4 Ways To Control Coughing While Dabbing/Smoking

If you’ve done a dab, you’ve been there. You hit the concentrate and inhale that sweet, potent, goodness and your lungs decide it’s a great time to try and jump out of your throat. So you’re sitting there, hacking up a lung with your eyes watering, wondering how you can prevent this in the future. There are actually ways to control coughing after you dab. In theory, this could also apply to smoking as well, but here are 5 things I’ve found helpful to control coughing.

1. Always have something to drink handy

Cannabis is a throat irritant when inhaled and an irritated throat is one of the main reasons people cough. Your body is trying to expel whatever it thinks is making your throat feel weird. So, to solve this, have a drink handy. Water and tea are especially helpful for calming down a coughing fit. Just take a sip right after you exhale. Some people even suggest taking a sip while you hold the vapor. It sounds messy, but I bet if you could master it it’d be helpful.

2. Deep Breaths

If I know I’m about to take a giant glob, I take a couple of deep breaths before I do it. I release all the air from my lungs and then refill them, repeating the process until I inhale my hit. Taking those deep breaths allowed my lungs to expand some to prepare for the deep breath I was about to take. Since my lungs could then accommodate it, I find myself exhaling normally more than actually coughing.

3. Dab more, but in smaller amounts

This one is two fold. If you want to avoid coughing, dab more. I know that seems counterintuitive, but since concentrated cannabis is a throat irritant, smoking more of it would help your body group a resistance to the irritating effects. The second part, dabbing smaller amounts, is equally as important. Dabbing is not a contest about who could take more. You end up wasting concentrate like that. Dabbing a smaller amount means there’s less vapor to make you cough. You may even get more high because you’re able to properly take the hit with smaller amounts.

4. Cool down your dabs

In order for you to take dabs with a rig, the heating of the nail is crucial. The downside to this, however, is the heat is also a throat irritant. If the dabs come off of the nail a little cooler, they may not irritate your throat as much. You could possibly even consider moving from a titanium nail to a lower heat nail like quartz or ceramic.

Dab on!

How To Smoke Dabs With No Rig

After moving recently, I found myself in a predicament: I had a few grams of high quality Blue Dream shatter, no bud, and no rig. I had to get a little creative. These are a few of the ways that I was able to smoke that bomb ass shatter without a dab rig.

 

Lighting a glass one hitter

I have to admit, this one made me feel like I was smoking crack or meth or something, but it was  the hands down most efficient way to dab my shatter. I heated the end of my glass one hitter with my butane torch, scooped a little shatter on my dab tool, and put the oil in the tip. Simple as that. It wasn’t as strong as a dab in a rig, but I definitely felt something. It was better than nothing. I will say that if you’re going to go this route, make sure that the glass one hitter you’re using is of a high quality. You don’t want to shatter your glass under the heat of the torch. In my opinion, it’s about as good of a dab as you can get with no rig.

 

Vaping oil with Arizer Solo

My flower vape of choice is the Arizer Solo. I got it for a deal and I’ve been in love with it since I got it. After a little research, I determined that I could put some oil in a rolling paper, heat up my vape, and vape the oil. In case you were wondering, there’s absolutely no mess. The oil is absorbed by the paper and burns off of it until the rolling paper is crispy. It wasn’t nearly as effective as the first method, but I did feel something and it was alright. Nothing to call home about. I assume this can be done in most flower vapes if you’re really in a bind.

 

Moral of the story is that anything is possible if you put your mind to it. I ended up just buying a new tiny rig, and a wax vape pen. Neither have arrived and I’m excited for both. I’ll definitely let you guys know how it goes. Have you come up with any other ways to dab with no rig? Let me know!

High At Work? Here’s How Not To Look It:

Admit it. If you’re reading this blog, there have been days where you felt like you needed to blow one down before going to work. Hell, you might even be one of those people that feels like blowing one down is the only way to get through work. Whether you occasionally toke or it’s part of your pre-work ritual, it’s still federally illegal. Plus, a lot of employers frown upon having a bunch of stoned employees. Here are some of the ways you can be high at work and not look it:

 

Smoke early and don’t smoke in your work clothes

This one seems pretty obvious. Hot boxing in the car during your morning commute is not the best idea at all… period. If you’re smoking up before work, make sure you do it early. By the time you get into that morning commute, it’s one of the best in your life. Also, despite what your other pot smoking friends tell you, the smell of weed smoke stays in your clothes after you medicate. People that don’t smoke tend to be able to smell it a mile away. If you’re able to smoke before you shower for the day, that’s probably your best bet to minimize detection. I’ve even hotboxed my shower in the past. Now that’s the best.

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WHAT TO DO IF YOU GET TOO HIGH

It happens to even seasoned cannabis consumers: Getting too high and spun out. Symptoms involve paranoia, confusion, loss of coordination, and even feelings of dread. Sometimes users don’t anticipate the potency of edibles, concentrates, or even just straight up bud. With some boutique strains containing more than 25 percent THC and professional breeders and cultivators continually pushing the envelope on cannabis strength, many regular consumers of marijuana will eventually find themselves too high.

If it’s their first overindulgence, some may freak out a bit. This is especially true with sativa strains. Consuming too much of an indica will likely result in the munchies, couchlock, and eventually sleep. The cerebral high of a strong sativa, however, when it goes off the rails, can produce intense fear and anxiety bordering on panic, runaway thoughts, hyperactivity, and an inability to relax.

