How to Smoke on a Budget

August 17, 2018 By Stoner

Smoking can be an expensive habit at times. Everyone has that moment where they actually realize how much money they are spending on weed.

If you are reading this article then we are sure that you have hit that point. No need to panic this article will teach you the ins and outs of getting the most out of your bag.

Take a page out of your great ancestors book with the animals they hunted, they used everything. That is mindset you should have to get the most out of your stash.

Whether you are a broke college kid or simply just trying to put some extra dollars in your pocket, making your bag last longer can be pivotal.

Buying Cannabis on a Budget

Buying marijuana can be the most expensive part of the process so this is where getting the best bang for your buck matters most.

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Grow Your Own

The cheapest way to get weed is to grow your own. Although this can be a long process, it can be a fun way to get bud.

This is the best way to get weed as long as it is done legally and safely. We never recommend growing for anyone who is in a territory or state which does not legally allow it. 

In the United States, medical marijuana is legal in the 30 following states:

  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • Nevada
  • California
  • Arizona
  • New Mexico
  • Colorado
  • Oklahoma
  • Arkansas
  • Florida
  • West Virginia
  • Pennsylvania
  • Delaware
  • Maryland
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • Vermont
  • Maine
  • Massachusetts
  • New Hampshire
  • Michigan
  • Illinois
  • Minnesota
  • North Dakota
  • Alaska
  • Hawaii

Of these 30 states that have legalized marijuana for medicinal use, 9 have also legalized it for recreational use:

  • Alaska
  • Colorado
  • California
  • Nevada
  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • Maine
  • Vermont
  • Massachusetts

Washington D.C. has also legalized both medical and recreational marijuana.

For those in need of medicinal marijuana, you first must go through a process of getting approved for your medical card. Each state has their own process. Once you have done this, each state will allow you to grow a certain amount of plants. Usually, the number is 6 adults and 6 baby plants at a time, but this also varies per state. 

Growing your own marijuana can be helpful for people who use marijuana medicinally because you can have more options to grow the exact type of strain that helps your condition best.

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Buy in Bulk

Now you may be thinking:

“Aren’t I trying to save money, why would I spend more on weed?”

We can see where you are coming from but if you are a frequent smoker buying in bulk can save you a ton of money. If you routinely purchase weed you should consider cutting down the number of times you pick up while maintaining the amount you are getting.

For instance, if you purchase a quarter ounce of marijuana from the dispensary every two weeks, consider picking up a half ounce every month instead. You get much cheaper of a price if you buy more in bulk.

It can be tough to cough up the extra dough on one payment but in the long run, it actually does save you money.

A common reason neglecting this method that we hear all the time is:

“I just do not have the self-control to do that. If I had all of that weed at my fingertips I would just burn it down immediately.”

We get it, having more makes it more appealing to smoke that blunt or joint cause you have a ton of weed.

Think of when you only have that little bit left and how long you can get that to last though. If you are capable of having this discipline, you are definitely capable of making your weed last a lot longer, and saving a lot of money on your marijuana purchases.

One trick that can help your urge to smoke all of your marijuana at once is to separate it into jars for a weekly or biweekly basis. Essentially like an allowance for your weed.

Shop Around Suppliers

We hear this all the time where people are loyal to their supplier because they are good friends or because they have been purchasing from them for a while. It can be great to establish a personal relationship with your supplier, but shopping around for better prices never hurt anybody.

At the end of the day all that matters is how good the bud you are getting is as well as the price. If you find a better deal on weed from another source or shop you can save a lot of money.

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Quality vs Quantity

This has been a debate since the beginning of time. Whether it is about pizza, alcohol, or weed is it always a tough decision.

If you are trying to save money when purchasing weed, you should do a cost analysis of what makes sense for you.

Would you rather be able to smoke more or would you rather smoke less frequently, but smoke a more potent strain of marijuana? 

It is a tough question but one that you should be able to answer before you purchase your weed.

If you have a very tight budget but enjoy smoking all the time, getting a cheaper strain that might not be as potent may make sense for you.

If you are the type of person that is fine with smoking a small amount as long as it gets the job done then getting a more potent strain should work well.

It is all preference but both options should be considered when deciding how much of what strain you are going to buy.

Purchasing Pieces on a Budget

The weed you purchase has an effect on how high you may get but the piece you smoke it out of defines your smoking experience.

Just because a piece is more expensive does not necessarily mean that it provides a more enjoyable smoking experience. There are plenty of pieces that are cheap but can get the job done just as efficiently.

