With the pipe bong anatomy out of the way, now it's time to prep the necessary tools. To properly pack a bowl of weed.
you will need:
- Grinder (optional)
Of course, you'll always need weed to smoke. The better the flower, the better the session. Aim for well-cured cannabis that is sticky with resin. If the flower is too wet, it may become a host for bacteria, mould, and mildew. If it's too dry, you'll find it tasteless and harsh to smoke. A perfectly cured bud is dry but not brittle. As you handle it, you'll notice it still springy to the touch.
A grinder is an optional but preferred second piece of equipment. A grinder quickly and precisely grinds flowers into an even consistency. There are many other ways to grind flower (scissors, knife, or even fingers) — but a grinder is best.
Next up, a lighter. Because terpenes and cannabinoids burn up quickly when exposed to high heat, choose your flame wisely. Butane torches might work best for dab rigs, but steer clear for smoking delicate bud. A simple lighter purchased at a corner store or bodega works best. If you prefer to avoid the use of petrochemicals, matches and hemp wicks are eco-friendly alternatives.
Finally, the bowl. If you already have a favourite pipe laying around — luck you! Pipes generally all come with the bowl built-in. But, if you plan to smoke from a bong or bubbler, you may need to source a separate piece. These are glass, ceramic, or metal pieces widely available online, glass shops, or cannabis retailers. Choose an appropriate size for the type of session you want to have, and that fits the size of your bong.