Marijuana product review: Heady Glass production oil rig/bubbler combo
Now and then, local companies show us medical marijuana-related products. Enough, actually, that we decided to showcase our Colorado Stoner MacGyvers in quasi-regular product reviews. The latest is below.
Heady Glass in-house production bubbler with oil-curve
Retail price: $250 for bubbler, titanium dish and curve set with bowl and bowl stand.
Heady Glass Galleries
324 W. Hampden Ave.
I've had the same glass pieces for a while now. Not to say I didn't care about my glass: My trusty blue-dot bong, hand pipes, chillums and assorted bubblers were always kept clean. But I wasn't ever the type of guy who had pipes for every occasion. That and I wanted versatility and durability out my pipes -- because I am clumsy. So after Colorado-based Heady Glass got me one of their new in-house production bubblers with a 14mm swappable glass-on-glass bowl and oil-curve attachment, I was somewhat anxious.
William Breathes not included
When I put the strangely balanced glass piece with a one-inch square piece of titanium that was meant to be heated until glowing red in my hands, my first thoughts were of shattered glass, followed by worries about third-degree burns. In short, this was the complete opposite of what I owned and likely should own. But I've been intrigued by paddle swings for smoking concentrates and only dealt with them a few times. So I figured that any reasonable thirty-year-old man should be able to operate simple hot machinery without burning down his house or melting off his skin.
Heady Glass has been around for a few years now, bouncing from its original location on Broadway to new digs in Englewood last May. The shop now features glass work from around the country as well as acting as the home base for a handful of Colorado-local glass artists. Owner Chris Keller said that he has seen more and more demand for oil-specific pipes as people become more discerning with their medicine. "Oil is expensive and most people are still saturating their medication with the oil," he said. "While it's not the worst vehicle to use to get your medication, it's so much better to just be sitting there using pure extract and releasing just the pure medication. It's the key."
Ben "Spice" Crowley
Artist Ben "Spice" Crowley has been responsible for shaping and piecing together the pipes and glass-on-glass fittings at his post in the Heady Glass gallery, in full view of customers. While each one is slightly different, he says they all generally require the same hour-or-so to complete, unlike heavily worked pieces with matching colors blown throughout, which can take hours and days to complete. "We have so many people coming in looking for an affordable oil rig," he said. "Not everyone wants to spend $400 to $600 on a piece. We wanted people to have something versatile and still nice without spending a lot."