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 Smoke Weed Without Papers (10 Alternatives to Rolling Papers)
So you’ve run out of rolling papers?
Don’t worry, there are many alternatives to rolling a joint — and now would be a great time to find that old Hookah you bought on your vacation several years ago.
Everyone has a hookah in their basement, right?
Even if you don’t have any, we gathered some ideas on how to get properly stoned with household items (like hot knives).
Part 1: Household alternatives to rolling papers
If you don’t have any of the tools and devices described above, it’s time to find a solution in the things you already have in your home.
#1) Fenty Blotting Sheets
The princess of pot (aka Rihanna) just launched her own line of beauty products. We still don’t know if that was her intention, but her blotting sheets resemble rolling papers a lot.
Those who tried to roll weed in Fenty blotting papers are not really impressed. It seems you’ll manage to roll a joint with these only if you’re very skilled.
However, users report that Riri’s blotting papers burn out much faster than rolling papers, but that they can do the trick if that’s the only “rollable” thing around you.
#2) Corn Husk
This is also a great solution in case of an emergency, so during the corn season don’t throw your corn husk in the garbage. In Jamaica and even in California, corn husk is being used as a natural alternative to rolling papers.
Even when it’s dry, corn husk burns slowly and keeps your weed tucked safely with its fiber structure.
#3) Hot Knives
This is one of the oldest ways to smoke hashish and smaller pieces of cannabis, too.
Turn the stove on medium heat and place the stainless steel knives over the burner. Be aware of the hot handles so you don’t burn yourself. Once the knives are hot enough, place the bud on the end of one knife and squeeze it with the other.
You’ll see the smoke almost immediately so be prepared to inhale it. You can also use an empty toilet paper roll to inhale easier.
#4) Empty Cigarette
True stoners don’t like to even think about this method, but when there is nothing else but a cigarette, I say go for it.
If you smoke or have a friend who smokes cigarettes, just roll the cigarette gently in your fingers to empty the tobacco out. Once empty, fill the cigarette carefully with weed.
You should also try to pull out the filter with a needle, and replace it with a joint roach.
#5) Gum Wrapper
But not the whole gum wrapper. Most gum papers are made of two layers of papers: thin foil and an even thinner piece of paper.
This is a tricky one since you have to be extra careful and gently remove the thin paper from the foil. It even looks like a rolling paper, but just make sure you remove all traces of foil from it.
#6) Rose Blunts
By far, the coolest alternative to rolling papers, rose blunts are a bit tricky to make and you’ll need some practice before you manage to roll a perfect rose blunt. Rose petals are completely edible and therefore smokable. The best of all, you’ll need just three rose petals and an oven.
First, you need to dry the petals. Preheat your oven and line the petals on the pan. Put the pan in the oven for just 10 seconds so the petals can dry up a bit, but not too much.
Take the pan out, lick the bottom of the petals and “glue” them together so you end up with something that resembles a rolling paper. Put them back in the oven for another 10 seconds. Remember, they shouldn’t be too dry and “crispy”.
Then let them cool down for two minutes and roll it as you would a regular blunt.
Part 2: Accessories and gadgets you might already have
Let’s start with those pipes and bongs that you have somewhere in your house, or which you can easily buy online or in a local head shop.
To clear things up, smoking weed with these tools has both pros and cons, especially when it comes to your health.
Bongs are easy to use and fairly cheap to buy—in fact, there are great bongs for under $100.
Some people prefer smoking weed with bongs since they get you high just in a few tokes.
Once you get to know how bongs work, you’ll be hooked. There are many types of bongs, but only two that have reached superstar levels: Standard, and Gravity bongs.
Standard bongs are usually made of glass and they are available for sale in practically any head shop.
On the other hand, gravity bongs are usually made on the spot. They can be made from almost any household item at your home.
Here is a quick guide on how to use a bong:
- Pour water so that the downstem is completely submerged;
- Grind one gram of weed and pack the bowl;
- Place the mouthpiece in your mouth while lighting the bowl. Draw until the chamber becomes full of white milky smoke;
- Remove the bowl piece and inhale the smoke.
