With the fast-growing wave of legalization of weed across the United States, also comes many new ways to consume it. There are manty different ways to smoke, most are familiar with the classics. These include joints, blunts, bongs and bowls. While these are all viable options, there has been an influx of new and creative pipes for smoking.
Today, there are a multitude of options available to consumers who are in the market for a weed pipe. Everything from the glass blunt, to pipes made from materials such as wood, silicone, and even metal is available. Stay tuned as we discuss the pros and cons of all the options available for purchase over the internet.
Types of Weed Pipes Available
The most popular way to smoke has long been the simple glass pipe. Boasting its easy usability, ease to store, and even ease for cleaning. The only downside being that it is not resistant to being dropped. But, do not worry if you have butter fingers, some of the pipes discussed in this article are built to take a hit, from the user or the ground.
If you have been in the world of marijuana for any length of time, the odds are that you have encountered the stoner classic, glass pipe also called the spoon bowl. This pipe has been a staple for weed consumptions for many years, and it is probably not going anywhere. While it may be the original, it does not mean it is the best out. Known for its easy use, the glass pipe is a single component with a large bowl on one end, a mouthpiece and usually a small hole near the bowl, called a carb. The small hole is used to regulate airflow and allows the user to easily adjust the amount of smoke in each hit. Cleaning is a breeze due to the pipe only being one piece of molded glass. Users can easily dump out all the ash accumulated in the bowl, and run it under water to completely flush out any leftover debris. But as mentioned above, the glass pipe has a fatal flaw, and that is that it is made out of glass, and if dropped, the pipe has a good chance of breaking.
The steamroller is another variation of the glass pipe, that takes its appearance from the blunt and pipe. The steamroller is a clean cylindrical straight pipe, consisting of the same components as the glass spoon pipe. What makes the steamroller special is the placement of the carb. Instead of being placed on the side of the bowl, like the glass pipe, the carb is placed at the end of the pipe, behind the bowl. This setup is meant for those who want a harsher throat hit. When hitting a steamroller, once the carb is released, air rushes in and pushes all the smoke accumulated in the steamroller right into the users lungs, making the steamroller a very efficient solution for those who are trying to inhale smoke quickly and easily.
Glass Pipe Screens
For those unfamiliar with pipe screens, they are a small attachment available for your pipe that allows for cleaner hits, and keeps your pipe clean too. The pipe screen comes in many different materials, with the most popular being glass, brass, and stainless steel. For those who want the best flavor from every hit, the glass screen is the best option, as the metal screens are reported to leave a metallic flavor in the smoke. But just like anything that is glass, it can break, but most glass screens are built pretty well, and should last for many smoke sessions. The best part, is that pipe screens are completely reusable and can be removed and cleaned for the best hits every time. You may be asking how pipe screens work. It is quite simple; the point of the screen is to keep ash consolidated away from the inside of the pipe and keep users hits clean. Simply take the screen and insert it into the bowl of your favorite pipe, after which, you can place your favorite bud on top and enjoy a clean smoking experience. Users also report that by using the pipe screen, their hits are cooler as the heat is not directly against the pipe.
One of the newer pipes that is rivaling the classic glass pipe is the silicone pipe. Featuring the same ease of use, plus the added durability that it is not glass and will not break or shatter if dropped. Not to mention that silicone pipes are also relatively inexpensive. Being made of silicone also allows the pipe to be flexible and makes it easy to carry and store. One of the benefits of silicone over glass is that silicone is nonstick, therefore, the oils and residue that build up on glass are easily cleaned off of silicone. You may be asking if silicone is safe for smoking out of, the answer is yes. Silicone is known for having a high melting point and when exposed to the heat of something like a lighter, will not burn, morph, and most importantly release harmful chemicals or gases. But, if silicone is scary for you, some companies offer a hybrid pipe consisting of a glass bowl and a silicone body. This hybrid offers users the best of both worlds, with the durability of silicone, and the old faithful glass for the bowl.
One Hitter Pipe
For those looking for a small compact device that can be brought virtually anywhere, the one hitter or dugout is a great option. Featuring a small footprint, the one hitter is exactly what its name implies, used for one hit. This pipe is great for those on the go who may need a small hit to get through their day. Don’t worry if one hit doesn’t sound like it would be suitable for you, the benefit of the one hitter is that you can take one hit, clear the chamber, and quickly pack another one. This is where the one hitters alias, the dugout comes in, many one hitters come with a small carrying compartment that can be used to stash some ground weed for the go. To use the one hitter, simply take the pipe, and firmly stick it into a pile of ground up bud, give it a few twists, and you should be good to go.
Water Bubbler Pipe
The water bubbler pipe is the smaller cousin of the notorious bong. With many variations, the water bubbler comes in many different materials, including glass and silicone. Users of the water bubbler love how easy it is to use, and the smooth hits it provides through the filtration of water. The best part about the bubbler is that it is versatile, and can easily be converted into a dry hitting pipe. All it takes is not adding water, or removing the water from the pipe. While the water bubbler pipe is the younger cousin of the bong, it also has an even smaller brother, known as the hammer bubbler pipe. The hammer bubbler pipe, also called the mini bubbler, is exactly what its name implies, miniature. The hammer bubbler is a small handheld pipe with the same advantages of a water bubbler, but in a compact handheld size. The hammer pipe is great for those looking for a portable water pipe, that provides smooth hits and can be used with or without water. It really is the best of both worlds for any stoner who likes to switch up the way they smoke.
