The Best Ways To Smoke Weed Without Rolling Papers
Many people like to smoke joints. Many others don’t. Thankfully, there are numerous ways that you can get high without rolling papers. Not only can you use traditional methods like pipes or bongs, but you can also get creative and make your own smoking devices out of household items.
Joints have long been an iconic part of marijuana culture. Many people love them for their simplicity, their convenience, and their flavour. However, situations may arise where smoking papers are not available. Moreover, some people don’t like to smoke joints because of the prospect of smoking paper. Others simply prefer to consume marijuana via other methods that may be more enjoyable or convenient for them. Whatever the reason, there is a wide range of alternative methods you can use to get high. Here is a list of some of the most well-known alternatives to rolling papers.
Vaporizers have become one of the most common ways to consume marijuana products. Dry herbs, oils, waxes, distillates, and other concentrates like shatter or budder can all be converted into vapour and inhaled.
Vaporizers are not only flexible in their usage, but are also a significantly healthier alternative to smoking. This is because marijuana vapour contains far fewer toxins and carcinogens than marijuana smoke. Vaporizers were first invented as a healthier method of consuming tobacco, but have evolved into one of the safest, most convenient, and most enjoyable ways to consume marijuana.
Vaporizers function best at temperatures ranging from 140–205°C (285–400°F). Temperatures outside of this range risk leaving behind cannabinoids or burning them into smoke. Be sure to grind your weed before vaping to make sure it gets completely and evenly vaporised.
Vaporizers come in many varieties. Whether you are looking to vape at home or on-the-go, there are a wide range of options and price points to choose from. Some types of vaporizers, like vape pens, for example, have become very popular, and consequently very expensive.
Lastly, not all vaporizers are built to last. Disposable vape pens or cartridges are now sold in dispensaries all across North America. These vaporizers utilise simple, small, and cheap batteries instead of complex heating units. They are typically sold as a package with some type of concentrate like oil or THC distillate. Once the attached concentrate is all vaped up, the pen is then expected to be tossed out.
Pipes come in all shapes and sizes. They can also be made from any number of materials including glass, metal, wood, and clay. Different materials produce slightly different-tasting smoke, so many people have preferences when it comes to pipes. Pipes are very convenient because they are typically very easy to carry and use.
In order for materials to burn evenly in a pipe, they must be finely ground up beforehand. If the pipe has a carb hole on the side, make sure to cover it while lighting your herb and release it when inhaling.
If you have the right materials, pipes can even be made at home if necessary. Read on to find out how you can make pipes out of items like apples, corn husks, and water bottles.
Many people prefer smoking weed out of bongs because they can get you very high, very quickly. Not only do bongs get you way higher than joints, but they are much more convenient since they save you the time of having to roll a joint. The only real negative with bongs is that they require water in order to function properly. This can be a problem if water is not readily available, or if water spills out of the bong.
Bongs can be made out of all kinds of materials including glass, metal, plastic, ceramic, and even certain kinds of wood like bamboo. They can also come in many different designs including carburetor bongs, percolator bongs, multi-chambered bongs, straight-tube bongs, beaker-shaped bongs, and gravity bongs.
Gravity bongs are named for the technique they use to produce smoke. They are sometimes also known as water bongs, although they are essentially the same thing. Gravity bongs can be made out of a wide range of accessible materials like watermelons, pumpkins, milk jugs, and paint buckets. Essentially, to make a water bong, you will need a container that can hold water, and a plastic bottle that can hold smoke.
To make and use a gravity bong, follow these steps:
- Cut the plastic bottle in half.
- Cover the mouth hole with aluminium foil. Mould it into the shape of a bowl.
- Poke holes in the foil for airflow.
- Fill the container up with water.
- Place the bottle in the container with the mouthpiece above the waterline.
- Place weed on the foil and light it.
- Pull the bottle upwards while lighting to fill it with smoke.
- Push the bottle downwards into the water as you inhale so as to force the smoke upwards into your lungs.
Bubblers are like a mix between a pipe and a bong. In a sense, they are the best of both worlds. Small enough to be conveniently handled like a pipe, but built to get you as high as a bong. Bubblers are typically made of glass and have a round chamber either on the bottom or on the side. The chamber is filled with water, and the weed goes in the bowl. If you are looking to try something different, or if you are looking for a more portable version of your bong, check out a bubbler.
