If you’re an avid cannabis consumer, one of the trickiest parts about visiting family over the holidays can be finding the materials to smoke discretely. Things get even harder if you’re visiting family in states where recreational cannabis is still illegal. Double so if your relatives aren’t down with smoking weed. Maybe you run into an old high school friend who hooks you up with some nugs. But now you need something to smoke them with. So if you find yourself home for the holidaze, try these DIY pipe and bong ideas.
DIY Pipes and Bongs: Two Basic Principles
Do-it-yourselfers need to creative and resourceful, able to improvise with the materials at hand. Maybe you already have a tried-and-true method for making a homemade pipe.
The classic and most iconic has to be the famous apple bowl. But what if the materials you need aren’t handy? Making a good DIY pipe means knowing what materials will make it work.
And if you understand the principles behind how bongs and pipes work, you’ll be able to use a broad range of materials to make one.
1. Organic Stuff Is Your Friend, Not Metal or Plastic
Make use of produce, food, and other chewy and gooey substances to make your DIY bong. They’re easy to work with if you pick the right ones.
And it’s super easy to get rid of the evidence in a hurry if you need to. Just eat it! Furthermore, use the right fruit or veggie to craft your pipe, and you’ll add a delicious flavor to your smoking experience.
That being said, make sure to stay away from plastic or metal stuff. The default choice for many DIYers is aluminum foil because it’s so easy to shape.
Love your lungs! However, it is possible to use plastic and foil on parts of your pipe that won’t get hot, like a water chamber or connections between different pieces.
2. Make Sure Your Bong or Pipe Is Air-Tight!
The biggest challenge facing the DIY bong builder is keeping the airflow tight. Your Frankenpipe won’t work no matter how cool it looks if air is leaking out of it.
Here’s where a little melting action can come in handy. If you’re working with plastic materials like bottles or containers, heat up the plastic before you punch any holes through it. That will ensure an air-tight seal around any stems or bowls.
Other options include using some chewy, sticky substance around any leaks. Gum is the best choice. Just make sure you’ve chewed it a while, so no sugars are left.
Another word of warning. Most people would grab a role of duct tape in this situation, but avoid this at all costs! The adhesive on the tape is toxic and will contaminate your smoking device.
Now that you’ve gathered the best materials for the job, it’s time to build. A smoking device has three essential parts.
- A bowl to pack and burn your cannabis flower
- A chamber to collect the marijuana smoke
- A mouthpiece to inhale the smoke
Fruits and veggies like apples or bell peppers work great because they combine the bowl and the chamber in a single piece. Remove the stem from the top of the apple or pepper, and you’ve got your bowl.
Then, just punch a hole in the side — or add a second for a carb — attach a mouthpiece like a paper-towel tube, and you’re set. Or, just inhale the smoke right from the hole in the fruit itself. You’ll also suck out a bit of the juice from the apple or pepper for a delicious addition to your smoking experience.
Plastic pens are like a DIY pipe multi-tool. Remove the ink, and they become the perfect tool for coring holes in your produce or for using as a downstem to connect your bowl and your chamber. Remember to make sure you’re not using your lighter on the plastic pen chamber.
Using your imagination and following these DIY principles for pipe and bong construction, you’ll be ready for anything this holiday season.