The dos and don'ts of hotboxing

Published Sep 25, 2022 09:00 a.m. ET
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The benefits of hotboxing are well-known within the cannabis community – there’s really nothing better than an enhanced buzz that just keeps on going as long as you stay inside. It’s a fun way to share a cannabinoid-fueled experience with friends, and it’ll take you higher than toking in any other way ever could, but there is a right way and a wrong way to go about this task. Make a mistake, and you might not be overly impressed with the results, which is why we decided to compile a list of dos and don’ts to help.


These are some of the main things you should make sure to do if you’re hotboxing. That is if you want the experience to be as smooth, comfortable, and enjoyable as possible.

1. Come to the hotbox with plenty of weed

When you come to a hotboxing sesh you should expect to be smoking weed at a rate much higher than usual, because the whole point is to fill the space. If you don’t contribute enough, the task at hand might not work so well, and if you have to keep leaving to re-up, then you’re going to let all of the contained smoke out.

2. Bring kleenex, just in case

Hotboxing can get pretty intense especially if you aren’t used to it, so it’s a great idea to bring some toilet paper, Kleenex, or paper towels to this sesh, just in case your eyes and nose run too much. Otherwise, you’ll have to leave to search for something when it comes on, and that can be a challenge when you’re struggling to see.

3. Only invite the most committed enthusiasts you know

Hotboxing isn’t for the faint of heart, and we mean that in the sincerest way. Those with breathing-related health conditions shouldn’t attempt this feat, nor should beginners who can’t handle more than a few puffs at a time. These people won’t be able to safely stay for as long as it takes to fill the space, so it’s better if they don’t come.

4. Seal the space off as well as you can

Even the most closed-off places will have air leaks because we need oxygen to breathe, and you’ll never be able to seal them up completely, but with some damp towels, that opening under a door or closet can be closed up instantly, to keep the smoke where you want it the most.

5. Leave the hotbox before it’s too late

No one wants to get too high, because greening out isn’t an enjoyable experience. The same is true when you start coughing and it just won’t stop, as vomiting is much more likely. If you don’t leave in time, you could end up ruining the whole time for yourself, and requiring some serious time to recuperate, so take it easy, and head out when you need to.



This list is full of things you should avoid doing if you don’t want to offend your host or make any of your guests (or yourself) feel uncomfortable.

1. Never forget your water

Inhaling this much smoke is going to lead to cottonmouth, which is where every single drop of moisture is stolen away from your mouth and throat, resulting in a desperate need for H2O. Not everyone gets it so severely, but we promise you’ll be happy you brought a bottle of water with you on this adventure.

2. Steer clear of the hotbox until you know you’re ready to handle whatever comes next

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, hotboxing is serious business, so if you’re not ready for it, then you might want to consider skipping this endeavour.

3. You may not want to smoke cigarettes in the hotbox

The whole point of hotboxing is to fill a room with cannabinoid-rich smoke so that you get higher with every breath, and cigarette smoke might make you feel higher, but not everyone smokes cigarettes, which is why it’s disrespectful to bring one to this sesh. Just take a break and go outside instead.

4. Force anyone to stay beyond their comfort limit

It’s all fun and games until someone gets too high, so be sure to let everyone know that it’s ok to leave when they’ve reached their limit. Though it might seem like a tough act to take as much as you can, it’s far better to dip out while you’re still happy with how you feel.

5. Assume you will smoke more in the hotbox than you do outside of it

The whole point of hotboxing an area is to fill it to the brim with cannabis smoke which is heavy and lingering naturally, but it is going to take a bit to get there. Even if you only smoke your usual joint, you’ll be inhaling secondhand smoke the rest of the time, so it’s best to prepare mentally and physically for a far more intense high.

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