Halloween may have a reputation for being a children’s holiday, but don’t let all of the candy and pumpkin juice fool you—there are plenty of grown-up witches out in the world looking to have some adult fun on the night of fright.
Now you’ve probably already seen every brewery and cider brand bring out their fall flavors for the season but what about those who would rather get a little stone-y on All Hallows Eve? Well if you’re a witch that enjoys an herbal potion, you may already have the tools that you need to get baked on Halloween—hint it’s orange, round, and waiting to be carved into a spooky cat or menacing mug. That’s right my cannabis-consuming cuties, you can make a bong or rig out of a pumpkin.
The technique for“organic” smoking devices has been common for years now, I mean can you really consider yourself a true pothead if you haven’t tried smoking out of an apple? There are many different ways to create your own pumpkin bong, but if you want to learn from a real pro, check out Coral Reefer’s in depth tutorial.
Coral Reefer is an online blogger and YouTube creator who has gained over 175,000 followers on Instagram as a world class stoner. For the last six years, she's instructed her viewers on how they can make their own pumpkin bong and you won’t believe how easy it is to get lit using a Jack-O-Lantern.
1. Start off by picking out your pumpkin. The size that you use really depends on how experienced of a smoker you are (in general, the bigger the pumpkin, the bigger the hit you are able to take.)
2. Then you should begin to carve out the two holes on either side of the pumpkin, one for the downstem and one for the bowl. Coral recommends that you take your time carving out the hole for your downstem and to use a small tool like a dabber (a pen will also do just fine) because you want the glass to fit very snugly within the pumpkin and a knife will not be as precise. If you make the hole too large and the downstem is not wrapped tightly enough inside the flesh of the pumpkin, some of the smoke may try to escape outside of the glass (and you definitely don’t want that to happen.)
3. Once you have created a hole that you can fit your downstem into, make another hole that will act as your mouthpiece. This hole can vary depending on your preference but it doesn’t logistically need to be any bigger than the first hole that you carved.
4. After this hole is carved and before putting in your downstem, fill you uncarved pumpkin with some water. This step is somewhat optional, many agree that you don’t need water to smoke out of a pumpkin I think, however, that the water makes the smoke a lot milkier and way easier to take bigger hits with. You only need a small amount of water, depending on your pumpkin, but if you think that you added too much you can always pour some out.
Now that your pumpkin is filled with water, insert the downstem and get to grinding your favorite grass. Depending on the state you live in and what laws surrounding marijuana usage are currently in place, there are a few different strains that will compliment a pumpkin bong. If you’re really looking to be thematic, I would recommend searching out for Pumpkin Pie OG, which is an Indica blend that is known for having dark orange strands and a body heavy high. If you aren’t able to locate this strain, I recommend any Indica hybrid, OG Kush, Miami White OG, and Mega Hash for example, if you plan to stay in and watch scary movies. If you’re looking to be social, however, I would stick with Sativas, Strawberry Lemonade, Harlequin, and Cat Piss are great for going out.
If you’re dying to carve out the inside of your pumpkin, there’s another method that you can use to make a killer pumpkin bong. Begin by cutting off the top of your pumpkin and then go ahead and scoop out the guts. We recommend that you use apple cider vinegar to clean out the inside of your pumpkin once it's carved so that you can keep it super fresh.
Then you follow steps 1 and 2 in the first tutorial—you want to create a hole on the side of the pumpkin and insert your downstem. Afterward, put the top back on your pumpkin, light up your grass, and let the smoke fill the inside of your pumpkin. When you are ready to inhale, stick your face inside your pumpkin and inhale the smoke.
If you continue watching in to see how Coral makes the pumpkin rig, it follows the same steps as the pumpkin bong. You will create a hole for your downstem and once your downstem is snug in place, attach your dabbing nail to the downstem and “get toking.”
If you don’t enjoy the act of smoking and prefer edibles instead, there are plenty of pot-friendly recipes that call for pumpkin. Pumpkin pie (we recommend this recipe from Herb.co) is a classic treat that you can easily add cannabis to and if you like what you’ve made, you can always bake another pie in time for Thanksgiving (although we don’t recommend serving Grandma a slice).
If you plan to use your pumpkin for smoking first and then baking later, make sure that you use a sugar pumpkin (it’s a variety of pumpkin) instead of your classic Halloween pumpkin. The big ones don’t have as much sugar and they won’t taste as good in your treats!
Now the question you’re probably dying to ask is if your hit will taste like pumpkin if you use a pumpkin bong. Well, I am not going to spoil the answer for you, that’s definitely something you have to try out for yourself.
Published October 24, 2016
Photos Courtesy of Coral Reefer
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