How to Smoke Weed and Inhale Properly

Although smoking can seem like a relatively straightforward process, it isn’t always as simple as it seems, especially if you have moved right past joints and blunts and have begun smoking from pipes, bongs, or tools. One of the biggest lessons that you will have to learn along the way is how to inhale as the right inhalation strategy is how you are going to get the most smoke possible into your lungs, which impacts your overall high. If you are new to smoking or if you believe that you may have been smoking incorrectly all this time, here is a guide that will help you learn how to smoke weed and inhale it properly. 

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Best Way / How to Smoke Weed

If you are trying to improve your weed smoking skills, here are some tips that will greatly benefit you in the future!

Draw In Through The Mouth

The goal of smoking is to inhale as much smoke as possible, which all starts with the mouth! Make sure to wrap your lips around whatever tool you may be using and start slowly drawing in the smoke to ensure that you are both getting more out of your draws and maintaining full control over your smoke session. After all, there is nothing worse than taking a big hit and then letting your marijuana continue to burn as you process it. 

Inhale Directly Into Your Lungs

Smoking marijuana is not like smoking a cigar. You are supposed to bring the smoke into your lungs so that your body can absorb and distribute all of the THC in your bud. Make sure that you are taking in nice deep breaths when you smoke and slowly let the air out when you exhale. This will give your body ample time to get the high you want. 

inhale the joint properly

Using the Carb Correctly

Inexperienced users may not know what that small hole in their pipe or bong is. This, of course, results in a lot of wasted marijuana that could’ve been saved during the smoking process. Whenever you are smoking from a pipe, keep the carb covered with your thumb while you are lighting your herbs and breathing the smoke in. While using a bong, this means keeping the hole on the side covered with your bowl. When you are reaching the end of your lung capacity, release your thumb or pull out the bowl to let air come through the piece and clear out all of the smoke. If you don’t do this, you are going to lose a lot of smoke along the way. 

Remember to Breathe

There’s a common misconception that holding your breath is going to provide you with a better high. Like most smoking myths, this one isn’t going to get you beyond high. Instead of holding your breath until you pass out in an attempt to improve your weed buzz, make sure to breathe in slowly and breathe out slowly, getting plenty of oxygen both during hits and once you have taken a hit. While deep draws will do more, holding your breath will not. 

Use a Rhythm

No matter whether you are trying to get a light puff or a heavy inhales, developing a rhythm to help you get through your session can make it easier for you to breathe properly. This can be done by counting to a certain number while you are inhaling or using a similar technique to measure your draws. This will help you focus when you are breathing in to ensure that you are getting smooth, steady tokes. 

Notes and Techniques

While the above tips can be helpful during a smoke session, there are some issues that all weed smokers encounter that can make getting their daily dose a bit more difficult than they would like. Here are a few notes and techniques that will help you along the way. 

Burning Throat

The shorter the air pathway from your herbs to your mouth, the harsher the hits will be, which will cause your throat to burn as you take more and more hits. The best way to prevent this is to use a bubbler or a bong to cool down the smoke before it hits your lungs. However, you may also want to keep cold water on hand, which can help with dry mouth as well. 

girl grinding up weed and rolling a joint

Grind Up Your Weed

Beginner smokers may still be breaking up weed with their fingers. While this is certainly the way you may have first smoked weed, it is not an efficient way to smoke your marijuana. Grinding your herbs with a grinder accomplishes two things: it ensures that you are getting the most out of your weed and it gives you more to smoke (without wasting herbs) at a time. Grind your herbs during each session to get the best experience. 

Breathe Oxygen. THC Works Better With Oxygen

Getting your smoke deep in your lungs works better when your hits end with oxygen. Dedicate three-quarters of your smoking to inhaling as much smoke as possible and one-quarter to inhaling air to push that smoke deeper into your lungs. Otherwise, you may end up wasting some of your marijuana as you seek out bigger and better hits. 

How to Smoke Weed for the First Time

If it’s your first time smoking weed, you may feel a lot of pressure to get super high or get it down on your first hit. Don’t stress. Take small hits, allow yourself to wait and see how you feel, and make sure you are comfortable. As long as you take it slow, you will be fine! Becoming accustomed to smoking comes with time. 

Why Weed Makes You Cough

Weed naturally makes your mouth super dry, which exacerbates the damage that the heat does to your throat and the effect of the smoke in your lungs, which is why you tend to cough when smoking. Make sure to take small hits, drink plenty of water, and use water filtration devices if weed really bothers your throat. 

Hiccups After Taking a Hit

Sometimes if you take a deep hit or you take repeated hits without breathing enough throughout the hits, you might get the hiccups! If this happens to you, simply stop smoking and hold your breathe for 10-20 seconds while keeping your tongue on the roof of your mouth. Do this repeatedly for 1-3 times.


If smoking weed were easy, people wouldn’t have so many issues during the process. Use the guide above to help you inhale properly during every smoking session and avoid common problems faced by other weed smokers!

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