How to pack and smoke a bowl of cannabis
There are many ways to smoke cannabis, but perhaps none are as well-known as smoking a bowl in a pipe. Learning how to pack and smoke a bowl is an essential lesson in cannabis consumption that enthusiasts at both ends of the spectrum can benefit from.
Whether you’re interested in packing a pipe for a personal smoking session or preparing a bowl for a party, understanding these fundamental principles will help optimize your bowl-smoking experience.
Choosing the right cannabis pipe
Cannabis contraptions come in all shapes and sizes, but smoking pipes are arguably the most popular. Adapted from traditional pipes used for tobacco, the cannabis pipe shares all of the same key characteristics.
Pipes consist of a bowl, a round basin deep enough to pack herb in, as well as an airtight channel that delivers smoke and air through a mouthpiece. In many cases, pipes also contain a second air channel known as a carb that is used to regulate the airflow through the pipe. As long as a pipe contains the first two items at the very least, you can smoke cannabis out of it.
Traditionally, pipes used for tobacco smoking were made out of material such as wood, bamboo, or even ceramics. However, cannabis pipes today are widely made using borosilicate glass, as the medium is incredibly versatile.
While most states still widely market glass pipes as tobacco smoking accessories, they can be found in collectable and gift shops, and also head shops. You can also find them online, at cannabis events, and even in high-end glass art museums.
Pipes can vary widely in shape and size, as well as in complexity, functionality, and availability. Bongs and bubblers utilize water to filter cannabis smoke and cool it prior to inhalation.
A common, basic type of pipe is called a “spoon,” because of its shape. These are the best pipes to begin with if you are new to cannabis, as they are small, easy to use, and are typically inexpensive.
What you need to get started packing a bowl
In order to smoke weed out of a pipe, you’re going to need a few essential items to get started. Other than your bowl or pipe, you will need some form of heating element—the most basic one is a lighter.
Traditional butane lighters work well, though there is a myriad of non-butane heating elements out there to choose from, if you want to avoid a butane flavor in your bowl. The most effective lighters and heaters will allow for optimal heating control when combusting or vaporizing a bowl.
Some consumers prefer to light their bowls with hemp wick, a waxy piece of hemp string that ignites easily, maintains an even burn, and doesn’t give off an undesirable aftertaste.
Another heating element used often is a glass wand that can be heated to a point where it will vaporize your herb on contact, eliminating combustion smoke altogether while still delivering cannabinoids and flavor through a lighter hit.
Another factor to consider is whether or not to use a screen for your pipe. Screens can help keep you from inhaling burning bits of cannabis, but if you don’t have a pack of pipe screens, here are a few nifty tricks to consider:
- Twist a piece of wire or a paperclip it into coil
- Use a screen from a faucet head
We don’t recommend using aluminum foil, a soda can, or a window screen as a makeshift pipe screen, as these are often coated with materials that are hazardous to inhale.
Preparing cannabis for smoking a bowl is essential to maximize airflow through your device and deliver an even smoke. In order to do this, breaking down your herb is a crucial step. Doing this creates a homogenous airflow through the bowl where smoke can pass through evenly.
How to pack and smoke a bowl or pipe: a step-by-step guide
- Get your pipe, some weed, and a grinder if you have one.
- Loosely grind up your weed—make sure it’s evenly broken down but not too finely ground. Hand pulling your herb is the most basic way to do this, but grinders make this process much easier.
- Put the ground or broken up weed in your pipe. Some pro tips to help maximize airflow:
- Use a stem and/or nice-sized intact calyx to stuff at the very bottom of your bowl to prevent pieces from passing though. You can also use a screen if you have one.
- Pack your herb lightly at the bottom and slightly denser at the top for an even smoke. This allows the cannabis toward the top to maintain a burn—or cherry—while opening up airflow for easy inhalation without clogging.
- Put a flame or other heating element to it and enjoy!
