How to properly hit a bong
April 19, 2018 by Jonny Rhein
So you’ve never hit a bong before.
That’s totally fine. You have come to the right place. Hitting a bong can be intimidating at first: Where do I start? What’s the right amount of smoke? Am I going to die? I will answer all of those questions in this guide.
Here is how to properly hit a bong:
- Finding the perfect fit.
Bongs come in all shapes and sizes. You have the zig-zag shape (or zong), bongs with an ice catcher for a nice, cool hit, hookahs, the homemade gravity bong, mini bongs called bubblers, etc. For our purposes, we will stick with the standard bong, although they all pretty much work the same way.
2. The Five Elements
Water, fire, weed, bong, stem.
First, you want to fill the bong with enough water so a decent portion of the stem is submerged. If you want to get crazy, I have heard of people using a different substance other than water for a more pleasant taste, such as pineapple juice. Give it a shot; it couldn’t hurt.
The stem should conveniently fit in the hole provided on the outside of the base of the bong. You can pack it with weed before you insert it or while it’s in the bong; it doesn’t matter. Just make sure you pack the correct amount for the number of people in your circle. If you are smoking by yourself, that’s cool too. No one is judging you. You do you.
3. Hitting the bong
a) Remember, you are in complete control. You have the power to determine the amount of smoke that will build up in the chamber. There is no standard limit; it is all personal preference.
The first part of this process involves no inhalation. Once you have the bowl lit, put your entire mouth inside of the opening on the top of the bong. In other words, DO NOT put your mouth around the opening. You are not trying to eat the bong. Now suck (I repeat, do not inhale yet.) If the bowl cherries, water bubbles and smoke rises, you are doing something right.
b) Once you have the desired amount of smoke in the chamber, you are ready to inhale. Pull the stem out of the hole and inhale until the smoke has exited the bong and entered your lungs. If you feel like you cannot finish it, no worries. You can take two inhales if you want, but the second one might taste a little stale.
You’re doing great! We’re so proud of you!”
4. The aftermath.
Depending on how big of a hit you just took, this could be smooth or terribly rough. Hold it in for as long as you can to get the most out of your hit. Exhale. Now, you may experience a satisfying head rush, lightheadedness, an intense coughing fit, anxiety, pacing around the room, the desire to go back in time to right before you took that stupid, huge hit or all of the above.
No matter how your experience goes, everything will be fine. No one has ever died from a marijuana overdose and chances are you will not be the first.
Have fun, and know your limits!
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9 Tips to Taking Huge Bongs Rips
It’s no secret that bongs are the most popular smoking apparatus, and perc bongs are the cream of the crop. With more opportunities for smoke filtration, perc bongs offer recreational smokers even smoother hits than normal bongs. And, while smoking a bong is fairly easy to do, there are a few key steps you can take to really get it right. Read on to learn how you can up your bong game.
1. Practice Deep Breathing
When smoking a perc bong, taking slow, deep breaths is key. Before you pick up your piece and start the process, be sure to practice deep breathing.
Exercising your diaphragm will open your lungs, and increase your breathing capacity. So, when you are ready to start smoking, you will have a higher endurance, and be able to take longer breaths. This will ensure that you can take a large hit.
Drinking alcohol decreases your breathing capacity, so avoid drinking if you plan to take large hits.
2. Finely Grind Your Dry Herb
In a pinch, it’s possible to break up dry herb with scissors. This is one of the best (and probably the most common) ways to improvise without smoking supplies. But to truly allow for an even burn, having a grinder is essential.
Finely ground herbs will burn evenly and slowly, as opposed to larger pieces. If you are smoking your perc bong socially, then finely ground herbs also enables you to share your piece!
3. Prevent Couching with a Mint
Everybody’s heard that coughing means you are smoking correctly. Whether or not it’s true, the fact is that most people tend to cough. But they don’t have to.
The reason that people cough while smoking a perc bong is simple: the smoke creates a dry mouth and throat. While drinking water and smoking simultaneously is out of the question, there is another solution.
Keeping a mint or gum will help create moisture in your mouth by causing you to salivate. This may prevent some degree of coughing. However, if you take this approach, be sure to refrain from choking.
4. Cool Down the Smoke
The percolators in a perc bong already lower the smoke’s temperature quite a bit. The good news is that there are other ways to cool down the smoke as well. Some water pipes allow for ice hits, which can be even smoother.
Ash catchers aid in keeping your pipe clean, while also acting as an additional percolator.
5. Pay Attention to Bowl Size
The size of the bowl, which is inserted into the downstem of the perc bong and removed toward the end of the hit, matters quite a lot. If you plan to take a large hit, then you should use a small bowl. If you intend to take a smaller hit, then use a big bowl.
As a consequence of their size, bigger bowls have more airflow. This means that the smoke will be more concentrated, and the herb will burn better. Larger bowls have more airflow, meaning that they will produce less concentrated smoke.
6. Monitor Water Content
Believe it or not, this is a crucial point to consider with your perc bong. The water in your bong is what makes the smoking experience different. Without water, it would simply be another glass pipe.
Ideally, the downstem should be submerged in water. For perc bongs with multiple percolators, the percolators should also be in water.
7. Remove the Bowl Gradually
Whether for dramatic effect or through misunderstanding, most perc bong smokers remove the bowl with haste. This is not, however, the ideal method.
It’s common knowledge that removing the bowl will allow the smoke to travel through the perc bong, through your throat and into the lungs. Removing the bowl gradually, rather than all at once, will introduce the smoke at a reasonable pace. This means that your lungs will be able to better receive and process the smoke.
8. Take a Breath at the End of the Hit
Done correctly, a perc bong hit will be a somewhat lengthy process. Whether you are smoking individually or with friends, you should make the most of your herb.
One way to do this is by ensuring that you do not waste any smoke. When there is smoke that you do not manage to inhale into your lungs, then it will only enter the throat, and potentially cause irritation.
To avoid this irritation (and wasting herb), simply end your hit with a breath of fresh air. Doing so propels the smoke into your lungs, and gives you earlier exposure to clean air.
9. Exhale Correctly
Even after inhaling the smoke from your perc bong, your work isn’t done. To avoid a major coughing fit, you need to exhale properly.
Coughing results from residual smoke that is not exhaled, or is exhaled improperly. The best way to exhale smoke is to do it with some degree of force. Rather than doing this all at once, you can also exhale half of the smoke, then take a short breath, and exhale the rest. This breath will guide the rest of the smoke outside of your body.
After exhaling, take a few slow deep breaths. This will re-introduce your lungs to clean air. Then, restore the moisture content of your mouth by drinking some water.
Mastering the fine art of smoking a perc bong can be quite rewarding. In addition to easing the sensation of smoking, you will also conserve your herb, and have more fun! Whether you are a new or experienced smoker, adding a perc bong to your smoking arsenal will surely pay off in the long run.
It’s no secret that bongs are the most popular smoking apparatus, and perc bongs are the cream of the crop. Perc bongs offer recreational smokers even smoother hits than normal bongs. And, while smoking a bong is fairly easy to do, there are a few key steps you can take to really get it right.