IS MEDICAL GRADE SILICONE SAFE TO SMOKE FROM?
This is a very important question when you are about to purchase any silicone pipe or a bong.
The first thing you have to remember is that all WEEDGETS pipes use borosilicate glass bowls or surgical high temperature steel for the burning of the flower. Silicone bodies of the pipes are just transferring much lower temperature smoke. There are a lot of studies that have been done on this, and the conclusion is always the same – silicone is one of the safest materials to use for cooking or smoking due to its very high melting point temperature. Please know that we only use Medical Grade silicone, which is one grade higher than the food grade silicone many people are using to cook with.
SILICONE WAS ORIGINALLY CREATED AS AN INSULATOR
Silicone was first created by chemists working for Corning Glass and General Electric. The first commercial use of silicone began in a 1943 joint venture by Corning Glass and Dow Chemical. It was created as an insulation alternative to the glass fiber resin that was initially used by Corning Glass and General Electric. Although its initial use was for automotive applications, silicone can now be found in households everywhere in the form of cookware, apparel, hardware, and electronics. Silicone is so functional that its use spans nearly every kind of product, including water pipes, down-stems and concentrate containers!
SILICONE IS AN INERT POLYMER
Silicone, at a very micro level, is made up of silicon and oxygen atoms repeating. These atoms create siloxane, a unit which is then strung together to create silicone. The repeating siloxane is what makes silicone a polymer.
SILICONE CAN WITHSTAND HIGH HEAT & EXTREME ENVIRONMENTS
Silicone is an important material for smokers due to the incredibly high amounts of heat it can withstand. Silicone retains its composition up to 572 degrees Fahrenheit, that’s more than twice the heat of a pot of boiling water!
The power of silicone surpasses even natural rubbers, since its relatively unaffected by UV rays, ozone, and other typical aging factors. Its ability to retain its initial shape also gives it an edge over most rubbers and polymers.
Here are few great articles about silicone safety if you'd like to investigate further: