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11 Weed Hacks For The Resourceful Stoner

As fun as smoking weed can be, every frequent stoner knows that getting high isn’t always as simple as we would like it to be. Grinders go missing, pipes break, cotton mouth will always try to wreck your make-out sessions, and lighters that were accounted for while you were grinding, packing, and/or rolling always seem to vanish the second you’re ready to take that first puff.

Fortunately, though, despite the numerous stereotypes that would suggest otherwise, stoners can be pretty dang resourceful, (especially about their bud) so there are a lot of cool weed hacks that can make your whole high experience much simpler and even more enjoyable.

If you’re a marijuana enthusiast, then you already know there’s a vast wealth of weed wisdom out there to aid you with even the most ridiculous of pot-related problems. But whether you’re a weed genius, a weed novice, or somewhere in between (like myself), there are certain pot hacks that are simple enough for any smoker to take advantage of.

1. Use A Bobby Pin To Clean Ash Out Of Your Bowl & De-Clog Your Pipe

I can’t even count how many times I’ve used one of my bobby pins to clean the ash out of a bowl, or de-clog a pipe or a one-hitter. It’s perfect, because I pretty much always have a bobby pin handy. The only downside to this hack is, if I need to de-clog my actual pipe instead of just my bowl, I have to straighten out (and thus ruin) my bobby pin to do it — but bobby pins are super cheap and incredibly effective at clearing passageways.

2. Keep Lip Balm With Your Weed Paraphernalia

Weed can dry my whole mouth out fast, and not having access to lip balm when that happens (especially when trying to initiate a make-out session) can be pretty miserable. So I keep some lip balm wherever I keep all my weed stuff. I also try to remember to keep some in my handbag and/or pockets for when I’m smoking away from home. That way, when cotton mouth turns my lips to sandpaper, the sweet, soothing solution is always within my grasp.

Personally, I prefer a mint-flavored lip balm, because it helps with dry lips, as well as any unfortunate smoker’s breath I might develop, and also just because you won’t find a much tastier mixture than good bud and yummy mint.

3. . And Sunglasses Too

A chemical component in marijuana causes the blood vessels in eyeballs to dilate. So sunglasses are essential if I’ve been daytime smoking and then have to go out in public. It’s so much easier to relax and enjoy my high when I don’t have to worry about my eyes looking too red. Plus, UV rays are no joke. So, I keep a pair of shades in my handbag at all times.

4. Suck On Candy Or Mints While You Smoke

Personally, I’d give Jolly Ranchers a try — but pretty much any kind of candy or mint will work well, too. I just pop the treat into my mouth while I’m prepping my bowl/bong/joint/blunt/vape, suck on it until I can really taste all its sweet and/or sour-y goodness, and then keep it in my cheek while I puff. It’s indescribably delicious, and it also helps combat both cotton mouth and the munchies.

5. Use A Clean Penny & A Pill Bottle As A Makeshift Grinder

Losing and/or misplacing my grinder sucks. But if I have access to a penny and any kind of pill bottle, it doesn’t have to keep me from getting lifted. I clean the penny (or whatever coin) with rubbing alcohol first (because money is notoriously gross), then drop a nugget or two in an empty pill bottle with the clean penny, pop the bottle’s lid into place, and shake. Voila!

6. Smoke Before Meal Times

The munchies can be overpowering. But when I’m able to plan my highs around my meals (particularly if I just wait to smoke until I’m about to eat dinner), then I’m able to avoid the over-indulging that is often associated with smoking marijuana. The food also tastes even more delicious, and I’m actually likely to have a better sense of when I’m full when I eat with a spirit of high mindfulness.

7. Keep A Back-Up Stash Somewhere Safe

I’m by no means suggesting you should go all Ilana Wexler and hide weed in your body cavities. Also, running out of weed really isn’t that big of a deal, unless you’re using it to treat a medical condition.

That said, I still think it’s nice to have a back-up stash sometimes. Especially because, in true stoner fashion, I sometimes forget about it for a good while and then happen upon it at the most opportune time. Just don’t forget to store it well (mason jars are great) and keep it somewhere your pets and young relatives won’t find it.

8. Make Your Own Bong Out Of A Plastic Bottle

OK, so I’ve never actually made my own DIY bong — but it looks pretty easy. Plus, you know, reduce, reuse, and recycle.

9. Keep Lube Handy

While weed can actually make sex more enjoyable for many people, some report that it can also cause vaginal dryness — so in my experience, it’s a good idea to keep lube handy if you’re planning to bong and bang. Personally, I love lube, and would suggest using it whether you’re having sex while high or sober — but since vaginal dryness is just the worst, stay stocked up on lube if you and your partner like to smoke before having sex.

10. Create Your Own “Chill Out” Mantra For When You’re Feeling Paranoid

Smoking weed rarely makes me feel paranoid, but I have gotten high and then freaked out super hard a couple of times — and because of those experiences, I now have a mantra to calm myself down. What I like to tell myself is this: “everything is exactly the same as it was five minutes ago — you’re just high.” Feel free to repeat this to yourself if you’re ever feeling freaked out after getting high — or make up your own mantra.

