The chillum pipe is not a new invention in the world of smoking weed, but it has only recently reached the modern collective mind. This trendy way of smoking weed started hundreds of years ago with Hindu monks and has roots in Asia and Eastern Europe as well as India. In recent years, the chillum pipe has made its way into popular culture and has now become a fashionable (as well as convenient) way to smoke marijuana.
Nothing is More Straightforward
So, what is it exactly? It's basically a very simple pipe. In fact, it's a pipe that has the most straightforward design imaginable. It functions in a similar way to a cigarette. The pipe is a thin tube that connects the mouthpiece to the bowl in one straight line. This is different from a regular handheld dry pipe which usually has the bowl facing up, perpendicular to the mouthpiece. That kind of pipe also has a carb hole which, once released, allows you to have a little control over the smoke in the pipe. The chillum pipe, however, has no carb. This is one of the reasons the pipe is also commonly referred to as a “one hitter” pipe.
Chillum Pipe Tips and Tricks
The chillum pipe itself is very small, portable, light and easy to but some knowledge is helpful before diving in. The fact that the pipe is straight in shape can create some issues. Firstly, you don't want the herb to drop out if you hold it too straight, so a 45-degree angle is best. The other issue is, of course, catching ash or herb at the back of your throat during a hit. Hindu monks often placed a small pebble in the bowl to protect the herb and ash from being sucked down the pipe. Another option is placing material or your fist around the mouthpiece and using it as a filter. All options are relatively easy ways to protect your throat while you smoke.
Types of Chillums
Chillum pipes come in a wide variety of styles. Glass chillum pipes are a popular choice for many. As always, glass is a preferred material as it tends to keep the hit cleaner and smoother than other materials. Chillum pipes made from glass are also valued for their decorative versatility. The glass can be designed in unique and artful styles that add to the smoking experience. Chillum pipes also come in other materials including titanium and ceramic, with various patterns and designs ranging from cigarettes to donuts. You’ll find a whole variety of options but it’s always best to go with something that is both functional and expresses your style. Chillums are also easy to use and clean. In most cases, they’re fairly small, conveniently light and easy to bring along with you wherever you go. Due to their versatility of design, they’ve also become quite fashionable. All in all, the chillum is bound to be of use at some time or another. They're a great addition to your smoking collection of tools and paraphernalia for their inconspicuousness and convenient ease-of-use alone.