How to make your stash go as far as possible

Published Mar 27, 2021 09:00 a.m. ET
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Whether you grow your cannabis or pay exorbitant prices for worthy market products, making it last can be necessary if you don't want to be left, not high and dry. No matter how much you have, chances are pretty good that at some point, you're going to run out, and most of us would rather have that happen as infrequently as possible.

The more you have, the more you can toke, but if you're looking for different ways to reduce your cannabis consumption, then this is the place to be. Here, we're going to show you some fantastic things you can do to stretch your stash as far as possible, and if you use multiple ideas, in no time, you'll be well on your way to mastering the art of conservation.

1. Stop sharing

We know how incredible it feels to share the wealth when we're nicely stocked up on weed, and our friends are not so fortunate. Still, this added expense can add up, especially if it's a frequent occurrence, which is why we highly recommend you keep the moments of giving to a minimum. Of course, that doesn't mean our days of sharing should be over ultimately, but if you know a few too many mooches, then it might do your stash some good to cut a few of them off.

2. Get your hands on a gravity bong

Most of us start with joints because they're simple, taste great, and you can buy papers from just about any store for a buck or two, making it an affordable and convenient choice, but long term, it's a colossal waste. Most of any joint will burn away, filling the room with smoke that will never make it into your lungs, but a gravity bong will give you massive rips with only a tiny bit of bud, all of which will be inhaled and made use of.

3. Make edibles

If you're used to smoking your green, then edibles might make you feel like you're a little bit out of your element, but if you're looking to make a stash last for as long as possible, then edibles are a great option to consider. With them, you can experiment until you find the perfect dose to make you feel good, and once you do, you won't have to get high nearly as often because the effects can last up to 12x longer than inhalation.

4. Use tobacco

This extra step is one that will be comfortable for cigarette smokers. Still, perhaps a bit offputting for those who don't already consume tobacco, and for a good reason, as the harmful effects of nicotine are well documented. Still, for those who smoke anyway, it can be the perfect solution to making a bag of bud last longer. Some consumers will fill a bowl or spliff with up to 50% tobacco, which can help to boost the effects of cannabinoids and reduce the amount of green that you're burning in each session.

5. Make friends with more generous individuals

Yes, we know, we just got through telling you to cut off the mooches, so it might sound a bit counterintuitive to become one yourself, but that's not exactly what we're suggesting, as no one should take advantage of a fellow stoner. However, spending a little bit of extra time with fellow cannabis enthusiasts who might have access to large amounts to share isn't a bad thing. It gives them camaraderie and you a few extra puffs that aren't from your stash.

6. Divide your stash into an even number of portions

There are so many ways to do this, so you don't need to worry about having a particular container or tool on hand to do it, but a weekly pill organizer is often touted as one of the best ways to divide weed into correctly measured portions. You could also use Tupperware with individual baggies or small jars, it's entirely up to you, but the premise remains the same. Figure out how long you need your bag to last, and then divide it up into daily allotments so that you can keep track of what you're smoking better.

7. Use a grinder

More experienced cannaisseurs will almost always have some sort of grinder on hand because they know about the many benefits this extra tool can offer. However, the majority of stoners still just grab a pinch of a bud from their bag and then stuff it into a bowl, or pull it apart to pack a joint. Technically, this works, as it does get the job done, but if you grind your weed instead, you'll notice that it fluffs up, which means that it will take less to pack a bowl or roll a joint and help you to make it last longer.

8. Opt for more potent strains or products

It's easy enough to smoke through a bag of primo cannabis, but if you're stuck with weak low strength nugs, then you're guaranteed to go through them faster because they just won't have as intense of an effect. Sometimes it might seem tempting to buy a bag of low-quality pot. Still, if you do, you'll need to expect that you'll require more, so in most cases, you'll be far better off by selecting a product that rests somewhere in the middle, offering both an affordable price, and a product that will work.

9. Time your sessions to be the most effective

If you're one of those stoners who is always getting high no matter what time of day or night it might be, then you might benefit a lot from determining which times are most important to you and limiting yourself to them. Do you feel you get the most out of a buzz in the morning to get the day started, or does it help you to keep up your appetite throughout the day? In many cases, evening sessions are worth the most because they help with sleep and pain, but each person is different.

10. Buy in bulk or grow it

You can use all of the best tips and tricks going, but the most efficient way to ensure that you don't run out of cannabis is to buy or produce enough of it to avoid having to go without it. If you're able to make what you've got now last, then you should be able to save up a few extra dollars to snag a bigger bag next time or to invest in a handful of seeds that could keep you well supplied all year long. Of course, this isn't an instant solution, but they are great ideas to consider if you're always running low.

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