Smoking a pipe with a screen prevents sucking weed into your mouth and lungs
Today we ask the age-old question: should I be using a screen with my pipe? The short answer is ‘yes.’ Screens (and by extension gauze and filters) are the mark of a refined, seasoned smoker who cares about the details.
There are many strong reasons to be using one of these if you are a regular pipe smoker. And there are very few strong arguments (none, really that we were able to dredge up) as to why you shouldn’t.
Here are the four most compelling reasons why you should switch to screens if you haven’t already:
1. Using a screen limits the ability to pull hot weedy embers through and into your mouth, throat, or lungs during an inhale. Gross. Besides ingesting bong water, pulling weed through a pipe may be one of the most disgusting experiences in smoking culture.
2. It’s waxy, unpleasant and literally leaves a bad taste in your mouth. And there’s no way it’s anything but terrible for your body and general health.
3. I’m sure if you trawl enough message boards, you could find someone out there gets off on sucking flaming plants and pipe goo into her body. But for the majority of us sane people, pulling through should be avoided at all cost.
Also, if you’re sharing a pipe, chances are other people don’t find the experience pleasurable either. So be polite.
4. And screens are relatively cheap, all things considered. You can buy hundreds or thousands of screens for less than $20, which should last you years.
You can, of course, find screens, gauzes, and other filtration methods everywhere from the local head shop to online vendors.
Further Benefits of Pipe Filtration/Screens
Screens otherwise reduce the amount of wasted product when you use one and maximize the amount of leaf that you can burn before getting sucked through.
If you’re genuinely concerned about waste, though, tinctures or vaporizers might be even more efficient alternatives for you to experiment with as well and mix into your repertoire.
Screens also minimize the amount of dottle, or clumpy wet weed remains from clogging the bowl or interior of your pipe. The more that stuff builds up, the less effective and hygienic your pipe will be. No one wants to deal with unclogging shitty pipes anyway.
Many have tried DIY methods like repurposing faucet screens or window screens. However, we feel like legit screens are so cheap that you’d have to have a compelling reason to make your own.
Though tempting, making your own screen may be either ineffective, toxic, or just plain disgusting. Just don’t do it. If you can afford to buy weed, you can probably afford a couple of extra bucks a year to do it right.
Experiment with metal and glass screens. If you don’t break them, glass or ceramic screens (typically more expensive) like the daisy style can last years.
That’s much longer than your metal/alloy screens if you take care of them properly. As far as metal, stainless steel and brass are likely your best bet.
Of course, what size you buy depends on the size of your bowl. But it’s always best to err on the slightly bigger side as you can bend the excess screen up or trim the edges to make it fit snuggly into your piece.