Etiquette for smoking a bowl in a group
We all started somewhere, so for everybody first learning how to smoke a pipe, there are a few pieces of etiquette to follow to ensure you have the best possible experience. When engaging in a smoking session with others, make sure you pack a bowl that’s proportional to the size of the number of people in your smoking circle.
For an intimate session, pack a personal bowl or a “snap” when alone or with one other person. This way, you take turns lighting personally packed micro bowls meant to be consumed in one single hit.
For larger groups, heavier packed “party bowls” ensure each smoking buddy gets a fresh hit of green herb. Everyone should get a green hit.
Traditionally, the provider of the cannabis will determine who gets to light the first hit. To make sure everyone gets the same experience, make sure to corner your bowl by only lighting a fraction of the visible cannabis. This lets everyone get the same great flavor without leaving an ashy hit for somebody at the end.
If the bowl is already lit, feel free to pass it, but let your passing buddy know the bowl is cherried.
Lastly, never pocket a lighter. Everyone hates a lighter thief!
With these tips in mind, smoking a bowl should be a walk in the park. Always remember to use proper etiquette when packing a bowl for friends, and make sure you are consuming cannabis in a safe and legal place. Pack a fat one, call some friends, and have at it!
This post was originally published on October 27, 2016. It was most recently updated on April 8, 2020.
There are many ways to consume cannabis, but none are as well-known as smoking a bowl. Learn how to properly pack and smoke a bowl for your next session.
Glass Pipes/Weed Bowls
Types of Glass Pipes and their Characteristics
Glass pipes come in various forms such as chillums, spoon pipes, Sherlock pipes, bubblers, and steamrollers. Each type of unique glass pipes bears characteristics that differ from other glass pipes.
Chillums, for instance, is a type of weed pipe that comes in basic form and shape as a simple tube. A person using chillum weed pipe may be considered as updated, however, the item is still considered as a primitive way of smoking, because some indigenous often used hollow reeds shaped as chillum pipes to smoke. Using a chillum pipe is quite simple as one only needs to pack dry herb on one end of the pipe and light it from the opposite end. Due to its pure form a chillum only allows a small amount of dry her, besides, they are devoid of carburetors which prevent smoke flavor from becoming stale. Chillums are one of the cheap weed pipes type out there.
Sherlock pipes, on the other hand, are iconic because of their arched stem. Just below the stem of Sherlock pipes, there is a bowl used to heat and hold the product to be used. After that, the smoke that emanates from heating the product moves up the stem of the weed bowls. In some instances, Sherlock pipes may have overly long stems, in this case, it is referred to as Gandalf weed pipe-from the fictional character as developed by J.R.R Tolkien. Some Sherlock pipes have carburetors, though not a standard requirement.
Bubbler is another type of bowls for weed which derives its name because of the bubbles that it produces during smocking. Bubblers are considered a hybrid type of glass because it incorporates both glass and the bong. This type of glass pipe is somewhat small but has water like a bong, which is why it is often referred to as glass water pipes. Water, in this case, acts as a filter during smoking, therefore, diffusing the smoke inhaled and in the process creating small bubbles. As a result, the smoker experiences smoother flavor without any harsher tones or elements from the substance being smoked. Smokers can use blubbers regardless of the temperature of the water. The temperature of the water plays an integral role in determining the overall smoking experience and flavor.
Steamroller is the most complicated and complicated to use of the five weed pipes. Steamrollers incorporate a tube consisting a bowl at the end of the tube. The cool weed pipe has opened at each end of the tube, with one acting as a carburetor. In some instances, a steamroller can consist of an extra chamber responsible for rolling and cooling the smoke further. Because of their complex nature, fast-time users are not recommended to use steamrollers.
The last of the five primary glass weed pipes is the spoon pipe. This type of glass pipe is typically considered an improvement of the chillum pipe since they are somewhat similar in construction and shape, except for the bowl located at one end of the tube where a smoker can deposit the product used. Besides, spoon pipes differ with chillums in that they must have a carburetor, though small. Similarly, spoon pipes are quite complicated compared to chillums because one has to cover a hole with a figure to help draw in air.
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