All About Bong

Thu, 18/Jan/18

When it comes to smoking weed, there is no shortage of ways to explore, however for aficionados of cannabis one of the top options has to be the bong. No other method has such a long and illustrious pedigree as this bong device which dates back to pre-historic times.

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Used as a filtration device for smoking tobacco and marijuana together with other types of herbal smoking blends, the bong works by making the smoke move over a greater distance, helping it to cool and become more pure. Experts are all in agreement – using a bong is one of the most pleasurable ways of enjoying weed.

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Where Have Bongs Come From?

There is some debate about where the word “bong” comes from and where this device originated. It is believed by some that the word originates from the Thai language, where the word “boang” means “wooden pipe”. On the other hand, others believe that the concept originates from Africa and is related to the hookah.

Water pipes are certainly very ancient, and date back to at least the time of the Ancient Egyptians, and perhaps further. Traditionally used in Asia, they were also often seen in Africa. A nomadic tribe called the Scythians which ranged from Asia across to Europe were known to use them to smoke cannabis, among other substances.

How Do Bongs Work?

A hookah is certainly the most famous derivative of the ancient bong. Hookah is an immobile water pipe which features a hose from the pipe to the mouthpiece. A hookah enables several people to share flavoured tobacco or herb in a group. Bong apparently is the individual thing, yet it does not mean that you can’t pass it when in company but by means of the original idea it is kinda individual.

Old-school Thai Classic Bong for weed

Bongs are available in a wide choice of sizes and shapes, and can be made from various materials such as acrylic, glass, ceramic or bamboo. They work by sending the smoke through water to remove the toxins and other particles which could be otherwise inhaled. Some studies seem to have shown that water filtration could be an effective method of reducing the user’s exposure to carcinogenic compounds, making it a healthier method of intake. As the water also cools down the smoke, it is also easier to inhale without causing irritation to the airways.

Types Of Bong

Ceramic and acrylic bongs are generally smaller and more robust than the more fragile, larger bamboo and glass versions. This means that they are ideal for use outdoors or while traveling. Although glass bongs are more likely to crack or break, they are still a favorite device of regular smokers thanks to their transparency and their attractive aesthetic. As they are see-through, the user can see clearly when the water should be changed to get a clean hit.

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The straight-tube version features a bulbous, large base paired with a tubular, long mouthpiece. However, there are also multi-chamber bongs that have 2 chambers rather than one. Since the second chamber is able to filter the smoke another time, these device ensure an even cleaner hit than the straight-tube version. There are also percolator bongs that filter even more strongly and produce a cooler smoke as well as carburetor bongs which offer the user an intense hit.

Bongs Or Joints?

When you try smoking weed from a bong rather than a joint, you’ll immediately experience the difference. The main reason why lots of marijuana users prefer to use a bong is the filtering effect which the water has on the smoke. There is no tar or ash to go directly into the lungs as all of these particles become trapped inside the water at the bottom of the bong. Water pipes (hookahs) are also capable of trapping up to 90% of toxins for a healthier experience.

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