Every toker has their favorite vaping trick. Some people love to make a ring or O-shape out of their lips, while others are experts at the so-called French Inhale.

As a brief description, the French Inhale is done by gathering smoke in your mouth, then slowly exhaling it through your mouth as you inhale it with your nose. Although it may seem simple and cool, this smoke trick has a number of steps to it.

The French Inhale requires practice to perfect. Many people end up coughing when trying it for the first time. Nevertheless, once you master the art of French Inhaling, you can showcase this talent at different smoke trick competitions. Learning this trick can be your ticket to entering the world of professional vaping.

But before all that, here are some things you need to know about French Inhaling, such as its history and the proper steps. Maybe you could also learn other smoking tricks, too.

What is a French Inhale?

The French Inhale, also known as the Irish Waterfall, is a basic smoking trick wherein a dense cloud of smoke leaves the mouth, then rises and enters through the nose.

The etymology of the term “French inhale” is still unknown, just like French fries and the French kiss. It’s safe to assume, though, that it got its name from France because smoking is popular there.

The reason behind its other name, Irish Waterfall, is also unknown. Some urban dictionaries say that the term came from an English stereotype of the Irish being inferior to them, and the fact that the smoke goes upward, so it’s the opposite of a usual waterfall.

If you’ve watched someone pull off the French Inhale trick, you might be eager to learn so that you can impress your friends at your next smoking session. By following these few basic steps and practicing them regularly, you can also master this technique.

How do you do the French Inhale?

The French Inhale is a smoking trick that’s usually performed by vapers and tobacco smokers.

The learning process isn’t that challenging, so it’s worth a try. There’s only one method to this trick, and it isn’t that complicated. Just a bit of practice, and you’ll be able to do it as well as an experienced smoker.

Here’s the step-by-step guide on how to do the French Inhale:

1. Take a large puff of smoke.

To start with, you need to draw just the right amount of smoke and keep it at the back of your mouth. Don’t inhale it into your lungs so that you can push it out of your mouth easily.

If you don’t draw enough smoke, you won’t be able to do this trick since there won’t be sufficient volume for the cloud to appear, or it will dissipate in an instant.

On the other hand, if you take in too much, you won’t be able to inhale through your nose because your lungs will be full.

Therefore, we recommend only half of your maximum capacity to be sure, or you can just work out what’s best for your case.

2. Position your tongue.

Once you have the smoke in your mouth, position your tongue at the back of your mouth and make it as wide as possible. The correct positioning of the tongue will help secure even airflow when you blow out of your mouth, and it will prevent the smoke from getting in your throat.

Though this step may not seem necessary, be sure that your tongue is spread out. It makes the smoke come out of the nose a lot wider and makes it look more appealing.

3. Push your lip out.

Upon opening your mouth, purse your lips and make sure your bottom teeth are against your bottom lip. This form is necessary to make the smoke rise from your mouth, with the bottom of your mouth acting as a slide.

However, not everyone likes to do this because they think they look funny while doing the trick. It’s up to you, but we recommend you do wide tongue to blow out.

4. Open your mouth and breathe in.

This step is the most crucial part and the reason you’re doing the French Inhale. To do this, start inhaling through your nose while pushing the smoke out of your mouth. The smoke will eventually pour out of your mouth like a reverse waterfall and will start filling your lungs through your nose.

Make sure you don’t exhale. If you exhale, the smoke will go out of your nose and ruin the whole trick.

5. End the trick.

After you’re done with all the steps, it’s your choice what to do next. Some like to breathe in as much air as possible, while others will exhale immediately. Either way, give yourself a break because you just French Inhaled!

For the detailed procedure on how to do a French Inhale, you can watch this video.

What tools do you need for the French Inhale?

To make a wonderful trick, you may need different paraphernalia to level up your smoking experience.


A pipe can be made of wood, glass, porcelain, metal, or other materials. It usually has a metal screen to protect the users from inhaling the ash.

Smoking Pipe


A bong is a long tubular water pipe that’s usually made of glass or plastic with a bowl attached to it. This accessory uses water or other liquids like wine to filter the smoke.

Cannabis Bong


A bubbler is a combination of a pipe and a bong, allowing the filtration system provided by a bong to be portable.



This is a traditional smoking device from the Middle East and Turkey. It’s typically embellished with ornaments and is made of brass with a rope-like tube attached. Hookahs are often disguised as decorative pieces.


How do you adjust your vape system for French Inhaling?

If you’re using a vape, you can make doing smoke tricks easier by adjusting it.

