There is no school like old school. Loading a bowl or rolling a joint is considered the classic way to consume cannabis. For many, cannabis combustion promotes connection and community. There will always be something special about sharing a bowl or passing a joint with friends, family and even the occasional stranger that gives rise to a shared communal experience. Kumbaya is optional. But you get the gist.
The wonderful aspect of cannabis combustion is the unaltered nature of the cannabis flower. The flower has simply been grown, harvested and dried – those mature buds go directly into your pipe or paper to experience cannabis in its most true state. Straight from the farm without any complicated techniques, processes or solvent-based extractions. Cannabis as nature intended.
To boot, the high temperature of flame on flower generally leads to a stonier effect. Yeah, that’s a word (we think). Joints burn at approximately 2,000 degrees, which tends to lead to a heavier, more sedative high. The downside of combustion is ultimately a question of preservation. High temperatures can destroy certain terpenes and cannabinoids, which can compromise an individual strain’s nuance and subtlety.
Another thing to consider is discretion. Smoking will be smelly, even skunky at times. Due to this, consuming with discretion can be understandably difficult. If you don’t want to smell like a skunk in a campfire, there are more subtle ways to consume than combustion. “Keep in mind” or “remember”, ultimately cannabis needs to be consumed out of the public eye, in a private space.
Whether it’s a session with strangers or the familiar coffee table smoke out, sometimes there really is no school like the old school!