Opinion: Why smoking flower will always be the best consumption method

Published on May 30, 2019 · Last updated September 27, 2021

Can we have an honest discussion about cannabis consumption real quick? We can? Cool.

In my expert opinion, smoking flower in the form of a joint or blunt is the best way of consuming cannabis.

Yes, dabbing makes for the maximum experience when it comes to flavor; yes, vape pens are convenient and discreet; sure, edibles are delicious and won’t harm your lungs. But at the end of the day, none of these compare to kicking back with an L and putting it to the skies.

I’ll tell you why.

Reason #1: the length of the session

There’s nothing I hate more than when my session ends so quickly that smoking didn’t even feel like a real recreational activity. Roll a joint/blunt properly and that thang’ll last a cool 20-45 minutes. But dabbing? Over instantly. Vaping? Over instantly. Edibles? Topicals? Sublinguals? All over instantly, which means, for people like me who love a good smoke-pass-hold-chill-laugh-pass-again type of session, these consumption methods simply will not do.

Reason #2: the complete ritual

Real smokers know the importance of the roll up ritual. There’s just something about coming home, setting up all of your goods on the table, breaking down your buds in a grinder (or by hand, if you’re on that Classic Stoner Shit), and twisting up some green in a white paper. It’s therapeutic because you know relaxation and blowing your troubles away in the form of big puffy clouds is right around the corner. This is why I opt for buying flower instead of prerolls.


Reason #3: that true plant flavor

Call me silly, as I am a shopper of flavor, but man … I need to taste that literal flower when I’m getting high. No added-back terpenes, no isolation of chemical compounds, i.e., a product that’s 99% THC.

Just give me the full, natural experience. I need to taste the days of pre-legalization; I need to hear the crackle of flower burning every time I inhale. Even when I’m dabbing, my most loved form is straight-up plant rosin.

Reason #4: the availability of different strains

The biggest variety of strains is going to be purchasable in flower form, straight up. Why? Because it’s the genesis of all products. No matter what form of cannabis consumption you prefer, it still had to start in the soil and grow into a plant. So if you’re a chaser of different strains and experiences like ya boy, then straight up flower is always going to be the best bet for finding a new thrill.

Reason #5: I’ve never seen a rapper dab in a music video

Lastly, let me just ask you one question: How many rappers have you seen dab in a video? EXACTLY. The day I catch Drake firing up a quartz banger or hitting a disposable oil pen while telling me how great his life is over a Tay Keith beat is the day I’ll reconsider my stance on this.

And even then, probably not. Gimme that flower, baby.

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Danté Jordan
Danté Jordan
Danté Jordan is a cannabis writer based in Los Angeles. He's written for Leafly, Weedmaps, High Times, and many more publications.
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