There are several types of pipes. You can use pipes that are made of glass, wood, metal, clay and many other materials.
Also, you can make a pipe from several household items but we’ll get to that later in the article.
The process of smoking weed with a pipe is very similar to bongs, but let’s go through it quickly.
- Grind your weed and pack the bowl;
- While you are holding the pipe to your mouth, cover the little hole on the side of the pipe (if it has any) with your thumb or index finger;
- With your lighter, run the flame over your weed. At the same time, gently inhale the smoke. This way you’ll “draw” all the smoke into the pipe;
- Remove your finger from the little hole and inhale the smoke.
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This is personally my favorite way to smoke weed without rolling papers.
The term “hookah” comes from the Urdu word huqqa (meaning pipe), but in different countries it’s known for other words like nargilah or shisha.
Hookahs originated in India and have spread all over the Ottoman Empire, where they became a popular way of smoking tobacco.
Smoking weed with a Hookah can seem a little complicated, but once you learn how to prepare your hookah, you’ll realize how easy it is to actually get high with it.
Here is what you’ll need:
- Aluminum foil
- Hookah tobacco or tobacco-free hookah flavor (optional)
- A pair of tongs (so you can easily pack your shisha)
Pour some water into the water base (fill it up to a bit over half).
There are two ways to pack a bowl, and which one you’ll choose depends on whether you want to use tobacco or not.
I also like to put a little bit of hookah flavored tobacco, and then place the weed on top.
The reason why I do this is simple — flavored tobacco adds a little bit of moisture to the mix, so your weed won’t burn out too quickly.
If you want to avoid tobacco, try adding some tobacco-free hookah flavors.
The other way is to just simply grind the weed and place it in a bowl.
Now, cut the aluminum foil into a square or two. I prefer to use two layers of foil so it spreads the heat throughout the bowl a little more evenly. Cover the bowl with both layers (or one) and then pierce the foil several times to make enough air holes.
Take one piece of coal with your tongs and light it up with your lighter. Put the coal over the foil. Depending on the size of the coal pieces, you might need more than one.
Your hookah is now almost ready. Put a mouthpiece in your mouth and inhale slowly. You will see the water bubbling while you pull that first puff.
If the hookah has two hoses, don’t inhale at the same time as someone else, because this will make the coal burn too hot and you’ll burn up your weed too quickly.
Bonus tip: My ultimate personal favorite when it comes to smoking without papers is smoking hashish in the hookah. The process is exactly the same same, but slightly better than weed because hashish burns slower.
I have to add that this way of smoking is not the best thing you can do for your health, even if you use tobacco-free products. They say that smoking hookah is more dangerous than smoking cigarettes.
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Vaping is one of the healthiest ways to consume weed since it produces much fewer toxins than smoking.
The most dangerous thing when smoking weed is the smoke itself since it contains chemicals that cause cancer. So keep in mind that over 100 toxins are still released when smoking a joint.
If you’re looking to avoid smoke and use cannabis without papers, vaporizers are just the thing.
The only con when it comes to vaping is that vaporizers and vape pens are a bit expensive, but once you buy one you can use it for years without worrying about running out of papers ever.
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Every vaporizer is different so before you start using it read the instructions carefully.
Make sure to first charge the battery and sterilize the device. Vaporizers usually need several hours of charging before you can use them.
Turn your device on for a couple of minutes to warm up. Most vaporizers have an indicator light which shows when the device is ready to be used.
Pack your chamber with 0.25 to 0.5 grams of weed. I don’t recommend breaking weed up with your fingers, as it’s important that weed is finely ground so that heat can activate the cannabinoids properly.
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The second step is to set the right temperature. The average temperature range (and the one you can use) is between 360° and 380° Fahrenheit.
When everything is set, inhale the vapor through the mouthpiece. While you exhale, you’ll feel just how stronger the taste is when compared to smoking.
In this article, we will teach you how to get high when you run out of rolling papers by using smoking tools and homemade DIY alternatives.