Can You Smoke Weed Seeds

Parents may want to know what marijuana looks like in all stages of development and use. See photos that can help you check what you find at home. Are they like the stems where you can obtain a little THC from each one? Or are they more like the roots? Useful but not to get high. Here's everything you need to know about smoking weed from choosing the right method for you to properly packing a bowl.

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These pictures show marijuana, also known as cannabis or weed, in varying stages of growth, processing, and use. You may be concerned about plants you find growing in and around your home. Or, you may wonder whether what you discovered in your child’s room is marijuana or indicates your child may be using marijuana.

Even if you live in a jurisdiction where marijuana is legal, there are age restrictions and your child can end up facing legal consequences. You should prepare to have a conversation with your child about the risks involved in using or selling marijuana when underage.

Marijuana Plant

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Cannabis plants have a palmate leaf with serrated leaflets. You are likely to recognize them from popular art. While there are plants with similar leaves, the serration pattern for Cannabis is distinctive.

The plants have changed considerably in recent decades as they have been bred to produce more buds. There are a number of different types of marijuana plants that may vary somewhat in terms of appearance:

  • Indica plants tend to have larger, heavier buds when flowering and have short, wider leaves. This type of plant is native to Afghanistan, Pakistan, and India.
  • Sativa is another type of plant that tends to produce long, narrow-shaped flowers. They generally have long, thin leaves. They are found mostly in hot, dry climates and can grow to 12 feet or more.
  • Hybrid plants are often grown in greenhouses or on farms and are a combination of Indica and Sativa strains. Their exact appearance depends on the specific plants used to produce them.
  • Hemp tends to look similar to other cannabis plants but may have thinner leaves, less branching, and grow very tall. While hemp is still a type of marijuana plant, it contains 0.3% or less THC, the psychoactive compound found in cannabis plants.

Recap

Cannabis leaves have a distinctive appearance. They may differ in appearance, however, depending on the specific type of plant.

Marijuana Bud

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The marijuana bud is the harvested flower that comes from a female cannabis plant. Buds are dried and cured before they are ready to smoke.

If you look closely at a marijuana bud, you will see the fine “hairs” and leaves that make up the bud after it is dried. They are also likely covered with sugar-like crystals that are called trichomes.

Marijuana buds are higher in THC than other parts of the plant and are sold at a premium. Marijuana has been increasingly bred to produce more buds, which is generally much more potent than the average street-grade “weed.”

Ground Marijuana

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Marijuana is dried and chopped up to prepare for use and sale. The stems are usually removed. Dried marijuana is also typically ground into smaller pieces before being smoked. Grinding helps ensure that all parts of the marijuana burn more evenly. It also helps to release the cannabinoids and terpenes that can then be inhaled.

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In most cases, cannabis dispensaries do not pre-grind marijuana before it is sold. Grinding it before a sale can affect freshness and tends to reduce its potency.

Grinding exposes more of the marijuana product to light and oxygen, which causes the THC, terpenes, and cannabinoids to degrade more quickly.

Because of this, people usually grind the marijuana just before using it, whether they are hand-rolling it into a joint or smoking it in a bong or pipe. Ground marijuana may also be combined with tobacco and rolled into a cigar known as a blunt.

Anecdotally, some people prefer using a bong or pipe because it feels smoother and less harsh when inhaled. However, any type of smoking, whether it is a joint, pipe, or blunt has a detrimental impact on the lungs. Smoking damages lung tissues and increases the risk for respiratory conditions and cancer.

Research suggests that people place about twice the amount of marijuana into a blunt as they do in a joint or a pipe. People who smoke blunts may be at a higher risk of experiencing negative side effects due to the amount of marijuana they smoke. One study found that people who smoke blunts experience more intense withdrawal symptoms when they enter treatment for cannabis use disorder.

Recap

Ground marijuana can be smoked in a variety of ways such as a joint, spliff, blunt, bong, or pipe. How it is used often depends on personal preference.

Is it safe to smoke cannabis seeds?

