Glass water pipes and bongs are still the most popular way to smoke your herb. They’re more efficient, powerful, and easier on the throat and lungs than many other smoking methods, thanks to water percolation. Whether you prefer glass or silicone bongs, we have a huge selection of pieces to choose from.
Bongs and Water Pipe Bongs and Water Pipes are the most popular way to smoke today, and for good reason. Glass bongs have a water filtration system that cools down and filters the smoke so it is easier on your lungs. A bong provides a level of comfort that will be unmatched in other traditional smoking pipes.
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Learn more about SMOKING ACCESSORIES
Fortunately there aren’t really any strenuous requirements or challenging procedures necessary in order to enjoy cannabis. That said, there are a few simple smoking accessories that can really enhance your cannabis experience. Below we’ve outlined some of the common tools every stoner should consider picking up.
1 – GRINDER
A grinder is the first thing that comes to mind when talking about the best cannabis accessories. A grinder is typically a small canister with “teeth” that you twist to evenly grind up your flower. By grinding up your bud, you are creating more surface area that can burn.
2 – ROLLING MACHINE
There is something to be said about rolling your own joints. A RAW Rolling Machine is a simple device to help you easily and consistently roll a nice even joint. Whether you are trying to roll some joints for the first time or your a seasoned expert, a rolling machine will come always come in handy.
3 – ROLLING PAPERS
If you are interested in rolling your own joints, you are going to have to pick up some rolling papers. Carolina HEMP Cabinet always has some RAW rolling papers available to pick up. They’re cheap, high-quality, and pair nicely with every strain. A definite must have!
4 – DIVERSON SAFES
There’s no denying the smell of cannabis is strong, and trying to hide the flower can be a tricky task. This pungent aroma can be particularly problematic when your trying to walk around in public. Fortunately these days there are many differently types of Diversion Safes to discreetly transport your flower!
5 – ONE HITTER DUGOUT
If you aren’t interested in a full bag, a dugout is a small wooden container with a space for only a lighter and one joint. They typically have a sliding top and almost look like a stylish, wooden cigarette box . A dugout is discreet and allows you to easily stash a joint in your pocket for later.
7 – ROLLING TRAYS
Keep your herb contained while you grind up or load bowls! Choose from many different sizes, graphics, and styles to find the one that best represents you.
8 – GLASS PIECE CLEANING SOLUTION
If you use a glass pipe or bong, it’s important to clean it on a regular basis. You can easily concoct a cleaning solution yourself with some rubbing alcohol and salt. If you use a glass piece a lot though, save yourself the effort and pick up some Formula 420 Original Cleaner. Having some cleaning solution on hand will help keep your pieces void of any gross build up.
This might seem like a silly question, but some people don’t actually know what a grinder is. Many people reading this probably do know what they are, although they have many different names around the world.
Grinders are objects that are used for grinding up your flower, making it easier to roll into joints. The basic models are made up of two halves, with some metal spikes or “teeth” but they can be made of many different materials due to how many different models there are available. These teeth intertwine and pass by each other when you turn both sides of the grinder against each other, which in turn grinds up the flower on the inside, making it easier to roll into joints.
To roll a joint you’re going to have to cut up the bud, and sometimes buds can be hard and resinous; you can always use your hands or some scissors, but if the flower is hard and resinous this can take a very long time and leave you with some extremely sticky fingers. Grinders are easy to use and take a matter of seconds to use.
When you grind up your buds in a grinder, they come out nice and even, without any big chunks in the middle that might mess up your joint. If you try rolling a joint with flower that you’ve pulled apart with your hands and flower that you’ve ground up in a grinder you’ll be able to notice that the joint made with the grinder has a nicer taste and the flower is more evenly distributed, making for a much more pleasing smoke. The one that was hand-separated will have big fats bids of flower here and there and even some parts with no flower at all.
A bong is a classic waterpipe that is often used for smoking herbs. There are many different models on the market today, but the principle has remained the same. The biggest difference between a bong and a hookah or shisha is that bongs don’t have hoses and deliver a much smoother smoking experience.
Which bong is the best?
Which bong is the best for you depends on your personal preferences. A plastic bong is very hard to break, but a glass bong usually gives a better smoking experience, a better taste and are also easier to clean. At Carolina HEMP Cabinet, we specialize in glass bongs, but at the moment we also have a plastic model in our assortment.
