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How to Inhale Weed: Yes. There’s a Proper Way

Have you ever found yourself staring at a joint, wondering how to finally have your first puff?

Perhaps you’ve tried before, only to end up in a fit of coughs, feeling like you’ve lost a wrestling match with a puff of smoke.

Maybe you’ve been smoking for a while, but never really thought about the technique – after all, how complex could inhaling smoke be, right?

Surprisingly, many are in the same boat as you – individuals who are keen to delve into the world of cannabis but aren’t quite sure how to inhale weed properly.

There are even seasoned users, comfortable in their routines, who might not realize that their inhaling technique could use a bit of refining.

All these scenarios underline a simple fact: inhaling weed is not just about drawing breath, it’s an art, one that can make a world of difference in your cannabis experience.

Is There Even an Improper Way of Inhaling Marijuana?

Contrary to what many may believe, there is indeed a wrong way to inhale weed.

If you’ve been guilty of ‘mouth hitting’, where you keep the smoke in your mouth rather than drawing it into your lungs, you’ve been missing out.

The psychoactive compounds in cannabis, like THC, are absorbed through the lungs and not the mouth. On the flip side, taking too deep a breath or holding in the smoke excessively doesn’t increase THC absorption as one might think.

Studies show that most THC is absorbed within the first few seconds, and any longer simply exposes your lungs to unnecessary irritants.

But don’t fret. Improper inhalation is common and easy to correct with the right guidance and a bit of practice.

Here’s How to Inhale Weed Properly

The art of inhaling marijuana is an essential aspect of the cannabis experience. Regardless of how long; mastering this art can make a significant difference in how effectively you experience the benefits of this magical herb.

Let’s discuss the different inhalation methods for blunts, joints, vapes, bowls, bongs, and pipes.

Blunts and Joints

Blunts and joints represent the traditional and most iconic way of smoking cannabis. Joints are easy to roll and smoke, while blunts, rolled with tobacco leaves, are more popular for longer sessions due to their slower burn. However, for those sensitive to tobacco, hemp wraps provide a healthier, nicotine-free alternative.


  1. Light the joint or blunt evenly while gently drawing on the other end to distribute the flame.
  2. Take a small, measured inhale, akin to sipping a hot drink.
  3. Pull the smoke into your lungs by drawing in a bit of fresh air after your puff to help push the smoke down.
  4. Exhale almost immediately; holding the smoke in your lungs does not increase the effects and can irritate your lungs.

We recommend our very own pre-rolls if you haven’t had the time to buy one yet, while also recommending our rolling papers as well.

Vapes and Bowls

Vapes and bowls offer a convenient and subtle way to consume cannabis. Vaporizers heat the herb just below the point of combustion, creating a flavorful, potent vapor. Bowls, on the other hand, are ideal for controlled and portable consumption.


  1. Ensure your vaporizer is charged, and the chamber is filled with your cannabis product, or your bowl is packed with well-ground weed.
  2. Take a slow, steady draw from the mouthpiece, inhaling the vapor or smoke directly into your lungs.
  3. Follow with a small breath of fresh air to guide the vapor or smoke down.
  4. Exhale right away as holding it in won’t amplify the effects and may stress your lungs.

The Airis 8 Vaporizer is our known product that users are very happy to use. You might want to check it out.

Bongs and Pipes

Bongs and pipes are known for their efficiency and potency. They allow for larger hits while the water in bongs cools down the smoke, offering a smoother experience.


  1. Pack your bowl or pipe with ground cannabis, light it, and simultaneously draw gently on the mouthpiece.
  2. Once the chamber is filled with smoke, stop lighting, continue inhaling to draw the smoke into your lungs.
  3. As with the previous methods, breathe in a bit of fresh air to help guide the smoke down.
  4. Exhale immediately. Prolonged holding can cause unnecessary irritation.

You can find our bongs and pipes products on our Accessories category if ever you’re in the market to buy some.

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Tips When Inhaling Cannabis for the First Time

Inhaling weed is not as complicated as it may seem, and with these tips in mind, you’ll master it in no time.

