How To Inhale Weed Properly

how to inhale weed properly

Explore the ever-evolving cannabis industry with us as we dive into the art of how to inhale weed properly. In this guide, we’ll uncover the proper techniques for maximizing the effects of marijuana through inhalation. From different smoking methods to optimizing THC intake, we’ll cover it all. Learn how to minimize coughing and prevent tar buildup for a smoother experience.

Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned smoker, you might be amazed to discover new information on how to inhale weed properly. Did you know that improper inhalation could introduce harmful substances like resin and tar into your lungs? Join us as we unlock the secrets to proper weed inhalation for an enhanced cannabis experience!

Steps On How To Inhale Weed

Mastering the art of how to inhale weed is a straightforward process:

  1. Light the cannabis, ensuring the flame moves across the surface as you ignite it.

  2. Inhale the lit cannabis directly into your lungs for a maximum of 2 seconds.

  3. To avoid retaining the marijuana smoke in your lungs, exhale promptly after the 2-second mark. Repeat the process until you get your desired high.

  4. Use MouthPeace to safeguard your lungs against tar and resin buildup and mitigate coughing fits.

How To Inhale Weed Without Coughing 

When it comes to smoking cannabis, there are various methods and techniques you can employ to prevent coughing when inhaling weed. When marijuana is heated or burned, it releases tar and resin, which can irritate your throat and lungs, leading to coughing fits.

Here’s some tips on how you can minimize coughing when inhaling weed:

  • Choose Quality Cannabis: Ensure you’re using high-quality, ethically grown marijuana that labs have tested for purity and safety.

  • Keep Your Device Clean: Regularly clean your smoking device to prevent bacteria buildup, which can cause health issues and lead to coughing.

  • Take Smaller Hits: Opt for smaller hits to build up resistance to coughing gradually. Taking smaller hits allows your lungs to adjust to the smoke more gradually.

  • Try Vaporizing: Vaporizing cannabis heats it at lower temperatures, producing vapor instead of smoke, which tends to be smoother and cleaner, reducing the likelihood of coughing.

  • Take Deep Breaths: Inhale and take in a breath of fresh air between hits to rejuvenate your lungs and give them a break during your smoking session.

  • Stay Hydrated: To ward off coughing fits, prioritize hydration. Keep a beverage within reach during smoking sessions, and take regular sips throughout to ensure you’re hydrated and ease discomfort in your throat.

  • Use Moose Lab Filters: Moose Lab filters are designed for cannabis use to reduce tar buildup and minimize coughing throughout your smoking session. These filters are a must-have for any stoner, and they come in both carbon and organic corn filters that effectively prevent harmful substances from reaching your lungs while still allowing you to enjoy the full flavor of your weed!

Inhaling For Maximum THC Absorption 

Let’s heed the advice of Steve Liebke, author of “A Cannabis User’s Harm Reduction Handbook”:

Liebke suggests taking small, shallow tokes or pulls when smoking weed for maximum THC absorption. He explains that about 95% of THC in cannabis smoke is absorbed within the first few seconds, rendering breath-holding unnecessary and potentially harmful due to increased tar intake.

So, when enjoying a blunt or joint, remember to take it easy. A simple 2-second pull suffices to ensure maximum THC absorption without overexposing your lungs to harmful tar. Bigger hits don’t mean better; they hurt your lungs and throat with the amount of smoke. It’s crucial to approach cannabis consumption responsibly, especially for beginners, by starting with smaller hits.

 How Long To Hold In A Hit Of Weed?

how long to hold in a hit of weed

For optimal results, maintain a consistent count of two seconds from when you begin inhalation. As you ignite the cannabis and draw it into your lungs, ensure that the duration of inhalation does not exceed two seconds. This brief timeframe allows for efficient absorption of the active compounds without unnecessary exposure to potentially harmful byproducts.

Remember, moderation and mindfulness in your inhalation technique can enhance your cannabis experience while minimizing potential risks to your respiratory health.

 Does Holding In Smoke Get You Higher?

