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Marijuana Pipes 101: The Basics of Style and Material

As marijuana becomes legalized across the United States, we want to help you understand the options, styles, durability and materials available in marijuana pipes.

Marijuana Pipes 101: The Basics of Style and Material

There are so many types and styles of cannabis pipes on the market today. One thing is for certain, some pipes are simple in structure and others are complex, ornate and beautiful. They all have the same purpose yet produce different experiences. Today we will focus on some of the most common marijuana pipes.

One Hitters – Light Flavor, All Users, Very Small in Size

These pipes are great if you are looking for just one hit – pretty simple. However, they are also great for being discrete … if that is what you are going for.

Unfortunately, due to the simplicity of this style, it’s challenging for the smoke to clear the pipe/tube, which results in a faster build-up of residue. Frequent cleaning is required.

Grinder/Dugout/Batter

These One-Hitters look and feel like a cigarette.

Chillums

A simple basic tube.

Spoons Pipe – Medium Flavor, Beginners, Range in Sizes

Considered to be one of the most common pipes – the spoon pipe is one piece of material. Lighting and inhaling are done in tandem. Spoons can be basic to very ornate in style. They are also easy to clean and easy to transport.

Water Pipes

There are two main types of water pipes – the Bong (also recognized as Hookah) and the Bubbler. Water pipes can be very beautiful in design – ornate, simplistic or complex. The premise behind the water pipe is that the water is used to ‘cool’ the smoke, thus creating a better and smoother (buttery) experience.

Bong – Intense Flavor, Advance Users, Large in Size

Bongs work to cool the smoke with up to two water chambers, which reduces resins and nicotine. The percolator (second water source) helps to further cool the smoke and support a creamy and delish flavor. Bongs have increased flexibility due to their removable parts – and bonus this makes them easier to clean! Removable parts also open up opportunities to modify your bong to your specifications.

Bubbler – Light/Medium Flavor, Average User, Small in Size

While smaller in size, a Bubbler is similar in that it works to cool the smoke with the use of water, but most only have one water chamber. One of the leading benefits of the bubbler is its portability – it is only one piece! Smaller does mean more of a challenge to clean though, so that’s something to take into consideration.

Vaporizer — Light/Medium Flavor, All Users, Small/Medium in Size

Vaporizers use electricity to heat up your product and produce a significantly less amount of smoke. The tool itself heats up and cools down quickly, which makes it easy to store and transport. A vaporizer is convenient as it contains all the material, so there is no risk of spillage or damage during transportation.

Vaporizers have become very popular. The tool is very easy to use, can be discreet, and appears to have a more ‘professional’ appearance.

One drawback is that vaporizers can be expensive, however you can consider it an investment and shop around for the right product to fit your needs.

Cannabis Pipe Materials

Once you have determined your style of cannabis pipe, next you will need to determine the material you want. The choice of material can impact the flavor, durability, cost and its cleanability. Whether you enjoy marijuana for recreational or medicinal purposes, the pipe you choose should be based on what works for you and your needs.

Glass

Even though glass may be the most delicate or breakable of all the materials, the benefits of glass outweigh the extra bubble wrap you may need.

Glass is non-porous, which means that all of the smoke will stay inside the pipe, ensuring you are not compromising the flavor. Glass also reduces build up within the pipe so you won’t have to worry as much about bacteria.

The color options for glass pot pipes are endless. Some glass pipes are so beautiful that they can be considered an art piece. Just keep in mind: the more ornate the pipe – the higher the cost.

Cleaning your glass pipe is fairly simple. One option is to boil your pipe in water for up to 10 minutes. We suggest using a colander or a smaller vessel to reduce movement. Another option is alcohol – we recommend a minimum of 91% concentration. Soak your pipe in the alcohol for up to 10 minutes. Rinse and let dry.

Please remember that glass is very fragile and with extreme changes in temp lower quality glass may crack. Wash and transport with care.

Metal

If you are going for durability there is no argument that a metal pipe is the way to go. Unfortunately, the downside to metal is the risk of adding metallic undertones to the flavor of your cannabis.

The cost of metal pipes range significantly based on the type of pipe you choose. One-hitters will be less costly compared to Vaporizers that have more complex parts.

Much like a glass pipe, you can boil your metal pipe in water or soak it in alcohol. It’s important to recognize that metal needs more time to soak, so aim for a minimum of 15 minutes. We do not recommend putting metal pipes in the dishwasher. Dishwasher soaps may tarnish your pipe. For Vaporizers, it is wise to refer to cleaning requirements in your user guide.

Wood pipes have a completely different feel and look than more modern glass and metal pipes. As one of the original materials used for smoking, it still remains a durable and popular pipe today. Additionally, a wood pipe will add its own signature to the flavor of your cannabis.

Reminder: Before using a wooden pipe for the first time you will need to evenly burn the inside of the bowl to create a layer of charcoal.

