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One-hitter (smoking)

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Midwakh (U.A.E.), shown with and without a stem-mounted filter. Traditionally used with dokha, an Iranian sifted tobacco product with admixtures of other herbs.
Kiseru, with handcrafted metal head and mouthpiece; traditionally used with kizami, a finely shredded Japanese tobacco product. Flexible extension tube of matching diameter may substitute for the stiff bamboo stem.

A one-hitter[1] (also oney, bat, tay, oney bat, or taster) is typically a slender pipe with a screened narrow bowl designed for a single inhalation, or "hit", of smoke or vapor from a small serving (about 25 mg) of heated cannabis, tobacco or other dry, sifted herbal preparation.[2] It is distinguished from western-style large-bowl pipes designed for strong tobaccos that are burned hot and tasted but not inhaled. By properly distancing a lighter flame below the opening, users operate at vaporization temperatures, minimizing combustion waste and toxicity.[3][4]

Traditional national varieties of one-hitter pipes include kiseru (Japan), midwakh (Middle East), sebsi (Morocco) and some narrow chillums (Nepal, India, Jamaica).

A one-hitter can be considered drug paraphernalia in certain regions.[5][6]


Wooden dugout box with cigarette-styled one-hitter, technically a small chillum (with end-to-end channel); in this illustration the sucking end, over which a flexible extension tube can be added, is at top.
Sebsi (Morocco) with clay craterhead and long wooden tube for which flexible plastic hose may be substituted, as with certain vaporizers or hookahs.
A modern cylindrical aluminum dugout with multiple special features[7]

Brands of cigarette-sized one hitters for inconspicuous public use are marketed with a rectangular (or sometimes cylindrical) wooden case, known as a "dugout", with two compartments, the larger to store a stash of herb or tobacco and a narrower, cylindrical hole to store the "bat" or pipe.[8]

Modern adaptations from craft-centric companies use fine and rare woods, bone, acrylic, aluminum, steel, titanium, other metals or plastics, adding features such as grinders, poker storage or lighter chambers. Carried in a shirt pocket, they are a tangible "replacement" for the pack of cigarettes when one is eliminating a smoking habit.[8]

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  1. ^ Tom Dalzell; Terry Victor (27 November 2014). The Concise New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English. Routledge. pp. 567–. ISBN 978-1-317-62512-4.
  2. ^ "Smoking cessation: herbal alternatives - Wikiversity". Retrieved 2011-04-20.
  3. ^ Eleazar David Melendez (2013-06-19). "9 Mind-Blowing Marijuana Gadgets That Will Revolutionize Weed Smoking". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 2015-12-06.
  4. ^ Enochs, Elizabeth (2015-09-28). "11 Weed Hacks For The Resourceful Stoner". Retrieved 2015-12-06.
  5. ^ "Police Blotter: Missing wallet in Hanover; wanted person in Hackettstown". Daily Record. 1 December 2015. Retrieved 2015-12-06.
  6. ^ Phil Garber (2015-11-30). "Pot busts persist on Thanksgiving weekend in Mount Olive". New Jersey Hills. Retrieved 2015-12-06.
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  8. ^ a b Tarantola, Andrew (2012-09-07). "Ed's TnT Dugout Review: The Classy Way to Carry Your Cannabis". Gizmodo. Retrieved 2015-12-06.