Whether it’s a well-crafted glass pipe or a metal bat, our smoking accessories are often a constant companion in a busy life. Quality, versatility, and durability are all important features when considering the wide variety of cannabis and concentrate accessories available today. The best pieces work to offer a balanced mixture of flavor and hit quality while managing temperature. They’re easy to clean, easier to use, and tough enough to stand up to the abuses that daily use can sometimes present. They should also be affordable, readily available, and made from quality materials. With such a massive array of accessories and devices available, determining which to use and which to sell can be a tricky issue.
The category of Glass Pipes encompasses a large assortment of different shapes, types, sizes, and names. From Bongs to Steamrollers, glass pipes have become an industry standard in most smoke shops and dispensaries. Because glass imparts no taste and melts at incredibly high temperatures, most pipes and other pieces designed for combustion are made of glass. While metal pipes offer supreme durability, they can affect the taste of your flower and are more difficult to clean. They’re also susceptible to corrosion as they’re exposed to oils from our hands and the elements around us. For these reasons, many smokers have chosen glass pipes for their sessions and continue to prefer the experience they provide.
As more and more locations have eased restrictions on cannabis usage, glass-blowing is becoming an increasingly popular occupation and hobby around the world. This has helped to drive the price of common glass pipes downward as supply overcomes demand. Thanks to the thousands of talented artists around the world, average quality is increasing as well.
Methods of consumption that avoid combustion have become more and more common as consumers begin to consider healthier choices. As burning cannabis can have undesirable or adverse effects for those with pre-existing respiratory conditions, medical cannabis doctors and professionals have been recommending vaporizers to clients with increased frequency in recent years. This has led to rapid acceptance amongst average smokers and has allowed for a huge assortment of vapes to be developed.
From dry herb to concentrate, most vaporizers will function with the help of an internal battery, though others rely on a direct connection to a power source such as a wall outlet or 12v adapter. Most notably, the Volcano series has helped to create a high standard of excellence within the industry that has driven advancement while reducing prices. Powerful, modern, and smoke-free, today’s vaporizers are lightweight, durable, and reliable. In the early days of cannabis vaping, most devices would burn the flower and provide uneven and unpleasant results.
As the popularity and quality of concentrates have increased, the number of dab rigs on the market has risen to an astounding level. In early designs, a small titanium “nail” or a “dish” created using quartz or glass was adapted to pre-existing platforms such as a bong. While it served the purpose, these designs suffered from taste and cleanliness issues most concentrate users were looking to avoid. As time passed, smaller and more efficient designs began to find favor for their discrete appearance and small stature. The best designs incorporate the use of water to cool the vapor while limiting the distance between the user and the process to prevent condensate from collecting with the mast of the rig. Early dab rigs required the use of a top cap or a “dome” prevent loss of vapor during the process, though newer and more modern setups have gone “dome-less” in recent years.
Dab straws or “Colorado Drills” resemble a straw and often feature a glass or silicone body with a titanium tip, though many different configurations have appeared over the years. Single-piece glass straws are affordable, nearly disposable, discrete and ultra-portable. Multi-chambered glass rigs are becoming increasingly popular as they manage airflow similarly to a conventional pipe while retaining their “straw-like” concepts.
In an industry filled with creative minds and active inspiration, you’re sure to see some interesting design concepts flourish. From the tried and true gas mask to everybody’s favorite, the gravity bong, these unusual pieces are a great way to add diversity to your experience while adding a unique sense of fun to the adventure. Often best enjoyed in the company of groups, large or small, the pieces are often the focal point of the experience and provide long-lasting impressions long after the moment has passed. The sentimental charm and character they hold for many cannabis users offer a certain sense of nostalgia while modern designs have improved on the flaws that seemed to plague early and DIY versions. From unique and handmade wooden pipes to those featuring your favorite superhero, the specialty pipe category is as diverse as the smokers who seek them out. A well-rounded collection is sure to feature at least a few of these unique pipes for the perfect moment.
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