How to Pack a Bowl: A Beginner’s Guide

September 3rd, 2022

New to the wonderful world of cannabis?

You might feel a little out of the loop regarding the terminology or feel confident in knowing how to pack a bowl. Luckily, packing a bowl is pretty much foolproof!

Let’s get into it.

Can You Pack A Bowl Incorrectly?

In short, yes. If you toss a whole, unground nug into a bowl, you’ll find out very quickly that it won’t burn correctly. This usually only occurs if you haven’t fully ground the weed and have left large chunks behind. You may also go wrong if you grind up your weed too finely and then some of it pulls through into your mouth when you’re inhaling – which is a less than enjoyable experience.

What You Need to Pack a Bowl

Before you get started, you need to make sure you have the proper materials on deck!

  1. Cannabis – Choose your favorite strain! If you’re not sure which one to try, Glass House Farm’s Grower’s Choice is a great place to start. It’s our tried and true flower that contains exotic flavors and potent effects – perfect for a bowl.
  2. Grinder – A grinder is by far the best and easiest way to get your weed ground to the right size. Look out for a grinder with medium-sized holes to avoid too fine of a grind. If you don’t have a grinder on hand, you can also use scissors to help grind up the weed or simply tear apart the flower with your hands but these methods take much longer and won’t get as good of a grind. A grinder that catches Kief is also helpful and investing in a nice grinder will help you maximize the flower you buy.
  3. Pipe or bong with a bowl – Whether you go with a pipe or a bong is your choice. A pipe is less intimidating if you’re new to smoking weed but they’ll both have a similar effect. Most pipes and bongs will have a bowl that’s around 14 ml in size but you can also find larger ones if you want to pack bigger bowls.
  4. Lighter or matches – A lighter is usually the easiest way to light a bowl but matches are also fine if you don’t have a lighter. Hemp wick is also a great alternative that you can wrap right around your lighter or bowl, and helps avoid inhaling butane from a lighter.

How to Pack a Bowl

When you’ve got all of your materials ready to go, here’s how you should start packing your bowl:


Grind your weed. Make sure it’s ground as evenly as possible to ensure an even and slow burn.


Pack your bowl. Start by gently packing the weed into the bowl. The key here is to pack NOT press the weed too tightly. If you press the weed into the bowl the airflow will be restricted and it won’t burn properly. It’s also helpful to put a slightly larger nug at the bottom of the bowl to avoid smaller pieces escaping through the hole into your mouth when inhaling.


Add kief on top. Before you smoke your bowl, check your grinder to see if you have any Kief. Kief is the weed that’s finely ground and catches in a separate chamber of a grinder. Keif is extra potent so it can be a nice little addition if you want a stronger high. Don’t forget to check out our blog on 5 things to do with your kief.


Smoke your bowl. Start by lighting the corner of the bowl so that the bowl burns well without needing to keep using your lighter. It will also make inhaling easier.

So there we have it – a beginner’s guide for how to pack a bowl. Grab some snacks, pick out a movie and prepare yourself a bowl to enjoy! And when you’re in need of quality cannabis shop Glass House Farms’ wide range of products. Read our next article Top 5 Best Weed Strains for Fall.