Tired of cheap, fragile, or harsh hitting bongs? When it comes to production pieces, the best glass bongs are quality controlled for function, safety, and durability. Many first-time bong buyers go with the most affordable option and end up regretting it once it breaks or when they try something better. Never forget that you get what you pay for and the best option is never going to be the cheapest one. To help you get it right the first time, we’ve compiled a list of the best bongs for your buck. These aren’t custom pieces, so you should be able to find everything on this list online or at a head shop.
Toro Full Size 7 to 13 Arm
Toro Glass was founded in upstate New York where they still design and manufacture highly sought after glass pipes and quartz bangers. The company has been around for over a decade and founder JP has been blowing glass for nearly two decades. They’ve maintained their quality and reputation over the years with an ever-evolving line of scientific-style bongs and rigs.
The Toro 7 Arm To 13 Arm tube provides a balance. You’ll have plenty of percolation but not too much drag. Smoke gets filtered through water, not once, but twice through several tree arm percolators. The straight tube design makes it easier to clear and less likely to break if the bottom bumps something hard. Even if the base gets chipped, the function won’t change.
The tube is large, so it takes some lung capacity to clear it all in one hit. However, once the slide is removed the smoke travels quickly to you.
Beta Glass Labs Petra
Beta Glass Labs is becoming a bigger name in the production glass game, bringing the designs and quality dabbers have come to love at a fairer price. They are proudly made in Germany and give you the option to get American-colored accents on the lips and percolators.
The Petra is made with thick Schott glass all around with extra thickness at the joint, mouthpiece and base. The reinforced “L” bridge makes the joint stronger as well. There is slim to no drag on the inhale, even after heavy seshing. You’ll never have to strain to clear it.
With the right water level, debris fly up to the second chamber instead of collecting at the base and clogging the percolator. Fortunately, the neck flange and bend help prevent any of that debris or water from splashing up into your mouth. On top of keeping troublesome resins at bay, the second chamber acts as an additional diffuser. Diffusers are holes that filter and cool vapors or smoke.
Saving the best for last, there is a multi-stage hybrid diffuser in the bottom chamber. With the Petra, there are two stages of diffusion happening with a shower head percolator on the bottom and a 4-hole diffuser on top of that. Users have the ability to switch from single stage filtration to dual by inhaling harder. A soft inhale will only activate the 4-hole diffuser while bigger rips allows the shower head perc to come in for the assist.
An added bonus for dabbers: the size and design of the Petra make it shine for use with concentrates. The company also makes a Petra Puffco Peak glass attachment.
The size of the piece doesn’t put a huge amount of distance between yourself and the flame.
HiSi Double Geyser Perc
HiSi is short for highly scientific because all of their bongs and glass accessories look like they belong in a laboratory.
One of the best things about the HiSi Double Geyser is the fact that it comes with a diffused down stem. This bong comes with black plastic caps on the base of the beaker that make it easy to pour out dirty water. The HiSi team has some of the best percolators in the game—especially if you want something that will bubble to the top. The double geysers shoot water up the center of the piece for a smooth smoke.
The tiny hole percolators can get clogged after a few uses. You’ll have to clean your HiSi more often than other pieces if you want to keep it functioning at 100 percent.
Zob 18 Inch UFO Inline
Zob is a glass company with a studio in the United States. They make affordable but durable glass with German designed percolators.
The Zob 18 Inch UFO and inline percolator bong is one of the best in its price range. For $350, you get thick glass and expertly designed percolators. With two percolators and a large volume, hits will be smooth without the need for additional attachments.
With the amount of water and percolation going on in the inline chamber, it requires extra lung capacity to milk and clear. Your lungs will get a workout with this one.
Manifest Glassworks Stemless Diffy to Cirq
MGW Glassworks is a New York based company that has been making high-quality glass for dry herbs and concentrates for a while.
Comes with a sturdy slide for smoking flowers. Two percolators provide double diffusion for a smoother hit. There is a splash guard that prevents any water from shooting up into your mouth.
