About Higher Standards
Higher Standards is one of seven acclaimed cannabis brands owned by parent company Greenlane, which was founded in 2005 and headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida. Greenlane entered the cannabis arena right when the legal industry started taking off and the company quickly became a leader in the space and is now considered the largest distributor of cannabis accessories and products in the world. The parent company quickly grew and now has over 300 employees and five distribution hubs globally. In addition to Higher Standards, Greenlane also owns Vibes rolling papers, Aerospaced herb grinders, K. Haring, Marley Natural, Eyce, and Groove, and distributes award-winning products from over 50 cannabis brands.
Higher Standards’ Cofounder, Sasha Kadey grew up in sunny Southern California and graduated from university in Oregon before finding his calling in cannabis. The business, which was established in 2016, supplies tokers with high-quality glass, premium smoking accessories, and highly rated care and maintenance products. The focus here being on the care and maintenance aspect. Kadey envisioned a brand of luxury glassware that also shined a light on the importance of the cleaning process and turning it into a part of the overall experience and smoking ritual. He explains to Dieline that “you wouldn't go and buy Japanese Kobe beef and then cook it in a dirty pan and eat it off of dirty plates.” The same goes for top shelf flower or rare concentrates. To appreciate the natural cannabinoids, terpenes, and flavor profile of a strain to its fullest, you wouldn’t smoke it out of a cheap bong that’s full of old resin and ash.
In recent years, the growing brand has moved from online to the real world by hosting pop up shops around the country and opening two brick and mortar stores in Chelsea Market, New York and Malibu, California. Unlike other smoke shops, Higher Standards took an alternative approach to selling smoking accessories and glassware. Say goodbye to sleezy smoke shops that you’d hate to be seen in. Higher Standards retail outlets are literally like a chic lifestyle boutique! The shops are tailored to cannabis connoisseurs who want the complete experience and prefer a curated collection of premium non-cannabis products to go with their weed. Kadey describes it best, "the Higher Standards retail concept was born out of our desire to provide not only a premium smoking experience, but a lifestyle brand centered around the growing cannabis culture." Think paintings and sculptures by local artists, trendy apparel, CBD beauty products, and Malin + Goetz candles. Now doesn’t that sound like a good time?
Where is Higher Standards glass made?
Higher Standards focuses on luxury smoking accessories and devices that mesh perfectly with the contemporary cannabis lifestyle. All glass devices such as pipes, dab rigs, and water bongs are handmade in the United States out of heat-safe borosilicate glass and include a collector’s case with a handle to transport it safely and securely. The Higher Standards Premium Hemp Wraps are tobacco free and made from all-natural fine hemp from the Dominican Republic.
What sets Higher Standards glass apart?
As the name suggests, this brand sets the bar high with a range of innovative cannabis products that are a fit for every type of smoker. The glassware is available in transparent colorless glass, which makes it easy to mix and match pieces or swap out a replacement part. These bongs and dab rigs match perfectly with any outfit or home decor style, plus you won’t have to be embarrassed when you accidentally leave a bong covered in green, yellow, and red marijuana leaves out on the coffee table when your family comes to visit. These bongs look like a classy glass art piece or vase. Here are a few more reasons that Higher Standards glass is better than the rest.
High quality materials and workmanship
All Higher Standard glassware is blown from 100% medical-grade borosilicate glass. Medical grade materials are safe for use by the medical industry with glass predominately used for radiation technology and a variety of other applications. This special type of glass is not only heat-resistant and more durable than normal glass, it’s also tasteless, so smokers can enjoy the true flavor of their smoking material. Borosilicate glass can withstand cycles of extremely high and low temperatures without cracking because it contains boron trioxide, which normal glass does not. This makes it the best material for bongs, dab rigs, and pipes.
Made in the USA
Higher Standards prides itself for having all of its glassware made in the USA. Each piece is handmade by a glass artist and crafted with great attention to detail. It’s a great example of a high quality smoking product made right here in the states. While Higher Standards bongs, pipes, and dab rigs aren’t head turners and tend to fall on a more minimal and basic design and esthetic, they are definitely considered to be heavy duty and portable since they’re made with glass that’s 7mm thick. In comparison, the average water bong has walls that are just 4mm thick and some are even less!