11. Use A Drop Of Honey To Keep Joints From Burning Too Quickly

I’ve never tested this out myself (mostly because I can’t roll for sh*t). But I have heard that if you rub a drop of honey over the skin of a rolled joint, it helps prevent said doobie from burning too quickly. Also, it probably smells and tastes delicious.

As fun as smoking weed can be, every frequent stoner knows that getting high isn’t always as simple as we would like it to be. Grinders go missing, pipes break, cotton mouth will always try to wreck your make-out sessions, and lighters that were…

Wooden Pipe From a Stick

Introduction: Wooden Pipe From a Stick

There’s something about woodworking that completely fascinates me. Once I made my first pipe from a stick, I couldn’t stop and quickly made many more! After posting my original pipe to some online forums, and many requests, I would like to share my process with you!

Since this is a somewhat time consuming process, I will break it down into 4 parts:

Day 1: Pickup Sticks

Day 2: Preparation

Day 3: Drill Day!

Day 4: Finishing Touches

For this project you will need:

-Sanding paper/ Steel wool/ Printer paper

-Drill and drill bits

-Clamp and clothe

-1/4″ Copper tubing (optional)

I hope that you find this instructable helpful in creating your own Gandalf-esque pipes. Enjoy!

Step 1: Day 1: Pickup Sticks

We’re gunna start things off with a nice walk through the woods! Or if you’re lucky enough, your front yard! I like to find branches that are about an inch thick and have some nice curves to them. I am still expirementing with different types of wood, so I don’t know exactly which is best but in general you will want a hard wood.

Take a good hard look at branches and try to imagine where the bowl and mouth would be. I like to use knots in the wood for the bowl. If you can find a way to make the stick rest with the bowl sitting straight up, that adds another nice touch.

Once you have your branch(es) collected, go ahead and cut your pipe to size with a chop saw. Be careful to make a clean cut.

I also had good luck with ageing the branch for a few weeks by standing it up outside in the elements. The rain wetting and drying the bark of the branch over a couple weeks made it so that the bark peeled right off and gave my first piece a really nice finish. These are the three pieces pictured in the title of my instructable. This may only work for certain types of sticks though.

Step 2: Day 2: Preparation

At this point, we want to give a rough finish to the pipe by carving down the ends/branches and sanding it lightly. Depending on your stick, you may not want to carve the bark off. Sanding the bark lightly will give it a nice finish too. I really like round edges though, so go ahead and carve/sand down the edges of all the cuts we made earlier.

I recommend a non-serrated knife for carving since it doesn’t leave teeth marks in the wood. I used a 60 grit sanding block for smoothing out my edges.

This step is not too complex, but make sure to take your time here because one slip of the knife could ruin your finish! Be sure to also wear protective gloves while making such intricate cuts. It would be very easy to accidentally cut a finger while carving such small pieces of wood.

Step 3: Day 3: Drill Day!

There’s no turning back now, all holes are final! Be very careful to not drill too deep and extrude through the other end of the stick. (I made that mistake too many times).

Start by clamping the stick down with a piece of clothe so that you don’t dent the wood. Line up your drill bit on a smooth surface so that you can slide the drill back and forth in a straight line.

For all holes, you will want to start with a small bit to make your initial cut and then work your way up to the final drill bit size. This will ensure that you don’t split the wood.

There will be three holes drilled in total:

1. The main channel will be a 1/4″ hole to fit the copper tubing.

2. I wanted an air intake to control the air flow with my finger, I found that an 1/8″ hole is good for this. Start with a smaller bit and work your way up until you get the desired airflow.

3. If you want to use a 10mm male glass bowl to smoke out of, make a 23/64″ hole. You could also make your bowl out of the wood itself by using whatever size bit you want and woodburning the inside of the bowl.

Once you have made all of your holes, drill them out again to make sure they are all cleared out. There is usually splinters left over from previous cuts.

Step 4: Day 4: Finishing

We’re on the home stretch!

Cut your copper tubing so that it will not completely reach the bowl. We don’t want to risk heating up the copper, this could potentially be a health hazard. The copper tubing is an optional touch, but it gives the pipe a really nice and hefty feeling. If you drilled your 1/4″ hole out enough, the copper tubing should be able to slide right in with a few smacks on the concrete.

Lastly, we will sand down the branch with steel wool to make it smooth and then finish by sanding with printer paper. This will give it a silky smooth finish. Rub some cooking oil on it to bring out natural colors, and then smooth down again with printer paper. Make sure to blow all of the sawdust out of it and then we are done!

If you chose to make your bowl directly in the wood, I would recommend wood burning the inside of the bowl so that you don’t inhale any smoke from the lighter burning wood.

Good luck with your pipe making and please post pictures in the comments if you make any yourself!

ProTip: If you chose a very curvy branch, the copper pipe can be used to make a straight path from the mouth to the bowl. It would look super cool if there was just a piece of copper sticking out in the middle of the branch.

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