I'll pick up a pre-rolled joint every once in awhile but generally just go for the high powered "flowers" (which is what they call just plain weed at dispensaries- still haven't gotten used to that) because the stuff in the pre-rolled joints isn't ever gonna be top of the line (but still obviously gets the job done, especially if you've cut down and your tolerance is lower than it used to be).
I used to smoke bowl after bowl but since I broke up w/ my gf and am temporarily staying w/ my folks, I'm trying to be healthier in general so now I take 1-2 25mgs THC capsules a day during the week and just smoke on Friday evenings or on my days off. And though I may smoke several times a day, I now almost never smoke more than a bowl at a time. Obviously it depends on the size of the pipe but your average bowl seems like the correct dose for your average stoner. So I'd recommend you get a pipe, regardless of how often you'll be using it. No noob questions necessary- just get a cool looking medium sized glass pipe w/ a carb and you're good.