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Tobacco Pipe-Smoking Pipe Not Only For Harmful Tobacco
Although tobacco pipes are considered old-fashioned, they have seen a resurgence in use as pipe tobacco and herbal tobacco rise in popularity.
Read along to understand what tobacco pipes are and the difference between pipe tobacco and herbal tobacco.
Pipes are not only “oldfashioned” but actually really old: used since thousands of years
What is a Tobacco Pipe?
A tobacco pipe is a pipe that’s traditionally constructed from wood or corn cobs.
Tobacco pipes are primarily used with pipe tobacco, which differs from regular rolling tobacco.
Tobacco pipes consist of a bowl, which is where the pipe tobacco is placed.
Tobacco pipes also contain a stem, where users inhale smoke from.
In general, the section that contains the chamber and bowl is constructed from a heavy-duty wood.
The stem, or mouthpiece, is typically made from a hardened plastic or amber material.
Overall, tobacco pipes are fairly heavy due to their construction, which also makes them very durable and can last a lifetime.
What’s The Difference Between Pipe Tobacco and Herbal Tobacco?
There is a very large difference between pipe tobacco and herbal tobacco.
First, herbal tobacco is much finer than pipe tobacco because herbal tobacco is generally meant to be rolled into cigarettes.
Pipe tobacco has a much rougher cut, which is why pipe tobacco leaves look much larger than in herbal tobacco.
The differences in size are due to how cigarettes and tobacco pipes are used.
Herbal tobacco is much finer because it must burn evenly with the rolling paper.
If it was any thicker, then smokable herbs wouldn’t fully burn – thus you’d waste it.
Pipe tobacco is cut much larger because it’s stuffed into the chamber in a tobacco pipe.
As a user lights it, the larger pieces of tobacco generate an ember, which keeps the tobacco lit.
This means that pipe tobacco smokers don’t have to constantly re-light their tobacco pipe over and over.
The other significant difference is in the smoke.
Herbal tobacco provides a smooth smoke that is far less harsh than pipe tobacco.
Since pipe tobacco is cut much larger than rolling tobacco, the smoke is much harsher.
In general, tobacco pipe smokers do not inhale since the smoke is too irritating in the lungs.
However, herbal tobacco is fuller in flavour comparing to pipe tobacco.
This is partially because herbal tobacco contains different smokable herbs such as: damiana, lavender and sometimes even spices like mint or cinnamon.
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Pipe Tobacco and Nicotine
If you smoke a tobacco pipe loaded with pipe tobacco, then you are absolutely being exposed to nicotine.
Nicotine is a natural compound in tobacco, which means that smoking pipe tobacco will lead to an addiction to nicotine.
Although tobacco pipe users don’t inhale, the nicotine is absorbed through the gums.
Since this is the case, pipe tobacco is almost as harmful as rolling tobacco and traditional cigarettes.
Herbal Tobacco is Natural Alternative to Pipe Tobacco
If you are a cannabis smoker and wish to elevate your experience: instead of normal pipe tobacco you can now choose special smoking herbal blends for pipes and be nicotine free!
Herbal tobacco is a loose-leaf blend of natural herbs that can be easily smoked in tobacco pipes.
By replacing pipe tobacco with herbal tobacco, you can experience smoking without creating a nicotine addiction.
Herbal blends consist chamomile, lavender, damiana and mint.
These herbs create a supportive and beneficial herbal blend that’s the perfect alternative to both pipe tobacco and regular tobacco.
Furthermore, herbal tobacco blends exceptionally well with cannabis flowers when rolled into a spliff or packed into a pipe.
Ultimately, herbal tobacco is an excellent alternative to harmful pipe tobacco.
If you’re ready to open a new horizon of smokable herbs, then herbal tobacco and herbal blends are just right for you.
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How to pack and smoke a bowl of cannabis
There are many ways to smoke cannabis, but perhaps none are as well-known as smoking a bowl in a pipe. Learning how to pack and smoke a bowl is an essential lesson in cannabis consumption that enthusiasts at both ends of the spectrum can benefit from.
Whether you’re interested in packing a pipe for a personal smoking session or preparing a bowl for a party, understanding these fundamental principles will help optimize your bowl-smoking experience.
Choosing the right cannabis pipe
Cannabis contraptions come in all shapes and sizes, but smoking pipes are arguably the most popular. Adapted from traditional pipes used for tobacco, the cannabis pipe shares all of the same key characteristics.
