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Measuring Bong and Joint Size: How to Do It Right

Base of blue Illadelph bong with female joint

While bongs have encountered stiff competition from vapes recently, hundreds of thousands are still sold every year. Many bong owners ultimately decide to upgrade their bong after owning it for some time, but to do that, they need to know the gender and size of the bowl joint.

Here’s a tip: if you might want to upgrade your bong bowl in the future, purchase a bong with the most common joint size, as this will provide you with the most upgrade options.

In this post, the team at the 710 Pipes pipe shop in Denver explains how to measure the joint size of your bong and how to determine its gender.

The Standard Bowl Joint Size

The most common bowl joint size on contemporary bongs is 14mm. Between ⅔ and ¾ of all bongs sold in the US today have a bowl joint of that size. So even if you didn’t check when you bought your bong from our headshop, there’s a better than even chance it has a 14mm bowl joint.

There was no edict handed down from on-high stating that bong bowl joints must be 14mm; designers just settled on this size over time as it seems optimal for facilitating airflow. Nonetheless, if your bowl joint is a less common size, you still have plenty of upgrade options.

Joint Type

Before you dole out money to upgrade your bong, you’ll need to know the gender of the bowl joint. Fortunately, there are only two genders when it comes to bowl joints, so there’s no need to engage in heated debates on the subject.

All bongs have either male or female bowl joints. That is the place where the bowl connects to the bong. Male joints are those that go into female joints, and female joints wrap-around male joints. Therefore, if the bong end of the joint is female, your new bowl will need to have a male end, and if the bong end is male, the new bowl will need a female end.

Infographic comparing bongs with male and female joints

IMAGE SOURCE: Glass Bongs A.U.

The Different Joint Sizes

As we mentioned, 14mm is by far the most common bong bowl joint size. However, a fair number of bongs also have 10mm or 18mm bong joint sizes. While there may be a few bespoke bongs out there whose bong joints are individual to them, 99.9% of all bongs have either 10mm, 14mm, or 18mm bowl joints.

10mm Joints

This size joint is typically referred to as a “micro” or “nano” joint. These are usually found on the smallest dab rigs designed to optimize portability. It’s extremely unlikely you will encounter a 10mm bong bowl joint on a standard bong.

Smallest size Concentrated hits Limited water filtration
Often found in smaller bongs and dab rigs Discreet design Fragile due to small size
Ideal for solo use and use on-the-go Travel-friendly Less airflow than larger joints

14mm Joints

As we mentioned above, between ⅔ and ¾ of all bongs will have a bowl joint of 14mm. So the odds are yours does, too. That said, if you’re curious as to whether your bong has a 14mm joint, just dig a dime out of your pocket and compare. If the dime can fall into the joint, then the joint should be 18 millimeters in diameter. If the joint is a little more than half the size of the dime, then the joint is 10mm. If the joint is just a wee bit smaller than the dime, it’s 14mm.

Medium-sized Compatible with various attachments Not as discreet as 10mm joints
Standard for many bongs and accessories Widely available Less airflow than 18mm joints
Ideal for everyday use Balanced hit size

18mm Joints

You’re only going to find an 18mm joint on a really large bong. They’re needed on huge bongs in order to increase the airflow and enable the effective operation of the bong. Now, whether you have the lung capacity to draw the needed amount of air is another matter.

In short, whatever the size of your bong bowl joint, you will need an opposite-gender part of the same size if you plan to replace the bowl. But even if you wind up buying the wrong size bowl, you have the option of purchasing an adapter that will allow you to make use of it.

Largest size Excellent water filtration Bulky and less portable than smaller joints
Commonly used in larger bongs and water pipes Smooth hits
Ideal for group sessions Requires more herb
Infographic comparing bong joints of three different sizes


FAQs About Joint Sizes

If you want to be absolutely certain of the size, you should remove the bowl from the bong and measure it. However, if you’re not inclined to do that, there is a better than 60 – 70% chance that the joint is 14mm since that’s the percentage of contemporary bongs made with a 14mm bong bowl joint.

No. It is actually 17.9 mm, but it can still be helpful in determining the size of your bowl joint because if it falls into the joint, then the joint is definitely 18mm. If the dime is way bigger than the joint, then the joint is 10mm. If the joint is only slightly narrower than the dime, then the joint is 14mm.

