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Wake And Bake: Pros, Cons, And Tips For Beginners

Wake and bake, my friend. Wake. And. Bake.

No, we’re not talking about hot ovens, mixing bowls, and fluffy scones. That’s a different type of wake and bake.

This being a marijuana blog, we’re talking about toking — or otherwise consuming — cannabis first thing in the morning before anything else.

Sounds like fun, right? It is. But done wrong, it’s actually more lows than highs.

Don’t fret, though. The experts at Honest Marijuana can help you turn things around and experience more highs than lows.

In this article, we’ll discuss the pros and cons of the practice and give you some tips for a stellar wake and bake experience every time.

What Is Wake And Bake?

Girl about to smoke from a bong

As we mentioned in the introduction, wake and bake is all about partaking of the wacky weed first thing in the morning.

Some stoner sticklers claim that you can only achieve a true wake and bake if you begin the process immediately after you wake up.

They will allow you to sit up in bed — or wherever you lay your head — and pack a bowl or roll a joint (though those things are probably better done the night before), but that’s pretty much it.

If you plead your case, they might even grant you permission to go to the bathroom. But you have to come right back and get to it.

We think that’s a bit strict and puts constraints in place that don’t need to be there.

In fact, rules like that can actually ruin the experience (getting high on a full bladder is not the most enjoyable event).

At Honest Marijuana, we encourage padawan potheads to find the wake and bake process that works best for them.

As a general rule, though — and just so we’re all on the same page — wake and bake is consuming cannabis shortly after you wake up.

Doesn’t have to be the first thing you do before your head leaves the pillow, but it’s certainly within the first 5 or 10 minutes after your body leaves the bed.

Pros And Cons Of Wake And Bake

Girl smoking a blunt to wake and bake


1) The Highs Feel Higher

After a good night’s sleep, few things feel better than a nice long toke.

Your body’s had a chance to recover from the stress of the previous day and you’re actually a bit more sensitive to marijuana’s otherworldly effects.

2) Breakfast Tastes Better

Your morning bowl of Cap’N Crunch will taste like heaven after a healthy bout of wake and bake.

Even the all-veggie smoothie that looks like mud and tastes like dead leaves will be ambrosia in your mouth when you wake and bake before breakfast.

3) Puts A Positive Spin On Your Day

Life is hard and there are few things to look forward to first thing in the morning.

But after you wake and bake, the good vibes you feel put a positive spin on the day that can’t be beat.

4) Great Way To Start A Tolerance Break

If you’ve been smoking a lot of weed lately, you’re probably ready for a tolerance break.

Don’t go cold turkey. Wake and bake, enjoy the day, get a good night’s sleep, and start your tolerance break fresh in the morning (that means no wake and bake for 48 hours or more).


1) Can Distract From your Day

Probably one of the biggest drawbacks of wake and bake is that it can distract you from the rest of your day.

It’s easy to forget that you’ve got to pay the bills, take out the trash, and even get to work.

Do your best not to get off track and start following butterflies.

2) Less Weed For The Rest Of The Day

If you’ve got a zip in front of you and you’re rationing it for maximum coverage, a daily wake and bake means less weed for the rest of the day.

Really, though, it’s all about priorities.

A head full of THC or CBD in the morning may mean that you can only partake once after work, but that extra a.m. kick that gets you up and out the door is a small price to pay for one less toke in the p.m.

3) Harder To Get High Later

Chances are, your wake and bake will be the highest you’re going to get all day. That means that every other smoke sesh will feel a little bit less than that early morning high.

If you’re only smoking once a day, that’s not a problem — you’ve got the memory of a pure high to get you through ‘til morning.

If you’re going to smoke again after your wake and bake, you’ll have to contend with the fact that it just might not be as great as the earlier experience.

4) You May Need A Nap To Stay Active

If your wake and bake includes a THC strain, you’re going to feel sleepy in an hour or two.

That’s fine if you’re at home — just crash on the couch.

But if you’re on the job, the boss will probably not approve of you curling up under your desk for a bit of shut-eye in the middle of the workday.

Tips For A Stellar Wake And Bake

Man smoking from a bong for a stellar wake and bake

1) Drink Two Cups Of Water Before You Partake

Your body is already dehydrated after eight hours of sleep, and a wake and bake will only make it more so.

For a better all-around pot-smoking-experience, drink two cups of water before you partake.

2) Wake And Bake And Bake

We already mentioned how good breakfast will taste after you wake and bake, so why not go all out and wake and bake and bake.

Whip up some pancakes or waffles or even a coffee cake to satisfy those morning munchies (a.k.a. breakfast) and experience for yourself the definition of the word, “Yum!”

3) Choose The Method That’s Right For You

When you hear the words wake and bake, the first thing that pops into your head might be blunt, joint, or spliff.

But you can get high any way you choose — it’ll still be a wake and bake.

If smoking’s not your thing, give these other options a try:

  • Weed tea
  • Liquid THC
  • Distillates
  • Patches
  • Tinctures
  • Cannabis oil
  • Hash
  • Coffee

There are so many options you’re sure to find one that works for you.

4) Shower And Brush Your Teeth After You Wake And Bake

Woman taking a bath after a wake and bake

If you like to smoke your weed in the morning (rather than getting high with a tincture or a patch), you’re going to smell like pot.

Wait until after you wake and bake to shower and brush your teeth.

5) Don’t Smoke In Your Work Clothes

On a similar note, do your best not to smoke in or near your work clothes.

Unless you work at a dispensary or a pot farm, you don’t want to smell like marijuana in the office. That’s just a recipe for disaster.

6) Take Your Time

A big part of the wake and bake draw is feeling relaxed before, during, and after. But if you’re rushing through to the end, you’re missing out on one of the joys of dating Mary Jane.

Take your time and enjoy the process. If that means getting up a bit earlier than normal, so be it.

Your day will be all the better for it.

7) Get The Red Out With Eye Drops

Trust us, no one believes your red eyes are the result of allergies.

If you make it a habit to wake and bake, get the red out with eye drops before (and even after) your shower.

Choose Your Bud Wisely

Honest Marijuana Blue Dream

Want the best tip for an epic wake and bake? Choose your bud wisely.

No, we’re not talking about the strain per se (although the cannabinoid content does play a role).

The most important variable in your wake and bake adventure — and in all cannabis consumption, for that matter — is the quality of the bud you put in your body.

Sure, you could save some dough by buying regs or mids, but they’re going to deliver an unsatisfying experience that will ruin the rest of your day.

Instead, whenever possible, always buy the best beasters — or better yet, headies if you can swing it — to start your day off the right way.

And if you’re looking for the top shelf, cream of the crop, marijuana gold that can get you high just by looking at it, spend a little extra for high-quality organic cannabis (we’re kidding, you won’t experience a high at first sight with organic cannabis, but you just might experience love at first toke).

We always recommend trying high-quality organic weed (like that produced here at Honest Marijuana) at least once in your life so you can taste what a true wake and bake is made of.

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