Photo by VlaDee / Adobe Stock Photo
Coughing is an annoying side effect when you take a big hit from any pipe, bong, spliff, joint or blunt. There are some weed smokers out there who are wondering how to address their coughing situation, how to cough less when they are blazing up.
While cannabis may be less damaging to the respiratory system, excessive coughing can still be a sign you are irritating those sensitive membranes.
Here are a few ways to reduce the harshness of smoke and avoid coughing after every hit.
Yes, this might sound obvious, but the best way to not cough your lungs out after smoking weed is to avoid smoking at all! Yes, it might not be as enjoyable, but it is more discreet and easier on your respiratory system. And, you’re still gonna get high!
Nowadays there are plenty of different products that can help you get stoned without smoking. From tinctures to capsules and edibles, there’s something for every need, taste, and budget.
Five CBD’s full-spectrum edibles are a fantastic option when it comes to weed treats. Their products have a first of a kind 5:1 ratio of CBD to THC and other cannabinoids, delivering a nice, well-balanced high. Try their Daily Buzz Gummies with 5 mg THC per piece for an invigorating high. Or go for their chocolates that come in at 2 mg THC per piece and are great pre-bedtime snacks.
You can also take the DIY route. Baking your own edibles or making your own tinctures is now easier than ever. Now, thanks to devices like the Ardent FX, making perfectly dosed edibles is possible with only the push of a button.
Sign up for our newsletter and get the best in cannabis in your inbox!
A percolator is an additional water chamber that is added to the main shaft of the bong tube. The designs are different in different bongs, but they all serve the same purpose. Having the extra water chamber allows for a higher smoke to water ratio, thus cooling down your smoke which makes it smoother for inhaling.
A bong with proper filtering is a bong that guarantees smooth hits.
When it comes to percolation, the Trinity Bong by VITAE Glass is the best piece on the market. This 23″ tall device features 3 honeycomb discs perc, 2 Matrix percs, and a Trio mouthpiece which serves as an ice catcher too and adds extra smoothness.
Another accessory you can try for your bong is a diffuser. It’s another downstem for your bong (the part you put your weed in). The difference with this one is it’s closed on the end with just lots of little holes. This means the smoke reaches the water in smaller portions, and again, more surface area of the smoke makes contact with water.
This glass downstem diffuser from Higher Standards is designed with a six-slit percolator that cleans and conditions your smoke to perfection.
These two devices can be used to cool the smoke in your bong down because it’s probably the heat that is making you choke!
Well, this is a simple exercise. If you find yourself coughing after a huge hit, maybe your lungs just aren’t made for that much smoke. If you have a smaller lung capacity, try taking smaller hits. The more you smoke, the less you’ll cough. So start with smaller hits, and take your time.
People who cough a lot generally tend to hesitate on the inhale, and the smoke gets all stuck in their throat. This causes coughing! If you breathe in slowly and inhale deeply into your lungs, you won’t have a messy situation going on in your throat. Don’t smoke a joint like a cigarette! The smoke is thicker and slower moving than tobacco, so a big deep inhale is better!
This option is good for those of us who want to smoke, but for whom burning is just too harsh. A vaporizer works by using heat to turn your buds into water vapor, which means no burning is required. This is much easier on the lungs as nothing is being combusted, it’s just water vapor (married happily to THC).
Trust us, investing in a good vaporizer is something all stoners should do. A device like the DaVinci IQ2 allows you to vape dry herb and concentrates without ever coughing. Instead, it highlights the flavors of your material and even lets you calculate your THC or CBD intake.
If your weed is no good, chances are it’s not smooth. It might be full of chemicals, pesticides, or just downright skunk. Go for a better quality weed because this will provide a better quality smoke. If you are buying medicinal grade stuff, chances are you will be smoking much less!
Not only does quality weed reduce coughing, but it is also a much more enjoyable experience overall!
We suggest you try our newly released Sour Lifter flower made in collaboration with Botany Farms. After every hit, instead of coughing, you’ll feel a boost of energy invade your body and delightful fruity aromas on your palate.
Keep some water nearby to help get you through your smoking sessions. A lack of saliva can make it harder to handle a bong rip, and mints or cough drops may keep your mouth salivating so that your throat is less dry.
Take a few sips in between hits (it’ll help keep your lungs clear and prevent coughing). And always keep a pack of gum in your pocket—not only will it fend off dry mouth, but it can also help you handle a bong rip or two.
There are ways to avoid the coughs with smoking weed. But the truth is it’s all a part of it. When you cough, you are actually exciting the muscles in your lungs which cause those smaller air capillaries to open up. When this happens, more of the smoke is making it to more of the lung, which means greater absorption of THC. So in fact, you get more stoned when you cough!
Do you have any good tips to reduce coughing?
There's a reason why this unit from 7th Floor Vapes is called the Sidekick. Here's why you'll love it.
These two devices are both among the best portable dry herb vaporizers out there. We compared both to find which one is better.
There are plenty of other boxes to tick and obstacles to jump before citizens of New York can actually walk to the corner dispensa…
I like being friends with the sun, but are there benefits?