How To Properly Pack A Bowl Of Weed
So, you want to smoke some weed? Well, you might have some questions if you are a beginner or just venturing into the wonderful world of marijuana. But don’t worry– we’re here to help. If you’ve ended up here, you probably are wondering how to pack a bowl properly for the best smoking experience. You’ll get the hang of it eventually, but until then, we can break it down for you!
What is a bowl?
Glad you asked! A bowl of weed is much different than your average cereal bowl. It’s a feature on a smoking pipe or bong that holds the weed for you to light. On an average smoking pipe, it will be the concave, bowl-like part with a small air hole in the bottom. If you are looking at a different device such as a bong, it will look similar but is removable and can separately slide out.
When you light your properly packed bowl of weed, the smoke will go through the device, outward at the top or mouthpiece so that you can inhale. Now that you know what you’re dealing with let’s talk essentials.
What do you need to pack a bowl of weed?
Always be prepared. You can’t get the job done if you don’t have the right tools. Luckily, you will need only a few essentials on hand, including a weed grinder, your cannabis flower, and a smoking device with a bowl.
Finding the right bowl for the smoke session will depend on your preferences. They are available in different styles, which can be narrowed down to cannabis pipes, bongs, and bubblers. Cannabis pipes are typically smaller and handheld, with modern styles, often made of ceramic or glass materials. However, you may find different wooden or bamboo types, but most smoke shops will offer you a good variety.
As for bongs and bubblers, these can appear larger and utilize water in the smoking process, offering a cooler, filter inhale. Bongs will have a bowl that slides out, making it convenient to pack separately instead of holding the whole device. Whereas bubblers are somewhere in the middle of a smoking pipe and bong. The bowls on bubblers are likely not removable, but they do utilize water.
Now that you have your choice of bowl prepared, it’s time to get a grinder. Weed grinders are a tool used to break up cannabis buds into small, fine pieces that you place in your bowl. They usually have three chambers, one for grinding, one for ground marijuana, and another one to catch and store kief from your ground cannabis.
If you have a bowl but no grinder, it’s perfectly okay. You can do it yourself by breaking up the weed flower into small bits with your hands, but it may take more time, and your fingers may start to get a little sticky.
So, you have these two essentials to pack and grind your marijuana. The last thing you need is lighter, which is pretty self-explanatory.
The Step-By-Step Process of Properly Packing A Bowl
So, you’ve finally made it! To be fair, it doesn’t take a lot of prep to get here, but we respect your dedication to packing properly. Now, we’ll walk you through the process step by step, so you can end up with a perfectly packed bowl of weed to enjoy. Let’s get started!
Step 1: Grind Your Cannabis
If you are grinding with your hands, you don’t need much guidance. Although, we do recommend picking apart and crumbling your weed up over a tray to ensure that you aren’t losing any cannabis in the process.
If you are using a grinder to chop up your weed, start by taking a decently sized nug to place in your grinder. Open the top chamber and push down your nug among the grinder spikes. You may have to break your nug into two or three pieces to spread it across the spikes evenly.
Place the top back on top of the chamber, and you may have to push down a little bit to make sure it’s secure. Then, twist the top for some time, probably until the twisting becomes easier and faster (this will hit that the weed is ground). Open the second chamber of your grinder to reveal the perfectly chopped-up cannabis.
Step 2: Pack Your Bowl
Here it is! What you’ve all come here for, the moment you finally pack a bowl, like a proper, experienced cannabis user. Luckily, it’s pretty easy.
We recommend doing this step over a tray to make sure your marijuana doesn’t go amiss. Pinch a small amount of ground cannabis with your fingers and lightly place it into your bowl. It’s important not to stuff it into the bowl because you don’t want to pack it too tightly. Perhaps, you might benefit from a light sprinkle over the bowl and repeat until it seems to be full. Again, it shouldn’t be tightly packed in at this point, but once it’s full, you can gently tap the top of the cannabis-filled bowl to make it more secure.
Don’t push down too hard. You want there to be a perfect balance of secure cannabis and plush layers. Did you do it? Congrats! Here comes the fun part.
Step 3: Light and Smoke Your Cannabis
Depending on your device, the mouthpiece you use to inhale will be different. So we’re going to just focus on how to light your bowl. If you are using a pipe, you will need to plug the carb hole on the side with your finger.
Spark your lighter and hold it to the edge or corner of the weed bowl. Pull the flame away and inhale until you see your lit cannabis become “cherried,” which means burning (not with fire) with a bright redness that intensifies as you inhale.
From there, you inhale, exhale– you know the drill.
Once you’ve smoked up your bowl of cannabis, you will probably be left with a bit of a pile of burnt-out weed and ash. Dump out and dispose of the ash to clear the bowl for another packing of weed. If some stubborn ash is stuck in there, you could use a small poking device to get it out.
So, there you have it! That is what it takes to properly pack a bowl of weed– congrats.