What is a Bong?
Bong is a water pipe. Contemporary bongs are usually made of glass, ceramics, clay, acrylic, bamboo, or wood. A combination of materials is often found in some expensive designs. All bongs have a similar way of functioning, so the range of features is more about convenience and the quality of smoking.
Almost all bongs have a bowl, carb hole, down-stem, base, and tube. The bowl is the holder of herb or dried flower. It may be removable if you choose such a design. The carb hole is basically the carburetor, down-stem is the tube enabling the smoke to dissipate from the bowl to the base holding the water, and then the tube leads to a mouthpiece. Some bongs come with caps.
Glass bongs are more popular owing to their affordability, and more importantly the experience. Glass does not alter the taste, flavor or texture of the smoke. But glass is not the sturdiest material. Acrylics and ceramics are popular. Wood and bamboo bongs are gaining more traction in recent years. Bamboo is believed to be the original material used to make the earliest bongs.
How to Properly Use a Bong?
This depends on the type of bong you have, but the standard approach should be appropriate in all cases. There are carburetor bongs, straight tubes, round bases, beaker shaped designs, percolator variants, and multi-chamber forms.
Irrespective of the additional features, the first step to using a bong is to fill some water in the tube. A third of the tube from the bottom should be under water. Prepare the cannabis to have a somewhat fine-ground state, stuff the bowl while keeping some space for air, and light up. Cover the carburetor hole, start drawing puffs using the mouthpiece to start generating vapor quickly. Enjoy smoking!