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7 Common Marijuana Tools Every Stoner Needs

There’s nothing complicated about smoking weed. But if you want to do it right, you need to have a few marijuana smoking tools at your disposal. Having the right gear will help you get the most out of your stash. It will also ensure that your smoking experience is as good as it can be. With that said, here are some basic marijuana smoking tools you need to have.


When you’re talking about essential marijuana tools, you’ve got to have a good grinder. If you don’t grind up your bud first, you won’t be getting as much out of your weed as you should be. That’s because you’ll be burning through it too quickly.

Instead, give it a grind first to increase the surface area. This means there’s more green to burn, which in turn means more high times for you.

There’s a surprisingly wide range of grinders out there on the market. Some are bare bones basic. Others are more fancy, using motors and various cutting blades to ensure a consistent grind.

But whatever you do, get something that will cut your weed — not shred it into a mess. And get one that has a kief catcher. That way you can easily save that super potent powder for future use.

Storage Container

Every cannabis consumer has to have somewhere to store their bud. If you’re not properly storing your herb, you run the risk of it getting moldy, drying out, and losing potency, smell, and taste.

Like grinders, there are tons of storage containers now on the market. Hardcore weedheads can even get high-end humidity controlled boxes to dial in the perfect environment for their weed.

But you don’t have to go all-out to store your bud. Just be sure that you find something clean with a resealable lid. Ideally, you should store your weed in a place that’s out of direct sunlight, that stays at a slightly cool room temperature, and that doesn’t let in a lot of humidity.

Slide Dugout

When it comes to marijuana smoking tools, a slide dugout is an important one. It’s also relatively overlooked in the world of marijuana tools.

Basically, a slide dugout is the simplest way to smoke on the go. Usually, a slide dugout is made out of wood and features a slidable lid.

Beneath the lid, there will typically be two cylindrical openings. The first is to store a simple one-hitter. The other is for ground up weed. When you’re puffing on the go, simply slide the lid, pull out your one-hitter, pack it up, and light up.


Multi-tools should be included in your basic kit of marijuana smoking tools. Look for one that features as many different marijuana tools as possible.

These will often include things like scissors to cut up your weed, a tamping tool, scrapers, dab spoons, and maybe even extra features like a flashlight.

Rolling Machine

In some circles, there might be some stigma attached to using a rolling machine to twist up your Js. But don’t let it get to you.

Rolling machines are actually essential marijuana smoking tools. They’re generally inexpensive and they’re excellent for rolling perfectly uniform joints each and every time.

And they’re not just for rookies or failed joint-rollers. Rolling machines are excellent for the full range of weed smokers. For beginners, they’re a great way to learn how to roll with your fingers. And for pros, rolling machines are a good option when you want to roll quicker, or if you want especially uniform joints.

Odor-Proof Bag

Any kit of marijuana tools is incomplete unless it includes an odor-proof bag. This is the best, safest way to walk around with weed.

Thanks to the growing legalization of marijuana, there are now more options on this front than ever before. You don’t have to use only Ziploc baggies. Now, you can buy specially-built backpacks designed to completely hide the smell of your weed.

Similarly, some companies also make and sell high-end women’s handbags that are scent free; a much more elegant option for keeping weed on the down-low.

Glass Pipe Cleaning Solution

Since most smoking pieces are made out of glass, it’s a great idea to add some sort of non-toxic, effective pipe cleaning solution to your kit of marijuana smoking tools.

This can be a specially made solution designed for bongs and glass bowls. Or it can be a simple solution of rubbing alcohol and kosher salt.

In this case, the rubbing alcohol breaks apart resin build-ups in your pipe. Meanwhile, the salt is abrasive enough to scrape off anything gunking up your piece without damaging the glass.

Marijuana Smoking Tools To Keep Handy

The marijuana smoking tools on this list cover all the fundamental needs of a weed smoker. For each of these marijuana tools, you can find affordable options. Many times, you can even repurpose common household items and use them as marijuana tools instead.

