By todays standard eveyone knows what a cigarette is but most do not know what hookah is. The most frequent question I get is “Isn’t that illegal?”. When I am asked this most people have never heard of a hookah nor do they know what one is used for. Most relate it to illegal drug paraphanalia. Hookah has been around for centuries and is just now becoming a trend for todays society in parts of Europe and the United States. When researched hookah has many names, most common are hookah, shisha-pipe, hubba bubbly, and the water pipe. The second question I get most often is “What do you smoke out of it?” and “What is the tobacco you smoke through it?” The tobacco you smoke through a hookah is called Shisha.
Shisha is referred to as a tobacco that has been marinated in a flavored molases. On the open market today you can find an array of flavors, too many to name but most are a fruit or a fruit blended flavor. Other questions that come up are “what does it do to you?” “do you get high off of it?” The answer that I give most often is that if you have ever smoked a cigarette it gives you what is referred to as a “nicotine buzz”. Depending on how often you pull from the hookah depends on its effects. If you draw from a hookah often you can feel the effects of your body tingling, due to the nicotine, to a melowing buzz. For those whom smoke often and regularly these effects deminish over time due to your body becoming adjusted to smoking. There are also alternatives to the tobacco such as herbal shishas and a new product that is becoming a craze called steam stones. Both of these products do not carry nicotine like its tobacco counterparts. For more information you can follow my blogs here, follow me on facebook, or you can watch my hookah videos at www.youtube.com/daniel8springs.