Smoking Hookah: Common Tips and Steps

Published on April 4th, 2011 14:30

Hookah (shisha or water pipe) has been an important part of Arab culture, but now it has caught up much attention in the United States. So, if you are willing to enjoy a hookah at home, use the steps and tips below to improve your smoking experience.


Hookah Tobacco brands

First of all, you have to purchase coals and shisha tobacco. Currently, there are many hookah tobacco brands on the market, so it can be really difficult to distinguish between them and find quality product. The most important thing you should not do is opting for a nicotine-free hookah tobacco, as it will ruin all the pleasure. The best hookah tobacco brands are AL-FAKHER, NAKLHA, AL-WHALA, AL-WAHA. These brands offer premium quality tobacco of natural origin for a real quality smoke. You can try each of them to understand which one is the best for you.

Tobacco flavors

Besides choosing between brands, another difficult task is choosing between dozens of flavors. Here, you should remember that the more exotic flavor you buy, the higher are the odds of not liking them are. The most popular flavors on the market are apple, mint, grape, rose, melon, peach and strawberry. These are simple but great flvors and give you enough choice to start with.

Later, after you decide which flavors work the best for you, you can try mixing the flavors, for example you can mix apple with mint.

After you have selected the flavors, it’s time to make your hookah.

Below you will find the basic steps to prepare a hookah, and some tips to get an even better experience:

  1. Take the hookah tobacco you want to use. Remember to store the tobacco in the fridge.
  2. Fill the clay bowl with tobacco. Don’t be afraid of getting your hands dirty, and separate the tobacco in little pieces before putting it in the bowl.
  3. Take a hard aluminum foil and cover the bowl tightly. Then make small holes in the foil with a needle.
  4. Fill the jar with cold fresh water.
  5. Insert the stem in the jar, and then put the plate, the hose and the bowl with tobacco.
  6. Light up the coals, and put them on the foil after they have become grey in color, wait several minutes and start puffing.

Tips for making the process even more pleasant:

  • Try mixing flavors
  • Add ice cubes in the water to get a cooler and thicker smoke that would not be harsh on the throat
  • Try to add mint leaves or citrus zests in the water to get a terrific taste.
  • Mixing water with milk or juice to get a fresh and amazing taste. But remember to wash the stem and the jar thoroughly after that.
  • Try to use a fruit instead of clay bowl, putting it on the stem, and covering with foil. You can try an apple or orange. Just remove the pulp and add tobacco instead.
  • Place the coal on the sides of the bowl, and not in the center, and move the coals during smoking. In this case you will make the coal burning process slower.

By Kevin Lawson, Staff Writer. Copyright © 2011 All rights reserved.

Related tags: hookah | smoking freedom | hookah tobacco | smoking pleasure

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