How to Choose the Perfect Glass Pipe for You

Glass pipes, the most popular quick delivery method of cannabis smoking today, are not uniform — that is that each is unique. The opening for the draw. The opening in the bowl. The depth of the bowl. The angle of the bowl. all of these characteristics will COLOR your experience. So how do you pick which pipe is perfect for you? This blog will introduce you to three considerations for purchasing your first — or perhaps your tenth — cannabis pipe.

a setting of a glass pipe, cannabis, and a bowl already served.

Decide What Material You Would Like

There are three main types of materials that glass pipes are made out of — borosilicate, soft glass, and Northstar glasses. Northstar glasses have unique coloring — they get their hues from additions of precious metals such as gold and silver. If you are looking for a more decorative piece, Northstar may be a good fit for you. If you are concerned about the heat conduction properties of your pipe, however, you may want to steer clear as Northstar pipes do not dissipate heat as well as borosilicate or soft glass pipes.

Borosilicate pipes, on the other hand, are made with material that has been tempered which gives it greater resistance to both high and low temperatures. So if you tend to either pack a very tight bowl or like to take large hits, borosilicate may be a good option for you as it will be less likely to crack under heat stress than soft glass. Soft glass is just that — softer than borosilicate so it is more likely to show wear over time with heavy use. It can also be a good idea to avoid using soft glass pipes with very high temperatures as they too are more likely to crack. (cont.)

a glass blower forming a pipe under a blowtorch

Consider The Size Of The Bowl

This is an important consideration depending on how often you smoke and how many people you typically smoke with. If you roll solo most of the time, a smaller bowl may suit your needs just fine as you won’t need to pack too much at once. Conversely, if you frequently smoke in groups or like taking large hits, a larger bowl size may be a better choice for you so that you don’t have to refill as often. Another point is that the shape of the side wall can lend itself to keeping weed in (high, steep walls to the bowl) and making it easy to get out (shallow walls). Sometimes they can be too shallow, and then bowls just won’t stay in.



Decide On A Shape

The shape of the pipe may not seem like an important consideration but it can actually affect your smoking experience quite a bit! For example, if you tend to clench your teeth when taking hits off of a pipe, a Sherlock style pipe with its long stem may be a good option for you as it will help keep the pipe cooler and further away from your teeth. If portability is a concern for you however, something like a one-hitter might be a better choice as they are small enough to fit in your pocket and go pretty much undetected when being carried around making them great for on-the-go smokers .


Conclusion: no wrong way to choose a pipe! The most important thing is that whichever pipe style YOU choose feels comfortable and suits YOUR needs best. So go out there and experiment until you find THE ONE ! Happy smoking!

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