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Article Last Updated on January 10, 2023

There’s a special kind of glee when you walk out of a dispensary with a new baggie of weed. Maybe you got your favorite strain or a new one you’ve been wanting to try, but, you know it’s not going to last very long (and sometimes your wallet can’t sustain it). Sadly, not everyone is a grower who has an abundance of cannabis plants to spare. So, you might want to make your stash last for as long as possible, especially if it’s top-shelf weed.

To help you out, in this article, we’ll give you some tips and tricks on how to preserve the quantity of your stash for as long as possible while still getting comfortably high. Let’s get into it!

Tips and Tricks to Make Your Stash Last Longer and Save Money

The trick to making your weed last longer is to use it efficiently and not let a milligram go to waste. This often includes modifying some of your consumption habits, as well as implementing some tricks. A combination of the two is the most effective strategy, as you’ll see for yourself. Let’s check out some tips and tricks.

Make the High Last Longer

In order to make your weed last longer, you need to consume less. In order to consume less, you need to make your high last longer – it’s simple math, right? Well, this may not work every time, but it’s certainly worth trying. 

There are some foods, such as mangoes and nuts, that contain certain ingredients that help the body absorb THC better, resulting in a more intense and longer-lasting high. Mangoes contain the terpene myrcene, while nuts contain Omega-3 fatty acids – both of which are thought to help the cannabinoids be absorbed better. Just eat some mangoes and/or nuts before you smoke weed next time and see what happens.

Take a Tolerance Break

Taking a tolerance break is another roundabout way to save weed. It’s basically taking a break from consuming weed for at least two weeks so that your overall tolerance to weed can go down. Once you stop smoking weed, your cannabinoid receptors return to base, kinda like before you started smoking weed. And when your weed tolerance is lower, you need less bud to get high, and therefore save some.

Watch Your Consumption Method

When you’re trying to save some weed, the worst thing to do is let it burn unnecessarily. On that note, bongs are notorious for burning large amounts of weed, so you might want to avoid them. Even with joints, you lose some nugs in the sidestream smoke, but joints are easier to control, plus you can have leftovers. 

But the most efficient way is definitely vaping. Vaporizers don’t combust the cannabinoids and terpenes, so the smoke is lighter, more flavorful, as well as more potent as there’s minimal loss of bud. So, all you need to do is invest in a vape and enjoy the added benefits.

Try Microdosing With a One-Hitter

Simply said, one-hitters are a gem to toke with. They’re perfect for microdosing as well as for when you want to control your portions. Plus they’re portable, discreet, and easy to use. As the name implies, one-hitters hold just enough weed for one hit, so they can be very handy when you’re trying to use your nugs efficiently. When smoking weed with a one-hitter, there’s no loss of bud whatsoever. 

Bake Some Brownies to Change Things Up

If you’re not into edibles, maybe it’s time you tried them. And if you are, then maybe you should start consuming them more regularly. They may not seem a very efficient way to use your nugs, but they can be. Think about it – the high from edibles lasts much longer, so naturally, you’ll need to consume less. Therefore, making weed brownies may be the perfect solution for you. They keep in the freezer well, so you can take one whenever you get a hankering.

Replace Big Joints With Pinners

Big joints are great and all, but do you really need a big joint every time you smoke? That way, not only do you burn a lot more weed, but you burn your wallet too. What’s the point of wasting weed that you won’t inhale? So, start rolling pinners instead. Pinners are simply thin joints, but they work like a charm. If one doesn’t get you high enough, you can always roll another one.

Divide Up Your Weed Into Portions

Conserving your stash requires that you smoke less weed, and the best way to do that is to divide it into portions. These can be daily portions if you’re a daily user, or if you’re not, you’ll just have to designate the amount of weed you’ll smoke when you want to get high. The goal is to learn exactly how much weed you need to get comfortably high without using (or wasting!) a milligram more.

Invest In a Grinder With Kief Catcher

Using a grinder with a kief catcher is the best way to ensure you’re saving every bit of the bud. Every time you grind weed, some of the trichomes (which are laden with cannabinoids) are lost, so conserving the kief with this type of grinder will make sure you’re being as efficient as possible. You can later use the kief to sprinkle it over some nugs before you roll them in a joint for an added boost. This way, you’ll need to smoke less weed as the trichomes alone will give you a good buzz.

Mix In Some CBG Flower With Your Stash

CBG (cannabigerol) is another cannabinoid found in weed that has therapeutic benefits, but it can also enhance the cannabis high. CBG is found in some hemp strains, so if you add it to your regular CBD or THC strain, it will actually complement the cannabinoids and make your high last longer.

Save Joint Leftovers for Desperate Times

Many weed smokers don’t finish a whole joint in one sitting, so they’re often left with some leftovers in the end. Don’t throw these away. As long as you remove the charred bits, you can save the leftovers and store them in an airtight container for a while. When you have accumulated a small chunk, you can roll a joint, or maybe use them in making edibles. The potency may not be top-notch, but it’ll get you high enough.

Try Dabbing If You’re Into It

Switching to dabs is an initial investment and requires you to switch your whole consumption method, but it can be worth it if you’re down for it. Dabs are very powerful so you only need a tiny amount to get effectively high, which makes them cost-effective in the long run. Plus, nowadays you don’t even need a dab rig for dabbing – vapes that vaporize concentrates are just as effective and way less elaborate.

Be Selective With Who You Share With

Sharing is caring, but if you have a friend who always mooches off of you without sometimes offering some bud back, maybe you shouldn’t share your stash with them all the time. Weed isn’t free, and while it’s a great social activity, if they’re never contributing and you’re trying to save money, it’s not the best idea to just waste it like that (and it’s quite unfair on your part).

The Takeaway

It would be ideal if one could have an unlimited supply of weed, but sadly, weed is expendable and sometimes it can hurt your bank account – so of course, you’d want to savor it. Making your weed last longer isn’t such a difficult task, it just requires being smart with how you consume it and being patient while getting used to your new weed habits.

A passionate advocate for the benefits of cannabis. Fraser Horton, who has a background in botany and a strong love of nature, has spent years researching how cannabis affects the body and mind. He established Leaf Nation in 2020, where he has devoted himself to educating people about the legalisation of marijuana and its safe and responsible use. Fraser is committed to highlighting cannabis’ potential for improving wellness and working to dispel the stigma associated with its use.


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