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The One Hitter Pipe: An Underrated Yet Effective Weed Accessory

Don’t downplay the one hitter pipe. Much like a snub-nose .38 revolver, the one-hitter isn’t that intimidating at first glance, but it’s easy to conceal, nearly impossible to break, and reliably delivers kill shot after kill shot. It’s the Manny Pacquiao of the smoking world: it doesn’t look like much, but it’ll drop your ass in a flash if you fail to show the proper respect.

Trust me we’ve heard every negative about one-hitters out there—they’re cheap, they don’t hit like a bubbler or a bong, you’d rather smoke a vape pen—we get it. We acknowledge that it’s not always the best way to smoke. But the thing is, one-hitters are amazing smoking accessories because of everything they aren’t. They aren’t expensive. They aren’t big. They aren’t difficult to use. They don’t require a lot of cannabis to be effective. Below, we’ll run through a few of these benefits, in hopes of convincing you why adding a one-hitter to your smoking kit is a smart move. Like the Navy Seals always say, “Two is one and one is none” so why not add backup weed accessories to your 420 travel kit?

What is a one-hitter?

A one hitter is a pipe designed for, you guessed it, a single hit. Typically, this means a skinny, tubular pipe, with a mouthpiece at one end and a small bowl at the other. Because of their low-profile and convenient nature, one hitters are preferred by folks who live or travel in locale’s with particularly unfriendly marijuana laws. Fun fact: one-hitters have actually been around for thousands of years (they’re known as a sebsi in Morocco, kiseru in Japan, and a midwakh in the Middle East). Often referred to as a one hitter bat, one hitter cigarette, or one hitter dugout, they are ubiquitous in the smoking community.

Easy & Convenient

No time to roll a joint? Packing a bowl at a concert or on a chairlift? The one-hitter is beyond intuitive and easy to use. If you have a small container full of pre-ground flower, you can just press the bowl of the one hitter firmly into the herb, scrape off the excess flower from the outside of the bowl, and then you’re good to go. Click here for in-depth info on exactly how to use a one hitter. Also, the one-hitter doesn’t necessitate the cleanup required by glass bongs, bubblers, and even bowls. Just tap out the ash, scrape out the resin, and boom, good as new.

Discreet on the Go

A a sleek black one hitter is the definition of discrete, you’ll never notice it!

Conserves Weed

Blazing on a budget? The one hitter will help you make the most of your Mary Jane. When hit properly, the one hitter is an extremely effective smoking method. Also, there’s very little weed lost, especially when you compare it to a joint or a blunt.

Potent Hits

Did we already mention that the one-hitter hits remarkably hard? Easy to use and reliable, these pipes may look like featherweights, but they’re in a much higher weight class.

Recommended Uses for the One Hitter

We smoke one hitters all the time. Here are a few of my favorite ways to make the most of the one-hitter’s aforementioned benefits.

Smoking in the backcountry, or anywhere in nature when wind is a factor

For a quick puff between acts at outdoor concerts

Bringing it as a carryon so you have an inconspicuous piece with you when traveling

Conserving the last of your stash, saving flower and money in a pinch

Types of One-Hitters:

There are a few types of one hitters on the market—I’ve even seen one hitters made out of animal bones. While I’m all for going primal, my preference is metal or glass.

Metal:

The right combination of durability and discretion, the metal one hitter is our favorite way to smoke in the category. Don’t go with the cheap and clichéd cigarette camouflaged version, though—you’re not fooling anyone.

Glass:

Glass is, of course, the best on the market when it comes to delivering clean flavor. However, they are easily broken. If you’re a glass purist, make sure you snag a Safety Case so that you aren’t left brokenhearted with a broken bowl.

Wood, Bone, Stone etc.

There are tons of other types of one hitters out there on the market—and while they make for fun novelty pieces, we don’t recommend them as everyday pipes, as they’re tougher to clean and don’t offer the crisp flavor of a glass or metal one hitter.

For more info on how to use a one-hitter, we have a visual guide for how to pack a one hitter.

Don’t downplay the one hitter pipe. Much like a snub-nose .38 revolver, the one-hitter isn’t that intimidating at first glance, but it’s easy to conceal,

Here are 2018’s Most Efficient One-Hitter Pipes, According to Science

If you’re like us, you’re also trying to get high everywhere you go without anyone hassling you. That’s why sneak-a-toke one-hitter pipes are ideal for almost all public smoke-sesh situations. So, if you’re looking for something more portable than a bowl to smoke from, you’ve come to the right list. We’ve done the research, and we know what works– and what will have you running from event security, weed-trolls, or (god forbid) the cops because you got caught smoking. Here’s our guide to the most discreet and efficient one-hitters of 2018, according to science.

Best One-Hitters For Smokers with Butterfingers

Acrylic One-Hitter: Ryot is king when it comes to one-hitters and dugouts. They have tons of unbreakable designs in their line-up including the acrylic style. If you’re constantly dropping and breaking your glass pieces, you should give an acrylic one-hitter a shot.

Price: $9.50

Pros: Classic one-hitter design that won’t break if dropped. The acrylic material can be worked into tons of different designs allowing you to pick something that really suits you. Easily fits into your pocket or a dug-out for easy concealing on-the-go.

Cons: If you’ve got quality flowers you might want to put it through glass because the flavor is slightly compromised with acrylic.

Why We Like It: Portability and indestructibility.

Digger: The digger is one of the easiest and most popular one-hitters. The metal teeth at the tip make it one of the most effective little pipes to use because flower is easy to pack and smoke. All you need to do is stab the pipe into some nugs and literally watch it take bites. Once the end is filled with green, you’re ready to light and take flight.

