From a galaxy far, far away comes laser bong

Laser bong: Image of Hitoki saber in living room.

The Hitoki line of smoking devices has changed how connoisseurs consider cannabis combustion. It hits smooth like the Pax or Storz & Bickel Volcano, but it’s not a vaporizer. The Trident and The Saber don’t vape dry flower—they combust the herb with lasers.

The Hitoki Trident is a water-filtered smoking device that combusts cannabis flower using a 445 nanometer (NM) blue laser. The Saber is a smaller version of The Trident. One is for personal use or travel, and the other is ideal for a group sesh. As someone that has reviewed a decade’s worth of “new” cannabis consumption technology, you could say that I’m jaded, but trying the Hitoki line snapped me out of it.

The design is clean, but it wasn’t the design that delighted me-it was the lasers. The blue beam cherrying the bowl and illuminating the chamber transports you to being a kid at a laser show-except now you make your own snack money, and the laser show ends with a delightful high.

If you can’t tell, Hitoki products are on my list of recommended smoking gadgets–I use them myself. Over the last year or so, I have picked up some relevant tips. Let’s break them down.

Starting with: watching the instructional video

Sure, it seems like a simple request, but I even tried to use the thing without watching the carefully filmed and edited tutorial from the brand. I highly recommend watching it before using your laser bong for the best possible experience.

If you’re looking for Cliff’s Notes, click the unit three times between power levels, twice to fire the lasers for nine seconds. Then, you can hold the button down to activate the nine-second run. According to the video (and my personal experience), smoking with a laser is similar to magnifying glass hits. Hitoki 450 NM lasers, and visible sunlight ranges between 400 and 750 NM once it hits us on Earth–the math adds up.

Don’t go too big

Like magnifying glass tokes, Hitoki lasers can hit. The resulting smoke is clean but thick, unlike the sometimes sparse hit from a vaporizer. My next tip is to watch your consumption because the effects sneak up on me when I use my Hitoki bongs. Don’t fill the herb chamber to the top on your first go. Start slow and gauge how much you need for an enjoyable experience.

Get to know the Hitoki accessory line

The Hitoki smoking experience is adjustable, too. The Trident comes with a hose reminiscent of a hookah. Those who prefer it can also buy the silicone mouthpiece. I’ve found that the hose is ideal when sharing, while the mouthpiece worked better when I was smoking alone. Collectors can also invest in the Nate Diaz x Hitoki collab, a Trident emblazoned with the professional fighter’s name.

The Saber is smaller, with more accessories than its predecessor. When paired with the Hitoki Bubbler it hits much like The Trident. Recently, the brand announced a new modular bubbler for the Saber. A spill-resistant water-filtered glass bubbler piece and The Saber plug into one compact unit–the unit is currently available for pre-order. For the heady boy, Hitoki released two bubblers giving major droid vibes with Pacific Northwest-based artist Knuckles Glass.

Both models have accessories to personalize your smoking experience, don’t rob yourself of cute little things.

The last thing I recommend is bragging about your Hitoki to all of your friends. Seriously, you say “laser bong” one time, and people are dying to come over and hit it one time. The product isn’t all talk either; I have had a positive experience using both and would recommend them to anyone interested in cannabis, space, or both.

May the fourth be with you.

Cara Wietstock is Senior Content Producer of and has been working in the cannabis space since 2011. She has covered the cannabis business beat for Ganjapreneur and The Spokesman Review. You can find her living in Bellingham, Washington with her husband, son, and a small zoo of pets.