Smoking flower has become fairly standard nowadays, but adding some hashish to the party is a surefire way to elevate the experience.

Today, we’re taking you through the different methods of smoking hash. Of course, you could enjoy it with your usual bong, pipe, or joints. However, if you want to make things a bit more interesting, there are quite a few ways to do so.

How to Smoke Hash

Just as everyone has their preferred method of consuming cannabis, everyone has their own way of enjoying hash. As we mentioned earlier, though, you can elevate your experience tenfold if you take some more unorthodox approaches to consumption.

That being said, we’ll start off our discussion with an overview of the basics.

How to Smoke Hash in a Pipe

Smoking hash using a pipe is probably the most beginner-friendly method out there, mostly because it is the easiest. You can use any pipe of your choice, but a wide-mouthed glass pipe is a preferred tool for this one.

Feel free to add some of your favourite buds into the pipe, but you can also consume it on its own. If you’re using some bubble hash, you’ll need a metal screen to hold it in place.

What You’ll Do:

  • To begin, break your product down into smaller pieces, just as you would with flower. The difference here, of course, is that hash is a collection of cannabinoid and terpene-loaded trichomes removed from the cannabis plant, so it will expectedly burn a lot longer. Placing your entire stash into the bowl will lead to avoidable wastage.
  • The next step would be to prime your hash for smoking. To do this, place it under the flame of your lighter until it softens up. You’ll then notice it slowly change in texture, from a solid state into something a bit more crumbly.
  • Once it crumbles, you can then begin to sprinkle it into your pipe. In that state, it could also be the perfect topping for your bowl of ground-up bud.

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How to Smoke Hash in a Bong

Thanks to similar mechanics, you can apply every step of the aforementioned process to smoking out of the bong.
What You’ll Do:

  • As always, begin the hash smoking process by priming it. Be sure not to burn your hash, so move your lighter around to widen the surface area of your flame.
  • Once the hash is a lot softer in texture and consistency, you can now use it to sprinkle its bits into the bowl. The average bong can fit up to 0.4 grams of broken down hash, but feel free to consume your preferred amount.
  • Fill your bong halfway through with water, and add some ice into the straight tube if you want the smoke to cool down on the way to your lungs.
  • Light up the bowl, inhale until the smoke fills your lungs, then release it in a smooth exhale.Now, it may not be the most efficient system on this list, but smoking hashish and flower out of a hookah is the best way to share the good times with friends (around 3 or 4 others per hookah, to be exact).

How to Smoke Hash in a Hookah

Now, it may not be the most efficient system on this list, but smoking hashish and flower out of a hookah is the best way to share the good times with friends (around 3 or 4 others per hookah, to be exact).

Unlike the bong or hash pipe, using a hookah is a bit more elaborate. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Hash
  • Flower
  • Hookah
  • Charcoal
  • Tin foil

What You’ll Do:

  • Begin by rolling your hash into small balls. Your sizes will vary, but you’re all good as long as they fit the shisha bowl. The average hookah bowl should fit up to six small hash balls. Place ground-up flower around these balls and in the spaces between them.
  • Fill the base of your hookah with water. Make sure to fill it at least 75% of the way.
  • Start heating your charcoal off to the side, and take them off the heating element once they start getting red. Then, cover the bowl tightly with some tin foil, place the charcoals over the foil, and have someone do initial inhales so the charcoal starts heating the bowl’s contents.

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How to Smoke Hash in a Joint

When it comes to smoking a hash joint, it’s all about layering ground-up flower and hashish in proper portions. For this one, you’ll want to use some of your favourite buds to act as a cushion for your hash when you roll it up.

What You’ll Do:

  • Just like how you would roll a joint, begin by taking some rolling paper and laying it out horizontally on a hard surface. Some like to crumple it up to take out the creases, but that’s an optional step.
  • Add a layer of your ground bud. Then, top it off with some hash crumbles.
  • Roll it up tightly, and leave some space for the filter before you seal it. Then spark up and pass it around.

Hot-Knifing Hash

Here’s another old school way of smoking hash that’s much less hazardous than hot knifing. This method dates back to the pre-joint/blunt times, and was one of the first ways it was enjoyed in the Middle East.

