Do you smoke different things for different occasions? Like if you are going to the store, you rip a bowl. Long day ahead? Bong. A family event with your dysfunctional relations? FAT Wood. Or does it matter? - A. Propriette

Great question! Yes I do. I will go you one further: I also choose specific strains that I think will pair well with certain events. I am generally a pipe smoker. I prefer a Sherlock – or Gandalf-style pipe. The longer stems cool the smoke, and pipes are great for sitting on the patio or in a park with a few friends. If I am headed to a party, I like to bring doobies. Joints don’t break when you drop them, you can roll a big joint or a small joint depending on the size of the circle, and if you get blazed and confused and end up wandering away, you haven’t just lost a $50 smoking device. Blunts are great for festivals or heavy sessions with seasoned stoners. Remember that adding nicotine to cannabis increases THC absorption by up to 48 percent so be careful with the newbies. Really though, smoking methods are really just a personal choice.

The real art is picking the right strain for the occasion. You probably don’t want to be all quiet and couch-locked if you are supposed to be giving a speech, the same way you wouldn’t want to be all hyped up on sativas if you are expected to sit still and pay attention. I like Blue Dream for movies (it’s an excellent hybrid and makes things either funnier or sadder, depending on the film); I am gonna want something that will give me the munchies before eating (Bubba Kush, Granddaddy Purple or Afgoo are good ones). Experiment with a few strains and see what works best for you.

What are the minimum pieces/items required for a complete smoker’s “kit”? -B. Prep-Aired

The bare minimum is a chunk of weed and a way to make fire. Light up the nug and inhale the smoke. No muss no fuss. That approach may be simplistic, but you don’t need to carry around a utility belt full of cannabis gear. I generally carry: a pipe, some rolling papers, two or three lighters and some weed. Some folks carry a whole kit bag: pipes, grinders, papers, pokers, blunt wraps, the works. That’s cool, but I like to keep it simple. I once walked down the street with a man as he prepared and rolled a joint in the palm of his hand. It was one of the best joints I ever smoked in my life.


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