If you're living in one of the states that have recently enacted legislation legalizing cannabis for recreational or medicinal purposes, you may be wondering if the time has come for you to purchase your own water pipe. If you've never done so before, the array in the head shop can be dazzling and confusing—water pipes come in a huge variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. Some water pipes are gorgeous works of art in their own right, while others feature function over style. Fortunately, such a large selection exists that you'll be able to find one that suits your individual purposes and preferences easily. Following are several things to take into consideration when buying your first water pipe.
What Will It Be Used For?
If you're the type who's only going to be using your water pipe on special occasions such as celebrations with friends or as a way of impressing a date, artistic water pipes may be the way to go. Some of them are really fancy, with a plethora of curlicues and other embellishments. Some are shaped like animals, and many are multicolored. You can even find water pipes made to resemble large ships, race cars, and spaceships. If you can imagine it, chances are good that someone makes the water pipe of your dreams. If your primary goal is to find a water pipe for occasional social purposes, you should go ahead and buy that fancy pipe that catches your eye.
However, if you are planning on being more of an occasional user—perhaps you enjoy relaxing with cannabis on a daily basis or are a medicinal user who relies on it to relieve pain, discomfort, or anxiety—a fancy pipe is probably not for you. Many artistic water pipes are relatively fragile and aren't really made for everyday use. Besides, water pipes need to be cleaned on a regular basis, and the ones featuring intricate designs are notoriously difficult to clean. If you want a pipe you can use every day and clean with ease, go for one with thick glass and a simple shape. Be especially aware of thin glass on the neck and the base areas of the pipe because these are the places that are most likely to break first.
Will You Travel With Your Water Pipe?
Another thing to take into consideration when in the process of deciding on the best water pipe to purchase is whether or not you will be traveling with the object. For instance, if you rely on cannabis for medication, you'll want to take your pipe with you whenever you venture from home for more than a day or so. A small, unobtrusive pipe that fits easily into your luggage and is made of sturdy glass is a far better choice than a delicate, fancy pipe that could break easily while in transit due to the slightest bit of jarring.
However, you also need to keep in mind that you may encounter legal obstacles when traveling with your water pipe across state lines—even if you are a medicinal user only with a prescription from a licensed physician in your state of residence. Laws concerning cannabis as well as its paraphernalia are in a state of flux throughout the country. In some states, for instance, even possessing a water pipe may be illegal. Always check before traveling to another state with your pipe, and keep in mind that even if your destination is another state in which medicinal and/or recreational use of cannabis is legal, there may be issues at the airport if you are choosing to fly.
Please feel free to contact your local head shop at your convenience for more assistance in choosing the right water pipe.