Learn | 06.07.2024

Bongs Vs. Pipes Vs. Rigs: What’s The Difference?

Understand each one so you can choose the best option for your sessions.

When it comes to weed, you have a lot of options. The modern cannabis industry has gifted consumers with numerous ways to consume this special plant, from edibles and vapes to the real, fresh-flower deal.

For those who appreciate that sacred, traditional element that comes with smoking flower, we have a question: Are you using the optimal consumption method for your preferred experience? Weed ain’t one size fits all anymore.

Among the most popular are bongs, pipes, and rigs. Each of these tools offers a unique way to enjoy your weed, and understanding the differences between these quality glass accessories can help you pick the right one for your needs. Let’s break it down.

What Is A Bong?

Bongs are one of the most popular smoking devices out there. They’re usually made of glass, but you can also find them in plastic, metal, or even ceramic. The basic design includes a bowl for holding and sparking your weed, a downstem to guide the smoke into the water, and a chamber to collect the smoke before you inhale it.

That chamber, more often than not, also includes water, which is the key feature of bongs. That water inclusion smoothens your draws through water filtration, cooling the smoke and bringing out more flavor with less scratchy harshness. Bongs come in tons of shapes and sizes, from small, portable ones to large, complex designs.

If you’re just getting started, you can’t go wrong with a simple, durable, classic like the TAG (Thick Ass Glass) Beaker Bong. It features 44x4MM tubing with a sturdy bottom base and comes with a cut edge known as a chamfer to help reduce the risk of fracture if it’s knocked over. It’s a quality glass accessory ready to cool down your sessions and become your new go-to.

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What Is A Pipe?

Pipes are probably the most classic consumption method out there. They’re timeless and still relevant in the modern day, though they’re used more for weed and less for tobacco. What makes pipes great is their small, portable nature, making them simple to use and bring on any adventure.

Pipes are usually made from glass, wood, metal, or silicone, featuring a basic design, including a bowl for your weed and a stem through which you inhale the smoke. Unlike bongs, pipes don’t use water for filtration, so the smoke can be a bit harsher. But they’re quick and easy to use, and don’t require much cleaning like a bong or rig, considering that stagnant water is a breeding ground for bacteria.

If you prefer simplicity yet quality, check out the TAG (Thick Ass Glass) 4″ Super Thick Spoon Pipe. It’s sleek, durable, and you guessed it, super thick. The bowl allows for a large rip or a one-hitter, making it great for group sessions and personal use. TAG has put this piece through numerous tests trying to break it. They eventually did…glass isn’t indestructible. But it was damn hard to do.

 

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What Is A Rig?

Rigs, also known as dab rigs, are a bit different. They can resemble bongs, especially since there’s a chamber for water filtration. But they were designed for smoking concentrates like wax, shatter, or oil. Instead of a bowl, rigs have a nail or banger, which is heated with a torch. You then “dab” the concentrate onto the hot nail to create vapor that you inhale through the rig.

There’s a certain level of connoisseur status that comes with using a rig as your main consumption method. For starters, it means you prefer the potent, euphoric nature of cannabis concentrates. Cheers to that. Secondly, these consumers could opt for cartridges and a battery, but it’s clear they prefer the raw, traditional method of heating the concentrate manually.

If you’re ready to give dabbing a go, check out the TAG (Thick Ass Glass) 8″ Bent Neck Super Slit Puck. This convenient rig features a bottom-fixed puck to keep it positioned low while ensuring full airflow. Impressively, it also features slits on top to make for big bubbles and effective smoke cooling. It’s a standard piece, but it’s classy, timeless, and ready to bring out maximum flavor with every rip. Can you handle it?

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Which One Should You Choose?

Here’s the best part about consumption methods: there is no “right” one. However, there IS a right one for you. Choosing between a bong, pipe, or rig depends on your preferences and smoking habits.

If you like smooth, filtered hits and don’t mind a bit of maintenance, a bong is a great choice. If you need something simple, portable, and easy to use, a pipe is perfect. And if you’re into concentrates and want a powerful, flavorful hit, a rig is your best bet.

And where can you find these quality glass accessories? TAG (Thick Ass Glass) takes pride in engineering functional, well-priced, trusted glass options for you and your crew…especially your clumsy friends. With their durable and thick accessories, you’re bringing out the best in your herb with every session.For more products and information about TAG (Thick Ass Glass), visit their website at thickassglass.com.

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