how to use a chillum

How Do I Use a Chillum?

Chillums are traditionally an Indian or East Asian pipe that have been used by holy men for meditation and spiritual purposes for hundreds of years. But beginning in the 1960s, chillums were brought to the West and they’re now used by casual and serious smokers for both group and personal purposes. It’s likely you’ve seen them being sold online smoke shops near other glass one-hitters.

How To Use A Chillum

  • Packing
  • Lighting
  • Accessory

The advantages to using a chillum are numerous. It delivers a stronger hit than a one-hitter, and it’s more compact than a normal glass piece. However, there’s more than one correct way to use one, which we’re about to explore. In this article, we’ll explore the best ways to use a chillum and how to get the best hits off of it.


Packing a chillum is similar to using a one-hitter. Chillums are usually longer pieces with has a conical bowl end, which you can fill up with whatever you’re smoking. To pack it, you can put a pile of tobacco or leaf on a table, or use a wooden dugout to delicately put the leaf inside of it. Make sure to pack tightly so that it’s less likely it goes into your mouth – there generally won’t be a filter to protect you from burning embers.

Some chillums also use what’s called a “chillum stone,” which is traditionally a random pebble that you find on the ground. Modern chillums can come with their own special fitted stone, which you can use to filter debris and dust that would otherwise flow into the smoke chamber.


When using a traditional clay chillum, they’re so long that you’re supposed to have someone else light it for you. However, with modern glass chillums, you can light it yourself with a little practice. You can, in theory, just put the chillum in your mouth and spark it, but this means that the device gets very hot very quickly.

The traditional way of using a chillum is to cup your hand over the chillum over the end and place it between your ring and pinky finger, then place your mouth over your cupped hand. This avoids the heated end of the chillum, and creates a smoke chamber inside your fist to both cool the smoke and catch embers. As we said earlier, the traditional way of lighting a chillum is to have the person next to you light it for you as you cup the piece, which allows you to use both hands to create an even bigger chamber, kind of like a bong sans water.


Another way to use a chillum pipe if you don’t have a friend around is to use it as an adaptor on a larger water pipe. This has the distinct advantage of getting all the potency you would normally get from a chillum plus the added airflow and cooling effect of using a water pipe. All you have to do is put the filled chillum next to the bowl, light it, and take a pull off the water pipe.

This opens up a whole new realm of possibilities for the chillum. Any item that can be used as a water pipe can then, with a little bit of creativity, be used in tandem with the chillum pipe, wherein the chillum serves as the bowl for your makeshift bong. This means more powerful hits out of any household item that converted into a water pipe.

So there you have it, that’s how to use a chillum. It’s better and more fun with friends to help you out, but no less satisfying by yourself.

A chillum does deliver a stronger hit than a one-hitter, but did you know there's a correct way to get the best hits off of it? Read on to learn more.

What is a Chillum and 5 Reasons to Use a Glass Chillum

If you’ve never heard of a chillum before, don’t worry: you’re not alone. It still hasn’t hit the mainstream.

A chillum, sometimes called a chillum pipe, glass chillum, one hitter, glass one hitter, metal chillum, discreet chillum, or cigarette chillum, is a type of clay or glass pipe used for smoking, that first originated in India.

The practice of using tubular chillums to smoke herbs is believed to have originated in the eighteenth century during the colonial era but only spread to the western world during the 1960s. Find out how to use a one hitter here.

The chillum is more than just another way to smoke, but it can be one of your more versatile pieces because of its small stature. Without further ado, Me Time Box Products gives you the definitive reasons to keep a few chillums around.

5 Reasons to Own and Use a Glass Chillum

Reason #1: Chillums are Super Discreet

While chillums have been commonplace with smokers around the world for more than sixty years, the vast majority of people still don’t know what they are when they see them. For smokers and purveyors of the herb smoker lifestyle, this is excellent news.

It means that you can carry your chillum around with you wherever you go, and people won’t immediately recognize what it is. Some may even ask you what it is, giving you a chance to educate them on the benefits of a more natural lifestyle.

Reason #2: Chillums are Easy to Pack

Wondering how to pack a glass chillum ? It’s actually pretty easy. Most chillums come with a cone shaped bowl end. Just grab your tobacco or medicine and then use a wooden dugout to push it inside the chillum. The more tightly you pack it, the better. Be careful not to overpack and restrict the airflow.

Pushing more material into the chillum will prevent debris from entering your mouth, but there is a inflection point where if it’s packed too tightly, you won’t have a great experience and if it’s packed too loose, you might get a mouthful of herbs.

Remember, chillums do not have filters to protect your mouth from burning embers, so best to practice an inhale before it’s lit to ensure it has good airflow.

Some glass chillums have a little notch near the end you pack to restrict hot ash coming through when you drag. That’s always a bonus.

Reason #3: One Hitters are Easy to Clean

How to clean a one hitter is one of the first questions that people who are new to chillums have. Fortunately, it’s relatively easy. First, heat the outside of the chillum to soften the hard resin on the interior. Then take a paper clip or thin cleaning brush and start cleaning the inside of the bowl until the gum comes off. Be careful not to brush too hard, or you might scratch the material.

Don’t feel like cleaning your glass chillum? No problem. Just toss it in the trash, because you always get new ones in your Me Time Box.

Reason #4: Chillums Don’t Cost Much

Chillums are relatively inexpensive, especially compared to some modern vaporizers and e-cigarettes, so don’t feel bad to just toss them in the trash after a few uses or when the resin is so built up that it won’t pull air through anymore. Because they use ancient technology, you don’t have to buy expensive refills or cartridges; just your regular favorite leaf or tobacco will suffice.

What’s more, you may not even have to buy your chillum at all. We do giveaways on our social media, where we truly just give the pipes away. Sometimes we want you to cover the shipping when we giveaway a free glass pipe, other times we just send them out!

Don’t fall for potential “giveaway” social media sites Free Pipe Friday or Free Pipe Frenzy, because prey on emotional purchases coaxing you with purchasing overpriced items to “win” something bigger.

Reason #5: Chillums are Easy to Travel With

With airport security being what it is, it is not advisable to fly with cannabis, even if it is fully legalized for personal consumption in both your departure and destination state. If somebody claims they know how to fly with weed , ignore them. Cannabis is still a schedule 1 drug, meaning that it is illegal to take it across state lines. Chillums, on the other hand, are just glass pipes and a perfectly legal accessory you’re free to pack with the rest of your luggage.

Do you need a few chillums for your collection or to toss away after traveling? We always include them in our smoking subscription box. Give it a try and see why our customers love Me Time Box!

Wondering what a chillum is and how to use it? Learn the basics of which end to pack. light and how to clean your one hitter. Everyone should have a glass chillum to use.