But now that cannabis is becoming more mainstream, new products and styles are hitting the market. The latest? Silicone. Silicone bongs definitely have benefits and drawbacks, but if you are a person that is always breaking things then it is ideal for you!
But is a silicone pipe safe? After all, we’re talking about high heat, not to mention the general grime that comes post-smoking. So is silicone a good replacement for glass in the pipe market?
What Is Silicone?
Before we begin to discuss all you need and want to know about silicone dab rigs and bongs, it is recommended that you know what silicone is as a material and where it originates. Silicone is a man-made or synthetic polymer created using oxygen and silicon. It has increased in popularity since the discovery of plastic toxicity in certain applications, such as food-related and cooking products. Food-grade silicone is a stable element, chemically inert and will not emit gas or leach toxin into food products when heated. This makes it one of the most popular alternatives for containers and kitchen utensils. The material is also virtually indestructible with an ability to be molded into almost any design or color.
Is Silicone Safe To Use With Cannabis?
Silicone is highly heat resistant. It doesn’t start losing it’s shape until a stunning 600 degrees, higher than any vapor is going to get in your pipe. That said, your lighter IS going to get hotter than 600 degrees, so don’t put your pipe in direct contact with flame.
It also produces zero harmful fumes or emissions, meaning your smokables stay pure.
How to Make Sure You Purchase a Safe Silicone Bong?
Silicone comes in food grade and medical grade. But it can also come in Super Cheap grade. Obviously not a technical term, but you get the idea.
You get what you pay for in silicone. If you look for the cheapest silicone pipe you can find, you’ll undoubtedly have no trouble locating one, but chances are that it is not the best quality silicone, and may warp or deform under pressure. There are numerous companies peddling low-grade silicone products for low prices, but you must remember that you will receive what you pay for.
Because some silicone bongs can be safe, and others can be dangerous, the responsibility lies on you to make the safe choice. In order to do this, there are a few things you should be aware of:
Look Out for Products With BPA in Them
Depending on the make and model of the pipe you are using, it could be made with a type of silicone that is known to be dangerous to humans. This is why we strongly recommend spending the extra money to purchase a silicone bong made in the USA, from BPA-free silicone that is not harmful to smoke from.
By avoiding the use of products with this nasty contaminant in them, you can drastically reduce your known risk from using silicone based bongs and pipes for smoking.
Why Silicone Is The Best When Storing Oils And Waxes?
If you are a fan of dabbing, you will understand how important it is to not waste any wax. You will also appreciate the mess wax can cause, and this is why silicone’s non-stick surface is ideal for storing the wax concentrates. Regardless of how sticky the oil or wax concentrate is, it will not become stuck to the silicone; thereby, making it simpler to scoop using a dab tool. It also ensures you do not waste material becoming stuck to the inner area of a plastic jar or glass. Dab containers are available in a plethora of silicone sizes – they come in all styles and shapes, but they all perform the same function.
The Benefits Of Silicone Bongs
In addition to their unique, functional beauty, silicone bongs, pipes, and oil containers have many advantages over glass, wood, or practically any other material. Here are some of the reasons why you should put your fragile glass pieces safely on a shelf and make these durable goods your go-to gear for everyday use.
First, silicone is crazy easy to clean and doesn’t hold on to odors or tastes. Your smoke will be clean every time, without any lingering aftertastes from previous sessions.
But glass is easy to clean too and doesn’t hold on to odors or taste. So what’s silicones major benefit over the glass?
Here’s the thing. We all covet those gorgeous glass pipes in smokeshop windows. Or we have that one perfect glass bong that we bring out at Thanksgiving and other special occasions.
But we’ve all also had that soul-crushing moment of handing a pipe off to a friend…the friend we KNOW we shouldn’t trust with anything more fragile than a brick…and watching the pipe crash to the floor and shatter.
This is not a problem with a silicone pipe. Silicone obviously doesn’t shatter the way glass does. Because it’s so lightweight and durable, silicone pipes are about as close to indestructible as you can get.
Oils Don’t Stick To Silicone
Even the stickiest extract will slide right out of a silicone jar. Not only does that mean you won’t have to work hard to get them clean—it reduces waste, too. This also makes it easier to re-use a dab container that once held a less desirable concentrate to store a more desirable product without the fear of cross contamination.
How Long Do Silicone Bongs Last?
If cleaned properly and treated well, silicone bongs, pipes, and oil jars should, theoretically, last for years. Realistically, you should expect to get at least five years of use out of one. The biggest risk is simply losing them.
Whether you are looking for a more durable option, or just for a good everyday pipe so you can save your fancy glass for elegant dinner parties., you are sure to find a great option in a silicone pipe.
It’s durable, easy to clean and comes in an array of awesome colors and styles. It can’t be beaten in quality and safety, and it’s a great option for those looking for a safer alternative to glass.
Choose a quality product made of food-safe silicone, keep it clean, and enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing it’s almost impossible to break.