Is summer in Arizona the best time to smoke weed?
Yes! Well, it’s honestly great all year round.
But did you know that baking under the summer sun can keep you from totally baking under the summer sun?
See how smoking in summer can help you chill out in more ways than one, plus tips for smoking weed in the 100+ degree heat.
Why Summer is the Best Time to Smoke Weed in Arizona
Fun fact: Unlike other substances, smoking cannabis can lower your body temperature.
It’s true! This phenomenon is called “THC-induced hypothermia.” But don’t worry—it’s not as scary as it sounds.
It simply means toking a little might make you feel a bit chilly. That’s why, when you’re smoking weed inside in the cool AC, it feels nice cozying up under your favorite blanket after finishing a bowl.
Cannabis contains compounds that act as homeostatic agents, which help the body achieve balance. Therefore, if you’re smoking weed outside and your body temperature is high, these compounds help lower it and cool you down.
This effect cannabis has on the body is like that of spicy food or hot drinks. The tang from a chili pepper or heat from your morning cup of joe activates your TRPV1 receptors, which detect harmful heat and pain. These receptors communicate with the rest of your body and trigger a cooling response from the inside out, lowering your body temperature more than the hot drink (or the chili pepper) heats it.
The same thing happens when you rip your vape pen or hit the bubbler—the cannabinoids activate your TRPV1 receptors and start your cooling response.
Tips for Smoking Weed Safely in Summer
Rip’ It Good
The way you consume cannabis in the summer plays a role in your body temperature.
The most common form of cannabis consumption is hot smoke or vapor. But remember, the compounds in marijuana trigger special cooling receptors when used. Are you catching our drift?
Smoking weed outside on a hot summer night will help cool you off. However, switching out the tinctures and edibles for bong rips, dabs, or other methods that heat the product is sure to activate the body’s cooling response quicker.
Pro Tip: Store your chocolates or gummies out of direct sunlight for the season. If you don’t, you may be stuck with edible goop come winter
Be Wary of Glass
Store glass pieces inside your home as they can quickly overheat and burn you. Excessive heat exposure can also cause glass to shatter – and nobody wants a bloody bong!
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
Although weed can cool you, you’re never cool enough in the Arizona desert. Make sure you’re hydrating in between hits.
Fun fact: Although it’s not nearly as refreshing, science says it’s best to seek out room temperature water when dehydrated rather than ice-cold water due to the same receptor trigger mentioned above!
Store Your Stash in a Neutral Climate
While the best time to smoke weed is when temps are high, storing it in high heat is not recommended. When you’re not using your product, keep it in a cool, dry climate out of direct sunlight to preserve its potency.
Wear Something Breathable
Sure, you can smoke under the sun to your heart’s content, but do so in a tank top and some board shorts (and wear sunscreen, of course).
Weed will help cool you a little from the inside out. But you’re not Superman, and you’re certainly not immune to heat exhaustion. Please don’t challenge us on that.
Find a Safe Place to Smoke Weed
While it’s fun to test out the science behind toking in the heat, smoking weed inside at home is your best move in triple-digit temps (aka all summer in AZ).
If your body is craving cool air and shade, please don’t push it. Go inside! Staying indoors in the comfort of your home will always be the safest place to smoke weed.
To Quickly Recap…
The best ways to beat the summer heat are:
- Drink room temperature water
- Enjoy your favorite spicy foods
- Smoke some weed!
Be sure to visit The Flower Shop to snag your favorite strain before catching some rays!