I just try to always have some weed at the house and typically use it "medicinally" i.e. only in times of extreme mental/physical pain/stress. Hope you get access to THC tabs relatively soon- they're really the way to go as I've said many times. Dude at a dispensary recently broke it down for me- most edibles go into your digestive system and produce a more numbing but potentially more intense and rollercoaster ride type effect. Whereas tabs dissolve on your tongue and go into your bloodstream which is why it feels similar to smoking.
I have a grinder and know all about grinding the weed before packing a bowl. Feel stupid for all the years I didn't do this- most decent weed is far too dense to smoke in a pipe without grinding it. But I also don't own a pipe and haven't smoked out of one regularly in years- I just use a cigarette roller to roll perfect little joints (have never been able to roll by hand). Yeah joints eat through your weed pretty quickly but again I don't smoke often and I just find it to be a much more pleasant experience than smoking out of a pipe or bong.