How To Smoke Cannabis with a Bong

The legalization of cannabis is so close that the entire world can almost…well, smoke it. And with it, it’s a whole host of fresh and innovative ways to enjoy it – curling it together, eating some delicious edibles, or maybe denting a flower on the go. However, if you are an active participant in smoking herbal substances, the idea of ​​using a glass bong has probably entered your mind once or twice. You may ask, what are they? And where did they come from anyway? We get it, curiosity is getting out of hand, but we’ve got it under control. In this article, you can read on to learn a little more about the basics of a glass bong and how using one can add a little extra to your smoking experience.

Glass bongs: What exactly are they anyway?

A glass bong is a device that can be defined as a hookah that is used to smoke tobacco, cannabis, or other miscellaneous herbal substances. They have a cylindrical shape and a very simple design, as they usually consist of a water chamber at the base, a stem, a neck and a mouthpiece. Bongs use ice or water as a filtration system. Bongs are typically made from a glass that is more durable than regular glass, known as borosilicate glass. They offer style and personal choice as designs, colors, styles, and sizes vary. Hemper says, “Glass bongs are regarded as the masterpieces of the smoker’s toolkit” because they offer artistic style and are often considered irreplaceable by the owner.

While not extremely durable, glass bongs are reusable, easy to clean, and offer a pleasant experience for any smoker, making them a great device to use over and over again. If you are someone who likes nice things and who is a stickler for their maintenance, you should have no problem keeping your glass bong close by for the long trip.

A Brief History of Glass Bongs

While providing a quick history of the glass bong, it is difficult to pinpoint its origin, as it has appeared in various cultures throughout history. Many believe that they originated in the Middle East, as most modern Bongs resemble hookah pipes. Evidence also shows that they may have originated in Asia, as the word “bongo” derives from the Thai word “baung”, which is a wooden tube made from bamboo. Beyond all the uncertainty, there is also historical evidence showing links to Bongs appearing in China, Africa, and Russia.

Interestingly, Bongs appeared in Western culture around the same time as World War II. In 1944, the McFarland Thai-English Dictionary listed the word “bong” as “smoking kancha, tree, hashish, or the hemp plant”. Eventually, the first store in America opened in San Francisco in 1966. “A few years later,” according to Smokesmith Gear, “a man named Bob Snodgrass started designing Bongs to finance his tour with the Grateful Dead.” The bongs that Snodgrass designed became the model for the bongs we see today.

Snodgrass eventually settled in Oregon to begin honing his skills. Using hippie culture to guide his designs, he created pieces that were vibrant in color and provided unique designs. Snodgrass’ work continues to influence glass bong artists today.

What do Glass Bongs consist of?

You may be thinking, “Why glass?”. Glass is generally considered to be extremely fragile, which doesn’t sound like a useful material for something you potentially use on a daily basis. However, it is made more durable in the creation process. The action of annealing is a slow cooling practice, greatly increasing the strength and durability of the glass. For greater durability, the glass should be cooled more slowly. The use of glass also provides the artist with the opportunity to more easily mold and shape the glass bong. As briefly mentioned above, a glass bong consists of the water chamber at the base, a stem, a neck and a mouthpiece. This sounds simple enough, but it’s more complex than you might think. So let’s start with the bowl.

The bowl is where cannabis, tobacco, or other herbal substances are packaged. Bowls can come in many different sizes and shapes, but they are often just an opening to push out the substance of your choice. Your glass bong will also have a part that catches the ash, as you don’t want this to get into your mouth or into your bong. The bottom stem is one of the most important parts of your bong as it is the connection point for your water chamber and your bowl.

The joint is the part of the pipe that holds its stem down. Gaskets generally come in sizes 10mm, 14mm, and 18mm holes to suit your personal preference. Your glass bong will also have a percolator. This piece filters the smoke, passing it through the water at the end of the stem. A splash guard may be present on your glass bong. This piece prevents water from bubbling up in your mouthpiece. Finally, the mouthpiece is the final stop on the bong before the smoke enters your mouth and lungs. Of course, the only thing left to do is wait for the psychoactivity of marijuana to take effect.

Glass Bongs: The How To

The mechanics behind how a glass bong works is quite fascinating, and can be explained very well scientifically. When lighting your dry herbs, the heat of the fire causes the herb particles to decompose and turn into a gas. At this point, smoke is created. The purpose of the bong is to filter out unwanted particles that are carried in the smoke. After all, you only want to breathe in the smoke, not in those extra particles. Water is particularly useful because as the smoke passes through the water, the water acts like a net, catching all the tar and ash.

Another example of using a glass bong can be shown in the use of a gravity bong. Gravity bongs provide an alternative route to smoking herbal substances without the price tag of a glass bong. However, the mechanics are a little different. Leafly describes a gravitational bong as a “method that uses two empty plastic water bottles to funnel the smoke through the water and push it into the consumer’s lungs.” With this method, you would have to submerge a smaller water bottle with the cup of your favorite herb on top, in a larger water bottle or water bucket. Immediately after lighting your cannabis, you would take the smallest water bottle out of the water, unscrew the cap, and place your mouth over the opening of the bottle to allow gravity to send the smoke into your lungs.

Immediately after lighting your cannabis, you would take the smallest water bottle out of the water, unscrew the cap, and place your mouth over the opening of the bottle to allow gravity to send the smoke into your lungs.

Advantages of using a glass bong

There are many benefits to using a glass bong. One advantage that many people consider is the use of a water filtration system, which provides the opportunity to filter out most of the ash and tar, rather than entering your lungs. Bongs are also useful in helping to filter out potentially harmful or carcinogenic toxins from herbal substances that are often unavoidable when smoking from a traditional pipe. It is also worth mentioning the fact that the water filtration system is once again used to provide an opportunity for the smoke to cool down before it enters your mouth and lungs. This provides a much smoother and better tasting experience. An added benefit is that a bong is easy to use and reuse all over again. When using your bong, you will notice that the water turns brown and sticky. Make sure you clean your bong well after each use so you can come back for a top-notch experience over and over again.

Select the best glass bong for you

Selecting the best glass bong for you can seem a little overwhelming as there are so many options to consider such as colors, sizes, shapes and styles – especially if you are new to the cannabis smoking game. There’s even the decision to buy one or to take things a step further and create your own little creation. But, this is really just the beginning of something great, and like anything, trying something new can be confusing at first. While a glass bong has many important parts, they all come together for an experience like no other – after all, there’s a reason these incredible works of cannabis genius have been around for centuries. You may find it beneficial to do some research before choosing a glass bong, as this will give you the opportunity to familiarize yourself with your personal preferences. Ultimately, enjoy the process of learning more and shopping; your perfect glass bong awaits to accompany you on your next smoking session. Just don’t forget to blow and pass!

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