Glass pipes are a long-time mainstay in the cannabis community used by generations of consumers. There are several reasons why many cannabis smokers prefer to use glass pieces over pipes made from other materials:
- Glass is an inert substance, which means it won’t leach any flavors or smells into the smoke — glass lets you experience only the smells and flavors of your weed.
- In general, glass withstands temperature changes well, making it perfectly suited for sparking up and smoking weed.
- When smoking out of a glass pipe, the piece won’t get too hot to handle.
- Many weed smokers like the stylistic flare imbued in glass weed pipes, which designers decorate with a huge range of colors, designs, shapes, and sizes.
- Glass can be crafted into a variety of different types of pipes, including classic spoon pipes, bubblers, chillums, and more complex pieces like bongs and dab rigs.
Other types of glass pipes
This guide focuses primarily on the classic spoon pipe because the techniques used to make this type of glass weed pipe are the same foundational techniques used to create many other types of glass smoking pipes.
In addition to spoon pipes, glass blowers or automated glass factories make:
- Chillums – These glass pieces are similar to spoon pipes, but they do not include a bulbous bowl on one end.
- Steamrollers – Essentially giant chillums, these are made by creating an especially fat tube capable of holding tons of smoke at once.
- Bubblers – A spoon pipe with an additional water chamber blown into the glass to hold water, giving the resulting smoke some water filtration.
- Bongs – Bongs reside in a universe of their own, with bongs of all shapes, sizes, colors, and complexity. Despite their variety, bongs are all made with the same fundamental techniques of heating tubes of glass and spinning, stretching, molding, shaping, and blowing the glass while it’s hot and malleable to obtain the desired size, shape, and design.