How Does a Water Pipe Work? A Comprehensive Guide

Posted by Jamie Pope on Apr 30, 2021

How Does a Water Pipe Work? A Comprehensive Guide

How Does a Water Pipe Work? A Comprehensive Guide

Venturing into the world of water pipes is always exciting and fun! With all the types of water pipes we have to choose from, who wouldn’t want to smoke from a water pipe? At Cloud 9 Smoke Co, we have the best selection of water pipes to buy online so you can take your time to choose the perfect water pipe for you!

After getting a water pipe, it may seem like there’s a lot of work put into their craft… and a lot of work headed your way to use and care for them! Though it may seem intimidating at first, don’t worry. Water pipes are super easy to use and care for after learning proper technique and gaining experience!

What makes water pipes so special is their ability to diffuse and filtrate our smoke. Cool, right? It seems like the idea of water pipes have been around for decades. Some of us probably weren’t even alive when water pipes began to revolutionize the way we consume dry herb! So, how long have they been around exactly?

Cloud 9 Smoke Co has a comprehensive guide about how water pipes work, their history, water pipe laws, and helpful tips! Buckle up, grab a snack, and let’s dive in.

History of Water Pipes

History of Water Pipes

Did you know that water pipes have been around for over 2,000 years? Archaeologists have found preserved, and remnants, of water pipes in southern Russia. These water pipes were made from pure gold and were used by Scythian tribal chefs! Prior to this discovery, the earliest known water pipes were found in a cave in Ethiopia dating back to 1400 CE. Crazy, huh?

To add to the craziness, the ruling class of the Ming Dynasty, dating back to the 16th Century, used water pipes to consume tobacco. Commoners used homemade bamboo versions of water pipes while elites chose to use water pipes crafted with jewels and other exquisite materials. In 1922, archaeologist Henry Balfour reported the use of “earth pipes” (AKA water pipes) used by African tribes. These water pipes were crafted from packed mud!

During the era of the Silk Road, Chinese innovators boomed the prevalence of glassware and the water pipe industry began to expand rapidly along the Silk Road. Unfortunately, it took the United States a little longer to begin using water pipes, and the first water pipes in the USA made their mark in the 1940s!

It wasn’t until the 1960’s and 1970’s where water pipes began to evolve to more artistic designs. This is when the famous glass blower, Bob Snodgrass, began to make his debut! Originally, Snodgrass was a lampworker, but he shifted his artistic focus to smokeware and revolutionized the water pipe movement. Snodgrass religiously followed a Grateful Dead tour where he designed glass water pipes across the country. After he settled in Eugene, Oregon, Snodgrass and his student, Hugh Selkin, discovered fuming! Fuming is a process that uses gold and silver to color borosilicate glass.

As Snodgrass began to showcase and sell more of his artwork, more students began to learn the art of glass blowing under his instruction. By the later 1990’s, Tommy Chong dove into the water pipe culture and started his own brand of water pipes! It wasn’t soon after that the first heady shops made their debut in New York and Los Angeles. Fast forward to present day, smoke shops are booming and raving in popularity!

Water Pipe Laws

Water Pipe Laws

As the water pipe industry began to make its footing in the common market, everything seemed golden. However, in 2003 the United States Government spent around $12 million to fund a campaign to completely ban the sale of water pipes. This is because they saw this art form as drug paraphernalia. During this campaign, 55 retailers were shut down, Tommy Chong’s brand of water pipes were confiscated, and online vendors were immediately shut down. During this time, the water pipe industry was worth an impressive $1 billion a year!

Is it Legal to Own a Water Pipe?

Maneuvering over to the million dollar question: Is it legal to own a water pipe?

Unfortunately, this is still a huge gray area for most of us. Technically, it’s not illegal to own a water pipe. However, if your intended use is beyond tobacco or legal herb such as lavender or CBD, then yes, it’s illegal.