The best way to clean a wood pipe is to take it apart and use a ‘pipe cleaner’ tool to remove any debris. Run water through the pipe until it is clear.

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The options might seem endless when it comes to choosing marijuana pipes, but use these tips to make the best choice for you and your needs.

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Parts and Types of Marijuana Pipes

Parts of Marijuana Pipes

It’s important to know what each piece and part of the pipe is called, and it makes it easier to describe so you can get the right kind of marijuana pipe, or if you need to find replacement parts.

Bowl– The bowl is where you place the marijuana and where it is burned.

Shank-The horizontal piece of the pipe that is the neck of the pipe, it is the connection between the stem and bowl.

Stem-The stem is the connection between the mouthpiece and the shank.

Mouthpiece– The part you put your lips on and smoke out of.

Marijuana Pipes Materials

Glass pipes– Glass Marijuana pipes are probably the most common marijuana pipes that you can find. They usually smoke better than wooden or metal pipes, though ultimately it depends on the design of the pipe. Glass pipes come in either clear glass or colored, and are usually vibrant and colorful. Though they are fragile when compared to wooden or metal pipes. Nothing can ruin your day more than dropping a glass bowl and having it shatter all over your floor with the bud still roasting on the floor. Glass pipes don’t get hot after multiple uses due to the nature of the glass.

Wooden Pipes– Wooden pipes are typically produced for tobacco, though they can be just as good for smoking marijuana. A tobacco wooden pipe will have a larger bowl to pack full of tobacco, tobacco smokers will usually spend awhile smoking their pipe and the larger the bowl, the less time they have to spend packing the bowl. Wooden marijuana pipes are good for getting a natural and rich marijuana smoking experience. The hits with wooden pipes are usually warm, and resemble well, smoking out of wood. Wooden pipes are either decorated ornately with carved designs, while others have a smooth carved finish. Some wooden pipes have brass or copper fitting on the mouth piece as well for the bowl for an extra design touch.

[Metal Pipes– Metal marijuana pipes have some totally crazy pipe designs. They are known as chamber pipes and have a bowl that screws onto the top of an L shaped connector piece then is connected to the stem and the mouth piece. Some even come with two chambers. The metal pipes are usually decorated with colors or are left to the color of the metal and have a rustic look to them when compared to other pipes. Metal water pipes resemble larger hookah pipes, but fit in your hand. They are extremely efficient at getting you high and look really cool, most people probably wouldn’t know you had a marijuana pipes if they saw it and would just think its an antique.

Designs and Styles of Marijuana Pipes

Bubbler Pipes– Bubbler marijuana pipes are combination between a traditional pipe and a water bong. A little bit of water is put down into the bottom chamber through the bowl, then when you smoke out of the bubbler the smoke is pulled through the water giving the same effect as a bong, it’s portable, smaller, and easy to conceal.

Chillum– The chillum is a conical pipe that has was traditionally used in India, however, recreational drugs users have been using it to smoke marijuana, opium and tobacco. Small chillums will bring the hot smoke directly into your mouth, while a larger chillum cools off the smoke and allows more smoke to be inhaled. Chillums are made out of wood, glass and stone.

Foldable Pipes– Foldable marijuana pipes are designed with stealth and storage in mind. They are typically made out of flat pieces of wood or metal that slide or fit together like a puzzle to form a working pipe with a bowl. They can then be disassembled into separate pieces, some will fit together into an innocent looking block, or those with magnets can be combined to make whatever you want, or just simply be stored on the fridge. Noone would be able to tell what is for just by looking at it.

One Hitters– One Hitters are small marijuana pipes that have enough room in them for taking one good hit of marijuana. They often come with dugouts, or can be a small pipe all by itself. One hitters can be in the shape and design of fake cigarettes to easily use them in public, and can even be tinged yellow at the end to look like a lit cigarette. One hitter cigarettes usually come with dugouts which is a container to hold the one hitter in one compartment and another compartment for holding your marijuana. One Hitters are the best thing you can use to smoke when you’re out in public due to their innocent looks.

Stealth Pipes– There are also different kinds of stealth marijuana pipes that deserve a different category than the one hitter and dugouts. These look like everyday ordinary items, but can be transformed into an easily hittable marijuana pipe with either a twist or reconfiguration. There are pipes that look like pens, lipstick, and pipes that are made out of metal pipe fittings and can be taken apart easily.

Vaporizer Pipes– A vaporizer pipe works just like a normal pipe, but is specifically made to vaporize the marijuana inside, instead of burning it allowing you to get 100% of the THC out of your marijuana, and it also doesn’t smoke from the marijuana either.

Parts of Marijuana Pipes It’s important to know what each piece and part of the pipe is called, and it makes it easier to describe so you can get the right kind of marijuana pipe, or if you need to find replacement parts. Parts of Marijuana Pipes Bowl- The bowl is where you place the…