How do you smooth out a rough ceiling. Thicker than a popcorn ceiling
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There are many ways to tackle this, as some other comments suggested water and a scraper can work well providing the texture has not been painted previously. You can still remove it in this instance but it takes a lot of water and can damage the drywall behind the texture leading to many drywall repairs. Another option is to put a layer of new drywall over the top which avoids having to remove the old texture. You will still need to complete drywall taping, but you achieve a flat new ceiling in the process. If you are interested in reading more check out this: https://flowdrywall.com/popcorn-ceilings-denver/
As said above, it can be scraped off but it will be a lot of work. It may be easier to cover it will new sheetrock or wood.