Dating back to the early 2000’s, there was a campaign set in place called Operation Pipe Dreams. This campaign was an endeavor, similar to Alcohol Prohibition, to eliminate the sale and distribution of all cannabis paraphernalia. Operation Pipe Dreams was the campaign that landed many, like Tommy Chong, incarcerated. Fortunately, under the Obama administration, Operation Pipe Dream was abandoned. Furthermore, the Trump administration has left the water pipe industry alone, as long as retailers adhered to selling water pipes for tobacco use.

So if you own a water pipe, it’s probably best to keep it at home and out of plain view. Transporting water pipes, if they’ve been used, is a pretty big gamble. If you were pulled over with a used water pipe in your possession, police could generate a solid case that the water pipe was used as paraphernalia. Though you may say its used for tobacco, a quick test could change that answer very soon!

So hear us out, keep your water pipe clean, smoke discreetly, and keep your water pipe at home! Even if you are using it for legal substances such as tobacco or CBD, you’ll save yourself a lot of anxiety and potential risk by keeping your guard up.

Are Water Pipes Outlawed in Any State?

In most states, having a used water pipe in your possession could result in minor charges and is nearly always a misdemeanor. However, if you have repeated charges with a water pipe in your possession, that’s when circumstances become a bit sticky.

Here is a list of the penalties associated with having a used water pipe in your possession:

  1. Alabama - If charged, it’s a misdemeanor. You’ll serve up to 1 year in jail and will be fined $6,000.
  2. Alaska - Alaska does not have any laws punishing the possession of paraphernalia. (used water pipes)
  3. Arizona - This state considers the possession of a used water pipe as a felony. You’ll serve anywhere from 4 months to 2 years in prison and will be fined up to $150,000.
  4. Arkansas - If charged, you’ll receive a misdemeanor. You’ll serve up to 1 year in jail and will be fined $2,500.
  5. California - Possession of a used water pipe is a misdemeanor with a sentence of 15 days to 6 months in prison. You’ll pay a fine of $500.
  6. Colorado - This state considers this offense a petty offense. You’ll pay a fine of $100.
  7. Connecticut - If you’re caught with a used water pipe and less than ½ ounce of dry herb, the state considers it as a civil infraction. You’ll be fined $300.
  8. Delaware - If you’re transporting a used water pipe, the state may consider it as a charge of ‘delivery of paraphernalia.’ This is a felony and you’ll serve up to 3 years in prison.
  9. Florida - If you’re charged, it’s a misdemeanor and a fine of $1,000.
  10. Georgia - The possession of a used water pipe is a misdemeanor with up to 1 year in jail. You’ll also be fined $1,000 as a first offense. If this offense is repeated, fines and jail time increase.
  11. Hawaii - This state considers the possession of a used water pipe a felony. You’ll serve up to 5 years in jail and be fined $10,000.
  12. Idaho - If charged, it’s a misdemeanor. You’ll serve up to 1 year in jail and be fined $1,000. If you had the intent to sell the water pipe, it’s a felony punishable with up to 9 years in jail with a $30,000 fine.
  13. Illinois - Considered a civil infraction with a maximum fine of $200.
  14. Indiana - The possession of a used water pipe is a civil infraction and could include a fine up to $10,000. After the first offense, this state considers it to be a felony with a minimum of 6 months in prison and an additional $10,000 fine.
