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Five neat ways to add weed to your cigarettes

Not all cigarette smokers enjoy pot, and the same holds true for stoners, many of which aren’t fond of the idea of mixing an element like tobacco with natural medicine. It might not be your cup of tea but the benefits that can come from figuring out how to spike a smoke are vast, particularly for someone who smokes cigarettes regularly anyways.

Reasons why you might want to add some green to your cigarettes

  • Offers a discreet way to consume cannabis in public spaces
  • Your cigarettes will get you high which can provide relaxation, pain relief, and more
  • It works in a pinch when you don’t have rolling papers on hand
  • Cigarettes can be naturally flavored with cannabis products

Different ways to do it

When you first look at a perfectly packed cigarette, it might be difficult to decide how to tackle the task of lacing it with some beneficial green, but luckily, no matter what type of cannabis product you have on hand, the process is relatively simple if you know where to start.

1. Replace the tobacco with weed

One of the most obvious ways to turn your cigarette into a THC boasting product is by emptying out some of the tobacco. It is easiest if you have a handy cigarette roller on hand, as it makes packing and filling the paper tube much easier, but with a packing stick and some patients, it doesn’t take much to do.

Roll the cigarette between your fingertips back and forth to loosen up the tobacco.

Let either some or all of the filler fall out.

If at this point the tube is empty, you can repack it with whatever variation of tobacco and cannabis that you like, but if you only feel comfortable with removing a small amount, then it might be easiest to tap the smoke filter down until a space opens up at the end that can be filled with dry cannabis.

2. Add a little hash oil

BHO AKA hash oil, and pretty much any other smokable liquid cannabis product can make an excellent addition to a cigarette. The clearer the hash oil, the more discreet it will be, and there is a couple of ways that you can do it.

Take a needle and dip it into the hash oil before pressing it gently into the open end of a cigarette. As you pull the needle out, apply a small amount of pressure so that the tobacco inside grips onto the oil, and holds it into place.

The second way to use hash oil to spike a cigarette is a bit messy, and with darker oils, won’t be as discreet. You will need a pin or other spreading tool that can be lightly dipped into the hash oil and spread around the outside of the cigarette paper. It is important to note that this will leave your cigarette sticky, so it’s best to do it right before you are ready to smoke it or to opt for a powdery finish of either kief or small tobacco scraps to create a layer of protection that will seal in the cannabis concentrate.

3. Run a ring of shatter around it

Shatter is a fantastic cannabis product that is pure and easy to work with if you know what you’re doing. The trick is figuring out how to keep it from sticking to your fingers both when you apply it and during transport and storage. Unfortunately, it’s not as discreet as the BHO method, but it is a whole lot of fun.

You can use any amount of shatter that you like to encase the outside of the smoke, so figure out how much you want and separate that chunk from the rest of your stash.

Run your fingers under some cold water.

Do not dry your hands, instead grab the piece of shatter with your fingertips and roll it back and forth, using the heat and pressure from your fingers to shape it into a long worm shape.

Once you have a relatively straight roll of shatter, it is time to start applying it to the cigarette. Start at least ½ inch away from the filter tip and slowly turn the smoke gently pressing the shatter into a perfect spiral until it runs out or you reach the end.

4. Fill the tip or mix it with hash

Hash is one of those cannabis concentrates that is typically quite highly concentrated, which means that you don’t need a whole lot to get high. Adding hash to a cigarette can be as simple as adding a few small balls to the tip, but if you want some hashish hits all the way through, then you will need to follow the steps below:

Empty almost all of the tobacco from a cigarette tube, leaving a small amount of “breathing room” to keep the hash from getting wasted when you put the smoke out.

Break up your hash into tiny pieces and gently combine it with the tobacco.

Now you can either pack the tube full by hand or get out a cigarette roller and let it do all of the hard work for you.

5. Combine the tobacco with cannabis and or concentrates for an ultra-potent hit

Looking for something extra special? If so, then a unique combination might be just what you need. You can combine all or some of any of the techniques listed above to come up with a personalized twisted cocktail of cannabis goods that will knock you off your feet. Just remember to have enough dry material to keep the thing burning the whole way through.

Don’t smoke cigarettes? No problem!

If you don’t smoke, then this method of consumption might not be the one for you, but some feel that hemp cigarettes are an excellent solution. After all, what better way is there to make marijuana cigarettes than with materials derived from its close cousin. Hemp cigarettes do not contain the same harmful carcinogens that can be found in tobacco products but work just as well as normal smokes with this kind of experiment.

Legal marijuana may be lowering alcohol use, but is it increasing tobacco use?

A recent study in the United States showed that the legalization of medical cannabis caused a reduction in alcohol sales.

It might not be your cup of tea but the benefits that can come from figuring out how to spike a smoke are vast.

Is There a Safer Way to Smoke Cannabis? How the Methods Stack Up

If you’re looking for the healthiest way to smoke cannabis, keep in mind that there’s no totally safe way to do so — even with the purest, most pesticide-free bud. Cannabis smoke contains most of the same toxins and carcinogens that make tobacco smoke harmful to your health.

There are, however, methods that may be slightly less harmful than others. Here’s a look at how different methods compare, plus some smoke-free alternatives to consider.