Contrary to popular belief, holding smoke in your lungs doesn’t heighten your high. Approximately 95% of THC is absorbed within the first few seconds of inhalation. The notion that holding your breath intensifies the high is a misconception. Instead, it tricks your brain by inducing a temporary lack of oxygen, giving a false perception of increased intoxication.

Prioritizing safe and responsible consumption practices is essential rather than relying on ineffective methods like prolonged breath-holding.

 Does Coughing Make You Higher? 

As mentioned, coughing typically indicates tar and resin settling in the lungs’ tissues. To mitigate this, consider using a MouthPeace or the MouthPeace Micro, equipped with a triple-layered carbon filter that purifies smoke, providing a smoother and cleaner hit.

The goal should always be to avoid coughing while smoking marijuana, ensuring a more enjoyable and comfortable experience. Prioritizing methods that promote lung health can contribute to a more positive and fulfilling cannabis session.

Preventing Tar and Resin Buildup When Inhaling Cannabis

preventing tar and resin buildup when inhaling weed

Collaborating with Dr. Mary Clifton, Mooselabs advocates for the use of their mouthpiece to effectively prevent tar and resin from entering your lungs during any cannabis smoking session.

MouthPeace/ MouthPeace Micro: This innovative bong and dab rig filter attachment acts as a barrier, intercepting harmful tar and resin before they reach your lungs. In conjunction with the water filtration process in these devices, the MouthPeace adds an extra layer of protection, ensuring you enjoy the cleanest and most flavorful smoke possible. The MouthPeace Micro is perfect for smaller bongs, or bubblers.

MouthPeace Mini: Specifically designed for rolled-up joints, particularly blunts, the MouthPeace Mini offers a convenient solution for filtering out tar and resin. By incorporating this attachment, you can enjoy a cleaner smoking experience, especially with blunts that typically contain tobacco. The MouthPeace Mini introduces a fresher, more refined way to indulge in your smoke.

Different Methods To Smoke Weed

Different Methods  To Smoke Weed

In the world of cannabis, there’s a variety of methods to enjoy the plant’s benefits. Whether it’s your first time or you’re a moderate cannabis smoker, we’ll explore the different ways to smoke cannabis flower and how each method varies.

Smoking weed safely and responsibly preserves your health and can be cost-effective in the long term. From traditional methods like rolling joints and blunts to using bongs and pipes, we’ll outline the benefits and provide directions for each technique.

Joints, blunts, spliffs

Here’s our Step-by-step Guide when Smoking From a Joint, Blunt, or Spliff:

Joints: Paper wraps free of carcinogens, used for rolling and smoking cannabis.

Blunts: Tobacco blunt wraps filled with cannabis.

Spliffs: Paper wraps containing a mixture of cannabis and tobacco.

Materials Needed:

  • Cannabis

  • Joint rolling papers or cigar wraps

  • Grinder

  • Lighter

  • Filter


  1. Preparing Your Cannabis: Grind your cannabis flower for easier rolling and a smoother burn.

  2. Prepping the Paper: Place cannabis evenly inside the rolling paper, adding a filter tip if desired. For blunts, skip this step, as there’s no gum.

  3. Perfecting Your Joint: Shape the rolling paper into a cylinder, tucking the cannabis at the bottom. Lick the gum-like wax and seal the joint or blunt.

  4. Light it Up: Light the joint or blunt and enjoy. Practice improves rolling skills.

Inhaling Technique:

  1. Draw Smoke into Mouth: Inhale weed smoke into your mouth for a smoother hit.

  2. Deep Breath: Inhale deeply into your diaphragm to absorb the THC.

  3. Exhale: Allow the high to set in naturally. No need to hold your breath for more than 2 seconds.

Pro Tip: Opt for Mooselabs MouthPeace Mini to effectively reduce tar and resin buildup, especially when smoking joints and blunts.

Bongs & Bubblers

Smoking weed through bongs and water pipes is a popular choice among cannabis enthusiasts. These devices offer smooth hits, enhanced flavor, and reduced irritation from smoke.

Materials Needed:

  • Cannabis

  • Grinder

  • Bong or bubbler

  • Water

  • Lighter


  1. Prepping Your Cannabis: Grind your cannabis flower to ensure even burning in the bong bowl.

  2. Prepping Your Bong: Fill your bong with water. It’s crucial for a smooth hit; hitting a dry bong can produce a harsh taste.