Pipes consist of a bowl, a round basin deep enough to pack herb in, as well as an airtight channel that delivers smoke and air through a mouthpiece. In many cases, pipes also contain a second air channel known as a carb that is used to regulate the airflow through the pipe. As long as a pipe contains the first two items at the very least, you can smoke cannabis out of it.
Traditionally, pipes used for tobacco smoking were made out of material such as wood, bamboo, or even ceramics. However, cannabis pipes today are widely made using borosilicate glass, as the medium is incredibly versatile.
While most states still widely market glass pipes as tobacco smoking accessories, they can be found in collectable and gift shops, and also head shops. You can also find them online, at cannabis events, and even in high-end glass art museums.
Pipes can vary widely in shape and size, as well as in complexity, functionality, and availability. Bongs and bubblers utilize water to filter cannabis smoke and cool it prior to inhalation.
A common, basic type of pipe is called a “spoon,” because of its shape. These are the best pipes to begin with if you are new to cannabis, as they are small, easy to use, and are typically inexpensive.
What you need to get started packing a bowl
In order to smoke weed out of a pipe, you’re going to need a few essential items to get started. Other than your bowl or pipe, you will need some form of heating element—the most basic one is a lighter.
Traditional butane lighters work well, though there is a myriad of non-butane heating elements out there to choose from, if you want to avoid a butane flavor in your bowl. The most effective lighters and heaters will allow for optimal heating control when combusting or vaporizing a bowl.
Some consumers prefer to light their bowls with hemp wick, a waxy piece of hemp string that ignites easily, maintains an even burn, and doesn’t give off an undesirable aftertaste.
Another heating element used often is a glass wand that can be heated to a point where it will vaporize your herb on contact, eliminating combustion smoke altogether while still delivering cannabinoids and flavor through a lighter hit.
Another factor to consider is whether or not to use a screen for your pipe. Screens can help keep you from inhaling burning bits of cannabis, but if you don’t have a pack of pipe screens, here are a few nifty tricks to consider:
- Twist a piece of wire or a paperclip it into coil
- Use a screen from a faucet head
We don’t recommend using aluminum foil, a soda can, or a window screen as a makeshift pipe screen, as these are often coated with materials that are hazardous to inhale.
Preparing cannabis for smoking a bowl is essential to maximize airflow through your device and deliver an even smoke. In order to do this, breaking down your herb is a crucial step. Doing this creates a homogenous airflow through the bowl where smoke can pass through evenly.
How to pack and smoke a bowl or pipe: a step-by-step guide
- Get your pipe, some weed, and a grinder if you have one.
- Loosely grind up your weed—make sure it’s evenly broken down but not too finely ground. Hand pulling your herb is the most basic way to do this, but grinders make this process much easier.
- Put the ground or broken up weed in your pipe. Some pro tips to help maximize airflow:
- Use a stem and/or nice-sized intact calyx to stuff at the very bottom of your bowl to prevent pieces from passing though. You can also use a screen if you have one.
- Pack your herb lightly at the bottom and slightly denser at the top for an even smoke. This allows the cannabis toward the top to maintain a burn—or cherry—while opening up airflow for easy inhalation without clogging.
- Put a flame or other heating element to it and enjoy!
Etiquette for smoking a bowl in a group
We all started somewhere, so for everybody first learning how to smoke a pipe, there are a few pieces of etiquette to follow to ensure you have the best possible experience. When engaging in a smoking session with others, make sure you pack a bowl that’s proportional to the size of the number of people in your smoking circle.
For an intimate session, pack a personal bowl or a “snap” when alone or with one other person. This way, you take turns lighting personally packed micro bowls meant to be consumed in one single hit.
For larger groups, heavier packed “party bowls” ensure each smoking buddy gets a fresh hit of green herb. Everyone should get a green hit.
Traditionally, the provider of the cannabis will determine who gets to light the first hit. To make sure everyone gets the same experience, make sure to corner your bowl by only lighting a fraction of the visible cannabis. This lets everyone get the same great flavor without leaving an ashy hit for somebody at the end.
If the bowl is already lit, feel free to pass it, but let your passing buddy know the bowl is cherried.
Lastly, never pocket a lighter. Everyone hates a lighter thief!
With these tips in mind, smoking a bowl should be a walk in the park. Always remember to use proper etiquette when packing a bowl for friends, and make sure you are consuming cannabis in a safe and legal place. Pack a fat one, call some friends, and have at it!
This post was originally published on October 27, 2016. It was most recently updated on April 8, 2020.
There are many ways to consume cannabis, but none are as well-known as smoking a bowl. Learn how to properly pack and smoke a bowl for your next session.