A Chillum is a traditional pipe, designed to smoke tobacco or hashish extracted in dry or water mixed with tobacco, made with neutral materials such as mud or wood. Used in India and Nepal from time immemorial, these pipes are a tool more known to the Sadhus and Hindu holy men, who use it to smoke during their rituals and before the prayers as an offering and spiritual contact with Shiva (god of tobaccos, described as an ascetic yogi of broad knowledge.

Chillum- shaped pipes have also been found in South America, which suggests that their practical design made several cultures that had an interest in tobacco cultivation and consumption reach the same conclusion at the time to smoke a conical.

Long, and clay pipe with a small stone inside it as a filter is a great option to smoke tobacco, as it allows for cooling the smoke while respecting the taste.

Later, the Rastafari culture originated in the 1930s in Jamaica, used this tool for spiritual use, smoking with it, to get the elevation, and to know the truth, being closer to God, Jah. They even evolved it, joining a Chillum with a coconut or clay sphere as a water pipe, creating the so-called Chalices or chalices.

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This Rastafari movement, coupled with the birth of the hippie culture in the 60s, drove the implantation of this type of pipes in Western culture, especially in America, where it’s still possible to find shops that sell them, worked and decorated, in wood, bamboo or clay.

Today, or rather since the 1990s, the use of chillum is less popular because of all the modern paraphernalia for smoking, and in fact, there are more chillums made in Italy than in India. But the older consumers of single) hippy scene continue to use this archaic and very direct form of smoking tobacco, and also for the fact that the device must be passed from hand to hand to share the experience. Even the Rastafarians use chillums in their day to life.

Extraordinary Variations Of Chillum

There are some extraordinary variations of chillum – people are very inventive and carve disposable chillums of carrots or organic radishes (good idea, by the way, it gives the smoke an interesting flavor) and others make an art of creating the chiles. Darrel Pipeman Mortimer, for example, a street artist from San Francisco, made almost 10,000 chillums since 1970, and signed and sold them personally – is not that dedication?

Use And Cleaning Of A Chillum

Pipes, like Chillum, are really simple to use, but at the same time, they are very comfortable and efficient, both for the practices they are and for how well they restrain the ash and debris, as long as they are clean and in good condition.

These pipes consist of two parts, the body, shaped like a cone, empty inside, made of clay, wood, stone, glass and even metal. The stone will make a filter, being smaller in size and length to fit inside the cone, and will have cuts on the sides that will allow the passage of smoke, leaving the space just on the top of the pipe to put the grass.

With the Chillum upright, we place the tobacco to smoke in its upper part (the widest) chopped or not, according to tastes (even if the grass is compacted and slightly compacted, this tends to catch better). It is given fire for it to burn, and then two or three short strokes are given to light it well, followed by a long one, which will be the one we will bring down to our lungs. We will repeat the process until the load is complete.

It can also be held by placing the narrow part between the third and fourth finger, with the hand closed, placing the mouth over the gap between the big toe and forefinger, and inhaling the hand through the inside.

Once we have finished using it, we must clean it thoroughly to remove the remains of resin from tobacco and tarry residues that may have been deposited. To do this, we remove the stone from its interior and clean it with a cloth moistened and with water or alcohol, as well as the interior of the body, you can help by using a clean brush.

Finally, all these tobacco smoking pipes have been greatly improved from being created using animal horns as well as wood. However, you can still come across carved bamboo old-school chillums, the majority of one-hitters these days are created with glass.

Posted by Alice Stevens

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