  3. Packing Your Bowl: Place the ground cannabis into the bowl piece, packing it down lightly to ensure airflow.

  4. Inhaling: Use a lighter to ignite the cannabis while slowly inhaling through the bong’s mouthpiece. As you inhale, the smoke passes through the water, purifying and filtering it. Remove the bowl from the bong to clear the chamber, and enjoy your hit.

Pro Tip: Mooselabs MouthPeace effectively reduces tar and resin buildup, especially when taking bong rips and bubblers.


Bongs and bubblers may require water, but pipes and bowls offer a similar experience without it, resembling American tobacco pipes adapted for cannabis use.

Materials Needed:

  • Bowl or pipe

  • Cannabis

  • Lighter


  1. Prepping your Cannabis: Grind your cannabis flower for an even burn.

  2. Prepping your Bowl or Pipe: Place the ground cannabis flower into the pipe, ensuring it’s not too tightly packed to allow airflow.

  3. Smoking your Bowl: Hold the flame slightly above the cannabis while inhaling gently through the mouthpiece. Start with smaller tokes and gradually increase to your preference.

Disposable Vapes & Cartridges 

THC carts and disposables are some of the most innovative advancements in the cannabis industry. These portable vape pens and cartridges offer the full spectrum of marijuana effects in a discreet and convenient package. Depending on the concentrate used, these devices are packed with cannabinoids and terpenes, delivering potent effects and aromatic experiences.

THC cartridges: THC cartridges, also known as vape cartridges or vape pens, are small, sleek containers filled with concentrated THC or Tetrahydrocannabinol-derived extracts. They provide a discreet and convenient method for consuming cannabis without the need for traditional smoking methods.

Disposable Vapes: These are user-friendly, compact vaping devices that are pre-filled with cannabis distillate. They are designed for convenience. Disposable vapes are ready to use straight out of the box and can be disposed of once the distillate is depleted. They are ideal for on-the-go use, providing a hassle-free way to enjoy cannabis without the need for maintenance or cleanup.

Materials Needed:

  • THC cartridge

  • Vape battery (510 thread)

  • Vape battery charger


  1. Prepping your cartridge and disposable vape: Remove any protective rubber seals from the mouthpiece and bottom coil of your cartridge or disposable.

  2. Prepping your battery or device: Ensure your battery is fully charged for optimal performance. Adjust the voltage to your preferred setting.

  3. Activating your THC cartridge: Screw the cartridge into the battery clockwise. For disposables, this step is unnecessary due to the built-in battery system.

  4. Inhaling and exhaling: Take slow, small hits from your assembled device. Allow time between hits for the effects to manifest fully. Exhale slowly to savor the taste of cannabinoids and terpenes.

  5. Turning off and storage: Power off your device after use and store it in a cool, dry place to prevent leaking.

Inhaling Weed

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When it comes to enjoying cannabis, mastering the art of proper inhalation is key. By implementing the inhalation techniques outlined above and utilizing our Moose Lab MouthPeace filters, you’ll elevate your smoking game like a pro in no time.

Our MouthPeace filters deliver the healthiest and most flavorful smoke and safeguard your lungs by preventing tar and resin buildup. For additional insights on optimizing your smoking experience, explore our other informative blogs here at MooseLabs. With the proper knowledge and tools, you can enhance every smoke session to its fullest potential!


Do you have to inhale weed to get high?

Yes, you have to inhale weed when smoking to get high; you can also consume it via edibles, tinctures, and vaporizing!

Is Inhaling Weed Considered Ingesting?

No, ingesting weed typically means consuming orally or “eating.” However, you can ingest edibles and other THC-infused products such as drinks, candies, brownies, or even smoothies.

How long does weed stay in your system after a couple of puffs?

The time in which weed stays in your system after smoking depends on a few factors: how potent the cannabis is, how often you consume cannabis, the user’s metabolism, and hydration levels. THC can stay in your urine for 1-30 days for infrequent users and 1-3 days in your blood and saliva. These are general estimates, and they can vary from person to person.

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