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Thursday September 23, 2021

By Trevor Ross

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Experienced cannabis users may collect various accouterments over the years, from one-hitters to party bongs, favorite pipes with first and last names, and sentimental pieces picked up on trips, or gifts from friends. It can be frustrating to feel like you have to hide these pieces, not to mention a logistical headache as they are cumbersome and often delicate. So why not proudly display them instead?

There is a fine line, however, between a collection of experienced glassware, and a heap of old pipes. Here are some tips and strategies for displaying your glass.

Tips for Displaying Cannabis Glass Pieces

It’s important to clean your gear anyway, but it’s especially important to give everything a thorough scrub before you put it on display. Washing your glass is easy, and if you’re still using the pieces, the smoke will taste better. Your guests would much rather receive or review a polished piece more than a stained, resinous pipe.

Once your equipment is clean, decide how best to stage your pieces. Grouping everything together makes the collection look more powerful, while juxtaposing every piece highlights the unique features of each one. However, the collective volume of some funky collections may be too loud, and other pieces just demand to be featured solo.

Lighting is crucial to any exhibit, why do any less by your works of art? Try to get some natural light falling on those glass shapes, or even through it. Most stained glass is cooked at over 350° F, and sunlight will take decades to chip away at the color. Conversely, be warned, UV from the sun could strip a lower-quality pipe of its pigment, particularly paints or finishes.

Electrical lighting like LEDs can be incorporated into many displays as well, glowing from underneath, providing backlighting, and more, as we will see.

Ways to Display Your Marijuana Glass Collection

There are a wide range of options on the market for displaying your collectibles of any kind, let delve into how to select ones for your glass.

Display Cases

One-of-a-kind pieces look great featured in acrylic or plexiglass cases. Boxes like this are already made for game balls, sneakers, and other memorabilia, and often offer UV protection. If you have a unique product you want to preserve or just a retired piece that deserved to be enshrined, you can’t go wrong framing it in a case.

If your pipes sparkle like gemstones and you want to show it, briefcase-sized jewelry cases can be had for less than $30, and the soft lining will keep your glass safe.


If you have a large collection, chances are you’re already using up some shelf space, but even small collections can be brilliantly showcased on outcroppings along a wall. Display cabinets, like those built into some living rooms, can be great for displaying larger collections, but heavy wood cabinets often block light and the view from many directions.

Consider under-cabinet lighting to cast a glow in your display case. Many of these options are dimmable. Or use puck lights to throw a spotlight onto a featured item. Puck lights, in particular, can provide multiple colors, and many include a remote control.

A display in the living room or dining room could easily resemble a bar, with bottles of liquor replaced with your fine pipes, and hopefully some top-shelf blends for your guests. If that’s the direction you choose, an infamous globe bar is always fun to reach for.


Is that glassware “featured” on your shelf, or is it just a bong put away weird? You can incorporate your pipes into your decor by upcycling them to another function, giving them a second life.

If you’re less interested in preserving your pipes and still want to find use for them, it’s a short step to turn a bong into a vase, or a candle holder. Larger pieces also look great as bookends. And bongs can be made into lamps through various designs, the simplest of which is to thread a string of LEDs through them.


Modern consumption devices have become works of art, produced in tandem by designers and craftsmen, and those efforts are worth displaying. But maybe more to the point, these pieces are also your story, and are worthy of the same treatment you gave the pennants on your wall as a child.

That said, a pile of old pipes isn’t of interest to anyone but their owner. Get that beautiful glassware off the floor, or out of the closet, and put that art on display where it belongs!

How do you like to display your glass?


Trevor Ross Trevor Ross

Trevor Ross is a writer, medical marijuana patient and cannabis advocate. He holds an MFA in writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has previously worked as a copywriter, a teacher, a bartender, and followed Seattle sports for SidelineBuzz. Originally from Washington state, you can find him now working in his garden or restoring his house in Scranton, PA, and he can be reached through LinkedIn.

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