A bong is a water pipe that’s commonly used by members of the cannabis community to smoke recreational or medical cannabis flowers. They can come in many different sizes, colors, and designs, from the simplest pipe to complicated works of glass art.
They’re usually made out of glass and have a bowl, downstem, water chamber, main chamber, and mouthpiece. For many people, a bong is the preferred method for smoking bud, and for good reasons — or, more accurately, five good reasons. Here are the top five benefits of bongs:
Easy to Use
It’s believed that bongs were first invented centuries ago in Asia and were simple bamboo tubes.
Today, bongs are a little more advanced, but they’re still very simple to use:
- Pack the bowl
- Inhale on the mouthpiece to pull the smoke into the chamber
- Pull the bowl from the slider
- Place your mouth over the mouthpiece and inhale
Congratulations — you’ve just hit a bong. If you’ve never hit a bong before, you might want to use a few breaths to clear the chamber. Inhaling too much smoke can result in a coughing fit and watery eyes.
While you might look cooler when you’re hitting a bong, what we’re talking about is the way the smoke cools down as it hits your throat and lungs.
By using a bong, the smoke is pulled through the water, cooling the smoke temperature and makes the hit smoother.
Filters the Smoke
When smoke passes through water, the water acts as a filter and reduces the amount of toxins going to the lungs. However, this method doesn’t mean the smoke is non-toxic; it’s just not as bad as unfiltered cannabis smoke.
Saves You Money
Bongs range in price, and the initial cost can be expensive. However, after that initial cost, they’re inexpensive to maintain compared to other methods for smoking cannabis.
Heating a bowl over and over can cause wear and tear. If the bowl on a pipe breaks, you have to replace the pipe. With a bong, you only need to replace the bowl.
Rolling papers for joints are inexpensive, but over time the cost adds up.
Easy to Clean
To preserve the longevity of your bong, you will need to clean it frequently to remove the built-up resin. Unfortunately, the longer you wait, the more difficult it is to clean.
Vinegar and tap water is an eco-friendly way to clean your bong. All it takes is a few easy steps:
- Place the bong and equal parts vinegar and water into a pot.
- Bring the solution to a simmer and allow it to simmer for about an hour.
- Remove the pot from the heat and turn the stove off.
- Using a bottle brush, gently scrub the bong.
- Rinse the bong under warm water.
It is best to heat the bong with the solution to prevent cracking. Make sure that you rinse in warm water to avoid breaking.
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