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SMOKING DEVICES 101: Don’t Just Blow Smoke

By: Nicolle Callier

As technology advances, so do our smoking devices. Pipes and bongs have been around for quite a while now. But another device is gaining popularity and beginning to overshadow these two classics, due to its portability and versatility: vaporizers have become one of the most popular smoking devices available today.

Pipes have been used for centuries, and are a traditional method of consuming cannabis in many cultures. They are made using various materials like glass and ceramic, and have artistically evolved throughout the years. Many people now collect pipes simply for their design and aesthetic.

Using a pipe is simple. All you have to do is pack the bowl of the pipe with cannabis, then ignite and inhale the trapped smoke. The same process applies when using a bong. Bongs are a type of water pipe used to smoke cannabis. To properly use a bong, first make sure there is water in the piece, then pack your bowl with cannabis, similar to how you would pack a hand pipe. The water in a bong helps cool the smoke, and some find it makes for a smoother inhale.

The bong chamber will also filter out tar and other toxins produced from cannabis combustion—that’s why dirty bong water turns a nasty dark brown color after a while. It’s important to regularly clean your bong and other smoking devices.

Vaporizers are the most recent innovation in cannabis smoking devices. Vaporizers can be used to consume flower, concentrates or both. They work by heating the herb or concentrate to optimal temperatures to extract THC, CBD, cannabinoids and terpenes without burning and destroying these compounds.

Health-conscious cannabis enthusiasts may want to choose vaporizers as their go-to smoking device, as vaping doesn’t have nearly as many negative health effects as smoking. Plus, vaporizers are great for individuals who are interested in developing a clearer understanding of the medicinal benefits and effects of cannabis.

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