how to smoke weed without a pipe

The Best Ways To Smoke Weed Without Rolling Papers

Many people like to smoke joints. Many others don’t. Thankfully, there are numerous ways that you can get high without rolling papers. Not only can you use traditional methods like pipes or bongs, but you can also get creative and make your own smoking devices out of household items.


Joints have long been an iconic part of marijuana culture. Many people love them for their simplicity, their convenience, and their flavour. However, situations may arise where smoking papers are not available. Moreover, some people don’t like to smoke joints because of the prospect of smoking paper. Others simply prefer to consume marijuana via other methods that may be more enjoyable or convenient for them. Whatever the reason, there is a wide range of alternative methods you can use to get high. Here is a list of some of the most well-known alternatives to rolling papers.


Vaporizers have become one of the most common ways to consume marijuana products. Dry herbs, oils, waxes, distillates, and other concentrates like shatter or budder can all be converted into vapour and inhaled.

Vaporizers are not only flexible in their usage, but are also a significantly healthier alternative to smoking. This is because marijuana vapour contains far fewer toxins and carcinogens than marijuana smoke. Vaporizers were first invented as a healthier method of consuming tobacco, but have evolved into one of the safest, most convenient, and most enjoyable ways to consume marijuana.

Vaporizers function best at temperatures ranging from 140–205°C (285–400°F). Temperatures outside of this range risk leaving behind cannabinoids or burning them into smoke. Be sure to grind your weed before vaping to make sure it gets completely and evenly vaporised.

Vaporizers come in many varieties. Whether you are looking to vape at home or on-the-go, there are a wide range of options and price points to choose from. Some types of vaporizers, like vape pens, for example, have become very popular, and consequently very expensive.

Lastly, not all vaporizers are built to last. Disposable vape pens or cartridges are now sold in dispensaries all across North America. These vaporizers utilise simple, small, and cheap batteries instead of complex heating units. They are typically sold as a package with some type of concentrate like oil or THC distillate. Once the attached concentrate is all vaped up, the pen is then expected to be tossed out.


Pipes come in all shapes and sizes. They can also be made from any number of materials including glass, metal, wood, and clay. Different materials produce slightly different-tasting smoke, so many people have preferences when it comes to pipes. Pipes are very convenient because they are typically very easy to carry and use.

In order for materials to burn evenly in a pipe, they must be finely ground up beforehand. If the pipe has a carb hole on the side, make sure to cover it while lighting your herb and release it when inhaling.

If you have the right materials, pipes can even be made at home if necessary. Read on to find out how you can make pipes out of items like apples, corn husks, and water bottles.


Many people prefer smoking weed out of bongs because they can get you very high, very quickly. Not only do bongs get you way higher than joints, but they are much more convenient since they save you the time of having to roll a joint. The only real negative with bongs is that they require water in order to function properly. This can be a problem if water is not readily available, or if water spills out of the bong.

Bongs can be made out of all kinds of materials including glass, metal, plastic, ceramic, and even certain kinds of wood like bamboo. They can also come in many different designs including carburetor bongs, percolator bongs, multi-chambered bongs, straight-tube bongs, beaker-shaped bongs, and gravity bongs.


Gravity bongs are named for the technique they use to produce smoke. They are sometimes also known as water bongs, although they are essentially the same thing. Gravity bongs can be made out of a wide range of accessible materials like watermelons, pumpkins, milk jugs, and paint buckets. Essentially, to make a water bong, you will need a container that can hold water, and a plastic bottle that can hold smoke.

To make and use a gravity bong, follow these steps:

  1. Cut the plastic bottle in half.
  2. Cover the mouth hole with aluminium foil. Mould it into the shape of a bowl.
  3. Poke holes in the foil for airflow.
  4. Fill the container up with water.
  5. Place the bottle in the container with the mouthpiece above the waterline.
  6. Place weed on the foil and light it.
  7. Pull the bottle upwards while lighting to fill it with smoke.
  8. Push the bottle downwards into the water as you inhale so as to force the smoke upwards into your lungs.


