What Does it Mean to Hotbox? How Do You Do It?

No, it isn't just sitting in a warm box.

A woman hotboxing her living room Source: Wikileaf

Hotboxing is a term that’s been around as long as weed culture. And, chances are, if you’re reading this, you’ve participated in one. Or, at the very least you’ve seen it portrayed in movies.

To “hotbox” is to get high in a small, airtight space. It is believed that the lack of fresh air and overabundance of smoke gets hot boxers exponentially higher than just the normal puff, puff pass. So, let’s talk about the basics of hotboxing and whether or not its potency is true or just an urban legend? 

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Where to hotbox

Your friend’s, dad’s car? In a dorm room armed with a paper towel roll stuffed with dryer sheets? A bathroom? You can pretty much turn any sealable space into a hotbox. But which spaces offer the best success? 

Odor plays a big factor when choosing which box to heat. As we all know from experience the aroma of weed, while enticing to some, might be offensive to others and it loves to settle into absorbent materials. Not to mention if you’re living in a state where the almighty herb is still illegal it could get you into hot water. So maybe not your friend’s dad’s car then…

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But a car is a prime location, it’s mobile, has a pretty effective ventilation system. And let’s not forget about the miracle invention of the auto air fresheners. 

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Bathrooms are also a great location due to the many hard surfaces which won’t absorb the odor. Most bathrooms are equipped with ventilation and at least a window, not to mention a towel you can seal off the bottom of the door with. 

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Is there a science to hotboxing?

Yes, there is. According to a 2015 study done at John Hopkins found that “Secondhand exposure to cannabis smoke under ‘extreme conditions,’ such as an unventilated room or enclosed vehicle, can cause nonsmokers to feel the effects of the drug, have minor problems with memory and coordination, and in some cases test positive for the drug in a urinalysis.” You have to love science. 

The report went on to say that of the tests done, one with a group of people smoking weed in an unventilated room and the same test in a ventilated room, that the people exposed to secondhand smoke in the unventilated room tested positive for trace elements of THC in their blood and urine while the ventilated room did not. 

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We should take a minute for safety and discuss the risks involved with hotboxing. There are not many but there are some and we want you to be safe always. Doing anything to excess can be harmful and that’s no different for hotboxing.

Essentially, we are creating an oxygen-deficient, Carbon Dioxide rich environment. We don’t need a study to point out the danger of being in this type of space for too long. So, as fun as hotboxing can be, it’s always a safe bet to have an exit strategy before the fun becomes harmful. 

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Who to hotbox With

This is kind of a no brainer. Obviously, you’d want to be wedged into a tight smoke-filled space with people who are chill, who also possess the skill of deep and meaningful conversation. So, maybe not with your uncle who has the complete opposite political views as you or somebody who has crippling claustrophobia.

Where is your favorite spot?

We’d love to know where you’ve had the most success or the most outrageous or unique place you’ve hotboxed in the past. Like these guys. Leave a comment below and let us know. 

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