Weed has captured the American public’s attention due to its recent legalization in many states. And it’s also captured many hearts along the way. If you’re ready to see what the hype’s all about, then you’re in for a beautiful ride.
But you’re not ready to become a connoisseur quite yet. There are some weed-smoking essentials that every beginner needs.
Throughout this post, we’re going to recommend some great American-made products from Happy Weed Friends, but feel free to do some research. After all, the most important thing is finding the right stuff that’ll make every hit feel unique.
Weed Essentials for Every Type of Smoker
As you likely already know, there are many different ways to enjoy weed. Every method of cannabis consumption comes with its own necessary tools and accessories.
But no matter how you light up, there are some essentials that everyone needs.
Any smoker needs a lighter. And every smoker has been in this place before: you’re about to smoke some weed and let off some steam. Everything is ready, but then… a lighter is nowhere in sight. You look around and can’t find one anywhere.
This situation happens all too often. Lighters are cheap and easily accessible, so this problem can be easily avoided.
If you want to get flashy with it: there are tons of cool lighters that can go on necklaces or on key holders. Just be careful with putting these in your pocket!
Your weed probably cost you some good money. Nothing sucks more than losing your weed to deteriorating quality.
Weed quality is diminished by moisture, dust, and other airborne contaminants. A sealed, air-tight container can keep your weed fresh. It also keeps the place from completely smelling like weed. I personally use jars but boxes, tubs, and bags work just as well.
Remember to keep your container out of direct sunlight and at room temperature!
You have to keep things clean. If you don’t, you risk catching an infection through exposure to germs and bacteria.
Quality cleaning brushes and isopropyl alcohol should do the trick. Cleaning your accessories might sound like a drag, but it’s absolutely necessary.
Here are some great brushes from Happy Weed Friends.
What You’ll Need for Every Smoking Method
Let’s check out the proper gear for the most common consumption methods:
- Smoking a pipe: Pipes come in all shapes, sizes, and materials. But it’s best to keep it standard for a while. That means a spoon or bubbler that can fit in your hand and is made of glass.
- Smoking a bong: If you want to play things a bit on the safer side, a bong might be the tool for you. Bongs are most common among people who want to minimize the number of potential toxins that can come from smoking blunts. We recommend the standard glass bong with a removable bowl.
- Smoking a joint, blunt, or spliff: If you’re into rolling, then you’re going to need some rolling paper. There’s a lot of tools to make rolling easier, but a rolling tray or machine is essential.
- Smoking a one-hitter: You’ll need a simple one-hitter pipe and a dugout. A dugout can hold a bit of your stash and the pipe, all while fitting in your pocket.
- Vaporizing flower: You’re going to need a flower-compatible vaporizer for this one. There are the small handheld vaporizers or tabletop, stationary ones. They both have their pros and cons.
- Dabbing concentrates: If your go-to choice is dabbing, then you’ll need a dab rig. Dab rigs should include a water pipe and a ton of other tools like nails, domes, blowtorches, e-nails, etc.
- Using a vape pen: Consuming cannabis with a vape pen is easy and convenient. All you’ll need is a battery and a cartridge containing cannabis oil. The battery must be charged in order for it to vaporize the oil.
Now, let’s get into the specifics of what you should invest in.
Weed Accessories for Pipe Smoking
If you’re going to smoke with a pipe, you’re going to want to invest in a grinder. This goes for bongs and joints, too.
A grinder is a small canister with “teeth” that lets you grind up your flower. This increases the surface area of your bud, meaning that you get a better high. Keep in mind that a grinder should break up your flower, not completely mutilate it.
Check out some of our grinders here.
As for the pipe itself, we recommend those on the smaller, lighter side of things. Preferably glass, too.
Here are some pipes that are sure to give you the perfect high.
Weed Accessories for Bongs
Bongs come in all shapes and sizes. But they’re typically larger than other smoking tools. A lot of them fit perfectly on coffee tables.
Here’s one of our best bongs, eventually you can start playing with beaker size, bowl size, and more—but this is a good place to start.
Joints, Blunts, & Spiffs
Blunts are one of the most iconic smoking methods.
You’re going to need some tools to make joint life easier. But first, you need to pick some rolling paper. There are tons of different kinds out there. The main difference lies in the material used to make the paper itself. They can be made from flax, rice straw, hemp, or wood pulp. Experiment with different materials.
Once you find out what material you like best, feel free to explore the different flavors offered.
Ashtrays and blunt rolling machines are going to make rolling a lot easier. Rolling is a skill, and not everyone can do it—but rolling machines and pre-rolled blunts can be just as awesome.
Smoking a One-Hitter
One-hitters are great for their portability and convenience. A dugout can hold some stash and your pipe.
These things would work best in an odor-proof bag, just so you don’t smell like weed everywhere you go.
Flower-compatible vaporizers can either be really small or really big. If you’re planning on smoking on the go, then go with a smaller one. If you and your friends relax somewhere for the group sesh, then invest in a tabletop one.
Remember to clean your vaporizer often, you don’t want your experience to be ruined by a bad taste in your mouth.
Vaporizers are amazing because they heat the cannabis to a temperature where the active compounds in the flower boil and are converted into vapor, which is then inhaled. The vapor is about 10 times cooler and far cleaner than smoke, less irritating to the lungs, and odor-free. The vaping process also filters out potential toxins and lets the flower go a long way.
If you hate coughing after smoking, then you get to experiment with the temperature on a vaporizer.
This one’s quite the investment. But trust me, it’s definitely worth it.
You’re going to need a dab rig, which includes a ton of different components.
All these different components mean two things: 1) Your high is going to be out of this world, and 2) You’re going to look sick as hell taking a hit out of your rig.
Using a Vape Pen
Vape pens are especially popular among younger audiences for their portability (and ability to sneak them around…).
Vape pens are incredibly simple. You’re going to need a cartridge containing the cannabis and a battery. Almost all batteries can be recharged with Micro-USB.
Ready to Up Your Weed Game?
Now that you know about the weed accessories that every connoisseur needs, you’re ready to start lighting up and having some fun.
If you want some of the finest American-made weed accessories, then check out Happy Weed Friends. We’re a bunch of stoners who opened up a headshop for people just like us.
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