Heady Glass 101: The Essential Guide

By Jack Oct27,2023

What is heady glass?

What is heady glass? Before delving deeper, it’s important to understand what exactly a “dab glass” is and what sets it apart from other pipes, bongs, and dab rigs. The term “cool glass” refers to high-quality glass that has been crafted by glassblowers into one-of-a-kind works of art. The striking pieces of glass are carefully crafted by glassblowers, using alluring colors and intricate details to create each high-quality product.

Some glass items prioritize ease of use and functionality alone, without paying much attention to aesthetics – this is often referred to as ‘science glass’. The art glass market has grown rapidly over the last few decades, and as time goes on, the two distinct categories of scientific glass and strong glass are becoming more and more merging. Today’s cool glass appliances and smoking accessories are pleasing to the eye without sacrificing functionality and durability.

Functional glass or not?

Hand pipes and water pipes are called “functional glass” because they can be used for purposes beyond their visual appeal. “Non-functional glass” exists only as a work of art or decoration without the possibility of using it as a tool. Eye-catching glass pendants are a popular form of non-functional glass with a centuries-old history.

Glass pipes, water pipes, dab machines and similar devices make up a large percentage of the functional glass market. With the legalization of cannabis and the advent of social media, the widespread visibility of functional glass products has skyrocketed over the past decade. Glass artists in Denver and around the world have been contributing their unique skills and talent to glassblowing for thousands of years, causing stunning glass to evolve and improve until it becomes the unique pieces now available for sale in head shops.


At The Dab Lab, we know a thing or two about the finer things in life. Our personal collection of heady dab rigs and other rare pieces of glass art is something we are proud of and greatly appreciate. Similarly, the range of heady dab rigs that we have made available for sale here on our site have been individually selected by us to ensure that some of the most sought-after and unique pieces in the world are here and ready for you to add to your own collection today. Unlike the typical smokehouse owner, we keep our finger on the pulse of what’s hot in the glass industry and know which artists are dedicated to their craft and deserve increased prices. We know the difference between a rare, one-of-a-kind piece and a colorful production piece. Of course, if you are considering any purchase from us at The Dab Lab, please do not hesitate to contact us here on the site or via social media if you have any questions and we will help you find the absolutely perfect rare headpiece. And as always, all domestic orders over $300 ship FREE at The Dab Lab!

Tips for buying strong glass

High-quality, attractive glass will work well and serve for years. However, most of us don’t make money (including our team), so spending our hard-earned money on something strong shouldn’t be taken lightly. Before you choose the perfect, strong glass piece, consider the following factors:

Get to know your artist – thousands of glassblowers have strong glass for sale. Before making a large purchase, it is worth taking a closer look at the artist who created your work. Finding a reputable craftsman who offers pieces that suit your style will always pay off. Our team has done the hard work for you, collecting parts only from trusted and exceptionally talented local glass blowers to sell in our online store and at three Denver-area locations.

Try Before You Buy – When shopping at our local stores, you can ask our team members to preview your powerhouse kit, hookah or snorkel in action. Artists often go above and beyond to offer interesting features that cannot be appreciated until the glass is actually used. Presentations of our newest, impressive products are often available on our Instagram.

Handle your Heady glass with care – some artists and head shops include protective covers on the sturdy pieces of glass to ensure they don’t break before you get home. The delicate products sold in our online smoke shop are well packaged and handled gently, ensuring they arrive safely at your door.

By Jack

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