Produce the Pipe: Fruits and Vegetables That Make Good Cannabis Pipes
You can mix up your cannabis smoking routine without dropping any scratch on a piece–all it takes is a little creativity and a leisurely stroll through your local grocer. Yes, I am talking about a produce pipe.
The key to a successful fruit or vegetable pipe is rigidity and airflow. The consistency of your produce will determine how well it handles the engineering and modifications necessary to transform it from salad fixing to toke-worthy firebrand. But before we get ahead of ourselves, here are a few tools that might come in handy when crafting your own organic, vitamin-rich smoking device.
Useful Supplies for Making Produce Pipes
- Potato peeler: The knife-like tip of this common kitchen utensil is the perfect tool for carving a bowl into produce.
- Skewer: These pokey tools are perfect for creating an airway between your mouthpiece and a freshly carved bowl. Metal and bamboo skewers work best, but you can also use chop sticks and toothpicks.
- Paring knife: A small, quality paring knife can make short work of a fruit or vegetable pipe. Be careful and consider using this very sharp tool before consumption. Nothing kills a buzz faster than stitches.
- Coffee spoon: This tiny, agile spoon is the perfect size for creating a bowl in your fruit or vegetable pipe.
- Pumpkin carving knife: This small saw-like knife can grind through the tender flesh of most items in the produce aisle.
- Pen casing: This hollow cylinder is ideal for puncturing medium sized holes in your produce of choice. Also, there isn’t any harm in giving a tool like this a quick rinse before use.
Now that we have our tools, let’s take a stab at a few fruits and vegetables that make decent single-use pipes.
Best Fruits for Homemade Pipes
Apple: Apples are far-and-away the most common produce item smoked out of. Just search “apple pipe” on YouTube and you’ll get about 768,000 results.
Banana: No, we are not smoking the banana peel, but rather, using this fruit’s leathery exterior and malleable insides as an easy and commonplace pipe-fruit.
Cucumber: Cucumbers are, more or less, already shaped like a pipe. Add a bowl about a 1/3 of the way up with your handy potato peeler, slide a skewer down the center, pop a carb in the side, and voila! Add a terry cloth robe and some Enya for the full spa day experience.
Pineapple: The pineapple or “high-napple” is becoming a second symbol for cannabis consumption alongside the iconic fan leaf. Taking a rip out of a pineapple is not easy due to its coarse exterior (although I’ve seen people use pineapples as a tropical-flavored joint mouthpiece).
Melon: The classical wisdom is to “pick a melon you can manage.” Melons work well because their flesh is firm and the size lends itself to several different approaches to mouthpiece placement and airflow.
Best Vegetables for Homemade Pipes
Gourd/Squash: Hollowed-out gourds make durable smoking contraptions.
Potato: Potatoes are a pretty commonplace vegetable in the kitchen, and uncooked, they’re pretty solid. This is another perfect opportunity to employ your potato peeler and handy-dandy skewer.
Carrot: Carrots are already shaped like a pipe and require very little effort to transmute. Chop off both ends, skewer through, and bam: carrot chillum.
Zucchini: This summer squash can be fashioned into a pipe in a similar manner as a cucumber.
This is just one basket-full on a stroll through the produce section of the local grocery store. Try to see the potential in a pepper or take a hit from a Honeycrisp. Crafting a makeshift pipe can be a fun way to break up routine, challenge yourself, or even save a smoke session in a pinch. Craft your creations with care and compost that cannabis cucumber or what-have-you after you’re finished.
These are just a few possible pieces of pipe-worthy produce. Drop a comment below and share your favorite fruit or vegetable to craft a pipe from.Looking for a new pipe? Take a look at our guide for how to make a homemade cannabis pipe out of fruits and vegetables like apples and potatoes.
“Healthy” And Alternative Ways To Smoke Weed Using Every Food Group
4/20 is tomorrow as you probably already know, but let’s say this past week really got the best of you and you’re feeling totally unprepared for the big day. You call your dealer last minute and luckily he’s able to hook you up with his last eighth of Lemon Haze, but then you remember how your roommate threw his bong out the window last weekend when he thought the cops were coming to bust that crazy party you were having. You don’t have a pipe because you left it somewhere in suburbia, you don’t have papers because you don’t know how to roll and now that your bong is shattered, you have nothing.
