5 different ways to hotbox with cannabis

Published Oct 5, 2019 11:00 a.m. ET
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Stoner ingenuity is an infamous example of just how inspired we can be with the help of a little cannabis, and enthusiasts face no shortage of exciting new ways to consume this plant’s materials. Though there are some pretty fantastic ways to enjoy the benefits of marijuana without smoking weed, one of the longest used and most enjoyed is a good old-fashioned hotbox.

What is hotboxing?

Hotboxing can be done by just one person or several at once, and it is a term that defines the act of smoking weed in an enclosed space to enhance the effects. Though there is little for scientific research to back up the theory behind it, the idea is that inhaling all of the floating smoke, over and over again will lead to a much more intense buzz.

Best places to hotbox

Now that you know what hotboxing is, you are probably trying to think of the best place that you could try it yourself. Luckily, there are so many different options that you can hotbox, just about anywhere with a moment of preparation, but to help get you inspired, here are 5 of the most popular places to hotbox.

1. In a car
Though we would never recommend driving after getting high, as it is an offense punishable by the same laws that apply to drinking alcohol before getting behind the wheel, most vehicles offer the ideal sized space and some smaller luxuries like comfortable seats, heating, air conditioning, and handy cup holders for drinks. Roll up the windows, put your favorite tunes on blast, and try smoking weed in your car for an intense hotboxing experience.


2. In a closet
The original place of the hotbox is not one of luxury or comfort, but it certainly works in a pinch to get the job done with few preparations. The whole idea of hotboxing is to get into the smallest space you can and start smoking weed, and a closet is generally the smallest room in a house. That makes it ideal for anyone who needs to keep their cannabis consumption a secret and keeps you close enough to the kitchen to grab a drink or a snack when needed.

3. In the bathroom
Now if you have a massive six-piece bathroom that sprawls out further than most people’s bedrooms, then it’s probably not going to be the best choice for a good hotbox, but if you have a smaller two-piece sink, and toilet restroom then you are good to go. The only issue with this is that bathroom doors are often raised, so line it with a damp towel before you start smoking weed to keep it all contained within the room.

4. In the shower
Though this one is technically still in the bathroom, it adds a new element that many stoners appreciate, which is steam, heat and water. Whether you get comfortable on the ledge of the tub and draw the curtains closed or get right into the bath with a fat joint in hand, it’s entirely up to you. If you want to add a next-level challenge, then try running steaming hot water before you start smoking weed, which will hasten your breathing and make it feel like you are getting higher than you ever have before.

5. In a small shed or greenhouse
Not everyone has access to a car or a safe indoor space that they want to smoke in, but that doesn’t mean that they are out of luck or have to miss out on the opportunity to hotbox. If you have any small enclosure on your property (or a friend’s), then you can head on out to the shed, greenhouse, or lean-to for a similar type of experience.

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