  15. Iowa - Possession of a used water pipe is a misdemeanor. You’ll serve up to 6 months in jail and receive a $1,000 fine.
  16. Louisiana - Misdemeanor with up to 6 months in jail and a maximum fine of $500.
  17. Kansas - If charged, it’s a misdemeanor with up to 6 months in jail and a $2,500 fine.
  18. Kentucky - If charged, you’ll receive a misdemeanor. You’ll serve up to 1 year in jail and pay a $2,500 fine.
  19. Maine - Possession of a used water pipe is penalty-free.
  20. Maryland - Possession of a used water pipe is a civil offense with no fine or jail time.
  21. Massachusetts - No penalty or fine.
  22. Michigan - No penalty, jail time, or fine.
  23. Minnesota - In this state, the possession of a used water pipe is a misdemeanor. You’ll serve no jail time and pay a fine of $300.
  24. Mississippi - Punishable fine up to $500. The second offense will result in a fine of $2,000.
  25. Missouri - Misdemeanor with a sentence of up to 6 months in jail. You’ll be fined $500.
  26. Montana - The possession of a used water pipe is a misdemeanor with up to 6 months in jail and a $500 fine.
  27. Nebraska - In this state, it’s a civil infraction. You’ll pay a fine up to $100.
  28. Nevada - No penalty or fine if you’re over the age of 21.
  29. New Hampshire - Misdemeanor with up to 1 year in jail and a $2,000 fine.
  30. New Jersey - Possession of a used water pipe is considered disorderly conduct. You’ll serve up to 6 months in jail and a $2,000 fine.
  31. New Mexico - New Mexico considers this to be a civil matter. You’ll pay up to $50 in fines.
  32. New York - Misdemeanor with 1 year in jail. Second offense is a felony with a sentence of 7 years in prison. You’ll be fined $5,000 for the second offense.
  33. North Carolina - Used water pipe possession is a misdemeanor. You’ll serve up to 45 days in jail with a $1,000 fine.
  34. North Dakota - In this state, the possession of a used water pipe is a criminal infraction. You won’t serve time in jail, but may pay a fine up to $1,000.
  35. New York - First offense is a misdemeanor with up to 1 year in prison. Your second offense will be a felony carrying a sentence of up to 7 years in prison with a fine of $5,000
  36. Ohio - Possession of a used water pipe is a misdemeanor. You’ll serve no jail time. You’ll be fined $150.
  37. Oklahoma - Considered a misdemeanor. You’ll serve up to 1 year in jail with a $1,000 fine.
  38. Oregon - Possession of a used water pipe with intent to sell is a civil penalty with a fine up to $10,000.
  39. Pennsylvania - Misdemeanor with 6 months to 1 year in jail. You’ll also pay a fine of $2,500.
  40. Rhode Island - Possession of a used water pipe will land you with 2 years in jail with a fine of $5,000.
  41. South Carolina - Possession of a used water pipe is considered a civil citation. You’ll receive a fine up to $500.
  42. South Dakota - Misdemeanor with up to 30 days in jail. You’ll pay a fine of $500.
  43. Tennessee - This state considers used water pipe possession a misdemeanor with up to 1 year in jail. You’ll also have to pay a fine of $2,500.
  44. Texas - Misdemeanor with a $500 fine.
  45. Utah - This state charges this offense as a misdemeanor. You’ll serve up to 6 months in jail and will have to pay a fine of $1,000.
  46. Vermont - Vermont considers this offense to be a civil violation. You'll pay a fine up to $200.
  47. Virginia - Misdemeanor with 1 year in jail and a fine of $2,500.
  48. Washington - Misdemeanor. You’ll serve up to 1 month in jail and will be fined $500.
  49. Wisconsin - If you’re caught with a used water pipe in your possession, you’ll pay up to $500 in fines.
  50. Wyoming - Misdemeanor. You’ll serve up to 6 months in jail and a $750 fine.