Bubblers are like a mix between a pipe and a bong. In a sense, they are the best of both worlds. Small enough to be conveniently handled like a pipe, but built to get you as high as a bong. Bubblers are typically made of glass and have a round chamber either on the bottom or on the side. The chamber is filled with water, and the weed goes in the bowl. If you are looking to try something different, or if you are looking for a more portable version of your bong, check out a bubbler.


If you find yourself without rolling papers, don’t forget that other paper-based materials can work as substitutes. Items such as cigarette papers, gum wrappers, and even the Yellow Pages can be used as a substitute for regular rolling papers. The paper used in phone books is very thin and very similar to regular rolling papers. The thinness of the paper will also help to easily bind it shut with saliva, just like you would with regular papers. Although cigarette papers are typically thicker, gum wrappers are similarly very thin and brittle.

When it comes to using alternative papers, just be sure to handle them carefully to avoid tears. Additionally, be careful when inserting filters as it is possible to accidentally tear the paper with them.


The term hookah is derived from the Urdu word “huqqa”, meaning “pipe”. These types of smoking devices originated on the Indian subcontinent and quickly spread across the Ottoman empire. As they became a wildly popular method of smoking tobacco, these kinds of tools spread into Europe and Asia. Smoking marijuana out of a hookah pipe may seem somewhat complicated, but it is not.

To do so, you will need a hookah pipe, coals, aluminium foil, tongs, water, and, if desired, shisha to mix with. If you decide to mix your weed with shisha or tobacco, place it on the bottom, with the cannabis on top. This will provide some moisture for the weed so that it does not dry out during the smoking process.

The hookah method is also very effective with hashish. Just remember to handle the coals with care and to not tug on the mouthpiece so the pipe does not fall over.


Dab rigs allow you to consume extremely potent cannabis extracts like shatter, honeycomb, and budder. In essence, dab rigs use a flash vaporisation method to process concentrates. In order to achieve this, you have to use a blowtorch instead of a lighter. The advantage to using dab rigs is, of course, how high they can get you. Because the extracts that dab rigs process are extremely potent, they arguably get you higher than any other method on this page.

Many people believe that dabbing is a healthier method of consuming marijuana than smoking, as it usually does not involve combustion. This makes the resulting vapour more “pure” than regular cannabis smoke.


Apple pipes are a fun and convenient way to smoke cannabis. Apples are one of the most popular and accessible fruits in the world, and can be very easily converted into smoking devices. All you need to make an apple pipe is an apple, a pen, and maybe some aluminium foil.

Before you begin, make sure to choose a fresh apple that will not fall apart. You will be poking holes into it, so it must hold up. Additionally, pen substitutes like pen caps, pencils, or strong straws can be used, but are not recommended.

To make and use an apple pipe, follow these steps:

  1. Jam the pen into the apple to create a tunnel from the top (stem) to the middle/bottom of the apple.
  2. Use the pen to create another tunnel into the side of the apple. This tunnel should connect to the middle one, providing unrestricted airflow.
  3. Line the natural mould of the apple where the stem came out with aluminium foil to act as a bowl.
  4. Poke holes in the aluminium foil to allow for airflow.
  5. Place your weed on top of the aluminium foil, light, and pull through the side hole.
  6. Some people prefer to carve a third tunnel on the other side of the apple to function as a carb. This is possible, but not at all necessary.


Corn husks have become very popular among health-conscious smokers. In Jamaica and California, corn husks are regularly used as alternatives to rolling papers or other devices. Since husks are all-natural, this is considered to be one of the healthiest methods of smoking cannabis.

After being dried, corn husks are simple to roll up. Additionally, they are fibrous, meaning they can be tightly secured to hold marijuana inside and will smoke slowly like papers. If you’re looking for a fun, healthy, and creative way to smoke marijuana, give dried corn husks a try.


The hot knife method is one of the oldest known ways of smoking cannabis or hashish. All you need are one or two knives and a heating element. If using a stove, turn it on medium heat and place the steel knives over the burner. This will allow them to heat up and make the weed stick to them. When the knives are hot enough, place a piece of bud on one, and squeeze it with the other. Inhale the marijuana as it begins to smoke.

