The traditional glass pipe isn’t the only smoking accessory available at modern marijuana events. Tobacco and marijuana pipes come in an assortment of styles and materials: traditional glass, metal, ceramic, stone, and even wood. Each of these types of pipe have their own benefits.
Glass pipes are ubiquitous for many reasons: they are affordable, they are very easy to clean, and they don’t taint marijuana with any additional taste. Glass pipes are easy to break, fairly heavy, and tend to be large and non-discrete. However, they are also fairly easy to replace and they do come in smaller sizes.
Metal pipes are as easy to clean as glass pipes but they do tend to have a “tinny” or metallic taste. The upside to metal pipes is that they tend to be compact and extremely discrete. They are also very durable; dropping a metal pipe will not break it the way it will break a glass pipe.
Stone pipes are as easy to clean as ceramic pipes and don’t have the “taste” that metal pipes have. They are generally carved out of a single piece of stone; soft soapstone is the most common. Stone pipes are often chosen because they are small, discrete, and attractive. The downside to a stone pipe is that it is brittle and can easily crack if it is not stored and used carefully. Stone is also porous, so it will build up a residue over time.
Wood pipes are often used for stylistic reasons. Very long pipes, similar to tobacco pipes, can be designed to both cool the smoke and give it a mild flavor. Wood pipes are very difficult to clean, however, and they often need to be thrown away and replaced after some time.
Glass pipes remain the most common type of pipe because they are a good all-around pipe. But those who are enthusiastic about their hobby may want to look into some other alternatives, as they can substantially change the smoking experience. Many marijuana events have a host of different products for those who want to experiment.