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Heady Glass Versus Scientific Glass: What Is The Difference? Which Is Best?

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While we generally condone harmony and peaceful relations (especially given the shape of the world in these weird times), there is a debate that ranges among glassheads, bong enthusiasts and headshop owners, and it revolves around heady glass versus scientific glass.

What is the difference between the two types of glass? What type of glass bong, water pipe, dab rig or bubbler is best for you? And can you get the best of both worlds in one piece?

Heady Glass
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Heady glass generally refers to high end, colorful intricate glass pieces that are blown by experienced glass artists. Heady pieces often feature advanced glass blowing techniques, vibrant hues, unique shapes and detailed embellishments throughout the glass. These beautifully worked pieces usually focus on colorful design and creativity rather than pure functionality. Heady glass pieces are often one of a kind artifacts or part of a limited run, making them attractive to collectors who want to start their own unique collection of eye catching dab rigs, hand pipes and water pipes from know artists.  Heady glass piece often involve exotic techniques, include sandblasting, fuming, millies, accents, sculpting, reversals, wig wags, honeycomb, electroforming, marbles, worked sections, and rettis. Brands such as Empire Glassworks and Grog Glass are known for their heady designs and artisianal, American made pieces.

Scientific Glass


Scientific glass pieces are less ornate than heady glass and the focus is on utility and functionality. Most scientific glass pieces are made from borosilicate glass piece with a singular design and specific function. The glass used to make scientific pieces is strong, thick and, usually, clear. Thus, scientific pieces are durable and strong, and can resist high temperatures without stressing the glass.
  Scientific pieces are noted for their minimal design ethos, and often have the shape of a tube or a beaker (you know, like you used to use in science class).  The focus is on crafting a bong, dab rig or pipe that provides a great smoking experience. Brand such as Grav Labs and Snoop Dogg Pounds are noted for their clean, precise scientific designs.


Which Style Is Right For You?

These two types of glass pieces are very different in terms of of visuals. But both are highly functional and, ultimately, designed to serve the same purpose.  Whether you choose a heady glass piece or scientific piece will depend on what your preferences are and how you feel about the looks of your bong. In the end it may come down more to personality than which is actually better in any concrete or factual way. But, really, you cannot go wrong, whichever style you choose.

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