When handling hot knives, be careful not to burn yourself on their handles. When they touch marijuana, it will immediately begin to produce smoke, so be ready to inhale.

Some minor modifications can be made to the method if preferred. Some people prefer to cut a plastic bottle in half and use that as a suction tool. A cardboard paper towel roll can also be used. Additionally, some people choose to omit the knives altogether and place their marijuana directly onto the heating element using a sheet of foil. This method works just as well, but provides equally less control over the direction of the smoke (not to mention the risk of burning your face), making the use of a cardboard roll or cut-up plastic bottle a must.


Plastic lungs are not just easy to make, but will also get you extremely high. Lungs mimic the same airflow functionality as bongs. In order to make a plastic lung, you will need a plastic container like a 2l bottle, scissors, aluminium foil, tape, and a plastic bag. 2l bottles tend to work very well, however, you can also use a 4l container if you wish.

To make and use a lung, follow these steps:

  1. Cut the plastic container in half.
  2. Use the tape to attach the plastic bag to the bottom of the container, sealing it.
  3. Place aluminium foil on the mouthpiece of the container. Mould into a bowl shape.
  4. Poke holes in the foil.
  5. Place marijuana on top of the foil.
  6. Pull on the bag as you light the weed, creating suction.
  7. When the bag is full, lift off the foil and inhale.

When making a lung, the capacity of the container will depend on the size of the bag used. As such, the larger the bag, the more smoke that the lung will hold, and the higher you will get.


Smoking marijuana from a soda can is just about as juvenile as it gets. A “do-it-yourself” favourite among new smokers, soda cans can easily be converted into smoking devices. Simply bend the can in half, poke some holes into the new crease, and poke a carb hole in the side. Put your weed inside the crease, light it, and inhale through the mouthpiece.

While soda cans work as smoking devices, many people worry about possible negative health effects. The aluminium that the can is made of may not be as safe to smoke from as aluminium foil. Additionally, the ink on the can may release chemicals when heated. As such, even though the method works, it should be used sparingly.

Conversely, some people actually prefer smoking out of a soda can. Proponents claim that your high can be enhanced by the residual sugar and caffeine molecules in the can. Unsurprisingly, there is no research to confirm these claims.


Similarly to cans and 2l containers, plastic water bottles can be retrofitted into smoking tools. Just poke a hole in the side of the bottle, place some aluminium foil on the mouth piece (in the shape of a bowl), poke some holes in the foil, and voila! You have yourself a water bottle pipe. Some prefer to make the hole in the bottom of the bottle, but really anywhere works. Water bottle pipes can be frustrating to use as they require being held at a somewhat weird angle during use. As such, be careful not to accidentally knock your weed out of the bowl when lighting up.


Rose blunts are not commonly talked about when it comes to alternative smoking methods. Yet, many people claim that they are just as effective as any method of consuming cannabis. In order to prepare a rose blunt, you will need just 3 rose petals and a working oven.

To prepare the blunt, preheat the oven to broil and set aside 3 rose petals. When the oven is hot enough, place them on a pan inside the oven for about 10 seconds. Take the pan out, lick the rose petals, and stick them together to make a blunt wrap. Place them back in the oven for another 10 seconds. Remember to not let them get too dry or crispy as that could cause problems when rolling. Simply pull them out of the oven, let them cool down for a moment, and roll yourself a rose blunt.

There are lots of ways to get high without rolling papers. Check out this list of alternative methods ranging from glass bongs to DIY apple pipes.

How to Smoke Weed Without a Pipe – it’s easier than you think!

We’ve all been there, desperate for a smoke but for some reason, we’re without a pipe! Maybe you’re traveling away from home or you’re a novice smoker and just haven’t got round to buying one yet. Maybe you’ve just dropped a bespoke glass piece like the handmade squirrel pipe from Empire Glassworks and you need a hit to take your mind off your broken heart whilst you shop for another.

Scurry on over to Dankgeek and pick up a new glass pipe. We love this the Squirrel’s Nest from Empire Glassworks!

Smoke weed without a pipe until this adorable, handmade glass pipe arrives on your doorstep.

It’s worth checking out the product page just for more close up images of the adorable squirrel!

