How to Pack a Bowl
When you talk about the best ways to prepare your bowl, there are many things you can touch on. Many tips seem like the most crucial. These include anything from airflow and volume to flame-angle and temperature. But in the end, the difference comes down to this – knowing how to pack a bowl correctly.
There are a number of tips/tricks you can use to enhance your smoking experience. However, today we want to share the two best methods of preparing and packing your bowl.
How to pack a bowl the WRONG way
The first thing we have to know is what not to do. At least once in the past, many of us have tried to throw a whole nug into the bowl. Then, as we light it, we find out that it’s not all that great. It may seem like the bowl is set and ready, but you feel like you’re heating a piece of rock with green outer layers.
Most of the time, you’ll find that the exterior gets burnt to crisps while the core remains raw and blunt. Also, if you’re using butane lighters for cooking the bowl, you’ll even get the sour taste that develops in your material. Not only does it taste bad, but it’s not great for your lungs either. People also resort to using a hemp wick to negate the unpleasant taste of the butane flames. But there are better ways to address/rectify these bowl problems. And today, we’ll take you through the two best and easiest methods.
There are few things that taste better or more wholesome than the edibles made from the labor of your own hands. And it’s the same for the weed that goes into your bowl. Packing with your hands is surely one of the older and time-tested methods. The general trend was to use a couple of fingers to break apart the nug against the palm of your hands.
We all know that breaking the bud apart into smaller nugs can make it fit into the bowl easier and faster. Besides the convenience, users also believe that leaving it in bits can retain the potency and aroma. For those who believe that grinders take away this potency, that’s what kief screens are for. They can collect and retain the precious trichomes that fall out when going through the grinding mechanism. But if you use your hands to break the buds apart, you don’t need to worry about this problem.
Using a Grinder
Hand-packing can help you retain the original flavor and aroma of your material. But using a grinder can bring a whole range of other advantages. The most obvious benefit is that grinding increases the surface area of your grass. This means you’re putting more volume of your weed into the bowl. Another benefit is that it allows your heat to go through the maximum volume of weed evenly. So, you don’t have to be concerned or worry about burnt layers with uncooked cores. This advantage is more apparent when you’re using a vaporizer or a pipe that’s bigger than your handheld devices.
If you have a quality grinder, it’s just much easier to get a consistent mesh of the materials. With finer grinds and better texture, the more potent your bowl. However, remember that excessive packing can lead to your bowl being blocked or clogged. So, be sure to use the appropriate amount of ground materials. Most quality grinders come with multiple chambers that prevent waste or damage to the weed’s potency. The lower chamber usually collects the trichomes/pollen so that they’re not discarded in the process.
However, one drawback of using grinders is that you need to perform regular cleanings. This isn’t an issue for those who prefer hand-packing.
Bonus Packing tips
When you think of how to pack a bowl, the first thing to remember is that it takes a little time and practice. Once you get the dexterity and familiarity, it’ll become second nature. If you’re breaking the buds by hand, always put the bigger nug into the bowl first. The other bits can go on the top as another layer. Push down gently on the materials so that they get packed well. Light the bowl with a handy lighter and savor the taste of your weed in style.
It’s a good idea to try both these methods so that you choose which one fits your style more. Whether it’s by hand or a grinder, you’ll be able to draw quality drags and potent hits if you do it right.