Look, we all know that there's nothing worse than running out of weed right when you really needed it. And despite being able to legally and easily get access to some type of legal weed, whether you're buying it recreationally in one of the 18 U.S. states and territories that have legalized so far or getting a medical card of your own in one of the 37 states that have established programs of their own, legal cannabis still products remain prohibitively expensive for many.
That means that today, even when the legal cannabis industry is as legal and cash-rich as it's ever been before and consumers all over the world are buying cannabis products in record numbers, people are still looking for new, effective, and innovative ways of getting the most of their stash. Thankfully, we're here to preserve and extend your stash, holding off a trip to your local dispensary with just the choice of the right weed pipe!
Whether it's a silicon or glass pipe, a bubbler, a larger water pipe like a bong or its bigger cousin the grav bong, a glass hand pipe like one-hitter pipes, or even a novelty smoking device like sherlock pipe or a Gandalf-style bowl, think of this article are your go-to guide for anything and everything worth smoking weed out of. We're here to break down the best marijuana smoking pipes on the market today, how and why these smoking accessories go a long way to preserving your dry herb, and how to properly use each one to extend and get the most out of your stash.
What is a Marijuana Pipe?
Let's start with the basics, shall we? At their simplest and purest forms, whether you're dealing with a sophisticated borosilicate glass pipe, a tried and true glass bong with a chamber for water filtration, a downstem, a dab rig for concentrates, or your classic glass spoon pipe, a marijuana pipe is your one-way ticket to enjoy smoking cannabis without the need to roll a joint or blunt!
Typically marijuana pipes are made from durable materials like silicon, glass, or even metal, are hollow to allow for airflow from the bowl to the mouthpiece, and usually feature a deep bowl and carb hole for controlling the flow of smoke. Aside from those essential universal elements, however, the choices for available cannabis pipes on the market today are pretty much endless. Whether you're buying directly from your local glass blowing specialist making top-notch glass bowls by hand, your local smoke shop to pick up a "tobacco pipe," or browsing online headshops for the latest deals and trends popular with cannabis consumers and stoners alike, the vast majority of weed bowls are birds of a feather. It's just about trying some things, figuring out what works best for you, and then running with that!
Use the Right Marijuana Pipe
Despite what the internet might have told you, the right pipe can conserve cannabis. The next time you're looking to preserve your cannabis, consider using The Dart rather than a joint or blunt. You'll be surprised at how much difference it makes. These innovative one-hitters are a great way to get the absolute most out of your cannabis flower one hit at a time! When it comes to pipes, there are a ton of different materials and styles from which to choose, but a metal marijuana pipe like the DART is always a great choice. Metal pipes are generally very durable, but they also tend to get very hot. Each of Dart's top-notch pipes are made from durable anodized aluminum, which makes them a good choice for those who like to take big hits as it allows you to hold the pipe longer without burning your fingers.
What are the different types of marijuana pipe?
If you can dream it up, somebody out there has likely found a way to smoke weed with it. After all, stoners are known for their ingenuity and willingness to throw some stuff at the wall and see what sticks when it comes to picking what exactly to smoke out of. Now that we've gotten the basics of what a cannabis pipe is and how it works out of the way, let's instead focus on what the different types of marijuana pipe are and how they differ from one another!
For those who are very much into glass pipe smoking, citing it as the most straightforward way from point a to point b when it comes to smoking cannabis, there's a wealth of incredible options on the market today. If you're an experienced stoner looking to get the most out of your stash, you could opt for something like a steamroller pipe that allows you to take smoother, longer hits that quickly clear the chamber. Suppose you're a legal cannabis newbie looking to get your feet wet in the cannabis world. In that case, you're likely best finding a glass bowl to pair with a new grinder for your cannabis flower, allowing you to get right into the action without rolling a joint or a blunt and killing your whole stash of cannabis. Some local smoke shops and online headshops even offer color-changing colored glass bowls that alter as you use them or fritted glass pieces for excellent aesthetics. Pretty much no matter how you slice it, glass bowls and pipes are rock-solid options when it comes to saving and consuming your cannabis, CBD, or any other type of dry herb cannabis product!
