How to HotBox Like A Pro

No matter where you are there's probably a way to hot box the space (or a space nearby). In this post we'll share some tips you can use to make your hotbox experience memorable and fun, it's important that you give it some thought beforehand, come prepared and bring lots of weed!

Prep  Tip 1: if you don't have enough weed to smoke to fill the space your experience will be disappointing. 

Prep Tip 2: Remember to think about who you're inviting in, the hotbox is a community event and participants should be prepared to settle in a get comfy for a bit so make sure you will enjoy the company. 


The Science of Hotboxing

Every stoner will tell you that the high from hotboxing is headier and more pronounced than just smoking a joint. There is a good reason for this and it's not just because you were sitting in a room filled with smoke - although that certainly helps. Over at John Hopkins, they did a study on second smoke and had people sit in enclosed spaces with other people smoking weed. The second-hand smokers in the unventilated space had higher levels of THC in their blood than the second-hand smokers in the ventilated space. See, hotboxing is fun, science confirms it.

The other reason you get so lit in this situation is that you are sitting in a room with too much carbon dioxide and not enough oxygen which can cause dizziness and amplify the effects of your pot. Cue the theme music to those The More You Know spots...

Hotbox #1 The Car

We recommend not actually leaving your home as driving while under the influence is never a good idea.

To successfully hotbox a vehicle you need to ensure that all the windows are up and that you have at least a couple of joints on the go. Remember that hotboxing is a community event and the more people, the merrier plus also the stronger the effects will likely be. 


Hotbox #2 The Bathroom

This is a personal favorite of mine. I love a good bathroom hotbox and in my youth was considered to be highly skilled at bathroom hotbox set ups. What made my bathroom hotbox the bomb was the inclusion of steam. After placing rolled up towels against the door crack I would crank up the water to HOT and let it free flow like a steamy waterfall. It created a sauna like atmosphere and was a real crowd pleaser. Added points to whomever stood on the (closed) toilet lid to keep their head high in the "clouds".

Hotbox #3 A Tent

First, a warning: Tents are typically made of highly flammable materials so proceed with caution. Ensure that you have an ashtray handy for roaches and watch that you don't drop embers or get all crazy and wave your lit joint around in this small enclosed fire hazard of a space. 

Having said that... Hotboxing a tent is a true back to nature experience that every outdoorswoman needs to put on her bucket list ASAP. Imagine filling your tent with your friends, everyone cosy and comfy on a pile of sleeping bags while you pass around the Js and tell ghost stories. When you emerge from your smoky cocoon you'll be amongst the trees, animals and will be awed by Mother Nature. Trust me, it's awesome - don't forget to bring the ingredients for s'mores


Hotbox #4 The Sauna

This works best if you or a friend has a sauna - do not attempt this at the gym or your local community centre. That probably should go without saying.

Remember to bring water to help you stay hydrated so you don't get too woozy and light headed. Nothing like a fainting spell to harsh your buzz. When sauna-ing I like to mix things up and alternate between dying of heat in the sauna and shocking my body with cold water outside of the sauna. When hotboxing though, you need to limit the number of times you open the door and let the smoke out so come prepared to tough it out as long as possible but don't be that one die hard who wont let anyone out. Be cool, getting sick sucks and hotboxing isnt exactly the healthiest of activities so mindfulness and paying attention to how you're feeling is key to a good time.

Hotbox #5 Snow Fort

If you live somewhere that gets cold, snowy winters you are in for a treat! This is a group activity and not just because you'll need all hands on deck to build the best snow fort north of the equator but because - and I cannot stress this enough - hotboxing is best in a group. 

So first, you'll want to build your fort. You don't have to carve bricks out of ice - just create a snuggly little dome with enough room to crawl into with a friend or two.  Pro tip: Bring blankets to sit on because you'll want to stay in your makeshift igloo as long as possible to inhale all that lovely smoke. This might be the only way I will ever enjoy snow.