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How to Pack, Use, and Clean a Cannabis One Hitter

By Brittiany Ralls February 27, 2023

If you're a cannabis enthusiast, you've probably seen or used a one hitter. But for those that don't know, one hitters are small, hand-held pipes that allow you to take a quick hit of cannabis without having to pack a larger pipe. They're perfect for a fast smoke sesh, and they're also very easy to use and clean. In this post, we'll show you how to pack and use a one hitter, as well as how to clean it so it's ready for your next smoke session. Plus, we will go over different types of one hitters and answer any questions you may still have about this simplistic device.

What is a Cannabis One Hitter and Why Do You Need One?

A cannabis one hitter is probably the most straightforward cannabis consumption tool out there. Simply put, it's a convenient, compact pipe made for quickly inhaling cannabis with minimal effort. Whether you're looking for a quick puff to start your day or just don't want to mess around with rolling papers or large bongs, this cannabis-chic accessory is just what you need! It also helps you control how much cannabis you consume to maximize each hit. All in all, cannabis one hitters are stylish and stealthy tools for consuming cannabis discreetly and efficiently.

How to Pack a One Hitter

Loading your one hitter can be an art since the fluffiness of the cannabis changes with each strain, though don't be discouraged. Packing a one hitter is quite easy! Just remember that how you pack your piece is essential for optimal performance.

There are several factors to consider when packing your one hitter. First, have material that has been ground in a grinder for a more even burn when inhaling. Second, many one hitter enthusiasts like the cannabis compacted tighter in the area closer to the mouth since it helps ensure debris is not flying back. Plus, using tools that help you pack it tight can help you achieve maximum efficiency from every puff and get better results from each hit. No Matter what, the key is experimentation, so go with what works best for you and make sure that whatever method you go with, you're enjoying each smoking experience!

How to Use a One Hitter

After you have packed the one hitter with your preferred amount of top-notch green all you need to do is light the end with a trusty flame. If your one hitter doesn't have a carb (the little side hole that helps regulate airflow), no problem! Just inhale and enjoy. Keep the bud lit by taking small, quick puffs until it transforms into a pile of ash. Voila! You're now a one hitter pro. So go ahead, give your cumbersome smoking setup the heave-ho, and embrace the beauty of the simplicity of a one hitter.

Pro tip: beware of using too much of your one hitter at once; they can get pretty hot! If you’re planning on an extended sesh, grab yourself a bowl instead.

How to Clean a One Hitter

Keeping your one hitter clean is an essential part of a smoker's routine. Fortunately, it's super simple to do - all you need are a few supplies that are probably sitting around the house.

  • Pipe cleaners or bobby pins (a sewing needle works, too)
  • Isopropyl alcohol (90% and above)

These basic cleaning tools are what many cannabis lovers have used for ages. Break any leftover bud or residue up for easy removal using your pipe cleaner, then fill a small dish with the isopropyl alcohol. Let your one hitter soak in iso for 5-10 minutes and rinse thoroughly with warm water, it should slide right off, revealing a like-new, shiny pipe! If there's any built-up issues leftover, grab a cotton swab and the iso, and use it and light elbow grease - that's it!

Types of One Hitters

Types of Cannabis One Hitters

From chillums to dugouts, one hitters offer smokers a unique way to enjoy their favorite flower! From bat styles for convenience and portability, all the way up to intricate glass and stone pieces with luxurious finishes - no matter your preference, there's something out there for everyone.


All the terms associated with cannabis can make distinguishing what is more difficult at times. The word chillum and one hitter get used interchangeably a lot, though technically they are two different things. A one hitter is a uniform tube that can look more like a cigarette. Whereas chillums are more cone-shaped, they tend to have a larger diameter where the flower is loaded and tapers to a smaller diameter. Chillums are shaped this way to also be used in bongs or other smoking devices that can hold the smaller end of the chillum.

Also, chillums tend to be larger than many one hitters, many are up to 4-5 inches long, while many one hitters are only 2-3 inches long for easier stashing.


Dugout one hitters are one of the most popular and traditional types of one hitters. They consist of a small wooden or metal container that holds a one hitter bat, and a storage compartment for cannabis. The user simply loads the one hitter bat with a small amount of cannabis that's housed in the storage compartment, then lights it, and takes a hit.

Not all one hitters come with a dugout. One hitters can be bought on their own, or with storage containers - dugouts. Many dugouts are made of wood, but there are new, more innovative versions that have smell-proof containers that can be attached to a keychain.


Think of steamroller as the extra-large version of the one hitter. The steamroller is somewhere between a one hitter and a bowl, offering a few puffs per load. The loading is the exact same as that of the dugout, though it will take more flower!

Different Types of Materials Used to Make One Hitters

One hitters are available in a variety of materials, each with its unique advantages and drawbacks. Some of the most common materials used in the construction of one hitters include glass, metal, and wood, and with each having its pros and cons, it's important to consider preferences or needs before choosing a one hitter that's right for you.

