Next, everyone’s favorite piece of art – at least, if you’re a stoner – is likely that statuesque bong you keep in the closet. For many fans of smoking weed, a bong is like a fine bottle of wine – they’ll bring it out for social gatherings or celebrations and share with their friends & family. Bongs, like pipes, come in so many different shapes, sizes and colors that you can find a bong-version of almost anything these days. For this reason of customization, bongs have become a staple at many stoner households, and most people have one or have owned a bong at some point in their cannabis journey.
Bongs are a bit more elaborate than a pipe, but with the added variable of water. Water pipes, bubblers and bongs are essentially the same idea but they’re usually very different in terms of size/rig. Bongs and other water smoking tools are made up of the mouthpiece at the top, a tube for the smoke/vapor to travel to your lungs, a chamber where the water is held, and the stem and bowl that hold the cannabis. The idea is to pack the cannabis in the bowl and draw air and combust the cannabis – like a pipe – but the water in the chamber is meant to bubble and converge the smoke with water vapor. This added element of vapor makes for a truly smooth but extremely potent hit of cannabis. Anyone who says they remember their first bong hit is probably lying – for many stoners, bongs are the most powerful high they’ve ever felt after being used to joints or pipes. Some people only need a hit or two of the bong and they’re relaxed or wasted (depends on what kind of high they’re going for, and what they’re smoking).
Water pipes and bubblers accomplish the same system of delivering cannabinoids to the body through a combination of smoke and water vapor, but for this article we’ll focus on the bong as the king of the benefits of bubbly buds. One of the unique things about bongs is the sheer size of them; some bongs are literally life-size, 4-5 feet tall! Others can be small and handheld or convenient enough to fit in a purse, but the average bong is about the size of a nightstand lamp, and also requires a table to rest upon. As an alternative to rolling papers, bongs are very popular but they do have their drawbacks. Just like with pipes, bongs need to be cleaned consistently or you risk building up nasty residues or even molds. Adding water to the equation means you need access to clean water, and you need to keep recycling it in your chamber. Stagnant bong water is one of the nastiest substances on Earth, so don’t fall victim to swamp-water mucking up your work-of-art, and make sure you clean your bong often.