Packing a bowl is one of those things that you get better at over time. All you need is practice, luckily when it comes to cannabis, practice is half the fun! The best bowls smoke for a long time and draw easily. If your bowls are burning out after two or three hits, are constantly getting sucked through, or are frequently clogged, then it’s probably time to rethink your bowl packing technique.
Make Good Use Of Your Grinder
This is why you bought it, right? Grinders are perfect for the purpose of packing a bowl because they grind up your herb so that it smokes easier and you’re less likely to clog the bowl. Try to avoid throwing a straight nug in without breaking it up because you never know when a hidden stem will impede your smoking process.
Don’t Overuse Your Grinder
This is a common mistake for beginners. It’s true that finely ground cannabis does smoke better, but of it’s too finely ground then it will burn way too fast and your bowl will not last the entire rotation. Don’t grind your herb to the point where it resembles a powder more than a plant. Find a happy medium where there are an even amount of chunks and crumbs, otherwise all you’ve got is shake.
Make Sure Your Piece Is Clean
Before packing a bowl, you should absolutely make sure that the piece you intend to use is not clogged by either a cashed bowl or a buildup of resin. This is one of the reasons why you should not only clean your pieces regularly, but have more than one piece to smoke out of. Otherwise, you are going to end up torching most of your bowl while trying to get a decent hit out of it.
Pack The Bottom Densely
This is especially important if you don’t have a screen. Pack the more dense herb at the bottom of the bowl so that it acts as a screen. This will prevent the more finely ground material from being sucked through, and as an added bonus you’ll have some greens when you get through the finer stuff.
Don’t Pack It Too Full
While you want to make sure that you are packing enough for the bowl to go around a sufficient amount of times, if you pack it with too much it won’t pull correctly, and you might end up losing some of your cannabis during the jostle of passing the bowl around.
Packing a good bowl really just involves a lot of common sense. You wouldn’t fill your cereal bowl over the brim, so why would you do this with your cannabis? Don’t grind your herb to the point where it disintegrates before you get a chance to load it. Clean your pieces often and well. Follow this advice and you can be guaranteed good smoking times.
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