So you’ve made it to Colorado, where the grass truly is greener. Now you want to know how to enjoy that green without damaging your lungs.
With a little planning, you can consume cannabis in a way that filters out impurities while still preserving the fresh taste of the herb. Vaporizers aside, water pipes may be the surest way to treat your lungs kindly and enhance the smoking experience while you’re at it.
The true cannabis connoisseur knows that larger water pipes are the only way to get all the fancy features, so you’ll likely want to keep your most prized piece at home. But given cost, maintenance and practicality considerations, how do you go about finding the right pipe to suit your needs?
You could lose hours to YouTube, where countless videos demonstrate grandiose bong rips, but all those stoners with outsize personalities can get tiresome really quickly. Specialized online retailers, like aqualabtechnologies.com and ustubes.glass, are handy resources — but only if you know what you’re looking for.
As usual, the best bet is talking to a real live human being, which you can do by visiting a local glass store. We tried Higher Elevations Masterpiece Productions (1323 Paonia St.) on the Eastside and its downtown sister store, Elev8 Glass Gallery (517 S. Tejon St.).
According to Abi Newman, an Elev8 employee and self-taught glassblower, plan to spend around $150 for a decent water pipe. They can cost much more too, so it really comes down to what’s affordable in your budget. “Heady glass” — hand-blown works of functional art — tend to cost more than “scientific glass” — sleek, utilitarian pieces that look as suited for a laboratory as a living room.
No matter your personal