How to make a pop can weed pipe

Published Aug 29, 2019 01:00 p.m. ET
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If you were to ask your most experienced friends that have spent years smoking weed, then they would probably have some pretty neat stories to tell about the ingenuity of a stoner without a smoking device. It is incredible what some cannabis enthusiasts have come up with over time, and though we would never recommend using the majority of them long term, sometimes you might have no other choice when stuck in a pinch.

The most important thing to remember about homemade weed pipes is, to always avoid using plastic to create the components that will be exposed to excessive amounts of heat. Reason being, plastics can leech harmful toxins and chemicals into the chamber, which can be hazardous for your lungs. This is the reason why glass pipes are the most popular option, as the materials can withstand high temperatures, and won’t ever harmfully influence the taste or quality of a toke.

Metals can do the same thing over time, so if either plastic or light metals are used to make homemade weed pipes, it’s a good idea to install a glass stem that can absorb most of the heat and keep it away from the meltable materials. This particular DIY pipe is perfect for one-time use and makes smoking weed a quick and easy task with materials that almost every household has lying around.

How to make a pop can weed pipe

You will need

  • 1 pop can
  • 1 pair of scissors


  1. Empty the can of any liquids and rinse the insides of it thoroughly.

  • Use your hands to apply pressure to the middle of the pop can until there is a nice divot that comfortably fits into your hand.

  • Towards the end of the can that is furthest from the mouth opening, use scissors or a knife to carve a small hole.

  • Now take the sharp pointed edge of a knife or scissors and press lightly creating small indents and holes around the outer edges of the first one. Don’t worry if the can only allow a small number of dents as this is meant to happen to help you to shape the bowl.

  • Bang the can gently on a flat, clean surface to be sure that all moisture has been removed and inhale deeply from the mouthpiece of the can. If you have created enough holes, it should feel like this action creates a suction. Without this, the smoke will simply waft away rather than being drawn into the can. If it’s not possible to smoothly take a breath from the hole, then you may have to piece a few more holes within the weed pipe’s bowl

  • At this point, the pop can have officially been transformed into a cannabis pipe, and all in less than 5 minutes. You can now pack the bowl, take a hit and enjoy the fruits of your labors.

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