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How to Use a Chillum - Everything You Need to Know

How to Use a Chillum

Knowing how to use a chillum is quite simple.

However, there are a few things to consider, such as, grinding cannabis to the perfect consistency and how many hits one bowl in a chillum can actually produces. We obviously want you to avoid the rookie mistake of pulling ash into your mouth - yuck!

In this article, you will learn all you need to know about how to use a chillum and what smoking tools help, to better each smoking session.

Keep reading below for everything you need to know about how to smoke a chillum.


Chillums - What's the Big Deal?

 Chillum pipes date back to the beginning of time. They were used as a social way to bond with other individuals. Those who smoked weed socially would pass their chillums around a room to share a close bond. Men in India used chillums in their religious worship with their gods to share a spiritual connection.

The hype of the chillum one hitter died off back in the 90's when new inventions like dab rigs and dry herb vaporizers came on the market.

Luckily, with new technology years later, the chillum pipe has evolved from stone, to wood, to glass, and now we have the latest and greatest when it comes to evolved chillums.


The DART has reinvented and improved the material used to make their one hitter to an aircraft aluminum one hitter pipe with an self eject mechanism for simple cleaning. The DART's chillum pipe work in the same way a traditional one hitter works but it ashes itself and makes cleaning a chillum so much quicker and hassle-free. Oh and did I forget to mention it has improved airflow and everything you need such as beveled edges to help you get the perfect amount of cannabis into the chamber?

Once you've enjoyed your smooth hitting marijuana, just ash with the click of a button!

Sophisticated but simple. Let's dive right in to find out how exactly does a chillum work.


How to Use a Chillum - DART Style

As mentioned, there are a few things to be considered prior to loading your chillum. Due to the size of the bowl, packing it with dry herb can seem tricky.

So let's break things down...

Chillum one hitters generally come as a thin pipe with a small bowl chamber where you load or pack the marijuana. This smoking device is considered to be for personal use, which is why it's referred to as a "one hitter". But, by using the grinder to get the perfect consistency, the amount of hits you can get out of it is about 4-5 small pulls.

The preference of the consistency may vary from person to person. The chillum works best, however, if it is packed not too tight, and not too loose. If the bowl is packed too tight, airflow will be restricted and you won't be able to get a nice easy pull. If the bowl is packed too loosely, you will end up with a bowl of ash in the back of your throat. Gross!

The DART simplified each step of the process, from packing the bowl to ashing with just three words: Load, Smoke, Ash

how to use a chillum

Let's break down all the steps on how to use a chillum more in depth below.


How to Pack a Chillum One Hitter with Herb

Knowing how to load a chillum with herb is going to make all the difference in your smoke sesh. Don't worry, this takes practice and once you know the perfect consistency you know forever! So don't get disheartened if you have a few bad hits the first time. To make things much easier you will want a DART canister to store your perfectly grounded weed so smoking on the go is a breeze! 

Follow these simple steps on how to pack a chillum:

Grind the Weed to the Right Consistency

Start by grinding your weed to the perfect consistency. Remember not too big and not too small of pieces. Try a few difference consistencies and test it out with your chillum.

Point Your Chillum Bowl Down Into Canister And Twist

Put the grounded weed into your weed canister and then get your chillum and point the bowl chamber (they end where the marijuana is stored) down into the weed canister. With the chillum facing down into the canister begin twisting to pack the chillum bowl with marijuana. The DART has a beveled edge that helps this twisting process and allows for easing loading of marijuana into your chillum bowl!

Check to Make Sure Chillum is loaded Correctly

Check the bowl to see how much marijuana has been loaded. If you want to add more, do so by pushing down gently while twisting. Once it's loaded you are ready to smoke!


How to Smoke a Chillum Pipe Properly

 Now that you have your chillum packed with the perfect consisitency of cannabis, it's time to smoke the hell out of it! People are often confused about how much flame they need, how hard of a pull, but when smoking a chillum just remember less is more!

