One of the quintessential lessons in consuming cannabis is learning how to pack a bowl. This is much easier to pick up than rolling a joint and whether you are packing a pipe for yourself or a group here are the key fundamentals that will help you optimize smoking a bowl.
Pipes used for cannabis come in all shapes and sizes and have been adapted from traditional tobacco pipes. Cannabis pipes contain the bowl (where you marijuana goes), an airtight channel that delivers air to the mouthpiece, and some pipes also have a secondary air channel that is known as the carb.
The carb is used to manipulate the airflow from the bowl to the mouthpiece. The last thing that you will want to use is the screen, this stops the flower from being inhaled through the mouthpiece. If you don’t have a pack of pipe screens you can use:
- the screen from a facet
- a paperclip
Just don’t use aluminum cans like soda/beer cans since they are coated with a bunch of chemicals that you don’t want to be inhaling.
Items Needed to Pack and Smoke a Bowl
You are going to need the cannabis flower that you want to smoke, something to light (heating element) the cannabis, and of course a pipe.
There are a number of different ways that you can light the flower with a lighter being the most traditional. There are however hemp wicks, glass wands, vaporizers and other devices that are more effective at controlling the heat when combusting the flower.
With all of these devices, the goal is to heat the cannabis flower to a point where it will vaporize while eliminating combustion smoke together while still delivering the cannabinoids and flavor. The benefits of using one of these alternative heating devices is a lighter hit.
Breaking Down the Flower
You need to break down the marijuana a little bit to make sure that you get an even burn that will still allow for air to pass through freely. In this case, you don’t need a grinder here but it makes it easier. Just make sure that you don’t grind it too fine.
Packing the Bowl
- Now take the pipe, add the pipe screen/water facet screen/paperclip to the bottom of the bowl.
- Add the cannabis to the bowl. When adding the weed to the bowl, the bottom should be packed lighter than the top of the bowl. This will provide a more even burn resulting in a “cherry” in the bowl.
- Now you are ready to light the flower, use a heat source like a lighter to light a corner of the cannabis in the bowl.
There is etiquette with smoking weed like there is with anything. Some of these include bring your own to share, pack a proportional amount of weed for the group, and the person providing the cannabis determines who gets the first hit. These are just a few of the cannabis etiquette that you might encounter when smoking with others.
If you have other weed etiquette let us know in the comments below!