If you’re reading this, you’re probably looking for advice on how to use glass pipes. You may be wondering what to pay, what to look for, etc. There are so many options available that choosing your first pipe can seem daunting. Which one to choose ? Will I like it? How will he hit? Why this and not that? Don’t worry, this glass guide has everything you need. So let us walk you through the process in easy to follow steps.
Why smoke with glass pipes?
Basically, glass pipes are the best type of pipe to choose if you want a quality smoking experience. Plastic pipes taste funny, there are also all sorts of health risks associated with heating and inhaling plastic fumes. Plus, they usually look and feel sticky. They also don’t stand the test of time.
There are alternatives, such as metal pipes or wooden pipes, and these are suitable for certain applications. Overall, however, glass pipes win due to a few major factors, including the ability to insulate heat while being attractive to the eye.
Glass is a thermal insulator. This means that it is difficult to heat an entire glass pipe, even if you burn for a while. With a metal or plastic pipe, if you hold your lighter above the bowl for more than a few seconds, the whole device can get very hot and you risk dropping it. This is why glass is so useful. It keeps the heat where you want it, in the bowl. There’s also the benefit of helping you keep your herbs consistently burning and not cooking them while you’re not using them.
Glass is inert
This means that the glass does not react with anything. Silicon dioxide (the main ingredient in glass) is a remarkable substance, it has all sorts of fascinating properties, like not behaving like a solid or a liquid. A physicist will tell you more, but for now the fact is that glass not affect the flavor of your herbs. Whatever you put in it, you will only get the smoke and no pipe. It makes a difference.
Glass pipes are tricky
Glass making is a skill that takes years of dedication and hard work to master the craft and fully deserves to be placed in the artist category. Glassblowing is an expression of the creativity of the glassblower, as well as the massive technical skills required to implement some of the techniques.
Support local industries
Many glass pipes are mouth blown by masters in their craft. For a surprisingly low price, a customer can purchase a pipe lovingly crafted by someone who is passionate about their craft. Instead of limited companies, you can support local trades and industries and encourage the growth of a once dying art. You are not just buying a pipe, but the hours of labor and love of the artist who handcrafted it.
Disadvantages of Glass Pipes
This is a beginner’s guide to glass pipes, so you should know the disadvantages of glass pipes, as well as their advantages. Glass pipes offer a multitude of advantages and only a few disadvantages which we will explain to you.
Glass is delicate
Even borosilicate, the glass used in laboratories and hospitals, can break quite easily. Some pipes, like spoon pipes (see below) are thick glass and can handle a few drops, while other pipes are more delicate. A pipe is more likely to break on a joint where two pieces of glass have been melted together.
Glass pipes can be as complicated as you want. However, they become more and more tricky the more complex they are. A high-end glass pipe can cost thousands of dollars and will break in a second if you drop it. For the eternally clumsy, glass pipes are probably not the best choice. However, with the proper case and a little care, you can keep a glass pipe for years. They become like old friends in the end.
Glass can be expensive
When you buy a piece of mouth-blown glass, you are paying a local craftsman to make something. So you pay for the education, the time it takes to learn the skills, the benefits, etc. This makes it more expensive than ordering pipes made in huge factories, often in another country, by people who have no idea about pipe culture and glassblowing. However, you are paying for a quality product. This man or woman who made this pipe by hand intimately understands the needs and wants of the customer, so you get a top quality product.
How to choose the right glass pipe
Go try them! A blowjob is a totally personal thing, you might not know you like a certain feature until you try it. That doesn’t mean walking into a headshop and flaunting it. But usually you can go in and manipulate the products to get an idea.
Types of glass pipes
No beginner’s guide to glass pipes would be complete without looking at all the different types of glass pipes, so here we go!
We’ll start with one of the most powerful ways to smoke your herbs. The steamroller is basically a small bong that is used horizontally instead of vertically. Unlike a bong, there is no water or ice to sweeten the hit. It might be a bit too much for the beginner, but it’s worth a look. Blown glasses can range from around $20 to hundreds of dollars with added features like percolators, interchangeable bowls, and the choice of a carburetor (the hole for your thumb). In general, steamrollers are for the seasoned smoker.
This is probably the choice for the beginner. A small selection of portable, discreet and often colored glass pipes. They are shaped like spoons (hence their name) and are as simple as a pipe can be. Thin glass spoon pipes are more delicate but lighter and heat up faster. A thick bowl and a thin stem are generally recommended. Look for designs by different artists; Chameleon Glass is a great place to find the best glass spoon pipes for the money. You might be surprised at how much a good spoon blowjob perhaps.
Sometimes called bongs or water pipes, a bubble pipe has a chamber for water (or beer, wine, maybe orange juice). What you lose in portability, you make up for in smoking pleasure. They range in price from around $30 to what you are willing to spend. Optional extras include percolators, interchangeable bowls, ice chambers, extra chambers, water recyclers, extra air paths, the options are endless. Again, there are hundreds of local glassblowers making amazing works of art that perform as well as their intended function.
Glass Pipe Beginner User Guide
Once you’ve selected your tune it’s easy to use, here are the five steps to get the perfect hit the first time!
Step 1: Grind your cannabis. A fine grind will help it burn evenly and consistently, keeping the flavors intact. You can grind it with your fingers if it is dry enough or use a herb grinder or a shot glass with a small pair of scissors.
2nd step: (optional) Use a screen. These act as filters for the weed and prevent most hot little bits from sucking through the bowl into your mouth. Brass or steel screens work well. You can also get glass screens in the shape of jacks or small honeycombs if you don’t like metal. Make sure it is tamped in the bowl before using. The resin from your first shots should help hold it in place.
Step 3: Master your lighter technique. Burning from the side is the most controlled way to smoke a pipe. By only burning one section at a time. The user can keep the rest of the bowl fresh for the next hit or for your friend when you pass the pipe. This technique is also known as lighter etching.
Step 4: The carbohydrate: Most glass spoons and bubblers will come with a carb hole in the side of the bowl, you’ll want to plug it in with a finger while you put the flame on your herbs and inhale, this creates a vacuum inside the bowl. inside of the pipe which fills with smoke. and when you release the carb hole, it projects smoke deep into your lungs, minimizing scratchy throat time on your smoke.
Step 5: Take Your Shot Slowly. A slow puff will burn the herbs nice and completely. If you inhale very hard through the pipe, you can get chunks as well as unpleasant flavors. The pros call them “scooby snacks.”
And one last piece of advice, NEVER blow into your pipe. The result will only upset you.