Spotlight: 5 Benefits of Using a Bong
Nothing beats a bong for a smooth smoking experience. The idea of smoking through water is almost as ancient as the smoking culture itself. But what was the reason behind humanity’s decision to invent a new way to ingest therapeutic herbs.
Major Bong Types
Bongs have come a long way since the first homosapien toker decided to craft one from a bamboo tube. Modern bongs filter smoke in a variety of ways, including:
- Standard bongs simply use water to filter the smoke.
- Ice bongs cool the smoke even further to allow for a super-smooth hit. These bongs have notches inside the tube, which catch pieces of ice as they melt.
- Recyclers: Recycling bongs use a two-chamber system to cool down herb smoke.
- Percolators: Percolators provide an extra level of cooling and filtration. Mechanisms range from inline, tree, showerhead, and honeycomb-style percolators.
All of this extra filtration comes with distinct advantages. Let’s take a look at some of the benefits of using a bong.
1. Bongs Produce Smoother Hits
One major flaw of consuming cannabis through combustion (smoking) is that it can irritate the throat when inhaling. As hot smoke enters directly into the lungs with joints, blunts, or dry pipes, it produces an unpleasant burning feeling that might deter newbies (or people who are not used to smoking).
With a bong, the smoke cools down in the bongwater before you inhale it, providing you with a smoother hit. Of course, you’ll still cough here and there, but in general, toking from a bong is infinitely healthier than smoking.
2. Better Filtration
Lighting anything on fire produces carcinogens. Unfortunately, a bong can’t completely eliminate all carcinogens and other toxins. However, using a bong can significantly reduce the number of harmful compounds that end up in your lungs, as they are filtered through the water.
In addition, water filters out nasty byproducts of combustion, such as tar. As any experienced toker can attest, swallowing a tarry chunk of ash is one of the more unpleasant aspects of herb smoking. With bongs, those ash and tar particles stay in the water instead of entering your mouth. If you want to have an even cleaner experience, add an ash-catcher attachment to your bong.
3. Bongs Reduce Bacteria and Mold
Bongwater traps bacteria and mold to reduce the number of microbes that you inhale. Cannabis users tend to pass joints, pipes, and bongs around, which also passes illnesses. With a bong, some of those contaminants get filtered through the water instead of your lungs.
To get the most benefits from your bong, you should change the water between smoking sessions. A weekly deep clean with alcohol and Epsom salt is also a good idea. If you share your bong, you may want to wipe the mouthpiece off with an alcohol swab between each smoker to prevent sharing more than your high.
4. Getting Bigger Hits
Using a glass bong is a favorite of many experienced stoners. The reason? It is the only method that allows users to take a massive rip. Theoretically, you could fill the container with smoke and take it all in one hit. Although massive hits aren’t the healthiest way to consume an herb, they sure can be fun. After all, it only takes a few bong rips to get the party started.
It goes without saying that new users should tread with caution and work their way to bigger hits.
5. Bongs are Fun!
Bongs are not only practical, but they can be excellent conversation starters. Glass is a versatile material that comes in a range of colors. The moldability of glass allows artists to craft artistic bongs in an endless variety of shapes.
Bongs work better and here is why.
What is a bong for
A device used for smoking various substances, but most commonly marijuana. A bong is filled with water which cools the smoke as it passes through. The bong was invented several thousand years ago in the middle east for smoking of tobacco, but has since become a popular method of smoking marijuana and more recently, methamphetamine. A bong is the preferred method if smoking marijuana for many people because it drvies the smoke deeper into the user’s lungs faster, thus exposing more of the mucus membranes to smokes, thus getting the user much higher using less marijuana.
A bong can be made of any material which is impermeable to both air and water. Glass is often considered the best material for fabrication of bongs, because it is easy to clean, durable, and absolutely air and watertight. Plastic is also a popular, but is generally used for bongs which will not be used for a long time, as they tend to develop problems with the seals around the stem and conepiece as they are generally not made with as much care as a glass bong. Other popular materials include ceramic, wood and metal.
The most basic bong consists of a mouthpiece, chamber, stem and bowl (aka conepiece, dooey, etc). The bowl is almost always made of metal, as it must be heat resistant in order to allow the substance to b smoked to burn, although one will often find that the bong is moulded in a single piece made entirely of the same material. Bongs often have a hole on the side (called a “carb” or, in Australia, a “shotgun hole”) to allow air to bypass the stem and allow large amounts of smoke to enter the user’s lungs rapidly.
Bongs can, however, be very elegant in both functional and non-functional ways. Functional ways include addition of extra chambers (which allows further cooling of the smoke), multiple bowls (for longer, bigger hits) and multiple mouthpieces (so more than one person can smoke at once).
Various bong designs include:
Standard Bong – a simple bong made of a plastic bottle with a piece of rubber garden hose place approximately 1/3 of the way up. In this budget design, the bowl is generally made from a beverage can made into the shape of a cone. The materials can vary, but this is the basis of most bongs in existence.
Gravity Bong – Unlike its name suggests, this bong has absolutely nothing to do with gravity. This type of bong is generally made from a plastic milk bottle (because it has a nice handle) and a bucket. A hole is put in the milk bottle cap and a bowl placed in this hole and sealed there. The bottle is then cut off the bottle and placed in the water filled bucket. One places their herb of choice in the bowl, places the cap back on the bottle and pulls it out of the water while lighting. Because of the way in which this bong functions, it would more appropriately be called a suction of vacuum bong.
Hookah – A variation of the standard bong in which the smoke is not inhaled through the bottle’s mouth, but through a plastic tube. This allows the user to layback while smoking and creates a more relaxed smoking environment. Commonly, a hookah will have the stem vertical and the bowl on the top of the chamber.
Double Chamber Bong – Another variation of the standard bong in which a second chamber is added for extra cooling effects. In this design, after bubbling through the water initially, the smoke enters a tube leading to a second chamber (always below the waterline) which causes the smoke to bubble through water a second time (further cooling it). The smoke is then inhaled by the user. This design can be expanded to include as many chambers as the maker wees fit. In this design, if a carb is present, it should always be on the last chamber through which the smoke passes.
The Group Bong – This is often among the most elaborate bongs made. In this design, multiple mouthpieces are attached to a central chamber, allowing multiple users to smoke at the same time. There are an almoqt infinite number of variations to this type of bong, but they can be classified into 2 distinct groups, Individual Bowl or Group Bowl. In bongs of this type which are classified in the Individual Bowl category have 1 bowl for each of the users. In Group Bowl bongs, there is 1 large bowl for all the users. These bongs are almost always very large and often consist of multiple chambers. Many commercial bongs of this type even make use of pumps to maintain a constant vaccum in the chamber(s) which allows the users to directly inhale the smoke, because “clearing” the chamber of these bongs would often take hours, even with multiple users.
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What is a bong for A device used for smoking various substances, but most commonly marijuana. A bong is filled with water which cools the smoke as it passes through. The bong was invented several