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

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 flower, tobacco leaf 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. Instead, by properly distancing a lighter flame below the opening, inhalant users operate at vaporization temperatures, minimizing combustion waste and toxicity.[3][4]

Traditional national varieties of one-hitter pipes have included Native American calumet ("peace pipe"), kiseru (Japan), midwakh (Middle East), sebsi (Morocco) and some narrow chillums (Nepal, India, Jamaica).

A one-hitter has been 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)
Sebsi (Morocco) with clay craterhead and long wooden tube

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.[7]

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 the tangible "replacement" for a pack of cigarettes when one is eliminating a smoking habit.[7]

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  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.
  7. ^ a b Tarantola, Andrew (2012-09-07). "Ed's TnT Dugout Review: The Classy Way to Carry Your Cannabis". Gizmodo. Retrieved 2015-12-06.