With all of the different paraphernalia used to consume cannabis in this day and age, it’s pretty easy to overlook the nifty one-hitter.
Between exquisite glass bongs, to intricate bubblers, and the ever-famous dab rigs, the one-hitter pipe is undoubtedly a small contender in a seemingly overcrowded field.
But that’s not to say it is not a worthwhile investment. In fact, it’s a pretty versatile and practical piece.
Sure, there are so many ways to consume your favorite flower, thanks to marijuana edibles and vapes. But not everyone appreciates the never-ending alterations. For avid smokers, the green stuff is the best way to get high.
So, if you’re trying to avoid carrying around an entire bowl or rolling a joint, but want to keep things clean, discreet and simple, you might want to look into this simple pipe, alias the one-hitter.
Let’s talk about what it is, how it’s used, and why it’s a convenient option for smokers who prefer a single quick hit?
What is a One-Hitter?
Even someone who’s new to the cannabis world could quickly decipher the answer to the question. It’s right there in the name.
A one-hitter is basically a pipe that is specifically designed and built to hold just one single hit of cannabis.
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So, typically, a one-hitter is a cylindrically shaped pipe made out of metal or glass. It’s usually flattened out into the shape of a mouthpiece on one side, and the other hand is usually enlarged to hold your buds.
They come in different designs and styles, but they all serve a straightforward purpose. Most can hold about 25 milligrams of weed, which is really good for a single, lungful dose.
They are cleverly designed for both discretion- as they resemble a cigarette and can be carried everywhere without anyone noticing, and for the conservation of your stash- because you can’t carry too much of the cannabis inside.
A bat is one of the most popular types of one-hitters. As the name suggests, a bat is shaped like a baseball bat. The mouthpiece looks exactly like the end of a baseball bat, and the other end of it gets larger and wider to accommodate as much stash as possible. Most bats are made of metal, though there are different types made from glass.
A Brief History of the Chillum
A chillum is another term used to refer to the one-hitter. But the two are different things altogether. The Chillum traces its origin to India, where Hindu Monks used it in the 18th century. It is a straight, cone-shaped pipe used to smoke herbs.
Original Chillums were made of clay, but today they are mostly made of glass. The westerners adopted them in the 1960s and now use them to smoke marijuana.
Another popular equipment that falls into the one-hitter family is the dugout. The dugout is more of a set than a piece. It has two parts: a chamber that you can use to hold your stash, and the one-hitter itself.
The best thing about the dugout is the ease and convenience it gives you to pack your pipe. Simply twist one end of the device into your stash, and just like that, it packs itself.
How to Pack a One-Hitter
Of course, the first thing you need to is to grind the weed. Then take some of that weed and stuff it into the appropriate side of the one-hitter.
Make sure you fill it up nicely so that the bud stays in place even if it’s held facing down. Just don’t over-pack, because it will make smoking harder.
How to Smoke a One-Hitter
Once it’s nicely packed, hold it in between your fingers just like you would a cigarette. Next, place the side with the mouthpiece around your lips, light it, puff a lungful, release, and voila! You are done.
After that, you’ll have to remove the ash and repack some more buds for the next round. This is why it’s often a good idea to carry a case where you can pack some of your stash inside.
Benefits and Drawbacks
The one-hitter provides speed, portability, discretion, and convenience like no other smoking equipment.
You don’t have to roll weed; you don’t need to carry around bulky gear, just a tiny pipe that slides into the smallest spaces. Even the carrying case fits just right into your pocket.
Moreover, you get clean, quick puffs without wasting your weed or buying expensive paraphernalia. This also means it’s easy to pack up, empty, and clean.
The downside of the device lies in its compactness. Because you only get one puff, you’ll have to repack it so many times, and this is not only tiring but also time-consuming.
How to Clean a One-Hitter
Cleaning is quick and easy. Simply soak it in a mixture of vinegar, baking soda and lukewarm water for 10 minutes.
Then use a bobby pin to scrape out any residue inside the stem. Finally, rinse with lukewarm water and leave it to dry.