June 10, 2019

5 Different Kinds of Smoking Devices

Getting tired of rolling joints? Luckily, there are many different kinds of smoking devices for marijuana. Between bongs, pipes, vaporizers, and other specialist equipment, you have a ton of choice, and you’re not restricted to just one. Some are better for home use, some are better with friends, and some even help you get a more powerful high.

Experienced cannabis users often find themselves with all kinds of accessories to enjoy their marijuana more. Each of these differs in their own ways and each has its own pros and cons. Want to know which one is best for you? Here’s our guide to the many different kinds of smoking devices.

1. Joint/Blunt

Probably the most obvious way to smoke, but arguably also the most inconvenient. If you want to roll a joint, all you need are some rolling papers, a grinder, and a lighter. Grind your weed up, spread it out into your rolling papers, roll it up into a joint, make a roach out of paper or card and you’re pretty much ready to go.

Rolling a joint or is beneficial for those who want to smoke weed anywhere. It’s often useful for social situations and smoking on the go. Alternatively, you can roll a blunt using blunt wraps or by hollowing out a cigar.

With that said, it’s not all as straightforward as it sounds. It takes a lot of practice to roll the perfect joint. Plus, it’s even more of a hassle if you run out of rolling papers or don’t have a grinder handy. It’s a classic method every weed user is likely to experience, but far from the best.

2. Bong

Using a bong is another one of the most popular ways to smoke cannabis. A bong is a kind of water pipe which filters smoke through a stem so you can get a pure and smooth hit of marijuana.

There are many bongs available on the market in all shapes and sizes, ranging from portable mini bongs to huge scientific bongs with extra features to enjoy your weed even more. Using a bong is much simpler than rolling- all you need to do is pack your bowl and light it, and you don’t even need to grind your weed. What’s more, you’ll get a clearer hit, take in more THC, and generally get a strong and long-lasting high.

There are a couple of drawbacks. For one, even mini bongs aren’t the most portable devices and you might not want to take one with you when you plan to smoke outside of your home. Some high-quality bongs can also be expensive. However, overall, a bong is probably the most convenient and best way to smoke marijuana at home.

Marijuana Smoking Bong

3. Pipe/Bowl

If you want a no-nonsense, portable way to smoke your weed wherever you go, invest in a Pipe. Sometimes also known as a Bowl, a Pipe is a miniature smoking device which makes it extra easy to consume marijuana. Simply pack your weed into the bowl, light, and inhale.

Much like with bongs, you can find all kinds of pipes- some designed for simplicity and portability and others designed to give you stronger hits. They also come in all kinds of designs, and some cannabis lovers even collect different pipes purely for aesthetics. They’re more portable than bongs and usually give you a stronger hit than a joint without the extra hassle.

Since they’re great for use either at home or away, every user should have at least one pipe even if they don’t use it all the time. The only drawback is their simplicity. They don’t purify your hits like a bong and don’t offer much in the way of extra features like some other devices. But for a no-nonsense way to smoke, it’s hard to beat a pipe.

4. Vaporizer/Vape Pen

A Vaporizer or Vape Pen is a device that actually lets you consume marijuana and other products without any smoke. It heats up your product to create smooth vapor, which you then inhale through the mouthpiece.

Vaporizers come in many shapes and sizes- some desktop vapes look similar to bongs whereas some are more compact. Vape Pens are portable vaporizers which fit right in your pocket, but can still give you potent hits of marijuana.

Many users prefer vaping for health reasons. Vaporizing allows you to inhale marijuana without any tar or harmful toxins. Research also shows that vaping can actually give you stronger effects than smoking cannabis.

Vaping is also beneficial for its versatility. Some vaporizers are capable of vaporizing weed, concentrates, and vape-oils or e-juices. Although you may have to pay a fair bit of money for a high-quality vape, it’s a great device for any user.

Marijuana Smoking Vaporizer

5. Dab Rig

If you want to get extremely strong effects, you might want to try dabbing. Dabbing involves using a special device called a Dab Rig. It’s like a high-powered bong with which you use a metal/glass nail and a blow torch to light up cannabis concentrates for a supercharged hit.

The benefit of dabbing is that it gives you extremely strong effects. It’s used with cannabis concentrates such as shatter, wax or budder and a single hit can hit you hard and fast. Users who want to get the best out of their concentrates will enjoy this device.

With that said, it’s not for everyone. It’s not practical to dab regular weed or vape-oils. Not to mention it’s expensive and it’s not exactly convenient to take your dab rig and blow torch to a friend’s house. The device offers a novel experience, but not one that every user needs.


When it comes to the most popular different kinds of smoking devices, most come in these five forms, although there are some variations. Which you should use really depends on what you prefer.

For portability, go with a vape pen or pipe. For strong hits, use a vaporizer or bong. If you want the strongest effects from concentrates, try a dab rig. But for a regular party, you might prefer a good old-fashioned joint or blunt. At the end of the day, there’s no reason you can’t enjoy all of these.


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