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Types of Smoking Devices

The original use of cannabis dates back to 500 B.C in Asia, as it was initially used as an herbal medicine rather than getting high. In the history of the United States, cannabis cultivation dates as far back to the Colonial era where it was used for items such as rope and textiles. Because the plant grew fast and had many uses, many countries within this era started growing cannabis.

Around 800 A.D, cannabis was widely used for recreational use in the form of hashish, where the weed was mainly smoked through a pipe. In the United States, people didn’t start using cannabis for recreational use until Mexicans who immigrated to the U.S during the Mexican Revolution introduced it.

In 1937, the United States criminalized cannabis nationwide through the Marijuana Tax Act. Cannabis was completely banned until 1970, when president Nixon repealed the Marijuana Tax act and deemed it as a Schedule I drug. While measures were put in place to enable cannabis to be legally consumed for medical uses, Colorado and Washington were the first states to fully legalize cannabis for recreational use. Currently, there are nine total states that have legalized cannabis.

Even though the legal perception with cannabis is loosening day by day, it is still federally illegal. In addition, many people are still learning and trying to understand cannabis, and this includes the methods of consumption. For people who are trying cannabis for the first time or are experienced, it’s important to know about the different consumption methods to have the best experience possible.

One of the best things about the various consumption methods is that there are many options available to customize the experience. Depending on the consumption method, the cost can vary as some methods will require certain equipment that requires maintenance. For everyone, researching and understanding each way that cannabis can be consumed will guarantee to have the safest and positive experience possible. Before consuming, individuals who are new to cannabis should speak with an industry professional such as a Budtender to have the safest recommendations possible.

Types Of Smoking Devices

Joints

Joints are the most common way to consume cannabis. The method is extremely simple as the desired amount of cannabis is used with rolling paper. Smoking weed in the form of a joint is a great option to control the amount of cannabis that will be consumed.

For first time users, this is a great option because it’s inexpensive and requires little to no equipment to consume. Joints can be found at all dispensaries as they are commonly sold pre-rolled. If there is interest in rolling a custom joint, flower will need to be bought instead. For this option rolling paper, and herb grinding, and filter tip will be needed. While filter tips aren’t required to smoke a joint, they will help the smoke be a bit smoother compared to smoking without one.

 

Pipes

Similar to using a joint, consuming cannabis through a pipe is extremely simple. As the cannabis is added to the tip of the pipe, it is easy to control the intake. If someone wants to have more control while using a pipe, water-based pipes are a great option because they amplify the control of the airflow. Glass pipes are also popular as they perform the same functions.

One thing to keep in mind with pipes is that they’ll need maintenance from time to time to prevent rust. In a person isn’t willing to clean a pipe, it will eventually break. If a person would rather replace the pipe instead of cleaning it, there are inexpensive options to replace it as small pipes start around $15. For larger pipes, they can be significantly more expensive. In the case of larger pipes, it would be worth it to keep the maintenance up as replacements can get costly.

 

Vaporizers

For individuals who aren’t comfortable with the health effects of smoking with a pipe or joint, vaporizers are a great option as they heat the cannabis to a minimum temperature to inhale. Using a vaporizer can be described as a smoother and more enjoyable experience compared to consuming in other forms. More importantly, it is easier on the lungs when consuming.

Vaporizer are easy to find at a low price, but they can get expensive quickly depending on personal needs and customization. For individuals looking to try a vaporizer, talking with a budtender at a local dispensary and choosing something small and inexpensive is a great start. If an individual likes this consumption method, it will be easier to find customizable products from there.

 

Concentrates

Consuming cannabis through the form of a concentrate delivers the most intense high compared to other consumption methods. In addition, it requires a fair amount of equipment which in turn can be quite costly in the long run. Concentrates are great for experienced individuals who know exactly what they are looking for and who are willing to maintain and keep the equipment in good shape. For most consumption methods with concentrates, they will require to have a rig (similar to a bong) in the addition to having nails.

 

For first time consumers, having cannabis in the form of a concentrate isn’t recommended. It’s best to start with a joint or vaporizer, and from there to work up to concentrates. Before investing in certain equipment, trying from a friend’s piece of equipment and speaking with several budtenders is a great start.

Overall, consumption methods come down to each individual’s needs. There are many ways for a person to customize the consumption method to have the best experience as possible. For first time consumers, it’s best to be honest with what you’re looking for and to get a professional opinion from a Budtender at a local dispensary. The most knowledge an individual has about cannabis, it will lead to a more safer and positive experience.

