One of the most traditional and popular methods of cannabis consumption, bongs are generally used to smoke dry flower. It is also called a water pipe and holds a highly recognized position in the culture of cannabis. Bongs are designed to be artistic pieces and often owned as a personality object by high-end cannabis consumers. With the increasing popularity of cannabis, a wide variety of weed accessories are available to customize and enhance your smoking experience. But bongs still enjoy the reputation as the most preferred tool for any connoisseur.
Bongs are closely associated with hookah, the water pipes used to smoke tobacco. Bongs are made in different sizes and shapes with the most popular ones being the glass pieces created by artists, offering a blend of science and art in the form of art pieces that look great and serve the function.
Structure of a Bong
A standard bong generally consists of five basic components:
Bowl – A bulb-shaped attachment in the bong that holds the dried cannabis flower and heats it. This part of the bong is usually detachable and can work to pull it.
Carb – Carburetor or carb hole serves the important function of getting the smoke out of the chamber. The user covers the carb hole with finger and takes it off to inhale the smoke once the chamber is filled.
Base – Bongs are available in numerous shapes and styles and the base or bottom part of the bong is shaped accordingly. Most bongs feature a beaker or bubble shape that makes a spacious water chamber to cool the smoke before being inhaled.
Downstem – This part of the bong facilitates traveling of the smoke from the bowl to the water chamber for percolation. A downstem is a small tube shape.
Tube – The mouthpiece allows the user to inhale the smoke after it has been filtered through percolation. This tube is also a chamber that fills with smoke according to the shape and size of the bong.
These components of the bong have their own shape and designs depending on the function and style of the bong. Modern, more functional bongs often contain other parts such as percolators and ice pinch to enhance functionality and use.
Benefits of Using a Bong
One of the main benefits that make bongs so popular is the filtration function that cools the smoke before being inhaled. This water percolation provides smoother hits even when the user has created a lot of smoke. The benefits of a bong can be different for different people using their preferred method of cannabis consumption.
Those who like rolling joints would get the benefit of cool smoke along with the preserved aroma of their favorite strain by switching to bongs. On the other hand, the advantage of bong over standard hand pipe is that you get a smooth, less harsh draw that is easy on throat and lungs as compared to the dry and harsh smoke you get from a pipe. Bubblers offer a combination of portability and water percolation. But bongs are better than bubblers as the small parts of the latter can get really dirty and clogged, causing trouble.