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The 10 most surprisingly awesome liquids for your bong

Rahul Gupta
Jan 30, 2018 · 3 min read

Bongs are a great way to take a big hit, and they’re even greater because they cool the smoke through water before you inhale. But it doesn’t have to be just plain water, all the time.

Stoners, the creative tribe that we are, have come up with plenty of awesome bong liquids to make for a unique smoking experience. And with the spread of legalization across the U.S., we now have more options than ever before. What a time to be alive!

Now, you should re a lize from the outset that bong liquids have no effect on the high. Flavor and smoothness are the reasons people use them over water.

Let’s examine a few of those options. But first, we’ll dispense the obviously foolish ideas of using bong liquids like hot sauce and salad dressing (please just don’t).

The 10 Best Bong Liquids

Hot tea — especially flavored teas with the essence of lemon, orange, or peach — is an interesting flavor experience. A big plus to this method is the fact that hot water, rather than the traditional room temperature or ice water, makes for much smoother hits. Avoid sugary teas; they can make your bong sticky.

Iced tea is one of those bong liquids for smokers who prefer a cold-water hit to a hot-water one. Any flavor of iced tea will work. Throw in some ice cubes for good measure if you want to. Just remember, once again, too much sugar in there and you’re gonna have to clean your bong sooner rather than later. That’s probably not exactly how you planned to spend your high.

3. La Croix Sparkling Water.

La Croix sparkling water comes in 21 flavors, which makes for lots of fun experimentation. Mango is a particularly popular flavor choice, not just because it’s yummy but because of mango’s alleged ability to enhance the cannabis high.

4. Cranberry juice.

Cranberry juice has been one of the most popular bong liquids for a while. Fresh and ice cold is a great way to use it. As an added bonus, the acidity of the juice reputedly keeps your bong cleaner for longer.

5. Kool-Aid.

Kool-Aid seems to end up in lots of adventurous stoners’ bongs, and while it offers many flavor options, all that sugar can ruin your piece if you leave it in too long. If you must indulge, please clean your bong thoroughly immediately after. Don’t let this sticky gunk stay in there long, or you’ll need a new bong.

6. Mouthwash.

At first blush, mouthwash sounds like a weird thing to put in your bong. But in practice, the blue variety lends the smoke an enjoyable menthol taste with a smooth draw and minimal coughing. And just think of it: you’ll have the freshest bong-breath ever! Worth a try.

7. Wine.

Wine is a better choice than liquor as its lower alcohol content means it steals less of the THC from your hit. Choose wines with as low of an alcohol content as possible. In other words, you don’t wanna go with M/D 20/20. Weed smoke pulled through wine creates a very interesting flavor combo, making it worth the experimentation.

8. Liquor.

Whether it be tequila, vodka, whiskey, or rum, liquor often finds itself inside a bong. But due to its high alcohol content, it’s not the most ideal of bong liquids. (THC is alcohol soluble so you’re going to lose some of it to the liquor unless you drink the bong-liquor afterward.) Non-clear liquors can certainly offer a robust and flavorful hit though.

9. Gatorade.

This popular sports drink offers a rainbow of flavor choices and doesn’t rob you of THC. But it also contains quite a bit of sugar, which is not a good thing. If you want to experience Gatorade hits, it’s recommended that you clean your bong thoroughly afterward.

10. Orange or lemon peels.

Orange or lemon peels, added to the water in your bong, not only add a pleasant citrus taste to the smoke — their acidity also helps keep your bong clean. If you’re a fan of citrus fruits, you don’t want to miss this sensation.

Bongs are a great way to take a big hit, and they’re even greater because they cool the smoke through water before you inhale. But it doesn’t have to be just plain water, all the time. Stoners, the…

Using ranch dressing for bongwater is bad, but mouthwash is good

Justin Caffier was good enough to play human guinea pig in the quest for the ideal liquid to put in a bong. Colloids and emulsions quickly got ruled out after his disastrous attempts at using ranch dressing:

What good would this whole ordeal be if I didn’t push my lungs and bong to their very limits in the process? In an affront to God that surely cancelled out the effects of the holy water I’d tested, I uncapped a bottle of Hidden Valley ranch and stuck that bad boy upside-down at the top of the bong’s neck, letting gravity slowly pull out its viscous contents. Even as a fan of ranch, the acrid smell was making me queasy. Furthermore, I worried I wouldn’t have the required lung-power to pull smoke through so thick a fluid. After read a few motivational quotes and putting on “Eye of the Tiger” to pump myself up, I sparked the bowl of my experiment’s final boss.

“If you’re going through hell, keep going.” This quote—misattributed to Winston Churchill—ran through my head as I battled with the predictably stubborn dressing, struggling to spark the bowl. Try after try, my flame found no purchase on the green in the bowl. Onward I pressed, my alveoli on fire, until finally, with one big primordial bubble, the smoke broke through to the surface and rushed into my chest with the jolt of a defibrillator resuscitation. As I coughed for the next half hour, I noted that the smoke was surprisingly devoid of any additional ranchy zest.

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Justin Caffier was good enough to play human guinea pig in the quest for the ideal liquid to put in a bong. Colloids and emulsions quickly got ruled out after his disastrous attempts at using ranch dressing: What good would this whole ordeal be if I didn’t push my lungs and bong to their very…