It can be hard to clean inside the dome of each circular percolater. You may need to use a cleaner that has a salt or some type of abrasive to scrub any caked-on resin off.
Illadelph 9mm Short Beaker
Illadelph is like the Louis Vuitton of the glass bong world. The company is one of the longest lasting in the industry with some of the strongest brand power. In fact, many counterfeiters have attempted to ride the hype that the company has built over the last decade. Fortunately, Illadelph pieces are exclusively sold at authorized retailers listed on their website. So, if you see an Illadelph for sale at a smoke shop not on their list, assume it is a fake.
The 9mm Short Beaker is large and sturdy with 9MM of glass at the base. Unlike dabbing, when it comes to smoking flower, bigger tends to be better. Having some distance between your mouth and the blazing cherry in your bowl piece will give the smoke some time to cool off.
The extra thick slide matches the color of the Illadelph logo and acrylic clip, making it one of the sleekest pieces on the market. The acrylic clip is there for more than decoration. It also holds your slide in place, so it doesn’t follow your bowl out after resin starts to build up.
Overall, the piece reminds us of the classic bongs with a more elegance and durability.
Premium price for a classic beaker or straight tube.
ROOR Inline w/ 10 Arm Tree
If Illadelph is Louis V, then ROOR is the Gucci of the glass world. When it comes to production line glass, they’re OG’s. The company has been in the glass blowing industry for over 20 years.
In the two-plus decades that the brand has been around, they’ve developed a reputation for their durability and quality. The inline and 10 arm percolators provide filtration you’d usually have to outsource to an ash catcher. As a result, you won’t need any added attachments to get smooth hits out of this modern ROOR. They’ve included everything you need to get the best bong rip with no issues. On top of all that percolation, there’s a splashguard and an ice pinch. What more could you ask for?
You may need a third lung to clear this bad boy.
Pulse Leaning Tongue
The judges at our 2012 High Times Cannabis Cup in Seattle awarded Best Glass to Pulse. The Los Angeles-based company has been hand-blowing quality, scientific, and high-end functional borosilicate glass for enough years to separate themselves from the rookies.
If you have high-quality cannabis, you’ll want to taste it. If you really want to taste more, you’ll need a second tongue. The gridded tongue percolator, to be more specific. It is guaranteed to stack bubbles to the top of the can. The tongue was inspired by the desire for more diffusion and flavor. The bent neck design prevents any splash-back.
On top of functionality, the Gridded Tongue to Disc has sandblasted art on the glass to enhance the aesthetics. Simple sophistication in aesthetics meets maximum functionality with this one.
The joint is male which was more common when domes and nails were popular. However, it comes with a bowl piece for your dry herb needs. The gridded tongue is all the percolation you’ll get and the male joint will limit your options when shopping for ash catchers.
Mobius Strato Matrix
The founder of Mobius, John, has been blowing glass since 1999. He started the company in 2010 and has been bringing innovative glass designs to the masses ever since.
This is one of Mobius’ largest tubes making it ideal for use with flowers. The matrix percolator tons of holes for diffusion, so you get a smooth hit every time. The piece is easy to clear when filled with smoke as well.
The holes on the matrix stereo percolator are all over and tiny, so they clog up easily. You’re going to have to clean this piece regularly if you want there to be a minimal drag.
Sovereignty Peyote Pillar
Sovereignty Glass entered the American glass production scene in 2007. With over a decade of experience, their innovative designs have achieved fame in the glass community.
If you’re looking for a large glass tube for smoking dry herbs, Sovereignty is definitely at the top. They have the straight style of an OG tube, but they also have their own unique curved neck peyote pillar design. Smoke is diffused through a “peyote ball” that has several holes in it. Bubbles start to stack on top of each other until they reach the top of the main chamber. You won’t have to worry about swallowing water because there is a bend before the smoke gets to you.
One of the most expensive non-custom pieces you can find on the market.
If you want your bong to milk for years to come, it’s time to invest in one of the best glass bongs on the market. While all glass is vulnerable to breaking, especially when dropped on hard surfaces, the products on this list are some of the most likely to survive. Furthermore, they’re quality controlled more than the competition to ensure optimal function without any flaws.
