Everyone's heard of these at least once... they're a favorite for any drug addict- from weed to meth, pretty much any smokeable substance can take advantage of this neat, easy to make tool.
I've laid out everything in easy step by step form. Feel free to use this in one of your FAQs as a reference tool.
It's highly recommended to be sober and awake when doing this, one small slip when breaking glass can fuck your hand up or worse. Take alot of precaution and if possible, wear some protective glasses. I'm not kidding.
Why Cannabis Vaporization?
Vaporization is a technique for avoiding irritating respiratory toxins in marijuana smoke by heating cannabis to a temperature where the psychoactive ingredients evaporate without causing combustion.
Laboratory studies by California NORML and MAPS have found that vaporizers can efficiently deliver cannabinoids while eliminating or drastically reducing other smoke toxins.
Like tobacco, marijuana smoke contains toxins that are known to be hazardous to the respiratory system. Among them are the highly carcinogenic polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons, a prime suspect in cigarette-related cancers. These toxins are essentially a byproduct of combustion, separate from the pharmaceutically active components of marijuana, known as cannabinoids, which include THC. Although there is no proof that marijuana smoking causes cancer, chronic pot smokers have been shown to suffer an elevated risk of bronchitis and respiratory infections. Respiratory disease due to smoking may therefore rightly be regarded as the primary physiological hazard of marijuana.
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Ok here's what you need:
-75-100 watt light bulb, the kind you'd use in a desk lamp
-Scissors or wire cutters
-Metal object such as a screwdriver
-Soda cap (from a plastic bottle)
-Bic pen tube
-Soldering iron (preffered, possible substitutes: exacto knife)
-Super glue or clear silicon sealant (highly recommended, less messy, dries faster)
OK on to the tutorial-
First thing you want to do is stick that razor pointed edge first into the first thread of the lightbulb, force it in until it goes in.
Go around the entire first thread until you get that top off:
Chances are you'll have some extra metal hanging on:
Just cut more into it and get it all off:
Now, take your screwdriver or whatever and hit the metal tip pointing out.
It should look like this:
Now chances are you'll have to stick that screwdriver in some more to break the filament off, do that and be very careful and break the inside glass.
Now, the filament should be off and broken down into the bulb.
Snip the wire connecting to the filament inside, and shake or (if necesarry) use the tweezers to remove the filament.
Now, fill the bulb with around 2-3 tablespoons (just eye it) of salt and THOROUGHLY
shake the bulb around keeping the opening covered.
It's really important you get all of the frosting out. If you have some canned air, shoot some in the bulb, the opening faced down to get what was left behind
Next, put around 3 layers of masking tape around the threads to get a secure seal when you use the pop cap.
Making a carb/mouthpiece
This is alot easier if you have a soldering iron, trust me.
What you need to do is take that cap and make two holes. Make one fitted good enough for the pen tube and another for a carb. Using either glues listed seal it, and LET IT DRY. then you're ready to stick it on the bulb.
Here's pics of one I made a wihle back and still use!
Once everythings finished, just screw that thing one, and blow throguh the mouthpiece ot make sure you have a nice secure seal around the threading, if you think you need more tape, go right ahead and add more.
-Always let the glass cool before setting it down
-Take easy hits, slowly inhaling all the way in
-A good technique for pot is to heat the area, then shake it around a bit, it lets the smoke release easier and you have a nice big toke
-When using a bic lighter or something of the such, put the flame all the way on the glass until the blue is on the area, that way you dont dirty up the bottom of the bulb and it's easier to see what you're heating.
-I suggest using a torch/jet butane lighter, it takes ALOT less time for smoke to be produced but dont heat the glass too long or overdo it becasue it can shatter.
-Once you see a small amount of smoke, shake the pot around, alot more will be presented
-Dont heat your pot too long, or you'll actually burn the weed, and you want to vaporize it, not burn it
I hope this helps, if anything needs fixing or you need help, PM me.
Nicely done post. Voted +
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Cool! I think ill make one of these!!! +
hwo doi smoke drug lol
Excellent tutorial, +. What I'm working on is an electric vaporizer (ie one you plug in) which could be a little tricky.. plans are for it to be in 2 parts - a lightbulb and necessary electrics, with a metal "collar" soldered (possible melting issues at high temperatures) to keep the weed on, and a top off a water bottle (not a 2-litre that isn't really necessary) to help inhale all the THC. Anyone care to improve on my plans, build prototypes etc be my guest
EDIT: I attached some MSpainted plans. Get building!
Awesome. Easy to understand. +
I think I have a possible improvement. Perhaps you could substitute the lamp for a soldering iron with the bit removed? After that, I'm sure you could find a bowl shaped object to screw in there. You could then enclose this in a fishbowl, and make a hole in this with a tube attached. It sounds good to me, anyway.
Originally Posted by Quoth the Raven
Thanks for the votes, this thread needs more views
I agree with being cautious. I've had one of those little bastards explode in my face (though I was smoking meth resin with a blowtorch... not to bright).