We often talk about how useful all of the various parts of the cannabis plant can be because there is virtually nothing that needs to go to waste, as everything has some sort of purpose if you’re willing to go the extra mile to make it happen, but what about cannabis seeds? Are they like the stems where you can obtain a little THC from each one? Or are they more like the roots? Useful but not to get high. We’re going to answer both of those questions and more as we guide you through the dangers to be aware of, and helpful ideas that might be more beneficial to use instead.

What are cannabis seeds made of?

We know that cannabis seeds contain the lifeblood and genetics of the plants that came before it, but when you look at one, and what it all contains, you’ll find that there isn’t much more than regular old plant matter alongside some nutrients, proteins, and oils that are great for the body, but only when they’re ingested. Cannabis seeds also tend to contain trace amounts of cannabinoids but not enough to give you the same benefits as smoking weed flower and other pot products.

They won’t get you high

That’s right! Though they might be one of the most precious and powerful parts of any cannabis plant, as they hold the genetics of many past generations, they won’t get you high, no matter how many you try to smoke. They might burn and they might even seem like they’re smoking as you cough over the harshness of it all, but they don’t contain enough of any cannabinoid to induce a euphoric sense of relaxation like what you’d expect from almost any other cannabis goods.

They can explode and cause burns

If the fact that they won’t get you high doesn’t turn you off enough to keep you from trying it, then it is important to consider the risks that can come from it. When you put cannabis seeds under extreme heat, it creates a pressure that quickly builds up inside of the shell, and eventually, once it gets to be too much, the hull will explode, and it doesn’t matter if it’s in a rolling paper, a bong, or a pipe, it will toss burning hot coals and destroy any cannabis that might be surrounding it in the process.

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What to do with cannabis seeds instead

Since no one wants to get burns that come paired with literally no benefits whatsoever, you might be wondering what you should do aside from just tossing them out, but there is no reason to waste this incredible gift. You might not be able to smoke cannabis seeds without risking your skin, but you can try some of these neat suggestions instead.

All the ways to smoke weed and which methods are least harmful

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  • If it’s your first time smoking weed, it can be difficult to decide which method is best for you.
  • Common ways to smoke cannabis include joints, blunts, bongs, and pipes.
  • Healthier alternatives to smoking weed include vaping, edibles, and tinctures.

From joints and pipes to blunts and bongs, smoking is the most common way people consume cannabis.

While getting high can be a therapeutic and fun recreational experience, you should know that like cigarette smoke, cannabis smoke contains irritating chemicals and tar associated with respiratory problems.

Important: Cannabis use is illegal in some US states. Therefore, it’s important that you know the laws for your location before trying any of the smoking methods listed below.

If you’re new to the world of smoking weed, you might find yourself feeling a bit overwhelmed with options and curious about the pros and cons of each method. Here’s what you need to know.

1. Joints

They’re made from packing cannabis into a rolling paper “typically made of hemp, rice, or paper,” says Stacia Woodcock, PharmD, Clinical Cannabis Pharmacist and Dispensary Manager for Curaleaf. You can also choose to add a filter to prevent burning your fingers while smoking.

To roll and smoke a joint:

  1. Break down weed using an herb grinder or your fingers. Remove any seeds or stems.
  2. If you want to use a filter, cut out a small piece of thin cardboard (you need it to fit into your paper when rolled) and fold it “accordion-style” into a tip.
  3. While holding the rolling paper lengthwise, “hot dog style,” fill it with the crushed weed, placing your filter on either end.
  4. Pinch the filled paper between your fingertips and roll into a cone or tube shape.
  5. Light the end of the joint and inhale from the filter.

Keep in mind that many commercially available rolling papers — particularly those labeled as fast-burning, bleached, or flavored — contain harmful pollutants and chemicals, which could damage your lungs. Therefore, opting for rolling papers that are unbleached, unflavored, and unrefined may lessen your chances of exposure. And if you’re really worried about chemical exposure, consider using a paper-free smoking method, like a bong or pipe.

2. Blunts

Blunts are typically larger and last longer than a joint, but they’re made in a similar fashion. The difference is that blunts are made from a blunt or cigar wrap as opposed to rolling paper.