The reason why you need to smoke weed without a pipe doesn’t really matter. What does matter is that there are loads of options available to those who find themselves without their trusty piece.

In the following article all about smoking weed without a pipe, we cover many of the most popular methods. We’ll detail throughout the next few hundred words how each of them works.

By the end of this guide, you should know all about the following:

  • Joints, spliffs, and blunts.
  • Bucket bongs.
  • Hot knives.
  • Lungs.
  • Apple pipes.

Any of these methods could get you out of a scrape. Be warned though – some of these homemade solutions are pretty rough-and-ready!

A perfectly rolled joint is truly a work of art. Thanks to for the image.


The most popular non-pipe method for smoking weed is some form of joint/blunt/spliff. Whereas some smokers would disapprove of our grouping these three together (they are quite different), they all rely on exactly the same principle.

Joints, spliffs, and blunts are made using rolling papers or some other combustible material that encases the cannabis (and maybe other ingredients). The smoker tokes from one end and lights the other. As they draw air through the joint, spliff, or blunt, it drags the heat down its length. The paper and its contents burn away until there is nothing left to hit. It’s the same principle as smoking a cigarette.

The difference between joints, spliffs, and blunts is the materials they’re made from. We detail them below.

  • Joint – Typically, a joint is a hand-rolled, pure cannabis cigarette.
  • Spliff – A spliff refers to a hand-rolled cannabis cigarette that’s mixed with tobacco. They’re common in the UK and Europe.
  • Blunt – A blunt is a cigar hollowed out and repacked with cannabis. Manufacturers sell special blunt papers and wrap these days, like King Palm, this makes blunts a lot easier to construct.

For a truly all-natural blunt smoking experience, everything, not just the precious contents inside, must be all-natural.

That’s why we love these king-sized, hand-rolled palm leaf King Rolls. Down to the natural corn-husk filter, enjoy your smooth, slow burning toke with these natural rolls.

Alright, sure, these are better in person, but this stock image will have to do for now!

This article isn’t really long enough to explain how to make all three in great detail. However, WeedRepublic has produced extensive guides to the topic.

Alternatively, follow the basic steps below so making a joint becomes a piece of cake:

  • Lay a single rolling paper in front of you.
  • Grind around 0.5g of cannabis buds in a grinder like [insert product].
  • Distribute the ground buds in the paper. You want either the contents to taper to a cone shape or to be generally even in quantity all the way along.
  • Make a roach out of thin cardboard.
  • Insert the roach into the side of the joint of the hand you write with.
  • Shape the joint between your fingers and thumb on each hand before you actually roll.
  • Poke it down and twist the end.
  • Light up when ready!
Quality ingredients rolled into quality wraps – does it get better? Veriheal captures the moment perfectly with this beautiful image.

Hot Knives

Hot knives are a pretty old-school way of smoking hashish. It seems a little crude at first but it’s one of the most efficient ways to smoke hash. This means it’s ideal for those running low on supplies or unable to pick up more smoke, as well as those without rolling papers or a pipe.

The principle behind hot knives is to set a piece of hash burning and inhale the smoke directly from it. To do this, we heat a pair of knives up and squish a piece of hash between them. This should make the hash hot enough to release smoke, which the smoker inhales through some form of a tube.

To create hot knives yourself, follow these simple instructions. The process will work for any cannabis extract too. That includes waxes, shatter, and oil.

  • Using a stove or some other heat source, heat the blades of two regular old dinner knives up. Don’t use the best silverware though, the process can stain the metal. You want a heat source that puts out more heat than a cigarette lighter too.
  • Once the knives are very hot, drop a small piece of hash onto the blade of one knife.
  • Sandwich the hash between the two blades.
  • The hash should start smoking pretty quickly, you want to suck as much of this up as possible using a tube or funnel of some description. The tube from a toilet roll or a plastic bottle with the bottom cut off works great for this.
  • Repeat as necessary for yourself or friends!

Need to re-up on your silverware? We recommend getting a set of butter knives to keep separate from your normal dishware.

Something simple, but well-built like these CraftKitchen stainless steel knives will do!

Now just imagine your hash on the tip of one of these stock image knives!
Glass Nation captures this very simple and effective way of heating knives. Just be careful!