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There you have it! All 50 states. Doesn’t this make you want to keep your water pipe squeaky clean and hidden at home?

We definitely aren’t trying to scare you straight! Owning a water pipe is legal if you use it correctly and keep it clean and well taken care of. Plus, they’re a lot of fun and safer to smoke from than papers, wraps, and hand pipes!

Anatomy of a Water Pipe

Anatomy of a Water Pipe Infographic

Water pipes consist of 8 key elements for you to know and be familiar with! Here’s a breakdown of what each part of a water pipe does.

  • Mouthpiece: The mouthpiece is the part of the water pipe that you will put your mouth into to suck and inhale smoke. These can range in all types of designs and shapes. Ultimately, their shape and design is used to improve suction!
  • Neck: The neck of a water pipe is where your smoke will travel to before you take the final inhale! This is also the part of the water pipe where you can pack ice into.
  • Ice Pinch: The ice pinch is the part of the water pipe that keeps ice from entering the base of your water pipe! That way your percolator and downstem will remain secure and protected.
  • Percolator: A percolator is the part of the water pipe responsible for maximum filtration and diffusion! There are many types of percolators, such as tree percolators, matrix percolators, and matrix percolators. However, it’s important to know that their function is to diffuse and filtrate your smoke to a smooth consistency!
  • Slide: Slides, often referred to as bowls, are the part of a water pipe that you pack and light your dry herb.
  • Joint piece: The joint piece is the part of the water pipe that connects the slide to the downstem of the water pipe. The joint piece allows for a smooth flow of smoke to be transported to the base of your water pipe.
  • Downstem: The downstem works alongside your slide and joint to transport smoke into the base of your water pipe. Sometimes downstems contain slits or holes, making it a diffused downstem, to begin the diffusion and filtration process as soon as the smoke makes contact with the water in the base.
  • Base: The base is part of the water pipe that holds most, if not all, of the water. The base is responsible for keeping your water pipe sturdy while also giving your smoke ample room to filtrate and diffuse!

Types of Water Pipes

If you’ve never owned a water pipe, or if you’re curious about what types of water pipes are out there, we have a list of the common types of water pipes you’ll see here at Cloud 9 Smoke Co!

  • Straight Tube Water Pipes: These water pipes are also known as straight-shooters. They’re popular for their narrow shape and for producing some of the most direct hits of smoke. Many prefer straight tubes due to their ease of use, comfortable handling, and convenient care and maintenance.
    • Our favorite straight tube in our water pipe gallery:
    • MOB Glass Behive
      • The MOB Beehive Water Pipe
        • This straight tube water pipe is handcrafted from borosilicate glass and features a honeycomb percolator, tree percolator, and an ice pinch. Talk about smooth, refreshing hits!
  • Beaker Water Pipes: Beaker water pipes are the classic shape of water pipes! Their flask-shaped base allows for your smoke to come into more contact with air and water. This results in more diffusion and filtration!
    • AFM Full Color Beaker
    • Classic smoke seshes come from the colorful AFM 12” Full Color Beaker
      • This beaker water pipe was made in California and features an ice pinch and diffused downstem to keep all seshes 5 out of 5 stars! Plus, the amount of colors this water pipe comes in is insane.
  • Recycler Water Pipes: Often known as multi-chamber water pipes. Recyclers feature external, or internal, arms for your smoke to go through the filtration process multiple times before it makes its way to the dome! Some of the smoothest hits come from recycler water pipes.
    • MOB Internal Pillar
    • Smooth smoke seshes can be done with the MOB Glass Internal Pillar Recycler!
      • This internal recycler water pipe will give your smoke all the filtration and diffusion you need to have the smoothest seshes of all time.
  • Inverted Beaker Water Pipes: These water pipes have a cone-shaped base, and allow your smoke to filtrate while remaining dense and concentrated. Inverted beaker water pipes are great for bud enthusiast’s who can’t get enough terpenes!
    • Gambino Studios Style 4
    • Scrumptious smoke always comes from the Gambino Studios Style 4.
      • With its inverted beaker base and showerhead percolator, your hits will remain dense and full of terpenes while being smooth and easy on the throat.
  • Mini Water Pipes: Mini water pipes are great for discrete seshes and convenient stashing. Let’s say your roomies aren’t aware of your love for dry herb. Mini water pipes will keep you low on the radar while still providing filtration and diffusion. Success!
    • Water pipes do come in fun size!
    • AFM Fixed Stem Mini Tube
      • The AFM Fixed Stem Mini Tube is the perfect mini water pipe you can use for super-secret seshes. With its bent neck, you can comfortably toke from any table top surface.
  • High End Water Pipes: High end water pipes are made from brands that work to ensure symmetry and high quality in a glass water pipe. When a water pipe is symmetrical, joint piece and percolator included, you’ll be able to witness the power a water pipe has at its full potential!
    • The best high end water pipes start with HiSi! HiSi specially engineers and crafts their water pipes from dense borosilicate glass and unique percolators to optimally diffuse and filtrate your smoke.
  • Heady Water Pipes: Heady water pipes get their name due to their unique design crafted from a glassblower. These water pipes take on unconventional shapes and feature intricate designs that you typically wouldn’t see on a common water pipe.
    • Andy G Ice Bubbler
    • One of our favorite heady artists, Andy G, makes irresistible water pipes that we drool over 24/7. Check out this Andy G Ice Bubbler; it’s absolutely wicked!
  • Silicone Water Pipes: If you’re looking for a water pipe that’s virtually indestructible, silicone water pipes are the way to go. Made from food-grade silicone, these water pipes are non-toxic, BPA free, and 100% washable. You can bend, twist, and warp silicone water pipes for discrete stashing!
    • Paradise Silicone has the best silicone water pipes! With unique designs and shapes, you can’t go wrong with a Paradise Silicone water pipe.

