One of the best and easiest ways to smoke cannabis is with a pipe. A pipe is one of the simplest yet most effective smoking devices; all you need to do is put some weed in the bowl, light it, and take a hit from the mouthpiece.
There are all kinds of pipes you can buy, but it is also easy to make a homemade pipe. If you find yourself in a situation where you have weed but nothing to smoke from, homemade pipes always come in clutch.
You will be surprised at just how easy it is to make a homemade smoking device, and while they will not give you the same kind of quality a well-made glass piece will, you will be shocked at just how well they can work.
The most famous of this breed include the apple pipe and water bottle pipe, but the scope of what is possible is limited only by imagination.
Invest in a pipe screen
Whether you make your pipe from a soda can or piece of fruit, you will want a pipe screen to use with it. If you smoke your weed without a screen, it could be quite an unpleasant experience. A screen keeps the loose bits in the bowl of your pipe instead of in your mouth, so you can enjoy your experience.
So, what pipe screen should you use with your homemade pipe? There are 3 main types of screens available to users. These include:
- Brass screens: Brass screens are perhaps the most common. You can get them at just about any tobacco store or headshop for little money. These circle-shaped cut-outs are made from brass mesh and generally range from the size of a dime to a silver dollar. Brass has the advantage that you can bend it easily; this way, you can fit these screens easily into various bowl sizes. Although brass screens will not melt, if you hit your pipe often, they will get weaker over time and break at some point.
- Stainless steel screens: Steel screens are often used in silicone bongs and acrylic bongs, although the latter can easily be scratched with these screens. They work just like brass screens. Aside from their color, the main difference between these two materials is that steel is more durable. Because steel screens are not as malleable as brass, fitting them into odd-shaped bowls can be a little more tricky.
- Glass or quartz screens: Glass pipe screens are normally made from a special, heavy-duty type of glass called borosilicate. This heat-resistant type of glass will not crack from temperature changes, and will not shatter as easily as regular glassware. Obviously, screens made from glass are not flexible, so you cannot cut them to size. As such, you need to make sure you get the right size for your bowl. As glass does not wear out, these screens can theoretically last forever. You can also get pipe screens made from quartz, which is even more heat-resistant than glass.
As far as homemade pipes go, the apple pipe is a classic. Many stoners have made this when they needed something easy to smoke out of. One of the best things about the apple pipe is that since there is no plastic to burn, you do not need anything except something to cut holes in it. You also will not need to worry about the chemical gases that are created from melting plastic.
To make this fruity bowl, take an apple and cut out the top of the core and stem with a skinny knife. This will be your bowl. After carving out your bowl, dig the hole a bit further down using a pen, pencil, or chopstick until you have reached the middle of the apple.
Next, jam that pen, pencil, or chopstick into the side making a tunnel to use as a mouthpiece. Dig the tunnel as far as the middle of the apple, connecting it to the hole you cut out for the bowl. You may also want to cut another hole to use as a carb, which is the hole you cover with your finger to control the airflow of your pipe.
If the hole in the top of your apple is narrow enough, you can just pack your weed and burn it. If it is too wide, add your screen or some aluminum foil with holes poked into it over the top. When you light your weed, take a draw from the hole in the side and you will get smooth, fruity smoke no matter what strain you use.
Another great homemade pipe you can make using something from the kitchen is the pepper pipe. Since bell peppers are hollow inside, they make for fantastic homemade pipes
Take a bell pepper and cut a small hole in the side. Now with a small knife, carve out the stem and remove it along with the core of the pepper without cutting through the bottom. Cover the top with a larger screen or some aluminum foil with some holes poked into it, and use this as your bowl. Just like that, your homemade pepper pipe is ready to use.
The same approach works for many fruits and vegetables. It only takes a few household items and a few minutes to make one of these great homemade food pipes.
Water bottle pipe
The water bottle pipe is also a classic homemade smoking device. All you need are a few items you probably have lying around to make this pipe.
Start by cutting a hole towards the bottom of the bottle on the side. This will be your bowl so make it as big or small as you would like depending on the size of screens you have. Next, cut out a carb hole near the bowl. As for the mouthpiece, just unscrew the cap of your bottle.
