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What are the best styles of glass pipes for cannabis? 

By Cheri Sicard
June 5, 2024

Dear Cheri,

I am relatively new to cannabis, as you can probably tell by this question.  I went to buy a glass pipe the other day and was OVERWHELMED at the number of choices.  So much so that I went home without buying anything.  Do you have recommendations for a good glass pipe?  Thank you.

Yes, yes I do.  I actually have two favorite personal pipes.  Now, not everyone will agree with my choices, there's a reason why there are so many different choices when it comes to glass pipes.  Everyone is different.  But as for me I have two favorite.

#1 Chameleon Glass' Gandalf Pipe

glass pipes for cannabis - Chameleon Glass Gandalf Pipes - glass pipes for cannabis

I LOVE the functionality and the aesthetics of the Gandalf Pipe by Chamelon Glass.  Chameleon makes high quality glassware. The long stem cools the smoke before it gets to you providing an amazing smoking experience.  The elegant pipe might look fragile, but it is tougher than it looks.   I am not saying it is indestructible, it will break.  However, mine has been dropped on tile floors a number of times and still survived.

I did a full review on Chameleon Glass and the Gandalf Pipe a while back.  Find that here.

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#2 Squared Off Glass Pipe

Square off glass pipes and author Cheri Sicard

I don't have a brand on this one.  It's kind of an OG pipe that you can still occasionally find at smoke shops, although it seems to be getting harder lately.  

I have seen these square off glass pipes available in two sizes.  Don't buy the smaller ones they don't work well.  Get one at least the size of the one in the video/photos above.  Be sure to watch the video to see this pipe in action.

I have also seen these available with the carb hole on the side or on the end.  Do not get the one with the carb on the side as it is extremely difficult to clean.  Carb on the end (see video) on the other hand, is a breeze to keep clean.

This is the pipe that usually comes with me when I travel.  Why do I like it so much?

  • It's sturdy and does not break easily.
  • It smokes well.
  • It cleans easily.
  • It does not roll.
  • It's small and packs easily.

So there you have my personal two favorite pipes.  As I said, there is a wide variety for a reason.  If you have other favorites, drop them in the comments below.

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About the author

Cheri Sicard is the author of Mary Jane: The Complete Marijuana Handbook for Women, and The Easy Cannabis Cookbook.  Her online courses at have educated 1000s of students about marijuana, cannabis cooking for home cooks, and making infused topicals.

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