How to Smoke Weed Without Papers
Aug 19, 2021 | Save On Cannabis
Rolling an old-fashioned joint is arguably the simplest and most convenient way to enjoy your herb, but there are countless ways to smoke weed without papers as well. Whether you’re out of rolling papers, seeking a more discreet delivery system, or just looking to mix things up, the following paper-free consumption methods might be just what you need.
Pros: No smoke chemicals in your lungs. These devices are compact and largely mess-free.
Cons: A good dry herb vaporizer can be costly. You have to get the temperature settings just right.
When people think of vaping, they tend to picture a pen or cartridge filled with e-juice. And while those types of vape products are certainly available, you can also vape weed in its natural form. Your best bet is to invest in a good dry herb vaporizer. Just grind up your herb, place it in the chamber, heat it, and enjoy a satisfying, hand-held vaping experience with no e-juice required.
If you prefer dabbing cannabis extracts for a more potent hit, you can invest in a dab pen or wax vape pen. There are even some hybrid vaporizers that can handle dry herb as well as cannabis concentrates.
When vaping your cannabis, note that the temperature of your vape will impact your experience. Most users start with temperatures between 285°–400°F (140°–205°C). While this range won’t activate all of your minor cannabinoids, it will activate most of the THC and preserve all of your terpenes. If you want to activate all of the major and minor cannabinoids (including CBD, and CBG), you can shoot for a temperature between 400°–435°F (205°–224°C). The downside is that you will burn off some terpenes in this higher temperature range.
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Pros: Easy to carry and use.
Cons: Not very discreet (unless you use a one-hitter).
Another one of the oldest smoking methods available, pipes are available in a vast array of shapes and sizes and can be made from glass, wood, metal, or a variety of other materials. Some people prefer the feel and taste of a glass pipe while others are wood enthusiasts; it all comes down to personal taste.
To use a glass pipe, you’ll want to finely ground up your weed and insert it into the chamber. Then light the herb and inhale. If the pipe has a carb hole on the site, cover it completely while lighting. Then release it as you inhale.
Other types of pipes include chillums (one-hitters) and bubblers. A one-hitter is a tiny pipe that’s just large enough to hold one hit of weed. It’s often paired with a dugout. A bubbler is a cross between a pipe and a bong, smaller than the average bong but still able to give you the kind of mind-blowing high that bongs are known for.
Pros: Produces stronger effects. Works very quickly.
Cons: Can be messy. Not discreet. Requires water.
Aside from joints, no cannabis smoking method is more traditional than the classic bong. Although bongs are larger and less discreet than regular joints and pipes, they remain a perennial favorite because they can get you very high almost instantly.
There are many kinds of bongs available, including percolator bongs, carburetor bongs, multi-chamber bongs, and the increasingly popular gravity bongs (also known as water bongs or water bottle bongs). Anyone can make their own gravity bong at home; you just need a container that holds water and a separate plastic bottle (like a 2-liter bottle) to contain the smoke.
For those choosing a more traditional bong, the process is pretty easy.
- Just fill the bong with about an inch of water (inserted directly into the mouthpiece)
- Pack some ground weed into the bowl
- Hold the bong toward you at a slight upright angle with your non-dominant hand
- Place your mouth over the mouthpiece
- Use your free hand to light the cannabis
- Inhale slowly while lighting the cannabis
- Remove the lighter
- Hold your breath and then exhale slowly
It takes a little practice if you’re new to bong rips, but it quickly becomes second nature once you get the hang of it. Hookahs will also do the trick if you have one.
Fruit Bongs & Pipes
There are a lot of fruits and veggies that you can use to make an instant bong or pipe when you’re in a pinch. You just need to carve a bowl into the fruit and include a place for smoke to escape. For this purpose, our favorite produce includes apples, carrots, and watermelons.
Pros: No costly equipment required. Perfect for smoking on the go.
Cons: Requires a bit of practice and access to a couple of basic tools.
If you need a makeshift pipe on the go, the apple pipe is the classic choice. You just need a sturdy, fresh apple and a pen to get started. If you have some aluminum foil close at hand, even better.
To get started, just remove the stem and stab the pen into the top of the apple, creating a tunnel from the stem to the center or lower part of the fruit. Then create another tunnel from the side of the apple to the center (connecting the two tunnels to allow for unrestricted airflow). Line the groove at the top of the apple with aluminum foil, creating a bowl. If you don’t have aluminum foil available, you should still be okay.
Once your apple pipe is ready, place a bit of ground-up weed on top of the aluminum foil and light it. Then pull through the hole on the side.
Pros: No costly equipment required.
Cons: A bit tricky and impractical. Requires a very thick carrot. Works better as a party trick than as a regular smoking solution.
Yes, you can also smoke weed through a carrot. The basic process is similar to that of an apple pipe, but this one can be a little more difficult to get right. Still, once you master it, it’s a great way to impress your friends.