Follow these simple steps for how to smoke a chillum:

Light The Bowl End of Your Chillum

Take a lighter and lightly hitting the flame to the bowl. You can keep the lighter lit and also move your chillum pipe in and out of the flame softly so as not to light all the cannabis in the bowl too fast.

Inhale Your Chillum Evenly and Gently

When it comes to inhaling make sure that you are not trying to mimic a bong rip. This is a unique smoking device and all you need is a even and gentle pull. This smoking device allows you to smoke discreetly, anywhere! No need to be taking huge rips.

Exhale The Smoke 

Exhale the smoke and try not to inhale for more than a second! 

Keep in mind, the moment THC molecules touch your lungs, the magic has happened. Holding smoke in your lungs for an extended amount of time will irritate your lungs and make you cough. Despite what you have heard, coughing does not make you get higher. All you get is a quick head rush from lack of oxygen.


How to Clean a Chillum

Cleaning a chillum can be time consuming as ash buildup is common. The DART one hitter is a chillum fan favorite that has absolutely solved this issue. With the innovative, click-to-ash system in The DART cleaning a One Hitter is much less frequent and easier.

So if you aren't a fan of cleaning things then The DART drastically reduces the cleaning process. Not only is it the first chillum with a self-ashing system, it is also the first chillum designed to come apart completely so you can get the deep clean. 

With many chillums on the market that do not come apart, you run the risk of resin buildup in hard to reach places. Eventually this produces bacteria and mold, and yes you will be inhaling these contaminates into your lung. 

Let's say you have enjoyed a hit or 4 or 5, and it's time to tackle cleaning your chillum. The DART disassembles in a way that makes cleaning a breeze. Just make sure you have all the items you will need to clean a Chillum:

  • dirty chillum
  • isopropyl alcohol
  • sea salt
  • small nylon tube brush
  • resealable bag

Follow these simple steps on how to clean a chillum:
  1.  Untwist bowl end of one hitter. Set aside.
  2. Pull the bottom of the DART chillum out. You should have 2 small tubes, a small bowl end, and a spring. Leave small bowl end and spring to the side.
  3. Put 2 small chillum tubes in a resealable bag. Add Isoproyl Alcohol and 1 tbls of coarse sea salt.
  4. Use back and forth motion to shake!
  5. Remove pieces, rinse under warm water for 1 minute. Use your nylson brush to scrub inside chillum. Rinse for 30 seconds, then dry.

And there you have it, The DART chillum just as good as the day you got it!


Invest in the Best Chillum

Although newer devices, like vaporizers, have flooded the market, "vintage” ways of doing things tend to make a comeback, and the same can be said of the Chillum.

Chillums are efficient, cost-effective, portable, discreet, and reliable. They have the ability to save you money and offer you a clean hit of your favorite herb, on the go or at home. It’s a one hitter device made with sharing in mind, but can still be enjoyed alone if that’s what you're into. Coming in a vast array of colors and materials, there is a design or style out there for just about anyone.

The easy-to-use style of a chillum draws in a lot of newbie smokers. It appeals to the user's need for an entire experience, not just a desire to get lit. Since it’s easy to operate and easy to clean, it is a great choice for someone who is trying weed out for the first time.

Let's not forget it helps you save money, save on marijuana, and also not over indulge in marijuana and as a result you keep your tolerance low! It's not a good look to have to smoke 7 bong rips just to get high!

If you're looking for a good chillum to try, start with the first of its kind, the self ashing chillum one hitter, The DART.



Hard times call for high times! The DART chillum pipe is a necessary smoking device for on-the-go, discreet use. It is easy to clean and is the best device for conserving cannabis. All of which are of people's utmost concern during coronavirus.

Enjoy your marijuana using The DART, no matter where or when!

Stay safe, stay healthy, stay high!

Thanks For Reading!


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