Cannabis smoking has come a long way. Now, you can get lost in a variety of paraphernalia, with vaporizers, bongs, dab rigs, and bubblers, being some of the most popular ones. One-hitters are a great addition to any consumer’s collection, and if you are new to cannabis, perhaps you have never heard of them.
These versatile, practical pipes come in a variety of fun styles and cater to smokers who prefer a quick, small hit of their favorite flower. Utilizing a one-hitter can help control dosage, conserve your stash, and keep things simple, discreet, and clean. But what else is there to know about using these convenient and portable pipes?
What is a one-hitter?
A one-hitter also called a “bat” or “chillum”, is a small pipe that, as the name suggests, holds about one hit of cannabis. They come in many different materials, such as metal or glass, and are shaped like a straight tube, with the bowl on one end and the mouthpiece on the other.
One-hitters can be used as a standalone, or they can come as part of a set known as a “dugout.” Dugouts have a space that holds the bat as well as a space for pre-ground cannabis, allowing you to twist the end of your one-hitter into the ground flower to easily pack it.
One-hitters have a wide variety of styles and can range from beautifully blown glass to cigarette lookalikes for discretion.
Benefits of using a one-hitter
One-hitter pipes have many advantages. Due to its compact size, it is one of the most discreet ways to smoke flower and can quickly and easily be stored out of sight. If a low-key smoke sesh is what you have in mind, you cannot go wrong with a one-hitter.
Unlike a joint, it will not be left burning an endless stream of fragrant smoke. And unlike a traditional bowl, it is not an obvious shape or size when lighting a one-hitter, you mimic the same motion as lighting a cigarette.
Chillums are also great for conserving your stash. When smoking out of a bowl, it is so easy to pack the whole thing. Depending on the depth of your pipe, this can potentially require quite a bit of flower.
For those who want or need to smoke alone or those who simply have a low tolerance, a full bowl can often mean a half smoked-bowl, with a flavorless, charred bud to return to later. One-hitters help conserve your stash by making each hit a mindful action so you are less likely to over-pack or over-smoke.
Step by step: Using a one-hitter
All you need to get started is your pipe, grinder, and a lighter. Then, simply follow these steps:
Step 1: Grind your cannabis
Use your grinder to tear up your bud. Your ground-up cannabis will burn more evenly, allowing you to get more mileage from your bud, and you will have a smaller chance of clogging the piece.
Step 2: Pack your one-hitter
Take the one-hitter and dip the bowl end into the collection chamber of your grinder, which is full of ground cannabis, and twist. You will likely have to perform this dip and twist-action two or three times for a well-packed, longer-lasting bowl. You can use your fingers or a flat object to do a final pack of the bowl and remove any hanging bits of cannabis. Be sure not to pack the bowl of the chillum too tight or you will inadvertently restrict airflow.
Step 3: Light it up
Once your one-hitter is packed, it is time to smoke it down. Take your pipe, put it in your mouth, and light it up. This is the easiest step. More often than not, you should only get one hit out of it, no matter how much you try to corner your bowl or use it wisely. However, if you packed the bowl completely full you may be able to sneak another hit out of it. Try lightly blowing out through the chillum to see if there is any more green in there. If the airflow feels slightly restrained then you may have some remaining smokable flower in the bowl.
Step 4: Clear out your one-hitter
Once you are done smoking your one-hitter, be sure to clean it out quickly to prevent ash and tar from getting stuck in there and clogging it. Resin will still build up slowly over time, but this will help to keep it to a minimum, and will also leave a ready-to-pack pipe for your next smoke sesh.
How do you clean a one-hitter?
One-hitters can become clogged quite easily, making it difficult to use. To thoroughly clean out your chillum, simply take a sealable plastic bag and put your one-hitter in the bag. Then, fill it with isopropyl alcohol, and mix in some salt.
Next, seal your bag and let it sit for at least 30-60 minutes but overnight is even better. Then, take it out, rinse it off with water, and use a pipe cleaner or cotton swab to get the remaining resin out.
Tips and tricks
Smoking your one-hitter is very easy, but you should be careful to follow these tips to get the most out of your experience:
- Do not light it for too long: This can be problematic for a few reasons. For starters, it can heat it too much and burn your hands or mouth. Secondly, it can cause high temperatures that can cause dangerous fumes from some types of metal pipes not to mention an overall harsher hit.
- Try to get a glass one-hitter if possible: Glass one hitters may be more fragile, but they provide a much smoother smoking experience. Also, they are less dangerous to smoke and tend to last longer if you keep them safe. They are also easier to clean.
- Only light it very quickly: One-hitters hold a very small amount of herbs, so you do not need to light them for a long time, just a second or two. Otherwise, you risk burning yourself and inhaling a potentially dangerous butane gas from your lighter.