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Before we delve into the discussion of weedpipes, it is only fitting that we sink our teeth into Marijuana first

Whether you’re a long-time user, occasional smoker or a newbie whose curiosity finally defeats all hesitation of getting stoned, chances are, there’s a thing or two that you still don’t know about marijuana or weed – as it is commonly called in the market.
Weed refers to the dried out leaves, stems, flowers, and seeds of the plant, Cannabis sativa. It contains the chemical THC or tetrahydrocannabinol and other similar compounds that create mind-altering effects when smoked, ingested or applied onto the body, hence its classification as a “drug.” Some of the known effects of this psychoactive agent are increased heart rate, lessened coordination and balance, and a “dreamy,” unreal state of mind.
Weed can be consumed in a variety of ways: oral, topicaland inhalation, each serving different functions for different occasions and purposes. For this article though, we will be centering on the latter as pipes are grouped under this category.

What is a weedpipe? 

Cannabis smok-ing is the inhalation of smoke or vapor released by heating the flowers, leaves, or extracts of cannabis. Users of this substance have a myriad of devices at their disposal to inhale the drug, one being pipes.
Pipes are probably the most common smok-ing device- widely favored for their portability and simplicity in operation. This paraphernalia is normally fashioned from metal, ceramic, wood, silicone, and bamboo. Although none is more universally preferred than glass due to its multitude of advantages. Glass is easier to clean and offers no alteration to the taste of marijuana, unlike wooden, plastic or clay pipes. In addition, aesthetically speaking, there are colors, shapes, and textures made from glass that cannot be crafted using other materials.

What are the parts of pipes and how do they work?

Whether you’re a beginner who wishes to have a gauge on how this paraphernalia works or an experienced smoker whose keen in trying this device, studying the anatomy of pipes could better guide you in using it to its peak potential.
Essentially, there are four parts that comprise the anatomy of a pipe. The first is the bowl which is a round basin where users place and burn the marijuana. Next is the shank which is a horizontal piece that connects the stem and bowl. The third is the chamber or stem that connects the mouthpiece and the shank. It functions as the holding area for the smokee between the bowl and the mouth. Lastly, the mouthpiece which is where the lips are placed to inhale the smoking.
In some cases, pipes have carburetor or carbs, an extra hole that rests on the side of a pipe. Its main purpose is to influence the maximum delivery of airflow through the mouthpiece. Basically, the finger is placed over the hole during the process of smoking and is lifted after to clear the smoke from the chamber of the device.

How to use pipes?

As mentioned, there is a myriad of devices available for smoking marijuana but none more preferred than pipes. It goes without saying that learning how to operate it is fundamental in optimizing the whole smok-ing experience. To do this, the following guidelines must be kept in mind:

  1. Clean the bowl. The most basic cleaning agent is the good old fashioned combination of warm water and rubbing alcohol.  The bowl is soaked in an alcohol-infused bath for a few hours to loosen up the excess resin and then rinsed with warm water. Finally, the pipe is patted dry with a clean towel.
  2. Breakdown the cannabis to create a homogenous airflow through the bowl. A well-grinded herb will facilitate the even passage of the smoke. Hand pulling of marijuana is the most basic way to break down the marijuana, however, the process may be too tiring for some. Grinders are a great substitute to sidestep this painstaking process.
  3. Place the desired amount of the grinded marijuana into the bowl. To get a good hit, the weed must fill up to the top of the bowl.
  4. Secure any lighting material to put the substance ablaze. The most basic heating tool is lighter. It is cheap and can be bought virtually everywhere. Hemp wick, a waxy piece of hemp string that ignites easily, is a great alternative for those who wish to maintain an even burn and eliminate the undesirable aftertaste that some lighters give off.
  5. Take a hit. Inhale a little while a finger blocks the carb then quickly unblock it. For maximum effect, continue inhaling and holding the substance in until the smoke is in the lungs.
  6. Turn the bowl upside down and tap the back of the piece to take out the ash once all the green substance is gone.

Where to buy weed pipes?

Due to the world-wide stigma attached to smoking, finding a head shop, a retail outlet that specializes in smok-ing accessories, especially in conservative countries and states, has become similar to finding a needle in a haystack. But since the boom of the internet, cannabis enthusiasts have faced smaller adversities in buying pipes.
Buying online has afforded smokers a number of luxuries that storefronts lack. An example would be privacy. Since a number of countries still disapprove the use of marijuana, it naturally follows that many eludes shopping in person.  Another great advantage of online shops is the vast selection of glass and accessories one can filter through. Since online dealers are not tied to the physical space of their shops, they can stack up more products for the benefit of the customers.
Here are some of the trusted online retailers worth checking out:
  1. Smoking Cartel
  2. Brothers With Glass
  3. 420 Science
  4. AquaLab Technologies
  5. Dank Geek
  6. Badass Glass
  7. DankStop