Sure. But to do so, you’ll have to buy an 18mm – 14mm adapter. They aren’t easy to find, but they’re out there. There is an issue, however, with using too small a joint on a rig designed for 18mm, and that is that the narrower joint is going to impede airflow, making it harder to pull enough air through the bong. If you really want a 14mm bowl joint, pick up a standard bong or piece of heady glass from the 710 Pipes online smoke shop.

Our Online Smoke Shop Has Bongs, Adapters and More

Whether you’re in the market for a new bong or you want to upgrade your current bong, stop by 710 Pipes, or peruse our online shop where you’ll find everything you need to facilitate your favorite pastime.

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We’re here to tell you that the difference isn’t all in your head. There is a distinct difference between the buzz you get from edibles and the one you get from a bong hits or joint. Below, we’ll explore the primary distinctions.

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The Story of Illadelph Glass: Part Two

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Base of translucent and black glass beaker bong by Illadelph

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Blue and translucent glass beaker bongs by Illadelph

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It would be great if there were a single definitive answer to this question, but anyone who has been smoking weed for a while knows that is not the case. You can buy cheap skunk weed from some guy off the street and get a mild 10-minute high accompanied by a headache and buyer’s remorse. Or, at the other end of the spectrum, you can lay out $400 for an ounce of local favorite Lucinda Williams at a licensed dispensary and bask in an hours-long buzz. In this post, the team at Colorado’s best online smoke shop tackle the age-old question: How long does a weed high last?

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If you want to start a lively discussion among your peers at the vape shop in Denver just ask them what is the optimal temperature at which to vape weed. Opinions will start flying in every direction with preferred temperatures ranging from 320 degrees (F) to nearly 450 degrees. But who is right in such a case? Well, to a certain extent they all are, because the different temperatures tend to produce different effects and not everyone is after the same effects when they vape weed.

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Convection Vapes vs. Conduction Vapes: Which Type is Best?

It’s well known that vaping your weed is healthier than smoking your weed. Which type of vaporizer should you choose: a conduction vaporizer or a convection vaporizer? Both types of vapes are wildly popular and both have their advantages and disadvantages. In this guide, the team at your favorite vape shop in Denver are going to take a close look at both vaporizers, explain the differences between them and hopefully provide you with enough useful information to make an informed choice.

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Puffco Ultimate Guide

If you’ve watched the ever growing cannabis industry over the years, you’ve probably heard of the company Puffco along with it’s large array of smoking products. In this article we will be talking not only about where it stands today, but where it began, as well as the devices they’ve produced throughout the years. A lot of cannabis enthusiasts would say that the norm of most consumption methods would be a joint, a spoon pipe, or quite possibly a waterpipe. Even by todays standards smoking cannabis traditionally is still enjoyed by many people, however in 2013 a man named Roger Volodarsky changed the game and had ushered in the new era of smoking. Today you can find so many types of electric smoking devices, however Puffco is definitely the “Godfather” of E-rigs.
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Making Weed Tea: How You Can Do It

Updated on September 22nd 2023
 Brown teapot with engraved floral designs and two adjacent teacups

Our Denver smoke shop has a secret love: weed tea. Does it sound disgusting? Yes! Is it disgusting? That’s up to you to decide.

With the right mix of weed, tea, and add-ons like honey or cinnamon, you can create a delicious concoction that will get you as high as a kite.

We’re excited to share this recipe with you. Weed tea is a little-known way of consuming marijuana, but it can do wonders.

What’s better than snuggling up with a cup of tea while watching one of your favorite shows? And not just any tea. Tea that will get you high!

So put away your glass pipes and pull out a ceramic mug instead. Here we go!

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Five Ways to Salvage Your Old Weed

Cannabis nuggets at bottom of glass tupperware storage container

So you’ve found some old pot. Can you still use it? Will it hurt you? Will it get you high?

Our headshop gets this question all the time. Of course you don’t want to waste any precious nugs if you don’t have to. Luckily, you’re in the clear.

Using old weed can still get you high. But the best thing to do with it is to repurpose it! This can breathe some fresh air into your old pot.

Let’s go over the ins and outs of old weed, and finish off with some ideas on how to bring it back to life.

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Dab Nail Seasoning: An Essential Guide

Yellow electronic nail dabbing wax shatter in circular storage container

Not everyone knows about seasoning a nail. But our Northglenn headshop employees will always let you know that it’s the first step you need to take after you get your nail home!

