What is and how to wake and bake

Published Feb 24, 2019 01:00 p.m. ET

Of all the various cannabis slang terms "wake and bake" is likely one of the most famous, but do you know what it means? Any idea how to wake and bake? If you are a seasoned marijuana user, then chances are you already know the glory of the wake and bake, but if you are new to cannabis culture than allow me to introduce you to one of the best stoner experiences you might ever have, the wake and bake.

What does "Wake and Bake" mean?

Wake and bake is another way to say consuming weed in the morning and immediately after you wake up. Now, this does not mean that you must smoke herb for a good old fashioned wake and bake. You could smoke, vape, take tinctures, eat edibles, the list goes on. When you ask someone, “what does wake and bake mean?”, they will likely describe their typical habits which could include any of the above things mentioned.

How to wake and bake

How to wake and bake is essentially up to you. As mentioned above, there are a wide variety of options to choose from to garner the benefits of wake and bake. Below you will find a list of ways you can ingest marijuana as part of your wake and bake routine.

Tinctures - Tinctures are alcohol based liquids that contain THC. Tinctures can be taken orally, made into drinks or edibles or encapsulated. The brand of cannabis tincture that you purchase or the recipe that you make will dramatically affect the potency of the high you achieve, but tinctures are one of the fastest, easiest, and most efficient ways to wake and bake in the morning.

Concentrates - Cannabis concentrates are an excellent choice for a wake and bake but can be a bit much for those with a lower tolerance level since they contain high concentrations of THC. Concentrates can be dabbed, vaped, or rolled into a joint or blunt that is filled with dry herb.

Vaping - No matter what kind of cannabis product you like to indulge in vaping can handle any of them if you have the right set-up. Not only is it one of the cleanest ways of “smoking” marijuana, but it is also easy to control your dosage with a vape vs. other methods of ingesting cannabis.

Smoking - A traditional joint, blunt, spliff, bong, or pipe is all that is needed to have a positive experience from smoking weed in the morning. This method is the most direct way to consume marijuana.

Edibles - There is nothing more important than a good healthy breakfast to start the day, so why not whip up some fluffy cannabis-infused pancakes or a slightly less calorie intensive eggs and bacon? The internet is full of some amazing inspirational recipes that can be used as an alternative to smoking during a wake and bake.


Benefits of Wake and Bake

Relaxing start to a day - While the exact science behind it is still largely unknown a wake and bake session has proven to be a healthy part of daily rituals if done under the right circumstances. This is because cannabis contains high levels of THC which can relax the user before starting a day they may be dreading or anxious about. This means that people head off to work calm, collected, and more prepared to start the day.

Increases appetite - THC, and cannabis, in general, is known for giving those who use it the munchies. What that means is that once you ingest marijuana, you will get hungry soon after. A good wake and bake can help to stimulate a person's appetite, so they want to eat a healthy meal before beginning the day.

Tips for a successful wake and bake  

  1. Moderation
    The thing about getting high in the morning is that it can take away any motivation you may have had if you overindulge. The best way to avoid this is by using cannabis in moderation. Set yourself a limit you know you feel good within and stick to it. Microdoses are most efficient at creating the effect you will benefit from most first thing in the morning.

  2. Choose the right strain - Some strains will give you that sinking into your couch feeling that can make it difficult to get out the door in the morning. However, there are many different marijuana strains that produce uplifting and even energetic effects which will provide the opposite effect. Research the strain you want to use before you buy it to know if it will be ideal for smoking weed in the morning.

  3. Timing - Have you ever heard the old saying timing is everything? Well, it holds true here as well. Smoking in the morning for most people means using cannabis before heading off to work. To avoid this smoke immediately after you wake up so that you have time to shower and allow an hour or so to pass before you need to leave. Remember, many regions now have under the influence laws similar to alcohol, and you do not want to be impaired while operating any sort of machinery.

  4. Essentials - Especially if you are smoking weed in the morning it is important to keep a few stoner essentials handy including a nice cool drink, food, and something to focus on like a book or your favorite show. Another common essential is fragrances like colognes for those who don’t have enough time to shower before heading off to work.



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