The Best Ways To Smoke Weed Without Rolling Papers
Many people like to smoke joints. Many others don’t. Thankfully, there are numerous ways that you can get high without rolling papers. Not only can you use traditional methods like pipes or bongs, but you can also get creative and make your own smoking devices out of household items.
Joints have long been an iconic part of marijuana culture. Many people love them for their simplicity, their convenience, and their flavour. However, situations may arise where smoking papers are not available. Moreover, some people don’t like to smoke joints because of the prospect of smoking paper. Others simply prefer to consume marijuana via other methods that may be more enjoyable or convenient for them. Whatever the reason, there is a wide range of alternative methods you can use to get high. Here is a list of some of the most well-known alternatives to rolling papers.
Vaporizers have become one of the most common ways to consume marijuana products. Dry herbs, oils, waxes, distillates, and other concentrates like shatter or budder can all be converted into vapour and inhaled.
Vaporizers are not only flexible in their usage, but are also a significantly healthier alternative to smoking. This is because marijuana vapour contains far fewer toxins and carcinogens than marijuana smoke. Vaporizers were first invented as a healthier method of consuming tobacco, but have evolved into one of the safest, most convenient, and most enjoyable ways to consume marijuana.
Vaporizers function best at temperatures ranging from 140–205°C (285–400°F). Temperatures outside of this range risk leaving behind cannabinoids or burning them into smoke. Be sure to grind your weed before vaping to make sure it gets completely and evenly vaporised.
Vaporizers come in many varieties. Whether you are looking to vape at home or on-the-go, there are a wide range of options and price points to choose from. Some types of vaporizers, like vape pens, for example, have become very popular, and consequently very expensive.
Lastly, not all vaporizers are built to last. Disposable vape pens or cartridges are now sold in dispensaries all across North America. These vaporizers utilise simple, small, and cheap batteries instead of complex heating units. They are typically sold as a package with some type of concentrate like oil or THC distillate. Once the attached concentrate is all vaped up, the pen is then expected to be tossed out.
Pipes come in all shapes and sizes. They can also be made from any number of materials including glass, metal, wood, and clay. Different materials produce slightly different-tasting smoke, so many people have preferences when it comes to pipes. Pipes are very convenient because they are typically very easy to carry and use.
In order for materials to burn evenly in a pipe, they must be finely ground up beforehand. If the pipe has a carb hole on the side, make sure to cover it while lighting your herb and release it when inhaling.
If you have the right materials, pipes can even be made at home if necessary. Read on to find out how you can make pipes out of items like apples, corn husks, and water bottles.
Many people prefer smoking weed out of bongs because they can get you very high, very quickly. Not only do bongs get you way higher than joints, but they are much more convenient since they save you the time of having to roll a joint. The only real negative with bongs is that they require water in order to function properly. This can be a problem if water is not readily available, or if water spills out of the bong.
Bongs can be made out of all kinds of materials including glass, metal, plastic, ceramic, and even certain kinds of wood like bamboo. They can also come in many different designs including carburetor bongs, percolator bongs, multi-chambered bongs, straight-tube bongs, beaker-shaped bongs, and gravity bongs.
Gravity bongs are named for the technique they use to produce smoke. They are sometimes also known as water bongs, although they are essentially the same thing. Gravity bongs can be made out of a wide range of accessible materials like watermelons, pumpkins, milk jugs, and paint buckets. Essentially, to make a water bong, you will need a container that can hold water, and a plastic bottle that can hold smoke.
To make and use a gravity bong, follow these steps:
- Cut the plastic bottle in half.
- Cover the mouth hole with aluminium foil. Mould it into the shape of a bowl.
- Poke holes in the foil for airflow.
- Fill the container up with water.
- Place the bottle in the container with the mouthpiece above the waterline.
- Place weed on the foil and light it.
- Pull the bottle upwards while lighting to fill it with smoke.
- Push the bottle downwards into the water as you inhale so as to force the smoke upwards into your lungs.
Bubblers are like a mix between a pipe and a bong. In a sense, they are the best of both worlds. Small enough to be conveniently handled like a pipe, but built to get you as high as a bong. Bubblers are typically made of glass and have a round chamber either on the bottom or on the side. The chamber is filled with water, and the weed goes in the bowl. If you are looking to try something different, or if you are looking for a more portable version of your bong, check out a bubbler.
