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What is a Chillum?

Depending on which part of the world you’re in at any given moment, you may place an order for a Chillum or use a different term – hookah.  Regardless of the term used, Chillum simply refers to a pipe that you need to smoke your favorite substance. The term originated from the Hindi language – cilam. What is a Chillum? Simply put, Chillums are straight conical pipes made of different materials and used for smoking.

What is a Chillum? It’s a smoking gadget that keeps you safe from inhaling unwanted debris directly. The most common materials used in making it are wood, stone, and clay. As previously stated, its origins are with the Hindu people. The Holy Men in India (also known as Sadhus) have used Chillums since the 18th Century. Chillums are not as expensive as other high-end smoking devices that are in the market today.

Benefits of using a Chillum include:

  1. Perfect shape and size for cooling smoke rapidly
  2. Portable and easy to use
  3. Less expensive compared to high-end alternatives
  4. Lightweight


How to Use a Chillum

Below are instructions on how to use a Chillum.

To use it well, you will need the following:

  • Chillum
  • Substance you wish to inhale
  • Foil paper
  • Wet cloth

First, you will need to prepare the substance. Fill the substance into the Chillum taking care that it doesn’t drop off. Wrap the piece of wet cloth around the pipe. Wrapping the Chillum with the wet cloth protects you from getting burned while smoking. The wet cloth also ensures that the stuff you’re smoking does not find its way into your mouth. Importantly, you cannot claim that you know how to use a Chillum if you have no idea how to hold it when smoking.

Glow in the dark chillum

How to Smoke a Chillum

The purpose of a Chillum is to help you smoke coolly, safely, and unencumbered. It helps you to smoke in public places discreetly without causing a raucous all around you. For the best effect and the greatest hit, you should smoke it slowly. Ensure that the smoke flows away from the substance you placed in the Chillum to inhale. Also, when smoking, remember to suck in as much fresh air as possible whenever you hit it.

The following is a breakdown of what to do.

  1. Light the substance
  2. Confirm that it’s lit
  3. Inhale slowly
  4. Fill your lungs

How to Clean a Chillum

A good, useful Chillum is a clean one. If that’s the case, it’s imperative for you to learn how to clean a Chillum. A dirty Chillum can be the medium through which you inhale some harmful stuff. The process to follow in cleaning it is similar to what is needed to clean a One Hitter, spoon, bubbler or water pipe. The items needed to clean the Chillum effectively are quite varied, but often include the following.

  • Water
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Q-tips
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Salt
  • Ziplock bag

The first step is to fill the ziplock bag with enough rubbing alcohol. Next, add some salt. Shake the bag with its contents properly. Afterward, pour a few grains of salt into the Chillum’s stem. Avoid pouring too much salt as this can prevent the rubbing alcohol from going through. Turn the stem and pour enough salt into the bowl that’s on the other end too. Then, put the bowl (and stem) inside the ziplock bag before shaking everything up for around 30-40 seconds.

Lastly, scrub the Chillum using Q-tips or pipe cleaners to remove the residue.

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