Alternatively, you can also scale up your marijuana tools. You can purchase high-end elite marijuana tools like humidors, handbags, and more.

Either way, building up a toolbox of effective marijuana smoking tools will help you puff like a pro.

Whether you're a rookie or a veteran, every smoker needs some basic pot smoking tools. Here are the most important ones.

What’s Your Favorite Pokey Tool for Emptying a Bowl?

Recently we polled our beloved fans across social media to find out their go-to device for emptying a bowl or piece. The results were diverse, amusing, and enlightening, but first…

What Do You Call the Device You Use to Clean Your Bowl?

An asher? A pokey? A stick? What do you even call this thing? We asked and you answered. The most popular responses were…

It’s a Poker/Pokey!

  • “…the stick on the left is a poker….” — Trevor Balko
  • “Pokey. I’m glad other people call it that too.” — Ben Craighton
  • “Poker” — Destrey Jones
  • “Pokey thingy, dude.” — Stabbert Mckniferson [nice name, by the way]
  • “Pokey, I’m old school back in the day of aluminum downstems and acrylic bongs, coat hanger, pair of needle nose pliers if [you’re] feeling fancy to put a scroll on one end. Pokey lol…” — Don Menefee
  • “Pokey stick thingy or just thingy” — Erica Nessie Nettnin
  • “Pokey stick” — Tina Chavez
  • “Poker” — Jordan Roman
  • “Poker lol” — Katurah LaFountaine
  • “[It’s] pokey stick of course!” — Sarah Lindsey Bowman
  • “Pokey Doony Bit” — Benjamin Hunter
  • “My shishka skinny stick thing-a-ma-gig poker” — Karla Jo Abey

No It’s Not, It’s Something Else!

  • “Long stick thing lol” — Ryan Burke
  • “Stoker” — Julian Vernon
  • “My cleaning apparatus!” — Dale Noble
  • “That bobby-pin thing” — Nate Gingras
  • “Cleaning tool. Haha” — Justin Vannoy
  • “Podger” — Ollie Allan

We’ll stick with “pokey” as the preferred term for now. So what sort of pokey do you use?

Popular Pokers for Cleaning Cannabis Bowls

Based on the responses we received, there’s no clear answer or consensus. However, there were some similarities in the feedback we received:

To Wood or Not to Wood?

  • “Don’t use wood it breaks off” — Israel Carrera
  • “Toothpicks because the Wood will not break the glass people use toothpicks” — Dank House
  • “toothpick, safety pin.” — Noemi Sparks

Actual Manufactured Pokers

  • “[Pokers] made by pokerface!” — Stephanie Robinson
  • “420 pipe cleaner works best for me [it’s] like $9” — Andrew Velasquez

Some of You Don’t Use a Pokey at All

  • “Alcohol and epsom bruh. That’s it.” — Keegan McCall
  • “ISO and sea salt.” — King Tyler
  • “Everclear and sea salt works every time” — Dawn Cittadino
  • “Use a hand held steamer works like magic” — William Bruckner

Apparently Dentist Tools are Quite Diverse

  • “Homie has a dental tool kit that works hella good” — Dale Noble
  • “Dentist pick tool type thing” — Bryan Evans

Miscellaneous MacGyvering

  • “Lockpicks” — Julian Vernon
  • “a scale modeling putty application tool” — Mike Paquette
  • “Mini flathead screwdriver” — Jerry Kritzman
  • “Pocket knife” — Josh Smith
  • “Little hair hook from mom’s hair dye kits. Works wonders for screens, dabs, scraping and cleaning.” — Tom Irwin
  • “Enamel chopsticks” — Drake Sansone
  • “Paper clips everywhere.” — Ben Craighton
  • “Bobby pins” — Em Garcia

Time for you to weigh in! What sort of “pokey” device do you use to empty your bowls?

Recently we polled our beloved fans to find out their go-to device (or "pokey") for emptying a cannabis bowl or piece. The results were diverse, amusing, and enlightening.