Seasoning a nail is when you heat up the nail to get rid of manufacturing residue and create a smoother surface. It also creates a better-tasting first dab. If you don’t season your nail, it may not last as long either.

You only have to season your nail once, and then you’re all set.

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How Eating Edibles Compares to Smoking Weed

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When you’re first searching “smoke shop near me” on Google, you may not be sure how you want to consume your weed. Our head shop specializes in custom glass pipes and bongs, but we can still walk you through the world of both smoking and edibles.

If you’ve never tried an edible, you’ll be surprised at how different the experience is from smoking. It’s a different kind of high that is stronger and lasts longer. And it’s easy to accidentally get a lot higher than planned! But don’t worry, we’ll cover that.

Let’s talk about how the body reacts to smoking and edibles, how each method affects your high, the difference between Indica and Sativa strains, and some common cannabinoids.

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Bongs vs. Dab Rigs: How Do They Compare?

Lime green bong in grassy field on sunny day

Before you look up “smoke shops near me“, you should know that our online head shop has the rundown on anything and everything weed-related. That’s why we’re going to walk you through bongs vs dab rigs 101!

Hitting a bong and taking a dab are two completely different animals. But you may be surprised to learn that the mechanisms are surprisingly similar.

You’re sure to have your preference for one or the other. Do you like the smooth, cool rips of a bong? Or the harsh-hitting dabs that knock you out?

Either way, it’s important to know as much as you can about tree life. So let’s get to it!

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Portable vs. Desktop Dry Herb Vaporizers

Crafty+ and Volcano Dry Herb Vaporizers by Storz and Bickel

Anyone who works in a vape shop has to deal with questions about the differences between desktop and portable vaporizers all the time. In particular, people want to know if there’s a significant difference in functionality between the two or if the differences are mainly cosmetic. In this post, we’re going to compare how each type of unit performs similar functions, whether one is objectively better than the other and what are the pros and cons of each type of device.

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How to Tell the Difference Between Good and Bad Weed

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Life is full of unanswered questions: What triggered the big bang? If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it does it make any noise? How do you tell the difference between good weed and bad weed? We can’t do much to address the first two questions, but we do know a thing or two about marijuana and we’re here to say that there are some pretty reliable things to look for that will help ensure you only pack good weed into your custom glass pipes.

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Cleaning a Dab Rig: How to Do a Great Job

Isopropyl alcohol bottle and toilet paper rolls on wooden table.

While there is some squabbling about who can claim credit for inventing the dab rig it’s generally accepted that they’ve been around for about 15 years. While strictly a curiosity at first the popularity of the dab rig had exploded in recent years as legal restrictions on the use of cannabis and cannabis-derived products have been lifted nationwide. In this post, those of us at your favorite online head shop are going to take a deep dive into the dab rig, what it is, how it works, and how to keep it clean so that it always provides optimal performance.

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A Smoke Shop’s Disposable Vape Guide for Parents

Identifying “Disposable Vape” Devices

Disposable Vape ID Guide For Parents
Common shape of a disposable vape

Part of 710 Pipes VapeID program to help prevent youth access to nicotine products.

Thank you for taking the time to learn about what flavored vape products are on the market. We sincerely hope this parenting guide to vaping will help people make informed decisions. We are update this page as often as possible and strive to be the most up to date resource for parents wanting to know about vaping equipment. For other new examples, periodically visit our disposable vapes page.

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Is Smoking a Bong Healthier than Alternatives?

Blonde woman holding translucent glass bong with painted green cactus design You’re starting to realize that smoking might not actually be the healthiest activity you partake in. Whether you’re smoking cigarettes, cannabis pipes or joints, you’re consuming harmful toxins and inhaling smoke into your lungs. Yuck! Luckily, there’s a (potential) solution: the almighty bong. If the smoke passes through the water, it must be filtered to at least some extent, right? Or is the water just there to cool it down? Let’s get to the bottom of this!
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Absolute Must-Haves in the Perfect Smoking Room

Hand holding rolled joint beside heady glass bong and rolling tray with metallic grinder

Your favorite online smoke shop is here to walk you through how to have the most amazing smoking room ever dreamt up!

A good session can happen anywhere. But a great session needs careful planning and ambiance setting.

We’ve really thought this one through to give you the best experience possible. After all, it’s what we do!

So sit back, relax, and let us teach you how to take your session to the next level!

