How to Use a Bong: Parts, Usage & 5 Types of Bongs

How to Use a Bong

If you’ve been in the cannabis world for a while, you’ve probably experimented with the various methods of consuming the plant.

Whether you’re smoking weed, eating edibles, or dabbing, there are so many ways to enjoy marijuana. One of the most popular ones is with a bong.

A bong is basically a water pipe. It is frequently used by marijuana connoisseurs to cool down incoming smoke and enhance their smoking experience.

These nifty devices come in different sizes and shapes. They are also made from different materials, including glass, wood, bamboo, clay, plastic, and ceramics.

Irrespective of design or style, they all pretty much work the same way. The variations are simply the creativity of manufacturers.

Brief History of the Bong

The word ‘’bong’’ was derived from a Thai word ‘’baung’’ which refers to a circular bamboo tube made of wood used to blaze. 

Bongs date as far back as the old pyramids, perhaps even earlier. They were used throughout Asia and some parts of Africa. The Scythians – a nomadic tribe that migrated from Asia to Europe also used bongs to smoke herbs and even cannabis.

But bongs are a brainchild of hookahs. Hookahs are basically immobile water pipes attached to a hose and another pipe where one can inhale from. They are specifically designed to allow multiple people to use a single pot at the same time.

Parts of the Bong

A bong has several components as listed below:

1) Bowl

The bowl is the wide hollow attachment where bud is packed ready for combustion. It is removable and functions like a pull-side cartridge.

2) Carb Hole

The carb, which is short for the carburetor, is a tiny hole where smoke from the entire system is released from. Most bongs have a carb that can be pulled or slid open to expose the hole and allow users to clear smoke from the chamber.

3) Downstem

This is a tube that allows smoke to travel from the chamber all the way to the bottom, where it then sips through the water.

4) Base

As the name suggests, the base is the bottom of the entire system. It usually comes in different shapes and styles, but the most common shape is the bubble or beaker type, where smoke passes through a water chamber to cool down before being inhaled.

5) Tube

The tube is the part after the base, which is connected to the mouthpiece. The smoke passes through the tube after it has been filtered. Other components, such as an ice pinch, are often located within the tube.

All these parts can take various shapes and designs. For instance, the downstem is often attached to different percolator designs to offer better diffusion as the smoke goes through it.

How to Use a Bong?

Most people have used a bong that was fully loaded and ready to go. All they had to do was inhale. But what if all you have is an empty piece of equipment? Where the heck do you start?

Loading a bong is easy. Simply put water or ice in the pipe and pack the bowl with your stash.

Next, place your lips around the mouthpiece, light the bowl, and inhale away. If there’s a hole in the tube where smoke escapes, you should cover it so that all the marijuana gets to your mouth. Just like that, you’re good to go!

If you’d like to make your smoking experience more pleasant, you can replace water and ice with such alternatives as tea or flavored water. It will give you a different experience each time.

Now you know how to use a bong the right way! Be creative – you never know, you might just be the pioneer of some cool stuff.

Don’t forget to clean the bong when you’re done.

Types of Bongs

There are different types of bongs. The following three are examples that demonstrate how it works.

1) The Salvager

The salvager was designed with efficiency and convenience in mind. Here’s how it works: When you inhale, smoke travels down to the showerhead percolator at the bottom of the downstem. It then passes through the recycler, where it is sent back to the downstem for a second diffusion before it travels through the tube and into your mouth.

2) The Einstein

The Einstein comes with two different percolators: the honeycomb perc and the Swiss perc. The smoke first passes through the honeycomb perc where it is sent into the Swiss perc for a more thorough diffusion before it travels into the mouthpiece and into your mouth.

3) Sesh Supply ‘’Poseidon’’

This option also has two percolation chambers that are inverted for thorough diffusion. The smoke travels through the first chamber and into the second chamber, where it is continuously diffused before it can reach your mouth.

Benefits of Using a Bong

Perhaps the most significant advantage is its ability to cool and filter smoke. This alone allows you to enjoy smooth hits, even if you inhale a lungful of cannabis.

While there’s no best way to smoke marijuana, anyone who has used a bong will tell you it offers the most pleasant smoking experiences.

Aside from that, bongs offer you much-needed percolation. They work like filters- getting rid of impurities that can be harsh on your throat and lungs while maintaining the authentic flavor and aroma of weed.

What more could you ask for?

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