What is Bong?
A bong is a smoking and filtration device that is used to smoke different herbal substances like cannabis and tobacco. It is also known as a water pipe. Bong uses ice or water as the filtration system. According to some bong manufacturers and experts, the word “bong” is originated from the Thai word “Baung” meaning a cylindrical water pipe. Bong was first used by US soldiers in 1960 in the USA.
If we observe the structure of a typical bong, it consists of 4 different pieces including:
But some may also have a percolator, some even have a carb. A bong with carb is in cheap style, however a percolator glass bong is considered as an exclusive bong.
How does a bong work?
The working principle of a bong is based on cooling the smoke that is going to be inhaled by the smoker by passing it through one or several chambers filled with water or ice.
When the contact between smoke and water increases, the smoothness and cooling of smoke also increases, so does the smoking experience for the smoker.
Bong is available in a variety of sizes and shapes. Millions of people use the bong for a pleasantly refreshing smoking experience.
What are the different sizes of bongs?
Although bongs are available in a variety of sizes, there are three major sizes of bongs:
- Mini Bongs
- Medium Bongs
- Large Bongs
We will discuss these different sizes in detail:
· Mini Bongs
Mini bongs are small and discreet bongs that are a perfect choice for beginners.
Although these bongs are small in stature, they are full of phenomenal smoking experiencing with powerful hits every time you use them.
Another plus point of Mini bongs is that they are highly portable and easy to carry. It means you can take them wherever you want with you.
Mini bongs are the most used bong in the world having a height of around 4-10 inches.
A typical mini bong is around 8 inches tall. It means even with this size, mini bongs are far much bigger than normal pipe and can provide your powerful hits. Mini bongs can perfectly fit in your bag and some mini bongs can even be kept in pockets due to their a few inches size.
· Medium Bongs
Are you looking for something bigger than mini bongs but not too huge? Medium bongs will be the best option for you.
These are medium-sized bongs to provide a great smoking experience with powerful hits. Medium bongs are around 10-14 inches in height. Although these bongs are bigger than mini bongs, still they are small enough that you can hold them in your hands while enjoying a hit.
However, unlike mini bongs, keeping medium bongs with you during traveling is somewhat difficult because of their large size.
· Big Bongs
Big bongs are a fantastic choice for the smoker looking for the most potent hits possible.
Although they are less discreet and portable, big bongs can highly increase your smoking experience due to their large size.
Big bongs have long stems that allow the smoker to take plenty of cool and smooth smoke in one hit, so the smoker can get the strongest hit possible.
Big bongs are around 14-21 inches tall. Some big bongs are even larger than 21 inches to enhance the smoking experience for smokers.
However, to get the powerful hit with big bongs, you have to sacrifice portability. Big bongs are usually best to use at home because of their large size.
What do you need to prepare for a glass bong?
If you are a beginner, smoking the bong for the first time can be somewhat confusing for you. However, we are going to make it easy for you through this article.
Smoking a glass bong gets extremely easier for you once you know what you are doing.
For smoking a bong, you need the following important things:
- A Bong
- Cannabis or any other herb you want to smoke
- A grinder (to crush the leaves of herb)
Following are some important steps to get everything ready to smoke a bong:
· Filling the bong with water
It is the first and far most step involved in the process of smoking a bong.
You can use both tap or bottled water to fill the bong.
How much amount of water you need in the bong depends on the size of the bong you are using.
For example, if you are using a big bong, you need a high amount of water while in the case of a mini bong you need a little amount of water to fill it.
Now, fill the bong with water in such a way that a 1-inch area above the tip of the downstem will stay empty.
Don’t fill the water from this limit because it can get splashed while you are smoking.
For filling the bong with water, you will add water through the mouthpiece of the bong (an open area of the bong).
You will continue to add water until it is filled apart from a 1-inch area above the tip of the downstem.
Note: It is very important to check that the water you are using is in good condition and it does not contain any harmful impurities or odor because it can affect your smoking experience negatively.
· Use a grinder to grind up the Cannabis or other herbs
Now, as you have filled your glass bong with water, it’s time to grind the herb or Cannabis you want to smoke.
You can grind the Cannabis in three ways, either with your hands, scissors, or a grinder. No matter which method you are using, you should make sure that Cannabis is ground up finely.
Grinding Cannabis is a little bit easy with a grinder.
So, we recommend using a grinder for griding the Cannabis. Simply place 2 to 3 buds of Cannabis in between the teeth of the grinder and close its lid. Now, twist the lid back and forth to grind up the Cannabis buds finely.
· Packing the bowl of the bong with the ground up Cannabis
The bowl of the bong is a somewhat funnel-shaped piece. It is present in the downstem’s outside portion.
Take a few pieces of Cannabis you ground up with a grinder and pack them in the bowl.
These pieces will act as a barrier to prevent finely ground Cannabis from mixing with the smoke.
Now, take some more ground Cannabis and pinch it between your fingers and drop it into the bowl.
To pack the bowl of the bong with Cannabis more effectively, follow the below given beneficial tips:
Avoid packing Cannabis in the bowl too tightly because it blocks the air passage through the Cannabis and affects the smoking experience negatively.
If you see the Cannabis is packed too tightly or press down in the bowl, using something soft and small to stir it up and loosen it.
You can use a paper clip for this purpose.
If you are smoking the bong alone, you should fill the bowl not more than a half. This will significantly enhance your smoking experience. You can always pack more later according to your requirement.
However, if you are smoking with your friends, you can pack the bowl up to its rim.
Avoid packing higher than the rim because some quantity of Cannabis could fall while you are smoking.
Now, your Bong is ready to use, and you can enjoy it whenever you want.
How to Use a bong?
It’s time to use the bong you have prepared earlier. For enjoying a pleasant smoking experience, you should follow the below-given steps of using a bong:
· Get yourself in a comfortable position against the bong
Before starting to smoke the bong, bring yourself in a comfortable position, where you can enjoy it.
If you are a beginner to the bong smoking, adjust yourself near a table and set the bong on it.
We recommend you sit near a window to get some fresh air as well.
It is also important to ensure that there are no flammable objects around you while smoking the bong.
· Start Smoking the bong by lighting it up
Always hold the bong in your non-dominant hand while placing your fingers around the smoking chamber.
Take a few deep breaths before smoking.
Now, place your mouth on the mouthpiece and light the lighter with your free hand. Hold the flame over the bowl and start inhaling the smoke strongly.
On the complete filling of the chamber with smoke, pull out the bowl and inhale more forcefully to clear out the smoke into your lungs.
Exhale the smoke if desired.
Repeat these steps again and again to enjoy a pleasurable smoking experience.
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