How to Smoke Marijuana from a Bowl?

by | Jun 9, 2023 | Consumption, Smoking | 0 comments

Mastering the art of packing and smoking a bowl is crucial for an optimal cannabis smoking experience. While there are various ways to consume cannabis, packing a pipe and smoking a bowl is widely recognized and popular. Whether you’re smoking alone or with friends, having a good grasp of these fundamental principles will enhance your session.

What is Weed Pipe Made Of?

The cannabis pipe, inspired by traditional tobacco pipes, consists of several key components. These include:

  1. Bowl: The rounded area where cannabis is packed and ignited.
  2. Chamber: The space between the bowl and the mouthpiece through which the smoke travels.
  3. Mouthpiece: The part where the user inhales the smoke.
  4. Carb (optional): A small hole located near the bowl that can be covered and uncovered to regulate airflow during inhalation.

Cannabis pipes are commonly made of borosilicate glass due to its versatility, but they can also be crafted from materials like metal, wood, ceramics, and others. Pipes can vary in shape, size, complexity, functionality, and availability.

One popular and simple type of pipe is called a “spoon” pipe, named after its spoon-like shape. These pipes are often recommended for beginners as they are compact, user-friendly, and typically affordable.

What Do I Need to Smoke Cannabis from a Weed Pipe?

To pack and smoke a bowl of weed in a pipe, you’ll need a few essential items:

  1. Pipe: The main smoking device, which consists of a bowl, chamber, mouthpiece, and optional carb.
  2. Lighter or Heating Element: You’ll need a flame source to ignite the cannabis in the bowl. Traditional butane lighters are commonly used, but non-butane alternatives are also available for those concerned about flavor.
  3. Hemp Wick (Optional): Some people prefer using a hemp wick, which is a waxy hemp string that ignites easily and provides a clean burn without affecting the flavor of the bowl.
  4. Cannabis: You’ll need ground cannabis to pack into the bowl. You can break it down by hand into small chunks or use a grinder to achieve a semi-fine consistency. This allows for optimal airflow and even burning of the herb.

By preparing your cannabis and packing the bowl properly, you can ensure better airflow and an enjoyable smoking experience.

How to Smoke Weed From a Pipe:

To light and smoke a bowl of weed in a pipe, follow these steps:

  1. Prepare the Bowl: Fill the bowl of your pipe with ground cannabis. Make sure it’s packed evenly but not too tightly to allow for proper airflow.
  2. Ignite the Bowl: Hold the pipe with one hand, covering the carb (if your pipe has one) with your thumb. With your other hand, use a butane lighter, hemp wick, or another heating element to ignite the cannabis in the bowl. Hold the flame above the bowl and draw in slowly while continuing to apply heat. The flame should come into contact with the cannabis, allowing it to ignite.
  3. Corner the Bowl: When smoking in a group or wanting to prolong the number of fresh hits, practice “cornering” the bowl. Instead of lighting the entire surface area of the bowl, focus the flame on a small section, allowing others to enjoy fresh hits. Angle the bowl downward slightly and hold the flame to the edge of the bowl, not directly on top of it. Inhale slowly and try to burn as little of the green cannabis as possible.
  4. Cherried Bowls: If the bowl continues to smoke after taking a hit, it is “cherried” because the cannabis is still burning. Let others know if the bowl is cherried so they can take a hit without relighting it. To keep the cherry going, puff on the pipe or bong with short, quick inhales.
  5. Extinguish the Bowl: Most often, bowls are not extinguished and are passed until the cherry goes out on its own. However, if you want to put out the bowl, you can cup your hand over it and close the holes of the pipe. Be cautious not to burn yourself. Alternatively, you can tamp down the burning bowl gently with the bottom of your lighter or another device, but this may create more ash in the bowl.

Remember to enjoy your smoking experience responsibly and be mindful of local laws and regulations regarding cannabis use.

Enrico Bratta

Enrico Bratta

Medical cannabis professional based in Phuket, Thailand.


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Enrico Bratta

Medical cannabis professional based in Phuket, Thailand.