ALTERNATIVE ROLLING OPTIONS
If you find yourself without rolling papers, don’t forget that other paper-based materials can work as substitutes. Items such as cigarette papers, gum wrappers, and even the Yellow Pages can be used as a substitute for regular rolling papers. The paper used in phone books is very thin and very similar to regular rolling papers. The thinness of the paper will also help to easily bind it shut with saliva, just like you would with regular papers. Although cigarette papers are typically thicker, gum wrappers are similarly very thin and brittle.
When it comes to using alternative papers, just be sure to handle them carefully to avoid tears. Additionally, be careful when inserting filters as it is possible to accidentally tear the paper with them.
The term hookah is derived from the Urdu word “huqqa”, meaning “pipe”. These types of smoking devices originated on the Indian subcontinent and quickly spread across the Ottoman empire. As they became a wildly popular method of smoking tobacco, these kinds of tools spread into Europe and Asia. Smoking marijuana out of a hookah pipe may seem somewhat complicated, but it is not.
To do so, you will need a hookah pipe, coals, aluminium foil, tongs, water, and, if desired, shisha to mix with. If you decide to mix your weed with shisha or tobacco, place it on the bottom, with the cannabis on top. This will provide some moisture for the weed so that it does not dry out during the smoking process.
The hookah method is also very effective with hashish. Just remember to handle the coals with care and to not tug on the mouthpiece so the pipe does not fall over.
Dab rigs allow you to consume extremely potent cannabis extracts like shatter, honeycomb, and budder. In essence, dab rigs use a flash vaporisation method to process concentrates. In order to achieve this, you have to use a blowtorch instead of a lighter. The advantage to using dab rigs is, of course, how high they can get you. Because the extracts that dab rigs process are extremely potent, they arguably get you higher than any other method on this page.
Many people believe that dabbing is a healthier method of consuming marijuana than smoking, as it usually does not involve combustion. This makes the resulting vapour more “pure” than regular cannabis smoke.
Apple pipes are a fun and convenient way to smoke cannabis. Apples are one of the most popular and accessible fruits in the world, and can be very easily converted into smoking devices. All you need to make an apple pipe is an apple, a pen, and maybe some aluminium foil.
Before you begin, make sure to choose a fresh apple that will not fall apart. You will be poking holes into it, so it must hold up. Additionally, pen substitutes like pen caps, pencils, or strong straws can be used, but are not recommended.
To make and use an apple pipe, follow these steps:
- Jam the pen into the apple to create a tunnel from the top (stem) to the middle/bottom of the apple.
- Use the pen to create another tunnel into the side of the apple. This tunnel should connect to the middle one, providing unrestricted airflow.
- Line the natural mould of the apple where the stem came out with aluminium foil to act as a bowl.
- Poke holes in the aluminium foil to allow for airflow.
- Place your weed on top of the aluminium foil, light, and pull through the side hole.
- Some people prefer to carve a third tunnel on the other side of the apple to function as a carb. This is possible, but not at all necessary.
Corn husks have become very popular among health-conscious smokers. In Jamaica and California, corn husks are regularly used as alternatives to rolling papers or other devices. Since husks are all-natural, this is considered to be one of the healthiest methods of smoking cannabis.
After being dried, corn husks are simple to roll up. Additionally, they are fibrous, meaning they can be tightly secured to hold marijuana inside and will smoke slowly like papers. If you’re looking for a fun, healthy, and creative way to smoke marijuana, give dried corn husks a try.
The hot knife method is one of the oldest known ways of smoking cannabis or hashish. All you need are one or two knives and a heating element. If using a stove, turn it on medium heat and place the steel knives over the burner. This will allow them to heat up and make the weed stick to them. When the knives are hot enough, place a piece of bud on one, and squeeze it with the other. Inhale the marijuana as it begins to smoke.
When handling hot knives, be careful not to burn yourself on their handles. When they touch marijuana, it will immediately begin to produce smoke, so be ready to inhale.
Some minor modifications can be made to the method if preferred. Some people prefer to cut a plastic bottle in half and use that as a suction tool. A cardboard paper towel roll can also be used. Additionally, some people choose to omit the knives altogether and place their marijuana directly onto the heating element using a sheet of foil. This method works just as well, but provides equally less control over the direction of the smoke (not to mention the risk of burning your face), making the use of a cardboard roll or cut-up plastic bottle a must.
