Metal vs. Glass Smoking Pipes

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Metal vs. Glass Smoking Pipes
Legal medical marijuana dispensaries are a growth industry in some states. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

The choice to use metal vs glass smoking pipes is a subject of debate that is mostly confined to marijuana circles. In an age of medical marijuana ballot initiatives and the emerging industry of dispensaries, many people are faced with a choice of smoking pipe styles that could have an impact on marijuana's side effects and on the user's general quality of life.

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Glass is Healthier

Charley Goodman of Hole in the Sky (, a smoking accessories shop in Grover Beach, California that specialises in "healthy marijuana delivery systems, techniques and training," is partial to glass because it burns cleaner.

"Glass is easy to keep clean," Charley said. "Don't even bother trying to clean metal. Corrosion is certain, increasing the likelihood of inhaling metal fumes."

Charlie also recommends the little diamond glass screens over the more popular brass and metal screens. If this is not an option, he recommends stainless steel screens.

However, the choice of metal versus smoking pipes is moot and "old school", according to Goodman. The safest way to use marijuana is with a smokeless vaporiser which burns at temperatures under 204 degrees Celsius.

Metal Smoking Pipes Don't Break and They Disassemble easily

People who choose metal over glass smoking pipes often say that metal smoking pipes will not break when you drop them: Glass pipes, on the other hand, can shatter from a good fall.

Dominick Ohrbeck is a consultant for a documentary on marijuana legalisation called "A NORML Life" ( Dominick prefer vaporisers to both metal and glass smoking pipes, and he says that there is no major health difference between metal and glass. Some people choose metal over glass, according to Dominick, because they are easy to take apart. This ads an advantage for the frugal smokers who scrape resin from their pipes for reuse.

Glass Pipes Burn Cooler and Cleaner

Dominick says that smokers of high quality marijuana often prefer glass because the flavour is smoother. If you're going to spend more on the good stuff, you want to taste it. He also maintains that glass pipes do not conduct heat like metal does, so your mouth will not get scorched. Other benefits of glass pipes vs metal pipes include the aesthetic value of glass.

The Envelope Please

Metal smoking pipes are great for those on a low budget who want to spend less and scrape resin from their bowls to get more bang for the buck. They are also good for clumsy people who may break their glass pipes. Glass pipes have more charm, taste better and burn your skin less, but they cost a lot more. In either case, choose stainless steel or glass screens for a healthier smoke. If your main concern is healthy delivery of marijuana, both of the experts mentioned here recommend a vaporiser which costs a lot more than a pipe. .

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