Blunt wraps are made of tobacco leaves, which means they contain nicotine. According to a 2010 study, the nicotine in blunts caused a greater build-up of carbon monoxide, a toxic chemical, in the study subjects’ blood, leading to side effects like nausea, dizziness, and headaches.

  1. Break down weed using an herb grinder or your fingers. Remove any seeds or stems.
  2. Use a blade to slice open the cigar or blunt lengthwise. Or if using a blunt wrap, unroll the wrap with your fingers.
  3. If necessary, empty the tobacco from the middle of the cigar or blunt.
  4. Moisten the wrap by dipping your fingers in a bit of water.
  5. Fill the wrap with weed.
  6. Pinch the wrap between your fingers, rolling and tucking to form a tube shape.
  7. Use a lighter or match to light one end.
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3. Pipe

Make sure to pack bowls lightly so there’s still air pockets throughout the weed. Stefan Malloch/Getty Images

Pipes, also referred to as spoons or bowls, are one of the simplest ways to smoke.

Pipes consist of a hollow bowl, a “stem,” and a mouthpiece through which you inhale. Some pipes also have a carb hole — a small hole next to the bowl that you cover and uncover with your finger while inhaling in order to clear the pipe of smoke.

  1. Break down weed using an herb grinder or your fingers. Remove any seeds or stems.
  2. Loosely pack the bowl about halfway with crushed weed. Make sure not to pack the bowl too tightly or it might be hard to take a hit.
  3. Light the bowl with a lighter or match and inhale from the mouthpiece.
  4. If the bowl has a carb, cover it with your finger as you light it and first inhale. This will cause the smoke to build up in the pipe. After that, lift your finger off the carb to “clear” the pipe and inhale the smoke into your lungs.

Quick tip: If you’re sharing a pipe with multiple people and want to minimize the spread of germs and bacteria, you can clean the mouthpiece with rubbing alcohol before each use. While this may be a tedious task, it can protect you from infectious disease.

4. Bong

Bongs, also referred to as water pipes, are smoking devices that use water to cool and filter smoke. Because the smoke is cooled, people tend to take larger hits and produce more smoke than when using joints, blunts, or bowls.

Bongs consist of a bowl as well as a cylinder glass piece called a “downstem.” When you hit a bong, smoke travels down the downstem and is filtered through water before traveling up the bong’s neck to the mouthpiece.

While some users believe bongs are the healthiest smoking method, they may not be all that effective at reducing toxins,” says Nicolas Schlienz, PhD, Research Director at Cannabis Education organization Realm of Caring.

  1. Pour water into the water chamber to submerge the bottom of the downstem.
  2. Break down weed using an herb grinder or your fingers. Remove any seeds or stems.
  3. Lightly pack the bowl about halfway with weed.
  4. Put your mouth on the mouthpiece, then use a lighter or match to light the bowl as you suck in in with your lungs.
  5. When the chamber is filled with smoke, slide the bowl out of the downstem and inhale to clear the smoke.

Alternatives to smoking weed

  • Vaping: Vaping involves heating cannabis flower or concentrate to a high temperature in order to convert it to vapor. “If inhaling cannabis is the chosen method, then vaping is a great alternative to smoking,” Woodcock says. “It doesn’t produce harmful hydrocarbons (harmful chemicals produced when you smoke) and is gentler on the lungs.” However, be sure to buy from reputable dispensaries to avoid harmful ingredients.
  • Edibles: Edibles in the form of cannabis-infused foods, candies, oils, and tinctures are a smoke-free way to enjoy weed. However, keep in mind that edibles take longer to kick in and the effects last longer (4-6 hours) than smoking.
  • Topicals: Topical cannabis extracts are applied to and absorbed through your skin. They come in various forms including lotions, creams, balms, patches, and oils.

Insider’s takeaway

While weed has plenty of benefits to offer, doctors agree any form of smoking can irritate your throat and lungs.

“Individuals with respiratory or cardiovascular conditions may consider consuming cannabis orally (via edibles or tinctures) to reduce the potential for experiencing adverse health effects,” Schlienz says.

Lia Tabackman is a freelance journalist covering health and science topics for Insider.com. She can be found on Twitter @LiaTabackman.