What Do You Smoke Out of a Glass Pipe?

“What kind of drugs get smoked out of glass pipe?” I hear this question asked by parents a lot – especially early on, when they are first beginning to suspect that their child’s using is more than just casual experimentation.

Often, when confronted with such paraphernalia, a child will respond with statements like “I just tried weed once,” or “I’m holding it for a friend, it’s not a big deal.” Unfortunately, the truth can oftentimes be a lot more grim – glass pipes, while used for smoking cannabis, are also commonly used to smoke crystal methamphetamine, crack cocaine, pcp, opium and other drugs like DMT, a powerful psychedelic that puts the user into a psychotic out of body state.

How to Recognize Meth Use


[su_pullquote align=”right”]If the glass pipe has a bulb on one end, it was most likely used to smoke meth out of.[/su_pullquote]One of the first big warning signs that something other than recreational marijuana smoking is going on is the smell. Crystal meth, sometimes referred to as “ice” or “shards”, puts out a much thicker cloud of smoke than marijuana. While the smell doesn’t linger as powerfully as burnt cannabis, it has a distinct chemical odor that can smell stale. Regardless of whether or not there is a distinct smell left behind, if the glass pipe has a bulb on one end, it was most likely used to smoke meth out of. A meth pipe or any other glass pipe used to smoke it with will often have yellow or burnt streaks around the glass. Crack cocaine has a very distinct smell, like a mix between burning plastic and urine! Crack pipes are also distinct in their shape – they are long, straight glass tubes that are sold as “oil burners” (a common explanation for meth pipes as well). The other types of drugs that can be smoked out of glass pipes are often used in standard cannabis pipes and bongs.

Drug Smoking Paraphernalia


Another big sign of harder drugs than marijuana being used is the discovery of certain things in the trash or around the house. Finding bits of brillo pad or scouring mesh in the trash, with or without ash or burn marks, is a good indicator that someone is smoking crack. Baking soda turning up unexpectedly in someone’s room, as well as big spoons, ladles or pyrex dishes also point to crack use and home production. Mesh screens are also suspect.

Drug Use Excuses


Often, an addict will offer up the excuse that they were “just smoking hash”, out of many of these devices. When I was using, my parents unexpectedly showed up at my apartment one day and found spoons, foil, glass pipes and many of the other things talked about here lying around. I explained all of it away by saying I was “smoking hash oil”, (which in and of itself is extremely powerful and potentially dangerous), and convinced my family it was not a big deal. No parent is excited about the realization that their child is using hard drugs, so it is not uncommon for lies like this to go on for quite a while.

Ultimately there are lots of dangerous drugs that can be smoked out of glass pipes. Be on the lookout for any strange smells, spoons, foil and other potential paraphernalia. All of these things can be indicative of a much larger problem than recreational marijuana use.

  • Robyn M.
    Posted at 19:47h, 27 February Reply

    Howard, I want to thank you for your note to the parents about reaching out to our new members and really embracing our new way of life!!!Your timing was perfect I really needed to hear your insight. Great job!
    thank you ,
    Robyn M. Miracle House mom

  • Smokey Mcpot
    Posted at 14:26h, 15 May Reply

    “smoking hash oil, which in and of itself is extremely powerful and potentially dangerous”

    Oh god this shit is hilarious! Hash oil is not even slightly dangerous. This is the kind of bullshit that make people not take any drugs seriously.

  • Linzi
    Posted at 04:27h, 23 June Reply

    Thank you for the above information. Today I found a used pipe made out of clear glass with a short straight tube and a funnel shape at one end. What is it? The residue is black.

    • Howard Barker
      Posted at 17:02h, 23 June Reply

      Linzi, their are a couple possibilities but that sounds like a pipe made for smoking methamphetamine or crack cocaine. If there is a bulb on one end, chances are it is for methamphetamine. If there is no bulb and it is shorter, it was probably used for crack cocaine.

  • Nancy Stoddard
    Posted at 13:22h, 01 July Reply

    We are concerned about our son returning to old habits. I found more than one table knife that looked like it had been heated up with a flame and burnt, and had black residue on it. Your response will be greatly appreciated.

    • Howard Barker
      Posted at 21:13h, 01 July Reply

      Hi Nancy, a table knife can be used to smoke either hash or heroin. If you are concerned, feel free to give us a call.

  • Angie Elliott
    Posted at 04:31h, 06 August Reply

    Hi, I am VERY new to all of this, but what exactly is a table knife? Or what does it look like? What color is heroin? Powdery at all? Similar to Meth at all? Also where are you located Howard? Thanks so much!

    • Howard Barker
      Posted at 19:44h, 07 August Reply

      Hi Angie! A table knife is anything like a regular metal butter or dinner knife that has a flat surface and can be heated by flame. If they have been used for this purpose they will often be charred and marked from being heated. Heroin comes in a variety of colors. On the west coast of the US, it is typically found as a black, tarry substance (black tar heroin). It can easily be mistaken for something else and often has a distinct vinegary or coffee like odor. On the east coast and midwest it is often found as a powdery white or grey substance. We are located in Los Angeles, California! Hope this was helpful, feel free to shoot us an email if you have more questions!

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