Bongs have been around in different shapes and forms for quite a while, as there have been accounts of water bongs being used in Thailand, Laos, Africa and several other places around the globe for a few centuries now.
However, today we’ll be talking about bongs that we know today, so stay tuned to find out how does a bong work and how to use a bong in a proper way.
If you had a chance to use a bong already then you probably know the basics: pour some water, pack the bowl and light up – not much to it, right?
Well, you might be wrong.
Today we really only recognize 2 distinct types of bongs:
It is important to keep this in mind as this article will be talking mostly about standard bongs.
In short – yes. Bongs do get you higher than several other similar means of smoking such as smoking through a pipe, smoking a joint, or even a blunt.
So, as you can see, there are quite a few things that give bongs an edge over other styles of cannabis consumption.
Water from the bong will usually turn brown over time, thus helping you smoke a bit healthier. Cannabis smoke is harmful (just like any other smoke really) as it contains ash, tar and several other harmful compounds which get partly filtered by the water.
Water bongs use a system in which the majority of work is done with some simple suction. As you may know, a bong is composed of usually 3-5 parts:
So, here’s how you use a water bong:
Bongs work on several basic principles of physics, all of which are very simple to understand. First one is the vacuum.
When you light up the bowl and weed starts getting lit, it releases smoke.
Once the weed is lit and you slowly start inhaling you create a quasi-vacuum which sucks in the smoke from the bowl and stores it in the chamber.
The bubbles that you see appearing once you start inhaling are actually the “lungs of the bong” as they create micro-vacuums that suck smoke into the chamber.
If you take your lips off the mouthpiece you will see that the smoke actually won’t leave the chamber in huge amounts. As it has cooled down going through the water it tends to stay inside the bong.
When you pull the slider or remove your finger from the carb, make sure to quickly inhale the remaining smoke from the chamber. Releasing the carb will make it so that you can easily swoop the smoke, as the pressure outside is larger than the pressure in the bong.
If you are a conservative smoker, getting a bong can be a great way to drop down your consumption even more. If you’d like to get high instantly, not spend a lot of your weed and not have to deal with rolling and such, then I strongly recommend you get yourself one of these.
It’s a stoner classic, really.
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