Most tokers normally have a preferred technique for smoking weed. Some people like to take their time sharing a joint, although much more hardcore smokers may perhaps favor choking on a huge bong rip.

But why do these unique solutions lead to varying qualities of highs?

Think it or not, science hasn’t rather reached a consensus right here, regardless of much more than half of American adults saying they’ve attempted pot at least after. That mentioned, it may perhaps have some thing to do with water filters discovered in water pipes and bongs. Let’s discover.

Water Filters

Kyle Boyar, the vice chair of the American Chemical Society’s cannabis division, told MERRY JANE he was unaware of any ongoing research into why pipes, bongs, and the like trigger unique types of buzzes. He did, nonetheless, point to 1 1996 MAPS study that could supply some clues.

In the study, researchers measured how a great deal THC came out of the company ends of numerous smoking devices. Surprisingly, unfiltered joints supplied much more THC than water pipes, as the water filters trapped some THC although enabling cannabis tar to pass by means of.

“Counterintuitive benefits, for positive,” Boyar mentioned. “The chemist in me wonders how do cannabinoid elements that are insoluble in water finish up obtaining trapped in the water much more than the tar,” which is also insoluble.

The MAPS study, regrettably, didn’t evaluate how higher men and women got from unique smoking solutions, considering that there have been no human subjects. It only measured how a great deal THC could transfer from the weed to the smoker.



“The dose is undoubtedly the important situation,” wrote Mitch Earleywine, a cannabis researcher and professor of psychology at the State University of New York-Albany, in an e-mail to MERRY JANE. “Unfortunately, funding for an experiment comparing these solutions is quite scarce.”

For blunts, Earleywine noted that tokers are not just inhaling cannabis. They’re inhaling nicotine, as well, as blunts are wrapped with tobacco paper or leaves.

“I’ve noticed a blunt or two that has much more tobacco than people may guess, so nicotine ends up adding a bit of stimulation to the mix,” he wrote. “So the blunt would finish up becoming significantly less sedating than the joint, even although it is the similar marijuana.”

Blunts are usually a great deal bigger than joints, so they “often provide a larger hit,” he added.

Moreover, THC may perhaps not be the only issue. Some proof indicates terpenes, the aromatic compounds in weed that make it smell like skunk, berries, wood, or dirt, could alter THC’s effects.


Or Could the Variations Be Due to Terpenes?

To illustrate how terpenes could play a part, Earleywine chose the terpenes linalool and limonene as examples.

“With the bong, we run the smoke by means of water,” he told MERRY JANE. “Linalool is water-soluble, but limonene is not. So some of the linalool is going to finish up in the bong water — not in the smoke.”

Due to the fact linalool may perhaps induce sleepiness, smoking weed by means of a bong could contribute to much more energetic highs, at least in this case.

Water also cools the smoke, enabling tokers to draw in a great deal larger hits by means of bongs than they could with joints or blunts. Even if water filtration absorbs some of the THC, the sheer quantity of smoke developed by a bong could off-set any losses of cannabinoids or terpenes, Earleywine wrote.


Can We Even Reliably Test the Query?

Scientifically figuring out the variations amongst smoking solutions is not clear-reduce, either.

How a great deal weed an individual consumes at after can differ based on the person. For instance, Sally may perhaps pack her blunt with two fat grams of weed, whereas Billy only twists a gram in his Philly wraps.

The amounts of weed loaded into a joint, blunt, or bong will naturally influence how a great deal smoke an individual inhales. One particular 2011 study looked at self-reports for weed use, and the researchers found some consistency amongst solutions.

“Participants reported that they placed 50 % much more marijuana in blunts than in joints and placed much more than twice the quantity of marijuana in blunts than in pipes,” the researchers wrote.

So possibly it is definitely just a matter of how a great deal weed goes into a pipe or joint. Possibly.

It gets much more difficult with bongs.

Most bongs function a “female” stem at the base, which holds a smaller sized “male” stem attached to the removable bowl. From time to time the stems kind air-tight seals amongst each the stems and the bong’s base, but not usually. If there are gaps, the toker will draw in added air which could substantially dilute the smoke, eventually altering her or his heady encounter, reported Mic.

Even inside a single technique, there’s a lot of variability. As well a great deal variability to base the study on self-reports or uncontrolled solutions.


Does It Even Matter?

Just as just about every method to smoking weed is unique, person shoppers are unique, as well. 

How 1 particular person feels blazing a joint may perhaps not resemble the higher a buddy feels from smoking on the similar joint.

And for some tokers, the query of why bongs, joints, and blunts really feel unique does not apply.

“I do not really feel any difference” amongst numerous smoking solutions, mentioned Edgar Robles, a extended-time smoker primarily based in Colorado. “Weed is weed. It all gets me stoned the similar.”

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