Things to Do

Let’s start with the ‘must-dos’

Find a Safe and Comfortable Environment

Your environment can significantly impact your overall cannabis experience. Choose a space where you feel relaxed and at ease. If you’re trying cannabis with others, make sure they are people you trust and feel comfortable with.

Stay Hydrated

Cannabis can sometimes cause dry mouth, a condition commonly known as “cottonmouth.” Keep a glass of water or other hydrating beverages nearby to avoid any discomfort.

RELATED: Does Smoking Weed Dehydrate You?

Start with a Low-THC Strain

If you’re new to cannabis, opt for a strain with a lower THC content. It can help you understand how your body reacts to THC without feeling overwhelmed by its more potent effects.

Listen to Your Body

Pay attention to how your body responds. If you start feeling uncomfortable, it might be a good idea to take a break or stop for the time being.

Remember, the aim is to have a positive experience.

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Things to Avoid

It’s also important to take note of the potential risks that you might want to avoid.

Avoid Inhaling Too Deeply

While you may believe that deeper inhalation leads to more substantial effects, it’s not necessarily true. Deep inhalation can potentially lead to coughing and discomfort. A gentle, shallow inhale is just as effective and much more comfortable, especially for beginners.

ALSO READ: Does Coughing Get Maximize Your High?

Avoid Consuming on an Empty Stomach

Cannabis, especially strains with high THC content, can sometimes cause feelings of nausea if consumed on an empty stomach. It’s best to have a meal or at least a snack before your cannabis session.

RECOMMENDED: Does Consuming Edibles Work More on an Empty Stomach?

Don’t Mix with Alcohol

As a newbie, you should avoid mixing cannabis with alcohol. Both substances can potentiate each other’s effects, which can lead to an overwhelming and uncomfortable experience.

Avoid Ignoring the Strain Type

Different cannabis strains have different effects. Indica strains are typically more relaxing, while Sativa strains are usually more energizing. Hybrids fall somewhere in between. Knowing the strain can help manage your expectations and control your experience.

Don’t Overdo It

Remember, less is more when it comes to cannabis. Especially as a beginner, overdoing it can lead to a less-than-enjoyable experience. Start with small puffs, and wait for the effects to kick in before deciding if you want more.

Final Thoughts

Here at BMWO, we not only promote high-quality cannabis products but also high-quality content that assists our valued customers in properly maneuvering the ins and outs of cannabis use.”

If you want to check out more of our content, you can head over to our blog category. If you’re interested in our high quality products such as strains, joints, bongs, and everything else we’ve mentioned before, feel free to visit our products category.

Remember, the key to a good cannabis experience is to take things slow and easy. Start with small puffs, exhale slowly, and avoid holding your breath. If you’re a beginner, start with joints or bowls as they offer more control. Also, while experimenting with different methods is encouraged, make sure to keep your devices clean for a smoother experience.

And if you have your own experiences with inhaling weed, feel free to comment in the box below! We would love to hear them.

Let’s tackle some related questions you might have about ‘how to properly inhale weed’ in this section.

What’s the difference between inhaling marijuana and tobacco?

While you might inhale them in similar ways, tobacco and marijuana are very different. They affect your body differently and carry different health risks.

When you inhale tobacco, you’re mainly taking in nicotine. This is a substance that can make you addicted and can cause health problems like cancer and heart issues.

Inhaling marijuana is different. Marijuana has THC and CBD, substances that can change your mood and might help with things like pain or anxiety.

Can inhaling cannabis affect my lung health?

While research is ongoing, some studies suggest that regular, heavy use of cannabis can have an impact on lung health over time, such as chronic bronchitis and others. However, occasional use, particularly of vaporized or edible cannabis products, is generally believed to have minimal risk.

Is it possible to get too high from inhaling cannabis?

Yes, it’s possible to consume too much cannabis in one sitting, particularly when inhaled due to its quick onset of effects. This can lead to unpleasant symptoms like paranoia, dizziness, nausea, or even a temporary loss of coordination.

This is why it’s important to start slow and consume responsibly, particularly if you’re new to cannabis or trying a new product. If you do consume too much, remember to stay calm, hydrate, and rest. The effects will wear off with time.

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