What is the best type of pipe for smoking weed?

Choose your weapon.

Apr 15, 2018

Pipes are popular among cannabis lovers young and old. They are easy to use, compact and provide some powerful highs. Weighing very little and being super durable, it’s no surprise that most cannabis consumers have smoked a pipe at some point in their weed-loving lifetime.

While they aren’t the healthiest option on the market when compared to vapes and ice bongs, pipes get you extremely high. Herb-lovers would agree there’s something truly magical about grinding up your bud, packing a bowl and savoring every inhale – even if it’s just one.

Pipes are handheld smoking devices made of heat-resistant borosilicate glass used for smoking ground up dry herb strains. Pipes provide a discreet and convenient experience for smokers who can’t be bothered to roll another jay or adventurers who want to smoke some bud while hiking. Whether you’re looking to try a new smoking method or want to try a pipe for the first time, this guide will help you figure out if you want a spoon pipe, a steamroller or a one-hitter.

Spoon Pipes

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As one of the most popular pipe designs, spoon pipes are small handheld pipes that get their name due to their resemblance to the utensil. Spoon pipes are generally made up of four main parts; the mouthpiece, the neck, the bowl and the carb hole.

 The carb hole is the feature of Spoon Pipes allows you to control airflow. The carb, sometimes called the choke, gives you control of how strong your hits are and how speedy you inhale by controlling pressure inside the shaft of the pipe. Mesh screens can be placed in the bowl to provide a filter to help decrease the amount of ashy plants particles you inhale.

Another reason herbivores love spoon pipes is because of their long lifespan and low price point. While most are made from hand-blown borosilicate glass, spoon pipes are also available in other materials, such as silicone and crystal. All these materials are durable, heat-resistant and can withstand tons of wear-and-tear. This makes spoon pipes great for on-the-go smokers because they are compact and won’t shatter when tossed into a backpack or jacket pocket. The inexpensive price point relieves the stress of losing or breaking your pipe too.

Marley Natural Spoon Glass Pipe with Walnut Stem Handle  This doctor tried to convince Carl Sagan to stop smoking weed
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Even though the general makeup of spoon pipes are all the same, there is tons of variety when it comes to colors, shapes, and sizes. Not only are pipes perfectly compact and convenient, they are also just kind of cute! They can be found in any color under the sun, from opaque and vibrant blues to multi-colored spirals or baby pink transparent glass. Some pipes are chunkier than others with big, bulging bowls and swooping necks, perfect for passing around with friends. Others are sleeker and attract less attention, ideal for your solo-sesh on the way to work.

They also range in size and can be anywhere from about 3 inches long, sometimes called peanut pipes, to the classic 5-inch length. Depending on the size of the spoon pipe, pipe bowls can usually hold about 0.2 to 0.5 grams of finely ground dry herb. Considering their generally petite size, pipes pack a helluva punch in each inhale. Each draw will provide pure flavor and some pretty thick clouds. With so many unique designs, every herb-lover is guaranteed to find a cool spoon pipe they love. Just light up, inhale and you’re off to the races – or wherever else your presence is requested!

Steamroller Pipes

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If you want to get really baked with little to no effort, a steamroller might just be your match made in heaven. A steamroller is a large cylindrical dry herb pipe with two open ends and a bowl on the side near one end. Receiving its name due to its cylindrical shape, these pipes provide such a potent and powerful high that they’ll likely steamroll your plans for the day.

The reasons steamrollers get you so baked is because they allow the user to inhale a lot of smoke with very little effort required. Let’s break it down.

Steamrollers are kind of like expanded spoon pipes, but instead of a mouthpiece, you inhale directly from the wide-mouth of the tube. You pack ground dry herb into the bowl and then cover the other open end of the tube, closest to the bowl, with your hand – acting as the carb. When you light the bowl and inhale, the cylindrical tube fills with smoke. You then remove your hand and quickly inhale the smoke.

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Most steamroller pipes are made from durable and heat-resistant scientific-grade glass, like Pyrex. Other materials, such as silicone or bamboo, are also common for steamrollers. The hollow tubing of steamrollers are the same for the most part, so the size of the bowl is where steam roller enthusiasts can personalize their experience. Some steamrollers have small bowls while others are quite a bit larger. This makes for a different experience depending on how just ripped you want to get.

There isn’t much wild variety in color and design of steamrollers. Most colors are very subtle design and while size does vary, anywhere from 5 inches to 18 inches, the basic design remains universal. 

Be aware that steamrollers can be irritating to the back of the throat since they provide such quick and hot hits. If you find your throat and airway is easily irritated, a steamroller might not be the best everyday smoking method for you. However, if you’re used to smoking hand pipes, a steamroller will be a refreshing change of pace.

One-Hitter Pipes

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One-hitter pipes, also called chillums, are exactly what they sound like; tiny pipes devoted to just one perfect hit. Specifically designed to hold about .25 grams of weed, one-hitters provide a flavourful rip without wasting any of extra bud. This is good news for the smoker who’s always on the go so you can tuck it right back into your pocket or purse the second you’re done.

These are the most ideal for a solo-sesh. Just grind up a tiny bit of weed and stamp the narrow bowl into the freshly busted up herb. When smoking a one-hitter be sure to light up and inhale slowly and steadily. This will guarantee a toke without any ash. You can even add a tiny mesh screen to the bowl to help filter out plant debris even more. Since they do so much in just one rip, one-hitters come in handy when you want to extend your stash.

One-hitters produce less of a smell than other methods of smoking do. This is because the majority of the smoke goes straight into your lungs, rather than dissipating into the air as you light up. The one-hitter’s lack of odor helps boost its discreteness. 

These magnificent little pipes are available in many materials, such as metal, wood quartz, and glass. One-hitters are easy to clean and cheap to replace if you need to fling it away in a hurry.

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Apr 15, 2018