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Marijuana Pipes 101: The Basics of Style and Material

As marijuana becomes legalized across the United States, we want to help you understand the options, styles, durability and materials available in marijuana pipes.

Marijuana Pipes 101: The Basics of Style and Material

There are so many types and styles of cannabis pipes on the market today. One thing is for certain, some pipes are simple in structure and others are complex, ornate and beautiful. They all have the same purpose yet produce different experiences. Today we will focus on some of the most common marijuana pipes.

One Hitters – Light Flavor, All Users, Very Small in Size

These pipes are great if you are looking for just one hit – pretty simple. However, they are also great for being discrete … if that is what you are going for.

Unfortunately, due to the simplicity of this style, it’s challenging for the smoke to clear the pipe/tube, which results in a faster build-up of residue. Frequent cleaning is required.

Grinder/Dugout/Batter

These One-Hitters look and feel like a cigarette.

Chillums

A simple basic tube.

Spoons Pipe – Medium Flavor, Beginners, Range in Sizes

Considered to be one of the most common pipes – the spoon pipe is one piece of material. Lighting and inhaling are done in tandem. Spoons can be basic to very ornate in style. They are also easy to clean and easy to transport.

Water Pipes

There are two main types of water pipes – the Bong (also recognized as Hookah) and the Bubbler. Water pipes can be very beautiful in design – ornate, simplistic or complex. The premise behind the water pipe is that the water is used to ‘cool’ the smoke, thus creating a better and smoother (buttery) experience.

Bong – Intense Flavor, Advance Users, Large in Size

Bongs work to cool the smoke with up to two water chambers, which reduces resins and nicotine. The percolator (second water source) helps to further cool the smoke and support a creamy and delish flavor. Bongs have increased flexibility due to their removable parts – and bonus this makes them easier to clean! Removable parts also open up opportunities to modify your bong to your specifications.

Bubbler – Light/Medium Flavor, Average User, Small in Size

While smaller in size, a Bubbler is similar in that it works to cool the smoke with the use of water, but most only have one water chamber. One of the leading benefits of the bubbler is its portability – it is only one piece! Smaller does mean more of a challenge to clean though, so that’s something to take into consideration.

Vaporizer — Light/Medium Flavor, All Users, Small/Medium in Size

Vaporizers use electricity to heat up your product and produce a significantly less amount of smoke. The tool itself heats up and cools down quickly, which makes it easy to store and transport. A vaporizer is convenient as it contains all the material, so there is no risk of spillage or damage during transportation.

Vaporizers have become very popular. The tool is very easy to use, can be discreet, and appears to have a more ‘professional’ appearance.

One drawback is that vaporizers can be expensive, however you can consider it an investment and shop around for the right product to fit your needs.

Cannabis Pipe Materials

Once you have determined your style of cannabis pipe, next you will need to determine the material you want. The choice of material can impact the flavor, durability, cost and its cleanability. Whether you enjoy marijuana for recreational or medicinal purposes, the pipe you choose should be based on what works for you and your needs.

Glass

Even though glass may be the most delicate or breakable of all the materials, the benefits of glass outweigh the extra bubble wrap you may need.

Glass is non-porous, which means that all of the smoke will stay inside the pipe, ensuring you are not compromising the flavor. Glass also reduces build up within the pipe so you won’t have to worry as much about bacteria.

The color options for glass pot pipes are endless. Some glass pipes are so beautiful that they can be considered an art piece. Just keep in mind: the more ornate the pipe – the higher the cost.

Cleaning your glass pipe is fairly simple. One option is to boil your pipe in water for up to 10 minutes. We suggest using a colander or a smaller vessel to reduce movement. Another option is alcohol – we recommend a minimum of 91% concentration. Soak your pipe in the alcohol for up to 10 minutes. Rinse and let dry.

Please remember that glass is very fragile and with extreme changes in temp lower quality glass may crack. Wash and transport with care.

Metal

If you are going for durability there is no argument that a metal pipe is the way to go. Unfortunately, the downside to metal is the risk of adding metallic undertones to the flavor of your cannabis.

The cost of metal pipes range significantly based on the type of pipe you choose. One-hitters will be less costly compared to Vaporizers that have more complex parts.