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1. What is CBD? What is CBD Oil?
Cannabidiol (CBD) is a naturally occurring constituent of industrial hemp/cannabis. Its formula is C21H30O2 and it has a molecular mass of 314.4636. It is the most abundant non-psychoactive cannabinoid found in cannabis, and is being scientifically investigated for various reasons.
CBD oil is a cannabis oil (whether derived from marijuana or industrial hemp, as the word cannabis is the latin genus name for both) that has significant amounts of cannabidiol (CBD) contained within it. Our CBD products and extracts are derived from industrial hemp, so they could be considered CBD-rich hemp oil, hemp derived CBD oil, CBD-rich cannabis oil, or plainly “hemp extracts” since they typically contain much more than just CBD. Again, cannabis doesn’t mean marijuana, but is the genus name, and general umbrella term which all forms of marijuana and hemp fall under. The form of cannabis we use for our CBD and hemp extracts is industrial hemp; we do not sell marijuana.
2. If a hemp extract is 40% cannabinoids, what’s the other 60%? What’s in your hemp extracts besides the naturally occurring cannabinoids?
Our Kentucky hemp extracts contain over 80 different phyto-cannabinoids such as cannabidiol (CBD), CBC, CBG, CBN, etc.. In addition to the cannabinoids naturally present in our agricultural hemp extracts, there are also many other types of natural molecules and phyto-chemical compounds such as amino acids, carbohydrates, vitamins (including B1, B2, B6, D), fatty acids (including omega 3 & 6), trace minerals (including iron, zinc, calcium, magnesium, potassium), beta-carotene, chlorophyll, flavanoids, ketones, nitrogenous compounds, alkanes, glycosides, pigments, water, and terpenes. The most common terpenes in our hemp extracts are Myrcene, Beta-caryophyllene, Terpinolene, Linalool, alpha-Pinene, beta-Pinene, Nerolidol og Phytol, trans-alpha-Bergamotene, Limonene/ beta-Phellandrene (Co-elution), and alpha-Humulene.
3. What’s the difference between Hemp and Marijuana?
Scientifically, industrial Hemp and Marijuana are the same plant, with a genus and species name of Cannabis Sativa. They have a drastically different genetic profile though. Industrial Hemp is always a strain of Cannabis sativa, while marijuana can be Cannabis sativa, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis. The major difference is how industrial hemp has been bred compared to a marijuana form of Cannabis sativa. Typically speaking, industrial hemp is very fibrous, with long strong stalks, and barely has any flowering buds, while a marijuana strain of Cannabis sativa will be smaller, bushier, and full of flowering buds. However, newer industrial hemp varieties in the USA are being bred to have more flowers and higher yields of cannabinoids and terpenes, such as our Kentucky hemp we’re now using!
99% of the time marijuana has a high amount of THC and only a very low amount of CBD. Hemp, on the other hand, naturally has a very high amount of CBD in most instances, and only a trace amount of THC. Fortunately, the cannabinoid profile of hemp is ideal for people looking for benefits from cannabis without the ‘high.’ Hemp is used for making herbal supplements, food, fiber, rope, paper, bricks, oil, natural plastic, and so much more, whereas marijuana is usually used just recreationally, spiritually, and medicinally. The term cannabis oil can refer to either a marijuana or hemp derived oil, since marijuana and hemp are two different forms of cannabis.
In the USA the legal definition of “industrial hemp,” per Section 7606 of the Agricultural Appropriations Act of 2014, is “INDUSTRIAL HEMP — The term ‘‘industrial hemp’’ means the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant, whether growing or not, with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol concentration of not more than 0.3 percent on a dry weight basis.”
4. Are hemp derived cannabinoids such as CBD as good as CBD from marijuana?
The short answer is yes. CBD is CBD, whether from marijuana or hemp. Most marijuana has a very low non-psychoactive cannabinoid profile (like CBD, CBC, CBG), so most of the time hemp would be much more preferable for anything besides THC. Marijuana is usually very high in THC (gives people the high) but usually very low in other non-psychoactive cannabinoids.