While it might not seem like it right off the bat, smoking your cannabis out of a bong is a great way to preserve your weed and get the most out of your stash. Not only are you able to load up the bowl that attaches to the downstem easily with just the use of a grinder and some cannabis flower, but you can even get a bong with a built-in perc to cool those hits you'll be taking down and prevent you from coughing out your hits instead of absorbing them as you should! If you're feeling ambitious and happen to have a soda bottle and some water on hand, you can even try some grav hits! No matter how good a regular old glass cannabis pipe can do, it can't match the type of hits you're getting from a bong! Those smoother, more potent hits mean you'll be able to get just as much cannabinoid power from fewer hits and less cannabis itself, which saves you money when it comes to your stash in the long run!
What is the difference between a bong and a pipe?
The critical difference between the two lies in the type of smoke each produces and the levels of filtration present in both. Your regular glass cannabis pipes, for example, tend to have harsher, rougher smoke than the typical bong. That's due to the presence of the water chamber or percolator present in bongs. That water filters the smoke produced from sparking the bowl, reducing both the temperature and the overall harshness of the hits themselves. As a result of this process, bongs tend to use less cannabis flower to get the job done than the standard glass bowl.
Dab Rigs/Concentrate Vaporizers
Suppose you're looking to really kick things up a notch when it comes to getting the most value for your money. In that case, you can't really go wrong with a dab rig or another electronic device made explicitly for smoking concentrates, like the Genius Pipe. Since concentrates are so much more potent than standard cannabis flower, you'll be able to use a literal fraction of what you would in terms of flower to get super high! After all, that's why dabbing is so popular in the first place. While it's true that cannabis concentrates can be a little pricey, that's because you need to use so little to get very, very high. That preserves your stash and allows you to happy vape in peace without wasting too much of your valuable product from the dispensary.
What's the best pipe to smoke marijuana in?
When it comes to finding the right pipe for you, it's really all about personal preference. While a handheld glass pipe might be the right choice for someone who loves cannabis flower, someone who's a big fan of concentrates will need to commit to either a portable device like a nectar collector or an electronic concentrate vaporizer to get the most out of their cannabis products of choice.
As long as the pipe or smoking device you're using is made of the right materials, like aluminum, titanium, medical-grade silicone, or glass, and it has the features you want, then that pipe is right for you! It's all about trial and error to figure out exactly which make and type of cannabis pipe, bong, or bowl is right for you!
Keep Your Weed in an Airtight Container and Store Properly
While it might not seem like an essential factor in preserving your cannabis stash, proper storage is vital to getting the most out of your weed. Airtight containers are a must for appropriate weed storage. Not only will they keep air and moisture out, but they'll ensure your weed stays fresh longer with the best of them.
It might be a good option if you have an airtight jar-style container handy. Most importantly, here's what not to do: Never store your cannabis in plastic bags or containers. While they may be airtight, the lack of breathability will cause your weed to rot and mildew.
Proper storage of your cannabis stash could be the difference between being able to fully enjoy your products and having to toss some away. Instead of flushing money down the drain by not storing that cannabis stash properly, putting in a little bit of effort to get some mason jars will go a long way!
Store Cannabis in the Right Temperature
Now that you know exactly what to store your cannabis stash incorrectly, we'll give you a few tips on the best way to keep it when it comes to temperature and humidity. While it might not seem like a big deal to many, there is an ideal temperature and humidity level where cannabis thrives. That's not only for growing the live plants themselves but for the buds as well after they've been harvested and dried out. After all, that's why you're likely to find a so-called "hydration packet" in the container along with the dried cannabis buds.
