What Is A Bong And How Do I Use One (And What Are The Benefits)?

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 Are you looking for a new bong?  If you are you’re not alone.  Nearly everybody wants a bong these days.  But perhaps you have a few questions.

Or maybe you own a new bong but aren’t quite sure how to use it. Or maybe you just want to know HOW the bong you love and smoke daily actually works.

Whatever the case SmokeSmith Gear is here to help you learn more about bongs.

What Is A Bong?
What is a bong? SmokeSmith Gear

Bongs are one of the most common and beloved tools at mankind’s disposal for consuming legal dry herbs and concentrates, especially dried flower. Also known as water pipe, the bong is such an entrenched totem in the smoking culture that many connoisseurs name their glass pieces (akin to the way others name their guitars or cars). The bong is a symbol of rebellion and of brotherhood /sisterhood. Walking into a person’s dorm room, loft apartment or beach side summer home and seeing a functional work of art in the form of a bong is akin to saying “hey, we’re part of the same club.”

Bongs work by cooling the smoke being inhaled by passing it through one or several chambers filled with water or ice. The more contact the smoke has with water the cooler and smoother the smoke will be when it is inhaled by the user. Although bongs today come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, styles, and complexity, they all share the same principle of acting to cool the smoke by passing it through water.

How Does A Bong Work?

Bongs work by passing smoke through water, thus removing various toxins and particulate matter that you might otherwise inhale.  At a nerdier level, bongs involve a bit of science to create their magical results.

And that science involves the creation of a vacuum.  When you breath in while taking a bong hit you create a vacuum in the chamber, which displaces the water. This creates a second vacuum in the downstem that causes the flame to be pulled toward the dry herb in the bowl (which in turn causes the dry herb to catch fire) which then results in the smoke being pulled into the water. The constant upward vacuum and the force of gravity cause the water to act as a liquid diaphragm. This pulls the smoke into the chamber, to relieve the constant vacuum pressure. When the carb hole is opened or the bowl is removed, the pressure is released and the smoke (which is far less dense than the water) is easily cleared and travels into your lungs. And this all happens in the time it takes to hear one song by LCD Soundsystem.

How Do I Use A Bong?

How do I use a bong?

The process of using a bong quite straightforward (but by all means we suggest practicing as often as you can): Tobacco or dry herb is packed into a bowl (which is attached to the downstem). The bowl and downstem are situated near the base of the bong and attached to the bong at the base, near the bottom, so that the end of the downstem can be submerged in the water that fills the chamber. This allows the smoke to filter through the water before reaching the lungs.

When bowl is packed you place your mouth over the hole at the top of the bong, called the mouthpiece.  You breathe in and, at the same time, place the flame of a lighter onto the dry herb packed into a bowl.  The sucking of the air creates the vacuum which draws the smoke into the water and through the percolators.

Once the tube of the bong is sufficiently filled you remove the bowl (or take your finger off the carb in bongs that have fixed bowls), releasing the smoke. You then inhale, sit back and enjoy whatever it is you are doing.  When you are finished you will want to clean the bowl and dump out the water, and eventually clean the bong.

Using a bong is just that simple!  If you still have questions we suggest watching any episode of the first three seasons of HBO’s Silicon Valley (the character of Erlich Bachman was a bong fanatic and was constantly using them).

What Are The Benefits Of Using A Bong?

 There are three main benefits of using a bong:

  1. They are super fun to use and they encourage sharing, especially in a group setting.
  2. They make for a more enjoyable smoke session because they cool and filter the smoke, which makes for a smoother hit.
  3. They are healthier than other forms of smoking. In fact studies suggest that water filtration can be an effective way of reducing exposure to the cancer-causing compounds in smoke.

Other benefits include the fact that they are beginning friendly and they are re-usable (versus one of disposable vapes or rolled joints).  And finally, for many people, bongs have an artistic value. A well-made bong blown by a glass artist is a functional piece of art that one should be proud to leave out in ones living room.

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