Here are some of the most popular materials used in one hitter pipes and their pros and cons:

  • Glass: Glass one hitters allow you to see the herbs inside, which is a plus for some users, and they are less likely to distort the taste of your bud. However, glass one hitters can be fragile, so they may not be the best choice for those who are rough on their gear.
  • Metal: Metal one hitters are tough, sturdy, and durable, making them a great choice for those who just throw them in their bag or pocket. They are also easy to clean and maintain. However, metal one hitters can become hot to the touch during use, which can be uncomfortable, and will alter the taste of the flower.
  • Ceramic: Ceramic one hitters offer a unique, organic feel that is often appreciated by cannabis connoisseurs. They are also great for conserving flower as they tend to heat more evenly and efficiently than other materials. However, ceramic one hitters can be brittle and prone to breaking, especially if not handled with care.
  • Wood: Wood one hitters offer a classic, natural feel that is favored by many traditional enthusiasts. They are also lightweight and easy to carry around. However, wood one hitters can be susceptible to moisture damage and may require more maintenance than other materials.
  • Stone: Stone one hitters are made from a variety of materials, including granite, quartz, and marble, and offer a unique and natural look. Known for their durability and resistance to heat, they are the top choice for longer seshes with a one hitter. However, stone one hitters can be heavier, and more difficult to clean, and they may also require special care to prevent cracks and damage.

FAQs About Cannabis One Hitters

Now that we know one hitters are a convenient way to enjoy cannabis and can be the perfect companion for a quick sesh, let's go over the top FAQs about cannabis one hitters. Answering these questions will help ensure you get the most out of your one hitter experience.

What is the Best Material to Buy a One Hitter in?

While this is a matter of opinion, many cannabis consumers who are experienced with one hitters say they prefer it to be made of glass. Many followers of the flower, prefer glass since the taste of the flower is always an important aspect to consider and metal or wood one hitters are more likely to impart their own taste onto the flower.

How Easy is it to Clean a One Hitter?

Regular cleaning is essential to get the most out of your smoke sesh! Clear any ash after each use and then follow our easy directions every 3-4 sessions for a continuous clean. That way, you can fully enjoy all the flavors of your flower every time without worrying about gunky build-up in your one hitter. If you are someone who doesn't like to smell like cannabis, then we suggest thoroughly cleaning your one hitter after each use. This ensures a less likely chance of smelling like cannabis.

Which Packing Method is Best for One Hitters?

Packing a one hitter is quite easy, for best results use a flat surface or a dugout to load your one hitter by pressing the bowl end into pre-ground flower. Depending on the size of your one hitter you may need to pack with a tool or your finger, then add a little more flower so that it smokes well. One technique that is also often used, is twisting the pipe while pushing down, packing the bowl better without tools or your finger.

Do One Hitters Provide an Exact Dosage of Cannabis?

One hitters can provide a rough estimate of the amount of cannabis used, but they do not provide an exact dosage. The amount of cannabis that can be loaded into a one hitter can vary based on the size and design of the device, as well as the grind of the cannabis. Additionally, the user's inhale strength and smoking technique can also impact the amount of cannabis that is consumed. But because one hitters are just for "one hit" they are a great tool for those who are on a budget and need to conserve their cannabis or anyone who would prefer shorter smoke seshes.

How Much Do One Hitters Cost?

The price of one hitters can vary greatly depending on the materials used and their size. Metal or glass one hitters are typically the most affordable, with prices ranging from $5 to $10 or more for smaller 2-inch options, though larger ones typically cost more. Wooden one hitters, which often come with dugouts, tend to be a bit pricier due to the level of craftsmanship involved in their creation. Stone or ceramic one hitters can also vary in price, depending on the type of stone used and its size. Stone one hitters, many of which are made by craftsmen, are often the most expensive due to the level of skill required to create them.

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Cannabis one hitters are an incredibly convenient and effective way to enjoy your favorite flower. Perfect for a quick puff and cleaning is equally as straightforward - making it handy when you need to switch it up fast! As you have read throughout this blog post, with some practice you will be using your one hitter like a pro. So take it one step further by taking the hassle out of grinding! Snag some MÜV Premium Cannabis Flower Ground Shake and get the same premium product without needing a grinder - making it even easier to enjoy your one hitter experience!

Content Writer for MÜV and Zen Leaf. Britt began exploring cannabis as a recreational user attempting to treat her migraines and depression. Finding success, she began to realize the many benefits of cannabis for a multitude of ailments. Her new-found knowledge prompted a move to Colorado, where she was able to medically treat her son with ADHD and aid her family in becoming healthier and happier. Realizing her passion for cannabis, she turned it into a career. Joining the industry as Medtender and moving into management gave Britt the knowledge needed to become a writer for a local cannabis culture magazine in Oklahoma and a leading voice in cannabis compliance.

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