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Five of the most out-there weed tips and tricks from the internet’s most committed stoners

When taking up a new hobby, it’s always best to seek counsel from those who’re considered experts in the field. So, naturally, it would make sense to encourage anyone out there looking for the best tips and tricks regarding weed to turn to the maestros themselves—and no, in this instance we’re not referring to everyone’s favourite marijuana aficionado, Snoop Dogg.

Listed below are the top five weed-related tips suggested by the most professional smoking wizards the internet has to offer.

1. Eating mangoes increases the high

The vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants found in mangoes can provide important health benefits. For example, vitamin K helps prevent anaemia, a condition in which the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells. It also plays an important role in helping strengthen your bones.

Mangoes are also rich in vitamin C, which is important for forming blood vessels and healthy collagen, as well as helping you heal. But when it comes to stoners, the sweet fruit comes with other benefits.

According to Denver-based weed dispensary The Lodge Cannabis, eating a mango before smoking can strongly intensify your high as well as make it last longer. Its website states that the fruit contains myrcene, “one of the most dominant terpenes in marijuana,” which enables THC to go through the blood-brain barrier more easily, in turn increasing its effect for a longer period of time.

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2. Use a banana peel to roll your joints

Nope, this isn’t a joke—as unbelievable as it may seem, you can indeed use a banana peel as an alternative for rolling papers. Now, it isn’t exactly clear who first came up with this bizarre tip, but it has since been tried and tested by countless weed enthusiasts across the internet.

Although a banana peel may not be the go-to choice for a majority of smokers, if you ever find yourself out of your favourite rolling papers or just fancy trying something new, this eco-friendly option may just be the perfect solution for you.

You’re probably wondering how you could ever possibly roll a joint with a banana skin. Here’s everything you need to know:

First things first, you’ll need to prepare the peels by removing the stem and blossom at the end of your banana—unripe peels tend to work the best. Then, you’ll want to tear a single peel off the banana, before going on to laying it on a flat surface. Using a spoon, scrape the banana residue off and make the skin as thin as possible.

Set the clean peels by a window and make sure it’s placed in a sunny area. Wait for the skin to turn from yellow to entirely black and double-check that it is completely dry.

Once the peel has darkened, simply grind up your pieces of bud as you usually would, add them to the peel, and roll your joint just like you would with regular papers.

All that’s left for you to do is to sit back and relax, if you know what I mean.

@blessedbabyla

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3. Use loose green tea as a tobacco replacement

Drinking green tea also has many health benefits, but I won’t be getting into this today as we might be here for a while. What you really need to know is that, although no research shows that smoking has the same long list of wellbeing advantages as green tea does, it has been proved in the past that using the bitter unfermented leaves as a tobacco replacement is completely safe.

If you do end up testing this trick, please keep in mind that one Quora user who decided to do the same revealed that “it tastes like shit when smoked.” Lovely.

4. Use THC-infused coconut oil for edibles

Not the biggest fan of inhaling toxic smoke into your beloved lungs? This tip might be the one for you.

You can bake pretty much anything with THC-infused coconut oil—which is often used as a great cannabutter alternative. Just like the latter, THC-infused coconut oil can be used in a wide range of edibles, from triple chocolate chip cookies to savoury pies.

Edibles can be used for pain relief, anxiety and even to prevent seizures—and are widely acclaimed for their powerful highs, even more so than puffing on a big fat blunt. An edible high tends to also last much longer than the ones you’d get from smoking or vaping, which can last for as little as 20 minutes, compared to one that can last for hours if you digest a THC-infused treat.

Making coconut oil is a relatively easy process, here’s a list of all the ingredients you’ll need:

1 cup of coconut oil 
– 7 to 14 grams of cannabis flower
– Baking sheet
– Tinfoil/aluminium foil
– Mesh strainer
– Mason jar
– Scale
– Cheesecloth
– Medium saucepan or crock pot/slow cooker

If you’re ready to get cooking, here are the simple steps you need to follow:

Decarb the cannabis

Start by preheating your oven to 120 degrees Celsius (250 degrees Fahrenheit), weigh your cannabis flower and then break it apart so that it spreads evenly onto non-stick baking paper. Put it in the oven and bake it for 45 minutes.

Combine your cannabis with the coconut oil

Place both your dry bud and coconut oil in a mason jar, and stir. Make sure to screw the lid on tight in order to prevent water from getting in later on, but not so tight that it will fully seal during the infusion process.

Give your jar a lil bath

Place the mason jar in a crock pot filled with room temperature water, ensuring that the water is covering its entirety.

Let it simmer

Set your crockpot on low temperature and let it simmer for a minimum of two to six hours, stirring occasionally.

Strain the flower out

Once the coconut oil is infused with the cannabis and has cooled down enough to handle, you’ll need to remove the plant. Line a mesh strainer with some cheesecloth, pour the oil through into a new, clean storage container or jar and drain completely.

And there you have it, you have your batch of THC-infused coconut oil to do what you please with. It can be stored for two to three months at room temperature and up to three years if stored in the fridge.