As the name suggests, all you’ll need is a pin, a thin cork coaster, glass or metal straw, and a water glass.

What You’ll Do:

  • Take the pin or needle and poke it through the coaster. Make it stand like a lightning rod on top of a roof. If you’re using a paper clip, unfold one side to extend it. The unfolded part should act as a base underneath the coaster.
  • Take a small piece of hash (about the size of a pea) and stick it onto the pin. Light the hash using a pocket lighter until it starts to burn.
  • Take the water glass and place it over the pin to capture in the smoke.
  • Once you’ve enclosed enough smoke, stick the straw under the glass and start inhaling.
  • Smoke will form at this point, and you can begin taking hits. Do this by catching the smoke using the straw; inhale as if you’re sipping on a beverage.We also want to stress, however, that using plastic straws or a cut-off bottle instead of glass and metal is highly dangerous. Not only are they more likely to catch on fire, but will release highly toxic fumes if/when that occurs.

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Vaping Hash

If you’ve vaporized buds or concentrates in the past, you won’t have a difficult time with hash. The only difference in this process is the fact you’ll need to vape at a higher temperature, specifically around 200°C (or 400°F).

What You’ll Do:

  • If you’re using a vaporizer that’s suitable for concentrates, you can simply add it into the chamber. Then, do the usual: fire up the device and inhale.
  • If you’re using a device that isn’t suitable for concentrates, you’ll need to grind up some flower to blend the hashish with. Just mix the ground-up bud with hash in your grinder, then add a pinch of that blend to your vape.

Dabbing Hash

Yes, you can dab your hash. Most dab rigs are built like glass bongs, but the difference is that it’s fitted with a nail, which is semi-similar to a bowl, but with a hole in the side leading into the pipe, rather than one at the bottom. You’ll heat the bottom of this nail up to 230°C (450°F) using a handheld torch.

What You’ll Do:

  • Fill your dab rig up to ¾ with water. Using the torch, heat the bottom of the nail until it gets slightly orange/red.
  • Once you get to your peak temperature, let it sit for 3-5 seconds, then place a small piece of hash onto the nail. Then, place a carb cap (specially designed nail cover) over the nail.
  • Then, to officially begin your dabbing adventure, lift the carb cap off and start inhaling.

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Not So Recommended Ways of Smoking Hash

Apart from the usual methods of smoking hash, there are other ways to do it that aren’t exactly healthy. We advise sticking to the aforementioned methods, but for the sake of awareness here are the not so recommended ways.

  • The aluminium foil bowl: This method involves shaping some aluminium foil into a custom smoking bowl. Once you have that formed, place the hash into the bowl and light it up with a pocket lighter. Do this process really slowly to avoid burning yourself. The aluminium foil bowl is the easiest and most cost-effective method in this list, but it’s also one of the most dangerous if you aren’t careful, so proceed with the utmost caution.
  • The aluminium-plastic bottle toke: This is essentially the aluminium foil bowl method, but using a plastic bottle as the base upon which it sits. First, take out the lid and replace it with foil.

Then, poke some holes in it for added air flow. You’ll then poke two holes on each side of the bottle. Then, take some hash, fill up your foil bowl, and heat it up. Once you get to your desired temperature, cover up one of the bottle holes, and inhale the smoke through the other.

Again, be really, really careful when doing this, as touching a flame to plastic will not only cause it to burn, but release toxic fumes into the air around you.


How to Clean Your Bong, Bowl or Pipe

We’ve all been there. It’s time for another smoke, but your glass bong is no longer transparent and far from smell-free. Plus, every hit scratches the throat. It’s time for a major clean. Your lungs will thank you for it!

Nothing beats smoking weed from a brand new bong or pipe. Your new glass piece glistening on the coffee table before you is a sight to behold. The first few hits are crisp, clear, and smooth. But it doesn’t take long for this transparent work of art to transform into a tar-stained mess. We’re all guilty of neglecting our smoking accessories from time to time. Using your pipe or bong for a few days in a row is no big deal, but things start to turn ugly in a matter of weeks.

