Let’s be realistic – smoking pre-roll looks very cool. But as many first-time smokers will agree, looking cool while smoking cannabis is not always natural. And even more important than looking cool is having the right technique to maximize the effects of cannabis.
If you are a virgin pre-roll smoker, don’t worry – we’ve all been there. Fortunately, after reading this short and complete guide to proper pre-roll lighting and smoking technique, smoking like a pro will be a breeze.
Why We Smoke Cannabis?
Before we get into the dirty details, it is important to understand why smoking cannabis has become the most common method of cannabis use. For most users, smoking a pre-roll provides the least costly and most powerful experience.
Most importantly, things like edibles and topicals can provide some comfort and relief. But because of the way our bodies process and absorb hemp chemicals through inhalation, smoking a CBD flower allows for better absorption of the various cannabinoids and terpenes in the plant mass.
On top of that, there is a little thing called decarboxylation. Anyway, cannabis flower contains what we call cannabinoid acids. These naturally occurring compounds essentially act as precursors to the actual cannabinoids.
So using cannabis flower without heat exposure doesn’t actually provide the widely known effects of cannabis. To experience these benefits, users must first expose the CBD flower to heat.
Sufficient heat removes the carboxyl group from the cannabinoid acids and replaces it with a carbon molecule. When this happens, the cannabinoids are “activated”. These organic compounds then stimulate cannabinoid receptors throughout the central nervous system, producing effects such as relaxation, calmness and stress relief.
How to pre-light cannabis
Let’s get to the exciting part. Pre-burning a joint is certainly not rocket science, but there is a certain technique that helps you get the most out of cannabis and the effects you get from it. To get the most out of a pre-roll, here are a few ignition and smoking tips to keep in mind.
Get an even burn
If you simply place a flame at the coiled end of a pre-roll, you might think that it will burn evenly. However, this is not exactly the case. Carelessly touching the tip to the flame can cause uneven ignition
When this happens, the pre-roll loses its structural integrity and becomes prone to breakage. In some cases, uneven combustion can cause unused plant material to fall off and break apart, leaving you with less cannabis than the prescribed dose.
To achieve even combustion, place a pre-roll between your fingers and touch the tip to the flame. Slowly turn the pre-roll so that both sides of this small tip burn. The fire may take a few minutes, but don’t lose patience.
Another thing is that you should not pull most of the roll tip into the flame. Putting too many ends into the flame will burn too much plant matter before you have a chance to smoke it. Focus on burning only the tip of the paper and no more.
Exhale a little
The tendency of most people (because smoking makes it so) is to blow on the cannabis so that the flame touches the tip to make it burn more “efficiently”. But this actually leads to the opposite.
Instead of puffing on the tip, blow gently so that the embers envelop the small burning tip. Short, shallow puffs can prevent rapid burning. You can even direct your strokes to flatten the embers.
When blowing, be sure to hold the front coil in an upright position with the burning end facing up. This prevents the flames from engulfing the front roll down the body and scattering the cannabis material.
There is a technique to achieve effective combing. Simply inhaling by pressing the tip of the mouthpiece into your mouth will not give you the effect that cannabis promises. Also, the wrong dragging technique can cause throat irritation and prolonged unnecessary coughing.
Instead, wrap your lips around the end of the pre-wrap and take short, quick breaths using your diaphragm. During the first few inhalations, no smoke will probably enter your system as the smoke has not yet been drawn down the body.
Once you can taste the smoke, take nice, long inhalations that carry the smoke directly into your lungs. Avoid holding the smoke in your mouth and don’t rely on your throat to do this job for you.
After each successful inhalation, remove the pre-roll from your mouth and keep it upright to prevent the embers from eating the material until you use it. You will know the draw was successful if there is little or no coughing and you continue to expel the smoke as you exhale through your lungs.
The Importance of Proper Pre-Roll Lighting Technique
But this is not a self-imposed requirement imposed by arrogant cannabis veterans to intimidate less experienced novices. Proper smoking and lighting techniques before rolling cannabis actually help optimize the experience so you can get the most out of every pre-roll. This means that they are tuned for you to reach a certain dose amount. Incorrect combustion can cause you to lose some of the plant mass. When this happens, you will not reach the measured dose that the pre-roll offers.
Here are some of the other reasons why it is important to learn the correct preroll firing techniques:
- Utilizes the entire available plant mass to reduce waste
- Burns the joint evenly to maintain its structural integrity and prevent tears
- Provides a more comfortable smoking experience
- Reduces the likelihood of throat irritation and excessive coughing
- Enhances the experience and potency, But obviously, proper lighting technique is not an elitist move to shame less experienced cannabis users. There is solid logic behind all these tactics and the ultimate goal is to improve your overall experience with cannabis pre-rolls.
Now That’s Lit
Pre-rolls prove to be one of the most effective ways to enjoy all those wonderful cannabinoids and terpenes in cannabis. Providing the highest bioavailability, cannabis smoking produces the strongest effects compared to all other methods without exception.
But reaping the benefits of the powerful effects largely depends on your ability to achieve a stable and continuous smoking. So make sure you practice these lighting techniques before rolling to get the most out of your next smoke.
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