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Would you be surprised if I told you I had a J lit right now? Of course not. Why? ’Cause it’s 4/20. Now, I’ll be honest. I’m a frequent flyer, so the day is hardly special at this point. But a holiday is a holiday, and unlike Valentine’s Day, I’m a willing participant.

Now, back in college, 4/20 was a whole event. We stocked up on Raws and Swishers, cleaned all the glass, and, of course, had a variety of the dopest strains. The goal was to be high all day, classes be damned, and boy is that what we did.

Unfortunately, we’re grown now, which means responsibilities prevent most folks from committing all of their energy to maintaining the perfect high from sunup to sundown. But since everybody and their mom is down to light up these days, I figure there are some things everyone should know before liftoff. So if you haven’t secured your bag yet (you’re already losing), here are a few tips before the plug pulls up.

Know Your Stuff

We’re in a different time. This sh*t is really gas out here, so you have to know the basics. Otherwise, you might end up knocked way too early in the game. Plus, it’s always good to be an informed consumer. First, there are two types of marijuana: sativa and indica. And these two are important to know because it tells you what kind of high to expect. My personal favorite? Sativa, which provides a more euphoric, energetic head high. Most suitable for daytime use, sativa strains have more THC than CBD (THC is the psychoactive compound in marijuana responsible for getting you stoned, while CBD is non-psychoactive, legal in all 50 states, and used for medicinal purposes like pain relief). On the other end of the spectrum, you have indica, which provides more of a deep body high, has a lot more CBD than sativa strains, and is most appropriate at night. Need an easy way to differentiate between the two? Sativa rhymes with arriba, the Spanish word for “above,” which is where the high is felt. For indica, I just think of “indacouch,” which is where you’ll be stuck if you smoke enough.

To Thine Own Self Be True

Don’t be the guy scarfing down mad edibles and smoking 3-gram blunts if that’s not you. It’s weed, so there’s no real need to flex. Nobody’s got time for babysitting the dude who’s tweaking because he ate all the edibles he had and hasn’t felt his face in hours. And don’t stress if you’re not a regular smoker. There’s no need to take the biggest hits in the world to prove a point.

Assess All of Your Choices

Since it’s 4/20, there’s likely to be a world of options to choose from. The most well-known method is to smoke the flower, but the game is ever-changing. Regarding smokeables, you have your standard bud, of course, but that might not always be appropriate. If you require a little more discretion while you’re seshing, I’d recommend going the vape route and copping some oil cartridges. They are super discreet. If you’re a seasoned smoker with mature lungs and prefer using glass as your vehicle, I’d go with some wax, shatter, live resin, crumble, or any other concentrate. If inhaling smoke is not your thing, edibles are a great option. But be careful. If you’re getting them from a dispensary, you’ll have the dosage listed on the packaging. But if you’re getting it from the homie’s kitchen, you may be getting more or less than you bargained for. Also, you have to be patient with edibles. The onset is much longer than when you smoke, but the high is much more intense. Don’t be the homie who takes another dose because he “didn’t feel it” an ends up incapacitated for the foreseeable future. That’s just wasteful. Now, if your guy is like that, he’ll have some tinctures, THC pills, or even honey (he’s a keeper).

Smoke or Pass

This is pretty straightforward. Nothing irks me more than the guy in the cyph who’s sitting on the L. If you’re smoking, cool. If not, pass that sh*t. While you’re waxing poetic about nonsense, the weed is burning, bruh.

So however you choose to fly, make sure you enjoy the holidaze in style and be safe.

Oh, and #LegalizeIt already.

Malcolm Spaulding is a freelancer for CASSIUS.