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Six Great Smoke Shop Gift Ideas for Your Girl

Updated on September 22nd 2023
Woman exhaling smoke outdoors in front of scenic Rocky Mountain landscape

Are you looking to buy the perfect stoner gifts for your girl? Well don’t worry- we’ve put together the ultimate list of ideas to impress your girl and win her stoner heart.

But none of the gifts will mean anything unless they’re specialized. Why would a girl care about a bubbler if it doesn’t match the rest of her collection? And think about how happy she would be if you bought her edibles in her favorite flavor!

For these gifts to really mean something, you need to put some effort in. But we’ll coach you through that, too!

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Biggest Do’s and Don’ts When Packing Your Bong’s Bowl

Rolling paper, glass spoon pipe and cannabis nuggets in miniature jar on wooden rolling tray Everyone wants to know how to pack the perfect bowl. If you’re looking for the best high- and to get the most out of your weed- a well-packed bowl is vital. Unfortunately, you probably have some bad habits to kick (ahem, overpacking!). There’s also probably some extra effort you need to start putting in, like using a screen or fully grinding your weed. Luckily, we’ve broken down all the dos and don’ts of packing a bowl so you can become an expert in no time!
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How to Get the Most Out of Your Grinder

So you’ve bought the perfect grinder from our online smoke shop, and now it’s time to put it to good use. But how exactly do you do that? Some tips are obvious, like keeping your grinder clean. But weed enthusiasts are inventive, so other tips are a little more out there: like grinding your weed upside down! Use the following tricks from our Northglenn smoke shop tean to get the most out of your grinder, and hence, the most out of your bud!
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Why You Really Don’t Want to Drink Your Bong Water

Transparent bong containing clean bong water on hardcover book beside cannabis nugget and candle

The forbidden fruit: bong water. That which resides inside your favorite heady glass and mocks you.

It’s tempting when you’re high, we’ve got to say. You’d be lying to yourself if you said you’ve never thought about drinking it.

Or maybe you’re bold enough to have actually tried it! And honestly, how did that work out for you?

Bong water can hold a disgusting amount of pathogens if you don’t keep up with replacing it and cleaning your bong. And there’s nothing more shameful than having a gross bong lying around.

Do yourself a favor and read our Northglenn smoke shop team’s advice on all-things-bong-water – so that the next time temptation hits, you’ll remember the lessons you’ve learned.

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Vaping vs Dabbing: What’s the Deal?

Woman exhaling vape cloud through nose

Your favorite Northglenn vape shop is here to walk you through a heated (get it?) debate: vaping vs dabbing.

So you want to get higher faster. We have some good news! Vaping and dabbing are great ways to explore new frontiers. Both require less marijuana to get the job done.

And if you’re looking to minimize the health risks of smoking, you’re in luck. Vaping and dabbing both have a long list of pros over smoking a joint.

But what’s the difference between vaping vs dabbing, and which method is best for you? There are a lot of variables at play.

Let’s get to it! By the end of this article, you’ll be an expert of the vaping and dabbing worlds.

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Stemless vs Stemmed Bongs: Which is Better?

Ten colored bongs in assorted sizes against gray background

Check out any online smoke shop and you’ll see two different kinds of bongs: stemless and stemmed.

You might be thinking: isn’t a bong a bong? Since when are there different types of bongs?

You’re probably familiar with the more common stemless bong. But stemmed bongs are worth considering!

Are you looking for something new to add to your arsenal? Check out the differences between stemmed and stemless bongs and see for yourself what tickles your fancy.

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Seven Reasons to Use a Chillum Pipe

Glass chillum pipes in assorted colors Chillums are the most overlooked smoking device. But there’s no good reason for it! Every stoner should own at least one chillum. They should be a staple in the arsenal of all potheads, whether you smoke once a month or don’t stay sober for more than 5 minutes at a time. Buy a chillum from our online head shop and you’ll never look back. Keep reading to learn about the impressive benefits of the almighty chillum!
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The Big List of New Year’s Resolutions for Stoners

Man rolling joint using hemp rolling paper

If you weren’t enjoying your favorite herb when the New Year’s ball dropped, you’re doing it wrong.

But it’s not enough just to be smoking on New Year’s Eve. 2022 is the year of the stoner, and it’s time for you to set some resolutions.

If it’s not already, bookmark our online head shop. This year, you’re going to need it.

Everyone else is choosing something to improve, so prove your rightful title of being a stoner by following this ultimate list of New Year’s resolutions!

