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How Much Water Should I Put in a Bong?

If you’re reading this, chances are you have a trusty new bong. But, you’re not quite sure how much water you should be putting in your bong before smoking it. Fear not: you’ve come to the right place, and we’ll show you the quickest and easiest way to find the perfect water level! Learning how much water you should put in a bong is important– it’s the only way you can fully enjoy the cool and filtered smoke they produce. Bongs come in all different shapes and sizes, so smoking your bong without the right water level can be a big drag (see what we did there?).

Whether you’re a bong smoking pro or just learning how to smoke a bong, there’s always more to learn. Read on to learn how to find the perfect water level for your new bong.

This post was updated on January 3, 2019 with new information and water pipes!

What’s the Perfect Amount of Water for My Bong?

Let’s get down to brass tacks: how much water should you put in a simple straight tube bong? The short answer: just enough for the downstem and its slits to be completely submerged in water. If the downstem on your water pipe does not have slits, then make sure that the bottom of the downstem is about a half inch or so into the water. Feel free to add more water if you prefer– as long as no water reaches your mouth when you inhale.

How Much Water Should I Put in a Perc Bong?

The perfect amount of water for your bong can change based on its size. So, what if you have a huge scientific bong with multiple percs and chambers? The idea remains exactly the same– you need to add enough water to submerge all of the different perc openings. For example, if your bong has a matrix perc and an inline perc, then both of them should be submerged in water. This step ensures that you’re taking full advantage of the bong’s filtration!

How Do I Fill a Bong With Water?

Now that you know how much water to put in a bong, we’ll explain how you do it. Believe it or not, filling your bong up with water the wrong way can result in quite a mess.

Filling Simple Beaker or Straight Tube Bongs With Water

For simple bongs that only have a downstem, the water filling process is easy. Simply pour the water through the mouthpiece (on top) into the base, until the downstem is submerged in water. If you prefer, you can remove the downstem, and pour water in through the stem.

Filling a Perc Bong With Water

When your bong has multiple percolators or chambers, it can get a bit more complicated. As we mentioned before, the idea is to submerge the bottom of each percolator in water. So, the best way to go about doing this is pouring water in the mouthpiece, so that the water flows down to the percs on the bottom. If the water doesn’t quite make it down, try blowing through the mouthpiece to push the water down to the lower percs, or (lightly) tilting the bong sideways.

The Finishing Touches

After the water has settled, make sure that all of the percs are submerged. If not, you can always add more water from the top to submerge the percs in the top chambers. If you accidentally overfill a chamber, simply tilt the bong to move the water to the bottom, and then dump it out of the bottom of the bong. You can also fill up the stem of the bong with water from the joint, rather than the top.

What Does the Bong Water Do?

The water is what allows your bong to give the smooth, cool hits that you love so much. It helps to filter out a lot of the harmful toxins in your dry herbs. The bong water also cools down the smoke, making the inhaling process a lot smoother. Some smokers prefer ice cold water, and others prefer warm water. At Toker Supply, we recommend using only water, as other liquids can clog your bong and make it dirty.

Why Does the Water Level in a Bong Matter?

Like we said before, the level of water in a bong can make a huge difference for your smoking experience. With the perfect water level, you can enjoy cool and filtered smoke, and easily pull the smoke through the water. When there’s too much water in your bong, your lungs have to work a lot harder to pull the smoke through. You may also run the risk of getting water in your mouth. On the flip side, not having enough water means you aren’t taking full advantage of the bong’s filtration and percolators.

Shop Bongs and Water Pipes

There’s nothing like smoking from your new water pipe for the first time. At Toker Supply, we carry a large selection of new water pipes that will help you enjoy your smoking experience to the fullest! If you’re in the market for a new piece, be sure to check out our selection.

If you're reading this, chances are you have a trusty new bong. But, you’re not quite sure how much water you should be putting in your bong before smoking it. Fear not: you’ve come to the right place, and we’ll show you the quickest and easiest way to find the perfect water level! Learning how much water you should pu

What’s in bong water?

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Contents

  1. Substances in bong water
  2. How often should I change bong water?
  3. Bong water alternatives
  4. Bottom line

Bongs are a quintessential part of the cannabis smoking experience. Sometimes referred to as a water pipe or bubbler, a bong is a smoking device featuring a bowl for dried weed and a chamber filled with water. Smoke bubbles up through the water, which cools and filters it. The result is a smooth cannabis smoke with only trace amounts of particulate matter such as tar and ash.

Since the filtration system cleanses the smoke, you might be wondering, what is in that water? In this article, you’ll learn exactly what could be lurking in your bong water, plus why it’s important to keep your bong clean and change the water frequently.

Substances in bong water

Although some of the substances in bong water are toxic, others are desirable, such as cannabinoids. The water filters out some of the good and some of the bad, which means that you may need to take more hits with a bong than with a joint to reap the potential benefits of the cannabinoids. Not all the weed will burn off, so there could be some residual herb in the bong water, which means lower concentrations of CBD and THC in the smoke that reaches you. Some CBD, studied for its many potential therapeutic effects, may be left behind. Some THC will also linger in the water, meaning that a bong may not get you as easily high as other types of smoke.

Stagnant bong water, just like water in a puddle, can gather all kinds of bacteria and fungi. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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Stagnant bong water, just like water in a puddle, can gather all kinds of bacteria and fungi. Yeasts and other microorganisms can also fester in dirty bong water. Under no circumstances should you attempt to drink bong water. It’s not even advisable to water plants with bong water, as it can contain toxic levels of mold. If in doubt, pour the old water down the drain and start fresh.

How often should I change bong water?

Ideally, you should use clean, fresh water for every bong session. If you don’t change the water frequently enough, the bong will be challenging to clean. It’s also important to change the bong water regularly to remove any potentially carcinogenic materials that the filtration system has released.

Ideally, you should use clean, fresh water for every bong session. Photo by: Gina Coleman/Weedmaps

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You’ll know that the water needs to be changed when it develops a top layer known as biofilm. Forming across the surface of the water, the biofilm could harbor any number of nasty pathogens, from Strep and E. coli to black mildew. When inhaled, these substances can lead to serious illness, so be vigilant about changing that bong water. One of the benefits of bongs is that they filter out harmful materials, but they can only accomplish that feat with clean water.

If you’re cleaning the bong water for the first time, be prepared for a foul odor. Replace it with the most purified water available. You can also toss in a few ice cubes or ice water for a cooler, more refreshing smoking experience.

Bong water alternatives

If you want to experiment, there are several alternatives to bong water. Unsweetened cranberry juice is one popular substitute for water. While the juice won’t dramatically change the flavor of your bong hit, it will display an appealing crimson color in the glass. Even better, cranberry juice’s natural acidity can keep your bong cleaner longer. Sugary fruit juice, however, is not recommended as a bong water alternative. The sugars can create a sticky residue and make the bong cleaning process very frustrating.

Sparkling rather than still water is another option to try that will make your marijuana smoke feel like a party. Fizzy bubbles can add lightness and texture to your bong hit, along with subtle flavor if you use sparkling water flavored with citrus or lime (again, avoid the sweet stuff).

For a slight variation, slice up some lemon peels and insert them into the chamber along with still water, sparkling water, or cranberry juice. Mint leaves may offer the ultimate chill factor for your water pipe.

Get creative with bong water alternatives but avoid any sugary substances. Also steer clear of liquor which can emit dangerous alcohol fumes (and contains sugar to boot).

Bottom line

Bongs can deliver a fresher, smoother cannabis smoking experience. Just be sure to keep the water and the device clean.

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