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Marijuana product review: Heady Glass production oil rig/bubbler combo

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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.
Englewood, CO
www.headyglass.com

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William Breathes not included
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.

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.

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Ben "Spice" Crowley
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."

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."



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22 comments
bubblers
bubblers

This one is beautifull, but as one mebmer said the glass is very weak and it wont last long

headysucksdick
headysucksdick

heady glass sucks ass. if you buy a piece, as soon as you walk out the door, it's yours. no returns, exchange or store credit. even if it is unused. I will never shop there again. they are extra pricey also

Ljmparkerco
Ljmparkerco

I reccommend that you stay away from this store.  Their glass is weak.  The owner is arrogant and mean and the help have little knowledge of their product. 

helping the environment
helping the environment

So nice pic....I really like it...Great article with excellent idea! I appreciate your post.

Andrew Hirsch
Andrew Hirsch

thank you heady glass for schooling that fellow

glass pipes
glass pipes

I really like reading your post and the glass smoking stuff is looking cool.. Just wondering to know about the cost of it? And also it gives same pleasure as pipes?

flame patio heater
flame patio heater

So nice pic....I really like it...Great article with excellent idea! I appreciate your post.

Laughing at weakness
Laughing at weakness

Want Heady Glass? Shop somewhere else! Not to say that they dont have a good selection or good service, oh wait, they don't. Visited heady glass this weekend and must say that the employees are puffed way up on the hot gasses from (glass blowing?) their own ego's. No reasonable prices to be found, the employees are pompous jerks and treat you like you know nothing. I found a similar pipe from one of the artists at heady glass over at Headed West on Broadway for 66% less. I wont be going back to 'Heady Glass' any time soon.

Garcia Jerome
Garcia Jerome

holy shit...... I missed the 250 dollar part. there is maybe 50 bucks worth of material there. not to mention its a pretty common and simple bubbler design. oh yeah.. when you start seeing those pipes and bubblers like I described you can tell them they are biting jerry's shit

Colforbin
Colforbin

fly famous mocking bird, fly fly fly flyyyyyyy

the famous mocking bird
the famous mocking bird

so complicated.... for oil or wax... pull your oil or wax out with a toothpick. grab your weed. put weed in smoking utensil. have toothpic with oil or wax on it, then get a lighter, then light the lighter, move the lighter to the oil or wax on the toothpic. make sure you have the toothpic over the bowl so you can catch the molten oil or wax. catch that oil in the bowl as it drips off the toothpic....Booya your done. smoke up jonny.

William Breathes
William Breathes

Jerry,

you are right: it is pretty much a fancy version of hot knives... and i hear your concerns about the metal...

but this isn't aluminum, plastic or anything like that. plates are made from medical grade titanium, which maintains it's strength and rigidity even at high temps. More and more people in the glass blowing world are using this as a way of creating hot surfaces that hold temperature that are comparable to quartz glass. I'm a big advocate of keeping things clean, and after talking with Chris and the guys at Heady Glass about the Ti pads, I feel comfortable using them.

As for burning hash: you are right. I think burning bubble hash on a bowl is the best way. But for oil and earwax, I'm a hot pad/nail convert for sure. Don't knock it till you try it, my friend.

CannaCenters
CannaCenters

Good patients smoke from good glassware.

Garcia Jerome
Garcia Jerome

Looks like really complicated version of hot knives. Isn't the whole point of smoking with glass to avoid the plastic and metal we all grew up using. So.. why would I buy a glass pipe so I can heat up my concentrate on metal. Here is a really easy way to smoke hash.... you put it on some weed. But, if you really like the taste of metal you could always use a screen that costs a dollar for ten of them.

William Breathes
William Breathes

Jerry,

sorry to disappoint you, but the bowl pieces you described are nothing new either.

thanks for reading and commenting everyone.

jerry
jerry

i don't agree billy. i have tried a similar contraption a couple of years ago in cali. i wasn't impressed becuase there were many alternatives. heady glass could make a much less expensive and much more simple pipe or bubbler. for instance... if the blower didn't put a hole in the bottom of a bowl and instead put 4 or 5 slits around the middle of the bowl. therefor the concentrate collects at the bottom of the bowl. then one could smoke any type of concentrate (hash, kief, oil or wax) the only thing need is a glass rod that is heated and used as the flame. or you can use the torches that are sold in head shops. so its esentially the same thing although you don't heat metal to 300 degrees numerous times. because while it may be medical grade titanium is will still give off some sort of leaching because of the continual heating and cooling.

steama
steama

What are you 65? Nothin' like a hot titanium nail! Better than even glass don't you know?

