If you’ve ever been dankrupt before, you know it’s a terrible feeling, but an apple pipe could be just what you need to turn it all around. It’s a total bummer having some delicious weed on hand but no materials to roll it up with, so we’re here to help you out when you’re in a pinch.
Have you ever been chilling with some friends, showing off your newest collection of righteous herb, only to find that you’ve forgotten your rolling supplies? We’ve all been in that sticky situation before, and it’s nothing short of a buzzkill – pun intended – when you can’t get stoned when you specifically planned on it.
Luckily, those of us in the cannabis community are not only creative but resourceful. That said, there are workarounds for these types of scenarios when you are without the necessary rolling or smoking accessories.
When times have been tough, tokers worldwide have relied on a trusty tool called the apple pipe.
Before you ask, no, this isn’t a joke, or us trying to fool you. It’s an actual functioning pipe made with an apple that has been utilized successfully for smoking your favourite bud when no other materials are available.
As they say, desperate times call for desperate measures.
If you want to learn more about the foolproof method of using an apple pipe to get you stoned to the gills, keep on reading!
What is an Apple Pipe?
An apple pipe is precisely what it sounds like, a smoking pipe made out of an ordinary, run-of-the-mill apple. Yes. We mean the piece of fruit.
Typically, an apple pipe is an easy-to-create, easy-to-use smoking device that can be used in place of an actual pipe or joint for smoking weed. The apple pipe has been a time-honoured DIY alternative to tokers worldwide and has proven to be a mainstay thanks to its convenience, accessibility, and ease of use.
Alternatively, tokers have also taken a liking to utilizing other fruits and vegetables to create DIY pipes. Along with apples, you’ll find people using fruits and vegetables like potatoes, yams, watermelons, and even root vegetables to make a pipe.
If there’s any proof to illustrate the resourcefulness of cannabis connoisseurs and the creativity weed can induce, it’s the apple pipe. It truly is a simple yet innovative engineering feat using some of the most commonplace ingredients in the household.
So without further ado, let’s figure out how to make one!
How to Make an Apple Pipe
Creating an apple pipe from start to finish shouldn’t take any longer than 5 minutes once you get yourself acquainted with the steps and, of course, some practice under your belt. In fact, the first run might end up being a bit messy, but if you’re careful, it could end up well.
Here are the ingredients and tools that you’ll need to create your very own apple pipe:
Ingredients and Materials
- A fresh apple. The structure of your apple is key here. For the best results, pick one that’s firm and not too soft, like a Gala or a Red Delicious.
- Your weed of choice. As always, the danker, the better and for the best smoking experience, opt for some fresh, high-quality bud.
- Some aluminum foil. Using aluminum foil will help prevent your weed from getting moist from the juices in the apple. Plus, it also makes for a great bowl.
- A knife or other carving tools – To make this work, you will need something to assist in poking a hole in the apple. We recommend using a knife.
- A pen – This is necessary to create a carb hole and the mouthpiece.
- A lighter, matches, or mini butane torch – Once you have your apple pipe ready, you’ll need a heat source.
Step 1 – Clean Your Apple Well
You’re going to be pressing your lips against the thing, so make sure you give it a thorough rinse with some clean water.
This step isn’t crucially necessary, but it can never hurt to take sanitary precautions.
Step 2 – Remove the Stem
With your apple now clean (or not), proceed to remove the stem from the top of the apple.
This step is where you’ll create your bowl for your weed.
Step 3 – Shape the Bowl
With the stem now removed, use your knife or carving tool to widen the area so you can fit enough weed inside.
This step ultimately boils down to preference, but we recommend carving out a hole that is similar in size to the bowl of a standard bong or pipe.
The trick is to find the balance between large and small. If you carve the bowl too large, it’ll be harsh to smoke, but if you carve it too small, you won’t be able to smoke from it.
Step 4 – Carve a Hole
Now it’s time to create the structure of the pipe.
Using your knife or carving tool, insert it at the top of the apple. Begin slowly twisting your tool until it reaches about halfway through the apple and bore a hole that’s clean and uniform.
This carved out hole will be one of the pathways that will enable the smoke to travel through.
Step 5 – Line the Bowl
With a decent-sized bowl and interior now carved out, use some aluminum foil to line the interior of the bowl so that there is a barrier between your weed and the juice from the apple.
Ensure the fit is nice and snug.
Step 6 – Create the Mouthpiece
Repeat the same process used to carve the interior of the apple except now from the side.
You can use either a knife or a pen to connect the mouthpiece hole with the previous hole you carved.
In order to make the apple pipe work, the mouthpiece must be connected to the interior hollow chamber or else air will not be able to flow through.
Step 7 – Make a Carb Hole
Using your pen, create a tiny hole that is enough distance away from the mouthpiece.
This hole will also connect to the main hollow chamber and act as an airflow control. Ensure the hole is made from a comfortable position when holding the apple to smoke, as you’ll likely have your finger on and off the hole to control airflow.
How to Use an Apple Pipe
Using an apple pipe isn’t far off from a standard pipe. In fact, its mechanisms are essentially one and the same.
Simply load your bowl at the top with some ground weed, spark it up and inhale from the mouthpiece while holding down the carb hole.
Once you’ve inhaled enough, release your finger from the carb hole and inhale the smoke.
That’s all there is to it! It truly is that simple.
Apple Pipe – One of Many Methods
Just like that, you can create your very own apple pipe at home. Granted, it probably won’t last you as long as a glass pipe, it still gets the job done and does so creatively and uniquely when you’re in a pinch.
If you’re ever away from home and have forgotten your rollies or filters, an apple pipe could be the next best thing. Even if you don’t have an apple on hand, they’re usually a hell of a lot easier to find at your local grocery store than rolling papers and filters.
That said, there are certainly simpler methods of enjoying your favourite icky sticky beyond going all Macguiver on some produce.
Purchasing edibles such as chocolates, gummies, cookies and more present a hassle-free, all-in-one ingestion method that allows you to accurately and efficiently dose whether you’re at home or on the go.
Another efficient method for dosing on the go is using a vape pen with pre-filled cartridges to ensure a smooth toke that is a safer alternative to other smoking methods. More traditional smoking methods could be potentially harmful through ingesting tar and other potentially toxic carcinogens.
Vaporizer pen kits also provide a more portable option compared to other devices such as a bong for a discreet and convenient way to enjoy your favourite bud without sacrificing potency or quality.
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