Use an MTL system

There are two types of vape systems available: mouth-to-lung (MTL) and direct-to-lung (DTL). The MTL system is the best for learning the French Inhale trick as it makes thicker smoke. It’s also suitable for other tricks, like the ghost inhale and smoke rings.

Work on high wattage

Since French Inhaling requires dense clouds of smoke, you should amp up your wattage. High wattages can force more liquid through the atomizer, so you don’t have to put too much effort into making a proper waterfall.

What are some other smoke tricks and how do you do them?

Aside from the French Inhale trick, here are some of the best smoke tricks you can do to look like a total badass!

Smoke rings

A smoke ring is one of the oldest tricks in the book. Here are the steps to follow:

  1. Gather up all the smoke you inhaled in your mouth. Allow it to sit on your cheeks for a couple of seconds.
  2. Then, open your mouth and make an O-shape with your lips.
  3. Don’t exhale, but simply push the smoke out of your mouth by opening and closing your throat.

It may not be perfect at first, but the small throat movements will release a little bit of smoke at a time. Keep in mind that this trick requires some patience and practice.

Smoke rings

Ghost inhale

The ghost inhale is pretty easy to do, so you’ll spend less time practicing and a lot more time showing off your new skills to your like-minded friends.

To do a proper ghost inhale, just exhale a tiny amount of smoke, then quickly inhale it back into your mouth. That’s it.

Obviously, correct timing is a crucial factor since you need to inhale the smoke before it dissipates. Moreover, you have to inhale strongly so that you don’t leave any traces of smoke in the air.

Ghost inhale

The waterfall

Another classic smoke trick is the waterfall. This one requires props, such as an empty bottle and some ice. The waterfall trick will make you look like you’re part of the special effects team in a science-fiction movie.

For this trick, all you need to do is to take a big hit and exhale the smoke into the bottle containing a little ice on the bottom. Then, tip the bottle over; the smoke will start flowing like a waterfall. The science behind this trick is that the ice chills the smoke, making it sink to the bottom.

The waterfall smoke

Bull ring

If you’re looking for the most advanced trick to impress your smoke buddies, then you should practice the bull ring.

This trick is similar to the regular smoke ring trick, except that it has a little extra flair. Basically, you’re creating a smoke ring, but then you slowly inhale through the nose. It will pull the top half of the ring into your nose, making you look like a bull.

Bull ring smoke

Smoke Tornado

A smoke tornado is quite easy to learn, but it may require a few things. There are two ways to do it, either with a cardboard paper towel roll or just your hands. For the first method, hold one end of a paper towel roll against the surface of a table. Blow some smoke into the roll slowly, and allow the smoke to collect in the tube.

When enough smoke has gathered, take the tube away from the table, then slide your hand over the smoke. Lift your hand quickly into the air, guiding the vapor upwards into a tornado-looking shape.

If you don’t have a paper towel roll, you can just use your hands; however, it might not look as good.

Smoke Tornado

Smoke bubbles

This trick also requires the use of props. If you can blow bubbles and smoke weed, then you’re capable of doing this trick. Simply combine the two.

Here’s how to do smoke tricks with bubbles. Take a hit of your ganja and then break out the bubble mixture. As you go to blow bubbles from the wand, you’ll already have all the smoke in the mouth. Exhale the smoke as you’re blowing the bubbles to create smoke bubbles. That’s it.

Smoke bubbles


One of the most interesting smoking tricks is the jellyfish. Here’s how to do it. First, you’ll need to blow a big smoke ring. Then, take a big hit and hold it in your mouth for a couple of seconds. Next, you have to target the center of the ring and blow in the extra smoke while backing away slowly.

Jellyfish Smoke

The dragon

The dragon smoke trick doesn’t take too much time to learn and can be mastered after a few repetitions. Fill your mouth with smoke, but don’t inhale it. Instead, exhale through both sides of your mouth and your nose at the same time to look like a fire-breathing dragon.

The dragon Smoke


This Bane trick is very similar to a ghost inhale. Here’s how to perform it:

  1. Take a puff of smoke, and keep it in your mouth.
  2. Next, take the blunt away from your mouth and close the lips right away.
  3. Lastly, grit your jaw and exhale through a smile.
  4. Inhale the smoke through your nose.
Bane Smoke


If you’re new to the cannabis world, it’s necessary to start from the fundamentals, such as how to inhale from a joint. But once you get used to the basics, you can learn to perform many cool tricks. One of these smoking tricks is the French Inhale.

You can perform this trick with smoke or vapor from any device, such as a pipe, bong, or vaping system. When you’ve mastered it, you can try any of the other smoking tricks listed above.