It’s easy to determine when a glass piece is ready for a clean. Silicone and wooden pieces are a different story. Users of the latter can remain blissfully ignorant until they receive a lungful of tarred smoke. In this article, we’ll discuss why it’s essential to keep your smoking apparatus shiny and clean. Then, we’ll explore the best ways to clean them.

WHY KEEPING YOUR SMOKING ACCESSORIES CLEAN IS SO IMPORTANT

There’s a bunch of reasons to keep your smoking gear clean at all times. Aesthetics are a major motivation, especially when it comes to glass. What’s the point of investing in an intricate glass rig just to let it stew in ash and tar? Respect the artwork!

Regularly cleaning your smoking gear will also lead to better-tasting hits. If you grow your own, you’ll know how much time and effort is required to produce high-quality cannabis. It takes skill and patience to nurture a tasty terpene profile. Don’t waste these exquisite tastes by smoking with a dirty bong or pipe.

A dirty bong won’t just ruin the taste; the buildup of tar and resin will irritate your throat. Clean bongs offer buttery smooths hits that go down a treat. Overall, cleaner equipment makes for a more pleasant smoking experience.

HOW OFTEN SHOULD YOU CLEAN YOUR BONG, BOWL, OR PIPE?

How often you clean your smoking gear should depend on how frequently you use it. If you’re blazing massive bowls every day, then tar and resin are going to build up fast. If you hit a pipe or bong once a week, it’ll take longer for the residue to build up. With that said, leaving it dirty and unused isn’t hygienic either.

The more often you clean your gear, the better. Give your bong or pipe a quick rinse after every smoking session to flush out some of the tar and resin. When the buildup starts getting severe, it’s time to give your gear a proper clean.

WHAT IS YOUR PIPE OR BONG MADE OF?

Different materials require different cleaning methods. You run the risk of damaging your rig if you apply the wrong kind of cleaning agent or technique. Check out how to clean different materials below.

GLASS & METAL

Glass bongs and pipes are on the delicate end of the spectrum. Although they often look prettier, they’re the most susceptible to damage. Glass pieces can be effectively cleaned using both alcohol and non-alcohol methods. However, you’ll want to avoid boiling techniques. Metal pipes, on the other hand, are safe to boil.

WHAT IS YOUR PIPE OR BONG MADE OF?

SILICONE

Silicone bongs are the easiest to clean. These pieces are heat and cold-resistant and can handle (pretty much) anything you throw at them. You don’t have to overthink things when cleaning a silicone bong or pipe.

WOOD

Wooden pipes can handle hot water, but harsh chemicals can damage them. High-proof alcohol can discolour wooden pipes and also leave behind residue. When cleaning a wooden piece, it’s best to use softer agents such as vinegar.

HOW TO CLEAN A BONG, BOWL, OR PIPE

Now that you know what to avoid, let’s get some cleaning done. Cleaning out your piece is an easy step-by-step process. To begin, you’ll need to gather the following items. We’ll discuss specific cleaners in each method.

EQUIPMENT

  • Cleaning brushes/pipe cleaners
  • Scraper/knife
  • Plastic tub
  • Cotton swabs
  • Ziplock bag
  • Micropore tapewater

ALCOHOL-FREE METHODS

Alcohol-free methods are effective at removing ash, tar, and grime. These techniques use less-harsh chemicals and require stuff you can find in your kitchen at home.

VINEGAR AND BAKING SODA

  • Bong
  1. Use a cotton swab to clean out the residue from the bowl. You might need to use a scraper if things get too sticky.
  2. Rinse out your bong with lukewarm water over a sink.
  3. Remove the bowl and place it in a Ziplock bag. Add a teaspoon of baking soda, a splash of vinegar, and fill the bag halfway with lukewarm water.
  4. Shake the bag, then let it rest.
  5. Now, back to the bong. Empty a teaspoon of baking soda into the mouthpiece. Cover the mouthpiece with your hand and the downstem hole with micropore tape; shake vigorously.
  6. The baking soda will stick to the wet surface inside. Use a long cleaning brush to scrub the inside surfaces.
  7. Next, pour in a tablespoon of vinegar and fill up the chamber with lukewarm water.
  8. Cover the holes again and shake.
  9. Pour out the solution and rinse the bong with lukewarm water.
  10. Remove the bowl from the Ziplock bag and rinse under the tap. Use a cotton swab to remove any sticky remnants.

