The word bong can refer to a variety of different-looking types of glassware. They will likely be referred to based upon their different modifications or defining characteristics. However, there is still a basic format that differentiates a bong from various other types of glassware. First of all, a bong incorporates water in order to ‘cool down’ the smoke before you inhale it. The point of this is to allow for a greater, stronger hit without the kickback or punch to the back of your throat. We will discuss some helpful tips, tricks, and hints as well as specify some differences between varieties of bongs.
Bongs are, thankfully, not too difficult to use and are generally as fragile as other similarly thick pieces of glassware. The steps for using a bong are as follows:
Bongs do not necessarily have to be complicated – and the less complex the bong the easier the maintenance and use will be. However, that doesn’t mean that there aren’t some best practices and tips to ensure a good, clean smoke. Check out some of our tips below:
A gravity bong, while still a bong, goes about achieving a great hit in a rather different way than your average bong. For starters, with a normal bong (or piece of glassware for that matter) you are often going to be taking the hit yourself with your lungs. This is the normal way to go about things. However, a gravity bong uses physics to force the smoke into your lungs leaving you with a megahit of sorts. This removes the work from your lungs and can be seen in the function of any gravity bong from homemade ones to those that are professionally made. The key to remember is that this can also mean that you should be more careful the first time or two that you hit a gravity bong – no one wants a coughing fit that will destroy their good time.
Often, people make their own gravity bongs. There are a ton of different ways to do this and all of those ways can be found online. The most common that you will likely see involves a water bottle of sorts, things like tinfoil, and some sort of bucket to hold the water. The water is critical as this is what forces the smoke out of the cavity in the gravity bong and into your lungs. The choice is yours as to whether or not you want to go with something homemade or store-bought, however, there are almost as many varieties and brands of gravity bong to purchase as there are to make at home. It all comes down to preference, however, the best way to ensure consistency is to go with something manufactured. After the appropriate amount of research has been completed, naturally.
Bongs can be customized with a wide variety of accessories to make your experience more enjoyable. One such item is known as an ash catcher and it functions pretty much as it sounds – it is designed to prevent any resin or ash from your bowl get into the rest of the bong. Another item that helps in providing a smoother, cleaner hit is an ice catcher. An ice catcher allows you to cool down the hit without jamming up the main chamber. That way you get a lot less drag on your hits.
Other accessories that you might find useful could be something like a diffuser or a percolator. Both items are generally used to make your rips smoother and therefore more enjoyable. At the end of the day, as has been made clear, a bong can be one of the smoothest smoking experiences you can have.
You can’t have a good thing without a little bit of work. If you’re going to go through with purchasing a bong and accessories, make sure to take care of them. Otherwise, you won’t be getting the most bang for your buck and cashing in on some huge, smooth hits. Generally, follow this format and you’ll be fine:
A bong is a wonderful piece of glassware. Like anything, you need to take good care of it and there are tomes about each individual brand or piece of glassware. It’s worth making sure you know the limits of your glass as well as the proper maintenance schedule. You’ll get some of the cleanest hits you can get with herb and flame, one of the most potent (particularly if you dabble in gravity bongs), and you can still end up with some beautiful glass that in and of itself is a treat. Whatever your reasoning, you can’t go wrong with a bong.