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Transitioning from Smoking Herb to Vaporizing It

Man in baseball cap exhaling vape cloud while using dry herb vaporizer

So some of your friends have started to buy vaporizers. Or maybe you’ve heard through the grapevine that they have loads of benefits over smoking.

Whether you’re questioning the safety of putting so much smoke in your lungs or you want to save money, it’s time to make the switch.

But even when you want to do something, it can be hard to build up the motivation to actually do it. And don’t stoners know that better than anyone else!

Lucky for you, we’ve put together some tips on how to have a smooth transition from smoking to vaporizing. Head over to your favorite vape shop to start your journey!

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How to Make a Gravity Bong: Our Smoke Shop’s Top Tricks

Updated on September 22nd 2023
Gravity bong made from water bottle filled with smoke mid-use A gravity bong is kind of like waterboarding for stoners, only better because it shreds your consciousness in a positive rather than negative way. With a gravity bong, a couple of bottles, H2O, and the laws of physics are used to produce Olympian rips that transport the stoner to previously unheard-of heights of THC-driven delight. No one here at the online head shop knows exactly who came up with the gravity bong but it was obviously someone with a keen knowledge of both hydrology and stonology. Because bottles take many different shapes and sizes, gravity bongs (sometimes referred to as “geebs”) also take on myriad forms. But no matter the form, the principle behind this most creative of stoner innovations remains the same.
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How to Clean Your Dry Herb Vaporizer

Close-up view of dry herb vaporizer's internal coils

Dry herb vaporizers are pieces of equipment. And like all pieces of equipment, they need to be properly maintained in order to do their job the way they were designed to. If you’ve had one for a while, or just brought one home from the vape shop and are wondering about how you keep vaporizer devices clean, fear not. We put our heads together and came up with the following guide that will remove all the mystery and trepidation from cleaning your dry herb vaporizer.

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The Difference Between Indica, Sativa and Hybrid Strains

Cannabis nuggets and joint rolled in RAW paper on printed guide for cannabis users

Depending on who’s doing the classifying there are either 5 or 6 major types of corn. There are also 33 different types of tomatoes and more than 200 varieties of potato. So it should come as no surprise that there is more than 1 type of cannabis.

If you’re new to the world of cannabis and you’re wondering what you should put in your new custom glass pipes, know that cannabis plants are divided into 2 main species, “sativa” and “indica”, and within those 2 groups there are a multitude of further subspecies. Hybrid strains are produced by crossbreeding members of the two major strains.

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Six Misconceptions About Smoking a Bong

Updated on September 22nd 2023
Man in flannel shirt lighting translucent scientific glass bong

Over the past quarter-century, weed has gradually emerged from the shadows and increasingly gained mainstream acceptance. With that acceptance has come a significant uptick in the amount of dialogue regarding everyone’s favorite herb. Mixed in among the funny stories, uplifting tales, and useful information are a surprising number of misconceptions and urban legends. This is particularly true when it comes to bongs.

In an effort to try and set the record straight, those of us at your favorite online smoke shop decided to take a look at a half-dozen of the most pervasive and, in some cases, head-scratching misconceptions regarding the humble bong. So let’s get to it.

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First Time Smoking Weed? Tips You Should Follow

Updated on September 22nd 2023
Two joints rolled in hemp rolling paper with filters beside two nuggets of cannabis There are decades, even centuries of mystique surrounding weed that draws people to want to try it. The fact that it was illegal for so long only adds to that mystique. But mystique or not, once they smoke it for the first time most people either love it or they’re not impressed and move on. There is a third type of reaction, however, that occurs in a tiny percentage of first-time smokers: they get a bit freaked out by the way it alters their perceptions.
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Is Vaping a Better Alternative to Smoking?

The joint is an iconic symbol of cannabis consumption and is the most widely used method of delivery worldwide. In fact, it’s not even close. But are joints really the best way to enjoy weed or is there a better way? Do vaporizers, for instance, produce a better buzz and are they better for your overall health? Because marijuana is a natural product that does not contain the carcinogens and noxious chemicals added to cigarette tobacco it poses a much smaller risk to one’s health than smoking. Smaller, but not non-existent. You’re still breathing smoke into your lungs which, no matter how you spin it, is not an ideal situation.
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Our Smoke Shop’s Guide to the Perfect Bong Rip

Man lighting water pipe and inhaling smoke through mouthpiece A bong is maybe the most effective way yet devised to get wiped quickly. It provides you the ability to take monster hits, and because those hits are filtered through water, they’re nice and smooth. But what if you could stack a hit that was so big and potent that it would knock Godzilla back on his butt? Well, you can. It’s called a “bong rip” and in this article, your friends at the 710 Pipes head shop are going to explain how you can use glass pipes to create the perfect rip.
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Denver Flavor Ban: UPDATE

Update – July 2023: For up-to-date information on vaporizer-related policies in Denver and statewide, please visit the Public Health Law Center’s guide to Colorado e-cigarette regulations.

