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Don’t pack it down too tightly, otherwise you’ll have difficulty pulling the smoke through the bowl and into the bong. Tip: Set your bong on top of a plate or tray while you’re packing the bowl so you can easily gather up any pieces of weed that happen to fall out of the bowl during the process. Slide your weed-packed bowl into the downstem of your bong. When it’s in place, use a lighter or hemp wick to ignite the weed. As you do this, put your mouth to the mouthpiece and start pulling in with your lungs.

You will see the smoke travel from the bowl, flow through the downstem, and begin bubbling up through the water in the base of your bong. When you’re ready to take a hit, continue pulling in with your lungs and slide the bowl out of the downstem. This will create an open flow of air, allowing you to clear the chamber and inhale all the smoke. When you’re finished and you’ve fully combusted all the marijuana in your bowl, dump out the ash so your bowl is ready to re-pack for your next session. If you’re packing and smoking a bowl, odds are that you’re using a glass smoking device. Glass is known for providing a simple, straightforward, and clean way to smoke cannabis. Specifically, because glass is an inert substance, it can be heated without leaching residual odors, flavors, or contaminants into the smoke. As such, many smokers enjoy glass pieces because they can be used over and over again without detracting from marijuana’s natural tastes and smells. Additionally, when a glass bowl or pipe becomes dirty or gunked up with sticky resin, the material can easily be cleaned and returned to like-new condition.

There are a few reasons some cannabis smokers don’t like smoking from glass. Glass can shatter, chip, and break, especially if you drop your piece or ash in too aggressively. In rare cases, poorly-made glass can shatter under intense heat, which could be dangerous. Glass pieces are not as mobile or discreet as other methods of smoking. Even small glass pipes like chillums get dirty and smelly after a few uses, thanks to the sticky resin that coats the bowl or pipe after smoking. This makes glass hard to carry with you or use for on-the-go smoking. Some smokers simply prefer the experience of rolling and smoking a joint, spliff, or blunt, as opposed to packing and smoking a bowl. With a few basic cannabis supplies, such as a grinder, packing and smoking a bowl is easy to achieve, especially if you’re using one made of glass. The information contained in this site is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be construed as medical or legal advice. Most people learn how to smoke from a pipe before anything else, contrary to the familiar image from DARE materials of a “bad kid” villainously holding a joint. By far the most common type of smoking accessory, pipes or bowls come in a range of different shapes, sizes, and designs – all while serving the main goal of providing an easy way to smoke cannabis. Despite their prevalence, many people are confused when it comes to the best way to load your chosen bowl. After writing the wildly popular how to pack a one-hitter article, we’ve received quite a few questions regarding the specifics of how to pack a bowl. Everyone wants to get the most bang for their buck, and these tips can help you get the best rip from your bowl, whether it’s in a traditional pipe, a steamroller, a bubbler, or a bong. To really stretch your stash, check out our article about blazing on a budget while still getting high. First and foremost, you can’t just slam a whole nug of cannabis or organic hemp flower into your bowl and expect a smooth hit. We recommend you acquire a grinder, whether it’s a simple card or a multi-chambered affair. Your cannabis will burn more evenly, and it will make it easier to corner the bowl out of respect for others (as opposed to torching the entire top layer on the first hit — not cool). Here are the step-by-step instructions and photos showing how to pack a perfect bowl. Place your grinder card and on top of an open Pebble container. Gently rub the cannabis buds on the surface of the grinder card. Feel free to use your 4-piece grinder as well – ANYTHING is better than hand-crumbled buds. The key here is a fine, even grind to ensure a slow burn. Slowly squeeze the contents of the Pebble into your bowl, periodically packing the cannabis down into the bowl with your fingertips. The goal is not to pack the bowl too loose, which will result in the dreaded Scooby snacks and torching of the bowl, or too tight, which makes the bowl nearly impossible to hit effectively. You want the ground bits evenly packed in the bowl, but not pressed down so hard that airflow is restricted. You can do a quick airflow check before lighting to check your work.

The perfect pack results in a bowl that stays lit and is easy to inhale.

Pro Tip: some people like to place one larger chunk into the bowl first to act as a smokable screen, preventing the possibility of Scooby snacks. You know that weird little hole on the side of nearly every pipe or bowl? This hole allows you to control the flow of fresh air drawn through the pipe, creating the perfect hit.


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