Bucket or Gravity Bong

One of the best ways to go pipeless is to use a gravity or bucket bong. Like all our other suggestions, you shouldn’t need to buy any specific equipment to try this way to smoke weed without a pipe. You should find most of the bits and pieces already lying around your house.

What you need for a gravity bong:

  • Plastic bottle.
  • Waterproof container larger than the bottle (buckets, a second bottle, the kitchen sink, or even your bath!).
  • Some aluminum foil.
  • A pin badge or needle.
  • A lighter.
  • Some water.
  • Some cannabis.

Below, we explain how to create your very first bucket or gravity bong. We’re going to talk you through making one using two different sized bottles since this is probably the most common method.

  1. Remove the caps from both bottles.
  2. Cut the bottom inch off the smaller bottle (the larger this smaller bottle is, the more smoke it will take to fill it). WeedRepublic recommends bottles between 1.5 liters and 0.5 liters for the smaller one.
  3. Stand the smaller bottle next to the larger bottle. You want to cut the second bottle between the shoulders of the bottle and the top of the smaller ones. About an inch higher than the height of the smaller bottle will work well.
  4. Take your sheet of aluminum foil and fold it into a smaller square (about three or four layers thick).
  5. Wrap the foil square loosely around the top of the smaller bottle. Wrapping too tight will make it more difficult to load the gravity bong when smoking.
  6. Stab a lot of small holes through the foil square. You want a clear passage through the foil for air/smoke. You don’t want to create such large holes that cannabis could fall through them.
  7. Remove the smaller bottle from the larger bottle.
  8. Fill the larger bottle almost to the top with water.
  9. Carefully hold the second bottle in the first so that the mouthpiece sits above the water but most of the bottle itself is submerged.
  10. Add the ground up cannabis to the aluminum foil gauze.
  11. Light the weed and as it burns, slowly draws the smaller bottle up through the water. The changing pressure in the bottle will cause smoke to be pulled into the bottle.
  12. Stop raising the bottle before you actually remove it from the water. The chamber should be full of smoke by now.
  13. Remove the foil and place your mouth over the opening of the smaller bottle.
  14. Slowly lower the smaller bottle to its starting position. This time, the changing pressure will force the smoke out of the bottle (and into your lungs).
  15. Repeat as necessary with fresh cannabis. It won’t take many hits. Gravity bongs are a ruthless way to smoke weed!
The folks at captured this DIY bucket bong perfectly!

A lung relies on exactly the same principle as a gravity bong. This one is perhaps the least visually appealing of all our ways to smoke weed but, hey, this is one of the best ways to smoke weed without a pipe – it doesn’t matter how cool you look doing it!

Instead of using water to create a chamber with a variable volume, with a lung, we use a regular old plastic bag instead. They’re easy enough to make but you will need the following:

  • Plastic bottle.
  • Tinfoil.
  • Pin badge.
  • Sticky tape.
  • Plastic shopping bag.
  • Cannabis (of course!)

To make a lung for yourself, follow the steps below:

  1. Grind up your cannabis using something like the Kannastör Grinder.
  2. Remove the cap from the plastic bottle.
  3. Cut the bottom inch or more off your plastic bottle. The more you remove, the lower the total capacity for smoke the lung will have.
  4. Take the plastic bag and push it inside the bottle. To get a snug fit, inhale through the bottle’s mouth opening. This should suck the bag inside the bottle and make it fit the space perfectly.
  5. Trim off the rest of the bag, allowing for an overhang of about two inches all around the bottle.
  6. Fold the overhang upon itself (like turn up on trousers).
  7. Stick the overhang to the outside of the bottle with tape. Make sure to get an airtight seal.
  8. Pull the bag back out of the bottle and test the suction on the lung by inhaling again. The bag should be drawn into the bottle, filling it perfectly once again.
  9. If you’re happy with the suction of your lung, pull the bag out again and stick a long piece of tape to the bottom of the bag.
  10. Fold this strip of tape in half and stick the other end to the bag too. You should have a longish string attached to the bag with no stickiness still exposed.
  11. Create your gauze by folding the foil a few times and wrapping it loosely around the top of the bottle.
  12. Stab some holes through your gauze.

