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How to Smoke Without a Rig – Choose From These 5 Proven Methods

Dabs are traditionally done using a rig, whether it is wax or oil being used to achieve the ultimate high.

While a rig might be the traditional way to achieve a high through using dabs, not everyone has a rig readily accessible where they are.

Whether you are looking for a way to smoke dabs without a rig because you don’t have one around, or if you are just looking to try something new, we are here to help.

What is a Rig?

A rig is a hand-blown glass piece that essentially looks and functions in a similar method than a bong does, save for the fact that it is designed to aid its user to get high by using dabs in the form of oil or wax rather than using the marijuana plant.

The primary difference between a bong and a rig comes from the fact that a bong has a nail made from either glass or metal that is heated to vaporize the wax or dab.

A rig is used to vaporize a solid form of pure THC. However, if you by chance find yourself without a rig, then there are still ways for you to incorporate dabs into your smoke seshes.

What Does a Rig Do?

While having a strikingly similar appearance to bongs, rigs do work quite differently and can consequently be very confusing to new users.

For example, unlike a bong, bowl, or other pieces used primarily for smoking, a dab rig is not intended to have anything catch on fire.

Rather, it has a nail that is heated up using a torch, and consequently, concentrated extracts from your herb of choice are “dabbed” onto it. Once they are heated, a vapor is produced that the user then inhales to reap the effects of the substance.

Ways of Smoking Without a Rig

If you want to smoke dabs but have found yourself caught without a rig, then, fortunately, there are several ways of smoking without a rig. We’ll explore some of the most common methods in more detail below:

Believe it or not, it is possible to smoke dabs in a bowl. All you need to do is pack the bowl half-full, then collect a dab of wax with a metal dabber. Simply drop the dab onto the weed and pack the remainder of the bowl. You want to cover the wax with marijuana because touching the wax with an open flame may degrade its quality.


You can smoke dabs in a joint by rolling a joint or cross joint as you normally would, but with the wax included. By dabbing some wax onto the weed before you begin rolling, the wax will be vaporized as you smoke the joint as you always would.

Vape Pen

There are different types of vape pens on the market, and they all have different specialties. If you want to smoke dabs in a vape pen, it’s important to know that some models are best kept to smoking traditional marijuana with, while others are meant to cater to wax or even to switch back and forth between the two. If you have a vape pen that is designed to vaporize wax, then this is a great way to dab without using a rig.


A healthstone refers to a special type of glass that has a porous consistency, much like a volcanic rock. It is designed for smoking wax using a standard pipe or bong. The stone is placed in the bowl area, with a little bit of wax dabbed on top. Superheat the insert with a butane torch, then smoke just as you could with an oil rig.

Using Hot Knives

A lot of these methods of smoking dabs include things that some people may not already have lying around their home. Fortunately, there is a simple way to smoke wax with simple, household items. All you need is a butter knife, and to heat it on your stove. Then, place some wax onto the hot knives. The wax will vaporize instantly, and all you need to do is inhale the smoke.

The Bottom Line

As you can see, there are ways to smoke dabs without a rig using the normal tools that you probably already use for your traditional smoking sessions.

Even if you catch yourself without a bowl or rolling papers – or even traditional marijuana – there are still ways for you to dab without the traditional tools, and they are all incredibly easy. Pick the method that works for you and dab on!

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DIY Smoking Devices You Can Make with Household Items

Smoking in a bong or a dab rig can be expensive. Some are so elaborate they look like sculptures rather than vaping vessels. When made of glass, they’re fragile, and can’t easily be moved around. So, it’s less experimental, and there’s limited functionality.

Even though several states allow the medical use of marijuana, it’s still a tricky topic. When you don’t have the nerve to walk into a smoke shop or are not ready to order from a discreet online shop, read on.

This article explores practical, safe ways to make your own smoking devices, all doable with readily available household items.

Safety First

A few precautions will prevent your DIY bowl or pipe from ruining your smoking experience. The first safety check is not to use anything flimsy, believe those at Atomic Blaze. While it may be a temporary solution, it should be sturdy.

Don’t use plastic. It melts, and it gives off harmful or even toxic fumes. Opt for metal or a non-flammable and more robust option. If you decide to use food, don’t use anything mushy or overripe. Go for a firm-textured food item instead.

Fruit and Vegs

If you’re smoking to treat a medical condition, you’ll want to be extra careful in your homemade smoking device choice. Fruit or vegetables are safe and easy to come by options.

You can create an apple pipe or bowl by making three holes in an apple. Scoop out the flesh where your herbed pack will go. Two holes should meet in the middle, and the third is for the mouthpiece.

You can also use a potato, cucumber, or if you want a bigger bong, a pumpkin. When using a pumpkin, you’ll need to hollow out more flesh, which is a bit more complicated.

Soda Can Pipes

Soda cans are easy to find and equally easy to turn into pipes. You’ll need to cut a hole into the sides of the soda can first. Make one near the bottom for your pack and a second one as a mouthpiece.

Be careful with snaggy edges where you’ve made the holes. These can easily cut fingers or lips.

Pipe Pens

Making a pen pipe is as easy as opening up a pen, removing the ink cartridge, and using the cavity inside. Remember not to use a plastic pen; a metal one will work best.

Use the pointed part as your bowl and the bottom of the pen as your mouthpiece. This is a simple way to smoke on the go, and you can easily discard the used pen when you’re done.

Wrap it Up

If you’re a bit skeptical about using household items, you can opt for an empty cigarette. Just empty the tobacco and fill it with your herb of choice.

This is an easy way to do a one-hit smoke experience. You can also roll your own and wrap up your smoking pleasure in a non-printed book paper. Light it up and enjoy.

Get Creative

You can get very creative with DIY and homemade smoking devices. Be mindful of what you choose, and always consider safety and flammability.

You may not get it right the first time and may need to experiment. Be patient with your new ‘patent’ and try a few options to find the one that best works for you. DIY should only enhance your smoking experience, not take away from it.

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William Stash Jones

William “Stash” Jones is a medical marijuana patient and medical cannabis advocate. He focuses on medical cannabis and its benefits, and believes that medical cannabis is the solution to many problems in medicine today.

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