Just a few short years ago, all a cannabis user needed was herb, a lighter, and a metal bowl or papers to enjoy a relaxing smoke at home. There was not a lot of choice back then, as the head shop down the street sold only papers and pipes, and home was the only place you could light up.
While it may not always be legal, cannabis users today toke on the go, lighting up on bicycle trails, in their back yards, and just about everywhere in between. Technology has caught up with cannabis consumption too, creating a place where online retailers can offer a huge variety of smoking accessories.
While it is always fun to experiment with accessories, every cannabis users needs four fundamental pieces.
Sleek, stylish vape pens are the must-have piece for today’s cannabis connoisseur. Stick your vape pen in your pocket next to your phone or in your laptop case. Vapes are the perfect way to use in stealth mode.
Vape pens work by producing vapor rather than smoke. A vape pen contains a central heating component that heats up the cannabis slowly to a maximum temperature of 350 to 400 — just short of the point of combustion — to produce vapor it its purest form. Normal smoking devices incinerate your weed at temperatures over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, a horrible thing to do to your expensive pot and to your lungs.
Electronic cigarettes got their start in 1963 when Herbert A. Gilbert patented the smokeless non-tobacco cigarette that replaced burning tobacco and paper with heated, moist air. His idea smoldered for a couple of decades until smokers realized the health benefits of vaporizing their smoke instead of burning it. Today, vape pens come in a mind-blowing variety of sizes and designs, each made with portability, style, and discretion in mind.
A bong is similar to a hooka but smaller and more portable. A bong is an airtight and watertight vessel with a stem and bowl apparatus at one end and a mouthpiece at the other. Inside sits a cylinder tube, or chamber, filled with water. The stem guides the smoke downward into the water, which cools the smoke before it moves through the mouthpiece. A bong’s water filtration system pulls out toxins and particulate matter and leaves the user with a cooler, cleaner smoke.
The word “bong” is an adaptation of the Thai word baung, a bamboo stem used as a pipe. Bongs gained popularity in the United States during the Vietnam War in the 1970s, when American soldiers based in Thailand adopted the local practice of smoking cannabis from bamboo baungs.
Bamboo makes excellent lawn furniture but it is not the best material for bongs. Today’s bongs are made from the most technically advanced and sturdy materials available. Better bongs feature bubblers, mesh frit disc filters, multi-arm tree percolators, and turbine design of the chamber that improve the amount of smoke in quick, strong hits.
Dugouts are essential for the cannabis user on the go. The typical dugout is a small wooden box that houses the cannabis in one section and a metal one hit style pipe in another.
The box protects your valuable cannabis from dirt and moisture while ingenious construction allows you to carry your pipe and your smoke. Dugouts are compact and sturdy, perfect for biking, hiking and other outdoor activities.
A spoon pipe leaves nothing between you and your medicine – no nasty papers, bong water, or vapor chemicals. A spoon pipe, aptly named because of its striking resemblance to the common piece of flatware, is made from thick glass. Smoke moves directly through a spoon pipe from bowl to mouthpiece. Quality spoon pipes move the smoke through complex curves or even a helix design to cool the smoke and to create the perfect balance of smoke and air. Spoons also fit perfectly in your nightstand or stash drawer.
If you are just starting out your smoking accessories collection, or if you have been smoking for years, having these four fundamental pieces on hand will help you pull a bigger, cleaner hit.
Find all of these pieces and more on glasshous.