Nowadays in the USA, many farmers are growing industrial hemp flowers that are just as beautiful, odor-producing, and terpene rich as the best marijuana strains, such as our partnered farmers in Kentucky.
5. Why don’t you source your Hemp and CBD from within Colorado?
We feel that the hemp program in Kentucky is more well suited for our company in regards to growing hemp, and that because it’s 100% compliant with Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill (and the 2016 Agricultural Appropriations Act), procuring it from there is perfectly legal at the federal level. Kentucky’s ecology is perfect for hemp just as it is for tobacco. The growing season is longer than in Colorado, and the soil is richer, so the quality of the hemp and the yields are better.
6. What’s the percentage of cannabinoids and CBD in your product?
Our raw extracts have varying percentages of cannabinoid and cannabidiol (CBD) content, the range being 10%-99%. Each product has a unique formulation and uses varying ratios of our extract types. Our CBD Isolate is over 99% pure CBD.
7. What is the best method of use?
For our dietary supplements we can only recommend them for internal consumption. Our CBD isolate is for research purposes only. If you don’t like the flavor of the oil supplements, you can mix with something sweet like apple sauce or honey to cut through the flavor.
8. What’s the ideal serving size for me, and how often should I take it?
There is no easy answer to this. Our starting recommended serving size is 15 drops but we generally recommend experimenting to see what feels best to you. Some prefer 5 drops, some prefer over 50 drops per day.
9. What is the safety of your hemp extracts? Are there negative side effects?
Hemp is considered by many to be generally safe. We’ve never seen or heard of any significant or negative side effects in our years in the industry. That said, we can’t rule them out. Please consult with your physician before using any dietary supplement including Hemp extract supplements.
10. Which of your CBD and hemp products should I get?
As a company who sells various dietary and food supplements, we can’t suggest any of our products for the prevention, treatment or cure of any disease or ailment.
When considering our different dietary hemp products, know that they all come in two strengths. Our Original Hemp blends (Classic Hemp Blend, Hemp Complete, Brainpower oil, & Signature Blend) all have 250+mg of cannabinoids per fluid ounce, and our concentrated blends have 1,500+mg per fluid ounce, six times the potency of our traditional oils. We’ve found that sometimes less is more, but nevertheless, some people like to take very large serving sizes of our hemp extracts.
The main difference between the four Original Blends is the additional herbal ingredients besides hemp. We suggest you research the separate components of each blend to determine which product may be most appealing to add to your dietary regimen. If you know it’s solely the hemp extract that you are looking for, with no additional ingredients, then Classic Hemp Blend or Classic Hemp 6x is what you’re looking for.
For dabbing and vaporizing or for research you can try our CBD Isolate.
THOSE WHO SUSPECT THEY MAY HAVE A DISEASE OR ARE SEEKING HELP FOR A DISEASE SHOULD CONSULT A QUALIFIED MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL.
11. Why do people use Hemp Extracts and CBD? What are the benefits and uses of CBD?
In accordance with federal regulations we cannot make health claims regarding our dietary supplement products. We can only recommend our products for general wellness.
12. Is a standard hemp seed oil the same as a high-CBD hemp extract?
Absolutely not. Standard hemp oil, which can be found very cheaply at a grocery store, is a much different product than our CO2 hemp extracts (not from seed). Standard hemp oil is produced by cold pressing the seeds, whereas our hemp extract is a supercritical CO2 extraction of the hemp plant itself, not the seeds. Hemp seed oil is considered to be a great nutritive food, but it doesn’t have the naturally occurring terpenes, cannabinoids and other components that our extracts do have.
13. Do I need to move to Colorado to get your Hemp Extracts and CBD? Where do you ship?
No. We actually source our hemp from Kentucky, as it’s legal to ship across state lines. Many people are under the impression that the only way to acquire hemp extracts and CBD for themselves or a loved one is to move to Colorado or another cannabis-friendly state. Many major news outlets are misinformed and are unfortunately spreading the idea that you can only get CBD oil in the states where medical marijuana has been legalized. This is simply not the case though. Because our extracts comes from hemp instead of marijuana, we can and do ship to all fifty states, and no medical marijuana card is needed. There are some exceptions, like with Indiana, Missouri and South Dakota we can’t sell our concentrated products due to state legislation.
