Smoking marijuana with a glass pipe is a popular way to get high. It is easy and quick to use and provides a clean, smooth smoking experience. They are also easy to carry with you and share with friends. However, if you’ve never smoked marijuana before and you’d like to use a glass pipe, there are a few easy steps to learn how to use a glass pipe.
To help you out, here's a beginner's guide on smoking marijuana with a glass pipe for the first time.
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Tips for Smoking with a Glass Pipe
Let’s quickly run through the most useful tips on how to smoke a weed pipe before we get into more detail:
Use a high-quality weed grinder. This will ensure that your herb is evenly ground and ready to use. Choose a grinder made from a high-quality material like aluminum to ensure durability. Ensure the teeth are sharp and evenly spaced to give you a consistent grind and avoid lumps.
Don't pack your glass pipe too tightly. This can make it difficult to inhale the smoke and cause the herb to burn too quickly. Depending on the size of the bowl, you’ll want to take enough weed to fill it and then firmly press down with your thumb once or twice. You’ll know if it's packed too tightly because inhaling and drawing in the smoke will be difficult.
Use a lighter with a soft flame. A torch lighter gets too hot too quickly, causing the smoke to be harsh on your lungs. Torch lighters also make controlling the heat difficult. To get the best experience, look into getting yourself a hemp wick.
Inhale slowly and deeply. This will allow the smoke to cool a little bit before it enters your lungs. Doing this too fast could cause you to cough and ruin the experience. Take your time.
Experiment with different strains of marijuana. Each strain has a unique flavor and effect, so try different ones until you find your favorite.
Try different glass pipes to find one that's best for you. There are many cool pipes available, but there will be one you find is the most enjoyable for you.
- Clean your glass pipe regularly. Once you’ve smoked a pipe for the first time, you’ll notice it gets dirty as resin builds up. By property cleaning, you will ensure that you always have a clean and smooth smoking experience.
Step 1: Grind Your Marijuana
Before you start smoking, you need to grind your marijuana. A weed grinder is a tool to break the herb into small pieces. Grinders come in different sizes and shapes, but it’s important to find one that doesn't cause your marijuana to become lumpy and inconsistent.
Ensure the teeth are sharp to cut rather than tear your weed up. That's why we recommend an aluminum grinder. If the grinder tears up your marijuana, the trichomes will become damaged, lessening your high potency.
Simply put your marijuana in the grinder, twist it a few times, and your herb will be ready to use.
Although we recommend using a grinder, there are other ways to grind weed without a grinder, such as scissors or even your hands.
Step 2: Pack Your Glass Pipe
Once your marijuana is ground, you can start packing your glass pipe. Depending on the size of your pipe’s bowl and the amount of herb you want to smoke, you may need to pack it more than once.
Pinch some herbs between your fingers and place them inside the bowl. You want the amount of herb you place inside the bowl to be “overflowing” slightly. This is so that when you press with your thumb, the amount of marijuana becomes flush with the lid of the pipe bowl.
If you’re pressing too hard to make this happen, you’ll know you’ve put too much herb inside the bowl and will need to take some out.
Practice makes perfect, so don’t give up. The more often you do it, the better you’ll become at using a glass pipe.
Step 3: Light Your Bowl
When your pipe is packed, it's time to light up! Hold the pipe in one hand and use a lighter with the other hand to light the bowl. Hold the flame over the marijuana while you inhale through the mouthpiece. Light the entire bowl surface evenly, and avoid burning the marijuana too quickly.
Inhale slowly for the first time. Since this may be your first time smoking weed, you’ll want to go easy. Inhaling too quickly can cause some people to cough.
Step 4: Inhale and Exhale
When the bowl is lit and you’ve inhaled for the first time, hold it for a few seconds before exhaling slowly. Again, exhaling too quickly may cause you to cough.
Repeat this process until you’re satisfied or have smoked the entire bowl. If you're smoking with friends, pass your glass pipe around. After all, sharing is caring.
Step 5: Clean Your Glass Pipe
After you're done smoking, cleaning your glass pipe is important. Resin can build up inside the pipe, affecting the taste and the quality of the smoke in the future. To clean your pipe, use a pipe cleaner to remove any residue from the bowl and the stem.
The best way to do this is to soak your pipe in an isopropyl alcohol-based cleaning solution. Once you’ve done that, rinse it with warm water. If you notice still bits of tough resin attached to the glass, use cotton swabs to dislodge them.
Step 6: Try Different Glass Pipes
There are many unique glass pipes to choose from. One of the most popular is a spoon pipe. As the name suggests, the design is like a spoon. They are usually smaller and more portable than glass pipe designs such as a hammer or Gandalf pipes.
Spoon glass pipes are easier to use, which makes them the best weed pipe for beginners.
We hope this article proves useful in helping you get the best smoking experience possible using a glass pipe for the first time. While it may initially seem intimidating, glass pipes are pretty easy to use. Always remember to smoke responsibly and to comply with local laws and regulations.
Refer to this guide for a quick refresher on smoking using a glass pipe.