How to Pack and Smoke a Bowl of Cannabis

How to Pack and Smoke a Bowl of Cannabis

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

Pipe Screens: How to Pack and Smoke a Bowl of Cannabis

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

  1. Now take the pipe, add the pipe screen/water facet screen/paperclip to the bottom of the bowl.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

How to Roll a Joint

How to Roll a Joint - How to Consume Cannabis

There are a number of different ways to roll a joint and every cannabis user should learn how to roll a joint. Regardless of the technique that you choose to use, make sure that your creation burns smoothly and evenly.

Rolling a Joint: What Do Supplies Do I Need?

You are going to need the following rolling supplies:

  • The Cannabis flower that you want to smoke
  • Business cards or thin cardboard
  • Rolling papers
  • Crutch
  • Cannabis grinder
  • Pen, pencil, or anything of similar shape.

Step One: The Shake – Grind

To create the shake you want to break down your cannabis into shake using a grinder. You can also grind the flower down by hand, knife, scissors, or any number of other breakdown methods. Make sure the consistency is even. Remove any stems or other lumps. If the shake is 100% cannabis then make sure your material is absolutely dry.

Step Two: Creating the Filter

Next, you need to create the crutch/filter. To create the filter grab a business card. To start with a few folds at the end of the cardboard like an accordion, then roll the material to the thickness of your joint.

The filter helps to keep the shake from falling out of the end of the joint in your mouth when you smoke.

The shape of the joint is determined by how you distribute the mix over the papers. Use long papers. Most Joints are cone-shaped. Cones tend to smoke more smoothly than straight joints but are slightly harder to roll.

Step Three: Fill Rolling Paper with Cannabis

How to Roll a Joint - How to Consume Cannabis

Now grab the crutch/filter and start filling the rolling paper with the cannabis shake. Once you have filled the paper with approximately a half to a gram you can start to form and shape the joint. 

Step Four: Roll it

This can be the tricky part. Pick everything up and start rolling gentle in the middle, rolling outward. You want to pinch the paper in your fingertips and roll it. Let your thumbs do most of the work and give support and pressure with your forefingers. You should start to feel the mix firming inside the paper. 

You might want to start rolling it on the crutch/filter side since it helps guide the paper as it guides the roll. Once you work your way down the rest of the seam by sealing the joint. 

Step Five: Pack It and Seal It.

Grab the pen/pencil and pack the end of the joint. This will help the joint burn even. Once you have it packed tight twist the paper to seal it. 

Step Six: Smoke it

How to Roll a Joint - Greenery Map

Now you have a joint ready to smoke. There are an unlimited amount of ways to roll a joint. You can change the amount of cannabis in the joint, change the shape of the joints, and even change the type of paper that you roll the joint with. 

Share your favorite techniques for rolling a joint.