Chillums are pipes that are smoked when holding them upright. Originally invented in India, chillum pipes have since spread across the world. The pipes are often used in rituals, and Africans have long used chillums for smoking cannabis and tobacco. They can be made from a variety of naturally occurring materials such as wood, bamboo and stone.
Smoking a chillum pipe is a bit different from smoking an ordinary pipe. The chillum pipe is held upright around the base, and you must make sure that your grip is airtight. With a chillum, you inhale through your hand rather than from the pipe itself. A damp cloth around the base can prevent it from getting too hot.
At Shiva, we have a great range of chillums all made in India. Many of the pipes are made of beautifully carved wood. The Two Way Brahma Pipe comes in small, medium and large sizes. The pipe has been made from a rich dark wood, and has been polished to bring out the beauty of its natural wood material. This pipe can be used in two ways. It can function as an ordinary pipe, or it can be converted into a chillum by simply swapping the bowl and the end notch.
Chillum pipes have been used in India for centuries, and our chillum pipes reflect this item’s spiritual origins. Some are carved with Ganesh the elephant god, whilst others have a cobra design. Snakes represent rebirth, death and mortality in the Hindu religion. Other pipe designs include cacti and hemp leaves. All our chillums are hand-made, and each is decorated with different coloured beads. Each pipe also includes a filter stone, which means that they do not require screens. Chillum stones and decorative chillum pouches for carrying your chillum are also available on our website.