With all that in mind, the ideal storage temperature for weed is below 70 degrees Fahrenheit, or 21 degrees Celsius. It would be best if you also aimed to keep the bud itself in a dark place, like within a lockbox. The darkness and cool temperature prevent moisture from changing the integrity of your flower and stop mold or mildew, which love light and warmth, from growing.
Storing Your Weed in a Refrigerator
Many people store fully cured weed inside their refrigerators with great success. But rest assured, popping your weed into the fridge and letting it sit will do more harm than good overall. If you're using a traditional refrigerator, be sure it's in a tightly sealed plastic bag to keep out any moisture. A great trick is to use a vacuum sealer on your weed when you store it inside your refrigerator.
Just make sure not to suck all the air out, or you will suffocate and dehydrate your flower. You'll also want to be cautious about leaving the cannabis flower in there for too long otherwise, you'll risk harming the sensitive trichomes that impact the flavor and effects of the cannabis flower you're using. Many connoisseurs swear by this method, but it will also diminish the flavor and aroma of your weed.
Storing Your Weed in a Freezer
When properly stored, cannabis can last for years when kept inside a freezer. There are some essential factors to keep in mind, though. If you're going to store your weed in a freezer, make sure it's tightly sealed and placed inside a plastic bag. After all, you don't want frostbite. In addition, be sure the temperature stays below 0°F (-18°C). Any colder than that could cause THC to crystallize, which will make your weed far more potent.
Make sure to check the temperature inside of your freezer on occasion. If you see the build-up of ice crystals, it's time for some more airtight storage containers. Above all else, remember that the best weed storage method is cool and dark; this means staying away from windows or anything that exposes your weed to sunlight. Let's keep our weed fresher, longer!
Smoke Less with Your Marijuana Pipe
Smoking less can help you conserve your weed long term. When we smoke, we sacrifice a little bit of weed for each hit we take. Burning up the sticky icky leftover after each hit can weaken and destroy the marijuana's physical structure and potency, which means you will rob yourself of the effects and need more weed to get high.
Those who smoke more often than others will be able to take more significant hits because they have built up their receptor sites to handle the high levels of THC. This is why some people can smoke a lot and not get as high as others; they don't have the same tolerance level. This means you should be able to conserve your stash better by smoking less if this applies to you.
When you smoke less, your body can create more of its own endocannabinoids, which in turn will lead you to want to take fewer hits and smoke less cannabis at a time. As with many other things, practice makes perfect, if you are used to smoking a lot, then it will take some time for your body to adjust to this new style of smoking cannabis (if you do not want to go through the process of quitting smoking altogether, then there are other ways to smokeless).
Start by reducing the size of your hits and then eventually work your way down to taking just one hit at a time.
You may find that you don't even need a whole joint or blunt to get high. Instead, using a marijuana pipe that uses less weed will in turn help you conserve your weed longer.
Smoke High-Quality Weed to Consume Less
It's common knowledge that smoking high-quality cannabis is preferable to smoking low-grade, substandard weed. After all, if the product gets you super high or works really effectively, then you really won't need that much of it to actually to get the job done. Not only does it save your money long-term, but you're able to keep and use the stuff you buy for less as well. If you can afford to spend a little more on high-quality flower from a reputable source, the potency may encourage you to consume less.
A great example of this principle in action is the legal concentrates industry.
Final Thoughts on How to Save Weed
You can do a few simple things to make your pot-smoking experience more enjoyable and less wasteful. One of the essential steps is using marijuana pipes that will allow you to smoke less cannabis overall. The right type of pipe, like The Dart, has been designed specifically for this purpose- saving both money and reducing waste.
Another critical step in preserving cannabis is not overindulging or getting too high while enjoying it! You should also take precautions when storing weed so it doesn't spoil if left out in an open area, for example, on top of furniture where pets might be able to reach them.
Remembering these tips won't just save money and weed but create a better-quality experience overall.