An Ultimate Guide: How to Use a One-Hitter?


How to Use a One-Hitter Pipe

In the world of marijuana vaping, doesn't it make it hard to decide with so many choices?

Pipes, bongs, vapes, joints, and bubblers, each of these devices has its specialties, but does each one fit your every need?

When you're craving a quick and easy way to enjoy marijuana, wouldn't a one-hitter pipe be the perfect addition to your vaping collection?

They are portable and straightforward to use, allowing you to fulfill your needs without any preparation quickly.

What is a one-hitter pipe?

Alien-Invasion-Chillum-pipeThey come in many materials, such as ceramic, metal, and glass.

They are often designed with a mouthpiece on one end and a small bowl on the other.

They range in appearance from cylindrical and cone-shaped to elaborate and more discreet designs.

Most one-hitters don't include a carb, the small hole found on the side of a typical cannabis pipe.

It's often rendered unnecessary by the small amount of flower that fits inside the chamber. 

Since one-hitters have a small bowl, you can reload your pipe by "digging" it into your ground herb.

Then, you can light up the pipe like a joint or cigarette, take a hit or two, and reload.

That's why some one-hitters come with a dugout system, a case with a small compartment for your one-hitter, and a larger compartment for your herb, so you can easily take it on the go.

Some one-hitters can be attractive blown-glass pieces, while others are designed to resemble cigarettes.

This makes them useful for more discreet smoking.

They are also useful for those who are new to smoking, or those who smoke only moderately.

Types of one-hitters


A chillum is a small, conical-shaped pipe that is typically made of clay, stone, or glass.

It is designed to hold a small amount of dry herbs and is used for smoking.

The chillum is typically held between the thumb and index finger (like the “ok” signal), with the mouthpiece resting on the palm.

It is a simple, yet effective, smoking device that has been used for hundreds of years.

Glass Blunt

For a modern twist on traditional smoking methods, glass blunts provide a sleek and convenient option.

Featuring a glass tube with a twistable tip, glass blunts allow users to push the herb out as they burn it, ensuring a smooth and controlled smoking experience.

These innovative devices combine style and functionality for a satisfying smoke every time.

How to use a one-hitter pipe?


Using a one-hitter is straightforward.

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to use a one-hitter:

Step 1: Gather the supplies

Gather a one-hitter, a grinder, a lighter, and your favorite strain of cannabis.

Step 2: Grind the weed

Use the grinder to grind the cannabis into small pieces.

Don't grind your bud too fine or it will turn to ash quickly without delivering much in the way of smoke.

Step 3: Pack the bowl

Pack the bowl of your one-hitter with ground cannabis.

Some opt to skip a step by smoking whole, smaller buds if they fit in the chamber.

Make sure the marijuana is packed relatively tightly to prevent it from falling out of the pipe.

Step 4: Light the bowl

Hold the mouthpiece against your mouth and inhale gently while lighting the end containing the bud.

Step 5: Inhale

Inhale the smoke from the burning cannabis, hold for as long as you'd like, and release the smoke.

Step 6: Remove used weed and prepare to repack

The pipe should hold enough cannabis for one quick hit, so remember to dump out the used bud if you want to repeat the process.

Either tap the pipe against your palm or blow through the mouthpiece to clear out the used weed.

Or purchase a self-ashing model with a spring mechanism to eject the ash.

Even if you use a self-asher, be sure to clean your pipe regularly, too, to keep it in the best shape.

How to clean a one-hitter pipe?


Clean with alcohol

The most popular way to clean glass, metal, and wooden one-hitters is by using isopropyl alcohol.

Step 1: Dismantle your one-hitter and place the pieces into a plastic Ziplock bag.

Step 2: Pour enough isopropyl alcohol into the bag to fully submerge your one-hitter.

Step 3: Introduce about 2 oz. of hot water to the bag.

The heat from the water helps to soften the resin, making it easier for the alcohol to do its job.

Step 4: Sprinkle a tablespoon of coarse sea salt into the mixture.

Step 5: Securely seal the bag and shake it vigorously.

Let the pipe soak in this solution for 1-3 hours or even overnight for deep cleaning.

Once you’re happy with the result, remove your one-hitter, rinse it well under running water, and enjoy your pipe again.

Clean with boiling water

Step 1: Use a toothpick to gently scrape away any loose residue stuck to the walls of the pipe’s bowl.

Step 2: Heat water over medium heat until it is warm but not boiling. 

Preheating the pipe with this water prevents the boiling water from cracking the pipe.

Step 3: Once the water reaches a boil, remove it from the heat and allow it to cool for 5-10 minutes.

Step 4: Soak the pipe in hot water. Let it soak for about one hour.

Step 5: Remove and rinse the pipe.

Step 6: Take a clean cotton swab to gently remove any lingering stains or dirt.

Follow up with another warm water rinse to wash away any dislodged particles.

Step 7: Use a paper towel or a soft cloth to thoroughly dry the outside of the pipe.

Air-dry the pipe for an additional 20 to 30 minutes to dry up the remaining moisture.

How to pack a one-hitter pipe?

Grind your weed: Use a grinder or hands to break your cannabis into small pieces.

Pack the tube: Use your finger or a small tool to pack the cannabis into the bowl or tube of the one-hitter.

Don’t pack it too tightly; it will be harder to inhale.

Tap the one-hitter: Once the tube is packed, gently tap the one-hitter against a hard surface to settle the cannabis and remove any excess.

The easiest-to-clean one-hitter pipe

One-Hitter-Pipe-With-Self-CleaningThis LOOKAH One Hitter Pipe With Self Cleaning is the ultimate on-the-go cannabis accessory that makes enjoying cannabis a breeze.

The end of the pipe has a toothed edge so you can stamp it into your ground herb and twist the pipe to pack it ready for smoking.

You won't have to worry about dropping or breaking this one-hitter.

Crafted from tough aluminum alloy, this one hitter is virtually indestructible.

Toss it into your backpack, slip it into your pocket or cannabis pouch for easy storage.

When you're done smoking, simply depress the spring-loaded mouthpiece to easily eject any spent herbs and ash for quick and hassle-free cleaning.


A one-hitter is a popular smoking accessory that offers several benefits, including discreteness, efficiency, and convenience.

They are easy to use and require minimal preparation, making them a great option for people who are always on the go.

Following the tips and techniques outlined in this guide, you can learn how to use a one-hitter and enjoy a satisfying smoking experience.