ALCOHOL-FREE METHODS

  • Pipe
  1. Run a pipe cleaner through your piece a couple of times to remove any blockages.
  2. Fill up a container or jar with lukewarm water. Add a tablespoon of baking soda and an equal amount of vinegar.
  3. Place your pipe into the container and let it soak for five minutes.
  4. Remove the pipe and rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water.
  5. Repeat step one.

DISH SOAP

  1. Fill your sink with lukewarm water. Add a squirt of dish soap to create a bubbly solution.
  2. Use a cotton swab and scraper to remove residue from the bowl of your bong or pipe.
  3. Carefully place your piece into the water and let it soak for 20 minutes.
  4. Return to the sink armed with a cleaning brush or pipe cleaner.
  5. If you’re cleaning a bong, use a brush to thoroughly scrub the inside surfaces clean. Use a pipe cleaner to clean out the ownstem.
  6. For pipes, run a pipe cleaner through the piece 3–4 times. Dunk your pipe into the water between each clean to flush out the stem.
  7. Empty the sink and rinse your piece with lukewarm water.

BOILING WATER

Boiling water is an easy way to clean a piece. Remember, it’s not suitable for thin glass pieces.

  1. Place your bong or pipe into an empty sink. Clean out the bowl with a cotton swab and scraper.
  2. Boil the kettle and fill up the bottom of the sink with boiling water.
  3. Let your piece sit for 20 minutes, or until the water has sufficiently cooled.
  4. Empty the sink.
  5. Use a pipe cleaner and brush to remove tar and residue.
  6. Rinse with lukewarm water.

ISOPROPYL ALCOHOL METHOD

Isopropyl alcohol is a harsh cleaning agent. Use gloves when you’re dealing with it, and avoid using it on wooden pipes. It also helps to have some coarse salt at hand when using this method.

  • Bong
  1. Remove the bowl and clean it out with a cotton swab and scraper. Then, rinse it under the tap.
  2. Add a tablespoon of coarse salt, followed by a generous glug of isopropyl alcohol.
  3. Cover the downstem hole with micropore tape and the mouthpiece with a gloved hand. Shake vigorously for a total of five minutes.
  4. Empty the solution into the toilet and rinse the bong thoroughly with lukewarm water.
  5. Soak a tissue with isopropyl alcohol and wipe down the bowl and downstem.
  6. Soak a pipe cleaner with isopropyl alcohol and scrub the inside of the downstem. Rinse thoroughly.

HOW TO CLEAN A BONG, BOWL, OR PIPE

  • Pipe
  1. Use a cotton swab and pipe cleaner to remove residue from the bowl and the inside of the stem.
  2. Place your pipe into a Ziplock bag. Add a tablespoon of salt and enough isopropyl alcohol to cover the piece.
  3. Shake the bag for five minutes, then let sit for a further 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the piece and rinse thoroughly under lukewarm water.
  5. Scrub out the bowl and stem using a pipe cleaner and brush.
  6. Rinse thoroughly.

CLEANING BONG STEMS AND OTHER HARD-TO-REACH PLACES

It’s important to thoroughly clean bowls, downstems, and other hard-to-reach places. Although we mentioned it above, it’s worth repeating; you might get caught out by hidden residue. Disassemble your piece (if possible) before cleaning, and go to work with a brush and pipe cleaners to make sure your pipe or bong will provide clean and smooth hits.

IS IT TIME FOR A SMOKE YET?

Once your piece has been rinsed and dried, it’s ready for action! Investing a small amount of time into thoroughly cleaning your piece is well worth it. The next few hits are going to be so damn smooth. Going forward, try and clean your piece as regularly as you can. Cleaning your bong or pipe after one or two sessions is easy and only requires a small rinse. If you let it build up, then you’ll have to get scrubbing again!