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If you’ve had your glass pipe or bong for a little while you may have noticed that it’s not quite functioning as well as it once was. Usually this is caused by the buildup of resin and burnt material on the inside of your pipe.
Luckily with a quick clean you’ll able to get your piece smoking like it's brand new again, just follow the super quick and easy steps in this blog post.
You’ll just need the following supplies:
- Isopropyl Alcohol (iso)- (preferably 91% but doesn’t need to be, the higher percentage the better though)
- Epsom Salt
- Ziploc Sandwich bags
- Toothpicks or paper clips
- Paper towels
Once you have all of these things grab your piece and follow these quick steps:
- Scrap Out All The Resin & Burnt Material Buildup Using A Toothpick
- If you’re cleaning a glass bowl first you’ll need to take your toothpick or paperclip and stick it inside your piece and try and scrape out any of the buildup on the inside walls of the pipe.
- Make sure to wipe off the toothpick on the paper towels as what you scrape out is usually sticky and gets everywhere!
- Put Your Piece Into A Sandwich Bag With Isopropyl Alcohol
- After you’ve finished doing step #1 of getting all the resin out, stick the bowl into one of your sandwich bags and then fill it will Isopropyl alcohol until the whole piece is covered.
- After that pour in some Epsom salt and zip up the bag.
- Finally, just shake! Make sure that the bag is sealed all the way and shake it until you can’t shake anymore! The iso helps to dissolve the resin buildup, and the salt adds abrasiveness while you’re shaking to get the tough stuck on material.
- After a little while your piece should look as good as new and ready to be used!
- If you’re having trouble getting a few spots clean try soaking the piece in Iso overnight and then shaking it around again.
- Please note: For bongs and bubblers the process is essentially the same except you aren’t sticking the whole piece inside a sandwich bag. Pour Iso into the piece making sure that there is some in each of the chambers if the bong has percolators and then pour a little bit of Epsom salt in both the downstem as well as the mouthpiece. We then like to take some paper towels and fold them up and use them to help cover the holes with our hands so nothing leaks out while you’re shaking,
- For the downstem/bowl pieces you can do the same thing you would with a glass pipe and put them in sandwich bags, just be sure to have one sandwich bag for each thing, you don’t want your glass clinking around together while it’s being shaken around!
Once everything is as clean as you want it, be sure to rinse off all of your pieces with hot water thoroughly before using to make sure that all of the salt and iso are removed from the glass, and there you have it! Sparkly, like new, glass pipes for your enjoyment!
Whether you’re a beginner or have been smoking for longer than you can remember, everybody knows just how important it is to have the right pieces in your repertoire for the occasion.
Here we show you five of our favorites that should definitely make it into your collection!
5) Purple Haze Sherlock- Everyone likes to at least pretend they are full of sophistication from time to time and what better way to do that than with this gorgeous sherlock pipe. With the striking colors on this piece we like to call it the Purple Haze Sherlock
4)Glow in the Dark Scorpion- I mean, it’s a glow in the dark scorpion on a pipe. Need I say more?
2) Freezable Glycerin Coil Pipe- This pipe is super cool because it comes with a glycerin filled coil that you can freeze. This one is sure to give you the extra cool, smooth hits you’ve been looking for.
1)Alien Wig Wag- This piece is crazy! The wigwags color looks amazing against the black body of the pipe, and the design is something straight from a sci-fi movie. From color to design it is sure to be at the center of attention in your collection.
There are so many different kinds of percolators for your water pipes, each one with it's own pros and cons. This is our list of the most common kinds and how they function:
- Coil Perc: Literally a coiled tube with a hole at the end. Coiling increases the length the smoke must travel allowing for it to cool down further
- Diffused downstem: The most basic of percolation, slits in the base of the downstem below the water diffusing the smoke as it enters the water pipe
- Dome Perc: Named after its shape, the smoke is pulled through holes/slits in the sides of the perc which is where the diffusion happens
- Donut Perc: Obviously shaped like a donut, the hole in the middle forces the water and smoke to diffuse around it. This also acts as a splash guard
- Fritted Disc Perc: Thes percs have down the most diffusion of any current perc. It is made with glass crumbles that are loosely fused together into a disc. Because of this fritted discs have the most airways for smoke to travel through making this perc the best for intense percolation. The downside is that because the holes are microscopic it can get clogged easily and can create a lot of drag during use.