Concentrate water pipes or “dab rigs” (aka dab pipes, wax rigs, dab oil rigs, concentrate rigs, etc.) – are quite simply bongs that are made specifically to smoke concentrates or oils (which is called “dabbing”). Instead of your usual dry herb slide, dab rigs are fitted with a nail. The nail is heated with a torch (or e-nail) which creates clean concentrate vapor when you “dab” on your extracts.
Concentrates have exploded in popularity as the new dry herb alternative. As a result, glass dab rigs have quickly become some of the best-selling water pipes. Dab rigs have re-excited old enthusiasts and caught the attention of new ones. To accommodate this new-found enthusiasm glassblowers have stepped up to create some seriously impressive dab rigs and other vapor devices.
As dabbing cannabis concentrates continues to grow in popularity, consumers, manufacturers, and glass blowers are creating a wide range of glass attachments specifically for dabbing. These include:
Nails are a critical component to dabbing. They are essentially a shallow dish that you heat to temperatures high enough to vaporize cannabis concentrates.
Nails are made out of titanium, quartz, and glass. When it comes to glass nails, remember that they are usually the most affordable option available and they do a relatively good job of retaining and distributing heat.
However, they are also the least durable. Of course, there’s always the risk of dropping and shattering a glass nail. Additionally, glass nails are more prone to cracking at high temperatures after repeated use. As a result, if you opt for a glass nail, be prepared to replace it at some point when it breaks.
Although domed nails are becoming less popular among dabbers, some dab rigs still require the use of a dome. These components are designed to slide over the top of a hot nail to help retain and distribute heat, ensuring that vapor doesn’t escape before you pull it through your rig and inhale.
Despite their waning popularity, glass domes are a solid option for some dabbers because they are relatively affordable and effective. However, as with glass nails, there’s a higher chance that a glass dome will break compared with domes made out of other materials.
An oil reclaimer is a glass attachment that fits between the nail and the water chamber, where it collects runoff concentrate as well as any concentrate that condenses out of the vapor. After enough reclaim builds up, you can either scrape it out or apply gentle heat until it melts and drips out of the reclaimer.
Interestingly, lab tests have found that reclaimed oil retains much of its original potency, typically between 40% to 50% THC. Additionally, because reclaimed oil has already been heated, it’s fully decarboxylated, making it ideal for cooking and baking applications.
Drop down adapters
Glass attachments called drop down adapters are seen as an excellent way to preserve your dab rig, keeping intense heat away from the main body of your rig. These attachments typically angle downward and away from your rig, utilizing a female joint into which you slide your nail.
By angling the nail away from your rig, flames are pointed away from the glass body, helping to protect and preserve its useful life. Of course, as with any glass attachment, adding a dropdown adapter into the mix means you have another fragile glass component to keep clean and handle with care.
Glass carb caps
As domed nails have fallen out of favor, they have been replaced by larger-dished nails and the use of a carb cap. After heating the nail and dropping a dab of concentrate, simply rest your carb cap over the top of the nail. This creates an enclosed chamber of hot air to retain and distribute heat for a more even dab, which is especially useful at lower temperatures. Carb caps are made out of a few different materials, including glass and titanium.
For added functionality and cost-effectiveness, choose a carb cap/dabber combination tool. These include a carb cap at one end with a long handle and a scoop-shaped dabber at the other end, allowing you to scrape up concentrates, drop dabs onto the nail, and then cover it with your carb cap all with a single tool.
Other glass attachments
To round out the expansive world of glass attachments, there are a variety of other components that let you further customize your bong or dab rig, or even let you consume cannabis in entirely new ways.
If you’re interested in customizing your bong or dab rig with any sort of attachment or modular add-on, you may need some sort of adapter to link one component with another. Glass adapters are an excellent choice as they are relatively affordable, clean, functional, and reliable. Of course, the only major downside is that glass is prone to breakage.
Glass adapters come in virtually any configuration, including:
- Mixed diameters to connect components and joints of different sizes.
- A variety of angles to create different positions and configurations among your other components.
- Male-to-male joints, male-to-female joints, female-to-male joints, and female-to-female joints so you can link up virtually any two components regardless of the configuration of their connections and joints.
