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What Is A One Hitter?

Even if you've been consuming cannabis for some time now, you may not know exactly what a “one hitter” is. Also known as a “bat,” “oney,” or “tay,” one hitters are small, slender pipes that are made to hold just enough cannabis for someone to take one big inhalation (or “hit”) of smoke.

They are made of glass, wood, clay, metal, or a combination of materials, and their straight or conical design makes them easy to use, store, and clean. Many find that the only real challenge one hitters pose is deciding whether to grind your flowers before packing a bowl or just placing a whole bud in the chamber end. One hitters also differ from western-style pipes in that you don't have to necessarily ignite your cannabis to inhale its vapors, as holding a flame close enough to just cause the trichomes to vaporize is an oft-used technique.

One hitters are particularly popular options for those who want a way to smoke cannabis discreetly in public, as their small, cylindrical shape can easily be mistaken for a cigar or cigarette, especially when the one hitter is designed to look like a legal smoke. However, one hitters are still drug paraphernalia items in some states as well as under federal law.

One hitters usually come with their own “dugout,” which is a small box that has one compartment for storing the one hitter pipe and another one for storing a bit of cannabis, for easy storage and transport. There are also several kinds of regional one hitter pipe varieties that you can use to smoke cannabis, such as:

Kiseru: a Japanese one hitter pipe usually made of bamboo and used to smoke “kizami” - a finely shredded tobacco mixture.

Chillum: sometimes spelled “chillem” or “chilam” this conical, usually ceramic pipe has a long history of use by Hindu in India, but since the 1960s chillum one hitters have become popular all over the world.

Midwakh: a Middle Eastern one hitter used to smoke “dokha” - an Iranian mixture of sifted tobacco and other herbs.

Sebsi: from Morocco, a clay bowl to which a narrow wooden or plastic tube is attached to inhale the smoke.


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