7 Best Ways to Smoke Weed - Pros, Cons, and More

May 22, 2023

With the evolving and legalizing the cannabis industry, you can explore various smoking methods and find the one that resonates with you the most. Once you discover your favorite method, it's common to develop a preference and continue using it for a significant period of time.

Each method can provide a unique experience, so it's worth experimenting to find what works best for you.

Indeed, determining the "best" way to smoke weed can be subjective and dependent on individual preferences. With the ever-expanding array of methods available, it can be challenging to recommend a universally superior option. Factors such as ease of use, efficiency, discretion, frequency of use, health considerations, cost, and convenience all play a role in determining what works best for each person.

Ultimately, the best way to smoke weed is the one that aligns with an individual's specific needs and priorities. It's important to explore different methods and find what suits you personally.

1. Dry Herb Vaporizers

Vaporizers were introduced as an alternative to traditional smoking methods, primarily targeting cigarette smokers with the aim of providing a potentially less harmful option. Over time, cannabis enthusiasts also began exploring the use of vaporizers, applying the principles of herb vaping to their marijuana consumption.

An herb vaporizer is a device that enables you to consume cannabis without combustion. Instead of burning the herb, it heats it to a temperature that allows the cannabinoids, such as THC and CBD, to vaporize without reaching the point of combustion.

The vapor produced typically contains fewer harmful byproducts compared to smoking, such as tar and other potentially harmful chemicals.

This method has gained popularity among individuals who prioritize a potentially cleaner and more controlled cannabis consumption experience. More information about THC and CBD, and the Entourage Effect here.

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Pros: Dry vaping weed provides a cleaner and smoother experience in terms of taste and impact on the lungs. It's cleaner healthier and you can add classic and hybrid flavors. It's also strong in taste and can get you wicked high.

Furthermore, discreet in smell and appearance (hint: you didn't hear this from me, but it can up your public consumption game).

Cons: Comparing to the other methods, it takes few more hits to get to the high you need. Another issue, good high end vaporizers are relatively expensive.

So if you were a regular marijuana smoker, a nice high quality vaporizers can be a great investment, you will pay more, but it will save you a lot for the long run.

2. Glass pipes

When you wanna get high and looking for a quick and efficient way to consume it, a glass pipe can be a convenient choice.

Glass pipes, also known as bowls, are popular utensils among marijuana smokers. They offer a straightforward and user-friendly experience. Simply load the bowl with your desired amount of marijuana, apply heat, and inhale.

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Most glass pipes nowadays are made of high-quality borosilicate glass, which is the ideal material for such high temperatures exposure. 

Pros: Glass pipes have been always popular due to their portability and ease of use. Plus they are work of art; glass blowers have become very creative to provide massive variety of colors and designs that will suit your interest.

Cons: Unlike bongs, it won't give you big hits. Glass Pipes also are easy to break, so make sure you get a case or a pouch for it. If you dropped it, you will break it, so be careful. Furthermore, it won't be very convenient for large group of people, maybe only up to 3 or 4. 

3. Bongs and bubblers


A bong, or a water pipe, is a water-based device that allows smoke to pass through water before inhaling it through the mouthpiece. Its main advantage is that you get smooth hits that don’t burn your throat especially when yo use cold water or adding ice.

The water doesn't only cools the smoke off, but also filters it from resin and some harmful chemical components.

The base water can be flavored to enhance a sweeter taste of the herb. There are various and very creative designs of Bongs, make sure to look around before you buy one

Pros: Comparing to glass pipes, bongs provide bigger, cooler and smoother hits. It doesn't take much effort to get you as high as the Empire State Building, considering the amount of smoke you can inhale with just one puff. The bigger the bong, the bigger the hit, nevertheless, the less affordable and portable.

Cons: It can be a bit bulky and uses more weed comparing to the other methods, especially in large groups. Beware of the plastic or acrylic bongs, they're much more dangerous to your health than glass ones.

4. Blunt

Blunt is a cigar rolled with tobacco leaf and then opened outward to be filled with any type of your favorite herbs. However, in recent days, it's been used solely for weed smoking. When you smoke it, you will get combined buzz from the nicotine and weed, which will give you a unique high. It might not be your thing though, but you won't now till you try it. Flavored Blunts are known to improve the sweet tang on the inhale. 

