In theory, the purpose of the carb hole is to divide the smoking process into two steps. During the first step, you create the smoke by burning the dry herb. During the second step, you inhale the smoke. The carb hole is what allows this process to work correctly. When you remove your finger from the carb hole, you should be able to inhale all of the smoke that was inside the bowl. So, paying attention to the carb will help you to clear the bowl.
As we mentioned before, the shape of bowls and hand pipes can vary by style. Some glass pipes are shaped like spoons, with a simple, flat design. Others are created in the popular Sherlock Holmes style. Some smokers prefer hand pipes that are shaped in the standard tobacco style, with a long, straight pipe. Bubblers are slightly larger than the normal glass hand pipes, allowing for water filtration in the same style as a bong. One of the major similarities between these glass pipe styles is the carb.
Believe it or not, the carb hole on a glass hand pipe is quite important for the smoking process.
First and foremost, the carb allows you to introduce air at the right moment. As you light your dry herbs and begin to inhale, you should be covering the carb hole with your thumb. So, when you finally move your finger and continue to inhale, the air helps to push the smoke into your lungs.
When it comes to methods of smoking, each smoker has a personal preference. People who tend to smoke at home may favor bongs, because they filter smoke. Smokers who prefer concentrates might opt instead to smoke a dab rig, rather than dry herbs. But, hand pipes are a simple method of smoking that everyone can appreciate. While there are several styles of glass hand pipes with different features, all of them contain a carb. The carb is important in helping the glass pipe to be simple yet enjoyable. Read on to learn more about the purpose of the carb, and how it improves the hand pipe experience.
Generally speaking, the carb hole is crucial in helping smokers to control the smoking experience. For seasoned smokers that understand how to use the carb hole correctly, this is important. The carb hole helps you understand when to anticipate an influx of smoke.
Whether you’re smoking from a Sherlock pipe or a spoon pipe, you want to do it right. Paying attention to your finger placement on the carb can go a long way in improving your smoking experience.
Cornering the bowl is one of the most important aspects of proper smoking etiquette. It may sound complicated, but cornering is actually quite simple. Instead of holding the lighter directly over the dry herb, you should place the lighter on the rim of the bowl. While doing so, you should be keeping your finger over the carb. As you inhale, the piece will generate smoke from the section of dry herbs that you lit, rather than the entire bowl. Cornering the bowl ensures that you use your dry herbs wisely, and do not put anything to waste. Some smokers choose not to corner, and instead light the entire bowl. Covering the carb is a crucial part of cornering the right way.
The carb is a small hole on the glass pipe. It is generally located directly next to the bowl, which is where the dry herb is packed. However, it may also be on the front of the hand pipe. While the carb is subtle on some hand pipes, the carb hole can also be a crucial part of the design.
When it comes to smoking glass pipes, the carb plays an important role in providing the proper airflow and clearing the bowl. Read this blog post to learn about how to properly use the carb hole, and why doing so will improve your smoking experience.
- Take a small amount of cannabis flower and break it up with your hands or a grinder.
- Pack the cannabis into the bowl of the pipe. The key is to not overpack the bowl. Packing the cannabis too tightly will restrict airflow, making it harder to smoke.
- Hold the pipe in the palm of your hand and place your finger or thumb over the carb, which depending on the type of pipe you’re using, will either be on the side of the end of your pipe. If you’re using a one-hitter, there’s no carb to cover.
- Spark your lighter close to the surface of the bowl and inhale, keeping your finger on the carb. This will draw the flame to the bowl, ignite the cannabis, and create the smoke to inhale through the stem.
- Once your flower starts to combust and cherry, lift the flame away from the bowl. You can keep the cherry burning by covering and uncovering the carb using a tapping motion while you inhale.
- Exhale and repeat until you’ve smoked all the cannabis in the bowl.
In 2003, the U.S. Department of Justice set up a sting operation nicknamed Operation Pipe Dreams , which targeted dozens of glassblowers across the country — most prominently among them pop culture icon and cannabis advocate Tommy Chong — and charged them with “trafficking of illegal drug paraphernalia.” The resulting sentences, including Chong’s 9-month jail sentence, and surrounding controversy inspired the next generation of glassblowers and sparked a resurgence of American pipe making that continues today.
Pipes have also been used throughout history as a method for smoking cannabis. Holy men, known as Sadhus in India and the Middle East used “dry pipes” as an alternative smoking mechanism to the more popular hookah.
Also known as “spoons,” hand pipes are the most common type of pipe used for smoking cannabis. Hand pipes sit in the palm of your hand and are composed of a bowl in which you pack the flower and a stem from which you inhale the smoke. There is a hole in the bottom of the bowl that allows smoke to travel through the stem as well as a larger hole on the side, known as a carb, that allows smokers to regulate air flow.
There are a wide variety of types of pipes, including hand pipes, one-hitters, steamrollers, and even crafted pipes inspired by literature and motion pictures.
With less control over the airflow of the pipe, it may be helpful to start with smaller hits from the pipe until you get a better feel for the pipe, as well as your own lung capacity.
Steamrollers combine characteristics of both hand pipes and one-hitters. They’re typically cylindrical, similar in shape to a one-hitter, but borrow certain features — such as a carb and a larger bowl — from a hand pipe. The main difference between a steamroller and a handpipe is the open area at the front of the steamroller, which allows for greater airflow.
- Place the pipe in a sealable plastic bag.
- Fill the bag with isopropyl (rubbing) alcohol to submerge the entire pipe.
- Add a teaspoon of salt. Either table salt (sodium chloride) or Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) will work.
- Leave the pipe to soak in the container or bag for up to 12 hours. This will give the alcohol time to dissolve the resin.
- Once the pipe has had time to soak, shake the bag vigorously to remove any resin in hard-to-reach places of the pipe.
- Remove the pipe from the bag and wash thoroughly with dish soap and water.
- Let the pipe dry.
To clean a pipe:
A small, handheld device used to smoke cannabis. Pipes are available in most dispensaries and in any smoke shop.