Joint Sizes, Degrees and Styles

After you get your first water pipe, you have to get a slide to truly get the party started. I mean, how else are you going to pack and load dry herb without one? Slides are a quintessential part of owning a water pipe. Knowing how to choose the right slide and accessories will keep all pieces of your water pipe snugly fit. That way, you won’t have to worry about pieces breaking, falling off, or just looking super awkward on your water pipe!

The joint style and degree of your water pipe has a lot of influence on the accessories you buy. Think about choosing your outfit. You wouldn’t want to pair plaid with polka dots, would you? It’s a similar idea with joint sizes and types!

Water pipe joint sizes come in standard sizes of 10mm, 14mm, and 18mm. A good way to determine what size your water pipe joint has to do with your fingers and your water pipe’s downstem! Take your pinky, ring, and middle finger and insert each into your water pipe’s downstem.

  • If your pinky snugly fits, your joint size is probably 10mm.
  • If your ring finger has a snug fit, your joint size is 14mm.
  • If your middle finger fits snugly in the downstem, the joint size is 18mm.

Now that you know what joint size your slide and accessories has to be, the next step is to know what degree your joint is! The common degrees for water pipe joints are 45-degrees and 90-degrees. To give a visual idea, here are examples of a 45-degree joint and a 90-degree joint:

  • 45-degree joint
    • Gambino St Anchor
  • 90-degree joint
    • CLC Glass Banger Hanger

Any accessory for your water pipe, such as an ash catcher, will have to complement the joint degree of your water pipe. 45 always matches 45. 90 always matches 90. Any time you try to mix the two degrees, more than likely they won’t fit into your water pipe!

Another thing to keep in mind is the joint style of a slide or accessory! Water pipes come in two standard joint styles: male joints and female joints. To get an idea of which joint style your water pipe has, take a look at how the joint is shaped. Female joints will be wide and open; this means that any slide or attachment will fit into the joint. Male joints will be narrow and taper off towards the top; this means that slides and accessories will fit on top of the joint.

If your slide or accessory fits into the joint of your water pipe: your water pipe’s joint is female and your slide’s joint is male.

If your slide or accessory fits on top of the joint of your water pipe: your water pipe’s joint is male and your slide’s joint is female.


What your water pipe is made from is crucial to know when you’re picking out a water pipe. All of Cloud 9 Smoke Co’s glass water pipes are made from borosilicate glass! Silicone water pipes at Cloud 9 Smoke Co are made from food-grade silicone that’s non-toxic and BPA free. Let’s discuss the advantages of these two materials!

  • Borosilicate glass: This type of glass has become an industry standard due to its nature of being able to withstand high temperatures and drastic temperature changes. We don’t recommend holding a torch flame to your glass water pipe, but if the water pipe is exposed to the flame for a short period of time, it’ll survive. Borosilicate glass is also known for its dense feel and durability! Unlike common glass, borosilicate glass will be able to take humble bumps and knocks if you’re clumsy like us here at Cloud 9 Smoke Co!
  • Food-grade silicone: Silicone water pipes should always be made from food-grade or medical grade silicone. Food-grade silicone is non-toxic and BPA free, which means when you smoke from a silicone water pipe, you won’t have to worry about harmful chemicals and toxins making their way into your lungs and respiratory system. This type of material is 100% washable and easy to care for and maintain. Plus, silicone water pipes are virtually indestructible and will survive falls! You can also bend, warp, and twist your silicone water pipe to stash and store conveniently and discreetly.