Not only that, but some pieces help you also cut down on your consumption of marijuana without sacrificing the high you feel. A few affordable pieces for smoking marijuana on a budget that don’t cut down on your experience are: 

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Vaporizers are taking the smoking industry by storm. Due to their sleek and discrete look more and more people are purchasing them.

They are a simple way to get high that does not leave you reeking of marijuana so most people do not even know that you are high. They can be taken on the go and easily fit in your pocket for quick transportation.  Vaporizers are also pretty resilient to damage, so dropping them will usually not cause them to break like other pieces.

Vaporizers can be on the more expensive side when it comes to buying pieces and being on a budget but they are worth it in the long run. The weed you put in can last much longer than in a bowl pack, while still providing an equally good high.

Vaporizers are also healthier than smoking a bowl or a blunt because it reduces the amount of smoke you are inhaling.

One huge benefit of vaporizers is that you can save the burnt weed and make THC butter to make edibles with it. Although it does take a decent amount of packed weed to do this, it prolongs the life of the bag you purchased.

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One Hitters

One hitters are also a discrete smoking piece that can save you a lot of money. These are simple and easy to use and get you high off minimal amounts of weed.

One hitters are typically under $20 so a great purchase if you are short on cash.

They usually have a container to store the broken up weed and then a cigarette look-alike piece with a small pack at the end of it to fill with weed and light. These are traditionally called “dug-outs”.

The way it works is similar to fun dip. You put a small amount of ground up weed in the container and then dunk the cigarette piece into the container until there is weed at the bottom. Then you take it out and light it.

One hitters are very easy to use and very cost efficient.  They are also easy to hide and very portable, being able to fit in your pocket with ease. 

It also helps minimize the amount of weed you are using because you can limit the amount stored in the container.  

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Gravity Bongs (G-Bongs)

Gravity bongs also known as waterfalls can be a great way to conserve weed and still be able to get just as high as a bong or joint.

These can work from a water ball and a small socket or they even have glass pieces that are safer to smoke.

Using a water bottle and socket can be the most cost effective because all you need to purchase it a socket and a pack of water bottles (all plastic bottles work). You can also purchase wooden and metal gravity bongs online at pretty affordable prices.  These are great because you do not have to make them yourself which can be a hassle sometimes, and they also do not become dirty over time through absorption of chemicals the way plastic bottles do.  Also, they are more efficient because they have near perfect suction. 

These use a small amount of weed but give you a very effective high. It is essentially the equivalent of a very tiny bong pack. All you do is fill the socket up with weed then attach it to the cap of the water bottle. Burn a hole in the bottom of the water bottle the size of a pea and then fill it with water while covering the hole with your finger.

Once the bottle is filled with water, attach the cap back securely. Then, simultaneously light the weed-filled socket and release your finger allowing the water to flow out. This acts as a vacuum and fills the whole water bottle with smoke. Be careful though, these can hold much more smoke than meets the eye.

Make Your Own

Making your own piece is the cheapest way by far to smoke and also can be the most fun.

Getting creative and using household items can be a fun way to change up your smoking routine.

Using food like apples or potatoes has worked for us in the past but you can get creative and make your own smoking contraptions!

Tips & Tricks to Maximize Your Marijuana

We all have been to the end of our stash, just wishing that we had saved just a little bit of marijuana to last us over until the next time we can pick some up. These tips and tricks will help you save marijuana, and also maximize the stash you have over time.

Save Roaches

If you smoke a lot of joints or blunts you might as well save the roaches. Once you are all out of weed these can be a great way to last a few more days before you need to purchase again. Just break them apart and take the weed out.

Four Piece Grinder

Using a multi-piece grinder can also help prolong your need to purchase because this device catches the kief from all the weed you grind up. You are already grinding your weed up so you might as well get some more benefit from doing so. This can also help if you are the only one of your friends with a grinder as you will get the kief from your friends weed too.

Storing Weed in Glass Jars

Keeping your weed in glass jars can keep it fresh for a longer period of time. If you are purchasing in bulk this is a great way to divide your weed for the week while not losing any of the potency from it getting stale.

Corner the Bowl

Even little things like cornering a bowl while lighting it can save you weed. This can give you one or two more hits per bowl can add up over time.

There are many tricks and ways to save money on weed especially if you are on a budget. Try a few different methods and see what works for you personally.

Get creative, smoking should be an enjoyable thing and should not be spent stressing over how much you have been spending.

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