Silicone is a polymer material created out of silicon and oxygen. Silicone hand pipes are gaining popularity because of their durability and flashy, bright colors. Unlike plastics, food-grade silicone offers better heat stability and has almost the same inertness or non-reactive properties as glass. What this does for your smoking sesh is you get a cleaner taste with your herbs compared to cheap plastic.
We’ll cover the pros and cons of silicone pipes so you’ll know how to best use and take care of your silicone pipe.
Silicone pipes have several benefits that make them excellent smoking devices.
Silicone is one of the malleable and durable materials on the planet. You can toss it, throw it, slam it against the wall, and it will stay whole and retain its shape. Of course, this only applies to silicone as some silicone pipes come with glass parts with them.
This durability makes the silicone pipe the best pipe to choose for those who are clumsy or always find themselves dropping their hand pipes. You don’t have to worry about it or nurse it like a delicate piece of precious jewelry. You can go rugged with it and have a fun, rowdy time with your friends as you enjoy your sesh.
Hikers, campers, and travelers will also benefit from getting a silicone hand pipe. Unlike glass and ceramic pipes that you have to wrap around in cloth, you can just pop the pipe inside your bag and head to your destination. There are silicone pipes that come with metal bowls instead of glass, so you have a 100% highly durable smoking companion.
The best thing about silicone pipes is that they are highly portable and lightweight. Some have a solid feel to them that they seem a bit heavy, but some are slim and lightweight. You can put them in your pocket, and they will bend and twist with you. You don’t have to think about breaking them or getting injured because they won’t shatter to small pieces.
High-quality food-grade silicone is best for storing herbs. Some silicone pipes have bowl caps to help you keep your herbs in the bowl. When you’re ready to get your sesh going, all you have to do is remove the cap and light up your botanicals. Another plus for this kind of silicone pipe is that you can set it aside and cover it after use to keep any stuck ash from falling off the bowl. This is great if you’re outside and you don’t have any means to fully clean your silicone pipe.
Others have stash compartments that you can store your nugs inside. What’s good about this is that compared to a bowl, the chamber is airtight so it keeps your small stash fresher longer. When you need a fix, just take out the cap, tear out a piece of herb, and pack it into the bowl. Reseal the container and get another herb when you need it.
One of the best benefits of owning a silicone pipe is that you don’t have to worry too much about cleaning it. There are two ways to clean your silicone pipe: using a silicone cleaner and freezing the pipe. The metal or glass pieces are removable so you can wash them separately. What’s more, you can use a brush and scrub the inside of the silicone pipe without breaking it.
If you’re on a tight schedule and have a lot of things going on on your plate, simply remove the bowl or other removable parts. Pop the pipe inside the freezer for a couple of hours or overnight. Take it out and then squeeze, twist, or whack the silicone hand pipe to remove the residue from inside the silicone hand pipe.
Be careful of loading the pipe inside the dishwasher. Remember that tar and resin are not water-soluble. The machine can remove the tar from your silicone pipe, but you won’t be able to do anything about the sticky stains inside the dishwasher.
Now that you know the benefits let’s talk about what’s on the other side of silicone pipes.
Silicone pipes, although touted as indestructible ones, can only take indirect heat which comes from the bowl. Hitting the silicone with a direct flame can burn and damage the material. However, there are some silicone pipes that can take higher temperature compared to others, such as the EYCE Silicone Spoon Pipe. If you want to know how to use the EYCE Silicone Spoon for dabs, click here to watch the video.
Glass pieces are beautifully clear and shiny. Glass blowers can play with the material and create a beautiful combination of glass components for an exciting piece. Although silicones can be molded into shapes such as elephants, skulls, shells, and ice cream cones, you won’t get that same wow factor that you get with glass.
Some with strong tastes buds or are used to using glass pipes will notice a hint of plastic or silicone taste to the smoke. This holds especially true for cheap and imitation silicone pipes that are made with poor-quality silicone. However, true medical-grade pipes have very little to zero plastic taste. With repeated use and cleaning, the flavor may soon wear off, and you will enjoy the pure, clean taste of your herbs.
There are some silicone pipes that have bowls that come with large holes at the bottom. The result is that you get to inhale ash with each drag. You can easily remedy this with a pipe screen fitted inside the bowl. However, if you forget adding one, you may have to tone down your drag a bit to prevent inhaling ash from the pipe.
Silicone pipes are durable and can last you for years if taken care of properly. They are easy to clean, and you can take them anywhere with you without worrying about breaking your piece. They may not be as sparkly and clear as glass pieces, and you have to watch how to light up the bowl to keep from damaging it. Still, if you want a pipe that can withstand repeated use and abuse in rough environments, getting a silicone pipe is your best option.
What do you like about silicone pipes? Where do you usually take them? Please share your silicone hand pipe experience in our comment section below!