How to Use a Hookah Correctly: The Basics Explained
Hookah can be a nice way to relax and take the edge off for most people, but doing it incorrectly can make you uncomfortable.
Are you interested in using a hookah, but you’re not sure how?
After all, you don’t want to embarrass yourself if you’re planning to try it with friends.
If you want to learn how to use a hookah, read this first to make sure you know what you are doing.
What Is a Hookah?
A hookah is a type of water pipe that people use to smoke a certain kind of tobacco. Usually, the tobacco will be flavored and can come in a lot of different varieties, such as vanilla, cherry, or mint.
Hookahs come in many different sizes. Some are meant to be used by multiple people at the same time, but most are small enough for one person to use at a time.
A standard hookah is usually used with groups of other people.
Usually used in groups, a standard hookah is small enough to pass the mouthpiece to each person.
Parts of a Hookah
Know the different hookah parts before you use a hookah to make sure you are using all of them correctly. If you’re buying a hookah, it’s also smart to know what features your hookah has compared to others that might be a better fit for you.
A hookah that you would see today would usually have:
- a head or bowl with holes cut in the bottom
- a metal frame
- an ashtray
- a neck
- a water bowl
- a purge valve
- a hose
- a mouthpiece
Usually used in groups, a standard hookah is small enough to pass the hose and mouthpiece to each person.
Depending on the type of hookah you are using, it could be very basic, or it could have additional features. You also will find that some hookahs are ornate while others are very plain.
How to Use a Hookah
Using a hookah is simple. First, will set up the hookah per its instructions. Then, you break up the shisha, or specialized tobacco, and add it to the bowl.
Next, you’ll put the bowl on the hookah shaft or neck and cover this with foil that you’ve poked holes into first.
After this, you’ll transfer the coals onto the foil.
To smoke the hookah, you will light a few of the coals and inhale through the mouthpiece.
Our Hookah Tips
If you’ve never used a hookah before, you need to know the top hookah tips for beginners.
Our main tip is to pack the shisha into the bowl just tight enough for the heat to be evenly distributed. Cover this with foil and poke holes around the edges to help the heat distribution.
Another tip is to use high-quality coals that will burn for a while. Quick coals will burn out too quickly and you’ll end up wasting your money.
Lastly, you need to clean and store your hookah based on the manufacturer’s instructions. Don’t forget to detach and take care of the hose as well so that it doesn’t dry out prematurely.
Are You Ready to Try Hookah?
Now that you know how to use a hookah, you can try it for yourself to see if you like it.
If you’re interested in a new way to get your nicotine fix, hookah could be the way to go!
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