Threw a vote your way J, and don't worry, this forum is going to be like an oak. Grow's slowly, but eventually every bird will want to nest here.
Or... something .
Just made one of these and I can't wait to try it out. Now if my friend would just call me back........
Originally Posted by Ikonoclast
Holy fucking shit, I made one of these (thanks to the great instructions) and it started to crack when I was smoking and it scared the shit out. I've never smoked anything out of anything but a pipe or blunt, and the only lighter that I have is a torch lighter.
How high should the flame be, and any shit I should beware of?
Edit--BTW I really needed a soldering iron for the cap. The motherfucking knife I had wouldn't cut through.
That's probably because it wasn't completely dry. That happened to me the first time I tried making one of these.
Originally Posted by circaopus
Why would it be wet to begin with?
Originally Posted by Soul Rebel
1. You need to make sure that the bulb is heated evenly. If one part of the bulb gets too hot (ie. the part of your bulb where the <insert drug name> is located) while the rest of it is cool it will crack or even blow.
Originally Posted by circaopus
2. What kind of torch lighter?
3. The flame height doesn't really matter as long as you don't mind wasting your shit and as long as you can keep the rest of the bulb heated evenly. The higher the flame, the more gas is released and the hotter it will get.
You should read my FAQ, I have a much better guide (no offense) to making a lightbulb vaporizer located there. The Ritual of The Rising Sun
Scroll down to the part that says "..How to make a Light Bulb used for smoking Methamphetamine".
You can use it for smoking pot as well, but I would make the carb bigger because pot's vaporizing point is much higher than meth's.
I rinsed mine out with water because I didn't want to be smoking that frost shit. Anyway I had an idea. If I like put a little apple juice in with the weed, would I be able to take apple flavored hits?!?
o_O (i don't really like thrice anymore)
I made one, but I'm scared to try it from fear of it exploding...
No. You don't want any liquid in there..
Originally Posted by Innominate
Just dont keep the flame on too long, liek i said, move the flame as much as you cna up onthe glass so theres only the blue part on it so it heats faster. You'll need to watch for "smoke" to be produced then once you see a small amount, shake the weed inside around a bit and then toke. A guestimate on how long you need the flame on is about 10 seconds.
Originally Posted by Thrice
o_O (i don't really like thrice anymore)
Originally Posted by Jspeedy!
I'm trying it now... im sad cause i havent smoked in a month and wanted to quit, oh well, working fine so far
o_O (i don't really like thrice anymore)
wow i can feel it, so i guess it works. im stoned right now
I was never interested in the vaporizer before...just because it seemed a little too dangerous health wise. Now this has caught my eye....the only thing im not sure about...might have missed a step...i know how to build it...what do you put the weed in the bulb and put the cap on...put the lighter underneath the bulb and then use the second punture as a choke?
Edit: Nevermind...i saw the thread above...but regardless...thanks for the post
this is probably one of the most ingenious ideas I have ever seen in my life
I have a couple vaporizer questions...
1.) How does it work with opium and hash/smoke resin/honey oil?
2.) Can you do it with a candle? How close should the flame be to the bulb?
3.) How close should the flame be with a torch lighter?
STANDIN ON DA HOOD!
1)it works great with opium, hash, and glass. Anything you would smoke off tin foil you can do in a lightbulb/pizzo.
Originally Posted by wotBandit
2)candles work they just take a little longer to heat things up, never let the flame touch the bulb, it will get burned wax all over the bulb and you will have to clean it off.
3) torches are the best thing to use, never let the flame get too close to the glass, and once the stuff starts vaporizing either spin the bulb back and forth or move the flame all around the base and drop the flame off when it gets too hot (when you start burning instead of vaporizing).
i used a candle. worked quite nicely. i also noticed that you should let the lightbulb cool down like every 3-5 minutes while smoking it. that is why i made 2. so while one is cooling down, the others getting me high.
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How do you know when your weed is "cashed" when using a vape. does it too turn white? Do the fumes have a color?
Pondering the Infinite Cosmos
You don't necessarily know, but if you take the weed out and it just smells like hay, then its a good indication of it being used.
Originally Posted by Theender
That, and the taste. It'll taste more burnt, it's easily noticed. Just remember- hay
Originally Posted by false
I’m sad now. I had just finished building my vaporizer, and placed it in my lap for safe keeping, then started to look at other threads, forgot about the vaporizer and knocked it down with my hand and it shattered... But at least it will be easy to build another one and just reuse the mouth piece.
It didn’t even get to see its first hit... Or the 10 minute mark
SO, you light it untill the bulb fills with smoke, then you hit it? You dont light and hit at the same time like a bong or spoon right?
How much smell do these put off?
I'm curious in making one to use in my room if it doesn't smell much.
Barely any smell. It creates a light smoke, but my mom can still smell it in my room sometimes.
Originally Posted by Guitar!