How To Pack And Smoke A Bowl For The First Time
Smoking a bowl is the most popular way to consume cannabis. Learning how to pack and smoke it properly is an invaluable lesson in cannabis consumption. Whether you are interested in packing a pipe just for yourself or prepare to share it with friends, you need to understand key fundamental principles that will help turn a bowl smoking in a quality experience for you and your friends.
What Is Cannabis Pipe?
Pipes are popular among cannabis lovers. Adapted from traditional pipes used for tobacco, cannabis pipe looks just like them. A pipe consists of:
- bowl — a round basin deep enough to put cannabis in;
- mouthpiece — an airtight channel through which a user inhales smoke.
Pipes can also contain a second air channel called ‘carb’ to influence the maximum airflow through the mouthpiece. However, as long as your pipe has a bowl and a mouthpiece, you’re good to go (that’s why you can see all these videos where people make pipes out of everything).
Tobacco pipes are made out of wood or bamboo. Cannabis pipes today are mostly made of borosilicate glass. You can find them in tobacco shops, head shops, and online.
Pipes come in different shapes and sizes, as well as in complexity and functionality. Many pipes use water to filter smoke and cool it before a user inhale it. Other pipes are known as a ‘spoon’, thanks to their basic shape. If you’re new to cannabis, the spoon should be your first choice because they are easy to use and inexpensive.
How To Pack You Bowl?
First, you’re going to need your bowl (or pipe) and a lighter. Traditional butane lighters will do but you may want to try non-butane heating elements which allow for optimal heating control.
Many people prefer hemp wick, a waxy piece of hemp string. It ignites easily, provides an even burn, and doesn’t have an undesirable aftertaste. Some consumers use a hot glass wand, eliminating combustion smoke altogether while delivering cannabinoids and flavour through a lighter hit.
Second, you need to prepare cannabis to maximise airflow through your device. Breaking down your bud is a crucial step here. Well-prepared herb will provide a homogenous airflow through the bowl.
There are three tricks to packing a pipe properly:
- Make sure that your weed is evenly broke. Use a grinder to make the process easier but don’t overdo it if you don’t want to smoke small finely ground crumbles. It doesn’t feel good in a pipe.
- Use a stem to stuff at the very bottom of your bowl to prevent particulates from passing through. If you have a screen, use it. This will provide you with better airflow.
- Pack your herb lightly at the bottom and slightly denser at the top. It will ensure an even smoke. Cannabis will maintain a dense burn on the top while opening airflow for easy inhalation at the bottom.
How To Smoke Your Bowl?
There are a few rules of etiquette when it comes to smoking a bowl. First, if you smoke with others, make sure your bowl is packed according to the size of your smoking circle. Second, the provider of the cannabis determines who gets to light the first hit. Make sure you corner your bowl by only lighting a fraction of cannabis on the top. This allows everyone get the great flavour. Third, always let your passing buddy know that the bowl is “cherried.” Lastly, never pocket a lighter.
Always be nice to people you’re smoking with. These tips will make sure you have a great smoking sesh. Also, make sure you’re consuming cannabis in a safe and legal place. Smoke responsibly!
(Sweedsy in no way encourages illegal activity and would like to remind its readers that marijuana usage continues to be an offense under Federal Law, regardless of state marijuana laws. To learn more, click here.)