Garcia Jerome
Garcia Jerome

i know i'm just joshin...... i just thought it would be cool/funny to put jer's name in there.

steama
steama

Waaa! Waaa! Waaa! Stop your whining.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

Thanks, Heady Glass, for the additional information. Much appreciated.

Headyglass
Headyglass

Thanks for the comments everyone! In regards to the concerns posted above...

There are many vast differences between using a Grade 2 Titanium pad, and simply putting your extracted medication on what it originated from. It's just not efficient, any way you cut it, and we'll show you why.

For one, There are over 23 grades of Titanium. Many of which do have the addition of alloy which off gases as aluminum oxide. Same as the screens you mentioned. However, if you look into the physical composition of Grade 2 Titanium, you'll notice its an UN-Alloyed Titanium. In fact if you look around, you'll find major hospitals using Titanium in high & even low heat circumstances, solely for its non-alloyed nature. To cut to the chase Garcia, the Titanium pads do not, and certainly will not off gas bad fumes. Further more, Butane torches only reach 2500° at most (usually running around 1200-1600°) so the Titanium's longevity is far from an issue. Grade 2 Titanium will almost always be heated up well over 3500° when being manufactured. The only part in the whole equation that would be mildly susceptible to off-gasing would be the stainless steel wire used to hinge-wrap the pad. But in contrast even Stainless steel doesn't off-gas until it reaches extreme temp's that are rarely, if ever found in the situation at hand. Regardless, to give everyone peach of mind.... we designed a "Wrap-Bar" on the back of the Titanium pad to keep the wire as far away from the direct heat as possible. If that still doesn't float your boat, we offer 100% Grade 2 Titanium Wraps, which are sure not to off-gas.

The slides you mentioned are a great way to consume extracts, but it is silicate. If your concerned about off gassing, you might be interested to know Clear silicate glass off gasses at roughly 800°. Not to say that's any worse that going to the tanning bed, or looking at a welding torch for a brief second, but if the main concern here is off-gas inhalation, you might be want to take note of that.

@The famous mockingbird, while using a toothpick & butane lighter might be a bit more convenient, its far from the healthiest alternative. Not only is the toothpick porous, but the lighter is spitting out carcinogenic fumes, right onto your meds. Even over and above that, a Bic lighter has a average heat of 1977C or 3590.6F which is defeating in its purpose when you realize that the meds you are activating only need to be heated to about 200°C (CBD 206.3°C,[6] CBN 212.7°C,[7] THC 149.3°C[8]) Now I'm certainly no rocket scientist or physicist, but it seems like that's what one might call overkill. What we find is more efficient is using a 100% Stainless steel, Grade 2 Titanium, or even Quartz poker to apply the oil to the hot Ti plate. That way the viscous oil wont be absorbed by the porous toothpick, nor will the toothpick be burnt on the pad. But we do understand this really is an opinionated issue as far as those who want old school convenience over true proven health advantages. It is America, Right?

As a new system on the market, its bound to be met with confusion, and misunderstanding. We knew that! In all honesty, we had our doubts when we were first shown this method years ago. However after a weeks or so use (were sure William can concur on this fact) it became MUCH easier to use. Now, its almost hard to imagine what wed do without out Titanium pads. Soon, there will be a Titanium Nail for Domes on the market, and more products will follow.

Garcia, we were just as skeptical at one time, like we said. If you have the time, Wed love to have you come down and let us give you a wrapped curve, and sit down with you to explain why this really is a healthier alternative. You can throw on any Glass on Glass piece you have! We would encourage you to give us your HONEST Unbiased opinion after a months use.

If anyone has any concerns regarding the integrity of the products we use, please don't hesitate to E-mail us!

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