To make a carrot chillum, first cut the carrot to about the length of a standard pipe, keeping the thicker end of the carrot. Then drive a screwdriver or knife through the carrot lengthwise, creating a wide tunnel from one end to the other. Pack one end of the carrot with finely ground herb and light it. Then use the other end of the carrot to pull, as if you were smoking a blunt.
You can also make a carrot steamroller by carving a small bowl into the top of the carrot. The bowl should connect to the tunnel and should be close to your mouthpiece (but not close enough to burn you). Cover the bowl with foil and fill it with finely ground herb, and then light. Use one end of the carrot as your mouthpiece and the other end as a carb. Hold the carb hole as you pull, and then release.
Pros: It looks really, really cool.
Cons: Messy and unwieldy. Complicated to make.
As it turns out, you can make a bong or pipe out of just about any item in the produce section—including watermelons. For this one, you’re going to need a watermelon as well as a medium to large carrot. You can use a screwdriver to make the necessary holes, but a power drill works best for the watermelon.
To make a watermelon bong, just place the watermelon on a cutting board and create three holes. Your mouthpiece will go near the top of the watermelon, your carb hole will go on the side, and a third hole will be inserted opposite the mouthpiece.
Use a screwdriver or drill to break up the meaty inside of the watermelon, creating an air pocket. Drill into both your top and bottom holes, and then make sure to drain the juice from the melon.
Next, carve a hole in the side or your carrot to use as a bowl. Then drill a hole in the top of the carrot until it meets the bowl—creating a path for airflow. Stick the carrot into the watermelon hole opposite the mouthpiece, pack the bowl with flower, and light. Take a hit from the mouthpiece.
Pros: Simple to do. Works great for both dry flower and hash.
Cons: You can burn yourself if you aren’t careful.
The hot knife method is actually one of the oldest techniques around. To do this, you’ll need two regular metal knives and a heating element, such as a stove. Be sure to wear heat-proof gloves when you do this.
Turn on your heating element, and set it for medium heat. Place the steel knives on top of the burner until they’re scorching hot. Then pick them up (while wearing your gloves), and place your bud or hash on one of the knives. Squeeze the herb firmly between the two knives, and inhale the smoke as it rises. That’s all there is to it.
Pros: Flexible and durable. A great alternative to rolling papers.
Cons: Time-consuming. Rose petals are required.
Rose blunts are exactly what they sound like: smokeable blunts made with rose petals. It might seem like a strange way to roll a blunt, but advocates swear by them. To make your own floral smoking device, you just need three rose petals and an oven.
To get started, preheat the oven to broil, and place the rose petals on a pan. Once the oven is ready, place the pan inside for about 10 seconds. Remove the pan, lick the petals, and stick them together to create your blunt wrap. Then place the petals back inside for another 10 seconds. Remove the petals, let them cool, and pack them with fresh herb. Enjoy your rose blunt.
Pros: A discreet way to smoke weed.
Cons: Hollowing out a cigarette without damaging the paper can be a challenge.
When you pack an empty cigarette with cannabis, you can roam the streets freely without drawing too much attention to yourself. After all, you’re just smoking a regular cigarette, right? Okay, so maybe the smell will give you away, but it’s still a cool and convenient way to smoke.
Use a pair of tweezers to remove the tobacco from inside the cigarette. Do this slowly and carefully so as not to tear or crush the cigarette paper. Then pack the hollow cigarette with cannabis, and you’re ready to go. Cigar papers will also work.
Pros: A simple and suitable substitute for rolling paper.
Cons: Gum wrappers are smaller than traditional rolling papers.
A typical gum wrapper actually contains two types of material fused together: a thin piece of aluminum foil and a layer of paper that closely resembles rolling paper.
To make a joint using a gum wrapper, start by peeling the paper from the aluminum. Then use the paper portion to wrap your joint. Light it just as you would any joint, blunt, or spliff, and enjoy. Hopefully your weed doesn’t have a minty flavor.
Alternative Cannabis Consumption Options
If the problem isn’t a lack of paper but rather an aversion to the smoking experience, there are other ways to consume cannabis that don’t involve lighting up. As more and more legal markets take hold, consumers have access to more delivery methods than ever before, including:
- Cannabis-infused beverages
- Vape oils and concentrates
Just note that different cannabis consumption methods can affect the body in different ways. For instance, edibles take longer to kick in, but then they hit you like a ton of bricks. Vape oils work almost instantly, but the effects don’t last as long. Try each alternative to smoking, and see what works best for you.
You Have Many Options for Smoking Weed Without Papers
Whether we’re talking about rose petals, carrots, or even the local Yellow Pages, there are numerous smoking options available for the savvy canna-seur. All you need is a heat source and some type of container (sometimes not even that).
So keep your essential smoking equipment close at hand, and carry a pack of gum or an apple with you when you’re out on the go. When you understand the basic physics, you can make a bong or blunt out of just about any household items you have lying around.
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