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How To Properly Pack A Bowl of Weed

Published On:
August 10, 2022

Read time:
4 Minutes

a graphic image depicting a pipe filled with freshly ground bud from a grinder

If you’re a huge fan of the classics, then learning how to pack a bowl of weed should definitely earn a spot on your to-do list.

Countless ways to consume cannabis have surfaced over the past few years—whether that’s with pre-rolls, vapes, or edibles—but smoking a bowl is one of the methods that has withstood the test of time and remained a crowd favourite.

From picking a top-quality strain to breaking up the weed and finally filling the bowl, True North Cannabis Co. is here to help you discover how to pack a bowl and smoke it the right way. 

Step 1: Pick Your Strain

Step one of how to pack a bowl: pick your strain

Before going straight into the essential details of how to pack a bowl, you have to make sure you’ve finalized one very important element: picking the right strain.

Should you go for indica, sativa, or a hybrid? Well, that all depends on the type of effect that you’re looking for!

Check out our blog, “The Different Types of Cannabis Strains,” to finalize your pick. Then, drop by any of True North Cannabis Co.’s dispensaries across Ontario for premium smoking accessories. 

Step 2: Gather Up Your Supplies

Step two of how to pack a bowl: gather your supplies

In order to smoke your premium bud, you’re going to need top-quality supplies. So before you learn how to pack a bowl, you’ll need:

Step 3: Break Up the Weed

Step three of how to pack a bowl: grind your weed

While some people turn to their trusty weed grinders to break up their flower, others prefer a more manual method—the choice is all yours.

If you decide that a weed grinder is the way to go, simply place a small piece of the bud in the chamber where the teeth are and rotate it back and forth. 

One very important point to take note of as you navigate how to pack a bowl is that you should aim for small pieces that are about the same size. This is so that it burns evenly and consistently throughout your smoke. However, you do want to have some slightly bigger chunks to serve as the sturdy base when you fill the bowl, just so the shake doesn’t fall through. 

Step 4: Pack The Bowl!

Step four in how to pack a bowl: pack your bowl!

1. Pick Up The Pieces Carefully 

Picking up the small, broken-up pieces of cannabis flower requires accuracy. We recommend using your index finger and thumb to carefully transfer the small pieces of weed to the bowl. After all, you don’t want it getting lost on the ground after all your hard work!

2. Fill It To The Top—But Not Too Tight

When packing the bowl, make sure to place the slightly bigger chunks at the bottom to serve as a foundation. And then start filling it with the smaller pieces all the way to the top of the bowl, but don’t stuff it too much as this will end up clogging it.

Also, you’re going to want to pat it down very lightly with your finger. Pressing it down too tightly will restrict airflow—and you don’t want that.


Step 5: Reap Your Reward

Step five in how to pack a bowl: reap your reward!

This is the part you’ve been waiting for—finally smoking your sweet bud after learning how to pack a bowl. Whether you’re using a pipe or a bong, here’s how to get it done:

Using A Pipe

  1. Hold the pipe using one hand and cover its carb hole with your finger. 
  2. Put the pipe against your lips, and then light one corner of the bowl using a lighter or hemp wick.
  3. Uncover the carb hole and inhale once you see that the smoke has built up inside the pipe to enjoy a packed smoke. 

Using A Bong 

  1. Position your lips inside the bong’s mouthpiece.
  2. Light up the cannabis in the bong’s bowl.
  3. Begin inhaling the smoke gently. 

A person holding a pipe with a packed bowl

Master The Art of Packing a Bowl

Now that you’ve mastered the art of how to pack a bowl, know that True North Cannabis Co. is always ready to supply you with top-quality cannabis to elevate every smoking experience.

As the largest cannabis retailer in Ontario, our growing list of locations have got your back no matter where you go. Whether it’s edibles, topicals, vaporizers, pre-rolls, or accessories, we’re here to supply weed enthusiasts with unique offerings that will turn into your ultimate favourites.

Browse through our online store to discover the best deals and don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter for instant updates on promotions! 

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