Much like a glass pipe, you can boil your metal pipe in water or soak it in alcohol. It’s important to recognize that metal needs more time to soak, so aim for a minimum of 15 minutes. We do not recommend putting metal pipes in the dishwasher. Dishwasher soaps may tarnish your pipe. For Vaporizers, it is wise to refer to cleaning requirements in your user guide.

Wood pipes have a completely different feel and look than more modern glass and metal pipes. As one of the original materials used for smoking, it still remains a durable and popular pipe today. Additionally, a wood pipe will add its own signature to the flavor of your cannabis.

Reminder: Before using a wooden pipe for the first time you will need to evenly burn the inside of the bowl to create a layer of charcoal.

The best way to clean a wood pipe is to take it apart and use a ‘pipe cleaner’ tool to remove any debris. Run water through the pipe until it is clear.

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The options might seem endless when it comes to choosing marijuana pipes, but use these tips to make the best choice for you and your needs.

What Are One-Hitter Pipes and How Are They Used to Smoke Cannabis?

One-hitters are a great addition to any consumer’s collection, and if you’re new to cannabis, perhaps you’ve never heard of them. These versatile, practical pipes come in a variety of fun styles and cater to smokers who prefer a quick, small hit of their favorite flower. Utilizing a one-hitter can help control dosage, conserve your stash, and keep things simple, discreet, and clean. But what else is there to know about using these convenient and portable pipes?

What Is a One-Hitter?

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A one-hitter is a small pipe (sometimes called a “bat” or “chillum”) that, as the name suggests, holds about one hit of cannabis.

They come in many different materials, such as metal or glass, and are shaped like a straight tube, with the bowl on one end and the mouthpiece on the other. One-hitters can be used as a standalone, or they can come as part of a set known as a “dugout.” Dugouts have a space that holds the bat as well as a space for pre-ground cannabis, allowing you to twist the end of your one-hitter into the ground flower to easily pack it.

One-hitters have a wide variety of styles and can range from beautifully blown glass to cigarette lookalikes for discretion.

How to Use a One-Hitter

Using a one-hitter is simple as one, two, three!

Step 1: Pack the end of your one-hitter with ground cannabis. Make sure you pack it fairly tight, so the bud will stay in place when the pipe is held horizontally.

Step 2: Place the mouthpiece end against your lips and pull gently while lighting the cannabis at the end of the pipe.

Step 3: Inhale, hold, release! Voila!

A light tap against the palm should ash the bat and leave it ready for its next use. Alternatively, you can blow into the mouthpiece end to clear the pipe.

Benefits of Using a One-Hitter

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Discretion

One-hitter pipes have many advantages. Due to its compact size, it is one of the most discreet ways to smoke flower and can quickly and easily be stored out of sight. If a low-key smoke sesh is what you have in mind, you can’t go wrong with a one-hitter. Unlike a joint, it won’t be left burning an endless stream of fragrant smoke. And unlike a traditional bowl, it’s not an obvious shape or size–when lighting a one-hitter, you mimic the same motion as lighting a cigarette.

Conservation

Bats are also great for conserving your stash. When smoking out of a bowl, it’s so easy to pack the whole thing. Depending on the depth of your pipe, this can potentially require quite a bit of flower. For those who want or need to smoke alone, or those who simply have a low tolerance, a full bowl can often mean a half smoked-bowl, with flavorless, charred bud to return to later. One-hitters help conserve your stash by making each hit a mindful action so you are less likely to over-pack or over-smoke.

Using One-Hitters for Microdosing Cannabis

If you’re interested in microdosing but still enjoy smoking, one-hitters are a perfect choice for you. By taking smaller, more accurately sized hits, medical patients and low-tolerance consumers can enjoy the pleasant effects of cannabis without too much of the head-buzz. It’s a great way to moderate your dosing when smoking and conquer the day without sacrificing too much functionality.

Browse More Pipes on Leafly

Head to your local head shop today to check out their selection of one-hitters and let us know your favorite style in the comments below!

One-hitter pipes are one of the most convenient ways to smoke cannabis. Learn all about one-hitters and how to use them.