Can You Smoke Weed In A Tobacco Pipe?

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If you've broken your bong and lost your rolling papers, but you still have an old tobacco pipe sitting around, you might be wondering if smoking weed in a tobacco pipe is possible. Strictly speaking, while it is, of course, possible to smoke cannabis in a tobacco pipe, whether or not it is a good idea is a different question.

The reason for this is that a tobacco pipe is built somewhat differently than a weed pipe, which is true both in terms of the design and the material. If you smoke weed in a tobacco pipe, it might take some getting used to, and there are some important things to know as well. Let's take a closer look at whether or not smoking weed in the tobacco pipe is a good idea.

Key Takeaways

  • It is technically possible to smoke weed out of a tobacco plant.
  • Because of the design and materials used for a tobacco pipe, it may however not be the ideal choice.

Can You Use A Tobacco Pipe For Weed?

Just like a regular pipe that you might use for cannabis, a tobacco pipe consists of a bowl that you pack with the plant matter, a stem, and a mouthpiece that you pull on. In the grand scheme of things, it's really not that different from a regular weed pipe.

Generally speaking, there is no reason why you cannot use a tobacco pipe for weed, although there are some notable differences you will notice while doing so. These differences you might notice come down to the design differences between these two types of pipes.

What Happens If You Use A Tobacco Pipe For Weed?

There are a few possible things that might happen if you use a tobacco pipe for weed, so let's take a quick look at all the possibilities.

  • Because a traditional tobacco pipe is made of wood, the flavor will be noticeably different. If you've already smoked tobacco out of that pipe, when you smoke weed, you will taste the old tobacco residue.
  • The above is also true the other way around. A wooden tobacco pipe will absorb the odor of cannabis, and it will also absorb the resin that builds up into the bottom of the bowl. This can ruin the taste when you smoke tobacco out of that pipe.
  • All of that sticky resin that builds up inside the bottom of the bowl can also clog your tobacco pipe. Tobacco pipes are somewhat hard to clean, so this can be an issue.
  • Tobacco pipes also have much larger bowls than weed pipes. This means that you end up using a lot more weed, you get bigger hits at once, and you'll probably get more stoned. If you've ever seen a tobacco pipe, you know just how big those bowls can get.
  • The other important note is that tobacco pipes generally don't have a choke on them, or in other words, a small hole that you can uncover to pull air through the bowl and the chamber. This choke is a feature that most weed pipes have, but tobacco pipes don't. If you smoke weed out of the tobacco pipe, you won't be able to clear the chamber 100%, which leaves the smoke behind for the next hit, and this ends up tasting stale.

Tobacco Pipe vs Weed Pipe: What’s The Difference?

Let's take a quick look at all of the major differences between tobacco pipes and weed pipes. Although there aren't a huge number of differences, the ones that do exist produce the differences in the smoking experience.

  • Weed pipes are most often made out of glass or metal. This has a couple of advantages. First, they are very easy to clean with some alcohol. Many of them can even be boiled in water. Moreover, they also don't really absorb colors or smells as easily. On the other hand, tobacco pipes are generally made out of wood, which is very absorbent and hard to clean. Wooden tobacco pipes hold on to flavors much more than glass or metal weed pipes.
  • As mentioned above, tobacco pipes usually do not have a choke, which prevents you from being able to totally clear the chamber. For smokers who like clearing the chamber after every hit, to get the most flavor out of every drag, this is not beneficial.
  • Another difference is that tobacco pipes generally do not have screens at the bottom like cannabis types too. In tobacco pipes, small cannabis particles may make their way through and into your mouth.
  • The other major difference here is that tobacco pipes have a much larger bowl. With an average weed pipe, you can fit anywhere between 0.3 and 0.6 grams of dried bud, but with a tobacco pipe, you could potentially fit up to 1 or even 2 grams, depending on the model. You end up smoking more and getting bigger hits out of the tobacco pipe.

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Tobacco Pipe vs Weed Pipe: How Do They Taste?

If you have never used the tobacco pipe before, particularly for tobacco, it will taste somewhat like wood and burnt wood smoke. If you have used the tobacco pipe for tobacco before using it for weed, it will likely taste like tobacco.

This also applies the other way around, if you use the tobacco pipe for weed, and then smoke tobacco out of it, your tobacco will likely taste like weed resin. If you enjoy an earthy and woody flavor mixed in with your cannabis, then it is something worth trying.

How To Clean A Tobacco Pipe Used For Weed

If it is a glass or metal pipe, cleaning it is no different than cleaning any other cannabis pipe. If it is a wooden pipe, however, the only real method at your disposal is to use pipe cleaners.

Using pipe cleaners is the traditional method of cleaning tobacco pipes, and this is no different no matter the herbs you are smoking through it.

Final Thoughts: Can You Smoke Weed Out Of A Tobacco Pipe?

What it comes down to is that if you are in a bind and have nothing else to use, then a tobacco pipe works just fine. However, for cannabis, a tobacco pipe certainly would not be our first choice.

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