As of January 2021, a total of 12 states have legalized cannabis for recreational use, and this number will only increase in the years to come. Cannabis sales increased by 67% in just one year. So whether you’re a veteran or novice smoker, you may be casting your eye about for the right smoking pipe to serve as a centerpiece to your collection.
Of course, it’s not as easy as picking the first pipe you run across. Choosing the best pipe to fit your needs requires research. If you’ve ever done a quick Google search or stepped into your local smoke shop, you already know that it’s easy to get overwhelmed with the wide selection of bongs, bubblers, dab rigs, and pipes available.
When it comes to cannabis pipes, there are countless options incorporating different materials, styles, and sizes. It can be challenging to narrow down the right choice for you. To help you get started, here are the most important things to consider as you choose the right smoking pipe.
What Material is Best for Your Cannabis Pipe?
While you might be able to get a good buzz smoking from an apple, you know it’s not the same as smoking from a high-quality pipe. Don’t make the mistake of choosing the wrong material for your smoking lifestyle.
Metal pipes get top marks for durability, and they’re often inexpensive. But there are a few potential drawbacks. For one, metal pipes can get hot when used for too long, and may require a silicone or rubber mouthguard. For another, metal pipes often have a modern, almost technological aesthetic, which may or may not suit your style. But the biggest drawback is also the most important factor to enjoying your smoke — some metal pipes can lend an unpleasant metallic taste to your smoke. So when choosing a metal pipe, you may be weighing price and durability against style and flavor.
Ceramic pipes have a more traditional artistic flair than metal pipes, while still maintaining fair durability. In addition, the porous, natural quality of the clay means that they don’t heat up as quickly as metal, so you’re less likely to burn your hands (or lips). Most importantly, many smokers find that ceramic pipes provide better flavor, while hitting smooth and cool.
Glass pipes are the most popular, and it’s easy to see why. Glass pipes come in a variety of designs from modern to sophisticated, and can be adapted to any style. They’re also easy to clean, as the smooth surface of glass doesn’t hold onto bacteria or contaminants. But what about the most important variable — flavor? Because glass is less absorbent than ceramic (and won’t soak up other smells or flavors) and lacks the coppery edge of metal, glass pipes let you experience the purest taste of your bud.
What Style of Pipe Suits You?
Once you’ve decided which material is best for your cannabis pipe, you’ll need to pick a style that appeals to your aesthetic and lifestyle. Classic pipes are available in many different styles, including:
These are the perfect choice for a smoker who wants a classic pipe that’s portable and discreet. The shape of these pipes resembles a spoon, so you can pack more cannabis into the bowl. The hits are slick and easy.
These are reminiscent of old-fashioned tobacco pipes. Most smokers prefer them for at-home use because they can stand upright on your desk or nightstand. Sherlock pipes are a prime choice for experienced smokers who can handle big, potent hits.
These unique designs have endless possibilities. These are pipes that can come in unusual shapes, like that of an animal. If you want a smoking pipe that’s a conversation starter, this pipe can be a fun secondary option to keep in your collection.
Choose a High-Quality Pipe
There’s no point in getting a low-quality pipe that requires regular replacement while delivering a subpar experience. While you might think it’s worth it for a lower price, you could end up paying the difference by sacrificing your health. Many cheaper pipes come from China, where they don’t have the same regulations for their products that we have in America.
Poorly made pipes are weakest in the middle. Every time you smoke, this part of the pipe gets a little softer, which can lead to the inhalation of glass shards. Over time, this causes a debilitating lung disease called mesothelioma. In addition, there’s always a risk that the manufacturer used lead-based paint, which is not legal here in the US. Inhaling lead can cause neurological damage and lead poisoning.
Long story short, cheap, throwaway pipes aren’t worth your money or your health. Instead, you’d be better off investing in a high-quality smoking pipe that will bring you years of safer, more lasting enjoyment.
Tilden & Company
The right smoking pipe for you is entirely dependent on when, where, and how you like to smoke. We hope this post made it easy for you to narrow down your options and find the best cannabis pipe for your needs. At Tilden & Company, we have elegant glass pipes available in a variety of classic styles. Our handcrafted, iconic pipes and smoking accessories are made only with high-quality materials, delivering a safe and fulfilling smoking experience that will last for years to come.
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