As mentioned earlier, Higher Standards glass is blown from colorless, transparent glass for a timeless look that fits with any situation and space. If you happen to lose a piece of your setup or accidentally break something, there are a number of replacement parts available so you don’t even have to skip a beat and the smoke sesh can continue. Since everything is made from the same color of glass, it’s simple to find replacement parts and other accessories for your Higher Standards device. They create classic designs that have been used for generations for a very good reason. They work the best! From an iconic beaker bong to a spoon pipe, Higher Standards sticks with designs you know and love, but gives them necessary upgrades to be in line with the needs of today’s smokers. The main upgrades being the heavy duty thick glass walls, travel case, and the included silicone ice mold that allows the ice cube to fit perfectly in the neck of the bong for smooth, chilled rips.
Online and in person experiences
While many people prefer shopping from the comfort of their couch, Higher Standards gives customers the option to also shop in person in one of the pop up shops or retail locations. The physical shops have much more than what’s available online including clothing, home decor, health products, art, and other lifestyle items. Have a look at what’s on offer at Puff Puff Pass It first since we often have sales and better deals on official Higher Standards glass and other branded products.
Limited edition collaborations are all the rage these days and Higher Standards only works with elite brands that offer the absolute best in quality and craftsmanship. Some collabs were done with similar brands that fall under the Greenlane umbrella such as K. Haring, but others such as the collab with Revelry has solidified their relationships with numerous luxury cannabis businesses. We break down the details of some of the latest collaborations below.
In addition to quality materials and a sleek look, Higher Standards products are also known for exceptional performance and functionality. Nearly all smokers agree that the included silicone ice cube mold is one of the best features of their sets. The ice cube molds allow the ice to easily slide into the narrow bong mouthpiece and neck for chilled hits that are very smooth and comfortable on the lungs. The percolated downstems offer filtered and aerated hits without adding too much drag to each bong rip. Since it’s built with durability in mind, you won’t have to worry about breaking your High Standards glass when cleaning, which is very easy since they stick with simple designs.
Higher Standards collaborations
We can’t talk about Higher Standards without mentioning their range of collaborations. Everyone loves a good collab and Higher Standards has done some spectacular limited edition collaborations with other luxury smoke brands. These exclusive products are very well made and have elevated the offerings of Higher Standards, bringing their brand to the forefront of the marijuana world. Higher Standards currently has several big name collaborations under their belt and continues to work with new brands for an exciting mix of rotating products that fly off the virtual shelves.
Blazer Big Shot Torch - Anyone who partakes in concentrates needs a dab torch and the Blazer Big Shot Torch is top of the line and absolutely legendary. The Higher Standards collaboration sees the limited edition butane torch get a sophisticated black and white finish. Engineered in Japan with an anti-flare design, brass flame nozzle, precision flame control, Piezo crystal igniter, and a detachable base, this scorch torch is a must-have for any concentrate lover. The powerful 2,500 degrees Fahrenheit flame lasts a whopping 35 minutes and works wonderfully at all angles including upside down.
Revelry - If you’ve done any research into weed storage and smell-proof travel bags, you already know about the innovative products designed by Revelry. The acclaimed accessories brand has solved the problem of excessively dank herb stinking up your car, backpack, room, and home at the worst times possible. Their water resistant, smell-proof weed storage bags use a genius technology which includes an odor absorbing carbon filter system, rubber backing, and an outer cotton canvas shell. The products designed for the collaboration are in line with the aesthetic of Higher Standards and produced in an all black range of backpacks, hip packs, and travel bags with each logo stitched patch.
Last Prisoner Project - One of the coolest collabs was done with the Last Prisoner Project. This non-profit organization fights for criminal justice reform for the 40,000 or more prisoners that are incarcerated for cannabis charges in the United States. Higher Standards and their partner crafted a special spoon pipe and t-shirt, which all profits from sales are donated to the cause.
Aerospaced - Known for their award-winning herb grinders fashioned out of aircraft-grade aluminum, Aerospaced and Higher Standards teamed up to release a line of shiny, sharp grinders. These top-of-the-line herb grinders will have your weed diced, fluffed, and ready for a smooth burn.
K. Haring - This collab was made for every smoker who wants glass that turns heads. Covered with designs by the renowned artist Keith Allen Haring, this collection features Haring’s colorful pop art without looking gaudy or too over the top.
Jonathan Adler - The legendary designer created two iconic images used in this collection of smoking accessories, Smolder and Hashish. Choose from the rolling tray, ash tray, or triangle shaped box, perfect for stashing all your rolling papers, blunt wraps, and lighters safely in one place. Both designs by Adler are clean and stylish enough to keep out and show off in your home, plus they’re multi-purpose and can be used for holding jewelry, keys, or other knicknacks when you’re not smoking.