As medical marijuana and cannabis dispensaries become more widespread, you might find yourself spending way more money on weed than you can sustain. Luckily, there's no shortage of techniques you can employ to extend the life of your stash. Whether it's exploring new ways to inhale or ingest your weed, learning how to smoke bowls more efficiently, or becoming more discerning with your party etiquette, there's bound to be at least one piece of advice in this article that'll help you learn how to make your weed last longer.
Control your intake.
The first step in learning how to make your weed last longer is to police yourself a little in order to control how often you smoke weed and how much weed you go through every time you smoke.
It may seem counterintuitive, but making edibles is a great way to control how much weed you're using and make it last longer. It can take a lot of weed to make a batch of pot brownies or firecrackers, but you get more bang for your buck. For most people, edible highs last twice as long as smoking highs, and its much easier to manage your intake: just pick out one brownie and put the rest away for later. If you've never made your own edibles before, check out this simple guide to learn how to make pot brownies that are delicious.
Smoke less weed at one time.
If edibles aren't your bag, there are still some great techniques for prolonging your weed. The most obvious-sounding choice is to just smoke less. I know that sounds like a stupid solution, but just think about it for a moment. Try using a one-hitter or rolling smaller joints and blunts. This doesn't mean that you'll only take one hit in a night, but you only have to commit to one at a time. This allows you to be more conscientious of your consumption. Instead of committing to a huge bowl or a fat blunt, you might find that you're sufficiently high after a few tokes from a one-hitter, and you can ride that high for a while without wasting more weed.
If a bowl is the only vessel you have on hand, you can also try simply putting less than the full amount of weed in the bowl than normal. Alternately, you can only smoke some of the weed in the bowl at one time in a process known as "cornering." Tilt the bowl and only light on one end at a time, taking care to burn only a small amount of green at once. Cornering your bowl isn't a super easy technique to master, but it's essential if you're learning how to make your weed last longer. Even if you aren't rationing your marijuana, cornering your bowl allows you to preserve the fresh flavor of your cannabis for longer as well.
Try vaping your weed.
This method can mean putting a little extra money up front if you don't already have a vaporizer, but if you're trying to save money on weed, the long-term savings more than make up for the initial investment. By the numbers, it takes less weed to produce the same high when consuming via vaping as opposed to smoking. I don't need to tell you that the less weed it takes to get high, the better! In addition to the monetary advantage, some reviewers even claim that vaping provides heightened flavors versus burning your weed in bowls or joints or blunts. The cherry on top of all these benefits is that preliminary studies suggest that vaping weed is safer than smoking. In other words, you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by seeing what its like to vape your weed.
Storing Your Stash
One often overlooked piece of advice is to only take some of your weed when you're not hosting. There's nothing worse than waking up the next morning and realizing your whole stash is gone because things got a little out of hand or because your buddies got greedy. Keep most of your weed at home in one of the best smell proof containers and only take what you're willing to use in one night. This allows you to ensure that you only smoke what you can afford in one night while saving some of your stash for a rainy day.
If you show up with just a small amount of weed, you can also avoid attracting the attention of moochers. You know the people I'm taking about: every time you go to a party, there's always that one guy or gal who only ever "borrows" weed from whoever they can without contributing themselves. Do whatever you can to avoid wasting your weed on these people.
If all the other advice in this article has failed you, you may have to resort to a couple last ditch nuclear options. The first is to get in the habit of saving the roaches from your joints and blunts. Once you get down to the tip at the end of a good joint, it's customary to toss that last little nasty bit of weed. If you want to avoid running out of weed in the future, a gross but cost-effective tip is to keep those roaches stored in a mason jar or other airtight receptacle. Eventually, there'll be enough "roach weed" to form a whole new joint. It'll be far from the best smoke you've ever had, but it'll get you high at no extra cost if you're all out of fresh weed.
Finally, if all else fails—you're out of roaches, your vape pen is broken, and you ate your last brownie—take a break. If you want to know how to make your weed last longer, a tolerance break (or "t-break") is the most effective way because it doesn't require you to consume any weed at all! Now hear me out: I'm not telling you to stop smoking weed. But if you're at a point where you're legitimately worried about the effect weed is having on your budget, cut it out for a few weeks or months and build up your finances a bit. Not only will a t-break allow you to save money, but whenever you decide to start spending money on weed again, your reduced tolerance means you can cut down on how much you have to buy. It's a win-win.