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Lastly, blunts don’t have a collection chamber for the smoke. Unlike a bong, which allows you to collect smoke in a large chamber before clearing the whole thing at once, blunts burn straight into your lungs. Aside from a dab rig, bongs are the best way to smoke. Water cools and filters smoke while also hydrating your inhales.

Without any water for herb smoke to interact with, a bong is basically a dry pipe with loose hits. Yes, gravity bongs will wreck you if you’re not careful. A well-crafted gravity bong has the power to destroy you, tread lightly for sure. This being said though, gravity bongs don’t utilize water for percolation. Instead, gravity bongs use the weight of water to pull smoke from the bowl up top. These contraptions get the name by using gravity as a synthetic inhale to draw smoke into the main chamber. Glass percolators are generally welded into percolator bongs – the quality of the weld is a great way to determine the quality of the bong.

If the weld looks bulky and sloppy, recognize that this job was not done by a master; don’t pay top dollar for a poorly crafted piece. Recyclers are water pipes that route smoke through chambers as a circuit. Any access smoke that isn’t inhaled gets sent back through to the original chamber for another cycle. This process is said to keep your smoke from getting stale, thus ensuring fresh inhales. Using a bong is pretty easy, and they get you high as fuck. Here’s a quick tutorial that will show you how to use a bong, step by step: 1. Pack your bowl with ground weed – you don’t have to grind it, but the weed will burn more efficiently, thus conserving your weed. Take a few deep breaths to prepare, and empty your lungs until they’re about 80% empty. You want to have a bit of extra air in your lungs so that, when you’re done ripping the bong, you have extra air to blow the smoke out of your lungs. Otherwise, you won’t be able to blow out all of the smoke, and you’ll start coughing. Put your mouth over the top of the bong, ensuring an airtight seal. Begin pulling hard enough to cause the water to bubble. Don't hold the lighter on the bowl piece for too long. It should only take one or two seconds before the bowl ignites. If you hold the lighter there too long, you'll torch the weed. Once the bong is full of milky smoke, it’s time to clear it. Some bongs have a shotgun (carb hole) while others have a removable bowl piece. Take your finger off of the shotgun or remove the bowl piece, depending on your bong’s design. You’ll clear all of the smoke from the bong, and inhale it into your lungs. Bongs, which you may also know by slang terms like bubbler, binger, or billy, are water pipes used to smoke cannabis. The word bong is said to have come from the Thai word “baung” for a bamboo tube used for smoking weed. Today’s bongs look a lot more complicated than a simple bamboo tube, but they all come down to the same basic process. Read on to learn more about how bongs work and why, contrary to lore, they aren’t actually any better for your lungs than other smoking methods. At the end of the day, they all do basically the same thing: filter and cool the smoke that comes from the burning marijuana. Bongs generally feature a small bowl that holds dried weed.

Meanwhile, as you inhale, the water in the bottom of the bong bubbles (or percolates, if you want to get technical). The smoke rises up through the water and then the chamber before entering your mouth and lungs. If you’re looking for a smoother toke, a bong will give you just that compared to smoking weed rolled in paper.

As expected, the water in a bong eliminates the dry heat you get from a joint. The effect is often described as being cooler, creamy, and smooth rather than harsh.


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