Is smoking a joint properly so easy that anyone can do it? Smoking might be intuitive for some people, but others continue to struggle. Its natural to have tons of questions about how to smoke a joint. How do you hold it, how do you inhale, and how long you hold it are all some of the most common questions to work out.

Why do you think most people don’t get stoned the first time they smoke a joint? More often than not, they just don’t know what they are doing. Even experience smokers might have a thing or two to learn, or a bad habit to break.

Figuring out the right way to smoke a joint isn’t something you can ask just anyone. It’s an embarrassing admission for many people. That’s why you are here, reading this how-to guide and not asking your friends. You might just learn a thing or two in this step-by-step guide that even your friends couldn’t tell you.

There is No Such Thing as the Right Way

The most important point to remember before getting started is that there is not necessarily a right way and a wrong way to smoke weed. While some ways are far more effective, efficient and stylish, it doesn’t mean the other methods are wrong. Everyone has their style and preference. Once you get a bit of practice, you’ll soon develop your own.

This guide aims to provide the basic outline of how to smoke a blunt. It’ll help you get the most out of the experience and help you not look like a complete knob in the process. Once well versed, feel free to adlib.

How to Smoke a Joint Like a Pro

1.Good Quality Weed

The first step is always about sourcing quality weed. Tasty bud, specially sourced from someone who knows their stuff, will make the experience all the better. Nothing is worse than taking a deep inhale, only to kill your lungs during an extended coughing fit. Plus, paying good money for a top quality product is much better for your lungs. The last thing you want to start smoking moldy weed.

The variety of strains available these days is also an important consideration. Do you want indica, sativa or a hybrid? If you don’t know what this means, you need to do a little bit more research. In essence, an indica is heavy, slow, and relaxing. It’s often referred to as “In da couch.” Sativa on the other hand typically is more energetic, creative and social. Hybrids vary from one to the next.

2. Roll it Up

The second step to smoking a joint is rolling one. If you have absolutely no experience smoking weed, the best way to start is with a joint. Why? Because smoking weed out of a bong or other device can deliver quite a potent punch. It is impossible to overdose from marijuana, but there is such a thing as getting too stoned. It’s called ‘greening out.’

Learning to roll is arguably an essential step to becoming a professional. It’s a right of passage. There is no better way of looking like you know what you’re doing, then rolling a perfect joint. Besides watching a few videos and learning the steps in a how-to guide, the best way to perfect this craft is trying it yourself. Practice makes perfect. If you mess it up on your first go, there is no reason why you can’t simply try again.

A few key points for the first time roller:

  • Bigger is better. Yes, everyone loves smoking big blunts, but they are also much more comfortable to roll. Large, thick rolling papers are much more damage resistant than the small cigarette papers.
  • Dry hands are a vital aspect of handling both weed and rolling papers. If you find yourself getting nervous, and your palms start sweating, just take a break. There is no easier way to ruin a joint than with sweaty hands.
  • Grind your weed properly. Most first-timers don’t appreciate what quality ground weed can add to a joint. Not only will it be easier to roll, but it will also be easier to smoke.

3. Light it up!

Unlike a cigarette, you don’t want to light up the joint while holding it in your mouth. You might catch some old-timers lighting a joint in their mouth, but this isn’t a great idea. Not only do you risk inhaling toxic lighter fluid, but you might also accidentally burn off your eyebrows.

Most blunts are twisted at the end to seal the product inside. It’s important first carefully to burn off the twisted part before taking a puff. Again, it avoids inhaling unnecessary smoke and ensures the joint starts burning properly. As any cannabis enthusiast will tell you, nothing is worse than a joint that burns down one side and not the other.

Only once the tip is burnt off and a small flame remains is it time to start smoking.

4. Smoke it

Now is the step you’ve been waiting for, the first inhalation. Rest the filter on the outside of your lips, instead of inside your mouth to avoid getting too sloppy. Inhaling a bit of oxygen along with the smoke is a good thing.

Unlike what the movies will lead you to believe, deep inhales are not a good idea for your first try. If you have never smoked before, deep inhales will likely just lead to an embarrassing coughing fit.
Instead of deeply inhaling, focus on taking short little puffs. While it might feel natural to hold the smoke in your mouth, you want to pull it into your lungs.

It’s just like drawing in a breath of fresh air, but this time it is marijuana smoke. Hold the smoke in your lungs for as long as possible. Don’t act crazy about it, but, the longer the better. Holding it in the lungs allows more THC to absorb into the bloodstream.

5. Sit Back and Enjoy

If you don’t smoke weed on a daily basis, it won’t take much to feel the effects. In fact, smoking is one of the quickest ways to absorb THC straight into the bloodstream. Take it easy, and remember you can always smoke more, but you can never smoke less.