Pros: comparing to a plain old style joint, blunts last longer, burn slower, hold more weed, taste better, easier to roll, with bigger hits. Furthermore, it's perfect for a large group. 

Cons: Other than they contain nicotine which is harmful to your lungs, they're a bit wasteful; they require more weed than you would need for a bong or bowl.

5. Joint

Sometimes you need to go back to the old traditional ways which our parents used to smoke weed. Joints provide you the joy of the simple way to consume Marijuana.

Joints have been a long time favorite among marijuana smokers because of it's simplicity and easy access. You can find it pretty much in any convenient store. Roll it and you're good to go.

Knowing how to roll a nice tight join is not only impressive, but it's also a great skill to have, especially if you consider yourself a stoner. Something I've been working on for quite some time.

Pros: Of all the ways to smoke weed, rolling a joint is the cheapest. It's highly effective and it doesn't contain nicotine which makes it not as harsh as a blunt, unless if you decided to roll a spliff. It's also not as wasteful to your weed as bongs. 

Cons: Burns faster; using joint leads to wastage of the flavor by fast burning. Joints can also result in fingers and lips burning. 

6. Dab rigs

For those who have high tolerance and they're looking for a buzz like they've never smoked before, your only option is either take a tolerant break or dabbing. Although, more tools are needed, but for that kind of high you will get, this is your only choice. 

First, the smoker will have to heat up the dab rig using a torch, aiming it at the nail. After a 10-15 second cool down, they take a dabber, apply the desired amount of concentrate, and then touch it to the nail while inhaling at the same time. Unlike the other smoking methods, it may take you as few as one hit, to get you wicked stoned. If it didn't, dude, take a tolerance break. It's getting too expensive for you.

Pros: It's the best way to get you the highest in the least amount of time than you ever could smoke an entire joint.

Cons: It's expensive, not only in terms of buying all the equipment (a torch, dab rig, and dab nail), which can be a hassle, but also buying the concentrate itself. Furthermore, after dabbing becomes less efficient for you because of your extremely high tolerance, not sure where you wanna go from there.  

7. Hookah

You know that thing the caterpillar was smoking in Alice In Wonderland.

We all know, having friends over and lots of marijuana bond so well together, no question. However, with Hookah, it makes it a social event. A hookah can contain four or more nozzles attached to it, and in this case you and your pals will all be able to share the smoke at the same time without the need to Puff-Puff-and-Pass it. 

Make sure to grind your weed and mix it up with shisha tobacco real good, it would be nice to sprinkle some keif in there too. Coating your weed in shisha helps to to slow cook the weed for some time. For lack of better words, "vaporize" the weed rather smoke it.

It will definitely give you a different high since it's mixed with shisha, which is basically flavored tobacco. it's not like smoking a spliff though. 

Here is a tip for you, pay attention to the coal. Don't let the coal touches your blend when you smoke it, the heat coming from the coal will be enough (maybe leave 0.5 inche gap between your blend and the coal). Also make sure to clean the hookah very well right after your smoking session thoroughly so it won't catch any unwanted taste. 

Pros: It's perfect for a group of people who doesn't want to get high instantly and relax and enjoy the evening. You can lean back and comfortably get high.

Cons: It can be wasteful way to smoke weed. 

And here is an extra method for you: Gas mask

Personally, I'm not a huge fan, but it's one of the craziest ways that you can smoke weed. A pipe from the smoking bong is channeled to the gas mask. With the gas mask, you can regulate the incoming weed flavor from the bong. Unlike smoking a blunt, joint and a bong, the gas mask provides you the ability to relish the entire smoking process. 

Pros: it will get you high very fast. 

Cons: the gas mask can easily burn your face or even mess up with your nostril. It can also cause breathing difficulties


In conclusion, as I mentioned at the beginning of the post, there are so many ways to smoke weed. Marijuana has been trending for some time and it has attracted more innovative and creative ways of consuming it. The best way is to figure it out yourself. Sometimes, you want to get high slowly while many of us want to get totally blasted in a span, other times you're trying to save money, or want to enjoy smoking weed with group of people. And sometimes the availability of the methods of smoking weed will determine our choices. So weigh your options and figure it out for yourself. 

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Editor's Note: This post was originally published in June 2016 and has been revamped and updated as needed for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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