We also ship to Japan, Australia, the EU, Switzerland, and Brazil. For all EU orders contact our exclusive distributor there, Cannawell.
14. Is your Hemp Extract Oil similar to Rick Simpson Hemp Oil?
Not quite. Ours are from hemp and RSHO is usually using marijuana, a different form of cannabis than industrial hemp. Our industrial hemp extracts are more standardized and will usually have a much higher content of non-psychoactive cannabinoids like CBD than one produced through the Rick Simpson method. And oils produced through his method will usually have a much higher THC content, as it’s typically marijuana that is used for RSHO.†
Generally speaking, most marijuana producers and sellers (especially on the black market) don’t test for contaminants (metals, pesticides, bacteria, etc.). Rick Simpson Hemp Oil is actually more a method of extraction than it is a specific product. People use the Rick Simpson method with hundreds of different strains of marijuana, so the THC, CBD and other cannabinoid content of the final oil is always varying greatly, depending on the cannabis the consumers are acquiring. Usually what’s used for Rick Simpson oil is a strain with an inferior CBD content (and high THC), because that’s what the vast amount of marijuana is nowadays.
15. Where do you source your hemp and CBD from?
We have partners in Kentucky who grew a dedicated plot for us this year (2016) which is being used in our products now. We also currently source from Europe but we’ll be changing that soon.
16. What kind of testing/analysis is performed on your products?
We have an industry leading quality control system, and we have third party laboratories analyze all of our hemp extracts and our final products for cannabinoid potency, heavy metals, bacterial and microbial life, mycotoxins (fungus), and pesticides.
17. What is CO2 extraction? What’s the difference between subcritical and supercritical CO2 extractions?
CO2 extraction is an extraction process that uses pressurized carbon dioxide to extract phyto-chemicals (such as CBD, CBG, or terpenes, flavonoids, etc.) from a plant. CO2 at certain temperatures and pressures acts like a solvent, without the dangers of actually being one. It is the most expensive extraction method, and is widely considered the most effective and safest plant extraction method in the world.
Many hemp and CBD companies boast about their supercritical CO2 extractions, but that’s actually only one (and perhaps an inferior) method of using a CO2 extraction machine. There are also subcritical CO2 extractions, and ‘mid-critical’, a general range between subcritical and supercritical. Subcritical (low temp, low pressure) CO2 extractions take more time and produce smaller yields than super-critical, but they retain the essential oils, terpenes, and other sensitive chemicals within the plant. Supercritical, on the other hand, is a high pressure and high temperature process that damages most terpenes and heat sensitive chemicals, but can extract much larger molecules such as lipids (omega 3 and 6), chlorophyll, and waxes. A truly full-spectrum CO2 extract includes first performing a subcritical extraction, separating the extracted oil, and then extracting the same plant material using supercritical pressure, and then homogenizing both oil extracts into one. In the essential oil industry, an extract made using this specific process is referred to as a CO2 Total.
18. What is the endocannabinoid system (ECS)?
“The endocannabinoid system (ECS) is a group of endogenous cannabinoid receptors located in the mammalian brain and throughout the central and peripheral nervous systems, consisting of neuromodulatory lipids and their receptors.” Wikipedia
There are two main types of receptors in the ECS, CB1 and CB2. CB1 receptors are primarily located in the central nervous system and brains of mammals, and CB2 are generally found in the peripheral nervous system. There are two main cannabinoids mammals produce- 2AG and Anandamide (named after the Sanskrit term “ananda” which translates to “peace”).
For hundreds of millions of years every vertebrate on Earth has been equipped with this ECS, a crucial system in the body, and it has been known about in the scientific and medical communities since the 1980’s. However, it’s still not taught about in most medical schools.