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Why Glass Pipe Quality Control Matters

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Why Glass Pipe Quality Control Matters

As a newbie smoker, you probably zeroed-in on the price point of pieces to choose your first water pipe. After a few broken low-end pipes, or seeing your friends’ pipes oddly shatter during a session, you’ve discovered that not all pipes are made equally. As with any type of merchandise, cheaper items usually are only cheaper up front and end up costing you more in the long run. Take shoes for example. You can buy a cheap pair for work every six months, or you can invest in a quality pair that will last you five years. The upfront cost...

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Why Should You Shop at An Online Headshop?

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Why Should You Shop at An Online Headshop?

With headshops becoming more mainstream across the country and products more available than ever, you may be wondering what the benefit is buying from an online headshop. Not only will you find more unique pieces online, but the price will be much cheaper than at a traditional brick-and-mortar store. Let’s take a look at some of the top benefits from online headshop purchases below. Price Since online headshops are able to source their product wholesale, you as the customer will benefit from much lower prices every time. Online headshops also don’t have the overhead of rental space and hourly employees...

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Titanium Nails - What are they?

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Titanium Nails - What are they?

Dabbing is both an art and a science. Heat your nail too much and you’ve got scorched product and a damaged nail. Heat it not enough and you waste product. In order to have the quality session you desire, you’ve got to hit that sweet spot in the temperature of your nail. This can take some getting used to, and times may differ depending on the nail material. Glass and ceramic are prone to structural cracking and shattering when heated too long, so users must practice extreme caution with these nails. Titanium nails are by far the most durable nails...

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Why You Should Use an Ashcatcher

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Why You Should Use an Ashcatcher

One of the most annoying traits about water pipes is the frequency at which they need to be cleaned. Dirty water pipes can significantly alter the taste and overall experience of a session. Therefore, they need cleaning after every session—deep cleans at least once a week for heavy users. Ashcatchers prevent the dirty stuff from reaching your clean water pipe, thus cutting down on the scrub-out sessions and leaving you more time to enjoy those smoking sessions. How does an Ashcatcher Work? Ashcatchers attach to your waterpipe or rig via a joint. They will hold your product and act as...

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Why You Should Use a Carb Cap

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Why You Should Use a Carb Cap
As the popularity of dabbing grows, so do the number and variety of dabbing products on the market. One particularly useful tool is the carb cap. Domed nails provided many benefits to dabbers, but were sometimes difficult to manage, especially around scalding hot temperatures. Domeless nails then became the norm, even if it did mean some vapor lost to the environment. Carb caps now allow users to benefit from concentrated vapors with a much easier-to-use piece than a dome.

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The Top Benefits of Using a Vaporizer

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The Top Benefits of Using a Vaporizer

Although vaporizers are a relatively newer invention, it looks like this smoking trend is here to stay. More smoke shops are offering vaping products every day, as vaporizers themselves continue to evolve with the needs of their users. Today consumers can find a vaporizer for dry product, oils, and even branded e-juice, which is available in a variety of flavors. Not only do consumers have options when it comes to hand-held devices, but desktop vaporizers are also available for group settings. There’s a reason why vaporizers have been met with tremendous success among both novice and veteran smokers alike. Here...

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What Does OCB Stand For?

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What Does OCB Stand For?

OCB is one of the most popular and oldest brands of rolling papers on the market today. Its origin dates all the way back to the early 19th century when paper makers were in a frenzy trying to discover an easier and cheaper way to make paper. Paper was traditionally created from hemp, linen, and cotton cloth scraps called “rags” that were pressed together to make the writing material. As you can imagine, paper was much more expensive back then than it is today. By the mid-1800’s, several inventors in different parts of the world patented their own continuous paper...

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How to Choose the Healthiest Rolling Papers

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How to Choose the Healthiest Rolling Papers

Not caring about which rolling paper you use was once a bit of a status symbol, like choosing Pabst Blue Ribbon means that you're an "of the people" hipster, and choosing the local craft beer means that you're an adult who doesn't want to drink crappy beer. Rolling papers have come quite a long way, you can now even purchase ones that are made with 24k gold (because silver just isn’t “boujee” enough, right?) But now that we know that lots of common bodega-bought rolling papers are laden with chemicals and bleaches that, as the cigarette burns, combust and enter...

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What to Consider When Buying Your First Bong

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What to Consider When Buying Your First Bong

Buying your first bong can be a confusing experience, especially for those who aren’t all that well versed at smoking. The sheer number of different sizes, styles and materials can make trying to find the right bong a long, drawn-out process even for those who are always the first to pull out the pipe at any get together.The good news is that virtually any bong you buy will get the job done and provide the end result you desire. However, smoking out of a bong is about much more than just the end result. The experience is what drives most...

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Bong Body Types (Straight Tubes, Zongs, Fab Eggs, etc.) and What They Mean

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Bong Body Types (Straight Tubes, Zongs, Fab Eggs, etc.) and What They Mean

Today, we're going to delve into the various bong body types and what separates them from other products.  Before we begin our adventure, let’s take a look at a few examples of the different kinds of bongs. This UPC “Simply Guy” Bubble Base Zong Neck Basic Water Pipe is an awesome example of the zong, and The "Colorship" Mothership Inspired Faberge Egg Rig is the perfect faberge egg. With names like ‘zong’ and ‘faberge egg’ you’re probably wondering if we’re still on the topic of bongs! So let’s dive right in below.  Straight Tube Bongs  The first type of bong...

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When Form Meets Function: Beautiful Bongs That Pack a Punch

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When Form Meets Function: Beautiful Bongs That Pack a Punch

If you use medicinal cannabis, you probably know that you can consume your medicinal herb in a variety of different ways. Different consumption methods have their own positive aspects and downsides. You'll need to find the best method of consumption for you if you want to alleviate your symptoms properly. According to many experts, smoking through a bong is the best way to use cannabis medicinally. Bongs are pipes that contain water, ice or both. When you take a draw from your bong, the smoke is filtered through water or ice. As it is filtered through the water, the smoke...

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Stemless vs. Stemmed Bongs

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Stemless vs. Stemmed Bongs

As the legal world of tobacco consumption spreads, the many products that are available to enjoy are also expanding like never before.  Out of the various bongs available online and at retail shops, there are two that tend to stand out in the topics of discussion on all online tobacco-related forums. These are the stemmed and the stemless bongs. Take your pick with either the "Moody Blue" Honeycomb Stemless Water Pipe or the stemmed "Gungnir" Domed Stereo Straight Tube By BoroTech Glass. What is the Difference?   The one question that pops up in many posts is asking the difference...

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