With the ever growing expansion of the vaporizer market across the world, it may seem like the future of smoking herb will remove the ‘smoking’ aspect and replace it with ‘vaping’ entirely. I’ve heard a few voices from the older generations with legitimate concern that this sort of situation might really happen, but I think that good old fashioned joints, pipes and bongs will stick around for a very, very long time. Here’s a few reasons why these will most likely stick around in all human cultures indefinitely.
- They’ve been around thousands of years. Literally, thousands. Pipes and bongs actually predate the use of any kind of paper for smoking by a long shot. Before paper was in fact rolled up leaves. Some Jamaican tribes even used the leaves of the cannabis plant itself to roll themselves a pretty nice blunt. They also didn’t grind up that weed. Imagine smoking a blunt of little hand ground nugs? If it’s been around that long, there’s no reason it’d disappear any time soon.
- A lot of people feel more of a connection to the plant when smoking it. Regardless of if you believe in any spiritual mumbo jumbo or not, you can’t deny the scientific fact that the mental effects of smoking pot are greatly influenced by your state of mind at the time of consumption. So if people legitimately ‘feel’ like they are more connected to the plant when smoking it, it may actually result in a more comfortable high. I know a lot of people who say no matter what they just always feel better and higher when smoking, no matter how much they vape.
Lastly, there’s just a more rebellious and naturalistic aesthetic to it. A lot of people who smoke weed don’t care if it is healthier to vaporize if they are attached to a certain ideal of a rebellious stoner lifestyle. There’s also those who, like previously mentioned, feel a deeper connection to the herb when smoking it out of joints, pipes and bongs compared to vaping it. For some people, it has nothing to do with the resulting high, but simply adhering to a perceived natural order of things, in which the plant should not require the intervention of a machine to be benefited from.