You want to buy a bong but you're not quite sure how a bong works? Let us help with that. First let's go over a little run down of what a bong is and the brief history behind it, that way we can make explaining it easier.
What is a Bong?
A bong is a marijuana pipe that is primarily used to mix cannabis with water, which cools and filters the smoke before it reaches the user. This process results in a smoother, cleaner, and healthier smoking experience.
Components of a bong
Bongs generally feature 6 components.
(A Bowl) this is what holds your herb and where the ignition starts. What's important to know is the size of your bowl. Bowls come in 10mm, 14mm, and 18mm sizes, with 14mm and 18mm being the most popular. Generally speaking, larger bowls will hold more herb which means less ashing and packing for the consumer.
(Joints) A piece of the bong that holds the Downstem. It usually holds a Downstem at 45 and 95 degrees.
(Downstem) Downstems are exclusively found on 45-degree joints and are used on just about every beaker bong. When smoke leaves the bowl it travels through the Downstem and usually into water where filtration begins. Downstems typically have cross-looking slits cut into the bottom which helps creates bubblers, furthering percolation and a smooth smoking experience.
(Percolators) The job of a percolator is to create bubbles/water filtration. Water filtration is important as it cleanses smoke making for a smoother, colder, and most importantly healthier smoking. Choosing the right perc comes down to a lot of personal preferences, but the goal is to find a perc that creates a good amount of filtration while not impeding air flow.
(Base) The base of the bong is the water reservoir. Bong bases usually have a percolator or two inside them or at the very least this is where your downstem ends and throws the smoke into. Bases can come in all shapes and sizes, what you want to look for is one with the percolators you want in it and that won't tip over. Small cylinder bases with tall bongs pose greater risk of tipping over and breaking. Look for wide bases and sturdy looking construction.
(Mouthpiece) The final bong component where the smoke travels through is the mouthpiece. The Mouthpiece is a hollow piece of glass that make it easy for the user to inhale smoke and gives the smoke more time to cool down. Mouthpieces can have indents in them to hold ice, or even better, have a chilly glycerin coil to cool down the smoke.
Most bong manufacturers create these components in different sizes and shapes, you can pick them based on your preference.
Brief History Behind the Bong
The word ‘bong’ comes from the Thai word, baung. This term relates to a cylindrical wooden pipe or tube made from bamboo. It can also refer to the bong used for smoking marijuana. Bongs have been used for centuries in areas such as Africa and Thailand. There has been evidence that such a device might have dated back 2,500 years ago. It's safe to say bongs have been around quite a while and were most likely the first smoking devices.
So How Does a Bong Work?
When you inhale as you light up the drug, smoke is pulled through a chamber filled with water, and as the smoke bubbles up through the liquid, simultaneously the water cools down the temperature of the smoke and extracts out fine particulates such as ash and tar. This produces a smooth cold hit of smoke, producing a healthier smoke for your lungs.
Why do people prefer bongs? Simply because of how the bong works, by the cooling and filtering effect of your smoke. The cooling factor makes it easier on the lungs than the filtering makes it healthier, whereas a joint produces hot smoke which can irritate the lungs
There are many different types of bongs of course such as Beaker Bongs, Silicone Bongs and Percolator Bongs. Some do produce more smoke whereas some are easier to use on the go. At the end of the day, the way the bongs work is the same.
Bongs provide a safer and better smoke, and it's proved this for the last few centuries. If the bong is something you're interested in, why not try a Freeze Pipes Bong? We offer a variety of different options to make your smoking the best experience it can be.
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