Buying your first smoking piece

Buying your first marijuana smoking piece is a big deal. It’s the moment when you say to yourself that you’re committed to your weed habit. Once you own a pipe, bong or other piece of equipment, you won’t need to depend on the whims of your stoner friend, which is a clear step forward.

Despite the excitement you’ll feel over the prospect of buying a cute pipe in the shape of an elephant, it’s important to first do some research. What is it that you’re looking for? Is it something discreet or something geared for premium enjoyment?


Pipes are the most basic tools for any marijuana enthusiast. They tend to be cheaper and easier to use, thus, easier to purchase.

You can buy a decent one in local smoke shops across the country so you don’t have to worry about legalization.

These pipes tend to be made out of glass, wood or metal, and despite the varied shapes they may have, they tend to be portable and easy to use.


If you are uninterested in pipes or already have one, then bongs are the next logical step. These devices are larger and much less discreet but they’re more luxurious. Of course, there are still shitty bongs, but the fact that you’re smoking from a larger piece means that the smoke will travel further and that the hit won’t be as harsh as one taken from a pipe.

These pieces are more expensive than pipes but, when purchased correctly, allow for modification and have a longer shelf life. Just don’t drop it.

Bongs can be made out of almost any material, but the best options are those made out of glass or scientific glass, which is more resistant.

Dab rig

Dab rigs work differently than bongs in almost all ways. Instead of smoking flower, you’ll be inhaling a concentrate. Instead of lighting the bowl once you’re ready to smoke, you’ll have to apply heat to the nail before placing the concentrate.

Dab rigs are devices are smaller than bongs, and sometimes the device is sold in pieces. Before you dab you’ll need a rig, a nail, a dabber tool and a torch. If you’re buying online, be sure to read through your purchase so you have everything you need.

If you’re buying your first rig, it’s a good idea to visit a shop where you can ask all of your questions. Since these devices tend to have different pieces, the shop might have special bundles or might even recommend good brands and models.

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