ALTERNATIVE ROLLING OPTIONS
If you find yourself without rolling papers, don’t forget that other paper-based materials can work as substitutes. Items such as cigarette papers, gum wrappers, and even the Yellow Pages can be used as a substitute for regular rolling papers. The paper used in phone books is very thin and very similar to regular rolling papers. The thinness of the paper will also help to easily bind it shut with saliva, just like you would with regular papers. Although cigarette papers are typically thicker, gum wrappers are similarly very thin and brittle.
When it comes to using alternative papers, just be sure to handle them carefully to avoid tears. Additionally, be careful when inserting filters as it is possible to accidentally tear the paper with them.
The term hookah is derived from the Urdu word “huqqa”, meaning “pipe”. These types of smoking devices originated on the Indian subcontinent and quickly spread across the Ottoman empire. As they became a wildly popular method of smoking tobacco, these kinds of tools spread into Europe and Asia. Smoking marijuana out of a hookah pipe may seem somewhat complicated, but it is not.
To do so, you will need a hookah pipe, coals, aluminium foil, tongs, water, and, if desired, shisha to mix with. If you decide to mix your weed with shisha or tobacco, place it on the bottom, with the cannabis on top. This will provide some moisture for the weed so that it does not dry out during the smoking process.
The hookah method is also very effective with hashish. Just remember to handle the coals with care and to not tug on the mouthpiece so the pipe does not fall over.
Dab rigs allow you to consume extremely potent cannabis extracts like shatter, honeycomb, and budder. In essence, dab rigs use a flash vaporisation method to process concentrates. In order to achieve this, you have to use a blowtorch instead of a lighter. The advantage to using dab rigs is, of course, how high they can get you. Because the extracts that dab rigs process are extremely potent, they arguably get you higher than any other method on this page.
Many people believe that dabbing is a healthier method of consuming marijuana than smoking, as it usually does not involve combustion. This makes the resulting vapour more “pure” than regular cannabis smoke.
Apple pipes are a fun and convenient way to smoke cannabis. Apples are one of the most popular and accessible fruits in the world, and can be very easily converted into smoking devices. All you need to make an apple pipe is an apple, a pen, and maybe some aluminium foil.
Before you begin, make sure to choose a fresh apple that will not fall apart. You will be poking holes into it, so it must hold up. Additionally, pen substitutes like pen caps, pencils, or strong straws can be used, but are not recommended.
To make and use an apple pipe, follow these steps:
- Jam the pen into the apple to create a tunnel from the top (stem) to the middle/bottom of the apple.
- Use the pen to create another tunnel into the side of the apple. This tunnel should connect to the middle one, providing unrestricted airflow.
- Line the natural mould of the apple where the stem came out with aluminium foil to act as a bowl.
- Poke holes in the aluminium foil to allow for airflow.
- Place your weed on top of the aluminium foil, light, and pull through the side hole.
- Some people prefer to carve a third tunnel on the other side of the apple to function as a carb. This is possible, but not at all necessary.
Corn husks have become very popular among health-conscious smokers. In Jamaica and California, corn husks are regularly used as alternatives to rolling papers or other devices. Since husks are all-natural, this is considered to be one of the healthiest methods of smoking cannabis.
After being dried, corn husks are simple to roll up. Additionally, they are fibrous, meaning they can be tightly secured to hold marijuana inside and will smoke slowly like papers. If you’re looking for a fun, healthy, and creative way to smoke marijuana, give dried corn husks a try.
The hot knife method is one of the oldest known ways of smoking cannabis or hashish. All you need are one or two knives and a heating element. If using a stove, turn it on medium heat and place the steel knives over the burner. This will allow them to heat up and make the weed stick to them. When the knives are hot enough, place a piece of bud on one, and squeeze it with the other. Inhale the marijuana as it begins to smoke.
When handling hot knives, be careful not to burn yourself on their handles. When they touch marijuana, it will immediately begin to produce smoke, so be ready to inhale.
Some minor modifications can be made to the method if preferred. Some people prefer to cut a plastic bottle in half and use that as a suction tool. A cardboard paper towel roll can also be used. Additionally, some people choose to omit the knives altogether and place their marijuana directly onto the heating element using a sheet of foil. This method works just as well, but provides equally less control over the direction of the smoke (not to mention the risk of burning your face), making the use of a cardboard roll or cut-up plastic bottle a must.
Plastic lungs are not just easy to make, but will also get you extremely high. Lungs mimic the same airflow functionality as bongs. In order to make a plastic lung, you will need a plastic container like a 2l bottle, scissors, aluminium foil, tape, and a plastic bag. 2l bottles tend to work very well, however, you can also use a 4l container if you wish.