- Gridded Inline Perc: An inline perc with gridded slits around the chamber. Also known as a barrel perc
- Honeycomb Perc: A type of disc perc with holes covering the surface. Honeycomb percs are able to create a lot of diffusion by forcing smoke bubbles through the small holes making the bubbles smaller and breaking them up.
- Inline perc: Horizontal arm extending out from the water pipe. The arm is covered in slits that are responsible for creating the bubbles.
- Matrix Perc: A cylindrical shaped perc with vertical and horizontal slits, creates high volumes of diffusion because of how many areas the smoke can separate out into.
- Ratchet Perc: Disc perc with holes along the edge of the disc adding more diffusion.
- Reti Perc: A cylinder inside a cylinder with opposing diagonal slits.
- Showerhead Perc: Named for its resemblance to a showerhead, it is a long tube with a round chamber at the base. Slits or holes go around the outside of the base to increase diffusion
- Stereo Matrix Perc: Two smaller sized matrix percs stacked on top of each other
- Swiss perc: Named after swiss cheese this is a vertical disc perc with large holes.
- Tree Perc: Multiple arms with slits in them connected to a stem attached to the bottom of the pipe, smoke is pulled up through the stem and out the slits in the arms, more arms=more filtration
- Turbine perc: A type of disc perc with angled slits that create a vortex effect with the water as air is pulled through the water pipe.
- UFO percs: Named after their shape, these percs have slits around the edge of the circle with a dome to direct the smoke through the slits. Easy to clean and quite efficient.
- Waffle Perc: Close cousin to the disc perc but uses holes instead of slits. The name comes from its resemblance to a waffle fry
We know navigating the glass world can sometimes be a whirlwind of confusing terms you may have never heard before so we've compiled a list of the most common terms and what they mean to help you along the way!
- Ash-Catcher: An additional accessory that would be added in between the downstem and the bowl piece on a water pipe. Designed to prevent ash from reaching the chambers of the water pipe reducing cleaning time, as well as increase the capacity of the water pipe. Some ash-catchers also have percolators adding an additional level of filtration.
- Banger: An alternative to a traditional concentrate nail. Shaped like a bucket and made out of quartz.
- Beaker Bottom: This is a type of water pipe named for the shape of the base. Typically found on only scientific glass it is shaped like a beaker hence the name. Beaker bottoms allow for the use of interchangeable down stems which can add more customization to your piece as well as giving the option for additional percolation.
- Borosilicate: Borosilicate glass is a type of glass that includes at least 5% boric oxide. The boric oxide makes the glass resistant to extreme temperatures, and is typically a stronger type of glass. Commonly used to make glass pipes.
- Bowl piece: This is a piece found on water pipes (tubes) and sometimes on larger bubblers. The bowl piece is where your plant matter is packed into to smoke. When you remove the bowl piece while smoking it functions in the same way that taking your finger off of a carb allowing you to clear the piece.
- Bowl: The area of your hand pipe/bubbler where the plant matter is placed
- Carb Cap: A glass piece placed over a concentrate nail or banger to control airflow and ensure that all of the concentrate is heated evenly
- Carb: A carb is the hole generally located near the bowl of your piece that you can cover or uncover with your finger while smoking that allows you to control the airflow of the piece. When closed, air only comes in from the bowl allowing you to draw smoke into the piece. When open, air is allowed to flow into the piece from somewhere other than the bowl so that you can clear the piece of smoke. Carbs are important to allow you to control how big of a hit you are taking from your pipe.
- Dichroic Glass: glass which displays two different colors by undergoing a color change in certain lighting conditions
- Diffused Downstem: A variation of downstem with holes or slits in the bottom to add more filtration.
- Domeless Nail: A variant of the traditional concentrate nail with a hole in the center eliminating the need for a vapor dome
- Downstem: This is the glass piece that connects the bowl pieces to the rest of the tube/into the water. On straight tubes the downstem is typically attached to the rest of the glass also known as a stemless water pipe, whereas on a beaker bottom you can remove it.