The Denver Flavor Ban Update

The Denver City Council met on Wednesday, October 6th 2021 to discuss the implementation of a flavored nicotine ban in the city and county of Denver. The meeting was full of heated discussion from both proponents and opponents of the measure. So, what’s next? Should we expect flavored nicotine products such as e-liquids, disposable vapes, and flavored cigarillos to disappear from the market? We’ve compiled the facts so you don’t have to! Read on the find out more.
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Covering Up the Smell of Weed: A Few Tricks

Updated on September 22nd 2023
Cannabis nuggets inside of open storage container on table

As a society, we’ve made some significant strides in the acceptance of cannabis in recent years. Still, pot is not legal everywhere, landlords tend to discourage the open use of marijuana by their tenants, and some people go apoplectic when they smell smoke of any kind.

As such, it can pay to know a few tricks that will enable you to cover the smell of weed so that you can enjoy a bowl without worrying about the dreaded “knock on the door”.

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A Short History of the Herb Vaporizer

Vaping is associated with the 21st century to almost the same degree as digital technology. It’s a thoroughly modern phenomenon made possible by various subtle technological advances and anyone who tells you otherwise is just blowing vape clouds up your you-know-what. Or are they? Most anyone you ask in your local vape shop will be happy to tell you that the whole vape thing is a response to the rise of contemporary cannabis culture. But the truth is vaping has been with us for thousands of years. That doesn’t mean that the ancients had contemporary-looking vaporizers, but rather that they understood and practiced the art of vaporizing using a variety of low-tech methods.
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Seven Ways to Grind Without a Grinder

Cannabis nuggets, hand pipe and smoking accessories on table

You can’t just take whole buds, stuff them into the bowl of a bong and fire them up. Well, you can. They’re your buds and you can do what you want with them. However, if you want to get the most out of them you’ll need to process them a bit first so that you get a nice even burn and a clean, consistent smoke, and that means grinding.

Most cannabis aficionados have a grinder at the ready at all times. Or, at least they try to. But there are inevitably going to be times when you set up the bong, whip out the weed, reach for your grinder and realize you left it home, or you lent it to your friend who hasn’t returned it yet. There isn’t time to arrange a delivery from the online head shop, so what to do?

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The Denver Flavor Ban: What You Need To know

Update – July 2023: For up-to-date information on vaporizer-related policies in Denver and statewide, please visit the Public Health Law Center’s guide to Colorado e-cigarette regulations.
Ejuice selection on vape shop shelves After years of advocacy by City Council Members and large organizations such as the American Heart Association, Denver City Council Members are now pushing for a ban on the sale of Flavored Nicotine Products, joining other cities around Colorado, like Aspen and Boulder. What comes next?
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Bong Vocab 101: A Crash Course

Person skimming "B" section of hardcover dictionary to learn new vocabulary

Every group eventually develops its own vocabulary. Whether people are involved in building trades, climbing, skateboarding, fashion design, politics, auto mechanics, weightlifting or weed there’s a vocabulary that both signals your group membership and facilitates discussion on whatever subject the community has coalesced around.

Bong aficionados are no different. If you walk into your local head shop in Denver and attempt to engage someone in a conversation about the latest heady glass on offer you’re going to find yourself scratching your head and trying to act like you understand if you don’t acquaint yourself with the vocab first. So that’s what we’re here to do. Provide you with a crash course on the basic bong vocabulary.

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How to Properly Store Your Vape Juice

Vape juice container in hand of adult vaporizer user

Whether you’re a vaping vet or an absolute beginner there’s one issue you can’t ignore: how to keep your vape juice fresh and enjoyable. Vape juice is pretty simple stuff, typically comprised of propylene glycol, vegetable glycerin, some type of flavoring (either natural or artificial) and, in some cases, nicotine.

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