shake off the rust or dust off cobwebs - literally and figuratively.
Just saying its name is sometimes enough to wake you up or put a smile on your face. Maui Wowie is a bright experience of flavor & aroma that pleases the senses and opens up your mind. This tropical infusion of pineapple offers energetic afternoons, chill mornings or exciting evenings. Profoundly motivating, Maui Wowie is a popular “lunchtime toke” because it rushes in like a tropical second wind, giving you that verve you need to get through the day - all with a smile on your face. Feel the rush of the gorgeous Hawaiian sun every time you get high on Maui Wowie.
There are only two groups of people in this world - we know, you’ve probably heard this kind of rhetoric before, but trust us, we’ve finally boiled it down to the nitty gritty. What are these two distinctive types of people?! Simply put, the two kinds of people in the world can be grouped into the following archetypes:
Those who insist on pronouncing/spelling everything correctly
Those who use slang or give everything nicknames
That’s it, eh? Not what you were expecting? We were shocked to discover this immutable truth too, but there you have it. You’re either the kind of person who is a stickler for using full, correct names, titles or phrases - or you’re someone who has a pet name, slang or unique terms for your everyday communication.
Case in point: pot, ganja, weed, Mary J, electric lettuce, dope or… Cannabis. This plant in all its varieties comes in many forms, but it almost has as many names or slang terms as it does cannabinoids.
Have you ever wondered why cannabis has so many different identifiers? Why is it called pot? What are the differences between pot, weed buds and ganja? It’s time for a fun history lesson on the best weed nicknames and slang for weed from all over the world.
There are so many different names for cannabis that you might assume there’s no way they’re all referring to the same plants, right? The fact that there are so many slangs for weed should tell you something about cannabis’ diversity. Many stoners have wondered aloud or quested after the answers to some of the most fundamentally intriguing questions about cannabis, such as:
Have you ever considered the thousands upon thousands of unique genetic strains of cannabis that grow in various parts of the globe?
What about the hundreds of active compounds like cannabinoids or terpenes that create a unique experience, everytime?
How has cannabis maintained such a medical, cultural & spiritual prominence for so long, all over the world? What makes it so special?
Cannabis, ganja, reefer, pot, dope and all the other weed nicknames might shed light on the answers to these big questions. Cannabis and hemp both can be hybridized, grow in many environments, exhibit unique traits from crop-to-crop, and have shown us humans a lot about indoor and outdoor cultivation. Because cannabis, ganja, pot, marijuana, reefer, hashish and other slangs for weed come in so many shapes, colors, sizes and potencies we’ve developed really diverse relationships to this wondrous plant.
Some areas in the world have a real affinity for Sativas because they naturally thrive in their environments. In other parts, Indicas reign supreme and so their cannabis preferences lean more towards Indica-strains. Then there is a huge wave of progress in the Hybrids department - everyone and their grandmother are growing & smoking incredibly potent and multifaceted Hybrid strains that are all the rage in the modern cannabis scene. Oh, and don’t forget about those autoflowers - Ruderalis are very hearty and can grow in those more northerly regions.
So, why is it called pot? What are the differences between pot and weed? Why are there so many slangs for weed and weed nicknames? There are so many characteristics that can change, be manipulated or even randomized from crop-to-crop, so every new batch of cannabis has the potential to be unique from the last. This is why there are so many weed nicknames or unique slangs for weed that dominate in certain regions of the world: cannabis means something different to different people. For some, ganja is a way of life; for others pot is a fun hangout enhancer; for many more hashish has been a traditional medicine for generations.
Another consideration for why there are so many different nicknames like bud, weed, pot and ganja has to do with cannabis’ illicit status throughout the 20th century. Cannabis is still a controlled substance in most countries around the world, and even in places like Canada where it is Federally legalized it can face scrutiny, stigma and unfair restrictions. This has been the case for many decades, and the cannabis community is nothing if they’re not innovative.
So, weed nicknames like ganja, weed, pot, grass or Mary J were sometimes created out of necessity - they couldn’t talk about cannabis outright, so they came up with alternative names for their beloved buds. Authorities caught on to terms like cannabis, hemp, marijuana and even hashish, so to avoid too much unwanted attention a lot of these slangs for weed were meant to be used as a shield for our stoner ancestors’ safety.
Now that we understand the reasons why there are so many kinds of weed nicknames, let’s take a trip down memory lane as we talk about the origins of ganja, pot, weed, dope, Mary J and other iconic slangs for weed.
Why is it called pot? Are we known as potheads because of this weed nickname? Or is it called pot because it’s smoked by potheads?! This ‘chicken and the egg’ situation need not apply, because “pot” actually comes from similar origins to the word “marijuana”. Potiguaya is a traditional infused wine in Mexico, one that includes cannabis blended in with grapes to produce a medicinal/spiritual draught.
