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Advantages of Smoking from a Bong

Bongs have been around for hundreds of years but recently their popularity has grown exponentially because of the advancement in their water filtration systems that make smoking a much more enjoyable experience. Smoking from a bong is thought to be the healthiest way to smoke dry herbs other than using a vaporizer. However recently many people are wondering just how much does water filtration filter harmful carcinogens and does it block the effectiveness of your dry herbs.

What Makes Bongs So Good?

The main reason most smokers prefer using a bong compared to a traditional glass pipe is because of the water filtration that bongs offer. When smoking from cigars or regular glass pipes you risk inhaling burnt ash or tar. That is not the case with glass bongs because the ash gets trapped in the water and thus prevented from reaching your mouth. Bongs are also known to help trap and filter out potentially harmful carcinogens and toxins from your dry herbs that would normally be inhaled when smoking a traditional pipe. The other benefit of water filtration is it helps to cool down the smoke before you inhale it making it easier on your lungs and less risk of irritating your throat. When comparing smoking a bong to a standard dry glass pipe, the difference is much smoother, cooler and better tasting. If you prefer to smoke from smaller pieces, bubblers offer the portability of a hand pipe but with the water filtration of a bong. A bong is still superior because of their ease of use, and less chance of getting clogged than a bubbler.

Water Filtration is Important!

The water in your bong also helps to filter out a lot of tar which is why your water eventually turns sticky brown. It’s important to keep your bong clean to ensure you get the best filtration and cooling possible. Smoking through dirty bong water is not a pleasant experience and will ruin the true taste of your herbs or concentrates. There are however some experts who believe smoking from a bong actually absorbs more of the beneficial compounds found in your dry herbs than the actual tar itself. And that you actually have to smoke more from a bong to achieve the same effect from your dry herbs because much of the compounds are absorbed by the water.

With the advancement in bong technology in recent years, many new percolators and styles have come to the market to maximize and enhance your smoking sessions. For instance, smoking from a bong with a basic percolator will create really big bubbles but with a relatively low surface area. However, when using a more advanced percolator that produces a lot of smaller bubbles you have a much higher surface area and thus better filtration and smoke cooling. If you really want smooth rips we highly suggest adding an ashcatcher to your bong. This will add a second level of water filtration and will also trap all ash before it enters your bong, this keeps your bong clean and functioning and optimal performance.

How To Smoke A Bong!

If you’re a first-time smoker you might not be sure how to smoke a bong, but no worries because we are going to tell you step by step how to do it!

1) Fill your bong with water – The amount of water you need will depend on the type and size of your bong. The general rule of thumb is to fill the water just above any percolators or downstems your bong has. Another handy tip is to fill your bong with a ton of water while it’s brand new or clean and suck in as hard as possible, (water will get in your mouth) then spit out the excess water. Repeat this until no more water gets in your mouth. This is the perfect water level! And will be easy to remember next time you need to fill your bong.

2) Grind up your dry herbs – You can use your fingers but its always best to use a herb grinder to ensure a consistent grind that won’t clog your bowl. It is usually better to grind your herbs as fine as possible but not too fine that it will fall through the hole in your bowl piece.

3) Pack your herbs into your bong bowl – The bowl is the funnel-shaped glass piece that sits in your bongs joint and holds your dry herbs. Pack this piece with your grind herbs, firmly but not too tight. If you pack it too tight you would allow airflow through. It is always best to pack a small bowl because you can always pack it again!

4) Light your bowl – Hold the bong in your dominant hand and place your mouth over the mouthpiece. Your lips should go inside the mouthpiece to create an airtight seal. While you are inhaling light your dry herbs and continue to inhale while lighting it. Stop lighting the bowl when you get the amount of smoke you prefer. After a few seconds pull the bowl out of the bong and continue to inhale to clear the bongs chamber.

And that’s it! Now you know exactly how to smoke a bong!

Upgrade Your Bong!

Some bongs today even feature ice catchers which allow you to add ice cubes in the neck of your bong. By doing this your smoke comes in contact with the ice further cooling it down for a more pleasant hit. Bongs that feature a greater number of percolators will provide you with a smoother rip than a traditional beaker bong with just a diffused downstem. However, the hit you get from a one perc bong versus one with several percs can be quite different. Some people prefer less percs because of less drag or vice versa. Some percs, however, such as a honeycomb or showerhead percs provide maximum diffusion with almost no drag.

If you have never used a bong before you are seriously missing out. I guarantee once you smoke out of a bong you will fall in love. I’m not saying a bong is the only thing you should ever smoke out of, but it is definitely one of my favorites. Of course, different times and places call for different smoking devices. Although we do offer bongs in all different styles and sizes that enable you to smoke a bong even when you’re on the go! We even offer silicone bongs that you can fold up and throw in a back pack and never worry about breaking it!

There are many advantages to using a bong when smoking, but the most important is water filtration and diffusion to cool and filter your smoke. If you have never used a bong before you are seriously missing out. I guarantee once you smoke out of a bong you will fall in love.

Demystifying the Bong, One Myth at a Time

Bongs, which you may also know by slang terms like bubbler, binger, or billy, are water pipes used to smoke cannabis.

They’ve been around for centuries. 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.

Bongs come in all shapes and sizes. Some are very basic with just a bowl and chamber. Others are colorful, mouth-blown works of art.

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. When you light the weed it combusts. 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.

This effect can be deceiving, though.

While the smoother smoke might feel better on your lungs, you’re still smoking. And that smoke is still filling up your lungs (we’ll spare the lecture on why this is all-around bad news for your health).

Sure, a small amount of the bad stuff might get filtered out. But it’s not enough to make much of a difference.

Yes, this means all those stories about bongs being the “safer” way to smoke are largely based on junk science.

So far, bong safety has been pretty low on the list of priorities when it comes to medical research. But as cannabis becomes legal in more areas, this could change.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other health organizations, smoke is harmful to lung health regardless of what you’re smoking because of the carcinogens released from the combustion of materials.

Smoking marijuana, whether via doobie or bong, can harm lung tissues and cause scarring and damage to your small blood vessels.

The tendency to inhale deeply and hold your breath when smoking pot means you’re often exposed to more tar per breath. Plus, bongs are basically a way to get more smoke into your lungs while also making that smoke more pleasant to inhale.

All of these aspects make it easy to overdo it when using a bong.

One other risk to keep in mind is related to the use of plastic bongs. Plastics that contain chemicals like BPA and phthalates have been linked to adverse health effects, including cancer.

Bong health risks aside, depending on where you live and local laws, having a bong with marijuana in it or even just some residue could get you in legal hot water.

Research also shows that marijuana-only smokers have more healthcare visits related to respiratory conditions than nonsmokers, regardless of the method used to inhale the smoke.

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