The dangers of smoke inhalation are well known, so it’s not surprising that a lot of folks assume vaping is the healthier alternative to smoking. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.

There’s mounting evidence that vaping can have serious health effects. Much of the concern comes from inhaling vitamin E acetate, a chemical additive found in many vaping products containing tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC.

However, this risk seems to apply only to vaping concentrates, not flower. A 2006 study suggests that vaping actual cannabis, not concentrate, is less harmful to your respiratory system than smoking. Still, research on vaping cannabis is pretty limited.

Lung health aside, there’s also a matter of potency. People who vape cannabis report experiencing stronger effects — regardless of the amount of THC in the product — than they do when smoking. This means a higher chance of overdoing it, or greening out, when vaping.

Maybe a teeny, tiny bit, but nowhere near enough to make a difference.

Bongs offer a smoother toke because you don’t get the dry heat from smoking cannabis rolled in paper. Though it feels less harsh when you inhale, your lungs don’t know the difference.

Well, both still involve inhaling smoke, so there’s that. But if you had to choose the lesser of two evils, joints are probably the better option. This is because blunts are made with hollowed-out cigars, and cigars and their wrappers are highly toxic.

Even after removing all the tobacco from a cigar, cancer-causing toxins, such as nitrosamines, can remain. Plus, cigar wrappers are more porous than rolling papers, so the burning is less complete. This results in smoke with high concentrations of toxins.

Then there’s the matter of size. Blunts are a lot bigger than joints, and they hold way more pot. Smoking an entire blunt is like smoking roughly six joints.

Dabbing is supposed to give you a “cleaner” high, but what does that actually mean? Not much.

Budder — another name for dabs or marijuana concentrate — delivers a lot more THC than other weed products, often as much as 80 percent more.

Dabbing is still pretty new, so experts still don’t know the full impact.

There’s evidence that exposure to high THC may lead to long-term mental health effects, like psychosis. The risk of misuse and addiction is also higher when using high-THC products, especially for young people.

Plus, unless you have high-tech lab equipment and are trained in extraction, your dabs may be far from pure. Research shows that dabs can contain contaminants and residual solvents that can to neurotoxicity and cardiotoxicity.

Dabbing also has respiratory effects, even though you’re not technically “smoking.” There have been cases of people developing lung damage from dabbing.

The bad news? There’s no safe way to smoke cannabis. The good news? There are plenty of other ways to consume it.

Here are your main options:

  • Edibles. Unlike smoking and vaping, ingesting cannabis won’t harm your lung health. The downside for some is that edibles take longer to kick in because they need to clear your digestive system before getting into your bloodstream. The upside is that the effects also hang around longer. You also have an endless variety to choose from, with everything from gummies to baked goods to cannabutter.
  • Sublinguals. These are usually lumped together with edibles, but they’re not quite the same. Unlike edibles, you don’t actually swallow sublingual forms of cannabis, which include things like tinctures, films, and dissolvable tablets. Sublingual cannabis is placed under the tongue for absorption, and is absorbed through your mouth’s mucus membranes, so the effects are felt faster.
  • Tinctures. Tinctures are made of alcohol-based cannabis extracts that come in bottles with droppers. You can add tinctures to drinks, but you can also get the effects faster by placing a few drops — depending on your desired dose — under your tongue.
  • Topicals. Cannabis topicals are for people looking for the therapeutic benefits of cannabis without the cerebral effects. Creams, balms, and patches can be applied to the skin to relieve inflammation and pain. There’s also cannabis lubricant made for, well, sexy time.
  • Suppositories. The idea of shoving cannabis up your butt (or vagina, depending on the product) may make you clench, but it’s definitely a thing. Most of the suppositories on the market are CBD-infused and used for therapeutic reasons, like pain or nausea relief, but some brands have upped their THC content for added effects.

If you’d still rather smoke your weed despite the risks, consider these harm-reduction tips to help make it a little safer:

  • Don’t hold the inhale. Inhaling deeply and holding it in exposes your lungs to more tar per breath. Don’t be greedy; exhaling faster is better for you.
  • Use rolling papers approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Rolling papers may seem like NBD, but some contain chemicals and flavorings that can be toxic.
  • Stick to glass bongs and pipes. Plastic bongs can contain chemicals like BPA and phthalates, which have been linked to serious health effects, including cancer.
  • Keep your stuff clean. Keep your bongs and pipes clean, and don’t roll your weed on dirty surfaces.
  • Don’t share mouthpieces or pass joints. Sharing your stash is fine, but not your pipes, bongs, or joints. When you share these, you’re basically swapping spit with that person and putting yourself at risk for infections.

No matter how you dice it, there’s really no safe way to smoke cannabis, whether you prefer to roll one up or are partial to bongs. As cannabis becomes more popular, so do products that allow you to indulge without the smoke.

That said, if you’re partial to puffing and passing, a vaporizer that allows you to use flower, not concentrates, may be a less harmful option.

Adrienne Santos-Longhurst is a freelance writer and author who has written extensively on all things health and lifestyle for more than a decade. When she’s not holed-up in her writing shed researching an article or off interviewing health professionals, she can be found frolicking around her beach town with husband and dogs in tow or splashing about the lake trying to master the stand-up paddleboard.

You can smoke cannabis in a variety of ways, but is one safer or healthier than others?