These Factors Can Impact How Quickly or Slowly Your Cannabis Burns
It doesn’t take much to experience an enjoyable cannabis smoking session — some fine cannabis flower, a smoking apparatus with the appropriate heating mechanism, and perhaps a grinder are all that are really needed. Once everything is ready to go, however, there are a few variables that still may go awry, such as your cannabis burn rate.
The rate at which cannabis burns can seriously impact the pace and mood of a smoking session. Cannabis that burns slow may be desirable to some, but a too-slow burn can become a nuisance. A quick burn can be nice if time is of the essence, but not so much when looking to kill some. Of course, nobody likes an uneven burn, either, and when it comes to joints and rolled cannabis, inconsistency can be the kiss of death.
But how do you make sure your cannabis will burn slower, faster, or at whatever your desired burn rate may be? There is a myriad of factors that can potentially impact cannabis burn rates, so let’s try to make sense of some of the important variables.
Moisture and Cannabis Burn Rates
Moisture content is going to be the number one influencer of a cannabis burn rate. The why and how are both equally important when it comes to moisture and cannabis. Conditions during cultivation, harvest, cure, packaging, transportation, point of sale, and storage will all impact the flower’s moisture content, which will fluctuate until your flower combusts.
As flowers are harvested and cured, moisture is constantly being drawn out. The rate at which this occurs is contingent upon factors such as ambient temperatures, humidity, and airflow. This process slows considerably during a cure, even if stored properly after the fact. Nevertheless, cannabis is always in a state of losing moisture. Drier cannabis will combust quite a bit faster than flowers still containing moisture. Ideally, cannabis with a moisture content between 3%-8% will have the most desirable burn rate.
The Impact of Airflow When Smoking Cannabis
Whether you’re packing a bowl or rolling a joint, airflow will be decisive in achieving a desirable burn. As a general rule, more airflow usually equates to a faster burn and vice versa, although there are a handful of factors that influence this.
One major influencer of airflow is the manner in which flowers are broken down in preparation for consumption. Breaking apart cannabis by hand as an alternative to a grinding mechanism may result in an uneven consistency, thus compromising the burn rate. Alternatively, grinding flowers prior to smoking will create a homogenous product that will burn much more evenly.
In most cases, packing bowls too tight will result in a loss of airflow and thus a slower burn. Furthermore, breaking apart a dense nug and placing it directly into a bowl for combustion will also result in a slower burn.
Airflow becomes a much larger issue when it comes to rolling. Achieving the perfect burn on a joint, blunt, or spliff comes down to balance and finesse. Aside from perfectly cured and ground flowers, one must roll in a way to promote airflow without creating pockets or obstructions in the process.
An even burn on a joint is as equally contingent on preparation as it is on starting material. Where there are machines now that can deliver perfectly packed and rolled joints with ease and efficiency, properly hand rolled artisan cones can deliver an equally enjoyable burn and should be praised for their craftsmanship.
Other Variables That Impact Cannabis Burn Rate
Several other factors have the ability to impact burn rates as well. For instance, a proper heating mechanism is crucial for achieving an even burn. The application of too much heat can cause an undesirably quick burn, whereas softer and less invasive heating mechanisms may allow for a softer and slower burn. Uneven applications of heat, such as that of a hastily lit joint, will subsequently burn less even. Additionally, “party bowls” to be shared with multiple people are often lit carefully in fractions to allow everybody a taste of a fresh green hit as opposed to an ashy one.
Examples of various heat sources include:
- Hemp wick
- Heat wand
Inhalation rates will also inevitably impact a burn. Smaller “snaps” on a bowl may burn completely and instantaneously with just one application of a heat source. Conversely, a joint will burn continuously, with its burn rate contingent on how frequently it’s being inhaled.
Now that you’re familiar with the various factors that can impact your cannabis’s burn rate, you’ll have a better understanding of why your flower is burning quickly (or slowly) during your next smoke session. Burn wisely, my friends!
There are many factors that can impact your cannabis burn rate, but learn about the most important variables that can make it burn too fast or slow.
How to smoke hash
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- What is hash and how is it consumed?
- What you’ll need
- Step-by-step directions
- Why people like smoking hash
- Why people don’t like smoking hash
What is hash and how is it consumed?
Hash, short for hashish, is a cannabis product made by isolating trichomes from the cannabis plant and then pressing them into a solid substance. Because this substance is made out of only trichomes—the part of the cannabis plant containing cannabinoids and terpenes—it is much more potent than regular cannabis flowers. Depending on the type of cannabis plant being used and the preparation technique, hash can range in texture and consistency from a kind of chalky solid to something almost like a thick paste, and in color from reddish-tan to dark brown or black.
Hash is a cannabis product made by isolating trichomes from the cannabis plant and then pressing them into a solid substance. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Hash is arguably the oldest form of cannabis concentrate. While there is no definitive agreement on when or where hash first appeared, there are ancient traditions of making and consuming hash that stretch back as far as the 12th century BC — or possibly earlier — in places like Nepal, India, the Middle East, and parts of Northern Africa. Despite the recent explosion in cannabis concentrates on the market today, hash remains popular, especially throughout the Middle East and Europe, and among people who make their own concentrates at home.
One of the things that makes hash so popular with consumers around the world is that it is versatile and easy to consume. In general, you can smoke hash by adding it to marijuana flower or some other smokable herb, or you can vaporize it in a vaporizer or a dab rig.
What you’ll need
What you’ll need to smoke hash depends on your preferred method. Here are some of the most common techniques:
In a joint, spliff, or blunt
For this technique you’ll need:
- Marijuana flower (or some other smokable herb).
- Rolling paper or blunt wrap.
