The use of a pipe is a long-standing method for consuming cannabis, and it is commonly known as ‘bowls.’ Pipes are available in various designs, colors, materials, and sizes. Due to their convenient handheld nature and the ease they provide in smoking cannabis flower, pipes have become a crucial item in any cannabis consumer’s collection.Â
This article explores the structure of pipes in detail, the necessary materials to begin using them, and the techniques for smoking cannabis from a bowl like an experienced enthusiast.
What Is a Cannabis Pipe Made Up Of?
A cannabis pipe consists of four components:Â
The carb hole.
Resembling a soup bowl, the cannabis pipe’s bowl has a spherical cap shape with a small hole at the bottom to allow airflow. It is where the weed is placed or “packed,” and it serves as the area held by the user. While a pipe’s bowl may differ slightly from that of a bong, it always serves as the space for placing the cannabis material. Some users choose to insert a ‘screen’ in the bowl to prevent large pieces of flower from entering the chamber and mouthpiece during inhalation. This not only reduces blockages but also prevents plant material from entering the user’s mouth. Screens, similar to pipes, come in various materials, but they are typically thin metal mesh pieces that can be pressed onto the bottom of the bowl and adjusted to fit any size. Using screens is an optional addition when smoking with a pipe.
The chamber refers to the main body of the pipe, forming a tunnel-like space between the bowl and the mouthpiece through which the smoke travels.
The mouthpiece is the opening at the end of the chamber where the user places their lips to inhale the cannabis smoke.
The carb or carb hole is a hole located on the side of the bowl, which is used to control the airflow. By either blocking or unblocking the carb with their index finger or thumb (depending on the hand holding the pipe), the user can regulate the airflow.
Bongs also have a bowl but typically do not feature a separate carb hole. Instead, users control the airflow in a bong by removing the bowl when they are ready to inhale the cannabis smoke.
How to Pack and Smoke a Bowl (Step-by-Step)
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies:
To smoke a bowl, you’ll need a few essential items:
Cannabis: Choose your favorite strain or blend to pack into the bowl. Ensure that it’s ground up well for optimal burning and airflow.
Pipe: Select a pipe that suits your preferences, whether it’s a glass, metal, or wooden pipe. Make sure it is clean and free from residue to enjoy the pure flavors of your cannabis.
Lighter or Hemp Wick: Use a reliable lighter or a hemp wick to ignite the cannabis. Avoid using candles or matches, as they can alter the taste.
Step 2: Prepare the Bowl:
Now that you have your supplies ready, it’s time to prepare the bowl for smoking:
Hold the pipe with one hand and cover the carb hole (if your pipe has one) using your thumb or finger. The carb hole helps control airflow, so keep it covered for now.
Take a pinch of ground cannabis and place it into the bowl of the pipe. Avoid packing it too tightly, as it may restrict airflow. Experiment with the amount to find the right balance for your preferences.
Optionally, you can place a screen in the bowl before adding the cannabis. A screen prevents larger pieces of flower from entering the pipe, providing a smoother smoking experience.
Step 3: Ignite and Inhale:
With your bowl packed and ready, it’s time to light up and enjoy your smoke:
Bring the flame of the lighter or hemp wick to the edge of the cannabis in the bowl. Lightly touch the flame to the cannabis while inhaling gently, allowing the herb to ignite.
While inhaling, continue to hold the flame to the cannabis and let it burn evenly. Rotate the bowl if necessary to ensure an even burn across the surface.
Once the bowl is lit, release your finger or thumb from the carb hole (if applicable) and inhale deeply. Draw the smoke into your lungs, holding it for a few seconds before exhaling slowly.
Step 4: Cleaning and Maintenance:
After enjoying your bowl, it’s essential to clean and maintain your pipe for future use:
Allow the pipe to cool down before attempting to clean it. Hot glass or metal can cause injury.
Use a pipe cleaner or a cotton swab to remove any residue or ash from the bowl. For stubborn residue, you can soak the pipe in isopropyl alcohol for a deeper clean.
Rinse the pipe thoroughly with warm water and allow it to dry completely before your next smoking session.
Smoking a bowl can be a relaxing and pleasurable way to enjoy cannabis. By following these steps and taking the time to savor the flavors and effects, you’ll be able to enhance your overall smoking experience. Remember to respect the herb, consume responsibly, and adhere to the legal guidelines in your area. With practice, patience, and a bit of experimentation, you’ll become adept at smoking a bowl and discovering the true delights of cannabis pipe smoking.