5 Dos and Don’ts of Packing a Bowl

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Packing a bowl is one of the first things you learn how to do when you start smoking weed. It’s also one of the easiest things to mess up.

Seriously, you would be surprised at how many people don’t know how to pack a bowl – can you do it with no screen? Since I am an expert and all that, here is my guide to the do’s and don’ts of packing a bowl.

Do Grind Your Herb

One of the biggest mistakes noobs make when packing a bowl is they either don’t grind their herb enough, or they don’t grind it at all.

Grinding your herb makes your bowl smoke more evenly and it’s much more efficient because you don’t end up torching your herb.

Insufficiently ground up herb is likely to end up clogging your pipe, and no one wants that.

Conversely, you don’t want your herb to be too finely ground, otherwise it’ll smoke too fast and you’re likely to end up sucking most of it through.

Always make sure that your herb is properly ground up to that nice happy medium.

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Don’t Pack New Bowls on Top of Old Bowls

I can’t stand it when people do this, and it’s out of sheer laziness. Seriously, stop loading a new bowl on top of an assy one.

It makes the next bowl smoke horribly and you can taste the assy bowl along with the new one.

This is a horrible breach in stoner etiquette. It’s basically the equivalent of taking a drink of milk directly from the carton.

Sometimes Less is More

Packing a bowl too full is another common mistake among the stoner crowd.

Of course, it’s important to make sure that you’re loading the bowl with enough bud to make sure that it’s getting around the circle.

However, packing it too full is gonna clog it, and people are going to just end up torching the bowl. Pack it full, but don’t overflow it.

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Packing a bowl with ground herb

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Don’t Pack too Light

Loading a bowl too light is another cardinal sin in your stoner circle. Not only is that bowl not going to go around enough, you’re also going to look really stingy.

You’re just going to have to load that bowl again, so you may as well do it correctly the first time.

Do Use a Screen

You should absolutely use a screen in your pieces, whether this is a pipe or a bong bowl.

The only time you can get away with not using a screen is when the opening in the bowl is teeny, and that’s not the case with most pipes, and definitely not most bongs.

If you’re not using a screen, pack the bottom of the bowl with a dense nug to prevent sucking your bowl through.

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FAQ About the Do’s and Don’ts of Packing a Bowl

How do you pack a bowl properly?

Do it just right – it should not be too tight, but not too loose, either. Also, you should pack it (not press) until just under the brim.

Can I load a bowl with no screen?

Yes, you can. Use a dense nug to pack the bottom of the bowl with. This way, you can avoid sucking your bowl through.

How many hits can you get from a bowl?

In general, you don’t need to smoke an entire bowl to get high, especially if you’re a beginner. With a decent-quality bowl, you should be able to get 3 or 4 hits in total to get blazed.

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