Price: $5.99

Pros: The teeth at the end make it easy to pick up and pack weed. Just stab some nugs with it until it looks full. The all-metal design means it won’t break, no matter how hard you drop it.

Cons: The sharp edges might poke a hole in your pocket and they make it harder to clean. You’ll need a tool handy to get resin and ash from previous sessions out.

Why We Like It: One of the fastest ways to get right to smoking.

Budbat: The Budbat holds a little more than your average one-hitter with a couple of unique features. The nine-hole flame entry makes it easy to light only part of your weed instead of all of it like most other one-hitters. If you’re not trying to conserve the nine-holes increase burning capacity so you can torch it all in one hit.

Price: $26.24

Pros: Made from durable metal so it won’t break easily like glass. Detachable parts make it easy to clean. There is an extra air flow hole for smoother pulls. The fact that the flame is prevented from directly touching the herbs makes the hits less harsh.

Cons: The all metal design causes a compromise in flavor. When some of the nine-holes start to clog up, it can be hard to spark everything in the one-hitter.

Why We Like It: Holds more than your typical one-hitter.

Best One-Hitters for Self Ashing

Better Bat: The better bat’s ejecting function makes cleaning after each session easy. Normally you would have to go in with a metal tool. Now you can leave that stinky tool at home. The stainless steel spring sets this metal bat apart from the rest.

Price: $7.49

Pros: You can get a quick hit anywhere and easily eject the ash out before concealing it. Just push the mouthpiece inwards, and the ash will come falling out of the end. The anodized aerospace aluminum design makes it safe to carry in your pocket.

Cons: It gets harder to eject when things get dirty. At that point, you’ll have to soak it in a liquid cleaner designed to lift resin or isopropyl alcohol.

Why We Like It: It makes the one-hitter experience easier and more enjoyable.

Best One-Hitters for Flavor

Kleen Hit Quartz: Kleen Hit provides exactly what the name would lead you to believe—a clean hit. If your metal one-hitter is hitting too harsh or lacking in flavor, you might want to switch things up with an all-quartz one-hitter.

Price: 3 for $9.99

Pros: The all quartz design provides more flavor than a plastic, metal or even wooden bat. The flat wide mouthpiece functions to coo the smoke a little before it reaches you. If you purchase online you get two extra one-hitters in case you break the first one.

Cons: They’re made of quartz that will break if you drop it on any hard surface. Probably not safe to just carry in your pocket either. You may need a dug out or case if you want to keep this thing in your pocket or in a bag while you’re mobile.

Why We Like It: Affordable and flavorful.

Marley Natural Small Taster: Some one-hitters stand out from the rest. Marley Natural has a one-hitter with a black walnut wood base, finished with natural carnauba wax.

Price: $35

Pros: The pieces are detachable so it’s easy to clean. You can expect smooth smoke every time from one of the best-looking one-hitters on our list. The compact size makes it one of the most portable too.

Cons: There’s no wedge of glass to keep it from rolling off of a slanted table if you lay it down sideways.

Why We Like It: One of the most elegant looking one-hitters on our list.

Upline Taster: The Upline taster looks like your classic one-hitter but it functions differently. The body is fitted with several discs of glass on the inside, creating separate chambers for the smoke to travel through.

Price: $12.99

Pros: Smoke is forced to travel through multiple chambers with restricted air flow. As a result, smoke is cooled and flavor can be savored. The inner rings apparently also help to protect the glass from breaking after a fall. The Upline has nothing but positive reviews.

Cons: Lightweight, and tricky to clean with a pipe cleaner. You’re better off soaking it in a bag of liquid glass cleaner or a high percentage alcohol.

Why We Like It: Affordable with an interesting twist on the one-hitter design.

American Helix Solo: The Solo by American Helix still features their signature, smoke-spinning Venturi technology. As the smoke spins it is further cooled. They come in a wide variety of colors for you to choose from.

Price: $39.99

Pros: Micro-hole and direction air-intake causes smoke to swirl and mix with air for a smoother more satisfying hit. There is a colored glass half circle coming out of the side to prevent the solo from rolling off of a table.

Cons: Slightly bulkier and more expensive than most glass one-hitters on the list.

Why We Like It: Some of the smoothest hits we could find for a one-hitter.

Ryot Wooden with Twist Ejectable Taster: Ryot makes just about any type of one-hitter you can imagine. Their wooden taster bat with the eject function is one of their sleekest, most convenient designs.

Price: $13

Pros: Easy to clean and remove ash after each hit. Wood feels nice, and the spring seems more durable than some of the others on our list. This is one of the best one-hitters of 2018 for the style, function, and price.

Cons: You have to unscrew the mouthpiece area if you want to use the spring.

Why We Like It: Aesthetically pleasing with functions that make a smoke session simpler.

Best One-Hitter Overall

Prometheus Nano: The makers of armored bowls and steamrollers have brought us something more portable. The guys at Pyptek have used their exoskeleton technology to bring us one of the best one-hitters of 2018.

Price: $50.00

Pros: The metal armor makes the piece nearly indestructible, and you still get the superior flavor of glass. There are several sleek colors for you to choose from.

Cons: A little bulkier than your typical one-hitter because of the metal body armor.

Why We Like It: It’s got the top-notch flavor and metal armor so you won’t break and have to replace the glass.

Final Hit: Best One-Hitters Of 2018

The best one-hitters of 2018 vary in size, shape, and materials used. Glass pipes are ideal for flavor while metal is recommended to anyone who is clumsy. If you want the best of both worlds– which at High Times we definitely do– opt for the Prometheus Nano. Good taste and anti-clumsiness? Yes, please.

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