The moment comes in almost every stoner’s weed-smoking-lifetime that they realise they need to cut down on weed spending.
One of the hardest things to accept if you are a cannabis enthusiast is just how much it costs to smoke dope.
So, saving money on weed is on the agenda. We hear you!
Keep It to Yourself
Listen—sharing is definitely caring, but you don’t always have to be the Robin Hood of weed. If you are on a budget and don’t have much weed, just don’t broadcast your smoking intentions. The day will come when you can share—remember that.
Use a Grinder
Grinding up your weed before you pack it into your smoking device is a great way to conserve. By grinding up the flower, you are increasing the surface area of the material you have, so theoretically you can pack more bowls with ground weed. Think about it, have you ever just pushed nugs into your bowl? They don’t burn as well (wasteful), and it always seems like you use more weed in a shorter period of time.
There is something so satisfying about the instant gratification effect of smoking weed. But you’d be surprised how much less you have to consume if you eat it rather than smoke it. Did you know that marijuana is much more psychedelic when it is ingested rather than inhaled? It also lasts much longer.
Space Out Your Smoking
Let’s face it, smoking weed is as fun as the merry-go-round was when we were little—I still like a good merry-go-round ride… when I’m high! But just because you enjoy the act of smoking doesn’t mean you have to smoke one after the other. Our bodies can only process so much THC at a time, so you will reach a level of highness that cannot be breached without waiting. Save some bud and space out the joints.
Use All Parts of Your Weed Stash
I recently filled you in on the finer points of using stems to make teas and edibles; you can check that out here. But seriously, save your stems, all the kief from your grinder, use a reclaimer attachment, and do just about anything you can to keep your marijuana material ready for reuse. You’d be surprised what a month of conservation can do for your wallet.
Grow Your Own Weed
If you are in a legal state, take advantage of the laws that allow you to cultivate your own cannabis. Growing is insanely easy these days. There are products out there that essentially automate the entire process. If you are not in a legal state… just be careful.
Use Mangoes With Weed
If you are on a tight budget but demand an intense high, you might want to try eating mangoes before you smoke. Mangoes are rich in myrcene a terpene that is also found in cannabis flowers. The human body digests the myrcene and interacts with the THC to enhance your high. Hopefully, you will get so high from your little bit of herb that you will forget to smoke more.
Skip the Wake ‘n Bake
We all love a good wake ‘n bake because you get that special kind of high that rides with you throughout the whole morning, and sometimes even the whole day, but there’s still no better time to smoke than at the end of a long day when all of your responsibilities have been taken care of.
Buy in Bulk and Save
We’re not suggesting you go out and make wholesale orders or anything. There’s nowhere in the world where you can get away with a pound of weed for recreational use. But more often than not, buying in halves or ounces is cheaper than buying in grams or eighths.
But we’re now entering some very dangerous territory. When you’re in possession of a half ounce or ounce, it can literally feel like pay day. It feels as if you can just go throwing all of your weed around because you have so much of it! That is not a way to save money on weed. You have to be smart about it.
When you buy in bulk, you have to be extra conscious of how much you’re using. Otherwise you’ll just find yourself back at your dealer’s place in a few more days.
[Updated, originally published 2.3.2017]