Now, bend your screen to fit into the first hole you made, or use tin foil. Put some weed in the bowl, light, and inhale through the top of the bottle. You can do this with any kind of plastic bottle quickly and easily.
The pen pipe is another simple and effective homemade smoking device. Pretty much all you need is a pen, although there are a few different ways to make a pipe out of it.
The simplest method is to use a pen with a metal screw cap at the nib. Remove the cap, remove the ink cartridge, and remove the other end of the pen so you are left with an empty plastic tube.
Now, insert the metal screw cap backward in one end of the tube to use as your bowl. The other end is the mouthpiece. Seal the bowl with some tape or even a piece of chewed gum and you are ready to smoke.
Another option is to remove both ends of the pen and take out the insides. Now, cut a hole in the side of the pen near one end. You can make a bowl using the metal screw cap or a small-sized screen. The end farthest from the hole will be your mouthpiece and the other end a carb hole.
Probably the best in performance and overall quality, giving you expert highs that often rival even some of the best-made bongs. The gravity bong is among homemade smoking devices that are sure to get you so high you may be caught off guard.
As the name suggests, a gravity bong utilizes gravity to optimize your smoking experience. It is traditionally made using a 2-liter bottle, but any other plastic bottle will work. Grab a bucket and fill it with enough water so that it is about halfway full.
Next, grab an empty water bottle and cut off the bottom of the bottle. Remove the cap and insert a piece of tin foil with holes poked into it. Wrap the foil around the bottle top tight enough to seal the smoke but loose enough so that you can remove it when needed.
Put the bottle two-thirds the way into the water with the top facing up. While keeping the bottle pressed down into the water, pack your weed into the foil, then as you torch your greens, slowly lift the bottle so that gravity literally sucks up all that smoke you are about to inhale. Be sure not to lift the bottle completely out of the water or else you will lose all of your smoke.
Next, carefully remove the foil bowl and put your mouth over the top. Push the bottle back down into the water while you inhale the smoke. The gravity will shoot the smoke down into your lungs.
This is not only a fun crafting experience, despite being just a tad bit sticky, but it is also one of the prettiest homemade smoking devices.
Once you have an optimal amount of Starburst candies, anywhere from 5-7, simply stack and mold them together into a pipe. Do this by squishing them until they are adequately bonded together.
Use a skewer to create a hole through the shaft of your Starburst pipe. Then on one end of the pipe, maneuver the skewer around at an angle to create a bowl. At this point, you may want to put it in the refrigerator for several minutes. It may have gotten too soft as you were manipulating it. After it has solidified pack the pipe and smoke it up.
Cardboard roll steamroller
A steamroller is a type of thick glass pipe that is open at both ends with a bowl about three-quarters of the way up. You cover one end with your hand while taking a huge hit from the other end. It is also very easy to make one of these using empty toilet paper or a paper towel roll.
Take your cardboard roll and cut a small hole with scissors or a small knife about a quarter of the way from one end. Fold your screen into a cone or make a cone out of aluminum foil and insert it to use as your bowl. Seal the hole in the tube with tape or blue-tack.
Now, light the bowl while covering one end with your palm and take a hit from the other end. Due to the wide structure of the tube, it will give you extra strong hits with tons of airflow.
Soda can pipe
The soda can pipe is another one of the simplest methods. All you really need is a metal soda can and a knife. The mouthpiece is already right there for you, so all you have to do is make the side into a bowl.
Make a dent in the side of your can then use a knife or needle to create holes. This is where you place your weed and light it. Inhale from the mouthpiece of the can and you will get solid airflow.
While this is one of the easiest homemade pipes to make, it is not the best. Burning soda cans can often result in inhaling toxins due to the paint on the side. However, if you have no other options, it is very effective.
The Tic-Tac bong is a tiny smoking device you can make using a Tic-Tac box. It is quick, simple, and works surprisingly well for such a small homemade smoking tool.
Poke a hole in the side of your box and insert a thin tube such as a pen tube or straw. Make a bowl by rolling a bit of aluminum foil into a cone and apply it to the end of the tube sticking out. Put your weed in the bowl, light it, and inhale through the small hole at the top of the box.
It is an incredibly simple way to make a small and discreet homemade bong. You can add some water as long as you do not fill it up too much. But even without water, it works well for taking small yet effective hits.