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How to Buy a Marijuana Pipe

How to Buy a Marijuana Pipe

There is no better time to treat yourself, or anyone on your holiday shopping list, to a little something that will help them get through the rest of 2020 and beyond. A marijuana pipe makes for a great stocking stuffer or “treat yourself” reward. Plus, sharing pipes doesn’t sound like the safest idea anymore.

Once you’ve decided to buy a pipe, you’ve got to figure out what kind you want to buy. There is a lot more to pipes than meets the eye. You want your piece to be high-quality, beautiful, and something that you’ll want on hand at the park or a party. You don’t want to spend hours, or even days, testing out bad pipes or sorting through the thousands of options out there. We’ve done all the hard work for you. Use this guide to navigate through the pipe-buying process and make the best decision for you and your smoking preferences.

What Makes a Pipe a Pipe?

Let’s get this question out of the way first. When you buy a pipe, what exactly are you buying?

A “pipe” is a general word for a type of piece that you use to smoke marijuana (or other substances, like tobacco.) Pipe is also an umbrella term, covering a few different types of instruments used for smoking:

-Hand pipes

-Water pipes


Hookahs and vaporizers also fall under the category of “pipe,” but this guide will focus more specifically on the three types of pipes listed above.

Hand Pipes

Hand pipes, like bowls and the classic “Sherlock-style” pipe, may also be known as “dry pipes.” They’re easy to maneuver, even for beginners. Simply put your weed in the bowl area, light it up, and put your mouth to the mouthpiece.

The relatively simple construction of hand pipes gives glassbowlers and makers ample opportunities to get creative with materials and designs. (You may have made your own pipe using an apple, water bottle, or other household items.) As you might have learned from DIY experience, the material used in making hand pipes can make all the difference.

Hand Pipes

Water Pipes

Water pipes, like bongs and bubblers, use water as a filtration tool for smoking cannabis (or other substances.) These pipes may look more complicated, but they’re easy to use once you get the hang of them. Due to the need to hold water, water pipes are typically larger than dry pipes.


One-hitters, also known as “chillums,” are the smallest pipes of all. They often resemble cigarettes, offering a discreet way to smoke weed anywhere. While hand pipes and water pipes are usually made from glass, one-hitters may be made from metal. These tiny pieces are unlikely to be the only pipe you have in your collection, but they’re always good to have on hand for microdosing or travel.

What To Look Out for When Buying a Pipe

Have a pipe in mind? Now you can narrow down your search and look at the details of each piece. Pipes aren’t just mass-produced products (although they can be, if you’re looking on certain websites.) Glassblowers and artists around the world put a lot of love and care into their pipes. Pay attention to the details to get a pipe that will last.


Pipes can be made with metal, rubber, or wood pieces, but most high-quality options will be made from glass. What’s more, the best pipes are made from a thick glass that measures 9mm or more. Look for an all-glass pipe that feels sturdy in your hand.