Just be careful, edibles tend to take anything from 30 to 60 minutes to kick in, so if you aren’t feeling the euphoric effects immediately do not make the rookie mistake of chowing down in an attempt to accelerate the feeling. Just sit back, relax, and trust the process.

5. Use dried lavender in blunts to help you sleep

It’s no secret that one of the main perks of inhaling marijuana is its proven calming effects. From decompressing after a work-packed week to hanging out with friends after a hefty night out, weed is the unofficial mascot of chilling out.

Well, what better than to combine this magical healing substance with an equally proven calming plant: lavender? According to herbal blends smoke shop Meo Marley’s, lavender’s medicinal qualities make it a great addition to any rolled blunt—and it’s far less addictive than tobacco.

Smoking lavender as a herbal mix or as part of herbal cigarettes, especially with cannabis, is something that has been part of a growing tobacco-free subculture in recent years.

So, if this is something you’re interested in, simply order a pack of dried lavender flowers online, grind up with your strain of choice and roll up for a perfect night’s sleep. Night night.

@okspooky

not only my favorite color but ALSO one of my favorite herbs! mix #lavender with other herbs or even 🍃🥬 and feel grounded almost instantly #herbtok

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Why legalising weed in the US would be better for the planet

Legalising weed may be greener than you think. The list of positives for legalising weed is getting pretty lengthy—from de-escalating the war on drugs to increasing the quality of life of thousands; generating a sizeable proportion of tax to put back into public services to expanding our understanding of the effects of the drug and lowering the potentially psychosis-inducing potency of skunk… The list goes on. Yet, if none of these reasons has swayed you in the favour of cannabis legalisation, then perhaps this one will: climate change.

Unless you’re a FOX news consuming, tin-foil hat wearing, climate change denier—it’s pretty evident that climate change is arguably one of the most prominent existential threats humanity faces today. And, as it turns out, there is reason to believe the continued federal criminalisation of weed in the US is actually contributing to climate change. Let me explain.

US cannabis production, at the moment, is not so green

A recent report by Politico explains the fact that the federal government still considers weed an illegal substance, which restricts the ability to sell across state lines. This forces legal growers in some states to use energy-intensive practices to meet the demands of fellow legal stoners.

To put things in brief: states in colder climates and with more restrictive laws are required to do most of their growing indoors—requiring a lot of energy-demanding equipment to create an artificial climate where weed can happily grow. Think of the high-powered lights, huge warehouses of bud and all the other things required to cultivate a state’s worth of legal weed. That racks up a huge energy bill that is not only costly to the grower but also has a huge cost for the environment.

According to a paper published by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), indoor cannabis production can require as much as 2,000 watts of electricity per square meter. Overall, this equates to more than one per cent of the total energy use in the US and costs about $6 billion per year. The energy output is the equivalent of adding 3 million cars to US roads—all so selected states can have their legal spliff. Crazy, right?

Weed has become the most energy-intensive crop in the country—and taking a look at the usage of a state-by-state basis proves this. According to a report from MassLive, the indoor cultivation of cannabis in the state of Massachusetts is responsible for a mind-blowing 10 per cent of the entire state’s industrial electricity usage. Likewise, in Colorado, studies have found cannabis farms to have a larger carbon footprint than its coal mines.

Now, compare this with states that have fully legalised both the sale and production of weed, which have better climates for outdoor production outside. The same paper by LBNL found that the production of weed in these states costs only 50 watts of electricity per square meter. That’s a 97.5 per cent reduction of the total energy consumption.

The argument for decriminalisation

I can hear the critics already. If weed is such a costly blow to the planet, why legalise it in the first place? Why not crack down on growers instead of venturing down the capitalistic, corporate mass-production path? Well, there is an argument there but I find it better to look at the bigger picture.

As I briefly listed at the start of this article, there are numerous societal benefits for legalising the green stuff—both economically and ethically. Disregarding the benefits this can bring and the detrimental impact criminalising a plant can have on those in society, often who are the most vulnerable, would be grossly negligent. Likewise, partially legalising weed across only a number of states has shown, and is still showing, to have a harmful effect on our environment.

If the federal government allowed weed to be sold across state lines, outdoor weed farms in certain, more temperate states—that can cultivate the plant in significantly less energy-intensive ways—would be able to expand their offerings and sell to other states. Cannabis farmers would be able to post up in these particular states, where the weed grows easily and naturally, and be able to sell to the whole country—not limited by bureaucracy and legislation.

Legalisation on a federal government level would also bring in regulations for farmers to ensure the weed is being grown in an eco-friendly way. As it stands, states are creating their own laws to regulate weed farms—some effective, others, not so much. Illinois requires weed farmers to use energy-efficient LED lights but that’s only a drop in the ocean when you consider the giant warehouses having to be built to facilitate such farms.

It’s important to note that outdoor growing isn’t the ‘be all and end all’ solution to the damage weed farming has on the environment. After all, numerous reports have shown that weed farming requires a significant amount of water—and to make matters worse, weed grows best in the states where water is the most scarce.

That being said, it’s a step in the right direction and far more eco-friendly than the colossal indoor cannabis farms that are popping up across the US at the moment. So are you listening, Biden? Let’s legalise weed completely and enjoy the high without the high cost for our planet.