- Lighter or hemp wick.
In a bowl, spoon pipe, bubbler, or bong
- Marijuana flower, or if you want to smoke your hash all on its own, a metal screen.
- Your pipe of choice.
- Lighter or hemp wick. (If you’re smoking your hash all on its own, it’s recommended that you use a high-powered lighter as hash often needs higher temperatures and more sustained heat.)
In a vaporizer or dab rig
- Vaporizer (Make sure you’re using a vape designed to handle concentrates or a specialized concentrates adapter if it’s a dry herb vaporizer.), or dab rig.
- Blow torch or e-nail (if using a dab rig).
Please note: Not all forms of hash will melt easily, and this makes it hard to vape or dab. If this is the case, you will most likely need to process your hash a bit further. The simplest way to do this is to sandwich your hash between layers of wax paper in the middle of a hair straightener. With the hair straightener heated up all the way, firmly squeeze the wax paper and hash. The combination of heat and pressure will turn your non-melting hash into a rudimentary form of rosin, which should work much better in your dab rig.
- Two metal knives.
- Hot stove or blow torch.
- Plastic water bottle that’s been cut in half.
This portion of the guide will walk you through how to consume your hash using each of the methods listed above.
In a joint, spliff, or blunt
Step 1: Build the foundation
One of the interesting things about hash is that it sometimes doesn’t burn that well. To remedy this, you need to roll joints, spliffs, or blunts that include a combination of flower and hash. Start by putting a thin layer of flower in the bottom of your rolling paper or wrap.
To burn the hash more easily, you need to roll joints, spliffs, or blunts with a combination of flower and hash. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Step 2: Add a layer of hash
Next, add a layer of hash. To make it easier to work with, try shaping your chunk of hash into a thin cylinder that lays down neatly on top of the flower.
Step 3: Roll it up
Add a bit more flower on top of your hash then roll up your joint, spliff, or blunt like you would normally.
Step 4: Smoke it
With your joint, spliff, or blunt complete, light up and smoke. Expect to get higher than you normally would since you’ve added hash into the mix.
In a bowl, spoon pipe, bubbler, or bong
Step 1: Pack the bowl or insert screen
Depending on the method you choose to use, start out by putting either a thin layer of flower in the bottom of your pipe or a metal screen. Be sure you use only screens designed specifically for smoking purposes. Both of these will ensure that your hash burns evenly and that it doesn’t simply melt and slip through to the bottom of your pipe.
Step 2: Add the hash
Now add a small chunk of hash to the top of the flower or the screen.
Step 3: Smoke it
Smoke your pipe or bong the same way you would normally. If you’re having trouble getting the hash to burn well, try using a higher-powered lighter.
Once packing the bowl, smoke your pipe or bong the same way you would normally. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
In a vaporizer or dab rig
Step 1: Will it melt?
In order to vape or dab effectively, your hash needs to melt well. If it doesn’t, you will have problems getting it to vaporize. The only way you’re really going to know how well your hash vaporizes is to give it a shot and see.
In the event that your hash isn’t responding to your vaporizer or your dab rig, you might need to turn the hash into a cannabis product called rosin. To do this, sandwich the hash between two layers of wax paper. Place the whole thing in a fully-heated up hair straightener and squeeze. The combination of heat and pressure will press your hash into rosin, which should now be more suitable for use in a vaporizer or dab rig.
To turn hash into rosin, sandwich your hash between layers of wax paper and squeeze with a hair straightener. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps
Step 2: Vaporize your hash
If you’re using a vaporizer, make sure the device is equipped for concentrates. If it is, simply add your hash to the chamber, dial in your preferred temperature (between 350 and 450 Fahrenheit is recommended), fire up the vaporizer, and inhale through the mouthpiece, balloon, or whip when it’s ready.
If your vaporizer isn’t automatically equipped for concentrates, be sure it can accommodate a concentrates adapter—typically a removable concentrates chamber. Remove the regular dry herb chamber, replace it with the concentrates adapter, drop in your hash, and use the vaporizer like you normally do.
Step 3: Dab your hash
To dab your hash, be sure there’s water in the water chamber. Use a blow torch or e-nail to bring the banger up to your desired temperature (between 350 and 450 Fahrenheit is recommended). When it’s hot enough, use a dabber to place a piece of hash onto the hot banger. When dabbing hash, it’s recommended that you use a carb cap. Put the carb cap over the banger, start drawing in through the mouthpiece, remove the carb cap, and inhale the vapor.
Step 1: Make a mouthpiece
Start by cutting a plastic water bottle in half. Discard the bottom half, but save the top half for use as a mouthpiece.
Step 2: Heat your knives
Get two metal knives. Place them onto a hot stovetop or heat them with a blowtorch. Either way, you need to heat them until they are literally glowing red.
Step 3: Add your hash
Let the knives cool slightly. Put the mouthpiece into your mouth and hold it there with your teeth or lips. Place a small chunk of hash onto one of the hot knives, then quickly press the other knife on top of it.
Step 4: Inhale smoke
As soon as it’s sandwiched between the hot knives, your hash should immediately start smoking. Use the mouthpiece to suck up all the smoke, trying to minimize how much of it escapes.
Why people like smoking hash
People like smoking hash because it is a fairly common and easy to find cannabis concentrate that gives consumers a much more powerful high than regular flower. Additionally, as you can see in this guide, hash is relatively versatile, offering multiple options for consumption.
Why people don’t like smoking hash
In the context of today’s cannabis market, hash often can’t compete with other types of concentrates. In general, hash has much more plant material and other impurities than other, more pure concentrates now widely available. As a result, although hash is still more potent than flower, it also tends to be much less potent than other concentrates on today’s market.
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