The Kannastör Grinder isn’t on our list of 11 best weed grinders for no reason. Its aluminum build makes it super sturdy, and the four chambers offer everything you need in a grinder.

It grinds, sifts and stores whatever kind of herb you’re passing through it.

This stock image does the trick, but we’d love to see one with some green in it!

The lung works along exactly the same principles as the gravity bong. However, first-time users might benefit from the following advice on actually smoking a lung:

  • Remove the gauze and inhale the bag into the bottle.
  • Position the gauze on the top of the bottle and add your ground up cannabis.
  • Light the cannabis and slowly pull the sticky tape drawstring downwards. The changing pressure should cause smoke to fill the bag and bottle.
  • When you’ve pulled the bag all the way out. Remove the gauze and suck up all the smoke through the mouthpiece of the bottle. The bag should get sucked in, forcing the smoke into an increasingly mellow user’s lungs!
  • Repeat as needed or pass your homemade piece on!

Apple Pipe

Our final suggestion for those struggling for ways to smoke weed without a pipe is to build a pipe. Yep, that’s right, just make your own!

One of the easiest ways to make your own pipe is to use an item of fruit! The best thing about this one is that it looks way less like a device for smoking class A drugs than some of our other suggestions!

An apple is probably the easiest fruit to make a pipe with. For this reason, we’re going to start there. However, these principles can be applied to other items of fruit for those who want to get really creative.

What you need to build an apple pipe:

  • An apple.
  • A cheap plastic pen.
  • A toothpick or a nail.
  • Cannabis.

Armed with your minimalist equipment, making the pipe itself is easy enough. Just follow these steps:

  • Pull out the apple’s stem by twisting it. The hole created will be the bowl of the pipe.
  • Take out the middle from your cheap plastic pen. You just want to be left with a hollow plastic tube.
  • Force the plastic tube through the middle of the apple (at 90 degrees to the stem and core). Make sure the tube’s path lines up with the hole for the bowl. You want a single hole going all the way through the apple.
  • With the toothpick or nail, push a single hole into the apple that will connect the bowl to the passage you just created.
  • To test the apple bong, cover the back hole and inhale through the front hole. Test the suction by covering the bowl hole. If you can feel a pull, you’re good to go!
  • Load your cannabis directly onto the bowl at the top of the apple, light it up, and give it a rip!
Is it just us or does this apple look like it really found its purpose in this image from

Buy Another Pipe, Vape, or Bong!

With the exception of making a joint, all our suggestions to smoke weed without a pipe have involved smokers only using items that they might find around their house. We’ve not even mentioned all the alternative products to pipes that are available these days.

If you’ve managed to lose or break your pipe, maybe it’s time to check what’s out there as a replacement. If you broke it, perhaps a more hardwearing piece like Grav’s Octotaster would be a good idea. Alternatively, if you’re wanting to cut back on the actual smoking, maybe it’s time you joined the many legions of vapers out there with something like the Eden from Linx Vapor.

The Octotaster from Grav Labs is super durable thanks to the silicone wrapped around the glass. This makes it the perfect travel companion for all of your toking adventures!

The folks running the insta for @gravlabs really know how to make us green with product envy!

Vaporizers are one of the healthiest smoking options because all you’re getting is the pure vapor of your delicious herb.

With the Eden flower vaporizer from Linx, you’re getting a device that quickly heats to temperatures that optimize your cannabis’s flavor and effects.

Sleek in design and powerful in vapor production – this image from @linxvapor’s ig captures this pen’s beauty!

Even though our DIY ideas are far from the most glamorous ways to consume cannabis, they’re an important part of every true stoners bag of tricks. Forget who can make the best joint or who has the fanciest bong. The most respected smoker is often the most resourceful in testing times!

We’ve all been there, desperate for a smoke but for some reason, we’re without a pipe! Maybe you’re traveling away from home or you’re a novice smoker and just haven’t got round to buying one yet. Maybe you’ve just dropped a bespoke glass piece like the handmade squirrel pipe from Empire Glassworks and you need a hit t