How to pack a bowl. We can argue about volume, airflow, and flame angle, but there are only two correct ways to prepare a bowl. Throughout this article, we’ll discuss these two methods and discuss their advantages and disadvantages. But first, what happens when a bowl is improperly packed?
Did You Pack Your Bowl Correctly?
Many of us have had the misfortune of tossing an entire nug into a bowl and attempting to light it. It usually does not go well. Even if everything appears to be in order, the experience is akin to smoking a moss-covered rock.
. The outside, while green and vibrant, is burned away to reveal an ineffective core. Not to mention the butane flavor from the flames cresting around the sides of the nug; it’s revolting.
Using hemp wick helps to avoid the unpleasant BIC flavor while also lowering the lungs’ intake of butane. To cut a long story short, don’t expect much from a full nug in your bowl.
What You Need to Pack a Bowl
To pack the perfect bong bowl you’ll need all the right tools. These are probably the things you usually use but we’ll run down a short list to make sure.
1. Cannabis. The weed you have should be properly dried and ready to be ground without being too sticky.
2. Grinder. Choose a weed grinder that has medium-sized holes that won’t provide too fine of a grind.
3. Pipe or Bong with a bowl. A fourteen-millimeter bowl is a typical size but larger bowls exist with bigger capacity.
4. Hemp wick or lighter. A standard lighter will work but if you want to cut down out the butane flavor from your smoke sesh then using a hemp wick will taste fresh.
Here’s How to Load a Bowl
Hand-packing is the most ancient method, involving breaking up some bud with two fingers against the palm (or, preferably, on a clean surface), and was the standard practice prior to the invention of grinders.
The argument for hand packing is that the bud breaks up enough to neatly pack into a bowl without compromising the potency of the nug.
Breaking up nugs by hand in as few motions as possible preserves all of the trichomes, allowing you to taste and feel the full power of the flowers.
Step 1: Grind Your Weed
While hand-picking is a useful technique, using a grinder provides other benefits. When grinding flowers, the surface area increases, meaning more of that flower can fit into a bowl or a vape chamber.
Having maximum surface area is the key to getting a big hit because the heat source can come into contact with as much of the bud as possible. That’s why it’s wise to use a grinder when loading bowls for a vaporizer or to share hits in a larger pipe.
Here’s how to load a bong bowl for a consistently good smoke. Load a big nug into the grinder by breaking it into two or three smaller pieces and pushing it into the grinder teeth.
Close the grinder and turn it in both directions several times until it provides little to no resistance. The lighter the bowl pack, the finer the grind. Pushing too hard on finely ground weed will cause a clogged bowl that will need to be dumped and reloaded.
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Step 2: Load the Bowl
Packing takes practice, and manual dexterity and some may say it’s for purists but the quality of flavor is supreme. After breaking the bud up by hand, it’s time to do the packing.
Throw one of the more significant bits in the bottom to act as a screen, layer the rest on top, and then gently push down the entire bowl. Using a light touch is critical to success when packing a bowl like this.
Something that will make a difference in all of this is what type of bowl you are using and if the bowl has a screen or a built-in filter.
These types of bowl setups will have better airflow and can burn through a tightly packed bowl with ease. Keep this in mind when using a filtered bowl and feel free to pack it more densely regardless of your grinding method.
Step 3: Smoke Your Bowl
With your lighter or hemp wick, light on one side or one corner of the bowl. Hold the flame to the bowl for no more than a second or two, allowing the embers to do the work of making the rest of the bowl smoke. Inhale and enjoy yourself.
So, when it’s time to relax with a fat nug, grab your favorite pipe and experiment with each method to notice the differences. Remember to either break it up by hand and pack it tightly or grind it finely and press lightly when loading a bowl. Never waste another bowl again with this piece of advice.
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