The Genius Pipe

Blog By M. Mitera

With how busy people are these days, it’s important to have access to quick, easy smokeables. while on the go. Having something small and discreet on hand while you’re out and about is perfect. For a portable pipe that fits in your pocket, hits smoothly, easy to clean, and durable, we highly suggest that you give the Genius Pipe a try!

Made out of high quality aluminum, the Genius Pipe will hold up to most tests of strength. The thing is tough enough that it could probably break a glass table if you dropped it the right way. As soon as you hold the pipe in your hand, you can feel the weight of the craftsmanship that went in to it’s creation. In addition to being well-made, the pipe delivers a hit that is sure to change the mind of even the most pipe-hating smoker.

The design of the Genius Pipe features three different pieces, held together by magnets that easily pull apart for cleaning purposes. The top and bottom plate hold the middle plate in place while it’s in use. When lit, the smoke travels through the piece through a series of dimples in the metal. Because this lengthens the time it takes for the smoke to reach the user, the Genius Pipe delivers a cool, flavorful hit that you’re sure to enjoy. Many users claim that this pipe doesn’t make them cough, even if they do while using a normal pipe.

Overall, the pipe has an amazing design. The only downside of it is the cost ($90) but for the piece that you’re getting, it’s worth it. Allowing up to ten draws per filled chamber, users can carry the Genius Pipe with them all day and not worry about running out. Once you use this piece for yourself, it’s easy to see why it’s called the Genius Pipe.

 

Are Silicone Pipes Safe?

Blog By M. Mitera

Water pipes have been made out of tons of different materials. They have been crafted from glass and ceramic, bone and horn, wood and stone. Coming in all shapes and sizes, there are thousands of designs to choose from when it comes to picking a piece. The biggest flaw with most of these materials, however, is that they are brittle and if dropped, can shatter in to pieces. In more recent years, a new type of smoking device has appeared on the scene; pipes made out of silicone.

Now, smoking a silicone piece might sound a bit scary to some. Rightfully so, as silicone can be dangerous if it is a low quality. It is important to make sure that the silicone you’re planning on using is safe for humans to use. Knowing what BPA or other chemicals are used to make the piece are important, as well as knowing what temperatures the piece can handle safely. Additionally, knowing where the product is made is a good sign to tell you whether or not the piece you’re about to buy is safe to use.

When purchasing silicone pieces, it’s very important to do your research. Whether you’re buying online or going in to a shop, it’s a good idea to get some information on the types of silicone pipes are available. There are many different manufacturers, not all of which are concerned with the safety of their customers. Reading reviews of the products can definitely help as well, knowing other people’s opinions can be very useful. And while silicone pieces are typically pretty inexpensive, remember that you want to look for good quality and especially with this

porous material, you want the best. It’s worth spending a bit extra to be sure that your lungs won’t be coated in dangerous chemicals.

Be sure that you know where the piece came from, as mentioned before, as pieces from China or other places overseas don’t have as strict of regulations when it comes to making these products. The pieces could potentially be made with silicone that is dangerous to humans. Keep yourself on the safe side by buying American made silicone to ensure that you’re keeping yourself safe.

Something else to keep in mind is looking for something that is dishwasher safe! Silicone can be hard to keep clean because it is so porous but having one that’s dishwasher safe is great! It makes cleaning it a breeze and the heat from the dishwasher will eliminate any bacteria build up. The process will also leave your piece smelling like it just left the shop. Do NOT clean your silicone piece with rubbing alcohol, as it can cause the silicone to swell and weaken the structure of the piece overall. Using hot water and regular old dish soap works great if you don’t have access to a dishwasher.

Silicone is great for active people on the go. It’s compact, easy to carry, and the best part is that you won’t break it if it falls out of your backpack and goes tumbling down

the side of Mount Washington. Most of the pieces can be run over with a car and it won’t even show. Silicone is highly recommended for those who spend most of their time in the great outdoors or just people who tend to be a bit clumsy with their glass. Just be sure that you’re purchasing a safe, non-toxic, well made piece to enjoy. Here at Manchester Adult Lifestyles, we have a huge selection of high grade silicone that we would love to show you! Stop in and see us!

Pounds Glass by Snoop Dogg

Blog By M. Mitera

By now, almost everyone is familiar with Snoop Dogg, the rapper/actor/activist. He is heavily involved in the glass industry and has made sure to leave his mark. He has been rolling out a line of new glass pieces (five, to be exact). These beauties are inspired by ships and aptly named after them. The line includes pieces for concentrate as well as flower so the line offers something for everyone.