Plastic lungs are not just easy to make, but will also get you extremely high. Lungs mimic the same airflow functionality as bongs. In order to make a plastic lung, you will need a plastic container like a 2l bottle, scissors, aluminium foil, tape, and a plastic bag. 2l bottles tend to work very well, however, you can also use a 4l container if you wish.
To make and use a lung, follow these steps:
- Cut the plastic container in half.
- Use the tape to attach the plastic bag to the bottom of the container, sealing it.
- Place aluminium foil on the mouthpiece of the container. Mould into a bowl shape.
- Poke holes in the foil.
- Place marijuana on top of the foil.
- Pull on the bag as you light the weed, creating suction.
- When the bag is full, lift off the foil and inhale.
When making a lung, the capacity of the container will depend on the size of the bag used. As such, the larger the bag, the more smoke that the lung will hold, and the higher you will get.
Smoking marijuana from a soda can is just about as juvenile as it gets. A “do-it-yourself” favourite among new smokers, soda cans can easily be converted into smoking devices. Simply bend the can in half, poke some holes into the new crease, and poke a carb hole in the side. Put your weed inside the crease, light it, and inhale through the mouthpiece.
While soda cans work as smoking devices, many people worry about possible negative health effects. The aluminium that the can is made of may not be as safe to smoke from as aluminium foil. Additionally, the ink on the can may release chemicals when heated. As such, even though the method works, it should be used sparingly.
Conversely, some people actually prefer smoking out of a soda can. Proponents claim that your high can be enhanced by the residual sugar and caffeine molecules in the can. Unsurprisingly, there is no research to confirm these claims.
Similarly to cans and 2l containers, plastic water bottles can be retrofitted into smoking tools. Just poke a hole in the side of the bottle, place some aluminium foil on the mouth piece (in the shape of a bowl), poke some holes in the foil, and voila! You have yourself a water bottle pipe. Some prefer to make the hole in the bottom of the bottle, but really anywhere works. Water bottle pipes can be frustrating to use as they require being held at a somewhat weird angle during use. As such, be careful not to accidentally knock your weed out of the bowl when lighting up.
Rose blunts are not commonly talked about when it comes to alternative smoking methods. Yet, many people claim that they are just as effective as any method of consuming cannabis. In order to prepare a rose blunt, you will need just 3 rose petals and a working oven.
To prepare the blunt, preheat the oven to broil and set aside 3 rose petals. When the oven is hot enough, place them on a pan inside the oven for about 10 seconds. Take the pan out, lick the rose petals, and stick them together to make a blunt wrap. Place them back in the oven for another 10 seconds. Remember to not let them get too dry or crispy as that could cause problems when rolling. Simply pull them out of the oven, let them cool down for a moment, and roll yourself a rose blunt.
There are lots of ways to get high without rolling papers. Check out this list of alternative methods ranging from glass bongs to DIY apple pipes.
Unconventional Ways To Smoke Weed
You’ve heard of the classic methods of smoking weed: pipes, bongs, joints and so on. But did you know there are more creative ways of smoking* weed? If you’re in a pinch, forgot your smoking essentials at home or are simply in a place where getting the classic smoking devices is impossible, you’ll discover that it’s possible to turn almost anything at your disposal into a fun and creative smoking device. From using the leftover fruits and veggies in your fridge and even stuff that’s been sitting in your recycling bin, if you’re creative enough, any one of your household items can be used to smoke.
Recycle, Reduce, Reuse: Plastic Bottles
Although you can easily fashion your everyday plastic bottle into a simple hand pipe, there are even more fun and creative ways to use plastic bottles for smoking! You can recycle your empty bottles into two smoking methods that are guaranteed to get you incredibly blazed and are definitely unconventional ways to get high.
How To Use A Gravity Bong
To make a gravity bong, you only need a large plastic bottle and a bucket of water. After manipulating the bottle correctly, adding your bowlpiece to the cap and, placing it in the bucket of water, the force of gravity as you pull the bottle out of the water will burn your weed and fill the jug with smoke. To inhale, push the bottle into the bucket of water, forcing the smoke up. This method is guaranteed to get you super baked and is fun to share with friends!
What Is A Waterfall Bong?
