The weed pipe has been in existence since the ancient age. It has been used for the smoking of both tobacco and marijuana. It can be made from a range of different materials like briar wood, meerschaum, corncob, clay, glass, and so on. However, it is important to not make it out of aluminum foil as this can be dangerous.
There are different types of weed pipes out there. These are:
- Clay Device: This pipe is still hanging in there over the ages. They are very hot and hence are not easy to handle. These pipes are one of a few that provide their own flavor to the smoke itself. However, being made out of clay, they are breakable and thus have gone out of fashion.
- Meerschaum Type: This pipe is made from a marble like stone which is naturally found in the Black Sea, Lakes in Italy, Greece and lake Tanganyika in Africa. Meerschaum is made from the material Sepiolite which is a type of sea/lake foam. It gives a cool, dry and flavor filled smoke.
- Corncob Variety: The cob is first hollowed out and is set to be dried up for two years. Then, it is converted into a weed pipe, and does a fantastic job as a pipe as it allows the natural cannabis flavors to shine through. Believe us, Frosty the Snowman is not the only one who relishes corncob pipes!
- Sneak-a-Toke: These are important because they are disguised as pens, lipsticks, or chap sticks. They contain room just enough for one solid hit. These sneaky little things are so small that you can literally carry them anywhere. These are important and useful when you have to taste different strains of corn cob.
- Calabash Gourd: The weed pipe made from the African Calabash Gourd is certainly a spectacle to look at. It instantly reminds one of Sherlock Holmes. An obstacle is kept beneath the gourd when it is growing to give it the curved shape. The unique shape of the gourd leads to a cooling effect, and this makes for a cool smoking experience!
- Chillum: This originated in ancient India. It was and is used by Hindu monks for getting hits. The chillum is a weed pipe that can be made out of glass, wood, clay or stone. The cone shape facilitates that the chillum must be held upright!
What is a glass pipe really? What are its functions? What is its relevance in today’s world? These may be a lot of questions, but they are very relevant. These are the modern-day versions of the good ol’ Sherlock Pipes or Senor Castro’s Cuban cigars! They come in a wide variety of designs, types, colors, shapes that satisfy not only aesthetic but also ergonomic requirements.
Let’s see what a glass pipe actually is?
A glass pipe is a pipe hat is used to impart a pleasant smoking experience for tobacco, or other herbs without actually impacting the original taste, like wood or clay does! It is an evolved version of the clay or wooden pipe.
- Glass, by itself does not add anything to the flavor of the herb or tobacco being smoked.
- Molten glass, unlike wood or clay, can be shaped into any shape desired. Also, this is essential for ergonomic usability and, it also makes for interesting designs.
- Glass (unlike wood or clay) does not house borer insects or bacteria.
- While you may be thinking that glass can be breakable, the glass used to make a glass pipe is usually made up of hard molten glass.
The glass pipe satisfies a very narrow niche in the crevice of the universe of smoking. Hence, only those who have experience in smoking should attempt to try the likes of the glass pipe. There are very different varieties and shapes of glass pipes which are suitable for different purposes like Bubblers, Steamrollers, Chillums, Gandalf, Sherlock pipes and so on.
A glass pipe eliminates the need for paper. Thus, it not only gives pure flavor but also it prevents the toxic free radicals (caused by burning of papers) to enter into you.
Thus, for a germ phobic smoker the glass pipe is his best value option!
The bong is probably the most popular and beloved smoking device in the history of human cannabis use. And here are few facts related to Bong:
- The bong is descendent of the hookah. The word “bong” is derived from the Thai word ‘baung,’ which means ‘a cylindrical wooden tube, pipe or container cut from bamboo.’
- Since cannabis is native to Central Asia, and has been used throughout history in China, it has always been assumed that the bong was invented in Asia.
- As the hookah uses water filtration like the modern bong, it was always assumed that the bong was developed from the hookah.
- Eleven pipes were located in two caves and dated to between 1100 and 1400 CE. When researchers tested the pipes, they found ample cannabis residue. This implies that Bong was also invented in Africa.
- In 1924 Alfred Dunhill published a survey of the smoking pipes of the world. The book included a chapter on the widespread use of a Bong in eastern and southern Africa that was a distinct design that he believed was the invention of the San people.
- In 1945, archaeologist Mary Leakey found water pipe/ bong in Tanzania.
- The theory ignores the fact that cannabis in Asian Islamic societies was eaten, rather than smoked, before the introduction of the Bong/water pipe in the early years of the seventeenth century.
- Smoking out of a bong is different than smoking out of a pipe or a rolling paper because of the large capacity of smoke that the chamber can hold.
- Too much water in your bong can splash up and possibly get in your mouth or drench the substance while you are inhaling.
- The unquestioned godfather of modern glassblowing is a man named Bob Snodgrass. He fathered the color changing pipe making process of “fuming”, or coating the inside of the pipe with vaporized silver.