Chillums have been around for many decades but it is not until the last few years that they gained popularity.
A chillum is a straight conical glass pipe with an end-to-end channel. Chillums do not have the carb hole that is used to regulate air flow to the mouthpiece.
The chillums are believed to have been first used in India by holy men and Hindu monks. It is believed that the monks have been using chillums for thousands of years, even before the introduction of tobacco in India. These devices have been associated with spirituality and meditation throughout Eastern Europe and Asia. However, it was not until the 20th century that the chillums reached the western popularity.
It was because of their strong and direct rips that the chillums grew in their popularity. The rips are more potent than any average dry hand pipes. Currently, chillums are considered to be trendy and you can get portable hand pipe styles ion stacks at any local shops.
There are many variations of the traditional chillum. Chillums are made of wood but there is a clay version that is preferred by many. Clay chillums are a favorite of many due to their higher cooling potential. There exist more exotic versions of the chillums made from stone, glass and even stainless steel.
The difference between Chillums and hand pipes
Chillums are also referred to as bats or one-hitters. They are smaller in size than any other styles of hand pipes, including Sherlocks and spoons. Chillums also lack a carburetor or the small hole on the left side of the bowl. The carburetor is covered with a thumb or finger to direct the airflow to the mouth from the bowl. Once the finger is removed from the carb, the bowl can be cleared and all the smoke inhaled.
Chillums do not have the carb hence less airflow control in the pipe. The bowl will continue to burn for as long as it can sustain itself as there is no direct way of controlling the airflow.
Because of their small size, chillums are best lit at an angle of 45 degrees to prevent dry herb from falling on the floor. Some smokers will use something round or small to hold the herb in the bowl, such as a small nut. When using traditional clay chillums, you will require using closed fists or a piece of cloth to act as a filter.
How to use a Chillum
Pile tobacco on a tray and press the end of the chillum into the pile, press in with a finger to make sure it sticks, put your mouth on the mouthpiece and light the other end. Inhale lightly and slowly to avoid sucking in ash into your mouth. Chillums are small and you may not get many hits from them.
Benefits of using a Chillum
Here are some of the benefits of using these devices:
- They are incredibly discreet
- They are great for group sessions
- Easy to pack
- Easy to clean
- Chillums are inexpensive
- Ideal for roaches