To make and use a lung, follow these steps:
- Cut the plastic container in half.
- Use the tape to attach the plastic bag to the bottom of the container, sealing it.
- Place aluminium foil on the mouthpiece of the container. Mould into a bowl shape.
- Poke holes in the foil.
- Place marijuana on top of the foil.
- Pull on the bag as you light the weed, creating suction.
- When the bag is full, lift off the foil and inhale.
When making a lung, the capacity of the container will depend on the size of the bag used. As such, the larger the bag, the more smoke that the lung will hold, and the higher you will get.
Smoking marijuana from a soda can is just about as juvenile as it gets. A “do-it-yourself” favourite among new smokers, soda cans can easily be converted into smoking devices. Simply bend the can in half, poke some holes into the new crease, and poke a carb hole in the side. Put your weed inside the crease, light it, and inhale through the mouthpiece.
While soda cans work as smoking devices, many people worry about possible negative health effects. The aluminium that the can is made of may not be as safe to smoke from as aluminium foil. Additionally, the ink on the can may release chemicals when heated. As such, even though the method works, it should be used sparingly.
Conversely, some people actually prefer smoking out of a soda can. Proponents claim that your high can be enhanced by the residual sugar and caffeine molecules in the can. Unsurprisingly, there is no research to confirm these claims.
Similarly to cans and 2l containers, plastic water bottles can be retrofitted into smoking tools. Just poke a hole in the side of the bottle, place some aluminium foil on the mouth piece (in the shape of a bowl), poke some holes in the foil, and voila! You have yourself a water bottle pipe. Some prefer to make the hole in the bottom of the bottle, but really anywhere works. Water bottle pipes can be frustrating to use as they require being held at a somewhat weird angle during use. As such, be careful not to accidentally knock your weed out of the bowl when lighting up.
Rose blunts are not commonly talked about when it comes to alternative smoking methods. Yet, many people claim that they are just as effective as any method of consuming cannabis. In order to prepare a rose blunt, you will need just 3 rose petals and a working oven.
To prepare the blunt, preheat the oven to broil and set aside 3 rose petals. When the oven is hot enough, place them on a pan inside the oven for about 10 seconds. Take the pan out, lick the rose petals, and stick them together to make a blunt wrap. Place them back in the oven for another 10 seconds. Remember to not let them get too dry or crispy as that could cause problems when rolling. Simply pull them out of the oven, let them cool down for a moment, and roll yourself a rose blunt.
There are lots of ways to get high without rolling papers. Check out this list of alternative methods ranging from glass bongs to DIY apple pipes.
How to Roll a Hash Joint in 3 simple steps!
For many, smoking hash is one of life’s great pleasures. The high is often mellower and it makes for a great daytime or practical smoke. However, the process of actually smoking it in a joint is quite a bit different than it is with buds.
If you’re looking down at a tasty brown block of hash or a squidgy blob of charas and have no idea where to start using it, WeedRepublic has you covered!
This ‘How to Roll a Hash Joint’ guide will give you all the information you need to make the perfect hash joint. We cover:
- How to prepare your hash for a joint.
- Making a roach.
- Choosing which rolling papers to use.
- How to load your rolling papers with your smoking mix.
- How to actually roll an amazing hash joint!
Armed with our tips, you’ll be rolling like Snoop in no time!
Thanks to @chasin.flaves for sharing this beautiful shot on ig.
Roll a Hash Joint: Sort Your Stash
The first thing that’s important to learn about making a hash joint is that hash doesn’t burn very well. If you were to try and use only hash in your joint, it would burn hot, harsh, uneven, and probably go out after every puff. That’s not ideal!
Most people mix their hashish with something that burns a little more evenly. That might be cannabis buds or even tobacco. By including tobacco or dried and ground buds, a hash joint will not only smoke better but it will be easier to roll too.
You’re going to want to process your block of the hash in some way to make it easier to blend with the bud or tobacco. Don’t worry though, this isn’t particularly difficult, but the method you use will depend on the type of hash you have.
Types of Hash
There are two main types of hash and each needs a different method to get it ready for smoking in a joint. They are known as squidgy hash (charas) and brick hash. Some hash probably falls somewhere in between the two as well.
Squidgy Hash (or Charas)
Squidgy hash is the name given to weed extracts taken from live plants. It’s usually from North India or Nepal, where the locals call it charas. The hash makers there will grab the living plants and rub the buds between their hands until the trichomes (crystals) that get you high get left behind as a dark brown or black sticky paste on their palms. This is collected and formed into balls ready for sale.
