Alcohol & Other Drugs
Safer Smoking: Crack and crystal meth
Reduce your risk of burns, infections, disease, overdose, nutrition problems and dehydration
Author: Canadian Institute for Substance Use Research
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Before you start.
Know your dealer. It’s best to choose someone you feel safe with and who knows about the drugs they sell.
Take vitamins or eat something. You may not feel like eating when high.
Find a buddy. Using alone means no one will be there to help you if you overdose.
Find a safe place. Being relaxed and not in a hurry makes smoking easier and therefore safer.
Bring condoms and lube with you. Stimulant drugs can increase your sex drive.
Clean your hands and your own mouthpiece. Use soap and water or alcohol swabs to wash away germs that could go in your mouth.
To reduce risk.
Start with a small amount. If you don’t know how strong the drug is, this can help reduce your risk of overdose.
Use your own mouthpiece or pipe. This will help you avoid getting or spreading infection.
Use a shatterproof Pyrex pipe. Other pipes can get too hot or give off toxic fumes.
Avoid using broken or cracked pipes. Damaged pipes can lead to burns, cuts and infections.
Drink water, use lip balm and chew gum. These things will help keep your mouth moist and reduce cracks, blisters and risk of infection.
When preparing to smoke meth.
Make sure the drug is in the right part of the pipe bowl. If necessary, tap pipe gently.
Avoid burning your fingers. Hold the pipe halfway down the stem.
Apply heat to the bowl. Keep the heat source moving around until smoke fills the pipe (so the bowl won’t crack).
When preparing to smoke crack.
Use screens instead of Brillo (steel wool). Brillo can break apart and be inhaled, and its coating can make you sick.
Pack five screens into your pipe. This is safest. If you prefer, it’s okay to wrap the brass screens completely around the Brillo and use them together as a screen.
Use a wooden push stick. Wood is less likely than metal to damage the pipe.
Inhale slowly. This will help prevent burning your lungs.
Exhale immediately. Holding it in doesn’t make the effects stronger—it only hurts the lungs more.
Handle the pipe with care. It’ll be hot after using it.
Did you know.
Eating when you’re coming down will help you sleep.
Smoking any illegal drug is risky because you can never know for sure what's in it or how it was made. But there are also risks involved in how you smoke. Here are some ways to reduce those risks.
Should I Be Smoking Out of a Cracked Glass Pipe?
Can you still smoke out of a cracked glass pipe? The short answer is YES, but there are some caveats and exceptions.
- Cracked glass pipes still work (sometimes).
- Repairing a glass pipe is not recommended.
- Nobody likes bloody lips from chipped glass.
- When the going gets tough, improvise!
- Get a free pipe by mail for a good backup plan.
When Your Glass Pipe Cracks
First off, if you are reading this post, I’m very sorry that you glass pipe is cracked.
Let me paint you a picture of what happens all too often:
You’re sitting on your couch looking at your beloved glass smoking pipe lying broken on your coffee table. It’s a thick glass pipe that survived falling off of tables, slipping out of your hand and at least one instance where it bounced off of concrete.
You have watched countless times as inconsiderate weed smoking companions smashed it on top of tables and counters while deep into some story that had no point. But, it survived it all, yet you are still sitting there thinking about smoking out of a cracked glass pipe anyways. After all, it has been your friend for so long.
W TF! You look around the empty room looking for the culprit and trying to break down the mystery of the cracked glass pipe. Stressed, you put your hand through your hair and think, a smoke session is what I need, but how?
Trying to Repair a Cracked Glass Pipe
So your glass pipe is cracked. Instantaneously you become a seasoned glass pipe repair-person and start hunting around to find some possible solutions.
If you feel a breeze when you are pulling air through, then you might think that getting the superglue out will solve the problem.
News Flash: Glue is toxic. Don’t even think about inhaling it.
Grrrr. It’s not working the way that you planned, but what can you do?
If it is a little crack and there is no water flowing through, then you might be okay to use it as is, but only temporarily until your new glass pipe comes in the mail.
Acceptable Cracked Glass Pipes
These two examples are mainly cosmetic, but if you feel any sharp edges, just throw it away.
Non-Acceptable Cracked Glass Pipe
It’s pretty obvious if the glass pipe is shattered that there is no chance of repairing the glass piece, but I tend to think any chip in the mouthpiece is a big no-no.
Who the heck wants to have a bloody lip from a broken pipe? Certainly not the person you might be passing your glass pipe to.
So do you try and make do with what you have, or evaluate another option?
Option A: Your ex took that beautiful glass water pipe when they left, so that’s out.
Option B: You ran out of your RAW rolling papers, so that’s out.
Option C: Dig out that old school metal bowl and remembering its metal, so that’s out too.
No good options. So the question is: would I be an idiot for smoking out of a cracked glass pipe ?
Answer: Not really. Desperate times call for desperate measures friend.
Perhaps there are some apples in the kitchen and you could go really old school. Who needs a glass smoking pipe when you have an apple? No, making a bowl out of an apple is actually a project and you have always found that it wastes your herb.
You could make a smoking pipe out of aluminum foil but you’re not sure if you even have foil, plus you have heard that it’s bad for your lungs to smoke weed out of aluminum foil.
It’s Make or Break (further) Time.
You look back down at your cracked glass bowl. Why would smoking out of cracked glass pipe be so awful anyways? Would you cut your lips? Would you inhale small shards of broken glass? Would your thick glass pipe break further if you handled it?
Oh yea, you remember that Me Time Box Products offers free pipes by mail, but it certainly doesn’t solve the problem right now.
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You pick up the cracked glass pipe and examine the mouthpiece. There is this one jagged sharp shard of glass staring right at you. You actually touch it with your index finger, and yep it’s confirmed, it’s sharp. But otherwise, it seems good to go for now.
Hopefully you were able to get a decent, safe pull.
Just Order a New Free Glass Pipe
Now it’s time. Take your broken glass pipe and toss it in the trash. If you are having a tough time saying goodbye to your friend, then close your eyes and remember the good times.
In the end, you manage to get through your smoke session and your routine stays uninterrupted. You even get excited about shopping for the next unique glass pipe you will be adding to your inventory. Maybe you will go back and take advantage of that free glass pipe offer.
My suggestion: Claim a glass pipe (or two) from the free pipe giveaway, while supplies last and stop risking your lungs, lips and fingers on cracked glass pipes!
Should you do it? Is it safe? Even if you want to attempt to repair a broken glass smoking pipe, learn if it makes sense fix a cracked glass bowl or trash it.