Smoking hookah loaded with cannabis is a well-loved pastime and is especially popular when among groups of friends.Much like cannabis, hookahs have long been associated with smoking, socializing, and counter-culture—but can you smoke weed out of a hookah? The answer is yes, you certainly can, but there are a few important factors to consider first. We’ll discuss everything you need to know about how to smoke weed out of a hookah so you can make the most of your experience.
A method of smoking that extends back hundreds of years, the hookah has been utilized as an elaborate way to smoke cannabis, tobacco, or a number of other drugs. Deviating from the traditional pipe, the hookah stands significantly taller with a hose method of smoke delivery.
While the hookah may not be the most convenient method of smoking cannabis, it definitely stands heads and shoulders above the normal paraphernalia by offering a unique experience in a stylish form factor.
What is a Hookah?
A hookah is a water pipe typically used for smoking tobacco (often flavored tobacco known as shisha) or cannabis. Rather than using a lighter or torch to directly combust the plant material like you would with a bong, hookahs work by heating coals and placing them above a bowl filled with the plant matter. Inhaling from the mouthpiece of the hose draws the heat from the coals over the bowl. This causes the plant resins to vaporize, producing a smoke that is inhaled by the user.
The name “hookah” is of Hindustani origin and there are multiple theories regarding how this storied smoking tradition developed. Some believe the hookah was invented by a Persian physician in India during the time of the Mughal Empire, while others believe it originated in Persia during the Safavid dynasty.
Hookahs are characterized by their intricate designs which include one or multiple hoses and a water reservoir. Most traditional hookahs have the following components:
Bowl: Similar to the bowl head found in a bong, but typically larger, this is where you pack the shisha or herbs.
Windscreen: Many modern hookah users use perforated tin foil, but some hookahs come fitted with specially-designed windscreens. This component suspends coals above the shisha allowing them to heat but not burn the herbs.Continue Reading Below
Plate: The plate lies below the bowl and windscreen and serves to catch any fallen ash from the coals.
Water base: The vase-shaped main structure (known as the base or basin) is filled with water which cools the smoke and filters out some of the impurities.
Hose: A long flexible tube connects to the stem of the hookah on one end and to the mouthpiece on the other end.
Purge valve: This valve is an opening which allows you to blow stale smoke out of the water chamber.
CAN YOU USE CANNABIS IN A HOOKAH?
Yes, it is possible to use cannabis in your hookah.
Although, there are a few things to consider. Shisha is very moist due to the presence of molasses and glycerin. Molasses and Glycerin are important insofar as they impart flavour to the tobacco (glycerin is sweet), but also because their inclusion protects against burning.
As such, if you are planning on adding marijuana to your hookah, you should consider packing the marijuana underneath the shisha. Doing so will ensure the cannabis doesn’t burn from direct contact with the coals and it will reduce the amount of cannabis in each draw.
If you get the proportions right, cannabis can enhance the hookah experience and make for a terrific smoking session.
How to put weed in a hookah
If you want to turn your device into a weed hookah, the process is quite easy as you don’t have to make any adjustment or alterations to make it happen. All you need is some dry cannabis, and if you like, some straight tobacco or flavored shisha, if those tastes are something you would like to incorporate into the experience. Grind up the herb and mix it, if you like, then add it to the bowl that would normally house the shisha or tobacco.
How to smoke weed out of a hookah
If you thought the process of how to put weed in a hookah was easy, then you are going to love the rest of the process, as smoking cannabis out of a hookah is just as easy as using one with any other combustible. To do so, simply follow the step by step instructions above on how to use a hookah, only instead of shisha or tobacco, add dry cannabis and continue as usual.
A weed hookah experience is one that can take you on a long journey of total relaxation or lightly soothing, and the results are up to you. Smoking weed through a hookah will provide similar effects to other ways of smoking, and the euphoric sensations can last for anywhere from 2 to 6 hours after a session. The more you smoke, the higher you will feel, but since hookahs do not work well with marijuana concentrates, the potency is relatively tame and suitable for both beginner and experienced consumers.
There is very little scientific research into the health benefits of using a weed hookah, and that is because any kind of smoke inhalation is highly frowned upon by Health Canada and other governing agencies that help to set standards for safety. However, smoking from a hookah at lower temperatures can provide a similar experience to vaping, which is why this method is often viewed to be healthier than smoking.
The problem with hookahs is that they aren’t a standard smoking tool, so finding one that works well, and locating a source for parts, as they will need to be replaced, isn’t always an easy feat. While the experience itself, in many consumers opinions, is well worth it, hookahs are not available in nearly as many places as other cannabis smoking gear like bongs or pipes.
The bottom line
While we don’t recommend smoking weed in a hookah, we know it can be done. To make it easier for those who want to try, we put together this blog on how to smoke weed in a hookah so you can at least be informed about your decision.