For some of us, the best time to smoke is literally any time at all. Most smokers, especially those of us with jobs and school, unfortunately have to exercise moderation. That being said, if you’re only going to smoke once today, what’s the best time to smoke weed? Here’s our 5 favorites.

5. Wake and Bake

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Waking and baking is the act of smoking immediately after waking up, of rolling out of bed and making your first breath a THC-filled one. It’s a great way to start your day off well, especially if you can keep your high going. The only problem with this is if you have to go to work. It may be easier to deal with irritating coworkers when you’re feeling mellow, but there’s no quicker way to kill a buzz than having to deal with imminent deadlines or a belligerent supervisor. Depending on your plans for the rest of the day, smoking right when you wake up can either be one of the best or worst ideas, without much middle ground.

Pro-tip: Smoke sativa strains, rather than indica, when you wake n’ bake. The high will give you energy as opposed to making you tired.

4. 4:20

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There are tons of stories regarding the origin of 4:20 as the classic smoke sesh time. I grew up hearing that it was a police code for marijuana in a major city, but other theories abound. In reality, 4:20 comes from a small group of California high schoolers. Their regularly scheduled smoke break was after school at 4:20. They started using it as a codeword for all things marijuana related and somehow it spread from there. Smoking at 4:20 is undoubtedly a best time to smoke weed, but doesn’t fit into most adult lifestyles because it was never meant to.

3. When you’re out with friends

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Staying in and hotboxing your apartment is all well and good, but what if you have a concert or a party to go to? When you’re stoned with a bunch of your friends it feels even more intense, since you have someone who empathizes with your current state of mind. However, there is a risk of getting caught with either the drug itself or paraphernalia, especially if you live in a state where marijuana is still illegal. Make sure to only bring what you will smoke there, preferably in a joint or blunt so you don’t have to worry about concealing a smoking apparatus.

2. The middle of the night

Whether you go for sativa and stay up talking about the vastness of the universe or you prefer stargazing with an indica strain, late at night is a great time to light up. The world is asleep and no one expects anything of you, so it’s the perfect opportunity to relax. Plus there’s Taco Bell’s fourth meal for when you get the munchies. The only downside of smoking late at night is sometimes falling asleep before you can really enjoy your high. Research has shown that REM sleep – when we dream – decreases while under the effects of marijuana, which is why smokers on tolerance breaks often have intense, vivid dreams.

Also, if you are battling insomnia, taking a hit before bedtime is one of the best solutions.

1. Before a meal

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There’s nothing better than smoking a ton of weed right before dinnertime. Taking a bong hit right before eating a fat Chipotle burrito may be the very best time to smoke weed. The tastes are enhanced and there’s no need to worry about stocking up on munchies, since you’re about to eat actual food. Just make sure to go slow and savor each bite, because it will be over all too soon…