At the beginning of this article, we mentioned how the classic glass pipe has gained many competitors. The metal pipe is one of them, and for those who are clumsy, may be the best option. The metal pipe is practically indestructible, and will never shatter if you accidentally drop it. The metal pipe comes in many different materials, but the most popular are brass, stainless steel, and aluminum. They also come in many different shapes and sizes from the traditional spoon bowl to the classic tobacco pipe. Unfortunately, like most pipes on this list, the metal pipe has some cons that may not make it the best option for you. Probably the biggest downside of the metal pipe is that it is metal, and conducts heat well. That means that the pipe can get really hot quickly. Many companies making metal pipes are aware of this downside, and have tried to combat it by making the pipes with nonconductive mouthpieces and/or hand placements made of silicone or other heat resistant materials. Just like the pipe screen, another downside of using metal smoking apparatuses is that it can alter the flavor. If you care about the taste of your smoke, the metal pipe may not be the best option for you. On the other hand, metal pipes may not be the best option as those made with cheap materials may leach toxic fumes into your smoke. The good thing about the metals used in the production of these pipes, is that none of them will rust. But for those interested in a brass pipe, be aware that it can corrode, and even tarnish if not properly cared for. Aluminum will not rust either, but it can oxidize, the good thing about that, is that the oxidized aluminum will actually protect the un-oxidized layers underneath. When purchasing a metal pipe, be sure that the seller is reputable, and that their products are made with quality materials.
Wood pipes have been around for almost as long as humans have smoked tobacco, and they are another viable option for those looking for a new pipe to add to their collection. The wood pipe is a classic in its own since, and comes with its own pros and cons. The pro of the wood pipe is that it is durable, but can burn if exposed to high heats. The cons of the wood pipe are that it is not the easiest to clean. Wood pipes cannot be exposed to any liquids, including water and rubbing alcohol, without completely ruining it. This means that users of the wood pipe must do all cleaning with dry materials such as scrapers, picks, and pipe cleaners. Depending on your taste, this can be a negative or positive, but just like metal pipes, wood pipes can alter the flavor of your smoking experience. The flavor profile of wood pipes can be described as earthy and/or smoky. Some people enjoy this added flavor profile, but it is not for everyone. The wood pipe is probably not the best option for someone looking to purchase their first piece, but can make for an interesting addition to the collection of the seasoned stoner.
For the smoker who is conventionally used to smoking from a joint or blunt, the glass blunt pipe may be the best option for you. Taking its inspiration from the popular blunt, the glass blunt is exactly what its name implies. A small glass straight pipe that resembles that of the blunt. A simplistic device that makes smoking easy for everyone from a beginner to experts. The best part for those who convert from traditional blunts to the glass blunt, is that it can save you a lot of money that you would normally use to buy wraps. This money can really stack up over time, and could be going toward more weed. The glass blunt is a straight cylindrical glass pipe fitted with a heat safe metal spiral in the center, this spiral can be used to pack and ash your glass blunt. By simply twisting the mouthpiece clockwise or counter-clockwise, the spiral inside the blunt will rotate pulling ground bud into the piece, or pushing out burnt ash. The glass blunt allows the user to smoke up to 1 gram of finely ground bud in a single sitting. But this is not all that the glass blunt is good for. The glass blunt is very versatile, and can be used in multiple ways, including as a storage device. The glass blunt comes with 3 silicone lids, that can be used to turn your glass blunt into a storage device for your weed. Simply pack your glass blunt, securely place the lid on the open end of the blunt, and your good to go, and your weed is safe and not going anywhere. Ready to smoke, just remove the silicone lid, grab your lighter, and you’re ready to go.
Just like any other glass device, the glass blunt is no exception, and if dropped, the glass is likely to break. But, there is no need to fear, as the glass blunt comes with a replacement glass tube. Also, included with the glass blunt is a cleaning brush and pick. The glass blunt is easy to clean as all components can be removed allowing for easy access to get in every crevice. The glass blunt is also completely safe to use, as it is not built with cheap or harmful materials like its Chinese knockoffs. Lastly, the glass blunt can be used as an extended bowl for a water pipe or bong. This means, just like the water bubbler and hammer bubbler, the glass blunt can be used for dry hits, or in combination with a water piper for smooth water filtered hits.
In conclusion, there are a multitude of pipes available for marijuana smokers today. Depending on your style, ease of use, and preferred smoking method, there is a pipe out there for you. No longer are the days where the only options available is the classic glass pipe. If you are clumsy and want something that can take a beating, the silicone, metal, or even wood pipe may be the best option for you. But, if you want a versatile smoking experience, the water bubbler or hammer bubbler may be the best for you, or even the glass blunt, which can be used in a variety of ways. For the seasoned smoker who wants to mix up their smoking experience, the wood pipe may be for you, with its intriguing look and feel, coupled with the added flavor notes that it brings to any smoke session, any stoner would love to have it as part of their pipe collection. For those who are looking for a portable and easily concealed pipe, the one hitter or glass blunt is a great option. While the hammer bubbler is quite portable, you probably are not going to be walking around with it in your pocket. Hopefully, this article has helped you to find out which pipe is best for you. There are many different types of pipes available on the market, each with its own pros and cons, and none better or worse than another.