The best way to prepare this variety of hash for use in a joint is to break a bit off your main piece (it will be very soft and malleable) and roll it into a long, thin sausage shape. Make a few of these ready for your hash joint (depending on how strong you want it to be).
Charas as shown in this image from Weed Supermarket.
Brick hash is commonly made from dry cannabis plants. It’s usually from places like Morocco. When trichomes dry with the plant itself, they become brittle and break off. Hash makers will collect this as fine dust and compress it into firm blocks. These might be crumbly or pretty solid.
If your hash is crumbly, you can just break it down with your fingers into small pieces before mixing it with your tobacco or ground buds. On the other hand, if your hash is a solid piece, you’re going to want to heat it to make it more workable.
Heating hash is best done with a regular old cigarette lighter. The idea is to apply gentle heat, causing the particles to expand so that you can crumble it into pieces small enough to use in a joint. Avoid using a windproof lighter. They might be ideal for lighting the joint in any conditions but it’ll incinerate all of the good stuff from your hash.
You’re basically heating it so that it becomes easier to break up, not to burn it. If your hash turns black or to ash when heating, it got too hot. You’ll have burned off some of its THC content, making for a less potent smoke.
Once you’ve given your brick hash the once over with a lighter, you can pinch a bit off the block and crumble it between your fingers. Go for as fine as possible but you don’t need to work it into an actual powder. When you’re done, it’s ready to be mixed with your tobacco or ground weed buds.
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Choose Your Papers
There are all kinds of rolling papers these days. There are long ones like Rowll, short ones like RAW, and even papers that aren’t even made out of paper at all!
To help you understand the different rolling papers, we’ve explained some of the distinctions between the kinds of products out there below:
Raw’s King Sized Rolling Kit comes with two packs of papers, a carrying case, filter papers, and a lighter, so you are ready to go!
They’re the leaders in all things rolling for a reason – RAW. Completely natural, these papers guarantee a smooth, even burn every time you light up.
You can get papers in a baffling array of sizes these days. The smallest are about 2” and the largest can be 12” or more. If you’ve never rolled a cigarette or a joint of any kind before, we recommend some smaller papers to begin with.
Once you get good at making small joints, the skills transfer pretty easily to making bigger ones. That said, many veteran smokers struggle to roll a joint out of the very biggest papers on the market!
Most rolling papers are made, well, of paper! However, when it comes to that paper, there is actually quite a lot of variation.
Rolling papers come in a range of thicknesses. Generally, connoisseur smokers like to smoke with the thinnest paper possible. Products like OCB’s Slim Fit papers are popular.
However, novice smokers will likely find these thinner papers harder to roll with at first. They tend to be less grippy on the fingers and inexperienced hands can struggle with their relative lack of rigidity.
Other manufacturers make their products in a more “natural” way. Untreated, hemp-based products, like RAW and Pure Hemp, are becoming increasingly popular these days. Lacking some of the nasty chemicals of bleached products, they’re an obvious choice for many.
Finally, there are rolling papers that aren’t even made out of paper at all. Products like cellulose papers from Clear are made entirely from plant cellulose and make for some funky looking joints. We don’t recommend these for newbie rollers though, they’re not the easiest to work with!
For the expert rollers out there, these Slim Fit papers from OCB are a must have. Light up more plant material and less paper!
Know exactly what you’re inhaling with these Extra Wide Pure Hemp papers.
Make Your Roach
Next, you’re going to want to make a roach. This is the part of the joint that you inhale from and hold. It stops you from burning your fingers as the joint gets near the end. It also stops any of the ingredients from it ending up in your mouth.
A roach is typically made out of cardboard. Any cardboard will do and many people use the cardboard that their rolling papers are packaged in. The problem with that is you can never make enough roaches for the number of papers in the pack.
Crafty rolling paper companies solved this problem by creating designated roach books are always part of any serious smoker’s kit these days. They’re basically just books of pieces of card that are appropriately sized to make a roach out of.
To make a simple roach you want to take your piece of card (around 2cm x 5cm but let’s not get too technical) and roll it into the cylinder. It’s good to roll it as tight as possible because it will definitely expand when you’re rolling your joint. If when rolled into a tight cylinder, you think the roach feels a bit too chunky for your preference, you can unroll it, shorten the card by ripping a small piece off and roll it up again. Voila! A roach.
You’ve put all that work into rolling the perfect hash joint. Now make sure you get to enjoy it down to its very, very end!
This adorable Narwhal Roach Clip will be there to keep you company while you do it!
