How to wake and bake properly

How to wake and bake properly

Most stoners have tried it: the wake and bake. Starting you day with this ceremony can be an amazing experience, but also can have some downsides. In this blog article we take deep dive into the famous wake and bake and will give you tips to get the best out of this experience.

-What is wake and bake?

-Why does a wake and bake hit harder?

-Should you eat before a wake and bake?

-Tips for a successful Wake and Bake

-Potential downsides

-Personal view and experience

What is wake and bake?

Waking and baking is a slang term which is quite self-explanatory; smoking weed directly after you wake up.

Some people love to start their day hitting the bong. They say it helps them relax and focus, and that it makes everything more enjoyable. Others find that getting high in the morning makes them feel sluggish and unproductive.

First, it is important to know that waking and baking may hit harder than your evening smoke.


Why does a wake and bake hit harder?

Not a lot of trustworthy research has been done about the difference in effects of smoking cannabis directly after waking up or later in the day. However, everyone agrees that a wake and bake hits you harder.

There are a few theories about why marijuana seems to get us higher in the morning than at any other time of day.

One theory is that it's simply an illusion. Our brains are not yet fully functioning when we first wake up, so we may perceive the high as being more intense than it actually is.

Another theory is that it has to do with our bodies being depleted of nutrients after a night's sleep. When we smoke marijuana on an empty stomach, the THC is more readily absorbed into the bloodstream and hits us harder. This is similar to how coffee affects us differently in the morning than it does later in the day, when we have already eaten.

Finally, it's also possible that the specific cannabinoids in the strain of cannabis we smoke in the morning play a role. Some strains are known for being more uplifting and energizing, while others are more relaxing and sedative, more about that in the tips below!

Most likely the reason why it seems to make us more high than usual is a combination of all of these factors. Did you also experience this?


Should you eat before a wake and bake?

Whether or not you should eat before a wake and bake depends on a few factors you need to consider. First, your individual tolerance plays a big role in this. You don’t want to smoke weed for the first time in your life before you had anything to eat. This will help you feel more relaxed and you are less likely to get overwhelmed.

Eat a light, healthy meal before you wake and bake to stay full and satisfied. Avoid sugary and processed foods, as they can cause anxiety and fatigue. Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated and prevent headaches. Something like oatmeal with berries and nuts along with 2 glasses of water will give you all the energy you need for a good morning session.

The strain of weed you are using plays also a role in this choice, and is also the golden tip of this article. Sativa and indica are two of the main strains of cannabis, which both have different effects on the body and mind, which results in a different high.

Sativa strains are known for their energizing effects, personally our favorite when it comes the wake and bake. Eating after your smoke can help to extend the effects of the high when smoking a sativa strain.

The indica strain is very popular for due to the relaxation and sedative effects. This might not be the best strain to start your day with, if you want to do something else than lay on the couch. If you still choose to go for this option for your morning ceremony, it might be nice to eat an energizing meal before torching up.

Should you eat before a wake and bake

Tips for a successful Wake and Bake

First wake and bake, then take a shower

Smelling like weed in the morning might get you some weird looks. Next to that, taking a shower while being high is one of the best feelings in the world. Everything feels more intense, the hot water and the smell of your shampoo.. this might be your longest shower!

Brushing your teeth while being high is also a different experience. This mindful activity requires you to focus on the present moment and is an amazing fresh start of the day.

Choose the right strain

Sativa strains are generally better for wake and bake than indica strains. Sativa strains are known for their energizing and uplifting effects, which can help you to start your day off on the right foot.

The best way for finding out is by experimenting with different strains and being aware of the different effects on your high.

Choose the right day

Waking and baking can be a great experience if you select the right day. While some people are able to do a lot of productive work while being high, others of us prefer to make the day as pleasant as possible. If you have a free day ahead of you, the morning spliff can be a great way to relax and enjoy yourself.

In this article are some specific activities that you might enjoy while being high.

Make your breakfast upfront

If you are not planning on eating your breakfast before your wake and bake, it is a good idea to prepare it beforehand. Myself I can’t resist the chocolate bars or other junk food when I’m high, unless some nice nutritious breakfast is waiting for me on the kitchen table. Smoking weed can already make you feel a bit lazy or tired, so eating healthy foods will help you stay energized.

Always make sure to drink 2 glasses of water before you start. After your night of sleep you are already dehydrated, and this will only get worse when you get high.

Store leftovers properly

If you have weed left after your wake and bake session, it is important to store it properly. keeping your weed fresh is essential for preserving its flavor, potency, and overall quality.

The best way to store you weed is in an airtight glass jar, as this won’t absorb any of the cannabinoids or terpenes that give your cannabis it’s unique flavor.

Our Open Your Mind Stashbox is specifically designed with three airtight glass jars to keep your weed fresh and potent. If you want to read more tips about keeping your weed fresh, we wrote this article for you.


Glass Jar stas box Open Your Mind


Use eye-drops before going out

If you're like most people, your eyes probably get red when you smoke weed. So don't scare the neighborhood kids, just put in some eye drops.

Make a to do list

If you want to wake and bake and still get stuff done, our tip is to make a to-do list. Creating a realistic to do list (every morning) increases your productivity throughout the day. Personally I like to write it down on paper and get the satisfaction of lining through all tasks during the day.


Potential downsides

Waking and baking can be a great experience but not performed properly it also has it’s downsides.

Increase of tolerance

Getting high often can increase your tolerance levels. If you are smoking from the morning till the evening, your tolerance will increase faster. It might be a good idea to take a tolerance break once in while to enjoy getting high more later on.

You will get less high later in the day

If you plan on smoking weed throughout the day, getting high later in the day will be less satisfying. That's not to say that you won't enjoy getting high later in the day, but if you're looking for a stronger high to help you relax and unwind at the end of the day, you might want to skip the morning smoke session.

It might be bad for you productivity throughout the day

Starting the day with a wake and bake can have negative effects on energy levels for some people. It can make you feel tired and sleepy, regardless of the type of strain you smoke. This could result in lowering your productivity. This can really differ per person, therefore plan your first wake and bake experience on a free day to make sure you can enjoy.


Personal view and experience

At Open Your Mind we are a big fan of balancing smoking weed with a purpose-driven lifestyle. Personally, we will have a less productive day starting with a wake and bake than without. We prefer to use cannabis as a reward system. After completing the to-do list, meeting the daily goals, enjoying your well-deserved treat.

Remember that smoking weed can be used to enhance your life and experiences, but it should not be used to escape your problems or avoid dealing with difficult situations or emotions. We think it is most important to maintain a healthy work-life balance, engage in physical activity and prioritize self-care.

Enjoying a wake and bake once in a while can be a great experience, we like to use this as a treat, for example on a day like 4/20 😉

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