Whether it’s 4:20, you’re breaking in a crazy new bong, or sharing a blunt with friends, these cool smoke tricks will impress the toughest critics. Before you begin, turn off fans and close windows to ensure limited air flow. Practice accumulating smoke in your mouth by taking a few partial inhales rather than one massive, long drag. Slowly exhale, without force, to keep the smoke condensed with a thicker appearance. Once you have those basics down, you’ll be ready to master these five techniques.
You don’t announce a French Inhale like you would before performing an impressive Jellyfish. Instead, slip it in nonchalantly when no one is expecting it. In fact, don’t even mention it. It’ll be much cooler that way.
Essentially, all you’re doing is exhaling through your mouth and inhaling through your nostrils. The delight is in the delivery. Practice in front of a mirror until you get it right. Take a large toke and hold it in your cheeks before pushing your bottom lip out. Lightly leak smoke from your mouth. Then, inhale through your nose to create a reverse waterfall effect. Step this technique up a notch by closing your teeth while doing the French Inhale to create the ominous Bane Mask.
You need to successfully blow O’s before attempting the breathtaking Jellyfish trick. Using the “Cough Method,” blow a smoke ring. Cautiously, sneak up on the smoke ring. Timing is important here. Too fast, and you’ll warp the O. Too slow, and the ring will drift away. When your lips are an inch away from the ring, gently allow smoke to float out of your mouth and flow through the O. Don’t use force or it will lose its impressive shape. Sit back, relax, and graciously accept compliments on a job well done.
Some say the secret to a successful tornado is to inhale as much smoke as your lungs can stand. Others say you should store a bunch of smoke in your cheeks. See which way works best for you.
All you need is a flat surface, but you can use an empty paper towel roll to assist you as well. Slowly exhale smoke directly on the table or through the cardboard cylinder so it’s hovering over the surface and forming a cloud. Before the smoke dissipates, slide your hand through the cloud and swoop it up quickly. Watch in awe as your smoke spirals into a tornado shape.
Blowing O’s is one of the most popular and challenging smoke tricks. People employ two different methods to achieve perfect orbicular plumes. The “Cough Method” calls for you to create a circle with your mouth by curling your lips around your teeth, then rest your tongue at the bottom of your mouth as you cough and simultaneously make an “O” sound. The “Push Method” recommends you form a circle with puckered lips before poking out O’s with your tongue as smoke leaves your mouth.
Once you have these down, you can riff with single, double, and triple rings and change the size of the circles by fluctuating the amount of space between your lips. For rapid-fire bursts, contract your throat muscles quickly as you blow rings. After experimenting with these variations, try puffing out a large ring before sending a smaller ring through the center.
Written on November 26, 2016 by
Zoe Wilder is a writer based in Portland, Oregon, with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the College of William & Mary and a Master of Social Work from Fordham University.