14. Packing the bowl like a slob
Even if you use a grinder to break up your bud, you can pack a bowl incorrectly. “I always will take a slighter, bigger piece of non-grinded nug, and use it as a plug at the bottom of my bowl, so the grinded, finer weed doesn’t slip through. You also shouldn't be packing your bowls too tightly, as this will cause a bad pull. Air has to be able to move through the bowl pack, in order for you to inhale," Armstrong says.
15. Misinterpreting your coughs
There are a few common misconceptions about coughing while smoking: it will (somehow?) get your higher, it’s a warning sign that you are getting too high, and that coughing is a signal that you're smoking “good bud.” All three claims were thoroughly denied by our esteemed experts. “I mean, I smoke every day. Sometimes I cough, sometimes I don’t. I don’t think there’s any difference in effect, nor do I think it’s dependent on good bud or not,” Armstrong explains. “For instance, if I smoke out of a vape, I tend to cough more because the vapor is really hot when it hits my lungs. Good bud won’t make you cough any more than mediocre bud, and coughing is not necessarily a warning sign that you are getting too high -- more likely, it means your throat and lungs are irritated because of the smoke/vape itself.”
Elvis is in the same camp: “I’ve heard those things before, the kind of pseudo-science that says coughing 'opens up your lungs,' but from my [extensive] experience, that’s just not the case. You don’t get any higher. And, ‘stronger’ weed won’t make you cough more than the bad shit -- it depends more on your smoking device and your own lungs. Weed strength isn’t displayed in the smoke, it’s proven in how you feel.”