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6 Essential Tips to Dominate Your First Wake and Bake

What’s Wake and Bake?

Waking and baking is a slang term for smoking weed right after waking up.

Even though the correct process of waking and baking would be to spark one up immediately as you wake up, it’s probably better to hit the john first, splash your face with some water and such, and perhaps even do some light stretching or yoga, to get yourself nicely prepared for the ceremony to come.

But if you want to do those necessities right after your green morning ritual, that’s definitely cool with me.

A Little Bit About The Chemical Process

If you’re not entirely sure what happens in your body/mind when the pot reaches your lungs, let me shed a little light on that.

If you’re sure though, feel free to skip this passage.

Human’s have a network of cell receptors and corresponding molecules that are able to connect with these receptors, and that entire system is called the endocannabinoid system, or in short the ECS.

Once the cannabinoids (the active chemical compounds in marijuana) reach our bloodstream, they start to interact with the ECS network which causes the release of neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin.

To make the long story short, these two cause the feelings of happiness, joy and euphoria when we get blazed.

Why People Love to Wake and Bake

There are many benefits to waking and baking but the exact reasons for doing this routine can be categorized into two areas: medicinal and recreational.

If you’re consuming cannabis for medicinal reasons first thing in the morning, it is most likely for anxiety, pain, inflammation, stress, migraines, muscle spasms and loss of appetite.

But we won’t focus our attention too much on the medical aspect of morning cannabis consumption (because it’s pretty much a completely different subject altogether), and instead we’ll concentrate on the recreational side of things.

What to Puff in the Morning

At the start of the day you should definitely avoid the highly sedatable indica strains, because they will hit you like a bag of bricks, especially when you’re in such a delicate morning state, when your system is just starting to revive itself after a good night’s sleep.

A far better idea would be to focus your lungs attention on some energizing sativa strains, as they will inspire and elevate your cerebral cortex, without sacrificing any strength in your extremities.

If you’re not in the position to obtain any pure sativas, or at least some sativa-dominant hybrids, you should probably reevaluate your wake and bake, because indicas will leave you crushed and unable to battle the obligations of the workweek. On your free days of course, you can do whatever the hell you want to.

Also, if you’re one of the few people who’s exceedingly tolerable to cannabis, it’s probable that you could function without any backlashes even on the harshest indica strains.

I also wanted to share with you a couple of practical advices on how to perform this routine in the best conceivable order, and get your bake-game to a whole ‘nother level!

6 Essential Wake and Bake Tips

Waking & baking isn’t really rocket science and I can give you just 6 simple guidelines to follow.

Shower and brush teeth after smoking

You probably wanna wait postpone these two until after you finish your pipe ritual, because smelling like Bob Marley’s ghost isn’t really accepted in modern society, at least not yet.

Chewing some minty bubblegum is also desirable.

Have a breakfast of champions before you bake

Depending on how much your appetite changes when high, you should choose to eat your breakfast before, or after the session.

I myself can rarely resist eating anything but the stupidest junk food and candy bars when faded, so I prefer to get some healthy nutrients in me before I light up and eat an entire jar of Nutella for breakfast.

In the morning (especially with the tedious cotton-mouth), you should hydrate on the regular: some OJ, coffee, or even plain water should do the trick just fine.

Wake up 20 minutes earlier than you usually do

You should always wake somewhat earlier than you usually do before the bake, because you’re always slightly slower when you’re buzzed, and running around your apartment looking for keys and similar stuff will simply ruin the trip for you.

Also don’t give yourself the benefit of doubt, if you want to rest your eyes for just a couple of seconds (or any other “I’ll just chill for a minute under the sheets” theory); you’ll definitely fall right back asleep, so just don’t do it at all, resist the devilish drowsy temptation!

Don’t smoke with your Gucci mink on

Do not smoke in the same outfit you’re gonna leave the house in, because even if you showered and put your half of your favourite perfume on, you still have that Marley aura swerving around you.

Consider vaping if your roommates hate the smoke

If your roommates / household members / neighbors aren’t as Rastafari as yourself, you should probably figure out a way not to suffocate them with the exquisite scent of cannabis, because they’ll surely be pissed off, and one may say for a good reason.

Pro tip: Vaping is an awesome way to avoid these complications completely.

Don’t forget eye drops before you go out

If you’re like the most of us, then your eyes probably crack the pressure, so cop and drop some drops, don’t frighten the neighborhood children for nothing.

We’re All Different After All

You should take into consideration that cannabis has a different effect on everyone, and the main factors behind this are genetics, personal tolerance to THC and other cannabinoids, the individual’s unique chemistry, and even your gender.

Because of all this some people get anxious, some people get paranoid, other’s tend to lose motivation or get too slowmotion-y, but at the end of the day the majority of us potheads just get right.

So figuring out if the morning bake sess is the correct path for you is definitely a subject you should closely inspect.

To finish things off, if waking and baking doesn’t prevent you from executing your daily obligations and responsibilities, well then there is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t bake right after you wake.

Find a proper sativa strain and start your day on a high note.

But I definitely advise you to take a little break from time to time, just so your mind can get a chance to recover from all the pleasures that the sweet green plant has brought it.


A passionate cannabis enthusiast ever since his late teens, Marco usually writes about 420 culture, health and weed basics. You can find him discussing various conspiracy theories with his peers.

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