Potiguaya itself wasn’t necessarily a popular export, but the name stuck as much of the United States’ cannabis supply came through Mexico. Thus, pot took the cannabis world by storm and it has continued to resonate today with us potheads.
Speaking of spanish-speaking influences on the cannabis lexicon, “Mary Jane”, “Mary J” or “the Juana” originate in a very controversial term we know as marijuana. Marijuana is so entrenched in the cannabis world that it’d be crazy to think of calling it anything else, right? You might actually be wrong to use this term if you knew the origins of the word.
Marijuana, or marihuana, is actually associated with its original derogatory meaning for a “prisoner” or “criminal”. As millions of immigrants flocked to the United States, Canada and the UK, they brought with them their close ties to this “evil plant” we know as cannabis. Law enforcement and governments alike started using the term “marihuana” to describe not only this despised plant, but the people they racially profiled and showed prejudice against.
Mary J was taken back by the people in a bold move to declare their rights & freedoms, but there’s no escaping the downright evil origins of the term. For this reason, many people today refrain from calling it marijuana at all, but we understand if you continue to do so - it’s an affirmation of our rights to cannabis culture & freedoms.
One of the most memorable, roll-off-your-tongue weed nicknames ever comes to us from - you guessed it - one of the heartlands of marijuana: Jamaica. Technically speaking, the actual word “ganja” hails from India, meaning “buds of flowers” in Sanskrit. Ganja was brought into the mainstream as a popular term for marijuana by none other than Bob Marley and the Rastafari movement.
Reggae and ganja are closely linked, and since the 1960’s and 70’s ganja has continued to evolve into an entire way of life. Ganja isn’t just a slang for weed, it’s a lifestyle: good vibes, good buds, and peace & love to the world mon.
What are the differences between pot and weed? You could say that pot was more popular in the decades of free love (1950’s - 1970’s) while weed is more of a modern age term. Pot seems to be popular in the United States while weed dominated Canada & Europe, but there isn’t enough evidence to suggest this in any official capacity.
Weed is self-descriptive and it leaves little to the imagination, which is probably why it became so popular with young people in the 1990’s to today. “Weed” wasn’t meant to be derogatory even though it has been looked down upon as “dirty weed” by some authorities over the years. Weed is a young person’s cannabis term and it will continue to be used as more and more young adults turn to cannabis for their fun & health.
The dopest nickname for weed? It’s dope, bruh… duh! Dope doesn’t need much explaining because the word says it all. Authorities called anyone who consumed cannabis “dopes”, and so the weed world did what they always do - flipped the script and took back the power of the term itself.
Dope isn’t a great slang for weed because it is so nefariously associated with stigma towards “dopey, zombie-like stoner freaks”. That being said, it’s popular amongst young people today, so its resurgence probably hints at its lasting cultural significance.
Grass is green, weed is mostly green, so it makes sense that people would ‘smoke grass’, right? Simply put, grass was an endearing term that gained prominence in the 1960’s and beyond. Grass is harmless, so it seems like this weed nickname became popular because it eased some of the tensions surrounding marijuana, pot or reefer.
The grass is always greener on the other side, and we’re definitely on the other side of stigmas towards cannabis culture. We’ll continue to use this slang because it’s easy going and relaxed, just like how cannabis makes us feel.
Hash or hashish is an ancient word of Arabic origin. Hashish is an ancient Middle Eastern word that described the powdered extracts or resins from cannabis that were rolled into waxy balls or bricks. Hash actually has a really cool and intense origin story too - hired killers would consume high-potency hashish to center them, calm their nerves or enervate their minds & bodies before committing their violent acts.
These “hashishins” became the term we’re all familiar with in “assassin”. This doesn’t mean that every contract killer is high on hash, but in the old days that’s exactly the kind of scary combination of murderous intent & brain-buzz that you’d want to avoid.
Thanks to hilariously misguided and outdated “educational films” like Reefer Madness (1950’s), the term reefer gained popularity as a giant middle finger to “the man”. This slang for weed came about during the dark days of the reefer madness period where homes were broken into, plants were destroyed and people were wrongfully incarcerated for cannabis use/cultivation.
It’s no wonder why stoners were angry and used the term reefer almost ironically. Some suggest that reefer is also rooted in the Mexican word “grifo” which was another derogatory slang used for people who enjoyed smoking cannabis too often. Either way, reefer is a pillar of the cannabis lexicon even today, so the good guys won out in the end.
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There you have it! The differences between buds and weed and pot and ganja are sometimes cultural, sometimes forced, and almost always come about from the strong willed populace of stoners around the globe. No matter what you call your cannabis, keep championing this plant in all its shades of green glory. Always defend your rights to consume pot, to grow ganja, to smoke dope, to stay healthy with weed, to get high with Mary J, and to improve your quality life with cannabis.