Water Pipe Tips and Tricks

The more you know, the better, right? We’ve compiled the ultimate tips and tricks for you to use when smoking from your water pipe, filling your water pipe, caring for your water pipe, and a few scenarios for those rainy-day ‘what if’ moments!

How Do I Use a Water Pipe?

Using a water pipe is a super simple technique to master! All you have to do is know the technique, utilize the steps, and gain experience using your water pipe. Without further ado, here’s the technique you can use to learn how to smoke from a water pipe!

  1. Pack your slide: This may seem like a silly step to include, but it’s crucial! Packing your slide sets the stage for your smoke sesh. To have the best water pipe smoking experience, pack your herb lightly at the bottom of the slide and add density as you make your way towards the top! This will reduce the chances of your slide clogging as well as the chances of you experiencing dry ash taste as your herb burns.
  2. Light your herb and suck: As you light your herb, place your mouth into your water pipe’s mouthpiece and begin to suck. Do not inhale just yet! As you suck, your herb should begin to cherry, bubbles should form in your water pipe, and smoke should fill the chamber.
  3. Keep an eye on your smoke: This part is a must when smoking from a water pipe. We don’t want to have more smoke in our water pipe than we can handle! That’ll reduce the flavor of terpenes we taste and may result in stale smoke. Once your water pipe is full of smoke to your preference, get ready to inhale!
  4. Remove your slide: When you’re ready to inhale, remove the slide first! This will prevent any more smoke from making its way into your water pipe, and it will create smooth, direct airflow for your smoke to make its way to your dome. As soon as you remove the slide, inhale for as long as you can. If you’ve cleared all smoke, give yourself a pat on the back! You did it! Now, hold it in as long as you can. This will give your body the chance to take in as many benefits of dry herb as it can!
  5. Exhale: This is the easy part, but we do advise having water nearby just in case. As you exhale, you may begin to cough. This is totally normal! Cough it out, drink some water, and be proud of yourself. You did the water pipe technique!

How Do I Fill a Water Pipe?

Filling your water pipe with the right amount of water will keep your water pipe working like a charm! The standard rule of thumb is to fill your water pipe ½” deep. However, if your water pipe has a percolator, or more than one percolator, it becomes a bit more specific!

  • If you have a water pipe with a diffused downstem, make sure to fill your water to submerge all the slits, or holes, in the downstem.
  • If your water pipe has a flat percolator or disc-shaped percolator (ex. Honeycomb percolators) submerge the entire percolator in water! This will allow all the holes in the percolator to function optimally.
  • If your water pipe has a percolator with lines, such as a showerhead or tree perc, make sure the water submerges the slits in the percolator only! Just like the diffused downstem. We want to give the slits the perfect environment to function in! If you overfill a slitted percolator, chances are you’ll get a lot of splash back!

For a detailed guide on how to fill your water pipe, give this article a read!

How Do I Clean My Water Pipe?

Before you reach for your rubbing alcohol and salt, stop. Rubbing alcohol and salt may have been the OG cleaning supplies in high school, but we’re adults now. Adults use legit cleaning supplies! Plus, rubbing alcohol and salt are actually abrasive to our glass water pipes, and we don’t want you to risk damaging or cracking your piece while trying to care for them!

You’ll need a few supplies to get your water pipe cleaning routine down to a science! Here’s what Cloud 9 Smoke Co recommends to use for cleaning your water pipe:

Aside from the common household supplies, Cloud 9 Smoke Co has Resinate and Glob Mops always in stock to keep your glass water pipe squeaky clean! Now that you have the supplies, here’s the technique.