Bubbler chamber attachments
Depending on your smoking device of choice, you may be able to add a water chamber to bolster the smoke filtration process. These glass attachments fit somewhere between the bowl where you ignite your herb and the mouthpiece, causing the smoke to filter through the water before reaching your lungs.
Also called “dab straws” or “honey collectors,” nectar collectors provide concentrate lovers with a simple way to consume without an entire dab rig.
These tools are relatively straightforward, consisting of a tip made of quartz or titanium; a body made out of glass or silicone that may also include a water chamber, percolator, or oil reclaimer; and a straw-shaped mouthpiece through which you inhale the vapor. To use a nectar collector, you simply heat the tip and drag it across a dab of concentrate while inhaling.
While tips are usually made out of quartz or titanium, the other components of a nectar collector are widely available in glass. These tend to be relatively affordable and provide consistent performance, but are more prone to cracking, breaking, or shattering, especially if they are exposed to extremely high temperatures.
At its most basic, a bong consists of a bowl for igniting herb, a water chamber to cool and filter smoke, and a mouthpiece through which you inhale the refined smoke. For a more custom experience, however, you can also utilize various glass attachments.
For starters, you can choose from a number of glass bowl designs. Bowls include a male joint that slides in and out of the downstem’s female joint.
Features you can choose from when selecting a bowl include:
- Bubble-shaped bowls: Bubble-shaped bowls encase the main bowl where cannabis flower is packed and ignited within a slightly larger glass bubble. This keeps the entire thing cool so you don’t burn your fingers when sliding the bowl in and out of the downstem.
- Handles: Some bowls include handles of varying lengths, making it easier to slide the bowl in and out of the downstem.
- Screens: If you want to keep your flower securely in the bowl, opt for one that has a built-in screen at the bottom.
Downstems and attachments
Once you’ve selected your bowl, it’s time to focus on the downstem. This is the component that connects your bowl to the water chamber.
The following downstem styles and other attachments allow you to build a customized bong.
- Double bowl adapter: A double bowl adapter has a single male joint on one end, which slides into the downstem, and then at the other end, it forks off into at least two open female joints into which you slide your bowls. These adapters are ideal for social smoke sessions, as they allow you to pack multiple bowls at once.
- Ash catcher: Ash catchers typically have a male joint on one end that slides into the downstem, and a female joint on the other end, into which you slide your bowl. The main body comprises an open chamber — usually a water chamber — that catches ash and other buildups so that your bong stays clean.
Some ash catchers also include percolators for further water filtration. This can make your bong much more robust and high performing. And while an ash catcher will help keep your bong cleaner, it is also an extra component that requires a heavy-duty cleaning now and again.
- Diffuser downstem: Using a downstem with a simple diffuser at the end of it is a simple, effective way to boost the filtration power of your bong. These types of downstems feature a series of slits or holes that rest inside the water chamber. These openings diffuse smoke, creating tons of tiny bubbles and improving the overall performance of your bong.
- Ice Pinches: If you want to elevate the filtering and cooling effects of your bong, find a glass piece that has an ice pinch.
Ice pinches are fitted inside the main tube of your bong, above the water chamber, allowing you to drop ice cubes directly onto it. When your smoke bubbles up through the water chamber, it passes through one round of cooling and filtering, and then when it gets drawn around the ice, it receives a second, very powerful round of cooling before entering the lungs.
First, push out all the excess materials from the glass blunt (as if you were ashing). Then we recommend letting your glass blunt sit and soak in a smokeware cleaning solution or isopropyl alcohol and salt. That will really get your blunt clean.
You can let your glass blunt soak in isopropyl alcohol and coarse salt overnight (give it a couple of good shakes so that salt can scrub out some of the grunge and grime).
There are tons of great cleaners on the market, and some not-so-great ones. Personal opinion, ingredients, and type of residue you are wanting to remove are all factors when selecting the best cleaning solution for your needs.
Can’t get your torch to work? Try this common troubleshooting method:
Sometimes air will get trapped inside the tank, which causes a vapor lock. To fix this problem, you simply need to push down on the fill pin to drain out all of the butane. Continue to hold for 5-10 seconds after all the butane has been released to release all of the built-up trapped air as well.
From there, refill your tank, allow to sit for 1-2 minutes for the butane to adjust to room temperature, and then you will be good to go.
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