Weed sure makes life a lot more fun. It can also make life a lot more expensive if you’re puffing your way through several joints a day. To make your stash go further, try these tried-and-tested strategies.
Choose Pipes Over Joints and Blunts
Smoking joints, blunts, and spliffs is the simplest and most popular way to consume cannabis, but it’s also the least efficient. A single joint or blunt can use between 250-750 mg of cannabis material, and a lot of that material burns up and is wasted in the form of ash.
It takes a little more equipment and know-how, but you can preserve a lot more herb by using pipes and bongs. Because all of the plant material is contained within the pipe, you don’t need to use as much for your smoke sesh. Fewer cannabinoids and terpenes are wasted.
If you really want to be frugal about it, you can use a one-hitter pipe to save 90% or more of your supply. Rather than 250 mg, a pipe can provide a satisfying hit with a mere 25 mg of flower and usually uses less (if any) filler as well.
Make Your Own Concentrates
Concentrates are naturally more potent than flower; in fact, they’re anywhere from three to five times stronger. Many pot users find that a minute amount of a concentrate like wax or shatter is enough to keep them going all day, compared to 0.5 grams of bud.
To make your own extracts at home (and save money in the process), you can use a rosin press like the ones popularized by PurePressure. These machines use heat and pressure to extract the cannabinoids and terpenes for a clean, solvent-free cannabis hit.
If you’re looking for something a bit simpler and more affordable, you can use a pollen press and herb grinder to transform your weed into dry-sift hash.
Opt for Edibles
Smoking is arguably the most effective way to feel a THC hit within minutes. Unfortunately, it’s also the least cost-effective method if you’re trying to conserve your stash, as you’ll typically go through two joints per day at a cost of $8 or more.
If you’re looking for the biggest bang for your buck, edibles offer a long-lasting alternative that is especially pleasing to the palate. While the typical 10mg dose can take an hour or more to kick in, you should feel the effects for a full 4 to 12 hours. Best of all, a little goes a long way, so you don’t need to burn through your whole supply in a day.
Wait Just A Little Longer
If you’ve ever overeaten in a hurry and suffered the consequences later, you’ll understand what takes place when you take a second drag of weed before the first hit has taken effect. Soon, you find yourself slightly overwhelmed — and with less bud left in your stash.
Instead of smoking or vaping your cannabis at random, separate your supplies into daily and use-based amounts. Once you’ve used up one dose, wait for a bit to let the hit take effect before you reach for a second. Nine times out of ten, you’ll probably find that you didn’t need that second dose after all.
Weed can really spice up your life, but you don’t want your habit to break the bank. Fortunately, with time-tested tips and a little bit of experimentation, you can make the experience go much further at only a fraction of the cost.
The good news is that many of these weed-saving techniques (like edibles) are cleaner as well as gentler on your lungs. Play around with these and other delivery methods to find the ones that work for you.