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Cannabis 101: Intro to Bongs Pipes and Other Glass

Glass pipes are an extremely common method for smoking cannabis. You can purchase glass in a variety of forms. These forms include bongs and pipes. The main difference between these two methods is that bongs require water and most pipes don’t.

There are many reasons for smoking cannabis with pipes or bongs made of glass. Using a pipe is extremely simple. You do not have to break down weed for a blunt or a joint. There is no heating a banger up for a dab. All you have to do is break a piece of weed off and load it into the pipe.

Glass pipes are also portable. Because they come in a variety of sizes you can find at least one that fits in your pocket, whether you have small or large pockets.  They are also affordable, pipes do not have to be expensive to be effective.

Bongs may have a higher price point, but this glass method of smoking should also be considered. Small glass bongs can sometimes be found for as low as twenty dollars at your local head shop. Bongs utilize water to percolate through the water, creating bubbles filled with smoke. When the smoke goes through the water it is cooled. This makes for a smoother way to smoke.

Not as portable to smoke is a disadvantage for bongs, but the cooler smoke makes up for it. There are more benefits of using glass over any other material for smoking besides cooler smoke, portability, and affordability. Rolling blunts all the time is not an affordable way to smoke. Because glass pipes and bongs use lighters to burn the weed you are able to control when the weed is being burned.

Handblown vs. Imported Glass

There are numerous reasons why you should head to your local head shop to purchase your first glass piece. Most recreational and medical cannabis shops will carry some glass. This is where you have to be careful as a consumer. Imported glass is not the same quality as American glass.

There is a distinct difference between the glass that American glass-blowers use and the companies that produce glass outside of America. Any glass smoking utensil produced in the states is made with boroscillate glass. This type of glass does not release any chemicals when repeatedly heated. Let’s face it, if you are using a glass piece to smoke weed it is being heated up repeatedly. This is important. Foreign glass manufacturers do not use a glass that is at the same standard. Commonly called ‘soft glass’ there is a definite difference between heavy duty boro pipes and imported ones.

You can just produce pipes repeatedly at an exceptionally low cost when using this type of glass. These pipes are fragile though and will have a higher tendency to break when repeatedly heated up. Glass blown by a known glassblower is the way to go. The quality of the product you will be receiving is outstanding. Ask your local recreational store or headshop about the local glass blowers that they carry. With the boom in social media most artists have an Instagram page.

Occasionally artists will do custom pieces, although the price for this will be high, having personal input on a pipe or bong would be a dream. Glassblowers might also be willing to repair their work if it breaks in your possession. While you will more than likely have to pay for the repair, this type of service will not be found with an imported piece.

Pipes

Pipes and bongs are very efficient ways of smoking, with pipes being much better than bongs. Earlier I mentioned that for smoking out of a pipe all you have to do is break off a piece of weed. Well, there’s a little bit more to it than that. When you utilize a pipe you create a single path for air with your lips, thumb, and the weed.

There is a hole on the side of the pipe, this is called the carb, make sure you cover it with your thumb. When you load the weed into a pipe you place it in the part shaped like a bowl. There is a small hole in the bottom that needs to be covered, but not sealed. When you inhale with the lighter to the weed and your thumb covering the flame will be pulled onto the cannabis.

When you move your thumb, air will rush in and push the remaining smoke to your lungs. This burns the cannabis and pulls the smoke through the hole into your lungs. Be sure to INHALE the smoke.

Available in a variety of forms there are pipes to appeal to all tastes. Sherlocks have an appearance similar to that of the pipe smoked by the famous detective. Spoons are the most common form for a glass pipe and share a structure similar to that of a spoon. Pipes that are blown by glassblowers, instead of being imported, typically have a higher price point. However, the price should not deter you from investing in a hand-blown piece.

Water Bongs

You already know that bongs use water to cool the smoke before it hits your lungs. Typically bongs have a bowl piece near their base that comes out. Some smaller glass bongs might have a small hole in the back of their stem. Either method works the same as a carb on a pipe. When you are done inhaling a hit from the bong, you will need to either pull the carb or move your finger.

One of the most useful parts of a bong is the occasional ice catcher. The benefits of ice are worth the additional cost of an ice catcher. The smoke arrives at your lungs even cooler. The larger hits from bongs can be intimidating at first. Do not let this stop you from taking massive rips. Many argue that hitting a bong over a pipe gets you higher.

If you’re a registered medical cannabis patient, the limits are three ounces of usable cannabis flower, forty-eight ounces of cannabis-infused edibles in solid form, two hundred sixteen ounces of cannabis drinkables, and twenty-one grams of cannabis concentrates, per the Washington State Department of Health.

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