Those who enjoy smoking their cannabis product have a wide variety of devices at their disposal. Each method of smoking will produce a very different effect by affecting the grade of smoke inhaled. Following is an overview of the various options available as well as some notes on the specifics of each one.
This article can provide an enlightened vantage point from which to begin your own forays into the fascinating world of THC saturation. Refer to this before you visit your top online headshop and make the best selection for your recreational or therapeutic use.
Hand Pipes — arguably the most common THC delivery method in use today is the hand pipe. These are favored not only for their small size and convenience, but they are also very simple to own, operate and clean when necessary. Another nice thing about the hand pipes is the plethora of design options that can be found. The hand pipe works by trapping the smoke within the pipe which can then be inhaled and enjoyed.
Water Pipes — also called a bong, the water pipe comes in a great many different designs and styles including but not limited to bubblers, gravity bongs and many more. Like your hand pipes, these are found in an abundance of designs and styles that can only be described as spectacular. Then there are the health benefits sometimes accredited to bongs. While it is true that the water used in a bong will cool the smoke, there is no evidence that this will remove the harmful effects that smoking can have.
Rolling Papers — rolling papers allows the weed enthusiast to create joints, blunts and spliffs as well as demonstrate dexterity and bravura with an amazing performance of rolling style and skill. The papers are made of natural substances like rice, bamboo or even hemp. To roll a blunt you will need the thicker cigar rolling papers and often make the roll longer and thicker. A spliff can be created from a mixture of marijuana and smoking tobacco, even a decommissioned cigarette. The nicotine/THC combo provides an effect that many find agreeable. Of course the health concerns for inhaling nicotine smoke are also applied to the spliff.
Hookahs — a less common way of smoking pot is with a hookah. This is designed and most commonly used for smoking shisha, which is a term for wet tobacco. This is also a somewhat problematic way of smoking weed, because the design is not made for dry marijuana. When marijuana is used in the hookah it burns too fast and produces an unpleasant smoke and flavor. Burning weeds also deadens the THC effect. The alternative is to create a mixture of marijuana and shisha and smoke the combination. The effects can be compared to those of a spliff and also carry the same health concerns attached to smoking tobacco and nicotine. Of course the best thing about the hookah experience is that it allows multiple people to smoke at one time, thus improving the enjoyment all around.
Homemade One-Time Use Devices — then there are those times when you have no device on hand and creativity is the flavor of the day. While most home-made one-time devices are fashioned after the simple hand-pipe, a little more creativity and basic supplies can produce water pipes, gravity bongs and possibly the next big sensation still undiscovered. The important thing to keep in mind when making your own devices are health considerations, you never want to inhale the fumes of burning plastics, woods or any other smoke besides the marijuana and possibly a rolling paper.
In conclusion — there are a good many ways to enjoy baking. Anyone of the aforementioned devices can provide different experiences and they should all be tried at least once. The intrepid connoisseur can keep a record of their own personal experiences noting the subtle differences in delivery method. This can lead to a more refined experience and greater enjoyment in the future.