  1. Take out all accessories, slides, downstems, and all removable parts of your water pipe.
  2. Rinse these pieces in hot water. Not scorching hot! Just a few degrees lower than your preferred shower temp.
  3. Place all pieces in their own Ziploc bag, and fill them with Resinate.
  4. Give each bag a shake for at least 5 minutes.
  5. Then, let the pieces soak in Resinate for 10 - 15 minutes.
  6. As the pieces soak, take your water pipe and empty all the water from inside. Make sure to empty your water pipe from the joint piece first, followed by the mouthpiece if you have water stuck in the upper chamber!
  7. Rinse your water pipe with hot water. We recommend doing this in baby steps. Start with the base of your water pipe, then rinse from the mouthpiece to make sure all areas of your water pipe are rinsed.
  8. Fill your water pipe with Resinate. A standard sized water pipe (8” - 12” tall) needs at least ½ cup of Resinate to clean the piece effectively.
  9. Cover all the holes in your water pipe, and shake for 5 minutes.
  10. After you’ve shaken your water pipe, leave the Resinate to soak for 10 - 15 minutes.
  11. Then, take the pieces that have been soaking (slide, ash catcher, downstem, etc) and remove them from their Ziploc bag.
  12. Rinse all the pieces with hot water.
  13. If any resin or residue is remaining, take a Glob Mop, soak it in Resinate, and begin to scoop off any remaining residue!
  14. Let’s say the residue is a bit pesky and doesn’t want to come out of your pieces. That’s okay! Repeat steps 3 - 5. After that, they should be good to go.
  15. After the removable pieces are clean, leave them to air dry.
  16. Rinse your water pipe with hot water.
  17. If any residue or resin remains, follow steps 13 - 14. If those steps don’t do the trick, repeat steps 8 - 10!

Why Isn’t My Water Pipe Not Bubbling?

If your water pipe isn’t producing bubbles when you suck into the water pipe, you may have not put enough water into your water pipe! If your water isn’t bubbling or your hits feel too harsh and hot on the throat, you should add more water into your water pipe. Remember, though the standard amount of water needed for a water pipe is ½” deep, you should make sure your percolators are submerged in water to their respective depths.

Should I Put Ice in My Water Pipe?

Ice is a huge help to our smoking experience, especially if you prefer hits that are smooth and refreshing! Ice gives our smoke an additional chance to diffuse to a temperature that isn’t harsh on our throats and lungs. If you want to add ice into your water pipe, go for it! Just make sure you have an ice pinch in your water pipe’s neck first. You wouldn’t want ice to shatter or break your percolator.

  • Tip: When adding ice, make sure to do it in small amounts and by hand. Though our water pipes are durable, they’re still made of glass. Cloud 9 Smoke Co wouldn’t want you to crack or fracture your water pipe due to ice!


Now that you have a comprehensive understanding of the history, laws, use, and care of a water pipe, you may as well consider yourself a water pipe connoisseur!

With their history dating back to over 2,000 years ago, it’s no joke that water pipes have been an ancient form of smoking! Thanks to the incorporation of glass and the Silk Road, we are now able to enjoy the water pipe smoking experience on an international scope. Remember, the legend Bob Snodgrass is the reason why we’re able to enjoy water pipes that come in all shapes, designs, and styles. Without him, who knows how water pipes would look?

Laws and regulations of water pipes is a hit or miss subject! Though water pipes are not illegal to own or sell (for retailers), the possession of a used water pipe could land you in some trouble. To stay out of trouble, keep your water pipe clean, kept at home, and stored discreetly for your safety and protection!

Water pipes have 8 key components of their body. Water pipes have a mouthpiece, neck, ice pinch, percolator, slide, joint piece, downstem, and base. All of these components play a special role in your water pipe experience!

There are also many different types and styles of water pipes! Some popular water pipe styles include straight tube, beaker, recycler, inverted beaker, high end, and heady water pipes. To keep everything respective to one another, make sure to know the joint size of your water pipe as well as the degree. Remember, standard joint sizes are 10mm, 14mm, and 18mm! Standard joint degrees are 45-degrees and 90-degrees.

Using a water pipe will soon be a skill you master with our step-by-step technique! Always keep in mind that you’re in control of your water pipe; it’s not in control of you. After repeating the technique and gaining more experience with your water pipe, using a water pipe will soon be a breeze!

Cleaning and caring for your water pipe doesn’t have to be a chore either. As long as you have Resinate Green and Glob Mops, nothing is keeping you from having a sparkling clean water pipe 24/7!

It’s time to take your knowledge and spread the word to the homies! Water pipes are insanely cool and have been around for a long time. With what you know now, there’s no doubt you’ll teach your friends and family something new!

As always, happy toking!

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