Smoking resin is one way to consume cannabis. Try imagining this: you come home from work on a Friday night, and you are relieved that the week has finally come to an end. You feel exhausted and stressed out and decide you should treat yourself to a good old’ high hit to relax. You check your supply of weed in the cupboard, and to your surprise, you ran out. Your garden has no fresh buds to harvest, and your trusted dealer cannot deliver to you in a jiffy. You are left with nothing but your pipe and some burn leftovers from your last smoke, and you have to satisfy your cravings for tonight.
Weed resin is always the last resort of every smoker on days when there is nowhere else to get some fresh flower. Resin, also known as reclaim, is the charred remains after smoking your buds. You often get them in pipes or bongs if you do not bother to discard them once you are finished with your high smoking sessions. Some might also have experienced having resin stick to their lips while smoking. However, the smoking resin is not always safe and can impose some risks to your health. If you do tend to run low to empty on your stock of Mary Jane, you should only smoke resin occasionally and safely to prevent health concerns in the future.
The Health Risks of Smoking Resin
When you smoke resin, do not expect to have the same experience with how you smoke a new nugget of weed. The burn, of course, will affect the taste and aroma, while there are small traces of THC and CDB left in the reclaim that can still get you on a buzzing high if you are patient. So yes, you can still get high, but it is only good when done seldom in cases that you have no access to cannabis nearby and urgently need it. Users who smoke resin will also experience some of the side effects of regular smoking pot: anxiety, dizziness, and migraines, to name a few. Regularly smoking can cause increased heart rate and lung damage if not controlled sooner. So do smoke with caution so you can still enjoy more pipes and bongs to blow.
Collecting the Resin
Weed resin has a sticky texture and will harden over time if left inside the pipe. This will make it more difficult to remove. If you have left the resin in your pipe for too long, heating the surface for it to soften. Do note that this can get messy if you burn up the resin – it can start to melt and will be tougher to collect. The goal is to make it soft enough for you to reclaim all the scraps. It is advised that you discard the resin immediately and avoid smoking at all costs. But if you are desperate to get a bit of MJ in your system, you can take these steps to gather your resin neatly:
1. Heat the surface of your bong or pipe with a lighter. Do not keep the flame top close that it will burn the glass or melt the resin into a sticky and foul syrup. You need the resin to be still whole and soft enough just for you to scrape off.
2. Take a bobby pin or any slim metal tool you have around that can scrape the resin off from the glass or metal. Keep doing this until you have enough to smoke or have cleaned out the whole pipe.
3. Set aside the reclaim in a bowl or plate lined with parchment paper if you do not want to worry about cleaning up the dishes later. This should make the stickiness a bit more bearable and leave you with a neat workspace. Since the resin was exposed to heat, it will get moist, handle it carefully, and try not to stain your clothes as the stains are hard to wash off.
How to Smoke Resin
You can smoke resin using the same methods as you normally smoke weed. Joints, pipes, and vaporizers can still burn the resin, but it will leave some residue in the end. Smoking resin does not have as much flavor and the same aroma as the original, but it should suffice if you are out of stock and want to get a feel of the effects and high.
Since resin usually comes in small amounts, it will take you more drags until the effects start kicking in, and this will increase the experience of side effects and further harming your health. You can also try using the resin in the kitchen for cooking and baking delights.
Cleaning Up the Resin
If you want to get rid of the tar, you can use the heating method to scrape the resin and discard it right away. To remove the leftover residue and give your pipe a general clean, use a cleaning formula for the instrument’s material, whether it’s plastic, metal, or glass.
You can also make a homemade version you mixing isopropyl alcohol and salt to sterilize it for the next use. Soak the pipe or bong in the solution for about one hour. You can then take it out to rinse in running water until clean or give it another soak. Let your pipe dry completely on a dish rack or dry with a towel.
It is your choice if you want to smoke resin but it is your responsibility to make sure that you smoke it safely or in a good way and only if you have no other options available. As much as possible, reclaim the resin right after smoking. In this way, it will not be stuck on the surface of the pipe. Set it aside or throw it away if you cannot put it to use.
The same methods work with smoking resin-like how you smoke weed. Just remember that when you smoke resin, you can reduce health risks by restricting yourself to small doses and smoke it when you badly need to take the last resort.