While less likely when smoking flowers, getting too amped is more common when consuming edibles or concentrates — especially if it is one’s first time and they’re made with a potent sativa. Given its virtual inevitability, what can be done to counteract going a bit too far and overloading one’s CB1 receptors with the most infamous of cannabinoids, THC?

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First, a little knowledge goes a long way, especially when one of the primary reactions to the state of being too high is anxiety. In the immortal words of author Douglas Adams, “Don’t Panic!” The mere knowledge that, as each minute passes, one’s high abates and things get better, is sometimes enough to deliver the calm necessary to ride the wave until the peak passes.

Second, keep some black pepper on hand. This technique, made famous by rocker Neil Young, is purported to be truly effective. When on the Howard Stern radio show in 2014, Young told Stern, who said he quit smoking cannabis years ago due to paranoia:

“Just chew two or three pieces. I just found this out myself. Try it.”

The reason black pepper does the trick is because it contains ample quantities of myrcene and beta-caryophyllene (also known as BCP), two terpenes that act as mild sedatives and serve to buffer the effects of THC.

Third, try lemon juice or lemonade — preferably freshly squeezed. Like black pepper, terpenes present in the lemon are the magic ingredient, again serving to modulate the effects of the THC. In fact, this strategy has been recommended since the 10th century, when a Persian doctor prescribed the consumption of acidic fruits to counteract the high of cannabis and hash. If one needs an extra boost of come-down juice, throw a slice or two of lemon rind — which contains more limonene than any other part of the fruit.

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Less effective remedies, which should be considered supplements to lemon or black pepper, include hydration (not with beer or liquor, but water), eating, taking a walk (if one is able without stumbling or falling down), and listening to soothing music. In the end, the best solution to overindulgence in the kind herb, especially for those new to cannabis or just a particular form of it (like edibles or concentrates), is “start low, go slow.” This is especially true when consuming cannabis and edibles from the black market, when strains and potency are typically unknown — let alone exact percentages of cannabinoids like THC and CBD and major terpenes like myrcene.

The problem of cannabis overindulgence will gradually decrease as more states legalize and regulated dispensaries and retail outlets work with professional laboratories to analyze and accurately label marijuana. Knowing the percentage of psychoactive cannabinoids like THC and receiving the advice of seasoned budtenders goes a long way toward preventing this problem. Like many things in life, prevention is the best medicine. Well, make that the second best medicine….

[First appeared on Whaxy]

How to Roll a Blunt: Swisher

How to Roll a Swisher: Swishers are an affordable cigar that is commonly used as a blunt wrap. Usually coming in a two pack for about a dollar, Swishers can be found in nearly every convenience store, making them a popular choice. Unlike blunt wraps, which come hollow, Swishers are a little cigar, which means they are filled with tobacco. This article is part 2 of a 4 part series about rolling blunts. Part 1 taught us how to roll a blunt using a blunt wrap.

Step 1: Preparation

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  • 1 Swisher (more recommended)
  • 1 Gram of Weed
  • 1 Filter (optional)
  • Grinder
  • X-Acto Knife

If your swisher is too dry it may crack when you go to break it open, you can lick the swisher to help moisturize it if it is too dry.

Open your pack of Swishers and break down your flowers.
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How To Survive Your First Dab

How To Survive Your First Dab

For a lot of people, taking a dab for the first time is a scary experience. You hear all the horror stories and see all you YouTube videos and think “There is no way in hell that I’m going to be able to do that without coughing up a lung”. It’s definitely possible, and it can be a throughly enjoyable experience if done properly. As someone who’s gotten pretty good at taking dabs, here are a few of my tips on how to survive your first one.

1) Breathe

No, I don’t mean inhale the dab just yet. I mean just breathe. Going into this nervous is a recipe for disaster. On the other hand, going in to your first dab too cocky is also a recipe for disaster. If you’re on the cocky side, take a breath to chill. I’ve seen plenty of experienced smokers be put on their asses by dabs and it wasn’t pretty. If you’re on the nervous side, take a breath to relax.

2) Grab something to drink

THC and smoke are both throat irritants. That’s the reason that people cough when they smoke or do dabs (and if you’re a habitual cougher, don’t be ashamed! It’s natural.) That being said, it’s always helpful to have something to drink handy to try and soothe your throat. It’s just gone through a lot. I personally am a fan of having any type of juice with my dab, but to each their own. I do not recommend following up your dab with alcohol or a cannabis infused drink. It heightens the effects of everything, and since this is your first dab, it may not make for a fun ride. Since I know some of you are going to do it anyway, I’m just going to caution you to be careful. And don’t say I didn’t warn you.

3) Don’t take too big of a dab

This is hands down the most important tip in my opinion. As I mentioned earlier, some of us are cocky when it comes to our cannabis consumption. We think we’ve seen it all, done it all, and can handle anything. Dabbing is so different. When you smoke or vape, only a percentage of the concentrated THC is extracted. Concentrates are called concentrates for a reason. Resin, rosin, wax, shatter, and all of the other types of concentrates have a much higher THC contents than even vaping. If there was a way to describe it, it would be somewhere between vaping and edibles for me. My first dab almost killed me because I was cocky and took way too much at once. I almost vomited. Once I learned to take smaller dabs, it was so much more fun.

4) Get ready to do it all again

Once you go dab, you never go back. Simple as that.