You think for a second that a trip to St. Mark’s might be worth your while, but then you realize you can’t justify dropping change on another pipe that you’ll probably lose anyway. So what do you do? You’ve heard of people smoking out of Gatorade bottles and beer cans and you know that you have a pen and some tinfoil lying around somewhere. Well, *NEWSFLASH*: 4/20 isn’t about inhaling nasty chemicals like BPA or aluminum — it’s a celebration of, you know, natural stuff. So why not refer to the food pyramid and take a look around your kitchen? The following is a stoner’s guide to food you can use to make bongs at home.
Fats, Oils, and Sweets: Entemann’s Classic Rich Frosted Donut
In terms of smoking weed, Entemann’s Classic Rich Frosted Donuts probably aren’t your best bet, but that doesn’t mean they can’t get the job done. All you have to do is carve out some cake and frosting on top of the donut to create the “bowl” — which we’ll call “3 o’clock.” Starting from “6 o’clock” drill a hole through the front of the donut until it intersects with the bowl you’ve created at “3 o’clock.” Pack it, light it, and voilá — you’re smoking weed out of a donut. Oh, and the best part is these come in a box of eight, so once you’re stoned you have seven left to eat.
Dairy: String Cheese
Since string cheese is, well, stringy, it tends to separate easily, which can be a problem when you’re haphazardly trying to jam a pen through the entire thing. The art of crafting a string cheese pipe requires patience and dexterity. Since the diameter is small, if you’re going to use a pen you need to be gentle. Firmly hold the end of the cheese together and ease a pen through its body. Once you’ve hollowed out the cheese to the best of your ability, use the tip of the pen (and just the tip) to create a small hole on top, which connects to the tunnel you’ve created inside. Carefully carve away some of the cheese around the small hole and there you have it — a string cheese pipe.
Meat: Hot Soppressata
Hot soppressata is great for smoking weed because it’s a dry breed of salami that’s not too firm and not too soft. You don’t have to use hot soppressata, but the added spice will certainly add some flair to your weed-smoking experience. Using the same principles as the string cheese pipe, you’ll want to hollow out the interior of the salami — a small knife or even a screwdriver are better tools to use than a pen in this scenario. Since the salami will retain its shape, you can drill a hole through the entire thing to create a carb opposite the mouthpiece. On top of the soppressata, drill a small hole to the hollow middle and remove excess meat. The cool thing about using a salami pipe is that when you’re smoking it’ll smell like BBQ! Okay, maybe not, but a girl can dream.
There’s been some debate over whether or not a potato is considered a vegetable but, for all intents and purposes, we’re going to go ahead and say that it is. A potato is a great veggie to use for smoking because it’s easy to penetrate with a pen and requires no cutting or constructing. All you need to do is jab a pen through the top and through the side until the two tunnels connect. Scrape away access potato on the top, and there you have it: a potato pipe.
Fruit: Red Delicious Apple
Everyone has heard of this one because smoking weed out of an apple is the preferred method by middle schoolers everywhere. Drive a pen through the side of the apple, remove the stem, and — just like the potato — jam a pen through the top until you reach the other tunnel. Apples tend to be everyone’s favorite fruit to smoke from because they’re easy to manipulate and taste great.
Grain: Miscellaneous Roll
Smoking weed out of bread is a terrible idea and you shouldn’t do it under any circumstances other than you have absolutely nothing else to use. The problem with using bread is that it’s very porous. Sure, it’s easy enough to create a bowl and a tunnel with a pen or a knife, but when you light your weed and inhale a lot (if not all) of the smoke is going to get trapped inside the crust and you’ll be left with a stinky roll. In any case, if you insist on using bread try to find the densest roll available.
Happy 4/20 everyone! We’re no engineers here at NYU Local, but when in a weed bind, damn are we crafty.4/20 is tomorrow as you probably already know, but let’s say this past week really got the best of you and you’re feeling totally unprepared for the big day. You call your dealer last minute and… ]]>