For a waterfall bong, you’ll only need one plastic bottle that has been filled with water, a little hole carved in the bottom, and your bowlpiece where the cap should be. As you ignite the weed, release the water from the bottle and watch it fill with smoke. This is the same type of force that ignites your weed in a gravity bong. Waterfall bongs are easy to make, fun to smoke out of and is guaranteed to get you high.
Using Fruits And Vegetables To Smoke Your Weed
So, you’re trying to get your smoke on but seem to have forgotten all your smoking equipment. What can you use to smoke weed now? No need to worry – you can use almost any fruit or vegetable to make yourself a fun, disposable smoking device.
Just Chillin’ With Your Carrot Chillum
Making a carrot chillum is a fun and creative way to smoke weed. You get the aesthetic feeling of smoking a joint or blunt, but with the added bonus of using your leftover vegetables to make a fun, portable pipe. From one end of the carrot to another, carve out a hollow center. You’ll probably need a screwdriver for this, as carrots can be pretty tough. Cut a little bowl in the top, closer to one end than the other, and connect the top bowl to your middle chamber. Simply place your weed in that little bowl and use the side farthest from the bowl as your mouthpiece!
An Apple A Day. For Your Smoking Pleasure
Apple pipes are classic, fun ways to smoke weed. The apple itself will give your weed some added sweetness, and after your smoke, you can have a little snack or easily ditch your apple. Apple pipes are also super easy to construct – all you need is a pen and the apple of your choice. Just use your pen to carve a bowl in the top where the stem should be and chambers from the top and the side for the smoke to travel!
Go Bananas For This Banana Bowl
Banana pipes are pretty simple to make, only requiring a banana and a pen or a straw. Cut an inch (25cm)-long piece from the flat end of your banana and cut the very tip off of that piece. The place of the cut on the banana will be where you inhale from, while the small part (with the pulp removed) will become the bowlpiece. Make a hole in the banana for your bowl, place it there, and carve out a chamber to connect your mouthpiece with the bowl using a pen or a similar thin object. Now pack your bowl and enjoy some delicious, banana-flavored weed!
The Truly Unconventional: Even Crazier Methods Of Smoking Weed
If you thought the different ways to get high listed above were bananas, then get ready for these truly crazy ways to smoke weed. These are some of the most out-of-the-box methods of smoking weed, which may even inspire you to think of your own unconventional ways of enjoying bud!
When And Where To Hotbox
Hotboxing, as the name implies, is the act of smoking weed in an enclosed space. “Hotboxing” usually refers to smoking in a car with closed doors and windows, but you can hotbox virtually any closed chamber. You can also try out a “Jamaican hotbox” in your bathroom: turn on your water as hot as possible from all faucets in the bathroom, let the steam fill the room, then light up, basically creating a weed-sauna. Just be careful with hotboxing: do not immediately drive after hotboxing your car and know your own limits, as hotboxing can sometimes lead to a very intense high.
Weed As Sweet As Candy: Starburst Pipes
The Starburst pipe is one of the most creative ways to smoke your weed and proves that you can basically smoke weed out of anything. Get a pack of Starburst and line them up, length-wise up. Once you have the right length, create yourself a little Starburst “tower” at one end (length-wise sideways), which will act as the bowlpiece. To make sure they’re firmly squished together and won’t collapse, place the base and the bowlpiece in the microwave for 10 seconds. Use a screwdriver or pen to create the pipe chamber and bowlpiece, then stick the two together. The waxiness of the Starburst makes this super easy to mold, and the sweetness of the candy will give your weed some added deliciousness!
Cold As Ice: Your Own Ice Bong
Ice bongs are definitely one of the craziest ways to smoke weed and will definitely impress your friends if you can make one for yourself. This entire bong is made of ice using regular household items (think bowls and shot glasses filled with water), which have been frozen and fashioned all together! Simply make molds of the different parts of the bong and freeze them all together. This total-ice experience will cool your weed down to such low temperatures that even the harshest of buds will be enjoyable. Be sure to make yourself an ice bong during those hot summer months to cool down and enjoy your smoke at the same time!
Although there’s something special about the classic methods of smoking weed, it’s sometimes fun to expand your horizons and find a new method of smoking. Whether you’re trying to get wicked blazed from a gravity bong or simply going for something more portable and discreet like a fruit or veggie pipe, these unconventional methods of smoking are sure to impress your group of stoner friends and are fun skills to share with your group.
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