Snoop got in to business with Famous Brandz in order to make these pieces. There are five different styles; the Battleship, Starship, Rocketship, Mothership, and Spaceship. Each piece is hand made and comes with a price tag that will hopefully appeal to consumers of any age. So what’s the difference between the pieces? Let us explain…

The Battleship is great for dry or concentrates. It stands at 12.5″ tall and is available in black, white, clear, and black. The piece delivers smooth hits and has a heavy base, making it great for those who might be slightly clumsy sometimes. With a thick mouthpiece for maximum suction, this piece is sure to steamroll any who are brave enough to give it a whirl.

Out of the Pounds line, the Mothership stands at 13″ tall, the tallest of the five. Built with a barrel and percolator, those who use this dry piece will realize their smoke is much cooler. Because of the way the percolators are set up, the Mothership delivers a smooth experience that is far less harsh on the lungs than other pieces. And just like the Battleship, this piece comes in a variety of colors including white, black, clear, and blue.

Shaped almost exactly like the item it’s named after, the Rocketship is features a sloped in lip at the top. This design allows the user to get the maximum use from the piece without having to worry. The down-stem of the piece is diffused, providing some seriously smooth rips. Take your pick of colors from white, black, clear, or orange!

Not everyone is in the market for a piece that’s over a foot tall and that’s where the Starship comes in. This little ripper is only 6.1″ tall and that makes it perfect for a traveling companion. Made for dry herbs only, the Starship would be a great beginning piece or just something small and light to bring with you on a trip! The Starship, like the others, is available in a plethora of different colors, including purple!

The smallest of the Pounds family is the Spaceship. It’s a whopping 6″ tall and can be bought in green, clear, white, and black. Able to be used for both dry herb and concentrates, the Spaceship features a ruffled percolator. This design breaks down smoke particles and provides the user with a smoother, less hot hit. Definitely great for beginners or someone who simply doesn’t need a whole lot to be happy!

If you’re searching for a Pounds piece, look no further than Manchester Adult Lifestyles. We carry the entire line and can always send out for a custom order if you’re looking for one specific color. These American made, hand blown pieces are sure to make an excellent addition to your current glass collection! Stop by and check them out!

About the Author: M has been a professional blogger for six years and has contributed to various websites. When she is not writing, she is a professional body piercing apprentice. M can be reached at m@spider-bite.com and you can find her piercing only blog HERE.

A Brief History Of Glass Art

Glass has been used for thousands of years for form and function. One of the best things about glass is that it can be made to be a usable form of art. This concept has captured the imaginations of artists and glass blowers and has opened a new world to the art of glass making.

Traditionally, glass has been used to make beads, bottles, windows, table tops and other useful items. From ancient Egypt, ancient Rome and ancient China, glass making can be found in all these cultures. The earliest instance of glass making was discovered in Jerusalem. The glass found there was made sometime between 37 BC and 4 BC. Through the ages, the highly valuable skill of glass making was passed down from generation to generation, slowly spreading all over the world. During the 1800’s the art of stained glass became extremely popular with Tiffany lamps and Victorian stained glass windows. Glass has always been a great medium for art, allowing it to be worked into the everyday life.

As glass blowing evolved over time, another use for the art came to light; the glass pipe. The glass pipe, made for smoking, became popular in the 1960’s. The grandfather of modern day glass blowing is Bob Snodgrass. He developed a special technique known as “fuming” that coats the inside of the pipe with silver. By fuming the glass, the user will notice a change in color in the pipe when smoked out of. Bob traveled with the Grateful Dead, making pipes for anyone who would buy them. He eventually taught his technique to other people who carried on the tradition. He became known as a huge influence in 420 culture and alternative hippy culture.

After the 1990’s glass pipe art exploded. People loved that they could smoke out of something beautiful and handmade, truly a work of art. Today there are some famous glass blowers that create mind bogglingly detailed pieces that sell for tens of thousands of dollars. A great documentary on the subject is Degenerate Art. It details the history of glass making and what the culture has turned into today. You can find examples of some top-notch work in this article: World Cannabis Week: World’s Greatest Glass Pipe Artists Gather at the Galleria Glass Exhibition.

Glass pipes are one of the many examples of how wonderful usable art can be. From turning clay on a wheel to wrapped metal wire jewelry, items are always more meaningful when you know someone spent their time and passion on a piece.

 

-By Dani Peasley a freelance writer and fine artist from Contoocook, NH. Dani can be reached through email at: myrandomcat@gmail.com