Load Your Paper
The next step to rolling your first hash joint is to start packing your paper. There are different approaches you can take here depending on the hash you’re smoking. The idea is to surround the hash with whatever you’re using to help it burn (tobacco or bud).
First, lay your paper on a smooth, clean surface in front of you. You want the gum (a sticky line across the top of the paper) away from you but sticky side up.
If you’re using some form of crumbly hash, the best way to ensure an even smoke is to mix all your ingredients together before rolling. Just mix your crumbled hash and your tobacco or ground weed together on a surface with your fingers and sweep it into either your hand to load the paper, or directly into the rolling paper.
If you’re smoking a squidgy type of hash and you’ve rolled it into long pieces, the mixing method isn’t going to work for you. You’re going to want to layer the hash into the joint instead.
- Put a small amount of tobacco or ground up bud in the bottom of the paper and spread it out along its length.
- Add one or more “worms” (depending on personal tolerance and the occasion). You want to make sure you get a bit of hash in every drag so trim them to cover the length if you need to.
- Add some more tobacco or ground up buds to completely cover the hash “worms”.
Distribution of the materials is crucial to making a good joint. The way you lay everything out will have a big impact on the shape of the finished article. If you want to roll a cone (and who doesn’t), you need to taper down the amount used towards the roach end.
You can actually put the roach in at this point too. Sit it at the side of the joint of the hand you write with. You want to line up the end of your roach with the edge of the paper. Move any materials away from the roach area before you put the roach in and then smooth the joint’s contents back up against it again.
Ideally, you want the materials, when slightly compacted, to form a perfectly straight line from the roach to the end of the joint itself. You probably won’t get this first go, but that’s what we’re aiming for.
Roll a Hash Joint: The Important Bit!
Rolling the joint is the hardest part of the whole task – so much so that many lifelong stoners struggle to roll a decent one. It’s difficult to explain and requires a lot of practice but here goes:
- Carefully pick up your rolling paper loaded with joint ingredients and roach. You want to be holding it in front of you in both hands between your thumbs and fingers. This is going to feel weird at first.
- Pinch the contents and roll them backward and forwards between your thumb and fingers. You’re not trying to roll the joint first time. This bit is about smoothing out all the ingredients into the correct shape.
- When you’re happy with your shaping efforts, you want to take the paper surrounding the roach between the thumb and fingers of the hand you write with and support the joint with the other hand about two-thirds of the way along.
- Supporting the paper at the back with your fingers, pull your thumbs down until you can push the edge of the paper behind the materials – particularly around the roach.
- Rollback the opposite way and you should see that all the materials and roach are now encased in the paper. You just need to continue rolling until only the gum is exposed along the edge of the joint.
- Lick the gum and stick it down along the joint.
- Poke the end of the joint down to take out any sagginess common in novice joints and so that you can twist the end so none of the good stuff falls out.
- Light it up and enjoy it!
“Can’t Roll” Hacks
As you probably gathered from the above, rolling is a bit of an art. It’s not the easiest thing to teach or explain. Once you understand the process it’s just about practicing a lot. However, for impatient folks, there are a few hacks you can employ to enjoy a higher quality joint in less time.
- Rolling machine: A rolling machine like the Futurola is a great way to create uniform quality joints fast, even for novices.
- Rolling mat: The same principle as a rolling machine, just a little more old-school.
- The fold-over-with-flat-surface trick: Ok, so there’s probably a better name for this but we don’t know it! A lot of people make perfectly smokable joints without really rolling them at all. Instead, they kind of wrap the paper around their ingredients by folding it over them and then again on itself. The results aren’t usually super-pretty but it’s easier than properly rolling a joint.
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Keep on Rolling
That’s all there is to it. Hopefully, thanks to our guide on ‘How to Roll a Hash Joint’ you now have a pretty solid understanding of how to roll your very first hash joint. Hash is an often-underrated form of cannabis these days. It got a bad reputation in the late 1990s as an influx of terrible quality stuff flooded particularly the European market.
More recently, the quality is right back up there and there’s even more diversity than there is in the world of cannabis buds. A hash made from Blue Dream in bubble bags like will be worlds apart from that found in the Riff Mountains of Morocco. In fact, the sticky, treacle charas from Northern India is a particular favorite smoke here at the WeedRepublic!
For many, smoking hash is one of life’s great pleasures. The high is often mellower and it makes for a great daytime or practical smoke. However, the process of actually smoking it in a joint is quite a bit different than it is with buds. If you’re looking down at a tasty brown block of hash or a squidgy blob of charas