Hotboxing with cannabis- What is it and how does it work?


The world of Pot is an invigorating and creative one where the minds open, everyone is accepted, and love and laughter are passed around along with the burning joint. Let’s face it, there is nothing more interesting than these green buds that send you on the healing path or simply on the high’er path, opening up the multiple realms of reality and fantasy.

With the collection of creative minds comes the plethora of ideas which are as innovative as the recent vaporizers or as ancient as the Mummy’s in Egypt. Going strong through all ages, one such idea of getting seriously ripped is called Hotboxing. As much as this sounds like it is not from the pot world, it is a very time-honoured tradition that most bud-lovers wear as a prize and swell their chest in pride when they experience the dopeness of it.

In this article, we are exploring what exactly is known as hotboxing, the idea behind it, and does it really work as well as people say it does?

What does hotboxing mean?

Hotboxing is a common cannabis colloquialism which became pretty famous with the funny Cheech and Choch scene of smoking in a closed car. Even though the majority of the people picture a car when hotboxing, it is used to refer to smoking the green buds in any enclosed space. The idea is to trap the smoke without an exit point which leads to creating big clouds of smoke over time with the session raging on.

From cars, sheds, bathrooms, to many other innovative ideas, hotboxing can be performed anywhere you can find a quiet, closed room/place.

Now that you’re well aware of how Hotboxing works, let’s see what makes it so interesting in the 420 world.

Hotboxing – The reason why people do it

Most stoners start hotboxing as a matter of convenience because not everyone is blessed to sit in an open area and smoke their favourite buds without the fear of being spotted. Being discreet came with its advantage, and people often smoked in cars, basement or other enclosed space. Another section of the potheads believes it is more fun to see the smoke buildup and keep exhaling, enhancing their high with the effects of hazy plumes in the air.

However, almost all stoners agree that their high is enhanced when they smoke in a closed space and allow the smoke to linger in the atmosphere rather than allowing it to wander far away. From joint lovers to the latest vaporizers fans, everyone has enjoyed this method of toking on their favourite type of herb.

It does seem appealing to imagine the clouds of cannabis smoke encircling while you inhale a fresh toke. The natural curiosity led to some interesting research and clear answers on this uber-cool way of smoking.

Does hotboxing get you higher?

This is the most sought after question by the stoners all around the world. If you’re packing yourself in a room and smoking, you want to know if it is worth it. And that’s exactly what we are going to confirm here.

A study was conducted in 2015 by John Hopkins University to confirm whether second-hand smoke can make a person high or not and to study the effects of hotboxing. Six smokers and six non-smokers between 16-45 years participated in the study, where they were placed in an enclosed, unventilated 10-by-13 foot room. The smokers were given 10 joints each with high-potency weed, which they smoked in the room along with the non-smokers being present there. As the joints were smoked, the chamber became as smoky as a foggy December night with no visibility of even the opposite wall.


In the second setting, the entire situation was repeated with only one exception – the rooms were ventilated. The results that came forward suggested that the non-smokers in the unventilated room got pretty high.

“We found positive drug effects in the first few hours, a mild sense of intoxication and mild impairment on measures of cognitive performance,” said Ryan Vandrey, a senior author of the study. The simple way to put it forward is that they were slightly stoned, if not completely.

In contrast to this, none of the non-smokers who were exposed to the secondhand smoke felt anything or showed any symptoms. In fact, there was no THC found in their body, and their cognitive performance was perfectly normal.

This led to the conclusion and victory among the stoners who rejoiced at having a proper study to back their claim of hotboxing.

Hotboxing – How do you do it?

For the novice tokers who are beginning to embrace the many miracles of the pot world, here are some tips to have an out-of-the-world session.

The first step is to be prepared before you start with the process. Finding a good spot comes later but gathering your supplies is the basic step that every toker needs to follow. Imagine sitting cosily in your car, ready to light your masterpiece, and you realize that you forgot the lighter. Quite a bummer, isn’t it?

The other important point while indulging in hotboxing is the location. Most people prefer cars or the basement, small bedrooms, and even saunas (everybody has their own kinks). The whole idea is to find a place where you are comfortable, safe, and have the liberty to spread the cloud of haze and smoke all around you. Remember, the aroma of the buds linger on and it is not a good idea to smoke where other people might be spending a lot of time. Similarly, in closed cars, the smell might seep into the fabric and might even make the driver high. You could additionally not air it out properly and get pulled up the next day.

Stoners tend to get carried away when getting high with the dense clouds all around the high spreading slowly and steadily. It is important to take care of the oxygen level, keeping it at a reasonable level. You can additionally take a small break if you’re opting for very long sessions.

This brings us to the end of our article on Hotboxing. Hope you found this interesting. Feel free to comment below with your doubts and questions.