- Drag: The resistance felt while hitting a water pipe or oil rig.
- Drop Down: A glass piece designed to go between the bowl piece and the water pipe that helps prevent heat transfer to the pipe and moves the bowl piece farther away from the users face.
- Dugout: A dugout is an all-in-one apparatus that contains two small chambers: one to store a bat and another to store ground, dry herbs. Dugouts are typically made from metal or wood and are useful for travel due to their relatively compact size.
- Freezable Water Pipe: A water pipe with a detachable center coil that is filled with glycerin. This detachable piece can go into the freezer and then put back together allowing you to have the benefits of ice in your water pipe without worrying about the ice messing up the water levels in your piece when it melts.
Hand Pipe: Small glass pipes with no water involved. There are various different kinds of hand pipes that can for the most part be broken into four distinct categories:
- Chillum: The most basic of hand pipe options, a straight tube with a bowl on the end. Most have a very small capacity and the smallest are also called one-hitters since they only hold enough plant matter for one inhale
- Sherlock: A Sherlock pipe is a hand pipe that resembles, you guessed it, Sherlock Holmes’ pipe. A mouth piece attached to a bowl by a J shaped tube
- Spoon: The classic hand pipe, named for its resemblance to a spoon, it is a straight pipe with a rounded end that has a depression in it where plant matter is placed
- Steamroller: A straight glass pipe with a carb at the end rather than on the side and a bowl closer to the center. These pipes have a large chamber and the placement of the carb allows for air to enter quickly giving you a stronger hit
- Ice Catch: Inward facing points on a water pipe that allow ice to sit above the percolators and add an additional cooling factor to the smoke before it reaches your mouth
- Keck Clip(K-Clip): A clip holding the downstem to the joint of the water pipe preventing it from falling out and reducing weight pressure on the pieces helping to prevent pressure/stress fractures in the glass
- Nectar Collector: A hand pipe used for concentrates. The tip is heated like a nail and dragged across the concentrate while the user inhales from the mouth piece
- Percolation: The act of filtering the smoke through holes in the glass. This is the process that creates the bubbles you see in tubes. This process cools down the smoke and makes for a significantly smoother hit on your piece.
- Scientific Glass: Named for their looks, these pieces resemble lab equipment by design. They typically have different kinds of percolators and a focus on functionality, designed to give the smoothest hits possible.
- Slide: Another term for a removable bowl piece used in water pipes
- Slyme Glass: A particular still of blown glass pieces that resemble something oozing out of them like slime. Usually come in vibrant multi colored designs
- Splash Guard: Refers to glass near the top of the inside of the tube that prevents water from splashing up into your mouth when pulling or clearing the piece.
- Tube: Slang for a water pipe
- Vapor Dome: Placed over some traditional concentrate nails to prevent vapor from dissipating into the air before it enters the water pipe
- Water pipe: A glass pipe with water in it used to filter and cool down the smoke. These pieces are typically larger in size than a hand pipe. They are typically called bubblers for smaller pieces or tubes for larger pieces.
- Wig Wag: a pattern of reversed images along a pipe
Even if you aren’t actively part of marijuana culture odds are you’ve heard the phrase “420” somewhere before, but most people are unfamiliar with the origins of the phrase. Some people believe it’s the police code for marijuana use in progress in California, some people think it’s the number of chemical compounds in THC, along with many other wacky HIGHdeas about where the term came from.
The true origin comes from a group of high schoolers at San Rafael high school back in 1971 who happened to come to posses a map that apparently led to a hidden plot of marijuana plants at Point Reyes. The crew would meet every day at 4:20 to go off on their expeditions in search of the plants, eventually they started referring to meeting up by “420” and it caught on with friends and friends of friends who happened to be members of The Grateful Dead and the term then spread to their fans thus creating the popular cannabis smoking term “420”.
In current times “420” has almost become a call to arms for marijuana activists. Large groups of people meeting on April 20th every year to smoke together and celebrate the plant and protest its illegality. The term can even now be seen in marijuana legislation with the California “Senate Bill 420” that regulated medical marijuana use in the state. As legalization spreads and cannabis use in the United States increases, the term "420" is becoming ever more popular and can be seen as references to cannabis culture in movies, tv shows, cartoons and more.