If it hasn’t already, legalized weed is coming to where you live soon, and that means a lot of people will be trying it for the first time or will be coming back to it years or even decades after putting it down. Perhaps you are among these who are new to the modern marijuana culture, and if so, you might be wondering how to buy a marijuana pipe.

Buying a marijuana pipe isn’t difficult, but there are a few considerations to keep in mind.

How to Find the Right Marijuana Pipe

The first thing you need to determine is which type of pipe will best suit your needs. For all practical purposes, pipes can be divided into four categories:

- Hand pipe

- Water pipe

- Hookah

- Vaporizer

For people who are new to the scene, we’ll go ahead and leave the hookah – a pipe that has multiple hoses allowing more than one person to smoke at a time – off the table. Let’s keep things simple, for starters.

A hand pipe is the most straightforward tool. They can be made out of glass, wood, or metal, and they’re a portable, cost effective, easy to use way to get your smoke on.

Water pipes – typically meaning bongs or bubblers – are more elaborate smoking devices that filter the smoke through water. The water makes the smoke easier on the lungs, and some people claim that it filters out harmful toxins. Whether that’s true or not, there is nothing quite as effective as a bong “toke”, though water pipes tend to be more difficult to transport due to their size and the possibility of spilling the water.

New to the scene are vaporizers, which come in a wide range of forms. These heat the flowers to the point where active ingredients like THC are cooked off without actually burning the plant, which reduces potential health risks and minimizes the odor of smoke. Some vaporizers – most notably the pen variety – are highly portable, and the lack of odor makes them ideal for discreet smoking.

Think of it this way – if you’ll be smoking on the go, a hand pipe or vape pen is your best choice. For at-home smoking, a bong or large vaporizer can be great options, especially if you’re looking for big effect.

How to Buy a Marijuana Pipe

These days it’s easy – go into any local store that sells them, and buy one!

Pipes have long been available at gas stations, corner markets, and specialized “head” shops, but these days you might as well opt for your local dispensary. Anyone over 18 can buy one, although in most places you have to be 21 to purchase the flowers to fill it. If you’re unsure about which type of pipe is best for you, just ask your dispensary’s “budtender”.

And that’s all there is to it. Buying a marijuana pipe is easier than ever, and a perfectly useable pipe can cost you as little as $5.

So drop by your dispensary today, and see what they have to offer.